Biking at Harvard 101

first_imgTo make life harder for thieves and easier for pedestrians, cyclists who ride to and around campus should take advantage of the University’s parking spots and racks, remember to lock their bikes, and stay off the sidewalk.•    Bike racks and covered parking are available around the Harvard campus.•    Cyclists have a right to the road but also a responsibility to follow the rules. Cycling is prohibited in Harvard Yard and several other areas of campus — signs are posted to alert riders when they must walk their bikes. Bicycling on the sidewalk is not permitted in Harvard Square or in several other locations in Cambridge.•    Staff and students are strongly encouraged to register their bikes with the University police department to aid in the recovery of stolen or lost bikes.•    Bikes should be locked in a rack or in a covered bike parking shelter where available. Locking to a street sign is OK, but never in the path of pedestrians or in a way that blocks handicap access. The city of Cambridge asks cyclists to leave at least 36 inches of an obstruction-free path for travel. Additionally, bicycles cannot be parked against fire hydrants, hand railings, benches, trees, trash receptacles, or parking meters.•    Cyclists should lock their bikes using a U-lock, chain, or cable. Most cyclists lock their frame and one wheel to a bike rack. If a U-lock is used to lock the front wheel and frame to the rack, looping a cable through the back wheel and locking it to the U-lock is a good idea, especially if the bike has a quick-release system on the wheels.•    Cyclists should not use racks or covered parking for long-term storage. Contact CommuterChoice to learn more about storage facilities.Quick links: •    Harvard’s Commuter Choice Program•    Interactive map of bike facilities at Harvard•    Quad Bikes, Harvard’s nonprofit bike shop•    MassBike’s guide for new riders and guide to locking your bike•    Bikes on the T•    Harvard’s Office for Sustainabilitylast_img read more

Four Harvard seniors headed to UK

first_imgFour Harvard seniors have been selected to receive Marshall Scholarships for 2019.Lyndon Hanrahan ’19, a member of Harvard Model Congress Asia, will be studying at the Royal College of Art.Justin Lee ’19, a member of the Harvard University Triathlon Club, will be heading to the University of Oxford.Manny Medrano ’19, who is studying applied mathematics with a secondary concentration in archaeology, will be attending the University of St. Andrews.Vaibhav Mohanty ’19, an award-winning composer, will be studying at the University of Oxford.Every year a small number of American students are selected to study at a graduate level in the U.K. The scholarship typically covers two years of tuition, research, and living expenses.The prestigious award is named after George C. Marshall, the five-star general who helped create the Marshall Plan, the post-World War II European recovery program, which was first announced at the 1947 Harvard Commencement ceremony. The scholarship furthers the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and represents the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. Related The thrill of winning a Rhodescenter_img Oxford adventures await for Harvard undergrads Brittany Ellis and Jin K. Parklast_img read more

Program promotes revitalization of local houses

This week’s Justice Friday series focused on informing students about the St. Joseph chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help revitalize houses of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. Its focus was on St. Joseph County’s need for the program and how Saint Mary’s students can become involved in Rebuilding Together.The talk was led by the student director of the Saint Mary’s Office of Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE), junior Maggie Carswell, and a student worker for OCSE, junior Alyssia Parrett. Carswell said, according to the national poverty guidelines, 16.7 percent of South Bend inhabitants fall below the poverty level and 7.5 percent have an income below 50 percent of the poverty level in South Bend.Carswell said this is an issue because oftentimes families have to give up basic survival necessities such as healthcare, transportation or proper home care. “A family of four falling below the poverty line is making $18,000 a year,” Carswell said. “For a single adult to meet the survival guidelines in Saint Joseph County, they would need $18,000 … a family of four would need around $42,000 just to get by in Saint Joseph County.”According to Parrett, 22 percent of married social security recipients and 47 percent of single social security recipients are dependent on social security for 90 percent of their income.“Oftentimes, the elderly run out of social security by the end of the month,” said Parrett. “They start neglecting some of their basic expenses including housing, you see that they live in unsafe houses which leaves a big risk for injury.”“Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe, healthy home,” Carswell said.  Carswell explained that the organization’s volunteers help with housing repairs free of charge such as lawn clean up, painting, and gardening, while experts help with electrical and mechanical work.Parrett said homeowner selection is done in January. In order to apply, the applicants must live in the targeted project area, own a single-family owner-occupied unit, be the primary residents, have the qualifying income according to federal poverty guidelines and be up to date on property taxes. Priority selection is given to veterans, the disabled and the elderly.  The program came to South Joseph County in 1989 and since then 40,000 volunteers have helped improve 866 houses. “In 2015 alone the volunteers helped 19 homes, repaired 16 roofs and restored 7 furnaces  in the Olive Street-Lincoln way area over two weekends in April,” Carswell said. Last year, Saint Mary’s brought around 80 volunteers that tended to 4 homes in the community.  “A sweet old lady we helped last year kept saying, ‘girl power’ because it was all Saint Mary’s students helping with her house,” Carswell said. “[She] was so thankful and said she was going to sleep in her car that night so she could wake up and see her new house with the sunrise.“Every year it’s different stories. It not only transforms their lives but it transforms their homes and it really transforms our community as well,” Carswell said. “We get to see our hands and how they help the community. It contributes to part of our Catholic mission of service to others.” Rebuilding Together takes place on April 16 and lasts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can contact the Director of OCSE, Erika Buhring, to sign up for Rebuilding Together. Food and transportation will be provided. Tags: Justice Friday, OCSE, Rebuilding Together, service, SMC read more

The future belongs to those who ask why

first_imgWe talk and write about the elements of culture needed to promote innovation and agility. But, when it comes time to outline in detail the specific actions to take to change culture and to promote organizational transformation, more needs to be said about the power of questioning the status quo, even when it feels “personal.”Peoples’ reluctance to “question” impedes progress. When searching for answers to the question of how to bring about effective change and how to cultivate a culture that supports change, I felt let down by what I found.  Then I asked myself, why?  In “Want to Win?  Don’t Repeat History, Make It!”, I wrote of how “human nature” weighs down our organizations, making it difficult, nearly impossible, to change because “it is in our nature to seek solace in stability. It is why we seek consensus.  And it is why we shy away from the kinds of transformational change touted by those folks advocating for data driven decisioning, digital processes, and customer focused delivery.”I wrote how our “natures” won’t let us question who we are and what we do with the kind of depth and urgency needed to promote the kind of change that is needed.  And I posited that “in business, unfortunately, people tend to see their organizations as what they are rather than “what they can or should be.”  And they quietly fear having to question their organization’s reason for being.  Because of this, they don’t look outside themselves and their organizations for help in defining that future-state organization.  They see questions as challenges to their “current state” rather than as opportunities to succeed. And they don’t work at change.  But they should, if they wish to succeed, and not just survive.” When I wrote about our unwillingness to court change in our organizations, I made several suggestions, including: “Stop working toward consensus.  Stop working to get to yes.  Instead, start debating real alternatives to what you are and what you do today.  Start accepting the challenge to change.”But, taking on the challenge to change requires asking and answering difficult questions that often start with “why,” and sometimes focus on the person in charge.Successful organizations will be those that embrace questions (including re: leadership). It is my experience that people are too often afraid to ask questions—whether from years of conditioning within an organization or plain old human nature. Whatever natural curiosity they had as children tends to get discouraged over time. We tend, because of human nature, to assume the status quo is the “acceptable” way to go, and we are not interested in trying to challenge most things, especially if things seem to be going along just fine. And most employees just try to do what is asked of them and stay out of trouble, believing that people who ask questions may be sticking their neck out.Obviously, getting people to start asking questions — getting them to use fresh eyes and act on that new perspective — requires effort and energy. It means changing what may have been part of a process for years. And, I get it. Change is hard. It may mean choosing the path of heavy resistance, instead of the path of least resistance. But when people get into the habit of asking questions (especially asking “why”) and know they won’t get their head chopped off for asking, things get better.Leaders show the way. The best way to teach is by example — to “show” and not to “tell.” When people see you asking questions (questions about how and why things are done, not questions regarding people’s individual intentions and/or productivity), they begin to feel comfortable answering your questions, and they start asking similar questions of others. And those people, in turn, start to realize that challenging things and offering information about what is really going on is something that is encouraged. When you are willing to admit in front of everybody that you don’t know a particular answer, that makes others understand that they too can admit they don’t know. This promotes information flow and will improve the health and productivity of your organization.Sounds simple, doesn’t it? So why does this reticence, this reluctance to ask questions, occur? Why is it so hard for leaders to know what’s going on in their organizations? And why is it so hard for people in organizations to take on the risk to change – both themselves and their work environment?  I suggest it’s because we don’t interact with each other as fully as we think, so we don’t fully understand what is possible, what is allowed, or encouraged.While we don’t think we actively discourage challenging the status quo, we don’t really promote it either.  And the absence of that message is still a message, just as making no decision is actually making an important decision — a decision to do nothing. Learning to ask, and accept, challenging questions is actually hard.  If you’ve read this far, you’ve likely asked yourself if I’m right about the situation – that people ask too few hard questions – of themselves and of others.  You likely have said to yourself “I both ask and encourage the asking of hard questions.” And I’m sure you do, sometimes. But I wouldn’t be so sure that you regularly encourage and accept the “hardest” questions that can and must be asked.  Why do I believe this? Because promoting the kind of questions that bring about successful change requires leaders to allow for questions that challenge their role and their authority. At some point, you have to prove to your people that “all questions are welcome.”  You have to prove that questions about hierarchy and authority will not be taken “personally.”Uncomfortable questions need to be asked. So, if you are working to bring your culture forward, to enable your team to ask and answer the questions that will propel your transformation and promote success, I encourage you to allow all questions to be asked, and not to settle for a workplace where questions are encouraged or discouraged based upon whether they are perceived to be attacks on the hierarchy, rather than attacks on the status quo.  In other words, leaders must promote questioning, allowing people to push through, to keep asking, to get answers, even when those questions become uncomfortable. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

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Patient in Cianjur did not die from COVID-19: Health Ministry

first_imgTopics : “The patient in Cianjur is among those observed as negative [for the coronavirus]. Therefore, he died not because of COVID-19,” Achmad told journalists at the State Palace on Tuesday.When asked about the patient’s actual cause of death, Achmad said that his office “would ask to the hospital first”.Read also: Death of isolation patient ‘not COVID-19’, says Indonesian hospitalCianjur acting regent Herman Suherman confirmed on Monday that Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur had been treating a patient in its isolation room. A patient who died at Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java, on Tuesday did not die from the novel coronavirus disease, a Health Ministry official has said.The patient, identified as a 50-year-old male who works as an employee in a state-owned enterprise, had been treated in the hospital’s isolation room since Sunday for showing symptoms of COVID-19.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, denied that the patient died from the viral disease.center_img “He is actually not a resident of Cianjur, but he was visiting his relatives. He came from Bekasi [also in West Java],” Herman told journalists after visiting the patient on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.He said the patient traveled to Malaysia from Feb. 14 to 17. According to data compiled by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering on Tuesday, there are at least 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malaysia, of which 18 have recovered.“He was healthy when he arrived home. However, he caught a fever and was coughing on Feb. 20. He was admitted to a hospital in Bekasi from Feb. 22 to 26,” Herman said. The patient, however, left the hospital early to go to Cianjur on Feb. 29.“He went to Cianjur for a vacation to get healthy as well as to seek a traditional medical practitioner,” the regent explained.Read also: Malaysia maintains tourism target, bets on locals and non-Chinese visitorsDuring his stay at his relatives’ house, the patient’s health dropped significantly. He was then rushed to the hospital on March 1 to get treated. The regent said the patient complained of shortness of breath as well as pain in his lungs and heart.The regent initially said that the patient’s health was improving. However, the patient died on Tuesday early morning.State-owned telecommunications company Telkom confirmed that the patient was one of its employees in a statement issued on Tuesday.“His medical record within the company shows that the employee has a history of inflammation in his respiratory airways as well as the common cold,” Telkom vice president for corporate communications Arif Prabowo said in the statement.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that two Indonesians tested positive for COVID-19, the first two confirmed cases of the disease in the country. The two patients, a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter, had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on Feb. 27 after visiting Indonesia in mid-February. (gis)last_img read more

Renovated Gold Coast trawler Susii Salt hits the market

first_imgPlants are a common theme on Susii Salt. Photo by Richard Gosling Relaxing on the back deck. Photo by Richard Gosling“I have a passion for design, particularly place-making where I can take the history and the cultural aspect of a place and design it around that,’’ she said.“I’ve done big family homes and apartments but never a boat.“I actually hate boats but this gave me the chance to be creative with less stress.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe rooftop deck. Photo by Richard GoslingThe trawler features a renovated living area with kitchen, bedroom, toilet, shower and rooftop deck. It has been freshly painted and rewired, new plumbing has been installed and it is styled to perfection.“On the outside it might look like a boat but on the inside, for all intents and purposes, it functions as an apartment,” Ms Kimber said.“People ask how I can get dressed and ready on a boat but it’s got a shower, a toilet and an iron to iron my clothes. Water views from every room. Photo by Richard GoslingWhile it’s illegal to permanently live on a boat docked at a house on the Gold Coast, Ms Kimber said Susii Salt could be easily towed to another location.“It is better going to someone who sees it as an extension to their home or as their home on a live-aboard marina as opposed to someone who sees it as a boat as it’s going to take a bit of work to get it up and running,” she said. Bridget Kimber is behind Susii Salt. Photo by Richard Gosling“I’ve sporadically lived back and forth and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on rent up here,” the mother-of-two said.“I looked for an apartment to buy but couldn’t find one – and then found this.”Ms Kimber said Susii Salt had been her creative project to work on outside of normal work hours. Susii Salt is for sale. Photo by Richard Gosling“It was all about making the space bigger and keeping everything low and small. “I have lots of foliage which brings the outside in. “In this way none of the comforts of home have been missed and the boat is incredibly functional as a one-bedroom apartment with 50sq m of living space and an enviable address.”But there’s another major catch – the engine may need an overhaul. Bridget Kimber has been working for 18 months on the GC and “Susii Salt” the boat was her “creative project”. Photo by Richard GoslingTALK about location location.This has 360-degree water views, an enviable spot and impeccable styling – but there’s a catch.Susii Salt is a former fishing trawler.Bridget Kimber is the brains behind the lovingly renovated boat. The 51-year-old lives in Melbourne but spent the past 18 months working on the Gold Coast on the gymnastics competition for the Commonwealth Games. The bedroom. Photo by Richard Gosling The kitchen. Photo by Richard GoslingSusii Salt is docked at Sorrento and is available from April. It’s on the market at $127,000.Email susiisalt@icloud.com for more information. The living area. Photo by Richard Goslinglast_img read more

School Recess Today

first_imgThe other day I drove by one of our local schools when the kids were out on what we would have called the playground in my day.  What I saw was not what the fitness experts want to see kids doing.  There were a lot of kids standing around in small groups talking, a few kids were walking around a track, and a few were tossing a ball.  Back in my day, we couldn’t wait to get to recess or noon break so we could play baseball or kickball.  Before you hit the playground, you already had your teams chosen and you wasted no time getting the game started.  The game went on until, in my case, one of the nuns rounded you up and sent you back into the building.I know most schools today have a no-phone policy, but I still go by school buildings and see kids looking at something held in their hands.  Maybe they are so used to using their phone that they look at their hands even when they don’t have a phone in it.  I bet one thing, not many of the kids today go back into the building with any sweat beads anywhere on their body unless it is 95 in the shade and they are sweating just from standing around.last_img read more

Secretary of State Lawson urges Hoosiers to VOTE

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Today is Election Day, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Hoosiers to vote.Hoosiers can go to www.indianavoters.com to look up which candidates will be on their ballot. Voters will be required to enter their county of residence, name and date of birth to access their personal information. Voters can also find information on their polling location and election night results.“I encourage all Hoosier voters to visit IndianaVoters.com to educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting,” said Secretary Lawson. “An informed electorate is the key to a successful society so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool.”Hoosiers may also call the toll free Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE to speak directly to a representative for information, polling locations and to file grievances. Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Election Day.Voters may also visit www.in.gov/sos for additional information, including information regarding Indiana’s photo ID law. Indiana’s photo ID law requires every voter to present a government issued ID before casting their vote at the polls. For more information on Photo ID go to http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2401.htm. Voters are not required to have a real ID to vote.last_img read more

Red River Valley, Norman County host Sanders Modified Challenge Tour dates

first_imgWEST FARGO, N.D. – IMCA Modifieds take to the track in $1,300 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features on both nights of the Sanders Modified Challenge Tour.Events Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., and Thursday, Aug. 9 at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., are draw/redraw and pay $1,100 for second and $1,000 for third.Minimum start money is $200. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central and Minnesota State points, but no track points will be awarded.Out-Pace Racing Products gives a $100 hard charger award. Both shows will be broadcast by IMCA.TV and pork chops will be served in the pit area after the race program is complete at Ada.Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., the draw cutoff is at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Car and driver is $30.More information is posted on the track websites.last_img read more