Harvard’s Tom Lucey receives award for work with children, families

first_imgIt’s not always a glamorous job, being the behind-the-scenes wrangler, the deal broker, the messenger. It’s often thankless and can sometimes feel like a constant uphill battle — yet day after day, year after year, Tom Lucey shows up to work with a smile and sets out doing what he does best — doing right by our kids and our community.Lucey, the director of government and community relations at Harvard for the past 13 years, has made it his mission to collaborate with local leaders, schools, and civic organizations to find ways in which Harvard can positively engage in a growing number of community issues — particularly local education efforts.On May 7, he was honored with the Avon Children’s Friend Award at the Cambridge Family and Children’s Services’ 21st Annual Circle of Friends Gala.Cambridge Mayor David Maher acknowledged Lucey’s strong desire to stay out of the limelight, but to never shy away from delivering for the community. “Anytime you need something done — just call Tom Lucey and the job will get done,” Maher said. “Harvard University, and with it, Tom Lucey, has always been a true partner with our community and that’s what makes this city and this community so special.”“Harvard’s mission of teaching, research and learning extends well beyond the campus,” Lucey said. “I am so proud of that commitment and am honored to be working with so many of our partners to make our community a better place to live and work.”last_img read more

University announces exit testing plans, asks for cooperation

first_imgThe University announced its plans for end of semester exit testing as COVID cases continue to rise in the campus community and beyond, in a Thursday email to students.Students may schedule an appointment between Nov. 9 and 21, or will be subject to mandatory surveillance testing during an assigned two-day window.Students are exempt from the process if they tested positive within the last three months, are in quarantine or isolation when they receive a surveillance testing notification, are tested as a student athlete or have approval for remote study, the email said.Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, and 36 positive tests were reported yesterday. The seven-day moving average is 22.6 cases, and there are an estimated 189 active cases.University President Fr. John Jenkins addressed the rise of cases across the community in a video message.“The most effective steps, however, will come not from us in the administration, but from you and every individual in our campus community,“ he said.Effective Friday, indoor dining will be discontinued at North and South Dining Halls. Indoor dining at LaFortune Student Center, Duncan Student Center and other campus buildings is still prohibited. University leaders cited contact tracing efforts in the making of this decision.“Contact tracing continues to reveal that dining is one of the highest risk activities for transmission, especially when meals are shared indoors,” the email said.Vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding and vice president for campus safety and University operations Mike Seamon, who signed off the email, also urged students to avoid dining and drinking indoors at restaurants and bars.In light of the upcoming football game against Clemson, Hoffmann Harding and Seamon urged students to adhere to the University’s informal gathering policy of 10 people or less outdoors.“Failing to adhere to these health precautions — even for a short time and in a seemingly safe environment — can spread the virus,” Jenkins said. “We have come so far [this semester] but we must not let our guard down.” Tags: covid spikes, exit testing, indoor dininglast_img read more

Watch Hamilton’s Performance at the Tony Awards

first_img Related Shows The story of tonight put Hamilton front and center, and it was anything but quiet uptown at the Beacon Theatre. Check out the revolutionary musical’s performance at the 2016 Tony Awards, which combined “History Has Its Eyes on You” with “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).” In addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the number highlighted his fellow Tony nominees Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, as well as Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Renée Elise Goldsberry. If your world has turned upside down, here’s the Hamilton performance to set things straight. View Comments from $149.00center_img Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamiltonlast_img read more

Enthusiasm for coal waning at India’s largest power generator

first_imgEnthusiasm for coal waning at India’s largest power generator FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Standard:The country’s [India’s] sagging growth in new capacity additions in coal-fired power seemed to have rubbed on state-controlled NTPC Ltd., the largest power generator.Between 2012-13 and 2015-16, the country had added as much as 20 GW of coal-fired power each year. The growth has subsided over the past three years, with last fiscal [year] adding a net capacity of only 1.2 GW.According to a study by US-based research organisation, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA), NTPC too has jumped on the bandwagon of tepid additions in coal-based power. In 2018-19, NTPC signaled intentions of abandoning coal-based projects amounting to 9.3 Gw in Andhra Pradesh (Pudimadaka & Simadhri), West Bengal (Katwa) and Odisha (Gajamara). As per IEEFA’s calculations, NTPC could manage just 1,160 Mw capacity addition, less than a quarter of its envisaged target of 4,740 Mw for 2018-19. NTPC’s subdued growth betrays its robust balance sheet and operational prowess to risk building new thermal power capacities.For India as a whole, the retirement of 2.1 GW of thermal power plants during the year (1.9 GW of coal and 0.2 GW of gas capacity) is a clear sign of things to come, the report noted.In line with India’s National Electricity Plan 2018, 49 GW of end of life coal-fired plants are proposed to be retired through FY2026-27 to curb emissions from older, polluting units. India’s thermal power sector is in the throes of a crisis, burdened with an enormous $60 billion in stranded assets.“The continued decline in thermal capacity additions is the result of a fundamental change in electricity market dynamics driven by competition from cheaper renewable energy sources. Lack of policy clarity and power evacuation infrastructure, the imposition of trade duties on imported solar modules, and the high number of tender cancellations materially tempered the momentum in renewable generation capacity as well”, said Kashish Shah, energy analyst, and Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies (Australasia), IEEFA.More: NTPC tempers growth in coal-fired capacities, meets under 25% of FY19 goallast_img read more

The need for payment speed

first_imgby: Henry MeierThe financial industry’s push for a faster more efficient payment system in this country is finally gaining some traction.  The question is: are the changes coming fast enough to satisfy consumer demand now that Apple has inserted itself into the payments system?Yesterday the Federal Reserve issued a report on updating the payments system.  It concludes that:“the U.S. payment system is at a critical juncture in its evolution. Technology is rapidly changing many elements that support the payment process. High-speed data networks are becoming ubiquitous, computing devices are becoming more sophisticated and mobile, and information is increasingly processed in real-time. These capabilities are changing the nature of commerce and end-user expectations for payment services. Meanwhile, payment security and the protection of sensitive data, which are foundational to public confidence in any payment system, are challenged by dynamic, persistent and rapidly escalating threats. Finally, an increasing number of U.S. citizens and businesses routinely transfer value across borders and demand better payment options to swiftly and efficiently do so.”The Fed’s next step is to use the report as a framework for further discussion within the financial industry about what steps can be taken to quickly implement  needed  changes.  If all this sounds a bit too slow it’s because events are quickly outpacing the Fed’s ambitions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Do your credit union candidates ask these questions?

first_imgA good job candidate comes to each interview prepared to answer the standard questions he/she is likely to get asked. But what should the candidate be curious about?Being prepared to ask the right questions at job interviews is almost (if not more) important than being prepared to answer the standard ones.For one thing, it shows the interviewer that you are serious about finding a company that’s the right fit for your career goals, work style and personality.Asking smart, probing (but polite) questions also shows confidence. It subtly conveys that youare in demand, and that you have choices about where you want to work. This can actually tip things in your favor.But this is not just about interviewing tactics. After all, the whole process is about determining where you will spend the next years of your professional life. You should be curious about what type of company you may/may not be getting involved with. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NAFCU-sought bill on underserved areas introduced

first_imgReps. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and Paul Cook, R-Calif., on Thursday introduced a NAFCU-sought bill that would allow credit unions of all charter types to add underserved areas to their fields of membership.“We appreciate Representatives Moore and Cook’s efforts to remove barriers that limit consumers’ access to the financial services that they need,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “NAFCU is pleased to see this long-overdue move to allow credit unions to serve those consumers who need their services the most.”Moore, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, announced her support for the bill during NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus in September.Currently, only credit unions with multiple-group charters are able to add underserved areas to their fields of membership. This bill, the “Financial Services for the Underserved Act,” would allow other types of credit unions to seek the NCUA Board’s approval to add such areas. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Jokowi calls for better forest fire mitigation as peak of dry season looms

first_imgTopics : Besides utilizing technology, the President stressed the importance of creating “infrastructure for monitoring” that involved all levels of authority, including local authorities in villages. He also urged his aides to strengthen law enforcement.According to a recent study from Madani Berkelanjutan, an environmental NGO focusing on forest and land management, at least 44 percent of land and forest fires in Indonesia last year occurred in peatland.Environment and Forestry Ministry data show that 1.65 million hectares of forest and land burned in 2019, second only to the 2.61 million ha that burned during massive fires in 2015. The 2020 figure currently stands at 38,772 ha.National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said the national task force for land and forest fires would pay special attention to peatland as peat fires could produce very thick smoke.“It could be dangerous for those who are suffering from respiratory illness, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.Jokowi said he had asked the relevant authorities to consistently focus on maintaining the peatland ecosystem by keeping such areas wet.In this regard, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya explained on Tuesday that the ministry was studying climate patterns and the emergence of hot spots, especially during the period between August and July.“We can apply weather modification [by creating artificial rain], with the help of the BMKG, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Air Force,” she said, adding that weather modification was introduced in Riau and other areas of Sumatra during a critical phase from April to May.“We will continue to do this, possibly in areas in Kalimantan too, so that the rain will provide water for the reservoirs that have been built on the peatland,” Siti said.   He further reminded his aides about the urgency of better management when dealing with forest fires in the field. “[The measures] must be well-consolidated and well-coordinated.”Jokowi said authorities needed to improve measures for identifying fire-prone areas and provide more updated information by utilizing technology to double down on monitoring and surveillance activities.“In Riau, for instance, the system used there is able to describe the ongoing situation in detail. I think other areas that have many vulnerable hot spots could follow suit,” he said.Read also: COVID-19 presents new challenges in forest fire controlcenter_img President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on authorities to prepare better disaster mitigation measures ahead of the dry season in August when forest fires are more likely to occur throughout most of the archipelago.Citing a Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) report, Jokowi said about 17 percent of the country entered the dry season in April, while 38 percent saw the start of it in May and 27 percent in June.”Most of the regions […] will experience [the peak] of the dry season in August. We now have at least a month left to prepare,” Jokowi said during the opening of a limited Cabinet meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday.last_img read more

Ian Wright backs Arsenal to beat Tottenham and makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract prediction

first_img Arteta recalls playing for Arsenal in the North London DerbyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:59FullscreenArteta recalls playing for Arsenal in the North London Derbyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-recalls-playing-arsenal-north-london-derby-2208896/This 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.Arsenal’s bitter rivals – sitting two places behind them in 10th spot – have only managed two wins in their last 11 matches in all competitions and Jose Mourinho has faced heavy criticism, with his team scoring just five goals since season’s restart last month.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDiscussing this weekend’s Premier League clash on Optus Sports, ex-Arsenal striker Wright said: ‘My nerves are always really frayed when it comes to the north London derby simply because it was one that you did not want to lose when you were playing. I’ve never lost that sense of, “Oh gosh, here we go, we’ve got to play them” but hopefully we’ll beat them. I think it’s a good time to play them at the moment.‘The chances we created against Leicester is why I feel so confident about the game on Sunday. But they need to be more ruthless with the chances they create because it deserved more goals. If they had got more goals, then the momentum and the confidence comes with it so it would’ve been a really good one if we could have finished them off in that first half.‘Leicester were trying to press. Dani Ceballos was very good because he would get the ball and he’s the one who can play. Arsenal are not creating enough from midfield but, in this instance, because Leicester were pressing Arsenal, Arsenal were able to pass it around, get through and we saw Dani Ceballos with the first goal, it was a fantastic pass from [Bukayo] Saka to [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang.’ Tottenham play host to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright says Arsenal’s recent performances against Wolves and Leicester in the Premier League have made him ‘confident’ about their chances ahead of the north London derby but he feels his former club need to start showing more ‘ruthlessness’ in front of goal.The Gunners looked on course to secure their fifth straight victory in all competitions on Tuesday evening as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in front at home to Leicester, but Jamie Vardy struck late to seal a point for the visitors after Eddie Nketiah’s red card.Mikel Arteta’s men will be desperate to return to winning ways on Sunday afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where they face a Spurs side badly struggling for form in recent months. Advertisement Ian Wright fancies Arsenal’s chances away at Spurs (Picture: Optus Sport)Wright added: ‘It will be interesting to see if Mourinho sits off because the problem Arsenal have had is trying to break that down with the creativity from the midfield.‘He’s probably going to try and frustrate Arsenal.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Jul 2020 5:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Mourinho speaks before Tottenham face Arsenal in the North London DerbyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 23:48FullscreenMourinho speaks before Tottenham face Arsenal in the North London Derbyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/mourinho-speaks-tottenham-face-arsenal-north-london-derby-2208552/This 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.Wright believes Arteta is slowly but surely leading Arsenal back in the right direction and is convinced Aubameyang will now follow Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in committing his future to the club.‘When Mikel was coming, one thing I knew he would do was coach our players to a certain level simply because he won’t have the capability of buying his way out of trouble at Arsenal. It has been changed slowly with what they’ve been doing,’ he continued.‘Once Arteta gets into a situation where he gets the players he wants, you can see something is happening and he’s bringing through the young players. I think Aubamayeng will sign and it’s one of those situations now where it’s going to take time but we have to be patient. What will the result be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?Spurs win0%Draw0%Arsenal win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘With the midfield, we need more from them and it’s something he’s trying to sort but it’s slowly happening and I’m just pleased we’re going into this Tottenham game with confidence.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was good for confidence to beat those teams. Going into the derby with Spurs playing Bournemouth and not even having a shot… Harry Kane who is kryptonite to us, who only needs one chance, so I believe if we can start like we did against Leicester and really put them to the sword, it could be a good day for Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWright believes Arsenal are facing their north London rivals at the perfect time, considering the doom and gloom surrounding Spurs in recent weeks. The ex-England international said: ‘Mauricio Pochettino wanted to freshen the place up. This is the reason why he probably lost his job in the end. Those players were getting tired and sluggish, a few of them had to move on.‘And then you bring in a manager like Mourinho and you’re seeing the same old descension in there. All of a sudden, he’s digging players out, the players look sluggish, he’s blaming the players, “I’ve not got this, I’ve not got that”. It doesn’t seem like there’s a good atmosphere around there at the moment.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: ‘Are you serious!?’ Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s class response to Tottenham questionMORE: Arsenal or Spurs? Paul Merson predicts who will finish higher in the Premier League next season Ian Wright backs Arsenal to beat Tottenham and makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract prediction Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards First-ever ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grants to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

first_img November 29, 2016 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – As part of his Administration’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign, Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 36 postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania were awarded nearly $1 million in grants to address campus sexual assault.“Sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “My administration is committed to combatting this urgent and serious epidemic, specifically on college campuses. I am proud to announce grants to Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions to increase awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault.”The grants of up to $30,000 each were awarded to postsecondary institutions across the state – including community colleges, and independent and public 2- year and 4-year colleges and universities – to implement strategies on their campuses to address goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign, which include:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.“Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us campaign is fostering discussions across the commonwealth about how we address the very serious issue of campus sexual assault,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grant recipients will implement new approaches to tackling this issue, and will develop best practices that can potentially be replicated around the state.”More than 60 applicants competed for funding. Grant awardees were selected using a blind evaluation process by a team assembled by the Department of Education. Applications were assessed using a host of criteria, including:Goals and objectives of grant proposal and alignment to the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Program;Program and activity narrative for which funding will be used including details of how the proposed program/activity will improve awareness, training, reduce or eliminate barriers for reporting or improve data collection and reporting capacity;Supporting institutions’ efforts to better understand strengths and barriers within their existing prevention, reporting, and response systems through the development, use, and/or analysis of campus climate surveys or other data including current data reported for Clery Act compliance;Detailed budget information that supports the goals and objectives of the proposal;Expected outcomes; andAccuracy of the information submitted.Programs or activities that were considered for funding included campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.The 36 institutions selected for It’s On Us PA grants are:Slippery Rock University – $14,866.00Chestnut Hill College – $28,450.00California University – $29,994.00Drexel University – $29,995.00Lincoln University – $30,000.00Pennsylvania State University – $30,000.00Indiana University – $30,000.00Northampton Community College – $29,740.00University of the Sciences in Philadelphia – $29,250.00Misericordia University – $25,400.00Millersville University – $29,994.00Temple University – $25,853.00Franklin & Marshall College- $30,000.00Point Park University – $10,265.00Shippensburg University – $27,000.00University of Pittsburgh – $12,750.00Delaware County Community College – $19,905.00Keystone College – $19,100.00Gannon University – $30,000.00The Commonwealth Medical College – $30,000.00Carlow University – $27,940.00Juniata College – $30,000.00Mount Aloysius College – $19,947.00Eastern University – $15,300.00Cabrini University – $27,200.00York College of Pennsylvania – $17,090.00Gettysburg College – $25,502.00Community College of Allegheny County – $30,000.00Wilkes University – $27,395.00University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – $28,642.00Delaware Valley University – $29,925.00Bucks County Community College – $27,975.00The University of Scranton – $16,000.00Kutztown University – $29,100.00Westminster College – $27,050.00Mercyhurst University – $30,000.00Last January Pennsylvania became the first state to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign, building from the momentum of the national campaign launched in 2014 by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.Funding for the ‘It’s On Us PA’ grants was secured by Governor Wolf in the 2016-17 state budget to build on the campaign’s progress. Since launching the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign in January 2015, over 1,000 people have taken the pledge.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration Awards First-ever ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grants to Combat Campus Sexual Assaultcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more