Rutgers President Releases New Book, “The Cause of Freedom”

first_imgCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. “One is the continuation of the way that we live our lives in a socially mediated way. Smartphones, digital uploads and things are instantaneous, and there are witnesses everywhere. The other thing that we can’t ignore is that we had a nation that couldn’t go anywhere because of the pandemic and more specifically, we had a nation of people who are deeply inconvenienced,” said Holloway.  “There are too many moments in our history when people have done heroic things and no one’s been looking, cleaning up the messes, you know, guiding people away. And the country, I think, has been built on that kind of history. I definitely don’t believe the insurrectionists are the majority in this country.”  “Something has shifted, but my optimism was torn to bits on January 6th,” said Holloway. “I could ask large questions that were thematic, that I felt tied together African-American history or at least allowed people a way to access that history,” said Holloway.  He said the book comes at a very relevant time, with renewed calls for social and racial justice. But who is Holloway’s intended audience?  The pandemic brought light to long standing inequities for people of color.  Holloway said that a small book done the right way can be just as effective as a big one.  “It pulled away the blinds from those who refused to see that health disparities, clinical disparities, clinical care disparities, differences in life expectancies. These were not new phenomena. But now there is no hiding,” said Holloway.  Wildpixel/iStockBy JENNI GOLDSTEIN and AARON KATERSKY, ABC News He said there was also something different about the aftermath of Floyd’s death and the new ways it has resonated with so many Americans.  The pandemic took a toll on everyone, but Halloway said it hit especially hard for many minority communities that were already struggling. “He fits in the perspective of this is nothing new. I mean, that’s the horrible thing to say. But Floyd’s murder is part of a continuum of what I will call the disregard for the black body in this nation’s history,” said Holloway. The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, brought about a major shift in this country in the fight for equality. A big question now is whether the country is ready to confront these issues head on. (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) — In his new 120-page book “The Cause of Freedom,” Rutgers University president Jonathan Holloway, hopes to inform any reader that they can learn and grow through four centuries of black history in the United States. Jonathan Holloway is president of Rutgers University and the author of “The Cause of Freedom,” published by Oxford University Press. “I think at some unconscious level there is a recognition of, my God, this happens on a daily basis for individuals like Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, I mean, every single day, and now they could bear witness to it.” He spoke with ABC’s Aaron Katersky, whose full report can be heard on the ABC News “Perspective” podcast.  But he also chooses hope. “The first audience is really curious people who actually want to know more about this country’s history. Now notice I didn’t say curious people who want to know more about African-American history. I see them as the same thing. And so, frankly, given all the traumatic social and racial upheaval of 2020 in particular, there is a new group of people who want to learn, how did this happen? How did we get here?”last_img read more

Read More →

Six major sovereign wealth funds look for greener future

first_imgSix major sovereign wealth funds look for greener future FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ABC News:The sovereign wealth funds of major oil-producing countries have agreed upon a common roadmap to encourage investments toward a greener economy.The six funds from Norway, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and New Zealand released a joint framework Friday to encourage investors to take climate-related risks into consideration when investing. They also want to improve businesses’ transparency on their strategies toward establishing low-carbon economic growth.The funds hope to send a signal that will impact the international financial system. Altogether, they are worth $3 trillion. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest of its kind, is worth $1 trillion alone.State-owned sovereign wealth funds are designed to invest their countries’ public money for the long term. In an apparent paradox, except for New Zealand, the five others are based on fossil fuels.The coordinator of the working group of the six sovereign funds, Lawrence Yanovitch, said these countries “see a great commercial interest along the way, because they are saying that they think low-carbon economy is the future.” He stressed that all the Gulf countries as well as Norway are already preparing their own economies to a transition toward renewable energies. He said they realize the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more extreme weather.More: Six major wealth funds agree to encourage greener economylast_img read more

Read More →

4 ways to make your office more awesome

first_imgThe more positive your staff is, the more productive they will be. One way to increase positivity in your office is to improve your work environment. If your office environment needs some work, here are a few ideas to make it more awesome.Increase happiness: An awesome work environment doesn’t include a lot of negativity. As a leader, find ways you can make your team happier every day. Start each day with a ‘hello’ and a smile to everyone you come across in the morning. Happiness is contagious. When you start off on the right foot, you increase the chances that everyone else will start their mornings in a positive place, and hopefully that will carry on throughout the day.Fix your break room: If your break room is 4 walls and a Coke machine, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Make sure you provide your employees with plenty of options for food and snacks, a fully-stocked coffee station, and a comfortable place to relax and take a load off for a few minutes. If your employees don’t feel like they’re actually taking a break from work, then your break room isn’t doing its job.Be appreciative: A place where your staff feels appreciated is a place where they’ll feel good about spending a third of their life. We all need to feel comfortable where we are, and while we may not always receive praise at work, getting a ‘thank you’ every now and then can really lift employee spirits.Have more fun: Not all people agree on what “fun” is. The definition I’m using in this situation, is any activity or event that allows your team to let their guard down, enjoy themselves, and get to know their fellow employees better. Having “fun” will give your team a chance to bond and feel more connected to their colleagues. And that’s awesome. 77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Read More →

Six ways to protect member data in a remote workplace (that don’t require IT support)

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even as branch locations close and all but a few credit union employees migrate to a home office or other remote workplace, the industry continues to help people through one of the most chaotic times in recent history. Thanks to high-speed internet, virtual private networks, remote desktop platforms, video conferencing and a plethora of connected systems, the movement remains open for business.But, for every bright spot technology offers, there’s an equal number of potential pitfalls, specifically when it comes to data security and privacy. Credit unions are responsible for personally identifiable information, and cybercriminals use increasingly innovative and sophisticated ways to gain access to that data.I am sure your credit union’s IT and cybersecurity teams have protected your systems and provided regular training for all employees. However, these teams have limited reach when it comes to your personal space. I have worked a few days at home each week over the last 10 years (vs. commuting into our New York City office) and will be completing my master’s degree in cybersecurity shortly. So, I have a few thoughts on protecting sensitive data and maintaining privacy. continue reading »last_img read more

Read More →

The ultimate smart speaker guide of 2020 for your home » Gadget Flow

first_imger Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerAnker Soundcore Motion Q waterproof Bluetooth speaker outside Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart SpeakerThe Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker has an integrated smart charger on its top, a great accessory to have in any kitchen. This speaker responds to Google Assistant voice commands. The ultimate smart speaker guide of 2020 for your home Concept speakersThese are great product designs that would be even better if they were really available.Waco Designs Smart Speaker ConceptThe Waco Designs Smart Speaker Concept channels sound-waves forwards instead of scattering them, amplifying the sound in the process. This builds on the idea that people are most likely to set their smart speakers against a wall.Waco Designs Smart Speaker ConceptWaco Designs smart speaker concept on an orange backgroundSmart Cactus by Jonas DaehnertThe Smart Cactus by Jonas Daehnert is designed to blend into your home decor by looking like a cactus plant. The top has an LED screen that lets you operate it via touch. But you can also talk to this device and ask it to play your favorite music or read you the headlines.Smart Cactus by Jonas DaehnertSmart Cactus by Jonas Daehnert LED touchpadAs you can see, there really is a smart speaker for every room in your house. Which ones do you like the most? Let us know your thoughts or if you’re currently using a smart speaker you love in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker Apple HomePod mini Smart SpeakerThe Apple HomePod mini Smart Speaker has intelligent computational audio to optimize your sound. It also syncs perfectly with other HomePod speakers. Finally, it works with Siri and knows when your iPhone is nearby.New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart SpeakerThe New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart Speaker makes a lovely, discrete addition to any bedroom. It offers improved sounds and has on-device speech recognition. Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi System Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker Google Nest Hub Smart Display Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music SystemRuark Audio R3 Compact Music System on furniture Google Nest Audio Smart SpeakerGoogle Nest Audio smart speaker on a table Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart Display JBL Flip 4 Waterproof SpeakerJBL Flip 4 waterproof speaker under falling water Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart Display WorkspaceAmazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart SpeakerThe Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker is another great item on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020. It gives you full access to Alexa in a compact size, which is exactly what you need in your home office. BedroomAmazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart ScreenA great substitute for your alarm clock on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020 is the Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen. The Alexa Sunshine feature brightens your room slowly to wake you up. Also, this device is smart home compatible and lets you watch your favorite entertainment. er Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Google Nest Hub Smart Display Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart ScreenAmazon Echo Show 5 Alexa enabled smart screen on a table Google Nest Hub Smart DisplayGoogle Nest Hub smart display in a kitchen New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart Speaker Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart DisplayAmazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) smart display in a kitchen Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music System Google Nest Hub Smart DisplayThe Google Nest Hub Smart Display lets you control and manage your entire smart home visually. It’s great for following recipes in the kitchen and even gives you hands-free instruction. Furthermore, it identifies all the speakers in your house to offer personalized information for each question. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker Cavalier Maverick Portable Alexa Speaker System- Advertisement – Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart Speaker Another great product on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020 is the Cavalier Maverick Portable Alexa Speaker System. This speaker is great for small living rooms. It can also tell you the weather, news updates, and has other Alexa skills.KitchenAmazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart DisplayThe Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart Display is your ultimate kitchen helper. This smart speaker has a display that can follow you as you cook to show you your recipe. It even sends you notifications if it detects suspicious motion in the house while you’re out. Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi SpeakerSonos Move drop-resistant Wi-Fi speaker with pastels – Advertisement – New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart SpeakerNew Amazon Echo 4th-Generation smart speaker on a white table Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerThe Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is a great choice for an outdoor smart speaker as it has an all-waterproof case. But best of all, it sends sound in every direction and lets you use the smart assistant on your smartphone. Patio/deckSonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi SpeakerThe Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker is the perfect outdoor accessory. It combines big sound with intelligence and portability. Best of all, it’s weather and drop resistant, so you can keep it outside and invite it to any party. er Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart SpeakerAmazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen smart speaker on a table Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart SpeakerBelkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker in a house Google Nest Audio Smart SpeakerThe Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker gives you more bass and volume. It also works seamlessly with the Nest mini for a comprehensive smart home experience. The five beautiful colors look great in any workspace. Every room in your house can be smarter when you have the right smart speakers. So today, we’re rounding up the best smart speakers by room in our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020. Have a look at the speakers on this list to see how seamless your smart home experience can be.If you want to boost your home’s IQ, you’ll need a great system of smart speakers. And these days, you can find smart speakers for pretty much every room in the house. For the kitchen, there’s a smart speaker/display that follows you with your recipe while you cook. And for the bathroom, you can get a smart shower speaker that connects to two devices at once.Related: 14 Smart Alexa devices and gadgets for your home- Advertisement – Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi System BathroomBose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker IIThe Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II is another excellent option on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020. It packs bold sound into a small, water-resistant speaker. It also has a built-in mic for clear conference or personal calls.Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker IIBose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II on furnitureJBL Flip 4 Waterproof SpeakerThe JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker can connect to up to two smartphones or tablets simultaneously. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means you can fully submerge it in water. Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi SystemThe Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi System is smart and beautiful. Its mid-century design goes beautifully in any living room and plays crisp sound. This all-in-one smart sound system for your home even works with Alexa. Smart speakers have come a long way in 2020, boasting both intelligence and design. No matter which of these gadgets you choose, they’re sure to give you the functions and form you need throughout your entire home.Living roomSonos Arc Premium Smart SoundbarThe first product on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020 is the Sonos Arc Premium Smart Soundbar. The sleek soundbar has a matte modern appearance and delivers lifelike audio. It responds to commands from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music SystemThe Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music System has a gorgeous cantilevered design that looks great in any modern home. It’s audio packs a punch and offers comprehensive Wi-Fi streaming support for your favorite music apps. Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi SystemTivoli Audio Music System home smart Hi-Fi system in a living room Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music System – Advertisement –last_img read more

Read More →

Charter change backers are using deception

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The backers of the proposed/revised/replacement Saratoga Springs city charter are even more confused than I or are playing sleight-of-hand complete with smoke and mirrors.The committee and supporters are claiming to promote professional city management. Yet they mostly support the election of candidates with the lesser experience in the desired field. Are they looking for the best person for the office or trying to run a popularity contest? Some of the loudest critics are individuals who appear to have “sour grapes” because they couldn’t get elected to or hold an elected office in the recent past.I have thoroughly read the published charter revision mailed to my home three times and it’s full of bait-and-switch like a cheap used car contract. They claim to save the taxpayers $568,000 by eliminating five deputy commissioners, then say that they may be retained as departmental directors in a later paragraph.A knowledgeable city manager candidate would examine the city economy and cost of living and would expect a compensation package of over $200,000. The charter proposal states that Watertown has nine director-level positions and Batavia has five or six. Then there are the additional costs for a full-time city attorney and adding an outside auditor ($115,000). Where did the $400,000 savings go?Peter HenningsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Read More →

Americans should care where solar panels are made

first_imgBut they’re less secure in a Republican administration than a Democratic one (although they did survive last year’s tax bill mostly unscathed).And I think it’s accurate to say that U.S. policy on renewables since the 1970s has been marked more by ambivalence than anything else.Which makes a certain amount of sense: Renewables are competitors to fossil fuels.The U.S. leads the global fossil fuels industry. It can be tough to dominate both an incumbent industry and the one that aims to disrupt it.That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying, though.Justin Fox, a Bloomberg View columnist, was the editorial director of Harvard Business Review. The wind industry is headquartered in Europe, and the solar industry increasingly in China.Last week, as I’m sure you have heard, the Donald Trump administration slapped a 30 percent tariff on imports of certain solar cells that the U.S. International Trade Commission found last fall to be an unfairly priced threat to U.S. manufacturers.Most media coverage of the decision has focused on the effect on the U.S. solar power industry, which is up in arms about a move that will raise its costs. Fair enough.But wouldn’t it also be a good thing for the U.S. to have a bigger solar-cell manufacturing industry?There are several reasons why it might be.The most discussed but probably least compelling one is that it would create factory jobs.Installing and maintaining solar and wind power equipment employs a lot more people than making it, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected last year that the two occupations with the fastest projected job growth in the U.S. over the next decade will be solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine service technicians. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation The first practical solar cells were developed — as were so many other things — at Bell Labs in the 1950s, and for a long time the U.S. was the undisputed leader in solar technology.During the oil crisis of the 1970s, the U.S. also made big investments in wind power.After that, though, interest and investment in both wind and solar fluctuated with politics and the price of oil.As of 2016, according to the most recent data from the International Energy Agency, the U.S. was No. 4 in installed photovoltaic solar capacity, behind China, Japan and Germany.It was No. 1 in wind power generation in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, but China seems certain to pass it soon if it hasn’t already.Perhaps more important, when it comes to making solar and wind equipment, the U.S. simply isn’t that big a player.There is only one U.S. company (General Electric Co.) among the global top 10 wind turbine manufacturers, and one (First Solar Inc., which does most of its manufacturing in Malaysia) among the top 10 solar-cell makers. If jobs are the metric, then keeping solar panels cheap seems more important than having them made here.A better argument that Harvard Business School’s Gary Pisano has been making for almost a decade now is that manufacturing capabilities underpin innovation and economic growth.Let them go overseas, and much more is lost than just production jobs.In 2012, Matthew Stepp and Robert Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a bipartisan Washington think tank, argued that China’s use of subsidies, trade restrictions, currency manipulation and theft of intellectual property to give homegrown solar and wind equipment makers a leg up was hurting energy innovation not just in the U.S. but also worldwide.The best approach for the U.S. going forward, Atkinson says, is to look beyond current technologies.“The game should be, What’s the next transformative technology in solar? How could we be the world leader?”That’s easier to ask than answer, of course. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe oil industry was born in Pennsylvania in 1859, and Americans have played a leading role in it ever since.Even after the U.S. lost its status as the world’s top oil producer in the 1970s, it remained the industry’s main source of equipment and expertise.In recent years, U.S. technology and entrepreneurship have even brought a production resurgence that has made this country again the world’s biggest source of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons and may soon even catapult it back into first place in crude oil production.In renewable energy, things have played out a bit differently. The U.S. does still seem to be fertile ground for starting innovative energy companies.As in the oil and gas industry, U.S. technological know-how and business dynamism can be an advantage.But it’s worth thinking about what else has enabled the U.S. oil and gas industry to play such a durable global leadership role.One obvious asset has been the presence of huge amounts of oil and natural gas under the ground and nearby ocean floor.Another has been more than a century of mostly supportive government policy.This support has taken the form of not just legal advantages (most mineral rights in the U.S. are privately owned, not government property as in other countries) and tax breaks (which go back at least to the Revenue Act of 1916), but also huge military expenditures to protect the interests of U.S. oil companies overseas.Since 2005, the tax preferences for renewable fuels have been bigger than those for oil and gas.last_img read more

Read More →

Texaco brings bumper Docklands lot to market

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

Read More →

Victory 1: Heron Tower

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Read More →

Boeing 737 MAX cancellations pile up during production halt

first_imgThat was the lowest since 1984 for the first quarter.The company posted orders in March for 12 787 Dreamliners, one 767 freighter and 18 pre-MAX versions of the 737 for the P-8 maritime patrol program. For the first quarter, it posted 49 new orders, or a negative total of 147 after cancellations.After further accounting adjustments representing jets ordered in previous years but now unlikely to be delivered, Boeing’s adjusted net orders sank to a negative 307 airplanes.The pandemic has forced Boeing and European rival Airbus to cut production in the face of plunging demand, cash problems at airlines and logistical difficulties in delivering aircraft.Boeing remains in talks with regulators seeking approval to return the plane to service. Last week, Boeing said it was addressing two new software issues with the MAX flight control computer.Major US airlines, suffering an unprecedented downturn in demand due to the coronavirus, on Wednesday said they agreed in principle on the terms of $25 billion US government payroll aid. “GOL remains fully committed to the 737 MAX as the core of its fleet and this agreement further enhances our successful long-term partnership with Boeing,” said GOL chief executive Paulo Kakinoff in a statement. GOL now has 95 remaining firm orders for 737 MAX aircraft.The cancellations come as Boeing seeks to untangle delivery commitments after halting output of the MAX in January, following delays in returning it to service.Boeing shares closed down 4.3% to $141.00, off $6.33.Boeing, facing a 13-month-old freeze on deliveries of the MAX and now disruption to deliveries of larger planes due to the coronavirus epidemic, said it had delivered 50 planes in the first quarter, barely a third of the 149 seen a year earlier. Boeing Co on Tuesday reported another 75 cancellations for its 737 MAX jetliner in March, as the coronavirus crisis worsened disruptions from the grounding of its best-selling jet.The US plane maker posted a total of 150 MAX cancellations in March, including 75 previously reported from Irish leasing company Avolon. New cancellations came from buyers including 34 of 135 aircraft ordered by Brazil’s GOL.GOL confirmed the 34 cancelled planes and said it reached agreement with Boeing on “cash compensation and changes to future orders and associated payment schedules.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Read More →