LMH students rally behind “well-loved” porter

first_imgLady Margaret Hall’s JCR has passed a motion in support of a college porter asked to step down against his wishes.Having reached the retirement age of 65 Terry Greenwood, a night porter at the College, has been asked to resign, but the JCR has passed a motion calling for the college to extend its employment of him.The motion stated, “This JCR notes that Terry has been a friendly, hospitable and helpful presence in LMH who has made our time here far more pleasant. The JCR believes Terry is a credit to the College and its student body and is fully capable of performing his duties until he himself believes it is time to retire. “The JCR therefore resolves to declare its support for Terry Greenwood and expresses its hope that he can continue to serve LMH and its student body as a Porter for as long as he is willing to continue.”It was concluded that the JCR president, Marlene Cayoun, would write a letter of support for Mr Greenwood to Bart Ashton, the Domestic Bursar, and Lawrence le Carré, the Head Porter, in collaboration with the MCR president.Commenting on the motion, the JCR president said, “Terry is a wonderful and well-loved member of the college, who is extremely competent at his job. He’s not in any way impaired by his age. We would all be very sorry to see him go, especially as he hasn’t expressed any desire to leave.”Other students spoke of their anger at the College’s decision to dismiss the porter. Third year student Matthew Henshall, said, “There is a lot of anger amongst students here. Terry Greenwood is the best porter in college by far. All of the porters here are good but he is a class apart. He is both caring and compassionate.” Henshall went on to add that Mr Greenwood was “perfectly fit for the job”, attended the LMH gym and that he was very much in support of him.The Domestic Bursar and the Head Porter were unavailable to comment on the situation. According to employment laws introduced in 2006, although there is a default retirement age of 65, workers have the right to ask their employers to let them stay on at work. In order to prevent retirement being used as cover for an unjustified sacking, bosses must give at least six months’ notice of an individual’s retirement date. by Katherine Halllast_img read more

December Green Tip: Turn off before you take off

first_imgBefore you take off for holiday break, remember that a few simple energy saving actions can make a big difference in helping Harvard University meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016.  In this month’s Green Tip, the Office for Sustainability (OFS) challenges us all to take part in the “Turn Off and Take Off Challenge.”  The tip includes a link which allows you to add a holiday break shutdown list to your Outlook calendar as a reminder to help save energy before you leave for the holiday.According to the EPA, the energy used by a building to support just one office worker for a day causes over two more times greenhouse gas emissions than if that person was driving to and from work (we know that most of the Harvard community already makes the green choice to take public transit, walk, or bike to work so remember this is just for comparison).As part of the Turn Off and Take Off Challenge, OFS encourages staff and students to take the following actions before they leave on break:Turn down the heat – a 5 degree setback can save you 5% on your energy bill.Pull the plug – in the kitchen, office, and dorm room. “Phantom Loads” add up fast and can account for 8% of energy use or $100/year!o    Computer/monitor/printer/fax and copy machineo    Coffee makers, tea kettles, microwaves and applianceso    Unplug the power stripsTurn off what you can’t unplug.Close/shut all: o    Windowso    Storm windows, where applicable – storm windows can prevent 25-50% of heat loss through windows.o    BlindsLast one out the door shuts off the main lights.Check-in with the facilities team to learn your building and School specific shutdown procedures.Let your facilities team know if you see any leaky faucets/toilets or if you have any trouble with windows, thermostats, or lights during your shutdown.At the Harvard Law School, the Facilities and Sustainability teams found the savings from energy saving actions taken by students and staff to be substantial. Behavior related programming such as holiday shutdowns, temperature policy adherence and room scheduling led to a savings of 781 Million BTU’s in December ’10 compared to December ’09. That works out to just over $39,000 in energy bills and 43.4 Metric Tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided.last_img read more

Freshmen adjust to college life at ND

first_img “I’m looking forward to being in the student section and doing all the cheers,” Moriarty said. Keelin is also looking forward to interhall athletics, specifically soccer, although worries about balancing everything are also growing stronger. “I wasn’t really nervous,” she said. “I’m slightly overwhelmed by the readings already on the first day. I wasn’t ready for it.” Hess said his schedule was finally organized with his adviser. Athletics seem to be the most anticipated social event. Both Moriarty and Keelin said they cannot wait for football season to begin, and Hess said he’s been attending games with his family for more than a decade, watching the student section. “It was a shock at first to walk into a 250-person general chemistry class,” he said. “But my seminar is nice.” Freshmen are feeling the pressure of juggling academics and a social life after their first few days on campus. Freshman Kaitlyn Keelin said the assignments have been stacking up. “I just feel stressed out about it already,” Moriarty said. “But I’ll be okay. I’ll just set my mind to it.” Hess was worried about making friends while keeping his grades up before he got to campus, but those fears subsided after learning he was living in Sorin College.center_img While some freshmen stress about making friends, Keelin is not worried because of the campus atmosphere. “I always heard people were friendly — that they go out of their way to help,” she said. “It was pleasantly unexpected.” “It’s been busy, but it’s been really nice. Everybody’s really kind here,” Nutter said. “I’m from San Diego, and I couldn’t take that much. I had to find all I needed here. I also got into [Introduction to Anthropology] with [Professor James] McKenna, so I’m really excited.” Moriarty, whose mother attended Notre Dame, heard stories about friendships made on campus. Keelin, who is taking mostly general requirements, said she is still in the process of making friends and branching out on campus. Her roommate, Rebecca Moriarty, said she has made friends with mostly the other residents of her dorm. “From that, I thought I would’ve had great friends by now, but it’s more than that,” she said. “You have to find people you want to be with.” “It’s a lot different than what I expected,” Moriarty said. “Actually, I didn’t know what to expect.” Freshmen Bobby Hess and Taylor Nutter said the worst part of the first week didn’t come in the classroom, but rather in adding final touches to rooms and class schedules. last_img read more

Sabres Replace General Manager

first_imgImage via Buffalo Sabres Twitter.BUFFALO – The Buffalo Sabres have replaced General Manager Jason Botterill.“We have relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as General Manager,” owners Terry and Kim Pegula announced Tuesday on social media.Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named General Manager.Botterill was a NHL winger drafted by the Dallas Stars. After his playing career he served as associate general manager with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He held his Sabre’s post for three years and his dismissal comes in the face of a nine-year playoff drought for Buffalo. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Finding Neverland Eyes West End in 2016

first_img Related Shows Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, the Broadway production will begin performances on March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. If Finding Neverland lands in London in 2016, it will not be the first time that the musical has been seen in the U.K. The show made its world premiere at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in September 2012 after canceling its fall 2011 debut at La Jolla Playhouse. That production featured direction by Rob Ashford, musical by Frankel and Korie and a book by the film’s screenwriter Allan Knee. At the time, the show was aiming for a West End run in 2013, but after mixed reviews and backstage turmoil, the Harvey Weinstein-produced tuner overhauled its creative team. Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. The Great White Way incarnation stars Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly. View Comments Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Finding Neverland is aiming to open in the West End in 2016. Composer Gary Barlow told The Daily Mail that he’d like the tuner to cross the Pond next year and also revealed more details about the show’s concept album, which will be released in April. Rita Ora will take on a number called “Play,” while Paloma Faith sings “Circus Of Your Mind.” As previously reported, Jessie J will belt “Stronger.”last_img read more

Ecuador Seizes Submarine, Speedboat, Airplane Belonging to ‘El Chapo’

first_img The transnational criminal organization led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has suffered a series of losses in Ecuador in recent months. In June, Ecuadorean authorities seized a submarine that was under construction, a light airplane, a speedboat and two tons of cocaine. The sea vessels, the airplane and the drugs probably belonged to El Chapo, said local security analyst Ricardo Camacho Zeas, who noted that El Chapo has been operating in Ecuador for years. “There is no doubt” the vessels were used in drug trafficking, he said, and that they “would be directly related to a Mexican drug cartel which would operate with Ecuadorean and Mexican nationals,” he noted — since it’s El Chapo’s pattern to form alliances with organized crime in whatever country outside Mexico he’s operating in. For example, in April, Ecuador’s National Police arrested El Chapo’s primary enforcer in the country, César Demar Vernaza Quiñonez, known as “The Entrepreneur.” He led a gang of criminal operatives known as “The Courageous.” The gang transported and guarded drug shipments for El Chapo that went through Ecuador, authorities said. El Chapo’s long list of activities The recent seizures of vessels, aircraft and cocaine all appear to be connected to El Chapo: • On June 24, Ecuador’s Coast Guard discovered a submarine hidden beneath mud and shrubs on an islet between the Verdes and Escalante islands, in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The sub was 15 meters long and four meters wide, with the capacity to haul up to 15 tons of drugs. The sub was under construction and was 70 percent complete, authorities said. • On June 23, the Ecuadorian Navy intercepted a speedboat 12 miles from the coast of Canoa, in Manabí province. The boat was powered by three outboard engines of 350-horsepower each and carried 2,000 gallons of fuel. The vessel, which left Chiapas on June 7, was equipped with modern communications equipment, a high-frequency transmitter and food for several days. Three Mexican nationals were detained. • On June 22, the Ecuadorian Navy found a ton of cocaine the rocks at San Clemente Beach, a few miles from where the speedboat was captured. The cocaine was probably supposed to be picked up by the men on the captured speedboat, authorities said. • On June 5, police found a light aircraft with a Mexican license plate abandoned inside a hangar in San Pablo, in the coastal province of Santa Elena. The aircraft was probably used for drug trafficking, authorities said. There have been other indications El Chapo is operating extensively in Ecuador. On May 13, a light plane crashed in Manabí. Authorities found $1.4 million in cash on the plane, which was from Mexico. The pilot and co-pilot, who both died in the crash, were from El Chapo’s stronghold of Sinaloa. Drug vessels popping up everywhere In recent years, Ecuadorian authorities have discovered several seafaring vessels that were used for drug trafficking. In June 2010, authorities captured a speedboat in El Guabo, in the province of El Oro. The boat was going to be used to transport four tons of cocaine to Mexico. The following month, soldiers found a submarine in San Lorenzo, in Esmeraldas province, near the Colombian border. The fiberglass vessel was empty but operational. And in January 2012, a submarine was spotted in the Gulf of Guayaquil. It was sunk by its crew before Coast Guard boats could arrive to seize it; the Coast Guard helped rescue its crewmen. In 2011, Ecuador’s military warned that drug trafficking posed a threat to national security, pointing out that Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and other transnational criminal groups operate in Ecuador because of its proximity to Colombia and other coca-producing countries. Ecuador is also considered a good location from which to ship large loads of drugs north toward Mexico and the United States, or northeast toward Europe. Both Mexico and the United States are cooperating in the battle against organized crime groups. The two countries share information about the operations of El Chapo and other violent cartels, such as Los Zetas, which is led by Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “The Executioner,” and the Gulf cartel, led by Jorge Eduardo Castillo Sanchez, known as “El Coss.” That kind of alliance is also crucial in the fight against organized crime groups in Ecuador and throughout Latin America, a security analyst said. “Regional cooperation can always be broadened so organized crime can be faced in a more efficient manner,” said Sonja Wolf of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “Since it is a transnational threat, it is obvious that (nations) have to cooperate.” It is better to be a known as poor than a hidden mobster. It is necessary to capture many more criminals. By Dialogo July 30, 2012last_img read more

Teaching teens the value of money

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jill RadskenLove Harrison already knows buyer’s remorse. The 16-year-old has on several occasions made impulsive purchases, including a $50 sweater from Urban Outfitters she would later regret.“I never wore it. My mom said it was a waste of money,” said Harrison. “I kept telling her I didn’t have the right clothes for it. But when I got the right clothes, I still didn’t wear it.”The student at Codman Academy in Dorchester aspires to be a saver, but admits, “I just spend to kind of make me feel better.”That emotional connection to money is common for teenage girls, says Amanda Hoffman, CEO of Invest in Girls, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides a financial literacy curriculum to Codman’s female high school population. Since 2010, Invest in Girls has led workshops for some 670 teenage girls in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. This year, it will expand its reach, launching its programming at the Boston Center for Youth & Families and in New York City public schools. continue reading »last_img read more

Credit union HR answers: Revamping reviews

first_imgIt’s no surprise that forced rankings impose unrealistic limitations. Like the infamous bell curve, standards for assessment can become shaky at best, neutralizing both your high and middle-of-the-road achievers.Some HR experts prefer the “long-tail” curve, which infers there are many more talented employees than a bell curve would imply. “Forced rankings can also make people feel frustrated, angry and even helpless,” says Gary Markle, founder and CEO of Energage, Ellijay, Ga., and author of Catalytic Coaching: The End of the Performance Review.After spending 20 years in corporate HR, Markle became disenchanted with the review process and his inability to make meaningful change. “For years, companies have gone through the review process under this illusion of objectivity, with the fallacy that an annual evaluation is better than nothing at all,” says Markle.“In truth, something bad is worse than nothing. When you evaluate employees at the lowest common denominator or judge only according to the attributes of someone else, it can be demoralizing. It does nothing to identify an individual’s strengths or real areas for improvement.” To fight the one-size-fits-all strategy, Markle developed Catalytic Coaching, where staff are engaged with the process and coached for performance. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Get to know members better through the use of data integration

first_imgCollateral Valuations are essential while serving members and maintaining a healthy credit union. However, credit unions are relying on inaccurate valuations of their members’ collateral values because of disintegrated data.VehiclesMembers own many different kinds of vehicles. The values of their vehicles can fluctuate greatly depending on a plethora of factors.  Since vehicles are usually the second most valuable asset members own (next to their house), net worth calculations heavily depend on the value of members’ vehicles. Credit unions should begin gathering data about all their members’ vehicles and store all the history of these assets.HousingA house is usually the most valuable asset a member will ever own. As we saw in the Great Recession, housing values can fluctuate quickly. Housing valuations are becoming more common with companies like Zillow beginning to use statistical models to determine worth (sometimes very inaccurately due to disintegrated data). Credit unions have an advantage in valuing members’ housing (especially if they originated their mortgage) because they have historical data about all their members from many. Utilizing internal and external data sources, credit unions can sharpen their valuation of all their members’ (and potential members) homes. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Japan eyes fresh $1.1t stimulus to combat pandemic pain

first_imgIn the meeting with ruling party lawmakers, Abe said the government will separately provide up to 140 trillion yen in financial assistance to firms hit by the pandemic.Japan compiled a record 117 trillion yen stimulus package in April that centered on cash payouts to households and steps to cope with the immediate damage from the pandemic.Given the widening fallout from the virus, Abe had ordered his cabinet to compile on Wednesday another stimulus plan funded by a second extra budget for the current fiscal year.Japan’s economy slipped into recession for the first time in 4.5 years in the last quarter, putting the nation on course for its deepest postwar slump as the virus hurts businesses.Topics : Japan will compile a fresh stimulus package worth US$1.1 trillion that will include a sizable amount of direct spending to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic, a draft of the budget obtained by Reuters showed on Wednesday.The stimulus, which will be funded partly by a second extra budget, will be on top of a $1.1 trillion package already rolled out last month, putting the total amount Japan spends to combat the virus fallout at 234 trillion yen – roughly 40 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product.The government’s 117 trillion yen ($1.1 trillion) in fresh stimulus, to be compiled on Wednesday, will include 33 trillion yen in direct spending, the draft showed. To fund the costs, Japan will issue an additional 31.9 trillion yen in government bonds under the second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year ending in March 2021, according to the draft.“We must protect business and employment by any means in the face of the tough road ahead. We must also take all necessary measures to prepare for another wave of epidemic,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a meeting with ruling party lawmakers on Wednesday.Government officials have said the new package will include steps such as an increased medical spending, aid to firms struggling to pay rent, support for students who lost part-time jobs, and more subsidies to companies hit by slumping sales.In the second extra budget, the government will also set aside 10 trillion yen in reserves that can be tapped for emergency spending, the draft showed.last_img read more