New initiatives, such as additional funding for winners, a new venue for finalists, and increased support for participants, are at the heart of efforts to continue to grow participation and access around the 2019 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge.The Challenge brings the Harvard community together to engage with pressing issues facing the world and explore turning their ideas into impactful, real-world ventures. A record 460 teams from all 12 Harvard schools entered the 2018 competition — more than double the entries than the previous year.“Every year we’ve seen a significant increase in applications to participate in the President’s Innovation Challenge, as well as growing interest from the Greater Boston innovation community in learning more about the innovators at Harvard,” said Jodi Goldstein, executive director at the Harvard Innovation Labs. “We look forward to elevating the 2019 President’s Innovation Challenge, with a focus on resourcing the transformational ideas that will have the biggest impact on the world.”For the eighth annual Challenge, Harvard is awarding an additional $100,000 as part of the new Launch Lab X track, and adding a $10,000 Ingenuity Award for the most creative and impactful ideas with the potential to drive world-changing innovation. This brings the total prize money to $410,000, which is funded entirely by a gift from The Bertarelli Foundation. President’s Innovation Challenge finalists will also have the opportunity to present their work in front of a larger number of people from the business and innovation community. For the first time, the President’s Innovation Challenge Showcase and Awards Ceremony will take place in Klarman Hall, the 1,000-people convening space at Harvard Business School.Harvard Innovation Labs. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn addition to increasing funding and community access, the Harvard Innovation Labs is creating more programming designed to encourage students to enter the President’s Innovation Challenge, ranging from broad informational sessions to workshops on how to submit a strong entry.“The Harvard Innovation Labs uses inputs rather than outputs to measure success. We believe if we are able to encourage as many students as possible to enter the Challenge, as we have in previous years, we will see incredible results,” added Goldstein.The 2018 winners of the President’s Innovation Challenge include PionEar, a company that is revolutionizing the treatment of ear infections; STEMgem for its device toolkits to bring the impact of tech innovation to STEM education; and OZÉ for creating a mobile app that helps small businesses in Africa improve their performance.“Many President’s Innovation Challenge participants, finalists, and winners have gone on to have incredible impacts on the world,” said Chris Colbert, managing director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. “The aim of this competition is to provide students with the resources they need to grow their ideas at their earliest stages, and we see previous participants’ success as an indicator of this competition’s impact.”To learn more about the 2019 President’s Innovation Challenge, visit https://innovationlabs.harvard.edu/presidents-innovation-challenge/ Read Full Story
A notorious joint ministerial decree that regulates the construction of houses of worship may be subject to a judicial review by the Supreme Court after going unchallenged for more than a decade.The 2006 decree on places of worship, issued jointly by the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Home Ministry, has been criticized by activists for being misused by local communities to prevent the construction of places of worship for minority groups across the country.According to a document obtained by The Jakarta Post, Tirtayasa, who represents a group of petitioners calling themselves the People’s Lawsuit Presidium (PRM), filed a request earlier this month for the Supreme Court to review articles 13(1), 13(3) and 14(2)(b) of the decree. The last time the decree was challenged at the Supreme Court was in 2008 by another civil society group called the Team of Religious Freedom Defenders. Their case file was rejected.Lambok F. Sihombing, head of the Pemuda Batak Bersatu (PBB) civil society group that has joined the fight under the banner of the PRM, said he wished the court justices would “think clearly” and prioritize religious tolerance.“The joint ministerial decree means [religious freedom is] free but with an asterisk […] We want this to be tested and whether it is still relevant in our current situation,” he told the Post recently. “If it isn’t, then it should be scrapped or at least modified.”Religious minorities are particularly susceptible, because the decree stipulates a need to obtain “consent” from the majority of a local community, and even then such projects are easily stalled by complaints from other residents. Although Indonesia’s Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion for every citizen, the decree requires a congregation to obtain 90 signatures from its members and another 60 from other residents before building a house of worship.It also requires that the congregation obtain an endorsement letter from the local administration and a recommendation letter from the local regional affairs office and the Religious Harmony Forum (FKUB) – an interfaith forum that reflects the religious makeup of each region, with each faith or belief system represented by at least one person, if at all possible.These obligations have proven difficult for adherents to religions other than Islam, the country’s majority religion. Christians, the second-largest religious group in the country, make up about 10 percent of the population, while other minorities still face rejection because their small congregations struggle to satisfy the regulation’s requirements.Lambok said the controversy also went beyond traditional houses of worship, such as mosques and churches, and called on the court to alter or scrap the provision on community endorsement.He noted the recent vandalizing of the Tumaluntung village hall in North Sulawesi’s North Minahasa regency, which serves as an informal prayer hall for the local Muslim community in a region that is predominantly Christian.“We aren’t fighting minorities or majorities – talking in those terms ultimately depends on the area in question,” Lambok said.Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono said that Christians have found it particularly hard to get the required community backing, as certain denominations were quite small and exclusivist.Between January 2007 and November 2019, human rights watchdog Setara Institute recorded 199 cases of persecution against churches, followed by mosques (133), Buddhist monasteries (15), Confucian (10) and Hindu (8) temples and one against a Jewish synagogue as well as 32 cases against other houses of worship.And while the rejection of minorities’ houses of worship occurred more regularly in at least 24 provinces across the country, Andreas said the joint decree also put nonmainstream sects or denominations of majority religions in the crosshairs.For instance, in Bogor, West Java – known as one of the most intolerant regions in Indonesia – residents protested against the construction of places of worship for nonmainstream branches of Islam and Christianity.The Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal Mosque in North Bogor became a site of protest in 2017 when its organizer applied for the building to be renovated. Locals were wary, because it was linked to the purist Salafi school of Islamic thought that considers mainstream practices of Islam heretic.The Bandung State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled in favor of the mosque that same year, after the Bogor administration had suspended its building permit (IMB).In 2008, a similar incident affected the Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church (GKI Yasmin), but the Bandung PTUN and the State Administrative High Court in Jakarta ordered the Bogor administration to revoke its decree freezing the church’s building permit.The Supreme Court also ruled in favor of GKI Yasmin in 2010, but the Bogor mayor revoked its permit a year later, forcing the congregation to hold sermons, including Christmas celebrations, outside the building for years.“In other words, the 2006 decree enabled the majority group to clamp down on minorities,” Andreas told the Post, noting that it provided dissenting locals with a legal basis for rejecting such projects.“It is our position that [the joint ministerial decree] needs to be scrapped.”Topics : read more
Rising equity markets lifted the fund’s total assets to a record level at the end of June, Svarva added.In the second half, the return on the equities portfolio was 4.7%, while the bond portfolio generated 2.2%, Folketrygdfondet reported.The pension fund has a strategic allocation of 60% in equities and 40% in bonds.The Norwegian equities market – the Oslo All Share index – rose by just 1.1% in the second quarter, according to data from Financial Express.“The Oslo Stock Exchange was marked by weak development in the energy and materials sectors, while development was positive for retail and consumer goods sectors,” Folketrygdfondet said in its report.But in other Nordic countries where the fund can invest, there was an overall increase of 9% in equities measured in Norwegian kroner, it said. Norway’s smaller domestic-focused sovereign wealth fund returned 3.7% in the first half, beating its benchmark by 0.2 percentage points.The NOK220.1bn (€23.7bn) Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), the smaller domestic counterpart to the Government Pension Fund Global, recorded gains of NOK7.8bn in the first half of 2017, according to the fund’s manager Folketrygdfondet.The fund – which invests 85% of assets in Norway and the rest elsewhere in the Nordic region – outperformed its benchmark in this period even though in the second quarter its return fell 0.1 percentage points short of the benchmark, the data showed.Olaug Svarva, chief executive of Folketrygdfondet, said: “We see that fresh growth in the world economy, better earnings in the business sector and optimism on financial markets has raised the value of the portfolio.” read more
Versailles, In. — Two barn fires are under investigation in the Versailles area Friday night.Versailles Fire Rescue, volunteer fire departments from Friendship, Holton and Osgood battled the blazes. One firefighter was treated at Margaret Mary Health.Both fires remain under investigation.
Loading… Everton chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said on Monday: ‘We are delighted to welcome Cazoo as our new main club partner and shirt sponsor. ‘We have been impressed with the approach that Cazoo has taken and are confident that they will be a great partner for the club and our fans in the years to come. read also:Iwobi: How Mikel influenced my Super Eagles career ‘We are in no doubt that the values of Cazoo and the company’s focus on innovation and future development complement perfectly our own ambitions as we embark on an exciting new chapter for the Club.’ Cazoo chief executive, Chesterman, added: ‘We are really excited to be partnering with Everton, a family club with a rich heritage and a passionate and loyal fanbase. This opportunity will help significantly enhance our brand awareness as we look to make Cazoo a household name. ‘We look forward to working closely with the club as part of our mission to provide the best possible car buying experience to UK consumers.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals HereWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Everton have announced a £10million-per-year partnership with e-commerce company Cazoo as their new shirt sponsor ahead of the 2020-21 season. Super Eagles and Everton forward Alex Iwobi reacts after a good strike The Toffees sealed a three-year deal with the company, an online used car platform, becoming the main sponsor on the front of the first-team shirt and training kits. Cazoo will replace SportPesa when the current campaign, which has been stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus pandemic, finally finishes in July. Cazoo is currently owned by billionaire businessman Alex Chesterman, the digital innovator behind high-profile companies such as LoveFilm and Zoopla. It will become the only British-owned brand as the main shirt sponsor on the front of a Premier League shirt when the deal comes into play next campaign. It is also the biggest non-betting company sponsorship deal that the Premier League has seen.Advertisement read more
Officials in Maryland are currently searching for a man who was seen sticking a woman with what is believed to be a dirty syringe.The incident occurred at the entrance of a grocery store in Churchton, Md. on February 18th.The Anne Arundel County Police Department released a video showing the suspect walking closely behind the victim as she returns a shopping cart in the front of the store. The suspect then purposely bumps into the victim sticking her in the buttocks with a cylinder medical looking object.The victim then jumps back in shock and stumbles out of the store. The suspect seems to pretend to look around in shock as well and then follows her outside of the door where he then stood next to her for several moments before the video ends.The victim has since sought medical treatment from the incident, however, it is still unclear what may have been inside of the syringe.Authorities say they are still investigating the incident and are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect in the video. He is said to be a white male in his 50’s. read more