Harvard’s 363rd Commencement

first_imgA special notice regarding Harvard’s 363rd Commencement Exercises to be held May 29.Morning ExercisesTo accommodate the increasing number of people wishing to attend Harvard’s Commencement Exercises, the following guidelines are proposed to facilitate admission into Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement morning:Degree candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to Commencement. Parents and guests of degree candidates must have tickets, which they will be required to show at the gates in order to enter Tercentenary Theatre. Seating capacity is limited, however, there is standing room on the Widener Library steps and at the rear and sides of the Tercentenary Theatre for viewing the exercises.Note: A ticket allows admission into the theater, but does not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.A very limited supply of tickets will be made available to all other alumni and alumnae on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association. Alumni and alumnae and guests are requested to view the Morning Exercises over large-screen televisions in the Science Center and at designated locations in most of the undergraduate Houses and graduate and professional Schools. These locations provide ample seating, and tickets are not required.Alumni and alumnae attending their College reunions (25th, 35th, 50th) will receive tickets at their reunions. Alumni and alumnae in classes beyond the 50th may obtain tickets from the College Alumni Programs Office by calling 617.496.7001, or through the annual Treespread mailing sent out in March with an RSVP date of April 15.Afternoon ExercisesThe Harvard Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting convenes in Tercentenary Theatre on the afternoon of Commencement. All alumni and alumnae, faculty, students, parents, and guests are invited to attend and hear Harvard’s president and the Commencement speaker deliver their addresses. Tickets for the afternoon ceremony will be available through the Harvard Alumni Association, or by calling 617.496.7001.— Jacqueline A. O’Neill University Marshallast_img read more

Snuffing Her Out: The Failed Legacy of Fire Suppression

first_imgMan appeared on earth in a hospitable era. After eons of violence, we inhabited a rugged beauty through which we now recreate and explore. We are so fond of this–the only forested planet in the universe–we attempt to subdue nature’s temper in order to avoid change, spoiling what we love most in the process.Like the failed levees along the Mississippi, our engineered taming of the beast often backfires into catastrophe. What should have been free to enrich the mud-adapted lowlands became an imprisoned monster that broke out when Hurricane Katrina hit. And just as rivers swell, forests burn.Wildfire policies in the United States have sparked intense debate for centuries. In the forest, the recreationist sees freedom, the real estate agent sees privacy, the scientist sees an ecosystem, and the lumberman sees board feet. Let it burn, put it out: Even before the early 1900s, when the Weeks Act protected places such as Pisgah National Forest and the Wildlands Act banned human trammeling, man has disagreed about wildfire. Tourism bureaus, railroad managers, timber companies, treasury secretaries, and people who simply hate to see trees ablaze have all had their say. Policy adjustments followed big fires, while the tools for suppression steadily advanced.Even though the ecological benefits of fire have long been understood, putting concessions into a policy that manages nature’s style of give-and-take is like planning a backcountry trail from the desk of a New York City high-rise. Results just cannot meet intentions. Remember, also, that many of our public forests exist because the U.S. Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the leadership of Gifford Pinchot, forestry was, at its core, about harvesting trees and maximizing profit. Pinchot himself understood the service of fire, but he professed objection to the “law of the jungle” and believed “forest fires were wholly within the control of man.” The agency’s concerns have since expanded, but its mission remains “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands…”Throughout the United States today, every entity (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior, and more) with a role in forest fire prevention has its own rules. And with a legacy of logging and fire suppression behind us, a proverbial tinderbox is before us.Fire ScienceThe living things in a forest share finite resources by using them, altering them, and passing them on. Carbon, oxygen, water, nitrogen, minerals, and the sun’s energy are always either cycling or held in reserve. Like rain, fire propels the process.For both man and nature, smaller fires are best. A raging crown fire cannot be contained. It is erratic, rumbling, terrifying, and dangerous. Tornado-like convection winds send smoke thousands of feet into the air. A too-hot fire sterilizes the soil. It explodes trees. The leftover material erodes into the nearest waterway, leaving a desolate landscape that cannot recover.A surface fire, meanwhile, forces dead and diseased trees to release their reserves. The ash creates an exceptionally rich seedbed. Fire-adapted species are charred and pinecones drop their desirable cache. The forest floor is opened. Ground dwellers hide safely in their burrows, while others have time to flee. Damaging diseases and insects as well as the tangle of aggressive, choking plants are erased. And since small fires can be more easily contained, human habitat is more easily protected.In general, Nature would most often orchestrate surface fires. But since suppression builds fuel ladders to the canopy, it sets the stage for crown fires.Wild Versus NaturalThe often-quoted Wilderness Act of 1964 declared lands such as the Linville Gorge in North Carolina to be free of human engineering. Here the debate centers on the subtle-but-giant difference between wildness and naturalness. According to researchers, professors, and ecologists such as Peter Landres of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, land that is wild may not necessarily be natural because of human impact. Where the act mandates wildness, human manipulation must be prevented. Where natural conditions are cited, the lighting of torches to return fire to the forest comes into play.Prescribed burning is done to overcome a multitude of human-caused problems when they’ve degraded the ecosystem enough to warrant action. It also resets conditions to pave the way for any future fire to be left alone, because it diminishes the likelihood of an inferno.The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a land steward that employs fire right alongside the Forest Service. Deborah Landau, who has been with TNC for 14 years, leads the ecological restoration programs for the Maryland/D.C. chapter and is an expert in fire ecology. She said, “We will use fire as a tool to meet our ecological needs…Nature answers immediately thereafter. We see astoundingly fast results from orchids, some of which reappear after decades of no activity. There are many rare plants, birds, and animals that come back in force.” But, she said, “We will use fire only when it is safe for adjacent properties and for all parties involved. In a controlled burn, our primary driver is safety.”Recent FiresNational headlines usually come out of the hot and dry west, but as Landau noted, “Wildfire danger and altered ecology is an issue on both sides of the continent.”This past spring, a North Carolina resident was legally burning debris, which ignited a difficult-to-fight wildfire in the tender wildland-urban interface at the southern end of Pisgah National Forest. Though the Ridgecrest fire was expected to consume 2,000 acres, a consorted effort kept it to 740 acres burned.In April, the nearby Blue Gravel wildfire burned 521 acres in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area, closing roads and trails. The cause may never be determined. Part of Pisgah’s Grandfather Ranger District, the remote area was already recognized as in need of a natural fire regime via a winning proposal submitted to the USDA’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program. Blue Gravel was left to burn until it reached previously established fire lines.Too many interests banging on the door make it difficult to calm a caged monster. Before any fire is allowed to burn, the risk to human safety must be analyzed and minimized. “Hazardous fuels” are removed under a 2014 Farm Bill program that salvages dead and diseased trees, essentially plucking them from the forest as “renewable energy” to power man’s habitat. Every policy in response to wildfires bends to the protection of human lives, property, and economics. But at what consequence? That which nature bestows remains a direct result of her unchained fury. There is no picking one or the other.The Need for CautionEven proponents of natural fire agree with Smokey Bear: be always on guard. Out West, the most expensive fire in Colorado history was ignited by an ember from a fire at a volunteer firefighter’s Fourmile Canyon home, one he had extinguished four days prior. 6,200 acres and more than 100 homes burned. Charred trees dot the 10,000-foot mountainsides like the five o’clock shadow on a dark-haired man. An accident determination left the firefighter open to civil lawsuits. He knew about fire regime. He thought his fire was out. He burned down 169 structures.—Ruth Heil blogs about being outside at www.TodaysWalkOutside.com. Email her at ruth@thewritebeat.com.last_img read more

TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession

first_img July 15, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession New Bar survey also finds lawyers are earning more and are satisfied with their careers Mark D. Killian Managing EditorEven during this sluggish economy, Florida lawyers continue to see their earnings grow and are generally satisfied with their careers. Yet a vast majority of lawyers say the public does not have confidence in the legal system and that lawyer advertising — particularly on TV — reinforces the public’s negative impression of lawyers.Those findings were among the conclusions drawn from a new survey conducted by the Bar’s Research, Planning and Evaluation Department.Two-thirds of the polled lawyers (66 percent) rate The Florida Bar as either an excellent or good advocate for the legal profession. The 2003 results reveal a slight decrease in the percentage of excellent/good ratings from 2001; however, the 2003 ratings are still well above the ratings received from 1993-1997, but is down from the all-time high of 72 percent in 1999.More than three-quarters (76 percent) of lawyers responding to the Bar’s 2003 Membership Opinion Survey also said the Bar is a “supportive and cohesive organization that is interested in the well-being of its members” and 85 percent said the Bar promotes high standards of ethics and competence. The survey found the professionalism program and efforts top the list as to why members have a more positive outlook of the Bar over the past two years.Seventy-three percent of those surveyed, however, still say the public does not have confidence in the legal system.Those surveyed also shared their opinions on judicial competence and fitness. And the survey provides some information on how lawyers are doing financially, although the income data collected is not as comprehensive as is gathered every other year in the Bar’s Law Office Management and Economic surveys.When asked what will have the greatest impact on the profession over the next 10 years, the most often cited responses were computer technology/Internet, an over saturation of lawyers, and changes to the tort laws.The Membership Opinion Survey was mailed to 2,744 randomly selected Bar members in April. the May 15 deadline, 33 percent of the surveys had been returned. Bar senior analyst Mike Garcia said the results of the survey are statistically valid and the margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent at the 95-percent level of confidence. IncomeThe median income for those polled was $95,000, up from $85,000 two years ago.“Just over two-fifths – or 41 percent – of all respondents earned more than $100,000 before taxes from legal work in 2002,” Garcia said.Here’s a breakdown of median salaries of the respondents:• Partners/shareholders, $150,000.• Managing partners, $150,000.• Judges, $130,000.• Lawyers with one or more associates, $110,000.• Corporate counsel, $100,000.• Federal government attorneys, $95,000.• Sole practitioner, $90,000.• Local government attorney, $85,000.• Associates, $73,000.• State government attorney, $60,000.• Legal aid/legal service lawyers, $45,000.The median income for private practice lawyers was $100,000 in 2002, while government lawyers reported a median income of $70,000. AdvertisingThe study found 86 percent of those surveyed believe lawyer advertising negatively affects the public’s view of lawyers and the legal profession, including 80 percent of respondents whose firms advertise.Only 7 percent said lawyer advertising has a favorable effect on the public’s view of lawyers.Just under two-third’s (64 percent) of all respondents believe that television advertising has the most negative impact on the public’s perception of the profession. Billboard advertising (14 percent) and direct mail (11 percent) were also mentioned with some frequency as being the most negative form of advertising.Fifty-seven percent of all respondents believe the current restrictions of lawyer advertising in Florida are too liberal, while 34 percent believe thay are balanced. The Bar as an AdvocateAsked about the Bar as an advocate for the legal profession, 66 percent of respondents rate the Bar as excellent or good, down from 68 percent in 2001, but still up from 53 percent in 1997 and 41 percent in 1995. Nineteen percent gave the Bar an excellent rating, 47 percent good, 25 percent fair, and 9 percent poor.Although a vast majority of the members think the Bar is doing a good job as an advocate for the profession, the survey found 73 percent of lawyers think the public does not have confidence in the existing legal system. Career SatisfactionThe survey also found 72 percent of respondents are either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their legal careers, and only 7 percent say they are “very unsatisfied” with their careers.On a rating scale of one to four (one being very satisfied and four very unsatisfied) judges report the most job satisfaction, while lawyers with one or more associates report the least satisfaction. Judges weighed in with an average score of 1.77; followed by managing partners, 1.81; corporate counsel, 1.90; partner/shareholder, 1.94; federal government lawyers, 1.96; legal aid lawyers, 2.00; local government lawyers, 2.03; sole practitioners, 2.11; state government lawyers, 2.22; associates, 2.29; and lawyers with one or more associates, 2.33.The survey found no significant difference between men and women respondents on the rating of their satisfaction with their careers. The survey, however, showed lawyers over the age of 50 are more satisfied with their jobs than younger lawyers. Also, Hispanic lawyers reported being more satisfied with their careers (2.01) than whites (2.08) and blacks (2.22).The most frequently mentioned reasons for career dissatisfaction are job burnout (26 percent), personal stress (19 percent), salary (19 percent), and hours required at the office (15 percent), according to Garcia.“For those respondents who list ‘salary’ as the primary source of career dissatisfaction, their median salary for 2002 was $70,000 and one-fifth of those respondents earned $100,000 or more,” Garcia said. “For those who listed ‘job burnout’ or ‘hours required at office,’ 70 percent took two weeks or less of vacation in 2002.”Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they have too much business, while 42 percent report they have just the right amount of business. Twenty-six percent said they could use some more work, and 4 percent say they are not busy at all. Garcia said almost half of all sole practitioners surveyed (47 percent) report that they could either use some more business or that they were not busy. Important IssuesGarcia said 55 percent of all respondents report that improving the public’s perception of lawyers and the legal profession is one the most important issues for the Bar to address in the next few years. Increasing professionalism efforts (45 percent) and being more of an advocate for the small firm/solo practitioners (37 percent) were the other two most frequently mentioned issues, the same as they were two years ago. Other issues cited by respondents include implementing tougher standards on lawyer advertising (32 percent — up from 26 percent two years ago); be more aggressive with UPL enforcement (24 percent); amend the rules to allow for multi-jurisdictional practice (19 percent); and focus more on public protection (14 percent).Half of all respondents report that poor public perception of lawyers (50 percent) and lack of ethics and professionalism (44 percent) are some of the most serious issues facing the profession today. Just over one-third listed too many lawyers (36 percent), and frivolous lawsuits (36 percent) as serious problems. JudgesFourteen percent of respondents rate the competency and fitness of judges in their region as excellent and 50 percent rate them as good. Another 28 percent rate their region’s judges as fair, and 8 percent rate them as poor. These results are almost identical to responses from two years ago.There is a significant difference across counties and regions of the state on the opinion of the competence and fitness of judges. Garcia said a much higher percentage of respondents from the northern parts of the state rate the competence and fitness of their judiciary as either excellent or good (81 percent); compared with 64 percent in the central and southwest portions of the state and 58 percent in the southeast. Copies of the 2003 Membership Opinion Survey are available from the Research, Planning and Evaluation Department for $25, plus local sales tax, from Bar Senior Planning Analyst Mike Garcia at 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300.last_img read more

Brentwood Man Killed in Crash With Tractor Trailer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old Brentwood man was killed when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer in Islandia on Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Carlos Santiago was driving a Honda northbound on Motor Parkway when his vehicle was struck by a westbound tractor trailer at the corner of Express Drive North at 1:15 p.m.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The trucker, a 56-year-old Indiana man, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Motor Carrier Safety Section officers inspected the tractor trailer and impounded the Honda.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the case to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img read more

Blue Ridge School District remains remote, will hold meeting on hybrid-learning plan

first_img(WBNG) — The Blue Ridge School District will hold a meeting Monday night to formally approve a new instructional model that includes remote and in-person instruction. On Monday, the district remained remote after announcing it would return to in-person learning. Blue Ridge Superintendent Matthew Button told 12 News the school would remain remote for the entire week due to a shortage of teachers. As of Monday afternoon, 11 teachers are in quarantine. The school’s plan is posted below: Reading on our news app? Click here!last_img

Buyers keen on $5.1 million parkland near homesites

first_imgMirvac opened an estimated $5.1 million of new parkland to the public in January as part of its Everleigh masterplanned community in Greenbank.A masterplanned community at Greenbank, set to feature more than 3000 homesites, has opened an estimated $5.1 million of parkland to the public.The park space includes 1.5 ha of recreation parkland – equal to the size of three football fields – including an events space and junior playground.An additional 8000sq m of linear park will provide a strong pedestrian and cycle link along a ‘”green spine’’ between the new recreation parkland and the Greenbank Shopping Centre.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoEverleigh will feature about 3300 homesites, along with conservation parkland, sports fields and recreation parks, and a suite of community facilities, including a primary school, neighbourhood retail centre and community health centre.More than 60 per cent of stage one sold ahead of completion of the first homesites, anticipated to be ready for construction this year.Roger and Jenny Peterson are among the first purchasers at Everleigh and will downsize from their large five-bedroom home in Regents Park they have called home for 20 years.“With our kids leading busy lives with children of their own, we felt it was no longer necessary to look after a large property, pool and garden and wanted a new home that allowed more time for us and less time on maintenance,” Mr Peterson said.“Greenbank is such a thriving area and we immediately fell in love with the Everleigh vision and the beautiful surrounds.”Mirvac Queensland residential general manager, Warwick Bible, said the new parkland would be for both residents of Everleigh and the broader Greenbank community to enjoy.last_img read more

January 3, 2018 Police Blotter

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Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Nigeria’s Super Eagles will don the new Nike jersey when they play international friendlies later this month in Portugal.The Nigeria Football Federation said the football house has concluded arrangements with global kit outfit, Nike, to wow the world with another set of beautiful designs for all Nigeria national teams. Rising from their virtual meeting on August 31, 2020, chaired by the President, Amaju Pinnick, the NFF chieftains agreed that the Super Eagles would launch the new wears during the FIFA window for international friendlies in the month.In July, Pinnick had disclosed that the NFF are already making plans for the Eagles to play two friendlies in Portugal during the FIFA window in September, while another match is earmarked to hold in October.The games are likely to be against teams from South America and Africa, according to the NFF boss.The Eagles’ last competitive match was against Lesotho in November 2019, a 2021 AFCON qualifier, which the Nigerian team won 4-2 in Maseru, while their last international friendly was a 1-1 draw with Brazil in October 2019.Qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations and World Cup have both been put on hold until 2021 due to the unrelenting effects of coronavirus. American sportswear giant, NIKE, received three million orders for the Super Eagles’ 2018 FIFA World Cup kit prior to the release of the jerseys into the market on May 29, 2018.Tags: Amaju PinnickNFFNike jerseySuper Eagleslast_img read more

Rory aims to roll with the punches

first_img “Coming off the back of a great year last year, and I guess expecting myself to emulate that or even try and do better, it hasn’t really happened so far,” the Northern Irishman admitted. “I feel like it’s close. “I’ve been seeing a lot of positive signs in my game the last few weeks. You always want to go out and play well and contend and win tournaments and I haven’t done enough of that this year.” Asked what he would do to relax off the course this week, McIlroy added: “I was half thinking of going to the steps in the city, the Rocky Steps wherever they are and going to run up those.” McIlroy might best be served conserving his energy however, with the torrential rain which fell on Merion’s East Course on Friday and Monday perhaps boosting his chances of victory but making for a long and tiring week. “There might be a few similarities to the way Congressional played to the way this week’s going to play,” he added. “It was soft then and it’s obviously going to be soft again this week. “It’s great to have my name on that trophy and obviously I would like to get it on that trophy a few more times as well. The US Open’s always a very special tournament, a tournament that all the guys look forward to. “They call it the toughest test in golf and it’s a pity that it has rained so much the last few days and might not play as tough as it usually does, but it’s still going to be a good test out there and you’re still going to have to play some good golf. It’s probably going to play into my hands a bit more.” Rory McIlroy is considering a visit to the ‘Rocky steps’ in Philadelphia as he looks to prove he is fighting fit at this week’s US Open at Merion. Press Associationcenter_img McIlroy has failed to punch his weight so far this season, losing his status as world number one to Tiger Woods, walking off the course during the defence of his Honda Classic title and looking a shadow of the player who won five times last season to take the money list titles on both sides of the Atlantic. However, the 24-year-old insists he is close to rediscovering that sort of form ahead of an event he won by eight shots with a record 16 under par total at Congressional two years ago. last_img read more

No action over Aguero challenge

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero is expected to escape any disciplinary action for a studs-up lunge on West Ham’s Mark Noble. Aguero’s challenge saw his boot go over the ball and connect with the Hammers midfielder but it is understood referee Martin Atkinson saw the incident at the time and decided to take no action. That would prevent the Football Association taking retrospective action against City’s Argentina striker and ensures he will not be banned for the Manchester derby. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had complained about the challenge, saying: “It was a dangerous tackle and the referee was right in front of it.” Meanwhile, West Brom defender Craig Dawson is also set to escape any action over an elbow on Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni. Palace boss Neil Warnock called the incident an “assault” but referee Mark Clattenburg is understood to have seen the challenge and allowed the Baggies first goal to stand in Saturday’s 2-2 draw. Speroni required lengthy treatment before being substituted by Warnock,who said he wanted to protect the keeper from suffering any potential damage. Warnock said: “If officials can’t see a smash like that then I’ve got to protect my goalkeeper. “It’s almost an assault. He comes from two or three yards away and smashes him in the face. I don’t understand why at least one of the officials can’t see that.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more