June 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Inks Two Missionaries FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday the addition of Cole Motes and Jack Rigby to the Aggie football program. Both players will serve two-year LDS Church Missions before enrolling at USU.Motes, a 6-foot-6, 240-pounder from Thatcher, Ariz. (Thatcher HS), earned Arizona Class 2A honorable mention all-state honors as both a tight end and defensive end as a prep senior. Motes, who is a 247Sports three-star recruit, helped Thatcher HS to three-straight state championships from his sophomore to senior seasons. Motes also earned all-region honors as a senior and was named his team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. During his senior season, he caught eight passes for 158 yards (19.8 ypr) and two touchdowns on offense and recorded 48 tackles, which included 1.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss, while adding one interception that he returned 44 yards on defense.Following his senior season, Motes was named the Thatcher High School Athlete of the Year as he also earned all-region and all-state honors in basketball, along with being named his team’s Player of the Year, and was a state qualifier in the discus and state runner-up in the shot put on the track & field team.Motes was also named his basketball team’s Player of the Year following his junior season as he earned honorable mention all-state and all-region accolades, along with qualifying for state in both the discus and shot put on the track & field team. Motes also earned all-region honors in basketball following his sophomore season.Rigby, a 6-4, 200-pound tight end from Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), earned Utah Class 6A second-team all-state honors following his senior season as he caught 35 passes for 620 yards (17.7 ypr) and six touchdowns. As a prep senior, he had seven catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns against Clearfield HS and seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown against Lone Peak HS. As a junior, he caught 14 passes for 152 yards (10.9 ypr). Rigby also played basketball at Davis HS. Written by Tags: Cole Motes/Jack Rigby/Utah State Aggies Football Robert Lovell
View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Navy View post tag: system Authorities View post tag: Demonstration View post tag: Autonomy UK Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) has ordered a maritime autonomy demonstration system from SeeByte.The demonstration system will consist of UUVs equipped with SeeByte’s SeeTrack Neptune, an open architecture enabling autonomous multivehicle collaboration. The systems will be integrated with the UK’s Maritime Autonomy Framework (MAF) developed under Dstl funding.They enable the UK to develop next generation over-the-horizon capabilities. Delivery will be to the Royal Navy Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (RN MASTT).The order consists of three Iver3 UUVs manufactured by OceanServer Technology Inc. and equipped with L-3 Klein 3500 bathy and side-scan sonars. They will also be equipped with WHOI Micro Modem 2 systems. The navigation will be provided by Teledyne RDI DVLs and KVH Fibre Optic Gyros. Each AUV will be equipped with SeeByte’s SeeTrack Neptune and on-board Automatic Target Recognition (ATR). The ATR software can be tuned to recognise new targets, effectively adapting to challenges faced by Mine Countermeasure (MCM) task groups.Alastair Cormack from SeeByte said:This new generation of autonomous systems should serve to inform in the development of a joint MCM and Hydrography capability equipped with offboard assets. They should also help research and develop uses to support other future naval capabilities, such as the MHC and the Type 26 Frigate.Image: SeeByte View post tag: orders View post tag: News by topic March 6, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK UK Orders Maritime Autonomy Demonstration System View post tag: SeeByte View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Orders Maritime Autonomy Demonstration System Share this article
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By DONALD WITTKOWSKIMayor Jay Gillian unveiled plans Saturday for a new $35 million public safety building that would combine Ocean City’s police, fire, emergency management and municipal court operations in one complex.“It’s the right place. It’s the right time,” Gillian said of the proposed project in remarks during a town hall meeting at the Ocean City Tabernacle to present conceptual plans to the public.City officials have discussed a number of possibilities for replacing or modernizing the antiquated, 130-year-old public safety building, a former school that serves as the police department’s headquarters and location for the municipal court.After considering different proposals, Gillian said he believes the best option is to combine the operations of the police and fire departments along with the office of emergency management, the 911 system and the municipal court in one centrally located building.The fire department’s existing downtown headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue would be demolished to make room for the new public safety building. Meanwhile, the current public safety building at Eighth Street and Central Avenue would also be torn down, but the space would be used for more parking in the downtown business district.According to plans, the fire department’s headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue will be demolished to create room for the new public safety building.Construction on the new public safety building is expected to begin in the fall of 2021 and would take about 18 months to complete, city officials said. A series of preliminary steps must first be taken, including finalizing the architectural designs and hiring the construction contractor through the public bidding process.Gillian said the existing public safety building, which dates to 1890, and the fire department’s headquarters, built in 1983, are simply too outdated to handle the technological demands and complexities of modern police and fire operations.“It is such an important undertaking,” he said of the new project.However, the mayor repeatedly told the audience of about 50 people inside the Ocean City Tabernacle that the project is still in the conceptual phase at this point and could be changed depending on the public’s feedback.He pledged to pay close attention to suggestions from the public for possible improvements to such a major project.“I’m just very serious when it comes to spending millions and millions of dollars,” Gillian said of his due diligence for city projects.Mayor Jay Gillian looks at one of the renderings of the project that were set up inside the Ocean City Tabernacle for the town hall meeting.The audience members wore masks and were socially distanced in the Tabernacle’s auditorium amid the coronavirus pandemic. Those who spoke said they were in favor of the project.Dave Breeden, president of Fairness In Taxes, a community group that concentrates on government spending, praised Gillian for being transparent with the plans for the project. FIT has been able to meet with city officials recently to discuss the project and its financial implications on city taxpayers.“This project reflects a wise investment,” Breeden said, pointing out that better public safety would enhance the quality of life for local residents and also benefit the city’s tourism industry.Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, an Ocean City resident, also commended the city for focusing on a project that is so critical for public safety.“I applaud you for taking the time for putting this project together,” she said.Hayes, a retired law enforcement official with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, noted just how outdated the city’s police station has become. She said she had to use the men’s restroom during her visits there while still working for the prosecutor’s office because there wasn’t a women’s bathroom.As more and more women become police officers and firefighters, Ocean City must provide the type of modern facilities that women should have, Hayes said.Police Chief Jay Prettyman describes some of the features of the project during a presentation to the audience.In an interview after the town hall meeting, Police Chief Jay Prettyman explained that a school first constructed in 1890 was converted into the public safety building in 1960. He said the building is showing its age.“We’ve modified it over the years to fit our needs, but it’s at the point now where the infrastructure is beyond our ability to be updated,” Prettyman said.Fire Chief Jim Smith spoke of how the new building would be designed to create more space for the firefighters and the fire trucks. While the new public safety building is under construction, the fire department would temporarily shift its operations over to the city’s Bayside Center at 520 Bay Avenue, he said.The new building would occupy most of the block bordered by Asbury and West avenues between Fifth and Sixth streets – the same location currently used for the fire department’s headquarters. There would be no impact on the neighboring Ocean City Skate Park, city officials saidRising three stories high, the building would include a parking garage built underneath. There would also be parking in front of the complex on Asbury Avenue.The building would incorporate the latest in public safety technology along with “green” features to make it environmentally friendly and more energy efficient, city officials said.Ocean City’s antiquated public safety building is a former school dating to 1890.During the meeting, Ocean City’s Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato assured the audience that the project would have only a minimal impact on local taxes. He also said that it would not sidetrack the city from completing other crucial capital improvements throughout town, such as road and drainage projects.The city is estimating it will spend $116 million for capital projects over the next seven years, a figure that includes the $35 million public safety building. Donato said $116 million in spending would increase the local tax rate by only about one-third of a penny to a half a penny per year.For the owner of a home assessed at $500,000, that would mean about $25 more in local taxes each year, or $50 per year for a house assessed at $1 million, Donato said.Three bond sales planned in 2024, 2026 and 2028 would finance the capital plan over the next seven years.“It gets layered in over time,” Donato said of the cost of the capital projects, including the new public safety building. An architectural rendering depicts the front of the proposed public safety building overlooking Asbury Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. (Courtesy of City of Ocean City)
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their run of east coast shows as part of the Dead-inspired jam band’s ongoing 2019 winter tour with a sold-out performance at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Friday. The performance provided fans with a mix of Dead favorites, an abundance of teases, a Springsteen cover, and a special guest sit-in from notable multi-instrumentalist, Stuart Bogie.The night’s opening set saw the band get the show going with “Mama Tried”, and continued with “Brown Eyed Women” featuring a tease of “Tennessee Jed” from pianist Marco Benevento on the latter. The set continued with the band transitioning into “Good Lovin’”, which included a tease of John Coltrane‘s “Love Supreme” from pianist Marco Benevento. The show kept rolling with “The Wheel”, followed by a performance of “He’s Gone” with another “Tennessee Jed” tease. The band closed the first half of the show with a lively rendition of “Jack Straw”.The quintet returned to the stage to open up their second set by immediately diving into “Truckin” with a “New Speedway Boogie” tease courtesy of guitarist Tom Hamilton. The band continued right into a jam themed around “Born Cross-Eyed”, which transitioned into “Viola Lee Blues” with Scott Metzger providing another tease of “Good Lovin’” from earlier in the show. Metzger then took the sold-out theater into a rendition of “Throwing Stones” before the band jammed their way through the Bob Weir-sung tune. Following “Stones”, JRAD kept the second half energy going with a mix of “Row Jimmy” and “Estimated Prophet”, before closing out with “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”, which consisted of more Dead teases of “Tennessee Jed” and “Crazy Fingers”.The band returned for a two-song encore starting with “Box of Rain” in honor of Dead bassist Phil Lesh‘s 79th birthday on Friday, before reviving their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” for the first time since April 2017. The latter even saw the band welcoming out Stuart Bogie to play some sax on their version of the Springsteen classic.Fans can check out some of the photos from Friday’s sold-out show in the gallery below, courtesy of Ken Spielman.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continue their winter run with a sold-out show at Masonic Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night. Fans can head to the band’s website for ticket and tour info.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Wellmont Theater | Montclair, NJ | 3/15/2019Set One: Mama Tried, Brown Eyed Women @ -> Good Lovin’ (The Rascals cover) # -> The Wheel -> He’s Gone $ -> Jack StrawSet Two: Truckin % -> Born Cross-Eyed Jam -> Viola Lee Blues ^ > Throwing Stones -> Jam -> Throwing Stones Reprise, Row Jimmy, Estimated Prophet * > Mississippi Half Step +Encore: Box Of Rain @@, Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen cover) ##Show Notes:@ Tennessee Jed Tease (MB) & a He’s Gone Jam# “Love Supreme” (John Coltrane) Tease (MB)$ “Tennessee Jed” Tease (TH)% “New Speedway” Tease (TH)^ “Good Lovin’” (The Rascals) Tease (SM)& “Terrapin Station” Tease (TH)* “Lost Sailor” Teases (Band), and a “Terrapin” Tease (TH)+ “Tennessee Jed” Tease (SM) and a “Crazy Fingers” Tease (Band)@@ Dedicated to Phil Lesh by JR on Phil’s Birthday## w/ Stuart Bogie on Sax, with the house lights on, Not Played By Almost Dead since 2017-04-29, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO, a gap of 79 ShowsJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Wellmont Theater | Montclair, NJ | 3/15/2019 | Photos: Ken Spielman Load remaining images
Entering her ninth year as the president of Harvard University, Drew Faust has much to celebrate. With two years still to go, The Harvard Campaign has already helped ensure that the College will remain affordable for all students, created new professorships, supported expanded faculty research opportunities, and endowed two Schools, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Harvard’s plans for Allston, which include a new home for SEAS and an Enterprise Research Zone, are steadily moving forward, as is Harvard’s House renewal program that recently unveiled a transformed Dunster House after a 15-month overhaul. Last November, the reimagined Harvard Art Museums opened its doors, and it continues to welcome students and classes as a robust arts teaching and learning lab. And this fall marks the start of an eagerly anticipated Theater, Dance, and Media concentration that will integrate arts even more fully into the life of the University.But there are challenges ahead, too. Making all students feel “fully included in the Harvard experience” is a top priority in the year to come, said Faust, as are “the issues of sexual assault and safety and full inclusion and participation in Harvard student life for women in the community.” Pushing for more federal funding for science is also at the top of her agenda, Faust said, as is her continued support of the importance of a liberal arts education.Faust recently sat down with the Harvard Gazette in her Massachusetts Hall office to discuss her priorities and her plans for the coming year at Harvard. She offered up her thoughts on a range of topics, including Harvard’s endowment, the University’s approach to climate change, the continuing importance of the liberal arts and humanities, as well as plans for her next book project and her love for country and western singer Willie Nelson.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: To start, President Faust, could you tell us what you see as your priorities for this year?FAUST: There are a number of exciting things going on that we want to push forward and pursue. And also a number of challenges.The [Harvard] Campaign is entering its third year, and we’ve done extremely well so far, but we’d like now to drill down on some areas where we think we need some extra pushing and extra attention. Those include House renewal and financial aid, the Allston science building, and then some extra push for some of the Schools that have gotten slower starts. For example, the Ed School had a brand-new dean when the campaign launched.As the campaign moves forward, we are also focused on making sure it reaches its goals in terms of what we want it to do for Harvard, such as ensuring access and affordability by supporting financial aid for students, improving the student experience through initiatives like House renewal, and underpinning academic programs, including the type of cross-disciplinary research and teaching that can bring us into the knowledge environment of a 21st-century university. It is less about the dollars than the impact those dollars can have for our students, faculty, and the world.Allston is another priority that is obviously related to the campaign. We recently received from John Paulson a very exciting gift to endow the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. As we imagine its presence in Allston and move forward on that building, we see real progress.There are a number of other aspects of Allston that we’d like to pay attention to this year. One is the enterprise research zone, the 30-plus-acre area that will have business research activity that isn’t necessarily directly sponsored by the University.The Continuum building, a mixed-use apartments and retail complex at the intersection of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue in Allston, is opening now and has its first residents, and more people are going to be pouring into the area over the weeks and months to come. That will introduce a kind of activity and energy into the neighborhood, and it will be accompanied by additional development in retail and streetscapes.Then we’re also planning for the next academic venture, thinking about the Gateway building and what academic presence will be there, thinking about the variety of probably quantitatively related activities that will intersect well with the Business School and SEAS. We’re hopeful that a big-data initiative can be moved forward intellectually and also in terms of a physical presence there in the years to come. So Allston is a big area of commitment as well.I’m also very much looking forward to the launch of the Theater, Dance, and Media concentration, which will embody the goals of the Arts Task Force from eight years ago now. This represents a kind of signal moment for bringing the arts more firmly into the curriculum.I was thinking about this concentration and chatting with Diane Paulus about it a couple of days ago. She was saying one of her goals is that this be an attractive concentration for people who just love the arts and want to make the arts their lives, but also for students who may not be at all thinking of lives in the arts, but who can learn so much from the kind of collaboration, the kind of creativity, and also the kind of performance and presentation of self that this concentration will nurture and that can be used in so many other areas of professional life and personal life, as well. So that’ll be an exciting development.GAZETTE: What are some of the biggest challenges?FAUST: Over the past year or so in particular, with “Black Lives Matter” and “I, Too, Am Harvard,” students have expressed a sense that, although we’ve succeeded in creating a diverse student body, we haven’t done as well in making all of those students feel fully included in the Harvard experience. As I indicated in my Morning Prayers, that’s something that we will be attending to, especially in the context of the lawsuit related to ensure diversity in our student body through our admissions process.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerClosely related to this, of course, are the issues of sexual assault and safety and full inclusion and participation in Harvard student life for women in the community. The results of the sexual-conduct survey that was administered last spring will give us some data that will enable the [Harvard] Task Force [on the Prevention of Sexual Assault] to design ways that we can make a difference in combating this terrible problem on our campus and on university campuses across the United States.I’m also very focused on federal funding for science. This is a time when I think we’ve been getting a little bit more positive response to our arguments for science funding from the Congress for support of federal agencies like the [National Institutes of Health]. So I want to make sure to push that forward, as it is critical to everything we do.Another area of public concern on which I’ve spoken out quite a bit in recent years might be called the case for college, and particularly the case for the liberal arts. Those are arguments that I hope to advance both here at Harvard as we consider the Gen Ed review in the College, but also in the nation more broadly. We have seen this weekend the inauguration of a college scorecard, which the federal government adopted in lieu of the rankings system that they initially proposed and that I felt was completely at odds with the kinds of goals that we see as essential for college, in that they reduced the purpose of college to a financial outcome.Although, of course, we wish our students to have successful careers in terms of monetary rewards, we see college as being so much broader than that. I worry that throughout the nation there is a kind of reductionist attitude about college that forgets about the importance of citizenship, of exploration, of creativity, of increased self-knowledge ― all the things that we hope for in the lives that we try to offer our students here. Making those arguments will be an important part of what I try to do in the year to come.GAZETTE: You mentioned The Harvard Campaign. At last report, we’d already raised something like $5 billion toward the $6.5 billion goal, with two years left to go. Are we going to raise the goal?FAUST: We are not considering raising the goal at this time, but instead really focusing on the areas of the campaign that must succeed for the campaign to be a success. Those are the things I’ve talked about — Allston, financial aid, House renewal, funding for research and teaching in the humanities and sciences, and the needs of the individual Schools.GAZETTE: Along those lines, some commentators recently have been critical of the campaign, suggesting that Harvard’s already rich enough, and philanthropists like Mr. Paulson should direct their gifts elsewhere. Others have even gone as far as to say that large endowments should be taxed, should be required to spend money every year. How do you respond to that?FAUST: I’m always struck by the degree to which many of the commentators lack understanding about how our University finances work, what endowments are and what they do. The point of having an endowment is that it is forever. It is meant to be perpetual. It is meant to fund the activities for which it’s designated over eternity. That means that it is working capital. It earns money to fund those activities each year. But we also have to preserve the corpus of endowment gifts so that they can fund those activities 50 years from now, 500 years from now.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat means we have to be very careful and account for inflation, for example, because it does cost more to fund a professor now than it did 50 years ago. So we have to consider what the endowment can earn in a year, what is the appropriate amount of those earnings to take out in order to fund activities today, and also what percentage of those earnings we should leave in the endowment so that it will be large enough to continue to fund those activities into the future.Also, Harvard supports more than just students or the College. The endowment funds an art museum whose collection is among the largest in the United States; an arboretum that is an enormous, open public park for the people of Boston; Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, D.C.; a Renaissance research center in Florence; the largest library system of any university in the world. It even funds a theater, the American Repertory Theater. It’s almost like a coalition of activities that is Harvard.So when we think about what that endowment is doing, that’s how to think about is it an appropriate size.Some critics have said we should take 8 percent out of the endowment each year. If we did that, given historic rates of return and what we anticipate in the future, we would erode the principal of the endowment, and the kinds of things that we’re doing now would not be affordable in the future.Our endowment pays for about 35 percent of the University’s operating budget. That grows to 50 percent in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It has enabled us, for example, to fund the extraordinarily generous financial aid that we provide to students in the College. It means that net tuition paid by families has actually gone down in recent years for Harvard students, because we have been able to fund more of that through endowment earnings over the past number of years. Because of the endowment, we’ve been able to award $1.4 billion in financial aid to undergraduates over the past decade.Were we to eliminate the endowment or lower the endowment or tax the endowment, where would the funding for our activities come from? In all likelihood, it would have to come from the pockets of individual families paying tuition. So it’s an odd thing to argue against endowments, when they are funding so many of the kinds of goals that matter most to the very critics of those endowments.GAZETTE: Turning to another important topic, can you give us your thoughts on Harvard’s efforts to address sexual assault?FAUST: It is obviously a very significant problem, as we’ve seen from the concern expressed by our students on campus in recent years. We’ll have a much better way of understanding the dimensions of the problem when the results of the sexual-conduct survey we commissioned last spring are made public. This issue is deeply concerning to all of us and we have done a lot in recent years to address it, but we expect that much more will be needed.GAZETTE: How should universities address this issue?FAUST: Considering this as a public-health problem is a helpful way to enable us to understand what effective responses can be, so that is part of the manner in which we’re addressing it.As you know, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault has been meeting now for more than a year. They were really the sponsors of this survey. They’ve made some recommendations that I’ve adopted already in the course of their work ― more and better orientation materials and training, the SHARE website, which provides clearer information about where people can turn if they need help, the doubling of resources at the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, and the survey itself. This is in addition to the creation of the new University-wide policy and the creation, for instance, of the new office ― the Office [for Sexual and Gender-Based] Dispute Resolution ― to professionally investigate reports of sexual assault.I anticipate that with the data from the sexual-conduct survey, they’ll be able to make, and will make, further recommendations to me and give me action items. But this must be a high priority for all of us, and it is going to be a very high priority for me in the coming months.GAZETTE: Provost Alan Garber recently updated the community about health benefits plans for 2016 after plans for 2015 met with some criticism. I wondered how you characterized the administration’s response.FAUST: We’ve tried to listen very carefully to faculty and staff about their concerns and about the shortcomings they saw in the plans that were proposed last year. The strongest message has been that there is a real desire to have plans in which there’s a completely measurable risk — in other words, where co-insurance and deductibles are not playing a prominent role, and where you may have to pay more in terms of premiums, but you are absolutely in control of what the cost to you might be.The University Benefits Committee recommended that we design such an option, and so we’ve tried to do that. We’re in an environment where health costs have gone up significantly this year in Massachusetts and are expected to continue to rise, so we have to incorporate that into the new plans. But we have designed different choices so that some of the concerns of those who spoke so loudly last year will be addressed.There was also a concern about lower-paid employees, and so we have attended to that with more support for individuals at that end of the pay scale.As a university, we remain committed to providing faculty and staff with high-quality, affordable health care options.GAZETTE: I know that health benefits is one of the issues under discussion with the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers as part of their contract negotiations. I wonder if there’s anything you can tell us about those discussions and negotiations.FAUST: We all depend on — and deeply appreciate — the work that the members of HUCTW do. They have a wonderful tradition here at Harvard in all they’ve contributed to the University. We should all remember that our Christmas vacation is courtesy of HUCTW. That was one of the initiatives that they brought forward, and from which we all benefit enormously. So we’re looking forward to having continued positive interactions with them and with the staff whose work is so critical to the University and all it does.GAZETTE: I know public service has been a theme for you since you became president of Harvard. Why has it been such an important pillar for you?FAUST: Public service been an important dimension of my life and things that I’ve wanted to practice and have believed. But I was also very struck when I was named president and started meeting with undergraduates back in the spring of 2007. That was before the financial crisis. They were saying to me that they felt choices outside of financial services were not being offered as clearly to them and not being validated and honored. So I’ve tried to find ways to redress that balance and to show pathways towards public-service careers, and also to underscore how significant those kinds of choices are and how valuable they are for all of us.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerA Harvard education and being part of this community in general is such a privilege that we all should think about how we’re going to use that education to serve others. Whatever career choice people make — it could be a public-service career or it could be a private-sector career, but I think everyone’s life should have some element of public service. How do we open that up to people? How do we make them look upon that as an honorable calling, and in some sense a moral imperative? Activities like those that the Mindich family gift is going to enable are an important part of that.Pursuing a career in public service is highly correlated with having the opportunity to do some sort of significant public service as an undergraduate. So we’ve tried to make that pathway one that students could embark upon.Public service is a University-wide imperative and tradition. The Law School has a public-service requirement for students. And several of the Schools are almost entirely about public service. Public health and education, for instance, are about serving society. And the Kennedy School clearly is dedicated to public service. “Ask what you can do” is their ethos.GAZETTE: Climate change was obviously a huge topic last year, with advocates of fossil-fuel divestment protesting here at Massachusetts Hall. Why do you and the Corporation feel that divestment is really the wrong tactic for Harvard? Do you believe the University has a role to play? If so, what is that role?FAUST: The University has an enormously important role to play in addressing climate change. We educate individuals who can be leaders in advancing the science and the public policies that will help us address this terrible threat. Our faculty produce the kinds of discoveries and policy approaches that will prove both critical and substantive.In the Engineering School, for example, researchers have been moving forward about how to store solar power better in batteries. Rob Stavins in the Kennedy School has been deeply involved in preparing for the Paris talks on climate change. In the Law School, Jody Freeman has worked on regulation, both at Harvard and in her previous role in the White House.In addition to teaching and research, we make a contribution as a community by working to reduce our own carbon footprint. Long before some of our peers, we established a climate-change-reduction goal for Harvard’s campus. Since that time, we’ve reduced our emissions by 21 percent.GAZETTE: What about divestment?FAUST: I don’t think that divestment is an appropriate tool, because I don’t think the endowment should be used for exerting political pressure. It is meant to fund the wide range of activities that the University undertakes. As we said before, 35 percent of our operating budget comes from the endowment. That is why people gave their funds to create the endowment. It should not be used as a weapon to exert pressure on one group or another.Many of those advocating divestment from fossil fuels don’t think about the variety of other causes that will be put forward as divestment opportunities. How do we decide as an institution which ones we would see as worthy of our entering the political realm to exert pressure? There’s a terrible slippery slope there.Universities enjoy many of the privileges that they’re given in our society — tax-free status, for example, other kinds of toleration of enormous amounts of free speech and free expression — because we are seen as not acting in political ways, that it comes from our nonpartisanship, our not committing ourselves to exert political pressure. I worry that if we start using our resources to do that, we open ourselves to all kinds of interventions and political pressures exerted against us, because we have decided to participate in exerting political pressure on issues ourselves.There are many dangers and it has little effective outcome. What would it mean if we sold our investments? Very little, because there are plenty of other people who will invest in those firms.I believe it is better to have organizations like Harvard that can exert pressure on those companies as shareholders and say, be accountable to us about how you are going to undertake sustainable investments at a time when your future as a company depends on that. We can use our institutional shareholder status more effectively in that way than by removing ourselves from investment.GAZETTE: But Harvard has divested in the past, from tobacco, Sudan, and South Africa.FAUST: Yes, but there is an important difference between those examples and fossil fuels. I believe that when we decide that something is so heinous that we want nothing to do with it ― we wish to withdraw, not to be connected to it — that is a time when it’s appropriate for us to remove our investments from such activities. That was the case in Sudan. That is the case with tobacco. It certainly isn’t the case with fossil fuels that we use every day to come to campus, to travel, to light and heat our buildings.GAZETTE: Last year, you presided over the reopening of the Harvard Art Museums. This fall, you’ll take part in the launch of the new concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media. At a time when society is ever more focused on providing students with particular skills to compete in the job market, why are the arts and humanities still such a focus for you as president?FAUST: First of all, they are an essential part of being human, and universities are about more than vocational training. They’re about nurturing the heritage of humankind and sharing it with future generations. That’s just a part of our essential mission.On a purely practical level, the study of the humanities prepares people for the world ahead, providing them with the tools to make discerning judgments. It is about being sophisticated in understanding the uses of language, of visual representation. It is also about creativity, about imagination, about being able to get outside your own little realm of experience and understand what used to be, so you can understand what might be.You also are in a time when everybody is going to have a global context in which they live and work, whether they do so in Boston or whether they move to the other side of the globe. Having some sense of different cultures, different heritages, different sets of assumptions, different values among the people of the world is key to being able to operate with people who are different from yourself. The arts and humanities enable us to do so much of that, and I think are the key to the kind of human and humane insight that we all need in order to live together effectively.GAZETTE: On a slightly more personal note, I’m wondering, as a historian, how do you feel the study of history has enriched your life, but also maybe enriched your presidency?FAUST: It’s been very important to me. I don’t know if I became a historian because I think the way I do, or if I think the way I do because I became a historian. But when someone presents me a problem, I want to know where did it come from, what’s the history of it, how did this originate, what’s the backstory? I always feel that a conflict in the present, an opportunity in the present, is so shaped by where it came from. I operate very much as a historian, recognizing that issues don’t just drop out of the sky.But also, history is about change. It’s about how change happens, what makes people resist change, what makes people embrace change. Leading an organization is about change. It’s about moving that institution from one place to another place in terms of moving through time, moving through challenges, and understanding change and how it happens is critical to doing that.GAZETTE: I know you probably don’t have a lot of time to work on book projects, but in the future, when you do have more time, I wondered if there’s anything that’s been nagging at you — any thoughts, any ideas for a future project?FAUST: When I think about that, I worry about all the books in my field that I haven’t read over the past, really, almost 15 years now, since I got to Radcliffe, though I did finish the death book [“This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War”] while I was serving as dean. But in my field, the Civil War, something like 125, 150 books come out every year, so I’m really behind.What appeals to me, and maybe is a partial solution to this, is I wrote a biography early in my career as a historian, and I loved writing biography. So I might return to biography and use the lens of a single life as a means of getting back into a broader literature and follow an individual through some period of time and use that as the education of me, as well as a chance to write some history again.I have found myself really fascinated in the past year or two with World War I and some of the comparisons with the Civil War. I’ve written a little bit about that, but I don’t know if that’ll go anywhere further.GAZETTE: I heard you recently met Willie Nelson.FAUST: Oh, my heart be still! He was fabulous. I’ve been a Willie Nelson fan since I was in graduate school at least. For a while, I was an official member of the Willie Nelson Fan Club. When I moved once, they lost my address, and I never got back on the list. But I had my little membership card. I’ve seen him perform a whole lot of times. So it was such a treat to get to meet him.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: What’s he like in person?FAUST: I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, but he was just very warm and terrific, and he went out and gave, at age 82, a spectacular performance. It was really fun.
Legislature passes ‘last say’ bill Legislature passes ‘last say’ bill May 15, 2006 Regular News Compromise recognizes Supreme Court’s authority Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A law that rewrites a criminal procedural rule in which the defense has been given the last say in some cases for more than 150 years was amended in the last days of the Florida Legislature to recognize the Florida Supreme Court has final authority on the issue.It is now on its way to the governor for his signature.The bill, HB 147, repeals Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.250, which allows the defense the first closing argument and a closing rebuttal after prosecutors if the defense presents no other evidence or witnesses other than the testimony of the defendant.The House approved the bill on April 25 by an 85-31 vote, which met the two-thirds requirement needed to revoke a Rule of Criminal Procedure. After the Senate amended the bill to give the court the last say on the rule, the House voted 115-0 to approve the measure.The bill failed May 1 on its first vote in the Senate, by an 11-25 vote, less than the 27 votes it needed to clear the 40-member upper chamber.The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, then moved to reconsider the bill, which passed. The next day, when the bill came up on reconsideration, Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, objected, saying under Senate rules that during the last five days of session, a bill had to be reconsidered on the same day the reconsideration vote was taken, which was ruled a valid objection.Siplin then dropped his point of order and instead offered an amendment that provided that if the law passed, the Supreme Court could overturn it by finding the matter a procedural issue. Under the state constitution, procedural rules are under the court’s jurisdiction. The amendment also provided that any rule amendment issued by the court would supersede the legislature’s rule.The final argument practice has been in state law since the 1850s, and was incorporated into the first rules of criminal procedure when those were adopted in 1968. The Supreme Court has never been asked to change the rule, although it is currently being studied by the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee.Supporters of the bill said the provision is outmoded and is contrary to the practice in federal courts and 46 other states.“This is unfair to the state which bears the burden of proof in a criminal case and should therefore have the opportunity to have the last word,” said Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, the bill’s House sponsor during debate in the lower chamber. “Allowing the state to give the final closing argument would give the prosecutor the opportunity to correct any misrepresentations or errors and answer the defense’s argument.”Kravitz characterized the measure as a “victim’s right bill.”“The defense attorney can virtually say anything in closing arguments and the state has no remedy.” Kravitz said. “Whereby the state cannot appeal an [acquittal] no matter how grave the error because of the prohibition against double jeopardy, the defense can always appeal improper closing arguments by the state and obtain a reversal if the prosecutor is wrong.”During debate at the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Sen. John Grant urged rejection of the bill. He said the final argument procedure was incorporated into state law in 1853 as a trade-off when prosecutors were given the authority to file a charge by information, instead of relying only on grand juries.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bazooka Joe comic (Photo: Bazooka Gum Facebook)Here’s something I’ve been chewing over for a long time.Sixty years ago Bazooka Joe—the iconic character created by a Long Islander—debuted in a little strip wrapped around pieces of Bazooka Bubble Gum. Last November, Bazooka Candy Brands—a division of Topps (the company behind so many sports and other trading cards)—announced that they would no longer include Bazooka Joe inserts with their bubblegum, citing decreasing sales.Joe and the gang were, it seems, being put out to pasture, where they might as well be blowing smoke, perhaps, as bubbles.How ironic that Abrams ComicArts has just come out with a book, “Bazooka Joe and His Gang,” which features an anthology of 100 strips including the complete first series as well as essays about the kid in the black eye-patch with his baseball cap on sideways.I can remember my shock, growing up on Long Island, when Bazooka gum jumped from a penny to two. The whole thing about bubble gum was that it cost you almost nothing. And, in all seriousness, as a little kid, being able to walk into a candy store and make your own purchase (with another 12 to 20 cents for a comic book, of course!) might even give you your first taste of fiscal empowerment.This was still back in the day when candy stores seemed to be everywhere. You’d walk in, and often there’d be a lunch counter as well. My next door neighbor, Sam Picker, used to walk up two blocks almost every night to Dutch Broadway in Valley Stream to have his ice cream soda for desert!I can remember it was a big deal when Bazooka introduced new flavors: grape and cherry, as I recall.But that might have been after 1973, when it felt like almost all the candy stores on Long Island mysteriously transformed into “stationery stores.” A slice of Americana disappeared forever.I had always loved the Bazooka Joe characters. Some years ago I was a little horrified when I unwrapped a piece and the cartoons had changed. Gone were the familiar designs, replaced by some odd nouveau version of the gang.Why, I thought, if Bazooka had finally gone to the extent of creating some fun new adventures, had they not hired an artist who could draw in the classic style? Bazooka Joe may not have been Norman Rockwell, but I thought his place in pop culture might have been pretty well secured.Some time later I was embarrassed when I was airing my criticism of the new Bazooka style in a phone chat with Howard Cruse, the terrific comics artist/writer, only to discover that he had been the recidivist perpetrator!Among his many aptitudes, Cruse can replicate other illustrators, so I asked him why he hadn’t created the new strips in the classic fashion.He told me he was charged by Topps with creating “a teenaged, and therefore, by definition, heretically altered versions” of the Bazooka crowd.“I doubt that I could have mimicked the drawing style of the ones you grew up with if that had been what Topps wanted,” Cruse said. “It’s really hard to pull off cartooning jujitsu with anything that has to be drawn at that ridiculously small size! In other words, at that scale I was barely able to render my own style, much less anyone else’s!”Topps itself is something of an American success story, the 1937 brainchild of the brothers Shorin: Abram, Ira, Phillip and Joseph. They launched Bazooka Bubblegum in 1947, and began experimenting with comic strip inserts, including the exploits of “Bazooka The Atom-Bubble Boy.””But their first attempts evidently didn’t catch on.“Bazooka Joe” was created by Woody Gelman, the head of Topps Product Development Department, and the artist he turned to was Wesley Morse.Gelman, a long-time resident of Malverne, passed away in 1978.“Woody was the nicest, most creative and gentlest man I ever met,” said Len Brown, a Brooklyn-born writer/editor, who retired from Topps. “I owe my career to Woody, who I met by chance when I was not quite fourteen years of age. And when I hit 18, I walked into 254-36th St. in Brooklyn, because of him, and maintained a desk at Topps for the next 40 years.“He was the father to me that I had lost at the age of five,” Brown told me. “Do you get the idea that I have a real fondness for this man? I can still dream about him occasionally and I am always grateful….”In 2007, Topps was purchased by Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts. Eisner, once the phenomenally successful head of Disney, announced in 2009 that he was going to try to turn Bazooka Joe into a movie franchise.Why now would a company virtually jettison its branding trademark?One cigarette/Lotto shop owner in Lynbrook I recently spoke with used to have that prototypical clear plastic bowl of Bazooka right on his counter near the cash register, and he would be glad to do so again, but he had simply forgotten about it. And no one from Topps or even a local distributor had reminded him about it for years.So, there you go. Say it ain’t so, Bazooka Joe.And if there are any among you who never pulled a T-shirt or a turtleneck over your nose and didn’t think of Joe and his gang, I’ll treat you to a Wetson’s burger, a Black Cow candy pop, and a whole month of Sundays.James H. Burns is a writer/actor living in Valley Stream who has made several contributions to Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. His writings have appeared in Gentleman’s Quarterly, Esquire, Twilight Zone and Heavy Metal, and more recently in Newsday, The Sporting News, CBS-NY.com, The Village Voice and The New York Times. More of his articles are available at http://thethunderchild.com/BurnsintheCity/index.html
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Roy UrricoSymantec’s latest comprehensive security report revealed that 17% of Android apps (nearly one million total) are actually malware in disguise. Most identified mobile malware tried to steal users’ personal data, the security firm said.The malware gathers contact lists for sale online, triggers SMS texts to premium services or barrages users with advertisements and pop-ups.One-third, or 2.3 million out of 6.3 million Android apps, are grayware or madware apps. While these applications do not harm a smartphone, they are mainly intrusive because they track user behavior for the primary purpose of advertisements,” Internet security expert Ali Raza an expert said in a LIFARS newsletter. continue reading »
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Swanston Steve Swanston is EVP of Sales for Velocity Solutions. He is responsible for defining the firm’s sales strategy in order to maximize growth and market share, as well as … Web: www.myvelocity.com Details This article is the second in a two-part series that focuses on the importance of member data and how credit unions can capitalize on it to improve account opening procedures and overall institution performance. It is no secret that the value of a member increases over the lifetime of the relationship with your credit union — the longer the relationship with a consumer, the better chance that consumer will become profitable. But member profitability is heavily dependent on retention — at which credit unions excel — and the ability of the credit union to maximize the time it takes to recover acquisition costs (approximately two years, according to industry reports). One effective way to boost member profitability is to increase the transactions on existing share draft accounts. The most obvious place to start is with the preferred transactional device for everyday purchases: the debit card. Increasing debit card activity helps strengthen the connection between your member and your credit union and can boost growth within that critical first two years. To start, credit unions must analyze key member data points and use them as guidance in establishing procedures, especially at account opening, that will lead to increased debit card transactions.In the first article in this series, we focused on Data Point #1: Debit Card Take Rate. Another highly valuable piece of data your credit union should monitor is your Regulation E Opt-in Percentage. Data Point #2: Reg. E Opt-In PercentageThe importance of obtaining a Reg. E decision at account opening cannot be overstated. Without this decision, your institution cannot serve members who desire for you to authorize transactions that may result in an overdraft fee on ATM and one-time debit card transactions. Without this decision, some of your members are undoubtedly experiencing declined debit card transactions for which they probably blame your credit union, especially if they have not made a Reg. E decision or are unaware it is even an option.If your data shows high opt-out rates or low opt-in rates, then there likely are many of your members who are unable to use their debit cards the way they prefer. The only way to know if you have members who cannot access their debit cards the way they prefer is to continually evaluate Reg. E decision percentages on a branch-by-branch basis. Talk to high-performing branch managers to learn their Reg. E procedures and replicate those actions across other branches, with the goal of having a compliant conversation designed to serve the member best. Likewise, if opt-in rates seem high, monitor account opening discussions to ensure employees are not using coercion tactics or being incented in any way to steer an opt-in decision. The Value of the DecisionProvide periodic Reg. E training, including educating frontline staff about the value of obtaining a Reg. E decision. The members who use and value the overdraft service not only are happy that their transactions are authorized, but they provide income that allows your credit union to offer a new member an account that is free or close to free. In addition to the economic benefits of a Reg. E decision, you must educate your credit union employees about how declined debit card transactions affect a member’s perception of the institution. When a member’s debit card is repeatedly declined, especially at the point of sale, the chances are very good that the member will abandon using the debit card, choosing a more reliable way to transact. In fact, a declining rate of debit card transactions is one early indicator that an account is on its way to becoming inactive. Isolating the accounts with declining debit card swipes — along with accounts that have experienced a debit card decline without an accompanying Reg. E decision — and reaching out to them in a personalized, relevant way can save the account and potentially lead to increased account profitability.Partner with an ExpertHarnessing and applying your member data is essential to providing meaningful interactions and services, which can lead to greater retention and overall account profitability. According to McKinsey & Company, using data analytics to personalize relationships can increase a company’s operating profits by about six percent. If your credit union is unable to extract actionable account data, consider partnering with a third-party provider that specializes in aggregating and analyzing financial institution data, developing revenue- and service-enhancing strategies that capitalize on the findings, and providing training to ensure the strategies are implemented enterprise-wide.