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Promoting understanding through education

first_imgThe Harvard program is one of six created through a gift from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.  The others are at Georgetown University, the American University in Cairo, the American University of Beirut, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.At Harvard, the gift funds four new professorships promoting scholarship and teaching about contemporary Islamic life and thought and Islam beyond the Middle East. In 2009, the University appointed Malika Zeghal as the first Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Life and Thought. Searches to fill other professorships are underway.“What we are trying to do is leverage the resources we have here at Harvard — the world-class faculty, programs like the Religious Literacy Project, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture, the Islamic Legal Studies Program, along with many others — to address a serious gap in education about Islam and Muslim cultures not only at Harvard, but in the larger community beyond the University,” Asani said.To that end, Asani has helped coordinate a number of initiatives since the program was created, including educational outreach for journalists and K-12 teachers and students, and the creation of two seminar series — one for college and university faculty in Greater Boston, and one for area graduate students. In 2010 he organized the second annual Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference on the topic “Contemporary Muslim Voices in the Arts and Literatures,” which brought leading Muslim artists, musicians, and scholars to Harvard.“We are living at a time when misunderstandings and misrepresentations of both the Muslim world and the West and America are growing exponentially,” Asani said. “The educational initiatives in which Harvard is engaged are intended to counter these distortions. If unchecked, misinformation and stereotypes can create fear and prejudice of those who are different from us, thus constituting a danger to democracy and international and intercultural relations. Democracy cannot function when you are afraid of your neighbors. I see this program as an effort to address widespread global illiteracy about religion and culture, an illiteracy that has serious national and international consequences.” “One of the goals of this program is to examine Islam as a global civilization, not just as a Middle Eastern one,” Asani said. “I’ve been engaged in that study for more than two decades. One of my main interests is the practice and interpretation of Islam in various cultural environments. Directing a program that is transnational and interdisciplinary in its scope is a particularly exciting opportunity for me.”Although Asani has been a faculty member for more than two decades, his association with Harvard goes back even further.Born and raised in Kenya, Asani came to Harvard as an undergraduate in 1973. A concentrator in comparative religion, he graduated summa cum laude with the Class of 1977, and immediately began work on a doctorate from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. In 1984, he received his first faculty appointment as an assistant professor of Urdu and Indo-Muslim Culture. Today a tenured professor, his research focuses on Shia and Sufi devotional traditions of Islam, Muslim communities in South Asia, and the relationship between religion, literature, and the arts in Muslim cultures. Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, has been named the director of Harvard’s the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.Established in 2005, the program aims to foster understanding between the Islamic world and the West through scholarship, teaching, and educational programming. As director, Asani will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the program, proposing outreach efforts to promote informed education about Islam and providing overall direction with the help of the program’s steering committee.A world-renowned scholar on Islam and Muslim cultures, Asani has worked with students and educators from Texas to Pakistan and served on the American Academy of Religion’s task force on religion in schools. He lectures extensively on various aspects of the Islamic tradition. At Harvard, in addition to seminars for graduate students, he offers several general education courses on Islam and Muslim societies designed to educate undergraduate students about the dynamic relationship between religion and the complex contexts in which it is embedded. In 2002, Asani was awarded the Harvard Foundation medal for his efforts to improve intercultural relations through a better understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures.“Ali Asani’s dedication to the scholarly study of Islam, his admirable commitment to teaching our undergraduates, and his leadership in curriculum reform and outreach have served the University well,” said Jorge I. Dominguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and vice provost for international affairs. “I look forward to working with him in his new role directing this program.”last_img read more

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Dell Technologies Brings the Power to Oracle OpenWorld

first_imgEvery September, tens of thousands of IT professionals converge upon San Francisco for one of the largest technology events of the year, Oracle OpenWorld.Dell Technologies was at the event in full force this year as a partner with Dell EMC PowerMax storage. Here’s a look at what was most important to us at the show.PowerMax and Oracle, the perfect pairPowerMax, the world’s fastest data storage array, got faster last week with the addition of end-to-end NVMe, storage class memory (SCM) for persistent storage, and real-time machine learning to optimize Oracle workloads. PowerMax SCM powered by dual port Intel® Optane™ SSDs delivers up to 50% better response times compared with SAS flash (NAND), and is offered in 750GB and 1.5TB drive capacities.PowerMax features high-speed smarts to power the most critical Oracle workloads. It also directly aligns to Oracle customer requirements for higher levels of performance, hyper consolidation, simplified storage, and real multi-cloud to truly modernize the data center.This announcement builds on Dell EMC’s already impressive momentum in the high-end market. Dell EMC is the undisputed leader of the high-end storage market according to IDC, with a 43.9% share; nearly triple that of the next highest competitor.[1] PowerMax was also the winner of CRN’s 2018 Product of the Year and Tech Innovator awards.The latest PowerMax announcements help customers better manage their high-value applications with particular focus on:Massive consolidation of multiple concurrent and mixed workloads, especially deployments that require great read response times during heavy write activityLatency sensitive applications that require the lowest response timesMission-critical real-time analytics apps like fraud detection, real-time marketing analyticsHigh demand OLTP systems: trading systems, large scale billing appsLarge ERP systems and demanding Healthcare deployments (EPIC Cache databases)In addition, PowerMax automation support for Kubernetes, VMware and Ansible streamlines provisioning, replication and other storage management tasks. Whether building out an on-premises cloud or private data center, the vRO plug-in for PowerMax enables the automation and orchestration of storage provisioning and management tasks for PowerMax storage systems. Out-of-box workflow libraries include both low-level and VMware-integrated workflows to enable customers to use the workflows as is or customize them to meet their automation needs.But what good is performance if you can’t get to the applications? Like many companies, Dell Technologies runs many of its own applications on Oracle. So integrated features like true “active-active” Oracle stretch clusters for real disaster tolerance, non-distructive migrations, deduplication, compression, and data “snaps” for team application development and testing keep business momentum moving quickly as well.Dell Technologies and Oracle CloudAs we saw this week at OOW, VMware is looking to bring new cloud support to Oracle with VMware Cloud Foundation on Oracle Cloud. As part of this announcement, an Oracle Cloud VMware solution will be supported by Oracle and its partners. The solution will be based on VMware Cloud Foundation and will deliver a full-stack software-defined data center (SDDC) including VMware vSphere, NSX, and vSAN.Dell Technologies Cloud built on VMware Cloud Foundation provides Oracle customers with true hybrid cloud experience in a multi-cloud world, delivering consistent management, operations, flexibility, ease-of-use, and full life cycle management of hardware and software components.Moving ForwardOrganizations of all sizes are striving to achieve a cloud operating model in their IT transformation journey. Multi-cloud environments are a reality. In fact, IDC estimates more than 70% of companies are using multiple cloud environments. Dell Technologies understand that real business moves ahead with an agile infrastructure strategy without leaving existing workloads behind. Now the real work begins. Look to Dell Technologies to explore and bring the latest tested and proven products, solutions, and strategies that enable real transformation from the edge to the data center core to the cloud.To Learn MoreJoin the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCStorageRead the IDC report on multi-cloud environmentsLearn all about the latest PowerMax features[1] IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q2, September 5, 2019 – Vendor Revenue.last_img read more

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Dell EMC PowerProtect DD Series Appliances and DDOS 7.4

first_imgExpanded Data Protection Capacity OptionsThese past few months have been busy at Dell Technologies for our data protection division. In November we announced the DP series of our PowerProtect appliances, the next generation of the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance.Today, we are happy to announce the next rev of DDOS for our PowerProtect appliances, DDOS 7.4. DDOS 7.4 is packed with enhancements ranging from our physical appliances to our virtual appliance, PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE). Not only did we make updates to our products, but we are offering a new way to consume them with Dell Technologies on Demand.PowerProtect DD6900In our last release we lowered the entry level capacity point of the DD6900 to 24TB usable, down from the original 48TB. In this release we are allowing for grow in place capacity expansions in 12TB increments, making the DD series more affordable when it’s time for growth.PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition and Cloud TierThis year we announced the availability of DDVE at 256TB for AWS and Google Cloud. With DDOS 7.4, we will be shipping DDVE for Azure at 256TB, completing our support of the three major cloud providers. DDVE will also support premium BLOB storage in Azure at the 96TB capacity point. Learn more about DDVE in our overview video. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:50Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:50 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. On the topic of Cloud, Dell EMC Cloud Tier with DDOS 7.4 has expanded AWS region support for China, Canada and the EMEA.Dell Technologies on Demand and PowerProtect AppliancesWe are happy to announce that both the DD and DP series appliances will be available to purchase via the Dell Technologies on Demand program. PowerProtect appliances provide workload consolidation, a reduced storage footprint and increased performance to deliver a low total cost-to-protect. You can leverage Dell Technologies On Demand for payment solutions that span traditional financing, flexible consumption and as-a-Service options. We recently launched the Payment Flexibility Program with low rates, payment deferrals, and short term options.If you want to learn more about the Dell EMC Data Protection Portfolio check out the on-demand content from the recent Dell Technologies World presented this past October. If you have any questions about this release, make sure to follow up with your account rep to learn more. If you would like to learn more about PowerProtect DD Series Appliances check us out online. Make sure to follow us on Twitter for up to date information on the Dell Technologies Data Protection Portfolio.last_img read more

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Optimizing irrigation use

first_imgSoil moisture sensors are an efficient tool farmers use to optimize their irrigation water use.George Vellidis, a professor on the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton campus, noted in a 2012 research study that water is often what limits a crop’s production. He added that as competition intensifies for this natural resource, there’s an increasing likelihood that water availability for agricultural use in the future will decrease.In hopes of providing farmers a better way to irrigate, Vellidis is researching soil moisture sensors and their impact on variable rate irrigation systems. The goal is to help farmers maximize the efficiency of their irrigation systems; thereby increasing the potential yields for various crops.“Increasing competition for water resources will likely result in less water available for agricultural production,” said Vellidis. “Precision irrigation promises to optimize the use of this precious resource.”While soil moisture sensors are not uncommon, what is unique to Vellidis’ research is the use of web-based user systems that are at farmers’ fingertips. With Vellidis’ work, sensors measure soil moisture, transmit that data back to an Internet site where the farmer analyzes the information and takes appropriate actions after determining what’s transpiring in his field. The farmer can do this from his home computer or smart phone. “Our next step is to take that information, produce specific recommendations for the producers and tell them their soil condition is such; if you irrigate, add half an inch to this part of the field, add an inch to this part of the field, add three-fourths of an inch to this part of the field so you bring all the soils up to field capacity without adding extra water so it drains out,” Vellidis said.Two different kinds of sensors are typically used for measuring soil moisture. The most commonly used type is called capacitance, which indicates how much water is available to use. However, since the volume of available water in the soil is related to the soil’s texture, every time a sensor is installed, it must be calibrated which can be a time-consuming process. Vellidis prefers a tensiometric soil moisture sensor. This type of sensor determines the soil moisture that’s available and measures how much energy a plant must exert to extract moisture from the soil. It can be installed in any soil type without calibration. For the sensors to be effective agricultural tools, they have to be strategically placed throughout a field to provide accurate readings of the soil in each farmer’s field. Before installing the sensors, Vellidis divides a field into zones. For example, a 100-acre field would be divided into 3 to 5 zones with two sensors employed for each zone. He prefers to use more than one sensor in case one goes down due to a lightning strike or is otherwise damaged. The sensors in the different zones provide accurate information about the soil moisture in those zones. This allows farmers to apply water more accurately and efficiently. “If you have the soil moisture sensors in the soil, you know exactly what your condition is. If you know something about the life cycle of your plant, you know when it’s critical for the plant to have water and when the plant can sustain some stress,” Vellidis said. For example, the critical soil moisture period for cotton is when the plant is flowering and the bolls are filling, he said. Before then, Vellidis added, farmers can wait until the soil profile is fairly dry before they irrigate, if water is limited or if they want to save energy costs.Vellidis has two goals with this project, one short term and the other long term.“I think the proper strategy for irrigation scheduling will be for consultants to get this information, be able to interpret the results and provide irrigation recommendations to the farmers in the short term,” he said.“In the long term, when we have the process better refined and the data can go straight into the pivot controller and the pivot controller can start irrigating, we can really eliminate a lot of this — I need to look at the data, scratch my head and figure out what’s going on. We’ll be able to automate that process.”last_img read more

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Secret Service increases protection on Joe Biden as he unofficially becomes president-elect

first_imgAdditional agents are reportedly being added Friday to the team protecting Biden.That full protection may still be delayed if Donald Trump refuses to concede, though: “If Biden is considered the clear winner and Trump does not concede, the Secret Service could wait under agency protocol until the electoral college meets in mid-December to certify the vote results before officially treating Biden as the president-elect,” the Post reports.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The airspace over Biden’s home in Delaware is now considered National Defense Airspace, however. So things appear to be moving in the right direction for Biden to get the protection his position merits, and the threat of Trump’s supporters demands.last_img read more

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Mrs. Marilyn A. (Miller) Morgan

first_imgMrs. Marilyn A. (Miller) Morgan, age 77, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 9, 1939, in Ripley County, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana since the age of five where she attended the Vevay High School. Marilyn was united in marriage on June 30, 1955, in Vevay, Indiana to Pastor Robert E. “Bob” Morgan and to this union arrived two daughters, Angela and Linda and two sons, Gary and Joshua to bless their home. Marilyn and Bob shared nearly 54 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 22, 2009. Marilyn was a former Associate Pastor for the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church in Greensburg, Indiana. She was a member of the Vevay Assembly Church in Vevay, Indiana. Marilyn was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marilyn passed away at 7:15 am, Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Marilyn will be dearly missed by her daughters: Angela (Morgan) Browning and her husband: Donnie of Vevay, IN and Linda (Morgan) Faust and her husband: Larry of Lafayette, IN; her son: Gary Morgan of Vevay, IN; her 10-grandchildren: Jared, Ashley, Drusilla, Randi, Danielle, Samantha, Robert, Korey, Alan, J.J. and Cody; her 10-great-grandchildren: Madison, Emma, Conner, London, Cecelia, Ethan, Elliott, Sophie, Chloe and Jackson; her brother: Rev. Kenny Miller and his wife: Carolyn of Vevay, IN; her sister: Carolyn Griffin and her husband: Dean of Pleasant, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller; her husband of nearly 54 years: Pastor Robert E. “Bob” Morgan, died February 22, 2009 and her son: Joshua David Morgan, died February 17, 1995.Graveside Service: Family and friends to meet at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home to go in procession to Moffett Cemetery at 10:00 am, Thursday, August 18, 2016Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon’s International Memorial Bible Program or Vevay Assembly. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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First Official Contest Dates Moved Up In Six Fall Sports

first_imgThe IHSAA Board of Directors approved 13 rules proposals, five failed and one was tabled for further study during its annual review of the By‐Laws and Articles of Incorporation Monday morning in Indianapolis.Chief among them were a pair of 19‐0 votes approving changes to the first official contest dates in six fall sports – boys tennis, girls and boys cross country, girls and boys soccer and volleyball.Submitted by Commissioner Bobby Cox on behalf of the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA), the changes to Rules 50 and 101 move up the opening dates of competition in those sports by two days from Monday of Week 7 to Saturday of Week 6 giving those teams an extra Saturday to schedule potential contests if they choose. The rule goes into effect immediately.2017 IHSAA Board Fall Sportslast_img read more

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I’m desperate to take Arsenal back to the top, Aubameyang says

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he remains committed to the club and wants to help them challenge for major honours. The statement is to dispel speculation that the Gabon striker might want to leave the misfiring north London side. Arsenal sit 10th in the 2019/2020 English Premier League after 21 games, nine points adrift of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League qualifying places. He added: “People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. “They talk too much and it does my head in!” Aubameyang wrote in the match programme ahead of the FA Cup third round tie at home to Leeds United on Monday. “I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.” Aubameyang has yet to sign an extension to his current contract at the Emirates Stadium, which runs until 2021. He joined the club in January 2018 for a then-record fee for the Gunners of 56 million pounds. Aubameyang was left out of the Arsenal line-up for the Leeds match due to illness, manager Mikel Arteta had told the media. Reuters/NAN.Tags: ArsenalPierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

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Suarez to make Anfield return

first_img Press Association Current Liverpool first-teamers not on international duty will also feature along with some of the club’s academy players. Managers of the two sides will be announced in the near future. Proceeds raised from the event will help fund Liverpool FC Foundation’s community programmes, which benefit thousands of young people and adults throughout the city of Liverpool, and also support Alder Hey’s new Hospital in the Park as well as providing support packages to Claire House, Positive Futures, Centre 56 and Cash for Kids. The game, organised by the Liverpool FC Foundation, will see Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher each captain a side they have selected. Players who have already confirmed their availability for the March 29 fixture include Suarez, who left for Barcelona in a £75million deal last summer, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt, Xabi Alonso, Thierry Henry, John Terry and Didier Drogba, to name a few. center_img Luis Suarez will return to Anfield later this month along with a host of former Liverpool stars and other international names for a unique charity match. last_img read more

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Osimhen is Nigeria’s Most Expensive Player Valued 64m Euros

first_imgIn the biannual list from the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) Football Observatory featuring footballers from top five European Leagues: the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1, Osimhen was valued at 64 million Euros and in the 66th spot.The only other Nigerian player in the Top 100 is Leicester City enforcer, Wilfred Ndidi who is valued 49.5 million Euros and in the 94th place.Osimhen is currently on the shopping list of at least five top European teams with his Ligue 1 club looking forward to making a kill with a price tag of 75 million Euros.France’s 2018 World Cup Star, Kylian Mbappe is the world’s most expensive player in the list released on Monday.The PSG forward is valued €259.2 million ($292 million) to occupy the number one spot in the valuation of top players from the five prestigious leagues in Europe.Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is the number two behind Mbappe with €194.7 million ($219 million) with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho third with €179.1 million ($202 million) valuation.Interestingly, the world’s two supposed best players, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus were not valued in the Top 20.Messi at 33 has a year left in his contract while Ronaldo at 35 is the oldest on the list of 100 players valued.Messi was valued at 100.1 € million ($113 million) and is occupying the 21st place, while Ronaldo estimated at €62.8 million ($70 million) is 70th on the list.Below is CIES Football Observatory’s Top 101. Kylian Mbappe (PSG): €259.2 million2. Raheem Sterling (Man City): €194.7 million3. Jadon Sancho (Dortmund): €179.1 million4. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool): €171.1 million5. Marcus Rashford (Man Utd): €152.3 million6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): €144.9 million7. Sadio Mane (Liverpool): €139.2 million8. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona): €136.4 million9. Alphonse Davies (Bayern Munich): €133.5 million10. Harry Kane (Tottenham): €118.7 millionShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *PSG’s Mbappe world’s most expensive, Messi 21st, Ronaldo 70thDuro IkhazuagbeLille’s forward, Victor Osimhen, 21, has been rated as the costliest Nigerian player at the moment.last_img read more

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