Library Board names executive director

first_imgThe Harvard Library Board today named Helen Shenton as the first executive director of the new Harvard Library, turning to a veteran of the British Library to develop a more coordinated management structure for the oldest library in the Western Hemisphere.The decision came at the first meeting of the new board, which will oversee the work of the executive director as it reviews strategic plans for the new system and establishes a funding model to support it.“Helen believes strongly, as do I, that academic libraries must not only collect and preserve materials and offer expert guidance to students and faculty alike, but must also be engines of innovation in this exciting time of change,” said Provost Steven E. Hyman, chair of the Harvard Library Board. “I look forward to working closely with Helen as we transform the greatest university library of the last century into the flagship university library of the 21st.”Known as a strong strategic thinker, Shenton was a member of the British Library’s senior leadership team involved with the restructuring and transformation of the institution, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collections, with more than 150 million items in its holdings. Her purview as head of collection care there encompassed conservation, training, research, collection, security, and storage for the library’s entire collection, which ranges from the Magna Carta to substantial, diverse digital materials.Shenton came to Harvard earlier this year and has played a key role in a detailed analysis of the current decentralized system as a member of the Library Implementation Work Group, which recommended the restructuring.“I am honored to accept this role at a transformative time for the world’s greatest university library,” Shenton said. “The digital future is here, all around us, transforming the way we teach, learn, research, communicate, and live. As the new Harvard Library’s first executive director, I feel a responsibility to be true to the institution’s legacy even as we make changes to adapt to the rapidly changing technological and intellectual landscape of the 21st century.”  At the British Library, Shenton played a key role in confronting many of the issues that the Harvard Library will face in the coming years concerning digital preservation, library space, storage of print and digital materials, and evolving patron needs.The British Library credits Shenton with transforming its collection care department into a world-class operation. Under her direction, the library established the Centre for Conservation, made up of state-of-the-art studios for preserving printed materials and sound; conserved more than 1.3 million items; increased access for readers by producing more than 152 million surrogacy frames and images; took part in major projects such as the virtual reunification of Codex Sinaiticus (the earliest New Testament in the world); and built digital preservation expertise.In her new role, Shenton will be responsible for establishing a coordinated management structure for the libraries that balances the need for School-based decisions regarding patron-facing activities with the need for a more harmonized approach to strategic, administrative, and business processes.“My immersion into the Harvard libraries has entailed a great deal of listening and learning. I have been privileged to see some fantastic examples of collaboration between faculty and library staff and of best practices in general,” Shenton said. “One of the most exciting challenges is to harness these ideas and this energy to create a culture of innovation and continuous improvement for the new Harvard Library.”last_img read more

Why Jax Taylor Called Me a Bad Wedding Guest

first_imgJax, 41, and Brittany, 31, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a baby boy, previously opened up about their big day on WWHL in January. The SUR bartender told Andy Cohen that Shep was “talking” and “videoing” during the wedding.At the time, Shep tweeted, “They could have been more communicative about what their guest’s social media restrictions were. But it was such a fun wedding. I was honored to be there. Maybe in the year 2050 they can come to mine.”- Advertisement – “That’s Jax’s wedding. What fun we had. But he kinda talked smack about me on [Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen]. He said I was a bad wedding guest,” he told Us.Southern Charm's Shep Rose Reveals Why Jax Taylor Called Him a Bad Wedding GuestShep Rose and Jax Taylor Tommy Garcia/Bravo; Aaron Poole/E! EntertainmentShep went on to reveal that he wasn’t supposed to be sharing videos or photos from the ceremony or reception on social media.“I was just, like, videoing everything that’s going on. I got in big trouble!” he quipped.- Advertisement – For Bravo fans, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright’s nuptials served as a dream crossover event, but for the couple, Southern Charm star Shep Rose’s attendance may have done more harm than good.During a game of Us Weekly’s “I Can Explain,” the 40-year-old Charleston resident admitted that he got in “trouble” for his activity at the Kentucky wedding in June 2019.- Advertisement – During “I Can Explain,” Shep added that he was “honored” to be at a table with Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd.“I don’t know if she watches [Southern Charm]. I really don’t know, but I think I won her over,” he told Us. “I think so. So you’ll have to ask her!”Shep wasn’t the only Bravolebrity at Jax and Brittany’s wedding. In addition to their cast members — Stassi Schroeder, Lala Kent, Kristen Doute, Scheana Shay, Katie Maloney, Tom Sandoval Ariana Madix and Tom Schwartz — Summer House alums Lauren Wirkus and Stephen McGee were also in attendance.“I love those people [on Vanderpump Rules]. I really like Tom Schwartz. He is a sweetheart,” Shep told Us. “And so I would love to get together with them.”For more from Shep, watch the video above! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri annoyed with Chelsea board over disruption before Europa League final vs Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 May 2019 11:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link430Shares Maurizio Sarri annoyed with Chelsea board over United States friendly before Europa League final against Arsenal Chelsea edged past Eintracht Frankfurt to reach the Europa League final (EPA)‘Now we need to rest,’ Sarri said in his post-match interview after the shootout victory over Frankfurt.‘Unfortunately we have to go to play in the United States.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‘Because I think in this moment, we need to rest. We have 10 days to prepare for the final.‘We have to recover energy because we are really very tired.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Maurizio Sarri’s Europa League final plans will be disrupted by a friendly in the United States (BT Sport)Maurizio Sarri admits he’s unhappy with his Chelsea players being forced to travel to the United States for a post-season friendly before their Europa League final against Arsenal.Chelsea reached the Europa League final after beating Eintracht Frankfurt in a dramatic penalty shootout at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.Sarri’s side will face Arsenal in Baku on May 29 after Unai Emery’s men beat Valencia in their semi-final.Chelsea play Leicester City on Sunday in their final Premier League game of the season and after that they will travel to the United States for a post-season friendly against New England Revolution in Massachusetts on May 16.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Sarri admits he is unhappy with the disruption to his squad’s recovery ahead of their final against Arsenal in Azerbaijan. Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

EIOPA backs changes to capital requirements for debt securitisation

first_imgTo identify the less risky securitisations, EIOPA has developed a set of criteria related to the structure of securitisation, the quality of the underlying assets, the underwriting processes and the transparency for investors.The report also confirms the currently proposed risk charges for a number of investments including private equity, loans to small and medium-sized enterprises and socially responsible investments.The securitisation recalibration proposal is an extension of a previous EIOPA proposal, from 2011.The new approach retains the criteria, modified in relation to duration, rating and seniority.These criteria are complemented by requirements on the structure of the securitisation, the quality of the underlying assets, the underwriting process and the transparency for investors.Securitisations that meet all these criteria – called Type A securitisations – are expected to have a lower risk profile than those that do not (Type B securitisations).Some of the criteria are adapted from the eligibility criteria for securitisations the European Central Bank (ECB) uses in its refinancing operations.However, EIOPA said the more favourable treatment in terms of spread risk charges for qualifying securitisations is only justifiable if there can be a sufficient degree of confidence in their better risk profile.It is therefore suggesting transitional arrangements to mitigate potential negative effects.EIOPA said that, during the course of its research, it was confronted with a lack of comprehensive, reliable and publicly available performance data, especially for infrastructure investments.It said it intends to work on closing these data gaps in co-operation with the relevant parties.Gabriel Bernardino, chairman at EIOPA, said: “Our analysis has shown that those securitisation issues meeting a set of quality criteria have a good track record of performance and, from a supervisory perspective, should meet lower capital requirements.“We are confident the new classification of debt securitisation allows for a better alignment between risk and capital management and, therefore, can support the long-term growth objectives in a prudent way.” The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published proposals for the treatment of debt securitisations that would introduce different risk charges for securitisations with higher or lower risk profiles.The Technical Report on Standard Formula Design and Calibration for Certain Long-Term Investments was prepared to examine whether, in the light of the current economic situation, the capital requirements for certain long-term investments under Solvency II can be reduced without jeopardising the prudential nature of the regime.EIOPA’s key proposal is to introduce a more granular treatment of securitisations.Instead of the uniform 7% spread risk charge for AAA-rated securitisations that is currently proposed, EIOPA recommends decreasing the charges for less risky issues to 4.3%, while increasing those for riskier ones to 12.5%.last_img read more

Why southern investors are getting mixed messages

first_imgLandscape Architect Simon Mahar at the playground he designed at the new residential estate Enclave at Earlville. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANCAIRNS’ unique real estate market has been singled out as a perfect location for southern investors to get great returns for their money in a considerably risk-free environment.The comments came from Urbex general manager of realty Craig Covacich, whose company is building the Enclave housing development at Earlville.“As you know, Cairns vacancy rates are dropping, rental yields are rising and the supply is limited. These are the indicators for a savvy investor to act,” he said.“The credit squeeze and APRA-amended credit regulations has also starved the market of new housing, further fuelling the lack of rental accommodation. A brand new residential estate at Earlville is showing strong interest from both local and international markets. Pictured is Urbex Realty General Manager Craig Covacich, Enclave Project Director Tim Bycroft, and Urbex General Manager Peter Sherrie.“Cairns has a young market who want to rent as their wages restrict home ownership. It’s also a transient workforce so that is further fuelling the demand to rent. On one hand, the subdued housing market and historical low interest rates provides good buying opportunities and the undersupplied rental market pushing up rental rates offers investment opportunities.“An interesting, real-time example of the demand in Cairns is Airbnb. The talk on the street in Cairns is that Airbnb is a prevalent trend that has responded to the need to offer rental accommodation. It’s a good time for investors to look north.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoMr Covacich also said Cairns was unique in its stability. “You don’t quite often see this – the established owners are not in the mood to upgrade or sell but the younger market is if rents are the same as mortgages,” he said.“The thing that worries me is that in Melbourne and Sydney, all we hear about is the subdued market, but the populations in the regions are growing and thriving yet they’re being portrayed as going through an armageddon. “As soon as you go north of Sydney – well is there anything north of Sydney? I fly around the country and the planes are full, the economy is going well. This isn’t a regional city that’s collapsed, it has a demand and a need and it’s about education.”last_img read more

“Rodrigo is on the table”

first_imgRodrigo does not have the profile of Suarez by far, but it may be the only viable option to reinforce the lead with a real player. The Lautaro option is complicated and there is silence regarding other names such as Aubameyang or Giroud. Bartomeu’s words confirm that Barça and Valencia speak for the striker, although the agreement will not be easy. Barça would like the transfer not to include a mandatory purchase option while Valencia wants 60 million for the international striker now or in June. Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barça, admitted Monday at the World Sports Gala that the Barça club considers the signing of Rodrigo: “It is on the table of the technicians to replace Suárez”.last_img

Viewpoints Obama Must Tell Allies That Entitlements Cant Be Excluded From Fiscal

first_imgThe Washington Post: Entitlement Reform Must Be On The Table As bipartisan negotiations over avoiding the “fiscal cliff” draw nearer, many of President Obama’s core Democratic supporters are urging him to fix the debt through defense cuts and tax increases rather than by tackling Social Security, Medicare and other federal entitlement programs. It’s a reprise of progressive resistance to the entitlement trims Mr. Obama contemplated during the abortive debt-reduction negotiations with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) last year. This time, though, the Democratic base is claiming vindication in the just-completed election. … Any serious debt-reduction plan has to include revenue and defense cuts. But no serious one can exclude entitlements (11/14). The Wall Street Journal: Stage Set For Next Act In Fiscal Drama The plot is similar too: Mr. Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress want to raise tax rates on those with annual incomes over $250,000. Republicans don’t. Everyone says they want to restrain the growth of spending on government benefit programs, but Republicans want a whole lot more of that than Democrats. The last performance ended poorly. The summer 2011 standoff over the federal debt ceiling frightened markets, business and consumers. It concluded with a pact that put off a resolution until this year’s sequel. So, what is different? (David Wessel, 11/14).The Denver Post: Time Has Come For Health ExchangesThe court has decided. The elections are over. It is time for the states that have been putting off action on establishing health insurance exchanges to get in gear. The Obama administration’s announcement last week that states would get more time to decide whether they’ll create their own exchanges gives states a little breathing room. But not much (11/14).Politico: Medical Device Tax Would Thwart InnovationUnfortunately, in fewer than 60 days, a new medical device tax will hit this innovative industry, and it threatens patient care and U.S. jobs. This onerous policy — which is expected to cost more than $30 billion — is already having a real-world, everyday impact on our health care system and our economy. Even though it doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, medical technology companies are already announcing job cuts and canceling plans to build plants to pay for the tax. Others are trimming budgets in important areas like research and development. Put simply, this is a tax on innovation, and it is going to hurt American workers and patients most (Dan Moore, Greg Sorensen and Timothy M. Ring, 11/14).The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: GOP Legislators Go Rogue Over Federal Health Care LawNine Republicans would like to take us back — way back — to 1832. … They agreed with a tea party-aligned group, the Campaign for Liberty, that they support “nullification” of the Affordable Care Act – and “authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as Obamacare.” … States may not nullify federal laws — and certainly may not arrest federal agents charged with enforcement of those laws. No matter how much this retrograde gang may wish it wasn’t so, Obamacare is the law of the land (11/14).Los Angeles Times: The Prescription Drug Toll If one doctor’s prescriptions might be connected to the unnecessary deaths of multiple patients over several years, the state should be asking questions. Times reporters Scott Glover and Lisa Girion analyzed 3,733 prescription drug-related deaths in four Southern California counties, revealing that just 71 doctors — one-tenth of 1 percent in those counties — had written prescriptions in 17 percent of such fatalities over six years. One doctor profiled in the stories published Sunday had prescribed medications for 16 patients who subsequently overdosed, according to coroner’s reports (11/15). Politico: Rx For Compounding PharmaciesSince the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis that has resulted in the worst public health disaster in recent history, the public has asked the question: How could this have happened? Most patients who receive a drug in their doctor’s office or from their neighborhood pharmacy assume it has received the Food and Drug Administration’s stamp of approval for safety and effectiveness. That was not the case for drugs manufactured at the New England Compounding Center, which masqueraded as a pharmacy to avoid more stringent regulation. Contaminated vials of injectable steroids from NECC have resulted in the loss of 32 innocent lives and illness of more than 438 people in 19 states. This deadly outbreak also has exposed a regulatory black hole in the world of pharmacology — a hole created by years of patchwork federal law and woefully limited state regulation (Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., 11/14).The Sacramento Bee: The State Worker: Retiree Health Care Still A Long-Term Problem For CaliforniaThe sound of backslapping between Gov. Jerry Brown and union leaders who helped put his tax initiative over the top last week could soon turn to teeth-gnashing and bargaining-table-pounding as the administration takes on a touchy subject: retiree health care. The state estimates its long-term retiree medical commitments stand at $62 billion, and it has put virtually nothing aside to pay those obligations (Jon Ortiz, 11/15).The Dallas Morning News: Counties Can Expand Health CareWe would hope the governor wouldn’t block big counties like ours if they can finance an expansion of Medicaid on their own and with Washington’s help. The purpose would be to take care of people within their counties, in a way that makes sense economically. As it is now, local tax rolls are burdened when uninsured residents show up in emergency rooms. The Legislature would have to give Texas counties that kind of flexibility in next year’s session, and the governor must approve the concept (11/14).Detroit Free Press: Renew Healthy Funding For Diabetes Research Few things ignite passion in a family more than a child’s diagnosis with a serious disease. I know that soon after my son Albert was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) 16 years ago, my husband and I asked ourselves how we could help. We soon joined the many families across Michigan and throughout the U.S. who are doing all they can to advance research for better treatments, prevention and — ultimately — a cure for T1D. We knew little about T1D when Albert was diagnosed. We quickly learned that there is nothing one can do to prevent T1D, and at present nothing one can do to get rid of it. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Instead, both genetic factors and environmental triggers seem to be involved (Cynthia Ford, 11/15). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: Obama Must Tell Allies That Entitlements Can’t Be Excluded From Fiscal Deal; Medical Device Tax Will Thwart Innovationlast_img read more