Evening with Champions

first_img An Evening with Champions Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Get a leg up All at once Emily Hughes ’11 dips low and aims high. Ice blue An expansive shot of the Bright Hockey Center displays the color, whirlwind, and fun of the night’s event. There is a light Linda Yao ’10, wearing her winter coat, operates the spotlight for skaters. Hey, it’s an ice rink after all! Sisters in arms Dazzling bodices and frilly dresses are just a few pleasures of skating. Here, members of Team Excel Junior, which features skaters from 18 New England regions, manage to be both identically dressed and distinctive. Shadow dancing Paul Wylie ’91 and 1976 Olympic medalist Dorothy Hamill move under the spotlight during the 40th anniversary of the Jimmy Fund benefit “An Evening with Champions,” sponsored by Harvard. With her spotlight purring like an old projector, Linda Yao ’10 used a steady hand to follow the cast of famed figure skaters as they shaved graceful ribbons into the ice during “An Evening with Champions.” “La Vie en Rose,” sung by Louis Armstrong, played over the loudspeakers, and a kaleidoscope of light bathed the ice.Over 40 years, the skating event has raised $2.4 million for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Brett Michael Giblin ’11, who co-chaired the event, said, “I truly believe that the reason this weekend was such a rousing success, from the incredible skating to the nearly perfect execution, was due to the fact that our volunteers were able to keep the objective that they were working toward — helping children with cancer — in the forefront of their minds.”The event struck a personal chord with 2006 Olympics skater Emily Hughes ’11, who first visited Harvard to participate in the event in 2006 to pay tribute to her mother, a cancer survivor. Hughes said, “I’m happy and excited that I can do this every year, and that it can go to a worthy cause. Cancer research has a more personal feel for me.” A shoulder to drape on Kimberly Navarro rides the back of partner Brent Bommentre. last_img read more

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Fundamental Attributes of an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

first_imgFor many organizations moving to a hybrid cloud environment is still uncharted territory. EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden recently discussed the drivers behind hybrid cloud and how it helps organizations innovate rapidly while still delivering enterprise-grade performance and resiliency.So if everyone sees the value, what is holding companies back? What are their concerns with hybrid cloud? Security, data protection and availability tend to bubble to the top. The promise of hybrid cloud is to deliver IT-as-a-service for consumers to access the resources they need when they need them. The IT department must be able to maintain the visibility and control they need, while automating delivery of services to consumers, all without putting the business at risk.A well-run hybrid cloud provides the tools needed to define the applications and services the IT department wants to offer consumers, including options for data protection, security and compliance.Selecting an application or IT service is like an a la carte menu for the consumer. They go to a service catalog and choose the sizing and performance characteristics. They can also select the type of data protection services they need such as backup, disaster recovery and continuous availability – all of these have already been defined by the IT organization in advance.Security features can be offered in much the same way, with options for encryption to guard data against theft no matter where it resides in the cloud.However, not all decisions on security and protection features should be left up to consumers. Some protection must be baked into the solution. For example, protection against unauthorized access is critical and organizations need granular firewall protection between application layers. A hybrid cloud solution should also be able to securely isolate environments within the cloud.Building in security, data protection and availability is fundamental to a well-run enterprise hybrid cloud, which is why we have all of them as part of our Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution.Make sure they are part of the solution you choose to invest in too.last_img read more

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Political ads appear ‘active’ on Facebook despite post-Election Day ban

first_imgA number of elections-related ads were still listed as “active” in Facebook’s political ads library Wednesday morning, after the company’s post-election ban on political ads went into effect. The company said this can be because it can take up to 24 hours to reflect changes in the library, even if the ads are paused from being shown to users.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The company told CNBC it’s possible the library will temporarily show some ads as active and spending on Nov. 4 even if they were paused as of midnight, and said the library should soon correct “any minor inconsistencies in how the data is presented.”Facebook’s handling of political advertising has been rocky in the days leading up to the election. Last week, the company allowed President Trump’s campaign to run ads that implied victory, that boasted about GDP figures that hadn’t been released yet and others that implored people to “vote today” with graphics reading “Election Day is Today,” days before the election. Facebook said at the time it would be removing the “vote today” ads following inquiries. The company last week also suffered what it said was a technological issue that caused a number of ads from both political parties to be improperly paused. – Advertisement – In early October, the company announced it would stop running political ads in the U.S. after polls closed for the 2020 election on Nov. 3 and keep them halted for an indefinite period. The company said the temporary ban was expected to last about one week, but that it would be subject to change.As of Wednesday around 8 a.m. ET, CNBC was able to find dozens of political ads on Facebook still listed as active. Those included ads run by “Evangelicals for Trump” and “We are Great Again PAC,” along with those from Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party. Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern wrote on Twitter that it can be due to the fact that it can take a full day for the ad library to reflect changes made on an ad. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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