The Experiment Fund welcomes Accel, Polaris, and new advisers

first_img Read Full Story Today, Accel Partners, Breyer Capital, and Polaris Venture Partners join New Enterprise Associates (NEA) as partners of The Experiment Fund (www.Xfund.com), a seed-stage venture capital fund anchored at Harvard and designed to cultivate innovation and bold experimentation in the Boston area.Also announced today are several new advisers to the fund, including former Harvard Law School professor and former director of the Berkman Center John Palfrey, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, noted entrepreneur and MIT researcher Hugo Liu, and an ex-officio post created for the president of Harvard Student Agencies.Launched by Cherry A. Murray, dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in January 2012, The Experiment Fund will increase its fund size to further its mission to seek out and support the best engineers, entrepreneurs and designers starting their companies and careers in Cambridge, Mass.last_img read more

Beautiful Dill.

first_imgDill is famous for its flavor. But this wonderful herb can be asgorgeous as it is tasty.Mature plants have tiny, yellow blooms in flat, lacy clusterslike airy umbrellas. The flowers make great cut flowers.Dill’s bluish-green fronds branch readily from the single round,hollow stalk that emerges from its taproot. Its feathery foliageprovides a soft background for smaller, sun-loving petunias,daisies, marigolds and others. Combine dill with flowers in a bedor border. Delicious Dill Get the Best Flavor Photo: Wayne McLaurin More Informationcenter_img As great as it tastes, dill earns a place in your landscape, too. In the garden, dill plants attract beneficial insects, includingbees, parasitic wasps and tachinid flies. Wherever dill blooms,it contributes to the welfare of neighboring plants.Great Varieties AvailableCommon garden dill grows 3 to 5 feet tall. But dwarf versionsgrow 2 to 3 feet tall. Among the most attractive varieties:* “Dukat” is grown for its abundant foliage, which is perfect forsalads. The seeds are great for seasoning various condiments. Sowthem in clumps. This variety is considered a tender annual, sostart seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last springfrost. Transplant seedlings outdoors after all frost danger iswell past.* “Bouquet” is an early bloomer that sports large seed heads anddark, blue-green foliage. It’s ideal for pickling.* “Long Island” or “Mammoth” dill is so reliable that it’scommonly grown by commercial growers.* “Fernleaf” was a 1992 All-America Selection winner. This uniquedwarf dill reaches only 18 inches tall, so it needs no staking.It’s slow to go to seed, too, which gives you more time toharvest leaves. “Fernleaf” dill excellent for containers andlooks great in flower arrangements.Grow Dill in Containers, TooPlant dill with other herbs near the kitchen or in window boxesor planters so its fine texture contrasts with the coarserfoliage of basil, mints and others.Dill, especially the dwarf type, is a good companion incontainers for other sun-lovers like flowering annuals, otherherbs or vegetables such as patio tomatoes.Use a container at least 10 inches deep to accommodate itstaproot. Be sure it has drainage holes. Fill it with a moistened,soilless potting mix to within 2 inches of its top.Either add some granular, slow-release fertilizer to the mixbefore you plant or plan to feed them once a month with ageneral-purpose liquid fertilizer.Plant the dill seedlings in the container and water them well.Keep them out of bright sun the first day or so while they adjustto their new situation.Water often to prevent the container plants from drying outduring hot, summer days. Because dill matures fairly fast, you’llhave to replace spent plants with new ones during the season.last_img read more

Federal Education Loans: The story behind the story

first_imgBy Don Vickers Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) spent many years providing education loans to Vermont students and parents through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). We stopped making federal loans in July 2010 when the government switched to a system of ‘direct lending’ to families through the colleges students attend. One of the questions we received the most during our final years in FFELP was why federal loan interest rates had risen so high. Even though we no longer issue new federal loans, we still get that question. Many Vermonters assumed that direct lending would result in lower rates, but that was never part of the plan. Nor are there any rate relief proposals on the horizon. The sad truth is that rates were, and are, high because the government makes substantial profit on the loans. For this academic year, the government borrowed money at rates ranging from about half of a percent to a little more than 2 percent. It then charged 3.4 percent to ‘subsidized’ Stafford borrowers (undergrads with the greatest financial need), 6.8 percent to unsubsidized Stafford borrowers (other undergrads and grad students), and 7.9 percent to PLUS borrowers (undergrad parents and grad students). Next year, all Stafford borrowers, regardless of need, will pay 6.8 percent. During much of VSAC’s tenure in FFELP, we were able to ease the burden of government-set rates by providing our borrowers with discounts, rebates, and fee waivers on their federal loans. We continue to discount pre-2010 federal loans that we still service. These benefits have saved our borrowers $154.5 million since 1995. In contrast, students who borrow through the direct loan program are offered only a minimal discount if they repay their loans using auto-debit. The issue of interest rates has been completely lost in the hoopla over the administration’s recent proposal to offer federal borrowers two forms of loan relief. Unfortunately, the proposal skirts the real problem facing today’s students: graduating college with excessive debt and uncertain job prospects. So what is being offered? Students still in school will be eligible for an expanded, income-based loan repayment program that provides loan forgiveness after 20 years. This is wonderful, as long as you are able to qualify each year (meaning you spend all 20 years in low-wage professions). If your income rises, you not only lose eligibility for the program, but you are responsible for the substantial interest that built up while you made artificially low payments. For students already out of college and repaying loans to lenders like VSAC, the proposal offers a quarter-percent incentive to transfer your loans to the government and another quarter percent for using auto-debit. However, these transferred loans will still cost upwards of 8 percent. More importantly, many VSAC borrowers who transfer loans will lose far more generous benefits than those the feds are offering. During our years in FFELP, VSAC used a personalized approach to loan counseling. We advised students and parents on when to borrow, which loan types were most beneficial, how to minimize borrowing, and the pros and cons of consolidating loans once a student finished school. This was a labor-intensive exercise for VSAC, but enabled many of our borrowers to avoid unexpected pitfalls and expense. In contrast, the administration wants to encourage as many borrowers as possible to transfer their loans to the government, regardless of each borrower’s unique situation. To do this, the government’s four national loan servicers would call every potentially eligible student to encourage him or her to come on board. So much for helping borrowers grasp the short- and long-term consequences of their loan decisions. If the government is really interested in helping students, it should do three things: reduce interest rates on loans so that they more accurately reflect today’s low-interest environment; require loan servicers to provide real counseling, not just a sales pitch; and implement the vision of Vermont’s congressional delegation to make education more affordable by increasing grant aid and offering true loan forgiveness. Students may owe Uncle Sam, but we owe them much more. Don Vickers, a resident of Georgia, VT, is president and CEO of Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.last_img read more

Facebook continues aggressive renewables push

first_imgFacebook continues aggressive renewables push FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Sembcorp Industries has announced a 20-year deal to support the Singapore operations, including a new data center, of tech giant Facebook with renewable power.In an official announcement on Tuesday, Sembcorp said it would supply Facebook with renewable energy via offsite solar panels installed on almost 900 rooftops in Singapore. The project is expected to finish in 2020.Facebook announced it was building a data center in Singapore at the beginning of September. Its fifteenth worldwide and first in Asia, the facility will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. “This agreement represents our first step towards supporting our Singapore data center and local offices with 100 percent renewable energy,” Bobby Hollis, head of Global Energy at Facebook, said in a statement Tuesday. The agreement with Sembcorp is the latest clean energy deal struck by Facebook as it looks to green its operations.In July, for example, it was announced that the company’s Prineville Data Center in Oregon would be supported by 100 percent solar power under a new partnership with Pacific Power. Additionally, all of Facebook’s offices at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, are powered by 100 percent renewable energy.More: Facebook signs 20-year deal to supply Singapore operations with clean energylast_img read more

Hampton Bays Man Struck, Killed on LIE

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old Hampton Bays man was fatally hit by a vehicle while standing on the side of the Long Island Expressway in Hauppauge early Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said Jonathan Nieto-Carrillo exited a Nissan that was pulled over to the shoulder of the eastbound side of Route 495 when he was struck by a Mazda at 4:45 a.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not hurt.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk picks Arsenal star to lead epic Premier League five-a-side team

first_imgLiverpool’s Virgil van Dijk picks Arsenal star to lead epic Premier League five-a-side team De Bruyne is one of City’s best players (Picture: Getty)‘Kevin De Bruyne, you don’t need to say too much about him. ‘I think Kevin is a good guy first of all, but he’s an outstanding player. ‘You see things differently and yeah, respect only. He’s a fantastic player.’Liverpool lead City by 25 points in the race for the league title, but Van Dijk explained he was a big admirer of the Sky Blues’ players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityVan Dijk’s defence would be made up of City’s stand-out stars Aymeric Laporte and Ederson.‘I think he is an outstanding goalkeeper,’ Van Dijk said of Ederson, who he put in goal.‘I think this season there have been more better goalkeepers than we have seen maybe in the past, but I think Ederson is the best of the rest – I think Alisson is still number one, that’s my feeling.’‘[Laporte’s] been showing how important he is for their team and I think he’s an outstanding defender. ‘I think he’s a very, very, very good defender, so that’s why I pick him.’MORE: Liverpool tipped to sign Manchester City star Leroy Sane in shock transfer deal by Danny MillsMORE: Dimitar Berbatov tells Timo Werner to reject Liverpool for Bayern MunichFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Van Dijk’s team would be dominated by City players (Picture: Getty)Virgil van Dijk has selected his Premier League five-a-side and picked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead the team.The Liverpool star was asked to produce his ideal five-a-side, but couldn’t include any of his club team-mates.Van Dijk dipped into Tottenham’s, Arsenal’s and title rivals Manchester City’s squads to create his team, with Aubameyang selected up front.‘Based on what he has done throughout the season,’ Van Dijk told the club website about his decision to pick Aubameyang. ‘Together (Alexander) Lacazette and Aubameyang are a fantastic striking duo. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘I could also put (Sergio) Aguero in but I think he’s a good striker and I think the numbers have showed that as well since he arrived.’AdvertisementAdvertisementIn midfield, Van Dijk picked Tottenham’s Heung-min Son and City’s talisman Kevin De Bruyne.‘[Son’s] quick, he’s strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender. And his finishing – right foot, left foot – is just outstanding so I think I would pick him,’ Van Dijk explained. Coral BarrySunday 5 Apr 2020 7:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShareslast_img read more

Batesville Wrestling Semi-State Results

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team was able to send one wrestler to the 2015 Wrestling Semi-State Tournament held at New Castle.Senior Captain, Will Amberger, represented The Bulldogs at this year’s semi-state tournament in the 195 lb class. Amberger’s first match was against Tyler Smith of Roncalli where he won by an impressive 10-1 decision earning three takedowns to add to his single season record. The next opponent for Amberger came from Zionsville’s Scott Fuller. Amberger faced off against Fuller in his second match where he injured his knee leaving him defenseless against Fuller. Amberger battled through the first period but the painful knee injury was too much for Amberger to defend off the attacks from Fuller resulting in a loss.This final match was the end of a great season for Amberger where he became a conference, sectional, and regional champ and also broke the long-standing single season takedown record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

Bulldogs Battle At EC Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldog Track and Field team traveled to East Central to compete in their 6 team invitational on Friday Evening.  Things were set up a little different than regular meets, as each team was allowed to enter 3 competitors in each individual event instead of the usual 2, and all 3 could score.  Scoring was given to the top 6 in each event.  The East Central Trojans showed their depth as they were crowned champions in both the boys and the girls competition.  The East Central Girls truly dominated winning by almost 100 points to the other teams, scoring an incredible 201 points.  Franklin County came in 2nd with 102, Greensburg just outscored Batesville 88 to 82, taking 3rd and 4th respectively as Oldenburg Academy was 5th with 18.  For the boys East Central had 179.5 points with Franklin County also claiming 2nd with 135.5 points.  The Bulldogs places 3rd with 92 with Greensburg, Oldenburg and Archbishop Moeller following with 51, 23 and 15 points.  Although the teams scores may not have been what we were hoping for, we did have some champions and several personal bests.Coming in first individually for the Dogs were: Garrett Wagner in the 110m hurdles (15.28); Haylee Harmeyer in the 400m dash (1:01.85); Joseph Choi in the 300m hurdles (42.61); Joshua Myers in the 3200m run (10:12.38).Runner ups for the night and bringing home the red ribbon were: JJ Kuisel-400m dash; Stephanie Nobbe-200m dash; Liz Loichinger-1600m run; Jake Cruse-lng jump; Both 4 x 800m relay teams of: Haylee Harmeyer, Britany Venis, Liz Loichinger and Emma Gausman and Joseph Choi, JJ Kuisel, Quinten Gowdy and Adam Moster.3rd place finishers went to: Gabby Gibbs-high jump; Christopher Laymon-pole vault; Girls 4 x 100m relay of Gabby Gibbs, Taylor Rowlett, Morgan Meyer, Stephanie Nobbe; Both 4 x 400m relay teams of Emma Gausman, Taylor Rowlett, Liz Loichinger and Haylee Harmeyer and Joseph Choi, Quinten Gowdy, Adam Moster and George Ritter.4th places were: Stephanie Nobbe-100m dash; Gavin Koester-100m dash; Roxi Hund-300m hurdles; Liz Loichinger-800m run; Dillon Murray-3220m run; Morgan Meyer-high jump and long jump; Ben Kurtz-discus; Dylan Flannery-shot put; Boys 4 x 100m relay of Dawson Lipperd, Isaac Barker, Gavin Koester and Jake Cruse.5th place finishers were: Adam Moster-1600m run; Emma Gausman-800m run; Quinten Gowdy-800m run; Trysta Vierling-3200m run; Gabby Gibbs-shot put; Taylor Rowlett-long jump; Stephanie Nobbe-pole vault.And finishing out the scoring in 6th place were: Roxi Hund-100m hurdles; Jake Cruse-100m dash; Katie Bohman-300m hurdles; Gavin Koester-200m dash.Again, even though the team outcome did not come out the way we were hoping, it wasn’t because of a lack of effort as we continue to see personal records set.  For this meet they were: 200m dash-George Ritter, Stephanie Nobbe, Haylee Harmeyer; 400m dash-Shalee Harrington; 100m hurdles-Roxi Hund; 300m hurdles-Roxi Hund and Katie Bohman; 1600m run-James Gosmeyer; 3200m run-Joshua Myers, Dillon Murray, Adam Hollowell, Trysta Vierling; Shot Put-Dylan Flannery, Eykis Fullenkamp, Gabby Gibbs; Discus-Ben Kurtz, Rebecca Deputy, Georgie Doll; Pole Vault-Christopher Laymon, George Ritter; Long Jump-Jake Cruse, Morgan Meyer, Taylor Rowlett; 4 x 400 split-Emma Gausman; 4 x 800 split-JJ Kuisel; 4 x 800m relay teams-Quinten Gowdy, Joseph Choi, JJ Kuisel, Adam Moster, Emma Gausman, Britany Venis, Liz Loichinger, Haylee Harmeyer.Great job everyone!  The track team now enters tournament time with this week being County Week!  Batesville will host the County meet on Thursday with action starting at 5pm.  We will also be honoring our NINETEEN seniors upon the conclusion of the meet.  Come out and show your support!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

$5,000 IMCA Modified payday at Southern Oregon’s Lon Skinner Memorial

first_imgWHITE CITY, Ore. – The biggest Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified payday in the Pacific Northwest awaits the winner of Southern Oregon Speedway’s 20th annual Lon Skinner Memorial.The Sunday, Sept. 6 main event pays $5,000 to win, a minimum of $500 to each of the 24 starters and is a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Modifieds also race for $600 to win in their Saturday, Sept. 5 feature. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for top checks of $400 on Saturday and $600 on Sunday.Early registration and practice is Friday, Sept. 4 at White City.Early entry fee for the Modifieds is now $200 or $250 at the gate. Entry forms can be mailed to the track at 2177 South Pacific Highway in Medford, Ore., 97501.Transponders are required and a limited number will be available to rent. Hoosier tires, fuel and tearoffs will also be available in the pits.Grandstand admission is $15 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday or $30 for a two-day pass. Pit passes are $35 a day or $60 for a two-day pass.Brookside Inn is the host hotel and reservations can be made by calling 866 928-2314. Free camping, but no hookups, is also available at the track.More information is available at the track’s www.sospeedway.com website or by calling 541 772-6264. Drivers can call the same number when using a credit card to pay their entry fee or for assistance in finding overnight accommodations.last_img read more

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