Starting out green

first_imgHarvard freshman Ashleigh Cote says she heard about the University’s commitment to sustainability before she arrived on campus last month. She wanted to know more, so she took a green tour of Harvard Yard to find out how the College is reducing its environmental footprint.“I’m excited to learn my own habits, to build my own environmental habits on campus,” Cote said at the end of the 30-minute tour led by Brandon Geller ’08, Green Program senior coordinator for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).Cote and her classmates have been learning how they can help Harvard build a greener, healthier campus, aided by returning students and administrative staff at FAS who have partnered with the Office for Sustainability (OFS) to integrate environmental awareness into the student experience.The “Green Tour” — which includes the Canaday Hall solar thermal and steam heat recovery project, as well as organic landscaping — was just one way Harvard is working across all its Schools to integrate sustainability into student life.At Harvard Business School, more than a third of the incoming class attended green-specific welcome events, and 28 students stepped forward to engage their peers to take environmentally helpful actions. More than 1,000 reusable mugs were distributed to incoming graduate students at Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health. At Harvard Divinity School, students and staff collaborated to produce a 20-minute sustainability video for incoming students that included a welcome message from Dean William A. Graham.Jonas Clark, the resident dean of freshmen of Oak Yard, of the Freshman Dean’s Office, said his team tries to make sustainability an important part of orientation.“We’re working with students to put their creative sustainability ideas into action to benefit the entire Harvard community,” Clark said. “Not only is it a great way for them to get involved in something important right at the beginning of their time here, but we’re also seeing a growing number of incoming students who are especially enthusiastic about environmental and sustainability issues. It’s a win-win for everyone.”The outreach to new students also extends into the academic year. For instance, 1,400 freshmen packed into Annenberg Dining Hall on Sept. 7 for the late evening Green Brain Break, hosted by the Resource Efficiency Program and the FAS Green Program, a partnership between OFS and FAS Physical Resources. The event, now in its second year, is part of the student-created Green ’15 program designed to engage freshmen in sustainable practices and get them involved in Harvard’s environmental efforts. For instance, before first-year students could claim their reusable travel mugs, they had to sign a pledge and promise to use the mugs instead of disposable cups at future brain breaks.Aya Darwazeh ’15, who is from Jordan, said she was impressed by all the information about recycling and green living. “Back home in Jordan, we’re not really that green,” she said. “I definitely want to integrate sustainability into my daily life.”The Annenberg event also featured a Green Fair with information booths for students curious about environmental sustainability as an area of study at Harvard. At one booth, Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) concentrators fielded questions and gave out information about the Harvard University Center for the Environment.Brian Mendel ’15 visited the booth. As he looked around the hall at students eagerly slurping fast-melting ice cream from their new red, orange, pink, or teal mugs, he said, “I was told that green is the new Crimson.”last_img read more

Mayville Independence Day Fireworks Display No Longer In Doubt

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – After weeks of uncertainty, Mayville’s Independence Day fireworks celebration will be taking place this 4th of July.Rita Jacobson, a longtime Mayville Independence Day Committee member, tells WNYNewsNow her group has been working with local officials over the past month to provide some sort of festivity in the county.“I think it is a big win for not just for our committee but our whole community,” said Jacobson. “I think people are very anxious to have some sense of normally back; this gives people a little bit of normalcy for the 4th of July. They may not be having their big parade and big huge gatherings, but we can at least still celebrate our country’s independence and freedom.”Fireworks will take off from the waterfront at Lakeside Park in Mayville at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, with the park closed to the public as a “fallout zone” for the fireworks crew. Jacobson encourages community members looking to watch the show view from other areas around the northern end of the lake.“We felt that by putting it on the lake it actually opened up the viewing area,” explained Jacobson. “We used to shoot them from quite a ways back from the lakeshore, so the park was the ideal place, but now it is going to open it up more for the whole north end of the lake.”Jacobson says fireworks will likely be seen by not just those on the lake, but also those on the higher hilltop areas of the northern end of the county.The Mayville 4th of July Committee is asking those in attendance to adhere to state social distancing guidance and be respectful of one another.The 4th of July parade was previously canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. 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 read more

Malaysia A330 landing gear was replaced after Melbourne hard landing.

first_imgA hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 that substantially damaged the landing gear was the result of an unstable approach that the crew initially failed to recognise,  safety investigators have found.The A330 landed so hard at Melbourne airport two years ago that the main landing gear had to be replaced.Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators found that the captain felt the aircraft sink when it was in the final stages of approach and about 50ft from the ground.He used an unapproved procedure to increase the engine thrust in an effort to slow the rate of descent but the landing was hard enough to cause substantial damage. There were no injuries in the March 14, 2015 incident.Investigators found the approach had become unstable at 300ft due to control inputs by the captain.“Flight data showed that the pilot flying  (the captain) disengaged the autopilot at approximately 700 feet above ground level (AGL) and from that point until touchdown there was an increase in the frequency and magnitude of sidestick pitch control inputs by the PF,’’ the ATSB said in a final report released Wednesday.“In response to these inputs the aircraft’s autothrottle system varied the engine thrust to maintain a target speed, as per system design, and the aircraft pitch angles fluctuated between approximately -0.5 degree nose down and +5.0 degree nose up. “The net result of the varying thrust settings and pitch angles was a fluctuating rate of descent between approximately 380 and 960 feet per minute.“Large sidestick inputs, specifically nose-down, also have the potential to inhibit the vertical speed reduction function, which is an automated function that provides some protection against touchdown at very high vertical speeds.’’The investigators found the rate of descent at 300ft was 960ft per minute, close to the maximium allowed by Malaysia of 1000ft per minute.The pilot continued the unstable approach despite company procedures and manufacturer’s recommendations that dictated a go-around if an approach is unstable below 500ft.There was also confusion in the cockpit when the captain moved the thrust levers momentarily into the take-off/go around (TOGA) position and the first officer assumed that a go-around was being conducted and tried to pull up the aircraft’s nose. “Inadequate monitoring and communication by the crew led to a lack of recognition of the Undesirable flight state and the continuation of an unstable approach,’’ the report found.“Continuation of the unstable approach led to a high rate of descent at touchdown and resulted in a hard landing in excess of the aircraft design loads and short of the normal touchdown.’’The incident prompted Malaysia Airlines to circulate a memorandum to A330 flight crew highlighting the details and outlining procedures aimed at preventing a similar occurrence. The flight crew involved also undertook additional training and assessment before returning to flight duties.“If an approach does become unstable, a rushed attempt to recover the approach may produce an undesirable aircraft response,’’ The ATSB said. “There is also a risk of breaking down the shared understanding between the pilots, which in turn limits the opportunity of the other flight crew to detect or react to inappropriate actions.“When landing, pilots should maintain a safety philosophy of ‘If in doubt, go around’.”last_img read more

Make Your Financial Goals SMART and Your Savings Systematic

first_imgThis blog post by Dr. Barbara O’Neill is a part of the Military Saves campaign. Military Saves Week is February 26 – March 3. Learn more and take the pledge to save here: Barbara O’NeillBy Dr. Barbara O’Neill, Financial Management Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] are several important reasons to save money, including peace of mind and to have cash available for emergencies. Another motivating factor is to have money to achieve financial goals (e.g., buying a new car).Setting financial goals is a lot like planning your next vacation. In order to develop goals and a travel itinerary, you need to know your starting point (Point A), destination (Point B), and the time frame and cost of the “journey.”What is your financial itinerary? Have you made specific travel plans?Start by making your financial goals “SMART” goals. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-related. In other words, financial goals should have a definite outcome and deadline and be within reach, based on your personal income and assets.When writing a SMART goal, use this format: “I plan to [describe outcome] by [date].”Example: “I plan to save $15,000 for a car in 5 years.”The more specific a financial goal, the easier it is to determine how much savings is required. You simply work backwards to break a large goal into smaller pieces.Example: $15,000 in 5 years will require $3,000 in annual savings or about $58.00 per weekly paycheck ($3,000 divided by 52).If this sounds too intimidating, simply write down where you are now and where you want to be later.Example: $100 in savings account now and $1,000 in savings account later.No matter how you write them down, goals provide a framework for investment decisions and help narrow down your choices. For example, if you have a short-term goal, like freshman year college tuition in a year or a new car purchase in three years, you’ll want to keep this money liquid so that there’s no loss of principal.Find more info at the other hand, if you have a long-term goal, like college expenses for a newborn or retirement in twenty years, cash assets are a poor choice due to the risk of loss of purchasing power. Over long time frames, stocks provide the best historical return of any investment type.A financial goal everyone should have is to build an adequate emergency fund. This is savings set aside to cover unanticipated bills or monthly living expenses if paychecks stop (e.g., unemployment). Too often people use credit or borrow from family members in an emergency because they lack a savings account to fall back on.Make establishing an emergency fund a priority. Fund it with 3 to 6 months of living expenses or whatever amount provides peace of mind. When you withdraw money from this account, pay yourself back on a systematic schedule. Discipline yourself to use emergency fund money only for real emergencies (e.g., car repairs).Follow this advice from America Saves: “Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.”As the soundbite indicates, setting goals is just a starting point. To turn goals into action requires habits (e.g., save $100 monthly) or, better still, systems (e.g., make automated savings deposits via payroll deduction or checking to savings account transfers). Habits are ingrained behaviors that people do without thinking and systems are processes that people follow. Both habits and systems are repeatable and foster a sense of personal control.A key to savings success is goal-setting. Remember, people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.last_img read more

2016 National Touch League

first_imgAustralia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the beautiful Coffs Coast region next week to compete in the 2016 Touch Football Australia National Touch League (NTL).The event at C.ex Coffs International Stadium will feature 118 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 15 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 9 March through to finals day on Saturday, 12 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and which is now in its fifth installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.  2,000 participants will participate, with divisions ranging from T League through to Men’s 55’s, with teams from every state and territory in Australia participating in the event.The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, including the 2016-2018 NTL events.  Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – – (#NTL2016)Instagram – (#NTL2016)YouTube – read more

SCPAs Box Volume Up by 54 Pct

first_imgzoom South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) recorded a 5.4 percent increase in container volume fiscal year to date, with 1.029,450 TEUs handled since the period began in July 2016.SCPA said that December was “a solid finish” to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, with 164,480 TEUs moved last month, a year-over-year increase of nearly 14 percent.As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 92,956 boxes last month, up 12.8 percent compared to the same month last year.Fiscal year to date pier container volume is up 5.4 percent, with 580,880 boxes moved at SCPA’s North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals.Port of Charleston handled 61,377 pier tons in December, pushing fiscal year to date volume to 422,120 pier tons moved across SCPA docks. Additionally, Charleston exceeded fiscal year to date plans by 8.5 percent.“The port is experiencing an all-time high container volume, with loaded imports and exports achieving over 7 percent growth,” Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO, said.“Looking ahead to the second half of our 2017 fiscal year, we remain cautiously optimistic as we continue to prepare for the deployment of 14,000 TEU ships and improve our existing infrastructure,” Newsome added.SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer.last_img read more

Kahnawakes masters of puppets

first_imgAPTN National NewsThey wanted to reinforce the Mohawk language for kids.In 2003, they created a puppet show for a Kahnawake local television show.Over the years, they have created over 15 different characters addressing all kinds of issues.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette pulls the strings on this report.last_img

Chinas March trade weakens surplus with US at 154B

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s global trade balance swung to a rare deficit in March as exports shrank but its surplus with the United States, the centre of a worsening dispute with Washington, stood at $15.4 billion.Exports contracted 2.7 per cent from a year earlier to $174.1 billion, down from the 24.4 per cent growth for the first two months of 2018, customs data showed Friday. Imports rose 14.4 per cent to $179.1 billion, though that was down from 21.7 per cent growth in January and February.“The upshot is that the latest trade data suggest that both domestic and foreign demand held up well in March,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.The trade surplus with the United States contracted 13 per cent from a year earlier, while China’s global trade balance swung to a $5 billion deficit.President Donald Trump has approved a possible tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Trump is demanding Beijing take steps to narrow its trade deficit with the U.S., which Washington says stood at a record $375.2 billion last year.China runs multibillion-dollar monthly surpluses with Europe and the U.S., which helps to offset deficits with Japan, South Korea and developing countries that supply industrial components and raw materials. The global trade balance often slips into deficit for one month early each year as factories restock following the Lunar New Year holiday.“The biggest risk going forward is clearly that the current trade tensions escalate to the point where meaningful tariff barriers are erected,” said Evans-Pritchard. “But even if this is avoided, trade looks likely to soften slightly over the coming quarters given that global growth now appears past its peak and China’s own economy faces rising headwinds from tighter policy.”Chinese President Xi Jinping announced market-opening measures including a cut in import taxes on autos and an easing of controls on foreign ownership in China’s auto industry.The Commerce Ministry denied Thursday that had anything to do with the dispute with Washington and said negotiations were impossible while Trump was threatening tariff increases on a possible $100 billion list of additional goods.Forecasters have been expecting Chinese economic growth to weaken since late last year after regulators tightened controls to cool a boom in bank lending and real estate sales they worry is driving a dangerous rise in debt.Meanwhile, China’s trade surplus with the 28-nation European Union, its biggest trading partner, shrank by half from a year ago to $3.6 billion.___Online:General Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): read more

Gillettes socially conscious message likely to get warm reception in Canada

first_imgTORONTO — A Gillette advertisement depicting sexism in boardrooms, backyards and on street corners is the latest in a wave of socially conscious promotions to crop up in the wake of the Me Too era, and a message that is likely to find a receptive audience in Canada — particularly among women.The U.S.-based shaving company’s “the best men can be” advertisement was released earlier this week and features scenes meant to make consumers rethink the idea of associating masculinity with being tough or misreading women, but has been criticized for insulting men and co-opting a social message to sell razors.The ad places Gillette among handfuls of other companies who have turned to socially-conscious advertising — a growing phenomenon abroad and in Canada, said Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy.“We are seeing it more and more,” she said, pointing out household cleaning product ads that have been increasingly featuring men and a Bud Light beer promotion starring celebrities Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer complaining about gender-based product pricing.“Advertisers have already been moving in the direction of breaking down these stereotypes and gender norms and many have taken on subtle forms, but Gillette is being much more explicit about what they are trying to accomplish and I think there will be more movement in this direction.”Long before Gillette’s ad was unveiled, technology company Nest Labs had already clued into the phenomenon with an ad it ran on Oscars night in 2018, where a dad uses the brand’s camera to remind a boy heading out to prom about respecting his date. On the same night, Twitter Inc. shared a black-and-white, spoken word ad meant to encourage women to “make their voices heard.”Then there was the September Nike ad starring NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who encouraged customers to “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”Such socially-conscious advertisements, Kaplan said, can be attractive for brands because they allow companies to look like they are trying to do some good while also marketing products and targeting a new consumer base.She suspects Gillette’s ad had its sights set on millennial men, who have yet to pick a razor brand they will likely stick with for life, but also, women, who frequently purchase those razors for the men in their lives or for themselves after noticing women’s versions of the same product are often more expensive.Research suggests women in Canada tend to be particularly receptive to such advertising.A 2018 survey found that women are more likely to think positively about “issues-based” messaging in advertising.The poll of 1,581 Canadians from industry regulatory group Ad Standards Canada and research organization The Gandalf Group found that 67 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if its advertising included a public statement about curbing sexual harassment, while only 31 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if it included the Me Too hashtag in online advertising and social media.Overall, the study found most Canadians are more supportive of companies when they discuss specific steps they are taking around a social responsibility, instead of making public statements in support of a cause.Brent Barr, a branding instructor at Ryerson University, wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings or the push companies like Gillette are making into social responsibility, which he anticipates will only grow.Brands dabbling with social responsibility know that trumpeting causes can cause the public to warm to their brand or even reverse negative feelings they might have had towards it, he said.They also know that they can capture the key millennial demographic with such advertising because social responsibility campaigns tend to make the rounds on social media, he said.However, along with those benefits comes with demands from the public that companies like Gillette have to meet.“The typical younger consumer today wants you to stand up for an issue, but they become a bit jaded when people say things, but don’t do things,” he said. “It is not just about getting a tweet out, it is about what the company is doing in support of it and making sure they are invested in the issue.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more