Preserving the future

first_imgTwenty years ago, you might have found Debora Mayer at her worktable in Harvard’s campus center, bent over a fragile 17th-century drawing. She would be carefully marking a photocopy of the drawing, recording each place the original document had been repaired, and eventually moving on to the next item in a steady rhythm of independent work.Mayer, who is now the Helen H. Glaser Senior Paper Conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center, works a bit differently today. She prepares collections for treatment using high-resolution, digitally scanned images, which are then entered into a database to preserve records of how and when items were treated.But the key change is that seven other conservators are working with Mayer on her current project, which is unusual for many conservation labs but common for the Weissman Center.“We work in teams; we have checks and balances,” Mayer said. “Our strength is that we’re a very collaborative lab.”As the Weissman Preservation Center celebrates its 20th anniversary, Preservation Services Director and Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian Brenda Bernier said the emphasis on collaborative problem-solving has been key to the center’s success.Looking to the next 20 years, Bernier said, “That’s something I want to continue to foster and grow.”The center was founded in March 2000 with a gift from Paul Weissman ’52 and his wife, Harriet. The Weissmans said the need for library funding resonated with them, as longtime benefactors of their local library who knew its importance as a cultural center.,During the two decades since the center’s founding, staff have worked with hundreds of thousands of items from Harvard Library collections. They’ve prepared daguerreotypes for digitization, mended crumbling 14th-century land records, treated ceremonial swords to preserve the metal, and stabilized burned-book fragments to be loaned to the Imperial War Museums in London. They’ve also led training programs and workshops on handling, repairing, and displaying special collection materials.As the Weissmans put it, center staff “work to preserve countless treasures for use by students, faculty, and researchers, now and in the days to come.”“We feel privileged and honored to have our names associated with such a meaningful enterprise,” the couple added.Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian Martha Whitehead said the work of the Weissman Preservation Center is key to the vision she has been developing since joining Harvard last summer.Senior rare book conservator Alan Puglia works with 400-year-old manuscripts.“Much of my vision for Harvard Library is focused on greater access and engagement with our collections, and preserving for the future. The conservators at the Weissman Center are central to this,” Whitehead explained. “Without the conservators’ understanding of how to properly treat items in the collections, we wouldn’t be able to digitize these items, share them with researchers, or teach with them in classrooms, now and for generations ahead. Our mission would be hampered greatly.”A total of 18 staff members now work in the Weissman Center’s light-filled lab on Mount Auburn Street, which features cabinets of chemicals and protective goggles alongside paintbrushes and jars of paste. Books on the technical and historical aspects of preservation are stacked on shelves underneath large, custom-made worktables. The calm precision of the lab staff as they work belies the magnitude of their charge: Collectively, they are responsible for millions of items in special collections across Harvard.“That’s where the power of programmatic thinking and collaborative thinking comes in,” Bernier said.Erin Murphy, the James Needham Chief Conservator at the Weissman Center, said the library system model has enabled more preservation projects that cut across traditional library siloes.,For instance, photo projects curator Melissa Banta’s current project is to help prepare 10,000 salted-paper prints for digitization. The prints are held in 12 different repositories across Harvard, but they will be searchable in a single online database when the project is complete.For Banta, who has worked in preservation at Harvard since 1992, working with curators across campus through the Weissman Center “has been fantastic,” she said. “It’s this bird’s-eye view that allows you to work with all these different repositories.”The collaborative nature of the center is key to cross-disciplinary objects as well, Murphy said. One project might require expertise in both photos and bookbinding — which is not a problem when these experts sit only a few desks away from one another.As the kinds of materials staff work with diversify, more projects fall under the “cross-disciplinary” category. “We have a 20-year track record of adapting to change. Collectively, we’ve proven that we can do this, so I have a lot of confidence that we can take it to the next level.” — Erin Murphy, the James Needham Chief Conservator Conservators still work with 400-year-old manuscripts, but they also work with photographs, textiles, plastic, digital prints, and even audio-visual materials. Banta has worked with photos on microfilm and CD-ROMs, while senior rare book conservator Alan Puglia said recent projects have included everything from marble to Scotch tape. His most recent work involved preparing burned book fragments, some barely more than clumps of ash, to be shipped to London for display in a museum. He sewed the remains of pages together with microfine thread and created foam supports to secure the fragile items during shipping.Murphy said it’s becoming more and more common to hear things like, “Can I exhibit these plastic airplanes from the 1940s?” or “We have this wrought-iron candelabra, what do we do with it?”The sheer number of items with which staff work continues to grow, as well. As more printed items are slated for digitization, Weissman Center staff are seeing a higher volume of requests like preparing a full manuscript to be scanned and made usable in digital form without damage.As Murphy and Bernier look to the future, they anticipate a continuation of trends like preparing materials for digitization, especially as Harvard Library aims to make more of its collections freely available online. They also expect to see more requests to stabilize items for exhibition, like Puglia’s project for the Imperial War Museums.Whatever Harvard’s future preservation needs turn out to be, Bernier and Murphy have the utmost confidence in the collaborative model of the Weissman Preservation Center.“We have a 20-year track record of adapting to change,” Murphy said. “Collectively, we’ve proven that we can do this, so I have a lot of confidence that we can take it to the next level.”last_img read more

UN chief calls for regulating social media companies

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief is calling for global rules to regulate powerful social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he believes it shouldn’t be a company that has the power to decide whether then president Donald Trump’s Twitter account should be closed, as a questioner asked. Rather, he said, a “mechanism” should be created “in which there is a regulatory framework with rules that allow for that to be done in line with law.” Guterres stressed that people shouldn’t live in a world “where too much power is given to a reduced number of companies.”last_img read more

The River, Starring Hugh Jackman, Set For Fall Opening on Broadway

first_img The River The River will feature set design by Ultz, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck. Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015 Jumbo received the Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Awards for her self-penned solo show Josephine and I. Her additional stage credits include Julius Caesar, for which she received an Olivier nomination, A Doll’s House and As You Like It. On screen, Jumbo has starred in the TV series Vera and the film Remainder. Both Donnelly and Jumbo will make their Broadway debut in The River. View Commentscenter_img Jackman won a Tony Award for playing Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz and has also appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The star’s many film and TV credits include Australia, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold, Real Steel, The Prestige, Les Miserables and the X-Men series, including The Wolverine. The Oscar-nominated star is also planning to channel P.T. Barnum in a long-in-the-works movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, featuring a new screenplay by Oscar winner Bill Condon. Hugh Jackman In addition to the Royal Court production of The River, Donnelly has appeared on stage in Judgement Day, Romeo and Juliet, Dancing at Lughnasa and Boston Marriage. Her film credits include Heart of Lightness, Hello Carter, Dread, Insatiable and Right Hand Drive. He’s prepping to host the Tonys, but that’s just the beginning of Hugh Jackman’s return to the New York stage! Dates have now been announced for the previously reported Broadway production of Jez Butterworth’s The River, starring the Tony winner and Oscar nominee. The play will run for a limited engagement from October 31 through January 25 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with opening night set for November 16. In addition to Jackman, The River will star Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo.  Directed by Ian Rickson, The River is Butterworth’s follow-up to the Tony-nominated Jerusalem. The play, which had an acclaimed run helmed by Rickson in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre, tells the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night.last_img read more

Mexico Arrests 16 Police Officers in Case of Massacre in Tamaulipas

first_img Mexican authorities announced on 13 April that they had arrested 16 municipal police officers who had allegedly protected members of the Los Zetas cartel believed to have massacred at least 116 people whose bodies were recently found in mass graves in the northern part of the country. The victims’ corpses were found days earlier in the locality of San Fernando, in the northern state of Tamaulipas, a battlefield for the violent Los Zetas cartel. “Sixteen members of the municipal police were taken into custody (…) who had allegedly collaborated in protecting the criminal group in the region (…) and who covered up for those probably responsible,” Marisela Morales, the federal attorney-general (PGR), said at a press conference. In addition, Morales said that the government is offering rewards of up to 15 million pesos (1.2 million dollars) for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the massacre. The official reiterated that, up to the present, seventeen individuals are under arrest on charges of participating in the executions. “The government of the Republic reiterates its commitment to shed light on these lamentable and reprehensible homicides and to crush the corruption of police forces that collude with organized crime,” the attorney-general said. The Mexican cartels, especially Los Zetas, have made a profitable business out of kidnapping migrants, often in complicity with police officers or immigration agents. They also try to incorporate them into their ranks and kill them if they refuse. Many of the dead are believed to have been passengers on two buses, operated by an interstate company, that were on their way to the border with the United States. More than 37,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006 and launched a frontal campaign against the drug cartels, using federal police and the Army. By Dialogo April 18, 2011last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee Convenes First Meeting

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Maternal Mortality Review Committee held its inaugural meeting at the Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday to begin work on finding ways to decrease maternal deaths across Pennsylvania.Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 24 of 2018 earlier this year establishing the committee as a first step to address the serious issue of increasing maternal mortality across the commonwealth. The committee is tasked with developing programs, policies, recommendations and strategies based on collected data to prevent maternal deaths and protect Pennsylvania mothers.“With the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania, this committee is now taking the first steps to determine the reasons for this phenomenon and, more importantly, establishing how the commonwealth can help develop prevention recommendations,” Governor Wolf said. “Thanks to the members of the committee for their willingness to bring their time and expertise to the task with a shared goal of determining how to address the growing concern of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.”“Conducting this meeting is the first step toward reducing maternal mortality in Pennsylvania,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “As a committee, we will review other maternal mortality review committees’ processes to ensure we are taking the best steps to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s mothers. Together, we will take immediate action to reverse the increasing trend of maternal deaths.”Representative Ryan Mackenzie, who sponsored the bill that became Act 24, attended the meeting to thank the committee for coming together and for their time and effort in helping to address the issue of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania.From 2012-2016, there was an increase in maternal deaths with 11.4 deaths per 100,000 live births in Pennsylvania. For black women, that rate is more than double at 27.2 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Pennsylvania’s rate, while increasing, is below the national rate of 18.0 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births. Nationwide, the pregnancy-related mortality rate for black women was 40.0 deaths per 100,000 live births.The CDC presented this national data, as well as other information that constitutes the national perspective on the issue, to the committee. They also discussed what lessons other states have learned and presented a report from nine maternal mortality review committees from across the United States.For more information about maternal and family health, visit or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee Convenes First Meetingcenter_img October 31, 2018last_img read more

ATP rebounds in Q2 with 6.7% first-half return, boosted by DONG investment

first_imgDenmark’s ATP reported a 6.7% return from its investment portfolio for the first half of this year, representing a big leap from the meagre 0.4% it was able to generate in the first quarter after it was boosted by a one-off profit from its private equity investment in DONG Energy.In its interim report for January to June, the statutory pension fund said its total assets had now increased to DKK800bn (€107billion) from DKK705bn at the end of December.Carsten Stendevad, chief executive of ATP, said: “ATP’s investment portfolio posted a strong return in 2016, driven mainly by bonds, alternative investments and private equity, including the investment in DONG Energy.”In absolute terms, the return on the investment portfolio was DKK6.9bn, with DKK2.9bn of this relating to the return ATP made on its investment in the Danish energy firm.  In the second quarter alone, ATP said returns from the investment portfolio stood at DKK6.4bn.DONG Energy’s June IPO yielded a big profit for ATP on the investment it initially made in 2014. The pension fund said it had made and aggregate return of around DKK4.0bn on the private equity investment, including the DKK2.9bn relating to 2016.ATP’s assets are divided between an investment portfolio which consists of the fund’s bonus reserves and is invested on an absolute return basis, and a much larger hedging portfolio composed on long-dated fixed-income instruments, designed to back the pension guarantees it makes.Despite the return it made in the first half, the investment portfolio shrank by the end of the first half to DKK96.9bn from DKK101.2bn at the end of December, largely because DKK9.9bn was transferred from the portfolio to the hedging portfolio in provisions for a greater-than-expected increase in life expectancy.The transfer is almost three times as much as the DKK3.7bn of extra provisioning the pension fund made during the whole of 2015 as part of its life expectancy update.The hedging portfolio grew to DKK703.2bn at the end of June from DKK604.0bn at the end of December.This was despite the portfolio of long-term hedging strategies used to protect against inflation increases, which consists of swaptions, suffering the biggest loss in the investment portfolio in the first half, losing DKK3.5bn. ATP said this was due to long-dated European swap rates having finished the reporting period lower than they had started it.In the first half of 2015, ATP made a 12% return on its investment portfolio, and went on to produce a 17.2% return for the full year 2015.In the first half, the hedging portfolio generated a return of DKK92.3bn after tax, while due to falling interest rates in the period, ATP’s provisions for its guaranteed pensions, rose by DKK93bn, the pension fund said.The result of the hedging portfolio in total, therefore, was a loss of DKK700m, ATP said, adding that this was “considered satisfactory” given that it was less than 0.1% of the guaranteed pensions.Within the investment portfolio, bonds generated a return of DKK3.9bn, listed Danish equities made a loss of DKK100m, listed international equities lost DKK700m, and private equity produced a return of DKK3.0bn.Credit investments returned DKK1.5bn, ATP said.last_img read more

Pieter van Oord Speaker During Offshore WIND Conference

first_imgOffshore WIND Conference is proud to confirm Pieter van Oord, the Chief Executive Officer of Van Oord, as one of the speakers during this year’s conference held at Amsterdam RAI on 9 and 10 October. “There are ample opportunities in accelerating energy transition; we should think bigger and go faster,” said Pieter van Oord.Van Oord will be joining speakers from, among others, Siemens Gamesa, DONG, TNO Energy, European Committee of the Regions and Bladt Industries.The 8th annual Offshore WIND Conference (OWC), part of the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC), will focus on the opportunities for the offshore wind sector over the next ten years and beyond.For more information on the program and other speakers head to www.offshorewindconference.bizlast_img read more

Lady Pirates Defeated By Ranked Lady Knights

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to EIAC foe and #16 class 2A ranked South Dearborn Thursday evening and lost 15-0.It took the host Lady Knights only 50 seconds to open the scoring as they slashed to 8 first half goals. Quick movement, cut-back dribbling, solid spacing and crossing runs, passes lead to success throughout the evening for the home squad. Despite the score, improvement was shown for the Lady Pirates as they forced 8 offsides calls and had better positioning on the evening. Emily Lowe made 19 saves in the contest and Abby Easley recorded the only shot of the evening while the Lady Knights had 45 total shots, 34 were on goal.In the JV half, the host squad won 4-0. The Lady Pirates will travel to Union County Saturday morning for a 10 AM kickoff.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Weather advisory for tonight

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for southeastern Indiana for tonight into the Friday morning hours.  Light snow is expected tonight into Friday morning with hazardous travel during the Friday morning commute possible.  Light snow will continue into Friday morning.last_img

Guus Hiddink confirmed as Chelsea boss until end of season

first_img He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.” Hiddink is at Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s match with Sunderland but Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland will take control of the team alongside Eddie Newton, who is now assistant first-team coach. Hiddink previously took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009 and guided the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley. Chelsea’s announcement came hot on the heels of Mourinho revealing he is already looking for a route back into management. Mourinho was axed after Chelsea followed up their title win last term with nine defeats from their opening 16 games. But the Portuguese, who released statement through the agency which represents him, is ready for a new challenge. “He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward,” CAA said in a statement. “Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future. The Dutchman, who had a previous spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009, succeeds Jose Mourinho, who on Thursday paid the price for the club’s disastrous start to the season. Hiddink, 69, whose last post was as Holland coach, said on the club’s official website: “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.” “During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave. “Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.” Blues chairman Bruce Buck used his programme notes to shed some light on the events of the past few days after owner Roman Abramovich’s patience finally ran out. He wrote: “On Thursday the difficult decision was made for Jose Mourinho to leave the club. I can assure you it was not a decision we took lightly “Nor was it a spur-of-the-moment decision; Mr Abramovich and the board anguished over it for some time. The decision was made for no reason other than to do what we believe is in the best interests of this club. “We will not forget what Jose achieved here during his two spells as manager. “But the start of this season has come as a major disappointment to the owner, the board and Chelsea fans everywhere and I think it is fair to say nobody expected us to be in the position we are in the Premier League just before Christmas. “Now we have to look forward and, in order to make the most out of what remains of this campaign, we believed a managerial change was needed.” Captain John Terry, meanwhile, attempted to shoot down rumours that Mourinho was axed due to the influence of the players at the club. In his captain’s notes, the defender wrote: “We are aware there have been rumours of player power at the club but I want to make it clear that is not the case. “We leave all decisions to Mr Abramovich and the board, and know that our job, as players, is to focus on getting results on the pitch. “We players have to look at our performances and take responsibility for where Chelsea sit in the table right now. The manager going doesn’t change that we are responsible, and to be 16th in the table is not acceptable from us.” Mourinho wasted little time in reappearing in a football stadium, attending Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Saturday for their noon Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough. Press Association Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their new manager until the end of the season.last_img read more