Connemara optimistic on zinc strike

first_imgEmail WhatsApp Advertisement NewsLocal NewsConnemara optimistic on zinc strikeBy admin – September 4, 2009 558 Facebook Twitter Linkedin The drilling programme is being operated by Teck Ireland, a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Teck Resources. Connemara Mining is funding 25% of the drilling programme.John Teeling, chairman of Connemara Mining, said, “This is a very positive result.  The discovery has almost everything one would want – high grade, the right type of mineralisation, shallow depth and is located a good distance from the earlier discovery”. Print THE Irish exploration company Connemara Mining has revealed it struck a high-grade zinc-lead deposit with the first drill hole of its 2009 drilling programme in Limerick. The company said the drill hole, which is, located 1.5km northwest of an earlier discovery at Stonepark could represent a new and potentially higher-grade mineralisation zone. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleSisterhood could have won the day for KathleenNext articleApproval given to UL Medical School adminlast_img read more

Derek Whipple Joins Alliant Insurance Services

first_img Facebook TAGS  Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 25, 2021– Derek Whipple has joined Alliant Insurance Services as Senior Vice President, Energy & Marine. Whipple’s employment significantly enriches and expands the Alliant Energy & Marine capabilities located on the West Coast. Whipple has a long tenure in the insurance brokerage world and a specialized focus on power-related energy. “Derek’s unique combination of engineering and finance expertise adds a more robust service offering to our E&M Power team,” said John Ludwig, Co-COO, Alliant Specialty. “His knowledge will prove invaluable to our clients, markets, and the overall Alliant family as we continue to grow.” Prior to joining Alliant, Whipple held a variety of broking and leadership positions in the power and energy sectors. His 25-plus years of experience includes power generation, conventional thermal plants, such as gas and coal-fired facilities to renewable energy including solar, wind, storage, and alternative technologies. His experience spans both operations and construction programs, which includes contractual risk transfer, alternative capital structures, and business interruption associated with the competitive power markets. Whipple began his career as a field engineer for a large highly protected risk carrier. Whipple earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Washington State University. Whipple is a licensed fire protection engineer in the state of Washington. Whipple can be reached at (510) 233-3301 or [email protected] Whipple is based in the San Francisco office of Alliant. About Alliant Insurance Services Alliant Insurance Services is one of the nation’s leading distributors of diversified insurance products and services. We operate through a network of specialized national platforms and local offices to offer our clients a comprehensive portfolio of solutions built on innovative thinking and personal service. The business of managing risk is getting more complex, and Alliant is meeting this complexity head-on, not with more layers of management, but with more creativity and agility. Alliant is changing the way our clients approach risk management and benefits, so they can capitalize on new opportunities to grow and protect their organizations. Visit us at View source version on CONTACT: ALLIANT SPECIALTY CONTACT Shari Paul Assistant Vice President, Specialty Group (949) 239-5457 [email protected] ALLIANT CORPORATE CONTACT Nick Kopinga Vice President Corporate Marketing and Communications (949) 260-5004 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Alliant Insurance Services Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/25/2021 08:05 AM/DISC: 02/25/2021 08:05 AM Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Derek Whipple Joins Alliant Insurance Services Twitter Twitter Previous articleGroove Brings Sendoso Sending to the InboxNext articleBarcelona faces Sevilla in league-cup doubleheader Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

At Your Service

first_img About Author: John Park October 24, 2017 1,623 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-24 John Park Share Save Previous: Freddie Mac Reports Portfolio Update Next: Home Prices: Rising in Energy-Producing States Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post At Your Service Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Home / Daily Dose / At Your Service Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature first appeared in the October issue of DS News, available now. A co-worker recently told me about a bad experience he had with mortgage servicers. The company, which had previously serviced his mortgage, transferred servicing to another company. The co-worker was notified of this change through a letter in the mail. The letter also outlined his monthly payments would no longer be automatically drafted from his checking account on the first business day of each month. To make matters worse, the co-worker told me when he first contacted the new mortgage servicer, they had not yet received a record of his new loan number quoted in the letter and advised him to call back later. Eventually, he was able to make his monthly payment and set up an automatic recurring draft via the servicer’s website, but the question remained as to why he couldn’t do that to start with. Whereas my co-worker was previously able to pay his mortgage without thinking about it—and get on with living his life—he now suddenly had a fire drill on his hands and a negative impression of both mortgage servicers.The importance of satisfactory customer service is underscored by Expectations & Experiences quarterly consumer trends research from Fiserv, which revealed that 61 percent of consumers with at least one loan said prior loan experience had a moderate to great influence when choosing a lender for subsequent loans. In addition, when applying for a new loan, customer service was second only to securing the best interest rate and no or low fees and service charges in being a key factor in how borrowers selected a lender.With exceptional customer experience so important to borrowers, it is time for a mindset change. The housing crisis is now thankfully far in the rearview mirror, but it occurred on such a huge scale that its legacy continues to be felt today. The crash led to a wave of regulatory mandates with the mortgage servicing environment becoming increasingly complex in the face of Dodd-Frank reforms. To address the critical need to comply in an accurate and consistent manner, technology solutions popped up like dandelions. Striking a Delicate BalanceIn our industry, there will always be evolving regulations to keep up with–the latest CFPB servicing updates are a prime example—but it should not consume servicers’ time, effort, and thoughts to the exclusion of everything else. More than ever, consumers today expect exceptional engagement and a real-time lending experience, because they have grown accustomed to having access to everything on their terms. Therefore, lenders must balance consumers’ expectations for quick, frictionless lending experiences with regulatory, risk, and process requirements.As attitudes shift, servicers are transitioning their focus to the consumer experience and how technology can support that effort. This is manifesting itself in several ways, but all with a common thread in that they are centered on delighting their borrowers.Ensure Consistency in Communication ChannelsThe first facet is how lenders communicate with their borrowers. Those borrowers want to be empowered to choose their preferred method of communication–this is evident in the wide variety of options consumers choose to use. Whether it is by letter, telephone, walk-in, online, or mobile, consumers want it to work seamlessly with their daily lives.This underlines the importance of lenders having the capabilities to deliver a true omni-channel experience to guarantee superior borrower communication support. That way, a borrower can select the best way to interact with their servicer, and pick up in one channel where they left off in another. For instance, if a borrower had recently initiated an escrow analysis via the web, but for whatever reasons their next touchpoint is a call, the call center agent must have the ability to see that the borrower had recently initiated the escrow analysis and is perhaps calling in with questions.Many borrowers may opt to have a completely digital experience, but still want to seek out consultation. Only, instead of phoning in, they want a real-time webchat. The same premise still holds true in that the agent should be aware that the customer had initiated an escrow analysis, is likely to ask about it, and will expect the agent to have answers at their fingertips.The point is that it simply isn’t satisfactory to have many channels … all with different messages. The servicer’s brand, personality, and helpfulness should shine through regardless of the channel used. If the branch experience feels more personable or friendlier than the call center or the mobile site–or vice versa– then the borrower is not receiving a consistent experience. Equally, if the borrower begins the conversation digitally they don’t want to have to begin that dialogue from scratch when they show up at the branch. Today’s borrower–indeed today’s consumer–doesn’t think in terms of unique, standalone environments; they want every channel from digital to human to possess the same personality and knowledge.Provide Information on Their TermsThe second facet is borrower education.This is related to how borrowers choose to communicate with servicers and consume information. Two demographic groups in particular are seeking trusted advisors– millennials and empty nesters whose grown-up children have now moved out of the family home. Millennials by nature seek out education and want to be taught when it comes to mortgages. In some cases they remember parents foreclosing on a home during the crisis, so they may have a level of distrust when it comes to mortgages.For empty nesters, they may be looking for advice about how to transition into retirement, securing a reverse mortgage loan, their equity, or whether they need to remain in a five-bedroom house now that the kids have moved on.Both cases represent different ends of the spectrum of adult life, but they are tied together by a common thread–they want an advisor to guide them through their life changes. Whether they want to talk to an agent face-to-face or engage via social media channels, a borrower wants to be able to gather information on a particular aspect of their loan in a way that suits the consumer. It’s no longer enough to have a one-size-fits-all approach; it really needs to be custom-fitted for the individual.Blending Hi-Tech With High-TouchThe best way to delight the borrower is to get the blend right between hi-tech and high-touch. Some borrowers may want to minimize the need for interaction, while others require it continually. The rise of digital labor and workflow to perform certain tasks helps servicers maintain consistent levels of service, especially in the execution of back-office activities. The automation of high-volume, repetitive transactions ensures adherence to regulation and business policy. The use of user interface-driven workflow can create a better experience for the borrower by ensuring every interaction is consistent in content and procedure across all borrowers. While the cost of these systems has come down, they have also become vastly more sophisticated–and they are in effect a software version of the robotic arm that assembles automobiles. This frees up staff to do what they do best–interacting with consumers.Focus on Delighting Your BorrowersThe regulatory environment will continue to evolve–the 2020 CECL requirements come to mind–and minimizing organizational risk will always be of paramount importance as this is the new normal we find ourselves in. However, top-notch customer service should always be top of mind, and the two are not mutually exclusive. It is not only possible, but also desirable, to shift the focus to the consumer experience, while still keeping your eye on the regulatory ball.Through the right mix of borrower communication, borrower education, and human and automated processes, loan servicers can provide the real-time lending experience consumers increasingly expect. Disgruntled borrowers are statistically more likely to report loan servicers, so compliance and customer satisfaction go hand-in-hand. Taking a customer-centric approach will delight your borrower and efficiently mitigate risk. 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[LIVE UPDATES] Hearing On Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Motion Passed By Maharashtra Assembly

first_imgTop Stories[LIVE UPDATES] Hearing On Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Motion Passed By Maharashtra Assembly LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Sep 2020 1:27 AMShare This – x…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLive Updates 30 Sep 2020 1:41 AM#CJI issues notice in Arnab Goswami’s plea challenging the breach of privilege motion against him by Maharashtra Assembly & Legislative Council.Returnable after a week.30 Sep 2020 1:39 AM#CJI: Who is for the Maharashtra Legislature?Salve: This has come up for the first time today.#CJI: Certainly an arguable point. We have a doubt whether it has gone through the Privileges committee at all.30 Sep 2020 1:39 AM#CJI: So if someone says minister is lying, is that not obstructing him from performing his duty?Salve: No, he can come into the house and say he is talking nonsense, he can refute it. 30 Sep 2020 1:37 AM#CJI: Interference may not be a physical interference.Salve: Phrase used is interference in the performing of the assembly. If someone does a “Gherao” of the assembly, that will be a breach of privilege.#CJI: But that is an action performed outside the assembly.30 Sep 2020 1:36 AMSalve: But for breach of privilege, it has to be to hinder working of the house or prevent them from speaking in the house.30 Sep 2020 1:35 AMSalve: If I have not hindered the working of the house, this cannot be invoked.#CJI: You are saying that breach of privilege is not like contempt of court? What if someone calls names to assembly outside, they cannot hold the person guilty of breach of privilege.30 Sep 2020 1:34 AM#CJI: Your argument – this you can make in reply to the show cause notice.Salve: But I am arguing that their privilege does not exceed that far. 30 Sep 2020 1:32 AMalve: It is the speaker who acts for the legislature. Also directed for retrieving original videos.#CJI: Has the Committee of privileges ever looked at this matter?30 Sep 2020 1:32 AMSalve: It is done by the officer. The directions have been issued obviously by the speaker. 30 Sep 2020 1:32 AM#CJI: We understand that the privilege motion is dealt with by the Committee of privileges and a notice is issued to answer the charge of breach of privilege. Where is that?>Load MoreNext Storylast_img read more

Mother arrested for attempted murder after allegedly slashing 3-year-old daughter’s neck with scissors

first_imgMontgomery County Department of PoliceBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A mother of a 3-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly slashing her daughter in the neck with a pair of scissors before doing the same to herself.The incident occurred on Saturday, March 27, in the Wheaton-Glenmont area of Montgomery County, Maryland — just north of Washington, D.C. — when emergency services received a call at approximately 10:50 a.m. after a relative who had arrived at the family home observed blood on the floor of the residence, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police.When officers entered the home they discovered a pair of scissors and blood on the floor of the home before locating 28-year-old Anne Catherine Akers on a bedroom floor suffering from a laceration to her neck.However, when first responders began to assess her injuries and administer aid, they removed a blanket that Akers had been holding onto and found her 3-year-old daughter underneath with a life threatening wound to her neck.Officers immediately began performing life-saving measures on the 3-year-old, according to a statement from the Montgomery County Department of Police.“Fire and Rescue personnel arrived and transported Akers to a local hospital with serious injuries. A Maryland State Police helicopter transported Akers’ daughter to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries,” the statement read. “Physicians who treated Akers’ daughter at the hospital stated to detectives that in their opinion, without the officers’ immediate life-saving actions, the three-year-old’s injuries would have been fatal.Authorities did not disclose possible motivations or reasons behind the slashing.Detectives have now charged Akers with one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of first-degree child abuse and will be held without bond at the Rockville District Court.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Government paper threatens council workers’ pensions

first_imgGovernment paper threatens council workers’ pensionsOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Local government HR body Socpo has opposed plans to scrap final salarypension provision for council staff, which were raised in a governmentdiscussion paper last week. The discussion paper into the sector’s pension provision calls for moreflexibility to benefit the whole workforce, and raises the possibility that thefinal salary pension scheme could be closed to new local authority staff in thefuture. The paper states: “There is no intention of imposing change to theexisting pensions packages for current members”, but does not guaranteethe long-term future of the present scheme. Vice-president of Socpo Mary Mallett believes closing the final salaryscheme would be extremely damaging. She said: “The current scheme is highly valued and works for localgovernment officers with long service, but we do need to add flexibility toreflect modern working practices. It would be very concerning if the Governmentdoes not listen to what local government wants.” The paper claims the existing system provides a good pension for staff whoput in 40 years service then retire at their peak salary, but does not servethe high percentage of the sector’s employees who work flexibly or part-time. Local government HR professionals have until February next year to comment. At its annual conference last week the TUC passed a motion demandingemployers pay pension contributions of 10 per cent of workers’ salaries. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Welcoming No. 29

first_img Two leaders, one Harvard Related Explains who he is, how he’s learned, what he values Harvard President Larry Bacow will be officially installed as Harvard’s 29th president on Friday afternoon, with a formal inauguration ceremony followed by a festive block party.To celebrate, the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture will offer free admission on Friday. The Harvard University Archives will have an exhibit featuring the various historic insignia presented to Bacow as part of his installation, including the Harvard Charter of 1650, College Book 1, the oldest surviving record book with entries dating to the 17th century, the Harvard seals of 1843 and 1885, and ceremonial keys made in 1846.Widener Library is offering tours and an exhibit focusing on highlights from its special collections and archives, while Houghton Library is offering tours of items from its rare book and manuscript collection, as well as of its literary-themed rooms dedicated to Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell, John Keats, and Samuel Johnson.The inauguration ceremony itself, which is open to the Harvard community and invited guests, will include government and community leaders, delegates from universities across the country and around the world, and colleagues and friends of the president. It will begin at 2 p.m. with an academic procession into Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard.The procession will be followed by the installation, which will involve Bacow’s four immediate predecessors as Harvard president — Drew Faust, Larry Summers, Neil Rudenstine, and Derek Bok — as well as Bill Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and Susan Carney, president of the Board of Overseers.,The installation will include music by the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the Inauguration Choir and an original poem, “Making Mountains as We Run,” by Amanda Gorman ’20, the inaugural U.S. youth poet laureate.Speakers will include Bacow himself, who will deliver an inaugural address, as well as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, who chaired the Presidential Search Faculty Advisory Committee; Undergraduate Council President Catherine Zhang; Harvard Alumni Association President Margaret Wang; and Calixto Sáenz, director of Harvard Medical School’s Microfluidics Microfabrication Core Facility.“The Bacow Block Party” will follow the inauguration in the Old Yard, and is also open to the Harvard community. Harvard names Lawrence S. Bacow as 29th president Drew Faust and Larry Bacow on learning from each other, the value of humility in decision-making, and the biggest challenges facing higher education Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the press Widely admired higher education leader, who previously served as Tufts president and MIT chancellor, to become next president in July Access to Harvard Yard on Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be limited to those with a Harvard ID, an installation ticket, or inauguration credentials. Entry to the Yard will be through Johnston, Lamont, Meyer, and Widener gates. Bags and personal items will be subject to inspection. A livestream of the ceremony will be available.The celebration kicked off Thursday evening with a musical prelude at Sanders Theatre and a dessert reception at Annenberg Hall. Friday’s early events include a special breakfast and a luncheon.Also preceding the installation are concurrent academic symposia, open by invitation, that showcase the breadth of Harvard’s scholarship. Topics include behavioral economics and change, confronting inequality, dignity in modern democracy, the role of data in understanding the world, life sciences and the future of medicine, the origins of life, and the power of stories to influence lives. “A Look Across Harvard,” moderated by Provost Alan Garber, is a series of short talks featuring a faculty member from each of Harvard’s Schools.last_img read more

Why did Jill Lepore write an epic of U.S. history? It’s a long story

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Finding topics to write about has never been a problem for Jill Lepore. The Harvard historian’s fascination with everything from Wonder Woman and Frankenstein to matters of life and death has fueled her New Yorker essays and nonfiction for years. But when your project is a single volume covering a nation’s centuries-long past, not every fascinating topic is going to make the cut. The Bancroft Prize winner and David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History said that adhering to a strict timeline and specific themes helped her narrow her subject matter for the just-published “These Truths: A History of the United States.” Still, she admitted, the selection process often kept her up late.Lepore spoke with the Gazette about our shared past, her central argument, Supreme Court fan mail, and more.Q&AJill LeporeGAZETTE: With this kind of sweeping project, how did you decide what to leave out?LEPORE: There’s a lot of lying in bed at night making a list of all the things you’ve left out and worrying about them. It’s hard to make your peace with that. How it works in the book is it’s a relentlessly chronologically organized narrative. And yet within that, each chapter has a theme, so that means I have a clothesline with clothespins. The clothesline is the timeline and then I have the pins, which are my themes, so there are only certain clothes that I can hang up.For example, in the last chapter, which is called “America, Disrupted” and runs from 9/11 to the election in 2016, the clothesline is just those years and then I cover the attack on 9/11, the Obama election, the war on terror, the Trump election. But thematically the chapter is really about how the internet, and social media in particular, transform American political arrangements. So I had to select things that hit on those themes. I talked about Black Lives Matter, but more from the vantage of how interesting it is to be able to capture police brutality live and make it visible to the entire world as it’s happening through Periscope and less about how we understand the relationship between Black Lives Matter and the Black Power movement, which is another very important discussion.The decisions were about what theme would make this stretch of years most legible to a reader. Then I had to stick on that theme so the reader can walk away from that chapter feeling as though she learned something and that the knowledge has been organized in a way that she can absorb it and also dispute it. It’s not meant to be a stone tablet. The whole argument of the book is that the study of history is an inquiry.GAZETTE: In the acknowledgements you write that W.W. Norton editor Jon Durbin asked you if you would write this book. Can you say more about how it came to be?LEPORE: I had been asked to write a U.S. history textbook for many years. I’ve always said no. The problem with textbook writing is that stylistically it doesn’t work for me, it has nothing to do with how I write. Jon is with the college division at Norton, a tremendous academic publisher of course books. And so I thought about his ask because I do think there’s a good reason for there to be a new, single-author textbook and especially one that has not eviscerated the notion of authorship.So I went back to Norton and I said I would write the textbook, but that what I wanted to do was write a trade book for the Norton trade side, and to work with this legendary editor Bob Weil, whom I adore and was thrilled to have the chance to work with. And so that’s what I did. I wrote the trade book first — that’s the book that just came out — in my own voice as a writer, bringing together a story about American history that is based on a half-century of the best historical scholarship and on some of my own archival work. Then I spent this past summer revising it into a textbook.The reason I wanted to write the book is that I thought that the general reading public needs an ambitious, sweeping account of the American past. There are wonderful works of American history written every day, but this particular project is one that American historians used to undertake at a certain point in their careers; it was almost inevitable that a historian of a certain disposition and stature would get to a point in their careers and decide, “I’ve reached this age and now I should write my account of American history.” That hasn’t been done in a couple of generations. It became untenable, and I get all the reasons why it became untenable, but I think we suffer as a citizenry to not have that, because what gets done in its place is pretty terrible and corrosive and partisan and people tell all these tales about the past and there’s no way to dispute them or engage in a deeper way with them, because there’s no sense of a shared past. I decided to give it a try.That was a long story, but I didn’t wake up one day and say, “I want to write a sweeping account of the American experience.”GAZETTE: When did you start working on it?LEPORE: I’ve been working on it since 2015. Before I came to Harvard I taught at Boston University and I used to teach the first half of the U.S. history survey every year, 1492-1865. Here, when I decided to do this project, I began offering a one-semester U.S. history survey class, so what I was mainly doing was writing my lectures each week and each lecture was a new chapter of the book. It was a way to just be constantly on deadline.My students were a good test of a range of important questions: Did I actually have an argument to offer about this period in American history? Did I have something fresh and surprising that people didn’t already know? Was what I had to say intellectually coherent? Was it compelling? Were there enough illustrations of key themes? Did it leave people with unanswered questions? Did it provoke them to think differently about our world? All those things that you are looking for when you give a lecture to a room full of undergraduates.They were down with that, and would constantly say: “What about this?” “You didn’t explain that.” “I thought we’d learn more about this.” Their comments were really helpful and useful. I’d realize I had just talked about Andrew Jackson’s presidency and legacy for 90 minutes and it turns out I really should have spent more time on X.GAZETTE: You mentioned wanting to have something “fresh and surprising that people didn’t already know.” Was there anything that surprised you in the research?LEPORE: Tons of it was fresh and new material to me. Some of it, to be clear, was from earlier lectures I had given or earlier essays I had written for The New Yorker, although each of those essays is always a surprise.For instance, in this book there is a lot about the mechanical act of voting. For me, that research began a magazine assignment I had, years ago, in which I was to write a piece that examined the shift to electronic voting after the hanging chad incidents in the 2000 presidential election. To me the bigger transformation was the shift from oral to paper voting. My editor wanted to know how and why, and I said, “I have no idea, I just think that it would be interesting to find out.” So I did a bunch of reading about oral voting, paper voting, and early ballot-counting machines, spelunking around and looking for answers.Curiosity is a good engine for writing a book like this. Most things in the world I do not understand, but the history of our political arrangements I have a pretty considerable familiarity with, so if something is puzzling to me, it’s usually going to be fun to find out about and fun to explain, and people are likely to be interested in it, and surprised, too.GAZETTE: Is there any material you left out that you could see using for a future project?LEPORE: One subject that I got really interested in, the relationship between public opinion and Supreme Court decisions over time, attracted my attention when I found that people began sending fan mail to Supreme Court justices in the 1930s. At first, fan mail is a radio thing, because I guess people would hear stuff on the radio and they would want to talk back to it because it’s talking to them — it’s very intimate. So they would write letters and they would send them to the station or to the network and the whole phenomenon of fan mail exploded. Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt got reams and reams of mail. People wrote to the White House before but not in this volume. It’s radio-driven.Then people got used to how cool it was to write to the president and they started writing to Supreme Court justices. And then they tell them what they think of their opinions. That they never did that before is probably a good thing, and now we are possibly in a very difficult position with regard to this branch of government that was actually not supposed to be answerable to public opinion and instead insulated from it because it’s a nonelected office that is a lifetime appointment. Today, that’s how elections are driven. And now people go crazy and tweet about the merest utterance from any justice. That something I had never thought about structurally.GAZETTE: One reason to study history is to avoid making the same mistakes. But many would say, given today’s political and cultural climate, that we are repeating mistakes we’ve made for decades, even centuries. Why aren’t learning from past mistakes?LEPORE: Some of the trouble that we are in has to do with the shallowness of time as it recedes from us. That’s not to say that people who had a deeper sense of the past lived in more just societies. But it impairs our ability to think clearly and to argue fairly about contemporary circumstances. We have a lot of symbolic politics in our lives, like the drive to pull down Confederate monuments, and not a lot of inquiry into the nature of the Confederacy, which is not to say that might not get us to the same place. But the people who are saying we shouldn’t pull them down and the people who are saying we should don’t share a common knowledge of the past, and aren’t actually curious about each other’s positions in a way that I think would strengthen ties that we are stuck with.To my mind, each of us has an obligation to scrutinize the origins and persistence of inequality and to seek remedies in our time that are informed by humility about our own errors as much as by awareness of other people’s errors. There’s something to be said for taking a look.last_img read more

Students struggle with reception

first_imgIf that special someone has yet to text you back, don’t panic. It’s probably just a problem with the cell phone service. Students using AT&T and Verizon — the two main service providers on campus — have recently experienced problems due to increased capacity, Steven Ellis, director of Integrated Communication Services, said. “We really do care. We feel your pain and pass it on to [the cell phone service providers] as best we can,” Ellis said. AT&T and Verizon account for 90 percent of cell use on campus and both have experienced problems this year as they adjust to increases in traffic. AT&T saw their use double since last year and Verizon has experienced a significant increase as well, Ellis said. “Imagine all the cars on campus. If next year the number of cars doubled, it would have an impact,” he said. “People would want parking garages. Both Verizon and AT&T have had to add capacity.” AT&T has had more trouble than Verizon and is preparing to provide a new frequency on campus. The new frequency is expected to greatly improve service, but will not be available for a few more months. On-campus cell phone service is mainly provided by small antennas placed around campus, Ellis said. The University contracted with a company called NextG to construct these small antennas and to place them so that they provided optimal coverage while remaining out of sight. Ellis said the University made sure the antennas did not affect the aesthetics of campus and went to extra lengths to keep the antennas camouflaged and out of view. After these small antennas were constructed, they were made available to service providers. AT&T signed on first, followed by Verizon, and recently Sprint. T-Mobile expressed no interest in using the antennae and relies on off-campus towers, Ellis said. Aside from problems adjusting to increased traffic, there are also “in building” problems, which include certain buildings or areas where service is inconsistent or lacking, Ellis said. These problems arise because the small antennas are less effective at penetrating buildings and new construction changes the arrangement of buildings on campus. “The new frequency should help with this, but it is something we’ll continue to work on,” he said. “We are in the process of identifying any buildings the new frequency might not reach.” As a possible solution to “in building” issues, Ellis offered the option of using devices called femto cells, which can be placed by a window and provide supplementary service for an area a bit bigger than a dorm room. These devices are offered by both Verizon and AT&T, he said. After installing femto cells in dorm rooms, there is a waiting period, which AT&T says takes up to 90 minutes. But Ellis said in his experience, it can take up to four or five hours. “The installation process is onerous, burdensome and difficult to do, but it is an option,” he said.last_img read more

Pippin’s Carly Hughes Will Star Opposite Jennifer Nettles in Chicago

first_img In addition to Pippin, Hughes’ Broadway credits include Beautiful, Ghost, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Related Shows View Comments In addition to Wright, the current cast of Broadway’s second longest-running show includes Bianca Marroquin as Roxie, John O’Hurley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. She’s trading in magic for all that jazz! Current Pippin star Carly Hughes will join the cast of Broadway’s Chicago as Velma Kelly. She takes over for current Velma, Amra-Faye Wright, beginning February 2, 2015. As previously reported, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles will make her Broadway debut that same day as Roxie Hart. Hughes and Nettles will do the Hot Honey Rag at the Ambassador Theatre through March 29. Chicago from $49.50last_img read more