Harvard makes sure ‘Boston Shines’

first_imgEven when sunshine gave way to icy winds and scattered storms,  more than 70 Harvard staff and members of the community planted flowers, painted park benches, and picked up trash around the Allston-Brighton neighborhood as part of Boston Shines.In its 10th year, citywide cleanup event brought together staff from across the University, all of whom rolled up their sleeves to contribute to the cause on April 27.“We’re really proud to be making contributions to the community in a sustained and meaningful way,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, the University department that coordinated Harvard’s participation along with Harvard Real Estate (HRE) for the 10th consecutive year. “Since last year’s Boston Shines, we’ve celebrated the opening of the i-lab, Stone Hearth Pizza, and Library Park. This is one more way for us to affirm our connection to the Boston community, and there’s even more to come next year.”“Mayor [Thomas M.] Menino started Boston Shines 10 years ago for the city to come together on one day to make it a cleaner, better place to live,” said Angela Holm, neighborhood coordinator with the city of Boston. “Residents, businesses, and institutions together took pride in their community this weekend to make our neighborhoods better for everyone, and Harvard’s participation each year has contributed greatly to these improvements.”Paula Alexander, a staff assistant at the Harvard Business School and an Allston resident, helped rake and gather bags of leaves at the Honan-Allston Library. “My husband and I own a house right on North Harvard Street,” she said. “We’re part of Friends of the Library, and we like to keep it looking nice. Allston is kind of a forgotten section of the city, so an event like this means a lot. For Harvard to step up, chip in, and provide all the manpower to brighten the area … as residents, we really appreciate it. It’s wonderful to see how it’s grown over the years, and how much more Harvard does every year.”At William Smith Field, Berley McKenna of HRE gave a park bench a fresh coat of “Monster-green” paint. “I came out for Boston Shines last year,” she said. “It’s great to feel like you’re having an immediate impact. I hope it says that we’re a part of the community and that we feel as much of a responsibility to the area as the people who live here. We’re all in this together.”On Western Avenue, Monette Salud of Harvard Planning and Project Management (HPPM) filled in tree wells with mulch, a procedure that helps rainwater get down to the roots of the tree. As Joe Jones of HRE rolled a new barrel of mulch to Western Avenue, he nodded at the trees lining the street. “Harvard actually planted these,” he said. “Events like this show that Harvard cares about how the neighborhood looks, and that they’re engaged in the community.”Paint roller in hand, Monika Bankowski of HPPM stepped back from a freshly painted bench, double-checking for any spots she might have missed. “It’s great to help the community and get involved,” she said. “I know a lot of people who live in the area. I think being out here shows that we care, and that Harvard cares.”last_img read more

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Goddard College partners with Vermont Center For Integrative Herbalism

first_imgGoddard College,The Goddard College Health Arts and Sciences Program and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) are pleased to announce a new learning partnership. VCIH students can now apply their learning (and transfer credits at the undergraduate level) to their individualized program of study in Health Arts and Sciences. This is the only independent clinical herbalist training program in the country that can be applied towards completion of education at a regionally accredited institution.Health Arts and Sciences is a low residency BA and MA program. Students spend eight days each semester in residency at Goddard and otherwise study from home in partnership with their academic advisor. The Health Arts and Sciences vision, founded on the principle that personal and community health are two dimensions of the same whole, helps students develop their wisdom and skills to cultivate wellbeing within a matrix of social and ecological health.The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, located in Montpelier, VT, brings clinical herbalism to community practice through the weaving of science, spirit and grassroots activism, providing one of the nation’s most extensive clinical training opportunities, grounded in deep connection with the plants and place.‘By drawing upon the practitioner training available from VCIH, in conjunction with the ongoing inquiry and broader scholarship facilitated in Health Arts & Sciences, students will become practitioner-scholars of Western herbal medicine and expand their focus beyond herbal medicine within the Health Arts and Sciences program,’ said Suzanne Richman, Program Director of the Health Arts and Sciences program.This collaboration offers students of both institutions new opportunities. VCIH students gain access to the rich, diverse learning community offered by Health Arts and Sciences, and they acquire a college degree, thereby expanding their scholarship and future career opportunities. Goddard students will also gain intensive technical training in Western clinical herbalism when they take part in the VCIH programs.To learn more about the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, visit www.vtherbcenter.org(link is external).To learn more about the Health Arts and Sciences Program at Goddard College, visit www.goddard.edu(link is external).last_img read more

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‘DREAM’ to meet members’ digital expectations

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions provide outstanding service, earn members’ trust, and offer better rates than other financial institutions.But they struggle to meet members’ digital expectations, which are often formed by nonfinancial organizations, such as Uber and Netflix.“The industry is under a constant threat,” says Kirk Drake, CEO of Ongoing Operations, who addressed Disruption 17 by CU Water Cooler Tuesday in Madison, Wis. “And we’re stuck in this service-first model.”Drake says credit unions should remember to “DREAM” when crafting a plan to meet members’ digital expectations. That means:Differentiate with data. Most credit unions use data, but Drake says they aren’t using it to drive member engagement.“The answer is in the data,” Drake says. “If you look at your members and see, for example, they’re using PayPal, you may have to figure out how to get that business.”last_img read more

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High Notes: Mud run for substance abuse, Lion’s run, fun for kids

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn Saratoga Springs, kids and adults participated in the 7th annual Tuff eNuff Obstacle Challenge mud run to benefit the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County. The challenge, which regularly draws about 550 participants and more than 1,000 spectators, features mud-covered terrain with hurdles to jump over, crawl under and tread through.” All proceeds of the event go toward the council’s efforts to educate and inform the community about substance abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The council also offers services to help diminish the adverse effects of substance abuse.In Saratoga Springs, about 350 people participated in the Saratoga Lions Foundation’s 14th annual Memorial Day weekend duathlon, 5K race and team challenge at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The event helps support the club’s efforts to help people with sight and hearing conservation, to fight diabetes and to provide scholarships and community initiatives for kids and military veterans. When the bike-marathon race was first held on the grounds of Skidmore College, only about 50 people participated. Now the event has grown in leaps and bounds, annually raising around $30,000. It also provides serious triathletes with an early-season training opportunity, as well as provides a fun outdoor activity for families and local businesses.In Schenectady, volunteers from Union College, the Social Enterprise And Training Center, Junior ROTC, Proctors, CREATE Community Studios and individual residents, along with contributions from 18 companies and 23 individuals, brought art and fun activities for children and their families as part of the Kids Arts Festival. In addition, free entertainment highlighted local talent, ranging from the Puppet People, Mopco Improv Theater and Dance Me Elite Performers to Mike Purcell and the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band. More than 100 volunteers either helped set up or take down the event or worked with kids on 50 activities that included creating collages, sculpting clay, writing poetry, drawing and painting, learning Chinese calligraphy, and weaving and spinning wool. The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department provided 98 Safe Child IDs and the city fire department provided fire safety lessons. The event, held in the area of Jay and Franklin Streets and outside Schenectady City Hall, was hosted by the ElectriCity Arts District, a nonprofit arm of Proctors.High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Rand Paul becomes first US senator diagnosed with coronavirus

first_imgSenators must be present to vote, and current rules don’t allow remote voting — although pressure is mounting for that to change.“The responsibility of the Senate is to remain open,” Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, said on Twitter. “Remote voting must be instituted immediately.”Paul, 57, is feeling fine and isn’t aware of any direct contact with any infected person, his Twitter message said. Symptoms of the virus can include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.A follow-up tweet said he expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period has ended, and that virtually no staff has had contact with the senator in the past 10 days, when his DC office began working remotely.Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah, last week both revealed they had been diagnosed as positive.The three join more than 31,000 other Americans known to have the virus, according to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University. Some 390 have died in the US Globally, cases have exceeded 328,000 with over 14,000 deaths.Paul was among a handful of Republican lawmakers on March 18 to oppose a $100 billion stimulus package to offset the impact of Covid-19 on the US economy. The measure was approved 90-8 and signed into law by President Donald Trump.Earlier this month, Paul was the lone vote against an $8 billion emergency spending package aimed at boosting funds for testing and lowering the cost of certain related medical treatments. He proposed an amendment that offset some of the costs of the legislation with cuts elsewhere, which was rejected.The senator’s father, former Texas Representative Ron Paul, has been one of final holdouts among coronavirus skeptics as the impact of the pandemic has broadened this month and state governments have ramped up their response.The 2012 Republican presidential candidate penned a column entitled “The Coronavirus Hoax,” dated March 16.“Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them,” the elder Paul wrote.He termed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, “the chief fearmonger of the Trump administration.”Topics : Two other Republican US senators said they’ll go into self-quarantine after Rand Paul of Kentucky announced on Sunday that he’d tested positive for Covid-19.The moves by Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah have thrown a wrench into efforts by the Senate to pass a massive coronavirus economic stimulus package by Monday.Two other Republicans, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and Senator Rick Scott of Florida, have also been in self-quarantine in response to possible exposure to the virus from other infected individuals. Paul, who voted against two emergency coronavirus spending bills this month, tested positive for the virus and is in quarantine, according to a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.He’s the first US senator, and third member of Congress, known to have become infected. Lee subsequently said he would self-quarantine for 14 days — which means “no traveling or voting” — on the advice of the Attending Physician of the US Congress.Paul, the Kentucky lawmaker, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” due to his extensive travel and events, according to the tweet.Paul and Lee will miss a vote expected Monday on a bill to provide some $2 trillion in direct and indirect stimulus to the US economy as it reels from the widening effects of the pandemic.last_img read more

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Police stop labor unions from protesting newly passed omnibus bill on jobs

first_imgAt least 5 million workers planned a national strike from Tuesday to Thursday this week, when the House was previously expected to hold plenary sessions to pass the bill into law.But the House decided to fast-track the final stage of the bill’s deliberation by moving the vote to Monday, concurrently with the House speaker’s closing speech for the first session of the 2020-2021 term. The lawmakers and government had been holding meetings, even on weekends, to expedite the deliberation process.In response, some labor unions decided to start the demonstrations earlier. Suparno, the chairman of the Bekasi chapter of the FSPMI, previously said around 5,000 workers from the region would join the demonstration on Monday.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the police did not grant the protesters permission to conduct protests due to the PSBB. “Jakarta is in a health emergency. Do not add new clusters of COVID-19 transmission,” he said in a statement on Monday. (vny)Topics : Police in Greater Jakarta have reportedly thwarted an attempt by workers to conduct a rally in front of the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Jakarta, to protest the passing of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation into law on Monday.Hundreds of workers grouped under the Banten chapter of the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) said they were stranded on roads as the police blocked their access to the capital, citing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enacted to curb COVID-19 transmission in the city as a reason.“If the government and the House didn’t force through the omnibus bill in the middle of a pandemic, then of course laborers wouldn’t insist on holding a rally,” FSPMI protest coordinator Mubarok said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.  Scores of other workers from Bekasi, West Java, were also prevented from entering Jakarta by police and military personnel.Those who managed to reach the compound were ordered to disperse.Read also: Police telegram urges control over protests against controversial jobs billMubarok, who received direct reports from protesters in Jakarta, said that some of the rally participants were even forced to leave the compound by the police personnel who “transported them to a nearby railway station” to return back home, as reported by kompas.com. last_img read more

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Bidders pushed the sale price of this Hamilton home past $3 million

first_img32 Queens Rd HamiltonThere was a formal loungeroom with French doors which lead out to the wrap around veranda. In the kitchen New York marble features prominently and there were Miele appliances and a butler’s pantry.The home also had a fully self-contained outdoor kitchen with built in gas main barbecue. 32 Queens Rd HamiltonKEEN bidders pushed the sale price of this Hamilton home past $3 million, with it selling under the hammer for $3.1 million.Bidding on the four-bedroom home at 32 Queens Rd, on Hamilton Hill started at $2.6 million.Auctioneer Haesley Cush said it then increased quickly to $2.7 million and $2.75 million.He said there were quite lengthy negotiations when a bid from a new bidder came and it eventually sold for $3.1 million.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 32 Queens Rd HamiltonThe house was listed through Meaghan Bakker and Annette Richards of Ray White – New Farm.An extensive renovation had more than doubled the size of the Queenslander which had views to the Brisbane CBD, river and mountains.The home had a study which would be suitable for use as a fifth bedroom. On the upper level of the house was the main bedroom which had a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and a balcony.last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua prefers Wilder fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua is as hungry to unify the heavyweight division as fans are to see him try, revealing he would prioritise a Deontay Wilder bout over meeting Tyson Fury in the ring. The Watford-born champion cruised to victory in his rematch with Andy Ruiz earlier this month – putting him back on course for an iconic clash with either of the other ‘big three’ members. Fury and Wilder will fight for the second time in February, with the ‘Gypsy King’ challenging for the American’s WBC belt – while Joshua holds the IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA belts. Joshua was asked which of his rivals he would prefer to fight next: “I really don’t know. Either one of them, it doesn’t matter. “The preference would be the champion Wilder because it’s a championship fight, but Fury is so talented as well and it’s the best of British so why not? I’ll fight either one of them. “The dream would be to go for the fifth belt in 2020.” Wilder has voiced his doubts over the unification bout, and was highly critical of Joshua’s careful tactics in the ring against Ruiz. However, with Joshua’s audience figures dwarfing the American’s in his recent Luis Ortiz fight, Wilder can’t sniff at the opportunity of taking on Joshua. The ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ Fury saga is expected to become a trilogy, after the pair reached a split-decision draw at the end of 12 thrilling rounds in their first bout a year ago. Joshua re-ignited talk of fighting either man with his dominant unanimous decision win against Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, showing outstanding mental strength to reverse his embarrassing defeat to the Mexican in the summer. Talking on the shock loss, he said: “I feel that if you always look back you can always find a reason as to why you could have done things better, but honestly, I just got beaten by the better man. “I have to take it on the chin and do it better next time.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

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Thrill, competitiveness similar in poker and cricket: MS Dhoni

first_imgNEW DELHI: Poker Stars India, one of Indias most popular online poker portals, has announced former India captain M.S. Dhoni as its new brand ambassador.”I am excited to be associated with the PokerStars family. The thrill, the excitement, the pressure and the competitiveness of it – these are just some parallels I can draw between poker and cricket,” said Dhoni. “In the last few years there has been a change in the mindset of people when they think of online poker. Online poker like any game of skill requires one to be strategic and play responsibly. Slowly but surely it is being recognised as a sport that is fun and quick to learn but rich in its complexity. “With this collaboration we hope to take online poker to a larger audience.” he added. To mark his ambassadorship with the brand, the veteran cricketer stars in PokerStars India’s latest campaign – ‘I’m In’ in which Dhoni can be seen enjoying a game of poker with three unique personalities, while inviting others to join in the fun game of skill and thrills. “It’s already well established that MS Dhoni, who has led India to many international victories, is one of the all-time cricketing greats. What is less known is that his Zen-like poise, combined with his ability to make fearless decisions, make him a perfect poker player and a truly valuable member of Team PokerStars India,” said Ankur Dewani, CEO, Sachiko Gaming. “With MS Dhoni at its heart, the campaign showcases how poker is a game for absolutely anyone, a truly universal sport. We cannot wait to see the response of our audience and players across the country,” he added. (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Youth sensation Ashish Chanchlani in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

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Brooks leads Pride recovery with third half-century of the season

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Shamarh Brooks hit his 12th first class half-century and his third of the Regional four-day season, to lead a Barbados Pride recovery against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the opening day of the sixth round encounter here Saturday.Slumping at 19 for two early in the morning at Kensington Oval, Pride finished on 302 for eight, with the right-handed Brooks top-scoring with 63.Test batsman Roston Chase made 49 while West Indies left-handed Jonathan Carter extended his decent form from the one-day series against England with 46.Captain Kevin Stoute weighed in with 41 and Justin Greaves and Jomel Warrican both ended unbeaten on 30 to further rally the Pride innings.Veteran seamer Gavin Tonge (3-39) and Test rookie Alzarri Joseph (3-39) were the best bowlers on show with three wickets apiece.Opting for first knock, Pride found themselves in trouble when they lost left-handed openers Omar Phillips (6) and Anthony Alleyne (11) cheaply inside the first hour.Phillips edged a prod at Tonge to be caught at the wicket in the sixth over and 12 balls later, Alleyne drove the same bowler to Kacey Carty at mid-off.Brooks then combined with Chase to put on 106 for the third wicket, a partnership which took Pride to the safety of lunch at 116 without further loss.They were separated in the fourth over following the resumption when Chase edged Tonge to captain Kieran Powell at second slip, after facing 47 balls in just over 1-3/4 hours and counting six fours a six.His departure triggered a slide as three wickets tumbled for 19 runs to leave the hosts on 144 for five.It was then the turn of Carter and Stoute to revive the innings, putting on 75 for the sixth wicket, to carry Pride to tea at 212 for five.Carter struck seven fours off 103 balls in nearly two hours at the crease while Stoute hit two fours and two sixes off 102 deliveries.When three wickets fell for 38 runs, Greaves and Warrican ensured the tail wagged by adding 45 in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership.PRIDE 1st InningsO Phillips c wkp Hamilton b Tonge 6A Alleyne c Carty b Tonge 11S Brooks c wkp Hamilton b Joseph 63R Chase c Powell b Tonge 49J Carter lbw b Bonner 46+S Dowrich c Cornwall b Joseph 0*K Stoute lbw b Joseph 41J Greaves not out 30K Roach c wkp Hamilton b Bonner 3J Warrican not out 30Extras (b2, lb2, w2, nb17) 23TOTAL (8 wkts, 93 overs) 302To bat: Miguel Cummins.Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-19, 3-125, 4-144, 5-144, 6-219, 7-245, 8-257.Bowling: Joseph 21-8-39-3 (w1, nb1)), Tonge 14.4-6-29-3 (nb5), Hosein 9-0-48-0, Cornwall 19-0-71-0 (nb6), Campbell 15-2-65-0 (nb1), Bonner 14.2-4-46-2 (w1, nb4).last_img read more

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