Lone Star assembly

first_imgThe Harvard Club of Dallas and the Harvard Club of San Antonio marked their centennials at a Texas-sized Your Harvard celebration last Friday with a gala dinner, bluegrass and piano performances, and remarks from Harvard President Drew Faust.“A few years before the Dallas and San Antonio clubs were founded, one option, some would say an unthinkable option, existed: the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia Alumni Association of Texas,” Faust told the crowd in Dallas. “But even then, in the words of one alumnus, ‘the Harvard spirit showed to excellent advantage.’ ”Speaking to an audience of more than 500 alumni in a grand ballroom lit with a 60-foot screen as a backdrop and Crimson lighting throughout, Faust recounted the ways in which many extraordinary people at Harvard embody a greatness that is typical of the University.“Harvard leaves an indelible mark,” she said. “It has educated and shaped leaders in countries around the world. It has nurtured novelists and scientific pioneers, jurists and composers, architects and actors, business leaders and spiritual leaders, physicians and public servants, scholars and teachers in fields too numerous to mention. All around us, we see examples of how Harvard helps build our society and better our world.”Harvard, she noted, is where W. E. B. Du Bois explored ideas that would change our understanding of race in America, Mark Zuckerberg honed the algorithms that spurred the rise of social media, and Henry David Thoreau took his first course in philosophy.“What we have inherited from the age that is past, we must deliver to the age that is waiting before,” she said.Alison Brown and Friends. Brown ’84 is a Grammy-winning banjoist. Group members include vocalist and fiddler Kate Lee; singer-songwriter and mandolinist Forrest O’Connor ’10; singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Shirey ’11; and Brown’s husband, bassist Garry West.The event was the latest in the Your Harvard series, a global array of events organized by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) that will take place throughout The Harvard Campaign. Alumni have already convened in London, Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City to hear about the future of the University and discuss cross-disciplinary perspectives with faculty on the challenges facing society.Dan Cooper, former president of the Harvard Club of San Antonio, offered a humorous and self-deprecating toast to his group’s historic rival, the Harvard Club of Dallas, on its centennial, eliciting both applause and laughter from listeners.“One hundred years ago, the Guns of August had just fired, starting World War I,” he said. “And Harvard … had just received its first Nobel Prize, and Teddy Roosevelt was just retiring as the president of the Harvard Alumni Association.”Noting that San Antonio was at that time Texas’ largest metropolis, Cooper — somewhat begrudgingly, but with good grace — celebrated the fact that Dallas had since surpassed his hometown in size and influence. “Dallas went on to become, of course, the amazing, exciting world-renowned city that it is today.”Thanking Faust for her address, Cooper noted the fact that she was the first Harvard president who hailed from the American South since before the Civil War.Betsy Urschel, a director emeritus of the Dallas Club, reciprocated the thanks to her fellow alumni from San Antonio and welcomed all to Big D.Harvard’s engagement with, and in, Texas dates back more than a century, when students had to travel for days to get to the Cambridge campus. In the 1930s students scoured the northwest part of the state in search of fossils; an eight-foot Dimetrodon unearthed during one of these digs is now at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.But as Faust noted, digital learning is shrinking the distance between Texas and Cambridge. Since the launch of HarvardX two years ago, more than 20,000 Texans have participated in the dozens of online courses created by faculty from across the University.Harvard’s commitment to the arts was also on display, with musical entertainment provided by Steinway pianist Evelyn Chen ’90, a Houston native. Later in the evening, Alison Brown and Friends performed, featuring Grammy Award–winning banjoist Brown ’84; vocalist and fiddler Kate Lee; singer-songwriter and mandolinist Forrest O’Connor ’10; singer-songwriter and guitarist Jim Shirey ’11; and Brown’s husband, bassist Garry West.Guitarist Shirey was celebrating three events: the two club’s centennials, his 27th birthday, and his performance one year ago at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences campaign launch. He and O’Connor recounted composing one of the songs they played during the evening in Kirkland and Quincy Houses. Other songs included bluegrass renditions of “Fair Harvard” and “10,000 Men of Harvard.”Highlighting the importance of Harvard in her successful pursuit of her passion for bluegrass, Brown recounted her career transition from investment banking to professional banjo player.“I kind of feel like living proof that you can do anything with a Harvard degree,” she remarked. “After I left Harvard, I went and earned an M.B.A. and got a job as an investment banker. I spent several years refunding tax-exempt bond issues. I found myself coming into the office sneaking in my copy of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine in my briefcase. And I’d hide it inside the Bond Buyer so it looked like I was reading about interest rates.”But she was really reading about bluegrass music and dreaming of playing it in the South, a dream that came true when she “got up the courage” to move to Nashville to play banjo.A Harvard connection also was key to the foundation 20 years ago of her record label.“One of the things I have used my College degree for, and my M.B.A. for, was the creation of Compass Records, which is an independent music label specializing in folk music and bluegrass music and Celtic music,” Brown said. “And I started that company … on the heels of a very fortuitous meeting at the Harvard Club of Nashville, where I sat next to somebody who had been a graduate of HBS [Harvard Business School] who said, ‘If you ever want to start a music–related business venture, give me a call.’ ”The Texas celebration continued Saturday, with a series of interactive faculty sessions on subjects including energy, the arts, urban planning, and online learning, featuring faculty members such as Daniel G. Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, and Diane Paulus, the Tony Award–winning artistic director of the American Repertory Theater and professor of the practice of theatre.last_img read more

14 simple productivity resolutions for 2015

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Make 2015 your most productive year yet by doing more of the one thing that matters: focusing.Maximizing productivity is a goal often discussed but rarely reached. As a result, though entrepreneurs actively strive to make the most of their time–reading books, exploring productivity hacks, testing project management tools–too often they feel they’ve fallen short. Meanwhile, the to-do list gets longer.But a new year is a great time to start fresh. We asked a panel of successful startup founders from YEC what simple, low- or no-cost resolutions they were going to make for 2015 to keep themselves on track and free of distractions. Their best answers are below.1. Plan out each day.I once heard the quote “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail” and it really resonated with me. I find my productivity soars if, each night, I take 10 minutes to write a list of five accomplishments I aim to make the following day. In 2015, I resolve to do this every working day. —Justin Bailie, FR8nex.com2. Keep meetings to 15 minutes, max.This is something I’ve sent out companywide: Meetings shouldn’t be longer than 15 minutes. We tried standing last year for the whole meeting, and that worked well, but being even more productive during meetings couldn’t hurt! continue reading »last_img read more

Anies wins legal battle against Jakarta islet developer

first_imgTopics : Jakarta Legal Bureau head Yayan Yuhanah said there were other legal avenues for PT Taman Harapan Indah to challenge the verdict.Read also: Reclamation or not: City struggles to win lawsuits“The plaintiff can file a case review [with the Supreme Court],” Yayan said, “However, I am not yet sure if they will do it.”Anies lauded the Supreme Court’s ruling and expressed his wish to win the other legal battles against reclamation efforts in Jakarta Bay.“The ruling is in line with our regulation. The other legal proceedings [over other reclaimed islets] are still ongoing. Hopefully, we can win those cases too,” he told journalists on Tuesday.The city’s decision to revoke the permits of the developers in charge of the 13 reclaimed islets in 2018 followed an investigation by the Jakarta North Coast Reclamation Management Coordinating Body that found that the projects had failed to follow necessary procedures, including in the submission of design and Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal) reports. The other islets with revoked permits are islets A, B and E, developed by PT Kapuk Naga Indah; islets I, J and K, developed by city-owned PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol; islet M, developed by PT Manggala Krida Yudha; islets O and F, developed by PT Jakarta Propertindo; islets P and Q, developed by KEK Marunda Jakarta; and islet I, developed by PT Jaladri Kartika Pakci.Anies did not revoke the permits of the three developers overseeing the reclamation of islets C, D, G and N, arguing that the four islets had already been built on. PT Manggala Krida Yuda challenged the city’s decision in the PTUN, but the court rejected the lawsuit.The PTUN also ruled in favor of PT Agung Dinamika Perkasa and PT Jaladri Kartika Pakci after they brought complaints forward. The Jakarta administration has filed appeals against the decisions, and the legal proceedings are currently ongoing. (ami) The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Jakarta administration in its appeal of a lower court’s decision to uphold developer PT Taman Harapan Indah’s permit to reclaim and build on man-made Islet H in Jakarta bay.The dispute was one of a few that centered on the city’s revocation of developers’ permits to reclaim and build on 13 islets, including Islet H, through a gubernatorial decree issued by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in September 2018.PT Taman Harapan Indah challenged the decree in the Jakarta Administrative Court (PTUN). In July of last year, the court ruled in favor of the company, a subsidiary of property developer PT Intiland Development.center_img The city administration subsequently filed an appeal with the Jakarta Administrative High Court (PTTUN). In December 2019, the court ordered Anies to revoke the gubernatorial decree but stopped short of ordering the governor to extend the company’s permit to build Islet H.Both PT Taman Harapan Indah and the Jakarta administration then filed appeals with the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict.The Supreme Court’s ruling, posted on its official website mahkamahagung.go.id on Tuesday, said it “rejected the appeal” from PT Taman Harapan Indah and had ruled in favor of Anies.The court overruled the PTUN and PTTUN and reestablished the gubernatorial decree that revoked the reclamation permits.last_img read more

Dennerby: Falcons Not Going to Make up the Numbers in France

first_imgAfter the Nigerian senior women’s team defeated South Africa in penalty shoot out to win the 2018 AWCON and grabbed a ticket as one of the few countries that have never missed the World Cup since inception in China in 1991, Dennerby is upbeat about his team.“We should have the mission to come here (France) and make an impact at the World Cup. Nigeria is ripe for that, but adequate preparation will be key,” observed the coach who was among the country’s delegation that inspected facilities where Falcons would abode during the group stage clashes next year.They also inspected the 21,000-capacity Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims.To achieve the aim of progressing beyond the group stage, Dennerby insisted Falcons must win the opening game against Norway.“Our objective would be to get three points off Norway. We would then go hard against Korea Republic and then take our chances against France. For me, coming to the World Cup next summer should not be about Nigeria just making up the number.“In the early editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Norway used to have outstanding teams. I am not saying they no longer have a strong team. But I believe that if we are able to use our power and pace to maximum effect, and we improve our marksmanship, we can get a good result against them.“Certainly, we would need a fitness coach to put the Super Falcons in great shape so that we can have that power and great pace to work for us. We would also need to play friendly matches and invitational tournaments to try various formations and combinations.”The inspection of the Stade Auguste Delaune was done alongside the delegations of Norway, United States of America and Thailand, who would also make use of the venue for matches during next summer’s World Cup.The stadium was opened as Stade Municipal in 1934, but brought down entirely and rebuilt in 2008. It is named after a former Sports Minister of France who died in a concentration camp during World War II.Nigeria and Norway go at each other’s jugular in the second match of Group A on 8th June 2019, a day after hosts France and Korea Republic would have opened the tournament at the Parc des Princes in Paris.Incidentally, Norway’s coach, youthful Martin Sjogren, is also Swedish and is a friend of Dennerby.The delegation, which included NFF Director of Communications Ademola Olajire and Team Administrator, Mary Oboduku, also inspected the Mercure Hotel Reims where the Super Falcons will stay, as well as the training pitch.After playing Norway on 8th June, the Super Falcons will move to Grenoble to play Korea Republic on 12th June before heading to Rennes to take on France on 17th June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUPDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Falcons Swedish Coach, Thomas Dennerby, has warned other qualified countries for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that the African champions are not just going to France to make up the numbers but to make an impact in global women’s soccer. Thomas Dennerbylast_img read more

Man reportedly sets home on fire to kill his daughter after an argument

first_imgOfficials in Minnesota are reporting that they have arrested a 46-year-old man who reportedly set his mobile home on fire to kill his 22-year-old daughter after an argument.The incident occurred Tuesday in Paynesville.Authorities say they received a call from the victim, Jamey Newport stating that her father was going to set their home on fire. During the phone call, authorities reported that Newport than began screaming and coughing claiming that her father had set the home on fire and that she was trapped inside.A responding officer found black smoke coming out of the mobile home and could hear Newport screaming inside. The officer attempted to get inside the home from there rear where he heard the victim screaming, however, he was unsuccessful before the home was engulfed in flames.The officer then went back to the front of the home, where he found the victim’s father John Newport yelling at the victim through a broken window.He then attempted to get back into the home through a door and then through a broken window but eventually retreated.  He was eventually restrained by the officer and taken to a hospital to for treatment on his injuries.Firefighters arrived to the scene and immediately put out the fire and pulled the victim from the home.She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.According to the report, the two argued about Jamey’s plans to move out of the home and that John posted on Facebook Friday that he planned to burn down his house.John has since been taken Stearns County Jail and charged with  second-degree murder.  He remains behind bars on a $2 million bond.last_img read more

Tammie Rutledge joins Genworth Life Insurance Company

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Tammie Rutledge, FLMITammie L. Rutledge has been appointed as an independent long term care insurance agent in Washington, producer with Genworth Life Insurance Company. Tammie Rutledge specializes in long term care planning information and guidance. She has been in this business for many years and looks forward to working with clients and prospects in the State of Washington.She is known for her expertise and straightforward approach to helping people understand potential solutions for their long term care needs. She helps people assess their long term care requirements and build long term care insurance plans to help protect their financial futures.Genworth Life Insurance Company helped pioneer the development of long term care insurance and is a leader in terms of individual long term care insurance policies in force. Genworth’s comprehensive long term care insurance products help people protect their retirement savings and preserve their financial independence.Genworth Life Insurance Company, Administrative Office: Richmond, VAlast_img read more