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Faust: Let’s break down boundaries

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust says she would like to build as her legacy a more accessible and welcoming Harvard, with fewer boundaries — internal or external — that block the full development of an individual’s talent.“I would like people to feel like Harvard was open to them, that the boundaries that might separate them from what Harvard has to offer were significantly broken down during my presidency,” Faust told an audience at Sanders Theatre on Tuesday (Sept 21).In the session, Faust, who joked that she might outlast the tenure of President Charles William Eliot, who served for four decades, responded to questions posed by former ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, a fellow this fall at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Gibson also asked questions from the audience.Faust, who generally has sent the Harvard community welcoming email messages and last year delivered a speech to begin the school year, this time participated in a question-and-answer session to address the Harvard community.Though Faust touted Harvard’s growing interdisciplinary strengths, Gibson responded that he sees Harvard as a “Balkanized” institution and that faculty members “chuckle” when asked about reducing barriers among Harvard’s famously decentralized Schools. Faust stuck to her guns, however, saying that the world’s problems increasingly demand interdisciplinary solutions and that students want their education to equip them to address those problems, regardless of institutional boundaries.Responding to Gibson’s questions, Faust addressed a wide range of issues facing the University in the 2010-11 school year. Gibson pressed Faust on several topics, including University finances (they’re improving); on Allston (it’s key to the future, and planning is ongoing); and on the alleged scientific misconduct of psychology professor Marc Hauser.Faust acknowledged the seriousness of the findings against Hauser, saying that “integrity is absolutely fundamental to what we do.” She noted that Harvard officials had taken firm steps to correct the scientific record and that they had sent a letter to members of the faculty outlining the findings even though such information customarily remains confidential. “In this instance, we’ve said more than we ever have,” she said.Gibson also asked about the reaction to disparaging comments about Islam made by former faculty member Marty Peretz. Gibson questioned why the University was still inclined to accept a gift in Peretz’s name.  The president agreed that the comments had been “very hurtful to many in our community” and that they were “at odds with the kind of fundamental values that we wish to embrace.” But she noted that the gift was from a group of alumni who wanted to recognize the contribution that Peretz made to their education and careers. In addition, she said, the gift was also an affirmation of the importance of involving undergraduates in research.Discussing University finances, Gibson expressed surprise at the level of financial aid, which goes to 60 percent of the undergraduate freshman class, with an average grant of $40,000. He called that aid “staggering” and questioned whether it was sustainable. Faust indicated the financial aid commitment is unwavering because it is a key part of Harvard’s mission to educate talented individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.Faust indicated that the University’s financial picture is improving — endowment investment returns were up 11 percent in the past fiscal year — even though the endowment remains below its high of just two years ago. She said fiscally prudent steps taken recently were not just done to save money, but as part of a reassessment of how the University operates. Reflecting on the fiscal challenge that she was handed almost as soon as she took office, Faust said it’s all just part of the job.“I’ve been around universities long enough, all my adult life, to know that universities are always filled with surprises, and that’s one of the wonderful things about them,” Faust said. “When I took this job, it was a little like getting married. You do it for better or worse, for richer or poorer, so I’ve always [asked]: What are the opportunities inherent in where I find myself? What is the hand I’ve been dealt? How do you make the most of that?”Gibson also asked whether too many students are making career choices upon graduation based on practicality rather than on living their dreams. Faust recalled being asked by a student why so many young graduates choose careers on Wall Street. She said in reply that she urges students to follow their passions, since, even if they don’t pan out, a practical job awaits. Faust advised students in the audience to focus on what they’re doing now, and not to be distracted by what they perceive their next step in life or their career should be.“My advice is to be fully where you are. Don’t constantly be thinking about wanting to be in the next place,” Faust said.last_img read more

All You Need to Get By! Dates Set for London’s Motown the Musical

first_img View Comments Hail to the beat! We now have dates for the previously reported West End production of Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The show is set to begin previews on February 11, 2016 and officially open on March 8. Casting will be announced soon.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.The Broadway production played its final performance on January 18 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre to make way for Finding Neverland. Motown intends to return to the Great White Way in summer 2016 at a Nederlander theater to be announced.last_img read more

The final gavel falls on 2011 session; Shumlin praises lawmakers for advancing his agenda

first_imgby Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) May 7, 2011  The gavel fell late Friday afternoon ‘ a week ahead of schedule ‘ on what Governor Peter Shumlin called ‘the most successful session that I have witnessed.’With much bonhomie, the House and Senate adjourned thier business for the first half of the biennium. Leadership congratulated their members on finishing a week earlier than scheduled. It was the first Friday adjournment in memory; typically sessions drag past the 16-week deadline and the gavel falls into the wee hours of a Saturday.This year, however, was different. In lots of ways.Shumlin set out a legislative agenda in January that the Democratic majority in the House and Senate followed nearly to a T. Because the governor served most recently as the Senate President Pro Tempore, he has strong working relationships with Sen. John Campbell, the new pro tem, and House Speaker Shap Smith. Though disputes erupted on the Senate floor, and there were intense debates in the House over the tax and health care bills, the disagreements between the three leaders were handled behind-the-scenes in closed door meetings. In contrast, during the Douglas administration, the governor and Statehouse leaders engaged in public fights over tax policy.The Democrats passed legislation that sets the stage for the fulfillment of the governor’s campaign promises ‘ his ambitious health care reform plan, renewable energy, telecommunications legislation and a tight budget with a very modest tax bill. The legislation passed with few alterations to the original templates set out by the Shumlin administration.Shumlin, in speeches to the House and Senate, gave Smith and Campbell credit for that achievement.Though members of the GOP and the Progressive parties often objected to elements of the legislation, they didn’t have the numbers in either the House or the Senate to amend or defeat bills. What influence they did exert was in committee.In his farewell address to representatives, Smith took care to emphasize his attempts to include tripartisan points of view, and he praised the four leaders of the House GOP and Progressive caucuses.‘The fact that we are going home today is a tribute to the four of you,’ Smith said.Smith led the House with an efficiency that, in the last several days of the session, seemed almost machine-like. With few exceptions, work in the House in the final week was confined to bills that would ultimately pass into law this year. In the last two days of the session, House and Senate conference committees met and committees of jurisdiction huddled to consider last-minute amendments to their bills, as the main body of representatives worked methodically on the floor, passing bills and sending them to the Senate or the governor.Martha Heath presenting the budget on the House floor. VTD/Josh Larkin‘We have passed a balanced budget for 2012,’ he said, ‘and done it (sic) without the rancor in many other places. We have dealt with difficult decisions with cordiality, sometimes some rancor, but largely by building consensus among the different views.’Lawmakers in the House and the Senate were both haunted by what Sen. Randy Brock, R-Grand Isle/Franklin County, dubbed another ‘Pete the Moose’ moment. (Last year a wildlife management policy designed to spare the life of a moose kept in captivity at a game farm was quietly inserted into the budget bill. The law had to be done-over this session.)In the interest of avoiding another hasty decision they might regret later, the Senate on Thursday sent a provision that would have enhanced public participation in environmental enforcement proceedings to the Judiciary Committee for further consideration.On the floor of the House on Friday, Rep. Oliver Olsen, R-Jamaica, didn’t want to be surprised again. After Rep. Martha Heath, D-Westford, presented the conference committee’s budget on the floor of the House, Olsen began by asking her to confirm that Pete the Moose was nowhere in this year’s budget. She confirmed it with a smile.The budget and tax bills were the most controversial pieces of legislation this session.The miscellaneous tax bill and the budget, which resolving a $176 million budget gap for fiscal year 2012 through $88 million in cuts, $60 million in one-time funding, $24 million in new taxes and $9 million in revenues. About $4 million of one-time money was put into the Agency of Human Services caseload reserve fund.In the waning hours of the session, the money bills were contentious in the Senate and continued to drive debate in the House. The Senate gave final confirmation of the budget and tax bills on Thursday morning after late night negotiations over a 38-cent hike in the cigarette tax per pack.On the House floor Friday, the budget passed overwhelmingly after objections were raised by several members. One of the nay votes was cast by Olsen, who objected to a $23 million permanent reduction in the transfers from the general fund to the education fund. He said that when the budget was discussed earlier in the year, he had understood the transfer reduction would be for this year only. Olsen regretted the increase in property taxes that school districts would need to make up for lost state funding. Heath replied that earlier discussions had not specified whether the reduction would be temporary or permanent, and that if school districts cut the $23 million dollars that they were asked to cut under Challenges for Change, no tax hike would be needed.Paul Poirier, I-Barre City, was stymied earlier this session when he introduced a bill to raise income taxes on the wealthiest 5 percent of Vermont residents. Friday afternoon, he wasn’t even allowed to talk about it. Poirier questioned Heath about the projected deficit in the following year’s budget, which she put at $70 million to $71 million.Poirier tried to ask what he said was a final question, ‘Would considering a progressive income tax thatâ ¦’ Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, cut Poirier off with a point of order, saying that the House was discussing the budget, not taxes, and for fiscal year 2012, not the following years. After a consultation at the Speaker’s podium, Poirier agreed to drop that line of questioning.Paul Poirier and David Deen discuss a point of order as Lucy Leriche watches. VTD/Josh Larkin‘Mr. Speaker, the budget before you reflects our difficult fiscal reality,’ Heath said. ‘With the dark clouds of the cuts at the federal level looming, and the reality of a slow economic recovery facing us, it is a responsible, balanced proposal that reserves money to help deal with the fiscal challenges ahead, meets the challenge of filling the projected $176 million budget gap, and at the same time, retains essential services for our citizens.’The health care reform bill, which sets up a process and a board for creating a single-payer style system, remained contentious to the end. In order to shepherd the bill through final passage earlier this week, lawmakers pulled an amendment that would have narrowly defined a Vermont resident. Activists said the provision would have excluded undocumented foreigners from the new Green Mountain Care system.Though most Democrats supported the health care bill with a few notable exceptions in the Senate, Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Grand Isle, and Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex-Orleans, it became the most partisan issue in the Statehouse this session.In the House, particularly, the vote was along strict party lines. In an atmosphere of mutual admiration and good feelings, how do you celebrate one of your proudest accomplishments when not one member of the minority party voted for it? In his farewell address, Smith gave the GOP a peace offering. He seized on a post-vote pledge by Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield, that even though she had voted against the bill, she would collaborate to make the program a success.‘I believe that we have shown the way on health care,’ Smith said. ‘I know that we disagree about the bill, but what I want to say is I’and I believe the administration’will accept the invitation of the member from Northfield. Going forward, we will all work to ensure that we have as strong a process as possible so that we bring the cost of health care under control but also meet a goal that I believe we all share, although we may have different ways of getting there, and that is ensuring that all Vermonters have access to health care.’The declaration from the Speaker was met by a standing ovation’though some Republicans were slow to join in and appeared uncomfortable.Smith also highlighted a bill designed to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders. When the law goes into effect, someone guilty of a second DUI, if tested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.16 percent or higher, will face close to a no-tolerance policy of drinking and driving for the following three years. During that time, a BAC as low as 0.02 percent, instead of the usual 0.08 percent, will make them guilty of driving under the influence. In addition to the lower threshold for second-time convictions, the bill beefs up alcohol treatment programs for incarcerated offenders.Many of the legislators who praised the bill talked about the loss of people they knew who had been killed by someone driving after drinking. Emotions were running high, all in support of the bill. In an unusual move, majority leader Lucy Leriche, D-Hardwick, asked for a roll call vote. The time-consuming process of calling the roll of 150 House members is usually reserved for issues that are both significant and divisive, so that voters can hold individual legislators accountable in future election contests. But in this last roll call of the session, for several minutes, representative after representative called out ‘Aye’ in support of the bill, until it was declared passed, 138-0.Though Democratic leaders began the session calling for greater transparency in government, Smith did not single out their partial accomplishment on that front. A strengthened public records law passed earlier this week, but differences between the House and the Senate kept the legislature from passing a stronger open meetings law. When asked after adjournment, Donna Sweaney, D-Windsor, declined to say exactly what the sticking points were, referring only to ‘a number of issues’ they could not resolve. She hopes to use the upcoming forums on transparency that Secretary of State Jim Condos is organizing as a listening tour on open meetings, and she hopes some of her committee members will join her.As part of the final ceremonies, leaders of all three parties took turns thanking each other and, by name, the staff who keep the Legislature and the building running.The Legislature adjourned until one of three dates: June 7 (if they need to assemble for a veto override vote), Oct. 18 (if the speaker and the president of the senate choose to call them together), or Jan. 3, 2012 Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org Editor’s note: Carl Etnier contributed to this report. This story was updated at 7:32 a.m. May 7, 2011.last_img read more

Money-losing fracking industry struggling to attract new investment

first_imgMoney-losing fracking industry struggling to attract new investment FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal ($):The once-powerful partnership between fracking companies and Wall Street is fraying as the industry struggles to attract investors after nearly a decade of losing money.Frequent infusions of Wall Street capital have sustained the U.S. shale boom. But that largess is running out. New bond and equity deals have dwindled to the lowest level since 2007. Companies raised about $22 billion from equity and debt financing in 2018, less than half the total in 2016 and almost one-third of what they raised in 2012, according to Dealogic.The loss of that lifeline is forcing shale companies-which have helped to turn the U.S. into an energy superpower-to reduce spending and face the prospect of slower growth. More than a dozen companies have announced spending reductions so far this year, even as crude-oil prices have rallied more than 20% from December lows. More are expected to tighten budgets as they release earnings in coming weeks.The drop in financial backing is especially being felt by smaller, more indebted drillers. But even larger, better-capitalized frackers are facing renewed investor skepticism about whether they can keep spending in check and still hit growth and cash-flow targets.Wall Street support allowed shale companies to persevere through a plunge in oil prices that began in 2014, eventually helping the U.S. surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil, with 11.9 million barrels a day in November, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.More ($): Frackers face harsh reality as Wall Street backs awaylast_img read more

High-priced coal seen as a threat to economic growth in the Philippines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BusinessWorld:The Philippines’ stellar economic growth has been the talk of the world’s investors and financial leaders for the past several years. As the country powers through insurmountable odds — growing at a solid rate of 6.2% in 2018 despite mounting inflation, interest rates, and a depreciating peso— it remains to be seen whether such growth can be sustainable in the long term.Many challenges await the country’s economic future, from tensions in global trade, talks of the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates, to a worldwide economic downtrend. One such risk involves the Philippines’ current dependence on coal-fired power plants for energy.As power consumption continues to rise on pace with economic expansion, relying too much on coal in the long-term puts the Philippines subject to its fluctuating prices and over-dependence on a single fuel source. In addition to its negative effects on the environment and to health, it is clear that a more sustainable source of energy is needed to power the country’s future development.A cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable alternative that can even help the economy in the long-term is natural gas. Here’s how.In fact, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said in a report in 2017 that the unpredictability of the coal market will drive higher electricity prices and will threaten the industrial strategy of the Philippines.“Excessive reliance on imported coal is one of the main reasons the Philippines has the highest electricity prices in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region,” Sara Ahmed, an IEEFA energy finance analyst, said.More: Five reasons why natural gas can change the country High-priced coal seen as a threat to economic growth in the Philippineslast_img read more

Woman’s Death in Lake Grove Sparks Murder Probe

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old woman who was found dead in her Lake Grove home on Thursday may have been a victim of foul play, Suffolk County police said.Fourth Precinct officers responded to a 911 call at a Win Place home, where they found Tricia Odierna dead shortly before 2 p.m., police said.Detectives are investigating the cause of the death, but it is believed to be criminal, police said.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631-852-6392, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

Surviving the Season of Regifting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Regifting, the act of giving away an unwanted present, was brought to the forefront of American consciousness during the heyday of my favorite show, the sitcom, Seinfeld. In one episode, Elaine discovers, to her displeasure, that a label-maker that she had given to a dentist friend was “regifted” to Jerry Seinfeld.Over the years, regifting has evolved into an all-American pastime. In fact, the third Thursday in December has been officially designated “National Regifting Day” due to the preponderance of office party gifts (an estimated 40 percent) that are given away to others. But regifting can take place at any time of the year.Should we regift or not, and if so, what are the ground rules?Many consider this somewhat hush-hush practice a form of recycling, but I think we need to distinguish between different forms of regifting that are perfectly acceptable and others that should be considered offenses punishable by law.It is perfectly wonderful and acceptable to pass on a cherished possession, if it is presented as such. I see nothing wrong with giving someone the copy of The Nutcracker, which was read to you as a child, because you are passing something on that has brought pleasure. The bad kind of regifting is akin to forwarding that chain letter email that no one wanted to read in the first place.The little girl who is told by her mother to run into her bedroom and pick up one of her stuffed animals, which is summarily plopped in a gift bag and passed off as birthday present, is engaging in unpremeditated regifting, yet she may be on the road to becoming a serious offender. Those people who have dedicated space in their bedroom, with tiers of value not unlike that of the food pyramid, are guilty without an explanation.I would need the acumen and foresight embodied by all three wise men to figure out how to get these unwanted gifts and that legendary fruitcake out of orbit. Some should be thrown out; others, if worthy, could be donated to charity, where perhaps these orphans can be matched with the right person.But before you decide to recirculate that slightly mangy pseudo-suede address book in a preposterous color that saw better days a decade ago or that tie clip forged from an exotic alloy of metal bordering on plastic, grab that gift horse by the tail, look it squarely in the mouth, and consider what the recipient will be beholding.If the item is new, and shows no signs of being toyed with by your dog or the vagaries of time, and it is something that you think that the person might truly enjoy, then by all means, pass it on. Every present doesn’t have to be a big one, and in these tough economic times, a holiday card with heartfelt sentiments can be enough. On any celebratory occasion, what you set in motion should at least put a smile on someone’s face, and to do that, the selection must come from the heart.Here are some tale-tell signs that you’ve been regifted, all of which my family and I  have personally experienced:1) You unwrap the gift and cannot figure out what it is. Chances are the former recipient couldn’t tell either and decided to pass it on. My husband received a small, but unidentifiable heavy metal thingamajig last Christmas. Was it a paperweight? Objet d’art? I say, white elephant!2) You received an article of clothing which, although NWT (new with price tags), is not your size, and it is a color that that the giver is well aware is not flattering on you. To boot, it’s more provocative or avant-garde than is customarily your style. You’re immediately informed where it was purchased “in case you need to return it.” A dead give-away: the giver recently celebrated her birthday.3) Your friends’ reaction suggests that they were taken off guard by the generosity of your gift, and they excuse themselves and return from their bedroom with a generic basket of cheer, saying that they forgot to give you this. Oh, well!4) The gift looks more than vaguely familiar. A relative who will remain nameless was astounded to receive a necklace that she had lovingly chosen for a friend.5) There’s a gift card, and it’s not made out to you.6) You find a piece of old wrapping paper still attached to the box.7) It’s hard to see the glass as more than half full when the bottle of wine you received as a gift is several glasses short.8) The gift has clearly been used or it is missing parts. One year we were less delighted with a set of crystal wine glasses once we noticed that they had already been put to service  and only perfunctorily washed.9) You receive confectioneries such as a huge chocolate Christmas tree or Santa Claus not meant for someone who celebrates Chanukah. Even if it’s French chocolate, this is still in bad taste. We eventually succumbed to temptation and ate part of the Santa; someone took the chocolate tree off our hands.last_img read more

Warwickshire Relocation attraction

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More London nets Norton Rose prelet

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Crystal Palace striker, Zaha donates 10% of 130k wages to charity in UK, Cote d’Ivoire

first_img The Ivorian international who earns £130k-per-week without fail donates 10 percent of his monthly wage to charity. “I give a tenth of my salary to charity every month so in terms of giving back, I do my best,” he told the E&H Foundation. “That’s not just charities here, it’s charities in the Ivory Coast too,” said Zaha. “My mum makes sure of it as soon as the end of the month comes; I do that as my good deed to help.” The majority goes to his sister’s orphanage in Ivory Coast called Tomorrow’s Hope.Advertisement Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has another side besides his dribbling skills which is to reach out to the needy. Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do They provide shelter, food, education and a family environment for orphans. The Eagles star has also set up his own charity – the Zaha Foundation – that helps kids play football in both the UK and Ivory Coast. Zaha grew up in Africa as one of nine siblings, before moving to Croydon in 1996. He realises the importance of giving back having himself come from humble beginnings. When he was just 14, a football superstar in the making, the winger would take part in their sessions at Canterbury Road, South London. read also: Chelsea must pay club record £80m fee for Zaha Today, Zaha is always willing to revisit his old stomping ground and train with the ‘next Zaha’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more