Student groups pledge 100 percent voter engagement

first_img Read Full Story On June 24, more than 50 student organizations across Harvard University announced their pledge to register, engage, and turn out 100 percent of voter eligible members ahead of Election Day 2020.The Pledge to 100% comes at a time when the University is taking further steps to build a civic culture and institutionalize full participation in elections, despite the current remote environment. Initial organizations to adopt the pledge include: Association for Black Harvard Women, the Harvard College Republicans and Democrats, the Fleur-de-Lis Club, Harvard Law School’s Equal Democracy Project, and Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization.Leading up to the 2020 elections, Harvard Votes Challenge, a civic engagement and voter participation initiative led as a collaboration between students, administrators, and faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, is working to ensure eligible affiliates across Harvard’s 12 degree-granting schools are prepared to vote this fall.By signing the Pledge to 100%, each campus organization commits to engage its members in civic conversations, voter engagement trainings, and educational programming to ensure all eligible voters are prepared to cast their ballot this fall and in all future elections. The Harvard Votes Challenge commits to supporting campus organizations with toolkits and resources to support the pledge.“Voting can become a key part of what it means to be a Harvard student. Creating a mass movement of friends, blockmates, and student organization leaders will help us get there,“ said Harvard Votes Challenge student co-chairs Kevin Ballen ‘22 and Amanda Powers ‘21 in a joint statement.Organizations on campus that have taken the pledge are planning creative ways to engage their members in the voting process in a remote learning environment. They are organizing virtual town halls to talk about turnout and local elections, utilizing Big/Little relationships in Greek life and peer mentoring programs to hold members accountable to requesting absentee ballots, integrating civic conversations into virtual recruitment, and hosting celebratory events.This spring, Harvard Votes Challenge collaborated with the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association (AAA) to co-host BAAAllots and Boba, a community event where students could register to vote and check their registration status, hear voting stories from their peers, and enjoy some boba.Alexander Park ‘23, the APIA Vote Chair of the Asian American Association, said he is invested in breaking a negative stereotype surrounding Asian Americans and civic engagement.“AAA’s mission, supported by HVC, to get 100 percent of its voting-eligible members registered and voting in 2020 is one important step in breaking this stereotype,” Park said. “In the fall, we are looking to host events about which issues Asian Americans might be interested in for the 2020 elections [and] highlighting Asian American candidates in local, state, federal elections along the way.”last_img read more

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US directs $45m to support fight against Boko Haram

first_imgUS President Barrack Obama on Thursday authorized $45 million in defense aid to five West African countries to support their efforts in battling islamist militant group Boko Haram.Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger will receive support in terms of training and military equipment from the United States to help defeat the group that continues to cause a huge threat to security in the region.The National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said that the authorization will enable Secretary of State John Kerry to provide critical airlift support and other assistance, including helping the Lake Chad Basin countries to move troops and equipment to the border region from which Boko Haram terrorists continue to launch brutal attacks on civilians.Ned also said the the US will continue to provide advisors and share information to counter Boko Haram’s operations, as well as support victims and to counter extremism programming.The announcement comes after President Muhammadu Buhari visited Washington and Obama said his administration would again give military aid to Abuja after a dispute with former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan.last_img read more

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J.J. Redick’s patience paid off in second half of Clippers victory

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Turnover CityFor 2 hours and 43 minutes Monday, H-Town was Turnover City. The Rockets committed 23 turnovers to the Clippers’ 21. Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford handled the ball more than usual because of the absence of Paul, whose starting spot was taken by Austin Rivers. Crawford had six turnovers in just over 16 minutes in the first half.He had none in just about another 16 minutes of the second half.“We weren’t playing well, honestly,” Crawford said of the first half. “We thought they played well, but we turned the ball over too much, me specifically. They trapped me a lot and I hadn’t seen that too much, so I had to adjust in the second half.“I promised my teammates and coach I wouldn’t get anymore.”Perhaps Crawford shouldn’t feel too badly. The Rockets’ James Harden had nine turnovers on the day it was announced he finished second to Golden State’s Steph Curry in the MVP voting.Rockets lacking energyClippers coach Doc Rivers said before tip-off Monday he was glad his team had been playing so recently; the Clippers’ Game 7 victory over San Antonio in the first round was just two days earlier. The Rockets, meanwhile, had gone five days without a game.Houston coach Kevin McHale refused to use that as a reason Monday.“No, there’s no excuses,” he said. “They played better than we did. There’s no excuses. No, no, they came out and they wanted it more. I’d like to tell you something different, but they wanted it more.”Forward Josh Smith could not argue with his coach.“Came out very lethargic,” said Smith, whose team had a 13-point lead in the second quarter. “We acted like this wasn’t a playoff game with the energy level and that’s really discouraging being able to play against a really competitive team.”He admitted his team let one get away against a team missing one of its two top players in Paul.“I think so,” he said. “… This is a game where the head of the snake is gone for them and we didn’t take full advantage of it.” HOUSTON — There were a lot of reasons why the Clippers went into Toyota Center on Monday and defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series without Chris Paul, who is 50-50 for Game 2 on Wednesday.J.J. Redick was one of them. After going scoreless in the first half, he scored 17 in the second en route to a 117-101 victory.“Being patient and waiting for good shots,” he said of the difference in the halves. “I probably forced one there in the first half.”Of course, Redick had only four field-goal attempts in that first half. He had nine in the second, making six.center_img “Part of getting shots is figuring out how the defense is playing you,” Redick said. “In the first half, I was kind of watching and seeing how they were playing. I felt like in the first half they kept putting two guys on Jamal (Crawford) and not coming off me in the corner.“That kind of allowed Blake (Griffin) to be a quarterback right there in the middle and he continued to do that, and that was a big reason he had 13 assists. For me, I was fine with that, and in the third quarter I got going a little bit.”Redick seemed to wear a look of frustration during his struggles. He missed his first shot of the third quarter, then committed one of his four turnovers. Finally, he made a 24-foot 3-pointer with 8:21 left in the quarter. His sense of relief appeared obvious.“When you score and see one go through, it feels good and it really gets you going,” he said.Redick scored 12 of his points in the third quarter, during which the Clippers outscored the Rockets 37-27.last_img read more

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Blustery winds wreak havoc on County Prelims meet

first_imgCrescent City >> On a day that featured the best athletes in the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference competing against one another, in some cases for the first time all season, it was once again Mother Nature who played the most significant role.Running, jumping and throwing in the teeth of a blustering and swirling wind from start to finish, the athletes braved the elements and still managed to put on quite a show at the County Prelims (North Coast Section Qualifier) meet hosted by Del Norte High …last_img

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Warriors-Mavs cheatsheet: Will injury-riddled Golden State get a much needed road win?

first_imgThe Warriors started off their Texas Three Step getting pummeled in Houston on national television Thursday night. Now in Dallas, can Golden State (12-4) beat the upstart Mavericks (6-8) on the road?When/Where: American Airlines Center, 5:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Mavericks projected starters: Harrison Barnes, Luke Doncic, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr.How the Mavericks are doing: While this young Dallas team is a ways away from a playoff berth, they’re showing signs of progress. …last_img

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SA set for currency futures

first_img9 March 2007South African stock exchange operator the JSE is set to launch a currency futures market that will give retail investors access to offshore foreign exchange markets while giving added stimulus to the country’s economy.The rand futures market, which will operate on Yield-X, the JSE’s interest rate exchange, will also allow individuals to trade in the currency futures market through a regulated exchange for the first time in South Africa.“Currency futures will be used for trading, hedging and speculating,” says Yield-X senior manager Warren Geers. “Participants will be able to take a view on where the currency is moving to and protect themselves by buying or selling currency futures.”According to Geers, currency futures will “bring offshore markets closer to home. This means positive growth for our economy. They will also provide a successful mechanism to ensure that the development of South African financial markets happens in a safe and controlled way.”Finance Minister Trevor Manuel gave the JSE the go-ahead to launch the market in his 2007/08 Budget speech in February, saying it would would “deepen SA’s financial markets and increase liquidity in the local foreign exchange market”.According to news agency Reuters, market players have welcomed the move, with analysts saying it would put South Africa on par with other developed emerging markets as well as facilitate foreign investment.The JSE’s currency futures contracts are standardised, cash-settled, rand-denominated contracts. Rand dollar contracts will be traded to begin with, with more currency futures contracts expected to follow.Individuals and foreigners will be allowed to trade currency futures without limits, while pension funds and long-term insurance companies will be able to trade subject to their 15% foreign allocation allowance, and asset managers and registered collective investment schemes subject to their 25% foreign allocation limit.Corporates and trusts will not be allowed to trade currency futures unless they have a valid exchange control approval number or approval from the South African Reserve Bank.The JSE chose Yield-X as the platform for the new market because of the link between currencies and interest rates. The Yield-X platform “will ensure that only standardised contracts will be traded on a fully electronic platform, resulting in guaranteed settlement, a transparent dealing environment and true price discovery,” says Geers.“We have worked very closely with South African Reserve Bank, National Treasury and with the two market makers, Standard Bank and Investec, on creating this product,” Geers says, adding that trading will begin “once agreements between all parties have been finalised.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Legal issues with farm employment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Amanda Stacy and Kristi Kress Wilhelmy with Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLPOCJ: Farms, like most businesses, hire a combination of employees and independent contractors. What do farms need to know about their responsibilities in hiring employees and independent contractors? What is the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?Amanda and Kristi: On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance to aid businesses in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The guidance is Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 and is available on the DOL’s website.In the guidance, the DOL takes the position that most workers are employees and adopts a very expansive definition of employee. In analyzing whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor, the DOL applies a multi-factor analysis known as the “economic realities” test. The DOL instructs that the ultimate question of the economic realities test is whether the worker has economic dependence. In other words, is the worker really in business for him or herself and thus an independent contractor or is the worker economically dependent on the employer and thus an employee.The economic realities test applied by the DOL includes the following six factors/questions. 1) Is the work an integral part of the employer’s business? 2) Does the worker’s managerial skill affect the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss? 3) How does the worker’s investment compare to the employer’s investment? 4) Does the work performed require special skill and initiative? 5) Is the relationship between the worker and the employer permanent or indefinite? 6) What is the nature and degree of the employer’s control?The DOL instructs that no single factor is determinative. Rather the factors should be considered as a whole to determine whether a worker is economically dependent on the employer and thus an employee. OCJ: Why does the manner in which farms classify workers matter?Amanda and Kristi: In recent years, the DOL has looked with increased scrutiny on independent contractor relationships. The DOL actively investigates complaints of worker misclassification and brings enforcement actions against employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors when they should be classified as employees. The DOL may bring enforcement actions to enforce minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to enforce workplace protections in the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and to enforce leave requirements in the Family and Medical Leave Act.The DOL takes the position that when employers improperly classify workers as independent contractors (as opposed to employees) those workers do not receive workplace protections including minimum wage, overtime, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. The DOL views independent contractor relationships as causing “lower tax revenues for government and an uneven playing field for employers” and as being “a means to cut costs and avoid compliance with labor laws.”OCJ: What should be done in light of this new guidance from the DOL?Amanda and Kristi: The new guidance reaffirms the DOL’s focus in recent years on misclassification. While it is unknown how courts will ultimately view and interpret this new guidance, it is nonetheless advisable to examine your current worker relationships to ensure the relationships are properly classified. Your relationships and practices may need to change in order to comply with this guidance. If you have further questions or wish to set up a meeting with us in Dublin, Mount Sterling, or Marietta, please give us a call at (614) 210-1840.last_img read more

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Jailbreaking iOS 4.0? How To Keep a Jailbreak For iPhone 3G or 3GS

first_imgRelated Posts If your device fits these specific parameters, here’s how to do it:Download and install the most recent version of iTunes first and back up your phone. Do not upgrade your phone’s firmware to 4.0 at this time. Download sn0wbreeze from the ih8sn0w.com homepage here. Download the iOS 4.0 firmware. (Links available here and here and elsewhere on the net. Remember, you’re downloading the iOS 4.0 firmware for your device, older versions or those for other devices don’t work.) Run the sn0wbreeze executable you downloaded.Choose “Simple Mode” from the first screen of the setup program.When prompted, point it to the iOS 4 firmware file you just downloaded. The software will verify the file and then you can click “Next” to continue. On the following screen, click “No” on the pop-up message that appears if you are using your phone on an official carrier (like AT&T in the U.S). Click “Yes” if you want to use your phone on a different carrier. The software will then proceed to jailbreak your iOS 4.0 software file.The final step is to restore your phone to the now-jailbroken software. Connect your phone to your computer, launch iTunes and select your phone in the left-side menu of iTunes.Hold down the SHIFT button on your keyboard while clicking on the “Restore” button in iTunes. Then let go of the SHIFT button.  iTunes will now prompt you to select the location of your custom firmware file (the now-jailbroken iOS 4.0 software). Direct it to wherever you had originally downloaded that file and click “open.”iTunes will now “restore” your phone to that jailbroken version of the iOS 4.0 firmware. Do not do anything else on the computer while this is taking place. When the process completes, your phone is jailbroken. Those who then want to then “unlock” their phone for use on a non-standard carrier (like T-Mobile in the U.S.) will need to follow further instructions to do an unlock. This guide can help. Keep in mind that if you have a jailbroken phone, you can’t get support from Apple for any issues you may have. However, jailbreaking isn’t permanent. You can revert your phone to its factory settings at any time via iTunes with no one the wiser. Tags:#Apple#How To#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Earlier we published a guide on how to jailbreak the iPhone 3G or iPod Touch (2nd generation) using the jailbreak tool known as “redsn0w.” However that tool, still in beta format at the time of publishing, did not support a jailbreak for owners of an iPhone 3GS. But there’s a second tool called “sn0wbreeze,” which does. This software also supports jailbreaking the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch second generation. However, sn0wbreeze is a Windows-only tool and even more importantly, it is meant just for devices which have already been jailbroken. If you upgraded to the new iOS 4.0, you cannot use sn0wbreeze.Jailbreaking vs. UnlockingFor the uninitiated, “jailbreaking” refers to the ability to open up a device in order to install unapproved, third-party applications. Given both AT&T and Apple’s restrictions regarding the iPhone, this process is a must for many Apple device owners. Jailbreaking allows access to many new functions, including turning the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, being able to fully customize the phone down to its icons, forcing Wi-Fi only apps to run over 3G and, for those whose older devices don’t support all of iOS 4’s new features, jailbreaking offers some viable alternatives.  Jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone are two different hacks which allow you to take control of your mobile device in different ways. Jailbreaking, as noted above, is a type of hack that lets you install unapproved third-party applications on your iPhone or iPod Touch from searchable repositories provided by apps like Cydia and Icy. Unlocking, on the other hand, is a hack that lets you use your iPhone on another cellular network. Here in the U.S., that means you can use the iPhone on T-Mobile instead of AT&T. You have to first jailbreak your phone before you can unlock it, but you don’t have to unlock a phone in order to jailbreak it.How to Jailbreak with Sn0wbreezeThe “sn0wbreeze” jailbreak software has a very specific use case. You can only use it if your phone has already been jailbroken and if that jailbreak was not performed using the popular jailbreak tool called “Spirit.” It is also a Windows-only software program.To be clear, if you have an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch that’s already jailbroken with redsn0w or the Mac software called Pwnage Tool, you can use sn0wbreeze. It also does not work on “MC” model iPods – those whose model numbers begin with the characters “MC.” To check your device, go into “Settings,” “General,” “About,” then scroll down to “Model Number.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Sealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Most residential duct systems have numerous leaks that waste energy and lead to room-to-room pressure imbalances. Unfortunately, though, few building inspectors outside of California bother to enforce existing code requirements that residential duct seams be sealed with mastic or high-quality duct tape.Most model codes, including the International Residential Code (IRC), include duct tightness provisions:To learn how to test residential duct systems for leaks, see Duct Leakage Testing.All about masticMost energy-conscious builders seal duct joints with mastic. Mastic is a gooey, non-hardening material with a consistency between mayonnaise and smooth peanut butter. Duct joints should always be secured with #8 sheet-metal screws before seams are sealed with mastic.Sealing duct seams is messy work, so wear old clothes. The mastic is spread over duct seams with a disposable paintbrush, putty knife, or your fingers. (If you spread mastic with your fingers, wear rubber gloves.)Gaps in ductwork or plenums that are over 1/16 or 1/8 inch wide can be sealed with mastic as long as the gap is first reinforced with fiberglass mesh tape. If you’re using mastic to seal seams in fiberglass board ductwork, use fiberglass mesh tape for all joints.Sources of masticManufacturers of mastic include: Hardcast (Versi-Grip 181 mastic), McGill AirSeal (Uni-Mastic 181), Polymer Adhesives (AirSeal #22), RCD Corporation (#6 Mastic), and ITW/TACC (Glenkote mastic).Among the distributors of AirSeal #22 mastic is AM Conservation Group.All about duct tapeSince common hardware-store duct tape — technically known as cloth-backed rubber-adhesive duct tape — fails quickly when used on ducts, most energy-conscious builders seal duct joints with mastic. Although mastic works well on galvanized steel ductwork, it has its disadvantages: it is messy to apply and awkward to use on clamped flex duct joints.According to section 503.3.3.4.3 of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), any tape used on duct board… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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Childrens Defense Fund To Host Beat The Odds Awards

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund-California will host its 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Awards on Thursday, honoring Chase Moore, Elizabeth Lopez, Sequoia Canada, Timothy Walker, and Zachary Byrge – five incredible Los Angeles area high school students who “beat the odds.”Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Hollywood’s supporters will celebrate these high school “stars” for overcoming tremendous personal obstacles in order to achieve academic excellence.Expected to attend are J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Laphonza Butler, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, as well as Jordana Brewster, Matt Barnes, Chris Messina and more.Each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.Since its inception in 1990, the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds program has identified and rewarded remarkable high school students who have overcome tremendous obstacles, surpassed their full potential in overall academic excellence, and given back to their community. These impressive scholars have clearly demonstrated the qualities necessary to become future leaders.WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014WHERE: The Book Bindery8870 Washington BlvdCulver City, CA 90232The Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national, non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF-CA champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care and quality education. For more information visit www.cdfca.org.last_img read more

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