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Center for Jewish Studies awards seniors

first_imgThe Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University has announced the recipients of the 2011 Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies and the 2011 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.Emily Shire ’11 won this year’s Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies for her essay “Interwar Kosher Cookbooks: Recipes for Jewish-American Identity.” This award is given to the student who submits the best essay, feature article, or short story on a Jewish theme. A tribute to Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary magazine from 1960 to 1995, the prize is sponsored by the Ernest H. Weiner Fund at the American Jewish Committee.Benjamin Lerner ’11 and Avishai Don ’12 both won this year’s Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies. Lerner’s entry was “On the Origin of the Jewish Defense League: How the Holocaust, Counterculture, and Identity Politics Shaped an Aberrant Jewish Group” and Don’s entry was “Slaying Goliath at Camp David: An Analysis of Camp David I and Camp David II.”  The Weinstein Prize is given to the student who submits the best undergraduate essay in Jewish studies, and was established by Lewis H. Weinstein ’27, LL.B. ’30.last_img read more

A sampling of college

first_imgEducators from Cambridge’s public schools voiced their approval as Suzanne Bouffard, a researcher and writer with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), spoke about the galvanizing power of helping students believe that college is a goal they can not only pursue, but can master and achieve.“Students need to believe that they can go to college,” she said. “It’s having the opportunity to master that experience, not simply being told that they’re able to do it.”Bouffard, the co-author of “Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success” with Mandy Savitz-Romer, the director of the Prevention Science and Practice Program and senior lecturer on education at HGSE, addressed the crowd March 14 as part of a professional development class through Harvard’s Project Teach.Created 25 years ago as a way to connect Harvard with the Cambridge public schools (CPS), Project Teach now involves sharing a research-based approach with educators in the local schools. The new model includes lesson plans for teachers to use before and after the visit to Harvard’s campus, aimed at helping to establish college as a future prospect as early as in middle school.This year, Project Teach will bring every seventh grader from the Cambridge schools to Harvard, with students selecting from courses such as English, science, the social sciences, and the arts, and with Harvard faculty members leading the discussions. Building upon last year’s program, the 2014 initiative will provide take-home activities for students’ families and classroom discussions preceding and after the event, helping shape a framework for young students to visualize a future on a college campus.“The redesign of Project Teach is one way that Harvard demonstrates an ongoing commitment to refining programs so that we can enhance the productive partnership with the Cambridge public schools, the students, and families,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for public affairs and communications. “We are proud to partner with Superintendent [Jeffrey] Young and C.P.S. to reach a goal of increasing the long-term academic success of all of these students.”One of the attendees, Cambridge Street Upper School head of school Manuel Fernandez, recalled the impact that visiting Harvard had on his students last year.“I was moved by the responses of my students. For many, it was their first time on a college campus,” he said. “The formal and informal presentations made many of them feel that they could actually go to college. That, in and of itself, makes the trip so very important for our student population.”In addition, Fernandez said, Project Teach’s training for educators helped to provide new ways to “support students in creating a college-going identity. It energized my team to think about strategies that we can implement on a daily basis, and ways that we can help students to maximize their assets.”Establishing that long-range vision, Bouffard said, is vital, and equally important as encouraging students to open their minds to academic opportunities. In essence, “what matters most is what [a student] believes” in determining his or her future success.”“I’m not saying that money isn’t important. I’m saying that it’s not the only motivator,” she said. “Different students respond to different motivations, and it’s finding those motivators that helps determine each student’s success.”Project Teach is one of many programs at Harvard that engage local students.  To learn more about the University’s partnerships with local schools, visit Harvard Community Connections on the Web.last_img read more

Catching up with the Class of ’48

first_imgAfter the Class of 1948’s 70th reunion in May, the Gazette took a closer look at six of its members and found a group committed to living to the fullest as they age into their 90s.Take Steven Stadler, who got married last year at age 91 and still travels abroad annually. Or Sayre Phillips Sheldon, who recently celebrated her 92nd birthday in the pool with her aquatics class and is politically active. There’s Henry Lee, who compiled the class’s 70th Anniversary Report, recently marked his 72nd wedding anniversary, and oversees upkeep of the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial in downtown Boston.Eleanor “Buster” Foley Glimp, widow of former Harvard dean Fred Glimp, paints in two-hour sessions in her kitchen/studio without pausing to sit, and reads the entire Boston Globe and New York Times each morning. Her best friend, Natalie Basso Ryan, regularly walks to the Harvard Art Museums and the Cambridge Library, despite breaking her leg a while back. At 92, Ray Goldberg just published his new book on food globalization, and this month he teaches a seminar at Harvard Kennedy School.last_img read more

Guatemala: New Investigative Tool

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2012 The Government of Guatemala approved the formation of the General Criminal Investigations Bureau (DIGICRI, for its acronym in Spanish) in July 2012 to strengthen judicial investigations and close more cases. The civil unit will operate under the Ministry of Governance and take 10 years to fully institutionalize. After the law was passed, President of Congress Gudy Rivera, who originally proposed the law in 1997, said the unit will be one more tool to stop criminality in the country. Javier Monterroso, advisor to the attorney general, added that “it is necessary to count on a criminal investigative body to make penal prosecutions more efficient.” Guatemala faces well-organized criminal gangs and the infiltration of Mexican drug cartels that have led to a spike in violence and impunity in recent years. In 2010, only 5 percent of homicide cases were solved in the country, according to official statistics. The Public Ministry’s prosecutors will have oversight of DIGICRI personnel from the beginning of investigations until sentencing. Sources: www.s21.com.gt, www.prensalibre.com, www.deguate.com, www.hrw.orglast_img read more

December 1, 2005 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Jill S. Schwartz was elected a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Thomas J. Baird of North Palm Beach was appointed to the board of directors of Third Federal Savings and Loan. Michael O’Rourke of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra in Ft. Lauderdale presented a complimentary CLE seminar on the accounting standards that must be considered when evaluating damages for a legal dispute. Mark David Hunter of Boca Raton recently published an article titled “Investment Newsletters and Auto-Trading: Stretching the Boundaries of the Publisher’s Exclusion” in the October 2005 issue of Wall Street Lawyer. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando was selected to speak on “The Ethics of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claims File Handling” at a legal seminar in Tampa. George L. Fernandez and Alexander Alvarez of Wolpe, Leibowitz, Alvarez & Fernandez presented “Legal Aspects of Maintenance of Traffic and Roadway Design” to claims professionals in Tampa. David Aronberg of Greenspoon Marder in Ft. Lauderdale was elected to the Palms West Hospital Board of Trustees. William Simontisch of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham in Miami was elected the second vice president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Inc. Joe Farrell of Orlando has been certified as a circuit civil mediator and has graduated from Florida Supreme Court certified arbitrator training. Mayda Prego of Hughes Hubbard & Reed in Miami was appointed to serve as the Florida regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Kenneth J. McKenna of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier served as a faculty co-presenter for the National Business Institute’s seminar on “Dealing with Destruction: Spoliation of Evidence in Florida.”The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches recently presented an award to the Law Offices of Glen J. Torcivia for partnering with the association to organize and sponsor the Belle Glade Economic Development Tour. Victor A. Cavanaugh was elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jason Guari was appointed chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Personal Injury and Wrongful Death CLE Committee for 2005. Carlos A. Lacasa of Ruden McClosky in Miami was appointed to a four-year term on the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority by Gov. Jeb Bush. Jason M. Murray of Carlton Fields in Miami spoke on “Records Management and Retention Systems, Money Management and Self-Compensation Systems, Real Estate, and Insurance Matters” at a seminar held by the Florida District of The Soul Saving Station For Every Nation of the Christ Crusaders of America, International, Inc. Paul L. Nettleton of Carlton Fields in Miami was appointed co-chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the ABA. P. Michael Villalobos of Cape Coral was elected regional director for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Patricia H. Thompson of Carlton Fields in Miami was appointed co-chair of the Construction Committee of the Litigation Section of the ABA. Bruce Harris of Harris, Harris, Bauerle & Sharma in Orlando is the new co-owner of Urban Think! bookstore. David Gast of Malloy & Malloy mediated a discussion roundtable for the International Trademark Association on trademark licensing. Jonathan S. Coleman of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns in Tampa had his article “Judicial Activism, Gartenberg, and Fiduciary Duty under the Investment Company Act of 1940” published in the Fall 2005 edition, Vol. 33/3 of the Securities Regulation Law Journal. Ross R. Hartog of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty in Miami was elected first vice president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Inc. Thomas M. Messana and Katie A. Lane of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale were appointed to one-year terms on the Standing Advisory Committee for the Study of the Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures of the Court. Neisen Kasdin of Gunster Yoakley in Miami spoke at the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties South Florida Chapter “Revitalization of Downtown Miami” panel discussion. Kathy J. Maus of Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig in Tallahassee has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Defense Research Institute. Clark Jordan-Holmes of Joyner & Jordan-Holmes in Tampa was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for Global Understanding. John Fleming Kelly of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group addressed the Commercial Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. His presentation was titled “Arbitration, Creature of Contract: The Devil is in the Details.” Karen Jordan attended the Court Performance Standards course in Salt Lake City, Utah. The course was sponsored by the Institute for Court Management, National Center for State Courts. John J. Upchurch of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group joined the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. Kirsten Ullman of Ullman, Bursa, Hoffman & Ragano in Tampa presented “Key Defenses in Senior Housing” at Thilman Filippini’s Senior’s Housing Leadership Forum “Clinical and Operational Challenges” in Chicago. Rafael Gonzalez of Barrs, Williamson, Stolberg, Townsend, and Gonzalez in Tampa published his book Workers’ Compensation and Politics in Florida: A Compilation of Articles Studying Florida’s Most Recent Legislative Changes. Phillip B. Russell of Fisher & Phillips in Tampa was elected to be a silver member of the Independent Electrical Contractors, Florida West Coast Chapter. Additionally, Russell was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the Family Service Centers, Inc. Deborah Martohue of Martohue Land Use Law Group in St. Petersburg moderated a panel discussion on the 2025 Florida Transportation Plan at the Florida APA Conference. Martohue also participated in a panel discussion on “Redevelopment Issues: Tourism vs. Condo Conversion” at the Florida Redevelopment Association Conference. John Dingfelder of the Scaritt Law Group participated in a panel discussion of the Kelo v. City of New London, regarding eminent domain at the Stetson College of Law’s Gulfport campus. Christopher B. Hopkins of Cole, Scott & Kissane was a guest lecturer at the Palm Beach Governor’s Club on the topic of “Assassination of JFK: Origin of the Conspiracy Theories.” Martin H. Cohen chaired the Elder Law CLER tract and presented “Medicaid II: Guiding Families Who May Need Government Assistance” and “Special Needs Trusts: Avoiding Malpractice for P.I. and Estate Planning Attorneys” at the 2005 Bench-Bar Convention in Ft. Lauderdale. George Barford of Carlton Fields in Tampa spoke at the “Coffee with Experience” program at Stetson College of Law’s Tampa campus. The program is organized by the ABA’s Law Student Division. David Pratt of Proskauer Rose spoke at the 64th New York University Institute on Federal Taxation Conference in New York City. His topic was the “Anatomy of the Federal Gift Tax Return, Including a Review of the Gift Tax Statute of Limitations, Gift Splitting Provisions, and Final Regulations Regarding the Election Out of the Automatic Allocation of Generation-Skipping transfer Tax Exemption.” Adam P. Schwartz of Carlton Fields in Tampa was appointed vice chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Committee on Homeland Security. Gary M. Pappas of Carlton Fields in Miami moderated a panel seminar on “Automotive Event Data Recorder Technology in Criminal and Civil Litigation: The Newest Tool for Plaintiff and Defense” hosted by the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Alberto M. Hernandez of Hunton & Williams will serve on the Florida International University College of Law’s Community Service Advisory Board. Thomas Sadaka of Berger Singerman made a presentation on identity theft investigations and trends in cyber crimes at a seminar for the Palm Beach County Economic Crime Unit’s 2005 financial institution and law enforcement seminar. Additionally, Sadaka spoke at the National Judicial College Conference of Appellate Judges course titled “The Fourth Amendment: Contemporary Issues for Appellate Judges” in Reno, Nevada. Thomas Karr of Berger Singerman spoke on will and trust litigation at the “Litigation of Estates, Trusts, and Guardianships in Florida” seminar hosted by Lorman Education Services in Miami. Milton Hirsch spoke at the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ seminar “Showcase on Sentencing in Florida,” held in Orlando. Hirsch presented a segment on “The Impact of Federal Sentencing Decisions on State Court Sentencing.” Louise B. Zeuli recently completed the Supreme Court’s certified arbitrator training and advanced arbitration training. Zeuli also lectured on “Advanced Arbitration Training, Practice, and Procedures” in a medical malpractice arbitration sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Education Center. December 1, 2005 News and Notes December 1, 2005 News & Noteslast_img read more

Flag raised to honor women over Binghamton City Hall

first_img“They’re still fighting the same things they were 40 years ago,” says Status of Women Council President Heather Micha. “The pay equity, definitely the childcare being affordable. It’s just ridiculous as a woman trying to advance in the community or on your own.” The State of Women Council joined the city of Binghamton to raise the flag, honoring the contributions made by women throughout history. The status of women council raises the flag over the city hall every year. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A special flag flew over Binghamton Monday as the city begins to celebrate Women’s History Month.center_img Leaders with the Status of Women Council say they hope the flag inspires all to reflect on the many women who’ve struggled to get ahead. The flag will fly throughout March.last_img read more

Traveler Review Awards 2020: The best accommodation facilities in Croatia

first_imgOn the other hand, the Top 10 accommodation facilities that received the Traveler Review Awards for 2020 in Croatia are: Booking.com today announced the winners of the Traveler Review Awards 2020.  Photo: PREMIUM, Osijek / Booking.com The places where the warmest welcome is given or where the best hosts are, according to Booking.com reviews, on the market in Croatia are Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Opatija, Baška, Cavtat, Osijek, Cres, Korenica, Slunj, Rakovica. Studio Makala, Trogir Momentum Apartment, Split Apartment Roman Heritage, Split Apartments Beso, Makarska Embassy Row BnB, Zagreb center_img Apartments Nila, Pucisca PREMIUM, Osijek Luxury Apartment Dvor, Split Neretva Valley Apartments, Metkovic Nearly one million awards (986.449) were given across 220 countries and territories. Among the 10 countries with the most award winners was Croatia with 42.763 winners.  Apartment Specter, Zagreb Cover photo: Neretva Valley Apartments, Metković / Illustration HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka posts cryptic message following return to action

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka posts cryptic message following return to action Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Nov 2019 4:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link322Shares Xhaka featured for the first time this month last night (Picture: Getty )Granit Xhaka sent out a cryptic message from his Instagram following his return to action for Swizterland.The midfielder has not played for Arsenal since his explosive reaction to fans booing him at the Emirates last month.Xhaka completed 90 minutes for Switzerland against Georgia in their European qualifier and posted the following message in his native tongue after the game.He said: ‘Happiness is when you are satisfied with yourself and do not need the confirmation of others.’ADVERTISEMENTArsenal fans debated what the post could have meant on social media, with some reading the message as a potential dig at Unai Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka has faced intense criticism for his actions and was stripped of the captaincy by Emery.The Switzerland international has defended himself since the armband was taken from him and insisted he is ready to play for Arsenal again.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has refused to say if he will recall Xhaka and admitted there were ongoing discussions about whether to sell him in January.‘You can be sure that I’ll keep fighting and putting myself out there in every training session,’ Xhaka said in response to Emery’s most recent comments.‘I feel that last week has been dealt with and now I’m ready.’ Comment Xhaka played in his country’s win over Georgia (Picture: Getty)Newcastle have shown an interest in singing Xhaka on loan, while Serie A has been named as another possible exit route.Arsenal resume club action on 23 November with a home game against Southampton.MORE: Unai Emery made two decisions which convinced Laurent Koscielny to quit ArsenalMORE: Arsenal and Man Utd eye January transfer move for Juventus defender Merih Demirallast_img read more

In Brief

first_imgn On December 20 Conrail’s board of directors voted to reject Norfolk Southern’s hostile all-cash bid for the business, after it had been raised to US$10·5bn to match CSX’s improved cash and stock offer of US$9·35bn. Conrail shareholders were due to vote on January 17 on a proposal to opt out of a Pennsylvania anti-takeover law and allow CSX to purchase a further 20% of the company’s shares for cash; CSX already owns 19·9% and intends to offer its own stock in exchange for the remaining 60·1%.n German chemicals company BASF has obtained a licence to operate freight trains over the DB network including carriage of merchandise for third parties.n Swiss Federal Railways’ tunnelling engineers have confirmed from test bores at Polmengo that the Piora strata formed of ’sugar dolomite’ extends to the depth of the planned Gotthard base tunnel. Special techniques will be needed to cut through the Piora rocks which are likely to contain high pressure water.n Myanma Railways is completing a major new station at Bagan, located at the end of an extension to the Kyaukpadaung branch which opened to passenger traffic in September. The site of important Buddhist relics, Bagan is generating increasing amounts of tourist traffic.n Under an agreement signed with trade unions in November and effective until April 1998, Netherlands Railways has secured more flexible working practices from drivers, conductors and station platform staff. With a 36h week in force and more frequent peak-hour services planned around Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht from September, NS is recruiting 150 extra conductors.n Britain’s Association of Train Operating Companies, Banestyrelsen of Denmark (p113), NSB BA and Jernbaneverket of Norway joined the Community of European Railways in January. British Rail will leave the organisation this year as its last operating functions are transferred to the private sector.n Completion of North Korea Railway’s 80 km electrified Wonsan – Kumgangsan route is expected to by the end of March. A new line from Wonsan to the resort of Mount Kumgang was completed in November after 11 months of work.n Since December 14 trams have been running between Karlsruhe city centre and Baden Baden using a new DM12·5m link from the Albtalbahnhof which joins the DB main line west of the main station. LRVs from Bretten to Karlsruhe Marktplatz now continue hourly to Baden Baden, replacing DB’s local services.n German Transport Minister Matthias Wissmann announced on December 19 that a finance agreement had been signed for the Nürnberg – Ingolstadt – München Neubaustrecke. This provides for DB to borrow funds from a private banking consortium; once the DM9bn line is complete, the government will redeem the debts and pay them off over 15 years. Target date for opening is 2003.last_img read more

€19bn agriculture sector scheme eyes property investments

first_imgThe €18.7bn Dutch pension fund for the agricultural sector plans to increase its property allocation by more than a quarter, with a focus on sustainable residential property.In its annual report for 2018, BPL said it wanted to increase its allocation to the asset class from 12.8% to 16.5% of its overall portfolio.The scheme added that it also intended to include care homes within the new allocation in an effort to improve diversification and achieve higher returns. It had already cut its  exposure to retail and office properties to 4.5%.Last year, the scheme’s real estate allocation generated a 17.8% return. However, this did not help BPL avoid an overall loss of 0.3% for the year. It attributed the loss to its small caps and emerging market debt allocations, as well as the scheme’s decision to overweight equity at the expense of fixed income.BPL’s equity holdings lost 6.9%, an underperformance of 25 basis points, while fixed income gained 0.9%, outperforming its benchmark by 6bps. The Dutch agriculture sector scheme lost 0.3% in 2018 despite double-digit gains from property investmentsAlternatives gained 7.4%, with infrastructure producing a profit of almost 11%. The latter asset class had reached its final stage and had delivered a high yield on divestment, according to the pension fund.A spokesman for the scheme said BPL was preparing to divest a €20m stake in an agricultural land lease financing fund, as other stakeholders wanted to exit. The investment had returned at least 3.5%, he said.Mixed results from hedgingDue to the appreciation of the euro relative to other currencies, BPL lost 0.9% on its currency hedge of dollar, sterling and yen, and its hedge of global high yield, infrastructure and emerging market debt investments, it said.In contrast, its partial hedge of interest rate risk on its liabilities – enacted through government bonds, residential mortgages and interest swaps – gained 0.7%.BPL said there was a real chance that it would have to cut pension rights and benefits in the near future. Its funding ratio was 102.1% at the end of 2018, and has since dropped to 98.4% as of the end of July.The scheme reported administration costs of €102 per participant. It spent 24bps and 7bps on asset management and transactions, respectively.The industry-wide pension fund has 116,435 active participants, 488,110 deferred members and 68,260 pensioners, affiliated with 14,700 employers.last_img read more