Q&A on changing House master title

first_imgTwo Harvard deans sat down with the Gazette late last week to talk about the impending change to the House master title that was announced at the Dec. 1 faculty meeting, and to relate the thinking behind the switch.Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has led the FAS since 2007. He has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1992.Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College, assumed the role in July 2014. He is also the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and co-master of Cabot House. Khurana has been a member of the Harvard community for 16 years, earning his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1998. As Cabot House co-masters, Khurana and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in the House with their three children and 375 undergraduates since 2010. GAZETTE: What is the role of a House master?KHURANA: Each of Harvard College’s residential Houses is co-led by a senior faculty member and their partner, traditionally called House masters, who work together to foster a tight-knit community that supports and encourages our students’ personal and intellectual growth and well-being.GAZETTE: How did the request to change the House master title come about?KHURANA: The House leaders have been considering the possibility of changing their titles for quite some time — well before I was a House master, and I believe even before Dean Smith’s deanship began nine years ago. My understanding is that the general feeling has been that the title causes discomfort, both for those serving as House masters and for many of our students, and that it doesn’t fully communicate the responsibilities of the role and how it has evolved. GAZETTE: What is uncomfortable about the title?KHURANA: It’s an ancient word that is now being used in a 21st-century context, and that layers on new meanings that we have to grapple with. “Master” is rooted in the Latin term magister, a form of address for scholars and teachers that ties back to the medieval universities of Europe. But when we use it in the context of a university in the United States — a country with a history of slavery and of racial discrimination — that adds meaning and significance to the term that we can’t easily dismiss by focusing narrowly on its classical roots. There are many symbols and words in the English language that have morphed from their original meanings and usages. Some have become associated with odious ideas or are used in a derogatory way.SMITH: I agree. In our country, with our history, I can’t call someone in an oversight role “master” without having images of human subjugation come to mind. But I don’t have this association when I congratulate a student on attaining a master of arts or on the mastery of a subject. Mastery over people is what is at issue here. I have long reacted emotionally to this traditional title because I cannot simply delete from my mind the additional context provided by our nation’s history. GAZETTE: Why is this change just happening now if it’s been in discussion for several years?KHURANA: Recent events on our campus and across the country have renewed our conversations and inspired us to take action. Now that we have approval from Dean Smith to move forward, we are beginning a process in which members of the House leaders’ docket committee, working with a senior College team member and the House leadership community as a whole, will suggest a new title that reflects the current realities of the role. We feel this change will be small but meaningful in our continuing efforts to build a culture of inclusion on our campus.GAZETTE: The term “House master” also celebrates Harvard’s connection to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Will House leaders consider this as they explore a new title?SMITH: Our faculty House leaders are certainly looking at opportunities to continue to celebrate this connection, but in a manner that is appropriate for our time and our history. I’m certain we will find a way to preserve these roots.GAZETTE: Do you think changing the House master title will have an impact on campus?KHURANA: Yes. Words matter. They shape our opportunities, our self-perceptions, and our possible futures. They can open doors, and they can shut them. They can help build a community that belongs to all of us, or they can delineate difference and assert privilege or create boundaries between people. Will changing words right every wrong and solve every problem? Of course not. But decisions like these can play an important part in the long-term process of institutional change. One of the great things about Harvard is that we don’t follow tradition blindly or without thought. Indeed, the fundamental nature of a liberal education teaches us that tradition has to be in conversation with the present. Otherwise it is simply a mechanical, empty ritual. The shared dialogue about our Houses helps renew and reanimate the meanings.SMITH: There are very thoughtful conversations taking place on our campus today, and on this particular issue, I have learned — learned a great deal, in fact — from listening to our students, faculty, and staff. I am particularly proud of the way our students are approaching these difficult discussions. Harvard has often spoken about the learning that can take place when we bring an incredible diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and experiences together. A fellow dean once told me that we should be generous listeners at times like these, in an environment like ours. He was right. My understanding of the emotional, cultural, and personal meanings of words has grown, impacting me and my thinking in significant ways.GAZETTE: You mention this is one small part of continuing efforts to build a culture of inclusion on campus. What other opportunities or activities are underway?KHURANA: As you hopefully know, the College issued the final report of the Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion last month. It offers recommendations for how we can support our students, pointing out that while the College has made progress, we have much more work to do. I am proud of some of the initiatives that are already underway. For example, in September, the Office of Student Life introduced a revamped system for reporting issues of bias that now includes an option to submit anonymously. We have designed a cultural competency training program that was implemented last June with a small group of College staff and that will repeat this spring. And we have also scheduled trainings for the Administrative Board and Honor Council.SMITH: Beyond the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, President [Drew] Faust also issued a statement about the importance of inclusion on our campus, in which she committed to looking at opportunities for University-wide efforts.last_img read more

Harvard’s alumni impact

first_imgThe oldest American university, Harvard has launched thousands of graduates who became important, trailblazing figures in politics, business, law, education, medicine, science, and the humanities. Some have made technological breakthroughs, developed innovative products, or discovered lifesaving treatments, while others have led nations and revolutions, created timeless artwork, or written words that changed the course of history.But what do we know about the many thousands of present-day alumni who make valuable economic and social contributions after they leave Harvard, but who aren’t necessarily so well known? It turns out, not very much — until now.According to the first University-wide survey examining Harvard’s global impact, alumni are deeply engaged with the world and strongly committed to contributing to society through entrepreneurship, board service, and volunteerism.Courtesy of Harvard UniversityThirty-nine percent of Harvard alumni have founded a for-profit or nonprofit venture, launching more than 146,000 companies and organizations operating in more than 150 countries. These enterprises account for 20.4 million jobs worldwide and generated nearly $3.9 trillion in revenue in 2014, according to the study.While businesses naturally constitute a significant basis of activity, a third of the 146,000 ventures established by alumni are nonprofit.The study found that nearly 31 percent of the for-profit entities started by alumni are in the fields of professional/scientific/technical services, followed by finance/insurance (13 percent), and media/information (8 percent). Nonprofit ventures tend to be in business/professional/labor/political industries (14 percent), followed by schools/universities/libraries (13 percent), and arts/humanities/cultural (12 percent).Courtesy of Harvard UniversityFurther details about the study, including comparisons by industry, age, and geography, are available online.“The Harvard Impact Study captures the diverse contributions alumni make around the world,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Whether founding an organization or offering their time and talents to a nonprofit through board service or volunteerism, alumni around the world are working to better their local and global communities.”Lending expertise to another organization is also popular. In all, alumni sit on nearly 300,000 boards, the study said, with 66 percent of alumni serving on either a for-profit or nonprofit board. Their participation is for the long haul: Alumni serve a median of six years on a board, while 35 percent say their board tenure clocks in at more than 10 years. And 72 percent of alumni currently on a board serve on nonprofit boards.“There’s no doubt in my mind there would be no City Year if not for my experiences at Harvard, which ignited my passion for civic engagement and set me on a lifelong path helping to grow national service opportunities across the U.S.,” said Michael Brown ’83, J.D. ’88. Brown co-founded City Year, an urban public service corps for young adults.Courtesy of Harvard UniversityIn addition to shepherding their own careers, Harvard alumni give back. Nearly 116,000 non-founders, or 31 percent of alumni, dedicate a cumulative 1.6 million hours each month to volunteer efforts in their local communities, regions, or home countries. Both U.S. and international alumni say education is the area in which they most often volunteer, followed by a mix of human spirituality/religion, public governance/public service, and international humanitarian aid. The total hours volunteered by alumni each month is equivalent to 6,575 full-time jobs.“The findings of the impact study reinforce Harvard’s longstanding ability to educate and train future leaders throughout the world,” said Paul Choi ’86, J.D. ’89, president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). “I think if you’re an alum and you read the study’s results, you’re just really proud — proud to be associated with a community like this and proud that we have so many talented and accomplished people.”The survey results affirm how alumni are a “fantastic resource for one another” and reinforce the value of HAA’s ongoing efforts to encourage alumni-to-alumni connections through its global network of Harvard clubs and shared-interest groups, the alumni directory, and new initiatives such as HAA’s public service forum, he said.Courtesy of Harvard UniversityThe New York City-based group offers an opportunity for representatives from nonprofits to meet Harvard alumni who are interested in serving on nonprofit boards. It’s been such a successful concept that HAA plans to expand to other cities around the world, he said.Last summer, just over 10 percent of the 244,835 alumni with whom Harvard remains in touch took a 50-question survey conducted online by Market Strategies International, an opinion research firm that produced the final report. The University estimates there are a total of 375,000 alumni from all Schools living in 201 countries.To make the survey less onerous to complete, the University partnered with LinkedIn so that those with accounts there could automatically fill out some questionnaire sections by simply uploading their profiles.Josh Lerner, the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, helped shape the survey’s scope and questions so they would yield the best insights for future research. He also analyzed the results, which will become part of a new dataset about entrepreneurship.“One of our goals is to create a database for faculty around the University — probably mostly for those in the social sciences, economists, and sociologists — so they can develop a comprehensive understanding of what Harvard graduates are doing over time,” said Lerner.Future surveys may consider alumni involvement in other important areas, such as public service or the arts, he said.“I think there’s a lot more that we will know.”last_img read more

Expanding the reach of the bionic leaf

first_img Fellow’s focus is foggy, froggy forest Following the weather Related Student projects turn campus into ‘living lab’ As the global population rises toward 10 billion, the planet is headed for a food shortage, with some estimates saying supply will have to double by 2050 to meet demand.The continued advance of agricultural technology — genetic modification along with new crop varieties and land-management techniques — will cover some of the increased demand. But such technologies will require a dramatic increase in the production of agricultural fertilizers, an energy-intensive process fed by fossil fuels and reliant on a robust manufacturing infrastructure: factories connected to rail and road networks for distribution.The problem with this scenario is that much of the demand will be in the developing world, often in regions that lack both the factories and the distribution networks for agricultural chemicals.In response, Harvard scientists are asking: What if soil could enrich itself, through microbes that boost crop yields? And what if those microbes were themselves grown sustainably, in compact, sunlight-fueled bioreactors?Postdoctoral fellow Kelsey Sakimoto of the Harvard University Center for the Environment is working with chemist Daniel Nocera and synthetic biologist Pamela Silver to tune Nocera and Silver’s “bionic leaf” to help forge a new era of distributed agriculture, beneficial even to subsistence farmers far from industrial agriculture’s distribution networks and chemical fertilizer supplies.The bionic leaf is an outgrowth of Nocera’s artificial leaf, which efficiently splits water into hydrogen and oxygen gas by pairing silicon — the material that makes up solar panels — with catalyst coatings. The hydrogen gas can be stored on site and used to drive fuel cells, providing a way to store and use power that originates from the sun.After developing the artificial leaf, Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, teamed up with Silver, the Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, to explore new uses for the technology. Merging the artificial leaf with genetically engineered bacteria that eats hydrogen gas, the pair produced the “bionic leaf,” which creates liquid fuels such as isobutanol.Sakimoto’s research, conducted with Nocera, Silver, postdoctoral fellow Chong Liu, and doctoral student Brendan Colon, was described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in June. The team’s method involves the soil bacterium Xanthobacter autotrophicus consuming hydrogen generated by the bionic leaf’s water-splitting reaction and taking nitrogen from the atmosphere to produce ammonia and phosphorous, both powerful fertilizers.Sakimoto’s work “has taken the bionic leaf to a new level,” Silver said. “Kelsey has a keen eye for high-impact projects and has certainly achieved an important piece of work here.”There are two ways to apply the new system. The first is to simply let the bacteria feed and reproduce, which leads to a bacteria-laden yellowish liquid that can be sprayed onto fields. In greenhouse experiments at the Arnold Arboretum, radishes grown with X. autotrophicus fertilizer ended up more than double the size of control radishes grown without added fertilizer.“Quite surprisingly, it’s a fairly potent [fertilizer],” Sakimoto said. “It’s grown very simply and applied very simply.”The other method is to add a compound that causes the bacteria to secrete ammonia directly, which can then be used in a fashion similar to mainstream chemical fertilizers.Sakimoto, whose research was funded in part by a grant from the Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund, which supports work to pilot or prove sustainability research on campus, said that the initial use for the project — which is being scaled up by chemical-engineering collaborators in India — would be to provide fertilizer for small farms and remote rural communities without the need for a large, centralized infrastructure.In time, he said, the ability to generate ammonia directly may appeal to agricultural chemical companies as an improvement on the predominant method, known as the Haber-Bosch process, which was developed by two German chemists in the early 20th century as a way to convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia. The process relies heavily on fossil-based energy, as much as much as 1 percent of global production. Environmental fellow immersed in mechanics of extreme events Sri Lanka frog radiation provides food for thought First round of grants from Campus Sustainability Innovative Fund awarded “The thing I’m most elated about in the research is: We did what we do in the developed world with massive infrastructure, only without the need for infrastructure,” Nocera said. “You can use just sunlight, air, and water, and you can do it in your backyard. You can take care of the world’s growing food demand [with conventional technology] — all you have to do is build more large Haber-Bosch plants. And you have to build railroads and entire distribution systems. And that’s not going to get to the poor in the developing world, where most of the population growth is coming from.”Sakimoto, in the second year of his two-year Ziff Environmental Fellowship, is now exploring how to make the system more robust under real-world conditions, such as how using wastewater and other naturally occurring water sources in the bioreactor affects its performance.“We tried to do as much due diligence as we can to make a useful product,” Sakimoto said. “We are more or less done on the [discovery] side now, and looking at the political and practical side of how you bring a new technology into the world.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Patti LuPone Heads to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend & More

first_img View Comments Patti LuPone(Photo: Axel Dupeux) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Everything’s Coming Up CrazyWe told you to be on the lookout for more Broadway faves to visit during Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s second season! Theater dork Rachel Bloom’s instant cult hit has already featured guest spots from Lea Salonga and Tovah Feldshuh. Tony winner Patti LuPone is the next one on tap, according to E! News; not that we’re counting down (all right, we totally are), but the Broadway-bound War Paint star is set to appear in this season’s tenth episode. We’ll be having a few people over to watch this one!Faith Prince and Marc Kudisch to ReuniteBells are ringing! Tony winner Faith Prince and three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch will star in L.A. Opera’s Wonderful Town as Ruth Sherwood and Robert Baker, respectively. Tony winner Roger Bart and Ben Crawford will join them in the production. Wonderful Town is scheduled to run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from December 2 through December 4.The Bodyguard Cast Recording Is Coming to AmericaThis news makes us wanna dance with somebody! Prior to The Bodyguard’s long-awaited U.S. premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse on November 25, the West End production’s cast album will hit earbuds stateside on November 18. The First Night Records/R.E.D. release features X-Factor season five winner and previous London production star Alexandra Burke. Queen of the Night and Grammy nominee Deborah Cox is set to headline the U.S. national tour, which will officially start at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on January 10, 2017.BAM’s New Season Is SetThe Brooklyn Academy of Music’s winter/spring season will begin with the 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award-winning dark comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane on January 11, 2017. Garry Hynes, who became the first woman to receive a Tony Award for direction of a play for the original Broadway production in 1998, is back at the helm. Marie Mullen advances to the role of Mag; she earned the Tony for her performance as Maureen. Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone will have its New York premiere from February 15 through February 26. Robert Lepage’s solo show about his childhood in Quebec City 887 is set for March 16 through March 26.Love, Loss, and What I Wore ReturnsFor one-night only, Rosie O’Donnell, Carol Kane, Lucy DeVito, Natasha Lyonne and Tracee Ellis Ross will reprise their roles in Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Karen Carpenter returns to direct. The performance will take place on February 5, 2017 at the 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall. The late Nora Ephron and her sister Delia Ephron penned the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning play, which ran off-Broadway from September 2009 to March 2012.P.S. We weren’t the only ones blown away by Hamilton’s America! PBS revealed that 3.6 million viewers tuned in during its premiere weekend, with 540,000 streams across all of its digital platforms. PBS certainly did not throw away their shot!P.P.S. Remember that Warren Beatty project that Megan Hilty was involved in? Well, Rules Don’t Apply is set to hit movie theaters on November 23—check out the final trailer below.last_img read more

Paddling Progeny

first_imgOn the opposite end of the spectrum, read about Lawrence Dye who has biked over 165,000 miles on the Virginia Creeper Trail…and he’s 80 years old. malcolm smith prepares to paddle the ledges of the french broad river in asheville, n.c.A five-year-old kayaker biggest fear isn’t class III rapids; it’s the boogeyman in the bathroom.Malcolm Smith has been raised with an intimate understanding of the laws of physics. At five years old, Malcolm is both a Trials Motocross National Champion and a prodigy in his whitewater kayak. He is just as comfortable sailing over 10-foot gaps on his bike as he is planing down the class III rapids of Nantahala Falls.Malcolm represents a new era in youth sports. With open-minded parents and distance-learning options, it’s possible to structure education and life around the sports that kids are drawn to. Malcolm is extremely young to know what he wants to do with his life, but his parents have given him every opportunity to chase his talents without compromise. Rather than tee ball and youth soccer, Malcolm is being steeped in the lessons of nature.Malcolm’s parents support his paddling  passion because of the beautiful places that it allows him to explore, the life outlook that time spent outdoors gives him, and the close-knit fabric of the paddling community.I’ve heard a lot about Malcolm over the past few months, so I invited him and his father, Steve, to join me for a paddle at my home training ground: Ledges Park of the French Broad in Asheville, N.C.How long have you been kayaking?  MALCOLM: Since I was four.What is your favorite river?  MALCOLM: Umm, Rose Creek! (A section of the Tennessee near the Smith’s house.) My creek at my house has a big rapid! It drops down, and then turns and drops some more.Who do you look up to?  MALCOLM: My friend, Rider. He rides bikes with me and kayaks with me.STEVE: Do you like watching videos of anyone?MALCOLM: Pat (Keller)! On one video, he goes down a waterfall backwards!Do you like going fast? MALCOLM: Yes.Are you ever scared when you’re on your bike or in your kayak? MALCOLM: No.STEVE: Malcolm, don’t lie.MALCOLM: I’m scared of the boogey man.Where is the boogey man? MALCOLM: In my bathroom at night.How are you brave enough to go in there? MALCOLM: I take Annabelle (dog) with me. I have three dogs: Oscar, Annabelle, and Maggie, but she bites. (Malcolm runs off yelling something about a plane that flies over. He loves planes, and several pilot friends have taken him up for unforgettable flights.)Paddler Malcolm SmithWhat is the coolest thing you’ve ever done? MALCOLM: I’ve run the Nantahala Waterfall three times!Really? What was your first time like?   MALCOLM: Umm, it was really cold, raining. I followed my dad, and we ran the top okay, but then I swam!STEVE: (chuckling) He got a little bit thrashed.Malcolm, how did you go back and do it again?MALCOLM: I kayaked near the bridge until I wasn’t scared, and then I went back to the waterfall.What happened that time?  MALCOLM: I followed my dad again, and I FLEW through it!  There were people watching, and they cheered.What does your mom think of all of this? MALCOLM: She likes to go and take videos.STEVE: The motocross racing scares her, but she loves going with Malcolm to the river.last_img read more

Initiating the credit union advocacy movement

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dean Young Dean Young leads PSCU’s strategic direction on how to best leverage the cooperative’s scale to advocate on behalf of the credit union industry. He works collaboratively with key … Web: pscu.com Details Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, less than 50 percent of politicians in office at that time remain in office today. This statistic and others create a challenge for industry leaders and credit union professionals today. They are tasked with educating not only the consumer population but also lawmakers and politicians on the “credit union difference” on a daily basis.During PSCU’s Member Forum 2017, Jim Nussle, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President and CEO, delivered an urgent message about the need for a strong industry advocacy initiative he dubbed the “Credit Union Advocacy Offense.” Nussle stressed that credit unions have a collective opportunity like never before to build a united campaign that truly advocates for credit unions nationwide.The credit union movement itself touts some impressive statistics, which speak to the potential power of the industry to prevail with an advocacy campaign. In the United States, there are 111 million credit union members and just over 5,900 credit unions. At 111 million, credit union members far outnumber the member bases of some of the country’s most successful advocacy organizations, including the National Rifle Association and AARP, with nearly 5 million members and 38 million members, respectively. These numbers give credence to the argument that the time is now to act as an industry to convey the benefits of credit unions to government leaders and other influencers.According to Nussle, disruption requires a holistic approach to advocacy. By marshaling the power and voices of the national trade associations and state leagues, addressing public policy issues and blanketing the Hill with the credit union message, credit unions can “get to the table” and earn a spot on the legislative agenda. Nussle’s five-point Advocacy Offense strategy includes:A 360-degree approach to advocacy to remove barriers to service and improve the operating environment for credit unionsPromotions that create better awareness of the credit union differenceCredit union relevance and solutions in a disruptive financial services marketAn interdependent CUNA/League value propositionIncreased credit union market share, which has remained relatively flat since 1992 at about 6.8 percent of total assetsIn an effort to support the movement, PSCU provides the national trade associations with payments-related data as needed for specific lobbying initiatives. PSCU representatives serve on various financial services advocacy committees and boards, bringing an industry perspective to important initiatives.PSCU and CUNA Mutual, along with many others in our space, actively support the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. This event, a prime opportunity for advocacy, is held each year in Washington, D.C. What better way to showcase the credit union difference to legislators on Capitol Hill than bringing together credit unions from across the country in a shared effort to give back, as the proceeds support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?Challenges and opportunities facing credit unions in 2017 and beyond include reducing regulatory burden, expanding consumer access to credit unions, taking the lead on payments and data security, protecting the current tax-exempt status, and leveraging industry supporters in D.C.Educating credit union members and nonmembers alike on the credit union difference is an equal opportunity initiative. Let us find creative ways to leverage the nearly one-third of the U.S. population who are credit union members to advocate on behalf of America’s credit unions. A healthy and sustainable credit union movement is dependent on the continuation of a proactive advocacy campaign. It is incumbent on all of us to push forward and fight the good fight.last_img read more

Boltim regent slams ministers for ‘stupid’ and ‘inconsistent’ COVID-19 relief policies

first_imgEast Bolaang Mongondow (Boltim) Regent Sehan Salim Landjar in South Sulawesi is in the spotlight after expressing his disappointment toward President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration’s policies and social aid programs.A video circulating on social media, as posted by a Twitter user @husainabdullah1, shows Sehan complaining about the delay in cash transfers (BLT) as the people listed as beneficiaries are ineligible for the staple food aid program.Bupati Boltim Sehan Landjar, bukan hanya bisa melucu ketika sosialisasi bahaya Covid-19. Ternyata juga bisa murka ketika membela rakyatnya soal penyaluran BLT yg menurutnya berbelit belit pic.twitter.com/LPeTZr70Oi— Husain Abdullah (@husainabdullah1) April 26, 2020 “When will they get the money? They still have to open bank accounts and do some paperwork,” Sehan said in the video.“The country is about to go bankrupt, but the ministers are being ignorant, stupid. I’m really angry,” he added, arguing that the central government should allow local administrations to provide cash aid to people under the supervision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the police, NGOs and the press.”Not all regional heads are corrupt. Don’t generalize us like that.”The National Mandate Party (PAN) politician told the press on Sunday that he was going to allocate part of the regional budget to provide staple food packages for those at risk from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.Nevertheless, Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar has said that the village fund could only be used to finance labor-intensive projects.However, shortly after Halim’s announcement, Home Minister Tito Karnavian ordered district heads to work with subdistrict heads in reallocating their village fund to mitigate the pandemic’s effects. Halim then revoked his remark.Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara later issued regulations that prohibited beneficiaries of cash transfers from receiving staple food packages from the government.“They are inconsistent and we’re confused,” said Sehan.Read also: Red tape stymies social aidThe regent, however, decided to give staple food packages to the poor, including those who received cash transfers as he worried that the people were starving.”I have prepared 900 tons of premium rice for the people. I saw those ineligible for the staple food packages crying,” Sehan said. “If anyone wants to arrest me, just arrest me. I’m getting stressed out by this situation.”Responding to Sehan, Juliari said on Monday that the regulations were made to avoid the same people receiving different social aid programs and the regulations were only for the social aid programs provided by the central government.“We allow regional heads to distribute staple food and rice to the people; no one is prohibiting this. What we are regulating is the central administration’s programs. If the regions want to allocate their budget [to people affected by COVID-19], then please do,” Juliari said.Regarding the delay in cash transfers, Juliari said, the Social Affairs Ministry had only just received data from all the regions, asking regional heads and their residents to be patient.“We’ll transfer directly to the people who have bank accounts. For those who don’t, they can go to post offices in their areas. We’ve just received the data and we need time to process it,” he said.Sehan was previously in the spotlight for carrying a coffin while raising public awareness about staying home during the pandemic.”The people of Boltim, please stay at home or you will end up in the hospital or this coffin. There are only three options,” Sehan said as seen in a video posted by @husainabdullah1 on Twitter.Inilah Jubir Corona terbaik😀 pic.twitter.com/hd6J4vkW8V— Husain Abdullah (@husainabdullah1) April 17, 2020 Topics :last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgMorningstar Investment Management, La Française AM, Redington, Union Investment, Kames CapitalMorningstar Investment Management – Clémence Dachicourt and Marina Jelesova have joined the Morningstar Investment Management group as senior investment consultant and portfolio manager, and investment consultant and portfolio manager, respectively. Before joining Morningstar, Dachicourt managed €400m of assets in traditional and alternative multi-asset funds for La Française AM. Additionally, Dachicourt held roles as senior hedge fund analyst for Lyxor Asset Management, portfolio manager and buy-side analyst for UBS, and equity portfolio manager for CDC Ixis AM. Jelesova joins from Redington, where she advised institutional investors in her role as asset liability management and investment strategy associate. She also served as a hedge fund analyst for BNP Paribas Investment Partners and credit portfolio manager for Credit Agricole CIB.Union Investment – Michael Schmidt, managing director and CIO for equities, is leaving the German fund management company at the end of this year. Schmidt took charge of Union’s equity portfolio management in 2009. He now intends to take a “career break” after 22 years in the financial services industry. Until a successor has been found, Björn Jesch, head of portfolio management, will take on Schmidt’s responsibilities alongside his own.Kames Capital – Fiona Hope has been appointed institutional client director. She joins from the charity LinkAble, where she was a trustee and voluntary fundraiser. Hope has more than 20 years’ financial services experience, including 18 years in client relationship roles for the likes of Deutsche Asset Management, JP Morgan Fleming Investment Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Management.last_img read more

Super Tuesday arrives, All-Star voting begins

first_imgTwenty-eight of the 30 IMCA Modified drivers to start the All-Star race, to be held Sept. 6 at Boone Speedway during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, will be elected today. VINTON, Iowa – It’s Super Tuesday and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational voting is underway. “The All-Star Invitational is a fan favorite and one of our most prestigious races. Like the first 15 Invitationals, the 16th annual event will feature many of the best drivers in our Modified division,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “It’s going to be a great race and we look forward to seeing which drivers IMCA fans elect to the starting field.” All ballots will be cast the IMCA Facebook page with the electronic polls open until 9 p.m. CST. Completing the field will be drivers with the top national point total and with the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 29 competing at Super Nationals.  The top three vote recipients from each of the five Modified regions are guaranteed starting spots, with their region of candidacy determined by where they made the majority of their IMCA sanctioned starts. The next 13 drivers with the highest vote totals, regardless of region, become All-Stars.  One hundred and thirty-one drivers are on the ballot. Drivers elected will be notified and announced this week.  The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational pays $1,000 to win. All-Star drivers receive firesuits from Velocita and mini-replica drive shafts from event title sponsor Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange.last_img read more

Arlene Utter, 78, Versailles

first_imgArlene Utter, 78, of Versailles passed away a 3:20am, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Waters of Dillsboro. She was born at Petersburg in Boone County, Kentucky on August 18, 1940 the daughter of Wallace and Ethel Jarman Elza. Survivors include two daughters Sheila (Rob) Young of Aurora, and Chris (Ron) Hutton of Versailles; 4 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren; one step-sister Kathy (Tom) McKay of Rising Sun. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Pete, Hubert, Jim, and Earl Elza, and her sisters Betty Jean Jackson, Etheleen Elza, Evelyn Mister, and Mary Dee Walston. Arlene was a former dietary employee of the Dillsboro Manor. Funeral services for Arlene will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 11am. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.last_img read more