The lure of green

first_imgAs the annual job search for seniors and graduate students heats up, employers in green tech fields are leveraging alumni connections and flocking to Harvard to court students for jobs.“Green” employers are zeroing in on candidates who have the right mix of talent and flexibility to find success during difficult economic times.“The threat of budget cuts definitely looms large over our sector, as it does over many sectors, but we’re optimistic,” said Walter Frick, communications manager at New England Clean Energy Council.“It’s great to have a technical student who can also communicate to a lay audience,” said Frick. “That’s one of the big things that we think Harvard students are likely to be able to do.”Frick’s organization was among more than 30 that filled the Radcliffe Gym on Feb. 25 at the Office of Career Services’ (OCS) second annual Energy and Environment Expo, all of them eager to tap Harvard’s thinkers, communicators, and innovators for full-time positions or internships.The alumni connectionThe economy may be suffering, but success stories are not difficult to find. In fact, several of the company representatives at the expo were recent Harvard graduates who found their first jobs at last year’s event.Molly Bales ’10, for example, is now a business development associate for Waltham-based Harvest Power, a fast-growing company that recycles organic waste. As an undergraduate, Bales studied history and science; this year, she stood on the other side of the company table.At Harvard, “I had some science classes and some history, writing, and research skills,” she said. “It’s been really important for me to have the technical background to be able to understand our technology, but also have the people skills and the writing skills to do all the other pieces of the job.”Passion helps, too.“We’re a pretty small company of about 25 at the corporate level, and everybody’s very committed to what they’re doing,” she said. “A lot of people have environmental backgrounds, and they’re really interested in our mission. If people really believe in the company, then they’re going to work harder, so that’s something that we value.”Jennifer Popack ’10, another recent graduate, landed a job at ThinkEco (itself founded by Harvard alumni) in New York City as a result of last year’s expo. The company sells a device that cuts power usage by appliances left on standby.“At a start-up, everything is changing constantly, which is what makes it so amazing,” she said. “Harvard prepares you to be able to deal with managing multiple things at the same time, and taking things as they’re thrown at you, and making the best of it.”ThinkEco’s president and CEO, Jun Shimada ’93, A.M. ’99, Ph.D. ’02, studied philosophy, chemistry, and chemical physics at Harvard; chief business officer Mei Shibata ’95, S.M. ’99, M.B.A. ’03, was a physicist and medical engineer here. The company welcomes applications from Harvard students because, as Popack put it, “you kind of know what you’re getting.”When Popack joined ThinkEco last year (having studied environmental sciences and public policy), she was the sixth employee. Now the company is up to 20 and preparing for its commercial launch.“It’s all hands on deck, and the more capable hands on deck, the better,” she said. “We’d love, love to have more engineering undergrads come and apply.”Testing the waterJunior John Yusufu was excited to learn about Digital Lumens, a company that makes “smart” LED lighting systems for industrial settings, aiming to replace high-intensity fluorescent lamps, which consume more energy.“I like them a lot; they’ve found simple ways of achieving the same results with less of an effect on the environment,” said Yusufu, who studies mechanical engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “That’s what I’m looking to get involved with.”For students such as Yusufu who have not taken the plunge into the hectic world of recruitment, applications, and interviews, the expo provided an opportunity to test the water.“I know eventually I’m going to have to get out in the real world,” said Daniel Bruder, a junior concentrating in mechanical engineering. “I just want to see what’s out there and get my feet wet a little bit.”Bruder moved from table to table, engaging with company representatives, asking them about how they run a start-up, how they market their products, and how they figure out what people are going to want to buy.“I just learned about a new product that’s incredible, that I’d never even heard of before,” he said. “But more than just what these projects are, it’s how people are going about doing them in the real world that I’m learning about.”Decision time“It’s a really daunting period,” said senior Patricia Florescu. “Now is the time to start thinking about what to do next year, but it’s so hard to decide.”Florescu, who will graduate with a concentration in applied mathematics, had interviewed with one of the companies at the expo earlier in the week. The OCS event provided her with a chance to find out more about her prospective employer’s work and the options that are available.“This expo was a good opportunity to talk to various employers and see that even if we’re from a liberal arts college and we’re interested in a technology or engineering job, we have the skills that employers are looking for,” she said. “This is the most reassuring thing.”last_img read more

Celia Keenan-Bolger on Naming Her Baby & Eating Like a ‘Normal Person’

first_img Do you feel any pressure to give the baby a name from musical theater or Shakespeare or something? Nope. Nope. Nope. Is it safe to assume you are cleaning out the office/exercise/music room you mentioned in your Award acceptance speech? Oh my God, yes! Where is the exercise ball going to go? Where are the musical instruments going to go? That room! That room is going to be a nursery. Celia Keenan-Bolger has a secret she can no longer hide: “I’m seven and a half months pregnant,” the Tony nominee told in a quickie phone chat. What?! Pregnant? How could she have kept this from us for so long? What will she name the little nipper? Is it a boy or a girl? Damn straight we have questions! No worries, Celia, her husband John Ellison Conlee and go waaaay back, so she gave us the straight dope. Here it is… You’re OK talking about the miscarriage? I think that that’s a good thing to get out there. I’ve wanted [to be a mom] for my whole life, yet it was more difficult to make the decision to do it than I thought it would be. But as soon as I got pregnant, all of that anxiety and worry just didn’t occupy the same space in my brain. Are you kidding me? How did you keep this a secret for so long? I was doing [The Oldest Boy] at Lincoln Center for my whole first trimester. [My character] was enormously pregnant in the second act of that play, so it was easy to hide with the way I was costumed. The synchronicity of all of it was pretty amazing. How far along are you? Thirty weeks. I’m due April 28—right around the corner! Did you plan to announce this on social media? Jesse Tyler Ferguson outed me on Instagram. It was one of those things that [husband John Ellison Conlee] and I talked about: “Do we want to have a thing?” And we were both like, “You know, I think it will happen naturally.” We were going to the SAG Awards and knew we would be photographed. There was no hiding the fact that I’m cooking a baby. We were just like, “No matter how this comes out, it’s fine.” So Baby Conlee? That’s right. I think it’ll be easier that way Are you having any cravings? As an actor I feel like I watch what I eat so often, so now I think I‘m just eating the way I would if I were a normal person: lots of bread, lots of ice cream. I feel like pregnancy is a very nice time to just be like, “Let’s do this.” You seem very happy. I feel really, really happy about the decision. It’s easy to put yourself into one of two categories, which is I do want kids or I don’t want kids. But I think there is a lot of gray area in there for women in our profession because it does put a hold on what you can and can’t do. I am so much calmer now. Why did you wait to make it public? I had a miscarriage in April, so I was getting a tiny bit of anxiety just to be like, “It’s happening!” I felt the need to wait before I could sort of be out in the world. Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl? We’re not finding out. It’s going to be one or the other. Is this child going to have the last name Keenan-Bolger-Ellison-Conlee? I recently said to my Dad, “When you and Mom were naming your children with hyphenate names, what did you think we would do when we got married and had kids?” And he said, “I thought we would raise kids that were smart and strong enough to make their own decisions.” [Laughs.] We’re just going to give our child John’s last name. Are your siblings [Maggie and Andrew] psyched? Oh my God! That part is going to be the greatest. My Mom was one of seven, so I grew up with my aunts and uncles. I was sort of obsessed with them, and I was like, “My kid is going to have the exact same experience because my brother and sister are amazing, and we all live in the same city!” View Commentslast_img read more

Nicaragua: Tourism Police allows sector to grow

first_img MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Here’s how effective the country’s Tourism Police have been: The Central American nation welcomed 1,060,031 visitors who generated US$377 million in revenue in 2011, a year after 1,011,251 tourists brought in US$308 million, according to the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR). And it could be an even better in 2012 for the tourism industry, as 300,000 visited the country in the first three months, an increase of 15.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to INTUR. “Tourists prefer Nicaragua over other countries in the region because of its safety, its economy and its peacefulness,” said Martín Soto, a tourism guide for Ecole Travel, an agency that promotes the country. “There are no gangs and the threat of muggings and killings is lower than in the rest of Central America. This is an important advantage when vacationers are choosing a destination and now it represents a large opportunity for the country.” Nicaragua is the second-safest country in the region, with 13.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, much lower than Honduras (82.1), El Salvador (66), Guatemala (41.4) and Belize (41). The safest country in the region is Costa Rica, with 11.3 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the 2011 Global Homicide Study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The key to Nicaragua’s blossoming tourism is the work of the Tourism Police, an institution created by the National Police in 2001 that works to guarantee the safety of tourists nationwide. The Tourism Police was formed after the Central American Integration System (SICA) launched its 1997 Central American and Caribbean Strategic Plan for Tourist Safety, which mandated all law enforcement agents specializing in tourism safety wear a uniform distinct from other police institutions. The Tourism Police’s 450 officers work closely with the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR), as both institutions train agents in stopping organized crime, drug and human trafficking, child prostitution and other types of exploitation of girls, boys and adolescents. The officers also receive training in human relations. “With support from the tourism industry’s private sector, we at INTUR have established a solid alliance with the Tourism Police and we are seeing the results,” said Aurora Castillo, director of INTUR’s Services and Tourist Protection. In addition, the Tourism Police supports, disseminates and carries out all of INTUR’s tourism safety plans and has hosted workshops for National Police Officers. “The Tourism Police is a special force created to offer better attention to national and international tourists who require their services,” said Commissioner Jeannette Largaespada, chief of the Tourism Police. “The Tourism Police also seek to control the levels of crime that could be provoked by the development of tourism in the country, like theft, narco-trafficking, child prostitution, human trafficking and fraud.” Nicaraguan authorities do not want the increase in the number of tourists in the country to lead to opportunities for criminals, Largaespada said. “It is important for the country to grow in terms of tourism, but while this sector brings economic growth, it also brings negative aspects. We’re faced with new kinds of crimes because not everyone who comes into the country does so with good intentions,” she said. “That forces us to look for new means to maintain the national safety level we are recognized for today.” In Nicaragua, the main crime suffered by tourists is stolen cameras, followed by theft through intimidation. There were a total of 251 crimes against tourists last year, which represent 0.56% of the 71,000 crimes committed nationally. In 2010, 886 crimes against tourists were reported, according to the National Police. “High seasons for tourism are when the most crimes occur, especially in the most visited sites in the country, when tourists go into places beyond the security perimeter,” said Tourism Police Capt. Johana Delgado. The most popular tourist destinations in the country are Granada, León, Managua, Rivas, Chinandega, Río San Juan and Corn Island. Soon, INTUR and the Tourism Police, in coordination with the Nicaraguan Chambers of Tourism, will set up a free telephone line for tourists who become victims of crime, which will help them receive medical attention or transportation to embassies or consulates, Largaespada said. By Dialogo May 14, 2012last_img read more

UPL Update

first_imgUPL Update January 1, 2004 Janet Morgan Regular News What can nonlawyer form preparation services do? Bar UPL Counsel, Ft. Lauderdale Nonlawyers are allowed to provide certain limited services to the public but cannot give legal advice or do anything which constitutes the practice of law. Generally speaking, they can sell blank legal forms and act as a secretarial service, copying a customer’s information into the blanks of the form. They must copy or type in the information exactly as the customer gives it. Nonlawyers may also sell or provide general preprinted information describing legal procedures. They may provide simple administrative information (number of copies required to file, filing fees, etc.), and may offer a courier service to file papers at the courthouse.They cannot answer questions concerning a customer’s legal matters. They cannot hold themselves out as attorneys, or as someone capable of providing legal services. They cannot take the information to complete the form from the customer verbally, unless the customer is using a Supreme Court Approved Simplified Form in the area of family law or landlord/tenant law. The nonlawyer cannot select the type of form or course of action the customer needs, nor direct the customer in what supporting materials should accompany a legal document. They cannot correct errors or omissions made by the customer. They cannot create, modify, or tailor a form to meet a particular customer’s needs. Under the law, they are to act as a secretarial service only.So how should this work in practice? Joe wants to add his son to the title of his house. He walks into the nonlawyer form preparer’s office. Joe — “I need a deed.” Nonlawyer — “What kind of form would you like?” Joe — “Hmm. I’m not sure. What do you have?” Nonlawyer — “I cannot select a form for you. Here is a list of all the deed forms we have available.” Joe — “Ok, I’m still not completely sure.” Nonlawyer — “Well, here is a preprinted sheet for you to read which describes the various types of deeds and methods of transfer.” Joe — “Looks like what I want is a quit claim deed.” Nonlawyer — “Here is the quit claim deed form that we sell. You need to put the information into the blanks in writing, and give it back to me. I will type it for you. But be careful, I cannot correct any errors or omissions you make.”Now, is a quit claim deed what Joe really needs? Could Joe be doing something detrimental to his interests? That is Joe’s decision to make, right or wrong. The intent of the court in allowing nonlawyers to sell legal forms was to increase access to the court system. However, the purchaser of the form must represent himself. Knowing the proper legal form to use, filling out the form correctly, and understanding the legal ramifications of a document are wholly the customer’s responsibility.The next column will discuss how the Bar investigates complaints against nonlawyer form preparation services.last_img read more

Food industry can weather global economic shock: BKPM

first_imgThe food industry is considered stable enough to weather the global economic shock, backed by strong domestic investment, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) says.The industry recorded the highest investment realization figure in the secondary sector compared to other industries in the past five years, until as recent as the first quarter of 2020, totaling Rp 293.2 trillion, BKPM data show. The figure is higher than the base metals industry and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.Domestic investment dominates the industry, with Rp 7.3 trillion (US$494.6 million) from January to March this year, compared to $298 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the same period. She said Indonesia also had the potential to be a manufacturing hub in the ASEAN region as it has a strategic geographic location and a big domestic market.Investment realization for the food industry in the past five years has grown 3 percent per annum and remains in the top rank of total investment realization in the secondary sector.Meanwhile, investment in the base metals industry over the same period has an average growth of 11 percent per year.“Investment growth in the basic metals industry also signals that industrial development in the country is proceeding rapidly as both domestic and foreign investors continue to invest in Indonesia,” Farah said.In the first three months this year, Indonesia’s total investment figure grew 8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 210.7 trillion. The figure represents 23.8 percent of the agency’s 2020 investment target of Rp 886 trillion.The agency’s head Bahlil Lahadalia said earlier in May that the BKPM did not rule out the option of revising the target down if the pandemic dragged on to July. (eyc)Topics : “Compared to the two other sectors, only the food industry records higher domestic investment than foreign investment. We are sure that this industry will be quite stable from the shocks of the world economy,” the agency’s deputy director for investment climate development Farah Indriani said in a statement on Tuesday.However, domestic direct investment (DDI) in the food industry for the first quarter this year still shows an 18 percent decline from the same period last year at Rp 8.9 trillion, while FDI also fell 20.6 percent as the global economy begun to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.BKPM data also show that since the first quarter of 2015 to date, investment in manufacturing has reached Rp 1.3 quadrillion.”These figures show that the Indonesian domestic market is an investment magnet, especially the food and beverage industry,” Sarah said.last_img read more

Parents must be free to chastise and smack

first_imgFrank Furedi – 31 January 2012Tottenham MP David Lammy should be commended for stating that parents need to have the right to smack their children in order to restrain them from anti-social behaviour. Well done too Boris Johnson, who echoed Lammy’s plea and called for a change in the law to underline the right of parents to smack children. Campaigns against smacking have put many parents on the defensive about exercising any form of restraint. Politicians often complain that parents do not take enough responsibility for the behaviour of their children. But at the same time parents are told that they should not smack their children. This point is reinforced by an army of so-called experts who claim that discipline is repressive and results in dysfunctional children. The term “discipline” now implies an abuse of power. And a well-deserved smack on the wrist or backside is portrayed as a crime against humanity. For far too long British parents have faced criticism and been threatened with intervention by social services if they physically discipline their child. The real target of these agencies is not smacking but parental authority. Punishment has become a dirty word, smacking has become stigmatised and parents who raise their voice at children are denounced for “emotional abuse……..So what do we actually know about the consequences of smacking? Opponents claim that research conclusively shows it has long-term negative effects on behaviour. There may be good arguments for opposing smacking but they are not to be found in the realm of scientific research. Despite dozens of studies on the subject, nobody has established a causal relationship between smacking and long-term negative consequences. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that in certain circumstances smacking can be an effective disciplinary tool. However, it is difficult to have a sensible discussion on smacking. Campaigners define smacking as violence against children. They assert that violence can only lead to more violence. Such an argument is superficially plausible. However the equation of smacking with violence is a trick designed to associate it with abuse. Parents who occasionally spank their children are not being violent. Violence is physical force intended to cause injury. Caring parents who administer a smack in response to a child’s act of wilful defiance or unacceptable behaviour are actually behaving responsibly. The erosion of parental authority is one of the greatest challenges facing our country. Experience shows that the diminishing of parental authority leads to a deterioration in relations between the generations. In such circumstances adult authority itself becomes negotiable. The reluctance to restrain children really means ducking the job of socialising younger generations. read more

Police Blotter 02-07-2020

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Canyon back in business

first_imgNichols Canyon bounced back after unseating his rider at Leopardstown over Christmas with a convincing all-the-way win in the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at the Dublin track. Press Association Windsor Park came from last to claim second place, three and a half lengths behind the winner, with 11-10 favourite Alvisio Ville third. “He did what he does on the Flat – stays. He jumped and stayed and he’s improving all the time,” said Mullins. “He was disappointing at Christmas, to do what he did. I thought he might not beat the grey horse (Alvisio Ville) but I’d say the grey horse lacked experience and beat himself. Remember the winner is a professional racehorse. “I’m very pleased with him. I imagine he would be a Neptune type, but I wouldn’t rule out the Supreme. It will depend on what way the ball bounces with other horses. He’s in the three races, but I think it’ll be the Supreme or Neptune as we have plenty of horses for the Albert Bartlett. “The way he jumped I wouldn’t be afraid to go back to two miles. He was gaining half a length or a length at his hurdles there. He did it the hard way from the front and that’s the way you could win at Cheltenham.” Walsh said: “He was keen enough in front. He jumped reasonably well. On his Flat form I thought he was more of a stayer. He’s gone a good gallop in front and took a good grip with me all the way, but he stays and he’s a high-class horse.” Delighted owner Graham Wylie said: “I’m delighted for Ruby and the horse and well done to Willie as well. As always, I will leave the Cheltenham decisions to Willie – on that performance today, it could be the Neptune, but I really don’t know. “He’s got bags of stamina. I had a very, very good horse some years ago called Inglis Drever who had bags of stamina and I’m just hoping that maybe – he’s a tough act to follow – but maybe he is up there with him.” On Alvisio Ville, Mullins said: “He’ll learn an awful lot from that. He was very keen and we’ll maybe change a couple of things for his next run. You might get away with running a maiden hurdle winner in a Grade One in the autumn but he’s facing handicappers there. “He’s probably a chaser in the making and has a lot to learn about racing. Tony said we could bring him back to two miles as he was too keen but I’d probably rather go out in trip and change tactics.” center_img The five-year-old, completing a Grade One double for trainer Willie Mullins after the success of Petite Parisienne earlier on the card, pulled clear of the opposition in the straight to score in great style. Stablemate Alvisio Ville tried to keep tabs on him but was well held from two out under Tony McCoy and faded once Ruby Walsh pressed the button on Nichols Canyon (9-2). last_img read more

Molby: Reds strong without Sterling

first_img “It was different in my day, we were at the best club in the country then but we have been used to players dictating terms over the last five or six years. “The club retains its status but as a team they don’t and if players want to be guaranteed Champions League every season, history over the last five years tells you maybe it isn’t Liverpool.” Liverpool’s Champions League-winning midfielder Dietmar Hamann also agreed that if Sterling did not want to stay he should be sold. “I think Liverpool needs players who are committed now and if he feels his future is elsewhere then good luck to him,” said the former Germany international. “If he gets offered more money, Champions League football or a better opportunity to win trophies then that is his right to do that. “All you can do is put a price on him and if someone pays it you sell and you get other players in.” Hamann understood the fans who booed Sterling but does not feel the situation is irretrievable should the England star stay on. “It should have been handled behind closed doors because there is a lot of anger in the city now concerning Raheem Sterling for no need,” he added. “I think he has been badly advised. He is a young kid and sometimes you can be led astray when people say the wrong things in your ear. “I hope he does stay but I think the fans will be the big issue. “Not many people have been too complementary about him in recent days and that is for a reason. “There are bridges to build but it has been done before. If he starts next season and scores a few goals, things would be forgotten.” The 20-year-old’s future is up in the air after contract talks were put on hold in January with a meeting between his agent Aidy Ward and chief executive Ian Ayre scheduled for later this week. It has been claimed the youngster will tell the club he will not sign a new deal – subsequently played down by Ward – but Molby feels there is no point keeping an unsettled player. And the Dane insists any sale would pale into insignificance compared to Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona last season. “If Raheem feels Liverpool is no longer the best place to be then I guess you have to bite the bullet and move him on,” said Molby. “It is not like the sale of Suarez. You knew the impact that sale would have on the team – I am not convinced if you sell Sterling it will have the same negative impact. “In my mind it might be the right time to sell because the club is in transition and maybe we could just do with that money. “I think we need to move away from buying potential and buy off the top-shelf, ready-made players, who can go in and improve the team.” Molby believes supporters are still trying to come to terms with the talent drain out of Anfield over the last decade. Fans booed Sterling when he collected his young player of the year trophy at Tuesday’s annual awards night but the former Reds midfielder insists it was a sign of the times. “A lot of fans of Liverpool, steeped in the history, are not used to players wanting to leave so it has come as a bit of a shock,” he added. Press Association Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby believes the club should sell Raheem Sterling if the forward does not want to stay as he believes they can cope with his departure.last_img read more