1 firefighter dead, 6 people hurt in explosion in Maine: Officials

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — One firefighter is dead and six people are hurt after an explosion in Maine, Monday morning, according to a lawmaker.Those injured include five firefighters and a maintenance director of the building, said Rep. Scott Landry.The cause of the explosion in Farmington is believed to be a propane leak, he said.The building — the central office for the program that supports a group home for developmentally disabled adults — was totally demolished, as was the structure next to it, said Landry.An employee in the building had smelled propane and evacuated the building, Landry said.When the maintenance director went in to investigate, the building exploded, he said.The conditions of those injured were not immediately clear.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Alliance helps manufacturing jobless

first_imgStaff made redundant at the Jacobs plant closure in Sheffield are beinghelped into new work by a mutual assistance scheme set up by the EngineeringEmployers’ Federation. The EEF’s Sheffield Association is sending details of redundant staff to thealliance members. Association director Gordon Scott said: “In this way we get straight tothe people needing both management and shopfloor workers. We don’t becomeinvolved in the actual recruitment – our job is to alert member companies tothe availability of well-trained people with experience in the industry.” Scott said the association has had a lot of interest from firms sincedistributing a list of available staff. “Although we haven’t placed people with everyone who has contacted us,we have been able to help find new jobs for hourly operatives and salariedstaff. Several senior managers are also in line for new jobs,” said Scott.He added: “We have had a difficult time since 1999, losing about 8 percent of our industry’s workforce locally. But there are engineering sectorswhich are picking up well and they inevitably find that skills shortages aredeveloping.” Alliance helps manufacturing joblessOn 5 Mar 2002 in Manufacturing, Personnel Today Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Comments are closed. Related posts:last_img read more

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes latest MLB player to opt out of season over COVID-19 concerns

first_imgAugust 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes latest MLB player to opt out of season over COVID-19 concerns Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy MEREDITH DELISO and JOSHUA HOYOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — After Yoenis Céspedes failed to report for the New York Mets’ game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, team officials said the Mets outfielder has decided to sit out the rest of the 2020 season due to “COVID-related reasons.”Céspedes, 34, did not tell management of his decision ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game in Atlanta. In a statement, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had said that as of game time, the outfielder had not reported to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him.Following the game, Van Wagenen said during a press briefing that they learned late in the game that Céspedes had decided to opt out of the season “due to COVID-related reasons.”Céspedes has not publicly commented yet on his decision. On opening day, he had said on social media that it was an “incredible feeling” being back. “Only the beginning,” he tweeted on July 24.Céspedes is the latest MLB player to opt out of the season in recent days due to heightened concerns over the coronavirus. On Saturday, the league said Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain would not play the rest of the season.In a statement, Cain said, “With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids.” He said he plans to return to the field in 2021.The announcement came the same day a Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day after St. Louis team members tested positive for the coronavirus.Also on Saturday, Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz announced that he had opted out of the season as the team contends with a COVID-19 outbreak. Since the Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for July 27, 21 members of the organization have tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN.In a statement, Diaz said it had been a “tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads.”“This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall wellbeing,” he said.On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be out the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with the heart condition myocarditis following a bout with COVID-19.According to a tally by Baseball America, 20 MLB players have opted out of the season as of Sunday.Only players deemed high-risk can still receive their pay and service time if they opt out of the season, according to ESPN.As of Friday, 104 players and 24 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27, MLB reported. Last week, 29 tests — accounting for 20 players — were positive out of 11,895 samples, the league said.The Marlins had no new positive results in its latest round of testing, MLB reported on Saturday.Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has warned that the season could be shut down if the coronavirus isn’t better managed, ESPN reported on Friday.While some professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, National Women’s Soccer League and Major League Soccer, are competing in restricted sites called “bubbles” to limit the spread of COVID-19, Major League Baseball is not.Among MLB’s coronavirus restrictions, teams are only competing with clubs located in their regional division so that travel is limited, and fans are not allowed to attend games.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Clean Energy inks deals for over 20 million gallons in past 45 days

first_img New contracts for Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable natural gas top 20 million gallons. (Credit: Business Wire.) Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) announced new and extended contracts for more than 20 million gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to accommodate the continued demand across key business segments for the ultra-low carbon fuel produced from organic waste.Alpha Lion, which carries mail for the U.S. Postal Service between the Northwest United States and Southern California, is adding 16 new natural gas trucks to its fleet through Clean Energy’s Zero Now program and is expected to use over 700,000 gallons of Redeem annually. The program will provide significant fuel savings and have a positive effect on Alpha Lion’s environmental impact in the region.Zero Now is a program that brings the price of a heavy- or medium-duty natural gas truck at parity with a diesel truck, while offering a guaranteed fuel discount for the duration of the agreement. Alpha Lion will also participate in Clean Energy’s Zero Now TouchPoint program, in partnership with the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), to provide Alpha Lion with first-class hands-on customer service pertaining to their purchase of new natural gas heavy-duty vehicles.The City of Anaheim has signed a five-year service agreement for municipal vehicles that will consume an approximate 500,000 gallons of Redeem RNG.“From waste to transit to trucking, fleets are discovering that RNG is a proven solution that can significantly decrease the impact of harmful emissions and reduce greenhouse gases,” said Nate Jensen, Clean Energy’s Senior Vice President, Renewables Fuels. “RNG offers price stability, lowers maintenance costs, and can reduce carbon emissions 70 percent or more, providing a clean and cost-effective alternative to diesel fuel.”News in Solid WasteClean Energy has been awarded a contract to build a fueling station that will accommodate both fast- and time-filling for the City of Sacramento, along with a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement, to fuel more than 100 natural gas refuse trucks with an anticipated 8 million gallons of RNG for the next 10 years.Clean Energy has entered into a network fuel agreement with Athens Services in Los Angeles to support its growing CNG refuse fleet. Athens will utilize the Clean Energy network of public stations throughout Southern California and is expected to consume over 1 million gallons each year.The City and County of Sacramento have extended their RNG supply agreement with Clean Energy. Clean Energy provides RNG to three different LNG stations in the region, for a total annual consumption expected to exceed 1.2 million gallons.The County of Denver has signed a three-year service agreement for its CNG station, which provides fuel to over 30 CNG refuse trucks for an expected 750,00 gallons.Clean Energy signed a two-year contract with LA County Sanitation to dispense LA County’s locally generated RNG at its public station in Carson which uses an estimated 720,000 gallons of RNG.Tidewater Fibre in Virginia has extended its service contract renewal for 50 refuse trucks using an approximate 500,000 gallons per year.Suffolk County in New York has inked a long-term service agreement for 15 utility trucks for an anticipated 120,000 gallons of CNG.The City of Lexington, KY has signed a contract for a 15-truck time-fill and defueling hose upgrade and services, for an estimated 150,000 additional gallons per year.The City of Philadelphia extended its fuel agreement for refuse trucks to continue fueling at Clean Energy’s Philadelphia Airport station while its private 40-truck station (being built by Clean Energy) is completed at the end of the year. The contract is for 16 refuse trucks for an estimated 100,000 gallons.Noble Environmental in Pennsylvania has purchased a CNG mobile unit, along with monthly services, to fuel its CNG refuse trucks until Clean Energy completes construction of a permanent station.Republic Services Expands Station Capacity and FootprintClean Energy is completing the construction of a Republic Services combination time-fill/fast-fill station in Sacramento, CA that will fuel 80 solid waste trucks to support growing operations in the Sacramento region. The station will fuel an expected 1.1 million gallons of Redeem through 2023.In Las Vegas, Clean Energy is expanding Republic Services’ largest natural gas truck yard in the country, adding 92 time-fill fueling spots. The station will provide approximately 3.2 million gallons of Redeem per year, which will increase by 837,000 gallons when at full capacity.Clean Energy has increased station capacity at Republic Service stations in San Diego and in Chula Vista, CA, resulting in additional volume of an estimated 400,000 gallons of Redeem per year.Clean Energy has signed an agreement to build a station for Republic Services in Freemont, CA to accommodate 66 new trucks in the coming years that will result in an approximate increase of 600,000 gallons.Movement in TransitClean Energy has signed a new agreement to operate and maintain the City of Phoenix transit bus facilities, which dispense an estimated 4.8 million gallons of natural gas per year.Clean Energy was awarded a station upgrade contract to install new equipment for the West County Transportation Authority (WCTA), Santa Rosa, California, along with a long-term service agreement, during which the fleet of 39 school buses are expected to fuel with 800,000 gallons of Redeem.Access Services has deployed 20 newly certified CNG Dodge Promasters in partnership with its contractors for paratransit service in Southern California. Clean Energy signed a fueling agreement with Southland Transit, an Access Services contractor, for an expected 800,000 gallons of Redeem.Clean Energy has signed an RNG contract with the California Department of General Services for the benefit of Solano County Transit (SolTrans), California for its fleet of 19 buses for an anticipated 600,000 gallons of Redeem.The City of Gardena, California has inked a network fueling contract for 18 CNG transit buses at the Clean Energy station at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This first round of CNG buses will fuel with an expected 150,000 gallons of RNG annually.The City of Lodi, California has signed a multi-year contract for an estimated 246,000 gallons of Redeem to power 37 buses and city fleet vehicles.After obtaining grant funding to migrate its buses to clean RNG, Anaheim Union High School in California has signed a contract with Clean Energy for an estimated 135,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel 15 new school buses. Source: Company Press Release Clean Energy was awarded a station upgrade contract to install new equipment for the West County Transportation Authority (WCTA), Santa Rosa, Californialast_img read more

News story: Faster journeys, more seats and better compensation for passengers in next East Midlands franchise

first_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 We are investing in the biggest upgrade to the Midland Main Line since it was completed in 1870. We have listened carefully to what thousands of passengers and stakeholders have said they want to see in the next East Midlands franchise. We expect the next operator to unlock the unrealised potential while building on its stable foundations. Rail media enquiries increase the frequency of services across the franchise, including an additional train every hour between Corby to London provide more trains on a Sunday, with earlier starts and later finishes for many services throughout the week provide high quality wi-fi and mobile connectivity on trains improve seating and luggage on trains and enhanced facilities at stations provide enhanced delay repay compensation for journeys delayed by more than 15 minutes – compared to 30 minutes now The new East Midlands operator will also need to: The public consultation on the new East Midlands franchise ran from July to October 2017 and generated nearly 2,500 responses.The next operator is due to take over the franchise in August 2019 and will work closely together with Network Rail to make these transformative changes happen.The current Cross Country franchise is due to end late next year.Following the end of the public consultation, details of what bidders for the new franchise will need to provide will be drawn up in the form of an invitation to tender.Details of the East Midlands franchise have been published on GOV.UK. Have your say on the Cross Country rail franchise consultation. biggest upgrade to Midland Main Line in 140 years a brand new fleet of bi-mode trains and around 50% more peak-time seats a 12-week Cross Country franchise public consultation also launched Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Faster intercity journeys, enhanced compensation for delays and more services and seats, are all in the blueprint for the new East Midlands franchise, Rail Minister Jo Johnson announced today (7 June 2018).A huge package of benefits for passengers in the region also includes a Stations Improvement Fund and £250,000 of annual funding for community rail partnerships.The announcement comes at the same time the Department for Transport (DfT) launches a 12-week public consultation on the next Cross Country franchise.Mr Johnson urged people to contribute to the Cross Country consultation and added that the onus was now on East Midlands franchise bidders to show how they could deliver an ambitious upgrade programme.Rail Minister Jo Johnson said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021last_img read more

Press release: Partnership project to help protect Nottinghamshire villages from flooding

first_imgTrent Rivers Trust Project Manager, Alan Graham, said: Construction of the first phase of a Natural Flood Management (NFM) scheme to help reduce flooding to communities in Nottinghamshire has now started in Lowdham.The Environment Agency has teamed up with Trent Rivers Trust and Nottinghamshire County Council on the £77,000 project which will help to reduce flood risk to over 170 properties in Lowdham and Lambley.The project, which has benefitted from £75,000 of Government funding, is expected to be completed by October 2019. It is part of a national £15million NFM programme, which, in addition to delivering flood risk reduction and environmental enhancements, aims to contribute to the growing evidence base for NFM.Working across 15 sites upstream of Lowdham, the measures involve constructing leaky wooden barriers to help reduce the amount of water that enters the Cocker Beck by slowing and storing water within the existing ditch network, to reduce the rate that flood water travels to the downstream communities. The barriers will also help to trap sediment to improve the water quality downstream.Environment Agency Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, Paul Lockhart, said: Nottinghamshire County Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities and Place Committee, said: We’re delighted to have secured a Natural Flood Management scheme with our partners, Trent Rivers Trust and Nottinghamshire County Council, for the village of Lowdham. This scheme will allow us to manage flood risk using innovative solutions that are sustainable and cost-effective and, as part of the project, we will be looking at how the measures are contributing to flood risk reduction.center_img We’ve been working hard to develop and promote schemes to protect properties from flooding in dozens of our towns and villages as we know flooding devastates lives. Natural Flood Management is now recognised as a more sustainable approach to reducing flood risk and it also delivers lots of other environmental benefits too. It’s great that we’re working in partnership with local land owners, Trent Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency, to deliver this scheme. The Trent Rivers Trust are excited to be working with local landowners to reduce flood risk downstream in Lambley and Lowdham. By working closely with landowners we have been able to design interventions which not only slow the flow and allow natural infiltration, but will improve water quality and increase valuable habitats without having an adverse effect on farm business.last_img read more

Gov’t Mule Announces Spring Tour, Jazz Fest After Show

first_imgGov’t Mule has announced a spring tour that will bring them through much of the East Coast and South. The newly announced tour is set to follow a three-night Australia run and will wrap up with a Jazz Fest aftershow at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre. Gov’t Mule will once again be on the road in support of their 10th album, Revolution Come… Revolution Go. The outing will find Warren Haynes (vocals, guitar), Matt Abts (drums), Danny Louis (keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals), and Jorgen Carlsson (bass) playing 13 dates, including a two-night stint at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.Black Stone Cherry will open for Gov’t Mule during most of their spring tour dates, though Marcus King Band is scheduled to support them in New Orleans, and the Tangiers Blues Band will hold down that role at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.Tickets for Gov’t Mule’s spring tour dates will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. (EST) on Friday, February 9th. A fan pre-sale is slated to begin at noon (EST) on Wednesday, February 7th.Gov’t Mule Tour Dates:March 26 Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre – w/ Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the RealMarch 27 Melbourne, AU @ The Corner – w/ Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the RealMarch 29 Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay BluesFestApril 18 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center*April 19 Erie, PA @ Warner Theater*April 20 Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre*April 21 Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome*April 22 Charleston, WV @ Clay Center For the Arts & Sciences – Maier Foundation Performance Hall* April 25 Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at WestburyApril 26 Albany, NY @ The Palace Theatre*April 27 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreApril 28 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreApril 29 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Music & Film Festival**May 2 Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun*May 3 Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre*May 4 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre^June 30-July 1 Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin’ Man FairJuly 19-July22 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival*with Black Stone Cherry**with The Tangiers Blues Band^with The Marcus King Band [Photo: Ojeda Photography]last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Pull Out Rarities, Debut Motörhead Cover For Capitol Theatre Opener [Videos]

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead were back at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Friday evening for the first of three shows at the historic venue this weekend. The sold-out show marked their return to the stage with the six-piece band’s first performance of 2019. The fellas in the Grateful Dead-inspired cover band wasted no time in launching fans back into the vibrant world of the Dead’s powerful live catalogue with two sets (and a special guest encore) to mark the start of their new year and what should be another thrilling weekend run at “The Cap.”Rather than use the initial moments of their 60-minute first set to noodle around on some opening jam, Joe Russo and the boys immediately pounded their way into the opening notes of Jesse Fuller‘s “Beat It On Down the Line” with guitarist Scott Metzger singing the audience into a dancing frenzy with the classic blues-rock tune. Set one would be filled with Dead favorites as the band continued right into the classic combination of “Scarlet Begonias” into “Fire on the Mountain”, with Tom Hamilton taking vocal duties, as well as some impressive solos courtesy of his own auto-wah guitar sound throughout the two jam-friendly songs. Metzger tamed all the energy down just slightly in exchange for a more relaxed cowboy tune with a cover of “Black-Throated Wind” out of the Bob Weir solo songbook. The place didn’t stay relaxed very long, as Hamilton then cranked the energy back up with a thrilling, jam-filled rendition of “Bertha”, followed by “Lazy Lightning” to close out the first half of the show.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Set One Opening – 1/18/2019[Video: Relix]The band returned to the stage to start set two with the softer melodies of “Friend of the Devil”, with pianist Marco Benevento providing some lovely solo moments while Hamilton led the audience in a venue sing-along throughout the chorus of the 1970 country ballad. The second-half opener was enjoyed by everyone in the sold-out venue, but fans were ready to dance into the weekend after a surprisingly short first set, and the band made sure to oblige. They continued with “The Wheel”, which included a fun tease of The Beatles‘ “Dear Prudence”. The night continued with a rare cover of “Mason’s Children”, a Dead tune originally written and recorded for 1970’s Workingman’s Dead, but never made it onto the classic album. Metzger then took the building momentum right into a groovy rendition of “I Need A Miracle”, with the entire audience singing along with its anthemic chorus. The performance of the Weir solo tune really showcased the wonderful interplay between Hamilton and Metzger, in addition to featuring a very subtle tease of “Estimated Prophet” at the beginning. It was then bassist Dave Dreiwitz‘s turn to take a rare lead on the mic to belt out the high-energy lyrics of Motörhead‘s “Fast and Loose”. The venue was sent into a frenzy as the often quiet bassist helped power the song right into the eye of a psychedelic storm as the band transitioned into “The Other One” to close the night off with a bang.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Set Two Opening – 1/18/2019[Video: Relix]Following a brief break, the band returned to the stage with singer/guitarist Tyrone Cotton, whose band had been the opening act at Garcia’s prior to the show. Cotton’s addition to the encore shouldn’t be too surprising for anyone who caught his band rocking out before the show. Even a semi-disguised Joe Russo was spotted enjoying some of the pre-show festivities amongst the audience in the smaller bar/stage area attached to The Cap. Cotton brought out his acoustic guitar and took up lead vocal duties to help take the audience home with a wonderful cover of “Peggy-O”. After all the craziness that ensued throughout the second set, the night came to a romantic end with Hamilton leading the audience through another sing-along with a cover of “Ripple”.The band will look to pick up where they left off on Friday with the second of three scheduled shows at The Cap on Saturday evening. Saturday and Sunday night’s shows are of course sold out, but fans can still tune into the show via the live webcasts.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 1/18/2019Set One: Beat It On Down the Line (Jesse Fuller cover) > Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead cover) > Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead cover) > Black-Throated Wind (Bob Weir cover) > Bertha (Grateful Dead cover), Lazy Lightning (Kingfish cover)Set Two: Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead cover) > The Wheel* (Jerry Garcia cover), Mason’s Children (Grateful Dead cover) > I Need a Miracle^ (Grateful Dead cover) > Fast and Loose (Motörhead cover) > The Other One (Grateful Dead cover)Encore: Peggy-O** (traditional cover), Ripple** (Grateful Dead cover)* “Dear Prudence” tease** w/ Tyrone Cotton^ “Estimated Prophet” teaselast_img read more

Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the press

first_img Related Bacow traced his appreciation of higher education to his family’s difficult history. His father immigrated to the United States to escape pogroms in Minsk in the Soviet Union. His mother arrived aboard a Liberty ship with few belongings shortly after World War II. She was the only member of her family to survive the Auschwitz extermination camp and the only Jew from her village to survive the war.“When she arrived on our shores, she was all of 19,” Bacow said. “When I reflect upon my parents’ journey to this country, I realize how lucky I am. Where else can one go in one generation from off the boat with literally nothing to enjoying the kind of life and opportunity that I and my family have been fortunate to enjoy? It was higher education that made this all possible.”Bacow will take the helm of an institution that is financially robust, nearing the end of a capital campaign that has raised more than $8 billion, topping its original $6.5 billion goal. Bacow declined to discuss specific priorities for his presidency, but said new opportunities exist in a variety of areas, offering as an example the expansion of Harvard’s campus in Allston.Bacow said that when he arrived at the Kennedy School in 1972 as a 20-year-old graduate student, he thought that he might have been the beneficiary of an admissions mistake. It was during his time here, he said, that he discovered a love of teaching and of scholarship and developed the interest in higher education that put his feet on the path they still tread today.“It was here that I discovered who I really was,” Bacow said. “I know of no place on earth with greater potential to help change people’s lives for the better, and I can think of no more exciting time [for] doing all I can — indeed I would say all we can — to help Harvard achieve that potential, not just for the good of our students but for the good of the world we aim to serve.” There came a moment last fall when Bill Lee just had to ask.Lee, the Harvard Corporation’s senior fellow, chaired the search committee tasked with finding a successor for Harvard President Drew Faust, who will step down in June after 11 years at the University’s helm.The committee presided over a process that was broadly consultative, sending out 375,000 emails seeking comments and suggestions, and speaking with hundreds of alumni, students, and higher-education leaders. Advisory committees were convened representing each of the campus’ main stakeholders: faculty, students, and staff.The process worked, generating the names of 700 potential candidates. One name kept resurfacing: Lawrence S. Bacow, who spent a successful decade as Tufts University’s president, who had once been described as “perhaps the most respected university president in the country,” and whom Lee didn’t have to go far to interview: Bacow had been working diligently as a search committee member.“We had heard from a number of folks during the interviews, suggesting that we consider Larry,” Lee said. “And then several members of the faculty contacted me directly and suggested, ‘What about Larry?’ I was in a car on the way home from the airport, and I thought to myself it would be irresponsible not to ask him” if he might be interested in the job. Widely admired higher education leader, who previously served as Tufts president and MIT chancellor, to become next president in July center_img Harvard names Lawrence S. Bacow as 29th president Lee called Bacow and asked whether he’d consider joining the pool of candidates.  Bacow discussed the prospect with his wife during a two-day car trip. When they returned, Bacow agreed to participate, and in December stepped down from the search committee. Bacow said Sunday that the challenging times facing Harvard and all of higher education played a role in his decision.“I really see this as an opportunity to not just serve Harvard, but at this particular moment in time, to serve higher education,” Bacow said. “These are tough times, and it’s the first time in my lifetime when people have questioned the value of going to college, have questioned whether it’s a worthy investment for students and their families, questioned whether or not colleges and universities are worthy of our support.”That skepticism, found even at the highest levels of government, caused higher education’s tax-exempt status to come under assault in recent months. In December, Congress passed and President Trump signed the first tax on university endowments, which provide critical support for campus budgets.Bacow spoke after being introduced as Harvard’s 29th president on Sunday afternoon during a news conference at Harvard’s Barker Center. Bacow, who was Tufts president from 2001 to 2011 and previously chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was appointed Sunday by a vote of the Harvard Corporation, in consultation with the Board of Overseers. His presidency begins July 1.In his introductory comments, Lee called Bacow “one of the most respected, insightful, experienced, and effective leaders” in higher education, one who other leaders come to for advice on hard problems. He is someone who the search committee “unanimously and enthusiastically believes was the best choice to lead Harvard forward.”“Larry is an extraordinarily accomplished, admired, and forward-looking university leader, a respected scholar and a respected educator and a truly wonderful human being,” Lee said. “Harvard’s future will be in excellent hands.”Lee thanked members of the search committee and others who participated in the process and also thanked Faust for her “extraordinary service and her extraordinary leadership.”Bacow, a lawyer, economist, and environmental policy expert who served on MIT’s faculty for 24 years, not only knows higher education, but knows Harvard as well, Lee said. Bacow holds three Harvard degrees — a J.D. and an M.P.P., both earned in 1976, and a Ph.D. in public policy in 1978. He has served on the Corporation since 2011 and has been president-in-residence at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He’s currently the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.last_img read more