Faculty Council meeting held Dec. 1

first_imgAt its 7th meeting of the year on Dec. 1, the Faculty Council approved the Harvard Summer School Courses for Instruction for 2011. They also heard a review of the A.M. program in music with a specialty in performance practice, a proposal to change the name of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, and a report on the findings of the Library Implementation Work Group.The Council next meets on Jan. 26.  The preliminary deadline for the regular meeting of the faculty on Feb. 1 is Jan. 17.last_img

Voting 101: A primer

first_img With both sides wary of tampering, a government professor tries to game the game on what tactics could follow a close result Of course, none of this matters if students don’t vote. That’s why Friday is focused on what Ballen calls, “Creating a culture and a community of voting.” That can range from making calendar notations of when your ballot should arrive and when it must be mailed off, or blocking out two hours to be sure of adequate time to vote in person. (Voting itself takes only minutes; lines can vary.) It also means reaching out to family and making sure they have their plans in place. “Or texting three friends and holding them accountable to their voting plan,” said Ballen, who plans to vote by mail in Virginia.“We’re encouraging the whole community to make a plan,” said Gearan. His is to be in line at his local polling place early on the morning of Election Day. “How are you going to vote? What are the options available for early voting? For voting by mail or on Election Day? We want people to think through those deadlines and the calendar.”Summed up Ballen: “We don’t want a single barrier to get in the way of casting a ballot.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. COVID procedural complications, crises of voter confidence promise a rocky ride Related Faculty consider the massive logistical, political challenges facing states in November center_img Challenges mount for election officials A big election amid pandemic in a riven land How to change an election Most Americans already know for whom they will cast their ballot for president, and there is little that can happen to change their minds. But more than the presidency must be decided by Nov. 3. From choosing how to vote during the pandemic to understanding the ballot initiatives to familiarizing yourself with candidates for the many lesser races, there is plenty of work to be done in October.To help with that, Voter Education Week kicks off on Monday. Part of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a University-wide nonpartisan effort organized by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the five-day event breaks down the process into a different focus daily: on the history and importance of voting, the mechanics of casting a ballot by mail or in person, making a plan to vote, and getting to the bottom of the initiatives.Voting is a University priority from the top down. Speaking at the First-Year Convocation in September, President Larry Bacow said, “If you are eligible to vote, we expect you to register, to inform yourself of the candidates and the issues, and to cast a ballot.”The campus is well on its way. “What’s exciting is our polling at the Institute of Politics demonstrates that more and more young Americans are engaged in politics,” said Mark Gearan, its director. The numbers back this up: In the 2018 midterm elections, the voter participation rate among the eligible citizen student population more than doubled to 48.6 percent from just 23.6 percent in 2014 — surpassing the national average of 40.3 percent.There’s still a gap, however. Although 48.6 percent of eligible students voted, 75 percent were registered to vote. “The idea of this initiative is to bridge this gap, from registering to vote to actually casting a ballot,” explained Gearan. “Given the pandemic, it is a complicated process.”Harvard’s Voter Education Week — part of the National Voter Education Week project — will begin Monday with the theme #VoteReady. The goal is to help eligible voters register or check their registration status. Tuesday is #MailReady, requesting and understanding each state’s requirements for mail-in voting. Wednesday, #VotePlanReady will focus on in-person voting, which has grown more complicated as the pandemic has closed some voting places and placed restrictions on others. Thursday, #BallotReady connects voters with information and resources about issues on the ballot, many of which are state- or locale-specific. Closing out the week, Friday is #WeReady2020, empowering voters to make a plan to vote or volunteer and also engage and activate friends and family to cast ballots.,“Every single day you can count on content through our various channels, a mix of videos and stories. We want to juxtapose faculty, national leaders, and students,” said Kevin Ballen ’21, co-chair of Harvard Votes Challenge. On Tuesday, for example, CNN commentator and IOP fellow Alice Stewart will lead a study group on voting. Thursday, the IOP will host a JFK Jr. Forum, “What’s on Your Ballot?,” covering issues including voter rights restoration and ranked-choice voting. (Complete programming may be found at the Harvard Votes Challenge site.)Because more than 15 million Americans have reached voting age since the last presidential election, many of the week’s activities are geared to first-timers. But Ballen says even experienced voters may be grappling with new issues: Where do you mail your ballot? What’s a notary?Understanding the many options on the ballot is also a priority. “When you’re voting for the president, you’re voting for potentially 20 positions, everything down to the school board,” said Ballen, who worked with the national initiative this summer. In addition to explaining the importance — and potential impact on daily student life — of some of those down-ballot races, the initiative will connect with state-specific affinity groups and speakers who can address issues that voters across the country will be deciding. “We’ll dive into some of those ballot initiatives on a state-by-state basis.”last_img read more

‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’

first_imgIt’s been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrubs.” I am referring to ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight,’ a selection of the native Walter’s viburnum. At the gardens we have viburnums from China, India and Japan, but this small, compact native is one that has to be the ideal bones and structure plant of any garden.Botanically speaking, this little workhorse is Viburnum obovatum. It is native in four Southeast states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Though it is native to the South, it is cold hardy through zone 6. In the wild, the species may look like a tall shrub or small tree, reaching 12 to 15 feet in height. But ‘Mrs. Schillers Delight,’ introduced by nurseryman Steve Reifler in Florida, made a huge impact not only on the landscape trade, but on the nursery industry as well.‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ reaches about 3 feet tall and is slightly wider. Ours are covered with white flowers that cause everyone to jump out of the car with the camera blazing. Every week I hear from my son who bemoans issues with boxwoods and, like the V8 beverage commercial I think, “Wow, you could have had a ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight.’” The same goes for me, because while we have lost dozens of dwarf yaupon hollies in our formal garden due to various water issues, we have only lost ‘Mrs. Schillers Delight’ viburnums to reckless drivers.In Savannah, Georgia, ours are pretty much evergreen, but in colder areas, they tend to be semievergreen to deciduous. We grow ours in the sweltering hot sun, adjacent to the parking lot and our visitor and education center, but they are very tolerant of shadier locations in the landscape. The white flowers will give way to fruit that ages from red to purple to black and is devoured by birds.As you might guess by the native region, they do prefer acidic soils, much like the azalea. Though they are found in the wild in moist, almost bog-like conditions, they will thrive in fertile soil and become quite drought tolerant once established. Though I have facetiously touted them as the parking lot plant, they certainly have a lot of landscape potential. We’ve clustered them around the taller, conical-shaped oak-leaf hollies and at the base of palms. We are using them in partnership with podocarpus or Japanese yew and surround them with seasonal color. The ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ viburnum is a very versatile plant and, while the birds may love the fruit, you may want to celebrate the fact that the plant itself is not normally on the local deer menu.Spring planting season is arriving early in much of the country, and when it shows up in your area, consider using this little, native selection as a foundation plant for your home. You will find it easy to grow, requiring practically no maintenance, and you’ll be rewarded with a blanket of welcoming, white flowers next year. Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more

Forbes.com ranks NBT Bancorp as 11th best in the nation

first_imgNBT Bank,In a December 20, 2010, article titled ‘America’s Best And Worst Banks,’ Forbes.com ranked NBT Bancorp as the eleventh-best bank in the nation. NBT Bancorp was one of only three institutions from the Northeast to make the top 12.Forbes ranked the 100 largest banks, thrifts and holding companies on data provided by Charlottesville, Va.-based SNL Financial. Eight measures of financial health were used to gauge asset quality, capital adequacy and profitability. Those measures included: return on average equity; net interest margin; nonperforming loans (NPLs) as a percentage of loans; nonperforming assets as percentage of assets; reserves as a percentage of NPLs; two capital ratios (Tier 1 and risk-based); and leverage ratio. Forbes ranked the financial institutions on each measure and averaged the individual rankings to make its determination.NBT Bancorp President and Chief Executive Officer Martin Dietrich said, ‘This recognition helps validate our efforts to be a high-performing financial company built on a progressive, conservative banking strategy. We will continue to view the challenges facing the banking industry as opportunities to improve our customer service and deliver long-term value to our shareholders.’Forbes is one of the world’s leading providers of business information. Its magazines and other media reach more than 50 million businesspeople around the globe.NBT Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, NY, with total assets of $5.3 billion at December 31, 2010. The company primarily operates through NBT Bank, N.A., a full-service community bank with two divisions, and through two financial services companies. NBT Bank, N.A. has 124 locations, including 85 NBT Bank offices in upstate New York, two NBT Bank offices in northwestern Vermont and 37 Pennstar Bank offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. EPIC Advisors, Inc., based in Rochester, NY, is a full-service 401(k) plan recordkeeping firm. Mang Insurance Agency, LLC, based in Norwich, NY, is a full-service insurance agency.More information about NBT and its divisions can be found on the Internet at: www.nbtbancorp.com(link is external), www.nbtbank.com(link is external), www.pennstarbank.com(link is external), www.epic1st.com(link is external) and www.manginsurance.com(link is external).Source: NBT. NORWICH, N.Y. (FEBRUARY 18, 2011) ‘ # # #last_img read more

Strengthen your position with chocolate bars

first_imgby: Megan MirandaIf you know anybody at Third Degree, you know we love chocolate. So it’s not surprising that we recently had a discussion that used different brands of chocolate as an illustration of brand positioning. (Can we still call it an illustration if we actually ate the chocolate…?) Anyway, there’s a wide variety of chocolate available on the market. And while it’s all pretty much the same set of basic ingredients, there are significant differences in price between, say, a Hershey’s bar and a Godiva chocolate bar. Sure, there may be some gradations of quality and flavor across the gamut of chocolate brands but probably not enough to support the exponential difference in price between brands. So what’s going on? The answer is positioning.Uneven pricing between brands that deliver essentially the same product isn’t unusual. In fact, it’s as easy to spot in the fashion and hospitality industries as it is in the consumer packaged goods industry. Think Burberry versus Banana Republic. The Ritz Carlton versus the Holiday Inn Express. Tiffany’s or Cartier versus Jared. The basic product or service (clothing, a place to stay for the night, jewelry) falls within the same category, but the price points, positioning, and experience are all significantly different. Each of these brands is successful in its own right, because they understand what audience they serve and they align their marketing strategy accordingly.Understand your audience. Here are two ways you can better understand your audience: segmentation and contextual analysis. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Senate Banking Dems float alternative to Shelby relief bill

first_imgA draft regulatory relief bill released Tuesday by Senate Banking Committee Democrats contains some provisions but excludes others – such as the call for public NCUA budget hearings – found in the draft bill from committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., slated for mark-up Thursday.Shelby’s draft bill, released May 12, contains NAFCU-backed initiatives such as a requirement for public NCUA budget hearings, indexing of Dodd-Frank arbitrary asset thresholds, statutory relief from annual privacy notice requirements and granting of safe harbor qualified-mortgage status for certain loans held in portfolio.Additionally, it would require NCUA to study the impact of RBC2 on mortgage servicing assets, require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to withdraw its proposed rule revising Federal Home Loan Bank membership requirements while GAO studies the issue, and grant credit unions parity with community banks in the definition of community financial institution under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act.The package proposed Tuesday by panel Democrats includes some QM and privacy notice relief, but it does not include the rest of the above-noted measures. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Country singer with local roots releases first single

first_imgThat’s what Tezza, or Tessa Victoria as you may know her, says makes her music unique. While her sound is country, she says her New York roots can be heard in her music. Not many country singers, however, can say they’re from Broome County. She tells 12 News she already has show bookings in the works for the near future. (WBNG) — When you think country music, you might think Nashville. That’s where singer Tezza lives and released her first single ‘Around the Truth.’ Tezza’s next single will be released in March. Now, as she releases her music on Spotify for the world to hear. “My song ‘Around the Truth’ I think what it’s really about is I’m from this area, I live in Nashville now, which is a big city, and I’ve lived in New York City and I’ve lived in Boston,” says Tezza. 12 News has been following the rising country music singer’s journey from when she opened for Hunter Hayes at Spiedie Fest to opening for Granger Smith at Touch of Texas. “But growing up in a small town you end up dating people and being in a small town you end up not dating those people and you end up running into them,” she says.last_img read more

Brindisi continues push to keep Bainbridge VA in place

first_img“The most important thing is that the veterans who use that clinic are going to be able to utilize it in the coming year so that we don’t have to see them be forced to travel to other parts to get the healthcare they need,” he said. Last year, a spokesperson for the Bainbridge Community Based Outpatient Clinic said it will move, but Brindisi is adamant on keeping the clinic in it’s Chenango County location. (WBNG) – Representative Anthony Brindisi is continuing his push to keep the veterans clinic in the Southern Tier. Brindisi told 12 News he has pushed for language in legislation to help keep the clinic in place for this year, but that a long-term investment into the clinic is the best way to make sure local veterans are taken care of. He said the clinic offers healthcare services and resources to veterans close by, whereas if the clinic was moved, it would force veterans to go further away to keep the care and treatment they need.last_img read more

Korean Air cancels flights all over the world, not just to Zagreb

first_imgYou can see more information here Source: Korean Air Although there is an unnecessary panic over the headlines that flights to Croatia, more precisely to Zagreb, are being canceled due to the coronavirus, the fact is that Korean Air, a South Korean airline, is canceling flights to hundreds of destinations on all continents, not just Croatia. Thus, flights to Milan, Barcelona, ​​Vienna, Madrid… and thus to Zagreb have been canceled, while for many other destinations reduced flight intensity with certain restrictions. center_img In September last year, they welcomed for the first time the first flight of the South Korean airline Korean Air to Croatia, which connected Zagreb and Seoul three times a week during the summer flight schedule, while it connected Seoul, Zagreb and Zurich in the winter flight schedule. Flights between Seoul and Zagreb were supposed to start again this year from March 31, but they are currently canceled, ie extended until April 23, 2020.last_img read more

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