New standardised property information form will ‘drastically reduce duplication’

first_imgA key plank in the industry’s efforts to standardise property information across the sector has been revealed.The Home Buying & Selling Group (HBSG), which has been tasked with helping implement the many initiatives that Ministers are keen to see introduced to improve sales progression, has now published its Buying and Selling Property Information (BASPI) dataset.For the fist time, this will introduces a single form for agents to complete when marketing begins that will be automatically updated with Local Authority data.Each property’s BASPI will then be shared with all the stakeholders in the buying process including lenders and valuers.Two sectionsIt will include two sections, one covering the ‘material facts’ required under consumer protection regulations and a second covering the remaining conveyancing due diligence.Agents are being urged to lobby proptech firms and CRM providers to add BASPI to their systems because, once implemented, almost overnight duplication with the process will be eliminated.BASPI will be used by agents to fill in their material facts disclosure, solicitors to complete the TA6 Property Information reform, by lenders to finish their lending policy checks and valuers to fill in their pre-valuation templates.Kate Faulkner (pictured), Chair of the Home Buying and Selling Group (HBSG), says: “This is a major step forward in trying to make life better for those moving home.“Far too often sales fall through after an offer is accepted due to a lack of information provided to the buyer and part of the reason for moving home taking 20 weeks is that we don’t collate enough information upfront.”See the BASPI form here.Read more about property information.baspi Home Buying and Selling Group (HBSG) kate faulkner March 15, 2021Nigel Lewis5 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 16th March 2021 at 1:16 pmGreat just what the real estate industry of 2021 needs another piece of paper that requires a biro. If the pandemic has one silver lining it is that analogue is the old order and digital is the new – and paper well that belongs in the digital waste bin. Of the 312 Proptech founders I have met – not one has suggested a ‘paper document’ as the way to move the industry on – I think they realise that Gen-Z are more likely to own a mobile than a ball point pen.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 16th March 2021 at 1:13 pmGreat just what the teal estate industry of 2021 needs another piece of paper that requires a biro. If the pandemic has one silver lining it is that analogue is the old order and digital is the new – and paper well that belongs in the digital waste bin. Of the 312 Proptech founders I have met – not one has suggested a ‘paper document’ as the way to move the industry on – I think they realise that Gen-Z are more likely to own a mobile than a ball point pen.Log in to ReplyMike Stainsby, Property Searches Direct Ltd Property Searches Direct Ltd 16th March 2021 at 12:01 pmWe currently make the Law Society forms (SPIFF FFQ) available as editable downloads but will consider changing over to the BASPI if it encourages more Estate Agents to adopt practices that encourage their home movers to Get Legally Prepared. Agents hold more sway than any other party as they are the first stop for most home movers. We all need to make the whole process more inclusive and transparent – it’s not all down to the conveyancers.Log in to ReplyTimothy Main, PIP Ltd PIP Ltd 16th March 2021 at 10:50 amWell done the HBSG for leading all this work. When I was an estate agent I collected much of this information and it sat in my file. All this information can now be shared with potential buyers through a PIP Vault. Looking forward to quicker exchanges and less fall throughs.Log in to ReplyAdam McHenry, Cadman Homes Cadman Homes 16th March 2021 at 10:44 amGREAT IDEA.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » New standardised property information form will ‘drastically reduce duplication’ previous nextRegulation & LawNew standardised property information form will ‘drastically reduce duplication’Home Selling & Buying Group Initiative will see agents fill in BASPI forms when marketing begins.Nigel Lewis15th March 20215 Comments1,127 Viewslast_img read more

St Hugh’s outreach officer runs 130km to improve access

first_img“I hope that it will encourage them to consider going touniversity as not only an achievable, but a fun future destination. Thisproject also highlights the benefits of sport for physical and mental wellbeing,”she added. Sorochina, who is currently studying for a DPhil in 18th-century French literature, thought a running tour was an unusual way to show young people that university can also be fun. Sorochina said: “I hope that this tour will inspire children and young people to be ambitious and aim high, to realise that anything is within their reach if they put their minds to it.” The Principal of St Hugh’s College, the Rt Hon Dame ElishAngiolini, said: “We are so pleased that Lena is bringing Oxford to so manyschool pupils across Kent, and in such a novel way.” The research concluded that there was “a backdrop of highlyunequal access to cultural enrichment and outreach for students” depending onwhere they lived. The Outreach Officer at St Hugh’s College completed a 130kmrun along the Kent coast this week to improve access to higher education. Visiting both secondary and primary schools, Sorochina’s run was inspired by recent research published by the Bridge Group in February 2019, which revealed a “stark contrast between the widening participation and outreach activities” in London and other parts of the country.center_img The distance covered in the St Hugh’s Coast Run is more than three marathons. Sorochina, who has been running since she was 16, has run one marathon and several half-marathons. “So many who would thrive at Oxford and other universities don’tconsider applying. Our message is loud and clear: we want the best studentsfrom every background to consider coming to Oxford to study.” Along the way, Lena Sorochina visited twelve schools fromCamber Sands to Whitstable, giving talks to pupils about applying to andstudying at the University of Oxford. With 14 schools signed up, there has been a positiveresponse from local schools. Teachers and schools are eager to encourage theirpupils and raise their aspirations. Mr Dan Shepperson, Head of Year 8 at the Charles DickensSchool, Broadstairs, said: “We are very interested in breaking down the barrierspupils face in going to university, especially the top-ranked universities inthe country.”last_img read more


first_imgRegistration is now underway for the thirteenth annual “SCRABBLE® Smackdown” (formerly known as Letters for Literacy SCRABBLE® Tournament) hosted by The Literacy Center. This annual event will be on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Ivy Tech Community College’s main campus in Evansville, 3501 N. First Ave.The event is open to the public, and players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter. Teams may consist of one to three players and the cost to play is $50 per team. Participants can play for prizes and recognition in the “Pro” division (formerly Competitive), Semi-Pro division (formerly Fun) or play for rule bending fun in the Rebel division. We have also added a Student division for high school and college age.Funds raised through the tournament will benefit The Literacy Center, a non-profit agency whose mission is to improve basic adult literacy in the community. The Literacy Center has been providing free reading improvement instruction for adults in the tristate area for fifty years.“We are super excited about the changes to the SCRABBLE tournament and think we have a division that will suit everyone’s competition level, “ said The Literacy Center’s Executive Director, Jennifer Wigginton. “We have some amazing items in the silent auction that takes place also and look forward to the event, rain, sleet or snow the tournament will go on.”For more information about the SCRABBLE® Smackdown Tournament or The Literacy Center, please visit or contact Jennifer Wigginton, Executive Director, at (812) 429-1222 or by e- mail at [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

South Bend man accused of killing puppy scheduled for court

first_img Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By Network Indiana – August 25, 2020 2 407 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A South Bend man accused of killing his family’s puppy by putting it in a dryer was due in court on Tuesday, Aug. 25.Police say 18-year-old Jeremy Lindsey admitted to putting his family’s 3-week-old puppy in a dryer and turning it on.According to court documents, Lindsey was home alone at the time.Lindsey faces animal cruelty charges and could spend up to six years in prison. Pinterest Pinterest South Bend man accused of killing puppy scheduled for court Previous articleNotre Dame and St. Mary’s release their latest COVID numbersNext articlePurdue head coaches volunteering to take pay cut Network Indianalast_img read more

INTERVIEW: Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn Talks Fish Out Of Water, Beer, & Bluegrass

first_imgLeftover Salmon‘s banjo and fiddle virtuoso Andy Thorn has been off to an extremely busy and creative start to the first half of the year. Thorn has been in the studio working on solo original material that he hopes to release later this year. Furthermore, Leftover Salmon released their new studio album, Something Higher, in May, and will host their second-annual music festival, Fish Out Of Water, at Taos Mesa Brewing in Taos, New Mexico, on August 10th and 11th.5 Reasons Not To Miss Leftover Salmon’s Fish Out Of Water FestivalFish Out Of Water Festival’s stunning host venue, the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, has become a favorite venue for Thorn to play with Leftover Salmon. Live for Live Music’s own Sam Berenson was fortunate enough to get a chance to chat with Andy Thorn last week, while out on the road on a stop in Raleigh, North Carolina. In their conversation, Thorn had shared his thoughts on the upcoming festival and why New Mexico holds a special place in his heart. Plus, being a Colorado mountain-man, Andy made sure to let us know all about his favorite kinds of beer!Read on to read this new interview with Andy Thorn, and to purchase tickets to Leftover Salmon’s second-annual Fish Out Of Water Festival, head here!Live for Live Music: Tell us a little bit about how Fish Out Of Water Festival came to be and Leftover Salmon’s connection to the festival?Andy Thorn: I think we just saw how cool that venue is down in Taos, and we started talking to the owner of Like A Boss Productions, who helps put Fish Out Of Water on. Just talking to this guy and seeing how cool of a spot it was, they asked us if we wanted to throw an event here, and we love New Mexico and Taos, so we thought this would be a great place to do it. They also already have the infrastructure, like a permanent stage, which is this amazing adobe stage.L4LM: The venue looks pretty spectacular.AT: It is spectacular. You can camp right there. It’s just a really stunning setting for a show. Probably one of the best sunsets I saw last year was out there at the show. There’s this big half-dome adobe stage, and it’s kind of sunken down, creating a natural outdoor amphitheater.Plus, the surrounding area is so cool. There’s a hot spring about five miles away. You drive to the end of this dirt road and hike down to the Rio Grande River, which leads to an incredible hot spring. There’s that to do during the day, and you can jump in the river. It’s just a very nice experience.L4LM: So you guys get to spend part of your day going about your leisurely time down there?AT: Yeah, we’ll go into town and hangout and we’ll spend a few hours at Manby Hot Springs—the one that I was just talking about—because it’s right there and so nice. Then you hike back out and go play the show.L4LM: The event is at Taos Mesa Brewing. Are you a beer guy?AT: Yes. [laughs] They have great beer. I like all beer. When I’m gigging, I like a lighter beer because it keeps my energy level higher, but if I’m at home, I’ll drink heavy IPAs, double IPAs, and imperial stouts. When it’s hot and summertime though, sours and pilsners are really good.L4LM: What’s your history with Taos, both musically and personally?AT: My history in New Mexico goes so far back. I used to go there with my Boys Scout troop in high school from North Carolina. I’m actually in North Carolina right now. My scout troop used to go to this place, Stillmont, which is right on the other side of Taos, and I went there for two, two-week-long backpacking trips.I would backpack with a banjo strapped to me, and my friend had a guitar, so we’d be going around to all of these campsites playing for everybody. You know, we were teenagers. I came back for the second trip, and a ranger had been telling a story about us for the three years in between, about these kids backpacking with their bluegrass instruments. I’ve always loved it down there, and it’s fun to go back every year. I’ll be doing a week-long road trip down there and going to Ojai Caliente, which is an amazing hot spring down there.L4LM: Switching gears to Leftover Salmon, how has the new Something Higher material found itself in the mix since releasing the album a few months ago?AT: It has blended into the old material really, really well. It also lets us have a lot more fun, because we have more current and original material to choose from. There’s always a big back-catalog with [Leftover Salmon] with like 300 songs on our song list. Having the new stuff that we all wrote together too—even though there were individual writers, we all collaborated on every song—it’s really fun to see which songs are getting longer live. Certain ones are good for stretching out, but we’re still developing with that.L4LM: “Game of Thorns” is a track on the new album. Are you a big Game of Thrones fan?AT: I like Game of Thor— [laughs] See, I can’t even say it the right way anymore. I was playing it for my friend when I was showing him the album and it was still unnamed. The song has a sort of minor-y, celtic-y vibe, so he just started calling it “Game of Thorns”. I never thought of a better title, so that’s what it became. It is a fun play on words though. And, I’m not the biggest Game of Thrones fan you’ve ever met, but I do really like the show.L4LM: You and Drew Emmitt have a special connection onstage. Was this natural from the get-go or has it taken time and patience to get where you guys are?AT: We always got along really well. I’ve actually been a fan of Salmon since I was in high school, so I’ve always loved Drew [Emmitt] and Vince [Herman] before knowing them. Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters got me in with Drew when he had to leave his band, and from the first time we started hanging out together, it was clear we had a lot of shared interests.Drew taught me how to ski because I was a really bad skier when I first moved to Colorado. He lives in Crested Butte and is super into mountain biking as well. I moved to Colorado with just a station wagon full of stuff, and I didn’t even really live anywhere for the first year. I just was camping around and enjoying the outdoors. Drew’s really into all of that stuff.Our relationship has grown a lot over time. Musically too, he’s influenced me in so many ways. I think to myself, how can I elevate this solo to the level that Drew can when he does his fast tremolo? I just try to match that level of excitement.L4LM: What have you been working on outside of Leftover Salmon over the past couple months?AT: I’ve been working on a separate solo album with all of my original stuff. I’ve actually been working on this since last Christmas, but I’ve been slowly pulling things together. It has Mandolin Orange on it, John Stickley, Bobby Britt, the fiddle player from Town Mountain. These guys are my North Carolina friends, so we grew up kicking it together. I just got Mandolin Orange’s harmony vocals sent to me, and it’s just amazing to hear them. So, I’m putting that album together, and it should be out later this year.L4LM: What about in terms of live music and gigs?AT: I’ve been doing a ton of stuff. Drew and I have been doing a lot of little duo things, or we’ll add on to a band. We just did a Dead and Company post-show with The Motet guys and Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Adam Aijala at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. It was kind of a funk-meets-bluegrass night, and we had a sold-out crowd. That was one of the most fun things I’ve done recently.I’ve also been playing with Keller [Williams] quite a bit. We just did Keller and the Andys at Northwest String Summit, which was hilarious and awesome. It’s me, Andy Hall, and Andy Falco, so now we’re all pumped up on that and like, “When can we do that again?” There’s almost too much stuff to do than there is time for. It’s a good problem to have.L4LM: Colorado’s music scene right now is the best it’s ever been. Why do you think this is?AT: I don’t know exactly. I think part of it is the reemergence of Denver being a big, successful city because for a while, Denver wasn’t really a desirable place to live. A lot of it is also the population influx. I’m not sure what caused it, whether it was legal pot or just the outdoor opportunities you can do, but so many people came here, and I think most of the people that moved to Colorado are music-type people. They came to Colorado to at least go to some shows. It’s helped make the music scene even bigger.More musicians have moved to Colorado because of this, and it’s kind of this snowball effect. All of these great musicians are doing local shows all of the time, which gets people more excited, and now it’s crazy. There are so many music venues in the Front Range, I can’t even count.L4LM: Who’s catching your attention in the music scene right now?AT: It’s really fun to watch all of my friend’s bands like Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters, John Stickley, Mandolin Orange, and Town Mountain. The people in these bands are kids that I grew up playing with, so it’s super fun that we’re getting to share and do this all together.Then there’s Billy Strings, who’s incredible to watch. Every guy in his band is amazing. There’s always tons of energy. The Lil Smokies are also blowing my mind­—I’m like, “Holy shit!” They used to open for the Emmitt-Nershi Band when I played with them way back, and they had almost half-different band members back then. Now it’s just like, wow. They’re so solid.L4LM: Are there any artists you’re dying to play with, that you haven’t already?AT: Oh. [laughs] Yes, but I don’t know who. Who would that be? I think I get to play with a lot of the best. I get to fill in with the friggin’ Travelin’ McCourys, who are the best. I got to play banjo with them for a week, which was amazing. I’d just love to spend time with any really good banjo players and dig deeper into that well. It’s a hard question!L4LM: I really appreciate your time, Andy, and thank you for having a chat with me.AT: No problem. It was my pleasure!Fish Out Of Water Festival is going to be one of the can’t-miss music festivals in the Southwest this year, with the festival returning to Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership and Hotel Luna Mystica for its second edition on August 10th and 11th. In addition to performances from host band Leftover Salmon, fans will also be treated to sets from Dumpstaphunk, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman (of Cracker), Trout Steak Revival, Poor Man’s Whiskey performing “Dark Side of the Moonshine”, Gasoline Lollypops, Last To Know, Liver Down The River, Sweet Lillies, Ry Taylor & Friends, and The Noseeums and more.For more information and ticketing, head here. Enter To Win A Pair Of Weekend Passes With Camping Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Faust emphasizes public service

first_imgThe academic year that draws to a close today saw renewed emphasis on public service across Harvard. In her Commencement address, President Drew Faust underscored the University’s mission to serve the common good and announced enhanced support for students seeking service opportunities, including new Presidential Public Service Fellowships.“It is a fundamental purpose of the modern research university to develop talent in service of a better world. This commitment is at the heart of all we do and at the heart of what we celebrate today,” Faust said in prepared remarks that also highlight the contributions that students, faculty, and staff make every day. “We as a University live under the protection of the public trust, [and] it is our obligation to … serve that trust — creating the people and the ideas that can change the world.”The highly selective presidential fellowships will enable 10 students from across the University to spend a summer working with a public service organization of their choice or on a service project of their own creation. These students also will have the opportunity to participate in symposia and other learning experiences related to public service throughout the academic year.In addition, Faust said that the goals of an anticipated University fundraising campaign would include doubling funds for undergraduate summer service opportunities and significantly increasing service opportunities for students in the graduate and professional Schools. The University also plans to create a public service Web site that will serve as a single entry point for students seeking information about career and volunteer opportunities.The array of public service activities involving faculty, students, staff, and alumni this academic year was sweeping in its diversity: Students took advantage of the new winter recess to fight malnutrition in Uganda and promote literacy in El Salvador, and when they fanned out from New York City to the Deep South to perform community service on annual alternative spring break trips, they were joined for the first time by a group of alumni in the ongoing effort to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.Harvard Law School (HLS) announced new funding to support postgraduate work in public service, the Graduate School of Design (GSD) put the creative talents of its students to work designing a library in Boston’s Chinatown, and scores of people from across the University volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank.The University’s tradition of service dates to the 17th century. In 1636, the “College at Newtowne” was founded to provide the Massachusetts Bay Colony with the ministers needed in what was perceived as a wilderness. Six of the nine members of Harvard’s first graduating class became ministers, at least part time. Three of the six also were physicians.By the early 17th century, Harvard’s Puritan origins had been supplanted by Unitarian leanings that secularized the University but allowed it to retain its sense of service to the greater good. When author Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, he castigated the young nation for its rapacious capitalism, calling America “a vast counting house” and Boston a place that worshipped the “golden calf” of mercantilism. But Dickens thought better of Harvard, writing that by serving the common good it represented “a whole Pantheon of better gods.”Harvard’s “better gods”Those better gods are evident in full measure now at Harvard, where every discipline is informed by the idea of public service. The Schools of medicine, public health, law, government, business, design, divinity, and education all have classes, clubs, initiatives, research, and projects devoted to the idea that every occupation can in some way spur service.“If you’re at Harvard, you have privilege,” said Kaitlin “Katie” Koga ’11, president of Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). “That’s something you should be cognizant of. We want people to think about living a life of service, in whatever they do.”The effort to institutionalize public service at Harvard builds on a tradition exemplified by the Phillips Brooks House Association, the University’s signature social service club, which was founded in 1904. Today, there are about 1,400 active members — close to a quarter of the undergraduates.PBHA alumni include former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter (who is delivering today’s Afternoon Exercises address), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.Some supporters call PBHA “Harvard’s best course,” because it offers not just opportunities to give back, but also first-rate leadership and management experience for its student officers, who can put 30 hours or more into their jobs each week.The group is adding eight programs, in a sign of the widening interest in public service University-wide, with more service-related classes, club activities, and School-supported fellowships.“The millennial generation’s strong interest in service is well-documented,” said Gene Corbin, PBHA’s Class of 1955 Executive Director, “and we are doing everything we can at Harvard to support and encourage this inclination.”The recent financial crisis has prompted this new generation to embrace priorities beyond simply building wealth, he said. “Our students are now more passionate about how they can make the world a better place.”There are other signs of the rising commitment to the ideal of commonweal. Last fall, the University held its first Public Service Week. Events and activities highlighted Harvard’s service history, celebrated its present, and encouraged a future of doing more.There are many avenues to public service along with PBHA, including the Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College (CPIC). As many as 40 postgraduate students a year get full-time public interest fellowships from CPIC, which networks with 250 alumni and nonprofit groups nationally.The group’s goal, said director Amanda Sonis Glynn, J.D. ’03, is to help students find a place for public service in every life choice or career.The fellowships pay at least $30,000 a year, plus benefits, but students can choose from a range of paid summer fellowships as well — in the arts, journalism, education, medicine, public health, and housing and urban development. Last year, CPIC received more than 350 applications; 160 students took part in its programs, including 39 full-year, postgraduate fellows.Elsewhere at Harvard, doing public service can mean volunteer work. For one, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — the seedbed of Harvard’s newest science and humanities Ph.D.s — has its own volunteerism arm, Dudley House Public Service. Its reach is wide, from mentoring and letter-writing campaigns, to blood drives, themed fundraisers, and a walk for hunger.The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has a public service task force that helps identify ways for graduates to volunteer around the world. In April, HAA held a Global Month of Service, sparking service events in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.Shared-interest groups at HAA often take the same tack. One is PBHA-Alumni, a network of Harvard graduates who are amid service careers or who simply want to help out. With HAA, the group co-sponsored its first alternative spring break service trip in March to New Orleans.More than 20 alumni and friends spent a week sprucing up buildings at the Pentecost Baptist Church in Gentilly, a neighborhood heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Nearly five years later, the area still has gutted shotgun houses, but busy construction sites too.Mary Brownlow ’74, associate pastor at Norwich Congregational Church in rural Vermont, was among Harvard alumni repainting a community center at Pentecost Baptist. Sweating and shaded by a wide-brim hat, she said of her good life at home: “You want to break out of that bubble once in a while.”At Harvard College, alternative spring break expanded from one trip in 2001 to nearly a dozen this year. In March, 85 undergraduates served in 10 domestic locations and one in El Salvador.Emmett Kistler ’11 helped to rebuild a church in rural Hayneville, Ala., a few miles south of where Civil Rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. “You get down here, and it’s revitalizing,” he said. “You can get back to Earth and see what’s important.”Harvard’s winter recess, new this year, quickly became a vehicle for service trips. Students went to Uganda to fight malnutrition, to northern India to tutor, and to El Salvador to promote literacy.Harvard undergraduates traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a 10-day water purification project, bringing with them a low-tech bucket-and-valve chlorination system.For a time, the students quickly shifted their focus to Haitian relief following the devastating earthquake there. Back on campus, students organized concerts and collected funds for the Haitian aid effort.“Everything has gone up”At the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, PBHA remains the most robust expression of the Harvard service ideal. It runs 12 summer camps, along with programs in adult literacy, tutoring, housing, community health, and other areas. (PBHA also oversees the only student-run homeless shelter in the nation.) The group’s programs number nearly 100 now, the most ever.Koga was a freshman in the fall of 2007 when she got in on the ground floor of the North Cambridge after-school program. Ten tutors and 10 students jammed into a tiny school library room three days a week. Today, 60 tutors meet with students four days a week in two spacious community rooms in an apartment complex.“You learn to think at Harvard,” said Koga, a Kirkland House junior from Hawaii. But public service teaches you to act, to manage, and even to see the career potential of doing good. “It’s incredibly experiential.”Professional and graduate Schools at Harvard also report more interest in public service options, in the classroom and out.“Everything has gone up,” said Alexa Shabecoff, assistant dean for public service at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at the Law School. “Numbers of students doing public service over the summer have gone up, numbers doing postgraduate work as a first job, numbers doing clinics have gone up.”In addition, she said, HLS is committing more financial resources to public service activities, including winter-recess funding, clinics, loan repayment, and postgraduate fellowships. In February, the School created a Public Service Venture Fund that awards grants to students pursuing service careers.At Harvard Business School (HBS), courses and research devoted to nonprofits have risen steadily since 1993, when the Social Enterprise Initiative was established. There are now 95 faculty members involved in related research, said initiative director Laura Moon, and 400 case studies and case teaching notes have been developed. “Across a range of dimensions, we’ve seen increasing numbers.”More than half of all second-year students took social enterprise electives last year, she said, and the related student club, with around 400 members, is one of the largest at HBS, where 7 percent of recent graduates entered the nonprofit sector. The School’s student-led Social Enterprise Conference draws about 1,000 attendees every year.HBS alumni are highly engaged too, said Moon. About a third actively serve on nonprofit boards, and contribute $4 million in pro bono consulting annually.This year, HBS also offered its first international immersion program, in Rwanda, and celebrated its fifth year of offering a similar short-term consulting program in New Orleans.Harvard’s Schools of law and business have active fellowship programs relating to public service or the nonprofit world. The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship program at HBS, for one, has provided support to more than 1,000 students since its founding in 1982.In May, HLS awarded its first Redstone Fellowships to 26 students for postgraduate service work. The fellowships are supported by a gift from Sumner M. Redstone ’47, who donated $1 million to be used by the Law School and the College to support students committed to such work.At Harvard Medical School, officials have provided $1.5 million in debt relief to graduates entering public service fields. More than 60 percent of students there already participate in service programs.Institutions old and newSome of Harvard’s graduate Schools embraced public service from the beginning.The Harvard Divinity School (HDS), founded in 1816, continues the mandate of 1636 to educate leaders in religious thought whose purpose is to minister and teach. “Public service is an important part of the culture here,” said HDS spokesman Jonathan Beasley.At the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), “public service has always been at the core of the mission,” said Dean David T. Ellwood. The Student Public Service Collaborative works to integrate service into the School’s culture.In April, HKS held a Public Service Week, with panels and programs on health care, public sector careers, race, poverty, human rights, urban schools, employment, and other issues.At the Graduate School of Design, architecture students and alumni last summer started the China Storefront project, a library with 39 volunteers and two paid staff members. GSD students created the space in a vacant commercial storefront.GSD offers the Community Service Fellowship program, in which funding is available for 10-week summer internships in the Boston area or for international travel throughout the year. Proposed projects have to address public and community needs on a local scale.There has been a similar, and related, upward trend in human rights programs, course work, policymaking, and advocacy.Trevor Bakker ’10, a pre-law student, shows the modern face of public service. Working at the Hayneville, Ala., site in March, wearing kneepads and spattered with mortar, he had earlier learned to cut floor tile. “We have both a moral obligation and an intellectual imperative to put the books down once in a while,” he said, “and give of our time and resources to those who can use our help.”Includes reporting by staff writer Corydon Ireland.last_img read more

On the verge of vanquishing Guinea worm

first_img Read Full Story Guinea worm, a water-borne parasitic disease that can be excruciatingly painful, affected 3.5 million people in 1986. Now there are only 22 cases left, and Donald Hopkins, M.P.H. ’70 — who has doggedly fought Guinea worm over the past two decades — is hoping to see it eradicated in his lifetime.A May 6, 2016 profile describes Hopkins’ “tough slog” against the disease, as several target dates for eradicating it have come and gone. Known in Latin as dracunculiasis or “little snake,” Guinea worm doesn’t kill, but it incapacitates those who have it for months or even years because of the pain from worms that burst from festering wounds on the skin.Guinea worm mainly affects people in African and Asian nations with poor water sanitation. Hopkins, who heads health programs for The Carter Center, has focused on prevention — keeping water supplies from being re-infected with Guinea worm larvae and urging villagers to strain their water. Hopkins also played a key role through the 1960s and 1970s in eradicating smallpox, which was officially stamped out in 1980.The current target date to extinguish Guinea worm is 2020. Hopkins has remained optimistic about the task. “People will find it hard to believe this disease existed; that there was such a disease so terrible,” he told CNN. “They will be flabbergasted it lasted so long after we figured out how to stop it.”last_img read more

Professor of English dies at 74

first_imgJames Walton, professor emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 74 years old. A 1959 Notre Dame alumnus, the Blue Island, Ill.-bred Walton also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Northwestern University in 1960 and 1963, respectively, according to a University press release.  Walton joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1963 and taught popular courses on the English novel and 18th-century literature until he retired in 2003. Throughout his career and after his retirement, Walton was a prolific writer of fiction and literary criticism. He also earned the respect of generations of colleagues and students during his tenure at Notre Dame. “From his earliest days on the English faculty, Jay had marvelous range,” Donald Sniegowski, professor emeritus of English, said. “His major publications included an edition of eighteenth-century correspondence, a novel, ‘Margaret’s Story,’ and a critical study of J. S. Le Fanu. He edited a wonderful anthology of poetry by Notre Dame poets and published numerous scholarly articles. With characteristic wit and self-deprecation, he tried to hide his light under a bushel, but quite a few of us knew differently.” Walton’s legacy lasts to the present-day deparment. “Jay’s contributions to this department are legendary, but the chief one was, and remains, his friendship,” Valerie Sayers, professor and chair of Notre Dame’s English department, said. “Our best students, undergraduate and graduate, revered him as much for his acerbic bons mots as for his personal generosity.” More recently, Walton became involved with Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the University’s Creative Writing Program, according to the release. Walton is survived by his wife, Carole, his daughter, Ann Caroline Walton, a son, Jack, and four grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., South Bend. Visitation with the family will take place at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the service begins. A private burial will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County or The Center for Hospice Care.last_img read more

Avoiding executive retirement savings challenges

first_img continue reading » Plan design restrictions. Some new hires are required to finish a year of service before they become eligible to join the employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. According to Investment News, the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that being ineligible to save in a new employer’s plan for a year may result in $411,439 less in retirement savings. Sponsored by CUNA Mutual Retirement SolutionsEven as highly paid employees, credit union executives can face three challenges to saving enough to fund their retirements:401(k) limits. The IRS imposes a limit of $18,000 for 401(k) plans. This may prevent highly compensated employees from saving enough to have a retirement income near the 60 percent of their final salaries that is recommended to avoid a drop in their standard of living. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Non-discrimination test failures. Non-safe harbor 401(k) plans require annual testing to prove they don’t unfairly favor highly compensated employees. Failing this non-discrimination test can result in higher income taxes and fewer retirement savings for affected employees. According to, $820 million in 401(k) contributions had to be returned to highly compensated employees in 2015 when over 54,000 401(k) plans failed non-discrimination testing. The affected executives then had to pay income tax on their returned contributions.last_img read more

The “Vacation never closer” campaign is a new project of the Zagreb County

first_imgThe diversity of offerings and styles of local vineyards represents a great wealth, but winemakers are aware that they are strongest when they are harmonious and united. This part of Bregovita Hrvatska is often overshadowed by the more famous and touristically advanced wine regions of Croatia, so it is worth reminding the inhabitants of Zagreb that they do not have to go far in search of top wines.  “Vacation never closer” campaign “As part of the campaign “Vacation never closer” which is yet to be implemented, our goal is to promote wine roads, the quality of local products from our family farms as well as rural accommodation. The emphasis is precisely on multisectoral connections and to show how it is still possible to create a value chain in tourism.”Concludes Alilović. Among the most successful projects, county brands stand out – such as the Kingdom of Zelina and the Portuguese Plešivica. There are also three wine roads – Samoborska, Plešivička and Zelinska, while in the Ivanićgrad region bordering Moslavina, there is a “Land of Scarlet”. The season of spring and warm days is usually the time when the demand for wines grows and the market is filled with fresh vintages. But in these difficult and uncertain times, it will not be easy for anyone, so supporting small local producers means more than ever. Precisely on that, through promotion and one of its stories, the Zagreb County Tourist Board started to actively promote and develop its wine story, but the coronavirus pandemic stopped or prolonged the planned campaigns and projects. “I believe that in the future more intensive cooperation between manufacturers and those who offer finished products to guests is necessary. In fact, it should be an imperative. ” emphasizes Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, and adds that the “Vacation never closer” campaign will soon be launched with this goal in mind. As the first activity before the start of the campaign, a video was published with four local winemakers from Plešivica, Moslavina and Zelina, in which the winemakers themselves turned from their natural environment and invited guests to get to know their stories through their wine. The increasingly developed and high-quality wine scene is one of the main tourist and economic assets of the Zagreb County. It is through the eno-gastro tourist contents of the Zagreb County Tourist Board that it sees its opportunity in positioning itself as an ideal weekend destination for the inhabitants of Zagreb as the primary market. The green Zagreb ring is ideal as an escape from the city crowds and stress, and which offers a lot of quality content, all half an hour from the center of our capital. By the way, the vineyards of Zagreb County belong to the wine region Bregovita Hrvatska. Five vineyards (Samobor, Plešivica-Okić, Svetojan-Slavičko, Krašičko and Ozalj-Vivodin), harmoniously connected by climate and soil, make it one of the most picturesque and beautiful wine-growing subregions in Croatia. However, as the crisis and opportunity, so a month ago, while everyone was following the course of the epidemic from day to day, the Zagreb County Tourist Board in cooperation with well-known local winemakers launched a positive avalanche through a “prize game” on its official Facebook page. to which participants are given the opportunity to win a bottle for the Easter table. At that moment where everything was gray and negative, one small action caused an avalanche of positives and a great reaction from both the winemaker and the followers on social media. Although we are a tourist country, unfortunately we use very little resources of the continental and rural part. Now is the opportunity to get to know Beautiful and our green Croatia.last_img read more