A park by the river

first_imgMore than 100 people gathered at Riverside Community Park on Thursday (June 10) to officially dedicate Cambridge’s newest green space, the result of a partnership between Harvard University and the city.“This is a significant win for the city and a significant win for this community,” Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher said at the event. “We could not have done it without Harvard. This is a good example of town-gown relations working for the better of a community.”Situated on three quarters of an acre at the corner of Memorial Drive and Western Avenue near the Charles River, the park boasts a shade structure with picnic tables, a broad lawn, and fountains to frolic in on hot days. Designed by Halvorson Design Partnership, the park is intended to reflect community desires for a peaceful, reflective, inviting open space.After the event, families lingered to enjoy barbecue and to socialize. As cloudy skies threatened rain, children played in a fountain, splashing and laughing as if the sun were bright. Nearby, a family tossed a Frisbee on a broad green lawn, while a group of older women chatted on a bench.“To see the park being enjoyed by the residents is a great thing,” said Christine Heenan, Harvard’s vice president of public affairs and communications.Kevin Bonanno, a graphics associate in the University’s planning office, was on hand with his wife and two children. The family lives nearby in one of the affordable housing units built by Harvard as part of the agreement. Family members enjoy walking to the park on weekends and after dinner on weekdays.“It’s really great,” he said. “It brings a ton of people from the neighborhood out, so we’ve been able to meet a lot of other families with kids.”Since the park opened, Zainab Himmat, who lives across the street, said she’s had trouble keeping her four children inside. “When they come home from school, they want to go out and play there,” she said. “They love it.”That sentiment was precisely the goal when Harvard and Cambridge reached an agreement in 2003 that enabled the University to construct graduate student housing on several sites in the area. Harvard provided an open-space easement for the park as part of the accord. Residents presented their ideas through an expansive community planning process led by the city. Significant funding to create the park was provided by the city and by Harvard.As part of the 2003 agreement, the University created bed space for 500 graduate students in the new environmentally friendly dormitories and apartments at Cowperthwaite, Grant, Akron, and Banks streets, an effort that supported the city’s longstanding goal for local universities to house more students to alleviate pressure on the local housing market. Harvard also built the 39 affordable units for working families, including six in wood-frame houses adjacent to the park and 33 in the renovated historic Switch House nearby. All of those units are occupied by Cambridge families.“Developers often pit the desire for open space against affordable housing,” Cambridge City Manager Robert W. Healy said. “This is a tribute to the fact that one can do both.”last_img read more

Including women on your board of directors creates a mix of thinkers for the digital age

first_img continue reading » Boards of directors — for corporate enterprises, charitable organizations, professional societies — play extremely important and responsible oversight roles. The way I see it, they are positions women should aspire to as they provide the opportunity to analyze and validate the strategy of an organization, broaden their business perspective and make them better professionals and leaders within their own organization.Female board members are far from the only beneficiaries of this leadership opportunity, however.The Digital Age Calls For A Multi-Lens ViewThe positive outcomes realized by organizations stem from the guidance they receive from a rich mix of thinkers on their boards. The digital age requires leaders to continuously analyze how the various aspects of their businesses intersect. That necessitates a multi-lens view of the organization. Therefore, intentionally bringing qualified women into this space adds a level of richness to the board’s approach. Not only does this mix of thinkers generate a diversified way of looking at issues, but it also avoids the potential for the development of an innovation-stifling echo chamber. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Crossgates security shouldn’t fall on taxpayers

first_imgTaxpayers pay the police to patrol their communities and respond to emergencies, not stand guard over each and every one of us, and especially not over a private, profit-making major retail center that so far has been unwilling to provide enough security of its own to protect customers and employees from rampant hooliganism.So any security plan being worked out by the owners of Crossgates Mall and local police for extra coverage to cut down on crime in and around the mall should be paid for by the owner, Pyramid Companies, not taxpayers.The pending arrangement for patrols, reported in the Times Union, is in response to several incidents at the mall.The most recent occurred on Sunday evening, when a fight inside the mall led to a stabbing and then a chase that ended in police nabbing one vehicle on the Thruway and another vehicle after it crashed near St. Peter’s Hospital. Six youths were arrested following the crash.On Christmas Eve, at least a dozen people got into a fight inside the mall’s Beef Jerky Outlet store, throwing punches and knocking down displays while store employees tried in vain to intervene.Back in August, the mall was the site of a brawl that could have been much worse, after a fight between two females at the Get Air Trampoline Park got out of hand amidst a crowd of kids estimated at between 400 and 500. Two police officers breaking up the fight were injured when the surrounding crowd became unruly. And if you remember back in November 2016, a man fired a gun at rival gang members outside the Apple store while holiday shoppers dove for cover.  Categories: Editorial, OpinionWouldn’t it be nice if the town could station a police officer in all of our houses to protect us. But that won’t happen. The new security agreement could result in Guilderland police officers patrolling the mall full-time. But no details of that agreement have been released, including who is going to pay for it or how the mall coverage would affect police coverage of the rest of the town.One question we have. What’s taken so long? Why, especially after the August incident, has it taken over five months to beef up security to this level?The mall owners should be willing and able to protect their property without local police having to take over the job.  And not with Paul Blart Mall Cop patrolling on a Segway, either, but with professional security in large enough numbers to respond quickly and effectively to intervene before incidents get out of hand.Whatever they’ve got protecting the place now clearly isn’t adequate.Surely, the nation’s largest privately owned mall developer can afford to protect its property, the shoppers who support it and the employees of the store tenants who work there.It shouldn’t rely on taxpayers to do the job it should already be doing itself.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Bali orders people to stay at home on major holiday to contain COVID-19

first_imgRegents and mayors across Bali also issued similar policies on Thursday. Some of them even closed access to their regions. Ida Penglingsir Agung Putra Sukahet, who heads the Bali Grand Council of Customary Villages, endorsed the policy to “extend” the Day of Silence, saying it was needed to stop the spread of the virus. “We hope people will follow it. It’s for our safety,” he said, adding that family gatherings could now take place on Whatsapp. While some residents supported the policy, others found it excessive. Kadek Dewi, an employee at a private hospital in Denpasar, had to argue with the pecalang before she could go to work after being told to provide a letter showing that she was, in fact, a hospital employee. “I work at a hospital. Patients need food,” she said.The Russian Embassy in Jakarta sent a letter to the Bali governor on Thursday asking him to exempt a number of Russian tourists scheduled for a flight to Moscow that day. “Many of our [citizens] cannot go to the airport to board the flight,” Russian Ambassador Liudmila Vorobieva said in the letter. Some tourists were still seen enjoying their holiday on the beaches in front of the hotels where they were staying. Despite the enforced physical distancing policy, Gilimanuk seaport and Gusti Ngurah Rai airport were still operating.  “Bali airport is operating normally today, with 171 scheduled flights,” the airport’s spokesperson, Arie Ahsanurrohim, said.Bali declared an “alert” security status on March 15 in response to the outbreak, asking schools to hold classes online and civil servants to work from home. On March 17, the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council ordered a limitation on religious festivals such as ogoh-ogoh (spirit effigy) processions. These policies were followed by the administration’s decision to close major tourist destinations across the island.Topics : The island was uncharacteristically quiet during this year’s Ngembak Geni. Tourist sites, malls, shops, traditional markets and banks were all closed. Only ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen on the streets. Pecalang periodically stopped people from entering or exiting villages. “We are urging all people not to leave their houses to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Nengah Dira, a pecalang from Sumerta village, said. The Balinese administration had previously advised people to practice physical distancing, but on Thursday it chose to make the policy mandatory. The strict policy, issued on March 23, however, will apply only on Ngembak Geni, after which residents are merely advised to practice physical distancing.  “The fast spread of COVID-19 should be responded to with caution and should be anticipated to prevent more victims. The most effective prevention strategy is to limit outdoor activities and social interaction,” Bali Governor Wayan Koster said. To contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Bali administration ordered people to stay at home on Thursday for the normally bustling festival of Ngembak Geni, the day after Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence), during which Balinese people traditionally throng the island’s beaches and public places in celebration. The resort island has reported at least nine confirmed COVID-19 cases with two deaths, a relatively small number compared to Jakarta, which has more than 500 cases and 40 deaths. Scientists, however, believe the province may have underreported its cases and that thousands of infected people may have gone undetected. In a first, the police and the pecalang (traditional Balinese security officers) were deployed to enforce the order on Thursday. last_img read more

Art deco home in need of a revamp is less than 5km from city

first_imgOne of the bedrooms at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.The art deco home features a huge second level deck with sweeping views, curved walls and hardwood flooring. The property is being sold via tender with offers closing on September 22. 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.A landmark property in this blue-chip suburb of Brisbane has hit the market and needs a facelift.The pre-war four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 97 Constitution Rd, Windsor has a solid foundation and original fittings. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here Wow, what a view at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.He said the style of architecture was not common from the area.“This really is a standout property for Windsor, a real landmark property at the top of the hill,” he said. The exterior of 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.Ray White — Wilston selling agent Trent Vinson said the character home was on a good size block and could be someone’s dream project.Mr Vinson said the home had been on the market for one day and had already received inquiries from owner occupiers who wanted to do bigger renovations.“The home is certainly liveable how it is,” Mr Vinson said.center_img Crack open a beer and enjoy the breeze at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor. Love a bit of colour? Check out 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.The property, on a 673sq m block, is currently set up for dual living with separate entrances, car ports, bathrooms and kitchens.“I imagine whoever ends up buying this property will reinstate the internal stairs and undertake a full scale renovation, transforming it into a modern day masterpiece,” he said.“The block gets 360 degree views.” Kick back and relax right here at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.last_img read more

Alfa Laval: BWTS Installation Not to Be Taken Lightly

first_imgA year after the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in September 2017, the process of installation of the system aboard ships has proven to be more than a walk in the park.Shipowners have been urged to take time to plan the installation process ahead of the expected rise in demand for ballast water treatment systems from September 2019 in the retrofit segment, which is where most of the activity is today.Anders Lindmark, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast Alfa Laval Marine Division, said that shipowners should take at least nine months to consider all the planning factors before moving ahead with the installation process itself.Anders Lindmark, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast Alfa Laval Marine DivisionIn an interview with World Maritime News at the SMM tradeshow in Hamburg, he explained thatowners need to select the technology, the system maker, and understand different needs for specific vessels, especially for owners that have fleets with different types of ships. The process includes reviewing the technology that fits a certain vessel and reviewing the suppliers to work with – stages which take several months to complete.Another point that shipowners should consider is the way they are trading vessels, Lindmark said, adding that if the trading is undertaken globally that means that the owner should look for someone that has a global footprint.“This is a compliance product; hence it is important for shipowners to have support during the lifetime of the equipment on the vessel.”After these steps, shipowners will need to undertake the engineering to fit the selected system onboard the vessel, while the supplier produces the system.“Our recommendation is that you should take at least nine months for the phase before the installation. For many segments, the installation can be made during a normal scheduled drydock, if you have prepared well. After that, you need to be compliant with the IMO regulation,” according to Lindmark.“We have a portfolio that covers flows from 32 to 6,000 cubic meters, meaning that we have a fit for all of the segments from the market. We see activity in all of them,” he said, adding that numerous discussion with clients were underway across different segments amid rising demand.Testifying to the rise in Alfa Laval’s demand is the surge in the company’s order intake. In 2016 Alfa Laval’s order intake stood at SEK 264 million, while just a year later it jumped to SEK 724 million and activity continue to increase, according to Lindmark.Computer-based trainingIn an effort to allow masters and crews to become familiar with the ballast water treatment system, Alfa Laval recently introduced a computer-based training tool for PureBallast 3. Apart from selecting the system with the right certificate, the shipowners also need to ensure the system is maintained and operated in a correct way to be compliant for the lifetime of the vessel.Alfa Laval is providing different alternatives for crew training, including training centers in the US, Europe, India, the Philippines, Singapore and Shanghai, as well as a simulator that can be installed if the shipowners have their own training center.“We provide training during commissioning of the system, and we have a number of service packages, including training when our engineer is on board. We launched the computer-based training as a good alternative for both online and offline crew training when they are not at a specific training center,” Lindmark explained.“Every shipowner can take what is needed from the different possibilities that we provide based on their specific needs. But for computer-based training we have had a lot of good reaction and feedback from the market.”Commenting on the recently introduced concept of ballast-free vessels, Lindmark said that this is just one of the numerous ideas and innovations that are being discussed in the market.“Alfa Laval follows the needs from our customers. If they have a need for ballast water treatment equipment – we try to be a leading provider for that equipment and those solutions. If there are ballast-free vessels, our ambition would be to provide the equipment that is needed for that vessel from our existing portfolio.”The company announced ‘Together for vessel performance’ as its center theme at the SMM, but vessel performance goes beyond equipment itself, according to Lindmark.Aside from the equipment that Alfa Laval provides into the marine industry, the company also provides services to make sure that customers optimize their operations throughout the lifetime of the vessel.“Planning for the installation and the installation itself is just the beginning. Taking a long term approach and partnering with our customers gives us outstanding application knowledge which in combination with our extensive services provide secure, reliable operations. Customers know they can place their trust with Alfa Laval.”Interview by Erna Penjiclast_img read more

Simeon Brown: The real challenges that come with the scourge of drugs

first_imgSimeon Brown, National MP. October 2018 …Green Party spokesperson for drug law Reform Chlöe Swarbrick claimed that New Zealand is at a crossroads on drug policy. Surprisingly, she and I could not agree more on this. The choices we will make as a parliament concerning drug-related offences, and whether to liberalise access, will profoundly affect our health services, our police, and our families for decades to come.Swarbrick presents a false dichotomy by outlining two extreme positions. She advocates for New Zealand to follow the path of further decriminalisation and a total liberalisation of drug law. However, if we pursue this path we must acknowledge that it will undermine any attempt the government makes to dissuade individuals from consuming these often fatal substances. It will result in even more people profiting off the misery of others, leading to exponentially greater harm. Yet others claim we should revert back to a model where addicts are criminalised and locked away. A return to such a model would only compound the harm caused by drugs. These two oversimplified and hard-line approaches are counterproductive and divisive. We have come from a past of one extreme, but in abandoning it, the adoption of the other extreme is just as unappealing.If we are willing to wrestle with the nuances and subtleties of this issue, we recognise addicts need help and drug addiction is a health issue. Yet we are naive and derelict in our responsibilities if we believe it is a lack of healthcare and counselling that leads someone to go into their community and sell drugs they know can cause death. Drugs are not only a health issue; they never have been.I have been concerned about the issue of psychoactive substances for a number of years, and since entering parliament have sought to raise the profile of the crisis. During this time I have met with experts across numerous fields: experts in toxicology, in public policy, and police officers. Despite the diversity in their perspectives, all have been affected by psychoactive substances. Toxicologists have seen their A&Es filled with incapacitated patients; public policy experts have grappled with the insufficiencies in our legal framework; and our police are the ones the responsibility falls to when comforting the whanau who have lost loved ones to these substances.These Kiwis have experienced first-hand the destructive effect psychoactive substances have in our country, and all of them agree that disrupting supply is a critical component of our response to this issue. That is precisely what my bill will do. My Bill does not target users of drugs, but those who supply these substances. Taking a clear stance against the distribution of these drugs by increasing the penalties for supply and distribution, we will be mitigating access to them. Those who supply these drugs are not the victims of the suffering caused, rather they are the perpetrators of devastating harm. We are acting negligently if, as the legislators of this country, we do not condemn through law the distribution of these drugs with harsher penalties than the current sentences.Swarbrick frequently refers to Portugal as an exemplary model of decriminalisation. Yet she fails to note that manufacturing, distribution and supply are still criminal offences and highly penalised in Portugal. This is the exact intent of my bill, which is why it’s surprising she is so opposed to the legislation. I acknowledge, and have been at pains to convey, that we will never eliminate the harm these drugs cause by solely looking at this issue from the perspective of law and order. As a society we have to acknowledge that more needs to be done to support those suffering from addiction.Earlier this year I lodged a petition calling for a parliamentary inquiry into addiction to synthetic substances. Our health system can be better equipped to help those trapped in the deadly cycle of addiction, and the aim of the inquiry was to look into the state of the health system and how it deals with these substances. I was disappointed that the Justice Select Committee has decided not to progress with this inquiry, and disappointed that the minister of health, David Clark, has failed to include any reference to psychoactive substances in the terms of reference of the current inquiry into mental health.We must take a compassionate approach, but it is a failure for us as a society to let those who prey on vulnerable victims in our communities have unfettered access to these harmful substances.The so-called ‘leadership’ from the Labour and Green parties on this issue, advocated for by Swarbrick, is in reality a passive response where they abscond their responsibilities as members of the government and refuse to face the real challenges that come with the supply and distribution of synthetic substances.The stance taken by the Green Party on this issue under the direction of Swarbrick is not leadership; it is decision making which ultimately fails those who need our leadership the most. We have the opportunity now to build a better framework for managing the scourge of drugs in our society. I hope Swarbrick will recognise the real intent behind this bill and reconsider her opposition to it.last_img read more

INDOT launching “Paint The Plow” challenge

first_imgSEYMOUR, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation is launching a program for high school art students in its Southeast District designed to inspire creativity and promote safe driving during wintertime weather events.Paint The Plow challenges student artists to conceive and execute graphic treatments reflecting school spirit—or artwork calling attention to INDOT snow operations.INDOT will provide the thousand-pound snow plow blades.Student artists will create masterpieces painted on 12’ X 4’ pre-primed metal.The plow blades will be on exhibit at community events this summer and fall, then put into use on snow routes near participating schools next winter.Paint The Plow is open to all high schools within INDOT Southeast District boundaries, including schools in Ripley, Franklin, Decatur, and Dearborn Counties.last_img read more

Indiana agriculture industry convenes for COVID-19 discussion

first_imgStatewide—This Friday, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health will again co-host a conference call for those in the agricultural sector to discuss the current coronavirus situation.This call is part of the regular Friday industry calls to focus on issues impacting those in the agricultural sector, including, but not limited to, the impact of the stay-at-home order and other current developments. Just a reminder: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a foodborne pathogen and is not food transmitted.To join the discussion, call: 240-454-0887Meeting/passcode is: 618 434 482If you have questions to be addressed during the call, email them ahead of time to animalhealth@boah.in.govlast_img read more