Harvard has gathered resources and help guides for students, faculty, and the University community after its Tuesday announcement that students should not plan to return to campus after spring break ends March 23, and that classes will move online for the rest of the semester amid the mushrooming outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.The material, much of which is available on the University’s coronavirus page, includes information for students about moving, storage, shipping, and booking travel, as well as help for faculty and staff on remote learning and workforce planning, and meetings, events, and travel guidance for the entire community.“Please know the College is working hard to support you and respond to the needs of our community in the midst of this rapidly evolving situation,” said Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College. “We are committed to sharing as much information as possible with you as we learn more.”The University made its decision as the number of cases in both the U.S. and across the globe continued to surge. In the U.S., there are about 1,000 cases, according the Centers for Disease Control. That number is expected to rise as more testing is implemented. There are currently 95 known cases in Massachusetts. Globally the World Health Organization puts the number of cases at more than 118,000.Harvard’s decision is consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on social-distancing and slowing the spread of the disease. More than 100 other colleges around the nation have opted to adopt remote instruction, according to published reports. The Ivy League Council of Presidents has canceled all athletic events through the remainder of the spring semester, and the NCAA has banned spectators from its famed March Madness men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.“These past few weeks have been a powerful reminder of just how connected we are to one another — and how our choices today determine our options tomorrow,” wrote Harvard President Larry Bacow in a letter to the community Tuesday morning.Harvard College students have been asked not to return to campus after spring break and to move out of their Houses and first-year dorms by Sunday. Remote instruction is set to begin March 23.Currently, Harvard has no documented coronavirus, but today the University announced two community members are being tested.“The decision to move to virtual instruction was not made lightly,” Bacow wrote. “The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings.”Khurana said the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has decided that all major academic deadlines, including Senior Thesis due dates, will be extended by one week in order to allow students to focus on moving and making other necessary adjustments. He also noted that room and board will be prorated for all students who move out and that the University is reviewing a small number of applications by students seeking to remain on campus longer because of difficulties related with returning home.Harvard College is providing students on financial aid with up to $200 to ship items home. Students should email the Registrar’s Office, [email protected], to receive prepaid shipping labels. Students should include their name, local or campus address, the address to which the boxes will be sent, contact information for both sender and receiver, dimensions of the boxes, and date they will be leaving campus.Students can also forgo shipping and store items through Olympia Moving and Storage. The University’s storage instructions page has pricing and detailed instructions. Students on financial aid will receive a $200 credit for storage if they choose this option instead of shipping. If the bill exceeds $200, or the student does not receive financial aid, costs will be applied to term bills.Students can print labels for boxes at any Crimson Print location.For students who need help booking travel, the University has staff at all of the dining halls, the Smith Campus Center, and Dudley Community in DeWolfe. Times vary, so students should check the schedule regularly.The University has also posted several coronavirus update and FAQ pages, which are refreshed regularly, including pages for the University as a whole, the College, and other parts of the University from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the Extension School. These pages have answers to community-specific questions — like how to keep research and labs going remotely.College and graduate students with questions about financial aid should visit the financial aid FAQ page. It has information on room and board, student fees, stipends, and what to do if a student can’t afford travel.With the move to online learning, Zoom training is available to faculty members. Faculty have been asked to sign up for a Zoom account and complete training no later than March 20. A number of training sessions are available online and in person, including a video tutorial, a workshop, office hours, and one-on-one help. Harvard University IT has been working with Zoom to ensure the system can handle the high demand.“We are committed to residential education and appreciate that the classroom experience cannot be fully replicated online,” said Claudine Gay, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in an email to faculty. “However, remote teaching is an important and powerful tool in our contingency planning as we look to maintain the continuity of our teaching and the academic progress of our students.”Over the past few weeks, Harvard has asked staff who are able to work remotely to begin preparing to do so. Those preparations include bringing laptops home every day and taking steps to ensure personal devices are secure, and reviewing the general information about getting ready to work remotely.The University has also issued travel and meeting and event guidance to the community. It has banned all work-related travel until at least April 30 and is strongly discouraging nonessential personal travel. University events or meetings of 25 people or more are discouraged.For the latest information, please visit www.harvard.edu/coronavirus.Since the initial outbreak of the coronavirus, the Gazette has been providing regular updates from Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines. You can find these updates here: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/series/coronavirus/. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
Subsidy-free renewable energy development undercuts arguments for new fossil fuel generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts.Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts they once needed are disappearing.On sun-drenched fields across Spain and Italy, developers are building solar farms without subsidies or tax-breaks, betting they can profit without them. In China, the government plans to stop financially supporting new wind farms. And in the U.S., developers are signing shorter sales contracts, opting to depend on competitive markets for revenue once the agreements expire.The developments have profound implications for the push to phase out fossil fuels and slow the onset of climate change. Electricity generation and heating account for 25% of global greenhouse gases. As wind and solar demonstrate they can compete on their own against coal- and natural gas-fired plants, the economic and political arguments in favor of carbon-free power become harder and harder to refute.“The training wheels are off,” said Joe Osha, an equity analyst at JMP Securities. “Prices have declined enough for both solar and wind that there’s a path toward continued deployment in a post-subsidy world.”The reason, in short, is the subsidies worked. After decades of quotas, tax breaks and feed-in-tariffs, wind and solar have been deployed widely enough for manufacturers and developers to become increasingly efficient and drive down costs. The cost of wind power has fallen about 50% since 2010. Solar has dropped 85%. That makes them cheaper than new coal and gas plants in two-thirds of the world, according to BloombergNEF.More: Solar and wind power so cheap they’re outgrowing subsidies
The €45bn Dutch metal industry scheme PME said it will improve its ESG policy by linking 10% of its assets directly to United Nations sustainability targets over the next five years.Together with the €382bn civil service scheme ABP and the €185bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, PME is the third large scheme in the Netherlands linking a substantial part of its investment portfolio to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.Eric Uijen, PME’s chairman, emphasised that the scheme’s return target would remain the leading principle for its investment policy.“A proper return against manageable risks and acceptable costs will be required for all investments,” he said. Marcel Andringa, executive trustee for asset management, said that setting concrete goals was a big step in PME’s responsible investment policy. The sharpened focus on ESG applies to equity, bonds, property, and private equity, according to PME.The sector scheme indicated that it would in particular focus on energy transition, waste, affordable housing, and access to financing.Andringa estimated that PME had already invested 3% into assets linked to the UN goals, including renewable energy, green bonds, and forestry, as well as real estate and equities that apply specific sustainability criteria.Last month, the metal scheme announced that it would reduce its portfolio’s carbon emissions by 25% within five years.Responding to PME’s decision, its €67bn sister metal scheme PMT said it already used the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a guideline for its investments, but that it didn’t see added value in setting a quantative target.PMT added that it also focussed on energy transition, access to financing, and waste.As sustainable investment is still in its infancy, pension funds are co-operating over measuring the impact of such investments.PME is working together with, among others, pension managers PGGM and APG in a working group as part of a sustainability platform of supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank. The working group is developing uniform impact indicators.
Francis UzohoÂ With one match left, the Super Eagles have booked the ticket to Russia 2018 World Cup, yet, there are still worries about the quality of the team, especially in the goalkeeping area.During the qualifying matches, three goalkeepers were on parade- Carl Ikeme, who lost out to acute leukaemia, Daniel Akpeyi, who was shaky against Algeria in Uyo and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who Rohr has no total confidence in. Dele Ajiboye and Dele Alampasu are considered outsiders. In spite of booking 2018 World Cup ticket slated for Russia with a match to go, one area that has been given the Gernot Rohr and his coaching crew sleepless night is the goalkeeping department. Ahead of Nigeriaâ€™s last qualifier against Algeria and the high profile friendly against Argentina onÂ November 10 and 14Â respectively, the German tactician has turned his attention to18-year-old Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, who has only made three appearances for the La Liga side.Â Kunle AdewaleÂ reports Rohr has now beamed his searchlight on 18-year-old Deportivo La Corunaâ€™s Francis Uzoho.Â Therefore, ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria and the international friendly game against Argentina, Uzoho has been handed his first Nigerian call-up after making his La Liga debut in La Corunaâ€™s 0-0 draw with Eibar on October 16.Uzoho was extended an invite for the Super Eaglesâ€™ last Russia 2018 qualifying match against the Desert Foxes onÂ November 10Â and a friendly against Jorge Sampaoliâ€™s star-studded AlbicelesteÂ four days later.According to a statement on the club’s website, “Francis Uzoho, a goalkeeper who recently debuted in an official match with RC Deportivo, has been called up for the first time by Nigeria, for the last qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup and a friendly.”In an interview with THISDAY, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Christian Obi warned against selecting players on sentiment ahead of the World Cup, saying that in the area of goalkeeping, age and experience count a lot.â€œWith the World Cup just around the corner, the Super Eagles coaching crew should shun selecting players based on sentiment. The Mundial is the pinnacle of football; it is therefore not a tournament for an 18-year-old boy, most especially in the area of goalkeeping. It is a very crucial aspect of the team. He is the one that sees the whole field better than the other players and can chip in advice to his teammates when and where necessary. You need a very experienced person to do this kind of job and not a kid,â€ the 2005 FIFA U-20 Youth Championship bronze winner warned.Continuing, he said, â€œAfter our exploit in the U-20 World Cup in Russia, some of us were drafted into the senior national team, and as an 18-year old then, I was not given the opportunity to keep for the Super Eagles until after many years in camp. I was just there as an understudy to the older and more experienced goalkeepers, before I eventually got my chance after the coaching crew felt I had matured and amassed enough experience. So, the fact that Francis Uzoho has been in goal in three matches for Deportivo La Coruna, owing to injury to first choice goalkeeper is not enough to merit a national team call-up.Â â€œI think an invitation to the junior team would rather be more appropriate for Uzoho to show Nigerians the stuff heâ€™s made of, from then he can graduate to the national team. I will advise the Super Eagles coaching crew to stick to Apeyi and Ezenwa, support them with the experience of Vincent Enyeama depending on his form, but not a goalkeeper who is just cutting his teeth in goalkeeping.â€Uzoho, a former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga in a memorable Deportivo La Coruna debut after keeping a clean sheet in his clubâ€™s 0-0 draw at Eibar.The 18-year-old, who arrived at the club from Qatarâ€™s Aspire Academy in January, produced four important saves to help Deportivo claim a point.â€œA day that will never disappear from my memory â€“ my debut â€“ thanks all for the support,â€ he said.At 18 years 11 months and 17 days, he becomes the second youngest player in La Liga this season, behind Real Madridâ€™s Moroccan defender, Achraf Hakimi â€“ who made his debut at 18 years 10 months 27 days earlier this month.After regular first-choice goalkeeper, Ruben, suffered a finger injury, Deportivo boss Pepe Mel opted for the Nigerian ahead of the experienced Costel Pantilimon and was impressed by the youngster.â€œA coach has to act according to the things he sees in training. He is only 18 and he can barely speak Spanish but I know what he can offer this club,â€ Mel said.Uzoho was born on October 28, 1998. He joined Qatari Aspire Academy in 2013 when he was 14. Uzoho started his footballing career as an attacker but was converted to a goalkeeper after being deemed “too slow” at the age of 12. In 2016, after impressing on a tournament in Barcelona, he joined Deportivo de La Coruna’s Juvenilsquad.Age rules meant that Uzoho could only become available to sign a contract with DÃ©por in January 2017; shortly after signing his contract, he started to train with the first team and was promoted to the reserves ahead of the new season. He made his senior debut onÂ September 10Â in a 3â€“0 Segunda Division B home win against Real Madrid Castilla.Uzoho made his first team and La Liga debut on 15 October in a 0â€“0 away draw against Eibar. At the age of 18 years and 352 days, he became the youngest ever foreign goalkeeper to debut in La Liga, and the second-youngest player to appear in the league behind Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
British boxer Amir Khan has agreed terms to fight Filipino Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on April 9 next year.According to the Daily Mail the fight is expected to be Pacquiao’s last and represents a coup for Khan, who has been craving a super-fight since entering abortive negotiations with Floyd Mayweather two years ago.Khan has agreed terms ‘in every last detail’ to meet Pacquiao in America in April and confirmation that Khan has accepted will be sent by lawyers to the 36-year-old’s legendary promoter Bob Arum.Pacquiao insists it will be his last fight before running for election as a senator in the Philippines.Shah Khan, father and mentor of Bolton’s former two-division world champion, said: “Our paperwork went off to Arum on Friday and every point is covered.”The location is definitely the US. The date in April may vary by a week or so but April is the month.” The 28-year-old had long been thought to be the front runner and has beaten the interest of Terence Crawford and Tim Bradley to secure the super-fight.His father continued: “Mr Arum has to guarantee millions to Manny and it is unlikely he can reach those numbers with either of the other candidates.”Khan is big box office in America as well as around the world and brings UK pay-per-view television money to the table.After being denied a bout with Mayweather three times, Team Khan are taking no chances: “We have been here before, with Mayweather so While we are confident the contract will be back with us in the next few days we are holding the second Saturday in January as a fall back date for an alternative fight.”Pacquiao and Khan were sparring partners as well as friends when both were working in the Wild Card gym with master trainer Freddie Roach. Although he has not fought since defeating Chris Algieri in May, Khan has been staying fit on self-promotional travels around the world.He returns to Bolton on December 5 to work more closely with his team.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports