Multiple interests

first_imgContrary to what many people may think about the originator of the theory of multiple intelligences (MI), Howard Gardner spends little time these days thinking about his breakthrough. As he told a crowd during remarks at Askwith Hall on Tuesday (Jan. 26), “I don’t wake up and say, ‘Hey, there’s a sexual intelligence or a cooking intelligence.’”Gardner reflected on his famous theory ― in which he posits that all humans possess numerous autonomous intelligences rather than a single intelligence that can be measured through a tool such as the IQ test ― at an Askwith Forum called “Multiple Intelligences: The First 25 Years.” His theory made Gardner one of the most famous academics in the world, earning him the first MacArthur Prize Fellowship and honorary degrees from 26 universities. Gardner, who is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was also named one of the world’s top 100 leading public intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.“The heuristic value of this theory simply cannot be overstated,” said Dean Kathleen McCartney of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. “Howard’s theory of multiple intelligences has been inspiring the work of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers for more than 25 years, not just here but around the globe.”Calling himself a “lifer,” Gardner came to Harvard in 1961 as an undergraduate. As founding member in 1967 of Project Zero, of which he is senior director, Gardner began studying children’s artistic development. At the same time, he began research at a veterans’ hospital, studying patients with brain damage.“The MI theory would never have been spawned if I hadn’t been working with these two populations,” he said. “That turned out to be the critical spark that led to the ideas, because every day I would see children who had scattered intellectual profiles, [who] were not very good at school, or vice versa.” Gardner found himself immersed in data about what children could and couldn’t do. “I’d try to make sense of it, and it was not easy,” he said.In 1979, the Bernard van Leer Foundation awarded the School of Education more than $1 million to probe the nature of human potential. Gardner decided to focus on human cognition using disciplines such as evolution, various cognitive profiles and processes, different cultures, and human abilities.“I didn’t know I’d come up with the theory of MI,” Gardner said. “I thought, here’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put together all this stuff I had been observing and seeing and make sense out of it.” What Gardner discovered was that the human mind operated more like several computers related to one another. These computers, or “intelligences,” are linguistic, logical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, and spatial.Gardner largely credited his use of the word “intelligences” as pivotal to the theory. “I would not be standing here today in this hall if I called it seven abilities or seven powers,” he said, even though he could not recall how he selected that word.The theory led to his 1983 book, “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.” Gardner recalled how the theory initially made people uncomfortable, but also seemed to resonate with educators, even though he admitted he never really thought about education.Ultimately, it was public reception of the theory that pushed Gardner into a level of fame rarely seen by academics. In fact, Gardner pinpointed the start of his “15 minutes of fame” at a 1984 meeting of the National Association of Independent Schools, where his arrival in the packed and noisy room in New York’s Hilton Hotel immediately caused it to become silent.Eventually, Gardner decided not to focus his entire life on MI. Still, 15 years ago, he added an eighth intelligence, naturist. And he has spent many years ruminating on whether there is a ninth intelligence, existential, which contemplates the big questions of life, such as: What is love? Why am I here? Who am I? However, Gardner said that he still needs more evidence on that one, so for now he suggests there are eight-and-a-half intelligences.These ideas continue to spread globally, even though Gardner said he has had little to do with what we might see as MI in the world. Today there are Asian milk drinks (promising to develop each intelligence), books, conferences, and schools dedicated to the theory. Although Gardner initially resisted addressing the implications of MI, he found that other people developed their own. While it has been interesting for him to watch people assimilate his work, this prompted a shift in Gardner’s own beliefs.“I said to myself, if I developed these ideas, I can’t simply say it’s up to other people how to use them,” he said. “If they’re being abused … I have to take responsibility.”In the past 15 years, that notion has largely inspired Gardner’s efforts on the Good Work Project, which identifies individuals and institutions exemplifying the meaning of positive work that encompasses three characteristics: excellence, engaging, and ethical.“My first work, and I make no apologies for it, was about intelligences, and a lot of the work on Good Work is about the kind of human being you are,” Gardner said. “The true implication, whether it’s here in this School or the rest of the University or anywhere in the world, [is that we] really need to focus on that … you have a world where [some] people are good people but don’t use their minds well, [and other] people use their minds in ways which are not worthy of human beings.”last_img read more

Alum wins Amazon writing contest to get novel published

first_imgFor Notre Dame alumnus Jim King, a long-awaited dream came true last May when he received an unexpected call from Amazon on a train ride into New York City. King, a member of the Class of 1977, was one of three finalists for the second annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, an international competition seeking the “next popular novel.” He would later be selected as the grand prize winner out of more than 6,500 manuscript entries.“I got a call one day from a guy from Amazon and he told me that I was one of three finalists,” King said. “Of course I just wanted to scream because I [have been] trying to get a novel published ever since I graduated from Notre Dame in 1977.”As the winner of the competition, King landed a $25,000 publishing contract with The Viking Press to publish his novel, “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance.” The novel is due for release in August.“The total number of manuscripts was around 6,500 and I had entered the contest almost on a lark,” King said. “I almost forgot about it because I didn’t think I stood a chance to win.”The panel that reviewed the top three manuscripts included “Secret Life of Bees” author Sue Monk Kidd, “Alphabet Mystery Series” author Sue Grafton, literary agent Barney Karpfinger and Penguin Press Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Eamon Dolan.King’s novel is the story of a man, Bill Warrington, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, although King never explicitly mentions the disease in the book. Warrington is trying to reconnect with his three adult children who want nothing to do with him.“The main character was inspired by a neighbor of mine who had lost his wife shortly before I met him,” King said. “Over the years the house he built with his own hands was falling apart around him.”In the novel, Warrington decides the only way to bring his family back together is to kidnap his 15-year-old granddaughter April, who dreams of becoming a rock star. The two of them take off across America. Warrington forces his children to come together and talk to one another in order to locate April and him.“The book is about a man trying to bring the family together before it’s too late,” King said. The novel took King about a year and a half to write. He began writing the novel in a masters program he had entered after nearly 30 years of being away from school.“I found out about [the contest] on an agent’s blog and decided to investigate it and found out I was a day or two from missing the deadline,” King said. “I put together a pitch, description and manuscript and sent it in.” “Bill Warrington’s Last Chance” was already complete when King spotted the contest. King had previously written two novels that were not published. Winning the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award was truly King’s “first chance.”“I majored in American Studies. [Professor] Elizabeth Christman, who recently passed away, really encouraged me. She was confident that one day, I would have a novel published,” King said. King is currently a freelance corporate writer but hopes his breakthrough novel will lead him into a career of fiction writing.“I’ve already started on another novel, and I’m hoping this is beginning of a different kind of writing career,” he said. King tells aspiring writers getting published may take awhile, but the key to success is just to keep trying.“It helps to be a stubborn Irishman — which I am. It may take you awhile but keep writing, keep submitting, and don’t give up on the dream.”last_img read more

One-To-One With Geezeo: James Elwood, Chief Technology Officer, Geezeo

first_imgWhen you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in financial services and Fintech about where the industry is headed, sometimes the most fascinating insights are revealed. One-to-One with Geezeo is an ongoing series that gives our friends, clients, and partners an opportunity to share their experiences and their knowledge to gain an idea of where this exciting industry is heading. In this installment we talked with our Chief Information Technology Officer, James Elwood about cloud services in the banking industry.Geezeo: How long has Geezeo been using Amazon Web Services and why did you choose that as Geezeo’s cloud service?James: We’ve been on the Amazon Cloud since our early days in 2007. We elected the cloud computing because it provided a relative easy way to establish our operating platform. I wanted simplicity in accessing servers, building storage and databases and establishing a broad set of application services over the Internet. We needed to trade capital expense for variable expense.We traded the building and supporting of data centers and servers, for the flexibility (and constraints) of only paying for how much we consume. This decision still holds true as Amazon Web Services (AWS) gives us the option of expanding capacity with remarkable ease. Scale and simplicity were two significant influences in our move to AWS.Geezeo: What are some of the considerations a bank or credit union should make when deciding to move to the cloud?James: First let me say that many of the largest financial institutions already are in the cloud and using AWS. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Offices: Mid-life crisis

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Thousands protest in Mauritius over dead dolphins, demand resignations

first_imgThousands of protesters demonstrated in the Mauritius capital Port Louis on Saturday to demand an investigation into an oil spill from a Japanese ship and the mysterious death of at least 40 dolphins that have been found near the site of the spill.Environmentalists have called for an investigation into whether the dolphins died as a result of the spill caused when the bulk carrier, the MV Wakashio, struck a coral reef last month.One protester held a banner with a dolphin covered in oil reading “our lives matter” and another held one calling for the government to resign. Mauritian flags were waved across the packed square of St Louis Cathedral. “We do not trust the government and the diluted information they’ve been feeding us regarding the management and responses to the oil spill,” Fabiola Monty, 33 a Mauritian environmental scientist, told Reuters from the square.The government has said it will carry out autopsies on all the dead dolphins and has set up a commission to look into the oil spill. Two investigations are being carried out: one by the police on the crew’s responsibilities and one by a senior Shipping Ministry official on what happened to the ship.So far veterinarians have examined only two of the mammals’ carcasses, which bore signs of injury but no trace of oil in their bodies, according to preliminary autopsy results.The autopsy on the first two was conducted by the government-run Albion Fisheries Research Centre.Autopsy results on 25 dolphins that washed ashore Wednesday and Thursday are expected in the coming days, according to Jasvin Sok Appadu from the Fisheries Ministry.Local environmental group Eco-Sud, which took part in Saturday’s protest, said in a statement on Friday that representatives from civil society should be present during the autopsies and called for a second opinion from independent specialists. Topics :last_img read more

Girl at nude bike ride angers

first_imgBay of Plenty Times 15 March 2012A mother’s choice to let her 8-year-old daughter take part in a naked beach bike ride has been labelled “tantamount to abuse” by an organisation that prevents the sexual exploitation of children. The 8-year-old girl, who wore bikini bottoms, was one of eight bikers who took part in Saturday’s New Zealand World Naked Bike Ride from Omanu to Papamoa. Her mother declined to speak on the issue despite the leaders of organisations lambasting her decision. ECPAT International’s New Zealand director Alan Bell said exposing a child to naked adults was “tantamount to abuse”. ECPAT’s name is drawn from “End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes”. “If people want to get in the nuddy and go for bike rides without offending too many people that’s their business … what I was concerned about was the 8-year-old girl,” Mr Bell said. “It’s exposure to unnecessary risk. Why would you put an 8-year-old girl in front of naked men?” Mr Bell said 8-year-olds were too young to know what was right and wrong. “Children don’t have the capacity to make an informed decision. It’s the responsibility of the adult to make sure they are in a safe environment.”Bob McCoskrie, Family First’s national director, was against the New Zealand World Naked Bike Ride taking place and concerned to hear an 8-year-old had been part of it. “When you’re getting 8-year-old kids being exposed to that stuff you have to think something’s wrong. Most people would agree with that,” Mr McCoskrie said. “Most people would be concerned to have young children being exposed to full frontal nudity.” When asked what he would tell the girl’s mother if given the opportunity, Mr McCoskrie said: “What adult wants to expose an 8-year-old girl to full front nudity?” read more

Confirmed. Anti-smacking law has achieved…… NOTHING

first_imgFrom the Salvation Army State of the Nation 2014 ReportBetween 2008 and 2013, recorded offences of violence, sexual assaults and neglect of children rose 68%. Over this period, recorded assaults on children doubled from 1,328 to 2,667 offences, while recorded sexual offences against children rose 43% from 1,379 offences to 1,976. Recorded cases of child neglect rose by 42% during this period, rising from 401 offences in 2007/08 to 569 offences in 2012/13, although they peaked at 657 cases in the 2011/12 year.Over the five years to 30 June 2013, more serious child assaults have increased by 83%—from 612 recorded offences in 2007/08 to 1,032 offences in 2012/13. The number of recorded sexual assaults on children rose a further 3% during the year to 30 June 2013, to 1,976 offences. This number is 43% greater than the 1,379 child sex offences recorded in 2008.The resolution rate for recorded child assaults involving injury declined from 80% in the year to 30 June 2008 to 63% in the year to 30 June 2013. Over the same period, the prosecution rate for such offending declined from 66% to 45%.The amendment of section 59 of the Crimes Act in 2007 appears to have led to an increase in the numbers of recorded offences for non-injury assaults on children. Since June 2008, the numbers of such offences have risen by nearly 160%—from an average of almost 450 such offences recorded annually between 2002 and 2007, to an annual average of 1,150 recorded offences. The annual average number of prosecutions for non-injury assaults on children has risen by 200 per year as a consequence of this increase in the number of recorded offences.Notifications to Child Youth and Family during the year to 30 June 2013 totalled 148,659, 3% fewer than the 153,407 reported during the previous year. However, the 2013 figure is 66% or nearly 60,000 higher than the number of cases notified five years earlier during the year to 30 June 2008. This recent small decline appears to be due mainly to changes in the number of notifications made by the Police.Cases of substantiated child abuse or neglect rose 4% between 2011/12 and 2012/13 from 22,172 to 22,984 cases, and by 41% over the five years to 30 June 2013.last_img read more

Haiti election results on hold

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Haiti election results on hold by: – March 31, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday March 30, 2011 –Haitians will have to wait until next Monday to hear the preliminary results of the final round of presidential elections, after the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced yesterday that it won’t be ready by tomorrow as initially planned.The CEP issued a statement, signed by President Gaillot Dorsinvil, explaining that stringent verification measures to reduce fraud and irregularities in vote tabulation are responsible for the four-day delay in telling the population whether 50-year-old popular musician Michel Martelly or 70-year-old former first lady Mirlande Manigat came out on top.This time around, more than half the tally sheets have been sent to be inspected for fraud, much more than the 10 percent inspected in the first round.The CEP said that these and other provisions “which have proved to be necessary for the reliability of the results, unfortunately affected the pace of the Tabulation Center which is no longer able to produce its report on the date originally scheduled”.“The Provisional Electoral Council thanks the population for its understanding and reiterates its commitment to conduct the electoral process to a successful conclusion,” it added.The CEP gave no indication whether this delay would affect the announcement of the final results which, according to its timetable, is set for April 16.Meantime, the Joint Organisation of American States (OAS)/Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Electoral Observation Mission (JEOM) has indicated it will maintain its presence in Haiti’s 11 electoral departments until the final results are announced.The JEOM said its observers have been present in the Vote Tabulation Centre round-the-clock since the tabulation phase began on March 21, a day after voters cast their ballots in the second round of presidential and legislative elections. “The observers are monitoring the new procedures put in place for the processing of the result sheets and the application of criteria for verification to ensure the integrity and transparency of the tabulation process,” it said in a statement yesterday.“The JEOM notes the strengthening of the capacity of the Legal Control Unit (UCL), which has now 16 lawyers whose task is to determine the validity of the result sheets brought to their attention. The Mission has noted that compared to the first round, a greater amount of result sheets were sent to the UCL.”The Mission cautioned that premature announcements of victory are harmful to public order and the smooth unfolding of the electoral process by creating expectations among their supporters that might not be founded, and therefore urged both presidential and legislative candidates and their campaign teams and allies to avoid making any such pronouncements.“The Mission understands the candidates’ eagerness to know the results. However, it wishes to point out to the two presidential candidates in particular that one of them will be elected President of the Republic and, as such, will be responsible for the proper functioning of institutions and the maintenance of public order,” the JEOM said.“They should therefore demonstrate as of now the sense of responsibility they will have to display when taking the helm of the affairs of the Republic by appealing to their teams and supporters to await the publication of the preliminary results to avoid creating false expectations and to respect the verdict of the ballot box.”The Mission further called on all political leaders, political groups and their supporters to contribute to the maintenance of a calm and peaceful atmosphere as they await the publication of the preliminary results.Source: Caribbean 360 News 40 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Industry leaders push for Cleanergy

first_imgSan Carlos Sun Power Inc.’s 59-megawatt peak utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, forms part of AboitizPower’s renewable energy portfolio, which also includes geothermal, run-of-river hydro and large hydropower facilities all over the country. THE Philippine energy sector has come along way in the last 10 years, ushering in an era of landmark policies andinitiatives geared towards industry competitiveness and environmentalsustainability. “We are truly honored to have been chosenas a partner of all these successful businesses and organizations. It is ourcommitment to continue providing ample, reliable and power produced reasonably toour customers by maximizing renewable energy for as long as feasible, while atthe same time using the reliability and cost-efficiency of fossil-fired powerplants,” AboitizPower chief operating officer Emmanuel Rubio said. In 2013, renewable energy contributedaround 26 percent of the country’s total power consumption. This has sinceincreased to over 30 percent by the end of 2018 mainly due to the nationalgovernment’s campaign as well as the growing appetite of consumers for moresustainable sources of power. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa inCebu, one of the country’s top resort destinations, also chose AboitizPower’sCleanergy to power their operations and support their environmentalsustainability initiatives. Shangri-La’s other facilities in the countrypowered by Cleanergy are Shangri-La at The Fort, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort& Spa, and Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, to which AboitizPower supplies atotal of 10.4 MW. AboitizPower also supplies a total of 15.7MW of Cleanergy to Asian Development Bank, Draka Philippines, Eton Properties,and Unionbank, among others. “We want to give our customers an overall‘green’ experience, from the design and architecture of our buildings, up tothe power supply we use,” NEO chief executive officer Raymond Rufino earliersaid. Ten municipalities of Nueva Ecija now alsopower their homes and businesses with clean and renewable energy after NuevaEcija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. signed a 33-MW power supply deal withAboitizPower earlier this year. The 17-MW aggregated energy demand of theNestlé facilities comes from AboitizPower’s MakBan geothermal power plantin the provinces of Laguna and Batangas. In January 2019, NEO renewed itspartnership with AboitizPower for the supply of 13.5 megawatts (MW) to itsfacilities in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The push for Cleanergy is not only drivenby large industry players. For local cooperatives and private distributionutilities, the value of AboitizPower’s renewable energy brand is ever moreapparent. Long before the trend on “green” andsustainable practices took shape, green office developer and operator NEOProperty Management, Inc. (NEO) had already been at the forefront of clean andrenewable energy. In 2013, NEO partnered with AboitizPower for Cleanergy, thelatter’s brand for clean and renewable energy. In the last two years, electriccooperatives in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, and MisamisOccidental have shifted to a more balanced energy mix as well. AboitizPower remains committed to helpingaddress the country’s energy trilemma of energy security, energy equity andenvironmental sustainability through its balanced mix portfolio./PNcenter_img “Siargao is one of the top touristdestinations. While we welcome more guests, local and foreign alike, we wantedto ensure that we continue to do our part in taking care of our island,”Siarelco general manager Sergio Dagooc has said. MORE Electric and Power Corp., IloiloCity’s power distributor, signed an interim power supply agreement in May withAboitizPower for 10 MW of Cleanergy from its Tiwi and MakBan geothermal plantsin the provinces of Albay, Laguna and Batangas, respectively. Power of choice Food and beverage industry leader NestléPhilippines made the switch to Cleanergy in 2017, partnering with AboitizPowerfor the supply of clean and renewable energy to its manufacturing facility inLipa, Batangas. Following this switch, more Nestle facilities have been poweredby Cleanergy – factories in Cabuyao, Laguna and Tanuan, Batangas, as well asits corporate administrative office in Makati City. Siargao Island’s power distributor,Siargao Electric Cooperative, sources at least one MW of power fromAboitizPower’s Manolo Fortich hydropower plant in Bukidnon. The government has committed to makingsure that renewables contribute at least 50 percent of the country’s totalenergy consumption by 2030. This is an optimistic goal given the growingawareness of companies towards the impact of renewable energy on theiroperations as well as the communities they serve. The use of renewableresources like geothermal reduces 90 percent of carbon emissions from powergeneration.  Sustainable, reliable and cost-effectivepower AboitizPower has a total of 32 Cleanergycustomers in Luzon and Visayas, which accounts for a total of 203 MW ofrenewable supply. Through its Cleanergy portfolio,AboitizPower and its partners generate a total of 1,254 MW, which is about 27percent of the company’s net sellable capacity. Its renewable energy portfolioincludes solar, geothermal, run-of-river hydro, and large hydropower facilitiesall over the country. Over the past decade, the power sector hasshifted from being highly dependent on fossil fuel to employing a more balancedenergy mix with various companies taking a more active role in utilizing cleanand renewable energy. Under the Retail Competition and OpenAccess (RCOA), bulk electricity consumers or contestable customers areempowered to choose their own electricity supplier, giving them the opportunityto save on their electricity costs and choose from diverse sources of powersupply.last_img read more