For 36 hours, 479 undergraduates from around the world gathered to develop groundbreaking products from scratch. The forum was Harvard’s first collegiate hackathon, aptly named HackHarvard.The participants, who were selected from a pool of more than 3,700 applicants, came from not only top universities across the United States (including nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale), but seven countries as well.At the Nov. 13-15 competition, teams vied for prizes that totaled more than $12,500. Designated a Major League Hacking hackathon, HackHarvard sponsors included Microsoft, Facebook, Capital One, Twitter, and Google.For Ajay Nathan ’18, the experience was rewarding because it allowed him to travel “from idea formation to completion in a short amount of time.” Nathan competed on a winning team with three other Harvard undergraduates.Some competitors found it valuable to work with teams from different universities, a unique aspect of the Harvard-based event. HackHarvard also distinguished itself from other hackathons at peer universities by allowing students to compete in multidisciplinary categories, including international development, government, and finance.Cameron Akker ’18, one of the organizers, noted that the diversity of participants reflected the diversity of these categories: Hackers ranged from freshmen still in their first computer science class to seniors with years of experience. By working with people passionate about fields other than pure computer science, hackers were able to apply technology to real-life problems in hospitals, banks, and government.According to Akker, the main takeaway was not only coding, but also creating a community and experiencing “something greater that just makes you hungry for more” in the world of multidisciplinary technology.Thirteen winning teams emerged from the scrum. Nathan’s group created an app, Prophit, that can make recommendations to customers about stores they might like to try based on their banking history, like “Netflix makes recommendations about movies you would like to watch.” The education category winner, Insight, used a virtual-reality viewer to simulate different types of vision, including color blindness. During the two-hour project fair on Nov. 15, the Insight team unintentionally helped someone discover that they were color-blind when they realized that the “normal” and “simulated” views looked the same.The grand prize winner, Myo Explorer, showcased a robot explorer that can be manipulated by a gesture-controlled armband and streamed video footage in order to record its journey.Kevin Leung of Rutgers University, a firefighter and EMT of six years, said that he and his teammates built their app, FireFighter_Monitoring, to combine his passions of technology and first response. The app, which won grand prize runner-up, uses a smart watch to send firefighter vitals to the chief, who can then send an evacuation signal to firefighters in danger.“Firefighters are so focused on getting their task[s] done and rescuing victims that they sometimes do not remember to check their own well-being … [FireFighter_Monitoring helps] officers on the outside know how their crews are doing on the inside,” Leung said. In future implementations, his team hopes to integrate firefighter position tracking, which would enable rescue missions that could potentially save the lives of many first responders.Waverley He ’18 was one of the organizers of HackHarvard.
University of GeorgiaAt its March board meeting, the Georgia Peanut Commission awarded $1 million to peanut researchers in Georgia, including $959,000 to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The money will provide research for economics, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, peanut breeding for higher yield and improved quality, pests, weed and disease management and allergen-free peanuts. “Peanut growers are pleased to provide this money to support the research and education that has continued to demonstrate a return on our investment,” said Donald Chase, Macon County farmer and GPC research committee chairman.“Georgia Peanut Commission’s support continues to fuel the college’s research for this most important Georgia commodity. And helps us provide the unbiased information Georgia growers need to stay competitive and lead the country in high-quality peanut production,” said J. Scott Angle, UGA CAES dean and director.The money comes from growers, combined with funding from the National Peanut Board. Since 1962, Georgia growers have invested more than $17 million in research with nearly $10 million of that amount coming in the last 12 years. “Past research and technological advancements have been the silver lining that kept us ahead of the curve in maintaining superior quality, a competitive position and increased consumption in the world’s marketplace,” Chase said. “Much technological advancement is on the horizon, and we embrace the future with excitement and confidence.”GPC also presented $101,000 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Tifton, Ga.
April 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawmakers work on court funding plans Senior EditorAs the Florida Legislature neared the midpoint of its 2003 regular session, justice system officials continued to struggle with a two-fold problem — dealing with likely budget cuts for the 2003-04 budget and with plans for the state taking over more trial court funding next year.Both the House and Senate were looking at reductions to the court budget that would cut 49 positions in the Senate version and 125 in the House fiscal plan. Cuts were also planned for state attorneys and public defenders. An analysis from the Office of the State Courts Administrator said the House version would result in long delays in deciding cases and increased costs for litigants.The shift in trial court funding, however, appeared to be producing fairly compatible plans as House leaders prepared to make changes to earlier proposals. Those early, tentative lower chamber plans had called for massive changes in how courts are administered, but Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, chair of the House Select Committee on Article V, said legislation would be presented to the committee as this News went to press.This year, the court system got about $292 million from this legislature, and next year, about $19 million of that and 344 employees of the guardian ad litem program will be transferred out of the judiciary. But beyond that, Lisa Goodner, deputy state court administrator, said the Senate would cut court spending about $9.3 million and 49 positions while the House version would cut $10.1 million and 125 positions. The specific position cuts in the House budget make that budget plan particularly difficult.“We are working with them trying to bring down the size of the cuts for the courts, because the size of it now is really damaging,” Goodner said. “We’re also trying to convince them to let us decide the best way to take the cuts that best preserves our core functions.”Cutting the court budget is always difficult because 75 to 80 percent is salaries of judges and their assistants — and the number of judges and their salaries are set by statute. That means, she said, that reductions have to come from other areas of the court budget, which are disproportionately affected.Despite the overall cuts, there are some funds for new projects in the budget. The House has $2.8 million for improvement to small county courthouses, $560,000 for drug court treatment programs in two circuits, plus the lease at for the Second District Court of Appeal at the new Stetson law school in Tampa and repairs for the Second DCA office in Lakeland. The Senate has $175,000 for Supreme Court maintenance, $320,000 to support the statewide court computer network, $100,000 for conflict cases under the Jimmy Ryce Act (on civil commitment for sex offenders), the Stetson-Second DCA lease, credit for counties that set up teleconferencing systems for first court appearances, 9.5 positions for child support hearing officers, and $50,000 for JQC workload issues.Goodner said court officials will ask the House to allow the judicial branch to switch the small county courthouse funds and drug court funds to other programs, but believe the other new money is needed.The House cuts in staff followed the recommendations of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Judiciary, but added three OSCA positions on communications and legislative relations.Those cuts included six central staff attorney positions and three assistant positions at the Supreme Court and 31 central staff attorney positions at the district courts of appeal. At the trial courts, the House would cut 37 judicial administrative positions, 20 juvenile alternative sanction coordinator positions, stop a state match for traffic hearing officers, and eliminate case management for model dependency court pilots. There are also other operating cuts.The OSCA analysis noted the Supreme Court central staff handles more than half of all court filings, including Bar grievances and procedural rules. Similarly, the DCA central staff handles large numbers of petitions and filings. Elimination of those positions would slow down case handling, and raise the costs for litigants. Likewise, the cuts at the trial courts would slow down cases and require judges to spend more time on administration instead of deciding cases.The traffic hearing officer cut would also hurt. OSCA said that Dade County spends $208,625 on 24 hearing officers, and if that programs ends, it would take $1.5 million and seven new county court judges to do that work.Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chair of the House Judicial Appropriations Subcommittee, said despite the cuts, core functions were protected. That included preserving the judicial education trust fund, which pays for judicial training and continuing education, declining to follow the governor’s recommendation to cut the number of judicial assistants for the DCAs in half, provided $23.8 million more in funding for public defenders and state attorneys than recommended by the governor, and increasing spending for DCAs by $3 million over initial budget proposals.“I have tried cases in our trial court system for 17 years and am personally committed to keeping Florida’s co-equal third branch strong and independent,” Negron said in a letter to Bar members. “I believe in Florida’s judicial branch and want to ensure that our citizens have access to a court system we can all be proud of, even in these difficult economic times.”State attorneys and public defenders, while getting a smaller percentage cut, said they would be hurt by proposed House cuts. State attorneys would lose about $10 million statewide and 30.75 positions.“It’s going to impair our ability to do our job to protect Florida citizens,” said Third Circuit State Attorney Jerry Blair, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. “With the state attorneys, somewhere between 90 and 95 percent of our budgets are for salaries. When you experience cuts that large, it means fewer people.”He and Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, said their offices are already strained to the limit after three years with no new employees or significant new funding.“Obviously we cannot provide the same level of service for less money,” Blair said. “It is certainly probable we will have to scale back on prosecutions in some areas.. . . State government is going to take some very real hits this year unless someone bites the bullet and decides to increase revenues, and that doesn’t seem very likely.”One little noticed provision that could impact criminal prosecutions affects the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab, Blair said. Instead of the state continuing the $30 million cost of the lab, it has cut the state part to $14 million and now will require counties and cities using the lab to pay for its services. Smaller governments without their own labs might be hard pressed to pick up that expense, he said.There are actually some new workload positions for public defenders, but overall the budgets have been reduced by the House, which is mandating cuts in administration, Daniels said.“In my small circuit, we have an administrative staff of three, and we would take a $80,000 cut,” she said. “We have a staff of 125 people, so it’s a fairly lean staff to begin with.”And that comes on three years of no increase in staff — a statistic that doesn’t adequately reflect higher workloads. Daniels estimated that because of three strikes, the 10-20-30 law and other tough-on-crime measures, the number of jury trials in the Second Circuit has doubled in the past two years.Public defenders got pay raises for new attorneys last year, which helped recruitment, but other staff didn’t, she said, despite rising caseloads and higher health insurance premiums.“There are eight circuits right now that are receiving county assistance because of state budget shortfalls,” Daniels said. “I would anticipate that would increase this year, and we might have to have some furloughs or work stoppages.”She added that lawmakers are suggesting public defenders could save money by not representing indigents charged with violating municipal or county ordinances. But that could be difficult because defendants are frequently charged with violating a variety of state and local laws, and trying to represent a defendant on only some charges might produce administrative nightmares, Daniels said. Funding ShiftIn the background of the budget battle are concerns about how the state will take over funding next year, when Revision 7 to the constitution, passed by voters in 1998, goes into effect. Much of the worry has been focused on tentative House proposals, which included removing many administrative functions from OSCA. Those early proposals would have shifted those responsibilities to the Justice Administrative Commission, which handles accounting functions for state attorneys and public defenders, or a new agency appointed by the governor.Those concerns prompted public statements from Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead. But Rep. Benson said, even as Anstead was voicing his concerns, she was meeting with court officials to draw up legislation that differed from tentative proposals aired in early meetings.Major points, she said, included in the legislation will be:• OSCA will remain in charge of administration for the court system, including trial courts and including new functions assumed from the counties with the funding shift. The Justice Administrative Commission will continue to perform those functions for state attorneys and public defenders, including increases in state funding associated with Revision 7.• Designing a system to impose and collect fines, fees, and court costs that many times now are not imposed or are left uncollected because of ambiguous statutes or lax collection policies. “We are building a mechanism to make many of them [imposition of costs and fees] automatic and putting in collections processes in all of the counties,” Benson said. “We think if you are found guilty of a crime, you ought to be held liable for that.”• Changing the indigency examination process to determine which criminal defendants qualify for public defenders, with an eye to making sure public defenders are provided only to those who cannot afford their own lawyers. The Florida Public Defender Association has warned, though, that alteration may only delay the assignment of defenders to defendants who would have qualified for them anyway. The association also said the greatest efficiency is reached when defendants have attorneys for their first appearances.• A flexible approach to funding that allows counties and the state to work together to meet local needs. Benson said the state will be picking up substantial new costs associated with courts, public defenders, and state attorneys and “we will pick up many of those other programs [beyond basic court functions] as we have funding in the general appropriations act.” She noted that some counties might want, for example, special mental health or elderly courts. In those instances, Benson added, “We will be funding all those basic state court elements, the counties will be our partners and pick up the additional administrative costs that are additional to that basic structure.”Benson said she’s been in touch with Senate officials and anticipates no difficulty in reaching a final plan to pass this year. She noted, though, some fine-tuning will likely be necessary next year because of the size of the undertaking.The changes appear to address the concerns of committee members expressed at the select committee’s last meeting (see story in the April 1 News ). Some said shifting administrative duties from OSCA might violate constitutional separation of powers mandates.Committee members weren’t the only ones concerned. Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead sent letters to newspapers across the state, and expressed concern in interviews.“I’m scared to death. I have never seen our court system more at risk,” Anstead told the St. Petersburg Times. “As head of this branch I feel obligated to speak out when it’s in danger.”Sixth Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, sent a nine-page letter to Benson raising several questions.Aside from administrative concerns, Schaeffer said many of the committee’s proposals could affect programs set up to increase the courts’ efficiency, such as drug courts, mediation programs, and projects to help pro se litigants. For example, charging pro se litigants for assistance from court clerks, as proposed by the committee, would lead some pro se parties to do everything themselves. Many would show up in court with incomplete paperwork, wasting both their and the judge’s time, she said.The court system was not the only entity raising questions about the legislative proposals for dealing with Revision 7. Daniels also sent a letter for the Florida Public Defender Association raising several issues. One was a provision in both the House and Senate plans banning public defenders from withdrawing from cases for workload reasons. Daniels said that might be unconstitutional.She noted that the House budget proposed cutting $2 million statewide from public defenders and “is just the most recent example of the instability of public defender funding.”Benson said she thinks most of the concerns have been addressed.“I think both the Senate and the House are very committed to getting this first phase done, and we’ve been communicating, and I think we will pass something that voters and the court system will be proud of,” she said. Lawmakers work on court funding plans
Deciding where to do your banking is not as simple as it once was. There are thousands of financial institutions available at your fingertips in our well-connected digital world. While brick and mortar are still important, branch and ATM access is only part of the overall equation. Credit unions are asking themselves not only how do we capture and hold onto our members, but also how can we nurture that relationship so that loyalty grows? How can we become our members’ primary financial institution?Where To Start?A good place to start would be to have a better understanding of what your members’ (and potential members’) needs and expectations might be. According to recent research by Visa, over the course of the next few years, Millennials will come to represent the largest workforce segment of our population. An incredible 75% by the year 2025! They already outnumber Baby Boomers and are fast becoming an influential part of our economy. Understanding Millennial banking needs and habits is a critical part of keeping your credit union relevant. Providing up-to-date, digital banking via convenient electronic channels should be a priority. Member services that support them best will build satisfaction, loyalty, and potentially invoke balance transfers and account migration. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) suggested this week that Muslim Americans should keep a keen eye on their own community during the July 4 weekend amid heightened security concerns.Speaking Wednesday morning on Long Island MacArthur Airport-based LI News Radio, King, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, urged Muslim Americans in the region to be proactive and to contact local police if they notice something—or someone—suspicious.“I am addressing it largely—or certainly to a large extent—to the Muslim community in this region because if there is a threat, if there is going to be something happening, it’s going to come from the Muslim community,” he said. The audio of his remarks was posted online by Buzzfeed.“They, among all others, if they see something, if they see someone who is new to their neighborhood, who they don’t think belongs there or is unusual for him to be there or her to be there, if they hear of any talk of anything happening, if they see different groups gathering—tell that to the police,” King continued.King’s remarks were in response to a question from the radio host who asked what the community could do to aid law enforcement.Homeland Security officials in recent days have urged law enforcement to remain vigilant over the holiday weekend due to recent attacks on the other side of the world by such groups as ISIS. But according to many news outlets, unnamed officials were quoted as saying, “There is no specific, credible intelligence to indicate” a threat over the holiday.At least one Muslim group was not thrilled with King’s advice.The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national group based in Washington, D.C., issued an email newsletter likening King’s comments to “bigoted advice.”Muslim advocacy groups have been critical of government officials and law enforcement authorities enlisting citizens to monitor their own communities. The White House itself has promoted such a concept as part of its Countering Violent Extremism strategy. “That approach to American Muslim communities—or any belief community—reproduces the same harm as government surveillance and monitoring,” a coalition of Muslim advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, wrote in a letter to the White House last December. “The result of generalized monitoring—whether conducted by the government or by community ‘partners’—is a climate of fear and self-censorship, where people must watch what they say and with whom they speak, lest they be reported for engaging in lawful behavior vaguely defined as suspicious.”In an interview last week with the Press, King said he disagreed with a recent nationwide survey of law enforcement officials that found their chief concern was right-wing extremism, not Islamic terrorism. The Congressman insisted the threat of Islamic terrorism is “thousands” of times greater. The survey’s impending release was reported days after nine people were killed inside a historic black church in South Carolina. The alleged shooter purportedly espoused racist views toward blacks and was shown in photos wearing South African apartheid-era patches on his clothes and holding the Confederate flag.During his radio appearance on Long Island, King referenced arrests this year of alleged ISIS supporters in New York and speculated as to whether they had been working together. The most recent arrest came this week when a New Jersey man was accused of providing material support to ISIS.“I would just say that if you have five ISIS supporters arrested in New York in the lead up to the Fourth of July, that’s not a coincidence,” King said. “This wouldn’t be lone wolves; there has to be a level of coordination.”King’s advice for “the rest of us, would be: If you see anything—anything that looks suspicious—and or if you get a request from police to comply…like if the police say, ‘Go this way rather than that way,’ don’t be giving the cops a hard time. There will be a reaon for that over the next several days.”
The Chalk Market agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from projects completed on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Twin Tiers Honor Flight. Binghamton, NY 13902 If you weren’t able to make it to the fundraiser and would like to donate you can do so by clicking here, or by sending donations to: With the sole mission of the organization being to take veterans to Washington, Gardner says that’s where all money donated will go. “Everything that we raise we put toward the cost of taking veterans to Washington,” said Gardner. “We don’t have any property that we need to maintain and we don’t have any operation expenses,” Gardner said. A trip that veterans, like Steve Gardner, say is essential to those who may not have gotten the help they needed when they returned home from the front lines. “A lot of them have held things inside of them,” said Gardner. “When they go down on this trip and they share that day with other veterans now they open up and they start talking about their experience in the military,” he said. “We have to raise all of our money ourselves and the more money we raise the more veterans we can take on our trips,” Vincent said. “Our sole mission is to take our veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials, we take them free of charge,” said Twin Tiers Honor Flight President Patricia Vincent. Something that Gardner says he understands first hand. Vincent says it’s fundraisers like the one at The Chalk Market Creative Studio in Johnson City on Saturday that make that mission possible. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is raising money to take veterans on the trip of a lifetime with the help of a local art studio. P.O. Box 1770 “I went on mission as a veteran,” said Gardner. “I served during the Vietnam era and it was just very emotional, wonderful trip,” he said. Twin Tiers Honor Flight
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — One Seton Catholic High School student received major kudos from Congressman Anthony Brindisi Tuesday for an app he created. Brindisi explained, “We wanted to introduce this app challenge across the congressional district to really encourage students to take an interest in STEM and developing apps and Luke did a wonderful job that our judges felt really blew them away and we’re so proud to be able to present him with the certificate today and very excited to have him come down to Washington.” Redmore’s app, called Catholic Schools of Broome County, has been up and running for almost a year now. It includes everything from schedules to lunch menus and athletic events for the four county catholic schools. Redmore said, “Just to highlight the community we have here at Seton to just the opportunity we have for students to get involved and make a difference with their community, with their peers and even though we’re a small community all of us can really make a difference so I’m really glad that I got to be a part of that difference.” The challenge was aimed to get students in grades six through 12 to think of an app and design it. Brindisi stopped at Seton Catholic to congratulate Senior Luke Redmore on winning the 22nd Congressional District App Challenge Award back in December. The school district said Redmore’s latest add-on to the app is the creation of a scavenger hunt for elementary school students to use at this weeks S.T.E.A.M. fair on Thursday February 20. This is Redmore’s first app which he said has 1,500 to 2,000 users. Redmore will join students from not only New York, but across the country who also designed apps in their districts down in Washington, D.C. in the coming months. The district said Redmore is one of 15 students to receive the award in New York.
FTSE Russell has finalised a country classification process for fixed income, having this week published the framework it developed in consultation with market participants.The framework assesses how easy it is for foreign investors to access different local currency, fixed-rate government bond markets. This is measured across four main sets of market criteria, such as the foreign exchange market structure, and 17 separate indicators.‘Market Accessibility Levels’ are assigned to countries tracked by FTSE Russell’s indices, which the provider said would replace existing “barriers to entry” criteria for the methodology of its flagship world and emerging markets government bond indices from 30 March.The index provider said it intended to expand the classification process to other fixed income universes, such as inflation-linked bonds and credit sectors. An initial review of markets was due to be completed in March, after which the index provider would publish an inaugural list of those markets being considered for potential reclassification.Chris Woods, managing director for governance and index policy at FTSE Russell, said the introduction of the minimum market accessibility scores provided “an evidence-driven, robust framework, which can be applied across both flagship and bespoke benchmarks”.The company has had a country classification framework for equity markets since 2003.Separately, FTSE Russell has also launched a new index series tracking Chinese green bonds – “securities whose proceeds are specifically used to finance climate or environmental projects in mainland China”.The debt would be labelled as ‘green’ by the issuer. According to the index provider, China was the second-largest green bond market globally, with $37bn (€32bn) issued in 2017.There were currently 126 bonds included in the main index, covering approximately 75% of all on-shore labelled green bonds issued by China’s government, agencies and corporates, it said.Waqas Samad, CEO for FTSE Russell’s benchmarks business, said: “In 2017, China green bonds issuance represented 23% of global green bond issues and the market is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years.”
Stuff co.nz 25 May 2016Family First Comment: Once again, the link between marijuana and P.A meth-smoking grandmother will be on curfew for four months as a result of her offending.Karen Haupapa previously pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis, possessing methamphetamine and having three glass pipes which are used to smoke the class A drug.During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Chris Sygrove said police executed a search warrant at Haupapa’s New Plymouth address on February 10.Officers found two “healthy” one metre high cannabis plants, along with 41 cuttings, growing in pots in a shed on her property.Inside the house, a small leather bag containing 0.26 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe were seized. Two more pipes were found in a caravan near the house.Sygrove said Haupapa admitted the drugs were for her personal use and that she had paid $150 for the meth.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/80372319/methsmoking-gran-sentenced-on-drugs-charges
The patient, he said, has been going out of his residence for seven days already before his test result came out on June 19. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Mayor Renato Gustilo announced this move in his Executive Order No. 145, citing the closure of portions of Zone 6 of Barangay 5 and 6 in the city. A total of 1,000 households were affected. “He is an undocumented and returned to Negros Occidental via the Tabuelan Port crossing to Escalante City,” the mayor added. “We will transfer the patient to the Provincial Healing Facility in E.B. Magalona while contact tracing is ongoing,” he said. BACOLOD City – To avert possible transmission of coronavirus disease 2019, local authorities in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental placed portions of two barangays under a 14-day preventive lockdown after a resident there tested positive for the viral disease. Mayor Renato Gustilo. San Carlos City, Neg. Occ. – LGU Information Page According to Gustilo, the 36-year-old patient was a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Cebu and was classified as the province’s Patient No. 31. The city government has already provided food packs to the affected families in the area. Meanwhile, Gustilo said he will write the national Inter-Agency Task Force to allow local government units to enforce health protocols on returning LSIs in their jurisdiction./PN Gustilo further said the patient is now under home quarantine because the quarantine facility of the city government is already full housing more than 80 LSIs.