Extension School recognizes outstanding grads

first_imgEach Commencement, the Harvard Extension School recognizes the notable accomplishments of its top graduates and outstanding faculty with numerous awards and prizes. Recipients may demonstrate outstanding initiative, character, and academic achievement; show dedication to the arts or public service; or, in regard to faculty, be lauded by their students for excellence in teaching.One honor, the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Master of Liberal Arts Thesis, is awarded to a student whose graduate thesis embodies the highest level of imaginative scholarship. Through the years, A.L.M. thesis advisers from across the University (all of whom must have Harvard teaching appointments) have been singularly impressed with the work produced by their Extension School advisees: “a remarkably sophisticated, intelligent, informed, and promising piece of scholarship”; and “a wholly original, impeccably researched and argued thesis”; and, on one biotechnology student, “I expect the body of work he has produced will be a significant contribution to the field and will be published.”In addition to the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Thesis, there are four major academic prizes — the Phelps, Crite, Langlois, and Small prizes — as well as the Bok, Aurelio, Yang, and Wood prizes. Faculty are awarded the Bonanno, Conway, Fussa, and Shattuck awards.View a list of 2011 Harvard Extension School prize and award recipients.— Linda Crosslast_img read more

Bills Close With 56-26 Win Over Miami, Set To Face Colts

first_imgJosh Allen (17) and Stefon Diggs (14) celebrate Isaiah McKenzie (19) touchdown. Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, January 3, 2021 at Bills Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert / BuffaloBills.com.ORCHARD PARK (AP) — A little more than a year ago, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane was lamenting how his team needed to score more points.Josh Allen and company certainly haven’t let him down.In a game the Bills scored touchdowns in all three phases, and Allen got to rest after throwing three touchdowns in the first half, Buffalo put an emphatic stamp by closing the most prolific season in team history with a 56-26 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.The win contributed to ending the Dolphins’ playoff hopes, with the team eliminated after the Indianapolis Colts defeated Jacksonville later in the day. The AFC East champion Bills, meanwhile, secured the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed, and prepare to face the Frank Reich-coached Colts in Buffalo’s first home playoff game in 24 years next Saturday. Reich is the former Bills backup who 28 years ago to the day led Buffalo to overcome a 32-point deficit in a 41-38 overtime win over the Houston Oilers in what still stands as the largest comeback in NFL history.It marks the first time the Bills will face the Colts in the postseason and features a matchup of former East rivals before the NFL realigned its divisions in 2002.Buffalo (13-3) finished with a season-best 501 points scored, matched a franchise record for victories set in 1990 and ’91, and looked nothing like the inconsistent team that finished last season by squandering a 16-0 second-half lead in a 22-19 overtime loss at the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card game.“I feel like I’m night and day compared to what I was last year,” the third-year starter said of a season in which he set team records for yards passing (4,544) and touchdowns passing (37).Allen can now set his sights on helping Buffalo win its first playoff game since December 1995.“We’ll find out who we play tonight, whether it be Saturday or Sunday. But we have to go out there and do our job,” Allen said. “This all means nothing. It gave us a chance that we wanted. Now we got to go take it.”The Bills heated up after Allen closed Buffalo’s first series being intercepted by Byron Jones, which led to the Dolphins opening the scoring on Jason Sanders’ 49-yard field goal.Buffalo proceeded to score touchdowns on four consecutive second-quarter possessions, which included Isaiah McKenzie returning a punt 82 yards. Allen finished 18 for 25 for 224 yards with three touchdowns, two to McKenzie and another to John Brown.And Buffalo’s backups didn’t relent in the second half. Josh Norman returned the first of Tua Tagovailoa’s three interceptions 16 yards for a score. Rookie Antonio Williams scored two TDs rushing in his NFL debut, while backup Matt Barkley capped the second-highest point total in franchise history with a 56-yard pass to rookie Gabriel Davis.Though it was a year ago, the loss to Houston remained on the minds of several Bills’ players.“We have a feeling that we don’t want to feel ever again,” offensive tackle Dion Dawkins said.“That fire and that burn we felt from losing it’s still in us,” he added. “That’s why guys are so hard on themselves, because we have to be the best at all times. And we know if we’re not, things like what happened in Houston can happen.”Beane began addressing the Bills needs to produce more points by acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota in March. The move paid off with Diggs finishing the season with team records in receptions (127) and yards (1,535).The Bills didn’t stop there, with Beane selecting Davis in the fourth round of the draft. With two catches for 107 yards on Sunday, Davis finished the season third among Buffalo receivers with 35 catches and 599 yards, and second on the team with seven touchdowns.With Cole Beasley listed week to week because of a knee injury, Buffalo welcomed back Brown, who finished with four catches for 72 yards and a 32-yard touchdown catch. Brown returned after missing five games with a knee injury, while also spending a week on the reserve-COVID-19 list.And Buffalo might not be done adding receivers, with the team closing in on signing veteran free agent Kenny Stills, a month after he was released by Houston.Coach Sean McDermott last week acknowledged the Bills’ interest in the eighth-year player, who must first pass a physical and the NFL’s coronavirus protocols before being added to the roster. 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

Empire District Electric proposes closing Asbury coal plant in Missouri

first_imgEmpire District Electric proposes closing Asbury coal plant in Missouri FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Empire District Electric Co. continues to see no future for its coal-fired Asbury power plant in Missouri and could potentially shutter the facility as soon as the end of this year.The Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. subsidiary, which goes by Empire District Electric, a Liberty Utilities company, has filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission an integrated resource plan proposing retirement of the 198-MW plant by the end of this year and the addition of solar and storage resources starting in 2022. The plan also incorporates 600 MW of new wind generation that had previously been approved by regulators.The company said the plant, located in Jasper County, Mo., is “not a cost-effective resource for customers going forward,” given capital investments needed to meet environmental regulations and tough market conditions that are not expected to improve. Further, there are less expensive options to meet future capacity and energy needs, namely solar, wind and storage technologies.While the plan floats the idea of a 2019 retirement date, the company said it might take longer to close the plant, given notice requirements and shutdown procedures. For instance, Empire District has to give six months’ notice of a planned retirement to the Southwest Power Pool, safely and reliably run the plant with minimum staff levels and combust as much of the usable coal as possible.Company officials will continue to assess the best time to retire Asbury in the coming months. “In the meantime, Empire is currently working with an independent engineering firm to assess the potential demolition costs as well as evaluate whether the plant can be sold and if not, what might be salvaged to help mitigate closure costs,” the company said.Empire District in 2017 proposed to retire the plant, which has been operating since 1970, as part of a plan to develop 800 MW of wind by the end of 2020. At the time, the company said it wanted to retire the plant before making $20 million in environmental compliance upgrades needed by April 2019. But after discussions with stakeholders, the company revised the plan to add 600 MW of wind instead of 800 MW and keep the Asbury plant operating pending the development of an integrated resource plan. The commission approved the updated proposal in July 2018.More ($): Empire District suggests earlier retirement of Mo. coal plantlast_img read more

Tips for text messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brittany Farb Gruber Brittany Farb Gruber is a Chicago-based communications professional with nearly 10 years of experience as a writer, editor and content marketer at a variety of trade publications, non-profit organizations, and … Web: https://www.eltropy.com Details It’s not a secret that credit unions are fiercely devoted to their members. When the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world, credit unions were faced with new challenges that included navigating lobby closures, jammed phone lines, member anxieties, and more. While text messaging is the best way to stay engaged with members, it’s also important to follow best practices in order to better serve members and to avoid turning them off at such a pivotal time. Here are a few tips to ensure that your credit union is best communicating with members:Avoid Information OverloadIt seems like almost all brands across all industries are flooding consumers with repetitive messages for the sake of staying relevant. While it’s important to communicate during the pandemic, it’s even more imperative to provide your members the most useful information to avoid having your messages go unnoticed. If your credit union is offering lowered interest rates on loans, that should be communicated first to show both empathy for your members while providing them an actual benefit to help. Avoid Negativity Although messages alerting members of new virus cases, lockdowns and other pandemic updates may be well-intentioned, they may cause hysteria and result in anxiety levels to continue to rise. Sharing messages that cause both awareness and purpose to help the situation should be top of mind. Prioritize texts that offer accurate information and provide encouragement during this difficult time. Prioritize EmpathyWhile text messaging may have simply been used for informational purposes prior to the pandemic, now is the time to take a sensitive approach that takes into account what your members are going through. For example, if your credit union is taking extra steps to help those in need, certainly communicate that story. Focusing on sensitivity will help your credit union build valuable, loyal relationships with members long after this crisis is over.Don’t Forget About ComplianceCompliance regulations play a big role in sending messages, even in times of emergencies. Eltropy understands these regulations may seem cumbersome and difficult to navigate, especially with the chaos of our current situation. We are committed to showing credit unions how to obtain consent through a variety of ways, including messaging sign ups, email campaigns and more. Learn more by checking out Eltropy’s Credit Union’s Guide to Text Messaging Compliance.Get Personal Personalized messaging always helps you stand out. During a crisis, addressing your members by name is essential. With stress levels at all-time highs, making your member feel as though you specifically thought of them as you constructed the message is your credit union’s duty. By providing members reasons to trust you, they are much more likely to show loyalty even after the pandemic resolves.   Eltropy’s analytics dashboard helps you gain important insight into your customers that can be used for crafting personalized messages. Additionally, you can create custom, editable message templates – allowing you to share relevant content fast.Want to learn more about how Eltropy can help your credit union navigate times of crisis? Request a demo today.last_img read more

Nearly 190, 000 dismissed tourism workers join preemployment card program

first_img “The data consists of workers, informal workers and laid-off workers in tourism, as well as workers from the creative economy, such as artists, performers and members or employees of various television and film associations,” he said.According to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, which spearheads the national committee for job creation, the preemployment program had garnered 1.4 million applicants just a day after registration opened on Saturday.The government has doubled its budget for the program to about Rp 20 trillion (US$1.27 billion) to upskill about 5.6 million workers who have lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Participants of the preemployment card program will undergo training for four months and each will receive Rp 3.5 million; Rp 1 million for training costs, monthly pocket money worth Rp 600,000 for four months and Rp 150,000 for survey expenses. The money will be transferred to their bank accounts or to their digital wallets, such as GoPay and LinkAja. The COVID-19 pandemic has left tourist destinations across the county empty of visitors. Many hotels have been temporarily closed due to a lack of guests.As of Wednesday, 1,266 hotels have temporarily halted operations, according to Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHR) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani.Of those, 844 hotels have registered 74,100 of their former employees for the preemployment card program.“Many hotels have not provided data on their former employees. We’re worried that many hotels don’t really care about their former employees, who really needed help getting new jobs,” Hariyadi said.He added that collecting data on affected workers in the hotel and restaurant industry alone was challenging as many businesses were lagging in providing the PHRI the necessary information. Meanwhile, the association also needed time to review and verify the data before submitting it to the government. “So, the data collection process has been pretty slow,” he said on Wednesday.Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) chairman Nunung Rusmiati also said that ASITA’s 7,000 members had been trying not to lay off workers, even though the outbreak had crippled their business.Many association members have decided to keep their workers but carry out extra cost-efficiency measures, such as cutting salaries by 50 percent, in order to survive.“If we don’t cut their salaries, we would really struggle […] We are also offering employees unpaid leave,” Nunung said.According to Hariyadi, who is also chairman of the Indonesia Employers Association (Apindo), amusement parks and zoos have also been greatly affected by COVID-19. With almost no visitors, many have not been able to operate, which leaves their workers and animals at risk. “We hope that this sector will also receive attention from the government.” Nearly 190,000 former tourism workers will join the government’s preemployment card program, which was established to help terminated employees find new jobs, a minister has said.Indonesia’s tourism has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, which has shut down borders and put a halt to global travel.The data on people who previously worked in hotels and other tourism-related companies across Indonesia is taken from related business associations and organizations, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said in Jakarta on Sunday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Unique Group and Deepwater Corrosion Services Team Up in Middle East

first_imgUnique Group has entered into a cooperation agreement with Deepwater Corrosion Services to offer Deepwater’s corrosion control solutions to the Middle East Market.Deepwater delivers solutions to protect offshore infrastructure from corrosion by developing  systems to protect, monitor and extend the productive lives of ageing assets. The solutions include cathodic protection (CP), permanent CP monitoring, CP design & engineering and corrosion inspection & survey.Sharad Kumar, Group director Business Development at Unique Group said, “We’re pleased to have partnered with Deepwater for the Middle East region to offer our customers the best-in-class offshore corrosion protection systems designed and built in America. Our Survey Equipment division has been offering a wide range of products for inspection and corrosion monitoring for several years; with the inclusion of a new lineup of Deepwater products, we’re looking forward to enhance customer experience by helping them extend life of their aging offshore and marine assets.”Steve Hankins, technical sales manager at Deepwater, said: “Deepwater is pleased to have partnered with Unique Group, one of the world’s leading equipment suppliers in the Middle East region. Over the past three decades, our cathodic protection systems have been providing a more efficient and affordable alternative to conventionally available systems in the market across Europe and the Americas. We now look forward to introducing our corrosion protection technologies in the Middle East region with the same level of service and quality as seen in the other parts of the world.”last_img read more

DAT tells unions:”Get down high horses” and establish Trade Union Congress

first_img Share 54 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews DAT tells unions:”Get down high horses” and establish Trade Union Congress by: – March 25, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: dateachers.orgThe Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) has become the latest trade union in Dominica to publicly call for the formation of a Trade union congress.“The challenges that faces workers in general, is something that require united force of all trade unions … the question is why haven’t we formed this organization,” the DAT’s Jerry Coipel exclaimed, in his remarks at the WAWU’s 16th biennial delegates conference this week.The Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU), has long been appealing for the movement which will see the unions amalgamate. WAWU has been stating that the congress is needed to make unions a stronger unified force.Coipel used the WAWU conference to appeal “for all trade union leaders to put their differences aside, get down their high horses and put the interest of the workers first and put the mechanism in place to ensure the establishment of a national trade union congress in Dominica”.The Public Service Union (PSU) recently lamented what it said was a lack of interest on the part of some unions in establishing the congress. Thomas Letang, the general secretary of the PSU, said some union leaders are simply not interested in establishing the Trade Union Congress.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Bahamas budget deficit estimated at $500 million

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Bahamas budget deficit estimated at $500 million by: – May 23, 2012 48 Views   no discussions Bradlet Roberts. Photo credit: thenassauguardian.comNASSAU, Bahamas — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts revealed on Monday that the incoming Christie administration in The Bahamas has met a budget deficit of around $500 million, and said he would be ‘shocked’ if criminal charges are not brought after an investigation into the management of public funds by the previous government.Asked about this figure on Monday, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie told The Nassau Guardian he was not sure of the figure that his team had come up with as he was busy preparing the Speech from the Throne.He suggested that The Guardian speak to Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis.However, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis confirmed the figure when he spoke to The Nassau Guardian on Monday.Davis blamed the Free National Movement (FNM) government’s “mismanagement” and “abuse” of the public purse.Davis, who is the minister of works and urban development, also said the PLP administration has launched an investigation into the former government’s management of public funds and added that criminal charges may follow.“Now that we’re in, and looking at what the true facts are, we are definitely approaching the $500 million deficit range,” he said after a swearing in ceremony for 10 senators.“We are doing our investigations with a view to see if we ought to prosecute someone for the abuse that has taken place with the public purse.”When asked who could face prosecution, Davis said, “Once we find where the trail ends and where the buck stops that will be the person.”Davis added that the Christie administration will likely have to borrow a little over $500 million in the 2012/2013 fiscal year as a result of the previous administration’s spending and to make good on the new government’s pledges to the Bahamian people.Roberts made the same declaration when he spoke to The Nassau Guardian after an appearance on the More 94.9 FM program “Real Talk Live” with Ortland Bodie, where he originally made the revelations.The borrowing would add to the national debt, which is currently hovering at just over $4 billion.Davis told The Guardian, “We will have to borrow that and borrow additional funds to be able to implement some of our initiatives and programs.”He claimed the high deficit is the result of the Ingraham administration’s negligence and bad planning.“The deficit, there is no doubt in my mind, is due to mismanagement, politics and priorities,” he said.Roberts said that several programs launched by the FNM administration, such as Self Starter and Jump Start, were election ploys that went over budget.“The budget on the jobs program was $25 million. I understand that will exceed or closely exceed $50 million,” he said.“The Jump Start program has also gone through the roof, I’m advised. They spent more money than was budgeted.”“The full details of it are all going to come out in due course. The way I understand some of those were implemented, my God, it will make all Bahamians sick to their stomach.“Some people never even reported to work and were getting paid. Some people would go to work and sit around doing nothing. Some of those jobs were only given out a day before the election, some on the election [day].”Davis could not confirm if these programs were indeed over budget, but said he too thinks they were election ploys.Three weeks before the May 7 election, Christie, who at the time was leader of the opposition, said the PLP would likely have to borrow at least $300 million in order to finance the country’s capital expenditure commitments if it was elected to office.By Taneka ThompsonNassau Guardian Senior Reporterlast_img read more

Man found dead

first_imgPolice saidAlbaña’s body was discovered floating in a river in Barangay Camansi around7:10 a.m. on Dec. 10. Officers of theKabankalan City police station ruled out foul play in the incident./PN BAC OLOD City –A 21-year-old man was found dead in Barangay Camansi, Kabankalan City, NegrosOccidental. center_img Resident AlexAlbaña was believed to have drowned, a police report showed.last_img

Sr. Mary Catherine Eschenbach, O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Mary Catherine Eschenbach, age 93 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the convent.  Born February 15, 1923 in Indianapolis, she is the daughter of Cecilia (Nee: Johantgen) and Carl Eschenbach Sr.Sr. Mary Catherine entered the convent September 8, 1939 and made her final vows August 12, 1945.  She was a teacher, principal and a missionary in Papua New Guinea.  Schools included St. Louis in Batesville, St. Frances de Sales and St. Michael’s in Indianapolis, St. Lawrence in St. Lawrenceburg, Indiana, St. Vincent de Paul in Bedford, Indiana, St. Ann’s in Hamilton, Ohio, St. Anthony’s in Streator, Illinois, Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe, Missouri as well as 15 years in Papua New Guinea before retiring to the Motherhouse in 1998.Attending St. Catherine’s and St. Mary’s Academy in Indianapolis, she was taught by the sisters of Oldenburg.  One of the sisters she met was instrumental in her choice to enter religious life.  After her sophomore year, she entered the novitiate program at Oldenburg.  In her first year as a novice, her father died and her mother was the expecting the families’ seventh child.  Sr. Mary Catherine offered to abandon her religious calling and return home to help with the family.  Her mother said, “Stay and pray, we’ll make it.”A dedicated teacher, she taught for 20 years, teaching almost every grade and then spent 20 years as a principal.  In 1960 the first group of sisters left for Papua New Guinea.  While she too wanted to minister in this foreign land, she stayed stateside for her aging mother.  After many years, she still felt the desire to go, so she asked her mother’s permission.  Mom’s answer was, “Go, I’ll visit you.”  And she did at age 86!In her words, “I was a pilgrim in a foreign land, teaching at the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, the Teacher’s College, two seminaries and with the Capuchin Brothers.  I’ve gone where there was a need.  All my life has been a challenge and I’ve enjoyed the challenges.  I’ve been happy and enjoyed the journey as I walked trustfully with the Lord.”Sr. Mary Catherine is survived by her sisters Angela Kriese and Leanore Cox, both of Indianapolis as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Mildred Rambow, Florence Eschenbach, Carlann Richardson and brother Carl Eschenbach Jr.Visitation is Wednesday, February 15th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel.  Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Bob Weakley officiating.  Burial will be in the convent cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more