Second annual College Conversations at the Ed Portal

first_imgLocal families recently attended the second annual College Conversations event at the Harvard Ed Portal, where they were joined by Harvard College undergraduate panelists and Harvard Admissions counselors who helped lead a workshop.Members of the Cambridge Housing Authority also led a workshop for teens on Goal Mapping, where they were encouraged to think critically about their goals and outline practical steps to actualize their long term postsecondary school plans.Janim Sayles, Assistant Director of the Achieve program at the Noble and Greenough School, gave the keynote presentation to families. She spoke about her experience as a first generation college student, saying, “so you see, it’s ok if you’re the first in your family to go to college, or if you don’t have too much money, and it’s even okay if you’re not sure what you want to do when you grow up. What’s important is that you work really hard.”last_img read more

AT&T expands mobile broadband coverage in the Mad River Valley

first_imgAs part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new 3G cell site in Waitsfield serving nearby Fayston and the Mad River Glen ski area that will enhance coverage for area residents, tourists and businesses. With 3G speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.This new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive innovation and extend its 3G wireless network the fastest in the nation, according to independent testing. In December 2009, AT&T launched its 3G network in a number of Vermont cities and towns. These expansions are part of AT&T’s ongoing investment to build the broadband networks that will fuel economic growth and create jobs, and enable its customers to quickly access the content, applications and services that matter most to them. Additional 3G investments in Vermont will be announced later this year.”Our goal is pretty simple: we want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail, download a song or video, or surf the Internet on your AT&T device,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T New England.. “As part of the Vermont community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way to accomplish this.”AT&T recently completed a software upgrade at 3G cell sites nationwide that prepares the nation’s fastest 3G network for even faster speeds. The deployment of High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 technology is the first of multiple initiatives in AT&T’s network enhancement strategy designed to provide customers with and enhanced mobile broadband experience, both today and well into the future.  Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available in 2010 and 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with our second initiative to dramatically increase the number of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic connections, adding capacity from cell sites to the AT&T backbone network.AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most open and widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T offers 3G data roaming in more than 115 countries, as well as voice calling in more than 220 countries.For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit www.att.com/networknews(link is external).*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world’s most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation’s fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation’s leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com(link is external).© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.SOURCE AT&T Inc. BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

12 personal finance skills everyone should master

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I was happy to see that my son signed up to take a personal finance class in high school next year. I think mastering basic personal finance skills is one of the most important things you can do to improve your happiness and quality of life. But you’re a full-fledged adult. If you haven’t already, the earlier you start developing and using personal finance skills, the more time you have to reap the benefits.Here is my list of personal finance skills every frugal person should master.1. BudgetingSetting and following a budget is probably the most basic personal finance skill, yet only about one-third of people actually have a detailed budget. I went for years without an accurate budget, using my checking account balance as a rough gauge of how much money I had available to spend. Eventually, I realized this was a terrible way to run my personal finances. A detailed budget is necessary to get a handle on where your money is going and to start deciding where you want your money to go — instead of just watching it go away! continue reading »last_img read more

How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims in New York’s hardest hit neighborhoods were stuck in the cold and dark, volunteers from the spontaneously formed Occupy Sandy became a widely praised lifeline.Occupy Sandy was “one of the leading humanitarian groups providing relief to survivors across New York City and New Jersey,” as a government-commissioned study put it.Yet the Red Cross, which was bungling its own aid efforts after the storm, made a decision that further hampered relief: Senior officials told staffers not to work with Occupy Sandy.Red Cross officials had no concerns about Occupy Sandy’s effectiveness. Rather, they were worried about the group’s connections to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.Three Red Cross responders told ProPublica there was a ban. “We were told not to interact with Occupy,” says one. While the Red Cross often didn’t know where to send food, Occupy Sandy “had what we didn’t: minute-by-minute information,” another volunteer says.The three spoke to ProPublica on the condition of anonymity because they continue to work with the Red Cross. One says the direction came from an official based in Red Cross headquarters in Washington. Another understood the direction came from Washington. A third was not sure who gave the instructions.The government-sponsored study that praised Occupy Sandy—written in 2013 for the Department of Homeland Security—also cites a prohibition: A Red Cross chief of volunteer coordination recalled that “he was told not to work with Occupy Sandy because of the affiliation with [Occupy Wall Street],” the study says.Fred Leahy, a veteran Red Cross responder who was a Community Partnerships Manager in Sandy’s aftermath, recalled a meeting a week after the storm in which he and two other officials, one from Washington, discussed “the political and donor ramifications of associating with Occupy Sandy due to its outgrowth from Occupy Wall Street.” He says the meeting was called after an inquiry from Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern.“Occupy Wall Street was not very favorably received by the political people in the city,” Leahy says. Major Red Cross donors were from the same elite political circles “and they didn’t understand Occupy Wall Street.”Red Cross responders says that many staffers and volunteers objected to the charity’s stance on Occupy Sandy because among the Red Cross’ fundamental principles is that aid must be delivered without regard to politics or ideology. “We are a neutral, humanitarian organization,” one staffer says. “We don’t take sides.”Leahy says Red Cross officials decided at the meeting to wait for Occupy Sandy representatives to come to them, rather than to approach the group. When a subordinate inquired about working with Occupy, Leahy says he told the person: “We really don’t need to worry about them at this time. Because we’ve got more important concerns at the moment.”Nevertheless, Leahy denied there was a explicit injunction not to work with Occupy Sandy.The Red Cross said in a statement that “there was never at any time a policy prohibiting Red Cross staff or volunteers from working with Occupy Sandy.”“We linked them with partners,” the charity wrote. “We provided them with meals and other supplies 2013 to the point of providing them with an entire warehouse full of material in March 2013.”But Occupy Sandy organizers interviewed by ProPublica say the Red Cross did not take their calls in the early days and weeks after the storm hit in October 2012. Nathan Kleinman, an Occupy Sandy organizer, recalls a Red Cross employee telling him that “they couldn’t be seen working with us.” He says some Red Cross responders attempted to help Occupy behind the scenes with advice and occasionally supplies.“I have no doubt we could have had a much more productive relationship with the Red Cross if they’d been willing to associate themselves with us out in the open,” Kleinman says. “I have no doubt their failure to look past politics hurt the overall recovery.”Workers inside the Red Cross’ Manhattan headquarters say they were furious with the delay, which hampered the ability to provide aid.Indeed, some Red Cross responders were so troubled, they tried to work with people from Occupy covertly. They say they maintained a spreadsheet of Occupy contacts separate from the other contact lists to hide from senior Red Cross officials that they were working with the group.Contemporaneous Occupy Sandy meeting minutes show some examples of fruitful cooperation. An Occupy Sandy volunteer described the Red Cross as being “our lifeline in terms of hot meals.”The minutes also record an incident in which two Red Cross employees showed up at an Occupy site in Brooklyn “asking if we could send them volunteers—and their stipulations for that: they couldn’t wear any Occupy stuff.” Those conditions were rejected.The Red Cross responders who say there was a clear ban on working with Occupy differ on how long it was in place. One person says the policy was rescinded in a matter of days, but that it took weeks to communicate to all the corners of the Red Cross relief effort.A third Red Cross worker says that the policy was still in place in December, more than a month into the relief effort.Read about how the Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in PR Over People: The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster. And about how the Red Cross’ CEO has been serially misleading about where donors’ dollars are going.Can you help us with our Red Cross reporting? Learn how to share a tip or email [email protected] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Getting a secondary chance

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Encourage developers’ creativity – don’t stifle it

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Mexico marks deadliest day amid coronavirus lockdown

first_imgMexico has recorded its deadliest day this year, official data showed Monday, with 105 murders the previous day amid the government-imposed quarantine to combat the spread of COVID-19.Sunday’s toll exceeded the latest high of 104 people on April 4, 2020, federal data showed. “We are addressing the issue of the coronavirus, but unfortunately we continue to have problems with homicides,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, acknowledged Monday in his morning briefing.  AMLO, a leftist-populist who took office in December 2018, maintains that violence will be less when poverty, social exclusion and lack of opportunities are fought, and the use of force against criminals is reduced.”Once we get through this difficult situation,” he said, referring to the pandemic, “we are going to give [the criminals] options, alternatives so that they can rejoin public life, be good people.”Mexico’s Congress is scheduled to discuss on Monday an Amnesty Law that AMLO is seeking. It would pardon, among others, drug traffickers with relatively minor offenses.  Topics :center_img The data, collected by state prosecutors offices and federal agencies, showed the State of Mexico (center) had the highest number of intentional homicides, with 12; Chihuahua (northwest) with 10, while Mexico City, Guanajuato (center) and Oaxaca (south) reported nine each. Since the health protection measures took effect in mid-March, violence certainly has not slowed in Mexico, which in 2019 recorded 34,608 murders, a record number since 1997. The 2019 toll is the equivalent to an average of almost 95 intentional homicides per day in Mexico — a country affected by a wave of increasing violence since the end of 2006, when the fight against drug trafficking was militarized. Since then, a staggering almost 275,000 people have been killed, according to official data that do not detail how many of these cases would be linked to organized crime.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Time to take ESG seriously

first_imgFor pension funds holding Volkswagen shares, the damage has been twofold. They have seen not only a significant loss arising from the share-price fall but they also have the knowledge that one of their investee companies has caused environmental damage and contributed to the ill health of society at large, including their own beneficiaries.ESG factors clearly can be components of investment analysis. There is some academic evidence, and many would argue companies that adhere to high standards when it comes to ESG outperform over the long term. But establishing conclusive proof, as with any other theory in investment, is always elusive, and results are debatable. Irrespective of which side of the debate you are on, the largest pension funds are faced with the problem that they are essentially universal funds, with stakes in virtually all the investable stocks in the universe. Indeed, most have a large indexed core. Such funds have to face the issue that their sheer size may preclude them from disinvesting from large portions of the market. Maximising returns by robbing Peter to pay Paul is meaningless if you own both Peter and Paul.An example would be the poor management and handling of chemicals by one company leading to additional costs to companies associated with the treatment of water – a universal owner would hold both in their portfolio. Moreover, they would also argue that their members are worse off if companies increase their share price through activities that degrade the environment or reduce the quality of life for their members in other ways.Investor lobby group Preventable Surprises issued a report recently entitled “Investors, Climate Risk and Forceful Stewardship: An Agenda for Action”. It advocates pension funds taking a more activist stance based on two key investment observations. First, climate change poses a significant and increasing systemic risk to the global economy and thus to the portfolios of diversified investors, in turn threatening the security and financial well-being of their beneficiaries. Second, institutional investors have a fiduciary obligation to control this risk and prevent it from increasing as much as they reasonably can.The issue for the industry as a whole is that of which entity has the resources and motivation to develop a constructive dialogue with companies. Fund managers can take the free-rider approach and look to benefit from the activities of their competitors in this area without having to contribute resources of their own. Pension schemes themselves have the temptation to become complacent with the strategy of delegating this responsibility to their fund managers. Clearly, universal schemes that have holdings in virtually all stocks would benefit from an activist approach.What is certain is that responsible ownership requires taking a proactive approach to many areas of a company’s activities such as corporate governance, social and ethical issues, and the external environment. Ultimately, the objective of many idealists is that the ESG movement fades away, not because it has been a failure but because it has been such a success in that no distinction can be made between mainstream investment and ESG.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Responsible ownership requires taking a proactive approach to many areas of a company’s activities, writes Joseph MariathasanThe United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris has brought the issue of climate change to the fore in investors’ minds. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues such as climate change are certainly becoming more and more mainstream, but ESG as a concept investors should take seriously still has its detractors.Luke Johnson, private equity entrepreneur and Sunday Times columnist, was scathing about corporate social responsibility in his 15 September column this year, declaring: “Corporate social responsibility is an indulgence of affluent societies and rich companies.” He concluded his diatribe by declaring: “The field feels rank with hypocrisy, unrealistic expectations and questionable motives.”Ironically, within a few days, the Volkswagen scandal broke out when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to the German automaker. The BBC reported that this was not the first time Volkswagen had attempted to sidestep regulation, having been fined $120,000 (€110,230) in 1973 for dodging similar tests.last_img read more

Royal Netherlands Navy Sets Up Hydroid REMUS AUV Service Center

first_imgHydroid has recognized the Sensor & Weapon Systems Department within the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Directorate of Materiel Sustainment as an authorized REMUS Service Center. Hydroid presented the Directorate with a plaque on September 12, 2018 recognizing its commitment to excellence in AUV service and technical expertise.Through the Royal Netherlands Navy’s investment in facilities, security and diagnostic equipment, and commitment to training technical staff, the Directorate of Materiel Sustainment has integrated AUV support into their service center in Den Helder for the maintenance and repair of Hydroid REMUS 100 vehicles and ancillary equipment.This local capability will increase operational availability for the Royal Netherland’s Navy. The team of technical staff at Den Helder offers first-line technical and field support, ensuring more successful deployments.“Hydroid is so pleased to have the Directorate of Materiel Sustainment as an authorized service and support center in the Netherlands,” said Maureen Kelly, customer service manager at Hydroid. “Since the first delivery of a REMUS system to the Netherlands in 2005, the Royal Netherlands Navy has worked with Hydroid Europe to set a goal of providing depot-level support. Through their investment in their facilities and training courses, the Royal Netherlands Navy has accomplished that. Having reviewed their maintenance capabilities firsthand, I am confident the Directorate shares Hydroid’s commitment to product excellence and operational availability of equipment.”last_img read more

Little line takes Gottschalk to big Fall Nationals payday

first_img“We’ve been trying some new things,” he said. “We threw the kitchen sink at it and everything worked.”  Bradyn Blackhart, Billt Turner and Ted Trumbo ran third through fifth, respec­tively. “We broke last year at Fall Nationals and DNF’d,” said Gottschalk, who started seventh this time around and wheeled a Slider Chassis. “This year we found some extra speed. This was our last race of the season and we’re ending on a high note.”  A caution late in the 40-lapper helped open the door as Gottschalk topped the $5,000 Saturday night main event. Once in front, he pulled away on the white flag circuit and took the win half a se­cond ahead of Black, who’d raced his way up from 14th starting. Laney, Jeff Taylor and defending race winner Jordan Grabouski completed the top five. HAYS, Kan. (Oct. 5) – After finding a little line, Daniel Gottschalk took the big check at RPM Speedway’s Fall Nationals. Nichols’ $3,000 win came from ninth on the original grid. He made a beeline to­ward the front from the bottom groove and had the lead before halfway. Bencken had to come out of a last-chance race, started 14th and completed his charge to the front following a restart near midway. The Fall Nationals crown was his second consecutive and third in four years. Other Saturday night winners at Hays were Mike Nichols, for the fifth time in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars; Cody Thompson in the Northern SportMods; Brady Bencken, for the third time in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks; and Toby Schwien in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  Daniel Gottschalk took $5,000 to the bank after winning the IMCA Modified main event at RPM Speedway’s Fall Nationals. The season-ending victory put him on the ballot for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Carl Larson) Sport Compacts – 1. Toby Schwien; 2. Chris Destefono; 3. Bradyn Blackhart; 4. Billy Turner; 5. Ted Trumbo; 6. Alison Bird; 7. Robert Clanton; 8. Madison Reed; 9. Brianna Maughlin; 10. Zachary Cardwell; 11. Otto Schutte; 12. Weston Groth; 13. Monte Honas; 14. Tim Bouchey. Thompson passed defending race winner Blaine Walt for the lead.  Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Troy Burkhart; 3. Hesston Shaw; 4. Casey Woken; 5. Eric Rempel; 6. Daniel Hilsabeck; 7. Barrett Wagoner; 8. Jason Rog­ers; 9. Tyler Tipton; 10. Kyle Pfeifer; 11. Dominic Thyfault; 12. Colin Heim; 13. Mark Zorn; 14. Bryan Rigsby; 15. Mike Petersilie; 16. Michael Pepper; 17. Jer­emy Zorn; 18. Sterling Sorensen; 19. Adam Goff; 20. Tanner Portenier; 21. Tren­ton Kleweno; 22. Derrick Brown; 23. Dusty Blake; 24. Jordan Grabouski. After starting on the front row, breaking and not completing a lap at each of his last two Fall Nationals, Thompson made the most of the topside in getting from row three to the front of the $2,000 to win Northern SportMod headliner. center_img Feature Results Walt, Shay Simoneau, Tyler Watts and Luke Stallbaumer were next across the line. Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Blaine Walt; 3. Shay Simoneau; 4. Tyler Watts; 5. Luke Stallbaumer; 6. Lance Borgman; 7. Hunter Longnecker; 8. Tony Gregg; 9. Cory McGann; 10. Kelly Henderson; 11. Josh Everhart; 12. Jasen Gray; 13. Arie Schouten; 14. Bryan Bowers; 15. Patrick Donovan; 16. Lance Yox­simer; 17. Jacob Olmstead; 18. Dillon Schultz; 19. Matt Firme; 20. Monte Nordyke; 21. Adam Weber; 22. Clayton Feik; 23. Shannon Maughlin; 24. Ryan Kirchoff. Schwien was the $400 Mach-1 Sport Compact winner, outrunning the 13th start­ing Chris Destefono. The Fall Nationals win was Gottschalk’s career second. He’d also paced the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods in 2016.  “Winning this race back-to-back, especially after starting 14th, is awesome,” he said. “With luck and people to help you, that’s what it takes.” “I didn’t know if I had a chance midway through but I found a little line and made it work,” said Gottschalk, who passed Tanner Black and Cody Laney for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. “I don’t get real emotional but that was probably the most excited I’ve ever been after taking the checkered flag.” Runner-up was Troy Burkhart. Hesston Shaw, Casey Woken and Eric Rempel were scored next. “Every restart I concentrated on hitting my marks,” he said. This is probably one of the biggest races I’ve won.”  Modifieds – 1. Daniel Gottschalk; 2. Tanner Black; 3. Cody Laney; 4. Jeff Taylor; 5. Jordan Grabouski; 6. R.C. Whitwell; 7. John Hansen; 8. Tripp Gaylord; 9. Ed­die Belec; 10. Clay Sellard; 11. Jacob Hobscheidt; 12. Marlyn Seidler; 13. Casey Arneson; 14. Justin Gregg; 15. Jared Hoefelman; 16. Jeremy Frenier; 17. Bren­don Gemmill; 18. Jimmy Reeves; 19. Steven Bowers Jr.; 20. Ethan Braaksma; 21. Kyle Rohleder; 22. Clay Money; 23. Anthony Roth; 24. Dylan Sherfick.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Brady Bencken; 2. Cody Williams; 3. Taylor Huss; 4. Leevi Runge; 5. Mike Kennedy; 6. Brendon Stigge; 7. Tony Slothower; 8. Josh Barn­hart; 9. Drew Barry; 10. Tanner Jones; 11. Michael Wade; 12. Brooke Russell; 13. James Hart; 14. Trevor Schmidt; 15. Brian Stich; 16. Hunter Wergin; 17. Zach Olmstead; 18. Nate DeSive; 19. Curt Kennedy; 20. Landon Runge; 21. Tathan Burkhart; 22. Tristan Grape; 23. Connor Hansen; 24. Austin Rhoades. The $1,500 win came ahead of Cody Williams, Taylor Huss, Leevi Runge and Mike Kennedy. He’d also won Fall Nationals in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2017.last_img read more