Lamont Library will remain open 24/7 during reading period and final exams this academic year, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds and interim librarian of Harvard College Susan Fliss announced today. The decision follows a successful trial run of 24-hour operations at the end of the spring semester.This semester, Lamont will be open continuously from 9 a.m. Dec. 2 through 5 p.m. Dec. 21.“Last year’s pilot program was very successful for the hundreds of students who used Lamont after normal hours, as well as for the library staff,” said Fliss. “It was also the result of a very collaborative process that included Lamont Library and Harvard Library Access Services staff, Dean Hammonds and the College, the UC [Undergraduate Council], and a variety of interested students. We’re pleased that we can open Lamont Library again during reading and exam periods to ensure that students have a place to study during this critical time in the academic year.”Last spring, as part of the pilot authorized by Hammonds and Fliss and facilitated by students and staff, Lamont was open continuously from April 22 through May 12. During that period, informal counts by library staff indicated that an average of 267 students were using Lamont at 1 a.m. on any given night. The number of students using the library tended to peak between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., while use was lowest between 4 and 10 a.m. On several evenings, the number of students using the library spiked to well over 400.“Last year’s pilot program at Lamont was a genuine success,” said Hammonds, who is also the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies. “The hundreds of students who studied in Lamont into the wee hours of the night proved how much they value having access to that space during reading and exam periods. In short, students voted with their feet. We’re really pleased that we can respond to that demand by making Lamont available again this semester for late-night studying.”The Lamont Library project represents another effort by the College, working with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences libraries, to meet student space needs. Since 2006, the College has added or renovated more than 57,000 square feet of social space available to undergraduates.At Lamont, spaces such the café, the multimedia lab, the technology-decked Collaborative Learning Space (B-30), and the Larsen Room have become more accessible to students after hours. And a survey conducted in the spring by members of the UC Student Life Committee indicated additional interest among students for extended library hours.“Until now, the lack of a true 24/7 library has significantly impacted students looking to study during exam period,” said Michael A. George, current chair of the UC Student Life Committee. “When students raised this issue with the UC this past spring, we worked extensively with the Harvard Library system to make it a reality.“Eighteen hundred students responded to the survey we organized, and the results showed that a substantial group of students, from freshmen to seniors, were very interested in expanded hours. The pilot program we ran at the end of the spring confirmed that the student demand was there,” George continued. “We’re very happy that the College and library administrators have responded to that demand by keeping Lamont open again this year.”In November 2011, Hammonds announced plans for additional enhancements to undergraduate social spaces across campus, including the new Mather Multimedia Lab, the Eliot Grille activity space, the Cabot Café, and the Quad Grille lounge space in Pforzheimer House. The College also began opening Annenberg Hall in the evenings to serve as a gathering place where students could study or socialize. Improvements to the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) were formally unveiled earlier this semester.House renewal is another area in which the College hopes to maximize the spaces available to students. When fully renewed, Old Quincy will have a new multipurpose room, music practice rooms, a classroom, and informal nooks where students can gather.“The College and Lamont Library have focused in recent years on providing students with additional spaces to study or relax,” Hammonds said. “Last year, the College opened Annenberg to students in the evening. Just last month, we unveiled the newly renovated SOCH. Over the last few years, we’ve refurbished a number of House grilles and created new spaces like the Queen’s Head Pub. As plans for renewing Old Quincy demonstrate, building new spaces in the Houses is also one of the primary goals of House renewal.”
View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Hamilton (Off-Broadway) The Public Theater’s production of Hamilton, created by and starring Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, only began previews off-Broadway on January 20, but it looks as if the founding father may already be eyeing a move uptown. The tuner’s producers, including Jeffrey Seller, aim to put the show on the fast track to open this spring on Broadway, The New York Post reports.Pre-opening buzz surrounding the musical has led to the assumption of a transfer down the line, though less assured is the timeline of the move. April 23 marks the Tony Awards eligibility deadline, and theater space is dwindling. One available house is the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where If/Then plays its final performance on March 22. The venue holds a great deal of nostalgia for both Miranda and Seller, as the two took home Tonys in 2008 for its previous tenant In the Heights (Miranda for composing, Seller for producing, naturally). Another option could be the Nederlander Theatre (where Seller brought Rent in 1996). The musical Honeymoon in Vegas is struggling to hit the box office jackpot there despite good reviews. However, no shutter date for the tuner has been announced.If not this season, 2015-16 would surely be on the table. The Public Theater’s 2013 production of Fun Home sat out a season before transferring to Broadway; preview performances will begin at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 27.A move this season could affect Hamilton’s previously announced extension at the Public through April 5; Seller reportedly has the right to cancel it to secure the show’s move before the cutoff date. Regardless of whether the production will stay at the Public or light up the Great White Way, the show will be short one star. Brian d’Arcy James, who plays King George, will take his final bow on March 1 to headline Something Rotten on Broadway (where he’ll remain British). A replacement for James has not yet been announced.Bringing Hamilton into the current season would likely put two Public Theater shows up against each other at the Tony Awards and effectively throw in a last minute wrench for the season’s other tuners (including Something Rotten, Doctor Zhivago and Finding Neverland) hoping to take home the big prize. Less certain is the Broadway landscape this time next year, but should Hamilton wait until then, it would be in the mix with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. Miranda and Lloyd Webber have a great deal of respect for each other; surely, the maestros of the two sides of the pond can keep things civil.You know, unlike the 18th century. Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda
Leadership is, at times, an honor, a burden, a privilege, a headache, a riddle, a mirror, a crisis, and a joy. Sometimes it’s two or more of these at the same time.But leadership is first, foremost, and always, a responsibility.A responsibility to whom? Ask any good leader, and they’ll tell you that they have, broadly speaking, three constituencies:1. Their teamWhen a leader is responsible to the team, that leader:communicates a clear and compelling direction for the team;shares the credit with the team for all successes;accepts the responsibility for all “failures;”treats team members as individuals;creates a context where team members can grow and develop their potential.2. Their organizationA leader is responsible to the organization that employs him or her, no matter whether that employment is paid or voluntary. This means that the leader:delivers results that drive the organization forward;acts in a way that presents the organization in the best possible light;makes decisions and takes actions that support the long-term success of the organization;communicates honestly with others within the organization, even when — in fact, especially when — the information is negative or otherwise uncomfortable;realizes that his or her employment represents an investment by the organization, and always makes sure that the return on that investment is greater than the cost.3. Their communityCorporate social responsibility is becoming more and more important, particularly to the millennials who comprise the workforce and the customer/member base. Because of this, a responsible leader:actively looks for ways that the goals of the organization intersect with the goals of the community (and that community can be local, regional, national, or global);understands that the organization is, in a sense, a “citizen” of the larger community, and strives to make sure that it’s a good citizen;recognizes that when you’re in a community, it really sucks when one of your neighbors is a jerk — so a good leader tries very hard to not be a jerk;supports the larger community through sponsorships, scholarships, and/or other outreach opportunities;asks not just, “Is this good for my organization?” but also, “Is this good for my community?” when making decisions (and, again, “community” can be local, regional, national, or global).That’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s not always possible to deliver on all the implied promises. Sometimes one responsibility ends up being in conflict with another, and the leader has to make a decision. But then, that’s what leaders do, don’t they? They make decisions.The big picture here is that I want you to take your credit union leadership seriously. It’s not just about getting your reports done on time. That’s management. Leadership is something bigger.Yes, it’s a responsibility. But try changing the word “responsibility” to “opportunity.” As a leader, you have an opportunity to make a difference. To your team, to your organization, and to your community. That’s the foundation on which credit unions are built.I think that’s pretty cool. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Details
Precisely with the aim of developing tourism, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board will announce Public call for bids for advertising and promotion of tourist entities and products from the area of Bjelovar-Bilogora County with the aim of encouraging domestic and foreign tourists to spend their holidays on the continent. The development of family farms focused on tourism in Bjelovar-Bilogora County started from a modest 2 family farms in 2010 to today’s 50. In the past decade, thanks to family farms, the number of tourist arrivals increased by 171%. and the number of overnight stays by 354%, while most are only domestic guests. “The crisis also brings an opportunity, and that is the effective connection of family farms with the subjects of continental, primarily rural tourism.”Concluded Bajs. At the press conference, symbolically held at the agritourism “On a small hill”, the prefect Damir Bajs emphasized the importance of family farms for the tourist development of Bjelovar-Bilogora County. Photo: SalajLand “Our family farms provide a unique experience of relaxing in beautiful nature, getting to know the heritage and enjoying local gastronomic products. We have a weekend ahead of us with a favorable weather forecast and I invite all Croatian citizens, now that the epidemiological measures have subsided, to visit some of the family farms in Bjelovar-Bilogora County and support our hardworking people who live from the fruits of their labor. ”, Said Bajs. COUNTY BAJS CALLS ON GOVERNMENT FOR NEGLECTING CONTINENTAL TOURISM The mentioned Public Invitation will also refer to the packages of travel agencies which, in addition to accommodation, must also contain the entire experience of the destination, and which includes: wellness offer, eno-gastronomic offer, active vacation, cultural offer and other facilities. “Since the Government has abolished the promotion of continental tourism, and the Croatian National Tourist Board intends to promote exclusively sea tourism, the Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board will itself provide promotion to tourist entities in the county., said the prefect of Bjelovar-Bilogora County Damir Bajs. Photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County The ban on holding events has severely affected the tourism of the continental part of Croatia, including Bjelovar-Bilogora County, said Bajs, adding that continental tourism shows great potential for further development of Croatian tourism and the overall tourist offer throughout the year, but its share is only 3% of tourism revenue. “In the conditions imposed by the current crisis, limited movement and social distance, continental tourism will gain in importance and increase revenues through weekend trips and longer stays, primarily of domestic tourists. In addition to natural and cultural sights, the key factor in the success of continental tourism are family farms, which in addition to their primary activity of food production, are also engaged in catering.”Said Bajs. The press conference discussed the Government’s measures to help entities affected by the coronavirus epidemic in the tourism sector, and on that occasion, Prefect Bajs called out the Government for neglecting continental tourism. But let’s go in order. Yesterday, a press conference was held at which the prefect of Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Damir Bajs, spoke about measures to help continental tourism and called on the Government for neglecting continental tourism. · In the case of continental tourism, this is a completely different approach to development, but so far this is not noticeable through the activities of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, said Bajs and added: “I expect the Government to extend measures to preserve jobs according to the ‘3 plus 3’ model, especially for family farms, in order to ensure liquidity and survival of tourism entities on the continent. VAT for all branches of tourism needs to be reduced to a single rate of 10 percent, especially for agency arrangements, which are extremely important for continental tourism. All entities in the tourism sector, especially family farms, should have access to interest-free lending for working capital and investment. These are necessary measures if we want the sustainable development of tourism on the continent in order to attract domestic and foreign guests “, emphasized the prefect Damir Bajs. In Bjelovar-Bilogora County, more than 50 family farms provide tourist services, and in total there are more than 500 of them engaged in the production of honey, jams and marmalades, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, brandies, fruit liqueurs and other products that strengthen tourism. offer. Continental tourism is mainly based on a large number of one-day tourist arrivals at events, and the biggest drivers of tourism in Bjelovar-Bilogora County are events such as the Christmas story of the Salaj family, Terezijana, Vinodar, Bjelovar Fair, which together generated over half a million domestic arrivals. and foreign guests. “From assistance measures to an emphasis on communication, Croatian tourism is viewed exclusively through maritime tourism, while neglecting almost all aspects of continental tourism, especially rural tourism, which is carried out by family farms. Such an attitude is evident in promotional materials, such as CNTB videos, in which Croatia is presented exclusively through destinations and scenes of the coast and coast, while the continental part of Croatia is given a minor space. There is a consensus that MINT and CNTB should be much more actively involved in the development and promotion of continental tourism, bearing in mind the foundation of the success of the tourist story, which are family farms that create synergies with cultural and historical heritage and natural beauty.”Byce points out. Cover photo: Bjelovar-Bilogora County Tourist Board
Circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger traffic at Croatian airports. Although air traffic began to open more and more after lockdown and after the euphoria due to the more than excellent season, as expected, the numbers still show the real situation. Namely, in July 2020, Croatian airports recorded 363 passengers or even 805% less than in the same month last year, when the turnover was 81,6 passengers. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in July 2020 was 9, a decrease of 277% compared to July 53,0, when the number of landings and take-offs was 2019. The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 96 thousand passengers, which is a decrease of 72,0% compared to the same period last year. Source: CBS The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 169 thousand passengers (a decrease of 76,5% compared to July 2019, when 720 thousand passengers were transported), followed by Zagreb Airport with 77 thousand passengers (a decrease of 78,8% in compared to July 2019, when 364 thousand passengers were transported) and Dubrovnik Airport with 58 thousand passengers (a decrease of 88,6% compared to July 2019, when 511 thousand passengers were transported).
Read also: Garuda plans to open direct flights to Bali from US, France, India to boost tourismGaruda, meanwhile, is also restructuring its aircraft leasing by seeking a lower leasing price or extending the period, Setiaputra said, adding that it also seeks to terminate “unsuitable” contracts.Twelve of its lessors have agreed to a restructuring, according to Garuda presentation material in parliament, while six have declined to give rent deferral. It is still in negotiations with 13 other lessors.“Today there are a number of lessors who grounded our planes because our incapability to make payments,” Setiaputra said.Topics : Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is in talks with Airbus to delay deliveries of four aircraft this year, its chief executive said on Tuesday, as the coronavirus outbreak restricts travel and dampens demand.“This year we should receive four Airbus planes, but we are negotiating to delay that,” CEO Irfan Setiaputra said in a parliamentary hearing.Read also: Garuda books $120m net loss in Q1 as travel industry hit hard by COVID-19 Garuda has nine A330neos on order with Airbus that have yet to be delivered, according to the Airbus order book, while its low-cost arm Citilink has 25 A320neos on order.An Airbus spokesman decline to comment on the company’s commercial discussion.Garuda faces financial difficulties after the coronavirus outbreak caused major disruption to global travel, resulting in a 90 percent drop in passengers volume at Garuda, the airline said last month.The company was forced to seek maturity extension to its US$500 million Islamic bonds that were due in June and seek new government loans.
Source: PLSARoger Phillips, chair of LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, addresses the PLSA’s Local Authority ConferenceAccording to data from LGPS funds, roughly a third of the system’s assets are now being run by one of the eight asset pools.Phillips told conference delegates that the principle of pooling still made “absolute sense”, particularly with regard increasing investment in infrastructure.However, the advisory board chair added: “My hope is we don’t all as pools go individually chasing a particular [asset], and instead start to work collaboratively as a scheme, so that – quite frankly – we don’t get screwed in what is a maturing, developing market.”He also urged pension managers and finance directors within local authorities to be clear on their responsible investment strategies.Earlier in conference, local government minister Rishi Sunak’s address was interrupted by campaigners from Extinction Rebellion who called for LGPS funds to divest completely from companies involved in fossil fuels.Phillips said: “I think we’ve seen a classic example as to why we need to have a very clear understanding of what our responsible investment views are, and how we’ve got the narrative to go with it.”Phillips is a member of the pension committee overseeing the £2.7bn Worcestershire Pension Fund, and he highlighted his scheme’s actions to “reduce significantly” its investments in fossil fuels.“That needs to be part of that explained story,” he added. “What is our role as funds? And what are we doing when we go to AGMs?”Key figures Phillips emphasised that the LGPS had to “get the narrative right” when explaining the increase in reported investment costs. The LGPS Code of Transparency was introduced in 2017“Because of the transparency that we have now brought to this, this naturally sees the figure rise – I think it’s important to get that understanding,” Phillips said.“We also started to see the costs of the pools and the setup of the pools coming into that. There is work going on in the Cabinet Office identifying what the costs of setting up those pools are – and, of course, the benefits and savings they bring as well.”The LGPS’ code of transparency was introduced in 2017 and was the result of work by the Scheme Advisory Board, asset managers and long-term transparency campaigner Chris Sier. It paved the way for the development of the disclosure templates for major asset classes now being developed by the Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI).LGPS cost reporting will shift to the CTI’s templates once they are completed.Data presented by Phillips showed that 117 managers working with LGPS funds had signed up to the code, accounting for “almost 100% of listed assets”. In addition, the eight asset pools created by LGPS funds to collaborate on manager selection have all signed up to the code.Last month the advisory board launched a search for a provider to monitor compliance with the code.Pooling and responsible investment The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) reported investment costs of more than £1bn (€1.1bn) for the 12 months to 31 March 2018 as its new code of transparency for manager fees kicked in.Addressing a local authority pension conference this week, Roger Phillips, chair of the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, reported that the figure amounted to 0.39% of the LGPS’ total assets of £275bn across 88 funds in England and Wales.“The code of transparency is one thing I’m very, very proud of,” Phillips said. “We should be standing on top of the mountain, shouting about what we have done to actually bring transparency and reduce costs to pension schemes…“We should be very proud of the fact that, while other parts of our sector are under enormous financial pressures, we can stand up and say we are doing our bit to sweat the pounds, making sure we are driving down costs and bringing about transparency right across the whole of the pension scheme.” Credit: Simon Elliott The PLSA’s Local Authority Conference was held at the Cotswolds Water Park in southern England5.8m Total LGPS membership2m Total active members15,000 Affiliated employers£1.8bn Net cash flow across all 88 funds£275bn Total assets under management£1.041bn Total investment costs107% Increase in reported investment costs since 2015£32.74 Administration cost per member, down 9% year on year
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Batesville, In.— Smithsonian magazine has announced “Museum Day” will be Saturday, September 22. Participating museums nationwide will offer free admission.Some participating museums nearby that are participating are Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Museum, “Life on the Ohio” River History Museum in Vevay, The Adsmore Museum in Princeton, Kentucky, the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana, Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky, Bradford, Ohio Railroad Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum.For more information and a complete list of participating museums please click here.-0-
By Ryan Clark INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 28) – The skies opened at the end of heat race qualifying as heavy rain cut short the mid-season championship program Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway. With qualifying completed, the program was declared a complete show. Make-up features for the five divisions will be added to the schedule offering race fans double features during the next two weekly racing programs. Next Saturday, July 5, double features will be run in the Performance Bodies IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions. The make-up features for the IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will be held Saturday, July 12. Only drivers who were signed in to compete June 28 will be allowed to take part in the make-up features. Buy-ins will not be permitted.Since qualifying for the June 28 program was completed, rain checks will not be honored. Grandstand admission for weekly racing is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Kids ages 11 and under are admitted free if accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25. Start times also will remain the same for the double feature nights. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing to follow.The next event at the speedway is this Tuesday, July 1 when the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models makes its annual stop. IMCA sanctioned Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods will join the Late Models and compete for increased prize money. Track points will not be awarded.July 1 grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Kids 11 and under are free if attending with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with hot laps scheduled for 6:45 and racing to follow.For the latest speedway news, visit the on-line home of Fast Family Fun at www.independencemotorspeedway.com.