Shining Commencement moments, captured

first_imgDespite a cool, overcast day, Harvard’s definitive ritual of revelry and accomplishment ultimately shone brightly with displays of grandeur and moments of warmth.From time-honored ceremonies such as the Baccalaureate Service and the Phi Beta Kappa induction to the call to order by the sheriff of Middlesex County and the pealing of the Harvard and Cambridge Bells, the week was filled with scenes that have come to epitomize Commencement.Yet hardly lost in all the spectacle was those the day was ultimately for — the 6,665 graduates whose long years of labor and sacrifice led them to the cap and gown, and, of course, their families, who now got to celebrate them with pride.The 368th Commencement saw long embraces between close friends, laughs among strangers, goodbyes from roommates, cheers and ovations for words well spoken, and, most of all, a palpable feeling of triumph buzzing throughout campus as graduates took the first steps toward what lies ahead.,Related In Class Day address, former vice president and climate defender criticizes ‘would-be autocrats’ Merkel advises graduates: Break the walls that hem you in At Commencement, German chancellor urges them ‘to embrace new beginnings’ The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img Gathering of the Crimson clan Gore decries attacks on facts, science, reason Snapshots from Harvard’s celebratory 368th Commencement, from dawn to dusk last_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

Semien powers A’s past Rangers

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Again and again Friday night, Marcus Semien showed why A’s manager Bob Melvin wants him in the lineup every game.Because of Semien’s tie-breaking ninth-inning home run, his second of the game, and a bullpen that pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and ninth innings, Oakland rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3.For the opener of a four-game series, the A’s didn’t arrive at their hotel until 6 a.m. By 10 p.m. in a ninth-inning tie, they were thinking about the …last_img read more

How To Learn From a ‘Bad Video Editor’

first_imgFollow WorstEditorEver on Twitter for more entertaining editing gems!For a list of pro video editors sharing a wealth of information on Twitter check out our earlier post: 10 to Follow: Video Editing and Post-Production Twitter Users.What video editors are a ‘must-follow’ for you on Twitter? Share in the comments below! One of my favourite new editors to follow on Twitter is @worsteditorever whose special brand of advice is worth every penny you’ve paid for it – nothing!Most of this video editing advice can simply be reversed to find a vital truth that might be new to you if you’re just getting started. If you’re a seasoned pro hopefully you can enjoy these tweets for what they are – someone having a good laugh, and nailing a few video editing inside jokes. If you’re new to video editing, you can learn a lot from the tweets of WorstEditorEver!last_img read more

FROM THE REFEREES MOUTH…

first_imgFrom the referees corner… A word from the mouth of South African Zibi Ferreira here for his first International Tournament as a referee (please note this is not a picture of Zibi, but another referee attending the Youth World Cup.) Q: What are your impressions of the tournament so far Zibi? A: “The organisation is huge behind an event such as this, I never realised how big it is. This includes the organisation behind the referees, which is huge. I have also found the tournament and the referees to be extremely professional in the way the referees behave. I have learnt not to be late for a game or late for the bus, you get laughed at!” Q: In what ways is this experience different to tournaments and refereeing in South Africa? A: “Everyone knows what to do and what happens, they are disciplined and organised in getting everything set up, the team meetings, communication and support is awesome. Everyone is very focused, they have a job to do and they want to do it well.” *Please note it has taken Zibi a little while to realise he is not allowed to stroll across the fields when a game is happening, despite the fact he is wearing a referees uniform! Q: What is the atmosphere like amongst the referees? A: “The team support and atmosphere is very positive and enjoyable. Everyone’s supportive, despite the fact that we are from different nations. We’re a team, just like the players that are here competing and I am enjoying meeting so many people and making so many friends.” “Also, despite the fact we are competing for place to referee the finals, there is still such a camaraderie between everyone.” “The coaching that I receive before, during and after the games from people like Jenny Madders is excellent. It is very beneficial for me because I don’t have the same experience or knowledge and we are trying to develop this in South Africa. I want to be as focused and determined as they all are.” Q: What are you going to take back to Touch in South Africa after this experience? A: “I think that from where I came from in South Africa to here, it’s chalk and cheese, there’s so much difference, so much input for the referees. I need to take it in and work on it. It certainly just doesn’t come naturally, I need to keep working very hard after this tournament.” “The games here are so much tougher, faster, intense and more skilful. The Womens and the Mixed are even more so than our Super League back in South Africa. So not only do I take back the experience of this but I also go back 10 kilos lighter after working so hard!” By Rachel Moyle and Zibi Ferreira LINKS: Youth World Cup stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

Listen: Brandon Harris’ High School Coach Wants Him To Transfer From LSU

first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]last_img read more

Nebraska OL Coach On What He Looks For In Offensive Linemen, “Best Guys That Are Tough A**holes”

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.last_img read more

Cats orphaned after Alipore jail shift find new home

first_imgKolkata: At a time when beating up of stray animals, their killings and even abandoning have become rampant in Kolkata, an NGO has given shelter to the cats which were left uncared for due to shifting of the Alipore correctional home to Baruipur.The organisation which is working for the welfare of stray animals for the past two decades has successfully rehabilitated 82 cats, left unattended due to the shifting. The cats were raised by the workers and inmates of the correctional home. They were fed regularly by the staff of the correctional home and the inmates. After the correctional home was shifted to Baruipur, there was no one to look after them. The cats became weak. Senior officials of the Correctional Home department were contacted and permission was sought for the rehabilitation. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOn Sunday, in the presence of Biplab Das, Additional Inspector General (Correctional Home), the NGO took the cats in its possession. Earlier, the inmates had requested the senior officials at Alipore Correctional Home to take the cats along but their plea had been turned down. A spokesman of the NGO said the cats have been kept in a separate enclosure at the Shibrampur centre. There are already 80 cats there. The newly-adopted cats will be given 200 grams of fish per day along with milk. After they were brought to the centre, they were examined and kept at a separate enclosure. “The cats would not have survived had they not been attended on time,” said a spokesperson of the NGO.last_img read more

Wrestling Five Buckeyes move on in NCAA championships three others compete in

Ohio State redshirt junior wrestler Bo Jordan moved on in the championships bracket at the NCAA championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS — After the first day of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Ohio State sits in second place with 26 points, trailing only Penn State at 30.5. Five Buckeyes remain alive in the championship bracket, while three others will look to contribute from the consolation bracket.The Buckeyes are looking to capture their second NCAA title in three years after winning it all at the 2015 tournament.Seven Buckeyes secured wins in the first round, and six of those came with bonus points, headlined by junior heavyweight Kyle Snyder’s 12-takedown technical fall.OSU was also aided by major decisions from redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello at 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan at 149 pounds, redshirt junior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds, sophomore Myles Martin at 184 pounds and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore at 197 pounds in the first round.Freshman 141-pounder Luke Pletcher also won in the first round — 8-5 over Michigan’s Sal Profaci — but was taken down by Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault in the second round.Martin got close to a technical fall in the first leg with his 23-10 win over Bucknell’s Garrett Hoffman, but suffered a loss to Illinois’ Emery Parker in the second round. Martin won a national championship at 174 pounds in 2016, but will not have the chance to repeat after the loss.The other five Buckeyes – Tomasello, Micah Jordan, Bo Jordan, Moore and Snyder – won their second round matchup and advanced to the quarterfinals, which will take place Friday morning.Oklahoma State, who sent 10 wrestlers to the tourney, advanced nine of those wrestlers, and Penn State advanced eight. OSU is sandwiched between those two schools on the leaderboard after Day 1.Three Buckeyes have previously won a national championship — Tomasello won in 2015 and placed third in 2016, Snyder won in 2016 and Martin won as a true freshman in 2016.After winning the Big Ten tournament on March 5, and with impressive wrestling throughout the roster, the Buckeyes are aiming to move up the leaderboards.Redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez won his first consolation bracket matchup with a fall in the first period at 125 pounds. Redshirt sophomore and 165-pounder Cody Burcher lost his first matchup in both the championship and consolation brackets, and was eliminated from competition.Friday Morning Schedule:Championship BracketNo. 1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) vs. No. 8 Zane Richards (ILL)No. 4 Micah Jordan (OSU) vs. No. 5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa)No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) vs. No. 11 Alex Meyer (Iowa)No. 3 Kollin Moore (OSU) vs. No. 6 Preston Weigel (OKST)No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) vs. No. 8 Michael Kroells (MINN)Consolation BracketJose Rodriguez vs. No. 5 Tim Lambert (NEB)No. 12 Luke Pletcher vs. Christopher Carton (Iowa) read more

Craig Bellamy steps down as Cardiff youth coach to fight bullying

first_imgCardiff City Under-18 coach Craig Bellamy has temporarily vacated his role, amid an investigation into claims he bullied a young playerThe 39-year-old is investigated by Cardiff over a complaint made by the boy’s parents over his treatment towards their son.First-team manager Neil Warnock confirmed that an investigation will be conducted with Bellamy now releasing a statement in response to the charges.“I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” read Bellamy’s statement on BBC.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.“Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made.”Bellamy formerly played as a striker in the Premier League for Cardiff, along with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.In the English top-flight division, Bellamy scored 81 goals in 294 appearances and found the net 19 times in 78 outings for Wales at international level before hanging up his boots in 2014.last_img read more