Professor shares the simplicity behind daily changes

first_imgSpeaking to a full house at the Harvard Ed Portal, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor Donald Goldmann challenged his audience to be curious about how they execute everyday tasks, to test potential ways of improving communication and action, and ultimately better their daily lives through “improvement science,” or the science of improvement.Goldmann began by listing the advances of modern medicine, including the near-elimination of polio, smallpox, and guinea worm. “A diagnosis of HIV/Aids now means living with a chronic disease, not a death sentence,” he said. “I never thought I’d live to see hepatitis C cured within 12 weeks. But all these things are happening because of the great advances in medicine and science.”The science of improvement largely focuses on health care improvement, explained Goldmann. Hospitals and institutions examine their methods and practices, assess their effectiveness, and then develop plans to improve the quality of care. Determining the best plan, and employing it to maximum effectiveness, has real-life implications ranging from decreased mortality to reduced costs to maximized quality of patient care.Employing those same steps in our daily lives can have a profound impact on our habits, effectiveness, and quality of life, Goldmann said. A key part of the process is understanding systems and how we use them, from how we make our morning coffee to how we interact with loved ones at the end of the day.“The process is very simple,” said Goldmann. “Ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. ‘What is my specific aim?’ Ask yourself, ‘How much, for whom, and by when?’”That specificity, Goldmann said, creates a clear infrastructure on which to test different approaches and measure the success of each. “There are lots of good ideas in the world. How will you predict what’s going to happen, and how will you test it?”If the specifics are not first understood, he said, success cannot be measured. “You need to develop a theory, test it, and prove it.”Rob Lue, faculty director of HarvardX and the Ed Portal and a professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, said the event combined the efforts of HarvardX and the Ed Portal to share Harvard’s knowledge and expertise with a local and global audience.“Events like this provide an opportunity for all members of the community to come together and share insights with remarkable educators and leaders like Dr. Goldmann,” he said.“I enjoyed the lecture. The space was welcoming, open and refreshing. Dr. Goldman’s ability to connect with the audience was authentic, meaningful, and inspiring,” said attendee Judi Hahn.Presented as part of the Ed Portal’s faculty lecture series, Goldmann’s lecture drew on his HarvardX course, “Practical Improvement Science in Health Care: A Roadmap for Getting Results.” The course was developed through a collaboration with HarvardX and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.last_img read more

Department store chain Belk filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina-based department store chain Belk says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Charlotte Observer reports that private equity firm Sycamore Partners made the announcement on Tuesday. The firm owns Belk and says it will continue with “normal operations” as it goes through bankruptcy. Sycamore Partners says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of February. The 133-year-old chain grew from the opening of a store in Monroe, North Carolina, in 1888. The Belk family sold the chain for $3 billion in 2015. Belk has more than 20,000 employees at its nearly 300 stores in 16 Southeastern states.last_img

Taiwan’s 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm begins full commercial operation

first_imgTaiwan’s 128MW Formosa 1 offshore wind farm begins full commercial operation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The second phase of the 128-MW Formosa 1 offshore wind complex in Taiwan has kicked off commercial operations, Japan’s JERA Co Inc said on Monday.The Japanese firm owns a 32.5% stake in the project, in which it is partnering with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S with a 35% stake, Macquarie Group Ltd with 25% and Swancor Holding Co Ltd with 7.5%.Located off Miaoli County, northwestern Taiwan, the 120-MW second-phase power plant entered construction in June 2018 and its 22 turbines went live at the end of December 2019. The project’s 8-MW first phase was put on stream in April 2017.JERA joined Formosa 1 last February and is also participating in the Formosa 2 offshore scheme with the same partners, excluding Ørsted. To be equipped with 47 turbines, the 376-MW power plant is scheduled to begin operations at the end of 2021.[Veselina Petrova]More: Taiwan’s Formosa 1 offshore wind farm goes livelast_img read more

Setauket Cape With Pond Views Asks $599,000

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This well-built Cape Cod with Tudor accents set on spectacular 2.45-acre property harkening back to a simpler time is listed for sale at 83 North Country Rd. in Setauket.Built in 1935, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is an oldie but a goodie with 1,500-square-feet of living space featuring oak floors, fieldstone fireplace, an open breezeway connecting the home to a two-car garage, winding driveway and views overlooking a serene pond.It comes equipped with an eat-in kitchen, dining room, unfinished basement and attic space on the second floor. Outside it has a patio to soak of the views.The property is close to Gallery North, Frank Melville Park, and Emma Clark Library School.  It’s about two miles from downtown Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the highly ranked Three Village School District.The asking price is $599,000, not including the annual property taxes of $13,235.The real estate agents listed for the property are Francine Saer and Alexander Goldenberg of Coach Real Estate Associates, who can be reached at 631-751-0303.last_img read more

Credit unions and small business: their underdog story

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Austin RigbyNear the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands an iconic symbol, a statue, for Americans. This statue represents a man who would get hit over and over; sometimes he would fall, but ALWAYS he would get up and keep on fighting. That man was Rocky.Rocky is just one of the many underdog stories we love here in America. We want the little guy to win. We want him to overcome the big forces that seem to have all the money and resources to do whatever they want. The little guy has to be thrifty, cunning, and come up with a unique plan so he can win in the end. The underdog’s secret and x-factor is heart. They simply want it more!The underdog is ingrained into our blood as Americans. Just look back at how we started as a nation. To win our independence, America had to go up against the number one power in the world. England was such a powerful country, that it was said, “the Sun never sets on the British Empire”. Looking at the resources the Americans had in comparison to the British, we should have had no shot in winning our independence. What was the secret to our success? It was our x-factor, we wanted it more!It seems like today’s underdog attention focus is on sports and movies, and we seem to forget about the real-life, day-to-day underdog battles that are happening all around us; those of the small business. Within the last few decades, the buying and consumption of objects are unique. No longer are we going to markets and vendors to buy our food, instead we go to places such as, Acme, Shoprite, or a Costco. If we need household supplies, we go to Target or Wal-Mart. All of our spending takes place at “Big Box” stores. Small businesses may not have all the fancy commercials or advertising that large businesses have, but they do have quality products. continue reading »last_img read more

If you’re thinking about building, now is the time

first_imgCM Master Builders MBA genericWITH land values low and tradesmen desperate for work, there has never been a better time to built, according to Acting Regional Director, HIA North Queensland Robert Harding.“It is clear that the North Queensland building industry is undergoing a tough time following the decline in the mining industry with approvals year on year for the December quarter down 21 per cent in Townsville, 31 per cent in Mackay, 21 per cent in Cairns and 20 per cent in Rockhampton,” he said.“While policy makers have made positive announcements to address the economic malice that has plagued the region in recent times, the underperformance of the residential building sector in 2016 indicates the urgent need for those policy decisions to be implemented without further delay.“In light of the fact that other regions on the east coast have seen record or near record levels of new home building in 2016 the question needs to be asked of the policy makers as to why North Queensland has failed to share in that housing cycle upswing.“It is clear that where that upswing has occurred residential building has generated a huge amount of economic activity and consequent employment.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Converted: Boot Factory03:05 Related videos 03:05The Converted: Boot Factory00:43Best converted homes 201704:02The Converted: Butter Factory02:35Dream Home: Hawthorn00:39Average house? Wait till you see the extension!01:33Looks can be deceivingMr Harding said the upside the decline in approval figures was that for those intending to build or to enter the property market, there has never been a better time.“Trades are in ready supply and build times are short meaning mortgage payments during the build period are reduced,” he said.“Prices are competitive and this coupled with the stabilising of land prices as evidenced by this weeks Valuer Generals report mean there has never been a better time to build in North Queensland.“There is better news for builders engaged in the renovation market with activity in Queensland increasing by 11 per cent in 2017-2018 financial year and is forecast to continue in the subsequent year at a still healthy 7 per cent.”last_img read more

Court rejects BT’s bid to change inflation-linked benefits

first_imgTelecoms giant BT cannot change the index it uses to calculate pension increases for certain members of its pension scheme, according to a UK court ruling today.The company was seeking to find out whether it would be able to use the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) instead of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to calculate inflation-linked annual pension increases. The CPI is typically lower, so being able to use it would have helped the company deal with a large deficit in its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.According to BT’s annual report for the 12 months to 31 March 2017, the pension scheme had a shortfall of £7.6bn (€8.6bn). However, a funding update issued by the trustees last year put the deficit at nearly £14bn as of 30 June 2016.The company had agreed in principle with the trustee of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) to switch its inflation measure to the CPI, but it wanted to check whether this would be deemed compatible with the scheme rules. The High Court today ruled against BT.The company said it was disappointed with the decision.“[W]e will now consider the judgment in detail in order to decide next steps, including the possibility of an appeal,” it added in a statement.According to Slaughter and May, which acted for the BTPS trustees, BT had argued that RPI had “become inappropriate” for the purposes of the relevant scheme rules and that the company could therefore, following consultation with the trustee, switch away from RPI. The trustee said it was in the process of analysing the judgment and would provide a further update once this was done.BTPS is the largest private sector pension scheme in the UK and the 11th largest in Europe, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds report.The court ruling comes as BT has just completed a consultation on changes to its main DB and defined contribution (DC) schemes.The company has proposed closing BTPS to future accrual in April, with all members’ contributions moving to the BT Retirement Saving Scheme (BTRSS), the main DC plan. BT would pay additional contributions into the BTRSS for up to 10 years.As an alternative, the company proposed keeping BTPS open on a significantly amended basis, whereby benefits would increase more slowly in future and members would have to contribute more.BT said it was now considering employees’ feedback to the consultation before concluding its review of its pension schemes.Trade union CWU has opposed the proposals. Prospect, another union, said it was in the process of finalising a new pension deal with the company.BT said it was in “constructive discussions” with the BTPS trustee in relation to the triennial valuation, and that it still expected to complete the valuation in the first half of this calendar year.last_img read more

Tendeka Welcomes New Technology Director

first_imgCompletions service company Tendeka has appointed Davor Saric as its new technology director to help deliver the company’s next generation of disruptive technologies.Saric joins Tendeka having been involved in numerous global field developments and redevelopments as a production technology / petroleum engineering expert.Saric, who is to be based at the company’s HQ in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, said: “I am very enthusiastic about joining the Tendeka team. We share the passion for innovation and technology which I believe is the key for creating and sustaining a solution driven environment in the oil and gas industry.“Tendeka has already proven this with a quick, focused and diligent approach to providing innovative technological solutions to some challenging issues, including PulseEight and Cascade3 to name just two. Such an approach is the way forward to ensure optimised energy recovery in these changing times. I’m looking forward to contributing to the growth and success of Tendeka.”Annabel Green, CTO of Tendeka, added: “Davor’s perspective on production technology brings a systems approach to our technologies and solutions focussed on maximising the value to the operator. As we increase investment in innovation, Davor is the right person to drive this forward and I’m very pleased we were able to persuade him to join us.”Phil Stone, Sub-Saharan business development manager and Keith Parrott, area manager – South East Asia, have also recently joined the company. Stone joins Tendeka with 14 years of offshore and operational experience, particularly focussed in smart well technologies and completions. While Parrott brings over 25 years’ service and completions experience within his region.last_img read more

Ophir Energy increases debt facility to repay Santos assets

first_imgUK-based Ophir Energy has increased and extended its existing Reserve Based Lending Facility (RBL) by $100 million to $350 million. Ophir will now be able repay a facility used to fund the acquisition of a package of assets from Australia’s Santos.The maturity of the RBL has been extended by 18 months, so it now matures on December 31, 2025, restoring the original seven-year maturity, Ophir said on Wednesday.The increase follows the completion of the acquisition of certain Southeast Asian assets from Santos announced on September 6, 2018. The increased and extended RBL will be secured against the group’s acquired producing assets in Southeast Asia, including Chim Sao field in Vietnam and the producing fields in the Madura and Sampang PSCs in Indonesia.According to Ophir, proceeds from the RBL increase will be used to fully repay the 18 month Bridge Facility that Ophir signed in August this year to partly fund the acquisition of a package of production and development assets from Santos.“Having experienced a strong production performance during 2018, and with commodity prices ahead of budget for the majority of the year and lower capex payments, Ophir now expects to end the year with net debt of $65 million (with the RBL drawn down by $250 million by early-January) versus previous guidance of $110 million,” the company stated.Additionally, with the increased RBL capacity, gross liquidity (cash and undrawn available borrowings) at year-end is expected to be $360 million versus previous guidance of $260 million.Tony Rouse, CFO of Ophir Energy, commented: “We are pleased with the ongoing strong support of our relationship banks, evidenced by the integration of Santos assets into the company’s long-term debt facility. Our balance sheet remains strong and we expect to have greater liquidity at year end than previously guided.”last_img read more

Riverside County: $1.79M for Salton Sea North Marina Dredging

first_imgRiverside County supervisors have approved an aggregate $1.79 million in expenditures for a project to clear the Salton Sea north marina of dirt and debris to make the channel usable again by boaters who dock at the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club, the KESQ News Channel 3 reports.On a 4-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors established the budget for the North Marina Dredging Project and signed off on professional services agreements tied to the enterprise.The first phase will involve environmental studies conducted by La Quinta-based Dudek, whose biologists and technicians will analyze the effects of dredging on marine life, the impact of returning some of the water siphoned out of the sea during cleanup and water quality issues that could arise during and after the project.Dudek’s work will cost about $141,000 and should begin in September.According to KESQ News, it is expected that 17,000 cubic yards of muck will need to be suctioned out of the marina, covering about a 6.5-acre space.last_img read more