Trans-equatorial migration routes, staging sites and wintering areas of a High-Arctic avian predator: The long-tailed skua (Stercorarius longicaudus)

first_imgThe Long-tailed Skua, a small (<300 g) Arctic-breeding predator and seabird, is a functionally very important component of the Arctic vertebrate communities in summer, but little is known about its migration and winter distribution. We used light-level geolocators to track the annual movements of eight adult birds breeding in north-east Greenland (n = 3) and Svalbard (n = 5). All birds wintered in the Southern Hemisphere (mean arrival-departure dates on wintering grounds: 24 October-21 March): five along the south-west coast of Africa (0–40°S, 0–15°E), in the productive Benguela upwelling, and three further south (30–40°S, 0–50°E), in an area extending into the south-west Indian Ocean. Different migratory routes and rates of travel were documented during post-breeding (345 km d−1 in late August-early September) and spring migrations (235 km d−1 in late April) when most birds used a more westerly flyway. Among the different staging areas, a large region off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland appears to be the most important. It was used in autumn by all but one of the tracked birds (from a few days to three weeks) and in spring by five out of eight birds (from one to more than six weeks). Two other staging sites, off the Iberian coast and near the Azores, were used by two birds in spring for five to six weeks. Over one year, individuals travelled between 43,900 and 54,200 km (36,600–45,700 when excluding staging periods) and went as far as 10,500–13,700 km (mean 12,800 km) from their breeding sites. This study has revealed important marine areas in both the south and north Atlantic Ocean. Sustainable management of these ocean basins will benefit Long-tailed Skuas as well as other trans-equatorial migrants from the Arctic.last_img read more

USS Ashland starts 7th Fleet area of operations patrol

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Ashland starts 7th Fleet area of operations patrol January 28, 2016 View post tag: US Navy Authorities U.S. Navy’s Whidbey Island Class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, currently assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), departed the Sasebo Naval Base for a routine patrol of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.During her patrol, Ashland will embark Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).Commander Daniel P. Duhan, commanding officer of Ashland, said: “My crew, from the most veteran sailor down to the newest sailor, is ready and excited to get out to sea and integrate with the 31st MEU. The blue-green team will emerge from the patrol as a more cohesive unit, well versed in amphibious operations.”Ashland’s crew spent the last few months preparing for their routine patrol and they are eager to begin training with the Marines.Elizabeth Hornbeck, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Petty Officer aboard USS Ashland, said: “I am excited to be a part of Ashland’s crew for my first underway. The Navy has prepared me to adapt to many things and I can’t wait to work alongside the Marines.”USS Ashland is one of three ships that comprise the Bonhomme Richard ARG and is scheduled to meet up with amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) at a later date.[mappress mapid=”17646″] USS Ashland starts 7th Fleet area of operations patrol View post tag: Bonhomme Richard ARG View post tag: USS Ashland Share this articlelast_img read more

White Rabbit accused of xenophobia

first_imgThe White Rabbit did not explicitly deny the xenophobia accusations, simply saying their general manager “spoke to them, listened to their explanations and to those of the duty manager, and told them that on this occasion we would be happy to serve them. The group of students then decided to leave the bar regardless.  “If we offended this group of students we would be very happy to apologise to them and would love to sit down with them to create a positive relationship going forward.” Responding to the accusations, the White Rabbit said: “The White Rabbit is an independent family-run pub in Oxford city centre and attracts a wide age range of people for our award-winning pizza and beers. As such we have to be really careful about underage drinkers and our bar staff take this very seriously as the consequences for a small business as ours could be existential. During our busiest times we ask our managers to make quick decisions about who to serve or not and we specifically train them to err on the side of caution.” The White Rabbit’s general manager eventually agreed to serve him, and another Welsh friend whose license had been deemed fake. However, the manager allegedly said, “that he “hopes [we’re] actually 18” yet again implying that our IDs are ingenuine.” Bar staff initially refused to serve him, using an article from WalesOnline to ‘prove’ that the student’s ID was fake, though the student later read the article and found it was not suggestive of his ID being fake. the student spoke to the general manager and explained the situation. According to the student, “The general manager didn’t seem to believe that the Welsh writing on my card was genuinely a language; he had me translate it for him and refused to take me seriously even after I had translated every word.” The student said: “I was extremely disappointed by the way my friend and I were treated at the White Rabbit. It was humiliating to have to try and prove that Welsh, my native language, is real and that it is used in an official capacity. It was distressing to not only not be taken seriously when I had done my best to explain my point of view, but also to be publicly patronised as if I was a child with a fragile ego.” Since the Welsh language is an official language of Wales, Welsh driving licenses are bilingual. Staff allegedly took an ‘LD’ symbol on the driving license to be a sign of its inauthenticity, refusing to accept that ‘D’ stood for ‘dysgwr,’ meaning learner in Welsh. A Welsh student studying at Oxford has accused staff at the White Rabbit of xenophobia. The student alleges that staff refused to serve him after they deemed his ID (a Welsh provisional drivers license) to be fake.last_img read more

Streamlined service

first_imgDemand for the affordable indulgence of desserts and puddings is high in these times of austerity and, while pricing is under pressure, bakers are still managing to add value through innovation.There is no universal recipe for success in the category, with traditional cakes, tarts and puddings remaining popular, while some manufacturers are turning to exciting new flavours and ingredients.Dorset-based Puddings & Pies has boosted trade in the recession by refocusing on high-quality traditional cakes, pies and tray bakes. Managing director Ed Cunningham says: “For us, what’s new is making the business more profitable through product rationalisation, working on the sellers and movers, and getting rid of the losers and slow movers. We have managed to grow the business by 30% by going down this route since this time last year and we are excited and continue to improve our methods and productivity, ensuring our top products look good and taste great, by incorporating higher-quality and natural ingredients.”For Ayr-based The Dessert Depot, economic woes have not quelled demand for its fresh cakes, tarts and tray-bakes. Managing director Frances Barron says: “We can’t keep up. The biggest change has been in prices, but people are still going out and having coffees. We’re still seeing growth organically, and we haven’t really gone out there all guns blazing.”The Dessert Depot supplies to coffee shops at visitor centres, farm shops and on the high street, and has found trade growing, with hotels “capitalising on the coffee market with coffee bars in their lounge area and a cake display,” says Barron.Meanwhile, Inchinnan-based Aulds Delicious Desserts marketing and customer service manager Paul Stewart says: “Times are difficult for everyone, but we are managing to get new business. It’s important in this economic climate to offer a good price point.”However, rather than competing on price to supply of-the-moment products, such as key lime pie, Aulds aims to offer unique desserts. “Products have to be innovative and offer customers a point of difference,” he says. While also supplying more traditional favourites, innovation this year has included a range of gluten-free desserts, including Luscious Lemon Cheesecake and White Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie “really nice desserts in their own right”, says Stewart.New Christmas lines from Aulds include a Festive Cheesecake, featuring spiced mincemeat, an Irish Cream Cheesecake and a Gin & Lime Cheesecake all of which command a premium for the company’s foodservice custo-mers. Meanwhile, in the retail sector, sales of its Cadbury and Mr Kipling Christmas event cakes outperformed own-label sales for Christmas 2010, according to Kantar Worldpanel data, says Premier Foods. New launches for the forthcoming festive season include Cadbury Merry Cherry Mini Rolls and Mr Kipling Frosty Cupcakes.”Cupcakes are still going strong,” says Stewart. “We think it’s past the fad stage and is a category in its own right now.”For The Dessert Depot, while perennial favourites include Coffee and Walnut and Luxury Carrot Cake, new launches this year aiming for the ’wow factor’ include OGM! Choco-a-Mocha Stack Cake, featuring three layers of chocolate and coffee sponge with Irish cream-flavoured frosting and chocolate-coated popping candy, and White Fudge Avalanche, topped with mallow and tablet pieces. The business has also launched its first branded venture, The Handmade Cheesecake Company, “as an add-on to our business and a way to promote directly to the end-consumer,” says Barron.With its own Facebook page, the new branded line includes a greater range of size formats, as well as innovative flavours such as watermelon, blackcurrant & liquorice and limoncello.Novel ingredientsBakers are also using interesting or novel ingredients to offer more appealing desserts and puddings. Culinary alcohol supplier Thomas Lowndes reports substantial growth across all its branded alcohol lines in 2011, including popular Christmas choice Courvoisier Cognac, as well as Jim Beam, Lambs Navy Rum, Harveys Bristol Cream, Grand Marnier and Cherry Marnier. Lesley Johnson, sales manager of the Beam Global subsidiary, says: “Retailers and consumers are still looking for branded offerings in a time where low pricing and basket spend is key. The unique proposition from Thomas Lowndes is the use of our trademarks giving any packaged food products the opportunity to enjoy a dual-branded approach, thus reinforcing quality and heritage.”Use of fruit as an ingredient in desserts and puddings, meanwhile, taps into demand for natural ingredients. Recognising that customers of baked goods are “often looking for a little treat rather than a full health-kick”, Kristen Girard, principal food scientist of Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group, says cranberries can boost the health appeal of baked products, while also giving a luxurious appearance as a topping. “Research suggests the key motivators for consumers purchasing baked goods are convenience, top-quality ingredients, exotic and new flavours, health benefits and an urge for comfort food,” she says.Ocean Spray recommends cranberries as a versatile addition, with frozen cranberries or cranberry purée ideal for topping cheesecakes or in pies and crumbles, while sweetened dried cranberries offer a high processing tolerance and can therefore be included in baked products.Wirral-based CSM (United Kingdom) recommends its baker customers innovate, with additions such as chocolate chips, fresh fruit pieces and dried fruit or base layers of jam, marmalade, golden syrup and fruit when using its Craigmillar Extra Moist Cake Mixes. The freeze-thaw-stable mixes come in plain, chocolate and toffee flavours and can be used as a base for sponge puddings, cakes or muffins.Meanwhile, Aulds has been using wasabi in some of its desserts to add a kick, identifying sweet and savoury desserts as another trend and point of innovation.Puddings & Pies targets the ’premium middle market’ by focusing on quality and natural ingredients, such as butter instead of margarine, and plans to go Fairtrade by the end of 2012. While organic lines previously supplied to Duchy and Abel & Cole have been abandoned as unprofitable in the economic downturn, “we do try and get as many ingredients as we can locally”, says Cunningham.New formatsInnovation is coming in a greater variety of size formats too, with portion control and single servings in particular continuing to emerge as a trend.Daniels Group subsidiary Farmhouse Fare has extended its Lovetub dessert line to include a 100g single-serve pudding format. The microwaveable hot puddings line featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chocolate Pudding flavours was launched last year in a 300g serving, targeting women in particular, and is listed by Sainsbury’s and the Co-op.Premier Foods is continuing to roll out new formats this year including Cadbury Double Choc Mini Mini Rolls for sharing occasions and individually packaged Mr Kipling Angel and Lemon slices. Cadbury also introduced new packaging across its cake bar lines, while adding new Boost and Turkish variants. New technology Puddings & Pies recently invested in a new cutting machine, facilitating the imminent launch of pre-cut 10-portion frozen fruit pies in apple, apple & blackberry and apple & raspberry flavours. “It allows portion control that is spot-on,” says Cunningham. A new line of frozen 14-portion pre-cut cakes in Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge, carrot cake and luxury coffee variants will be introduced at the same time.The business has been moving towards more frozen lines as it expands and can no longer handle all its own deliveries. “Distributors are reluctant to take on fresh cakes,” says Cunningham, “and there is no difference in the eating quality.”last_img read more

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds Celebrate Sasha Brown’s Final Show In NYC

first_imgOn Saturday night in New York City, Irving Plaza played host to the final performance for Sasha Brown, the guitarist for Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Having announced his leaving the band a few weeks ago, the house was packed as fans wanted to catch his final performance before moving on to new musical projects, with fans coming from as far away as Scotland. Excitement was in the air before the show even started. The beautiful not too chilly weather in New York City made for a perfect evening to chat about the upcoming show while standing in line before doors opened. Supporting band Kolars opened up for Sister Sparrow. This incredible duo blew the doors off. Their rockabilly vibe consists of Rob Kolar on guitar and Lauren Brown on drums and taps. If you’ve never seen these guys, you’re in for a real treat.  Sasha joined in for one song early on in the set, as Jackson Kincheloe joined in later on with harmonica and really helped to bring the house down. The audience was ready to go full steam ahead. Their set had everyone charged up in anticipation of what was yet to come. Be on the lookout for more from Kolars. This band has the right stuff!Sister Sparrow came out with a bang. During “Don’t Be Jealous,” Brown let it all hang out as he threw down a mic stand and busted into a steamy jam. The crowd was certainly in for a hell of a show. Jackson Kincheloe took over during “Catch Me If You Can,” as he lead with his railroad track of a jam on the harmonica. They kept the vibes on high alert as they rolled tight into “Frankie” before spreading their wings and taking “We Need A Love” on a crazy ride full of heavy horns by trumpet player, Phil Rodriguez and Brian Graham on tenor sax, while Brown threw out crunching guitar notes. He was clearly laying down everything he had throughout the evening. He made sure to take his fingers up and down the frets for a show to end all shows with Sister Sparrow on Saturday night. He was one of the original Dirty Birds, along with Kincheloe, and his sister Arleigh on lead vocals. The band made sure it would be a hell of a party at Irving Plaza. Kincheloe’s tender vocals softened during “Matter of Time,” after she announced to the audience that Brown was leaving the band, making sure everyone got fully into the show. They grooved into “Prison Cells,” a song that was originally written in honor of the Kincheloe’s sister, who was noted to be quite the mischief maker, before steaming right into Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” “Dr. Feelgood” was appropriately placed as Brown, once again, ripped into his guitar, unleashing his energy without holding back. The venue was on fire as, once again, Kincheloe blasted into her vocals, taking the song to blazing depths. The audience reacted with cheers, whistles and yells that reflected in the bands outpouring of incredible heat. Everyone was on a wickedly energetic high in the venue.Bassist Josh Myers showed off his deep funk side as they flowed into “Boogie Man,” keeping the crowd on their feet. After recognizing the mama’s in the house – both Brown’s and the Kincheloe’s – they grooved right into “Mama Knows,” which featured the whole band swaying back and forth in succession early in the tune. Drummer Dan Boyden got some love and showed off his talent while Kincheloe ripped into his harp. Jackson handles that harmonica like he’s ripping into a guitar solo; a true joy to watch. Brown continued to strut his stuff as he took fans on a jazzy, rock filled solo mid-song that cranked along as blasts of confetti streamed down on the band, and the crowd, in celebration.A New Orleans vibe filled the air as “Millie Mae” got underway. Arleigh joined Boyden on drums as she tapped away at the cymbals and drum heads before Boyden took off into a wild drum jam. The audience was asked to go “Sasha Brown down,” as hands clapped in the air and bodies swayed throughout the crowd. “Sugar” brought the set to a close, but not before Graham let loose on the tenor sax, only to follow with him flipping a shirt around and around above his head, making fans go nuts.During encore, Brown took over and dialed into a solid jam with his guitar, bending the strings in magical joy, and making sure he had nothing but the absolute best time to salute the band, and the fans, with a top notch good-bye. The evening closed on a high note, as they flew into Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” The set list clearly showed the band wasn’t messing around, as it was all about getting down and dirty with the jams.The evening, and Brown’s era with the band, ended with a bow from everyone, only to close with a solo bow from Brown, as a goodbye and thank you to the fans who’ve loved him from the beginning. Now it’s just a matter of time before we learn what Sasha Brown’s next project entails. Stay tuned as we follow on his next journey.For more information on Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, please visit their official website.Setlist: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at Irving Plaza, NYC – 11/12/16Bad Love, Don’t Be Jealous, Make It Rain, Stereo, Catch Me If You Can, Frankie, We Need a Love, Matter of Time, Prison Cells->*Valerie, Dr. Feelgood, Boogie Man, Mama Knows, Millie Mae, SugarEncore: My House, #Rock and Roll*Amy Winehouse cover, #Led Zeppelin coverWords and Photos by Sarah Bourque Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Bacow returns to Michigan roots

first_imgEducating students for “careers over a lifetime” is another critical mission of colleges and universities, said Bacow, who noted that decreased state funding has shifted the financial burden for college from taxpayers to students and their families, sent tuition costs soaring, and helped erode the public’s faith in the value of college degrees.“I think we are mortgaging our future. At a time in which other countries are doubling down on their investment in higher education, we are going in the opposite direction,” said Bacow, who added that colleges and universities need to stress to the public that the return on educational investment “has never been higher.”During an earlier session, Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan, said colleges and universities should be considered collaborators instead of competitors, and referred to the new Harvard-University of Michigan partnership as an example.“The landscape over which we can do good is almost limitless, so what we are limited by is creativity and energy and resources, and every time we come together we think of ways to make one another better.”Back to schoolBacow stopped by the International Technical Academy, a K-12 STEM school with 950 students that is part of the Pontiac School District. On Thursday morning the Harvard president, who loved science and tinkering with chemistry sets and Heathkit electronic sets, indulged his inner nerd on a tour of the robotics lab, led by students who make up “Wings of Fire,” the academy’s award-winning robotics team. The group proudly demonstrated the robot entered in last year’s competition, a chrome and plastic model designed to pick up 13-inch kickballs and deposit them on a scale.Senior Darcy Mendoza was considering a career in nursing before she joined the team. Now she is eager to become a mechanical engineer.,“This is what I want to do,” said Mendoza, designer of the robot’s elevator mechanism, who interned for General Motors over the summer and hopes to design electric cars at the company someday. “[This field] just opens so many doors.”Bridget Terry Long, Harvard’s new dean of the Graduate School of Education, accompanied Bacow on the tour along with his wife, Adele. Long watched as the teens’ robot grabbed a yellow fabric cube — a stand-in for the kickballs — and moved it to a wooden scale. Long listened as the students explained how different teams were responsible for the mechanics, the software, the pneumatics, the electronics, and the public relations.“I love the teamwork,” said Long. “You each took a piece, but then it all has to work together.”When Bacow asked about their biggest challenge, the students agreed it was going back to the drawing board when things didn’t work out.“If at first you don’t succeed,” said Bacow, adding, “You guys should be proud of what you’ve done here. I used to have an erector set, but it wasn’t even close.”Bacow and Long then looked in on a series of open classrooms arranged around a circular atrium where students lead presentations and discussions. They also paused in a hallway beneath blue banners celebrating the robotics team’s wins in recent competitions.“That’s amazing,” said Bacow, looking up at the numerous awards.Chatting with studentsBacow and Long also spoke to students in the auditorium. Backed by an image of the school’s mascot, a rising phoenix topped with a mortarboard, Bacow talked about how his own teachers fueled his lifelong interest in learning, inspired his curiosity in science and math, gave him an enduring appreciation for the arts, showed him how to think on his feet, and assured him that, “I could do anything and I could go anywhere. And you can too.”Aim high, dream big, seek help from mentors and teachers, and above, all consider applying to college, said Bacow, noting that the one kind of student Harvard will never admit is the one who doesn’t apply. Long echoed Bacow’s comments, telling the teens, “Education gives you choices, allowing you to decide where you want to live and what you want to do with your talents, your passions.”,Some students asked about affordability. Bacow acknowledged that college isn’t cheap, but many programs offer expansive aid. For instance, Harvard’s financial aid program covers four years of tuition, room, board, and fees for students whose families make less than $65,000 a year, he said to applause and stunned looks.“It’s a good deal. Take advantage of it,” he urged his listeners. “It could be you, it should be you. Why not?”One Pontiac student who plans to apply to Harvard is 16-year-old junior Rebecca Murray, the lead mechanic on the robotics team whose plans to become an orthopedic surgeon changed when the club sparked an interest in environmental and mechanical engineering.Murray said her mother, an engineer in the military who never got a college degree, primed her interest in robotics and in an advanced degree. “She is an inspiration to me. She’s very smart, but she didn’t have the opportunity to go to college like me. I want to make her proud, and if doing a Ph.D. does that, I am going to do that.”Connecting with alumniMeeting in a loft on the Detroit River with a view of Ontario, Canada, more than 300 alumni from Michigan and Ohio gathered to hear from Bacow at an evening session sponsored by the Harvard Club of Detroit, the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Club of Central Michigan, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western Michigan.“It’s really good to be home,” Bacow told more than 300 alumni from Michigan and Ohio, who had gathered for an evening session with Harvard’s president. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe guests, representing every School and every class from 1952 to 2018, mingled and sampled local treats such as the Coney dog, a hot dog covered in chili; chicken and waffles; and skewers of tomato and mozzarella.“It’s really good to be home,” Bacow told the crowd, as he gave a short sketch of his early life. He was born in Detroit, grew up in Pontiac, and spent time ushering at University of Michigan football games, visiting the Henry Ford Museum, and taking field trips to automobile plants, where he was transfixed by their assembly lines. Watching the chassis and body of a car come together at exactly the same time “was deeply satisfying to me as a kid,” said Bacow.He said he recaptured that same sense of satisfaction and coming together as Harvard’s president. “This feels perfect … coming back home to Harvard, to Detroit in this new capacity.”As an undergraduate, Kayla Shelton ’13 realized the Detroit she knew didn’t fit with the narrative many others held and she chose to change that. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerBacow said he will use his presidency to continue to “speak to the enduring value of higher education as an enabler of the American dream.” He is heartened by the renaissance underway in Detroit and by the many Harvard alumni helping make it happen.“This is a better city, this is a better country because of all of your collective efforts,” said Bacow.One alumna making a difference is Kayla Shelton ’13, a construction supervisor for DTE Energy’s gas operations who leads the team that designs gas pipelines and services across southeastern Michigan. As an undergraduate, Shelton said she realized the Detroit she knew didn’t fit with the narrative many others held, and she decided “to make sure that I do what I can to help with the renaissance.”A member of the National Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, Shelton frequently speaks with local high school students about careers in science and technology. She welcomed Bacow’s comments honoring “those people who have been serving in the city of Detroit or the Detroit area in different capacities and in different ways.” Harvard, U. of Michigan to tackle social ills Related Two universities launch partnerships to boost Detroit opportunity, reduce opioid crisis After being named the 29th president of Harvard University in February and taking office in July, Michigan native Larry Bacow rolled up his sleeves and went to work. But eventually he wanted to go home.He fulfilled that desire late last week, traveling to his birthplace, Detroit, and to neighboring Pontiac, where he grew up and attended public schools. He met with students, educators, Harvard alumni, state and local leaders, and private-sector officials, and in his remarks lauded and promoted investment in the city and continued to make the national case for the importance of college.During the trip — which included a visit to a local high school, a reception with Harvard graduates, and a conversation at a Detroit networking and ideas festival — Bacow repeatedly emphasized the “transformative power of higher education.”His father, a refugee from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, parked cars at night to pay for college and earn a law school degree from Wayne State University, which helped rewrite the path of the new Harvard leader’s own life.“He was the only member of his family to go to college,” Bacow told a crowd Friday at Detroit Homecoming, an annual event that brings together prominent leaders and others with Detroit ties for discussions and seminars on improving the city. “I would not be sitting here,” Bacow said, “but for the fact that my father was able to get an education.”,During his two-day visit, Bacow highlighted the city’s recent resurgence after years of decline. Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history in 2013, but only five years later is experiencing a renaissance — attributed in large part to an infusion of real estate investment fueled by the relocation of mortgage lender Quicken Loans’ headquarters from the suburbs to downtown. In many neighborhoods, new construction is eclipsing abandoned buildings, and shops and restaurants are springing up.On Friday, Bacow sat down with Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson to discuss a range of topics, including the education landscape in and beyond Michigan, the importance of financial aid and developing diverse communities of learners, and the role university collaborations can play in helping tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges.During a Q&A session with Wilson and Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, Bacow alluded to partnerships announced between Harvard and the University of Michigan aimed at combating the nation’s opioid crisis and confronting poverty in Detroit. Bacow said he hopes to pursue future collaborations with Michigan and other schools.,“I want to make sure that Harvard — but not just Harvard, all of our universities — are working hard to ensure what we can do to create opportunity for future generations,” said Bacow.Training future leaders is at the heart of Wayne State’s REBUILD Detroit program, which works to set students from diverse backgrounds on doctoral tracks, said Wilson. He agreed with Bacow that ensuring that talented high schoolers are aware of financial aid and are encouraged to apply to college is crucial.“The audacity that I had to apply to Yale early and apply to Harvard is because one of my teachers mentored me and explained to me that I could do anything I wanted to do,” said Wilson, a glaucoma expert who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1980. “We’ve got to do that with the kids. It’s all about expectations — setting high expectations and letting them know what’s available out there and having them make that leap so they do apply to the Harvards and the Michigans and the Ivies. Too many kids just don’t even make that attempt, so it’s upon all of us to really help them.“Not every kid is going to go to Harvard, and you can get a great education at lots and lots of places,” added Bacow, “and that’s why it’s important that we continue to support higher education broadly, across the board.”last_img read more

Worker Participation Committee presents licensing recommendations

first_imgMembers of the Worker Participation Committee presented a panel explaining their recent recommendations regarding the manufacturing of Notre Dame licensed products in other countries Wednesday.Panelists included Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves, doctoral student in moral theology Craig Iffland, senior Hannah O’Brien and professor Georges Enderle.The Worker Participation Committee was formed by University President Fr. John Jenkins. Its responsibilities include reviewing the existing licensing code of conduct and making recommendations on whether there should be a change, especially in regard to the production of Notre Dame products in China.The committee will expand its review of licensees and factories to include a broader range of human rights issues. These assessment tools will be reviewed annually to ensure they address the broad spectrum of human rights required by the University’s licensing code of conduct.“I think it’s important to look at the whole behavior of factories and not just focus on one or two important issues because it is possible that they can pass on the required issues, but fail on others,” Enderle said.One recommendation explained the annual assessment tool which will be used to evaluate each licensee. The global compliance company Sumerra will examine a licensee’s corporate responsibility program, level of knowledge of manufacturing processes and issue an audit on all overseas factories.Affleck-Graves said they had to hire an outside source to conduct this assessment, because there are so many Notre Dame licensees and factories that “it was clear that we could not possibly assess ourselves.”The next recommendation would change current policy. Currently, Notre Dame licensing does work with countries that do not recognize freedom of association by law, including China.However, this recommendation states that “in countries that do not recognize freedom of association by law, the standing committee may consider — within its discretion — a limited exemption to manufacture products in those countries only after the factory has completed both the Summera assessment and a more in-depth audit by Verité,” according to the presentation given at the panel.“We know that we cannot impact the legal systems and change national policy in these countries,” Iffland said. “The main aim here is to ensure acceptable wages and working rights.”Affleck-Graves said the recommendation as looking at the issue from a United Nations standpoint, evaluating the corporation and factory, rather than country.“Can you do good at the individual level?” Affleck-Graves said. “This is a question we have been grappling with.”The final recommendation acknowledged that the University should join other organizations to further the aforementioned goals of the Worker Participation Committee.“To have a lasting impact on workers’ rights and in these factories as a whole, that’s something we can’t do entirely on our own,” O’Brien said. “We want to partner with other universities and organizations to promote corporate responsibility.”Tags: Hannah O’Brien, John Affleck-Graves, recommendations, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

Joint Task Force-Bravo Supports Panama in Operation Darien Lift

first_img “The relationship between Panama and the United States is certainly a strong one, (us) being the partner of choice,” concluded Capt. West. “When the Panamanians request help from the United States government, I think it hits home that we are here to help.” By Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney/Joint Task Force Bravo, edited by Diálogo January 28, 2019 Deep in the jungles of Panama, National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) agents await for construction supplies that will help them take down illicit drug and human trafficking networks that abound in the Americas. The dense wilderness surrounding the agents seems alive—the breeze rustles the trees making them dance, the mountains stand tall in the distance guarding the valley below, and the air is filled with the sounds of nature. A whirring noise reverberates in the distance, akin to a sensory illusion. Gradually, the whisper evolves into a roar, overtaking the area, as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter peeks over the jungle canopy and the clearing erupts into chaos. The rotating blades of the aircraft whip up dust and debris that previously lay stagnant. “Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment (1-228th Avn Regt Bravo), assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo [JTF-Bravo], is part of a broader U.S. effort to assist the Panamanian government and their national border police with setting up a remote operating base in the Darien jungle,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Jennifer West, 1-228th Avn Regt Bravo company commander and Chinook pilot. The Chinook crew of the 1-228th Avn Regt provided air transportation assistance from January 4-12 for the first phase of operation Darien Lift. “A SENAFRONT installation is under construction and a lot of equipment must be moved to build it,” said Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. “We don’t have the equipment to transfer that amount of cargo in order to install this new SENAFRONT station; they are cooperating with that.” The outpost’s remote location makes transporting construction material—nearly 1,000 tons of concrete, cinderblocks, and others—harder. JTF-Bravo’s maneuverable rotary wing-assets can carry more weight faster than bringing the cargo on boats through the jungle’s waterways. Capt. West described the mission as extremely challenging without the airlift support and considers it “satisfying to know we’re actually making an impact and helping the Panamanians establish a security presence in the Darien, where there’s really nothing out there but jungle.” She explained the outpost will help SENAFRONT combat narcotraffickers and prevent their smuggled contraband from getting onto the Pan-American Highway, the transcontinental road well-financed and heavily-armed transnational criminal groups exploit. The groups fuel insecurity and instability as they conduct trafficking operations toward countries north of Panama. In 2018 alone, Panama’s security forces confiscated more than 72 metric tons of narcotics, keeping them off the streets of the Americas. “With this being a binational issue that also has regional effects, the U.S. government has kindly offered to support us in this effort,” said Panama’s Public Security Minister Jonattan Del Rosario. “It’s closely related to the binational posts that we are building in collaboration with Colombia, mainly because of the phenomenon of drug trafficking, although the irregular flow of migrants is also monitored from these centers. That’s why we have developed an important effort to pursue human trafficking networks in this administration, resulting in the effective dismantling of 22 networks.” JTF-Bravo, under U.S. Southern Command, operates out of Soto Cano Air Base, in Honduras, to support the United States’ neighbors in Central America and help partner nations develop capabilities and improve regional security. The year 2019 will mark the fourth Darien Lift the U.S. Army supports. Since the first operation, the crews have transported 152.5 tons of materials. They are scheduled to continue the operation. The Chinook is a multi-role helicopter used in a variety of situations from transporting soldiers to destinations to aiding in combat missions. In addition to supporting the Darien Lift operation, the CH-47 also deployed to combat wildfires in Darien in 2016. last_img read more

Mobile wallet use hinging on discounts & coupons, research finds

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The trick to driving mobile wallet adoption may rest in coupons, discounts and loyalty rewards, according to new data from Javelin Strategy & Research.The San Francisco, Calif.-based research and advisory firm released a report this week finding that although adoption rates have somewhat plateaued overall for mobile wallets, merchant wallets are the most widely adopted among consumers for payment at the point of sale.Javelin Strategy & Research said the research calls into question the wallet as a payment method, but it also found that some features do make mobile wallets more attractive to consumers.“In the rush to market, the main wallet value proposition, paying at the POS, wasn’t particularly compelling. In reality, loyalty and rewards will drive adoption, something merchants are doing particularly well,” Javelin Strategy & Research Director of Payments Krista Tedder said. “Nevertheless, third-party wallets can and should compete. A large group of consumers are primed to make the jump to in-store payments, and a feature-rich mobile wallet stands to gain a larger share of their spend.”last_img read more

How credit unions should honor Hispanic Heritage Month

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez “Luis A. Valdez-Jimenez has served on the Board of Directors for 360 Federal Credit Union in Windsor Locks, Connecticut since 2018. Valdez-Jimenez is passionate about increasing diversity in credit union … Web: https://www.360fcu.org Details Hispanic Heritage Month was expanded into a month-long celebration of the Hispanic American community by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since then credit unions have struggled with how to best observe this annual event and make inroads into the Hispanic community. The best way to observe Hispanic Heritage Month is to make a meaningful contribution to the community, and the best way to do that is to reach out and serve the Hispanic community, recruit and develop Hispanic talent, and partner with local organizations serving the community. The first point should be obvious, yet the facts show that more needs to be done. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Hispanic community is more “unbanked” or “underbanked” than the overall population because they have lower savings account ownership rates, are less likely to visit a branch, have lower rates of saving for unexpected expenses or emergencies, and are more likely not to have mainstream credit, among other statistics. Credit unions have a responsibility to help address these concerns by offering the Hispanic community the financial services and products they need. There is so much opportunity and potential for credit unions to thrive and prosper partnering with the community as its population and buying power is growing, to the point where the Hispanic-American GDP is now the eighth largest in the world.Yet the way credit unions often market to the Hispanic community fails to gain any traction. Growing up in Miami, a community with a very large Spanish speaking community, I remember watching Spanish TV and seeing ads from companies, in English. These companies didn’t even bother to translate the ads into Spanish! Also the ads wouldn’t feature anyone who seemed Hispanic and the messaging clearly wasn’t intended for a Hispanic audience. In addition, often whenever Hispanics would actually go into a branch, they often struggle to find someone who speaks Spanish fluently. Don’t just assume that if people live in the United States, that they can speak English. Over 26 Million people in this country do not speak English “very well”. How do you expect people to entrust their finances in products and services they don’t understand due to a language barrier? Unfortunately, there is an established history of financial institutions taking advantage of the language barrier to make a quick buck at the expense of the community. Well Fargo was sued for allegedly steering Hispanics into expensive and risky loans they didn’t understand and not staffing their branches with Spanish speaking loan officers. Staffing your credit union with Hispanic and Spanish speaking employees, including in managerial, executive, and board positions, will go a long way in serving the financial needs of our community. How do you know they actually speak Spanish? You can get their language skills certified through Language Testing International, as other financial institutions have done, and have the peace of mind that they can effectively communicate the value of membership in your credit union. Hispanics very much value word-of-mouth recommendations from their friends and families, and they can be among your most vocal promoters if they have a good experience at your credit union. In addition, invest the resources into developing and promoting your Hispanic employees into high profile positions within the credit union. Commitments to diversity and inclusion need to go beyond press releases and statements, and include an intentional effort to truly value your Hispanic personnel. Spotlight your Hispanic employees and highlight their cultures and contributions to your organization.Credit unions don’t have to re-create the wheel. They can partner with the many types of non-profit organizations that already serve the Hispanic community. There are local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, churches, and other philanthropic organizations that are looking for credit unions to partner with them. I also serve as the President of the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica, a national association of Hispanic professionals, and we have worked with local credit unions to help serve the needs of our community. It’s fine if a credit union publishes a statement celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. But if a credit union truly wants to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, then they need to do more. First, make an intentional effort to better serve the community by featuring Spanish ads targeting the Hispanic market and by having certified Spanish speakers serving in your branch. Then, recruit, retain, and promote Hispanic talent throughout your organization and celebrate their culture and contributions. Also, partner with local non-profits and utilize their knowledge and experience in the community. Finally, even though Hispanic Heritage Month ends in October, these steps should be practiced year-round. The benefits will far offset any costs that may be incurred.last_img read more