Centuries of honor and prestige

first_img The color guard leads an alumni group of Medal of Honor recipients to Memorial Church where a private service was held in their honor. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer The 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, known as the “Harvard Regiment” for its large number of Harvard graduates during the Battle of Cold Harbor. Images courtesy of Harvard University Archives During WWII, the U.S. Army published weekly “Newsmaps” offering updates on the fighting on numerous fronts. To commemorate one of America’s oldest continued partnerships, the Harvard Library have curated “To Serve Better Thy Country,” an exhibit of the interwoven histories of the two storied institutions, assembling letters, photographs, and objects that show Harvard affiliates’ tradition of service from the earliest years of our country to today. Opening on Veterans Day, the exhibit is designed for both history buffs and curious greenhorns, distilling four centuries of activity into a narrative that is engaging without being overwhelming.“The story is not a straight line,” said Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, University archivist. “There are changes of relations with the military along the way, at times of both war and peace. The story does not necessarily break down neatly by time period or by the boundaries of an exhibition case. Figuring out how to break up that narrative to reflect what really happened is the great challenge in selecting items to put on display.”“To Serve Better Thy Country: Four Centuries of Harvard and the Military” is on view in the Lammot du Pont Copeland Gallery in Pusey Library, Harvard Yard, weekdays 9-5 p.m. Ensigns E. Schwerin, Norma Meyer, Olga Quadland, and Edith Paulsen study communication instruments at the Engineering School as part of the Women’s Reserve, known as Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. A hand-drawn map of Cold Harbor, near current-day Mechanicsville, Va., where Generals Grant and Lee clashed for one of the last times. Over 15,000 soldiers were killed during the two-week battle. A map of the Somme, charting the German retreat during the Hundred Days Offensive. Enter Harvard Yard from the main subway entrance and you’re likely to see the bright yellow Wadsworth House, where Gen. George Washington set up his first Massachusetts headquarters in July 1775. Just a few hundred feet north, in Massachusetts and Hollis halls, more than 1,000 Revolutionary soldiers were quartered as they trained for confrontations with the British infantry. At the time, the University had been relocated to Concord, but the students and alumni of Harvard were no strangers to military conflict. From King William’s War to the French and Indian War, Harvard students and faculty had given their lives for the burgeoning nation they called home.For almost 250 years, Harvard and the American military have worked side by side to build the United States into the global leader it is today, producing some of our greatest countrymen. From Theodore Roosevelt to E.E. Cummings to David Rockefeller, Harvard veterans were leaders and innovators who changed the world for the better as both soldiers and civilians. Radcliffe women proved their mettle as officers in the Navy Women’s Reserve, sustaining the country through World War II and laying the groundwork for future Harvard women to enlist in the University ROTCs. Today, Harvard is host to the full complement of ROTC branches, veteran student-scholars, and academic ties to diplomacy, defense, and technology. An air raid siren mounted to the roof of Widener Library, installed in 1942. The steeple of the Memorial Church is seen in the distance.last_img read more

Poland plans to speed up move to clean and nuclear energy

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government has adopted a plan to speed up the coal-reliant nation’s transformation to clean and nuclear energy. The Cabinet passed a resolution Tuesday that calls for Poland to obtain 23% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, compared to some 13% now. The plan foresees an increase in wind energy, especially from farms on the Baltic Sea, and the opening of Poland’s first nuclear power plant in 2033. The move toward a zero-emissions energy policy is expected to produce some 300,000 jobs, according to the resolution released by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s office.last_img

Jenkins, Thesing and DeLee reflect on religious life, vows

first_imgLast night at Legends of Notre Dame, University President Fr. John Jenkins sat on a panel with Mendoza College of Business Director of Finance and Administration Fr. Mark Thesing and Sister Lois DeLee, held in celebration of the “Year of the Consecrated Life.”Thesing, Jenkins and DeLee talked about their different experiences in adopting the consecrated life, the challenges in realizing the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, what inspired them to take those vows and what they found most rewarding in leading a consecrated life.Jenkins said realizing this common goal of leading a meaningful life is an important, rewarding and emotional undertaking — particularly in light of a recent campus tragedy.“One of the things that’s clear to me now is that this desire to live a meaningful life has been fulfilled in abundance,” Jenkins said. “Last night — just an example, we had a memorial mass for Lisa Yang, who took her own life, and her family was there. We gave the family a diploma posthumously for Lisa. It was just a … I don’t need to say how much of an emotional time it was for them to try to come to terms to that. But to be a part of that and to try to help them to make sense of that is a great privilege, an undeserved privilege, to be part of such a meaningful time.”Thesing said while he started pursuing priesthood when he first visited Notre Dame, he did not begin to fully appreciate religious life until the middle of his formation.“Although I knew I wanted to be a priest, and I knew I wanted to pursue that, I wasn’t quite sure where and how that was going to be lived out,” Thesing said. “Now some 38 years after entering the seminary, I can’t imagine my life without it. I can’t imagine being a priest without having the support or the camaraderie and the community that community life offered.“Here I’m wearing my collar, and I’m representing something, so I’ve got to be careful about that. It’s a public life that we live and we have to be conscious about that. … I feel a little wiser now … but I also realize that I’m living here with a bunch of students or young men, and it’s about calling them to a higher life.”DeLee said she was not fully convinced she would accept the challenges of religious life, but after starting formation and eventually completing her time as a novitiate, she said she found joy in spreading [God’s] teaching to her students and embracing God’s will.“One of my greatest joys is being able to see how my life somehow touched their lives and brought them success or brought them love from God to make their life worthwhile,” DeLee said. “We all have relationships with the Lord. We are His servants. Let Him use us where He wants to take us and then know fear is useless. You just need trust and let God do His Work”Jenkins also said the greatest joy of the consecrated life is how he has been able to impact people’s lives.“The wonderful thing about this calling, and Sister [DeLee] spoke about this too with her, is that you’re invited into people’s life in a profound way,” he said. “You have the opportunity to do what you can. You always have this sense of not doing well enough, or you’re not doing as you should, but still you have that opportunity to comfort them in their sorrows, rejoice with them in their joys and help them find the Lord in an important way.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Mark Thesing, religious life, Sister Lois DeLeelast_img read more

Mobile banking app helps in-branch onboarding

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Using the photo functionality on a mobile device has been found to improve the accuracy and customer experience for mobile account opening, thereby reducing new account opening abandonment. This same functionality can also improve the in-branch onboarding process.by: Ann Reichert, Senior Director of Marketing, MitekAccording to Accenture’s 2015 North America Consumer Digital Banking Survey, ATMs, online and mobile banking have reduced customer branch visits. But, that doesn’t mean the branch is obsolete. The same survey found that only 29 percent of consumers anticipate using the branch less in 2020. This means that 66 percent of consumers plan to use the branch in the future as often as they do today, or more.Financial institutions are struggling with how to interpret this mixed message from consumers. Strategic branch consolidation has been a common approach to this issue, but many banks are reluctant to do so because the branch has historically been where customers purchase banking products. For instance, Novantas found that consumers preferred to use the branch to open loan products (55%) and deposit products (45%). continue reading »last_img read more

There are two peoples

first_imgNo, I’m not talking about the enormous political divide. Nor am I speaking on racial tensions. These are both important issues which we need to find common ground. For today, let’s look at something else separating this country (and elsewhere). And I’m betting you never considered it before.Technology.This isn’t a discussion on the “haves” and “have-nots”. That’s another topic altogether. When I say technology, I mean who uses what and how. Which of these are typical web-connected devices for you? Check off from the following:DesktopLaptopSmartphoneTabletE-readerLiving room gaming systemBlu-ray playerSmart TVSet-top box (Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, etc.)Sound barVirtual assistant (Amazon Echo – “Alexa”)Portable gaming systemHome automation devices (Smart lighting, thermostat, garage door opener, home security, etc.)Activity trackerCarOtherIf you’re on one side of the technology divide, you might have related to 4, maybe 5 of the items (or even fewer!). I engage with 12 of these items on a regular basis. And there are people far more connected than myself (we’re not even talking services right now). We connect with the world in a different way than those operating on a more “computer first” focus. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘It got dumped in the manure pit’: Owego dairy farmer speaks out on COVID-19 struggles

first_imgThose dollars aren’t just vital for him and his farm operations, but also for business partners. OWEGO (WBNG) — Jim Moore has been involved in dairy farming for most of his life, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, he says his industry and the ones he serves have been affected. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Many restaurants and bars have either closed or moved to solely delivery and pick-up options as part of New York’s fight against COVID-19. “I can’t give up yet,” Moore said. “These banks are going to have to help the farmers out, not just shut the door in your face.” “I’m scared for all the small farms. The restaurant and food industry has slowed down, they take a third of the milk products in this country,” Moore said. “From one month to the month before, I lost $2000. $2000 goes a long way to pay my fuel bill.” But despite the frustration he has at the economy, he’s not ready to quit, but is asking for some help. “The people I do business with count on my money to put product back in their line to sell to me,” Moore said. Moore told 12 News the milk produced from his 80 cows at the Moore-Stream Farm is picked up every other day, but on Sunday, he found it wasn’t going where he thought it was. But Moore says that business for restaurants and the food industry is also key for dairy farmers, and has hit his wallet hard. “The milk truck driver couldn’t look me in the eye because he told me it’s going in a manure pit today,” Moore said, “Didn’t go to a processor, it got dumped in the manure pit.”last_img read more

Colombia to begin easing restrictions from the start of June

first_img“The pandemic hasn’t gone away,” Duque said in his televised nightly address. “This is going to be a very important month for all of us.”Sectors like retail and non-COVID-related medical care can begin normalizing gradually once the lockdown ends, but large events, bars and nightclubs will continue to be closed. Restaurants will be open for takeaway orders only, Duque said.”We are not reviving social life,” Duque said. “We have to continue protecting health and lives and going forward we have to adapt to a disease that will be around for a long time.”Even as restrictions begin to ease, public transport in cities must not exceed 35% of their capacity and land borders will continue to be closed. International flights, domestic flights and inter-city buses will continue to be suspended. As part of the relaxed rules, children aged 2 to 5 years old will be allowed out three times a week for 30 minutes from the first of June, while those aged 6 to 17 will be permitted outside three times a week for up to an hour.Adults under 70 years old will be allowed out three times a week for up to two hours at a time. People aged 70 and over are considered a high-risk population and should remain at home, though they may go out for 30 minutes three times a week. Colombia will begin easing restrictions put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus starting from June, President Ivan Duque said Wednesday, though he asked the public to continue isolating at home and keep using measures to contain the disease.Colombia has reported more than 24,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, as well as 803 deaths.The country began a nationwide quarantine in late March.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Development designed and developed by architect Joe Adsett

first_img Botanic at New Farm has spectacular views.Mr Williams said several “right sizers’’ were looking at the four-bedroom apartment configuration which included two living areas.“The right sizer is not ready to downsize, but they want a lifestyle change. They don’t want to deal with maintaining their apartment on the weekend, they would rather be out and about,” Mr Williams said.“New Farm Park is right there. You don’t have to mow New Farm Park, it’s all done for you.”Mr Williams said the buyers so far had been young professionals in their 30s, same-sex couples through to retirees.“It’s 100 per cent owner-occupiers that have bought here,” he said.The pet-friendly development allows for two pets per apartment, subject to body corporate approval. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE: BOTANIC Full-floor apartments in blue-chip suburb Auctions raking in millions Botanic at New Farm.The choice to look out over New Farm Park or soak up city views is proving popular with buyers at Botanic.Designed and developed by award-winning architect Joe Adsett, the new 17-unit development on Sydney St, offers buyers a choice of two, three and four-bedroom apartments.Apartments at Botanic are currently being sold by Place New Farm’s Heath Williams and Peter Hutton, from Hutton & Hutton Real Estate.center_img One of the spacious bedrooms at Botanic.Buyers have direct lift access to their apartments and all owners have side-by-side garages with roller doors.“There isn’t a bad apartment in this building,” Mr Williams said. “Buyers have the choice to live city side or parkside and we’re seeing the interest is pretty even.’’More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Developer: Joe Adsett Price: Two bedrooms $1,270,000; three bedrooms $1,590,000 –$3,250,000; four bedrooms $2,100,000 –$2,750,000 Location: 130-134 Sydney St, New Farm. The sales display suite is at 938-940 Brunswick St, New Farm. Most popular suburbs among first home buyers More than 60 per cent of Botanic at New Farm has sold.Mr Williams said with construction underway, more than 60 per cent of the development had sold.He described the finishing touches to the project as “high-end luxury”.“When the architect is the developer there is a vested interest in what is drawn gets built,” Mr Williams said.The apartments have several features including Miele appliances, integrated double-door refrigeration, an outdoor fridge, a wine fridge and a barbecue.last_img read more

North Central Speedway opener drawing entries from across Upper Midwest

first_imgIMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on the card on the fast 1/3-mile dirt oval at Brainerd. The grandstands will be closed and all drivers and pit crew members must be pre-registered by 5 p.m. on Friday.  Promoter Holly Orpen has already fielded a barrage of phone calls from drivers in all of those divisions.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs State, but no track points will be awarded and a 2020 IMCA competitor’s license is required for all drivers. “We have been getting a lot of calls from all over, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota of course. There are a lot of people excited about starting the season,” Orpen said of the first race of 2020 in Minnesota. “We’ve been doing track prep, calling the governor’s office and working with the county to follow recommended guidelines.” center_img Social distancing rules will be in effect and are posted the track’s racencs.net website and Facebook. Except for drivers when they are in their cars, masks must be worn by everyone on the speedway grounds. BRAINERD, Minn. – Five IMCA divisions will go three, four and five-wide when they open the season this Saturday, May 9 at North Central Speedway. More information is available from Orpen at 320 201-0124. The event will be broadcast by Speed Sport TV affiliate Dirt Race Central.last_img read more

Trump Threatens to Classify Antifa as Terrorist Group

first_imgLast week, authorities in Portland warned residents to stay home as far-right groups were planning a weekend rally to put an “end to domestic terrorism,” with a focus on Antifa extremist groups. The officials feared that the rally would attract both right-wing extremists and Antifa counter-demonstrators, resulting in violence.However, the far-right group “Proud Boys” claimed success on Saturday evening, while promising to hold monthly protests in Portland. Rose City Antifa, which is Portland’s anti-fascist activist organization, countered with a demonstration of its own.Portland Police Lieutenant Tina Jones says that 1,200 people representing both sides took part in the nine hours of protests and counter-protests, and at least 13 arrests were made. Six people also suffered minor injuries. President Trump is calling for Antifa to be a designated an “organization of domestic terror.”He posted on Twitter, just before the left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators were expected to counter-protest a gathering of far-right and extremist groups in Portland, Oregon on Saturday:Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019last_img read more