Students, staff collaborate to weatherize Freshman Dean’s Office

first_imgMore than 30 members of the Harvard community rolled up their sleeves on Saturday April 2, to weatherize the Morton Prince House, home to the Freshman Dean’s Office (FDO). In a workday organized by the the student-run Environmental Action Committee, FDO, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Green Program, Green Building Services, the Harvard Office for Sustainability, and Campus Services Facilities Maintenance Operations, teams of students, staff, and administrators worked together to implement 11 energy conservation measures that will improve the building’s energy efficiency. Five student leaders coordinated groups working on installing pipe insulation, low-flow sink aerators, high efficiency light bulbs, and improved recycling signage, among other tasks.To view a YouTube VIDEO of the event click here.The 160-year-old building has moved twice since it was originally built, but it has not been renovated in years. An audit conducted by Campus Services Energy Auditing Service last November revealed 11 low-cost conservation measures that would lead to an annual reduction of 5.9 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, a 26% improvement from the building’s current energy consumption, and $1,928 in annual cost savings. All of the recommended conservation measures were implemented on April 2.“I gained an awareness of where I could have energy savings in my own life,” team leader Kamilia Kaczor ’11 said. Kaczor experienced a taste of her future career plans, as she hopes to work for an environmental consultancy firm after graduation.last_img read more

Facebook in India storm after hate speech claims

first_imgThe lawmaker in question, T. Raja Singh, on Monday claimed his account had been hacked, the New Indian Express reported.The Wall Street Journal report last week said Facebook’s top public-policy executive in India had opposed applying hate-speech rules to the lawmaker and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) individuals and allied groups who had been flagged internally. The executive, Ankhi Das, told staff members that punishing violations by politicians from India’s ruling party would damage the company’s business prospects in India, the newspaper reported.This was even after employees concluded Singh had violated its rules, the Journal said, citing current and former Facebook staff. Topics : Facebook is in the eye of a political storm in India after claims it failed to take action against hate speech posts by a Hindu nationalist lawmaker out of fear for its business interests.India is US-based Facebook and its messaging service WhatsApp’s biggest market in terms of users, and the firm is under pressure worldwide about how to police hate speech.But a huge row has now erupted in India after the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook stopped short of banning a ruling party MP even after he posted comments and made speeches saying Rohingya Muslim immigrants should be shot, Muslims were traitors, and threatened to raze mosques.center_img The main opposition Congress party on Sunday claimed there was “bias and alignment” of the Facebook India team in favor of the BJP and its allies.”They spread fake news and hatred through it and use it to influence the electorate,” tweeted senior party figure Rahul Gandhi.Without commenting directly on the Journal report, Facebook said Monday it would always prohibit “hate speech and content that incites violence”, and would “enforce these policies globally without regard to anyone’s political position or party affiliation”.”While we know there is more to do, we’re making progress on enforcement and conduct regular audits of our process to ensure fairness and accuracy,” a spokeswoman added.Lawmaker Raja Singh insisted Monday that his Facebook account had been hacked and someone was “deliberately trying to project me as a dangerous person all over the world.””Many pages and IDs are being run on my name on social media platforms without my consent,” he told the New Indian Express.last_img read more

UK roundup: TPR, bulk annuities, Aon Hewitt, LCP

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator’s new defined benefit (DB) funding code of practice has come into force, providing trustees with an update of its 2006 guidelines.The new code, “Funding Defined Benefits”, was originally published in December 2013 and underwent consultation until February 2014.A final, revised version was published in June.The code updates the regulatory framework for DB trustees and now takes into account the regulator’s new statutory objective – to consider whether scheme recovery plans take into account sponsoring employers’ sustainable growth. It also provides practical guidance on how trustees can comply with legal requirements.Original versions of the Code came under criticism from the industry for being too prescriptive and long-winded.The regulator eventually took heed, splitting the Code into regulatory requirements and guidance.Interim executive director for DB regulation, Geoff Cruickshank, said TPR was keen to understand how trustees and employers used the code, and which aspects needed further work.“We expect trustees and employers to take the new code into account,” he said. “Our case teams have undergone a programme of training to ensure the code is applied consistently between cases with similar facts.”In other news, the battle for bulk annuity consultancy work has intensified as Aon Hewitt and legal firm Eversheds launched a fixed fee buy-in or buyout service for DB schemes.Named Pathway, the package offers schemes pre-negotiated contract terms with bulk annuity insurers, increasing certainty of price and speeding up deal negotiations.In reaction to the launch, consultancy LCP, which advises trustees and sponsors on bulk annuity deals, said it just completed its tenth fixed fee bulk annuity transaction, after launching its service in 2012.Aon Hewitt said Pathway has been designed with insurers to ensure they prioritise cases and commit to shorter turnaround times.LCP said its process was designed to manage key challenges in running bulk annuity transactions, and that it provides certainty on legal and actuarial costs.Partner at LCP, Emma Watkins, said: “One of the key features of the service is that contracts are pre-negotiated with insurers, which gives trustees immediate access to better terms than the insurer’s standard contracts.”Dominic Grimley, principal consultant at Aon Hewitt, said: “In a busy market, it is more important than ever that a firm plan of action and clear objectives are adopted to get the right deal at the right time.“Annuity purchase involves a number of moving parts.”last_img read more

February 16, 2019 Police Blotter

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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw sees his postseason legacy get another re-write

first_imgHOUSTON — Clayton Kershaw is only 29 years old, still too young to allow a definitive ranking among history’s all-time great pitchers.And yet, Kershaw has already won more awards than most major leaguers will earn in their lifetimes. His $215 million contract is worth more than any active pitcher not named David Price. Between his talent, and the expectations he and the Dodgers have already set for himself, every pitch Kershaw throws invites an opinion about his “legacy.”And every October turns this conversation into a pretzel.In Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Kershaw threw 4⅔ innings against the Houston Astros. He was removed with a 7-4 lead that evaporated when the next batter, Jose Altuve, hit a three-run home run against reliever Kenta Maeda. Related Articles Astros edge Dodgers in walk-off thriller, lead World Series 3-2 Houston had no hits against Kershaw until the third inning and did not score until the fourth, when a walk to George Springer, a single by Jose Altuve, and an RBI double put the Astros on the board. Kershaw then served up a juicy slider to Yuli Gurriel, whose three-run home run cleared the bases.In the span of five batters, the Dodgers’ 4-0 lead had disappeared into a tie game.By the fifth inning, Kershaw’s command had failed him. His biggest problem was his slider – arguably his best individual pitch. He threw 10 in the fifth inning, but only three for strikes. In all, Kershaw threw only 16 of his 34 sliders for strikes.After getting two quick outs, Kershaw walked Springer on eight pitches. Manager Dave Roberts let his ace face dangerous third baseman Alex Bregman. A 10-pitch duel ensued. The final pitch was a slider in the dirt for ball four.Roberts promptly summoned Maeda from the bullpen. Altuve’s home run to center field changed the tenor of the game, and left Kershaw on the hook for arguably the worst postseason start of his career.Kershaw’s career postseason ERA rose to 4.50. It now stands in further contrast to his superlative regular-season ERA of 2.36, which has only gone down every year. His legacy, again, needed a re-write. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whicker: Bullpen roulette backfires on Dodgers in bizarre Game 5 loss Photos: Incredible Game 5 of the World Series – Astros outslug Dodgers World Series Game 5 never-ending highlights: Astros outslug Dodgers Kershaw was charged with six earned runs, the most he’s allowed in a playoff game since the 2014 National League Division Series. His two strikeouts represented a new low in 19 career postseason starts.By the time the game ended with the Astros winning 13-12 in 10 innings, hours had elapsed since Kershaw’s final pitch. That, plus the travel day between Games 5 and 6, might not be enough time to make sense of Kershaw’s latest postseason misadventure.October had treated Kershaw kindly until Sunday. He was 3-0 with a 2.96 earned-run average in four postseason starts. Kershaw had allowed seven home runs, but got away with it by ensuring the bases were empty prior to all but one.Game 5 was Kershaw’s first start at Minute Maid Park since 2015, when the Astros were only starting to emerge from a rebuild and Jed Lowrie was batting cleanup. Sunday, Kershaw succumbed to the same domed dungeon that made many elite pitchers look like mortal men. WATCH: Relive the best Dodgers 2017 World Series moments Bill Miller’s large, imperfect strike zone ultimately favored hitters in World Series Game 5 last_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge of Mark Hughes’ reign as QPR boss by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-7] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fighting Banyana lose Olympic opener

first_img26 July 2012A second half wonder-goal from Portia Modise wasn’t enough to stop South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, going down 4-1 to fourth-ranked Sweden in their opening match of the 2012 Olympic Games on Wednesday.After going into halftime 3-0 down at the City of Coventry Stadium, many thought it was all over bar the shouting for Banyana’s opening Group F game.But Modise, not nicknamed “Bashin” for nothing, clearly had second thoughts as she latched onto a ball just inside the Swedish half in the 60th minute and bashed a blaster past a stunned goalkeeper.It was from 45 metres out, and the Swedes stood nonplussed as the ball scorched home.Banyana will now be down but not out after a plucky performance against the world’s fourth ranked side.They’re only ranked 61st and could have gone down by a lot more, but credit to coach Joseph Mkhonza and captain Amanda Dlamini they refused to lie down.The first goal came in the seventh minute after a wicked deflection. Then two goals in the space of two minutes underlined the Swedish domination.South Africa weren’t without fight though, and Modise and Janine van Wyk both went close.After Modise’s super-strike, it wasn’t long however before Lotta Schelin scored her second goal to take the margin back to three goals.Some had predicted a thrashing for Banyana, but this result will give them some hope, especially after a second half in which they shared the spoils when it came to goals.Match statistics said that Banyana had 43% of possession compared to 57% of the Swedes, but when it came to heart they gave their all.And that will be key to Team South Africa’s hopes as the Games get going on Friday.Next up for Banyana are seventh-ranked Canada in Coventry on Saturday, and then their biggest test of all, against world champions Japan in Cardiff on Monday.Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committeelast_img read more

NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teenager upsets Nadal at Montreal Masters LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not one to hold his tongue regarding issues in today’s NBA and he recently chimed in on Kyrie Irving’s supposed request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The outspoken player-turned-analyst shared how baffled he was by the notion of Irving’s displeasure playing second fiddle to teammate LeBron James.“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV, as relayed by Bleacher Report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win,” he said.The 1993 NBA MVP also recalled Irving’s early years with the Cavaliers while LeBron was still playing for the Miami Heat. “When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he explained. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”Barkley, meanwhile, certainly knows a thing or two about accepting a lesser role, as he joined fellow legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at the twilight of his career in the 1996-1997 season.Although Barkley acknowledges that at 25 Irving is still in his prime with his best days ahead of him, he further explained why winning a championship remains the most important thing.“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” he concluded. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now!”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal

first_imgMOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kaitlin de Guzman nailed the gold medal in gymnastics women’s artistic uneven bars Tuesday for the Philippines’ second triumph of the day in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old De Guzman, daughter of former SEA Games champion Cintamoni Dela Cruz, garnered 12.875 points in her routine to bag the top honors.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding She bested Malaysia’s Tracie Ang who had 12.550 and Indonesia’s Rifda Iranalithfi who scored 12.075.De Guzman is competing in two more events including her favorite floor exercise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family member

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: Heaton like a family memberby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says there’s no hard feelings over Tom Heaton’s move to Aston Villa.The move raised a few eyebrows with the 33-year-old ending last season as Burnley’s No.1.His departure saw Bailey Peacock-Farrell drafted in from Leeds to bolster the goalkeeping ranks with Nick Pope playing every minute in the Premier League so far this campaign.“I treat all these players like they’re my own family members, I try and be as good with my guidance as I would be with my own children,” Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.“I think it’s important, they become important to you over time, Tom is certainly one of those. I don’t do favourites, apart from Tripps (Kieran Trippier), everybody knows that!“He was my first signing, an important signing, but he’s a top fella on and off the pitch, I like him as a person and professional.“There will always be a business decision here though, every pound is a prisoner, that’s just the way it is.“Behind that, we have got very good goalkeepers. I believe in Nick Pope, quite obviously, I believe in Joe Hart and young Bailey has joined the group and done very well so far.“There is a method to the planning of it, but there often comes a time when a deal gets done here.“With Tom, it worked on every level, and on the one that’s hard to find, an emotional level, because I can shake Tom by the hand, look him in the face, he’s happy, I’m happy, and there’s no thinking on who’s won, everyone has won.” last_img read more