The Cynthia Wight Rossano Endowed Prize Fund

first_imgA new endowed prize fund, established by Daniel Pierce ’56, has been named in honor of Cynthia Wight Rossano for her services to Harvard University and to commemorate Harvard’s history. The Cynthia Wight Rossano Prize in Harvard History awards the best essay by a Harvard College undergraduate. Drawing upon primary sources, the essays must consider any aspect of Harvard history, contribute scholarly knowledge, and must be no longer than 10 pages. A multimedia presentation by a single Harvard student may be submitted in place of an essay.Essays or presentations must be submitted no later than May 1 to the Office of the University Marshal, Wadsworth House. Judging the prize will be University Marshal Jackie O’Neill; the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church; and a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to be chosen by committee members. Judges reserve the right not to award the prize in any year when submissions do not meet their standards. The prize amount will be set annually by the committee of judges.For more information, visit the Office of the University Marshal Web site.last_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Alliant Energy to spend $900 million buying 675MW of solar capacity

first_imgWisconsin’s Alliant Energy to spend $900 million buying 675MW of solar capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy will spend $900 million buying 675 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects as it moves to replace uneconomic coal-fired plants with renewables.Alliant, which serves about 1 million customers in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Iowa, currently relies on renewables for about 20 percent of its generation capacity, largely wind power in Iowa, with twice as much coming from natural gas plants. On Tuesday Alliant said it will “acquire” six large-scale solar projects in Wisconsin from developers NextEra Energy Resources, Ranger Power and Savion. The projects, ranging from 50 megawatts up to a 200-megawatt development owned by NextEra, represent a huge leap forward for Wisconsin’s solar market. The state has around 150 megawatts of installed solar today, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.Alliant’s solar news comes just days after it announced plans to close the remaining 380-megawatt unit of its coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan by the end of 2022, a move it said will save customers “hundreds of millions of dollars in costs.” Alliant subsidiary Wisconsin Power and Light closed two other, older units at Edgewood over the past five years.In 2018 Alliant established its “Clean Energy Blueprint,” which aims for 30 percent renewables by 2030 on the way to an 80-percent carbon emissions cut by 2050. The blueprint includes a goal of 1 gigawatt of solar by 2023, as well as an accelerated closure of the coal plants that still made up 30 percent of its generation as of last year.Most Midwestern states are not known for their solar markets, but utilities across the region are increasingly staking out clean energy and decarbonization plans that move beyond onshore wind and embrace large-scale solar. Over the past few years, the active interconnection queue for Midwestern grid operator MISO has steadily shifted from wind to solar as its primary renewable resource. According to a May 2020 report from MISO, of the 68 gigawatts of projects seeking interconnection, 40.6 gigawatts are solar projects.[Jeff St. John]More: Wisconsin has 150MW of solar. Alliant just bought 675MW morelast_img read more

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Ireland may tighten travel restrictions for COVID-19 hot spots

first_img“We’re looking at countries that may effectively become hot spots for COVID-19 in the months ahead, or indeed regions within countries, and looking at ways in which we can deal with that risk,” Coveney told national broadcaster RTE.Arrivals into Ireland from Malta, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greenland, Greece, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino no longer have to restrict their movements.The selection was shorter than many other countries’ “green lists”, including British-run Northern Ireland, which shares an open land border with Ireland where no travel restrictions are imposed.While Irish travellers returning from the 15 countries will not have to quarantine either, the government took out full-page newspaper advertisements on Wednesday telling people that the safest things to do was not to travel anywhere.”The message is still clear, the safest thing to do is not to take your holidays abroad, look after your family, spend your money at home and holiday at home,” Coveney said, noting that, while travel to and from Ireland was at around 7-8% of its usual level, 50,000 Irish people were still travelling abroad a week.  Ireland may introduce further travel restrictions for countries with a very high instance of COVID-19, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday after the government lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for 15 European countries.Ireland, which has one of the lower rates of infection in the European Union with around 5 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days, decided late on Tuesday to drop the restriction for people coming from countries with a similar or lower rate.Coveney said the government would turn its attention in the coming weeks to whether it should introduce steps beyond the 14-day quarantine from areas hardest hit, including a potential requirement to take a coronavirus test before departure. Topics :last_img read more

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Prudential Indonesia aims to boost number of MDRT-qualified agents

first_imgLife insurance company PT Prudential Life Assurance (Prudential Indonesia) aims to increase the number of its agents who qualify for membership of a global association of life insurance and financial services professionals, amid the persistently low insurance penetration rate in the country.The number of Prudential Indonesia’s agents registered as members of the trade association Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) has grown over the years. Within four years, it more than tripled from 302 agents in 2017 to 1,000 agents in 2020.  MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. With that figure, Prudential Indonesia accounts for around 36 percent of the 2,745 MDRT-registered agents in Indonesia as of July 1, making it one of the 10 countries with most MDRT members. Last year, only 2,459 agents in the country were registered as members of the association.“If we are talking about aspirations, of course, we hope the number does not stay at 1,000. By 2021, we aspire for that number to reach 1,800,” the company’s chief agency officer, Rusli Chan, said during a virtual media briefing on Tuesday. Indonesia’s insurance penetration relative to gross domestic product (GDP) remains low. According to the latest data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Indonesia’s insurance spending in 2018 was only 1.79 percent of the country’s GDP, lower than in neighboring Malaysia’s, where it was 4.4 percent, and much lower than the average insurance spending in OECD member countries at 8.92 percent of GDP.A recent high-profile case involving state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya added to public distrust of insurance companies. Jiwasraya has been accused of mismanagement and corruption after investing most of its premium revenue from the JS Saving Plan, one of the company’s insurance products, into so-called pump-and-dump stocks. Prudential Indonesia has more than 260,000 agents across the country, a number that is reportedly growing amid the pandemic as people look for alternative sources of income, Prudential Indonesia president director Jens Reisch said. “We actually increased our [agent] recruitment quite significantly. Now, the number of agents is already 285,000,” Reisch noted during the media briefing. Prudential Indonesia runs a host of capacity building programs for its agents to help them qualify for the MDRT title. Rusli explained that the company built an awareness program called Run for MDRT and provided its agents with MDRT mentorship to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between agents. Miliana Marten, MDRT Indonesia country chair, explained that MDRT membership would give agents access to resources as well as a global network with the world’s best financial services professionals. The MDRT has more than 72,000 members from more than 500 companies in 70 countries. “The MDRT is membership-based. To achieve MDRT membership, a high level of commitment is needed to achieve the benchmark of premium collection,” Miliana said during the same event. To be considered for MDRT membership, agents need to collect total premiums worth Rp 453.92 million (US$31,000) within their first year. A step above the MDRT qualification is the Court of the Table (COT) qualification, given to members who collect total premiums of Rp 1.36 billion.The highest qualification, called the Top of the Table (TOT), is given to those who manage to collect Rp 2.72 billion in yearly premiums.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to accommodate a clarification that Prudential did not just start the MDRT program in 2017.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Stephen Keshi sacked as Nigeria football coach

first_imgStephen Keshi has been sacked as coach of Nigeria and replaced by Shaibu AmoduStephen Keshi has been sacked as the coach of Nigeria’s national team the Super Eagles.The Nigeria Football Federation’s disciplinary Committee took the decision on Saturday, following investigations into why he applied for the Côte d’Ivoire job, when he was secured in his job as the Super Eagles head coach.The 53-year-old was fired on Saturday night for breach of contract. he had two years left on his deal with the Nigeria Football Federation. Keshi was into his second spell as the Super Eagles coach, after holding the reigns from 2011.He won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles, but has been on a battle lane with the federation since then.last_img

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Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp lead Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-3 win over Diamondbacks

first_imgAdrian Gonzalez was penciled in to the cleanup spot against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. It was fair to ask why. Since hitting his team-leading 12th home run of the season on May 21, Gonzalez was batting .136 with no home runs and just six RBIs entering play Friday. When making good contact, Gonzalez often hit into the teeth of a defensive shift. Usually he wasn’t making good contact. But there he was at Dodger Stadium, occupying same the place in the order he’s occupied all but eight times this season, making the Diamondbacks pay in creative ways. Gonzalez drove in one run and scored another in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win.“Adrian’s going to hit. It shows over his whole career that he’s going to hit,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He knows that he’s got another 400 at-bats coming (this season). He’s not going to give in. He’s going to continue to battle.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Gonzalez scored the Dodgers’ first run the easy way – walking then jogging home on a two-run home run by Matt Kemp in the second inning. He gave the Dodgers their third run on an RBI single in the seventh inning. Kemp went 2 for 4. Hanley Ramirez, who didn’t start the last two games because of a left shoulder ailment, went 2 for 3. Catcher A.J. Ellis, activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, singled, walked twice and scored the Dodgers’ final run.The Dodgers’ bullpen survived a rocky finish inning to make a winner of Clayton Kershaw (6-2). Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the ninth inning en route to his 18th save of the season.Kershaw pitched seven innings, scattered eight hits and one walk, and struck out seven batters. The Diamondbacks rarely put the ball in the air against Kershaw, hitting into just two fly-ball outs. They never led in the game but never trailed by more than two runs.In his last start against the Diamondbacks, Kershaw suffered one of the worst outings of his career, allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. That game was less than a month ago, but felt like a distant memory Friday.center_img “You hope to not have any of those,” Kershaw said.Chris Owings led off the third inning with a ground-rule double to left and scored on a two-out double by Aaron Hill. Arizona didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when Brian Wilson allowed three hits and retired just one batter. After Tuffy Gosewich singled home Hill to narrow the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2, J.P. Howell was summoned from the bullpen to record the final two outs of the inning. Jansen got the save despite allowing a walk and two hits, including an RBI single by Hill.Gonzalez led off the second inning with a nine-pitch at-bat against Chase Anderson (5-1). The next batter was Kemp, who drilled a 2-1 pitch to left-center field for a home run – Kemp’s first since May 10.The rookie right-hander suffered the first loss of his career, falling one short of the Dodgers’ Kazuhisa Ishii for the most wins to start a career by a National League pitcher (since 1914).Ramirez led off the seventh inning with a double off right-hander Will Harris. With one out, Ramirez at third base and the right side of the infield drawn in, Gonzalez lined an RBI single into right field.After the Diamondbacks scored off Wilson, the Dodgers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ellis led off with a single against right-hander Evan Marshall. He went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Chone Figgins, then scored on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Justin Turner.Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon made a pair of highlight-caliber plays to end the fifth inning. He ranged to his right to glove a ground ball hit by Gerardo Parra, then jumped and threw out the fleet-footed outfielder. On a Paul Goldschmidt ground ball to his left, Gordon sprawled out on the outfield grass to knock down the baseball and throw out the Diamondbacks’ first baseman.Prior to the game, the announced crowd of 42,831 observed a moment of silence and saw a video tribute to honor former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch, who died of a heart attack Monday night.last_img read more

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