Looking back: 2009-10

first_imgJune 2009Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow (Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer)Martha Minow, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS), is announced as the next dean of the Faculty of Law, beginning July 1. A member of HLS faculty since 1981, Minow is a distinguished legal scholar with interests that range from international human rights to equality, religion, schooling, and other governmental activities.Harvard researchers for the first time document variation in intelligence in individual monkeys within a species, a new step in understanding primate intelligence.July 2009Cherry A. Murray, who was named dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in March 2009, takes the helm.August 2009A multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers, and biologists — primarily from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences — receives a $10 million National Science Foundation Expeditions in Computing grant to fund the development of small-scale mobile robotic devices.Erez Lieberman-Aiden, a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, invents a computerized shoe insert that predicts the wearer’s risk of falling.Harvard launches a YouTube channel to broadcast everything from the University’s local events to its international research efforts.September 2009President Faust visits Capitol Hill and meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional and administration officers to advocate for continued support of science research at U.S. universities.The Program in General Education takes effect at Harvard College. Commonly called Gen Ed, the program outlines liberal arts courses that must be taken outside a concentration in order to graduate. The Class of 2013 is the first embraced by the new design, though other undergraduates may opt in.A coordinated academic calendar synchronizes the schedules of Harvard’s 13 Schools. Geared toward improving student access to University-wide resources, the calendar makes it easier for students to take classes in more than one School.According to “Beyond the Yard: Community Engagement at Harvard University,” in a single year about 7,000 Harvard students collectively performed more than 900,000 hours of community service in and around metropolitan Boston.The Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology launches an undergraduate concentration in human development and regenerative biology.The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) announces a tuition-free Doctor of Education Leadership Program (Ed.L.D.) that will be taught by faculty from HGSE, the Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. The program offers an unprecedented approach to preparing leaders for the future. The Ed.L.D. is the first new degree offered in 74 years by HGSE.Michael Sandel’s popular course “Justice” is available for anyone to take, thanks to a dedicated Web site and Harvard’s YouTube and iTunes channels, which begin airing Sandel’s lectures. The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government’s arguments become the most-watched videos, with WGBH also airing the 12-part lecture series.President Faust appoints Katie Lapp as executive vice president to oversee the financial, administrative, human resources, and capital planning functions of the University’s central administration.Harvard Yard is outfitted with colorful tables and chairs for meeting, relaxing, studying, or watching open-air performances. The initiative is a result of the Steering Committee on Common Spaces, charged with developing ideas to ensure that the physical environment better supports the University’s intellectual and social vitality.“The Donkey Show” (Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer)Diane Paulus ’88, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) new artistic director, opens the company’s new drama space Oberon with “The Donkey Show,” a critically acclaimed retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — set to disco.Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics and of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Peter Huybers, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard, are named MacArthur Fellows.The Harvard Extension School celebrates its centennial with the premiere of Dean Michael Shinagel’s book “The Gates Unbarred,” which traces the School’s evolution.Environmental scientists from Harvard and Tsinghua University demonstrate the enormous potential for wind-generated electricity in China. The researchers estimate that wind alone has the potential to meet the country’s electricity demands for 2030.October 2009Harvard kicks off a yearlong focus on public service with Public Service Week, a series of seminars, lectures, career forums, and service activities highlighting the richness of the service landscape at Harvard. President Faust announces that the University will undertake a yearlong commitment to provide volunteer support of the Greater Boston Food Bank.Jack W. Szostak at a press conference at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer) Genetics professor Jack Szostak at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital wins the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for pioneering work in discovering telomerase, an enzyme that protects chromosomes from degrading.Researchers at Harvard, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, decipher the three-dimensional structure of human DNA, detailing complex folding beyond the molecule’s double-helix and paving the way for new insights in genomic function.The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study turns 10 years old and celebrates by launching an interdisciplinary symposium titled “Crossing Boundaries.”Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Massachusetts General Hospital announce a breakthrough in making replacement cardiac parts, creating a functioning strip of mouse heart muscle starting with a cardiac master stem cell.November 2009President Faust visits Africa. During her trip, she meets with Harvard-trained researchers in a state-of-the-art laboratory built and operated by the Botswana-Harvard Partnership for HIV Research and Education, a novel collaboration between the Harvard School of Public Health’s AIDS Initiative and the government of Botswana. Later, Faust visits the University of Johannesburg at Soweto, where she announces that Harvard and the host university are developing an initiative to train school principals in some of South Africa’s most-challenged school districts.Harvard becomes the largest institutional buyer of wind power in New England, with an agreement to purchase more than 10 percent of the electricity needed to power the Cambridge and Allston campuses from a wind farm in Maine.Harvard Business School Dean Jay Light announces his retirement after 40 years of teaching and leadership as a member of Harvard’s faculty and five years as dean.The Task Force on University Libraries releases a report saying Harvard must restructure its fragmented library system and establish shared administrative services to respond to the rapidly changing technological and intellectual landscape of the 21st century.Harvard biologists and bioengineers report that a cancer vaccine carried into the body on a fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals.Harvard scientists create a quantum gas microscope used to observe the behavior of single atoms at temperatures so low they follow the rules of quantum mechanics.December 2009In a letter to the Harvard community, President Faust outlines Harvard’s path forward in Allston in three phases: property stewardship and community engagement, campus planning and greening, and campus development. A new work team with expertise in design, urban planning, business strategy, and public policy is charged to work with University leaders to understand the priorities of the University over the next decade, fully integrating them with a vision for Allston as a community.Harvard Yard is turned into an archaelogical digging site (Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer)Archaeologists and archaeology students working near Matthews Hall uncover what they believe to be the bottom of an architectural trench dug for the Indian College that stood on the site from 1655 to 1698, built to house Native American students as part of the University’s original mandate to educate the youth of both European settlers and Native people.James R. Houghton ’58, M.B.A. ’62, announces he will step down from the Harvard Corporation after 15 years of service, at the end of the academic year. He is succeeded as senior fellow by Robert D. Reischauer ’63.A study from Harvard and the University of Michigan shows that increasing obesity in the country threatens to eclipse health gains from the decline in cigarette smoking.President Faust announces formation of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts. The committee is charged with working to enhance the presence of the arts on campus.Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) celebrates its 150th anniversary. Digitization is also under way, with museum staffers loading almost 700,000 digital records onto the Web.A Harvard and Princeton study shows that even moderate gains in global temperatures could melt ice stored at the poles, leading to dramatic sea level rise.January 2010A field hospital erected by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer)Harvard-affiliated doctors spearhead Haiti earthquake medical relief efforts, working at a field hospital erected by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.After the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, Merrick Lex Berman, a research manager at Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis, designs the Haiti Earthquake Data Portal. The portal seeks to improve information flow for responders on the ground. When the Chile quake struck on Feb. 27, Berman created a portal for that country in just a few hours.Work begins on the Harvard Art Museum renovation project at 32 Quincy St. to allow students, faculty, scholars, and the public significantly greater access to collections, not only through larger exhibition galleries, but through new, expanded study centers.Harvard opens to the community the Harvard Allston Skating Rink in a refitted garage on Western Avenue. On opening night, hundreds of skaters show up for raffle prizes, hot chocolate, and some good old-fashioned falling.President Faust leads a delegation of University deans to the 2010 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center make old mouse stem cells act young again by exposing them to factors in the blood of young mice, an advance that may provide a key to aging.Harvard Business School enhances its M.B.A. curriculum by offering intensive seminars, independent study opportunities, and an expanded Immersion Experience Program during winter break.February 2010Evelynn Hammonds, dean of Harvard College and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, is appointed by President Barack Obama to the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.An international team led by Harvard researchers creates a genome-scale map of 26 cancers, revealing more than 100 sites where tumor DNA is missing or abnormally duplicated compared with normal tissue.Harvard Law School announces the creation of the Public Service Venture Fund to help graduating students pursue careers in public service. The first program of its kind at a law school, the fund will offer seed money for start-up nonprofit ventures and salary support to students who hope to pursue postgraduate work at nonprofits or government agencies.The Harvard Kennedy School receives a $5 million gift from Glenn Dubin to launch the Dubin Graduate Fellowships for Emerging Leaders, which will support and develop new programs for emerging leaders.March 2010President Drew Faust travels to Japan (Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer)President Faust travels to Japan, where she meets with alumni at the Harvard Club of Japan and visits with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.President Faust leads a delegation to China to mark the Harvard Shanghai Center’s official opening. During the festivities, Faust says, “Increasingly, we are in a world of universities without borders. This new center is a case in point.”Harvard launches its iTunes channel. iTunes U is a dedicated area within iTunes allowing students, faculty, alumni, and visitors to tap into the University’s wealth of public lectures and educational materials.President Faust announces the appointment of Lisa Coleman as chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president. Faust says, “It is crucial that we ask ourselves if we are doing enough today to foster an environment in which diversity is not simply valued, but cultivated in a systematic way.”Harvard Law School announces that Grainne de Burca, a leading authority on European Union law and European human rights law, will join the HLS faculty as a tenured professor of law on July 1.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences votes unanimously to approve a new, dedicated undergraduate concentration in biomedical engineering, to be managed by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Researchers discover that amyloid–beta protein, the primary constituent in the plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease, may be part of the body’s immune system, according to a study by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers.Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research find that the risk of multiple sclerosis increases many times after one is infected by the Epstein-Barr virus.A collaboration with internationally acclaimed chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences leads to the creation of a new undergraduate course on science and cooking.April 2010For the first time in Harvard’s history, more than 30,000 students apply to the College, leading to an admission rate of 6.9 percent for the Class of 2014. Notifications of admission are mailed to 2,110 of the 30,489 applicants. More than 60 percent of the admitted students will receive need-based scholarships averaging $40,000.The Harvard Alumni Association launches “Public Service on the Map,” an interactive Web site where alumni, students, faculty, and staff can register service projects around the globe. Within its first month, nearly 1,000 people register; one-third are alumni.William F. Lee ’72, a Boston-based intellectual property expert and former Harvard overseer, is selected as the newest member of the Harvard Corporation.Harvard recognizes 160 faculty, students, and staff who have made significant contributions to green house gas reduction and sustainability at the first annual Green Carpet Awards.Earthwatch Institute, a leading international nonprofit environmental organization, settles into its new world headquarters in Harvard-owned property in Allston, bringing about 50 staff to the former headquarters of WGBH media on Western Avenue.Yo-Yo Ma ’76 (Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer)Harvard President Faust and Yo-Yo Ma ’76, founder and artistic director of the Silk Road Project, announce the relocation of the Silk Road Project from Rhode Island to Harvard-owned property at 175 North Harvard St. in Allston this July, enabling new artistic and cultural opportunities at the University and in surrounding communities.Microsoft founder Bill Gates visits Harvard as part of a three-day tour of universities around the United States designed to inspire students and scholars to focus on the biggest problems facing humanity.May 2010President Faust announces that Nitin Nohria, the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, will become the School’s 10th dean. A scholar of leadership and organizational change, Nohria previously served as the School’s senior associate dean for faculty development and chair of its organizational behavior unit. Nohria will take up his new role on July 1.President Barack Obama nominates and U.S. Solicitor General Elena KaganU.S. President Barack Obama nominates U.S. Solicitor General and former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. If appointed, Kagan would join HLS alumni and fellow Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Stephen Breyer.Harvard opens its new Center for Biological Imaging (CBI). The facility is unique in that its cutting-edge instruments will be replaced every 24 to 36 months. President Faust says the most important part of the CBI is not its instruments, but rather that “it makes the instruments the instruments of collaboration, as well as the instruments of science.”Officials announce that historian Annette Gordon-Reed, J.D. ’84, will join the faculty in July as a professor of law at Harvard Law School and a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Gordon-Reed will also be the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Michael Van Valkenburgh, Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, is honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2010 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture.Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announces that five FAS professors have been awarded Harvard College Professorships in recognition of their outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring: Michael Brenner, Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics; Julie Buckler, professor of Slavic languages and literatures; Emma Dench, professor of the classics and of history; Peter Gordon, professor of history; and Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology.— Compiled by Sarah Sweeneylast_img read more

Farm Survey.

first_imgThe 2001 Agricultural Resource Management Study will enable Georgia farmers to help provide vital statistics about the economic condition of production agriculture in February and March.Farm organizations and legislators will use the information to make key decisions affecting farmers’ future.Dave Abbe, state statistician with the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, said the data will be collected from mid-February through the end of March.Helpful to CongressProviding an objective picture of the financial well-being of Georgia farmers, the data will be the last financial picture presented to Congress as they work on the next farm bill, Abbe said.Each farmer chosen to take part in the surveys will represent 50 to 100 fellow farmers. All data collected will be strictly confidential, as required by federal law. Only the statistical totals will be published.”Farm Production Expenditures” will be released July 18. For a copy of the finished report or other farm stats, visit the GASS Web site (www.usda.gov/nass/ga) or the national site (www.usda.gov/nass). Or call 1-800-253-4419.last_img read more

The USPS a contender in financial disruption

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jim GhiglieriAmong the contenders in the race to disrupt the financial service industry is the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Recently, the USPS issued a report talking through the different ways it may go about achieving this new opportunity, and one of those ways was to collaborate with community financial institutions (FIs). Of course, the organization has plenty of experience to potentially stand on its own two feet. It already is the largest single provider of paper money orders.It appears the audience they are most interested in courting is the unbanked and underserved, a segment that has become increasingly valuable to traditional FIs, as well. It certainly is a sizable market and one likely to offer unmatched loyalty and word-of-mouth marketing when trusting relationships are indeed solidified.“With well priced and carefully conceived products, these customers can be profitable,” Bank Director’s Joan Susie tells the Financial Brand. “Large banks, nonbank financial services companies and a few community bank pioneers are quickly realizing there is an even better reason than CRA credits to bank new immigrants and other underserved populations.” continue reading »last_img read more

McCutchen eager to be back with Pirates

first_imgIn this March 17, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen smiles after batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla. McCutchen arrived at Pirates spring training early. The defending National League MVP is only too anxious to get on with an encore. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.McCutchen batted .317 and set career highs with 38 doubles and a .404 on-base percentage. The center fielder earned his third straight All-Star berth, won his second Silver Slugger and was the NL Most Valuable Player.Days after picking up the MVP award, McCutchen flew to the West Coast to be a presenter at the American Music Awards. He played in Shane Victorino’s charity golf tournament in Maui, Hawaii. Back in Los Angeles in December, McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend, Maria, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”After all that, McCutchen was happy to return to his native Florida and the relative calm of spring training. The Pirates held their first full-squad workout Tuesday.“I had way more distractions this year,” McCutchen said. “It was a quick offseason, but it was fun. I knew the quicker my offseason, the quicker the season starts and the quicker I’ll get married. That’s fine with me, so I embraced it.”The early part of McCutchen’s offseason was a whirlwind of appearances related to his status as reigning MVP. He’s the sixth Pirates player to win the award and received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.But after his appearance on “Ellen,” McCutchen’s image as a baseball star also became that of a soon-to-be-married man.“I wasn’t surprised,” McCutchen said with a laugh. “I knew that after I proposed to her, people would totally forget about the MVP award. That’s as it should be.”However, McCutchen is all business now that spring training is under way. As usual, he came to camp with a personal to-do list that he shared with manager Clint Hurdle.“We get his thoughts on the work he’s done this winter and where his focus is this spring, and we’ll see if it matches up,” Hurdle said. “Every year I’ve been here, it pretty much has. Andrew usually comes with a couple focus points. His game continues to get better and more consistent. He sets the bar pretty high for himself.”This is McCutchen’s ninth spring training. He turned 27 on Oct. 10, the day after the Pirates were eliminated from the NL Division Series.As he’s become one of the game’s rising stars, McCutchen also is the “old man” of what could eventually be one of the most athletic outfields in the majors.Starling Marte (23 years old) will start in left field and top prospect Gregory Polanco (22) is expected to take over in right field at some point this season.“It will be a little different, being the older guy of the bunch,” McCutchen said. “I’m still young. They’re just younger.”Polanco will likely start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis, although management wants to give him a long look in camp. Tall, strong and lean, Polanco has dynamic speed and is still developing what scouts say should be plus power at the plate.“I watch (McCutchen) a lot because he plays the right way,” Polanco said. “I watch how he acts on the field, how he works, everything. I look at what he does, the different things, and see what will work for me. He’s like a teacher.”Notes: LHP Francisco Liriano was selected the Pirates’ opening day starter. Liriano was the NL Comeback Player of the year after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA. He started the 2009 season opener for the Minnesota Twins. … Josh Harrison was the only player who did not report in time for the Pirates’ first full-squad workout Tuesday. Harrison’s wife had a baby last week, so the team gave him an extra day to arrive.last_img read more

GFI: The Aussies are coming!

first_imgThe Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament (GFI) is pleased to announce that for the first time in tournament history Australia will be coming to Grand Forks. The Geelong Baycats will be representing the Australian Baseball Federation. Their team manager, Nathan Holmes, said, “The Geelong Baycats are extremely proud to be offered an invitation to this prestigious tournament. Our players are thrilled at the opportunity of representing Australian baseball and the Geelong community on the international stage in Grand Forks.”  Australia will take its place alongside other nations who have previously participated at the GFI. Taiwan, Japan, China, Russia and Mexico have all been here. However, one tournament record will be broken even before play begins on Aug. 31 – this will be the farthest any team has travelled to attend this tournament. Geelong is a city of almost 200,000 and is in Victoria, the second most populous state in Australia. Melbourne, 75 kilometres from Geelong, is its capital. The Geelong Baseball Club has been very active in developing the sport in Australia. This season the Baycats won their first ever Division One Club Championship and made their second appearance in the Championship series, losing a hotly contested final to the Waverly Wildcats. They were selected as the Club of the Year and Nathan Holmes received Coach of the Year honours. They have arguably the best playing facility in Australia.  There are about 25 baseball players from Australia who have made it to the major leagues. The Geelong Baycats organization has long been producing young baseball talent and their most recognizable export to the big leagues in the United States is Graeme Lloyd. Lloyd pitched for 10 years while playing for 7 different clubs which included helping the New York Yankees to World Series titles in 1996 and ’98. Most fittingly he also played for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos during his pro career. His birthplace was Geelong, Victoria, Australia. And years later the team from his home town will participate in Canada’s richest invitational baseball tournament.  In the letter confirming their attendance at the GFI they wrote, “We can’t wait for the umpire to call ‘Play Ball’ on our first game in Grand Forks. City of Grand Forks, province of BC and yes, even Canada, get ready, plan to be at the GFI August 31 to September 5 for the Aussies are coming!last_img read more

Once Again, Weatherization Cited as a Stimulus Laggard

first_imgIt may well be that someday a lot of people will be hired by state and local agencies to weatherize homes – and actually do the work – on the grand scale envisioned when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law, a year ago this month. But by the end of December, some 10 months after the stimulus bill was enacted, most aspiring cast members of The Greatest Weatherization Show on Earth were still waiting for callbacks.Over the past few months, a flurry of news reports – some of which we’ve recapped on GBA – have highlighted states’ struggles to expand their programs, manage huge funding increases delivered by the stimulus bill, and sort through accompanying federal regulations, such as the imposition of the Davis-Bacon Act’s prevailing-wage requirement. Federal officials are now echoing the concerns raised in the news stories.A GAO previewEarlier this month the Government Accountability Office released a report titled “Project Selection and Starts Are Influenced by Certain Federal Requirements and Other Factors” (a 34-page pdf), based on data collected in 16 states. The report cites three principal reasons that stimulus-funded programs have been slow to launch: the Davis-Bacon requirements; buy-American provisions (which mostly affected projects of the Departments of Commerce, Education, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency) and the National Historic Preservation Act (affecting mainly programs of the Departments of Commerce and Transportation).Last Friday, the DOE’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, issued a report that’s in line with the GAO findings but more explicit about the problems afflicting the Weatherization Assistance Program. Friedman’s report blames sluggish program rollouts on confusion over Davis-Bacon requirements but also on such things as recession-fueled hiring freezes and furloughs at some of the agencies managing weatherization programs, even though stimulus funds would have paid the additional salaries. (It’s an irony not lost on many bureaucrats.)A recent New York Times story, for example, noted that a hiring freeze in New York City helped delay the rollout of weatherization programs throughout the state, whose goal is to weatherize 45,400 housing units over three years. By the end of December, however, the state had a completion rate of only 0.62%, or 280 units. The DOE visited sites in 32 states and found similarly dismal completion results in many of them, including Texas (with a 0% completion rate on its three-year target of 33,908 units), California (0.03%), North Carolina (0.89%), and Michigan (1.15%).Diagnosis and treatmentFriedman called the overall results alarming, particularly for a program that, a year ago, was deemed “shovel ready,” and whose administrative infrastructure has been in place for decades. But the DOE report affirms what we know already about government programs that get really big: they can do plenty of good, but they struggle mightily with synchronization and implementation. What’s more, the political pressures accompanying stimulus-funded program expansions have prompted most administrators to move cautiously, and pay special attention to training and auditing procedures designed to prevent and detect fraud.The DOE says it is taking steps to accelerate WAP work, in part by simplifying National Historic Preservation compliance rules for weatherizers and program-eligibility criteria for multifamily dwellings. Each state must complete work on at least 30% of the housing units it plans to weatherize during the three-year period before it can draw down on the remaining 50% of its stimulus-fund allotment. The delays so far have put pressure on a DOE outreach initiative, “Operation Green Light,” that dispatched senior department officials to nine of the highest risk states to help move things along.With everyone scrambling to right the weatherization ship, it could be that the worst – the confusion and delays pegged to expanding some state programs – is over, or nearly over. But if it’s not, the DOE may have to rethink its program goals.last_img read more

LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ With such an extended period of time away from professional competition, many thought the seasoned boxer would require a stricter training camp to make up for his long absence. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold Instead, the ever-brash undefeated fighter recently invited his fans on social media to party with him at his own strip club, ahead of the monumental fight.“Come hang out with me Tonight at “GIRL COLLECTION” and ask me anything you want, live & in person!” he wrote, adding he’d be at the venue on Aug. 17 until the 28th.Just to make sure there was no error there, Mayweather clarified that he was indeed praying the whole week before his next fight.“That’s right… I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at Girl Collection!!!!” his message read.His opponent, McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t been too modest either, claiming the undefeated fighter won’t  even get past the first round. /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim RELATED STORY:Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul pic.twitter.com/NxOyccIS2A— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 19, 2017At 40, returning boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have diminished skills, but his confidence remains as high as ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingComing off an almost two-year layoff from the sport, “Money” is making a comeback to the ring next week against Irish superstar and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a crossover match for the ages at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

President Trump declares state of emergency for Southern California orders federal assistance

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Responding to a request from California Gov. Jerry Brown, President Donald Trump Friday declared a state of emergency in Southern California, ordering federal assistance to help fight a string of wildfires ravaging the region.The federal aid is earmarked for Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Posted: December 8, 2017 , ??California Secures Presidential Declaration Providing Direct Federal Assistance for #SoCalFires https://t.co/168Y0zEPaG pic.twitter.com/JRzpesYzK4— Gov. Brown Press Office (@GovPressOffice) December 8, 2017Trump’s order authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide leadership in coordinating disaster relief efforts.”This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures,” a White House statement said.FEMA is authorized at its discretion to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impact of the fires.Seventy-five percent of direct FEMA and Homeland Security assistance will be backed by federal funding.Statistics show that as of Wednesday, CalFire already has spent $490.3 million in battling wildfires in the fiscal year that ends in June 30, 2018, more than the $426.9 million authorized for the 12-month period.That total does not include the cost of fighting the massive blazes now raging across Southern California, authorities said. President Trump declares state of emergency for Southern California, orders federal assistance to help fight wildfires December 8, 2017last_img read more

Retrial set for exNavy commander accused of attempted rape

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the retrial of a former Navy helicopter squadron commander accused of trying to rape a junior officer in her San Diego home.In December, jurors voted 11-1 to convict John Michael Neuhart II of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary and attempted forcible rape, prompting a judge to declare a mistrial.Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tag told a jury that Neuhart went with the alleged victim to her Valencia Park home in the early morning hours of Sept. 12, 2016, after a night of drinking downtown, entered her house and “ripped her clothes off and tried to rape her.”The prosecutor said the woman — who had worked under Neuhart’s command in a helicopter squadron in Guam — respected the defendant but told him that night that she wasn’t interested in having sex with him.“This is about a man taking what he wants,” Tag told the jury. “To the defendant, no didn’t mean no. This was a game to him.”When Neuhart broke into the woman’s home and attacked her, she screamed like she was being “murdered,” prompting a neighbor to call 911, the prosecutor said.Neuhart, 41, knew the woman was intoxicated and was not going to leave her home “until he gets what he wants,” the prosecutor said.In a video recorded by the defendant on his cell phone about 3 a.m., the woman is heard saying “no, stop,” or “get off” at least 90 times in a 15-minute period.Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told the jury that the alleged victim was not telling the truth when she said she wasn’t attracted to Neuhart.The woman gave the defendant mixed signals by kissing and hugging him during a limousine ride to her residence, Armstrong said.Neuhart testified that he set up his cell phone outside the alleged victim’s door so he would have evidence in case she claimed rape.The defendant, a married Iraq War veteran and father of six, was relieved as commander of the helicopter squadron after his arrest. Neuhart, a Navy commander, was commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 based at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam.Neuhart — who is still in the Navy — faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:31 AM Retrial set for ex-Navy commander accused of attempted rape Posted: March 27, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more