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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

Board rejects family-related contingency fee

first_imgBoard rejects family-related contingency fee Board rejects family-related contingency fee Senior EditorA lawyer handling only the division of a pension after a divorce has been granted may not charge a contingency fee, the Bar Board of Governors has decided, ratifying a Professional Ethics Committee position.The board acted at its January 31 meeting in a case that could have implications for a Family Law Section initiative to revamp how fees are charged and collected in some divorce and related cases. In taking its action, the board went against the recommendation of its Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics (BRC).The board also addressed advertising appeals and other ethics matters.The pension case involved a couple who had been divorced in Germany, but the German court said it lacked the jurisdiction to decide how to divide up the husband’s military pension. The German attorney, who is also a member of The Florida Bar, then asked if he could charge a contingency fee for handling the pension matter only.A Bar ethics staff opinion said that would be prohibited under Bar rules, and the PEC agreed.BRC Chair Louis Kwall said that panel decided it would be permissible, but noted its decision was limited to the facts of this case only. “It doesn’t deter reconciliation and the wife has no other means to retain an attorney,” he said.Bar President Tod Aronovitz noted the Family Law Section is pushing for changes in the way fees can be charged in family law cases, including allowing some contingency fees and allowing liens on the marital homes in some limited circumstances. Those matters are still under study by the Disciplinary Procedure Committee.“The Family Law Section has contacted me repeatedly on this subject,” he said. “This is a particular case dealing with a specific set of facts. There is a bigger issue out there and this vote will probably have an impact in the future.”Kwall said that is why the BRC limited its decision to the case facts only.Board member Larry Ringers noted if the lawyer had taken the case under a contingency fee arrangement, there was no rule that would allow the Bar to prosecute him.But other board members were skeptical. “It’s my understanding you can’t take a contingency fee in a divorce case or any part of it, period,” said board member Jay White. “That’s what we’re being asked to do.”“I am adamantly opposed to contingency fees in family law matters on any matter,” said board member Chris Lombardo, who noted he does family law work. “You kind of encourage taking an unreasonable position to get more than 50 percent [of the pension] because it increases your fee. When you get the extremely large cases, the abuse potential is going to be huge.”He also argued lawyers might tend to bifurcate cases to get the contingency fee on asset division, noting it’s not uncommon to get a divorce granted fairly quickly while leaving financial issues to be sorted out later.The board voted to reject the BRC recommendation and support the PEC and staff opinion that a contingency fee could not be charged.On a second matter, the board agreed with the BRC that no opinion should be given because a court had already ruled on the question. The attorney involved had represented a condominium association and individual unit holders in a construction defects case against the project developer. He was now defending the association in suits over the same issue brought by individual unit holders, including possibly some he represented in the earlier suit.Kwall said the committee decided the case was moot since a court already found there was no conflict of interest. The board agreed, and declined to give any advice.The board also approved a suggestion by board member Ian Comisky that a letter be prepared to the Security and Exchange Commission over proposed federal rules governing the conduct of corporate attorneys. Comisky said the rules, released for comment the day before the board meeting, contravened a Bar ethics opinion.“The letter would state that the Florida ethics opinion was correct and the attempt to federalize the ethics rules should be carefully thought about,” he said. Advertising AppealsThe BRC also reported on two advertising appeals.In one, the board voted to reverse its holding that televised ads could not show the exterior of a law office.Bar President-elect Designate Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the board has already approved changes to the rules which would allow showing the outside of a law office. Those changes will be filed with the Supreme Court later this month.She noted the rule allows a lawyer to show his office and the board had interpreted that as being limited to the inside of an office, not a building exterior. “I don’t see why we’re not going to go ahead and reverse our prior decision,” she said.She also argued that the Standing Committee on Advertising finding the ad violated the rules seemed to be based mostly on the board’s prior position.Kwall said the BRC voted 3-2 to uphold the advertising committee on the premise the rules should continue to be enforced until the rule amendments are approved by the court.The board also agreed with the BRC’s 4-0 vote to overturn the Standing Committee on Advertising and allow a law firm to show its phone book ad as part of a television ad. Kwall said although Bar rules do not allow the showing of phone books in TV ads, in this case the phone book ad included only information that would be allowed as part of a TV ad.The board voted 24-7 to allow the ad. March 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Three thoughts from the past that are still relevant today

first_imgby: Anthony Demangone 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As I looked over recent developments this week and last, I had to shake my head. For as much progress and knowledge that we have access to in today’s world, we still seem to make the same bone-head mistakes.As I read about Mr. Williams from NBC, it brings up the following from Mr. Franklin.It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. – Benjamin Franklin.As I read about the Little League team from Chicago, whose coaches bent the rules to recruit better players, I thought of the following from Mr. Kant.Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. – Immanuel KantBut even as our television and newspapers fill up with sadness and scandal, there are moments that bring things back into focus. As I watched this video, and I urge you to do so as well, it made me think of this.With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” – Max Ehrmann, DesiderataIf it is OK with all of you, I’m tipping my hat to Mr. Ehrmann today.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s Economy

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Philadelphia today to highlight Pennsylvania’s significant progress and investments in education to reverse years of cuts and prepare students with the skills for a rewarding career in the 21st century economy.“My administration is laser-focused on improving education at all levels and investing in our schools and our children is my top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “We have fully restored education funding cut during the previous administration, ensured students are ready for college or to start their career, and provided unprecedented support for high-quality pre-k programs so young children can start developing strong reading skills needed for success in school and beyond.”This year, the governor secured $30 million for his first-of-its-kind workforce development initiative, PAsmart. Funded through competitive grants, PAsmart will help to increase classes in math, technology, science and information technology, as well as invest in skills training through expanded apprenticeships.“Not every child in Pennsylvania will go to a four-year college, but every child needs the skills to compete for a good job,” said Governor Wolf. “With PAsmart, we are investing in a well-educated, highly-trained and skilled workforce that is ready for the in-demand fields that new or expanding businesses need in Pennsylvania.”Over the past three years, the Wolf Administration has made significant investments in education from pre-kindergarten to college and career and technical education, including:Increased the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by 60 percent.Fully restored the one billion dollar education cut made in the previous administration that that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.Enacted a fair funding formula that provides equitable, fair funding for all school districts.Established PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million workforce development initiative that invests $20 million in computer science and STEM education programs for k-12 students and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships.Established standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.Advanced Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems and made the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates.Increased high school graduation rate to 86.1 percent, placing Pennsylvania above the national average.Increased the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 32.2 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 28.4 percent.Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.Created a task force to bring together officials, educators, parents, and students to talk to about ways to improve school safety and security.Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, Pennsylvania has expanded state-funded preschool by $115 million, adding more than 9,600 slots in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, and an additional 1,300 in the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP). This year, funding increases will enable approximately 2,125 additional children to have access to high-quality early learning in Pre-K Counts and nearly 500 additional children through HSSAP. In total, more than 29,250 children will receive services through both programs. July 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s Economylast_img read more

CLdN Cancels RoRo Newbuilding Contract at Uljanik

first_imgLuxembourg-based transportation company CLdN RoRo has canceled a contract with Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik for the construction of one roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel.The contract covering one 5,500 lane meter ship (hull no. 531) was terminated on January 27, 2019, according to a filing issued on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.As explained, the contract was canceled due to Uljanik’s inability to deliver the newbuilding in line with the conditions stipulated in the agreement.Back in 2016, CLdN RoRo ordered two identical RoRo ships, originally scheduled for delivery in 2018.Designed for transporting wheeled cargoes, such as trucks, cars and semi-trailer trucks, the ships were part of the company’s expansion program including up to twelve new vessels.Following the cancellation of the RoRo ship, Uljanik received another termination of the shipbuilding contract today. The contract for one self-propelled cutter suction dredger was terminated by Dredging and Maritime Management SA (DMM) Luxembourg.The financially-troubled Uljanik is being hit with contact terminations amid the ongoing restructuring process. The shipbuilding group, which comprises the 3. Maj shipyard in Rijeka and the Uljanik shipyard in Pula, is seeking one or more strategic partners that would inject fresh funds into the company, helping it stay afloat.In a separate announcement published today, Uljanik confirmed the receipt of a number of bids from potential investors. The group’s management and other relevant parties are expected to evaluate these offers in the coming period.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

After WNIT exit, UW fires Stone

first_imgLisa Stone led the Badgers to the NCAA tournament in 2010, but a mediocre 16-15 season this year didn’t meet most expectations.[/media-credit]Lisa Stone is out as Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach.Following a second-round exit in the WNIT Sunday, Stone was relieved of her duties, UW director of athletics Barry Alvarez said in a statement Monday.Stone was 128-119 (.518) in eight seasons as the Badgers’ head coach. In 2010, she led Wisconsin to its first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2001-02 season. The Badgers earned a No. 7 seed, but were upset by No. 10 Vermont, 65-55. This season, UW finished 16-15 and fell to Illinois State Sunday to end its season.Alvarez said the search for a replacement begins immediately.“I am appreciative of the hard work Lisa has put into being our women’s basketball coach the past eight seasons,” Alvarez said in the statement. “She is a good person and has been a loyal and enthusiastic representative of our athletic department and university. Off the court, Lisa and her program have contributed much to our community.“On the court, however, our women’s basketball program has not reached and maintained the level of success I believe is possible. Accordingly, I have decided to make a coaching change. We will immediately begin the search for a new women’s head basketball coach at Wisconsin.”Following Wisconsin’s NCAA tournament berth in 2010, Stone was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by league coaches. In that season, the Badgers won 21 games, reaching the 20-win mark for the eighth time in UW history and second under Stone. Wisconsin also was 12-6 on the road, setting the program record for most road wins.Entering this season, the Badgers faced high expectations. Yet, a grueling early non-conference schedule left UW with a 5-7 record entering Big Ten play. All seven of those losses came consecutively, as Wisconsin struggled against tougher competition, including Duke (ranked No. 5 at the time) Dec. 2. The losing streak began Nov. 18 at in-state rival Green Bay and continued until Dec. 9, when Wisconsin took down Drake, where Stone served as head coach from 2000 to 2003.Stone’s squad also endured hardships through injuries, as star forward Tara Steinbauer was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee Feb. 16 at Iowa. The 6-foot-1 forward was widely regarded as the team’s charismatic leader, and she also finished the season as the Badgers’ third-leading scorer and rebounder with 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.Co-captain and leading scorer Alyssa Karel (15.3 ppg) also missed the first three games of the season due to a leg injury. Karel also lead the team in assists with 3.0 per game. The Badgers went 2-1 without Karel, but after Steinbauer was lost for the season, they lost four of their last six games, including the WNIT.“I would like to thank Coach Alvarez and the administration for their support over the past eight years. I would also like to thank my staff and players for their hard work both in the classroom and on the court. This program has meant the world to me, and I have put my heart and soul into it. It has been an honor to be the head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers,” Stone said.last_img read more

Carty out of Connacht -Zebre clash

first_imgQuinn Roux could feature against Zebre despite a groin injury.MeanwhileChris Henry has agreed a two year extension to his deal with Ulster.The 32 year old back row forward has played 24 times for Ireland.Ulster face Exeter in the Champions cup this weekend needing a win to keep their quarter final hopes alive. The Roscommon out half picked up a low grade medial knee ligament sprain against Ospreys last week but could still be available for the game against Toulouse the weekend after next.Craig Ronaldson maybe available however having returned to training.Peter Robb is following return to play protocols after picking up a concussion while Jake Heenan is out with a knee injury but could be back for the group finale.last_img

Nike Unveil ‘Ordem,’ the Official 2014-15 Premier League, La Liga, Serie A Ball

first_imgNike have revealed the new Premier League, La Liga and Serie A ball for 2014-15.The three leagues will be using different colour variations of the Nike Ordem. The Premier League will be using the blue edition, La Liga the orange one andSerie A pink.Nike’s website lists some of the features on the new ball:High-contrast graphics for enhanced visibility.Perfect sphericity allows ball to fly faster, farther and more accurately.League crest for pride.To paraphrase: It’s colourful, round and has a logo on it. For all that innovation, it’s no surprise that the ball will run you £95 ($162.44).last_img

Who do the Dodgers, Angels have now? And what do they still need?

first_imgDODGERSWHO THEY ADDEDSP Dan Haren, RP Brian Wilson (re-signed), 3B Juan Uribe (re-signed), RP Scott Elbert (re-signed), C Drew Butera (re-signed), 1B/OF Mike Baxter, RP Seth Rosin Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WHO’S STILL OUT THEREJ.P. Howell and Carlos Marmol can retire left-handers out of the bullpen. So could Chris Capuano, if he’s interested in long relief. Possible utility infielders include Elliot Johnson and Jayson Nix.ANGELSWHO THEY ADDED3B David Freese, SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Joe Smith, SP/RP Hector Santiago, RP Josh WallWHO THEY LOSTIF/OF Mark Trumbo, CF Peter Bourjos, SP Tommy Hanson, 3B Chris Nelson, RP Juan GutierrezWHAT THEY NEEDInsurance for the starting rotation in case a fourth and fifth starter can’t be found from among Skaggs, Santiago and Joe Blanton.WHO’S STILL OUT THEREBronson Arroyo and Matt Garza would help the rotation immediately and wouldn’t cost the Angels a draft pick. center_img WHO THEY LOST2B Mark Ellis, IF/OF Skip Schumaker, IF Nick Punto, IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr., RP Ronald Belisario, IF/OF Elian Herrera, RP Shawn Tolleson, SP Ricky Nolasco, OF Alex CastellanosWHAT THEY NEEDA left-handed reliever and a veteran middle infielder. GM Ned Colletti would like to add another late-inning reliever, a long reliever and possibly a starting pitcher.last_img read more

76ers coach Brett Brown on Markelle Fultz trade: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel sad

first_imgThe 76ers moved on from the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday when they traded Markelle Fultz to the Magic.Fultz had a tumultuous time in Philadelphia where he dealt with a hitch in his jump shot, a couple of injuries and a fair amount of underachievement. “And I was pleased for him that, you know, he had a new start, he had a fresh start, another opportunity.” NBA trade deadline: 76ers send Markelle Fultz to Magic for Jonathon Simmons, draft picks Despite a lot of the negativity surrounding Fultz, coach Brett Brown seemingly never said a bad thing about the young player and said he felt sad when he learned he was traded.”I’d be lying if I didn’t (say I felt) sad,” he told reporters Friday, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And it was two emotions I felt, sad personally, selfishly I suppose that I never really felt like I got a chance to coach him. I never really felt like the city got a chance to see him. I felt sad for that. Related Newscenter_img #Sixers coach Brett Brown on the @MarkelleF trade to the #OrlandoMagic. pic.twitter.com/G2MngMixWg— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 8, 2019Fultz has been out since Nov. 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. He’s averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists in 19 appearances in 2018-19.The 76ers acquired Jonathan Simmons in the deal for Fultz along with a couple of draft picks and now have one of the more formidable lineups in the Eastern Conference. NBA trade deadline: Magic believe ‘sky’s the limit’ for newly acquired Markelle Fultzlast_img read more