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first_img 8A peek into the self-serve area of the Adams House dining hall. 1A morning inside the Lowell House dining hall, with the House opera set in the background. 4Roman Berens ’16 says he spends more time studying in the Lowell House dining hall than anyone else in the house. “I have been here since 10 last night and it’s time for breakfast now. I just love being here more than my room,” says Berens. 16The Adams House dining hall has several adjoining rooms that are also used as dining, socializing, and study spaces. The decor of this room includes a glass ceiling and glass doors that filter in natural light. 13A glimpse inside the Kirkland House dining hall reveals a portrait of John Thornton Kirkland, the 15th president of Harvard University. 15Niya Avery ’17 on a rainy day at the Mather House dining hall. “I don’t like libraries that much and this is usually one of the brightest halls on the campus, so I love it,” said Avery. 10Boasting beautiful light, the Adams House dining hall is an elegant combination of structure and function. The walls are adorned with portraits, including Henry Hubbell’s rendition of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who resided in Adams House from 1900–1904. 3A look inside the Kirkland House dining hall on a sunny morning. 5Annenberg Hall is utilized by Harvard College freshman for dining. Named in memory of Roger Annenberg ’62 and inspired by the great halls of Oxford and Cambridge, the hall covers an expansive 9,000 square feet. 9Amelia Lamp ’19 studying in Annenberg Hall. center_img 17Cassandra Robertson is a tutor in Lowell House, and often eats at the dining hall with her dog, Stella. 11A blooming spring morning outside the Kirkland House dining hall. The dining halls inside Harvard College’s 12 undergraduate residential Houses not only feed students at mealtimes but also become their comfort spots, places they can call home outside their dorm rooms.Each dining hall has its own decor and charm. The grandest is Annenberg Hall — not just a treat just for freshmen — with dim lighting that lends an aura of medieval wizardry. There are high wooden walls, an elaborately carved ceiling, golden chandeliers, stained-glass windows, and portraits and statues lining the walls.Decidedly different is the Kirkland House dining hall, a beautifully lit room full of friendly faces. “Kirkland’s dining hall is the nexus of all that happens in the House,” said Kate Drizos Cavell, the House administrator.“It’s rare that one single place can be so many things at once for so many people: an office, a study space, a meeting place, a lounge, a dining room, and most of all, a home,” Cavell said.The dining hall of Mather House is one of the most modern-looking, with brick walls and tall glass windows that look out on the Charles River.Jing Qiu ’16 said, “You can see the sunset from the glass wall, and when it’s the Regatta on the Charles, most of us just sit and watch it from here in our pajamas.”In the spring, Lowell House’s dining hall overlooks blooming flowers and trees leafing out.“Our dining hall is the emotional and architectural heart of the House community,” said Elizabeth G. Terry, the House administrator. “Whether taking a seat at the traditional high table, watching the annual opera production, working out a P-set late into the night, or having supper with friends, its neoclassical beauty is exceeded only by its consummate utility.”Adams House also has plenty of architectural history and cultural relevance to its community. With its bountiful light and lovely flooring, the dining hall is a striking combination of structure and function.“It seems amazing to us now that they didn’t allow cellphones in here when they first came out, and people didn’t sit around much. It was a communal place where people could eat and meet,” said John G. “Sean” Palfrey ’67, a faculty dean of Adams House.“But it has changed drastically in color and character over the years, and people are in here now more often, all the way through the night until the morning, and then the morning people come in.” 6Hanaa Masalmeh ’18 often reads inside the Mather House dining hall in the morning. “The dining hall is super-active on Friday morning because a lot of people don’t have classes on Friday mornings and they all come to the dining room to study,” she said. 14Jing Qiu ’16, who often studies in the Mather House dining hall, said, “I love being here. You can see the sunset from the glass wall, and when it’s the Regatta on the Charles, most of us just sit and watch it from here in our pajamas.” 12Philipp Nowak ’18 studies in the Lowell House dining hall after breakfast. He loves the yellow walls of the dining room. “I like the color,” he said. “It’s friendly!” 7The stained-glass windows in Annenberg Hall are an important element of its decor. They comprise a veritable museum of American stained glass, representing a variety of designers, manufacturers, and techniques. 2Gabrielle Sejourne ’18 can often be found studying in the Adams House dining hall. “I like the fact that I can get my work done because it’s not too loud in here, but it’s not as suffocating as the library could be,” said Sejourne.last_img read more


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first_imgCitigroup to halt all financing for thermal coal mining by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Citigroup Inc. will stop providing financial services to thermal coal-mining companies over the next 10 years to help accelerate the economy’s shift away from fossil fuels.By 2025, the bank won’t provide underwriting and advisory services to the industry and will cut its credit exposure in half, Citigroup said Monday in a statement. It plans to eliminate its exposure entirely by 2030.“Citi recognizes that emissions from fossil-fuel sectors in particular must be drastically reduced in the coming decade,” the company said in the statement. “The shift away from fossil fuels in pursuit of renewable and other sources of low-carbon energy will have a significant effect on clients in coal-fired power generation, coal mining and certain segments of the energy sector.”The lender has been vocal about its efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. Last year, it reached a goal four years ahead of schedule to finance $100 billion of activities that address the problem. It also promoted Val Smith to be the New York-based firm’s first-ever chief sustainability officer.Citigroup updated its environmental and social policy framework on Friday to include the new targets, as well as a commitment to reject financing for oil and gas exploration and production in the Arctic. The company said it hasn’t provided such financing in the past.[Jenny Surane]More: Citi vows to stop working with thermal coal-mining companieslast_img read more


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first_img The cash-intensive businesses sanctioned by OFAC on August 5 were Parque Acuatico Los Cascabeles, a Sinaloa-based water park, Centro Comercial y Habitacional Lomas, a shopping mall in Culiacan, and Rancho Agricola Ganadero Los Mezquites, a cattle ranch in Sinaloa. Nuñez Bedoya incorporated and notarized all three businesses on behalf of Zambada Garcia. On August 5. the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned Jesus Fernandez de Luna and his cattle sales company Compañía Ganadera 5 Manantiales under the Specialy Designated Nationals List. Mexican national Jesus Fernandez de Luna engages in drug trafficking activities for the violent drug cartel Los Zetas, the recently-arrested Miguel Treviño Morales, and his brother Omar Treviño Morales. Los Zetas leaders Miguel and Omar Treviño Morales have used proceeds from their involvement in the narcotics trade to purchase American quarter horses, and launder the money through Jesus Fernandez de Luna and his cattle business. Mexican authorities arrested Miguel Treviño Morales on July 15, 2013. Omar Treviño Morales established Compañía Ganadera 5 Manantiales as a money laundering front for his wife, Carolina Fernandez Gonzalez, and her father, Jesus Fernandez de Luna. Shareholders include Jesus Fernandez de Luna and his wife, Esperanza Maria Gonzalez Muniz, and its principal officers, shareholders, and original incorporators include Jesus Fernandez de Luna, his brother, Gerardo Fernandez de Luna, and his brother-in-law, Emilio Guillermo Gonzalez Muniz. Nuñez Bedoya incorporated Estancia Infantil Niño Feliz and Establo Puerto Rico on behalf of Zambada Garcia, and he notarized real estate purchases on behalf of Santa Monica Dairy, all of which were previously sanctioned by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in May 2007. Additionally, Nuñez Bedoya notarized real estate purchases on behalf of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera and his wife, Griselda Lopez Perez, whom OFAC sanctioned in September 2012. Jesus Fernandez de Luna is wanted in the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) for conspiring to conceal or disguise drug proceeds for Miguel and Omar Treviño Morales. In September 2012, Jesus Fernandez de Luna purchased four valuable racehorses for Miguel and Omar Treviño Morales through Compañía Ganadera 5 Manantiales. The U.S. Government seized and sold these horses at auction. “Treasury will continue to target and disrupt financial operations linked to the Sinaloa Cartel by taking action against any facilitators, legal or financial professionals, or businesses that are laundering their narcotics proceeds,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. By Dialogo August 06, 2013 The U.S. Department of the Treasury also sanctioned three individuals and three entities linked to Ismael Zambada Garcia, one of the principal leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel. They include Jose Antonio Nuñez Bedoya, a Mexican attorney and notary public who helps to create front companies in order to conceal and launder assets on behalf of Zambada Garcia, members of Zambada Garcia’s family, and other members of the Sinaloa Cartel. This action, pursuant to the Kingpin Act, generally prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with these designees and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. Also included under the sanctions were Tomasa Garcia Rios and Monica Janeth Verdugo Garcia, wife and daughter of deceased narcotics trafficker Jose Lamberto Verdugo Calderon. Verdugo Calderon, who was killed by the Mexican military in January 2009, was widely identified by U.S. and Mexican authorities as a major financial operative and lieutenant for Zambada Garcia. Tomasa Garcia Rios and Monica Janeth Verdugo Garcia own Rancho Agricola Ganadero Los Mezquites and Parque Acuatico Los Cascabeles. Sanctioning these individuals and entities would not have been possible without critical support from the Drug Enforcement Administration.last_img read more


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first_imgCUNA is seeking credit unions to participate in a relaunch of its regulatory burden study to provide 2017 data on the costs of regulations.CUNA, along with Cornerstone Advisors, first published the study looking at 2014 costs and finding that regulatory burden cost credit unions $7.2 billion that year.“When we reported that regulations cost credit unions $7.2 billion in 2014, we generated a lot of attention here in Washington,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to CUNA members this week. “I’m convinced that this information, combined with the fierce advocacy of credit unions, leagues and CUNA, is a major reason behind the improved prospect for reducing your regulatory burden in the future.”Nussle asked credit unions to consider participating in the study, which will again be conducted with Cornerstone Advisors. CUNA will hold a webinar later this month for credit unions interested in participating. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more


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first_imgJust over half of those questioned said they would oppose allowing a small business owner in their state to refuse to serve gay people if it would violate their religious beliefs, down from 61% in 2016.In 2018, US Supreme Court sided with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, saying it would violate his Christian beliefs.Opposition to religious discrimination was sharply divided along party lines, with seven in 10 Democrats surveyed opposed to small business owners refusing service to lesbians and gays based on religious beliefs, compared with 39% of Republicans.LGBT+ rights groups welcomed the study results as a sign of progress on acceptance nationwide, with more than six in 10 Americans (62%) also supporting same-sex marriage, compared to just over a third in 2007.”Americans – across race, party and almost every demographic – continue to expand their support for equality,” Lucas Acosta, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a US advocacy group, said in emailed comments.”No longer is support for LGBTQ equality a wedge issue, but rather a unifying message supported overwhelmingly by Americans.”Topics : “Issues that in the recent past demarcated major political and religious fault lines now find broad agreement.”But the survey results also reflect a growing debate in the United States between civil rights advocates opposing discrimination of LGBT+ people and religious groups seeking the right to operate according to their spiritual beliefs.”Americans support the freedom of creative professionals to create art consistent with their convictions,” said Jeremy Tedesco, an attorney at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group, in an emailed statement.”This principle protects the lesbian graphic designer or the atheist painter as much as it protects the Christian filmmaker.” Most Americans now believe LGBT+ people should be protected against discrimination, a major survey has found, but one in three thinks businesses should be allowed to refuse to serve gay customers on religious grounds.Nearly three-quarters of the 40,000 Americans surveyed said they favored laws that would protect LGBT+ people from discrimination in work and housing, while only about one in five opposed such protections.”Support for LGBT rights continues to be strong and expansive in all 50 states,” said Robert P. Jones, chief executive and founder of the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), which conducted the survey.last_img read more


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first_img Comment Chelsea winger Willian will be out of contract come the summer (Picture: Getty)Willian has vowed to continue playing for Chelsea until the Premier League season concludes – even if the coronavirus outbreak causes further delays.Last week, all professional football in England was suspended until at least April, although there are fears the Premier League may not be able to resume until much later in the year.Brazilian winger Willian will be out of contract come the summer and has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona in recent days.The 31-year-old hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge but is keen to sign a new two-year deal, while Chelsea have so far only offered a one-year contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT Euro 2020 postponed over coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:05FullscreenEuro 2020 postponed over coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/euro-2020-postponed-coronavirus-2132178/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveBut even if Willian is out of contract when the Premier League season concludes or finishes, he says he will still make himself available for Chelsea.‘My contract really ends I think in July,’ Willian told Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo.‘And if I had to play on those dates, in these months, I think it would be no problem for me to end the League in a way which would be loyal to the club, as they always were with me.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 City‘Regardless of a signed paper. But it’s clear that this is not a certainty, we don’t know what can happen.‘But without a doubt, as always, I will always be ready to give the best to my club regardless of my contract situation.’Willian has made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2013, helping the Blues win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.MORE: Chelsea open talks with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho dealMORE: Man Utd plot bargain £35m transfer deal for Arsenal ace Aubameyang Advertisement Willian sends message to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard amid Arsenal and Tottenham transfer linkscenter_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Mar 2020 10:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgBask Homes display with a starting price of $225,932 including upgrades are part of the Vale Display Village in Holmview, Logan.“This prompted us to produce something people can relate to, a versatile home with a well-laid-out design that can fit a lot of features and remain homey.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe DeKor Homes display has an open-living floorplan, showcasing the indoor-outdoor aspect that is proving a trend among Queensland homeowners. Bask Homes director Peter Andersen, said home buyers were no longer settling for basic homes and instead were now focusing on liveable aspects, like larger master suites and separate living areas, without compromising on privacy or finances.“It all comes down to good architectural design,” Mr Andersen said. “People are genuinely surprised when they come and see what can be built with a design that is specifically for that block and that there really isn’t a compromise on anything.” Stockland regional manager David Laner said home designs were constantly evolving to suit modern lifestyles and it was exciting to see the latest trends on show at the Village. Vale Display Village has opened at Holmview, Logan, featuring seven Queensland builders.BUYERS looking for more bang for their buck might be in luck with Stockland’s new display village at Holmview promising life’s little luxuries but on a first-home owner budget.The village includes seven homes with all including luxuries not usually found in the first-home buyer market, such as butler’s pantries, multiple living spaces and large outdoor areas.Officially opened last month, the Vale Display Village at Holmview features homes from Queensland builders including Metricon, Ausmar Homes, Bask Homes, Integra Homes, Neptune Homes, Colossal Homes and DeKor Homes. DeKor Homes director Jason Krueger said the demand for new homes by first homeowners was strong, however people were trying to fit a lot into their blocks due to limited budgets. “We’ve noticed people buying blocks suited to their budget, then trying to fit too much into the space inefficiently,” he said. One of the displays at Vale Display Village, Holmview, Logan.“Vale at Holmview caters for a wide range of budgets and lifestyles and the homes on show in our new display village demonstrate what can be achieved with the experience and guidance of our professional builder partners,” Mr Laner said. “The homes are very spacious and extremely liveable and it all comes down to good design and a knowledge of what homeowners value most.” Holmview has also just announced that its $1 million park is under construction set to be a huge drawcard for families throughout the region.The 1.4ha park will include a multi-level play tower, in-ground trampolines, a tunnel slide and a spinning carousel.There will also be plenty of space to play sports, have a picnic or run your dog in the off leash area.last_img read more


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first_imgDaniel Ben-Ami questions the wisdom of excluding fossil fuel investmentIt is a tragedy that a basic truth has been forgotten. The world is going to need huge amounts more energy for everyone to achieve reasonable living standards.Recent World Bank statistics on global poverty make sobering reading. The trend is improving over time, but, in 2012, there were still 896m people living on less than $1.90 a day. More than 2.1bn people were living on less than $3.10 a day.For such people to enjoy Western living standards, it will be necessary for them to have levels of energy consumption on a par with the developed world. The same is true for the billions more who are not in dire poverty but whose income levels are still well below those of the West. That means there is a moral imperative to strive for a world in which far more energy is produced. The alternative – whatever politically correct language it is dressed up in – means condemning billions to remain in poverty. That may be the preferred option of the West’s green-tinged elite, but it should not be acceptable to the rest of us.In the abstract, it does not matter where the energy comes from. The key criterion should be pragmatic – whatever works best. The priority should be to produce as much energy as cheaply and efficiently as possible.In practice, at least in the short and medium term, the vast bulk will come from fossil fuels. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015, fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) accounted for 86% of world energy consumption in 2014 compared with less than 3% for all forms of renewables (wind, geothermal, solar, biomass and waste). That is despite a huge drive by many Western governments over many years to promote renewables and stigmatise fossil fuel use. It is also worth remembering that many environmental campaigners also reject nuclear energy (about 4% of global consumption) and hydroelectric power (about 7%). Of course, it is impossible to say for certain what will happen in the more distant future. It could be that nuclear fusion – generating enormous amounts of energy by fusing hydrogen atoms together – will finally fulfil its promise. Or possibly solar energy will be harnessed on a much larger scale. Alternatively, an energy source barely recognised at present might come into its own.What is certain, as things stand, we live in a world where billions of people live in a state of scarcity. That is a huge waste of human potential. It is not some hypothetical future catastrophe but one that is all too present and real. For the time being, at least, boosting energy production by all means available – including fossil fuels – is the truly moral choice.Daniel Ben-Ami is deputy editor at IPElast_img read more


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first_imgA capacity of 1,300MW of offshore wind in wind turbine components was shipped via Port of Esbjerg in 2017 – 200MW more than in the previous year – according to the port’s annual results, which show a 2.2% increase in turnover at EUR 31.61 million and a net profit of EUR 10.83 million.Image: Port of EsbjergThe 1,100MW of offshore wind turbine components shipped in 2016 marked more than double the amount handled in 2015.Stable cargo turnover, a high level of activity and progress in shipping out wind turbine components are some of the factors that made 2017 a record year, the port writes.Over the past several years, and especially in 2017, the Port of Esbjerg invested massively in its infrastructure and it states that it is now the leading North Sea offshore wind port, the base for the Danish offshore industry and an international hub for multimodal transport with six scheduled RoRo routes.“The Port of Esbjerg has played a pivotal role in recent decades in the development of the offshore wind sector Europe-wide, and especially as regards German projects in the North Sea. For the German wind farms, the Port of Esbjerg is crucial as a hub for shipping out both turbines and equipment. The shipping operations out of the Port of Esbjerg to the largescale wind farms create value throughout Europe,” the Port of Esbjerg quoted German Ambassador to Denmark, Andreas Meitzner, as saying.An investment of EUR 32.11 million was poured in the completion of the East Port expansion in 2017, and a total of EUR 228 million were invested in new solutions and infrastructure since 2004. In 2017, the return on average invested capital (ROAIC) was 8.4%.The port’s chairman, Flemming N. Enevoldsen said: “Our financial muscle must be such that we are continuously able to make the investments required to meet our customers’ needs and develop the Port of Esbjerg. Therefore, we must continue to keep costs down and ensure a sound return on our investments. The need for investment is unlikely to decrease in the future, given the market outlook and the high pace at which our environment has changed in the past.”The port added that it had just started an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a future port expansion of up to 1.0 million m² so that it is ready to expand as demand for new areas arises. The EIA process is planned to be completed at the end of 2019, after which any expansion can be planned and implemented.last_img read more


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first_img Share LocalNews Tourism pumped $240 Million into Dominica’s economy by: – May 24, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tourism Minister Ian Douglas says the country has received over $240 million dollars from the tourism industry.Douglas told the official launching of the I AM Dominica Campaign that the significance of the industry to the Dominican economy must be highlighted.“The tourism industry is about all of us in Dominica because the tourism dollar filters right through the economy and its importance for us to let people know the kind of effect tourism has on the economy,” he said.Douglas said further that several sectors benefit from the tourism sector.“The tourism dollar goes right through the system. It doesn’t just stay with vendors on the bay front or taxi drivers,” he added.He said the agriculture sector also receives a major boost for because of tourism.“The number of farmers today who sell their fresh fruits to our hotels and restaurants must be highlighted. The fishermen also sell their catch to hotels and all of that goes into our tourism product,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more