Making art, making community

first_imgThe title of a new, student-led public art installation, created in response to the results of the Association of American Universities-led sexual conduct survey distributed to every degree-seeking student at Harvard last spring, asks: “Where Do We Go From Here?”It’s a question co-creators Delfina Martinez-Pandiani and Devon Guinn were asking in the months following the September release of survey data from Harvard and other participating universities. Both undergraduates believe the critical word in the question is “we.”“In a small degree the sense of community got stronger from this,” said Martinez-Pandiani, a junior concentrating in human evolutionary biology with a secondary study of women and gender studies. “The process has been what it’s been about, but it’s the end product — when the installation goes into the residential Houses and then on public display in Tercentenary Theatre — that will be really exciting. It’s not going to be complete until the community engages with it.”“Where Do We Go From Here?”— a structure of 14 three-sided columns made of Plexiglas and aluminum — went into all 12 of the College’s undergraduate Houses, the graduate students’ Dudley House, and Ticknor Lounge in Boylston Hall, where it can be viewed by freshmen.Students are encouraged to engage with the art on a personal level, writing thoughts on the Plexiglas with the markers provided or dropping sealed, private notes into a slot on one of the sides. Attached to each column are excerpts of the Westat report and the community messages from Harvard President Drew Faust and Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, as well as mirrored stickers that enhance the idea of reflection. Yellow highlighter draws the eye to statistics and quotes from the report, such as Khurana’s “This is a problem that no one group or tactic can sufficiently address; it will require all our collective efforts.” Orange marker focuses repeatedly on the word “community.”“The emotional weight of the subject is enormous. This is a terrible issue and it’s happening here and on campuses across the country. The students feel a responsibility to their peers — to create something that is artistically worthy, but also deeply sensitive to all that is in play here. They see their work as part of a process that the community must undertake to exchange ideas, to process, and to ask what each of us must do to make change,” said Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts.He described Guinn and Martinez-Pandiani as “gems,” students whose compassion and wisdom created art that “contributes to the healing process.”Guinn, a junior concentrating in visual and environmental studies, said he didn’t want “Where Do We Go From Here?” to seem like “a mandate.”“A big theme of this project is to provide a surface for community, particularly student voices. The town halls [organized by Harvard organizations] have done that, but we wanted to provide a surface for reflection and comments. This makes the voices of the things students write the focus,” he said.Impetus for the project, which was created with the help of a larger group of students, came out of an Office for the Arts meeting held in response to the survey. Martinez-Pandiani described her gut reaction to hearing in that meeting that “[among] bystanders, a total of 79.8 percent indicated that they did nothing.”“The fact that almost four-fifths of the respondents were present in a situation where help might have been needed was angering,” she said. “In these meetings we started talking about the interconnectedness.”While in the Houses, the 6-foot structures will be monitored daily for potential defacement. Guinn and Martinez-Pandiani will seek advice from the Office for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, the Title IX Office, and the Office of BGLTQ Student Life to discuss next steps should any hurtful messages appear on the installation.“We (as students) are trying to do this project as best we can, but we’re not trying to pretend to be experts. If we don’t know if we should take something off, we will. We don’t want this art installation to become divisive,” said Guinn.The project was as ambitious physically as it was emotionally, so the students teamed up with Ross Miller ’77, an artist based in Allston. Miller served as technical adviser, helping give the concept a physical form. “I have a big space with lots of materials. We made little models, and a very rough mock up of a 3-D object that could have surfaces to write on. Early versions had exposed bolts and rough edges, but what became clear is that the report and clear spaces were more important,” Miller said. “It’s a clean, elegant minimalist form, but it’s about the content, not the form.”The structure will spend two weeks in the Houses, then be brought into Tercentenary Theatre April 25 for Arts FIRST, the annual spring festival that runs through May 1. After Arts FIRST, “Where Do We Go From Here?” will come down and private notes inside the structures will be destroyed to protect students’ and community members’ privacy.last_img read more

Healthy Homes

first_imgAs messages about COVID-19 come in from all angles, consumers need clear, direct information on how to keep themselves and their families safe from potential infection. To assist in providing this information, and to address concerns, University of Georgia scientists Laurel L. Dunn and Govind Dev  Kumar, assistant professors in the department of food science and technology at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have answered some common questions individuals may have.Is COVID-19 likely to be transferred from food, including fresh produce, or water?As of now, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transferred by food. Food manufacturers and produce growers, especially for commodities for which skin-to-produce contact occurs during harvest, should continue to follow the same practices they already use to reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens as they will also be effective against COVID-19. This includes sending sick workers home, frequent hand washing and glove use, and wearing clean clothing and appropriate personal protective equipment to work.Which sanitizers can be used against COVID-19?Several sanitizers are effective against the virus. If a product’s label says it is effective against coronaviruses or noroviruses (which are generally more difficult viruses to inactivate), it should be effective against COVID-19. See the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved disinfectants to be used against COVID-19 at Always follow the EPA label for instructions concerning contact time, concentration and appropriate surfaces for use.Bleach (sodium hypochlorite, Clorox), 70% isopropyl alcohol, povidone iodine and Lysol are all active against coronavirus on nonporous surfaces.Bleach may be mixed at a rate of 1 tablespoon per gallon of water to sanitize food contact surfaces (contact time of at least one minute), and 3/4 cup to 1 gallon of water to disinfect floors and other surfaces (contact time of 10 minutes). Keep in mind this product will stain some materials.Studies with povidone iodine (4% and 7.5%) in a skin cleanser and surgical scrub inactivated similar members of the coronavirus family (SARS-coV and MERS-coV) within 15 seconds. An optimal exposure time of two minutes was suggested.Literature reviews of studies using similar but less infectious coronaviruses such as the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS coV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) have indicated that the use of 70% ethanol was effective against the viruses after a fairly short duration of exposure, up to four minutes.Washing clothing and bedding with detergent in hot water (approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit) is the most effective way to inactivate the virus on these surfaces as sanitizers are not effective on fabrics. Use gloves and extreme caution when handling clothing or bedding used by COVID-positive or suspected positive individuals.Products that are not EPA labeled may not be effective against viruses and may be hazardous to humans and animals. Many individuals are resorting to homemade sanitizers, including products containing essential oils. Essential oils are skin, mucous membrane and eye irritants, and many are toxic to pets. Extreme caution should be used when applying these, either directly on surfaces or via aerosolization, around people or animals as serious reactions do occur.How do I properly sanitize against COVID-19?Sanitizing is a multistep process. First, surfaces with visible soil should be wiped clean, either with a clean, damp cloth, paper towel or wipe. Soap may be applied for surfaces with significant soil, then wiped or rinsed off. Once a surface dries, a sanitizer may be applied and should be allowed to air dry. Sanitizers require five to 10 minutes of contact time to inactivate microorganisms, so immediately wiping the surface will not allow sufficient time for viruses to be destroyed. Wipes, including Clorox Wipes, are useful for cleaning, but as the surface treated does not remain wet for more than few seconds, are not likely very useful as sanitizers. If spraying surfaces with sanitizer, be considerate and warn other individuals in the shared space as to why surfaces may be wet.Can I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?Hand sanitizer is not effective on its own against bacteria and viruses on the skin. When applied to unwashed hands, the sanitizer is absorbed by dirt and dead skin cells and is unable to contact microorganisms on the skin surface. Washing hands for 20 seconds under soap and water is the most effective way to remove bacteria and viruses from hands. If desired, hand sanitizer may be applied after hands are dried to further reduce pathogens on hands. Hand sanitizer may also be used frequently between regular handwashing activities, or when there is no access to adequate handwashing facilities.Am I likely to get COVID-19 from packages that are shipped to my home?A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found that the virus does not appear to remain longer than 24 hours on cardboard, but can survive up to three days on stainless steel or plastic. However, large quantities of the virus were used in these studies, and the quantity of the pathogen present on surfaces did diminish over time. For this reason, it appears that the likelihood of virus transmission from packages is low. However, as transmission of the virus from contaminated objects has been documented, individuals may consider sanitizing all items that are delivered or brought into the home and wash hands after handling boxes or shipments they receive.What is the best way to protect myself from COVID-19?Avoiding people and areas accessible to the general public is the best way to reduce the likelihood of infection. Transmission occurs predominantly via aerosolization, such as when a sick individual coughs and spreads droplets into the air or onto surfaces that will be touched by other individuals. At this point in time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that immunocompromised or elderly individuals — and probably also people who care for these individuals — should reconsider activities that put them in close contact with groups of people, including air travel, dining out, sporting events and most social gatherings. All people should take precautions to limit close contact with each other, including handshakes and hugs, and should consider reducing the amount of time they spend outside the home. All activities that include large groups of people gathering should be reconsidered as this disease appears to be transmissible before an individual begins to show signs of illness. Frequent hand washing is critical before and after spending time in public, and frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer should never replace handwashing, but may be used to increase the effectiveness of handwashing.This situation will continue to change rapidly, so continue to follow CDC, FDA and Georgia Department of Public Health updates.As cases are continuing to increase, individuals with medical concerns or in high-risk demographics should consider having sufficient supplies on hand to last several weeks, should consider identifying an individual who can assist with shopping/errand running in the coming weeks and should begin reducing the amount of time spent outside the home.Individuals not in high-risk demographics should be aware that they can transmit the disease even when they are still feeling healthy, and should take special precautions to protect the health of susceptible individuals, including limiting face-to-face contact, increasing social distancing and increasing handwashing.Sick individuals and individuals who suspect they have been exposed should stay home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days. This virus has a long incubation period and again, illness may be spread before an individual begins to experience symptoms.last_img read more

The Lolly Gaggers Guide to Triathlon Training

first_imgLauren & Gracie Dog, not being athleticGracie and Lauren being sleepy and not athleticRunners World says if you are fit you can train for a triathlon in 6 weeks. No really, read the article.There is a website for beginner triathletes that provides free coaching and online training logs.Another website has a very handy 93 page training schedule for folks wanting to complete their first sprint triathlon.I have read all the articles, browsed books that were left on my bed side table by the triathlon fairy, and even fleetingly considered a training log. But there is one little problem. None, and I mean not one single resource accounts for the fact that I am a wuss and sometimes don’t want to bike, swim or run in a given day.I am a soft core athlete. Often my motivation to exercise is the extra snacks I will get to have later. Yes, I feel better when I am done. Yes, I like being fit. Yes, I know it is good for me… but so is sitting in a hammock and reading a good book. Are you with me?So when I decided to “train” for my first triathlon (the Patriot Triathlon in Williamsburg Virginia Sept 11 – 12, 2010), I knew it would be on my terms. And what are those terms? I am not totally sure.I can run a 5k.I can swim for a long time.I can tolerate a 16-20 mile bike although there will be some complaining on the way.Oh, more importantly, I am stubborn, and sometimes lazy and am frankly shocked that no one in my shoes has apparently ever tried one of these races.When I googled “lolly gagger triathlon” all I got were blogs by actual jocks who were commenting on how they were not lolly gaggers.There is nothing out there for someone like me. So, I will chart my own course as the say.Training schedule: Do stuff, as much as a I feel like it for as long as I can.Nutrition: I am mostly vegan so I think I will be ok.Cross Training: Yes. Yoga and dog walking count, right?Race day goals: Not to walk or drown.If you too want to be a lolly gagger and train for a sprint triathlon, good luck. My only advice is have fun. If you want to keep up with my lack of training, or general athletic laziness, you can follow my tri-blog. If you are a real athlete, I totally encourage you to read. I will make you feel much better about your purposeful training and skills.last_img read more

Small biz reg reform bill passes House

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nicholas BallasyA regulatory reform bill backed by CUNA and NAFCU passed out of the House  Thursday in a 260-163 vote.The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 527) would expand the number of rules covered by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which requires federal agencies to review the economic impact of their regulations on small businesses.“Strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act will help to ensure that small entities have more information about how regulations will impact them and a greater opportunity to meaningfully participate in the rulemaking process,” Carrie Hunt, NAFCU SVP of government affairs and general counsel, said. continue reading »last_img read more

Credit unions: Stop contacting, start connecting!

first_img 94SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Details Too often I hear sales, service and marketing people state they wish they had more time and better ways to contact members, customers or clients. Well guess what? Contact is not enough and frankly, it’s not likely what any audience really needs or wants.If you are like me, you live in a fast-paced, multi-tasking world with a variety of demands that must be answered daily. Face it; you’re a little stressed out. By now, it would have been great if new technology made our lives a little easier. But has that been the case? Now that we’re all wired and on-demand, it just seems like we are getting busier and busier. Well perhaps, your members feel exactly the same way. And the last thing they want from you is more “contact.”“Contact” may be what we are all trying to escape. Seriously, do you want a salesperson to “contact” you? I think not. Like any of us, members have very specific needs, concerns and points of pain. I’d go as far to say that in the majority of cases, you likely have little idea as to what they are. That my friends, is a problem. I’d like to suggest that we stop “contacting” and start “connecting.” Connecting seems more meaningful, personal and perhaps emotional. For me, when I hear that someone wants to contact me, it implies that they want to do the talking. When they want to connect with me, it implies they want to do some serious listening. You can’t access member need without listening.In the commoditized world of retail banking, customer engagement has become a key differentiator. I love the word “connect” because it implies that there’s a connection occurring and it’s more meaningful and perhaps more emotional. Emotional connections often determine the strength and length of the member relationship and they drive passion, loyalty and advocacy. According to studies by Zappos, connecting with consumers on an emotional level is critical, because if you do, they will be 300% more likely to recommend you. You do want more growth, right?I believe that members require relevant engagement at appropriate times or moments. At Geezeo we often speak of “life infused financial experiences”, built around significant financial milestones, like getting married, having a child and buying a home. Yes, these are logical, important opportunities for credit unions to leverage via engagement and connection. But there are plenty of other ways to connect and many countless channels to leverage. Come to think of it, every transaction is an opportunity to genuinely connect, be it digital or face-to-face.  Let’s connect with members when they need us the most, on their terms.Stop contacting. Start connecting. Just keep in mind that the quality of your member engagements is much more important than the frequency.last_img read more

5 ways to simplify cybersecurity compliance for your CU with a centralized document management system

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dania Buchanan Dania Buchanan is Head of SmartVault and has served in leadership roles since the company was founded in 2008. In her current role, Dania is responsible for the culture, vision … Web: Details This post is currently collecting data… The focus on cybersecurity by credit unions and regulatory bodies continues to grow in scope and complexity. Consider recent Economic & CU Monitor data that shows the percentage of National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) exams devoted to cybersecurity increased by nearly 10 percent between 2017 and 2018—a trend that continues in the current regulatory environment.The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) also continues to urge credit unions to make managing cybersecurity risks a priority, as it states on its website: “Cybersecurity is a systemic risk that affects all levels of business, government and ordinary people. It is such a high-risk area for credit unions that the NCUA placed cybersecurity as a top focus for exams. As the cybersecurity world continues to evolve, it’s important that your credit union is prepared for possible threats. Be proactive and shield your credit union from the ever-changing cybersecurity universe now.”Implementing a centralized, cloud-based document management system helps to ease cybersecurity compliance pressures. The urgent need to be proactive from evolving cybersecurity threats can feel overwhelming. However, implementing a centralized document management system can help ease this additional pressure on your credit union. Here are five ways that taking this action makes it easier to implement measures that will not only meet the scrutiny of examiners, but also protect your members and staff from potential cybersecurity threats, providing peace of mind across your entire credit union:Secure storage of sensitive information. If your credit union is still handling an excessive amount of paper documents, emailing sensitive data and storing documents on hard drives, you are opening up both your organization and your clients to being potential victims of a cybercrime. Cloud-based document management mitigates internal and external security risks by providing the backbone of every cybersecurity program: the technology to securely store all documents in the cloud, eliminating the risks and expense associated with storing them locally on credit union servers or desktop computers.Control of internal and external access to member data and operational information. Another key component of cybersecurity compliance is controlling access to sensitive information collected from members and third parties as well as those generated internally. A centralized, cloud-based document management system will allow you to set customized levels of access for each individual or entity needing access files to perform critical functions for the credit union. Different levels of access for staff, board members, examiners, accountants, lawyers, and investment firms, can be created, to tightly control access to information for the protection of your members and the credit union. Monitoring and tracking of changes to documents and files in real time to maintain information security and integrity. With the right centralized, cloud-based document management system, your credit union will eliminate cybersecurity risks related to individuals changing or thieving financial and other sensitive personal information. This capability allows you to audit access and maintain true file integrity even with multiple users accessing files simultaneously, providing transparency and control from a security perspective. Protection of member and credit union information while stored and in transit, through financial institution-level security. The use of a cloud-based document management system such as SmartVault gives your staff and members peace of mind when it comes to the security of highly sensitive data that is in the custody of your credit union. Using a system with FINRA-compliant encryption and other security features simplifies the management and exchange of this information while ensuring the highest levels of security.Provide eSignature capabilities to staff, members and third-party vendors. Another key area for compliance and cybersecurity is the ability to utilize and effectively manage e-signature capabilities. While this technology is certainly more convenient to get loan and other key documents signed remotely, it also increases the need for higher levels of security for these documents and the sensitive data they contain as the information is collected, stored, and utilized by your credit union. A document management platform with e-signature capabilities will also simplify and secure this process. As the complexity of cybersecurity compliance increases, so does the need for all credit unions to take action to address potential gaps in their preparedness for potential threats. Heading into a new year is the ideal time to review the technology you have in place to reduce risks associated with cyber threats as much as possible—starting with the backbone of your proactive protection program: a centralized, cloud-based document management platform.center_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

The green shoots of recovery

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Ministry asks KPK to supervise national economic recovery program

first_imgRead also: Government issues regulation on economic recovery program, focuses on SOEs, MSMEs“The minister explained the progress of each scheme, including the ones related to working capital assistance and state capital participation,” KPK spokesperson Ipi Maryati said in a statement on Wednesday.Erick asked the KPK to supervise every step of the program. He also asked for the antigraft body’s insight into formulating regulations and the program’s design and mechanism.Furthermore, Erick urged the KPK to evaluate the program immediately once it has started. The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry is urging the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to closely monitor the national economic recovery program, especially the distribution of funds for cooperatives as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).During a meeting on Wednesday, SOE Minister Erick Thohir updated the antigraft body’s commissioners on the program’s design and mechanism, which was still being formulated by the government.According to the latest draft, the government will carry out efforts to support the recovery of the virus-battered economy through capital injections and cash stimuli for certain banks, among other measures. The program will also regulate government investments, state guarantees and spending. Of the total Rp 318 trillion (US$21 billion) earmarked for the program, the government allocated almost half of it – Rp 152 trillion – for SOEs to use as working capital and accelerated compensation payments.Meanwhile, the government will support MSMEs with Rp 6 trillion worth of new loan guarantees, Rp 28 trillion in tax incentives and Rp 34 trillion in loan interest subsidies. Another, Rp 34 trillion has been allocated for corporate tax incentives.Read also: State banks to disburse $6.32b in loans to help businesses recover from COVID-19 hitThe antigraft body welcomed Erick’s request. “The KPK sees the minister’s request as an effort to strengthen coordination with relevant ministries in preventing corruption.”The meeting between Erick and the KPK took place days after the minister suggested that corrupt practices were still rampant in SOEs. Erick previously claimed he had identified at least 53 graft cases involving officials holding dual roles in SOEs as well as other institutions.Responding to Erick’s claim, KPK commissioner Nawawi Pomolango urged the minister to report them to the antigraft body to be investigated.Topics :last_img read more

RBA warns of dwelling risk if conditions deteriorate

first_imgConstruction and cranes have been a familiar sight over the inner city for the last three years. Picture: Richard WalkerTHE Reserve Bank has warned Australia risked an above average rise in dwellings being cancelled if market conditions deteriorate.The latest RBA board minutes, released Tuesday, expected to see a high level of dwelling investment over “the next year or so” but warned of “some risk” of above average cancellations.It said private dwelling investment had already “declined unexpectedly” in the September quarter, when “poor weather had disrupted construction”.“The large amount of work in the pipeline was expected to support dwelling investment at high levels over the next year or so, although there was some risk of more cancellations than usual if conditions in apartment markets deteriorated.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoRBA governor Philip Lowe arriving at a function in Sydney. Picture: James CroucherThe board, which is presided over by RBA governor Philip Lowe, has tread carefully in recent years in its attempts to prevent the housing boom from turning to bust. It found low interest rates and increased housing prices had driven a surge in dwelling investment nationally over the previous year, with Sydney and Melbourne pulling away from the rest of the market.RBA warned that increased supply and lower population growth had already depressed rents and apartment prices in Perth “and, increasingly, Brisbane”, while established housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne had picked up over the second half of 2016.The board noted “a small increase” in variable housing lending rates for investors but “little change in overall lending rates for owner-occupiers and in business lending rates”.The latest ASX RBA rate indicator was showing a 95 per cent market expectation of no change to the official 1.5 per cent cash rate at the next RBA board meeting on March 7.last_img read more

Charlotte’s Nursery School wins pillars of character poster competition

first_img 56 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimary Charlotte’s Nursery School wins pillars of character poster competition by: – March 26, 2012center_img Share Share Coordinator of Youth On A Mission For God, Mrs. Ellen Paul presenting the cheque to the students of the Charlotte’s Nursery School while the principal Mrs. Genda Bertand looks on.The Charlotte’s Nursery School in Newtown has emerged winner of the Youth On A Mission For God’s “Pillars of Character” poster competition.According to a press release issued by the Youth Group, the poster competition was organized with a view to promoting team building amongst teachers and students and to allow children to describe their understanding of the six pillars of characters through art. The six pillars are being promoted in schools to help build character and assist children in making sound decisions. These six pillars are; respect, responsibilities, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, citizenship. Youth on a Mission for God is a group of young people who engage in positive activities such as debates, concerts, evangelism, keeping the environment clean, panel discussions on the social ills affecting the youth, social and education skills. The group also hosts a weekly radio program on Voice of Life Radio on Saturday afternoons. Coordinator of Youth On A Mission For God Ellen Paul, presented the prize to the winning school on Monday 19th March, 2012. That prize money was the proceeds of last year’s “FOR HIS GLORY VARIETY CONTEST II”, a concert which the Group hosted in July 2011.The Group plans to visit the House of Hope at Delices on Saturday 31st March 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more