Statement from Katie Lapp, Harvard Executive Vice President, regarding HEI Hotels & Resorts

first_imgHarvard University has followed with interest reports concerning labor relations at HEI Hotels & Resorts. The administration also has heard from community members regarding these reports and is aware of public statements on HEI made by peer institutions.The Harvard Management Company, as part of its investment and due-diligence process, will review HEI’s business practices and policies, including labor relations, and its compliance with industry standards, regulations and laws, prior to making any decision to re-invest in HEI-sponsored investment funds.  Any future decision to re-invest in HEI will take into account all relevant circumstances at that time.last_img read more

Michael Mitzenmacher and Stuart Shieber named 2014 ACM fellows

first_img Read Full Story Michael Mitzenmacher and Stuart Shieber, faculty members at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), are among 47 leading computer scientists named 2014 fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).The 2014 ACM fellows have been selected by their peers on the basis of their contributions to key computing fields, including database mining and design; artificial intelligence and machine learning; cryptography and verification; Internet security and privacy; computer vision and medical imaging; electronic design automation; and human-computer interaction.“Our world has been immeasurably improved by the impact of their innovations,” said ACM President Alexander L. Wolf in a statement. “We recognize their contributions to the dynamic computing technologies that are making a difference to the study of computer science, the community of computing professionals, and the countless consumers and citizens who are benefiting from their creativity and commitment.”Mitzenmacher, the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, was cited for his contributions to coding theory, hashing algorithms and data structures, and networking algorithms.Shieber, the James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, was cited for his contributions to natural-language processing, and to open-access systems and policy.last_img read more

Police: Terrorism didn’t motivate fatal Oregon car attack

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators say they have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated a driver who repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, killing a 77-year-old woman. The Portland Police Bureau said Tuesday the driver is hospitalized and expected to be booked into jail afterward. The man is accused of driving into people and cars over a 15-block span Monday. The woman who died was dragged beneath the wheels of a small SUV and nine other people were injured. Police say that after the driver fled on foot, neighbors surrounded him until police arrived and took him into custody. His name has not been released.last_img read more

Association finalizes constitution

This year’s members of the Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) met for the last time Wednesday before the new officers assume their roles April 1. For their last order of business, members of SGA finalized the new constitution. The student body must vote on the revisions, and 25 percent of students who vote must approve for the constitution to go into effect. There will also be a banquet after Easter break to celebrate the new structure of SGA and the leaders from this year who made it possible. Current members of SGA also shared their favorite memories of the year. Student body president Nicole Gans said she is especially proud of the changes made in the SGA structure. “My favorite moment was when we all agreed upon the restructuring of SGA,” Gans said. Amanda Lester, public relations commissioner in charge of social media, said her favorite memory from the year was a particular event. “My favorite activity was the bowling night,” she said. Karen Johnson, vice president of student affairs, who advises SGA, said she was impressed with the work SGA did this year. “This is the most exciting year I’ve had,” Johnson said. “Thank you for a great year, and I’m very proud to be your advisor.” As turnover draws near, Gans reminded the board they all need to pass on a binder of the materials they used to those assuming their positions next week.  Reflecting on the year as a whole, Gans said she was really grateful to work with such a talented group of students this year. “Everyone in this room has affected the student body this year … and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls,” she said. read more

Australia’s second-largest retirement fund is divesting from thermal coal

first_imgAustralia’s second-largest retirement fund is divesting from thermal coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:Australia’s second-largest superannuation fund is preparing to dump its shares in companies that derive more than 10 per cent of their revenue from thermal coal mining as it embarks on the most aggressive immediate climate push of any large local investor.First State Super, which holds $130 billion [US$90 billion] in retirement savings, is distributing a new climate plan among its members detailing initiatives to shield their money from the threats of global warming, including setting a 30 per cent emissions-reduction target across its investment portfolio by 2023 and a 45 per cent cut by 2030.First State chief executive Deanne Stewart told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald climate change posed the single biggest risk to Australians’ retirement savings, and superannuation investors must “take bold and decisive action now” to safeguard members’ long-term interests.“Climate change clearly poses the most significant risk to investment portfolios over the long term,” she said. “Why we are stepping it up to a much greater degree now is we see that risk front and centre in terms of the impact it is likely to have on investment returns for our members.”The most immediate direct action is to divest all its shareholdings of companies that mine thermal coal – the type of coal used in power generation – by October 2020. Although the plan does not specify which thermal coal miners will be divested, corporate records indicate First State held shares in ASX-listed Whitehaven Coal, Stanmore Coal, New Hope and Washington H. Soul Pattinson in 2019.The next phases of the fund’s strategy – a 30 per cent emissions cut across its entire listed equities portfolio by 2023 and 45 per cent by 2030 – are more immediate goals than those set by many other investors, whose targets stretch out to 2050.[Nick Toscano]More: Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensifylast_img read more

Run the Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon

first_imgWe offer a Full Marathon this year along with a Half, 10k, 5k and 1 Mile Run. So, this fun event has something for everyone! The certified course will begin and end at the Intervale Trail Head on the Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington, Virginia.The trail follows an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. The course has a smooth crushed gravel surface and is mostly flat with some light hills. The trail follows its namesake river, winding its way through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland. It’s common to see wildlife along the way.Unique Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers in each event. Age group awards are determined by participation.The awards ceremony will be at Intervale Trail Head immediately after the race. Refreshments will be provided for all race participants. Take advantage of our Early Bird rates before May 6!last_img read more

Costa Rica Dismantles Narcotrafficking Network

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo August 25, 2020 In early July, the Costa Rican Drug Control Police (PCD, in Spanish), with the cooperation of the United States and Colombian counterdrug authorities, dismantled a narcotrafficking ring that smuggled cocaine and marijuana by sea, air, and land to the United States and Mexico. During the Operation Air, authorities captured 12 people, all Costa Rican nationals, the Costa Rican Ministry of the Interior reported on its Facebook page.“Today [July 9], the Drug Control Police carried out 12 raids and arrested several people who are part of a criminal ring based in the country, but with branches in Colombia,” Michael Soto Rojas, Costa Rica’s minister of the Interior, said via Facebook.“This structure operated in Colombia, where it sent shipments of cocaine and marijuana mainly by water to the Costa Rican territory, and once in Costa Rican territory, they were stored and later shipped by air. They mainly operated in the South, Central, and North Pacific, and the organization was well established in that area,” Soto said.According to the Costa Rican site, narcotraffickers mainly used light or ultra-light aircraft to move the drug. The PCD and the Costa Rican Deputy Office of the Attorney General against Narcotrafficking and Related Crimes conducted the raids in the areas of Guanacaste, Heredia, Coronado, and in four cells of the Liberia correctional center, the news portal reported.The PCD determined during the investigation that the criminal organization had connections in Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras, in addition to having contacts in Colombia, the Argentine newspaper La Nación reported. Intelligence work also confirmed that the organization was using beauty salons, barber shops, and aerial spraying companies, while also renting large areas to grow citrus to justify its income, the newspaper said.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Costa Rica is an important country for the transit of drugs from South America to the United States and Europe, due to its geographic location and its maritime territory in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.According to reports from, minister Soto said that from January to early July 2020, authorities have seized 25 tons of cocaine and marijuana, and he anticipates that the number could exceed the 40 tons seized in 2019.last_img read more

CUNA engaged as CHOICE Act process moves forward

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services Committee will conduct a hearing on Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Dodd-Frank alternative bill April 26. The bill, the Financial CHOICE Act, contains a number of regulatory relief provisions.“CUNA appreciates Chairman Hensarling’s efforts to bring meaningful regulatory relief for the country’s financial institutions, including credit unions. Unnecessary, overly burdensome and duplicative regulations have significant impact on credit unions’ ability to provide safe and affordable financial services to their members.  And, credit unions have been making their voice heard on Capitol Hill on the need for common-sense regulations,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA and our state associations have been active and engaged in this process through ongoing dialogue about Choice 2.0 on behalf of credit unions with Chairman Hensarling and his staff.  We appreciate the openness with which they have operated.“While no bill of this size and complexity is perfect, the legislation includes a number of provisions that we believe would reduce credit unions’ regulatory burden allowing them to more fully provide their members with safe and affordable financial services,” Nussle added. “We are encouraged that the chairman intends to take the legislation through the Financial Services Committee, and we look forward to seeing this process progress.”last_img read more

What’s in a name: Vice President of Member Experience

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Christian Community Credit Union ($663.2M, San Dimas, CA) was an industry trailblazer when it dedicated a position to the member experience four years ago. The role started out at the assistant vice president level before evolving into a vice president position two years ago.Charlie Allen, who previously oversaw member services for the credit union, was singularly qualified to hold the role responsible for leading the charge to deliver a consistent member experience across all service channels. In fact, the credit union created the position for Allen.Today, Christian Community looks closely at the everyday interactions between employees and members to uncover ways to improve processes at a department level. And Allen is there every step of the way.“Two years ago, I began going into each of the member-facing departments to see what members and our own team were experiencing firsthand,” Allen says. continue reading »last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement Regarding The Commonwealth Court’s Decision On Medicare Advantage Involving UPMC And Highmark

first_img May 29, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Statement Regarding The Commonwealth Court’s Decision On Medicare Advantage Involving UPMC And Highmarkcenter_img Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Results,  Seniors,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Commonwealth Court’s decision on Medicare Advantage:“From the beginning, I have been very clear that I will not stand by and allow our most vulnerable citizens, especially seniors, to be used as pawns in the dispute between UPMC and Highmark.“UPMC’s decision to cancel Medicare Advantage for over 180,000 seniors was wrong, and today I am pleased that the Commonwealth Court ruled in favor of protecting seniors. The feud between these two companies must end – the people of Western Pennsylvania have had enough.“My administration will continue working tirelessly to protect consumers, especially seniors and vulnerable populations caught in the middle.”MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # #last_img read more