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2015 Harvard Sustainability Report released

first_imgHow can we best enhance the well-being of people across generations on Harvard’s campus, in the region, and the globe?Today, in a message to the Harvard community, Office for Sustainability Director Heather Henriksen announced the release of Harvard’s 2015 University-wide Sustainability Report detailing just some of the ways we’re seeking to answer this question, and posing other important questions linked to our aspiration of a healthy, thriving, and sustainable community.Henriksen’s message reflected on how the collective accomplishments in the report inform some of the key trends and milestones that we believe should be moving us forward.First, the imperative of acting on climate remains one of Harvard’s top institutional priorities. In 2015, the addition of a new cogeneration unit at the Blackstone Steam Plant, new solar installations, and further energy efficiency improvements have helped the University move toward the conclusion of our aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goal.Second, as faculty across Harvard remind us, we cannot ignore the health impacts that climate change and environmental degradation have on people throughout the world. Enhancing the health and well-being of our community remains the core vision of Harvard’s University-wide Sustainability Plan.Third, Harvard will build on our foundational work to prioritize living laboratory opportunities that use our campus and surrounding communities to put research and teaching into practice. This year’s Climate Change Solutions Fund grants included two living lab research projects and the Office for Sustainability is planning to expand support for students to pursue these types of projects with on-campus applications. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Richie Wellens named new Salford City boss after leaving Swindon Town | Football News

first_imgThis is a breaking news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.Sky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.- Advertisement – Visit skysports.com or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates. Richie Wellens has been appointed the new manager at League Two side Salford City.More to follow.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Police pay for Officer’s Massages, Four Chinese Women Busted for Prostitution in Broward

first_imgAn undercover police officer with the Pembroke Pines Police Department used department-issued funds to receive sexual massages while naked at three massage parlors in Broward, according to recent arrest reports. Officers arrested the four women Tuesday. In the women’s four arrest reports, the officer reported spending nearly $450.Four women are facing prostitution charges after a sting at some massage parlors in Broward County. Pembroke Pines Police arrested the women, who are all from China, this week at three different spas in Hollywood. Three of those arrested listed the spas where they work as their permanent addresses.Records show the massages were part of an operation resulting in the arrests of four women, ages 48 to 58, who are from Shanghai, China.None of the women possessed a Florida Department of Health license to practice massage therapy.last_img read more

Reversing Land Act legacy ‘key to NDP’

first_img21 June 2013 Correcting the lasting effects of the Natives Land Act of 1913 is a crucial component of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), says President Jacob Zuma. Passed by the Union of South Africa in 1913, the Natives Land Act gave the right to own the biggest parcel of land in South Africa to whites, while blacks, in the words of former African National Congress secretary-general Sol Plaatjie, had to be content with being pariahs in the land of their birth. Zuma was speaking at a gala dinner in Cape Town on Thursday night to mark the centenary of the passing of the Natives Land Act. He said it was an occasion for optimism.Up to us to ‘do a great right’ “The reality is that these days are behind us. A great wrong was done, and now it is up to us to follow up by doing a great right. We are now in charge of our own destiny. We have achieved a successful transition to democracy. We have a model Constitution, based on fairness.” But he said South Africa still had to reverse the dreadful pattern of poverty and landlessness – “the havoc created by the Natives Land Act”. “Correcting the consequences of this Act is a critical cog in the wheel of state – it is a crucial component in the National Development Plan. There can be no successful national development without accompanying rural development and land reform.” He remarked it was good that there was still co-operation on this matter in South Africa and that the land question was being treated with sensitivity. The Cabinet approved the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill for publication and public comment in May 2013. In addition, the National Assembly recently approved the Special Planning and Land Use Management Bill which is now before the National Council of Provinces.National support needed These two Bills would help to reverse the process. “But, as I said earlier, success will require national support,” Zuma said. South Africa’s National Development Plan aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. Among other things, it projects what the agricultural sector should look like in 30 years’ time. “In this case, it is important to stress that land reform is not just about how much land is given back to claimants, but should include skills transfer,” Zuma said, adding that claimants should be empowered to use land productively for job creation, food security and attracting young people to farming. The government would provide better incentives for commercial farmers who were willing and capable of mentoring smallholder farmers. Adequate post-settlement support to new landowners would also be given so that land continued to be productive. “We call on all South Africans to commemorate this landmark, with a view to correcting the wrongs of the past and to reinforce reconciliation. We urge the public to participate in the process of improving land redistribution and reform to reverse the impact of the 1913 Act. We call on the public to engage in a meaningful debate about the acceleration of land restitution, within our constitutional framework.”Settlers’ ‘original sin’ Zuma called the 1913 Natives Land Act “the original sin” of those who came to settle in South Africa. He added that the apartheid government, which had succeeded the Union Government, had from 1948 relocated black people into impoverished homelands and poorly serviced townships. “Since they could no longer provide food security for themselves and their families, they were forced to look for work far away from their families. The Act marked the beginning of socio-economic challenges the country is facing today such as landlessness, poverty and inequality.” The Natives Land Act was repealed in 1991, but its legacy was still being felt today, almost 20 years after South Africa became a democratic country, Zuma said. When a democratic government was elected in 1994, it committed itself, in accordance with the rule of law, to address the inequalities of land ownership and “particularly to those dispossessed as a result of it. “Land dispossession is no doubt the fundamental violation of the rights of the indigenous people and the original sin, so to speak, of those who came to settle in the country.” The government has undertaken to restore 30 percent of the land to black people by 2014. Since 1994, when the first democratically elected government came into power, the government has been addressing land reform through restitution, redistribution and tenure reform. The national policy of reconciliation and nation-building also guided this process. “As we are all aware, progress has however been slow, and we have admitted that the 2014 redistribution target will not be met,” Zuma said, adding: “Only 6.7-million hectares of land have so far been transferred through redistribution and restitution.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Christmas Carols from the Energy Nerd

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED December 23, 2010:Click on the mp3 link above to listen to a recorded version of “The Blower Door Man Is Coming to Town.” Many thanks to Greg Cutler and Peter Troast of The Energy Circle for recording one of this year’s carols.You know all about Norm Abram And that old builder named Bob But do you recall The most infamous builder of all? Rudolph the sloppy builder Has a very shiny truck, And everyone who sees it Says he has money (or luck). But all of the other builders Say that Rudolph’s buildings leak. They always tell poor Rudolph, “Your envelope details are weak.”Then one foggy Christmas Eve Rudolph surfed the Web, Where he found a site so bright It showed him how to build real tight. Then all the builders loved him And they shouted out with glee, “Rudolph the Passivhaus builder, You’ll go down in history!” Up on the housetop roofers strip Shingles off, from eave to hip, Putting down foam board, trying to stop Heat from escaping out the top.Ho, ho, ho! Heat likes to flow! Ho, ho, ho! Heat likes to flow!Up on the housetop, seal your home, Fill all the cracks and lay down foam. After the foam guys seal the crawl, Workers begin to strip a wall. Styrofoam sheathing, strapping too, Into the cracks they squeeze some goo.Ho, ho, ho! Heat likes to flow! Ho, ho, ho! Heat likes to flow!Up on the housetop, seal your home, Fill all the cracks and lay down foam. Next, ventilation — HRVs, Ventilate with a gentle breeze. Tightening homes to stop the chill Also lowers your energy bill.Ho, ho, ho! Heat likes to flow! Ho, ho, ho! Heat likes to flow!Up on the housetop, seal your… last_img read more