An award for bike-friendly Harvard

first_imgAs the number of cyclists on Harvard’s campuses continues to grow, so too does the infrastructure to support them.  New bike racks and repair stations are being set up, expanded bicycle benefits for commuters have been rolled out, and the University has made a major investment in the Hubway bike-sharing network by supporting the installation of 12 stations in Boston and Cambridge. The national advocacy organization League of American Bicyclists has recognized that progress by naming Harvard a silver-level Bicycle Friendly University.“College campuses are natural places to integrate bicycling, and Harvard University recognizes the small steps needed to make bicycling a safe and easy option for students and staff,” said Andy Clarke, president of the league, which announced the award Monday. “Young people are driving less and riding more, and Harvard has embraced that trend.”Harvard is the highest-ranked Bicycle Friendly University in New England and the Ivy League. The silver award recognizes Harvard’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education programs, infrastructure, and supportive policies. The program was developed to influence how universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation options, and quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving bicycle-friendliness on campus.“Harvard is extremely proud to be recognized as a Bike Friendly University.  While the work of our CommuterChoice team has been exceptional, our initiatives and programs are successful because of the complete support and enthusiasm of Harvard’s biking community,” said Lisa Hogarty, vice president for campus services. “Being named a Bike Friendly University highlights just how strongly students, faculty, and staff are committed to using alternative forms of transportation.”Last year, 17 percent of commuters to Harvard’s Cambridge and Allston campuses used a bicycle as their primary means of transportation. Harvard also works collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the city of Cambridge, the city of Boston, and other stakeholders on municipal bicycle planning initiatives, and helps to incorporate facilities and pedestrian enhancements into planning efforts in areas of Boston and Cambridge that affect the Harvard community.“Our goal is to partner with Harvard’s Schools, departments and our community partners to make the University safer and more accommodating for bicyclists,” said Ben Hammer, CommuterChoice’s program coordinator. “Harvard’s strong support of bicycling makes the University stronger and helps our community explore alternatives to driving that are healthier and better for the environment.”On the Longwood campus, the Harvard Longwood Bicyclists is a student and staff initiative that encourages the use of bikes to and from the Longwood Medical Area. The group is sponsoring a bike fair at the Quadrangle Promenade on May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On May 15, as part of Bay State Bike Week, the CommuterChoice program will host its annual bike-to-work appreciation breakfast. And on the evening of June 4, Harvard will host the Bay State Bike Bash at the Queens Head Pub.The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation, and works through advocacy and education to encourage a bicycle-friendly America. The League has 300,000 members and affiliates.last_img read more

Security or unfamiliarity: What’s stopping mobile-payments adoption?

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers over the years have shown they enjoy the convenience of digital banking and mobile payments. But, market surveys find time and time again that consumers remain uneasy about the security of their electronic transactions.That, in turn, has put financial institutions and fintech companies in a quandary: How do they provide products with top-notch security while making it easy for consumers to use things such as mobile wallets and in-app payments?That was one of many questions one panel at the recent Bank Customer Experience attempted to answer during a discussion about security and simplicity in electronic transactions.For the panelists who participated in this discussion, they agreed consumers’ security concerns might be more about unfamiliarity with certain products more than anything else. continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU’s 50th: Berger touts credit unions’ vision, focus on members

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said a bright future lies ahead for America’s credit unions as they work to “accomplish extraordinary things” on behalf of their members during opening remarks Wednesday at NAFCU’s 50th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.Berger hailed NAFCU’s founders as visionaries for creating an association that has never been afraid to stand up and fight for credit unions. “We have worked tirelessly for advances that have dramatically improved the way credit unions do business and serve their members,” said.Berger noted NAFCU’s achievements over the past 50 years, including leading the way for federal share insurance, an independent federal regulator, expanded credit union powers, passage of the Credit Union Membership Access Act and protecting the federal income tax exemption.He described how credit unions are there for their members at every stage of their lives, providing needed loans, financial counseling and other services designed to help members achieve their financial goals and realize their dreams. continue reading »last_img read more

Beat writers predict No. 2 Syracuse to beat Yale in NCAA tournament first round

first_imgThe quest for Syracuse’s first national title since 2009 and first Final Four since 2013 begins Sunday night against Yale inside the Carrier Dome. The No. 2 Orange (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts the Bulldogs (10-5, 5-1 Ivy), the Ivy League champions, preseason No. 6 team and seventh-ranked offense in the country. The winner of Syracuse-Yale will play the winner of Penn State-Towson next Sunday at the University of Delaware. That winner will march on to Foxborough, Massachusetts, for the Final Four on Memorial Day weekend.Here’s how our Syracuse men’s lacrosse beat writers predict SU will fare against Yale.Charlie DiSturcoBarking Dog Never BitesSyracuse 15, Yale 10Syracuse players and coaches have said they failed to string together a “full 60-minute game” all season. Yet they’re the No. 2 seed with only a couple of losses in 14 games. Since barely escaping Binghamton, SU has not been the same team offensively or defensively. That changes in the team’s last game at the Carrier Dome this year (and last for the seniors altogether). A quick deficit will give Yale an early lead. But the Bulldogs will never ‘bite’ as a dominant Syracuse run punctuated by a five-point showing from Jordan Evans will push the Orange to the next round.Sam FortierBulldogesSyracuse 13, Yale 12AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter three consecutive disappointing defensive outings — SU held Binghamton to eight goals but Tom Moore had five of them — the Orange hasn’t shown it’ll be able to stop Yale’s high-powered offense as it shows out in the Dome. But because this is Syracuse, which hasn’t played a game against a ranked team decided by more than one goal all year, SU scrapes out the win like it does.Matthew GutierrezDownward DogSyracuse 10, Yale 7One of the game’s best attacks, Ben Reeves, leads a dangerous Yale team into the Carrier Dome Sunday night. Finally, the SU defense buckles down. Reeves gets his hat trick, though the rest of the Bulldogs attack is limited when SU makes key adjustments following two so-so defensive outings. SU’s offense doesn’t quite find its groove, but it scores when needed and marches on. Comments Published on May 13, 2017 at 10:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Iker Casillas Stable after Suffering Heart Attack at Training

first_imgHe was also part of the national squad that won two successive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2010.A Porto statement read: “Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during Wednesday morning training session held at the PortoGaia training centre in Olival.“The work session was promptly interrupted to provide assistance to the Porto goalkeeper, who is currently at the Hospital CUF Porto. Casillas is well, stable and his heart problem (is) solved.”His former club Real Madrid published a statement, sending their former keeper “all the courage of the world”.“Real Madrid wants to transmit all their support to their beloved captain Casillas,” the statement read.“Casillas has taught us throughout his professional career to overcome the most incredible challenges to enhance the glory of our club.“It has taught us that giving up does not fit into our philosophy of life and has shown us countless times that being stronger the harder the challenge is, the way to achieve victory.“Real Madrid want to see their eternal captain recovered as soon as possible and send him all the courage of the world.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iker Casillas Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack at their training ground, the club has said.The 37-year-old is “stable” in hospital and remains under observation.Spain goalkeeper Casillas won three Champions League titles, and La Liga five times, at Real Madrid.last_img read more

Deals a-plenty at fifth Brics summit

first_imgThe five leaders and their retinues take their places just before confirming the establishment of the Brics Development Bank. Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh reaffirmed his confidence in the work and purpose of the Brics group.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Building revenue with beneficiation • Brics development bank underway?• Zuma: shared prosperity for all • SA to Brics: we’re ready for you Janine ErasmusThe second day of the fifth Brics summit saw a number of co-operation agreements signed between the attending heads of state in fields ranging from nuclear medicine and military technology to rail transport and the much-anticipated Brics bank.They included:• A multilateral agreement on green economy co-financing, which was signed by representatives of the Brics Inter-Bank Co-operation  Mechanism, which includes Jabu Moleketi, the chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa;• A multilateral agreement on infrastructure co-financing for Africa, also signed by representatives of the Inter-Bank Co-operation Mechanism;• The launch of the Brics Business Council, which was signed by representatives of the newly formed council. It’s chaired by South African mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe and is aimed at strengthening and promoting economic, trade, business and investment ties between the business communities of the five countries.The Brics Development Bank was the issue that had piqued the world’s curiosity, and it was confirmed by all five leaders at a plenary session on day two.“We considered that developing countries face challenges of infrastructure development due to insufficient long-term financing and foreign direct investment, especially investment in capital stock,” said President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the group.He said that the finance ministers had done an assessment in early 2012 on whether it was feasible to set up a bank, and that their report had satisfied the leaders that the establishment of the financial institution was viable.“We have agreed to establish the bank,” said Zuma. “The initial capital contribution to the bank should be substantial and will be sufficient for the bank to be effective in financing infrastructure.”He added that progress would be reviewed at the Brics group’s next meeting in September 2013.At the same time a few other new developments were announced, including the establishment of the Brics Think-Tanks Council, a body that will help with speeding up innovation; the launch of the Brics Joint Statistical Publication 2013; and the issuing of the eThekwini Declaration and eThekwini Action Plan.The declaration is a summary of the Brics countries’ common stance in key issues of global politics and economy, while the action plan provides a roadmap for Brics activity for the next 12 months, including areas of co-operation.The summit took place under the theme Brics and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation. Co-operation between developing powersNumerous other deals were concluded on day one. They included co-operation agreements between South Africa and China; South Africa and Russia; and Brazil and China.South African commercial transport company Transnet secured a deal with the China Development Bank which, say media sources, could be worth as much as US$5-billion. This loan will fund the revitalisation of rail networks around the region, used mainly for the transport of commodities such as iron and steel.Another deal was reached between South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel Aviation and Moscow-based Russian Helicopters. This will allow the state-owned Denel to officially operate a service and maintenance centre for the 600 or so Russian-built helicopters operating across the sub-Saharan region. Denel has years of experience in this field, and has designed and built its own attack helicopter, the Rooivalk.The centre has already been opened in Johannesburg.South Africa and Russia are also to work together in nuclear energy and nuclear medicine, particularly in the production of medical isotopes. South Africa is a major producer for the global market of molybdenum 99, which is a marker used in cancer diagnostic techniques.“Over the last five summits our forum has become more relevant,” said Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. “We stand to benefit enormously from our collective strengths. We need to exploit our complementarities for mutual benefit and encourage more interaction between institutions in Brics countries to enhance the education, energy, IT, healthcare and other sectors.”Singh stated that economic development in the bloc should be made more broad-based and inclusive. This, he said, would also help to address instability in vulnerable parts of the world.“I would like to reaffirm the importance that India attaches to the work of the Brics group,” he said, “not just for our people but for the world at large.”Singh expressed his conviction that the Brics forum would reach new heights in the years to come.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 22nd, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Timely Rains Improve ConditionsRains reached across the state, boosting soil moisture levels and helping conditions for some crops according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 21st . According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 26 percent of the state was rated as in “moderate drought”, down significantly from last week. None of the state is under “severe drought.” Rain did not do much for corn condition which remains nearly the same, mainly due to the advanced state of the crop. Soybeans benefited a lot from the moisture and setting pods is now nearly complete. This has been the most rainfall seen in weeks for many areas but has come too late for some crops.Read the full report herelast_img read more

PBA: TNT salvages win over Meralco

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT blew a big lead before holding off Meralco, 113-107, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro made crucial defensive plays down the stretch to help the KaTropa preserve their fifth victory in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Arellano brushes off San Beda for second PVL win The 31-year-old Castro finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks while TNT import Glen Rice Jr. had 32 points and 11 rebounds.TNT lost a 21-point lead it built in the second quarter as Meralco pulled to within two, 78-76, at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter.The Bolts, however, couldn’t get over the hump as they suffered just their second loss in seven stints and slipped to third place.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Castro had two blocks late, including a risky rejection on Jared Dillinger’s 3-point attempt that kept the Bolts, who were just down by four, 109-105, during that point, at bay.“This [close] game was expected because we’re playing against probably the Best Import of the conference,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, referring to Meralco’s Allen Durham.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Our players were up to the challenge, Kelly (Williams), Mo (Tautuaa) and I think Ranidel (de Ocampo) for a while so it took us a team effort to make it hard for him on the offensive end,” he added.Durham, the reigning Governors’ Cup Best Import, still came away with 39 points and 24 rebounds despite the KaTropa’s defensive schemes. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying football player

first_imgIn this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019. The Air accident investigators say one body is visible in the sea in the wreckage of the plane that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. (AAIB via AP)LONDON — One body is visible in the seabed wreckage of a plane that went missing carrying Argentine football player Emiliano Sala and his pilot two weeks ago over the English Channel.Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch did not say on Monday if the underwater camera identified Sala or pilot David Ibbotson, the only two people on board the small aircraft that disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, Wales.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Wreckage from the plane was located on Sunday after Sala’s family raised funds for a private search by American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns because authorities called off the official search.Although the seabed search on Sunday was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators, they have not said if they plan to raise the wreckage to the surface.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Let’s hope they can rescue it as soon as possible to find out what happened and have some sort of certainty,” Horacio Sala, the footballer’s father, told The Associated Press outside the family’s home in Progreso, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.“I feel very empty. For a father to lose a son, is not something that you expect.” Kevin Alas says latest ACL injury ‘will only make me more resilient and much stronger’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 28-year-old Sala was preparing to start a new career in the English Premier League at Cardiff after the striker was sold by French topflight club Nantes.An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveyed the seabed and confirmed an object was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, with the registration N264DB visible in a picture of the fuselage released on Monday.“It’s imperative that the plane is recovered, and now even more so now we know someone is down there,” Mearns said.Recovering the body without raising the wreckage is complex, according to Ross Taylor of A-to-Sea Solutions, whose survey ship was used in the search.“ROVs are sometimes able to grab on to items, but whether that would happen I don’t know,” Taylor said. “Divers can also get down to that depth but it’s a much bigger operation. In 25 meters to 30 meters of water, it would be a lot easier, but in 70 meters, it would be a much bigger operation.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Investigators plan to release an interim report into the accident this month. Parts of the plane were first believed to have been discovered last week when two seat cushions were found on the French coast.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more