Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging releases discussion draft

first_imgThe Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging has released a discussion draft of the executive summary of their upcoming report.The Task Force was convened in Fall 2016 by President Faust to consider a set of important and interrelated questions designed to advance Harvard on the path from diversity to belonging. Over the past year, the Task Force has worked to consider issues of inclusion and belonging on campus through meetings with a variety of community groups, outreach workshops, a day-long retreat, and an afternoon of engagement.The discussion draft outlines the core elements of their proposed strategy through a set of “Shared Standards for Inclusive Excellence” to guide decision-making at all levels of the University.With the release of the discussion draft, the Task Force is soliciting feedback and input from members of the Harvard community. Comments and suggestions can be submitted via the Solution Space through November 30.To learn more about the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging and read the draft executive summary, visit https://inclusionandbelongingtaskforce.harvard.edu/comment-discussion-draft.last_img read more

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Inspiration for ‘Freedom Writers’ speaks at College

first_imgErin Gruwell, author of “The Freedom Writers Diary” and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, spoke on encouraging diversity and understanding in a lecture titled “Teaching Tolerance” in Moreau Hall’s Little Theater on Friday. Penn High School sophomore Katie Laiman approached Saint Mary’s with the idea to invite Gruwell to speak as a part of Girls Scout Gold Award project. “I think this talk was really impactful, and I hope everyone that was here takes a lot from it,” Laiman said. Gruwell said she became a teacher because she wanted to stand up for kids who did not have a voice. “Before there was a book, before there was a movie, there was a group of students who were tired of being invisible, tired of being on the fringe and just wanted to matter, just wanted to be heard,” she said. Gruwell said when she was in graduate education classes she noticed a disconnection between theory and practice. “I realized this when I walked into my first classroom and my students could care not less about stories, and books, and Shakespeare and tales about Homer,” she said. “My students cared about would I make it home alive, am I gonna get home and see my hardworking mom with those cockroaches and those rats in that tiny one bedroom housing project, and will there be dinner, would their be food on the table, are those cupboards going to be bare again.” Gruwell said all of her students buried friends due to senseless gang violence by the age of 14, and it made her desperate to show them stories written about teenagers such as Anne Frank. “At that moment I wanted to find books written by, for and about kids,” she said. “Kids who lived in real wars, kids who didn’t pick up Molotov cocktails or spray cans or use 38 special handguns, kids who picked up a pen and tried to write along, kids who picked up a pen and tried to write their own ending.” Gruwell said she went to her English department chair to ask if she could use these books but was turned down. “She said my kids were too stupid to read a book, and they would never read a book from cover to cover,” Gruwell said. “She went on to say they were dumb; she went on to say they were nothing. I realized my kids have been called dumb, stupid and nothing so often by so many people they believed it, and they were acting accordingly.” Gruwell said in order to convince her students to pick up a book instead of using cliff notes or downloading someone else’s essay off the Internet, she had them wipe the slate clean and start over. “Without really thinking it through, I decided we were going to have a toast for change,” she said. “Maybe for the first time it doesn’t matter, maybe we can wipe the slate clean, maybe we can start over. I wanted to start over because I wanted my students to know they had a voice. I wanted them to know they were brilliant and they could go anywhere and do anything.” Gruwell said over the years she has watched these 150 kids, who were not supposed to make it, become teachers, parents and leaders. “I watched each and every one of those kids become the first in their families to graduate,” she said. “I watched each and every one of those kids become the first in their family to go to college. … I watched those kids realize their dreams.” Gruwell said she has watched kids build mountains and has seen their book inspire others. “I am an ordinary teacher who had an extraordinary experience with a group of kids who were tired of reading books written by dead white guys in tights,” she said. “They wanted kids like you to see their story, they wanted kids like you to identify with their story, but most importantly, they wanted kids like you to write your own.” The lecture was cosponsored by the Saint Mary’s Education Club, CWIL, OCSE, SIMS, Student Government Association and Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiania. Contact Kiera Johnsen at kjohns02@saintmarys.edu.last_img read more

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Georgia oranges?

first_imgKumquats: several varieties, usesDowdy lives in Brunswick, Ga. There, he doesn’t worry much aboutfrost and freeze damage. “When I was a teenager, our family had akumquat tree in our yard on Jekyll Island,” he said. “So my firstcitrus tree was a kumquat.”Good choice. Kumquats are the most cold hardy of the commonlygrown acid citrus fruits. “Kumquats have delayed growth in thespring,” Fonseca said. “This helps them avoid late freezedamage.”The kumquat is widely grown in home landscapes. It becomes anattractive, shrub-like tree with orange-like fruits about 1 inchin diameter.The fruits can be eaten fresh, peel and all, or used to makejellies, marmalade and candies. Several varieties are available.But only three are commonly propagated: Nagami, Marumi and Meiwa.”Nagami fruits are oblong to pear-shaped and have acid pulp,”Fonseca said. “The others are sweeter and rounder. Meiwa, whichproduces nearly round, sweet fruit, has become one of the mostpopular varieties for home planting.”Unfortunately, Dowdy’s kumquat plant declined and died. His nextcitrus tree has brought much more success. Experimenting with different citrus”The tangerine tree just took off and produced a lot of fruit injust a year,” he said. “I planted it by a huge oak tree, so Ithink it protects the tree from what little frost we do get.”The first year, Dowdy drove into Florida to buy citrus-fruitfertilizer.”The second year, it started looking bad, so I boughtcitrus-fruit spikes from Home Depot,” he said. “It perked upafter that and produced so much fruit that the limbs broke.”Dowdy and his neighbors often share their harvests. “On my streetalone, we have grapefruits, oranges, kumquats and tangerinesgrowing,” he said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaDavid Dowdy harvested enough tangerines from his backyard tree togive a small basketful to each of his family members. That maynot impress you, except that Dowdy lives in Georgia, not Florida.University of Georgia specialists say citrus trees can grow incoastal and extreme southern Georgia with proper attention toselection and cold hardiness. South Georgia bestThey grow best south of a Columbus-to-Macon-to-Augusta line, saidMarco Fonseca, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Fonseca strongly discourages trying to grow citrus in middle tonorth Georgia or in home landscapes lower than U.S. Department ofAgriculture zone 9.”The most significant limiting factor to citrus culture in theseareas is the damage from severe winter temperature,” he said. “Georgians along the coast have had success the past few yearsdue to the mild winters.”Fonseca has seen citrus growing as far north as Cherokee Co., butonly trifoliate-oranges. “This is a thorny tree with fruit that’sso sour it’s inedible,” he said.Georgia’s unpredictable weather also lessens homeowners’ chancesof success. “It can be 75 degrees one day and below freezing thenext,” he said. “This will obviously kill new growth and bloomsor flowers that could become fruit (and) put added stress on theplant.” Not just for fruitCitrus plants can be grown as individual plants or in groups ashedges, Fonseca said. They also make excellent container plants.”In addition to providing fruits, citrus plants make attractiveornamental specimens,” he said. “And they’re self-fruitful, sothey don’t require cross-pollination.”Hybrid plants called citranges have been crossed to grow betterin Georgia conditions, he said. “I know of two varieties that aregrowing in Telfair County and Thomasville,” he said. “Theyproduce blooms, but the fruit is lemon-like.”Back in Brunswick, Dowdy’s already planning his next citrusexperiment. “My neighbors are now growing big grapefruits thatI’d put up against Florida-grown fruit,” he said. “Maybe now I’lltry to grow a pineapple.”Pineapple plants can be potted and easily brought indoors, too,Fonseca said.last_img read more

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Bay Shore Teen Accused of School Shooting Threat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mario CernasA teenager from Bay Shore has been arrested for allegedly posting online a threat of a shooting at a boys high school soccer game in Shirley this week, Suffolk County police said.Mario Cernas was charged Wednesday with making a terroristic threat, a felony.Police said the 19-year-old posted the threat Monday on Twitter about a soccer final Thursday between Smithtown West and Central Islip at Dowling College Sports Complex.“CI BETTER FUCKING WIN OR IM SHOOTING SOME ONE AT DOWLING,” Cernas allegedly tweeted from his account, @Mc3xo.Ten users retweeted the post.The post came after Smithtown West beat Brentwood 3-2 in the Suffolk Class AA boys soccer semifinal earlier this week. Cernas is wearing a Brentwood sweatshirt in his mug shot.He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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‘Alley Oop For Autism’ To Raise Awareness & Funds At Jericho High School

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Approximately 1,000 people from the greater Jericho/Syosset community will be attending and/or participating in the eleventh annual “Alley Oop For Autism” fundraiser at Jericho High School on Saturday, March 25th.This extraordinary charity event features a “3-on-3” basketball tournament centered on raising awareness and much-needed funds for a rotating array of various organizations offering specialized education for children with autism. This year, proceeds will benefit the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism (FCA), a not-for-profit agency that provides programs and services to people with autism. The FCA is located in Garden City and offers services throughout Long Island.“Alley Oop For Autism” was created by Justin Resnick when he was a Jericho High School student. He played on the Jericho High basketball team and also for Emory University. Today, Justin is an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey. This annual event has raised almost $900,000 since its inception. In addition to the contributions by spectators and competitors, there is an impressive list of over 20 corporate and family sponsors. Sports celebs such as Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton have participated in past events. This year, Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle for the New York Giants and a former starter at Syracuse University, will be in attendance.Justin Resnick Although Justin is the architect of “Alley Oop for Autism,” the event has become a family affair. Peter Resnick—Justin’s father and president of Interboro Insurance—is instrumental in securing event sponsors and in helping to promote the event. And Justin’s sister, Marissa, is another family member who has helped to grow “Alley Oop for Autism.” Similar to Justin, Marissa graduated from Jericho High School. She played basketball at Queens College, and today is a special education teacher.Joel Levine, a partner at the law firm of Levine & Wiss and a good friend of Peter Resnick, has become instrumental in helping to expand “Alley Oop for Autism.” Joel and his wife Debbie are active supporters of the FCA. And their daughter Emily, who participates at the FCA, was the agency’s gala honoree in December 2016. Joel is a champion of events that raise both money and awareness for programs that support people with autism.Matt Zebatto, Assistant Executive Director for Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism, explains: “The dynamics of this grassroots Jericho/Syosset effort is an excellent model for the way in which charity and giving can ignite and gain momentum to benefit many. Justin Resnick deserves recognition for the unique legacy he has provided through Jericho High School.” Featured Photos: “Alley Oop For Autism” features a “3-on-3” basketball tournament at Jericho High School on March 25, 2017 to raise awareness and much-needed funds about autism and nonprofit Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism! (Photos: alleyoopforautism.org)The eleventh annual “Alley Oop For Autism” fundraiser will be held at Jericho High School in Nassau County, located at 99 Cedar Swamp Road, just north of the Long Island Expressway, Northern State Parkway, Route 107 exit, on Saturday, March 25th, from noon to 6:30 p.m. For more information about “Alley Oop For Autism,” call 516-741-9000 x15000 or visit alleyoopforautism.org. For more about Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism, visit familycenterforautism.org.last_img read more

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New York adds 10 more states to quarantine list

first_imgMinnesota has been removed from the list. The full list of quarantine states is posted below: The quarantine applies to any person traveling from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day-rolling average. The state also reported two New Yorkers died from the virus on the moment. The state says this is the lowest number of deaths reported since the outbreak began. On Tuesday, Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington were added to the list. (WBNG) — New York State has added 10 more states to its quarantine list bringing the total to 31. AlaskaAlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaDelawareFloridaGeorgiaIowaIdahoIndianaKansasLouisianaMarylandMissouriMississippiMontanaNorth CarolinaNebraskaNew MexicoNevadaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWashingtonWisconsinlast_img read more

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Tim Sherwood explains why Man Utd will finish above Arsenal in the Premier League

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Solskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flagTo 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 5:37FullscreenSolskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flaghttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-says-man-utd-players-affected-linesmans-flag-2016988/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.Sherwood expects defending champions Manchester City and current Premier League leaders Liverpool to draw away from their rivals again this term.He added: ‘Frank [Lampard] is rebuilding at Chelsea. It’s a real shame but it’s a transition period for all three clubs [Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.‘I would say, Tottenham included, come out from Man City and Liverpool and they’ve all gone the wrong way.‘No one is getting closer; it’s difficult getting closer but I think they’ve all deteriorated somewhat. It’s definitely looking like a two-horse race now.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Oct 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link461Shares Advertisementcenter_img Tim Sherwood explains why Man Utd will finish above Arsenal in the Premier League Tim Sherwood believes Manchester United will finish above Arsenal this year (Picture: Getty)Tim Sherwood has explained why he believes Manchester United will finish above Arsenal in the Premier League this season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils have endured a poor start to the 2019-20 campaign and find themselves tenth after seven fixtures with just nine points.Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Unai Emery’s Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday evening in a game which highlighted both teams’ struggles.Arsenal are currently fourth in the top-flight on 12 points but former Tottenham boss Sherwood expects Manchester United to finish above the Gunners this term.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked which club is more likely to finish in the top four, Sherwood told talkSPORT: ‘To answer your question: I would probably say, at the death, United when they get some bodies fit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m not being biased [against Arsenal]; it’s 50/50 if I’m being honest. I wouldn’t want to put any of my pounds on it and I wouldn’t want to put your money on it.‘But I just think it might be Manchester United with the pace they have and their counter attack, and I think it might be a bit more solid with their defence.‘I think they might just edge it with what they’ve got on the counter and what they’ve got defensively. And the goalkeeper is top-drawer.’ Unai Emery speaks after Manchester United DrawTo 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 6:24FullscreenUnai Emery speaks after Manchester United Drawhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-speaks-manchester-united-draw-2017004/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.last_img read more

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Dutch SME initiative says pension funds put off by lack of scale

first_imgIds van der Weij – director at Ondernemend Oranje Kapitaal (OOK), a Dutch holding company launched in 2013 to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – has attributed a lack of interest from pension funds to the OOK’s relatively small scale of planned investments.To date, no Dutch pension funds have taken a stake in the investment vehicle, according to IPE sister publication PensioenPro.“Many funds have a minimum amount they’d like to invest – for instance, €25m – while at the same time not exceeding a 15% stake in the investment,” Van der Weij said. “This often doesn’t match our format.”He added: “And because smaller pension funds often outsource their asset management to larger players, they don’t invest through the OOK either.” Van der Weij also cited the fact the OOK is a holding company with a “different” legal structure, as well as its lack of a track record.The director said the OOK expected to make its first investments in Dutch SMEs soon, adding that the target return would be 15%.None of the local-investment initiatives in the Netherlands has yet been able to report any progress on actual capital attracted, or investments made.The Netherlands Investment Institution (NII), launched last October, is still developing proposals for concrete long-term investments in infrastructure, energy, sustainability, care and SMEs, according to its chief executive, Loek Sibbing.And the Netherlands Enterprises Fund (Ondernemingsfonds), an initiative launched by the Dutch financial sector – including stock exchange Euronext and asset manager Robeco – said it was still a “work in progress”.When it was launched in January last year, it said it aimed to generate €1bn to co-finance loans to local companies, and that it expected to issue its first loans in 2014.last_img read more

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Whiskey business: Irish SWF backs ‘fastest growing spirits sector’

first_imgIreland’s €8bn sovereign wealth fund has invested in a specialist fund lending to domestic whiskey distilleries and related businesses.The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) backed the €10m launch of Ilen River Partners’ Irish Whiskey Growth Fund earlier this month, aiming to tap into the “fastest growing spirits sector in the world”.“Whiskey businesses need to lay down stock early in their development in order to scale,” the fund said. “However, given the long-term nature of the whiskey sales cycle, the businesses require financing solutions suited to a long time horizon to achieve scale.”The whiskey fund will provide loans to businesses secured against existing stock. Ilen River Partners said it would not seek to appoint its own directors to businesses or take control away from existing owners. Ilen River – founded earlier this year by Fearghal Ó Ríordáin, a former partner at private equity firm Scottish Equity Partners – has appointed three whiskey experts to provide “strategic commercial advice and access to industry knowledge and expertise”.Ó Ríordáin said: “Whiskey distilleries are playing an ever more vital role within the Irish economy. There were just two whiskey distilleries on the island in the early 1980s. There are now 18 distilleries in operation, with more distilleries in the pipeline, all contributing to Irish tourism, agriculture, trade and exports.”Irish whiskey exports were forecast to exceed €850m a year by 2020, he added, compared with €400m in 2015.One of the ISIF’s core aims is to boost domestic investment and support job creation in Ireland.In the past 12 months it has backed two US technology firms expanding into the country: Vectra and Nautilus Data Technologies.In March the ISIF partnered with the China Investment Corporation to create a $150m technology fund.last_img read more

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Apartment prices are on the rise in South Townsville

first_imgPeople are now paying a median of $375,000 for a unit in South Townsville. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The suburb combines the best of inner city living and historic significance, and is in walking distance to Townsville’s leading dining district, Palmer Street. Ray White agent Nicole Plozza, who is currently marketing an apartment on Dibbs Street in South Townsville, said the lack of stock on the market could be a contributing factor to the price increase. This one-bedroom unit at 911/2 Dibbs Street in South Townsville is on the market for $199,000.Apartment prices in South Townsville are rising, with units in the suburb now the most expensive in the region. In the year leading up to March this year, the price for a unit in the area has increased 25.2 per cent.READ MORE Where people are paying the most mortgage in North QLD “We’ve also just had all the Adani news and that sort of stuff so we’re starting to see investors come back into the market, which is the big change.”Apartments in Townsville City are the second most expensive, but are selling for a median of $300,000 which is the cheapest they’ve been in more than a decade. Following that is Oonoonba and then North Ward, which is highly sought after by buyers, with units selling after an average of 55 days on the market. Units in Douglas, Nelly Bay and West End are all selling at between $200,000 and $250,000. “I’m not seeing as much stock in apartments coming onto the market in that area,” Ms Plozza said.“I think that’s purely because people have been waiting so long for the market to change and now, with the stadium so close to being finished, they probably know they’ll be getting a better premium price once that’s happened. center_img READ MORE The hardest place to sell a house in QLDlast_img read more

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