Kim Cattrall cuts asking price on Hamptons home

first_imgShare via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsHamptons real estateluxury markettristate-weeklycenter_img Kim Cattrall and 105 Gerard Drive in East Hampton (Getty; Sotheby’s via Rebekah C Baker)As Samantha on “Sex and the City,” she reveled in excess. But in the competitive world of Hamptons real estate, actress Kim Cattrall is having to take a more moderate approach.The 64-year-old has cut the asking price on her two-bedroom cottage at 105 Gerard Drive in East Hampton, the New York Post reports. She is now asking $2.9 million, down from $3.25 million.“I think she tried to get that Covid premium and it didn’t work,” a broker told the newspaper. “It’s better priced now.”Cattrall purchased the home in 1998 — the year “Sex and the City” debuted — for $420,000. It sits on just less than half an acre and features an outdoor hot tub and fire pit. She first listed it for sale in October.The actress told the Post she will miss her “daily walks down Gerard Drive and that gorgeous ocean view sitting by the fire pit.”Cattrall is best known for her role as outspoken PR executive Samantha Jones on the HBO series, which ran for six seasons.[NYP] — Sylvia Varnham O’Reganlast_img read more

Paleocene high-latitude leaf flora of Antarctica Part 1: Entire-margined angiosperms

first_imgPaleocene leaf floras are rare in high latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere, where studies have shown higher taxonomic diversity compared to Northern Hemisphere equivalents. The floras provide valuable insights into biodiversity and forest communities during the Paleocene. The Antarctic Peninsula hosts a wealth of Paleocene–Eocene floras which have been used to interpret climates before, during and after one of the most abrupt and transient warming events known from the geological record. The best-preserved and most diverse Paleocene macrofossils from this region come from the Cross Valley Formation, Seymour Island Group, which have previously provided evidence for warm temperate climates prior to the PETM. Here we present the taxonomy of leaf impressions from the Paleocene Cross Valley Flora for one species and ten new leaf morphotypes of entire-margined angiosperms. The new morphotypes provide evidence of an increased angiosperm diversity within cool-temperate Gondwanan forest inhabiting the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, which contrasts with a lower floral diversity on the west side of the Peninsula during the late Paleocene.last_img read more

Indiana To Establish New Health Services Initiative For Enhanced Lead Testing And Abatement

first_imgIndiana To Establish New Health Services initiative For Enhanced Lead Testing And AbatementINDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has received federal authorization to use up to $3 million annually over the next five years to establish a new health services initiative to provide lead testing, prevention and abatement services to low income Hoosiers.The initiative will be funded through the CHIP program and provided by the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Lead & Healthy Homes Division to primarily support lead testing and abatement efforts in East Chicago, South Bend and other areas throughout the state identified as having a higher risk for lead exposure among children.“We are pleased that our federal partners have approved this creative way to repurpose CHIP administrative funds to address crucial children’s public health concerns,” said Jennifer Walthall M.D., M.P.H., secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. “Children need healthy communities and healthy homes to have the best chance at a successful future.”FSSA anticipates the funding will cover the cost of testing and abatement for hundreds of homes per year as well as educating families and equipping physicians with information about lead exposure. The funding will also cover retesting of the homes to ensure the effectiveness of the abatement work.The new funding will supplement other federal, state and local efforts aimed at reducing the harmful effects of lead exposure on children. The initiative will serve families eligible to be covered by Medicaid or CHIP.“Lead exposure can affect a child’s overall development,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D, FACOG. “We hope that through this funding we can significantly increase our testing and abatement activities and provide hundreds of additional children a better path toward normal development.”Drs. Walthall and Box added they hope the program, along with continued efforts to raise awareness and education among families and primary care providers, will help ensure appropriate lead screening among children who are at risk for lead exposure.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Universities told to end grade inflation

first_img Our universities are world-class and world leading, with four ranked among the top ten in the world, and attracting thousands of international students. At the heart of that global reputation is a trust in the quality and high standards of the education provided. Unjustifiable, artificial grade inflation threatens that. It cannot be right that students in one year are awarded higher grades for the same level of achievement than those in previous years. We owe it to the hardworking students who have earned those top grades to stamp out this unfair practice. I expect the Office for Students – when they have their full range of powers – to challenge those institutions that record an unjustifiable rise in the proportion of top degrees being awarded. The OfS’ statutory powers are on course to be strengthened through new regulations due to be laid in Parliament later this year, which once agreed allow the OfS to levy fines of up to £500,000 or two per cent of a university’s income (whichever is higher).Universities found to be damaging students’ interests could be subject to sanctions such as placing additional conditions on their registration, fines, or in the worst case scenario removing a university’s powers to award degrees.The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment, is developing sector-recognised standards to ensure that all degree awards are consistent and fair – due to be completed this academic year.Universities UK, GuildHE and QAA have been undertaking this work as members of the committee on behalf of the full committee and the sector.Together, these measures will strengthen the regulator’s ability to challenge universities with unwarranted grade inflation and hold them to account.Professor Dame Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, said: Universities must end the steep-rise of ‘unjustifiable’ first class degrees to maintain the UK university sector’s world class reputation, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said today (24 March).In the second in a series of interventions across higher education, Mr Hinds wants action taken across the sector to put a stop to artificial grade inflation starting from the next academic year – in a bid to reset the proportion of firsts and 2:1s awarded by universities.Analysis published by the Office for Students (OfS) in December 2018 showed that 27% of students obtained a first-class honours degree in 2016/17, up from 16% in 2010/11. Of all university students, 78% now obtain an upper degree (first or 2:1), up from 67% in 2010/11. Analysis of these figures concluded that the scale of this rise cannot be attributed to the rise in pupils’ prior attainment or changes in student demographics alone.The OfS data also revealed that 50.1% of students at the University of Surrey were awarded a first class degree in 2016-17, while at the University of Huddersfield 37.9% of students were awarded a first class degree in 2016-17.Mr Hinds has today announced a clear expectation that the OfS should directly challenge institutions where they find clear evidence of artificial grade inflation occurring.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:center_img Universities are determined to tackle unexplained grade inflation. The sector’s collective will to take ownership of this challenge is strong, as we recognise it is crucial that we keep the confidence of students, employers and the public, in the value of a university qualification. It is important to draw a distinction between grade inflation and grade improvement, where increased investment in teaching and facilities, as well as students working harder than ever, are leading to legitimate increases in grades. Questions raised by this debate will not halt efforts to ensure every student has the opportunity to get the best outcome from their study – a priority shared by the government and the Office for Students. We will shortly be publishing the results of a wide-ranging consultation, carried out with sector partners, which includes a statement of intent from universities on how to protect the value of qualifications across the UK.last_img read more

Jobless down, more people working part-time

first_imgThe number of people out of work in the UK fell this month for the first time since May last year.The jobless figure dropped by 35,000 to 2.65 million in the three months to February, compared with the three months leading up to November, the Office for National Statistics said.The unemployment rate edged down from a 12-year high of 8.4% to 8.3%, the lowest level since the summer of last year.However, ONS data showed that the number of people having to settle for part-time work, because they cannot find full-time jobs, has risen 89,000 to 1.4 million, its highest level since records began in 1992.last_img read more

Phishmas 2017: Relive The Entire Baker’s Dozen Ahead Of Phish’s ’17-’18 MSG NYE Run [Videos]

first_img[Cover Photo: Phish From The Road] As we approached Phishmas 2017 and started to talk about how to celebrate this year, we started to try and dissect the Baker’s Dozen, figure out how the individual shows rank among the scores of classic performances they’ve given at MSG. We quickly found that to be a fool’s errand.The Dozen felt like one long show that we experienced gradually over 17 unforgettable summer nights in the City. Much of the excitement of the residency came from figuring out the game as it went along. By the thirteenth night, we were all experts on the Baker’s Dozen: We were making informed setlist guesses based on pastry flavors, hoarding our souvenir beer cups (anyone else have a cabinet full of those bad boys?), confidently debating the virtues of one concourse spicy chicken sandwich vs. the other. On the Monday morning following the run, we gushed about the impressive amount of material covered (230+ different songs) as we proudly surveyed the thoroughly baffling results of these 13 nights in NYC. But on Night 1, nobody knew much of anything. We didn’t know that the donut flavors held deeper meaning. We were skeptical of the band’s ability to play 13 shows with no repeats. We were totally unprepared.So it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted: a very special Baker’s Dozen “13 Days of Phishmas” 2017. Now that we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’re primed and ready to head back to the Garden, visit the banner, make some more new memories, and round out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. You can get yourself extra excited for this weekend by going back through our Baker’s Dozen-themed 13 Days of Phishmas series below, featuring audio, video, real-time reviews and hot takes, retrospective reflections, setlists, artwork, and more. Merry Phishmas to all, and to all a good run!13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17Night 10 – “Holes” – 8/2/17Night 11 – “Lemon” – 8/4/17Night 12 – “Boston Cream” – 8/5/17Night 13 – “Glazed” – 8/6/17center_img It’s today! After months of anticipation, Phish will make their “triumphant return” to Madison Square Garden for their annual four-show New Year’s run beginning later tonight. As most fans know, MSG is (now, more than ever) the band’s de facto “home court.” To date, Phish has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times, and among those 52 were some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in.Most of Phish’s 52 performances at MSG have taken place over holiday runs, like the one on which we’re about to embark. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. Going back through the annals of Phishtory and choosing just 12 to rank as the most memorable in a long, fruitful romance between the band and the Manhattan arena was an intensive undertaking.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesThen 2017 happened. This summer, the band turned conventions and expectations on their heads with the Baker’s Dozen, an unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York.last_img read more

Finding a campus rhythm

first_imgSgt. Kevin Bryant peered down from a sunny perch inside the Science Center. Just outside the floor-to-ceiling window, the lawn buzzed with the morning activity of students, canvassers, and tourists. “That right there,” he said, “is the rhythm.”A 20-year veteran of the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD), Bryant is trained to pick up on the natural ebbs and flows of daily life at the University. And like many seasoned police officers, he has a sixth sense for when something just seems off: a shady character idling in the Yard, a suspicious bag left unattended.Bryant takes that approach one step further. In many ways, his entire life revolves around searching for rhythm where he can find it and creating harmony when he can — through Buddhist meditation, Baptist worship, and martial arts, or in the world around him, as HUPD’s diversity and community liaison and community policing and safety officers team supervisor.“People are different, but we’re a lot alike, and those differences are what make us interesting,” he said. It’s Bryant’s job to make sure the many disparate voices at the University are being heard and respected, from Harvard custodians to small-business owners to LGBT students.His role takes many forms. One day Bryant could be organizing an HUPD basketball game against the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. The next, he might host a discussion at the Business School in response to an uptick in street crime.“We can’t just stay in our cruisers,” he said. “You’ve got to get out there and talk to people.” By acting as a bridge to the civilian community, he gets to remind people that, in his words, “Officers are people, too.”A Baltimore native, Bryant moved to Massachusetts with his parents as a boy. In the late 1980s, he saw a television commercial for the Somerville Auxiliary Police Department and thought he’d give it a try. He became a volunteer citizen officer and later joined the Somerville Housing Police Department full time, working a rough beat: the housing projects along Mystic Avenue and North Street.“Nobody went peacefully,” he said. “You usually had to rumble with people to arrest them.”After four years, a friend persuaded him to take the HUPD exam, and he passed. The Harvard job offered him “a totally different type of policing” from the streets of Somerville, he said.“Where else would I get to meet Nelson Mandela or His Holiness the Dalai Lama?” he said of his two decades at Harvard. “At the same time, we still have crimes here we have to solve. It’s a pretty good mix.”Three years ago, the department created Bryant’s current position, with the goal of improving communication between the force’s 85 officers and the people they serve. His work entails a constant search for undiscovered or underutilized channels of dialogue. Some changes to the force’s methods have been small but significant, such as a decision to host community meetings with translators present.“You have to build a bridge of trust in each community, but it takes time,” he said.On one occasion, Bryant met with members of Harvard’s dining services staff. It was winter, and with the sun rising later in the day, many employees were concerned about walking across the Yard in the dark to make it to their early-morning shifts.“Now, we’ll have a cruiser posted in the Yard early in the morning,” he said. “Before we had these outreaches, we never would have known that was a concern.”Bryant is easy-going, the kind of guy who puts down a quadruple-espresso every morning and makes it seem like an herbal tea. He credits Zen meditation with helping him to keep a level head.“When a police officer comes on the scene, we’ve got to be the calm one,” he said.Bryant took up karate at 12 and discovered a passion for martial arts. He has studied aikido, taekwondo, and jujitsu. At age 56, he wields a fifth-degree black belt and holds the title of shihan, or master instructor. He teaches kenpo karate, a Hawaiian hybrid of Japanese, Chinese, and other influences, at a studio in Arlington.“Karate focuses you, keeps you humble,” he said. “It teaches you that true power is like an iceberg — most of it is underneath the surface.”That same emphasis on humility and reflection endeared him to Buddhism, which he practiced for many years before returning to his Baptist roots at his wife’s urging. Last year, Bryant was ordained as a deacon at Myrtle Baptist Church, a 400-member congregation in West Newton, and he will soon begin training to become a minister.He still meditates and has found it easy to slip back into prayer. “It’s meditating with God.”Although the words “community liaison” aren’t in most officers’ job titles, Bryant said that role isn’t limited to just one person.“It takes a special type of officer to work here,” he said. “We’re all pretty approachable.”last_img read more

Finding a Starting Point for Artificial Intelligence

first_imgIt’s been a busy week for the Dell EMC Ready Solutions team here at Dell Technologies World! As you’ve seen, there’s lots of news to discuss, from the update to our VDI Complete program to the work we’re doing to advance artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. In fact, it’s the latter topic that I want to focus on today.In my discussions with customers this week, I hear a common theme: our enterprise customers know they want to take advantage of these new technologies, but they don’t know where to start. And they’re not alone. In a recent survey conducted by IT Pro Today and sponsored by Dell EMC, almost one-third of respondents said that their organization was either testing or considering a machine learning solution, which means that the vast majority have not yet figured out where and how to start.With so many vendors claiming to have the ‘latest and greatest’ machine learning solutions, it becomes difficult for customers to know which solutions they need, never mind which ones they can practically implement. Beyond that, they’re looking for a solution that won’t require substantial time and resources to deploy and manage or require them to move away from infrastructure in which they’ve already heavily invested. How do they choose? How do they get started without wasting time, money, and other resources while moving toward their goals?It’s all about the dataAt its core, machine learning-based AI solutions are about one thing: insights from data. For many enterprises, this fact makes them bristle, as more often than not they’ve already heavily invested in trusted data analytics solutions and but don’t know how to use new analytics techniques such as machine learning. In fact, our survey revealed that 46 percent of respondents are using big data or data analytics solutions, and more than half of those believe those programs would benefit from machine learning. An additional third indicated their belief that machine learning could possibly enhance their use of data analytics.Thankfully, there’s good news – implementing a successful AI strategy is about taking advantage of more of the data coming into an organization, and using that data to increase understanding about how things are working, what is likely to happen next, and what can be done to achieve desired future outcomes. Increasingly, enterprises are starting to make this realization, with a clear majority of our survey respondents indicating they believed their existing data analytics programs would benefit from adding machine learning capabilities, with an additional third of respondents telling us they believe machine learning could possibly enhance their use of data analytics.A recent Dell Technologies Award winner, AeroFarms, is just such an enterprise, looking to work with the Dell EMC team to help them implement the right artificial intelligence solution that will deal with the constant barrage of data streaming into their infrastructure, enabling them to focus on what they do best: addressing the global food crisis by growing flavorful, healthy, leafy greens in a highly sustainable and socially responsible way. Our team is partnering closely with AeroFarms to provide them with a solution and strategy that not only addresses their current needs, but will also scale as they need it to, because let’s face it – the amount of data flowing into organizations will only increase, requiring a solution that will scale with that growth.A complex marketplace requires expertiseWhile technology itself is great, like every major innovation we’ve encountered in the last two decades, a successful implementation of new technology requires another, critical element:  partnering with people who have a solid understanding of both the technology and the marketplace. As demonstrated in yesterday’s announcement, Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to provide customers with this expertise, based not only on our own innovation, but also on our ability to partner with other industry leaders including Intel and NVIDIA to bring the very best expertise to our customers while advancing the AI and machine learning community as a whole. In short, we’re committed to leveraging enterprise expertise as well as mathematical and intellectual expertise to design and deliver the right solution for our customers.Continuing to learn and growThe more I talk to our amazing customers and partners, the clearer it is to me that we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of how enterprises can leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to derive greater value from their data to increase innovation and efficiency, and thus advance their industry and gain a competitive advantage. I look forward to continuing my discussions with customers and partners around the world.To learn more about the IT Pro Today survey, please visit learn more about our work with AeroFarms, visit read more

Pedal to the Metal with VMware Tanzu

first_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:52Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning 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 CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. How Dell EMC is Accelerating the Adoption of Tanzu with PowerProtect Data Manager DevOps these days is focused on four key imperatives: to build, run, manage and protect. And with our partner VMware’s announcement of Tanzu updates this week ahead of VMworld we are excited to be in lockstep with the progress we have made in this highly innovative space by bringing together end-to-end management and data protection for all Kubernetes workloads under a singular control plane.The run, build and manage journey for developers needs to also include protection of these ubiquitous workloads to guarantee reliability, efficiency and availability at a low cost. We say it repeatedly: the benefits that Dell EMC provides VMware infrastructures include the Enterprise-grade deduplication, compression and speed for all types of workloads. Modern applications platforms can now be managed as cloud native organizations to bring their DevOps teams faster software release cycles. Not only that, they can do more with test/development cycles without interrupting their developers’ ongoing progress.Essentially, VMware has introduced Kubernetes as its control plane — bringing the “Kubernetes experience” into the data center. This now bridges a community between the developers, the IT operators and the vAdmins. They can all begin to communicate on a level playing field as well as introduce protection policies via PowerProtect Data Manager across multiple technology stacks hosting these integrated workloads.These once disparate teams can now not only manage all their disperse applications comprised of containers and/or virtual machines (VMs); but in many cases can claim they are deploying the first and only Enterprise protection solution for VMs, applications and Kubernetes at once via central resources. In addition to accelerating the adoption of Tanzu, Dell EMC provides customers with the ease of worry-free migration for existing workloads to Kubernetes environments protected by their policies and self-service capabilities for DevOps teams. Faster testing, faster customer product to market is happening now.last_img read more

Judicial Council announces allegations of campaign misconduct

first_imgThe Election Committee of the Judicial Council announced Wednesday in a press release it will not release the student government election results pending an appeal of allegations of campaign spending misconduct against the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket.Eddie Griesedieck According to the press release, the Judicial Council found juniors Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu “in violation of Section 17.2(e) and 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution” over the course of their campaign for student body president and vice president.Section 17.2(e) requires all candidates to notify the Election Committee of any campaign purchases before the candidates use the materials purchased as part of their campaign.“Receipts for all election materials purchased or donated must be presented to the Election Committee prior to any use of the materials,” the section reads. “All receipts must be accompanied by a list of materials purchased.”According to the press release, Fonseca and Narimatsu violated this section through their social media advertising.“The ticket purchased Facebook advertising prior to receiving proper approval from the Election Committee,” the release said.Rather than a “forfeiture of candidacy,” as Section 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution calls for, the press release said the Election Committee has determined the penalty for these violations will remove 7 percent of the votes cast for Fonseca and Narimatsu in the election, according to the press release.“As an appropriate sanction the Election Committee hereby requires the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket to forfeit 7 percent of votes cast for the candidates’ ticket,” it said. “In the event of a runoff, the Election Committee has decided to suspend campaigning for 24 hours from the time campaigning begins.”Fonseca and Narimatsu will have 12 hours to appeal the allegations, during which the results of the election will not be released, the press release said.“Judicial Council will not release the election results while there are pending allegations and appeals per Section 17.1(m) (5) of the Student Union Constitution, ‘No election result may be released to the public while any allegation or appeal is pending,’” it said. “The earliest release time for results would be tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11:45 a.m.”As of press time, emails seeking comment from the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket had not been returned. The Blais-Shewit ticket had no comment.Tags: blais-shewit, fonseca-narimatsu, Judicial Council, sanctions, student body president elections, Student governmentlast_img read more