Online irony: Virtual learning promotes in-person encounters

first_imgIn online learning, there is a sense that everything should be online.We have held a series of town halls across campus to discuss edX/HarvardX. While highly regarded, a number of attendees always came up to me at the end to say, “Why wasn’t this done online? Why didn’t you flip this talk?”The point of the town halls are to convey information, but more important, to have a lively debate among the faculty and other stakeholders. In person. In real time.Could you do that on a discussion forum, sure—but you don’t have to do it that way. We, of course, post all of the materials after the fact and are thinking about doing virtual sessions as well (to reach more faculty at a time of their own choosing.) But I know the campus-based events will continue. Faculty, by their nature, gather, discuss, and debate everything.Inside the virtual classrooms at edX and elsewhere, online is also only part of the story. There has long been the critique that MOOCs provide a lesser experience, removing the classic vibrant campus and replacing it with a 2D, lifeless screen. The extended argument goes something like this: for those who can “get in” and afford the real college experience, that’s grand. For everyone else, here’s a knock-off, lesser version. Hey, it’s free. What do you expect?That’s turning out to be another myth. Read Full Storylast_img read more

After Brexit, a changed future

first_imgFollowing the initial shock from the referendum on Thursday in which Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, Harvard analysts worked to grasp the unfolding impact of the momentous decision on the United Kingdom, Europe, and the world, and they looked toward a changed future.“Britain was always a reluctant member of the EU, but it will continue to prosper,” predicted Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, by phone from London, where he has been throughout the referendum campaign. “As for the future of the European Union, nobody knows. European themselves don’t know.”The departure sanctioned by British voters — 52 percent opting to leave and 48 percent to remain — will mean the EU has 27 member states, which will continue to operate as a single market with free movement of people, capital, and goods. But Britain’s exit will shift the balance of power among those nations, and is likely to spawn withdrawal movements in some other EU countries.After Germany, Britain has the union’s second-largest economy, and although the financial impact on the EU remains to be seen, the political implications seem clearer. The Brexit vote took place against a backdrop of economic and migration crises that continue to rattle the continent and to fuel skepticism about EU policies.“The vote is damaging to the EU,” said Hall. “It will intensify the need that European leaders must already feel to find a new purpose, a new mission.”The Brexit vote reflects a divorce between the union and sizable segments of the European electorate, said Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History and Harvard College Professor.“What the vote also shows is the gap between the central role that the EU plays in integrating European economies and other aspects of their political and civic lives and the popular understanding and commitment to the European project,” she said. “European leaders have failed to communicate the rationale for political integration to the electorate of the member states. The case of political integration has not been effectively made.”The vote also revealed a polarized Britain, with deep divisions rooted in values and economic status, a phenomenon that bears some resemblance to the political climate in the United States, said Hall.“London supported to ‘remain’ while many parts of the countryside voted to ‘leave,’ ” said Hall. “Large segments of the population feel left out of the prosperity associated with globalization and the EU, while others, especially in London, benefit from integration into an open global economy and are outward-looking.”Other divisions were on display across the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted strongly in favor of remaining in the European Union, but were outvoted by England, where most of the electorate lives. In the wake of the Brexit vote, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that a second Scottish independence vote is likely.If Northern Ireland, whose economy has blossomed in part because of its open borders with Ireland, a devoted EU member, were also to seek independence, the United Kingdom could become a shell of itself, Hall said.In such a scenario, “Cameron will be considered the worst prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom,” he said.For now, European leaders face the task of dealing with the mounting pressure to solve the refugee crisis that was a driving force behind the emotional Brexit campaign.“Euro-skeptical parties on the radical right and left of the political spectrum have been encouraged by the British vote to demand similar referenda in their own countries,” Hall said. “But mainstream political leaders are anxious to prevent this. They can only do so if they retain power, and that will be their first priority.  They can only do so if they can revive economic growth in Europe and limit the backlash against immigration. That will be very difficult to do.”last_img read more

Julie Jno. Baptiste sentenced to two years on charge of importation of Cannabis

first_img Tweet Julie Jno. Baptiste walking towards the Coast Guard Base on Saturday morning after he was intercepted by Coast Guard Officials.Julie Jno. Baptiste of Kingshill was this afternoon sentenced to two years imprisonment for the charge of importation of Cannabis by Magistrate Candia Carette-George.The Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew reported to the media yesterday that four men had been taken into custody for questioning on Saturday morning as well as two vessels which they were using seized and were subsequently charged.Police Prosecutor Acting Inspector Claude Weekes who gave the facts of the matter to the Court, explained that Corporal Valerie and other officers within the Marine Coast Guard Unit were on duty on Saturday 17th September about 7am when they intercepted the Defendant, three other men and an eight year old boy on two vessels.Acting Corporal Valerie and other police officers of the Marine Coast Guard were on patrol duty on one of the patrol boats named “Tomice III” on the western side of the island when they saw one of the Defendants about four nautical miles outside of Dominica. The Coast Guard officials observed that the boat on which the Defendant was at the time that the Defendant and others bailed off certain items from the boat. Coast Guard personnel went to the boat and noticed that there was also an eight year old on that boat. Corporal Valerie in conducting his investigations spoke to the Defendant and informed him of his observations. Having cautioned the Defendant he said, ‘Officer the marijuana you all got there is me and Joseph Stevens that just came from St. Vincent with it. And when I see the Coast Guard coming I ask my partner Robert Dublin to take me on his boat. I boarded his boat with the weed and when I see the Coast Guard really coming I throw it in the water. But officer, mister and them have nothing to do with that.’The alleged marijuana weighed 13, 500 grams was found in a bail and pail, exhibited in Court and tendered into evidence. The Defendant also gave a voluntary statement to the police and the same was also exhibited and tendered into evidence.Mr David Bruney in making a plea for his client urged the Court to take note of his client’s guilty plea, the fact that he admitted the error of his ways, the fact that it is seven years since he has been in any trouble with the law; as his previous conviction was in 2004 and simply sought leniency from the Court on his behalf.Magistrate Candia Carette-George despite Mr Bruney’s plea for leniency, sentenced the Defendant to two years imprisonment on the charge of importation of Cannabis. However she did not order any separate sentence on the charge of possession of Cannabis and possession of Cannabis with the intent to supply to another.Meantime; Robert Dublin of Massacre, Joseph Stevens of Victoria Street, Newtown and David McPherson of Massacre all pleaded not guilty to the charges of importation of Cannabis, possession of Cannabis and possession of Cannabis with intent to supply to another which were read to them by the Court Clerk.The Police Prosecutor Acting Inspector Claude Weekes did not object to bail but only requested that the men be asked to report twice per week to the nearest Police Station.Magistrate Carette-George opened bail in the sum of $200, 000.00 each however, only Robert Dublin of Massacre had a surety present in Court whose property was worth in excess of $200, 000.00. John Joseph also of Massacre; who stood as surety for Robert Dublin, told the Court that he has reasonable control over his friend and can ensure that he attends Court on the stipulated dates and times. Robert Dublin was therefore granted bail and instructed to report to the Mahaut Police Station every Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 7am and 7pm.Joseph Stevens who was represented by Mr David Bruney asked the Court whether it would accept a surety of $50, 000.00 as his client is not a flight risk, there is a guilty plea already by the other Defendant, that he is not a violent man nor a danger to society and that only one person is able to stand him bail and has property worth $50, 000.00. Magistrate Carette-George informed Mr Bruney that he could try to find someone else to stand surety with the $50, 000.00 and that bail is open to his client.Mrs Dawn Yearwood-Stewart who represented Robert Dublin and David McPherson informed the Court that John Joseph intended to stand surety for both Defendants however as a result of the bail amount he is unable to do so. Both David McPherson and Joseph Stevens were remanded into custody until they are able to find suitable sureties. The date set for hearing is 14th May, 2012.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Julie Jno. Baptiste sentenced to two years on charge of importation of Cannabis by: – September 20, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img 53 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

BREAKING: 3 more cops to be charged in Floyd case, Chauvin’s charge upgraded to 2nd degree murder

first_imgMinnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, will be increasing Derek Chauvin charges to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging the other 3 officers involved. George Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day, and a bystander recorded the former video police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Another video shows Officers Keung and Lane also put their body weight on Floyd during the arrest. Officer Thao stood by with his back turned during the arrest.Chauvin was previously charged with third-degree murder.Floyd’s death has sparked anti-police brutality protests in dozens of major cities. There have been thousands of protestors marching peacefully, unfortunately, some have turned into riots.Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, released a statement on Twitter following Klobuchar’s announcement.last_img read more

Disappointing results Statoil says exploration wells off Newfoundland empty

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Statoil says two exploration wells drilled about 500 kilometres off Newfoundland’s east coast have come up empty.Trond Jacobsen of Statoil Canada says the results are “disappointing” as the company and its partner Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) assess next steps for drilling near the Bay du Nord field.It’s estimated the frontier field contains about 300 million barrels of recoverable oil.Statoil says the two exploration wells were safely drilled in the Flemish Pass Basin within tie-back vicinity of its 2013 Bay du Nord discovery.Oil in those wells would have increased options for any potential development.Statoil Canada President Paul Fulton says the company is still evaluating future drilling and the feasibility of a production site at Bay du Nord.last_img read more

At The Turn Handmade in Halifax leather covers turn heads worldwide

first_imgOTTAWA – For many Canadians, golf is a family affair. For the Bishop brothers, it’s become a family business.The parallels between playing the game and becoming an entrepreneur are not lost on the Nova Scotia-based Bishops, the brains behind startup Dormie Workshop, whose custom-designed, handmade leather headcovers have been taking the golf world by storm since their debut in 2014.Like golf, running a small business can be demanding, time-consuming and downright maddening — but also deeply rewarding, so long as you put in the work, stick together, try to have fun and know when to seize the moment.“The one thing that our family has always done is that whatever we’ve done, we’ve done together,” says Todd Bishop, 46, who runs Dormie Workshop out of a 1,500-square-foot facility in Halifax with his brothers Jeff, 36, and Alex, 34.“Jeff was really the one that had the passion to say, ‘Oh, man, I really like these leather headcovers … that’s how it all came about, because he saw an opportunity.”Serious golfers know a thing or two about the old-school bag-candy revolution of recent years, be it the knitted pom-pom argyles or rugby stripes of Rocket Tour Golf or Jan Craig, or the boutique leather creations of U.S. upstarts like Headgear, Stitch Golf or Cru.If you’ve been to Cabot Links, the 36-hole coastal links sensation on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, you’ve probably seen Dormie Workshop’s handiwork. The white leather putter cover with the simple Cabot logo and tartan liner is the flagship of the fleet.Cabot has come to represent the singular Canadian golf experience, precisely the sort of brand identity to which Dormie Workshop aspired, Bishop says. The fact the company was based in Nova Scotia made the partnership a match made in heaven.“We got this gigantic map of Canada, and got the top 100 courses, and mapped it all out, and we just drew circles,” Bishop recalls. “We had a couple of triple circles around ones that we knew we had to become partners with, and Cabot was Number 1.”So what’s behind all the headcover hoopla?First and foremost, consider camouflage: a premium driver can run $600 and a 3-wood $275, while high-end collectible putters can easily run into the thousands of dollars. Advertising the contents of a golf bag with a manufacturer’s headcovers can be an open invitation to thieves.Then there’s the fact that until recently, those spandex-and-vinyl sock covers could be all but impossible to pull over a massive 460 cubic-centimetre driver head. The vintage boxing-glove style favoured by leatherheads is the hot thing now — perfect timing for the Bishop boys.What’s more, golf is in the throes of a full-blown customizing craze.Drivers have swappable weights and shafts. PGA Tour players stamp their wedges with personal symbols or inspirational sayings. Fans of marquee putter designer Scotty Cameron spend thousands to trick out their flat sticks with special finishes, colour accents and aftermarket grips. Ball manufacturers are boosting sales with custom logos, stamps and play numbers.“Our Dad used to get our last names put on pretty much anything and everything, so it was always in us anyway to kind of just mark your gear,” says Bishop. “It’s an opportunity to reflect who you are and kind of express yourself … something to keep you happy when you’re on the golf course.”That’s not always easy, something Bishop knows from experience: he and Jeff are both PGA professionals who tried their hand at playing the game for a living before their entrepreneurial spirits took over. Today, they coach elite juniors out of Grandview Golf and Country Club in Dartmouth, N.S., when they’re not hunched over sewing machines or elbows-deep in swatches of rawhide.For nerve-racked golfers, a soft swath of leather can be like a fidget spinner on the fairway.“When I’m walking, I’ve always got my hands just resting on those covers,” Bishop says. “That leather feel, that’s basically the oldest technical fabric known to man, and it has been around forever and it never will go away. And there’s a reason: it just feels amazing.”Dormie sets itself apart from an increasingly crowded marketplace, says Bishop, thanks to exceptional craftsmanship, unmatched customer service and a sky’s-the-limit approach to customization that owes a lot to youngest brother Alex’s talents as a graphic designer.Prices for Dormie Workshop’s current offerings vary from about $70 for a basic putter cover to $150 for a driver model that features more elaborate designs and multiple colours and leathers.Custom orders can go up from there, like the guy from California who paid more than US$1,000 for a set of four covers that featured family emblems, sayings and an array of custom artwork.“I would be surprised if his clubs are equal in value,” Bishop chuckles.In their first year of operation, Dormie Workshop moved about 1,500 units. The following year they set up shop at the four-day PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, ground zero for a golf-themed equipment startup. They matched the previous year’s sales in just those four days.This year, Bishop says they’re on pace to sell upwards of 14,000 units. Impressive, yes, he notes. But taxing nonetheless.“There’s been times where I’ve been looking at Jeff at 4:30 in the morning as we’re sitting on sewing machines, going, ‘This is a 911 order. And we have no other way to get this to where it needs to go, other than by you buying a ticket tomorrow morning and flying this sucker out there.’“And that’s what happened.”Which, of course, is ultimately what makes Dormie Workshop a true golf business, and its founders well-suited to use the spirit of the game to navigate even the most daunting challenges: focus on the process, take it one step at a time, and let the outcome take care of itself.“There’s all kinds of different ways this thing could go,” Bishop says, a trill of excitement in his voice.“It’s kind of fun.”last_img read more