Sinopec builds the largest crawler crane in Saudi Arabia

first_img Image: Sinopec Debuts the World’s Largest Crawler Crane in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Courtesy of Sinopec. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation debuted the XGC88000, 4,000-ton crawler crane, on October 24 at the SABIC UNITE EOEG III project construction site in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. The XGC88000 currently holds the world record as the highest capacity crawler crane.Representatives from Sinopec, SABIC, Samsung Engineering and more than 20 other companies were present for the debut of the XGC88000 and witness the moment the XGC88000 hoisted and a 1,926-ton washing tower – the heaviest and most crucial piece of equipment in the UNITE EOEG III project – in under five hours on its first attempt. The historic event showcases Sinopec’s superb engineering and construction capabilities.“With its world-leading lift capacity, the XGC88000 is well equipped for energy construction projects in the oil, chemical and coal chemical industries. It has already demonstrated its capabilities in multiple key projects within China, and we are confident that the world’s largest crawler crane will continue to achieve success in the international market,” said Wang Guohua, Vice President of Sinopec Engineering Group and the GM of SEG Heavy Lifting.Jointly developed by Sinopec and China’s leading construction machinery manufacturer XCMG, the XGC88000 is one of Sinopec’s flagship products. It is internationally recognized for its application of three pioneering technologies, six world-leading technologies and more than 80 national patents.In addition to having the highest lifting capacity of any crawler crane worldwide, the XGC88000 boasts a massive lift momentum of 88,000 tons per meter.and is equipped with a long-distance wireless remote control system for different foundation conditions and is designed for quick and convenient disassembly. Since 2013, the model has traveled more than 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) and has hoisted 150 pieces of equipment with a collectively weighing 120,000 tons. It currently holds the hoisting world record for lifting a 2,155-ton piece of equipment to a height of 118 meters (623,040 feet).Following its debut, the XGC88000 will stay at Jubail to hoist two 1,312-ton reactors before being transported to the GAS-P9 air separation project for the National Industrial Gases Company (NIGC) in Saudi Arabia and the DUQM oil refining project in Oman. Source: Company Press Release Jointly developed by Sinopec and China’s leading construction machinery manufacturer XCMG, the XGC88000 is one of Sinopec’s flagship productslast_img read more

GD NASSCO Wins Further USS Makin Island Repair Works

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: works GD NASSCO Wins Further USS Makin Island Repair Works View post tag: Navy General Dynamics NASSCO was awarded a $61,7 million contract for USS Makin Island (LHD 8) fiscal 2015 phased maintenance availability.A phased maintenance availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2015.The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”15573″]Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: USS Makin Island View post tag: americascenter_img View post tag: repair Share this article View post tag: Naval April 3, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today GD NASSCO Wins Further USS Makin Island Repair Works View post tag: GD-NASSCOlast_img read more

Protesters gather in Oxford against Trump’s inauguration

first_imgOn Friday 20 January demonstrators assembled outside the Carfax tower in Oxford to protest the inauguration of the new President of the United States, Donald Trump.The demonstration was attended by around 40 people and organised by the campaign group Stand up to Racism. Similar protests have been held across the country today.Ian Mckendrick from Stand up to Racism said: “Trump’s hate speech has helped to create a climate where Black, Latino, Muslims and women can be treated as objects of abuse. When one of the most powerful people in the world can make these pronouncements there is a risk these dangerous attitudes will become normalised.”The organisers of the rally lead chants such as “racist, sexist, anti-gay, Donald Trump cannot stay” and “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”.McKendrick added: “Trump has a long history of racist outbursts. He has said ‘laziness is a trait in blacks’, described Mexican immigrants as ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists’, and condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter activist at one of his rallies. He has also said women should be “punished” for having abortions, and chillingly sought to downplay the severity of sexual violence, dismissing boasts of sexually assaulting women as ‘locker room talk’. He has also indicated he might act to overturn rights to same-sex marriages.”Catherine, a local resident who attended the march, said: “Trump is the epitome of many things against equality and I’m a socialist. He is a very dangerous man in many ways.”last_img read more

Marcus Karavan Unanimously Elected Chair of the GOP Chairs for New Jersey

first_imgTRENTON, NEW JERSEY – On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, New Jersey’s Republican Party chairs selected Cape May County Chairman Marcus Karavan to serve as the chair of the GOP chairs at a meeting in Woodbridge Township, NJ. Their vote was unanimous.“I want to thank my fellow chairman around the state for their confidence in me. I am grateful to you all for recognizing my commitment to move the GOP in a positive direction,” Karavan said. “My hope is to bring a renewed focus to New Jersey’s Republican Party, guided by the conservative ideals our party embodies.”An attorney from Wildwood, Karavan became chair of the Cape May Republican organization in 2016. As Chair of the GOP Chairs, he will be to oversee efforts to raise money for the party, recruit candidates to run for office, serve as the party spokesman and serve as the state’s liaison with the Republican National Committee.Marcus is the first Chair of Chairs from Cape May County in almost 50 years since Phil Mattilucci.Karavan will receive no salary for the position, which is for a two-year term.last_img read more

News story: London VAPC respond to consultation on homelessness code of guidance

first_imgThe outcome of a closed government consultation on a proposed homelessness code of guidance for local authorities, is keenly awaited by London Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC).The VAPC, had previously commissioned an independent review from the University of Kent, on how London’s councils implement housing policy affecting veterans, contributed to the consultation.It welcomed that guidance on dealing with veterans now forms a separate section within the proposed code.But London VAPC chairman Lynn Verity suggested there were several areas where further clarification was vital: Chief among these are that the code as currently written does not define either ‘veteran’ or ‘vulnerable’. We have pointed this out and, therefore, hope our concerns are acted upon.last_img read more

Speech: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster speech to the BCC

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, good morning! I was looking for something to fill the spare minutes today, so you know, when Adam’s invitation came through, I thought, well, what better way than to come to the BCC Conference.I want to thank you sincerely for the invitation to speak today. For more than 150 years, the Chambers have sat at the heart of the United Kingdom’s business community.Today, there are tens of thousands of businesses represented in this room, and the network of Chambers, include the employers of nearly six million people in every part of the UK.So I want to start by recognising the huge contribution that you and Chamber members make to creating wealth and providing jobs and livelihoods in communities right across this country.I want to say thank you for something else, as well. I was listening, early this morning, to Adam’s dulcet tones on the Today Programme. And every time I’ve worked with Adam, we go back a few years now, from my various ministerial capacities, what I know is that he and the Chambers, in general, will give it to you straight.Just as I’ve always said to my officials, in every job I’ve held, that no one will be penalised for giving me advice that is honest, but perhaps unwelcome – I think that is of equal importance in terms of a dialogue between government and outside organisations.It may mean that, at times, there is friction and disagreements, but actually, it’s part of a healthy, free society, that there should be that candour in relationships between us.My starting point this morning is to acknowledge the fact that we are living through a time of turbulence. There are the global shifts in economic power, geopolitical trends and technological change, that we have respond to so we can ensure that this country remains a successful and open trading nation.Over the next decade the world economy will be dominated by the EU, the US, and China.UK trade with those blocs is valued at £637bn, £184bn, and £66bn respectively.And by the middle of this century, the US, China and India will make up something like half of total global GDP.And according to a report by PWC the combined economies of China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, Turkey and Mexico will be double that of the G7.The population of Africa will double to almost 2 billion people.Now, the expansion of these emerging markets offers opportunity for business in the UK as we seek to grow exports from 30% to 35% of our GDP.New technology, and our international relationships, also offer opportunities to enhance UK prosperity. But digital technology also creates profound long-term changes in our economy and in assumptions about work and careers.Because you don’t need me to tell you that the impact of digital technology is going to shake up established ways of doing white collar and professional work, and not just alter the working environment and expectations on the factory floor.So we face risk as well as opportunity.The World Bank’s recent forecast predicts that global growth will slow to 2.9 percent this year. International investment and trade are moderating, trade tensions are elevated, and protectionism around the world is increasing.These times, and I suspect this will be a view shared by many here, these times are more unpredictable than we would like them to be.And that is certainly true of the process of EU exit.I recognise the real frustration that uncertainty around this process has caused in the business community.I am acutely aware that for you, and the businesses you represent, this is about the practicality of doing business, about having predictable relationships with both customers and suppliers.This is a message I have heard repeatedly from businesses across the United Kingdom, from salmon processors in Rosyth to ice cream makers in Coleraine.You want to know the terms of trade so you can focus on running your business – with certainty about the people you can hire, the regulations that apply, the tariffs on imports and exports. I get it that you don’t want to spend time poring over the latest parliamentary developments and scanning the pages of Hansard.So I want to assure you that, from the Prime Minister down, the government is doing all it can to secure a Brexit that does honour the result of the 2016 referendum, but does so in a way that protects jobs and economic growth.I also understand, in part taking up a point that I heard Adam make this morning, that a chaotic, disorganised exit, without an agreed deal, is something that we should not be seeking to have.This is, unavoidably, the legal default position. But as far as the Government is concerned, this is a matter of necessary contingency planning. It is not the destination or objective of government policy.Such a No Deal Brexit will undoubtedly mean disruption to businesses in every part of the UK, and I believe, would be a threat to the integrity of the union of the UK itself.Despite the political uncertainty, it is a tribute to the strength of UK business that the British economy remains robust.It has grown for nine consecutive years. It has the longest unbroken quarterly growth run of any G7 economy.As the Chancellor set out in the Spring Statement, both the IMF and the OECD are forecasting the UK to grow faster than Germany this year.And, crucially, our economy is forecast to continue growing in each of the next five years.UK businesses and UK workers with, I would argue, support from government policy, have built an economy that has created more than 3.5 million net new jobs.And we need to keep repeating the message, that despite what some of the media reports would suggest, 96% of those new jobs created last year were full time.The female employment rate in this country is the highest on record, with 1.2 million women-led businesses in the UK.And wages are now growing at their fastest rate for over a decade.Meanwhile, we are on track to meet our fiscal targets, our national debt is falling sustainably, and taxes at the corporate level remain low, to attract talent and spur investment.That is coupled with this government’s commitment to helping business thrive – thanks to our Industrial Strategy, the British Business Bank is now supporting more than 78,000 smaller businesses with more than£5.5 billion of finance. And we will also provide management training to 10,000 small business leaders by 2025 through the Small Business Leadership Programme.But to seize the opportunities in the global economy, we need to ensure we are doing all we can here at home to improve our productivity and competitiveness.A key focus of my role, as Minister for Cabinet Office, is to drive forward implementation of the government’s policy reforms. I’m pleased to say that despite everything else that’s going on, we’ve made significant strides in domestic reform.Since 2010, we have invested more than a quarter of a trillion pounds of investment in infrastructure, including the biggest rail programme since Victorian times.But there is still much more to do to improve productivity, to boost our infrastructure, and invest in the people that we need.Take housing. We need to fix the housing market in this country for two reasons: first, so that there is a workforce which can be mobile and respond to the changing needs of British business.But also, because frankly, as a matter of social justice, we cannot be content with a situation in which younger people, who are working hard and earning decent salaries cannot afford to get even the first foot on the housing ladder in parts of our country.So we are working to build more homes and backing home ownership, delivering over 222,000 additional homes in the last year, cutting the Stamp Duty tax for 95 percent of first time homeowners, and increasing our affordable homes programme to £9 billion.We are also investing £400 million through the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund – to ensure that businesses and homes across the country benefit from faster and more reliable broadband.And we are building the technical skills our workforce needs, something that in pretty much all my meetings with business, whether at the local or a national level, I’m told is something this country really needs to do. And developing new policies in partnership with employers themselves.So beginning in 2020, we’ll be introducing T Levels, which will offer 25 high quality courses that give a clear line of sight to actual job roles.And we are also focussed on harnessing the power of apprenticeships. In the Spring Statement, Philip Hammond responded to the concerns that the BCC and others have raised and announced a £700 million reform package to help small businesses take on more apprentices.But for all we are doing to build a strong environment for business, we also face a paradox where there is less faith in capitalism, in terms of UK public opinion. Government and business need to work together to restore the reputation of free markets by demonstrating that they can and should work for everyone.As the Prime Minister has said, offering someone a job – and creating opportunity for other people – is one of the most socially-responsible things that you can do.I believe that companies acting more responsibly and markets working more competitively are the twin pillars of restoring trust in those free markets.For our part, the government is doing more to build a diversified marketplace that puts small and medium sized businesses and strong social values at the heart of public services delivery.I have committed to using the government’s £49bn annual buying power to drive social value and provide a more diverse and competitive market. So for the first time, all major procurements will explicitly evaluate social value. And because we know that smaller businesses tend to be closest to the communities they serve, we’re aiming to further open up the procurement process to SMEs.This is all part of a government-wide initiative to level the playing field for small businesses bidding for government contracts by cracking down on suppliers who don’t pay on time, and breaking down contracts into smaller lots to make them more accessible.And the Prime Minister has appointed ministers from every government department to help us meet our aspiration of spending one pound in three with SMEs by 2022.So we should recognise the fundamental strength of our economy and the progress we’ve made in domestic reform, especially through our industrial strategy.But we need a smooth and orderly departure from the EU which delivers on the results of the referendum and is managed in a way to protect jobs, living standards, and investment.And I’m grateful that the BCC has been out there, stating your support for getting a deal over the line. Your voices are incredibly important, as those who have been creating jobs, driving exports, and investing in our economy.In recent days, both the Prime Minister and I have been engaging constructively with Leaders and Member of Parliament from across the House of Commons. Between us, we have met leaders of all the other parties in the Commons as well as other senior Parliamentarians, and we will continue to do so.In last night’s votes, the House of Commons considered a wide variety of options as a way forward. None of them attracted a majority. And I think what those results demonstrated is that there are no easy, simple options.The deal that the government has negotiated is itself a compromise, both with the EU and with political opinion at home. We haven’t secured everything we want – neither has the EU. Businesses understand compromise is the essence of any complex negotiations.I remain of the view that the deal the Government have negotiated is the best option available. And I think that every Member of Parliament, regardless of which political party he or she represents, regardless of which part of the country they serve, has to face up to the fact that any deal, any aspiration for the nature of the future economic relationship between the UK and the EU, must include as a starting point, the Withdrawal Agreement that has been negotiated with the EU.If you believe in delivering the referendum result by leaving the EU with a deal, then it is necessary to back the Withdrawal Agreement. For whether a particular MP wants the final destination to look like Norway, or look like Canada, or look like the proposals in the Chequers White Paper, the starting point is the Withdrawal Agreement itself. And that would apply even in the event that the UK reverted simply to WTO terms.For the EU has made it clear that any negotiation about a future preferential or free trade agreement will need to start with agreement on the key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement. In particular, citizens rights, a financial settlement, and arrangements to secure an open border on the island of Ireland.So the government remains committed to an Agreement that ensures our smooth and orderly departure from the EU and delivers on a time-limited Implementation Period during which trade will continue on current terms that protects the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU, meaning no disruption to your existing workforces.And in a way that ensures that there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and no customs border in the Irish Sea. And earlier this month, we secured legally-binding assurances that guarantee that the EU cannot act with the intent of applying the so-called backstop indefinitely.By leaving the EU with a deal and an orderly transition to a future economic partnership, as the Chancellor has said, we will see an economic boost from improved business confidence and investment; as well as a boost from the fiscal headroom once a no deal Brexit is definitively off the table.So the responsible course is to back this deal, and deliver on the vote of the referendum, and bring an end to the uncertainty.But if Parliament comes together and backs the deal, then in just under two months, we could be out of the EU and into the implementation period.As somebody who campaigned very strongly for Remain in 2016, I think that is the best choice available to us that both respects that democratic verdict and which safeguards the economic interests of this country.The alternative is more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail. And I think now, politicians of all political parties have a duty to put the national interest first, so that we can put this controversy behind us and move on to a brighter future for the British people.Thank you very much indeed.last_img read more

One cell is all you need

first_imgThe notion that police can identify a suspect based on the tiniest drop of blood or trace of tissue has long been a staple of TV dramas, but scientists at Harvard have taken the idea a step further. Using just a single human cell, they can reproduce an individual’s entire genome.As described in a Dec. 21 paper in Science, a team of researchers, led by Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and made up of postdoctoral fellow Chenghang Zong, graduate student Alec Chapman, and former graduate student Sijia Lu, developed a method — dubbed MALBAC, short for Multiple Annealing and Looping-based Amplification Cycles — that requires just one cell to reproduce an entire DNA molecule.More than three years in the making, the breakthrough technique offers the potential for early cancer treatment by allowing doctors to obtain a genetic “fingerprint” of a person’s cancer from circulating tumor cells. It also could lead to safer prenatal testing for a host of genetic diseases.“If you give us a single human cell, we report to you 93 percent of the genome that contains three billion base pairs, and if there is a single base mutation, we can identify it with 70 percent detectability, with no false positives detected,” Xie said. “This is a major development.”In a second paper, published simultaneously, researchers from Xie’s lab worked with scientists at Peking University in China to demonstrate MALBAC by sequencing 99 sperm cells from one individual and examining the paternal and maternal contribution to each cell’s genome.As its name suggests, Xie said, MALBAC is a type of DNA amplification that allows researchers to duplicate the single DNA molecule present in a cell many times so it can be analyzed in the lab.“While other methods of DNA amplification exist, most — like polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or multiple displacement amplification (MDA) — suffer from a specific problem,” Xie said. “Because they amplify exponentially, both have bias. They dramatically amplify some parts of the genome, but amplify others very little.”By comparison, he said, MALBAC relies on linear amplification, meaning it is able to minimize the sequence-dependent bias.Just as it does with other methods, the amplification process begins by splitting the DNA double helix into two single strands. Xie’s team then adds a random “primer” — tiny fragments of DNA — that binds in dozens of locations along each strand.To extend those primers, Xie’s team used a DNA polymerase, the same cellular “machine” that synthesizes DNA as cells divide. Using that machine, researchers are able to extend the primers from as few as seven bases to as many as 2,000. Upon heating, they break the elongated primers apart from the original DNA, yielding half products.When those half products are then amplified using the same primers, the two ends of the DNA combine, forming a loop that prevents it from being amplified again. The leftover half products and the original DNA are subject to another cycle of amplification. After five cycles of such linear pre-amplification, the full product is amplified by PCR to produce enough material for sequencing.Despite the high coverage, DNA polymerases do occasionally make errors, Xie explained. To ensure that the genome produced by MALBAC is accurate, researchers turned to a different technique.“Many diseases are associated with a single base mutation,” Xie said. “The challenge, however, is that finding one mutation in more than 3 billion base pairs is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Earlier techniques, like PCR or MDA, start with many cells, making the challenge even greater; a single mutation simply gets lost in the process. MALBAC, however, starts with a single cell, so it is easier to identify those mutations when they happen.”To ensure MALBAC’s accuracy, Xie’s team simply let the original cell divide.While the polymerase that researchers use to build the DNA sequence is highly accurate, only making one mistake per 10,000 bases, letting the cell divide gives researchers a chance to double check its work.“The chances of the same mistake being made at the same base position are about one in 100 million,” Xie said. “If we let the cells divide again, and sequence three cells, the chances go up to one in 10 billion, less than the number of bases in the entire DNA molecule, so we can remove all the false positives.“Getting that level of accuracy is very important, because if a doctor tells a patient that he detects a mutation, he doesn’t want to be wrong,” he continued. “When we use MALBAC, if a mutation appears in two or three related cells, we know it must be a real mutation.”As a demonstration of MALBAC’s power, Xie and his team monitored the mutations that arose in a single cancer cell as it divided over 20 generations, and uncovered as many as 50 newly acquired mutations.“This is the first time the mutation rate of a human cell has been measured directly,” Xie said. “Because we can now see the unique, newly acquired bases, we can study the dynamics of the genome in a way that was not possible before.”last_img read more

New horizons for HarvardX

first_imgSome of the newer offerings incorporate longstanding teaching approaches such as the case method, as with HBS2108x, “Innovating in Health Care,” or invent hands-on techniques suited for digital devices, as with HMS753x, “Musculoskeletal Anatomy,” which should open for registration in the spring. Still others are collaborations between disciplines, such as SW25x, “Global Health: Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective,” taught by faculty in medicine as well as in the arts and sciences.Recent multimodal experiments and the use of HarvardX materials in a wide variety of campus and online settings have also influenced the nature of instructional design and assessments. In the fall, for example, CB22x, “The Ancient Greek Hero,” was run concurrently on edX for free and through the Extension School for credit, while various components were used, such as a supplemental e-textbook for the College general education course.With increased participation in HarvardX by the University’s professional Schools — Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) will launch substantial offerings in the spring — HarvardX online learners, now numbering nearly 700,000, will be able to experience the diverse ways that faculty across the campus teach.“I view ‘Innovating in Health Care’ not as a course but as an experience for entrepreneurial thinkers from business, health, public policy, and technology to come together and learn from us and each other,” said Regina E. Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at HBS, who will teach HBS2108x, “Innovating in Health Care,” in the spring.“I expect that, by the end, several start-ups will be created,” she said.Herzlinger will be joined by Margo Seltzer, professor of computer science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), for a health information technology session, and by Kevin Schulman, the Gregory Mario and Jeremy Mario Professor of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, for a medical technology session.HBS, in fact, will soon launch a complementary effort called HBX. Custom-built from the ground up, HBX is also developing a suite of online learning materials: a pre-MBA program focused on the fundamentals of business, an experimental virtual section to supplement existing courses, and a collection of resources on entrepreneurship.“We are all excited about learning from HBX, which is taking a radically different approach to online learning with a very well-defined audience in mind,” said Lue.In addition to the new offerings, returning popular courses such as CS50x, “Introduction to Computer Science”; ER22x, “Justice”; and HLS1x, “Copyright,” are giving HarvardX faculty pioneers an opportunity to refine their experiences, responding to prior student feedback and incorporating findings from research.Beyond the campus, HarvardX is partnering with the Harvard Alumni Association to branch out with another experimental endeavor — HAA1x, “HarvardX for Alumni,” an exclusive online learning program for the University’s alumni slated to debut in the spring. Likewise, a simultaneous live and livecast event held at the Harvard Allston Education Portal in November based on AI12x, “Early American Poetry” showed the promise of community-based learning.Also upcoming are the first HarvardX courses with optional revenue components, including verified certificates via edX and, in collaboration with the Division of Continuing Education, an enhanced version of CS50 that offers, for a fee, greater interaction with teaching assistants, virtual group office hours with the instructor, and, upon successful completion, a CS50 certificate and voucher toward a future for-credit course at the Harvard Extension School or the Summer School.“Our faculty are leading the way in terms of creativity and experimentation, and I expect that these explorations will reveal ever more opportunities to use technology to enhance learning,” said Lue.Here are the expected upcoming courses and modules from HarvardX. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJis9TSw1rE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/xJis9TSw1rE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> HarvardX, the University-wide initiative supporting faculty experimentation in teaching and learning through technology, is slated to launch 14 new and returning online offerings through the winter and spring of 2014.In addition to covering disciplines from economics to genomics to history, the lineup represents a continuing move by Harvard faculty to reinvent the MOOC, or massive open online course, and use the Web to enhance rather than directly replicate what happens in the classroom.“We are expanding our approach to not focus exclusively on semester-based, linear courses but to now include entirely new and more flexible ways of teaching. Our faculty’s creativity demands it,” said Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, faculty director of HarvardX, and Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.Peter Bol, vice provost for advances in learning, agreed, adding, “Having different formats better supports experimentation and research. We want to test out and try lots of different technology platforms. EdX is terrific for many faculty, but some want to really break the mold and invent things from scratch.”Bol’s SW12x, “ChinaX,” launched in mid-fall and co-taught with William Kirby, is a case in point. Divided into multiple discrete components, “ChinaX” spans, as a whole, 48 weeks. Embracing the online milieu further, the instructors even released a music video, now gone viral, to help students remember the names and dates of the Chinese dynasties.last_img read more

HBO Sets Air Date for Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays

first_imgLegendary actor, comedian, author and perennial Oscar host Billy Crystal’s one-man show 700 Sundays, which was filmed at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre last month, will premiere April 19 on HBO. The Tony-winning show, which opened on November 13, 2013 for a return Broadway engagement, ended its blockbuster run on January 5. 700 Sundays is Crystal’s sixth HBO solo special. Star Files Billy Crystal View Commentscenter_img Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff and performed and written by Crystal (with additional material by Alan Zweibel), 700 Sundays takes an autobiographical look at the actor and perennial Oscar host’s life and the people and events that shaped him. Crystal’s dad, who died when the comedian was just 15, worked two or three jobs, leaving only “700 Sundays” for them to spend together. The solo show deals with Crystal’s youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. 700 Sundays originally opened in 2004 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 163 performances. The show broke the house record for highest weekly gross at the Broadhurst Theatre in its opening week, and continued to top its own record in subsequent weeks. 700 Sundays won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Experience.last_img read more

Partners in grime: Top trail running duo join BRO bloggers

first_imgAnne and Mark Lundblad—two of the country’s top ultra runners—will begin blogging for Blue Ridge Outdoors on Monday.Anne Riddle Lundblad is a nine-time national champion in ultra and trail events. In 2005 she was the World Cup 100km Silver Medalist.  She also holds the female speed record for the Foothills Trail in upstate South Carolina and the South Beyond 6000.  She is a mother, a counselor at Warren Wilson College, an obsessive knitter, and a wanna-be banjo player.Mark Lundblad has won the USATF 50 Mile Road Championship, JFK 50-Miler, Shut-In Ridge Trail Run, Uwharrie 40-Miler, and Strolling Jim 40-Miler, and he is the course record holder for the Mount Mitchell 40-Mile Challenge, the Great Eastern 100K, and the Bel Monte 50K and 50-Miler. He’s also a trail maintenance volunteer for the Carolina Mountain Club and a mean darts thrower (he’s the B-division champion of the WNC Dart League).Mark and Anne live in Swannanoa, N.C., and they have been running regional and national races for the past 20 years. Despite their incredible running resumes, they are humble, down-to-earth people with full-time jobs, a family, and a deep commitment to give back to the running community. You’ll find both of them volunteering at races, cheering back-of-the-packers to the finish line, maintaining trails, and volunteering with youth programs like Girls on the Run and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.Our readers will undoubtedly benefit from their experiences, humor, and insights into the running world..last_img read more