A cuisine reigns supreme

first_imgFeeding Harvard is a group undertaking. The roughly 600 employees of Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services (HUHDS) can attest to that. But any Food Network fan worth his kosher salt knows there can only be one “Iron Chef.”At Annenberg Hall on July 20, 20 Harvard Summer School students-turned-amateur chefs took on the challenge of cooking under pressure with a secret ingredient in hopes of claiming this year’s title.As their audience of classmates noshed on salad bar fare and macaroni and cheese, four teams of five students whipped up entrées in just under an hour, using nothing more than fresh local produce, small fuel burners, dining hall pans, and a surprising amount of ingenuity.Their efforts were a sign not just of the community that develops among the program’s live-in students, but of the rising sophistication of Harvard’s food culture.“There’s certainly been a growing interest [among students] in food over the past five years,” said Martin Breslin, director for culinary operations for HUHDS and one of the evening’s judges. “We see quite a lot of students asking for stronger taste profiles, like Korean barbecue. And in general they’re more food savvy, more food aware.”Thayer Team, which worked from a secret recipe for “spring sauce” of fresh raw tomatoes and herbs for the striped bass, was the winning team in the Iron Chef Competition. Harvard Summer School students-turned-amateur chefs took on the challenge of cooking under pressure with a secret ingredient in hopes of claiming this year’s title.Well before the evening’s 6 p.m. start time, team members huddled over cutting boards, prepping vegetables and herbs they’d bought at the Harvard Farmers’ Market with their $60 budgets. As on the popular Japanese television show and its stateside counterpart, “Iron Chef America,” the teams were given a bit of a heads-up about the secret ingredient they’d need to incorporate into their dish.“We told them it was a fish that could be caught in both oceans and rivers,” said David Seley, the manager of Adams Dining Hall, who has emceed the Iron Chef Competition since its inception several years ago (save one year, he said, where he was sidelined by a “motorized rollerblading accident”).When it came time for the big unveiling, Seley rolled in the ingredient of the hour: striped bass, whose fishing season in Massachusetts began this month.In addition to Breslin, Cambridge foodie favorites Susan Regis, chef at Harvard Square institution UpStairs on the Square, and Paul O’Connell, chef and owner of the French-Cuban bistro Chez Henri, lent culinary credibility to the judges’ table. Lisa Laskin, Harvard Summer School associate dean for academic affairs, and Summer School Dean Donald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systemic Botany, rounded out the lineup of taste testers.Team Widener prepares its entry. Students from Harvard’s Summer School participated in the Iron Chef Competition.For many of the Summer School’s large population of high school students, a summer at Harvard marks the first time they’ve been away from home, Pfister said. Considering that roughly 20 percent of Summer Schoolers come from other nations, making students feel at home in the Yard becomes both more important and more challenging.“We do a lot of special preparation in the dining halls” to accommodate different cultures’ cuisines, Pfister said. “Food can be an important [comfort] element for students when they’re away from home.”The international vibe translated to the teams’ dishes. American students might have overlooked the relatively uncommon herb purslane at the farmers market, but Hazal Sabah, an Istanbul native and a member of Team Dunks, instantly recognized it as Turkish semizotu, the distinctive green that she whipped into a tangy garlic-yogurt spread to serve over crostini.Across the room, Pedro Ojeda, a member of the First Thayer team, worked from a secret recipe for “spring sauce” of fresh raw tomatoes and herbs for the striped bass.“My dad owns a restaurant in Spain, and the chef taught it to me,” he said.Still, some competitors were far from seasoned foodies. Team Turquoise Jeep — made up of four Stoughton High School seniors and their Summer School proctor, Daniel Oh ’11 — admitted they were stumped by the secret ingredient.“We were up all night Googling fish, trying to figure out what it could be,” said team leader Aissatou Barrie-Rose. They had guessed salmon. “None of us actually knows what striped bass tastes like,” she said. “But we do watch a lot of ‘Iron Chef.’ ”Judges sample the dishes prepared by Harvard Summer School students.After receiving their cuts of bass, each team had 45 minutes to cook. Seley kept the mood festive with running commentary, food-trivia questions, and movie-ticket giveaways, but the kitchen action was clearly the main draw.A teriyaki sauce went up in smoke, necessitating a run to the Annenberg kitchen to deglaze the pan. (The dish was salvaged.) A pasta-pot boil-over demonstrated that even the most devoted Food Network followers still hadn’t learned how to restart a gas burner.The teams appeared nervous as they presented their plates to the five judges, who graded the offerings on taste, temperature, presentation, and originality. The results were impressive: fried fish cakes over a bed of salad; a simple pan-seared fish with linguine and herbs; panko-encrusted bass with roasted potatoes and ratatouille; and a plate of teriyaki-glazed fish, coconut rice, garlic mashed potatoes, and crostini.“It was nice to see that everyone did a very different take on the bass,” Breslin said.At the end of the night, however, there could only be one victor. After a drumroll on his gong, Seley announced the winner: “All bow and hail Iron Chef Thayer!”Paul O’Connell, chef and owner of the French-Cuban bistro Chez Henri, was one of the judges. He chose to capture a beautifully presented dish on his phone.First Thayer team members Ojeda, Caitlin Castella, Melissa Warshauer, Lejla Halilagic, and Bradley Craig, a Summer School proctor and Pforzheimer House junior, were swarmed by friends after their panko-encrusted dish won. They each received a wrapped gift, which turned out to be a set of eggbeaters. “I wanted a diploma,” one joked.But what would become of Harvey, the 20-pound striped bass brought in to spice up the décor?“He’s going home with the dean,” Seley quipped.last_img read more

The Evolution of the Data Warehouse in the Big Data Era

first_imgAbout 20 years ago, I started my journey into data warehousing and business analytics. Over all these years, it’s been interesting to see the evolution of big data and data warehousing, driven by the rise of artificial intelligence and widespread adoption of Hadoop.When I started in this work, the main business challenge was how to handle the explosion of data with ever-growing data sets and, most importantly, how to gain business intelligence in as close to real time as possible. The effort to solve these business challenges led the way for a ground-breaking architecture called Massively Parallel Processing (MPP), or data sharing across multiple commodity servers with Direct Attached Storage (DAS), which kept data close to processing power. This was a move away from traditional symmetric parallel processing, where data was stored in centralized storage and accessed over networks. This worked well – for a while!SilosThe imminent “explosion of data” present in all analytics/AI discussions is the driver for the evolution of data warehousing and business analytics. The success of the old architecture is also the reason why it had to change. You must reshuffle data quite often to keep data close to compute (whilst you run queries), while increasing data size as well as concurrent applications and users’ access to the data.This was often resolved by creating data silos, standing up a new infrastructure for new applications, as well as performance tuning. This created a multitude of business and operational issues. While you often deal with the same data sets, they are extracted, transformed, loaded (ETL) and maintained differently across various applications, which means you have different analytical windows into the data depending on which application you are using. So which data is the source of truth? From an operational point of view, the cost to maintain various copies of the data, secure it, and maintain SLAs becomes another challenge.The figure below shows a typical analytics environment highlighting the complexity and data duplication.Data requiredThe deluge of data mentioned above is almost entirely caused by IoT and edge devices, plus an explosion in individual devices and users of social media. This is not your standard canned, transactional, and nicely-formatted SQL data. Instead, it’s usually semi-unstructured data that can sometimes only be accessed by utilizing a schema-on-read approach — which wouldn’t work for traditional SQL Data Warehouses. Also, new data types are enabling (and, perhaps even forcing) the hands of businesses to look beyond a traditional analytics approach. Today, Hadoop is a large part of many organizations’ analytical capabilities, and AI is rapidly taking off, giving businesses 360 degree analytics capabilities, from descriptive all the way to prescriptive analytics. Traditional architectures wouldn’t be able to do this, at least not at scale.Now what do we do?IT infrastructure must evolve to meet these data demands. Modern analytics and business intelligence now encompass all aspects of business with a much larger, more complex and multi-faceted data set and application portfolio. How do we manage all the data and applications? Simple, the answer is a “true” data lake. Account for eliminating data silos, create a single accessible data source for all applications, and eliminate data movement/replication, so organizations can control compute and storage ratios to achieve better cost with the ability to leverage best-in-class elastic cloud storage and maintain open data formats without lock-in associated with proprietary data management solutions.At Dell Technologies, we’re working closely with some of the leading software vendors in the data lake and data warehousing arena such as Dremio, YellowBrick, and Vertica to enable our customers to seamlessly build and deploy a scalable and future-proof IT infrastructure. Dell EMC Isilon and ECS provide best-of-breed and market-leading architecture that enables IT departments to use scale-out NAS and object storage technology that natively supports multiple protocols such as NFS, HDFS, SMB and S3. And all on the same hybrid file system offering cost effective performance, scaling and a complete set of enterprise governance features such as replication, security, backup and recovery.The proposed architecture enables IT to eliminate multiple landing zones and ETL zones and the need to replicate data. Simply load the data files into the data lake and point your application to query data directly from the data lake. It’s that simple!As an example, the figure below shows an open data lake architecture incorporating a data lake engine from Dremio and data lake storage via Dell EMC Isilon and ECS. Dremio delivers lightning-fast queries directly on ECS, offering a self-service semantic layer enabling data engineers to apply security and business meaning, while also enabling analysts and data scientists to explore data and derive new virtual datasets. Dremio ensures flexibility and openness and lets you avoid vendor lock-in, directly query data across clouds or on-prem, optionally join data with existing external databases and data warehouses, and keep your data in storage that you own and control.Dell Technologies will continue partnering with key ISVs such as Dremio, Yellowbrick and Greenplum, to deliver AI and Data Analytics solutions that will allow our customers to power their journey to AI. Learn more about how Dell Technologies partners with these ISVs in these solution overviews.last_img read more

Brandy Norwood Extends Engagement in Chicago on B’way

first_img View Comments Brandy Norwood will continue to Razzle Dazzle ’em on Broadway! The Grammy winner has extended her engagement in Chicago and will now appear as Roxie Hart through August 2. The pop/R&B star had previously been set to leave the Ambassador Theatre on June 21. One caveat: Norwood will not be performing in the musical on June 22, June 23, June 27 or June 28.Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and her hit record “The Boy Is Mine” is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. Screen credits include Moesha, Cinderella and The Game.The cast also currently includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Marco Zunino as Billy Flynn (through June 14), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.Check out Broadway.com’s interview with Norwood below! Chicago Related Shows from $49.50last_img read more

Poland’s state-run oil and gas company planning $1 billion renewable energy investment

first_imgPoland’s state-run oil and gas company planning $1 billion renewable energy investment FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Polish state-run oil and gas major Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, better known as PGNiG, plans to spend as much as PLN 4 billion (USD 1bn/EUR 894m) on the creation of a dedicated renewable energy division.The move is planned as part of an updated strategy for the entire group that should be presented by the end of 2020. PGNiG hopes to invest the above-mentioned sum over the next few years, beyond 2022, to achieve a renewable energy production capacity of up to 900 MW.“Entering a new business line, namely RES, will allow us not only to build the value of the company, to increase and stabilise its revenue, but also to engage more intensively in the transformation towards a low-carbon and zero-emission economy,” stated Jerzy Kwiecinski, president of the group’s Management Board.According to Arkadiusz Sekscinski, vice president of the PGNiG Management Board, Development, the group is mostly keen on investing in wind power and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.“Considering our investment capabilities, the most attractive projects for us are those already existing or at a very advanced stage of development. There is enough of such projects on the market,” he said, adding that PGNiG will also seek to develop its own projects on sites owned by the group.[Ivan Shumkov]More: Poland’s PGNiG plans USD-1bn investment in new renewables divisionlast_img read more

CUNA backs appraisal, diversity bills prior to markup

first_img continue reading » CUNA supported two bills marked up Thursday by the House Financial Services Committee, the Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019 (H.R. 2852) and the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act of 2019 (H.R. 281).H.R. 2852 would ensure the Federal Housing Administration’s appraiser requirements are identical to those currently employed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac concerning licensed appraisers.“As a result, credit unions would be able provide members with more choices for federally-backed loans without any concerns that an appraisal will not satisfy a program’s requirements due to their differing appraiser certification standards,” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA supports this legislation and believes it is a positive change for both consumers and lenders in the mortgage market.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

G20 health ministers acknowledge health systems’ vulnerability to pandemics

first_imgThe statement said the ministers adopted preventative measures to contain the pandemic, but did not elaborate.A planned virtual news conference was cancelled as Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah had to attend “an urgent COVID-19 KSA (Saudi) taskforce meeting”. Saudi Arabia is the current chair of the G20.In opening remarks provided via video to media, Rabiah said urgent actions included the need for collaboration and engagement of global organizations for coordinated responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with an emphasis on supporting countries in need, and investing in research and discovery to produce technology, tools, vaccines and therapies.He also referred to the creation of a global task force to respond to pandemics, an innovation hub for knowledge sharing to improve value in health and a patient safety leaders group to provide shared platforms aimed at reducing patient safety risks.Leaders from Spain, Singapore, Jordan and Switzerland were invited to attend Sunday’s meeting as well as international and regional organizations including the World Health Organization and the World Bank, an earlier G20 statement said.  Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies discussed weaknesses in health systems that made the world vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemics, a statement said after a virtual meeting on Sunday.The Saudi G20 secretariat said that the ministers shared their national experiences, addressed necessary actions to improve preparedness and discussed systemic weaknesses exposed by the pandemic.”Health Ministers recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic weaknesses in health systems,” the statement said. “It also has shown vulnerabilities in the global community’s ability to prevent and respond to pandemic threats.” Topics :last_img read more

Grand country design in Samford Valley

first_imgAN owner-built home designed by a leading Australian architect is on the market in Samford Valley.The property at 21 Vera Court was designed by Gabrielle Poole and built by Eric Leese for his wife, Marianne, and their four children.“We wanted something that opened to the outside. Something that was well ventilated, open and bright,” Mr Leese said.“There are windows in every room, large doors, high ceilings and good connection with outdoors. It has that feeling of living in the country.”Mr Leese built the three-bedroom main house 20 years ago, followed by a granny flat and then a pool house five years ago. The pool house flows out to the inground pool.The main house has an open plan living and dining area with high ceilings, fireplace and sliding doors that open to a deck.The kitchen has stone benchtops, plenty of cupboard space and a servery to a second deck. There is also a separate media room, a courtyard, family bathroom and an office.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and private deck while the second bedroom has a built-in robe and the guest bedroom is at the opposite end of the home along with a laundry and a bathroom.Underneath the home, the self-contained granny flat has a kitchen, shower, toilet and sauna. The fireplace in the main house.Outside there is a heated pool with poolside pavilion. A contemporary pool house has a kitchen, outdoor room, bathroom and an upstairs bedroom.There is also a four-car garage, water tanks and a dam on the 2.35ha property.“There’s a lot of space on the property and a lot of interesting features,” Mr Leese said. “There are walking trails at the back of the house and we get wallabies coming down in the evening sometimes.”The property is being marketed by Georgie Haug from Belle Property Samford.last_img read more

It’s not hard to see why this house was Queensland’s most popular real estate listing

first_img27 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly.Rounding out the top five this week was a house at 18 Eden Court, Nerang with six bedrooms.The home comes with a development approval to build four townhouses. 18 Eden Court, Nerang. Picture: realestate.com.auAs it is the home has industrial interiors, exposed timber beams and polished concrete floors. 2 Turner Rd, Kedron. Picture: realestate.com.auWith an asking price in the mid $400,000s this home at 2 Turner Rd, Kedron came in fourth on the list of most viewed properties this week.The two-bedroom Queenslander, on a corner block, has high ceilings, VJs and wooden floorboards. 902/188 Shafston Avenue, Kangaroo Point. Picture: realestate.com.auComing in at third spot this week was a house at 27 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly. The two-bedroom house has a price guide of between $1,380,000 and $1,580,000.The home is on a 658sq m ridgetop block. It has a formal lounge and dining area with a log fireplace, there is leadlight glass and detailed high ceilings. 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters. Picture: realestate.com.auIT’S not hard to see why this resort-style home was Queensland’s most viewed property this week.The house at 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters is what you would expect if you were checking into a five-star resort.center_img 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters.Picture: realestate.com.auThere are spotted gum and marble floors and indoor pebbled palm garden, bamboos and tropical gardens.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago The home, which was viewed more than any other property listed on realestate.com.au this week has won numerous awards including the National Design Awards: Residential Interiors.The next most popular listing this week was a one-bedroom apartment at Kangaroo Point listed for offers over $130,000.The studio unit at 902/188 Shafston Ave, Kangaroo Point is airconditioned, and in a complex which has a gym. INNER city unit for just $130,000. 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters.Picture: realestate.com.auThe award-winning home has water views and was designed with an Asian resort in mind by Chris Clout.It has 23 metres of water frontage with water views from the kitchen, living areas and bedrooms.There are high ceilings, a suspended timber crossover bridge on the upper level and a media room with a projector.last_img read more

Report: One Crew Injured in Missile Attack on UAE Ship in Red Sea

first_imgOne crew member sustained injuries when an Emirati ship carrying medical supplies was attacked by a missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi militias, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing a statement issued by the Command of Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen. As informed, the incident occurred after the vessel departed Yemeni Port of Mokha in the Red Sea.There were no damages to the ship.The command said that a follow-up of the attack is underway, with perpetrators being tracked down.Furthermore, the command warned that the Houthi rebels are continuing with arms and ammunition smuggling activities into territories of Yemen, according to SPA. Therefore, the command urged the international community to put pressure on Houthi militias and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution to prevent such practices.Separately, the United Nations Security Council called on June 15 for the immediate mobilization of funds pledged to Yemen at a conference in Geneva on 25 April and for all Member States to fully implement an arms embargo as required by relevant Council resolutions.It also urged the Houthis and forces allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cease all attacks at Saudi Arabia.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

More churches accepting patois Bible

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 52 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional More churches accepting patois Bible by: – November 27, 2012 DESPITE initial opposition to the translation of the New Testament into patois, more churches are now spreading the gospel using the controversial text. Reverend Courtney Stewart of the Bible SocietJamaica, – DESPITE initial opposition to the translation of the New Testament into patois, more churches are now spreading the gospel using the controversial text.Reverend Courtney Stewart of the Bible Society of The West Indies told the weekly Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange that acceptance has been slowly building among Jamaican churches for the Jamaican New Testament (translated Di Jameikan Nyuu Testiment).“It’s been an uphill struggle but we are happy that more churches are incorporating it in their worship. Over time, more churches are accepting the notion. We find churches now that one Sunday per month they have readings in Jamaican. Major denominations having assemblies will have readings from the New International version, reading from the King James Version and readings from the Jamaican New Testament and we have no reason to believe that it is not going to continue,” Stewart said yesterday.Sections of the Christian church in Jamaica have been critical of the move to translate the Bible into patois. Some have even gone as far as describing it as almost blasphemous.But Stewart, general secretary of the Bible Society, argued that getting the word of God across in whatever language is the most important factor.“We have nothing but the highest regard for the Scripture,” he said. “Some people associate the crudeness and vulgarity to which the language can be put but we can do the same thing with English.”The Bible Society of The West Indies has partnered with Wycliffe Caribbean and the Jamaica Language Unit at the University of the West Indies to develop a programme to teach clergymen to read and write Jamaican so as to effectively dispense the scriptures to their flock.The translation of the Jamaican New Testament involved a team of linguists, translators, editors and speakers who worked around the clock to complete the project, which was translated from the Greek New Testament.According to Stewart, the Jamaican New Testament is becoming a hit with the younger generation.“The younger people almost take to it like a duck to water,” he said.jamaicaobserverlast_img read more