Where can I begin with Sex on the Beat? With the beat. The night is all about the music: a fusion of dirty electro, underground house and, essentially, incredible beats – a sharp contrast to the usual array of RnB and cheese that dominates student nights at Filth. This week, the music progressed increasingly further from the Sex on the Beat regular DJs’ dirty electro house, introducing more accessible ‘standard’ Drum n Bass and House tracks (did I hear Pendulum at Sex on the Beat?!) with guest DJs from Radio1.This didn’t, however, destroy the originality of Sex on the Beat. It merely meant the night transformed and altered as the hours flew by. From electro to house to breaks to drum n bass, there was no stopping the movement. The resident DJs Sam Frasier and Darren (aka Dee Styles), aim to ensure that this diversity and variety is maintained at the Sex on the Beat: “the ethos of the night is to educate the crowd with a variety of house music that will be pleasing to everyone’s ears…we aim to cater for everyone’s musical tastes.”But the wonderful thing about Sex on the Beat isn’t just the beat…it’s the crowd. Wednesday saw a mix of Oxford and Brookes students all together for the same purpose: ‘raving’ the night away. Glow bands were given out on the door and with the usual array of funky outfits, a bit of glow paint (demonstrating the growing ‘nu rah-ve’ culture) and a few pairs of sunglasses here and there, it was a colourful eclectic picture of clubbers. Last Wednesday certainly demonstrated this and it ensured that Sex on the Beat will be a dominant feature of student clubbing from now on. Unlike normal student club nights, there’s no need to start queuing at some un-godly hour of 8.30pm (did I hear you say Bridge?), because it’s open until the early hours.The next Sex on the Beat will be on Wednesday 13th February: a Valentine’s special on till 5am. Tickets will be available for this night at the Hobgoblin Pub on the Cowley Road, or via Facebook. Watch this space…Sex on the Beat could prove to be the best Beat in Oxford. by Catherine Molony
Memorial Day Parade CanceledDue to inclement weather, this year’s Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled. Visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.Secaucus Recreation to hold first annual football campThe Recreation Department will hold its first annual recreational football camp next month.The camp will run on June 16 and 23, from 9-11 a.m. each day. It will be located at the Secaucus High School football field. Admission is free but open to Secaucus residents only. Registration can be completed on the Community Pass.Only students entering the second through eighth grades in September are eligible. Contact (201) 330-3299 for more information.Secaucus Food Pantry seeking tuna, chicken, and pasta sauce donationsThe Secaucus Food Pantry is seeking tuna, chicken, and pasta sauce donations for May. The items can be dropped off at the Secaucus Senior Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone with questions can call Judy or Eileen at (201) 330-2014. The pantry is also seeking donations of $10 gift cards to Walmart or ShopRite. Pet Spa Day coming to Secaucus Animal ShelterOn May 20, from 12 to 4 p.m. Sassy Styles Mobile Pet Spa will provide pet spa treatments at the Secaucus Animal Shelter. Treatments for dogs and cats will include nail cutting, tooth brushing, and winter paw pad treatment. For more information on the cost for each treatment, visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ and check the meetings and events tab. The animal shelter is located at 525 Meadowlands Pkwy.
Dear Friends,City Council on Thursday approved the first reading of an ordinance that authorizes the city to pursue four properties at the Ninth Street gateway to Ocean City. The ordinance would be just a first step in the potential acquisition of some or all of the abandoned properties that are an eyesore greeting motorists driving into town. This measure demonstrates our commitment to preserving open space and beautifying this important part of Ocean City.I’ve asked ACT Engineers and the city team to organize two meetings on Saturday, Aug. 20, to let residents know about Ocean City’s 2016 bay dredging program. The first meeting will be held 11:30 a.m. in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center to discuss the next dredging project covering Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and the entrance area of South Harbor. The second meeting will be held for the residents of the Nor’Easter Residential Marina community at Seventh Street and Pleasure Avenue at 1 p.m., also at the Senior Center. Letters mailed to all residents of these affected neighborhoods explain the meeting and relevant aspects of the dredging program in more detail.Finally, I’d like to encourage everybody to sign up for storm alerts by telephone, text and e-mail. As always, I hope that these will rarely be necessary, but it’s important to be aware and prepared. Many of you already receive telephone alerts, but adding a cell phone to our Code Red system will allow you to receive text messages when the National Weather Service issues “warnings” about approaching weather events. This database will never be used for anything but emergency alerts. To sign up, visit ocnj.us/oem.I hope everyone has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.
Suffolk baker Mark Felgate was named as “The Nation’s Tastiest Baker” of regional bread as part of the eighth Farmhouse Breakfast Week celebrations this week.Felgate, of The Cake Shop of Woodbridge, Suffolk (owned by Peter Wright), picked up the prize for his loaves including the Suffolk Trencher, an Anglo Saxon loaf made with four flours, seven varieties of seeds and a dash of honey.Lincolnshire bakers Mount Pleasant Windmill and Welbournes Bakery both received judges’ commendations for their plum loaves, as did Thomsons Bakery in Newcastle for its Brown Ale Bread.Farmhouse Breakfast Week, organised by the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA), aims to highlight the importance of breakfast and the range and quality of regional breakfast produce available in the UK. Over 1,500 events were due to take place across the country this week as part of the event.Speaking at the launch of the week, HGCA chief executive Jonathan Cowens said it was growing in popularity every year, with big retailers such as Tesco now supporting it.
Coming to the United States as a young boy, Tianhao He ’15 quickly learned about the many opportunities this country can provide, while also becoming aware of its many inequities.It was then that He chose to make it his life’s work to make sure more Americans have the opportunity to succeed and thrive.Because of this dedication to public service, and his leadership potential, the Harvard undergraduate was named a 2014 Truman Scholar. The award, which provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school, is given annually to college juniors who exhibit leadership qualities and are committed to a career in public service. He was one of only 59 chosen from 655 candidates nationwide who had been nominated by their schools for the scholarship.“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this opportunity. Above all, being a Truman Scholar means being a part of a community, a community where I can not only contribute my own perspectives but also listen and learn from other Truman Scholars who are doing incredible work in other fields,” said He.A resident of Mather House and a sociology concentrator, He works at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Eviction Defense Clinic, where he helps Harvard Law School student advocates provide low-income families from Boston with the legal resources to stay in their homes. In addition, He mentors students through the Harvard Allston Education Portal, and is the director of content for the Harvard International Review, a quarterly journal focused on international affairs.“It’s wonderful to hear that the Truman Foundation has chosen to honor one of our undergraduates for his dedication to public service and his leadership. I want to congratulate and thank Tianhao for this tremendous achievement,” said Interim Dean of the College Donald Pfister. “Tianhao is truly a reminder that many of our undergraduates are doing extraordinary things in the name of public service.”Born in Beijing, He moved to Switzerland before arriving in Cambridge, where he stayed through eighth grade before moving to Maryland. There, close to the nation’s capital, his enthusiasm for public service grew. Feeding this passion, He has conducted original public policy research on affordable housing and its effect on urban economic inequality in Boston.“For me, as an immigrant, I saw that opportunity in this country could still be transformative, but I also saw firsthand that there are many structural barriers that continue to perpetuate economic inequality in this country,” He said. “I saw how neighborhoods mattered, and how where you live can still determine so many of your life chances. When I got to Harvard, my incredible mentors and the interdisciplinary resources here on campus inspired me to think more critically about why these problems exist and how I can make an impact through a career in public service.”This summer, He will intern at the White House with the Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility and the Office of Veterans and Military Families. Though He is only a junior, he plans to return to Washington, D.C., after graduation to put his desire to help others to use by working for the federal government. Eventually, He intends to go to law school.“I don’t see the problems with government as a reason to turn away, but rather as an opportunity to turn towards, get involved, and reimagine how we can solve these problems,” He said. “Through my involvement with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, I have seen firsthand Harvard Law School’s genuine commitment to clinical legal education, which has inspired me to want to go to law school myself because I have seen how law can be a powerful tool with which to solve the social problems I have studied as an undergraduate sociology concentrator.”
In late June I participated in EMC’s second annual University Day, which deepens the collaboration between EMC and its academic partners. (See the list of universities we partner with below.)EMC established University Day to foster an open dialogue between EMC, academic researchers, and students. It provides a perfect venue for us to strengthen existing relationships, discuss potential research engagements, and recruit top students.Held in Santa Clara, California, the agenda for this event included discussions on challenging high-tech issues in next-generation data centers, including new developments in solid state storage.My part in the agenda was to present how EMC uses data analytics to manage our global university research portfolio. University research is a component of our larger innovation analytics strategy. In addition to academic research, this strategy encompasses idea contests, innovation conference engagement, paper publication, and intellectual property.The highlight of the day was the student competition, in which nine students presented their research via posters and competed for first prize. What I found remarkable about their proposals—which explains why they were chosen!—is how well they align with current industry trends.The top three winners and the relevance of their ideas follow:First place: Vasily Tarasov, Stony Brook University – Effective Block Layer Deduplication via File System and Application Hints. Customers want IT features (e.g., deduplication, backup) to be seamlessly integrated into the applications they are using. This prevents them from having to use separate tools for separate features. Having the application layer provide “hints” to a deduplication tool is a great first step in this direction.Second place: Stan Park, University of Rochester – Flash-Oriented I/O Scheduling in Software Defined Network. The phenomenon of Application Nearness means that applications are getting further and further away for the final resting place (e.g., a storage device) of their data. Complex, multi-hop networks have inserted themselves in between applications and their data, and software-defined networks are becoming an important arbitration point to guarantee performance. Adding a flash layer to the network makes a lot of sense.Third place: Wenfei Wu, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Detecting Bottleneck Middleboxes in Virtual Networks. Along similar lines, bottleneck detection within virtual networks has been an area of recent innovation at EMC (e.g., RSA Security Analytics). Wenfei’s approach provides another mechanism for getting more intelligence and optimization between application and storage.The students, faculty, and EMC employees greatly enjoyed the dialogue that all of the student projects inspired. For further information on some of this work, feel free to browse the academic research portals of the universities EMC works with:Carnegie Mellon UniversityCase Western Reserve UniversityFlorida International UniversityHarvard UniversityNortheastern UniversityPrinceton UniversityStony Brook UniversityUC IrvineUC San DiegoUC Santa CruzUniversity of MinnesotaUniversity of RochesterUniversity of UtahUniversity of Wisconsin
59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A few years ago I wrote a scholarly paper on culture. The intent of the research was to define culture as how people live inside an organization. My research produced 149 definitions of culture. I imagine there are more than 149 definitions. The definition of culture was not what I was learning; my learning was deeper. I’ll come back to that later.First, let’s turn to the term “engagement.” Many of my clients conduct employee satisfaction surveys or culture assessments. Satisfaction and happiness do not necessarily mean the employee is engaged.Employees can be happy at work because of the social network or a decent paycheck. Game rooms, ping pong, or pool tables may contribute to employee happiness. Happiness is different than employee engagement and yet can be connected to employee engagement if other organization practices are relevant and meaningful. continue reading »
Casco Federal Credit Union uses Twitter to organize a food drive for a local pantry. Credit unions are using social media to share information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit unions are taking to social media to share information with members during the COVID-19 outbreak.Rather than relying solely on words, Signal Financial Federal Credit Union in Kensington, Md., used a video message from its CEO to announce it was switching to a “by appointment only” model.#CEOUpdate: We’re temporarily moving to a “by appointment only” model for visiting branches due to #coronavirus. Watch this message from Signal Financial’s President & CEO Francois Verleysen and get more details here: https://t.co/ak95U5BXnD #ceoupdate #creditunions #pandemic pic.twitter.com/jmsDlg1Hot— Signal Financial FCU (@SignalFCU) March 24, 2020 continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
BBC News reports that Chinese authorities knew of the S suis cases about a month ago but did not release that information until Jul 25. Local reporters have been banned from visiting areas where cases have occurred, with orders to newspapers to use dispatches from Xinhau, the state news agency, according to an MSNBC story. The Western Pacific office of the World Health Organization (WHO) put the number of cases as of today at 181 with 34 deaths, but New Scientist reported 198 cases with 36 deaths. The disease is concentrated in the Sichuan province in the southwest, but a case was reported Saturday in the southern province of Guangdong, says an Associated Press (AP) story. The lethality of the current cases and the symptom variations have called into question the S suis diagnosis. Robert Dietz of Asia-Pacific WHO is reported to have said that his organization is not convinced. Samson Wong, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, told Reuters, “It could be another disease altogether, it need not be Streptococcus suis because the presentation is so atypical.” Chinese authorities have not allowed any independent analysis of the cases to date. S suis has just been declared by the Chinese government as a notifiable infectious disease, according to the Chinese business newspaper The Standard. The decision was made because of the vast scale of the infection and the high associated mortality. Extensive control measures have been undertaken quickly in China, according to WHO, focusing on accurate identification of infected pigs, educational efforts informing people not to butcher or eat infected swine, and identification and treatment of human cases. Officials in Sichuan claim to have distributed more than 2 million posters to farmers and to have sent 50,000 heath workers and officials to 1.4 million hourseholds to register every pig in the region, according to a United Press International story. Chinese experts have completed genetic sequencing of S suis, a Jul 28 Xinhua story reported. Scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control are studying how closely the pig and human bacteria are genetically correlated to investigate how the disease spreads from animals to humans. Eleven cases have been reported in Hong Kong since May 2004, according to MSNBC. Two of them coincide with the Sichuan outbreak, but whether they are related has not been determined. The disease has been identified by the Chinese Ministry of Health as being caused by Streptococcus suis, a bacterium not uncommon in pigs. Human cases have been very rare, however, with mortality rates of less than 10%. Symptoms usually include high fever, vomiting, and hearing loss resulting from inflammation of the brain. Current cases are showing hemorrhaging under the skin, a very rare manifestation; only isolated hearing loss; and a mortality rate of 20%, according to various reports. Aug 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports on the mysterious pig-borne disease spreading among humans in China are numerous, with the number of cases closing in on 200 and fatalities standing at 34. Several sources today said the Yongshun pharmaceutical company in Guangdong shipped enough vaccine to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, on Sunday to treat 350,000 pigs. The company claims they will be producing and shipping vaccine for another 10 million pigs shortly, according to a China Daily story today. To acquire immunity, pigs must be given two doses within a 15-day period; protection will last for more than 4 months. China is the largest pork producer in the world, with production concentrated in the Sichuan province. About 80% of China’s pork comes from small backyard farms, according to the Pacific News Service. Most of the current cases have occurred in farmers and butchers who have slaughtered or had contact with infected pigs.
Americans not worried about H1N1 but will get vaccineMore than 60% of Americans say they are not worried about the novel H1N1 flu, but 55% plan to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves or someone in their household, according to a Washington Post ABC News Poll. The poll indicates that about one in eight Americans is very worried that the pandemic will affect his or her family, while twice as many are not at all worried, the Post reported. Nearly 75% were confident that the government will be able to cope effectively with the epidemic.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081901585.htmlAug 19 Washington Post storyMany British firms have had H1N1-related absencesIn a survey of 429 small and medium-sized British companies, 72% said they had weathered staff absenteeism because of the H1N1 flu and 38% expected that their sales would suffer, Reuters reported yesterday. The survey by the law firm Eversheds also found that one in five businesses said they expected to have to close or partially close premises, and 87% said they had introduced new sanitation measures to combat the virus.http://www.reuters.com/article/internal_ReutersNewsRoom_ExclusivesAndWins_MOLT/idUSTRE57I42920090819Aug 19 Reuters reportCanada expects November vaccination launch, adequate supplyCanadian officials hope to license the country’s novel flu vaccine and begin immunizing people in November, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s vaccine supplier, GlaxoSmithKline, will ship about 10 to 15 million doses and will be able to quickly replenish supplies as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to patients. Officials project that GSK’s antigen production will outpace its fill-and-finish capacity but said finishing the vaccine elsewhere would cause delays.Australian doctors question country’s vaccination plans Australia’s major infectious disease society is questioning the safety of the country’s novel H1N1 vaccination plans, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported today. In a letter to the government, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases cited a risk of cross-contamination when using multidose vials and said the flu epidemic has subsided, so the campaign needn’t be rushed. A spokeswoman for vaccine maker CSL countered that the single-dose approach would be slower and more expensive.http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/20/2662321.htm?section=justinAug 20 Australian Broadcasting Corp. storyNovel H1N1 deaths in Latin America exceed 1,300Deaths from H1N1 flu in Latin America, the world’s hardest-hit region, have reached 1,303, more than 70% of the global total of 1,799 listed by the World Health Organization, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday. Argentina has had 404 deaths, the second-highest toll after the United States’ 477, and Brazil has 368, the story said. Trailing Brazil are Mexico, with 164 deaths; Chile, 105; and Peru, 62.Zimbabwe, Belarus report first novel flu casesZimbabwe’s health ministry today announced the confirmation of the country’s first novel H1N1 cases, in five private-school children who got sick in early August, Agence France-Presse reported. Doctors at Zimbabwe’s state hospitals are on strike over wage and allowance issues, but the health minister said the medical system is coping. Meanwhile, Belarus confirmed its first novel flu case yesterday, in a Chinese man who had recently returned from visiting China, the Interfax news agency reported.