Riding on the Edge

first_imgI’m on a bike, up a mountain, in Bolivia, and I’m remembering that bit in The Beach, the part where Richard talks about the futility of Travel. Travel deserves a capital ‘T’ because it’s not achieved by just going on a poncy holiday somewhere. You don’t Travel just by grabbing a backpack and this year’s edition of Lonely Planet. Travel is a state of mind, it’s about doing something different. Only it’s hard to actually succeed in being different when no matter how far away you get, someone with the same guidebook as you has got there first. So you keep trying, thinking that that elusive, profound, and above all unique experience of Travel is just past the next llama. Bolivia is a good place to visit if you want to experience “the world’s most” of pretty much anything. For example, the road starts just north of La Paz, the world’s highest capital city. Carved into sheer mountainside, it was built by prisoners taken during Bolivia’s war with Paraguay in the 1940s. To get the image of this stretch into your head, imagine a road slightly narrower than Turl Street. Imagine this ‘highway’ stretching for miles, almost always downhill at a sharp decline, with a vertical drop permanently to one side. Imagine that the road goes unpaved in many places, with numerous potholes, and every corner a hair-pin bend. Now imagine that two lanes of traffic run all times, including articulated lorries and large passenger buses, with no attempts to control the traffic save the occasional locals who wave vehicles around corners seemingly at random. Other than that, drivers avoid certain death only by beeping their horns when coming at a turn at high speed. Often two trucks end up facing each other, both perched on a corner, resulting in a battle of wills to ascertain who will compromise his manliness and reverse, very, very slowly. The sides of the road are dotted with memorials to the dead; the highest death toll yet one crash is eighty. Unsurprisingly it has taken on a kind of notoriety among Bolivians. Then, one day, some enterprising young travel agent realised that here was a golden opportunity: buy some mountain bikes, hire couple of guides, and market this jaunt as an unmissable adventure experience. This is how it came to pass that this road now daily sees collection of die-hard cyclist nuts from across the world zoom down it at break-neck speed, hugging the edges and feeling their masculinity assert itself at every turn. This is also how, bizarrely, dangerously, and almost certainly suicidally, I ended up on it as well. The irony is that you don’t actually have to hurl yourself down 4000m of badly paved highway to come home with decent stories from Bolivia. Wandering through La Paz, nearly five hundred years after colonisation, one can never be sure to what extent Spanish culture has ever taken hold. Shopkeepers burn llama foetuses in their doorways to ward off evil spirits, while many women still wear their traditional dress of long flowing skirts and bowler hats. Quechua, the language of the Inca Empire, is still widely spoken. Travel in the countryside reveals many who have no knowledge of Spanish at all. West of La Paz lies Lake Titicaca, which is where, according to the Inca legend, the sun was born. It used to be the case that any traveller on the lake who was swept overboard could not be rescued: he or she would be left as sacrifice to the gods. Luckily, we were never forced to discover whether this rule still applies. To the north of the capital lies the Bolivian section of the Amazon jungle, where tourists can take jungle safaris, living river-side for days, and seeing alligators, anaconda snakes, and curious pink fresh-water dolphins. Those seeking a unique experience can travel to the south, where a guide will drive you on a three day journey across wilderness-like terrain and into Chile. The trip takes you past volcanoes, steaming geysers, hot springs, and over the enormous Salar de Uyuni, a salt-lake of perfectly flat whiteness stretching in every direction to the horizon. For sheer terror, however, there is little to compare to that road just outside of La Paz. In the end, my bicycle juant proved every bit as scary and painful as I thought. A 60-year-old French woman overtook me half way. I rode consistently in the rear and slowly. The American drugs checkpoint was a particular highpoint: they have installed a post to search all traffic for the raw ingredients of cocaine. Nevertheless, I would recommend the Bike Ride Of Death to any would-be Traveller to the region. It may not make you into a man, it might not be as original as you hoped, and it certainly won’t make women fall at your feet (except when they collapse in boredom at your latest story about llamas), but it will be different to anything you’ve done before. Especially if you’re scared of heights.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more


first_imgSPONSORED BY DEFENSE ATTORNEY IVAN ARNAEZ.DON’T GO TO COURT ALONE. CALL IVAN ARNAEZ @ 812-424-6671.Below is a list of felony cases that were filed by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.Jacob Thomas Broshears Battery against a public safety official, Level 6 felony Criminal trespass, Class A misdemeanorPublic intoxication, Class B misdemeanorLarry Eugene Norman III Battery by means of a deadly weapon, Level 5 felony Intimidation, Level 5 felonyMichael Landon Lynch Domestic battery, Level 6 felonySamantha Dawn Pointer Unlawful possession of a syringe, Level 6 felony Possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanorRomell Lonnel Frieson Possession of an altered handgun, Level 5 felony Theft of a firearm, Level 6 felonyCarrying a handgun without a license, Class A misdemeanorDustin Joseph Anglin Dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance, Level 2 felonyJacob Daniel Briggs Dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance, Level 2 felonyMatthew Steven Meredith Invasion of privacy, Level 6 felonyAttempted residential entry, Level 6 felonyMonica Lynn Embry Theft, Level 6 felonyTerry Joseph Kellems Theft, Level 6 felonyWayne Givens Below Theft, Level 6 felonyTimothy Edward Huffman Jr. Dealing in methamphetamine, Level 2 felonyUnlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Level 4 felonyUnlawful possession of a syringe, Level 6 felonyResisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanorPossession of marijuana, Class B misdemeanorPossession of paraphernalia, Class C misdemeanorLonnie Lee Chism Operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, Level 6 felonyTimothy Noel Richards Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Level 6 felonyFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgAt approximately 11:12 p.m. that evening, East Rutherford police responded to reports of the crash. Sgt. Mark Zeitounian, 44, lost his life in the incident. He was originally from Lyndhurst, and reportedly headed to start his shift.Officials treated five other people for non-life threatening injuries. They also determined that four vehicles were involved in the collision.Zeitounian joined the department in 1999, according to a tribute post on the UCPD’s Facebook page. He served his entire career in the department’s patrol division. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; his son, Jason; and his sister, Maria.“From the moment that Mark was hired in 1999 until last night, we were always by his side. We will always be by your side. UCPD Sgt. Mark Zeitounian #350 your watch has ended we’ve got it from here. May you rest in eternal peace!” the tribute reads. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating the cause of the crash. No criminal charges have been filed against any of the drivers.18-story, 260-unit mixed-use development proposed for Union CityA new high-rise mixed-use project has been proposed for 2207 Summit Ave. and 23rd Street in Union City’s Roosevelt Stadium Redevelopment Zone, according to a story on the website Jersey Digs, a real estate news and marketing organization covering Northern New Jersey.The story quotes Jerry Gippetti of Bay Shore, New York-based PBG Realty, which has owned the property since 1980 and is the developer of record, who described the proposal, which is still in the site plan approvals process, as 18 stories tall with 260 residential units.Roughly 10,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space are planned for the ground floor, and the rooftop will feature an indoor pool and gym/recreation room with outdoor seating around the perimeter for residents to enjoy the views of the Manhattan and Jersey City skylines as well as the Meadowlands and the Watchung Mountains.There are plans for approximately 300 parking spaces for residents as well as for the retail and restaurant spaces on the lower six floors of the building, which is expected to be completed in 2019.Gippetti said in an interview with Jersey Digs that the project will attract additional businesses to the area such as coffee shops, restaurants, and dry cleaners.Originally, the project was slated to be 22 stories tall and was known as ‘The Summit.’ Although the height of the proposed building is down to 18 stories, the number of units, 260, has remained the same. There will be a mixture of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in the development designed by Hoboken-based Minervini-Vandermark Architecture.Gippetti expects the residential units to attract a combination of existing Union City residents as well as people from other parts of the region. “They want the views and they want access to the city but they don’t want to pay what you are going to pay for Jersey City and Hoboken.”NY Waterway President Imperatore named to New Jersey Hall of FameNY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore was among those inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame Sunday, May 7 during a gala red carpet ceremony at the Asbury Park Convention Hall May 7.Imperatore was honored for his more than 70 years as a successful entrepreneur in the garden state, including his leadership of NY Waterway, which he founded 30 years ago.When Imperatore started NY Waterway with one ferry on Dec. 3, 1986, government leaders and others doubted the effectiveness of commuter ferries. But Imperatore built a transportation system of 31 ferries and 80 buses, carrying more than 30,000 passengers per day, the largest privately operated commuter ferry system in the U.S.  “Induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame is the highest civilian honor that our State can bestow on someone,” said John Keegan, Chairman Emeritus of the NJHOF Foundation Board.  “It’s a celebration of New Jersey and its greatest achievers, and a recognition of role models for our next generation.  This is New Jersey’s version of the Academy Awards, so attendees can expect some surprise celebrity appearances.”“I want to thank two women who played an important role in my life, my mother and my wife, Mei Ling,” Imperatore said in accepting the honor.   He also thanked “the people who made my business a success,” his employees.For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit www.nywaterway.com, www.facebook.com/nywaterway or www.twitter.com/ridetheferry.Princeton University will honor Union City teacher at 2017 commencementPeter Drozd of Union City High School will be among four secondary school teachers honored at Princeton University’s 2017 commencement ceremony on June 6.The teachers were selected for the award based on nominations from public and private schools around the state. The teachers will each receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.“All the finalists were distinguished in their own unique way,” said Christopher Campisano, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation, which administers the award program. “The four we honor with this award are truly extraordinary. A teacher’s presence and work have a special impact on the school community that transcends the classroom. Each teacher fills a void believing in the power of their students to make a better world.”The staff of the Program in Teacher Preparation, in reviewing the applications, considers recommendations from colleagues and students as well as evidence of the teachers’ accomplishments in the school and the community. From the initial pool of applicants, 10 finalists are selected and visited at their schools by Rosanne Zeppieri, a member of the program staff. The award winners are then selected by a committee that includes, in addition to Campisano, university faculty members Joshua Katz and Stanley Katz; Steve Cochrane, superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools; and Laura Morana, New Jersey state Department of Education acting chief academic officer.Princeton has honored secondary school teachers since 1959 after receiving an anonymous gift from an alumnus to establish the program.The other honorees are Emily Rock of Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, Colleen Tambuscio of New Milford High School and Cory Terry of Ocean City Intermediate School.American Dream project (formerly Xanadu) should open in 2019The Triple Five Group of Cos. Has announced it has obtained the $1.67 billion private construction financing it needs to continue construction of the American Dream mall/entertainment project on Route 3 in the Meadowlands, according to local media.“We are pleased to have worked with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs on the financing for this transformational project,” Don Ghermezian, CEO and president of American Dream, said. “The construction loan paves the way for the completion of American Dream and allows us to aggressively move forward with the construction and opening of the project.”The firm had previously scheduled completion for fall 2018. Triple Five said American Dream is now slated to open in March 2019.Despite the stoppage of construction, American Dream continued its leasing efforts. Kidzania, DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Cinemex and Legoland Discovery Center have already signed up to be a part of the 3 million-square-foot project.Triple Five has also owns Mall of America in Minnesota and Edmonton Mall in Canada. ×  1 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future?  2 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future? ❮ ❯ 1 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future?  2 / 2  St. Augustine School seventh and eighth graders used K’nex in their science lab as part of their Engineering program (STEM). Some were solar powered. Engineers of the future? ❮ ❯center_img Union City in mourning after police officer killed in highway crashThe Union City Police Department is still in mourning after a Union City police officer died in a multi-vehicular crash in East Rutherford on Route 3 May 13.last_img read more

Speech: Nick Gibb welcomes teachers to international conference

first_img My ambition is that we start to drive this voluntary professional development, which then cascades back into schools and starts conversations that starts sparks in classrooms that catch fire and burn down dogma. That initial teacher training makes evidence its foundation (where it does not do so already), platforming the best of what we know rather than perpetuating the best of what we prefer. For new teachers to be given skills to discern good evidence from bad. For that to bleed eventually into leadership and from there into the structures that govern us. Over the course of the last year, England has continued to make strides in these important areas.In 2010, the government introduced the English Baccalaureate – known as the EBacc. This is a school performance measure rather than a qualification. It is designed to increase the number of pupils taking core academic GCSEs – English, maths, sciences, a language and either history or geography. These GCSEs provide pupils with the broad academic grounding up to the age of 16 that they need to be successful, whatever route they choose to pursue post-16.Many countries represented here today will consider it axiomatic that pupils study these subjects to at least the age of 16. But in England in 2010, only 1 in 5 pupils were taking this combination of academic GCSEs. That figure is now almost 2 in 5. The government is ambitious for this figure to rise further – to 90% of year 10 pupils studying the EBacc by 2025.Already, there are promising signs. This year, we saw the highest proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those who receive free school meals, pupils with special educational needs and pupils with English as an additional language taking these core academic GCSEs.Not only this, results show that the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent peers has shrunk at primary and secondary school. Since 2011, the attainment gap at age 11 has decreased by 10.5%. Whilst at 16, it has shrunk by 10% since 2011.The government is raising standards for all pupils, but the tide is rising fastest for those who need it most.Academies and free schools – which now make up over 70% of secondary schools and over 25% of primary schools – operate independently of local government.Free schools are amongst some of the highest performing schools in the country and pupils in free schools made more progress, on average, than pupils in other types of school in 2017.Free schools are amongst some of the highest performing schools in the country and pupils in free schools made more progress, on average, than pupils in other types of free schools in 2017.Dixons Trinity Academy – a free school based in Bradford – achieved extraordinary results with its first set of GCSEs, placing it in the 10 top schools in England for the progress achieved by its pupils. Strikingly, the progress score for disadvantaged pupils was higher than for that of their more affluent peers.But the success of the free school and academy movement is not confined to individual schools. The growth of multi-academy trusts has seen excellence spread across schools. Multi-academy trusts are combinations of academies, from 2 or 3, to as many as 50 or 60 academies, all reporting to one group of independent trustees.Made up of a combination of schools that have been taken out of local authority control because of that poor performance, which we call sponsored academies; and high performing schools that have voluntarily opted out of local authority control, which we call converter academies; and newly created academies, which we call free schools. These high performing multi-academy trusts demonstrate what it is possible to achieve when power is placed in the hands of high-performing, competitive trusts.Irrespective of the history of the schools they run, these multi-academy trusts have generated excellent academic results for the pupils they serve, as they compete with other multi-academy trusts in terms of their reputation for academic rigour.So, the clear advantage of taking schools away from local authority control, is that for the first time, schools are now accountable to their trustees rather than to bureaucracies and there is genuine competition between groups of schools which forces them to respond to the concerns of parents for higher standards of behaviour and stronger academic results.Thanks to a forensic approach to curriculum design and the implementation of evidence-based approaches to managing poor behaviour, the Inspiration Trust and the Harris Federation – two of the best performing multi-academy trusts – have conclusively demonstrated that all pupils can achieve – whether they live in coastal Norfolk or inner-city London.They demonstrate that neither the socio-economic context of pupils nor the historic reputation of a school need be a barrier to excellence. And – just as importantly – they provide a model for ensuring that all children succeed. As with Dixons Trinity, schools in these leading multi academy chains are characterised by knowledge-rich curricula, high behavioural expectations and evidence-based teacher-led instruction.As well as providing the freedom and autonomy to leading free schools and multi-academy trusts, the government is determined to support and empower teachers to raise standards in their schools. The recently closed consultation on how to improve career support and progression for teachers was designed in tandem with the profession. We will respond to the proposals outlined in that consultation – including how we can take forward plans for an Early Career Content Framework – later in the spring. And we will continue to work closely with teachers and teacher representatives on these proposals.Another key strand of the government’s work to support and empower teachers is the government’s priority of reducing teacher workload. Teachers should be freed from spending hours on marking and entering progress-data, particularly when evidence suggests these do not improve pupil outcomes.And headteachers need the security of knowing that their autonomy won’t be compromised by rogue school inspectors. That is why the government – in tandem with Ofsted, the schools inspectorate – has been clear on what inspectors will, and will not, ask when they visit schools.We are also committed to clarifying the roles of different actors within the system, including what we call Regional Schools Commissioners, the 8 regional offices of the Department for Education. In order to provide teachers and headteachers with the opportunity to innovate and raise standards, they need to know that the accountability system within which they work is fair, transparent and – when needs be – supportive rather than punitive.The government has played an active role in raising standards in schools and in empowering and supporting teachers. But, it is by standing back and promoting teacher voices, that the government has helped to make the most progress in promoting evidence-based teaching.There is still a long way to go in empowering all teachers with the knowledge they need. But the success of ResearchED – a series of teacher-led research conferences founded by the teacher Tom Bennett now spanning 4 continents – shows teachers’ appetite for research. Tom Bennett wrote recently about the movement of teachers who are dedicating their Saturday’s to discussing and sharing research with one another. Writing powerfully and metaphorically he penned the following: But time and again, teachers run up against entrenched views held by those in positions of authority. For example, late last year, an academic from Durham University called the government’s promotion of systematic synthetic phonics ‘seriously flawed’; flying in the face of decades of evidence from around the world that phonics is the most effective method for teaching children to read. He went on to claim that drawing on scientific evidence to inform policy making in science “can be especially dangerous”.Thankfully, the results from the PIRLS international reading tests came out within a month of these comments. This assessment of 9 and 10 year olds’ reading comprehension showed that England had risen from joint 10th place in 2011 to joint 8th place in 2016, thanks to a statistically significant rise in our average score. And low-attaining pupils had gained most showing again that the government is raising standards for all, but the tide is rising quickest for those who need it most.These results were a vindication of the government’s evidence-based insistence on the use of systematic synthetic phonics in teaching children to read.Too often in education, academics use their positions of authority to ignore the evidence and promote their own beliefs. For too long, education has suffered from putting belief over evidence.As policy makers, if we are to empower teachers to pursue evidence-based approaches, we must confront the evidence as we find it, not as we would wish it to be.So, when we come to discuss so-called ‘pedagogies of the future’, I hope that we will treat unfounded claims sceptically. Instead, we should discuss the data from PISA 2015, which showed that in all but three countries, higher levels of teacher-directed instruction led to significantly higher science results. And we should interrogate the data showing that in the majority of countries, pupils reporting higher levels of enquiry-based instruction achieved significantly worse results.As we would expect of teachers, data and evidence should be the starting point for our conversation, not something to fit with our pre-existing conceptions.But we must not ignore these conceptions. These too must be interrogated and the nuance explored. The caricature of teacher-led instruction as turgid and dull must be dispelled. Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction make clear that teacher-led instruction should be interactive. These evidence-based principles suggest that teachers, amongst other things: A knowledge-based curriculum is about harnessing the power of cognitive science, identifying each marginal gain and acting upon it; having the humility to keep refining schemes of work, long term plans and generating better assessments. And the evidence from PISA 2015 supports these findings. According to the data, the most successful science classrooms were those where teachers explained scientific ideas, discussed pupil responses to questions and clearly demonstrated an idea.Rosenshine’s principles, which draw heavily on cognitive science, are backed up by the PISA 2015 data.Reflecting on the relationship between researchers and teachers in the conclusion to his 2002 essay Classroom Research and Cargo Cults, E. D. Hirsch – the educationalist who has most influenced my thinking – stressed the need for this relationship to evolve.Drawing on the comments of a colleague, he laid out his vision for cognitive science research and teaching practice to mirror the relationship between biochemistry and medical science.In England, it is clear that schools are beginning to take this ambition to heart. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), whose General Secretary Carl Ward is here today, and PTE, Parents and Teachers for Excellence, a pressure group calling for more subject knowledge in the curriculum – and whose CEO Mark Lehain is also here – together they organised a pamphlet to support teachers to adopt a knowledge-rich curriculum.In this pamphlet, titled The Question of Knowledge, Luke Sparkes – headteacher of Dixons Trinity Academy – explained how that school uses cognitive science to inform their curriculum planning: ask a large number of questions and check pupil responses; and provide models and worked examples. It is a pleasure to be here in Lisbon at the ISTP 2018, a year on from the successful and fruitful ISTP 2017 in Edinburgh co-hosted by the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments.Last year, we agreed to promote greater equity through commitments to ensure that: Every pupil has the opportunity to achieve their potential, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds; We raise the status of the teaching profession; and Teaching is firmly grounded in high quality research. Examples such as this show that Tom Bennett is right; teachers demanding better evidence is slowly changing education.Thank you.last_img read more

Page McConnell Sits-In With Russell Batiste In NOLA, Confirms New Vida Blue Album [Videos]

first_imgFrom there, with McConnell on keys, Batiste and Orkestra from Da Hood launched into a classic Vida Blue tune, “Most Events Aren’t Planned”—a tune that Phish debuted during the 13th and final night of their already-legendary Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden and reprised during their 2017 summer tour closer at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. From there, the band performed The Meters’ classic 1969 number, “Cissy Strut”, with Russell’s dad, David Paul, on keytar, and Russell invited a few fans in attendance to dance on stage. While the night raged until 4 am or so, Page came out around 11 pm and stayed on for six or seven songs, at points switching to keytar for select numbers. Check out more videos from last night below from Live For Live Music. On Friday night, Phish’s resident chairman of the boards, Page McConnell, made a surprise appearance in New Orleans, performing at a brand-new venue called Elephant Collective—a Burning Man-esque art collective and venue, chock full of art installations and unique lounges—for a summer solstice party dubbed “Afterglow”. Page sat in with Russell Batiste, the famed Crescent City drummer who was also a part of Page’s electronic side trio in the early 2000s, Vida Blue, along with bassist Oteil Burbridge. Vida Blue made headlines again earlier in the year after the Spam Allstars posted that they were looking forward to getting back in the studio with the electronic trio; the Spam Allstars later confirmed they had been recording with McConnell, Burbridge, and Batiste on Instagram.Last night, McConnell found himself performing with Russell Batiste and Orkestra from Da Hood—this lineup of primarily New Orleans-based musicians released an album in 2007 called The Clinic. As noted on the show’s description, the Summer Solstice celebration at Elephant Collective was in part curated by percussionist Damon Batiste, Russell’s brother, making it a family affair for the Batistes, who are a legendary New Orleans musical family. Keeping in this theme, Damon and Russell’s father, keyboardist David Paul Batiste, also joined the all-star crew during the night.To start off the show, Russell Batiste and company performed a few songs with Orkestra from Da Hood to warm up the eager crowd. After a few numbers, Page came out—as noted by Live For Live Music writer, Sam D’arcangelo, “Not a lot of people there knew Page would be there, and most didn’t know who he was when he showed up. There was a contingent of Phish fans at the show, many of whom rushed there quickly after the venue announced Page would be appearing an hour beforehand, but for the most part, people were there for the party in general.”Russell paired the introduction of the Phish keyboardist with a confirmation that a new Vida Blue album was in the works and coming soon. Batiste paired this announcement by noting “I don’t know if I should say it or not, but I’m gonna take my fucking chances ’cause I have nothing to lose, but Vida Blue is coming out with another album!”—marking the first time members of the band itself have officially confirmed their new project.Russell Batiste Introduces Page McConnell & Confirms New Vida Blue Albumlast_img read more

Meeting opportunities at the fair

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AVNIqbkH0w” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/2AVNIqbkH0w/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> At the recent Harvard Start-Up Career Fair, first-year M.B.A. student Minh Bui was looking for the next big thing.“I’m looking for a team with a high potential for growth — the next Facebook — but really, a team that I can truly believe in,” Bui said. “Startups are incredibly exciting because there are so many factors that are hard to predict, and there are some really promising companies here.”Bui wasn’t alone. More than 1,000 students and alumni attended the third annual fair at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), which sponsored the event with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Office of Career Services and Harvard Business School. More than 100 companies were on hand to discuss their organization’s goals, culture, and opportunities — including internships and full-time jobs.Attendance at the event was up 65 percent from last year, indicating to Scott LaChapelle, assistant director of technology platforms and new employer development at the Office of Career Services, that the event resonated for both students and potential employers.“The event’s grown exponentially, and that’s all word-of-mouth,” LaChapelle said. “Harvard students are certainly very tech-savvy, but they also have such strong energy, ideas, and leadership. Our students are very entrepreneurial in nature, and that translates well to what these organizations are looking for.”Deb Carroll, associate director for employer relations and operations for the FAS Office of Career Services, said that the strong response from students spoke to the creative and dynamic nature of startup companies.“Lots of students are interested in working for startup companies because they have a lively, fun, energetic environment, and they’re on the cutting edge of something new,” Carroll said. “We wanted to present a wide range of opportunities for as many different career paths as possible, from marketing to research to computer science.”Companies at the event included the less traditional — fashion and fantasy sports — but still maintained the standbys, such as media and real estate … but with a twist.Alumna Bridget Frey ’99, the vice president of engineering at the real estate company Redfin, said that she was there because Harvard’s entrepreneurial spirit is hardwired into students’ DNA.“We’re growing really fast, and need people who get it and can help us get to the next level,” Frey said. “Harvard’s startup culture is embedded in its computer science programs. We don’t recruit exclusively at Harvard, but we like the program and the training that the students get, and feel like there’s a strong chance that they’ll understand our vision.”Andrei Oprisan, senior developer with the digital commerce company Optaros and a student in the information systems management master’s degree program at the Harvard Extension School, was recruiting engineers, business analysts, and user interface developers.“There’s a lot of great talent,” Oprisan said. “The people are creative, open, analytical, inquisitive, and challenging. That lines up very well with what the companies here are looking for.”Alumni Cristina Hernandez ’09 and Hasan Korre ’09 were there to explore opportunities and build their networks.“When we were undergraduates, there was no i-lab,” Korre said. “But also, back then Harvard focused more on consulting and banking. So these kinds of companies wouldn’t necessarily have been [at a career fair] when we were undergraduates.”Looking around the career fair, Korre said, “You see so many different opportunities. It’s good to start funneling Harvard people into different companies and industries — and the fact that we’re able to attend as alumni is great.”Venmo’s John Graham (left) meets with Jack Schultz, a research assistant at Harvard Business School.“These kinds of companies also don’t recruit the way other companies do,” Hernandez said. “It’s a great way to make connections and network.”Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab, said that the event was just another example of how the i-lab helps students take their entrepreneurial ideas as far as they can go.“Small startups look for students who want to be entrepreneurs, if you will, or early joiners, to startups,” Jones said. “That’s a resource that the i-lab fits, and the interest is here: Today’s turnout reflects that. The breadth and depth of what our students can do and the scale of what we can do through the One Harvard approach is an immense resource to students.”As more and more students walked into the career fair, Carroll took a moment to appreciate the teamwork behind the event. “It’s a great collaboration across Harvard offices,” Carroll said. “Many of the organizations here have alumni staff or founders, so … this really feels like a great, full-team, Harvard effort.”Harvard i-lab | Harvard Startup Career Fair 2013 This educational and career-focused event allowed students to network with representatives from entrepreneurial and start-up organizations, learn about jobs and internships, and discover exciting opportunities available in the start-up field. Over 100 participating organizations took part in the fair, and over 1000 students from across all the Harvard schools attended the event.last_img read more

Law student Travis McElmurry dies

first_imgFirst-year law student Travis McElmurry, 30, died in his off-campus residence where he was found Sunday night, according to a University press release.St. Joseph County coroner Michael McGann said the cause of McElmurry’s death is unknown at this time, though he saw no signs of foul play or other unnatural causes. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.“As a university community, we mourn Travis’ passing,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “Our prayers are with his family and many friends. May God grant them consolation in this time of sorrow, and may Notre Dame, Our Lady, watch over them.”McElmurry was from Granada Hills, California, and received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, according to the release.In an email sent to students Monday morning, Vice President of Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Campus Ministry resources are available to all members of the Notre Dame community, even during spring break.A campus memorial mass will be announced and held soon, according to the email.Updated Monday at 5:25 p.m.Tags: Law student, travis mcelmurrylast_img read more

The Temptations & The Four Tops Set for Broadway

first_imgGet ready for more Motown! Two legendary Motown groups will join forces on Broadway for one week only. The Temptations and The Four Tops will play the Palace Theatre from December 29 through January 4, 2015 for seven performances, celebrating their 50-year career of classic hits. The Temptations started in the early ‘60s in Detroit and rose to fame in 1964 with “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” They became the first Motown group to win a Grammy—for “Cloud Nine” in 1969. They won again in 1973 for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and in 2001 for the album Ear-Resistable. Last year, they were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Temptations singers currently consist of founding member Otis Williams, as well as Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. The Temptations and The Four Tops Both The Temptations and The Four Tops are portrayed on stage in the Broadway musical Motown. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows The Four Tops began as Four Aims in 1956 under Chess Records, singing everything from pop, to blues, to Broadway and jazz. The quartet’s “Baby I Need Your Loving” marked their first Motown hit in 1964; it was soon followed by such chart-toppers as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song” and “”Reach Out I’ll Be There.” They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the 2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir is joined by Ronnie McNeir, Harold Bonhart and Lawrence Payton, Jr. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

New York City police disband rough street unit amid pressure for reform

first_img“We can do it with brains, we can do it with guile, we can move away from brute force,” he said.New York police union President Patrick Lynch, noting that shootings and murders rose last year, said city leaders “will have to reckon with the consequences” of a strategy that de-emphasizes proactive policing.On Friday Cuomo signed several police overhaul bills, including one banning the “chokehold” that was used in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a black man who was being arrested on a minor charge.The package of bills also included one that opens officers’ disciplinary records to public access. Topics : Like most US cities, New York has had daily protests demanding racial justice since the May 25 killing of Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis officer. His death has triggered national soul-searching over racial prejudice in American society and prompted calls for new ways of policing.The mass reassignment, which follows a number of policing overhaul bills signed last week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is designed to modernize the NYPD with a uniformed staff of more than 36,000, and build trust amid heightened racial tension, Shea said.By ending the anti-crime unit, which proactively pursues street criminals, Shea said he hopes to regain support in neighborhoods alienated by the unit’s rough tactics, which have drawn a large share of complaints.Shea stressed he was not faulting the officers of the unit who he said had been doing what was asked of them. The move was closing one of the last chapters of the “stop-and-frisk” era that disproportionately targeted non-white people for random searches, he said.center_img The New York Police Department is disbanding its aggressive anti-crime unit, a move aimed at turning alienated residents into crime-stopping allies, part of a nationwide push for policing reforms following the killing of George Floyd.In a major redeployment, the country’s largest police force will reassign some 600 plainclothes officers in the anti-crime unit, the target of numerous complaints, to other duties, effective immediately, Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Monday.”Make no mistake, this is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city,” Shea told a news briefing. “It will be felt immediately throughout the five district attorney’s offices, it will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect.”last_img read more