Read Full Story After eight years of service the founding faculty directors of Harvard University Housing’s Graduate Commons Program have transitioned out of their leadership roles.Professors Davíd Carrasco and María Luisa Parra (10 Akron Street), along with Professor Jennifer Lerner and Brian Gill (5 Cowperthwaite Street), have been instrumental in the development and growth of Graduate Commons from a two-building pilot program to its current reach across 3,000 Harvard University Housing units.Current faculty directors Professor Jim Hogle and Doreen Hogle (Peabody Terrace) and Professor Chris Winship and Nancy Winship (29 Garden Street) have been joined by Professor Guhan Subramanian and his wife, Helen Clement (10 Akron Street), and Professor Nancy Hill and her husband, Rendall Howell (5 Cowperthwaite Street).The arrival of the new faculty directors coincides with the expansion of the Graduate Commons Program to the entire Harvard University Housing portfolio. New to the program is Harvard @ Trilogy, located near the Harvard Longwood Campus, as well as Soldiers Field Park and One Western Avenue, located on the Harvard Business School Campus.Said Lisa Valela, the associate director of the Graduate Commons Program, “The Graduate Commons Program is appreciative for the role Drs. Lerner, Gill, Carrasco, and Parra have played over the past eight years. They have made a lasting impact on the residents here and I am grateful for their guidance and leadership. I am also very excited to see how the community grows under our new faculty influence.”Please click the story link to learn about the new faculty directors.
Star Files Jonathan Groff Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Emma Watson Set for Beauty and the BeastWell, we did know she was eyeing movie musicals, just not this one! Emma Watson has been tapped for Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. The Harry Potter star wrote on her Facebook page: “I will be playing Belle…It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’” The film will be helmed by Dreamgirls and Side Show’s Bill Condon and is set to begin production in 2015. No release date has yet been scheduled. Now, who’s going to play the Beast? We can feel a dreamcasting coming on…If/Then & Bullets Head to HollywoodAfter a trickier time of it than expected on the Great White Way, If/Then and Bullets Over Broadway will soon be feeling some Hollywood love. Both tuners are slated for the Pantages Theater’s 85th anniversary lineup. If/Then will play at the venue December 8 through January 3, 2016, while Bullets will run January 5, 2016 through January 24.A View From the Bridge to be BroadcastWe are keeping our eye on this much buzzed-about show led by The Imitation Game’s Mark Strong. Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge will be broadcast internationally by National Theatre Live from the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End on March 26. Encore screenings will follow. Next stop, New York?Jonathan Groff Teases Glee ReturnJonathan Groff may stop by Glee for a cameo on the hit Fox show’s final season. The Broadway alum and Frozen star told E! Online that his character “Jesse St. James might still pop up. You never know.” He’s Lea Michele’s bestie, how could he not?! View Comments
Many people want to win a blue ribbon at the fair. But “Cooks Who Care” will take a culinary contest a step farther at the start of the Georgia National Fair Oct. 5 in Perry, Ga.The first-ever event will culminate in what GNF organizers call the “World’s Largest Charity Bake Sale.”The state’s best cooks will square off Oct. 3. “They’ll be able to drive right to the Georgia Living Center to bring their entries,” said Lora Arledge, GLC director.Bake Sale OptionalThe entries will be judged on Oct. 4 and sold on the opening day of the fair Oct. 5. “If they don’t want to include their entry in the bake sale, they don’t have to,” Arledge said.But she’s betting the cooks will want to take part in the bake sale. They can designate the proceeds from their item to Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, the Cancer Relay for Life or another charity not yet determined.”It’s not too late to enter,” Arledge said.Enter Contest NowContestants can enter as late as Oct. 3. For the contest rules, call Arledge at 1-800-987-3247, extension 553. Or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.The fair, which ends Oct. 14, “has a lot to offer everybody,” said Willie Chance, a Houston County agent with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”A big 4-H schedule includes a fun scarecrow contest, a challenge bowl and a homemade ice cream contest,” he said.Since the fair started in 1990, attendance has grown to 365,000. Last year, exhibitors came from 153 of Georgia’s 159 counties.
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Admit it. You have been bothered by the popularity of a watering hole, fishing spot, trail, hike, waterfall, climbing spot etc.The goal is to find a place so lovely, so untouched that it serves as a private respite for you and your select invitees.If you live near Roanoke Virginia (which I do) I imagine you have driven to the parking lot at McAfee Knob on the AT and thought “Ugh, there are so many people here today. Do I want to hike or wait?”The desire to be alone in nature makes perfect sense. You are there to enjoy, be at peace, look, watch and learn. Strangers can get in the way.So what if I shared my new favorite hike and camping site with you? What if I told you the chances of running into another human were slim, but the opportunity to see a view as spectactular as McAfee Knob was a guarantee?Would you go get a pen and write down the name and how to get there?The trail is a very short loop from parking lot to overlook – but there is much to do and see in the area.From 1-81, Roanoke / Salem, take 311 West toward Craig County, New Castle. You will pass the Home Place restaurant, pass the parking lot for the AT, and keep going past New Castle. At the very top of Potts Mountain (about 10 miles I would guess past New Castle) take a right on Potts Mountain Road. About 2-3 miles down on your left is the Shawvers Run Wilderness, Hanging Rock Overlook. Park there.According to a great website www.wildvirginia.org, the area just recently grew in size with 2009 legislation adding to Virginia’s protected wilderness.On Potts Mountain RoadWe wanted more of a walk and so we decided to include Potts Mountain Road into our “hike.”The hope was that tired puppies would pull less on the trail and near the overlook. We enjoyed wildflowers, butterflies and a cool summer day (15 degrees cooler than Roanoke) even before the trailhead.Within 1/4 of a mile from the start, we noticed a great camp site complete with established fire pit. It looked cozy, and safe. Room for numerous tents. I hope we can return some time for a night under the stars this fall.And so began our short but lovely walk into the woods.The trail was well marked but my yellow fuzzy four legged tour guide knew the way without consulting the yellow blazes.She grunted, pulled and pushed until we reached the overlook, less than 1 mile from the start.I am not a fan of heights, so I stood back to take pictures. And from what my husband described and experienced on the rocky outcropping at the top, I need to find a way to overcome this fear.Whit and the dogs at the Hanging Rock OverlookOk, maybe that photo doesn’t do it justice. Maybe no photo can really bring you into the clean mountain air, and overlook that allows you to see miles and miles of open green valley and surrounding mountains.Maybe you have to be there to understand the grandeur. Well, let me at least provide some motivation. This is what my family enjoyed from the rocky top:The view from Hanging Rock OverlookI didn’t share our secret place to ruin it. I shared with you so that more could enjoy this local treasure. So more would understand how blessed we are to live in the Mountains, where land is public for the purpose of being enjoyed.Please let me know if you go — I hope to see you in Craig County, enjoying the view. And please, don’t tell everyone you know about this hike. I would hate for the parking lot to be totally full the next time we go.
Existing-home sales continued to rise in August, reaching a seasonally-adjusted rate of six million units and marking its highest level on record since December 2006. This represents a 10.5 percent increase in sales versus a year ago.“Record-low mortgage rates have brought even more buyers into the market as mortgage applications rise to their highest level in a decade, including the most refinances since 2012,” wrote NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in a new Macro Data Flash report. “The headwinds are strengthening, though, with housing inventory at an all-time low even as homebuilders have ramped up construction.”“Sales of homes below $250,000 are down sharply from a year ago while sales of homes over $1 million are up by 44 percent. NAFCU expects home sales growth through the end of the year to be fairly flat as we wait for new construction to come online,” Long added.Sales rose in all four regions during the month, most significantly in the Northeast (+13.8 percent), followed by the Midwest (+1.4 percent), the West (+0.8 percent), and the South (+0.8 percent). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The coverage ratio at SSPF, the €25bn Dutch pension fund of energy giant Shell, has dropped from 131% to 124% due to increasing liabilities last year. According to the scheme’s annual report for 2014, it temporarily scaled back its interest hedge to zero over the third quarter of last year, when interest rates were falling. Because rates continued to fall, the move came at the expense of the scheme’s funding level.However, the pension fund’s ‘policy’ coverage ratio – the new criterion for indexation and rights cuts – improved to 126% over the first quarter of 2015, the scheme said. SSPF posted an overall annual return of 13.4% in 2014, with its liability hedge providing 2.7 percentage points of performance. The equity portfolio generated 12%, with US, Pacific and emerging market holdings helping the portfolio to outperform its benchmark by 0.8%, while fixed income holdings returned 8.5%, underperforming their benchmark by 0.2 percentage points.Private equity, despite producing a 22.1% return, fell 7.7 percentage points short of its benchmark.The scheme attributed the underperformance to the “vintage year effect”, when funds and volumes of the actual portfolio fail to match the operational benchmark.Hedge funds, real estate and other alternatives produced returns of 3.9%, 9.8% and 19.8%, respectively.SSPF changed its final salary scheme to average-salary arrangements with unconditional indexation as of 1 January 2015.The pension fund used the savings resulting from this change, as well as the increase of the official retirement age from 65 to 67, to reduce the employer’s contribution from 41.6% to 38% of the pensionable salary.It kept the workers’ premium at 2%.Last year, SSPF granted its participants a regular inflation compensation of 0.4%, as well as a 50% allowance for the 2.2% indexation in arrears over 2012.Referring to new regulations and the reduction of tax-facilitated pensions accrual, SSPF chairman Garmt Louw said its board was worried that politicians were “hollowing out pensions as a labour condition”.He noted that the fiscal rules for pension plans were now dictated chiefly by the government, rather than companies and their employees.Louw also cited “the challenge of dealing effectively with the uncertainties posed by the financial markets, historically low interest rates and unique support measures of the European Central Bank”.
Western Visayas attracted 2,518, 045domestic and foreign tourists from January to July./PN Tourism receipts in the seven-monthperiod reached P7.8 billion, DOT-6 further revealed. Bacolod City ranked third with 396,647tourist arrivals, followed by Negros Occidental (221,057), Capiz (95,616),Guimaras (68,636), Antique (34,728), and Iloilo province (34,650). “These should help enhance existingtourism products, services and destinations as well as develop new ones,” sheadded. Iloilo City was second to Aklan intourist arrivals. With Boracay Island as main draw, the province attracted1,103,334 visitors from January to July. Regional Director Helen Catalbas saidthe figures should guide local government units where to anchor their tourism developmentplans. The Top 5 visiting nationalities werethe Americans (5,235), South Koreans (1,757), mainland Chinese (1,675),Canadians (899), and Australians (816). ILOILO City – From January to Julythis year 418,079 tourists – 400,640 domestic and 17,439 foreign – visited thiscity, partial data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 showed.
Recovered from Gison were four sachetsof suspected illegal drugs and P3,000 marked money, the report added. Officers of the Iloilo City PoliceStation 1 staged the entrapment operation, which led to the arrest of Gisonaround 8:55 p.m. on Dec. 27. The 27-year-old Reynald Gison was nabbedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Arevalo district, apolice report showed. The suspect was now detained andcharged./PN ILOILO City – He allegedly sold shabu.
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