Category: ftgbvjnbikmz

At Ed School, it’s easy being green

first_imgThis is one of a series of occasional stories on the measures that Schools at Harvard are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The gleaming, 200-watt, photovoltaic panels crowning Gutman Library — which is just down the street from where George Washington first assembled his troops during the Revolutionary War — may be the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) most prominent monument in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions.What’s less evident, however, is the history of their placement, which reveals a particular zeal for going green by HGSE. Leading the School’s charge is a 12-member, all-volunteer task force that has dubbed itself “Mother Nature’s Posse” (also known as the HGSE Green Team).The back story of those six gleaming panels goes like this: In 2008, as part of a University-wide pledge sponsored by the Harvard Office for Sustainability, 45 percent of the HGSE community took a vow to improve the environment — both on- and off-campus — through simple, everyday measures, such as shutting off lights, hanging wet laundry, recycling, and even forgoing paper napkins. The average pledge rate at most other Schools wasn’t quite half of that.Owing largely to a full-bore campaign spearheaded by the School’s then 15-member Green Team, an effort that entailed emails, videos, posters, and word of mouth, more than 560 Ed School affiliates took the green plunge. For that, HGSE — one of the smallest Schools at the University — was awarded seed money toward a sustainability project. And though the funds didn’t pay for the solar panels outright, they did allow the Ed School to investigate and plan for implementation, marking HGSE’s first foray into renewable energy.Together with two other notable facility improvements — the natural-gas-fired boilers in the basement of 13 Appian Way (a conversion from oil that was coordinated with the Radcliffe campus) and the 2009 classroom renovations of Larsen Hall geared toward energy-efficiency (earning two floors of the 45-year-old brick building LEED Platinum Certification) — the 2010 photovoltaic project is expected to reduce HGSE’s annual carbon footprint by 8.6 percent.All told, these projects represent a calculable contribution on behalf of the Ed School toward the University’s overarching goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, including growth, based on 2006 levels. But here’s the kicker: Even as these physical improvements have come to symbolize the School’s commitment to reducing such emissions, they’re only part of the School’s overall sustainability efforts, which strive to keep a green ideology moving forward.“For every initiative, it’s important to not just ask people to do something,” said Jason Carlson, the HGSE director of operations who also directs the Green Team. “It’s important to understand what and how their piece can contribute to something great.” For a place dedicated to teaching educators, this is no small matter.Now in its fifth year, the Green Team is the main driver toward that something great, which has manifested in a range of green initiatives at the School. From a battery recycling program to an annual “freecycle” event to offering reusable mugs, the Green Team’s initiatives, according to Carlson, are “embedded in everything we’re doing.”The diverse team is made up of faculty, staff, and students, representing the varying insights and concerns of the HGSE population. For instance, team member Meghan Garrity, a catering manager with Table of Contents, the School’s catering and dining services provider, has spearheaded back-of-the-house composting stations at three HGSE kitchens. (Garrity was also one of two team members honored for individual achievement at the second annual Green Carpet Awards in the spring.) This arrangement allows the group, which meets monthly, to serve as informed liaisons for its constituents and HGSE’s operating entities. Upon honing in on an appropriate concern or issue, the team works closely with HGSE Facilities Operations; ironing out the kinks and details of implementation before firing off an electronic “green tip” to 1,200 HGSE affiliates.One of the team’s more involved initiatives was this past winter’s completion of a map outlining filtered water stations on the HGSE campus. An idea inspired by Harvard Law School, according to HGSE project manager and Green Team member Linda Kuczynski, the simple legend — which also includes signage above filtered water fountains — aims to entice thirsty people while reducing dependence on bottled water. Other targeted initiatives include a printer cartridge recycling program, a cosmetics drive, bike rack improvements, and, coming soon, single-stream recycling and public composting.In the end, the collective impact of all these sustainable efforts, some of them burgeoning and creative, others tried and true, is a 10 percent reduction of the School’s carbon footprint (inclusive of growth, and as measured through fiscal 2010). Numbers like that suggest that the mindset behind that 2008 pledge has permeated the School’s culture. According to Carlson, the challenge and thrill will come in carrying that attitude to the world beyond the campus.“What we get excited about is we’re educating educators,” said Carlson. “So what’s exciting to think about is the broader impact that we may be able to have if we leave our students with something when they go out into the sector to start educating people. If we can change them in just one way, the exponential impact that might have on our world is pretty inspiring and exciting.”last_img read more

Read More

Mountain Mama: What’s the Deal with Yoga?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’ve gone to a few yoga classes. But I just don’t get what the craze is about. Even my grandma is doing yoga these days.What am I missing?Yours,Inflexible——————————————————————-Dear Inflexible,I went to yoga classes on and off for 10 years before I really let myself be still enough to be present during the classes. Before, I was like you, only going through the motions. I kept glancing at the clock during the class and thinking ahead to what I’d cook for dinner during meditation.That all changed after I hurt my shoulder and bicep paddling the Upper Gauley this past fall. I’d been spending too much time behind a desk and holding my toddler and not enough time paddling. My upper back and neck held so much tension that my shoulders touched my chin. For me, paddling has always been a path back toward my best self. So even when I found out that the recent rain meant that the water was pumping at three times its normal flow, I put-on the Upper Gauley for my first time.The run went well until Sweet’s Falls rapid, when I plunged over the 10-foot drop into a wall of water folding around me. I braced into all that water, desperately fighting to stay upright. I let my arms get away from me and braced higher than I should have. When I paddled away, I knew I’d tweaked my arm.Ever since then I’ve been working with a physical therapist, who’s been alarmed by how tight and forward my shoulders are. He explained that by living my life so far forward, hunched over a computer all the time, I had reduced the amount of space that existed in my body. Without space, our muscles and tissues have nowhere to go when impacted, so they rip or tear. As he told me this, I thought how my body mirrored the chaotic state of my mind. Always rushing around meant that even small problems derailed me. I had no space to absorb anything new, physically, emotionally, or mentally.The physical therapist told me to stretch out in a doorframe like an eagle. He instructed me to press my hands into the doorframe and squeezing my shoulder blades back while taking a small step forward. Those two minutes opened up my chest and back, undoing my slumped-over-a-computer-posture. After a day, I felt the space inside my body. After a week, I felt the space within my mind too.  The physical movement of reaching helped me to become more open to the possibilities that existed all around me, where before I was too inwardly focused to notice. I began to look forward to those two minutes to stretch my perspective along with my back.Researcher confirms that we can change our minds by changing how we hold our bodies. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist who teaches at Harvard Business School, showed that we can change the feelings we have about our status through physical positions. Standing in warrior pose or mountain stance at critical times can change our lives in big ways. Election outcomes, hiring decisions, and deciding who to ask out on a date hinge on body language. Our own self-esteem does too.Inflexible, if two minutes of standing a certain way can change how we feel about our lives, imagine what could happen during a 60-minute yoga class. The only barrier to becoming your best self is allowing yourself to be still enough to stretch into your own body and mind.Make 2014 the year you reach!Namaste,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

Read More

Our Picks for Summer Camps + Experiential Learning Programs

first_imgLandmark Learning | Cullowhee, NCSince 1996, Landmark Learning has met its mission “to be the leading resource in education and training for the outdoor community”. Our classroom is ever-changing, as are standards in risk management and program operations. Landmark programs are committed to evolving and meeting these standards.Landmark proudly represents the nation’s leading certification providers of outdoor education and training, including NOLS Wilderness Medicine, American Canoe Association, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Leave No Trace and North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. The Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester is the capstone course experience, eligible for college credit through a partnership with Western Carolina University.Visit LandmarkLearning.org to learn more. Passages Adventure Camp | Richmond & Midlothian, VAPassages Adventure Camp is Central Virginia’s premier outdoor experience teaching girls and boys ages 5-17 the fun of outdoor adventure which includes kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, wilderness survival, zip-lining, mountain biking, trail-running, and stand up paddle boarding. Our mission is to help young people foster lifelong outdoor skills in a fun and challenging environment. We help each camper build leadership skills, develop teamwork, and improve their confidence. With day camps and fantastic overnight excursions to the New River Gorge and the Blue Ridge Mountains, your summer adventure starts here! Camps run June 10th – August 23rd.Visit PassagesRVA.com to learn more.Summer in the Smokies at Tremont InstituteGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TNCome with us on an awesome outdoor adventure! Imagine splashing around in an icy cold mountain stream, climbing ridges to an unbelievable view, or choosing from a variety of activities to discover nature through hands-on explorations, day hikes and crafts.Tremont offers an in-depth summer learning experience that fosters an understanding of the beautiful Smoky Mountains and encourages a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of the environment.Only Tremont offers unique outdoor experiences that include meals and housing.Visit gsmit.org/summer-youth to learn more. Summer programs have long been the jumping off point for young adventurers–and the first step towards a lifelong love of the outdoors, personal enrichment, and campfire camaraderie.  Here are our picks for some of the best programs in the Blue Ridge.Nature camp for teens and children! Hike, swim, garden, and hunt for butterflies, warblers, foxes and salamanders in a secluded WV mountain wildlife sanctuary, 2.5 hours from Washington, DC.Campers gather in small groups, design independent projects, and enjoy a relaxed,  high quality program. Through music, arts, games and laughter, as well as quiet reflection, the knowledgeable, dynamic, caring staff create a lasting community that promotes challenge and growth, supporting a lasting sense of wonder. A weekend for adults is tucked into the end of July. Campers return year after year: it’s our 57th season!American Camping Association accredited.Visit BurgundyCenter.org to learn more.Camp Chatuga | Mountain Rest, SCCamp Chatuga is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Owned and operated by the same family since 1956, Chatuga fosters lifelong memories and friendships in a wholesome, family-oriented community. Session options range from three days to four weeks. Campers choose from over 30 incredible activities including horseback, water-skiing, BMX bikes, arts/crafts, outdoor living skills, archery, animal care and sports. 4:1 camper:counselor ratio for safety and personal attention. Under the guidance of mature and caring staff, each camper thrives in our technology free, rustic environment; a perfect atmosphere for fun and personal growth through relationships and nature!Visit CampChatuga.com to learn more.Camp Hidden Meadows | Bartow, WVGreat summer camps exist in many places. At Hidden Meadows, we believe our small class sizes, range of activities, and spectacular setting make us stand out from the rest. Nestled in WV’s Allegheny Mountains, camp sits at 3000 feet elevation with outdoor adventures beckoning from all directions. High adventure, creative arts, and organic farming are some of our hallmarks. Our campers and staff come from all over the world, ready to experience exciting activities in the natural world. Here, you can leave your familiar routines behind and explore the outdoor and creative world in ways so few people have opportunity to do.Visit CampHiddenMeadows.com to learn more.center_img Virginia Outside | Multiple Locations, VirginiaVirginia Outside is entering its 15th season of offering outdoor adventures for youth! We offer a wide variety of outdoor activities including day and overnight conventional and fly fishing camps, mountain bike day camps, orienteering and leadership camps, and kayak touring and fishing camps.From catching trout in the cold waters of Southwest Virginia, to riding the urban mountain bike trails of Northern Virginia, we have a wide variety of outdoor adventures to choose from.Day camps are offered in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Raleigh, and Stafford.We run overnight camps on the Chesapeake Bay, in Southwest Virginia, New York, Yellowstone, and Honduras.Visit virginiaoutside.com to learn more.Interested in seeing your summer camp or experiential program in our list?Contact Leah Woody:  leah@blueridgeoutdoors.comlast_img read more

Read More

In vino veritas: Bali governor issues new decree to promote traditional liquor

first_imgBali Governor Wayan Koster has issued a gubernatorial decree regulating the province’s traditional liquors in a bid to preserve and promote the drinks in the region.Wayan said that the decree on traditional Balinese fermented and distilled drinks, ratified on Jan 29, would promote local liquors such as arak, tuak – both distilled from coconut palm flowers – and brem, a traditional rice wine, as part of the region’s many unique cultural traits.“I also hope that with this regulation, traditional Balinese fermented drinks can be part of our new economic power based on local people and local wisdom,” he said on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency. Koster said the new regulation would require Balinese traditional liquor producers to hold licenses and pass food safety tests from the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) to ensure that they met quality and hygiene standards.“This way, our traditional drinks can be served in hotels, sold at airports and served during dinner receptions at the governor’s official residence,” he said.He also encouraged the provincial research and innovation agency to safeguard farmers’ intellectual rights over the products. He added that he had also suggested to the Customs and Excise Office that the drinks receive tax incentives and even be excluded from export fees to support the industry’s development.Koster added that the new regulation could act as a “way out” from the government’s negative investment list that bars foreign investment in alcoholic drink manufacturing as it would regulate the promotion, branding and funding for the liquors’ production. Besides promoting and preserving the local drinks, the regulation also details the administrative sanctions for producers and sellers who violate its provisions.“We prohibit selling to underage children,” Koster said, adding that the administration also banned liquor sales among street vendors, on camping sites, around worship sites, schools, government offices and hospitals. (ris)Topics :last_img read more

Read More

Australia moves to ban anti-racism protest citing virus

first_imgAustralian police on Friday moved to ban a Black Lives Matter protest planned in Sydney, citing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.Around 10,000 people are expected to march in Sydney on Saturday to express solidarity with US protestors and demand an end to frequent Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia.On the eve of the protest, the police — backed by prominent local conservatives — launched legal action to ban the rally on health grounds. Several protests have already taken place across Australia and the planned march in Sydney is one among several due to take place on Saturday.Organizers hope to highlight the high levels of imprisonment for First Nations Australians and the large number of indigenous deaths in custody — more than 400 in the last three decades.The legal action was a U-turn for the police — who initially granted the Sydney event the green light — and follows heavy criticism of the protest in the country’s conservative media.Organizers were determined to go ahead, using a groundswell of public opinion to press for long-stalled reforms.”Tomorrow, we are going to march if they like it or not, because this is our land and nothing is going to stop any of us,” said Latona Dungay, whose son David died in prison in 2015.Green party parliamentarian David Shoebridge attacked the move as heavyhanded, calling for police to take a more nuanced approach.”This is not what’s needed. This needs cooperation and understanding, not force,” Shoebridge said.Protesters in Melbourne were similarly warned they could face fines for attending a rally in the city, with authorities urging people to stay home.Earlier on Friday, hundreds of protesters gathered in the nation’s capital Canberra even as Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged people to stay home.”Let’s find a better way and another way to express these sentiments rather than putting your own health at risk,” Morrison said.He admitted there was more to be done to address indigenous inequality but continued to reject parallels with the United States.”Australia is not other places, so let’s deal with this as Australians and not appropriate what’s happening in other countries to our country at this time.” Topics :center_img Australia has detected a sustained drop in the number of COVID-19 cases, but social distancing rules remain in force and mass gatherings are not permitted. The New South Wales Supreme Court was asked to declare the protest illegal.”We have commenced legal action on the basis that we don’t believe the protest can be conducted in a safe way,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.Civil rights protests shaking the United States have resonated with many in Australia — a country that also wrestles with the legacy of a racist past.last_img read more

Read More

Drones could help fight disease

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Drones could help fight disease by: – July 12, 2018 36 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share (Antigua Observer) The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) representative in Antigua and Barbuda, Paul Lucas, has offered advice to mitigate the spread and effects of the lethal yellowing disease afflicting coconut trees.In an interview on OBSERVER AM yesterday, Lucas discussed how CARDI and International Trade Centre (ITC) will be teaming up to develop the coconut industry across the Caribbean.“For the larger trees it would be difficult to go up and spray for mites and such. We have proposed the use of technology like drones. There are parts of the world where they are used to spray. It reduces the risk of persons involved in the industry. It might not be safe to climb these trees in bad weather. We are looking at more holistic ways to reduce risk,” Lucas said.He added that until drones become available, his advice would be for individuals to remove trees from the field immediately when they recognise that there is an issue with the plant so that it does affect surrounding plants.Lucas explained that these mitigation strategies are important in developing the coconut industry. He said the general public needs to first understand the potential of the coconut industry, and even though there are challenges right now, once those challenges are addressed, there is the possibility for large profits.He stated that with the right management team, the future benefits to the farmers, consumers, the nation and the region will be tremendous.One of the areas of focus for the project will be in Barbuda where 95 percent of the trees that once flourished in the 250-acre coconut tree plantation were destroyed by the passage of Hurricane Irma in September of last year. The remaining trees are said to be struggling or dying because of the extremely high concentration of salt in the ground.The four-year project is funded by the European Union as a part of the 10th European Development Fund, and it focuses on the CARIFORUM coconut-producing countries in the Caribbean.The objectives of the initiative are to improve marketing linkages, increase coconut production in the Caribbean, increase food security and reinforce the incomes of small-scale farmers in the coconut sector.last_img read more

Read More

Neymar ‘wants PSG’ to sanction transfer return to Barcelona

first_img Neymar’s summer antics saw him become the pantomime villain in the French capital when he returned at the start of the season. The PSG Ultras booed him at the start of the campaign, despite him scoring a last minute winner in his first game back. PSG paid £200m for Neymar back in 2017 Read Also: Ligue 1: PSG commence talks with ex-Juventus manager PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is in his second year at the Ligue 1 outfit and has had to deal with the Neymar saga throughout his tenure. But, despite leading the club to the last eight of the Champions League, there are doubts as to whether the German will still be employed by PSG come next season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Neymar has once again looked to force the issue as he plots his Barcelona return. The Brazilian is looking to quit PSG after three years having done his best to manufacture an exit last summer, only for the Parisians to stand firm. Neymar is desperate to return to Barcelona Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he joined the French side, but his time in Paris has been largely underwhelming. Through his stay he has been linked with a return to Spain, initially Real Madrid looked his likely destination but his former club have since emerged as his preference. He is once again ready to pressurise the Parc des Princes hierarchy in an effort to seal a return to the Nou Camp, reports Sport.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

Read More

3 hurt in road crash

first_imgThe jeepney driver was identified asRicardo Capada, 54, of San Miguel, Iloilo. ILOILO City – Three persons were injuredwhen a passenger jeepney hit a fence in Barangay Q. Abeto, Mandurriaodistrict. Police reports showed Capada lostcontrol of his jeepney and crashed into a concrete fence of the Mandurriao NationalHigh School around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday’s crash landed James MichaelBayson, 25; Dennis Baaya, 37; and Maria Palmes, 54 at the Western VisayasMedical Center in Mandurriao district. They all sustained body injuries, policesaid. Capada, who escaped injury, was taken tothe Mandurriao police station./PNlast_img read more

Read More

Tottenham chairman pens open letter to fans

first_img Promoted ContentWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Cars Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime “One thing you can be assured of is the continuing ambition of everyone at this Club for success on the pitch. Right now, we shall be playing until the last minute of this season to achieve the best possible finish and hopefully a European spot. read also:Premier League TV fixtures confirmed as Man Utd visit Tottenham “Today sees our last home game of a season for the first time ever without any supporters in the stadium and it has been so evident how much the team has missed the ’12th player’. I have been part of the Premier League Club Advisory Group working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to ensure our game comes back stronger than ever with fans in attendance.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, has penned an open letter to fans. Spurs have not qualified for the Champions League and could still finish without European football for the first time in 11 years, and Levy has underlined the ambition of the club in light of the fall down the league standings. Levy wrote in part: “We have had bumps in the road this season on the pitch – as have many other top clubs at different times – it was our turn this season. Being competitive at the top of the game raises the challenge of delivering further improvements year on year and meeting the high expectations we all now have. We have certainly not seen the performances and results we all wanted at times and I know José and his coaches will be working with us in the coming months to ensure we hit the ground running for the start of next season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More

Witten’s Warriors Shootout this weekend at Aztec

first_imgAztec hosts Witten’s Warriors Stock Car Shootout on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 AZTEC, N.M. (Aug. 26) – Racing is the second most important aspect of the Witten’s Warriors Stock Car Shootout special at Aztec Speedway this Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1.The event is a fundraiser for the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation in Albuquerque and helps raise awareness about cerebral palsy. Witten’s Warriors T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other souve­nirs will be sold at the track both days. Features for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will be held both nights, each paying $1,000 to win. Both Modified features are qualifiers for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Saturday’s Stock Car winner gets a $300 product certificate from Sybesma Graphics. The Stock Car winner on Sunday gets a set of EQ cylinder heads from J & J Engine and Machine.Hard chargers in each Stock Car feature earn $200. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods complete the two shows; the Stock Car and Modified portions of the program will be draw/redraw.Gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Pit passes are $30; the $15 entry fee for Stock Cars will be waived for any drivers towing 300 miles or more.Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $18 for military personnel and seniors, $15 for youth ages 6-14 and free for five and under.A barbecue in the pit area begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Read More