Message to the Harvard community from Drew Faust

first_imgDear Members of the Harvard Community,Harvard has an important role to play in environmental stewardship. Through research, education, and the planning and development of our campus, Harvard contributes every day to the sustainability of our planet. I am proud to say that almost all of Harvard’s Schools and departments have made a substantial commitment to reducing our environmental footprint, which this special section of the Gazette now celebrates.I want to take this opportunity to extend my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Harvard community who are working day in and day out to reduce our environmental impact. As a result of your collective effort, Harvard is well on the way to becoming an informed and engaged campus community, committed to environmental sustainability, including the specific challenge of climate change. Harvard is considered to have one of the most comprehensive green campus programs in the country.Almost a decade ago, President Neil Rudenstine supported the establishment of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative, which, with the support of leadership and dedicated staff throughout our Schools and departments, has grown from a small office with a lone director to a central unit consisting of 20 professionals who work to educate the community about environmentally friendly practices and to support projects aimed at implementing those practices across a range of departments and disciplines. Harvard currently has the most LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered buildings of any university in the United States. We also purchase significant amounts of renewable energy and are aggressively seeking new clean and renewable energy alternatives.The University has also established a $12 million revolving, interest-free loan fund to support projects at the Schools that reduce the consumption of energy and other resources. This fund, the only one of its kind and magnitude at a university, has provided assistance to more than 150 conservation projects, achieving significant environmental and financial benefits. Moreover, in 2004, Harvard adopted a set of campus-wide sustainability principles and has since translated these principles into a set of comprehensive sustainability guidelines for the development of the Allston campus.I am proud to inherit this institutional commitment to sustainability as well as Harvard’s record of effective action. I hope that we can build on this base to develop a stronger environmental reporting process that will engage all of our Schools and departments in measuring their environmental impacts and efforts to reduce them; to work with our Schools in developing a feasible greenhouse gas reduction framework; to establish performance standards for new and renovated buildings that will ensure continual improvement in the way we design and operate our campus; to continue to bolster the capacities of Harvard’s faculty, students, and staff in implementing environmentally friendly practices; to partner with other universities in areas of research and training to effect change on a broader scale; and to strengthen the connection between our research findings and our administrative practices.Over 40 years ago, Rachel Carson wrote: “Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species — man — acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” As we begin a new century, our impact has intensified. As I begin my term as president of Harvard, I hope that you will join me in this crucial effort to make Harvard a model of sustainability.last_img read more

Trump Extends Virus Guidelines, Braces U.S. for Big Death Toll

first_imgTrump’s impulse to reopen the country met a sober reality check Sunday from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, who said the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the pandemic. That warning hardened a recognition in Washington that the struggle against the coronavirus will not be resolved quickly even as Trump expressed a longing for normalcy. Fauci’s prediction would take the death toll well past that of the average seasonal flu. Trump repeatedly cited the flu’s comparatively much higher cost in lives in playing down the severity of this pandemic. “It’s critical that even if you don’t see it, it could be circulating in your community,” she said. Trump was clearly moved by the scenes from New York, particularly hard-hit Elmhurst Hospital in his native Queens. “It would not have been a good idea to pull back at a time when you really need to be pressing your foot on the pedal as opposed to on the brakes,” Fauci said on CNN on Monday, describing how he and others had convinced Trump to extend the restrictions. “The president is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult trade-offs,” Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow had said last Monday, reflecting the thinking of his economic team. President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Trump told “Fox and Friends” in an interview Monday morning that “nobody” was “more worried” about the economic impact on the country than him, but said, “We want to do something where we have the least death.” For weeks, Trump minimized the gravity of the pandemic, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday accused Trump of “denial” in the crisis and called it “deadly.” The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday, and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. He instead decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he’d been too optimistic. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings. The U.S. had more than 140,000 COVID-19 cases reported by Monday morning, with more than 2,500 deaths. During the course of the Rose Garden briefing, reported deaths grew by several dozen and the number of cases by several thousand. “If you look throughout the country there are a number of smaller cities that are sort of percolating along, couple hundred cases, the slope doesn’t look like it’s going up,” Fauci said. “It looks like it’s low level, it starts to accelerate, then it goes way up.” “I’ve been watching that for the last week on television,” he said. “Body bags all over, in hallways. I’ve been watching them bring in trailer trucks – freezer trucks, they’re freezer trucks, because they can’t handle the bodies, there are so many of them. This is essentially in my community, in Queens, Queens, New York,” he continued. “I’ve seen things that I’ve never seen before.” Birx and Fauci said even those areas yet to face a significant outbreak must prepare for the eventuality that they will. “It’s a horrible number,” Trump said, but added, “We all together have done a very good job.” Most people who contract COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults and people with other health problems. Hospitals in the most afflicted areas are straining to handle patients and some are short of critical supplies. For more than a week, Trump had been bombarded by calls from outside business leaders who urged him to begin re-opening the nation’s economy and warned of catastrophic consequences that could damage his re-election chances if it remained shuttered for much longer. It was a stark shift in tone by the Republican president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening in a few weeks. From the Rose Garden, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been “aspirational.” President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) “His first goal is to prevent suffering and death,” Fauci added. “And we made it clear to him that if we pulled back on what we were doing … there would be more avoidable suffering and avoidable death. So it was a pretty clear decision on his part.” Brought forward by Trump at the outdoor briefing, Fauci said his projection of a potential 100,000 to 200,000 deaths is “entirely conceivable” if not enough is done to mitigate the crisis. Fauci said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that smaller U.S. cities are now ripe for the kind of acceleration that has occurred in New York.center_img Former Vice President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, said he wouldn’t go so far as to lay the blame for deaths on the president. “I think that’s a little too harsh,” he told NBC. “They’re the best in the profession and they didn’t like that idea,” he said of Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, head of the White House coronavirus task force. Trump’s change in tone was previewed Saturday, when the president suggested then backed away from instituting an “enforceable” quarantine of hard-hit New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Instead, the White House task force recommended a travel advisory for residents of those states to limit non-essential travel to slow the spread of the virus to other parts of the U.S. Phasing out the recommendations would have been a symbolic nod to business and an affront to public health experts, but may have had little practical impact. States across the country already have their own restrictions in place that, in many cases, are far stricter than the administration’s, and those would have remained in place. “She’s a sick puppy in my opinion,” Trump said. “I think it’s a disgrace to her country, her family” Related: Complete COVID-19 Coverage from JEMS Even as he opted against the quarantine, Trump on Sunday suggested without evidence that hospitals and hospital systems were “hoarding” ventilators and other medical supplies that were needed in other areas of the state. He also encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to streamline approvals for companies seeking to sanitize badly needed respirators so they can be reused. The quarantine notion was strongly opposed by the governors of those states, who argued it would cause panic. WASHINGTON (AP) – Bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic. Trump acknowledged that he may be forced to extend the guidelines again at the end of April, but expressed hope that by June 1, “we should be well on our way to recovery.” That talk alarmed health experts, who urged Trump to keep encouraging people to stay home. The virus was still spreading, with the peak still weeks away, the experts warned. Americans are now being called on to prepare for another 30 days of severe economic and social disruption, as schools and businesses are closed and public life is upended. One in 3 Americans remain under state or local government orders to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. Trump, who has largely avoided talk of potential death and infection rates, cited projection models that said potentially 2.2 million people or more could have died had social distancing measures not been put in place. And he said the country would be doing well if it “can hold” the number of deaths “down to 100,000.” He said the best case for the country would be for the death rate to peak in about two weeks. The federal guidelines recommend against group gatherings larger than 10 and urge older people and anyone with existing health problems to stay home. People are urged to work at home when possible and avoid restaurants, bars, non-essential travel and shopping trips. “We showed him the data. He looked at the data. He got it right away,” Fauci said. “It was a pretty clear picture. Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in to the Oval Office and leaned over the desk and said, “˜Here are the data. Take a look.’ He just shook his head and said, “˜I guess we got to do it.’” Asked whether she believes that attitude cost American lives, Pelosi told CNN: “Yes, I am. I’m saying that.” Trump, asked about the comments on Fox Monday morning, lashed back. “Certainly we’re hoping that there aren’t more New York cities and New York metro areas around the country, but we have to plan for that,” Birx said on CBS on Monday, calling on cities across the country to make preparations. In the end, Trump, in the face of dire projections and increasingly alarming images out of New York, sided with his health experts and backed off the idea of loosening recommended restrictions on less impacted parts of the country. Trump nonetheless hit back. “If sleepy Joe was president,” he told Fox, “he wouldn’t even know what’s going on.”last_img read more

One dead after crash on I-10 near Goodyear plant

first_imgJefferson County DPS Troopers were notified and responded to a three vehicle crash on the westbound side of IH-10 near the Goodyear plant at 1:34 a.m. Monday, July 20. One fatality had been confirmed by 6:30 a.m. Monday. The roadway was closed but has since been cleared and reopened for normal traffic. Additional information will be released when it becomes available. Next Uplast_img

Accell Group profit up by 15% in 2009

first_img Related Accell Group – owner of road bike brands such as Koga and Lapierre – posted a further rise in turnover and profit in 2009. Turnover increased by 6% to €572.6 million, up from €538.0 million in 2008; and according to the company, 5% of this was organic growth.Net profit was up by 15% at €32.7 million compared to €28.6 million in 2008. This resulted in a 12% rise in net earnings per share to €3.30, up from €2.95 per share in 2008.Renlast_img

Merriam ups contribution to safety net fund run through UCS

first_imgMerriam will raise its annual contribution to the Human Service Fund of United Community Services after one councilor pointed out the contribution was lower than some neighboring communities.“I just feel a little bit embarrassed,” Councilor Al Frisby said of the city’s earmarked contribution of $3,000. He noted that Mission and Prairie Village were both contributing $7,000 to the fund in 2016. The council did agree to move the Merriam contribution up to $7,000.Johnson County and 15 of the cities in the county voluntarily contribute to the Human Service Fund as a way to provide a mechanism for supporting services that help residents facing a difficult time. UCS distributes the contributions to a number of organizations that provide safety net programs to Johnson County residents.Merriam also gives $5,000 to The Shawnee Mission Cares fund set up through the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation to help families in need, councilors pointed out. That money goes to support Merriam residents and is determined by the school.Contributions are expected to total about $330,000 from the participating governments. That money will be spread among 13 programs. Priority is given to programs that address child care, job training, emergency aid and shelter, child and adult abuse, child welfare and health care.The contributing governments are asked to approve the allocations made from the fund each year, which was the action before the Merriam council Monday.Johnson County government is contributing $121,275 to the fund and Overland Park contributes $75,700. Other NEJC cities contributing in addition to Merriam, Mission and Prairie Village are Roeland Park – $3,930; Westwood – $1,260; Westwood Hills – $200; and Leawood – $11,500.last_img read more

Happy Labor Day, Shawnee Mission!

first_imgSunflower Army Ammunition Plant workers in 1953. Photo via Johnson County Museum.Happy Labor Day, everyone. We’ll be taking a short break from our labors in recognition of the holiday, and will be maintaining a lighter-than-usual posting schedule. But, fret not, we’ll be back to full force first thing tomorrow morning. Have a great holiday!last_img

Workers’ compensation fees back on the table

first_img April 1, 2009 Kim MacQueen Associate Editor Regular News Workers’ compensation fees back on the table Workers’ compensation fees back on the table Associate Editor Many are watching closely as the Florida House and Senate work to reinstate strict caps on attorneys’ fees for workers’ compensation claimant attorneys.Both HB 903, filed by Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, and SB 2072, filed by Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, would amend the language in Florida statutes to limit workers’ comp claimant attorneys to a small percentage of benefits awarded to their clients, and would make it a felony for the client to pay more.Workers’ comp claimant attorneys and state business interests have been gearing up for this clash since last fall’s Supreme Court decision in Murray v. Mariner Health, which effectively nullified a cap on claimant attorneys’ fees imposed by 2003 legislative changes of the state workers’ compensation system, which were enacted in an attempt to drive down insurance premiums.“We did [the] 2003 law because Florida was at the top of the list — in terms of cost for workers’ comp insurance — of the country,” Associated Industries of Florida President Barney Bishop told the News at the time of the Murray decision. “Since the law, insurance rates have gone down, and we have saved employers $3 billion.”In Murray, the Supreme Court unanimously found that Brian Sutter, the attorney for a health care worker who sustained injuries lifting a patient, was entitled to “reasonable” fees for the case, on which he spent more than 80 hours and won $3,200 in benefits for his client. A lower court was held to 2003 language, which limited Sutter’s fees to a percentage of the benefit award amount, or less than $700.Members of The Florida Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section celebrated Murray, saying it leveled the playing field made inequitable by 2003 amendments, which capped only fees due to claimant attorneys, not those due to insurance defense. With Murray, Sutter eventually received fees of $16,000 — roughly the same amount Mariner Health paid its attorney for defense.Workers’ Compensation Section Chair-elect Richard Chait and others saw the controversy coming and have been preparing for it since Murray. “You just can’t have a legal system that completely disqualifies the ability of the injured worker to have access to competent legal counsel when there is unbridled access to defense on the other side,” Chait says.He also points out that the law affects only workers who have — after a rigorous documentation process and highly regulated visits to doctors of the insurance company’s choosing — had their initial claims for benefits denied.“Industry still has 30 days after receiving the formal claim to provide the benefits without having an obligation for attorneys’ fees,” Chait said, adding that workers’ comp insurance premiums for employers have been reduced in 2009 for the fifth year in a row, irrespective of Murray. “For industry to suggest that a crisis exists as a result of the Murray standard is essentially an admission that there is no good faith intent to provide the benefits which are ripe, due, and owed.”Both HB 903 and SB 2072 would change the statutory language of the 2003 law and reinstate the cap, which plaintiff’s attorneys argue would again have a devastating impact on workers’ comp claimants. Workers’ Compensation Section members — representing both claimant and insurance defense attorneys — worked for months on a compromise with industry that would allow claimant attorneys to be paid a “reasonable” fee based on claimant award amounts. The compromise was evident in an amendment to HB 903 put forth by Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, designed to level the playing field. But the amendment died in a House policy committee, despite a host of law-enforcement officers and injured workers who gathered to urge legislators to pass it.“These officers are now going out — and there are fewer of them out on the street as crime rates go up — and risking their lives to protect our rights, and yet they’re not entitled to the right to hire an attorney if they’re injured on the job,” said Lisa Henning, lobbyist with the Fraternal Order of Police.“Think about this law that you’re about to vote for,” Sutter, who served as Murray’s attorney, told the House policy committee. “Think about a person trying to hire an attorney to seek benefits from an insurance company. Now make that person your mom, or your sister, or your grandmother. What are they going to do? You took an oath to uphold constitutionality, and anybody with any constitutional background will tell you that what you’re doing will be unconstitutional.”As of press time, HB 903 was headed for the House floor and an identical Senate measure has yet to be heard in committee.last_img read more

Sydney Dwyer keeps mood light, hitting heavy with Gophers softball

first_imgDwyer’s improvement coincides with a more dynamic Minnesota offense this season. The Gophers have four hitters batting .400 or better. Last year, their leading hitter batted .366.There are still quite a few games to be played, but the Gophers are scoring at a torrid pace. They rank in the nation’s top ten in many team categories, including second in doubles per game, fifth in batting average and slugging percentage, and sixth in total scoring.“The more depth, the better,” Allister said. “I think that’s one of the strengths of our team. We can score up and down the lineup.”The jokester is right in the midst.During the season’s first road trip to Texas, the Gophers made a music playlist for the bus tailored to where they were playing, whichmeant country music. The first song on the playlist was heavy on the fiddle, and that’s where Dwyer took over.“She was doing all this fiddle, stupid dancing,” said Groenewegen. “Now it’s an inside joke with everyone that she is the fiddle player. We’re going to buy her a fiddle on Amazon just to make the joke even funnier.”One thing is for certain: if Dwyer can play an actual fiddle as well as she plays softball, it will be some sweet music. Sydney Dwyer keeps mood light, hitting heavy with Gophers softballThe junior is second on the team in both batting average and home runs this year.Ellen SchmidtJunior Sydney Dwyer anticipates a catch during a game against South Dakota on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Kyle SteinbergApril 6, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintEvery team needs a joker, and for the Gophers softball team, it’s Sydney Dwyer.Dwyer, a junior infielder, carries a reputation for cracking up her teammates — an importantasset in a long, road-heavy softball season.“She’s definitely one of the funniest people I’ve met in my entire life,” said senior pitcher Sara Groenewegen. “She’s always bringing laughter to our locker room, which is much needed in some cases.”So just how does Dwyer keep the mood light? She describes herself as witty, and she is and known to pull a prank from time to time.“I took the toilet paper out of the one bathroom we have on the bus,” Dwyer said with a laugh. “[Associate head coach Jessica] Merchant got the end of that one, so no more taking the toilet paper out of there.”While the team joker doesn’t always carry a lot of weight when competition time rolls around, the same can’t be said for Dwyer.She is second on the team in batting average at .411 and home runs with six, and she is ranked fifth in the nation in RBI per game at 1.31. Last season, she hit a .302 average, which was sixth on the team.She has already reached her home run total from last season and has surpassed her RBI production from 2016 as well — and there are still 19 games remaining in the regular season schedule. “[Dwyer’s] just matured as a softball player,” said head coach Jessica Allister. “I think the biggest piece is she has been very consistent with her approach.”last_img read more

Entscheidungsfreiheit macht unfrei

first_imgORF Austria:Wie in kaum einem anderen Land ist in den USA der Glaube verbreitet, dass man selbst des Glückes Schmied ist. Das gilt auch für Amerikanerinnen, die mittlerweile mehrheitlich davon überzeugt sind, dass sie am Arbeitsplatz nicht diskriminiert werden. Wie eine Studie zeigt, kann genau dieser Glaube zur Aufrechterhaltung von Karrierehürden für Frauen beitragen.Die Psychologinnen Nicole Stephens von der Northwestern University und Cynthia Levine von der University of Stanford befragten 117 Frauen, die aus dem Berufsleben ausgeschieden waren, zu ihrem Entscheidungsspielraum zwischen Kind und Beruf. Die meisten gaben an, dass sie die Wahl zwischen den beiden Optionen gehabt hätten: Sie hatten den Job angeblich an den Nagel gehängt, weil sie es so gewollt hätten.Lesen mehr/ Read more: ORF Austria More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Nobody likes a freeloader—including four-year-old kids

first_imgIt may come as a shock to parents of young children, but preschoolers are more cooperative than we realize.In a novel study to find out how early our instinct for cooperation begins, Yale researchers performed an experiment with kids between the ages of four and 10. The goal was to find out how kids felt about “free riders”—people who fail to contribute to a common project, but reap the benefits from it.The result? Starting as young as four, kids turn out to dislike free riders intensely, “punishing” those who freeloaded even if they had good reason not to contribute.“Kids have a pretty strong set of pro-social intuitions around fairness and cooperation, and the need to contribute to larger public goods,” said Yarrow Dunham, assistant professor of psychology and co-author of the paper published in Psychological Science. Read the whole story: Quartzlast_img read more