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Press release: Minister for Asia and the Pacific arrives in Kuala Lumpur

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information The historic relationship between the UK and Malaysia is today one of modern partnership, particularly in the areas of prosperity and security. Building on this strong foundation, I am confident that both our countries will be able to increase this collaboration, for instance on trade and investment, education, defence and security, research and innovation. We will continue to work together to tackle some of today’s biggest global challenges such as climate change, the illegal wildlife trade, counter-terrorism and extremism. For journalists Media enquiries During his 1-day visit, Minister Field will have an audience with the Sultan of Perak, HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, to discuss interfaith dialogue and tackling the illegal wildlife trade.The Minister will meet with the Governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhammad bin Ibrahim, as well as prominent business leader and the Chairman of the CIMB Group, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazir.He will also meet senior representatives from leading UK companies in Malaysia to discuss strengthening trade and investment ties between the 2 countries.Minister Field said: Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Email [email protected]last_img read more

FAS stars honored with Dean’s Distinction Awards

first_img A distinctive honor Marks of distinction Given the distractions of mobile technology and the internet, it can be a challenge to keep a student’s attention in the classroom these days.Thankfully, the Lecture Demonstration Services team is here to help. Sixty-five FAS staff honored by dean Related Sixty-one Dean’s Distinction awards presented The three-person team is responsible for more than 400 demonstrations that have enriched the classroom experience for students, working on everything from a vacuum cannon capable of firing pingpong balls through aluminum cans to a series of four lenses that can bend light around objects like an optical “cloaking device.”Their efforts — along with the work of dozens of other Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff members — were honored last week as part of the annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony.“You have successfully spearheaded one of the most popular programs at Harvard College, providing students and faculty the opportunity to connect outside the classroom,” Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith told the honorees during the ceremony. “You curated an exceptional exhibition to celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary… that highlighted the ways Harvard’s incredible collections have shaped the intellectual lives of our faculty and students, and thoughtfully organized new programming in our libraries and labs. You are a fantastic portrait of the best of our staff. Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. And I am grateful to be able to acknowledge your superlative work. You make Harvard better. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”,Launched by Smith in 2010, the Dean’s Distinction Awards are a way for FAS administrators to honor the important work and recognize the talents of FAS staff.In all, 61 employees spanning 15 divisions with service ranging from one to 48 years were recognized at this year’s ceremony. In addition to FAS staff, honorees included staff from Alumni Affairs and Development and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.In addition to the Lecture Demonstration Services team, three other teams were honored for their work:The Classroom to Table (C2T) team was recognized for facilitating nearly 1,000 gatherings between students and faculty, each of which required individual follow-through. Launched in 2015 as a pilot program and designed to give students and faculty the chance to meet outside the classroom, the program has grown exponentially since then.The Center for African Studies team this year realized a major milestone for Harvard with the opening of an office in Johannesburg — the University’s first cross-disciplinary area-studies center in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening was accompanied by several high-profile events, including a panel with prominent entrepreneurs, a roundtable discussion moderated by Harvard Provost Alan Garber, and a screening and discussion of the six-part film series “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.The Pre-College Program Startup and Growth team helped manage a popular program in which high school students had the opportunity to experience an intense residential academic experience. From its start in 2015, the program has grown from 200 to more than 1,500 students.Among the individual winners was Sarah Zeiser, project manager and special assistant to Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, who was recognized for her work to create a guide on the undergraduate experience in the Arts and Humanities and to develop a new website for the division.“To know that my supervisor and colleagues had taken the time to write a nomination in recognition of my work was enormously gratifying,” Zeiser said. “To then receive the award among the many, many hard-working staff members of the FAS was a wonderful acknowledgement of my accomplishments last year, of which I’m very proud.“Harvard can feel like a vast network of programs and departments operating at some distance from each other, so an occasion that recognizes the service we as staff members perform for the University is one of great value,” she added.,For associate registrar for operations Ethel Falaise, who was recognized for her skills as a manager, being nominated by her colleagues was an honor in itself.“It’s always such a heartwarming feeling when you are recognized by your community in such a public manner as the Dean’s Distinction Award,” she said. “I enjoy being a resource for my office and care very much about the work that I do and people whom I work with. Additionally, the fact that this community award is nomination-based made receiving it even sweeter. The idea that someone took the time out of their day to write accolades about me is such a kind and selfless gesture. I’m honored.”Nyasha Borde, coordinator in the Department of Philosophy, was recognized for her proactive work in reaching out to experts in the Finance Office and International Office and her ability to take on a variety of responsibilities in the department.“I was so humbled when I discovered that I was nominated by several faculty and staff members within my department, people for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration,” she said. “I always tell people that I am so lucky to have landed in the Philosophy Department. They have gone out of their way to make me and my family feel like an integral part of their community and have recognized me and my efforts in many small, and not-so-small ways since I joined the department as a temp in 2013. Now to be recognized by the dean as well … it’s hard to find the words to express my gratitude to the FAS, the deans and, most importantly, the Harvard Philosophy community for all of the love they have shown me over the years.”2018 Dean’s Distinction Individual RecipientsAmina Alam, Harvard Museums of Science and CultureSeth Avakian, FAS Office for Faculty Affairs / Graduate School of Arts and SciencesLisa Ball, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyAdam Beaver, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and LearningEmery Boose, Harvard ForestNyasha Borde, Department of PhilosophyJames Capobianco, Houghton Library, Harvard College LibraryCarolyn Choong, Department of East Asian Languages and CivilizationsRachael Dane, Harvard Public Affairs and CommunicationsJanet Daniels, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesPaul Dwyer, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyDavid Evans, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial AidEthel Falaise, FAS Registrar’s OfficeLisa Frazier-Zezze, SEAS Academic ProgramsKatherine Gates, Administrative Operations, Administration and FinanceJessica Gauchel, Department of SociologyMark Gerstel, Department of PsychologySarah Gordon, Harvard University Asia CenterOdile Harter, Widener Library, Harvard College LibraryKara Kelley, FAS DevelopmentJiyoun Jennie Kim, Reischauer Institute of Japanese StudiesAnna Kreslavskaya, Department of MathematicsJohn Langridge, Division of Continuing EducationRebecca Loose, SEAS ComputingMonica Munson, Department of AnthropologyMark Omura, Museum of Comparative ZoologyMonica Oyama, Department of Human Evolutionary BiologyKristin Pennarun, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyChristopher Perry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMonique Rivera, Department of AnthropologyDamari Rosado, Department of Economics (Interim)Michaela Schmull, Harvard University HerbariaLauren Scully, Division of Continuing EducationVictoria Shen, Instructional Media ServicesRebecca Skolnik, Harvard College Writing ProgramKatherine Steele, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeBritta Wierich, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningSarah Zeiser, Office of the Dean of Arts and HumanitiesAdam Zewe, SEAS Communications2018 Dean’s Distinction Team RecipientsClassroom to Table (C2T) TeamLauren Raece, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationIan Richmond, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationKara-Sue Sweeney, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationCandice Wesson, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationLecture Demonstration Services TeamAllen Crockett, Science EducationDaniel Davis, Science EducationDaniel Rosenberg, Science EducationCenter for African Studies TeamObenewa Amponsah, Center for African StudiesSusan Cook, Center for African StudiesMaggie Lopes, Center for African StudiesCandace Lowe, Center for African StudiesLerato Motaung, Center for African StudiesNthatisi Quella, Center for African StudiesRosaline Salifu, Center for African StudiesPre-College Program Startup and Growth TeamMegan Baugh, Division of Continuing EducationHeather Codner, Division of Continuing EducationKaren Flood, Division of Continuing EducationBeserat Kelati, Division of Continuing EducationMatthew Muro, Division of Continuing EducationJacqueline Newcomb, Division of Continuing EducationKaren Ogden, Division of Continuing EducationRe’sheka Tapps, Division of Continuing Education FAS staff acknowledged for their contributions Sixty-three FAS staff named Dean’s Distinction recipients last_img read more

$5,000 is top IMCA Modified prize at RPM Fall Nationals

first_imgHAYS, Kan. – RPM Speedway wraps up 2017 with one of the richest post-season events on the IMCA sched­ule, the Fall Nationals fueled by Casey’s.IMCA Modi­fieds race for $5,000 to win and a mini­mum of $400 to start their main event at the 11th an­nual event, scheduled Oct. 5-7 at Hays.That feature is a qualifying event for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Also on the card this weekend are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars racing for $3,000 to win and $250 to start, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $2,000 and $175 to start, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $1,500 and $175 to start, and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $300 and $50 to start.Registration fee and non-qualifier pay is $150 for Modi­fieds, $100 for Stocks and $75 for SportMods and Hobby Stocks. Tow money for Sport Compacts is $25.A test and tune session for all divisions and the Sport Compact program are on Thursday, Oct. 5.Grandstand admission is free on Thursday. Adults pay $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday; chil­dren are $5 both days. Pit passes are $25 on Thursday and $30 on Fri­day and Satur­day.Racing starts at 6 p.m. each night. RACEceivers are re­quired.More information about Fall Nationals, sponsored by Xtreme Motorsports, is availa­ble on Face­book, at the www.rpmspeedway.net website or by call­ing promoter Rod Bencken at 785 672-0123.last_img read more

Fellaini to face no action

first_imgMarouane Fellaini will face no action from the Football Association after he was cleared of intentionally spitting at Sergio Aguero in Sunday’s Manchester derby. Fellaini clearly did not feel it was a foul and he bent down to shout at the Argentinian as he lay face down on the floor. TV replays showed that some spit appeared to exit the Belgian’s mouth as he unleashed his tirade at the striker, but after reviewing the incident the FA’s disciplinary panel believe it was not intentional. An FA spokesman confirmed the Belgian would not, therefore, receive any kind of retrospective punishment. Fellaini hit out at suggestions he had spat at the City striker, who scored the derby winner at the Etihad Stadium. The Belgium international tweeted: “The press loves to invent the stories when there aren’t any.” ”Thanks the journalist. #ferity #tospit.” United manager Louis van Gaal defended his player after the match on Sunday. “The TV has shown that he is shouting and sometimes when you shout there’s a little bit of saliva (that comes out) with it,” the United boss told a press conference. ”I don’t think that he’s a spitting figure.” Van Gaal’s opposite number Manuel Pellegrini said he was unaware of the incident when questioned post-match. United midfielder Fellaini and striker Aguero clashed in the first half of City’s 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. Aguero tumbled to the floor after Fellaini kicked his standing leg and the hosts appealed for a penalty, which was not given. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more