$100K dedicated to community support

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined leaders of local nonprofits, elected officials, and Allston residents at the Honan-Allston Branch Library March 2 to celebrate the nine local nonprofit organizations receiving $100,000 in Harvard-Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grants this winter.The event marked the fourth installment of the HAPF, a $500,000 five-year program created in 2008 by Harvard University and the city of Boston in collaboration with the Allston community to support neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming through annual grants of $100,000. Over the past four years, HAPF has infused $400,000 into 19 nonprofits, helping to maintain and expand critical community programming.The library’s community room was filled with people who work together in many ways to improve the Allston-Brighton community, including Rep. Kevin Honan and city councillors Mark Ciommo, Felix Arroyo, and John Connolly.Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, welcomed the audience, acknowledged the important work of the nonprofits represented, and introduced Boston’s mayor as “a good neighbor and great civic leader” who encourages citizens to get to know their neighbors and join with one another in order to reach new heights together.Menino noted the importance of the partnership and its impact on Allston-Brighton residents and local nonprofits during hard economic times.“I want to say to President Faust and this community, ‘Thank you for your partnership,’ ” Menino said. “Nine local organizations are receiving a total of $100,000 to continue their missions. They’re bringing vital services to our families and our seniors and are making a difference in people’s lives,” he added.This winter’s grants will help local nonprofits provide free educational enrichment for Allston-Brighton children and families, job skills training for the disabled, summer camps for youth, volunteer opportunities for Charles River maintenance, and other community support programs such as the Family Nurturing Center, which is using its grant to form its first Chinese Families Playgroup at the Honan-Allston Library. Even the event’s host, the Honan-Allston Library, received a grant for a new teenage center with computers, couches, and chairs through the efforts of the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library.Faust said that the library was a fitting place for the celebration, not only because of its HAPF grant, but also because of the way libraries bring community together — a goal of all the organizations represented in the room.“Supporting the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund is an important part of our ongoing partnership with the Allston-Brighton community,” said Faust, “but it’s really you — the organizations here — that leverage that contribution to create thoughtful and meaningful programs that can have an enormous impact on the community.”While the presence of Menino and Faust, along with elected officials and nonprofit leaders, clearly energized the room, it was the Gardner Pilot Academy’s (GPA) physical education instructor Donnell Stoute, better known as “Mr. D,” and his two young counterparts who stole the show.Stoute said he sees firsthand the impact these funds have on youngsters in after-school and summer programs. Aaliyana Abraham and Andre Robinson, two fourth-grade students who have attended after-school and summer programs at the GPA for four years, spoke about what the programming means to them.“We get to enjoy ourselves, do our homework, and be who we want to be,” said Abraham. Robinson followed with a heart-felt tribute to Stoute and physical fitness.Directors of the GPA after-school program, summer programs, and adult education program said HAPF funds have enabled the GPA to continue providing programs for 130 children and increase the number of parents they serve through adult education classes. “Harvard has been a tremendous community partner through many programs,” said Lauren Fogarty, director of extended learning at the GPA. In addition to the HAPF grants GPA has received (a total of $75,000 over three years), Fogarty noted that the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI), Harvard Business School mentors, the Harvard Allston Ed Portal, and Harvard Bridge programs all have connections with the GPA.The nine HAPF grant recipients include the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Oak Square YMCA, The Fishing Academy, The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, the Vocational Advancement Center (VAC), and the West End House Camp. Each was selected by a seven-person mayor-appointed advisory committee made up of Allston-Brighton community members. The committee carefully scrutinized a pool of applications to identify programs and services that would directly benefit the community. Organizations received grants ranging from $4,000 to almost $25,000.The $4,850 awarded to the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts will allow the nonprofit to provide services to a new population at the library, but Valerie Bean, development officer at the center, saw the broader impact of the day.“That $100,000 may not seem like a lot, but the impact is huge,” she said. “It’s a lot to the Chinese parent who meets another Chinese parent at one of our playgroups and makes a connection that lasts a lifetime; it’s a lot for a child that goes to camp who otherwise couldn’t afford to go; it’s a lot for the children and families who learn at the Gardner Pilot Academy,” Bean said.“The effects of the HAP Fund have been rippling out now for four years to 19 organizations and hundreds of people that have been served. We all are truly grateful for this support,” she added.last_img read more

Landscapers decorate for the holidays

first_imgChristmas starts in October for Notre Dame Landscaping Services, the group in charge of the majority of outdoor decorations on campus. Pat McCauslin, manager of Landscaping Services, said it takes a three-person crew three weeks to install the lights on the large trees near the Main Building, the Debartolo Performing Arts Center, the fire station, the Grotto and Carroll Hall before wintry weather settles in South Bend. “You never know when it’s going to snow,” he said. “… Once it starts snowing, our focus turns to snow removal and you have to stop putting lights up. So that’s why we start early.” Landscaping crew members Ron Rosander, Tammy Bergl and Brian Anders have already put up thousands of lights around campus, McCauslin said. “The fire station tree, if you see that at night, it’s really gorgeous,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many thousands of lights are on that tree. I know the tree at the Grotto that we decorate behind the crèche – that has close to 3,000 lights on it. “We really like to pack lights on, really pack them on a tree, so they have a nice effect.” In recent years, McCauslin said Landscaping Services has adopted more environment-friendly Christmas decorations. “Our focus now is going more with the sustainable LED lights,” he said. “We’re about 90 percent [LED] now with all the lighting we do.” For the buildings on campus, the Campus Work Control Center carpenter shop handles most of the decorations, Tanner Andrysiak, superintendent of the shop, said. The shop adorns the indoor Christmas trees and makes the wreaths and garlands, he said. The group has received orders for decorations from 13 residence halls and is in charge of decorations in Bond Hall, Hagar Hall, O’Shaughnessy Hall, Jordan Hall of Science and the Stepan Chemistry Center. ‘Normally if they’re on a roof, the kids aren’t allowed to [put decorations there], and I believe they’re not allowed to use ladders anymore either,” Andrysiak said. “… In O’Shaughnessy, it was a 17 ft. tree, and we had to decorate from the top down to where they could reach from the ground. They weren’t allowed to get on ladders to finish.” Andrysiak said two carpenters install all of these decorations, mostly during the first week of December, including the 10-ft tall O’Neill Hall “O” and the complicated Dillon Hall light show. The crew will also set up the nativity scene at the Grotto, he said.  “I think last year I had four carpenters ont[the nativity scene]. It takes four guys about half a day to put it together, four to six hours,” he said Andrysiak said the nativity scene is his favorite of the campus decorations his crew installs, and that it take four members approximately five hours to assemble. Andrysiak said the carpenter shop does most of the same decorations each year, and McCauslin said landscaping services also carries out the same tasks from year to year. “The folks that do it have been here for 20 plus years,” he said. Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Rick: Expect an economic slowdown

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Steve Rick Credit unions can expect slower loan growth, accelerated savings growth, and a sluggish economy in the months ahead, says Steve Rick, chief economist for CUNA Mutual Group.During a presentation at the 2019 CUNA Lending Council Conference Wednesday in New Orleans, Rick made these observations about the economy and its effect on credit unions:The U.S. economy remains strong due in large part to low unemployment, rising wages, and strong consumer confidence. However, the U.S. trade war with China, declining business spending, uncertainty over Brexit, a possible recession in Europe, and slowing growth in China are hindering economic growth.Rick forecasts 2.3% economic growth in 2019 and 0.5% growth in 2020, before the economy “comes roaring back in 2023” with 3% growth.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Binghamton makes top ranking of best cities to eat in Upstate NY

first_img“You take pride in continuing the same service, the same reputation that’s been going on for generations, and you have the family values,” said Eliott Lupo from Lupo’s S&S Char Pit. “We have a lot of regulars, so part of our success is the fact that they come in on a daily or weekly basis and we try to give them the same food and service that they’re used to every time,” said Lisio. Meanwhile, Lupo’s S&S Char Pit was recognized as having the best spiedie in town, representing the true signature of Binghamton. On New York Upstate’s website, Binghamton was named number two of 12 spots for best food. The article specifically mentioned Little Venice and Lupo’s S&S Char Pit as leading restaurants in making Binghamton stand out. Owner of Little Venice, Piero Lisio, says he was grateful for the recognition. He credited it toward his restaurant’s homemade Italian cuisine and his loyal customers. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton has been ranked one of the top cities in Upstate New York to eat by an online ranking site, crediting two restaurants in the area for the listing. Ithaca and Oneonta also made the list in the top 12 rankings.last_img read more

Lewis steps down in Freeport pay revolt

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Ziton Charters MPI Enterprise

first_imgDanish jack-up vessel operator Ziton has chartered Vroon’s MPI Enterprise on a bareboat agreement.The bareboat charter started on 28 May and will continue until 31 March 2021. Ziton will then have the option to acquire the 2011-built vessel.This fleet expansion is part of Ziton’s strategy to meet changing market dynamics, in which offshore wind turbines with capacities of 7‐10MW are increasingly commonplace.Enterprise will be available to Ziton’s customers under existing framework agreements, the company said. It will also be deployed within Ziton’s turnkey solutions for major component replacements and blade campaigns. The vessel will be introduced over the coming months.“We are continually developing our business in order to remain a true strategic partner to our customers, and this vessel addition is another important leg of the journey,” said ZITON CEO Thorsten Jalk.“It will strengthen our ability to service all current wind turbine models at wind farms around Europe in varying conditions, including seabed soil, sea levels, ports and diverse operating settings.”last_img read more

Smoking dope can cause early puberty – research

first_imgNZ Herald 19 May 2015Smoking cannabis may cause early puberty and stunted growth in boys.Scientists studied hormones in the blood of 437 boys, including 217 who habitually smoked cannabis before reaching puberty.They found that levels of puberty-related hormones such as testosterone were raised in the drug users, who also had reduced levels of growth hormones.By the age of 20, non-cannabis smokers were on average four kilograms heavier and 11.6cm taller than smokers.The researchers also found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol were significantly higher in saliva samples from boys taking cannabis.The scientists, led by Dr Syed Rizvi from the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Agriculture University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, wrote a study presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology’s annual meeting in Dublin.“Marijuana use may provoke stress responses resulting in stimulation of pubertal development and suppression of growth rate.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11451162last_img read more

Santa Barbara farmer hacked to death

first_imgCeloso said Susmiran may have morethan one attacker./PN Policemen inspect the body of a farmer found dead in this rice paddy in Santa Barbara, Iloilo on Oct. 9, 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Residents living near where Susmiranwas found told the police they heard noises at around midnight, and that dogskept barking. Elmo Susmiran was 47 years old. Hisbody was found at around 6:05 a.m. yesterday in a rice paddy. ILOILO – A farmer was hacked to deathin Barangay Tuburan, Santa Barbara town. The victim never reached home.center_img Susmiran’s 15-year-old son found thefarmer’s body, said Celoso. Susmiran was last seen alive at around7 p.m. on Oct. 8 on a drinking binge at a friend’s house. According to Police Captain ReymondCeloso, Santa Barbara police chief, Susmiran left the group at around 9 p.m. tosupposedly go home. As of this writing, the Santa Barbarapolice had not named any suspect.last_img read more

Antique PHO to public: Practice proper hygiene, seek early medical care

first_imgMeanwhile, Provincial Health OfficerDr. Leoncio Abiera Jr. said they are in control of the suspectedmeningococcemia case in Hamtic, Antique. Duldoco also encouraged the public toseek early medical consultation when they have symptoms like fever and pain sothey will be given early medical attention. PHO Information Officer Irene Duldocourged the public to do basic hygiene practice such as washing of hands properlywith soap and water and covering of nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Provincial Health Office information officer Irene Dulcoco, Dr. Leoncio Abiera Jr. and Dr. Luz Resurrection (left to right) of the Angel Salazar Jr. Memorial Hospital in San Jose, Antique explain the status of the suspected meningococcemia case in the province during a press conference at the Integrated Provincial Health Office. PIA-6 The bacteria can also spread throughdroplets, coughing, sneezing, and prolonged kissing especially onchildren.      The Hamtic Municipal Health Office hasalready conducted contact tracing and surveillance and those who came incontact with the victim were already given prophylaxis, it said. No new casewas reported.   Abiera said meningococcemia is adeadly bacterial disease, however, it is not highly communicable except forthose who came close with the victim. SAN JOSE, Antique – The ProvincialHealth Office (PHO) here reminded the public on the practice of proper hygieneand seeking early medical consultation when sick to avoid complications. The PHO urged the public to be responsiblesocial media users and help educate on healthy lifestyle and proper hygiene.(With a report from PIA/PN) He enjoined everyone to remain calmand refrain from sharing misinformation about the case, as it is beingaddressed properly by health authorities. He added the health protocol wasfollowed in the management of one suspected case in Barangay Buhang,Hamtic.  last_img read more

Betpay Unveils Eguavoen as Brand Ambassador

first_img“We are very delighted with this exciting partnership with Augustine Eguavoen who we all know is one of the best defenders ever to come out from this part of the world,” the Betpay CEO stated.Eguavoen was a member of the Nigeria squad that qualified the country for the first-ever World Cup in 1994, and won the Africa Nations Cup in the same year.He began his coaching career in Malta with Sliema Wanderers and was given the job for the 2000–01 season.Since then, he has gone on to handle various club sides both locally and internationally as well as virtually all of Nigeria’s national teams; including the Super Eagles.Already, Eguavoen has expressed delight with his selection while also giving his words to help with projecting Betpay in the best possible light.He said: Am highly excited to be associated with Betpay. Football has impacted positively on my image. I can only look back at what football has done for me. For now, it’s time to give back by way of economic empowerment. Betpay is the ideal platform to reward the teeming followers of the Game and the Betting Avenue.Apart from opening another channel for potential customers to win big and live their dreams, Betpay is set to create thousands of jobs with its new model.Mr Umweni revealed both time and huge resources were deplored to develop the Betpay.ng world-class platform as well as the right team behind it.He said: “We have built a state-of-the-art platform, using modern technology which none of our competitors can beat their chests about. Our mission is to be the best-loved betting company in Nigeria through innovations, trust and transparency”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles Captain and Head Coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has officially been unveiled as the brand ambassador for new betting company Betpay.In an official statement issued by Betpay, the company said the choice of Eguavoen was predicated on the impeccable track records and proven abilities of the former Nigeria defender fondly called Cerezo in his playing days.CEO of Betpay, Osamede Umweni, said it was necessary to find a face and personality that would project the company in the right light and also resonate easily with the millions of potential customers out there.last_img read more