On the eve of their graduation from Harvard College, three of the military’s newest officers received their commissions at a ceremony today (May 25) in a leafy, sunlit Tercentenary Theatre.It was the first Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) class of Harvard students to graduate since the University lifted its 40-year ban on ROTC in March.Since 1976, student cadets and midshipmen from Harvard have drilled and studied with units based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year, Harvard had 19 undergraduates enrolled in ROTC.Honored were Army 2nd Lt. Christopher W. Higgins of East Setauket, N.Y., a social studies concentrator who will pursue an M. Phil. at the University of Cambridge on a Fulbright Scholarship; Army 2nd Lt. Aaron R. Scherer of Dover, Ohio, a government concentrator assigned to military intelligence school in Arizona; and Navy Midshipman James D. Reach of Lititz, Pa., who will train as an aviator.Navy Midshipman James D. Reach (right) gets his first salute from his grandfather, Patrick Manzi, who spent 33 years in the U.S. Navy.Michael G. Schoenen, still an Army cadet, will take his oath as an officer when he completes his A.L.M. thesis at the Harvard Extension School. He is from Revere, Mass., and will join the Medical Service Corps.Administering the oaths was Maj. Gen. James McConville, who was named commander of the storied 101st Airborne Division this month. The Quincy, Mass., native had served as deputy commanding general of the 101st, and of NATO forces in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. More recently, McConville was chief liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.Words of praise and advice came from retired Air Force Col. Arthur Boright, a 26-year veteran representing the Class of 1961. That year, he said, 62 graduates received ROTC commissions and went on to “a diversity of situations.” Earning enough money is on every graduate’s mind, Boright acknowledged, but military salaries “are sufficient, if you are careful, and they are predictable.”In his own remarks, McConville touched on the same theme, but added: “No one walks up to a hedge fund manager in the airport and thanks them for their service.”He praised the new officers for taking “a path of service different than your peers,” and called the commissioning ceremony “the defining moment in your life.”McConville described meeting four surviving members of the 101st’s Easy Company, whose World War II heroics were captured in the book “Band of Brothers” and in the HBO miniseries of the same name. These members of the Greatest Generation asked about the latest one. “Despite 10 years of war, your generation has never quit, it’s never accepted defeat, and it’s never left a fallen comrade,” he answered. “I told them to sleep well at night.”In her remarks, President Drew Faust noted the 150th anniversary this spring of the beginning of the Civil War, during which 1,300 Harvard students and faculty took up arms. She quoted one of them, future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Class of 1861, who described those of his generation “touched by fire” and eager to serve.“We are not the first to live in an era of peril and crisis,” Faust told the ROTC graduates. “With our country involved in conflicts at three sites around the globe, you as military officers have chosen to face very difficult challenges and to assume grave responsibilities.”In the audience was Richard Bennink ’38, a 94-year-old retired banker who joined ROTC at Harvard in 1934. “I didn’t want to lug a pack,” he said of choosing the Navy. “In 1934, you knew something was coming.” Bennink, a World War II attack transport officer, earned six battle stars and survived the battles of Guadalcanal and the Leyte Gulf.During the ceremony, Reach received his first salute — a commissioning tradition — from his 89-year-old grandfather, Patrick Manzi, who joined the Navy in 1937 and retired in 1967, “with a few wars in between,” he said later. Manzi, a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars for valor, and three Purple Hearts.Manzi was 15 when he joined the Navy. To this day, said his wife Joanne, “he’s still in the service in his heart.”
Read Full Story What is the total price tag for the Great Recession? Almost five years after the official end of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, there is still no clear answer. What we do know is this: A full accounting must reflect its impact on the nation’s health costs.So writes Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard School of Public Health, in an op-ed published in the Pacific Standard on May 9, 2014. While it is still early days for Great Recession research, Viswanath argues that the resulting health costs are likely to be both substantial and enduring, as described at length in a cover story in the latest issue of Harvard Public Health magazine. The foreclosure crisis, high unemployment, and rising inequality—all of these have potentially vast implications for population health.In response, Viswanath calls for development of a statistically sound health index to supplement the economic data on which we all-too-often tend to focus exclusively. “We need to watch this metric as closely as we watch the unemployment rate and the GDP. Until we take this into account, the full cost of this recession—and those to come—will remain a mystery,” Viswanath concludes.
Governor Douglas noted that members of Vermonts Congressional delegationhave their own concerns with the information needed for a license extension,and his administration continues to discuss the matter with them. TheVermont General Assembly is also considering legislation of its own to addressthis issue. Douglas said he expects thepoint of view of the delegation and the Legislature to influence the scope ofthe ISA. The Governor said it is critical that, before the State of Vermont is in a positionto consider a license extension, that a comprehensive reliability and safetyassessment of Vermont Yankee-known in energy circles as an ISA-beconducted as soon as possible. ### “These events have shaken the confidence of Vermonters and ourneighbors in New Hampshire and Massachusetts about thesafety and reliability of the plant. They have brought into questionwhether Vermont Yankee should operate beyond its present operating licenseexpiration date of 2012,” the Governor wrote. “In addition, Ineed to be assured that the conditions and/or practices that contributed to theevents of last summer do not extend to other areas of the Vermont Yankeeoperation which may have an impact on plant safety as well asreliability.” In a letter to NRC Chairman Dale Klein, Governor Douglas said theoperation of Vermont Yankee is at a critical juncture and events during thesummer of last year raised questions about the reliability of thestation. Vermont Yankee had several events that included the partialcollapse of a cooling tower and a reactor scram that have each been traced toshortcomings in the maintenance of equipment. GovernorUrges NRC to Approve Independent Safety Assessment “I am formally requesting that the NRC conduct such anassessment, and do so in consultation with the Vermont Department of PublicService in formulating the inspection program. I also request that theassessment include the participation of the Vermont State Nuclear Engineer andconsultants, and those NRC inspectors and contractors have independence fromthe Vermont Yankee operation,” the Governor continued. “Thebottom line is that any such assessment must provide the information needed forour regulators and the Vermont General Assembly to determine if the VermontYankee nuclear station can operate safely and reliably for the additional 20years requested beyond its current licensed life.” “If the NRC is to conduct the assessment which I believe isessential, it must be initiated in the next several months to be completed in atimely fashion such that its findings can be available to both our PublicService Board and the General Assembly when it convenes next January,”the Governor said. “Every day that passes without this safetyand reliability assessment underway is another day we don’t have theanswers to our most significant questions.” Montpelier, Vt.March 12, 2008 — Governor Jim Douglas has called on the U.S. NuclearRegulatory Commission to support a reliability and safetyassessment-commonly called an Independent Safety Assessment(ISA)-of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in Vernon.
By Dialogo August 23, 2012 On Aug. 21, the Colombian Police Director, General José Roberto León, reported the capture of several suspected members of the guerrilla groups’ FARC and ELN in different operations over the weekend. Among those arrested was Héctor González, alias “Elías Alzate’‘, who is accused of rebellion and terrorism. In his remarks, General León said Elías Alzate is “the biggest extortionist” in the Eastern bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). According to León, this man is also responsible for at least 12 attacks against companies in Bogotá and Villavicencio (south) that had refused to pay bribes. The police chief said that in addition to this arrest, during the last few hours, in the Arauca Department (east) authorities detained seven members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), responsible for the recent kidnapping of a journalist and an environmental engineer employed at an oil company. Both women were released after 19 days of abduction. In the Chocó Department (northwest), 10 members of the 34th Front of the FARC accused of multiple murders were arrested, while two other rebel leaders of the organization were detained in Tolima and Arauca, General León said.
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This was the first time for the home to go to market. 1 Ellerdale Street, Aspley Qld 4034. Picture: realestate.com.au.A BRISBANE buyer has landed an absolute bargain in the high demand middle ring, scoring a three-bedroom house for significantly less than suburb median.A house at 1 Ellerdale Street, Aspley, which was marketed by Purple Bricks, sold for $470,000 which was a whopping $85,750 below the areas’s median for three bedders.It was the first time that the three bedder had ever been offered to market, according to the listing, having been a “much loved family home for the past 50 years”. SECURITY: Home break-in warning issued for holiday season RENOVATOR: 117-year-old fixer-upper sold for $1m below median price It was a family home for 50 years.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago Dream reno project. Image what an update could do here.Renovated homes in the area have fetched upwards of $710,000, being close to Aspley Hypermarket and with Westfield Chermside a short drive away down Gympie Road.According to realestate.com.au listed results, the past month has seen three bedroom houses sell between the 1 Ellerdale St low of $470,000 to a high of $585,000.The closest another three bedder in the area has come to that low this month was 27 Vermont Street, Aspley, which was sold by Watt Realty for $492,500 at the start of the month. Other October three bedroom house sales results for Aspley include $555,000 for 37 Ironwood Street on October 18, and $585,000 for 5 Havering Street on October 2. Quite a retro kitchen. The backyard has a classic rotary clothesline.The most a three-bedroom house has sold for in Aspley was $1.6m for 6 Bundella Street in May this year, though most of that value was linked to the land being a large 2,694sq m elevated site.In May last year another three bedder at 35 Doynton Place also landed over $1m ($1.0775m) and that one was “an architectural masterpiece” with views of Moreton Island. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook FREE: Get The Courier-Mail ’s real estate news direct to your inbox
DMFCO’s move into Germany and Austria follows a fund raise of more than €20bn for investments in residential mortgage loans in the Dutch market.“We see a growing interest from German and Austrian institutional investors for safe, long-term investments and therefore DMFCO has defined Germany and Austria as a core growth region,” Verleun said.DMFCO has sounded out the German and Austrian markets to receive a “very positive” first feedback from German investors, Steinig said.“We have already started first investor calls and meetings in Germany and we will introduce the investment to a wide range of investors over the coming weeks,” he added.The Dutch asset manager has picked Donner & Reuschel for its structured capital markets team, with a track record in the asset class and a footprint that leads to understanding local insurance companies, pension funds and the regulatory environment.Donner & Reuschel will exclusively market mortgage investments opportunities in the Netherlands to institutional investors in Germany and Austria.“In light of the low yield environment, which will likely last for years, we expect Solvency II-driven and ALM focused investors to shift to assets with attractive risk return profiles such as Dutch residential mortgages,” Steinig said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Asset manager DMFCO has entered a partnership with Hamburg-based bank Donner & Reuschel to offer investment options in the Dutch residential mortgages market to institutional investors and pension funds in Germany and Austria.“DMFCO has set up a fund that allows investors to deploy capital in dedicated portfolios with bespoke guidelines as well as co-investments into a fund where the guidelines are set by DMFCO as the manager,” Peter Verleun, institutional clients manager at the Dutch asset manager told IPE.Investors can choose a “joint compartment together with other investors or a dedicated compartment, where the investor determines the investment criteria,” Georg Steinig, managing director, head of fixed income and structured capital markets at Donner & Reuschel, added.Munt Hypotheken, a brand of DMFCO, originates the residential mortgage loans.
Bathrooms RELATED: Storage solutions are paramount in kitchens, so you can store things away so you have more working space and an uncluttered kitchen.Häfele is doing some super cool stuff with kitchen cabinet hardware and accessories that include pullout pantry and blind corner systems, lazy susans, drawer dividers and rubbish and recycling bins. The Block judges Neale Whittaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren palmer.“So, it’s a case of simplified fittings on one end of the spectrum and beautiful, detailed handmade designs on the other.”When it comes to furniture, Palmer said you didn’t need to look any further than Jardan Furniture, who design and craft all their furniture in Melbourne.“They have some really interesting furniture forms based on 1980 reinterpretations that continue to be popular,” he said.“Zuster, also a Melbourne local company have an amazing array of intricate and detailed furniture. Darren Palmer’s surge gold quilt and palm leaves design. “With the successes of businesses such as Jardan and Zuster as long standing, authentic Australian design alongside the smaller and handmade, craftsman based furniture, people have such an amazing array of design choice which means they don’t really have to think too much about trends, but can rather, find something that suits them, their house and lifestyle.” Bedrooms are our place of sanctuary and a room not many people venture into, so this room is where you can really get creative and let your personality shine. Pullenvale market remains steady Aussie’s go bloomin’ mad for botanicals When it comes to lighting, Palmer said Christopher Boots, the Australian lighting designer based in Victoria, was one to watch.“He’s doing some of the most exciting stuff I’ve seen, full stop, in the world,” he said.“His work is amazing and his lights are more like sculptures, with strong use of metals and natural crystals.“We’re going to see more sculptural artisan lighting next year, but we’ll also see ultra-paired-back flat colours or natural timbers in simple geometric shapes as sconces. One of Darren Palmer and G.J. Gardner Australia’s bathroom design in the Australia Contemporary home.In terms of bathroom trends, rose gold and copper are fading trends and we’re now seeing more champagnes metallics — the evolution of lighter approach to golds and brass colours — as well as the continued popularity of anthracite or gunmetal as a softer alternative to black.For my collaboration with G.J. Gardner Homes, I designed six very different bathrooms, but what they all have in common is super durable finishes, like easy clean surfaces and the ability to be easily updated ten years down the track.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoAs long as you get your bathroom floor plan right first up, it’s actually quite easy and cost effective to change benchtops and tapware in the future. Kitchens >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< For the G.J. Gardner Tailored Collection Darren Palmer designed, he used Laminex Possum on the kitchen cupboards. It’s a brand new eucalypt colour from Laminex and a great celebration of what’s great about Australian nature and how green is so dominant within it.I used the five-zone approach when designing the kitchens for the Tailored Collection.Zone 1 is consumables, so this is a space for groceries. Zone 2 is non-consumables like plates, cups and storage containers and this zone needs to be near the dishwasher so it can be unloaded and items stored without having to move around the kitchen too much. The third zone is the cleaning zone and it includes the sink and the rubbish bin and the final two zones are for cooking — this is the stove and oven area, and finally, the preparation area and here it is important to have an uninterrupted surface area. With so many options now available when it comes to colours, materials and textures in kitchens, the only restriction is don’t be boring.Even a white kitchen can be interesting if materials and textures are combined carefully.What’s important is to pay attention to zoning, storage, detailing like handles and tiles and surface choices — all the separate elements are what add up to a great kitchen.Our lifestyles have changed dramatically since the 1940s and 1950s, when the kitchen was a closed off room that only one person worked in. PALMER’S TOP TREND FORECAST FOR 2019 The great thing about bathroom design today is that there’s a style to suit everyone’s design aesthetic — gone are the days when bathrooms were all white with a strip of coloured feature tiles.Pay attention to handles, accessories and tapware, as the right choices here can make a bathroom. Designer Brisbane retreat sold The Courier-Mail caught up with The Block judge Darren Palmer to find out what’s happening this year when it comes to home decoration. Bedrooms MORE: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 34 Views one comment Share LocalNewsRegional Dominica to invest in Four Seasons Project by: – January 13, 2012 Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler The stalled Four Seasons hotel project is about to get a major financial ‘shot in the arm’ which could see a restart of the multi-million dollar upscale tourism venture in the coming months.Word of this has come from Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, who disclosed that the local NIS Scheme along with the National Insurance Schemes of Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, would be minority investors in the project.Paradise Beach Limited, the company seeking to restart Four Seasons, had sought a $60 million investment from the local NIS.Addressing the Barbados Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday, the Minister said the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) credit committee had already approved funding for Four Seasons, with the investment expected to be ratified by the IDB’s executive board meeting next month.Mr. Sinckler noted: “The IDB, along with ANSA Merchant Bank and Four Seasons – the company – have agreed to put upwards of US $180 million into the project to get it going again, along with our NIS (schemes) across the region. The [Barbados] NIS board has made a decision which has been formally communicated to Four Seasons officials and to me. “The IDB’s board is to give formal approval of the investment in early February…the credit committee has already approved it and, most likely, the board will approve…once the credit committee gives the go-ahead.” The Finance Minister revealed that he met recently with a number of Four Season villa investors, who indicated an interest to restart their investment in the project, on receipt of updated information within 30 days.Mr. Sinckler said the Four Seasons brand would enhance the island’s tourism and economic prospects over the longer term. [email protected] Media
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