Faculty of Arts & Sciences

first_imgFACULTY OF ARTS AND SICENCESThe Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the first home for allstudents enrolled at VinUniversity as they embark on a nuancedjourney of self-discovery in a state-of-the-art tertiary educationdesigned in collaboration with leading universities in the world,top minds in Vietnam and passionate stakeholders. In this sense,General Education at VinUniversity is essentially a “gateway”between past and future, theory and practice, and local and global.This is where students, faculty and staff collectively take thefirst step towards realizing VinUniversity’s mission ofcontributing to the betterment of Vietnam and the world.Our Faculty of Arts and Sciences takes inspiration from thethree principles of education reform, namely “dan toc” [nation],“khoa hoc” [science] and “dai chung” [people] put forth byVietnam’s longest-serving Minister of Education, the late ProfessorNguyen Van Huyen, who strived to develop an education system tobuild a modern nation for all Vietnamese citizens in the tryingtimes of post-independence Vietnam.For the betterment of Vietnam as a nation and to contribute tothe world as members of the global community, General Education atVinUniversity begins with developing in each individual aconscientious and critical understanding of the self, Vietnam andthe world. To develop a reflexive understanding of the self, weencourage students to step out of their comfort zone,self-cultivate an open mind, and most importantly, to dare todream! Yet, to be able to do so means developing a grounded andcritical understanding of the past and present of Vietnam, how weunderstand ourselves and how others try to understand us, andfinally, how we could together look to the future. To find ourplace in the world and to have a voice in how our future could be,General Education at VinUniversity is thoroughly infused with aglobal-local approach in the design of class-based courses andco-curricular programs. We approach the global with a view that“digital is the new global” and ask, “What are the possibilities wemay uncover in the age of globalization underlined by digitalinfusion?”To fully explore possibilities of how the digital could changethe world and help us fulfill the primary mission of VinUniversity,the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at VinUni aspires to become amodel bona-fide interdisciplinary core curriculum in Vietnam.Taking onboard experiences in multi-disciplinary,cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary research and teachingfrom across the world and different intellectual traditions, weadopt a grounded but innovative approach in the design of coursesin collaboration with faculty, students, and relevant stakeholdersin state and society. Serving as the core curriculum for allVinUniversity students, each course in the Faculty of Arts andSciences is designed to plant the seeds that will help students ask“big questions” about past and present, to develop the capacity tolearn new skills and to bridge the gap between theory and practice.Our co-curricular programs, planned in collaboration with a wide ofrange external stakeholders, extend beyond the initial year to takestudents out of the classrooms to fully reap the benefits ofexperiential learning.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the place where you willencounter like-minded passionate and innovative academics who aredevoted to education and grounded in interdisciplinary, sociallyengaged, and global/digital research specialization.To competently serve society with heart and mind, the Faculty ofArts and Sciences seeks to begin cultivating in each student sixidentified attributes, namely: Character, Competence, CriticalThinking, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and National Pride-GlobalAwareness. Right from the beginning, we encourage students to askthe questions, “what could you do for society” and “how would yougo about actualizing your goals?” To enable students to be a partof VinUniversity’s founding mission, we seek to develop futureleaders who take pride in their national heritage, areglobal-minded, have character, and possess an entrepreneurialspirit. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is where this journeybegins.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at VinUniversity is recruitingpassionate and innovative faculty members at all ranks:Professors,Associate Professors,Assistant Professors.Senior Lecturers,and Lecturersin all major fields including, but not limited to:Communications & DesignVietnamese StudiesPhilosophy/ Asian PhilosophyPolitical SciencePOSITION RESPONSIBILITIESFull-time faculty members of Faculty of Arts and Sciences willhave three major responsibilities: teaching, research, and,service. The workload allocation will depend on the faculty rankingand faculty track in alignment with generally acceptedinternational standards and practices at universities.KEY SELECTION CRITERIAHave a master/doctorate degree in related fields fromestablished prestigious universities.Have a strong knowledge of the subject area combined with abroad subject background enabling contributions to teachingprograms.Have good experience in experiential leaning methods such asTBL (Team-based Learning), PBL (Project-based Learning), ABL(Action-based Learning) and can successfully employ them in allcourses.Have a strong record of research accomplishments or potentialfor future accomplishments (research track).Have a high spirit and strong passion for education;demonstrate distinction and/or strong potential in research; Agileto embrace changes and take on new challenges; open-minded to newand different environments; team-player willing to contribute toorganizational goals and initiatives.Excellent written and verbal communication skills inEnglish.COMPENSATIONSThe salary and benefits are internationally competitive andcommensurate with qualifications and experience.HOW TO APPLYPlease apply via http://apply.interfolio.com/83888 and send(1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, (3) a teaching statement, (4) aresearch statement; and (5) two recommendation letters. In doingso, remember the following:Indicate in your cover letter whichfield, rank and track you are applying for.Your resume should include a list ofall courses you have taught with the teaching/student evaluationoutcomes.Your teaching statement shouldspecify teaching methods you have used in your courses and plan touse in your future courses (i.e., lecture, cases, flippedclassroom, team-based learning, service-based learning,community-based learning, etc.).Your research statement shouldinclude the primary theme(s) of your past and current research andthe theme(s) of your intended future research.Consideration of candidates will occur on a rolling basisbeginning April 2021 and will continueuntil the positions are filled. The desired start date is August 2021,subject to negotiation, to allow sufficient time for your coursepreparation for the upcoming fall semester. If you currently resideoutside Vietnam, please indicate in your coverletter whether you can relocate to Hanoi, Vietnam intime (by September as latest). If not, please specify when youcan.We thank all applicants for their interest. Please note thatonly those candidates selected for interviewswill be contacted.LIVING AND WORKING IN HANOI, VIETNAMWork permit: VinUniversity will assist in and provide advicefor obtaining the necessary paperwork needed for employment inVietnam (visa, work permit, insurance, etc.). However, it is yourresponsibility to ensure that you can satisfy all the paperrequirements in a timely manner.According to Vietnamese Law, expatriates are required to submitall necessary documents for a work permit on the first day inVietnam. For more information about the necessary documents,please refer to the information in this link.Living costs: Vietnam has a comparatively low cost of livingand expatriates can live a very comfortable life here with amoderate expenditure.ABOUT VINUNIVERSITYVinUniversity (VinUni: https://vinuni.edu.vn/) is the firstprivate, not-for-profit Vietnamese university established based oninternational standards. The university integrates the models ofexcellent international universities with the unique cultural andeconomic characteristics of Vietnam, to make a breakthrough inVietnamese higher education and to become a world-classuniversity.VinUni has strategic collaborations with the world’s leadinguniversities, including Cornell University and the University ofPennsylvania. These universities have become close advisors andcrucial enablers in establishing the three colleges at VinUni:College of Business and Management, College of Engineering andComputer Science, and College of Health Sciences. Every aspect ofthe University: its curricula, research, faculty, student body,facilities, and campus life, is being developed to meet the higheststandards set by the world’s leading accrediting and rankingorganizations, such as ABET, AACSB, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) andTimes Higher Education (THE).VinUni’s founding benefactor Vingroup is one of the biggestprivate conglomerates in Asia with the largest marketcapitalization value in Vietnam. As a multisector corporation,Vingroup focuses on three main areas: Technology; Industrials; andProperty Services. VinUni is proud to be a part of the Vingroupecosystem, giving its students opportunities to connect withseveral high quality research institutes (such as VinAI, VinBrain,and Vin BigData), pioneering industrial enterprises (such asVinSmart and VinFast), and leading Vietnamese companies (such asVinpearl, Vincom Retail, Vinmec, and Vinhomes)PRESSVNExpress >> VinUniversity’s First Convocation DayForbes Vietnam >> VinUniversity’s First Convocation DayVietnamnews >> VinUniversity inaugurates its first academic yearVietnamnet >> VinUniversity achieves QS 5-star rating standardsCornell Chronicle >> VinUnversity’s Founding Provost – Professor Rohit VermaCornell Daily Sun >> Cornell-Vingroup’s collaborationVietnam Economic Times >> Cornell-UPenn-Vingroup’s collaborationVietnam News >> VinUniversity creates breakthrough in Higher EducationqualityPenn News >> UPenn extends its global reach to improve health care education inSoutheast AsiaPhiladelphia Business Journal >> Penn Medicine extends global reach to VietnamForbes >> Vietnam’s Mega conglomerate starts its own university to overcometalent shortagelast_img read more

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Art Faculty

first_imgJefferson College is seeking a highly qualifiedand motivated full-time faculty member who is student-centered andcommitted to innovative teaching, academic advising, institutionalservice, and community service. The individual selected to joinJefferson College’s excellent full-time faculty will demonstratecommitment to assessing and documenting student learning outcomesand using technology in the learning process. Art Facultyresponsibilities include teaching studio Art and general educationArt classes to AA and AFA students. The successfulcandidate will be an active artist who is committed to sustainingand growing the Art program. Specific classes taught will be basedon the candidate’s areas of expertise and departmental needs. Thisis a tenure track position. Qualifications: Master of Fine Artsdegree in Art is required. Ability to teach in a variety of mediaboth digital and traditional is required. Candidate must beproficient in the use of Adobe Creative Cloud. Experience withdigital photography, animation and cinematography is preferred.College teaching experience, especially at a community college, ispreferred. Compensation: Rank and salarycommensurate with education, experience, and professionalqualifications. Jefferson College offers an excellent benefitpackage including health and dental insurance, long-term disabilityinsurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, tuitionreimbursement, a liberal leave and vacation policy, and anoutstanding retirement program.  To Apply: Visit http://jeffco.peopleadmin.comand complete an online application by May 28, 2021. Jefferson College is anEqual Opportunity Employerlast_img read more

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In the loop April 24: Migration and Juncker’s health

first_imgPOLITICO’s In the loop podcast gives you a roundup of the week that has been and those events that will spark the debate in the weeks to come. Today James Panichi speaks to POLITICO’s Florian Eder, managing editor, and Tara Palmeri, reporter. EU leaders met on Thursday 23 April at a special European Council summit in Brussels, initiated by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, to address the refugee problem in the Mediterranean. What was the summit’s outcome?last_img

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Earphunk – Sweet Nasty [Review/Download]

first_imgSince the release of Earphunk’s debut LP No 9 to 5 in 2013, the band’s base of discerning music fans has only continued to expand, particularly following performances at festivals including Euphoria, Electric Forest, Wakarusa and Bear Creek.The band recorded their third album, Sweet Nasty, during tour breaks over the last year at the famed Studio in the Country in Louisiana. And while it harnesses the same Southern “prog-funk” sound for which the New Orleans natives have become known, the 11-track LP demonstrates just how far the quintet has come after multiple tour and festival circuits under their belt.The first few songs off the album, including title track “Sweet Nasty,” “She Don’t Wanna Hear from You” and opening song “Sunup to Sundown,” are high-energy numbers featuring attitude-filled bass lines and infectious hooks. Sweet Nasty seems to at first take shape into a deep south dance party album(a la Galactic, the Motet or Rebirth Brass Band).As the album progresses, however, slower tempo, genre-bending tracks like “Pino” and “Saura” emerge, incorporating elements of jazz, big band, space rock, disco, and live-tronica to give each track a unique, funky fresh sound. Tracks like “Phine,” for example, incorporate talk box vocals and classic rock riffs reminiscent of Peter Frampton, while rock ballad “Beautiful” focuses on less groove and more soul. Smooth, jazzy tracks like my personal album favorite, “Ambin,” offer a sexier, softer side of Earphunk that I hope to see more of in the future.Arranged in such a way that it could have been a live set list, Sweet Nasty starts off with a bang but ends with a more gentle, softer sound. Like the oxymoronic nature of the title track, Sweet Nasty is an album that plays off the juxtaposition of opposites: loud and quiet, hard and soft, fast and slow, up and down, sweet and nasty. It appeals to a multitude of human senses and emotions, elevating itself from the standard funk/rock album. The raw, rock and roll sound of Sweet Nasty is undeniably Earphunk, albeit perhaps a bit more refined.Download the Sweet Nasty bundle for free off the band’s website, which includes the studio recording, videos and three live sets from recent performances at Nectar’s, Artmosphere and Tipitinas.Currently on tour throughout the South, Earphunk will wrap up their fall run at Bear Creek Music Festival on Nov. 15 at Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida. Check the band’s tour schedule here.Earphunk Tracklisting: 1. Sunup to Sundown 2. Sweet Nasty3. She Don’t Wanna Hear From You4. Check the Pulse5. Pino6. Saura7. Phine8. The Multiverse9. Bautiful10. Ambin11. Lippy-Jaimie Sieglelast_img read more

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‘Museum of Innocence’

first_imgIt is 1975, and a young Istanbul businessman, prosperous and settled, walks into a boutique to buy his fiancée a purse. Behind the counter is a distant cousin – long ago a little girl and now gorgeous and inviting. “I felt my heart rise into my throat,” Kemal remembers, “with the force of an immense wave about to crash against the shore.”The scene is from “The Museum of Innocence,” a 2008 novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk that is just being published in English. Pamuk, a celebrant of his native Istanbul, is this year’s Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at HarvardWhat follows Kemal’s epiphany of love, said Pamuk during a panel this week (Oct. 14), is in some ways just a “melodrama” of the kind found widely in Turkish literature and cinema. “The boy meets the girl — something, something,” he summed up jokingly.But that “something, something” is more than love, tragedy, and death. It is also “a discourse on museums and collecting,” said Pamuk. He joined curatory and literary experts in “With the Museum in Mind,” a discussion at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, in front of a packed house.In the novel, Kemal reacts to the death of Füsun, his beloved, by obsessively collecting objects that remind him of her and of their days of love: jewelry, silverware, ticket stubs, movie posters, a yellow jug.“Every time I touched the handle of that jug,” he muses, “I would remember those days when I first felt the misery that was to turn me in on myself.”In the course of the novel, Kemal decides to build a museum to his love. To gather ideas, he visits thousands of small, quirky museums, including places devoted to actresses Ava Gardner and Jane Mansfield. His travels take him to museums for medicine bottles, China tiles, hats, and more.Pamuk, who worked on the novel for six years, first conceived of using an annotated museum catalog as the narrative form, since in reading catalogs, he said, “we are actually reading a story, a novel.”The worlds of the novel and the museum are in some ways the same, said panel moderator Homi Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and director of the Humanities Center at Harvard.  Both offer “a kind of joyous containment.”There is a kind of storytelling in museums, said Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum in Manhattan, since curators give “voice to objects.” And there is a Kemal-like pilgrimage, too, among curators, she said, in their probing of objects, impressions, and ideas.A novel such as Pamuk’s lights up a constellation of ideas about museums, said Glenn Lowry, A.M. ’78, Ph.D.  ’82, director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Like a novel, he said, “the space of a museum … is a fiction” meant to blur the line between the story of an object and its realityPamuk’s novel also reveals the act of collecting, said Lowry — even to the point of the pathological, “an irrepressible need to see surrounding objects and store them.”In his novel, Pamuk presents explicit notions about collectors. They are either proud or bashful, he told the audience at the Humanities Center, the panel’s sponsor. The proud revel in public display, a style that predominates in the West. The bashful shy away from display. They are driven by the same “dark compulsions” of collecting, but “these compulsions are an embarrassment,” said Pamuk. (He called bashful collecting an “un-modern view” still widely held in the East.)Panelist Helen Molesworth, the Maisie K. and James R. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at Harvard Art Museum, praised Pamuk’s novel as a “museum of nostalgia and desire … an anger of love … shot through with a kind of massive libidinal energy.” The objects that Kemal collects are understandable to a curator, she said, since they are an attempt “to create a harmony.”And like a novel, said Molesworth, a museum is a fusion of public and private spaces. It is both an object for sale and a place to go inside yourself.  She drew a parallel to French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), whose work influenced both Dadaists and Surrealists.Starting in 1935, as Europe was unraveling and headed for world war, Duchamp acted like Pamuk’s proud collector. He made small traveling suitcases that, like a novel, could be opened and enjoyed in any order: reproductions of his works (and new art) that expressed “his own desire to collect and preserve,” said Molesworth. (There are 268 of these public, portable museums.But from 1946 to 1966, Duchamp also made art in secret, collecting and creating objects bashfully in order to make, like Kemal, “his own monument of desire,” said Molesworth. “´Etant donnés,” his last major work, can only be viewed through two peepholes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a monument to his four-year love affair with Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins.Pamuk’s creation and Duchamp’s both acknowledge the immobility of museums. For all his portable “museums” in handsome suitcases, Duchamp chose to create a last work that could never be moved. In the same way, “Kemal’s museum frees him to travel,” said Molesworth, “but be tethered to home” at the same time.Pamuk’s novels, in fact, celebrate a universality of human emotions, experiences, and desires. But they do so by being tethered to the realities of his native Istanbul. Kemal’s museum, the author says, not only celebrates a lost love, but the constancy and materiality of the city of his birth.Pamuk, in fact, is taking a radical step with “The Museum of Innocence.” He is building a museum of the same name in Istanbul, opening next year. (Each copy of the novel includes an entrance ticket.) The museum will be filled with real objects that evoke the work of fiction, including Turkish toothpaste, lottery tickets, maps, and postcards picturing the time of Kemal’s love affair three decades ago.In museums everywhere, “Viewers go to get out of the busy noise of the town,” Pamuk said, with a hint, too, of the refuge that a novel provides. “I like that feeling. My museum is about that.”last_img read more

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FCC Sets E911 Deadlines

first_imgHistorically, carriers have collected accuracy data from an entire state or region in order to meet FCC guidelines that set accuracy standards for handset-based solutions — typically relying on GPS technology — at 50 meters for 67% of calls and 150 meters for 95% of calls, and network-based solutions at 100 meters for 67% of calls and 300 meters for 95% of calls. But this averaging technique masked deficiencies in certain areas, where the location information associated with 911 calls has been almost worthless to first responders. Commercial wireless carriers must meet Enhanced 911 Phase 2 location-accuracy requirements at the public-safety answering point level and comply with annual benchmarks within five years, according to an FCC report and order. Among the benchmarks is a stipulation that each carrier meet location-accuracy requirements within each metropolitan statistical area and rural-service area it serves and illustrate “significant progress toward compliance at the PSAP-level, including achieving this requirement within at least 75% of the PSAPs the carrier serves” by Sept. 11, 2010. The order could be a boon to system integrators tapping into the E911 marketplace, as nationwide wireless carriers eventually will need to generate thousands of compliance reports annually instead of the few hundred that have been required in the past. However, the new rules set a reasonable compliance deadline with meaningful benchmarks to ensure progress is made on the path toward full compliance, said Jason Barbour, president of the National Emergency Number Association, in a statement. He said cell phones can be life-saving tools, with nearly 100 million wireless 911 calls being made annually – more than half of all 911 calls in some areas. However, if callers are unable to describe their location during an emergency, the ability of a 911 call-taker to help is only as good as the location information provided by the carrier. “It is, therefore, essential that steps be taken to improve the accuracy of wireless 911 calls,” Barbour said.center_img Carriers now must demonstrate PSAP-level compliance in areas served by Phase 2-ready PSAPs — achieving accuracy requirements within each PSAP service territory — by Sept. 11, 2012, FCC’s order said. Provisional benchmarks have been established to ensure carriers are moving toward compliance with the new location-accuracy requirements. Carriers also must submit progress reports on each economic area in which they operate by Sept. 11, 2008. “We applaud what the FCC is doing here and see it as a good move in terms of what citizens need from the 911 infrastructure,” said Bill Mertka, vice president of product management for emergency-location services vendor RedSky Technologies. “And it’s also positive for our business.”The FCC’s order is the first action in the commission’s E911 proceeding. The FCC closed the comment period on Sept. 18, but issues are still pending. “Providing location-accuracy information on a multistate or statewide basis does not provide public safety with the information it needs to do its job effectively,” said FCC Chairman Kevin Martin during the proceedings. “Meeting location-accuracy standards on average in the entire state of New York by providing Enhanced 911 capability in Manhattan does not help first responders in Buffalo.” However, not everyone on the commission agreed fully with the ruling. Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein approved the ruling in part and dissented in part, noting the complicated issues involved in ensuring a reliable nationwide E911 system. Adelstein said in a statement that it was unfortunate the commission moved forward on compliance details that did not leverage the expertise of industry and public safety, including the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ Project LOCATE report released in April.last_img read more

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Once Bullied For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore8-year-old girls are not often encouraged to play with bugs and insects, yet Sophia Spencer has become an entomological prodigy—and a role model for other girls interested in biology.The youngster had been teased for how much she loved bugs. Whenever she was seen playing with grasshoppers, the other second graders at her elementary school would call her weird. “She is often teased at school by her peers because she will proudly display her current bug friend on her shoulder,” wrote Sophia’s mom Nicole.CHECK OUT: 12-Year-old Girl Outsmarts Carjacker and Saves Little SisterWorried about her daughter’s confidence in the scientific field, Nicole sent a letter to the Entomological Society of Canada last year asking for encouragement.“She has asked me for over a year if this is a job she can do one day, exploring and learning more about bugs and insects. I have told her that of course, she could; however, I am at a loss on how to continue to encourage her.”“I was wondering if a professional entomologist would speak to her over the phone to encourage her love and explain to her how she could make this into a career. I am constantly looking for articles and information on the species and how to recognize them, but find the lack of answers to her questions unhelpful.”“If someone could maybe talk to her for even five minutes, or who won’t mind being a penpal for her, I would appreciate it so much. I want her to know from an expert that she is not weird or strange (what kids call her) for loving bugs and insects.”MORE: Teen Creates ‘Sit With Us’ App For Bullied School ChildrenThe society then tweeted the letter to their followers asking for help and support – and the response was overwhelming.Hundreds of entomologists – female and otherwise – flooded the society’s inbox with kind words and offers of assistance under the hashtag #BugsR4Girls.One entomologist told Sophia that she was free to visit their lab anytime. Another scientist offered to send her any nets, papers, supplies, and books she might want to pursue her insect interest. Another offered to show Sophia her bug collection. Sophia made such a big splash in the scientific community, she became a co-author of a paper published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America with Morgan Jackson, a P.h.D of entomology from the University of Guelph in Ontario.The paper, entitled “Engaging for a Good Cause: Sophia’s Story and Why #BugsR4Girls,” explores how Twitter can be utilized by the scientific community.WATCH: Girl With Half Her Brain Becomes Speech Pathologist as Adult“After my mom sent the message and showed me all the responses, I was happy,” she wrote in her portion of the paper. “I felt like I was famous. Because I was! It felt good to have so many people support me, and it was cool to see other girls and grown-ups studying bugs. It made me feel like I could do it too, and I definitely, definitely, definitely want to study bugs when I grow up, probably grasshoppers.”“Kids now, after I told them the whole story, they’re like, ‘Oh, well — could you teach me more about bugs?’” Sophia told NPR. “And I’m like, ‘Sure.’“And a lot of the kids stopped bullying me about it. I feel really good.”SHARE the Buzz With Your Friends (Photo by Nicole Spencer)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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From Hong Kong to New Zealand, Hawaii and Montana, Officials Celebrate No New Cases of COVID-19

first_imgAfter easing restrictions in February, Hong Kong experienced a surge in new cases, suffering from the often-warned of  “second wave” but has contained the virus very well since then.RELATED: Elders Around the World in Their 80s, 90s, and 100s Are Bouncing Back From Virus – and Sharing AdviceHong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam is in talks about freeing citizens from quarantine and travel restrictions between Macau and the Chinese Province of Guangdong according to South China Morning Post.No COVID for KiwisAnother nation that will likely soon declare mission accomplished against COVID-19 is New Zealand, which has ended stringent lockdown procedures less than a week ago after Monday passed without any new cases of the virus.Arriving in mid-March, the coronavirus was responsible for 20 deaths in the Pacific island nation, and although lockdown restrictions are eased, many restaurants remain closed and social distancing is still encouraged.However the director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield says the milestone of no new cases is a cause for celebration and is “symbolic of the effort everyone has put in.”POPULAR: Irish People Are Repaying Debt of Gratitude to Suffering Native Americans 170 Years After Potato FamineNew Zealand currently has a little over 1,000 cases confirmed in the country, and her westerly neighbor Australia is likewise carrying a light viral burden of 6,800 cases and 94 deaths according to Al Jazeera. Talks between the two nations may result soon, according to the New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters in a trans-Tasman travel arrangement, whereby visitors of one country can visit the other freely, saying such an arrangement could work “seriously well.”No New Cases in Montana or Hawaii The islands of Hawai’i as recently as May 8th reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus. It’s the first time in two months the spread has halted completely.Beginning May 18, governors will allow residents to seek reimbursement for expenses if people were impacted by official shutdown measures, which include rent and child care. These orders are beginning to be lifted, with low-risk business reopening.Honolulu’s Director of Community Services Pamela Witty-Oakland says the capital is working with nonprofit groups like Aloha United Way, Helping Hands Hawaiʻi, and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to provide financial support to the most vulnerable communities.MORE: FDA Approves Emergency Use of Nation’s First Drug Treatment Against COVID-19“These organizations will work with the families, and those affected. [They] will collect receipts and provide reimbursement of eligible household expenses of up to $1,000 a month, and eligible child care expenses of up to $500 a month,” she said.Also free of new cases is Montana. The Big Sky State reports no new reports of patients with the virus. COVID-19’s effect in Montana has been so limited, that on May 7th schools were given the option of resuming normal operations.SHARE the Positive Trends With Friends in Lockdown on Social Media…This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAcross the world, many countries are seeing the number of new cases of COVID-19 wind down into single digits over the last week. Four places—including a huge city like Hong Kong that was hit hard by the pandemic—are even celebrating zero new cases.One of the most densely populated cities on earth, Hong Kong has now gone 22 days as of Monday without re-circulation of the virus within the country. The last new case was reported April 20th.Medical experts have warned that people should keep their guard up, as hiking trails, restaurants, beaches, and parks open with fewer restrictions.last_img read more

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IB13: Industry Nine Adds Lightweight, Aero Carbon Road Bike Wheels & Fat Bike Hubs

first_imgThe relationship with Reynolds that Industry Nine started for their mountain bike wheels now carries over to road, giving them Reynolds latest carbon rims for a complete range of new deep aero and lightweight shallow carbon road bike wheels.For deep sections, they’re lacing their road Torch hubs to the Reynolds DET Aero 72 and 58 rims that were launched last summer. They’ll be laced 20 spokes in the front, 24 in the rear, up from the 16/20 count used by Reynolds.I9’s Jacob McGahey says they wanted to maximize stiffness all around, and their hub’s lacing pattern is based on a 2:1 scheme, so going to a lower number would have meant an odd number like 21 that could have caused interface issues. This makes it the option for crit racers and heavier riders since it’ll have increased strength and fatigue life.For sprinters and climbers, they’ve got the C29 and C41… The naming convention puts the numbers into words, so the 58mm deep rims are the Five Eights, and the 72 is the Seven Two. Weights are 1600g (58) and 1650g (72). Prices are $2,895 and $2,995 respectively.The lighter, shallower wheels are based on the brand new Reynolds rims that were just introduced this summer. McGahey didn’t want them named specifically, but it’s pretty easy to figure out which rims are which for the Industry Nine C29 and C41.The taller C41 uses the SLG (Swirl Lip Generator) external bead to improve aerodynamics. Just as Reynolds will have a disc version coming soon, so will I9, using their gorgeous new Torch disc road hubs.Weights are 1,265g (29) and 1,410 (41). Look for the disc versions to only add about 50 to 60g! Price is $2,375 for both, and they’ll all be available in January 2014.Just a glamour shot of their Torch road hubs, because they’re sooooo pretty.For the completely opposite type of bicycle, they’re making new fat bike hubs. Rear is 170mm and is compatible with all their end caps, so it can go to 12×177 thru axle. They’re looking at the 190mm standard and will build it based on distributor demand. Weight should be around 320g for the rear, front is still in development (which is why it’s not shown). It’ll use the same interchangeable end caps to accommodate whatever standards emerge (and those that currently exist).Should ship in mid November. Pricing is same as their standard classic hubs at $575/set.last_img read more

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Feetures! offers new spin on comfort with #MaxMyRun campaign

first_img Related Warmer weather is just around the corner for the northern hemisphere, and sock specialist Feetures! notes that runners everywhere are preparing for the annual spring cleaning of their sock drawers.During the month of March, the performance sock category specialist is giving customers the chance to try on a pair of its new Elite Max Cushion socks when they swap out a pair of old running socks at select run specialty retailers.The #MaxMyRun Sock Swap events will take place at more than 50 participating run specialty retailers across the United States. A Feetures! sales representative will be at each Sock Swap to participate in a group run and provide additional information and prizes. The first 36 runners who show up with a pair of old socks can swap them out for a brand new pair of Elite Max Cushion socks.“Elite Max Cushion is the culmination of years of searching for the perfect blend of performance and comfort in running socks,” said Joe Gaither, Feetures!’ Marketing Director. “The Sock Swap events will allow retailers and their customers the opportunity to experience the difference that Elite Max Cushion can bring to their runs.”In addition to the Sock Swap events, Feetures! is encouraging runners to post their best running photos and tagging #MaxMyRun on social media for a chance to win a year’s supply of Elite Max Cushion socks.‘Designed for runners, by runners’, Feetures!’ mission is to support runners and other athletes in their pursuit of active lifestyles. Family owned and operated out of North Carolina, Feetures! is focused on offering the highest quality products that are designed to help athletes achieve their personal best.www.Feeturesrunning.comlast_img read more

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