Bruno, Hierl receive Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service

first_imgThomas Bruno, head of resource sharing at Widener Library, and Sebastian Hierl, Harvard College Library (HCL) librarian for Western Europe, have been named the winners of the 2009 Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library. Created through a 1991 endowment established by Carol Ishimoto, former associate librarian of Harvard College for cataloging and processing, the award annually recognizes a member or group of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of HCL through exceptional contributions and leadership, and includes a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of the highest order.To read the full story, visit Harvard College Library News.last_img read more

Focus on teaching, learning

first_imgThe essentials of good teaching and learning took the stage at the second annual Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference, a daylong event at the Science Center on Wednesday.The session examined those issues in three panels: “The Science of Learning,” “The Art of Teaching,” and “Innovation, Adaptation, Preservation.”Frances Frei, the UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management and senior associate dean for faculty planning and recruiting at Harvard Business School, addressed innovation, saying that in the context of education it means the courage to delineate what you will not address, to address something worthy of you, and to maintain standards while demonstrating deep devotion.“We talk with educators around the world. We haven’t been able to find a single one who doesn’t want to produce excellence. We’ve talked to students around the world, and we haven’t been able to find a single one who doesn’t want to consume it.” Yet it’s hard to find, she said.“What we think is going on is, well-intentioned, energetic people following their natural instincts are a large part of the problem.”Frei said students thrive in what she called “the bookends of human nature,” devotion and high standards. But “these things trade off against each other in any single human.”She illustrated her point with a picture of her small son, sitting on a kitchen counter next to a raw egg, a plugged-in blender, and a stove. “I love this boy with all my heart, and I do not have the stomach to set standards for him. Thank goodness he has another mother in the frame.”At the conference, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk discussed adaptation, saying that when it comes to new technology, “the trick is not to adopt, but to adapt.” During a break in the daylong event, Frenk (left) spoke with Graduate School of Education Professor Robert Kegan.She said just like good parents mix their tenderness with discipline, good educators must understand that dedication to their students is a necessary corollary to the demands they make upon them — along with the courage to follow through with both.“It’s easy to be devoted if you don’t have standards. It’s easy to set high standards if you don’t have to worry about people,” she said. “Someone has to do an intervention on parents like me. Someone has to do the intervention on junior faculty members so they understand that if they leave their humanity at the door, they’re not going to be nearly as effective.”Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk took up the subject of adaptation, saying that when it comes to new technology, “the trick is not to adopt, but to adapt.”Frenk said the School’s new educational strategy has two main dimensions, instructional and institutional. Instruction, he said, comes in three types — informative, formative, and transformative — which are present to different degrees in online and residential learning. The institutional part of the model also has three levers — colleagues, capacity, and culture — and “They can be barriers to change or levers to institutional adaptability.”Preservation was the topic for Nannerl O. Keohane, a member of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the president emerita of Wellesley College and Duke University. She said that amid the changes in higher education, particularly the move to online learning, four pillars were desirable to maintain, and five were essential.She said the desirables are institutional loyalty among faculty, students, alumni, and staff; the rite of passage to adulthood for traditional undergraduates; the sporting events, arts, parties, and community service that cannot be shared at a virtual campus; and the capacity to “look outside” at the grounds and buildings that make up a brick-and-mortar university, with the “treasures that we are preserving in our architecture and in our libraries and museums.”The essentials, she said, are accessibility for people from all backgrounds (which has “huge financial consequences, but unless we do that, we’ll start to see a world in which the online education is for people of lesser means”); the classics in every field (“the canon of human achievements … We preserve them by using them, teaching them, reinterpreting them”); the mundane documents that chronicle human history (“letters, deeds, property statements … artifacts that reconstruct the past and provide a tangible basis for understanding how people lived”); the symbiosis between teaching and research, for both faculty and students; and the community of teachers and learners.“Some of it needs to be face-to-face,” she said. “Finding ways in which we preserve communities of scholars is one of our most important and most pressing obligations.”Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater and professor of the practice of theater, wrapped up the conference with a look at “the essentials,” taking the audience members through some voice and movement exercises that had them stretching and shouting. Then she asked them to finish some sentences about teaching:“I feel nervous in the classroom when …“The best advice I would give a new teacher or student coming to Harvard is…“One way I know that I’m engaged while I’m teaching/learning is …” (One answer from the audience: “When I hurt myself on an apparatus and I don’t feel pain.”)Paulus said, “As a pedagogue, I try to encourage a student to ask a bigger question. … Ask the biggest question we can.” After that, she said, “Discussion is Act II.”last_img read more

Hidden Spaces: Secret garden

first_img 2The College Library and Faculty of Arts and Sciences restored Dudley Garden as part of Lamont Library’s 50th anniversary in 1999. 3Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture Michael Van Valkenburgh contributed to the restoration with a design that emphasizes native plants, like this row of trees to line the entrance walkway. 10A gnarly tree trunk and a browned autumn leaf share ground space. 11William J.H. Andrewes, former curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard, designed this bluestone sundial. Andrewes spoke at the garden’s unveiling in 1999, and invited guests into “the peace and tranquility of the garden, where time is measured in shadows.” 1An overview of Dudley Garden from the Ginsberg Reading Room inside Lamont Library. 4Gerry Ambroise walks the garden — shared with birds, squirrels, and bunnies ― with Annielly Camargo, a student in Crimson Summer Academy. 9According to a spring 2000 Harvard Magazine article, during the revolutionary days of 1969, this Massachusetts Avenue entrance to the Dudley Garden was closed “on account of various naughtinesses occurring within.” 5Created in 1949, the garden honored Thomas Dudley, the Bay Colony governor and the father of poet Anne Bradstreet. 12The sky turns azure as the sun sets above the garden. 8Research librarians Fred Burchstead and Anna Esty enjoy lunch in Dudley Garden. 6A swath of ivy blankets a shady area near the entrance. Walking into the Yard from Massachusetts Avenue, keeping Wigglesworth to the right, visitors come to a wrought-iron fence with a gate. Here, tucked behind Lamont Library, lies a little treasure called Dudley Garden.Created in 1949 to honor Thomas Dudley, governor of the Bay Colony and a founder of Harvard, the garden is open April through October, daylight hours only.-Rose Lincoln 7The inscription detailing Thomas Dudley’s accomplishments is all that remains of the original Dudley Garden gate.last_img read more

Crafting ultrathin color coatings

first_imgDemonstrating the technique in the cleanroom at the Center for Nanoscale Systems, a National Science Foundation–supported research facility at Harvard, Kats uses a machine called an electron beam evaporator to apply the gold and germanium coating. He seals the paper sample inside the machine’s chamber, and a pump sucks out the air until the pressure drops to a staggering 10-6 Torr (a billionth of an atmosphere). A stream of electrons strikes a piece of gold held in a carbon crucible, and the metal vaporizes, traveling upward through the vacuum until it hits the paper. Repeating the process, Kats adds the second layer. A little more or a little less germanium makes the difference between indigo and crimson.This particular lab technique, Kats pointed out, is unidirectional, so to the naked eye subtle differences in the color are visible at different angles, where slightly less of the metal has landed on the sides of the paper’s ridges and valleys. “You can imagine decorative applications where you might want something that has a little bit of this pearlescent look, where you look from different angles and see a different shade,” he said. “But if we were to go next door and use a reactive sputterer instead of this e-beam evaporator, we could easily get a coating that conforms to the surface, and you wouldn’t see any differences.”Many different pairings of metal are possible, too. “Germanium’s cheap. Gold is more expensive, of course, but in practice we’re not using much of it,” Kats explained. Capasso’s team has also demonstrated the technique using aluminum.“This is a way of coloring something with a very thin layer of material. So in principle, if it’s a metal to begin with, you can just use 10 nanometers to color it. And if it’s not, you can deposit a metal that’s 30 nm thick and then another 10 nm. That’s a lot thinner than a conventional paint coating that might be between a micron and 10 microns thick.”In those occasional situations where the weight of the paint matters, this could be significant. Capasso remembers, for example, that the external fuel tank of NASA’s space shuttle used to be painted white. After the first two missions, engineers stopped painting it and saved 600 pounds of weight.Because the metal coatings absorb a lot of light, reflecting only a narrow set of wavelengths, Capasso suggests that they could also be incorporated into optoelectronic devices such as photodetectors and solar cells.“The fact that these can be deposited on flexible substrates has implications for flexible and maybe even stretchable optoelectronics that could be part of your clothing or could be rolled up or folded,” Capasso said.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development continues to pursue commercial opportunities for the new color-coating technology and welcomes contact from interested parties.Kats, who just concluded his yearlong postdoctoral research position at SEAS, will become an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in January. He credits those many hours spent in Harvard’s laboratory facilities for much of his success in applied physics.“You learn so much while you’re doing it,” he said. “You can be creative, discover something along the way, apply something new to your research. It’s marvelous that we have students and postdocs down here making things.”The Capasso group was supported in this research by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Draper Laboratory. The Center for Nanoscale Systems is a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, supported by the National Science Foundation. Mikhail_14_570 Kats removes the stencil to reveal the gold-coated paper. The purple areas are where germanium has been deposited on top of gold. “Because neither the gold nor the germanium by itself is that color,” he says, “it has to be interference.” The paper is still very lightweight and flexible. Delicate process In a sub-basement deep below the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering at Harvard University, Mikhail Kats gets dressed. Mesh shoe covers, face mask, hairnet, pale-gray jumpsuit, knee-high fabric boots, vinyl gloves, safety goggles, and a hood with clasps at the collar.This gear is not to protect him, Kats explains, but to protect the delicate equipment and materials inside the cleanroom.While working in applied physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Kats spent countless hours in this cutting-edge facility. With his adviser, Federico Capasso, the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering, Kats has contributed to some stunning advances.One is a meta-material that absorbs 99.75 percent of infrared light, which is quite useful for thermal imaging devices. Another is an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without imparting the distortions of conventional lenses. And the team has produced vortex beams, light rays that resembles corkscrews, which could help communications companies transmit more data over limited bandwidth.The most colorful advance to emerge from the Capasso lab, however, is a technique that coats a metallic object with an extremely thin layer of semiconductor, just a few nanometers thick. Although the semiconductor is a steely gray, the object ends up shining in vibrant hues. That’s because the coating exploits interference effects in the thin films. Kats compares it to the iridescent rainbows that are visible when oil floats on water. Carefully tuned in the laboratory, these coatings can produce a bright, solid pink — or, say, a vivid blue — using the same two metals, applied with only a few atoms’ difference in thickness.Capasso’s research group announced the finding in 2012. But at that time they had only demonstrated the coating on relatively smooth, flat surfaces such as silicon. This fall, the group published a second paper, in the journal Applied Physics Letters, taking the work much further.“I cut a piece of paper out of my notebook and deposited gold and germanium on it,” Kats said, “and it worked just the same.”That finding, deceptively simple given the physics involved, now suggests that the ultrathin coatings could be applied to essentially any rough or flexible material, from wearable fabrics to stretchable electronics.“This can be viewed as a way of coloring almost any object while using just a tiny amount of material,” Capasso said.It was not obvious that the same color effects would be visible on rough substrates, because interference effects are usually highly sensitive to the angle of light. And on a sheet of paper, Kats said, “There are hills and valleys and fibers and little things sticking out. That’s why you can’t see your reflection in it. The light scatters.”On the other hand, the applied films are so extremely thin that they interact with light almost instantaneously. Looking at the coating straight on or from the side — or, as it turns out, looking at those rough imperfections in the paper — doesn’t make much difference to the color. And the paper remains flexible, as usual. Mikhail_11_570 “It’s very valuable for the same person who comes up with an idea to also fabricate it, because you learn so much while you’re doing it,” Kats says. “You can be creative, discover something along the way, apply something new to your research.” Mikhail_02_570 Discovering a new way to create colorful coatings using minimal materials required a mixture of applied physics and “arts and crafts,” Mikhail Kats jokes. The coatings could be used on fabrics and other flexible materials, or incorporated into optoelectronic devices like solar cells. Photos by Eliza Grinnell/Harvard SEAS Communications Mikhail_09_570 Inside the chamber, the electron beam vaporizes the germanium, which travels upward and lands on the sample, depositing a very even layer over the gold and the stencil. “The lower the pressure, the better the deposition,” Kats explains. Otherwise, air molecules can deflect the germanium atoms. Mikhail_12_570 The e-beam evaporator has deposited approximately 12 nanometers of germanium onto the sample.center_img Mikhail_07_570 The paper sample is mounted near the top of the chamber. Below it, a carbon crucible holds a piece of germanium where a high-powered stream of electrons will bombard it. Various probes within the chamber provide information about the air pressure and deposition rate. Mikhail_13_570 The sample, fresh out of the chamber. The paper stencil has turned gray, the natural color of germanium. But where the germanium has landed on the gold-coated paper, the color is violet. Mikhail_06_570 The germanium will only land on the exposed areas; beneath the stencil, the paper will remain gold. Mikhail_08_570 A cryopump sucks all the air out of the chamber until the pressure is only a billionth of an atmosphere. Kats uses dials on the front to increase the current and voltage by hand, sending a beam of electrons toward the crucible. “Sometimes you want to have a lot of control,” he says. “It’s just like baking.” Mikhail_05_570 Kats mounts the paper sample upside-down in the electron-beam evaporator. Atoms of germanium will be deposited on it from below. Mikhail_03_570 Kats has taken a sheet of paper from his cleanroom notebook, coated it in about 30 nanometers of gold, and pinned a paper stencil on top of it. The silver-colored germanium (pictured at right) is ready for application.last_img read more

Surveying bicycling preferences in China

first_imgWide cycle tracks that separate bicyclists from other traffic and bike parking facilities with security guards or cameras are among the factors that motivate college students in China to bicycle, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Peking University.The study was published online Aug. 18, 2017 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.The idea for the study began when lead author Changzheng Yuan, Sc.D. ‘15, Sc.M. ‘12, now a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School, was a master’s student and took the bicycle environments and public health class taught by Anne Lusk, research scientist and bicycle researcher in the Department of Nutrition. As part of the class, Lusk challenged students to develop and conduct surveys to find out what motivates people to take up cycling.Yuan worked with Lusk to develop a survey and then contacted her friend Yangbo Sun, then a researcher at Yuan’s undergraduate alma mater Peking University and now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa. Yuan suggested they team up to survey students at Peking University, under the guidance of Yuan’s former advisor, co-author Jun Lv, a professor at the university. The researchers distributed the survey to students in six dormitories and collected completed questionnaires from 410 students.While China for years had a system of wide cycle tracks designated just for bicycles, cyclists now must share many of these tracks with moving cars, parked cars, and bus stops. The authors found that the students considered cycle tracks dedicated just to bicycle traffic the safest way to travel on roadways. “Effective ways need to be provided to deter cars from driving and parking on the wide cycle tracks,” Yuan said. She and her colleagues suggested transportation officials consider adding a fence down the wide tracks to separate cyclists from other vehicles.The poll showed the students preferred that bike parking sheds have painted lines to offer more space and order, similar to the lines marking spaces in parking lots. “Enhanced bike parking that lessens the risk of bike-on-bike damage would increase the number of bicyclists,” Yuan said.Learn moreBiking on cycle tracks safer than cycling in the road (Harvard Chan School news)How can we make biking safer and easier?  (Harvard Chan School’s “This Week in Health” podcast)Solar-powered cycle paths, wheel-friendly escalators: Innovations to make biking easier and safer (Harvard Chan School news)A history of bicycle environments in China (Harvard Asia Quarterly, Anne Lusk, 2012) Read Full Storylast_img read more

Search for cure is personal

first_imgFor Dave Prentkowski, director of Notre Dame Food Services, encouraging members of the Notre Dame community to participate in Relay for Life is about more than just supporting a good cause. It’s personal. Prentkowski is the honorary chair of this year’s American Cancer Society fundraiser, which will take place Friday evening through Saturday morning at Notre Dame Stadium. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the fall, Prentkowski is promoting participation in Relay. He said he spoke to team leaders at a meeting in March to show his support and will be involved in various ceremonies at the event. Prentkowski said he wanted to raise awareness on the fundraising effort, even though the money donated to cancer research might not personally affect him. “It certainly will affect others down the road and I think that’s important,” he said. “It could be family members or people you know or people that you don’t know.” Cancer can touch anybody and affects each person differently, Prentkowski said. “It’s not discriminatory,” he said. “That’s for sure. It doesn’t really care who you are or anything like that.” Still, there has been progress in treating certain types of cancer, Prentkowski said. “You see a lot more people that now say that they’re cancer-free,” he said. “Now, a lot more people are being able to recover from it.” Prentkowski said he receives a great deal of support from his wife, who has been an oncology nurse for 20 years. “Having her with all that expertise has been helpful for me because she’s more capable of talking to the doctors and the language they talk than I am,” Prentkowski said. “Also, she’s certified to do [medical] things, so I avoid having to go back to the clinic … It’s nice to have that kind of support.” *** Junior Courtney Reinkemeyer said she began participating in Relay for Life in high school because many of her classmates were involved. Once she came to Notre Dame that changed, she said. “I kind of experienced firsthand the effects of cancer, so that just made it a lot more important to me to participate in it,” she said. Reinkemeyer said she was diagnosed with breast cancer during fall break of her freshman year. After several surgeries, she said she is now cancer-free. “Back home, my best friend’s mom was diagnosed with cancer probably a year after I had been, she said. “My mom and her friends were in a book club, and they started a [Relay for Life] team. It was kind of a combined effort for her as well as me.” Reinkemeyer said she helped promote the team and participated in the Relay event last summer in her hometown, Jefferson City, Mo. “I think [my experience with cancer has] definitely put a lot more passion into going and just trying to raise awareness about it,” she said. At Notre Dame, Reinkemeyer conducts cancer research with Steven Buechler, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Department of Mathematics. She said they study the levels of gene expression in breast cancer patients to determine what treatments they need. “Low expression in some of the genes actually shows that [some] patients don’t need chemotherapy, or without chemotherapy, their cancer shouldn’t come back,” Reinkemeyer said. “It’s just trying to find the subset of women that don’t need to find extra treatment.” Reinkemeyer said Relay for Life is an opportunity to raise money for cancer research and help develop treatment options. “I think the most important part is that it just brings hope to so many people, and that’s one of the main reasons that I keep going back,” she said. *** This year, sophomore Laurel Komos said she is participating in honor of her friend from high school who is battling osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. “She has pretty much the brightest personality ever and is a pretty big inspiration,” Komos said. “Just following her story made me really want to do it. I’m for ‘#TeamEvans’ … That’s her unofficial Relay team name.” Komos, who is on Pasquerilla West’s team, said her friend keeps a blog about her experience battling cancer. “She just says that every day is a gift, and her whole thing is based on an Andy Grammer song, ‘Keep Your Head Up,’” Komos said. “I hope that people kind of get a little bit of that mentality out of it, a better appreciation for our health.” Komos said she hopes Relay participants are inspired by the stories of survivors and people currently battling cancer. “I never really realized how much cancer changes your life, and I’ve never really been affected by it until this … situation,” she said. “Watching her optimism and the way she fights through it is really shocking, and it makes you appreciate the things in your life more.” *** For many years, sophomore Alison Quinn did not know anyone who had cancer. But when she was 16, her close friend was diagnosed with pineoblastoma, a brain tumor. “That’s kind of where my involvement with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life started,” Quinn said. “When she had cancer, we would always do stuff like raise money for her family.” Quinn said participating in Relay for Life at Notre Dame last year was a way for her to honor her friend and give back to her friend’s family. After her friend passed away last spring, Quinn said Relay took on additional meaning. “That’s why this year means so much more to me,” she said, “because not only do I now know more people who have cancer just through getting older and knowing people, but also I know someone whose story, a big part of it was cancer. By knowing her, it made me that much more involved and makes me want to honor her life and keep fighting for everyone else who is fighting.” Quinn, who is a member of the Ryan team, said Relay is a way for people to visualize how many people cancer affects. “For some people, cancer is just a concept, it’s just a disease, it’s just something that’s there and that we know happens, but when it gets personal is when it really hits you,” she said. “You’re connected through cancer. It’s kind of like that six degrees of separation type thing.” Honoring specific people who have been affected by cancer is a way to bring the concept of fighting the disease to life, Quinn said. “There’s so much we can do, even if we’re not directly involved in a situation where someone has cancer,” Quinn said. “We all can be involved, and we can all step up and be a part of something really powerful. And hopefully in the future … we might find a way to make it better.”last_img read more

Georgia Peanut Tour

first_imgThe top peanut-producing state in the country showcased its 2015 crop during the annual Georgia Peanut Tour, which was held Sept. 15-17.The University of Georgia, along with the Georgia Peanut Commission, coordinated the three-day tour, which allowed participants to visit southwest Georgia, home of some of the top peanut producers in the state. The tour, which included farmers, industry personnel and visitors from other countries, educated participants about all aspects of peanut production — from planting and harvesting to the manufacturing of the crop.Tour attendees learned why peanuts are a high-value crop for Georgia farmers.“The tour has been excellent. We got to visit a number of sites that showcased Georgia’s peanut production,” said Rajagopalbabu “Babu” Srinivasan, UGA entomologist and chairman of the peanut tour committee. “We got to see farming operations on a big scale, digging and picking. We had a good session at our research station in Attapulgus, Georgia, (Wednesday) that allowed us to highlight our research findings over the years.”Srinivasan and fellow UGA team members, including plant pathologists, agronomists, entomologists and economists, provided insight as to why peanut production is a complex — but rewarding — process.“Even though we have a number of people who participate in the peanut tour every year, we have several newcomers. What we wanted to do was show to them everything we could in a couple of days about peanut production. This being the time for harvest, we were able to show them how the peanuts are harvested and processed” Srinivasan said.The tour included visits to multiple farming operations in Decatur, Grady, Miller and Seminole counties, including John Harrell’s peanut field in Grady County on Thursday.“I’ve been on every Georgia Peanut Tour since 1999, and this is the first year I haven’t traveled all the way with the tour. This is a highlight of mine, to have the peanut tour on my farm north of Whigham, (Georgia),” Harrell said. “My irrigated peanuts look great. We went through tough times in August, so it’s going to affect these yields on my dryland peanuts.”Srinivasan said Georgia was expected to grow almost 800,000 acres of peanuts this year. Such an increase was attributed to the poor commodity prices for corn and cotton. While peanut prices are not ideal, they do present better opportunities for profit, which is why achieving high yields is so important for farmers in southwest Georgia.“Like I said the first day, we grow a lot of peanuts and we grow the world’s finest peanuts. This is the peanut capital of the world,” Srinivasan said. “There’s no other place that could top this, I would say.”last_img read more

Widow of first Broome County COVID-19 victim released from hospital

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — It has been a difficult six weeks for Sandra Polakovich and her family, but on Wednesday, she returned home from the hospital. After spending more than two weeks at UHS a second time, Polakovich’s COVID-19 test came back negative, and she was released again. Polakovich was rushed to the ICU at UHS Wilson Medical Center on March 27. This was about a week after her 83-year-old husband, William, became the first person in Broome County to die from virus. On Wednesday, hospital staff members held a socially-distanced celebration to honor Polakovich and her incredible journey. She spent four days on a ventilator before being released from the hospital for the first time and told to quarantine at home. She was readmitted into the hospital shortly afterward.last_img read more

Alcatel-Lucent scheme’s liquidation to last until 2023

first_imgIn 2011, when the contract was terminated, the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds had a funding shortfall.As part of the settlement, the sponsors paid the pension fund €9m in 2015, €5.7m in 2016 and €12.7m in 2017. Last year, the employers contributed €2.7m in recovery payments.In October 2015, the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds transferred its €700m of pension assets to PME, the €50bn sector scheme for metal-working and electro-technical engineering.At the time, its funding level was approximately 97.5%, whereas PME’s coverage ratio stood at approximately 100%.Since 2015, the Alcatel-Lucent scheme has been a pension fund without liabilities, largely responsible for transferring the sponsor’s contributions to PME.According to the pension fund, the last recovery payment is due in 2023, when its assets – currently €24m – will be used to pay inflation-linked compensation for its participants who transferred to PME.The amount of recovery payments in the coming years would depend on the development of interest rates as well as the coverage ratio of the metal industry scheme, the pension fund said.Assets held by the Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds have been placed in savings accounts with banks.Future accrual for workers was outsourced to Blue Sky Group in 2012. Former telecoms firm Alcatel-Lucent’s Dutch pension fund is set to be in liquidation for another four years, according to the scheme’s annual report.Alcatel-Lucent Pensioenfonds is set to continue until 2023, despite the scheme being in liquidation since 2015, while the employer – Nokia Solutions and Networks Netherlands – makes a series of recovery payments.The payments follow a settlement between the pension fund and the employer in 2017, details of which haven’t been disclosed.The resolution followed several court cases, initiated by the scheme, seeking financial compensation for the sponsor’s decision to cancel the contract for pension provision with the pension fund.last_img read more

Funky renovated digs

first_imgThe bedrooms are large and have feature ceilings.However, she said she did enjoy spending time on the deck, particularly as the sun was setting.“The sunsets are absolutely incredible, especially on the deck with some wine,” she said.“It’s just beautiful.” The master suite downstairs also has a fireplace.“One is down in our bedroom and one is in the lounge room, sometimes we have both going.”Mrs Holweg had trouble singling out a favourite area of the house, noting, “It is all pretty beautiful.” The kitchen is modern.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThey gave the exterior of the house a facelift, extended the lounge room, renovated both bathrooms and knocked out a wall between two small bedrooms to create one large one.In went a new kitchen, the pool area was renovated and a large deck added.The house also has two open fireplaces, which adds to the cosy atmosphere of the home in winter. The house at 19 Kenmore Rd, Kenmore, is for sale.It was the ceiling in the toilet that drew Michelle Holweg to this house.Rewind 13 years to when Mrs Holweg and her husband John first inspected the property at 19 Kenmore Rd, and Mrs Holweg found herself looking up.“It had a really high ceiling in the toilet, which was strange,” Mrs Holweg said. “The house had beautiful, wooden slatted ceilings, and I could see the potential in that.” There is an open fireplace on each floor.The ceiling and the “absolutely amazing view” were the main redeeming features, while the rest of the house required some TLC.“We pretty much transformed the whole place,” Mrs Holweg said.Over the first five years they carried out most of the renovation, with other smaller improvements being made in the years since. One of the bathrooms.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51center_img Perfection for Ash Barty to come home to How to earn $50,000 in three years This picture was taken at sunset by Mrs Holweg.The Holwegs raised two daughters in the home, but are now moving on as they had grown up.The property is on a large and fully fenced 918sq m block.The house is close to a number of schools and shopping centres. MORE: Honey, I gave up the prize homelast_img read more