Tasnoba Nusrat didn’t make money over Wintersession. She learned how to make her money go further.“I attended the ‘Personal Money Management’ course offered by Harvard University Employees Credit Union [HUECU],” she explains. “Now I’m more informed and manage my money more prudently. I use tools like Mint.com to measure how I spend and save. I feel confident about becoming economically independent in the future.”Nusrat and her Harvard classmates learned a range of practical skills during Wintersession 2012 — from money management, to nonfiction writing, to cooking. College officials are still analyzing student comments and evaluations, but say that the response to January’s programming was strongly positive. They credit Wintersession’s success to a focus on real-world knowledge and a greatly expanded schedule of offerings. Just one year ago, the College approved 98 events and activities for the eight-day Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW). This year’s Wintersession was longer (12 days) and offered more than 140 programs.“Wintersession 2012 gave College students more time to explore new knowledge and experiences,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “Undergraduates responded by proposing many more activities than last year, and by participating in numbers that were often far above the expectations of program organizers. I’m very pleased to see the way that students took advantage of this important time between semesters.”Winter Break 2012 had three phases. The College closed down for Winter Break I (Dec. 22–Jan. 2). During Winter Break II (Jan. 3–12), international students, artists and musicians, and approved thesis writers returned to campus. Off-campus, students participated in a range of Harvard-associated programs, including the popular Harvardwood 101 career exploration in Los Angeles and Global Networking Night at sites around the world.All students were invited to return to campus for Wintersession beginning Jan. 13. College officials say that many flocked back for the optional period of student- or faculty-led activities that included scores of arts intensives, health and wellness seminars, sports and recreation, and career-related programming. A rough estimate of dining service utilization indicates that more than 2,000 students were in residence midway through Wintersession. Lisa Boes, Allston Burr Resident Dean of Pforzheimer House and coordinator of Wintersession 2012, says that interdepartmental cooperation helped make many programs a success.“The most successful programs were collaborations,” Boes says. “So Career Services and Phillips Brooks House partnered with Alumni Affairs. Harvard Recreation got together with the Center for Wellness. Again and again we saw that, when offices and groups collaborated, they could offer the best-quality programs.”Students also gave a warm reception to activities that taught practical skills, such as the personal money management program Nusrat attended. HUECU CEO Gene Foley says that students are eager to understand their own finances, and he cites participation in the Wintersession class as proof. Foley says that his team expected 35–40 students to sign up for the program, taught three hours a day, Jan. 9–12. More than 90 registered for the course.“There’s a void in American life for financial knowledge, particularly when it comes to students,” he explains. “As a result, the fastest-growing segment in personal bankruptcy is recent college grads. Kids get out of school with loans and credit card debt, but without the skills to navigate financially. Our data show that at Harvard only about 10–15 percent of students across the University have ever attended any type of financial education workshop, so they were very enthusiastic about the chance to learn.”Undergraduates who participated in one of the more than two dozen activities sponsored by the Office of Career Services (OCS) were as enthusiastic about exploring ways to make money as Foley’s students were about learning to manage it. Events such as the Campus Interview Program Online Chat and the “Case Interview Workshop” — both of which helped participants to prepare for interviews with visiting recruiters for companies like Google — each drew nearly 150 students, a response that far exceeded that anticipated by organizers.“Based on last year’s program, we expected only about 100 students to use the chat hours or come to the workshop,” says OCS’s Marissa Long. “With the online program, students wanted the opportunity to reach a person and get reassurance that they were filling out the interview applications right. Chat made it really easy. The case program is a two-hour workshop, so it is nice to offer that when there are no classes going on. Students got an introduction to the case interview process, but more than that, they got the opportunity to practice, which is the most important thing.”Wintersession gave Miriam Farkas ’14 the opportunity to practice and teach one of her passions: cooking. Her course, “Through the Cooking Class,” met in House kitchens over four nights. There, she and her classmates experimented with new recipes that Farkas concocted beforehand.“I strongly encouraged my students to play with ingredients and incorporate dorm-friendly ideas as they tried out recipes,” she says. “We made ‘salad bar’ sushi from our favorite dining hall vegetables, microwavable fudge from just four ingredients, as well as muffins and pies. Each student had the chance to make every recipe, and to make every recipe his or her own.”Winter Break 2012 wasn’t all practice and practicality. Many students also took the opportunity to explore their creative sides. Students in the new art group the Harvard Generalist mounted a performance art piece in Adams House titled “Blah, Blah, Inc.,” which consisted of an attempt to break the world record for the longest two-person phone call. Although only two students — Eric R. Brewster ’14 and Avery A. Leonard ’14 — could be on the line during the 46-hour call, hundreds stopped by to play with the actors, manipulate the set, and start their own conversations about the event. Stage manager Ginny Fahs ’14 calls the activity “a huge success” and credits Wintersession with the opportunity to create art that challenged and engaged her classmates.“The event was a test of endurance — physical, mental, and emotional — and we all had to work for over 46 consecutive hours to sustain the project and break the world record,” she says. “In the end we beat the world record by more than three hours, amassed an audience of approximately 300 people, and came away with newfound understandings about how conversation is an art form. Wintersession provided the space for us to get audiences to question the validity of art and the nature of art — something that Harvard students are not often asked to do.”College officials are already planning for Winter Break 2013, which will be a whopping five weeks. Boes says the extra time will likely be added to Winter Break I, meaning that the College will be closed through Jan. 6, 2013. She says that she expects that many students will be anxious to return to campus next year. When they do, Boes says that undergraduates probably won’t find more Wintersession programming, but they may well find that existing offerings have improved.“I do not anticipate that we will offer any more programs in 2013,” she says. “We have plenty of great activities. Next year we’ll focus on what worked best. Along those lines, we hope to do some leadership development work to help students run strong programs. We’ve got quantity. Now we want to make sure that students have the highest-quality Wintersession experience we can provide.”
50/38 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise — a one-bedroom apartment — has a $219,000 price tag. Picture: realestate.com.auRising property prices were also bringing one-bedroom apartments back into focus for owner-occupiers and investors.“These days, properties are much more expensive and often people can’t afford the luxury of a second bedroom, or investors don’t want to tie up their capital in a two-bedder.“The one-bedroom apartment is a realistic way for young couples or young buyers to get a foothold in the property market, especially if they are willing to settle for less room in theearly years.“And a small mortgage gives them the opportunity to build equity in their home, allowing them to move on to something bigger a few years down the track.” A one-bedroom apartment at 3262 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $279,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Bell said one-bedroom apartments could be snapped up in the heart of Surfers Paradise for the price of a parking garage in Sydney.“You can still buy a one-bedroom apartment on the Gold Coast for less than $200,000,” Mr Bell said.“Quite often these are in older buildings, but they represent an entry-point to the market for some buyers and a lifestyle solution for others.” What a view! A one-bedroom apartment at 3262 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $279,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Bell said changing demographics were driving the trend.“The 2016 Census found that almost one in four Australians now live in single-person households,” he said.“More people are choosing not to get married or to remain childless, while others might choose to live alone after a breakup.“There are also the empty-nesters who are looking to downsize to a low-maintenance yet well-located lifestyle that also allows them to free up equity in the family home.” This one-bedroom apartment at 3197 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $159,000. Picture: realestate.com.auONE-bedroom apartments are back in vogue thanks to demographic shifts and rising property prices, according to Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell.Mr Bell said the growth of one-person households, the upsurge in downsizing and the search for housing affordability were all factors in the resurgence of one-bedders.And these “property pocket rockets” can also be the ticket to achieving the real estate holy grail of location, location, location. 50/38 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise has a $219,000 price tag. Picture: realestate.com.au
The first steel of the OHT semisubmersible offshore wind farm foundation installation vessel was cut on 1 March at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) yard in China.The Ulstein-designed Alfa Lift vessel is developed for operations in the offshore renewables and installation market. The vessel has the ability to perform heavy lift crane operations with the main deck submerged.The 48,000 DWT Alfa Lift vessel will be available for construction and installation activities from early 2021. According to the Norway-based shipowner Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT), they are increasing their capabilities to become a full transport and installation contractor with the addition of the new heavy-lift crane installation vessel to their fleet.Featuring a free deck length of 148 metres, and a free deck area of 8,100m² (main) + 2,470 m² (foredeck), the vessel has accommodation for 100 people. It has a total length of 216.3m, and a breadth of 56m.The patent-pending design combines the benefits of a semi-submersible transport vessel with a large, 3,000 mt lifting capacity main crane from Liebherr. MAN Energy Solutions will provide the engines for the vessel.The vessel’s capabilities are said to match the future requirements of the offshore wind industry, allowing her to transport and install up to 10 1,500t ultra-large jacket foundations or 11 2,000t XXL monopiles plus transition pieces for the largest anticipated wind turbines.
Shamar Nicholson’s long-range stunner saw Jamaica upstage the United States 1-0 ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.In a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup final won by USA, Jamaica emerged triumphant courtesy of Nicholson’s first international goal at Audi Field on Wednesday. Lack of ideasWhile it was a chance to try new things, the manner in which USA faded would have frustrated Berhalter. After an impressive and high-octane start, the home nation was outplayed and struggled to keep up with Jamaica at times.What’s next?USA will conclude its Gold Cup preparations against Venezuela on Sunday before the country’s tournament opener against Guyana on June 18. Meanwhile, Jamaica will next play Honduras on June 17 — their first match of the Gold Cup. Nicholson came off the bench and beat Zack Steffen with a memorable strike from outside the penalty area in Washington as both teams stepped up their preparations for the upcoming tournament.Playing without Chelsea-bound star Christian Pulisic as head coach Gregg Berhalter gave players a chance to stake their Gold Cup claims, USA made a strong start but struggled afterwards.USA put Jamaica, who had Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey among the substitutes, on the backfoot during the early exchanges — the hosts enjoying success down the right side.However, Jamaica eventually settled into its rhythm as the half petered out, with neither team creating any clear-cut chances.Jamaica looked the more likely to score as the match wore on after Peter-Lee Vassell almost broke the deadlock with a curling effort in the 56th minute.But Jamaica got the goal they deserved thanks to substitute Nicholson in memorable fashion four minutes later.Nicholson cut inside and back out again before firing a stunning long-range shot past Steffen, who is set to join Manchester City before reportedly heading to Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan.What does it mean? Unbeaten run overUSA’s undefeated streak under Berhalter came to a halt. After wins against Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, and a draw with Chile, Jamaica stopped the run. Fortunately for Berhalter and USA, it comes prior to the Gold Cup.Relax… Berhalter experimentingUSA fans, it is not so bad. While a loss is unwanted, it comes as Berhalter experimented with his starting lineup ahead of the midnight deadline for the Gold Cup roster. He will have a clearer picture of who to include in the 23-man squad.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A meth kingpin from Iowa who killed five people, including two young girls, is scheduled Friday to become the third federal inmate to be executed this week, following a 17-year pause in federal executions.Dustin Honken, 52, was sentenced to death for killing government informants and children in his effort to thwart his drug trafficking prosecution in 1993.Honken is set to die by a lethal injection of the powerful sedative pentobarbital at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he’s been on death row since 2005. His lawyers are making last-minute pleas for a reprieve, but their chances of success seem remote after the Supreme Court reversed lower-court orders that sought to block the executions of two other men this week.Daniel Lewis Lee was executed Tuesday morning and Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death two days later, each after hours of legal wrangling that the high court ended with 5-4 votes to allow the executions to take place.Lee was convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. He maintained his innocence to the end, saying just before he died, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. You’re killing an innocent man.”Purkey was executed for kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl, Jennifer Long, in Kansas City, Missouri, before dismembering, burning and dumping her body in a septic pond. In his final words, the inmate expressed regret for killing Long and said: “This sanitized murder really does not serve no purpose whatsoever. Thank you.”A federal judge had ordered an eleventh-hour delay in both executions, citing the prospect that the inmates would suffer severe pain from the execution drug. The judge also would have allowed Purkey’s lawyers to pursue claims that he was suffering from dementia and was unable to understand why he was being executed.The Supreme Court removed those obstacles, noting Tuesday that Texas and other states have used pentobarbital “without incident” in more than 100 executions. The court didn’t comment in rejecting the delay relating to claims of Purkey’s dementia.Honken’s execution would be the 10th carried out in the U.S. in 2020, including three in Texas, which executes more inmates than any other state. Last year, 22 prisoners were executed, the fifth straight year that fewer than 30 people were put to death in the U.S. — far lower than the 65 executions that were carried out in 2003, the last time an federal inmate was executed.Honken grew up in Iowa, but moved with a friend to Arizona to try to get rich by cooking meth, which he learned to do after studying chemistry in college. They distributed their product through two dealers based in Iowa.One of those dealers was Greg Nicholson, who began cooperating with investigators in 1993 after coming under suspicion. Honken was arrested and indicted for conspiring to manufacture meth after Nicholson secretly recorded Honken and testified before a grand jury.Honken informed the court that he would plead guilty. But days before his July 1993 plea hearing, he and his girlfriend, Angela Johnson, went searching for Nicholson.They found him at the home where he lived with his girlfriend, Lori Duncan, and her daughters, 10-year-old Kandi and 6-year-old Amber. The four were kidnapped, shot to death and buried, but their bodies weren’t found for seven years. Honken also killed his other dealer, 32-year-old Terry DeGeus, whose body was found a few miles away from Honken’s other victims.Honken was convicted of the Iowa killings in 2004 in a trial that featured extraordinary security measures, including an anonymous jury. Honken was bolted to the floor of the courtroom and wore a stun belt under his clothing to prevent escape attempts.The jury recommended a death sentence and U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett, who said he generally opposes the death penalty, agreed.“I am not going to lose any sleep if he is executed,” said Bennett, who has since retired from the bench. “Normally I would, but the evidence was so overwhelming.”
31 Mar 2014 Chesters and birthday boy Evans help Europe lift Bonallack Trophy Europe’s top amateurs completed their fourth successive victory in the event and their sixth in eight meetings when they beat Asia/Pacific 17½ – 14½ on the final day of the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India. In a tough encounter over the KGA Course in Bangalore, Europe went into the third and final day’s 12 singles with a five point lead and despite losing the session 5-7, held on for a comfortable victory. The two England team members, Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) played their part. Paired together in the fourballs and foursomes, they suffered just one defeat, while Evans, who celebrated his 27th birthday on the second day, cruised to a 6&4 success in his singles. On the final day, Europe, with players from nine different nations, required just four wins from the 12 singles but Asia/Pacific sparked a comeback by winning four of the first six encounters. However, Europe was not to be denied and it was Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan who saw them over the line when he beat Karan Taunk of India 2&1. Chesters was first out in the singles against the powerful Geoff Drakeford of Australia. The Shropshire man led early on but Drakeford hit back with five birdies to take the point with a 1-hole victory. But that point was soon countered when Evans turned in a powerful performance to beat another Australian, Taylor MacDonald 6 & 4. The match was decided around the turn when Evans birdied three successive holes from the eighth, ran in an eagle at the 11th and then birdied the 12th. “I could have done better,” said MacDonald, “but Ryan was just too good. Once he got into his incredible birdie streak from the eighth, I couldn’t make a comeback.” A delighted Andy Morgan from Wales, Europe’s non-playing captain, said: “It was a tough battle and our players had to fight really hard. Asia/Pacific played really well today and the match looked close a number of times during the day. “The best part about this tournament was that all 13 of us came to Bangalore as individuals and travel back to our respective countries as one team. These boys will never forget this tremendous experience no matter what else they go on to achieve in their careers.” Results Day One: Fourballs: Europe 2 Asia/Pacific 3. Foursomes: Europe 4 Asia/Pacific 1 Day Two: Fourballs: Europe 4 Asia/Pacific 1. Foursomes: Europe 2½ Asia/Pacific 2½ Day Three: Singles: Europe 5 Asia/Pacific 7
Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 2,000 evaluations of wine from 8 countries and 37 states and provinces between April 30 and May 3, 2014.Maritime Moscato, a sparkling Muscat crafted with grapes from Upland Vineyards in the Snipes Mountain AVA, earned a silver medal. A portion of the proceeds of this wine benefits the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington. This label features an original watercolor by Blain Roberts surf partner, Darryl Easter of Camarillo, California.Night Watch, a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and sweet dark cherry, also earned a silver medal. This wine benefits Harbor Home Health & Hospice. The art on this label was created by Oregon artist Cathy Peek.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0