Culinary Institute of America leads Asian cuisines boot camp at Harvard

first_img Mise en place ready for recipe execution during HUDS’ Asian Cuisines training. Chef Shirley Cheng from the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Shirley Cheng, a Professor of Culinary Arts at the Hyde Park, NY campus of the Culinary Institute of America, visited Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) kitchens from June 3–6, 2017 to run its team of chefs through an intensive Asian cuisines training.Fourteen chefs received instruction in the techniques of the cuisines of China, Japan, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam. Each day ‘s training included a brief history of the regional cuisines, as well as hands-on execution of an extensive menu.“These are some of the most popular cuisines with our students,” noted HUDS’ Managing Director, David P. Davidson, “and many are ‘home cooking’ for our diverse undergraduate community. It was important to improve the authenticity of our execution of these dishes.” Each day’s training included the preparation of approximately 20 dishes, which were then presented by the chef who executed them, while all tasted. Beginning in the fall of 2017, those recipes will begin to appear on the HUDS undergraduate dining hall menu.“My appreciation and understanding of these cuisines has grown ten-fold,” noted Martin Breslin, Director for Culinary Operations. “The techniques are simple but vital to the authenticity of the flavors.”Harvard University Dining Services operates 13 residential dining halls, 14 campus retail cafes, a kosher kitchen and complete catering services.  The country’s oldest collegiate foodservice operation, HUDS serves approximately 5 million meals a year. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Dean Williams calls for focus on broad impacts of discrimination in America

first_img Read Full Story Widespread discrimination in America seriously threatens health and economic outcomes for millions of individuals and their communities—and these inequities should be spotlighted in the national discourse, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams.In a Nov. 24, 2017 op-ed in the Boston Globe, Williams cited a recent survey — led by Robert Blendon of the Harvard Chan School and conducted in collaboration with NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — in which multiple ethnic groups in the U.S. reported facing pervasive discrimination. Discrimination “affects the job you will be hired for, your likelihood of renting an apartment or buying a house, whether you will be able to vote in future elections, and whether you are less willing to see a doctor for needed care,” Williams wrote.She cited research by Harvard Chan School’s David Williams that has shown that discrimination over time can lead to stress-induced illness and even death, and other studies that have shown the negative economic impact of discrimination. These outcomes negatively affect American society as a whole, Williams wrote.“If we cannot broaden the discussion, we will find ourselves in a situation where millions of people face serious health consequences…or lack opportunity, resulting in many minority groups being unable to function effectively in America’s changing economy,” she wrote. “Our country will be poorer and less just because of it.”Read Dean Michelle Williams’ Boston Globe op-ed: The broader, hurtful impacts of discriminationlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students, faculty reflect on issues related to voting

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer sat down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this ninth installment, Saint Mary’s students discuss problems they have faced while trying to vote.Leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, many Saint Mary’s students realized their names had been removed, or purged, off voter rolls in their home states. Some students discovered this fact just days before the election.Political Science professor Patrick Pierce said one of his students and her entire family were purged from the voter rolls in St. Joseph County, Ind. Pierce said purging procedures vary on a state-by-state basis, and usually occur when a voter has not cast a ballot in recent elections. “Typically, [voter purging] pertains to removing someone from the voter rolls if they haven’t voted for a certain number of elections,” he said. “There was a relatively recent ruling [by the Supreme Court] that, if you didn’t vote in an election or two, you could be purged from the rolls, but that varies by state.”When a voter has failed to vote in recent elections, a confirmation notice is sent to the voter. If the voter does not respond to the notice in time, their name is purged from the role. Junior Guadalupe Gonzalez, president of the Saint Mary’s Define American club, said many Saint Mary’s students discovered they were purged from the rolls after checking their registration status online or by calling their local representative. “No warning was sent [but] thankfully, our students knew their right to a provisional ballot,” Gonzalez said. “But how many other people know about provisional ballots? This information and the process need to be more transparent.” Gonzalez said she has helped Saint Mary’s students register to vote during past elections, so she has witnessed the difficulties that many have to face just to get registered. “Every state has different policies, some more difficult than others,” she said. “We have students from Michigan who could not vote because Michigan demands first time voters vote in person — they cannot ask for an absentee ballot for their first time. Being a student compromises your ability to vote because you might not be able to take a day off to drive up.”Junior Mary Stechschulte, a Michigan resident, said she was not able to vote during the 2016 presidential election despite having registered to vote well in advance. During her freshman year at Saint Mary’s, Stechschulte said she registered to vote at a campus event and then drove home to vote at her designated polling place.  But, when Stechschulte entered the polling place, she discovered she was not actually registered to vote. “I walked into the polling station, and the lady checking IDs’ face dropped after looking up my name,” she said. “She said that I had not registered to vote. I was in shock; I had taken all of the necessary steps to be able to vote, even taking four hours from my busy college life to vote and the machine still said I had not registered.”Stechschulte said she was devastated walking out of the polling station.“I felt heartbroken,” she said. “I wanted to do my part for the election and vote for what I believed in.”Stechschulte said she and her family did everything they could to get her registered — they even sent a letter to the Secretary of State — but the problem was discovered too late to allow Stechschulte to vote in the 2016 election. When Stechschulte returned to campus, she said she discussed what had happened with her friends. She soon realized she was not the only student who did not get to vote in the election. “After some more discussion with my friends, I realized that I was not the only college-aged student who mysteriously did not get registered to vote,” she said. “I did receive my registration confirmation from the Secretary of State a few days after the official numbers came back from my home state [of Michigan], but it was too late for me to vote.”Junior Genesis Vasquez’s early voter registration was rejected two days before the midterm elections. She said she applied for an absentee ballot but never received it. “Two days before the election, I got an email saying I would not get the ballot because my signature did not match and I may not be registered where I indicated on my application,” she said. “Which was a lie, because before I did the application, I updated my address.” Like Stechschulte, Vasquez said the right to vote is not something she takes for granted. “Voting is really important to me because my parents have had trouble becoming citizens and cannot vote,” she said. “I vote for them, and I vote to have good people in office that will make a positive change and do something new that will benefit the people.” Despite never receiving an absentee ballot, Vasquez said she was able to return to her hometown of Chicago and cast her vote in the midterm elections. However, Vasquez said she feels it was not a fluke that her registration was rejected. “I know I was not the only one who had a similar experience to this,” she said. “My friend and I said, ‘The system tried to not let us vote, but we were not going to let that happen.’ I was very fortunate that I am from Chicago and I could have gone to vote.”Pierce said he also knew of students who have experienced trouble obtaining an absentee ballot. Pierce said these election administration issues have always been apparent, but they were more evident during the recent midterm elections because of the high level of turnout among young people. “You’re seeing the problem amplified because turnout is higher,” he said. “You have more people who want to vote, so when the system isn’t operating effectively, you’ll have more evidence of that ineffectiveness. This was an extraordinary election for young people in terms of turnout and partisanship, because you saw them breaking for the Democrats far more strongly than young people ever have.”Gonzalez said the midterm election and even the past presidential election raise the issue of voter suppression. She said she feels that most Americans do not see voter suppression as “a real issue.” People will look for obvious intent behind acts of voter suppression, but Pierce said voter suppression often occurs because of structural issues.“Counties have gotten used to getting by with what they have — they have increasingly faced tough fiscal situations, so they’re looking for areas to cut,” he said. “That gets manifested in reducing the number of polling places and having fewer staff within the county offices. You will find those issues affecting counties with poorer citizens.”This kind of voter suppression can manifest itself as long lines for the polls, shortened deadlines for early voting and malfunctioning voting equipment, Pierce said.Often, Gonzalez said, voter suppression occurs in underrepresented or marginalized communities and many Americans do not hear about the issues that plague these communities. For example, in the midterm election, some polling places opened late, disrupting people’s work schedules and daily lives. “We’ve heard how some polling places were not open until noon, and if they were open, there were only three machines and a waiting period of hours to just vote,” Gonzalez said. “When you are an individual that depends on that paycheck, it takes a real effort to take even 30 minutes out of a work day to vote.”  Pierce said that the public should pay more attention to acts of voter suppression, with a focus on voting purges and Voter ID laws.“Voter suppression is certainly something that’s out there and you can witness it most easily in the purges and Voter ID laws — those are probably the two egregious examples of voter suppression,” he said. Pierce said civic engagement has seen a shift in concern, from a worries about increasing voter turnout to a concerns about the “false issue of voter fraud.” The concept of voter fraud was referenced by President Trump in early 2017, who established a presidential commission to study alleged voter fraud.“There is simply no evidence of any significant and meaningful voter fraud going on,” Pierce said. “You’ve distracted people and redefined the issue so that it’s not longer about a democracy and engaging everyone to participate in the process.”Pierce said Americans should be more concerned about Voter ID laws than voter fraud. “Voter ID laws are really important and awful,” he said. “They’re new, so there’s not much political science literature on the topic, but the most important work, which was done by a couple of folks who are at [University of California at] San Diego, found that Voter ID laws significantly reduced turnout among folks of color and folks who were liberal.” Gonzalez said news about voter suppression should move people to action. Some of the ways to prevent voter suppression, she said, include educating ourselves on the history of voting rights in America, engaging in conversations about voting rights and volunteering to help register people to vote.  “Research who is running and pay attention to their campaigns,” she said. “It is also so rewarding to be part of elections by volunteering. I cannot vote, but I still consider myself American and I understand my civic duty as raising awareness and encouraging participation. I find volunteering in this way does work as a catalyst.”Part of this awareness involves encouraging and teaching students to follow up on their registration, Gonzalez said. “We could set up times where we tell students, ‘it’s time to call your polling place,’ just to be completely sure,” she said. “And again, we just need to really work on preparing students for what to do if [their vote] has been rejected.”Gonzalez said every American should have the opportunity to vote in every election. “How can we call ourselves a democracy, an exemplary one at that, if there is no equity in access so every citizen can vote and guarantee that every vote will be counted,” she said. Tags: Midterms, president trump, voter suppression, voting, voting purgelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s department of chemistry and physics launches new project to test local well water

first_imgAlthough water is one of the most abundant resources in the world, it exists on a wide spectrum of drinkability. Bottled water tends to be the safest option, while river and lake water should be considered non-potable. However, well water falls into a gray area. At times it can be consumed safely, but it can also potentially contain dangerous heavy metals.City water is tested regularly, but testing for well water is completed much less frequently, as it must be done at the homeowner’s expense, according to a flyer distributed by the Saint Mary’s department of chemistry and physics.This means heavy metals, such as arsenic, can build up in the water, and according to the flyer, “long term exposure can pose a significant health risk.”The department hopes to aid Saint Mary’s students and the wider community in learning how to test their well water.Their water-testing project began about two years ago as a community research study.“Community research is a little challenging, because the pathway to getting a project is less obvious than with more traditional science research,” Kimberly Cossey, chemistry professor and head of the project, said in an email.Cossey said she began at the local level of community engagement.“The first step of any community research is meeting people and networking, so that you know what is needed,” Cossey said in the email.Then, the group had to map out the exact procedure the department would use to test the well water.“The next step was to determine the methods that we would use for the science part of the project,” she said in the email. “I decided to use ICP-OES (an instrument used to test water samples), which [test] not only arsenic but also other heavy metals, even in low concentrations. Thus, we could test for multiple potential contaminants at once, and give residents the results.”Cossey and a student collaborator, senior chemistry major Katelyn Long, have begun a pilot study where students will be able to test and send in the results from their water.This process is fairly simple, Cossey said.“We give residents a kit that has water bottles, and instructions on how to collect their water,” she said in the email. “They run the tap for a few minutes, and then collect the water into the water bottle. Residents can test multiple locations in their home, as water is not the same from every tap (due to things like water softeners, RO [reverse-osmosis] filters, etc.)”Next, Cossey will test the water with Long.“They bring the samples back to Saint Mary’s, and we treat the samples with chemicals,” she said in the email. “This is necessary for testing, and also makes sure that the samples stay ‘useable’ until we can test them.”According to Cossey, the next steps for the project involve collecting, calibrating and distributing data from the project.“The primary goal is to decrease health risks in the community by letting people know what’s in their drinking water,” Cossey said in the email. “We don’t want anyone to be drinking water with arsenic or lead on a regular basis without realizing it.”The project also seeks to discover local problem areas that may have issues, she said.“We are also looking for patterns in location and time,” Cossey said. “After testing one location found to have arsenic for several months, we have found that the amount of arsenic varies. … By mapping the places where high levels are found, we can identify neighborhoods that may need more immediate testing. This way those residents can know if they should be concerned.”Tags: department of physics and chemistry, South Bend, South Bend community, waterlast_img read more

Area Manufacturer Sends Employees Home Following Possible COVID Infection

first_imgImage by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.LAKEWOOD — Workers at a Lakewood manufacturing facility were sent home this week after an employee came in contact with COVID-19.Employees at Matco Tools, all of who requested anonymity, tell WNYNewsNow workers on the plant’s second shift team were notified of the possible transmission on Thursday.The employee who came in contact with the active cases immediately left his place of work as a precaution.Later in the day, employees say everyone on second shift was instructed to go home and not return until Monday where further information would be given. Around 100 people reportedly work during the second shift operations.WNYNewsNow has left a message with Matco Tool’s Public Relations and is awaiting a call back.Based in Ohio, Matco Tools is a manufacturer and distributor of automotive repair tools, diagnostic equipment, and toolboxes.The company is a subsidiary of Fortive Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and key player in several industries, including tools, environmental and industrial process and control markets. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Xcel’s Fowke leads utility’s transition away from coal

first_imgXcel’s Fowke leads utility’s transition away from coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN Business:Xcel Energy burned coal to generate nearly half its power just a few years ago. Now it’s helping to lead America’s clean energy revolution.The $30 billion Minneapolis-based utility has already shut down a quarter of its coal power plants. And it will soon pull the plug on another quarter.Xcel Energy recently announced an ambitious plan to deliver zero-carbon electricity by 2050, making it the first large American power company to set that challenging goal. “We are leading the industry,” Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke told CNN Business. “It’s a product of what our customers and regulators want.”The transformation of Xcel Energy underscores the rise of renewable energy, driven by a sharp decline in the cost of solar and wind and a desire among Americans for cleaner power.“Technology has come so far. Wind is already beating fossil fuel alternatives — even with low natural gas prices,” Fowke said during an interview from the sidelines of the BloombergNEF Summit in New York. Fowke estimated that Xcel’s wind costs have plummeted by more than two-thirds over the past decade, while solar is down by about 80%.Xcel is rapidly moving away from coal, which supplied 46% of its power of 2013. The utility has been approved by local authorities to retire 23 coal units between 2005 and 2027 — or about half its capacity.More: Xcel Energy was a coal-first power company. Now it’s going carbon-freelast_img read more

West Babylon Murder Arrest Made After 19 Years

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Troy ArrighiSuffolk County police Homicide Squad detectives have arrested a New York City man in a nearly 20-year-old cold case murder invesetigation.Troy Arrighi, 37, of Manhattan, was taken into custody at his East 30th Street home on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder.“It was a straight up robbery,” said Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, who was unable to discuss more about the case because detectives are still searching for the suspect’s alleged accomplice. He coulnd’t say what led to the suspect’s apprehention after so long.Police said the alleged gunman and another man shot and killed 30-year-old Mario Andujar during an attempted robbery of the Diamond Trucking Company on Cabot Street in West Babylon on March 22, 1994.A second victim and fellow mechanic, then-22-year-old Juan Garcia, was also shot but survived. Garcia recovered at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.Arrighi will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

A new approach to banking Money Service Businesses (MSBs)

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In speaking at various bank and credit union events about the banking of businesses that are  cash intensive, or “Money Services Businesses” (MSBs), one common theme is clear:  despite changes in the regulatory landscape, the process for banking MSBs has remained the same.  As a result of systematic “de-risking,” MSBs across the country have been losing access to the financial system.  But with a driving force behind de-risking, Operation Choke Point, now officially ended, it is time to assess the aftermath of de-risking, and specifically how financial institutions can service MSBs in this new environment.  For this to happen, institutions must be ready to discard legacy concepts and practices associated with banking MSBs and embrace a new approach.De-risking created a wealth of new opportunities with respect to the banking of MSBs.  As many large financial institutions have exited the MSB market, small and regional institutions are poised to fill the void left by them.  For MSBs themselves, losing access to financial institutions represents an existential threat to their businesses, regardless of how long they’ve been around or their adherence to regulations.  This means there are many responsible MSBs desperate to regain banking access, and many financial institutions open to serving them. Nonetheless, much of the MSB industry remains underserved.  So, what is the problem? continue reading »last_img read more

Respecting the office easier than its holder

first_imgWith reference to the Feb. 17 letter, “Respect the office of the president”: While there was much that I (and I suspect a good many others) disagree with, one statement was spot on: “Respect the office that he holds.” It’s quite possible to hold respect for something inanimate. As for the animate, they need to earn respect.Scott KilbournScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Unai Emery on whether Rob Holding will start against Manchester United

first_imgUnai Emery on whether Rob Holding will start against Manchester United Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Sep 2019 8:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Holding is in contention to start (Picture: Getty Images)Unai Emery ‘cannot be certain’ that Rob Holding will start for Arsenal against Manchester United on Monday, but heaped praise on the young centre-half.Holding made a scoring return to first-team action in midweek after a nine-month lay-off as the Gunners thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0, much to the delight of Emery.The Arsenal boss views the 24-year-old as a real leader in the dressing room and believes he can have an impact at Old Trafford, even if he doesn’t play from the start.Emery said: ‘When I saw him on Tuesday I thought ‘wow!’ He’s coming back – Rob Holding!AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I can not be certain he will start on Monday but I want him there for his spirit, his behaviour, his commitment.‘He feels really Arsenal Football Club and I want players like him in the dressing room.’ Solskjaer and Emery will clash at Old Trafford (PIcture: Getty Images)A win for Emery’s side would see them move six points clear of United and the Spaniard is relishing the opportunity to put daylight between the two sides.‘It’s amazing to play in Manchester with that atmosphere,’ Emery added.‘We really want to play matches where we can do something important. We know it’s a very big opportunity for us to get three points.‘I am excited waiting for this moment. But also I know we need to prepare a perfect match because three points is very important for both sides.‘Solskjaer has experience. He was a player at Manchester United, he knows the club perfectly, he knows the high competition, the high level and he now has very good players.‘His challenge is also to achieve the consistency and performances that will get them in the top four. We are going to fight on Monday for the first time this season and it’s about which team can respond.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWho will win at Old Trafford?Manchester United0%Arsenal0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisementlast_img read more