first_imgHappy Prince Day, one and all!In honor of Prince’s birthday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today, June 7th, 2016, as Prince Day. Meant as a celebration of all things Prince, the holiday encourages Minnesotans to remember their home state hero after his untimely passing on April 21st.The Purple One was one of the rare celebrities who did not migrate after finding fame, choosing to remain in his local Minnesota and live in his Paisley Park compound while fostering a new music scene that came to be known as “The Minnesota Sound.” Prince put Minnesota on the musical map, and now they are repaying him with this wonderful day-in-tribute, where all “Minnesotans are encouraged to wear purple on Prince Day in honor of The Purple One’s enduring legacy.”So make sure to wear your purple loud and proud today. Throw on your favorite Prince albums, dance like crazy, and remember such an influential and unique artist that singularly came to define the state MinnesotaSee below for Governor Mark Dayton’s official proclamation of Prince Day!last_img read more

first_imgThe American Dream came within closer reach for a group of Boston high school students recently when they got an insider’s look at entrepreneurship.Nearly four dozen students from Brighton High School, Mary Lyon Pilot High School, and the West End House Boys and Girls Club participated in a program designed to show them how a business grows from idea to practice. The program is in partnership with Harvard Business School, the Harvard Ed Portal, the Boston Private Industry Council, and the West End House Boys and Girls Club.“This has been an opportunity to expose high school students to the excitement and challenges of entrepreneurship, and allow them to explore possibilities for academic and career paths in this space,” said Margot Dushin, director of programs for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative.Beginning with a tour of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) in early April, the young scholars watched Harvard students, faculty, and affiliates develop their business plans and products. The i-lab is an experiential think tank where users explore ideas from the conceptual stages in conference rooms to development in hands-on laboratories equipped with the latest apparatus and technologies, and areas for prototyping and testing products.“The faculty chairs said, ‘We have smart students with smart ideas, how do we make those real?’” said Alice Li, associate director for health and sciences at the Harvard Innovation Labs. “It’s not about spinning out a lot of companies; this is a safe space to test and get answers to all your questions around entrepreneurship.”Stephanie Ortega (left) of Boston Latin Academy takes notes during the finale competition in Burden auditorium. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“Entrepreneurship 101” class, the high school students had the opportunity to have their questions answered by 2014 i-lab resident John Wise, M.B.A. ’15. Wise, co-founder of Lovepop, a 3-D pop-up greeting card company, showed the students how a new business is put together.“I wanted to make a meaningful impact and I knew what I was good at, but it took many years of accumulating skills and knowledge and experience to be able to turn the corner and do this,” Wise said. “The entrepreneurship road is the most challenging and also the most rewarding. Of anything I’ve done, the most I’ve developed as a person is through doing this.”Wise sparked the students’ imagination when he shared that he and partner Wombi Rose, M.B.A. ’15, took their idea to reinvent the greeting card all the way to ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where they won $300,000 in 2015.Brighton High School senior Mena Mossa was so excited that she said she will email her own ideas to Wise.“Today was an awesome day for me. I appreciated learning about John’s goal to help people think about others,” she said. “It has really inspired me. I hope one day I can work with him, it would mean so much to me.”Lybille Rocher, a Brighton High junior interested in business and law, asked how to create a mobile application.“I’ve been thinking a lot about an app that will benefit the homeless population, but don’t know how to start or who to talk to,” she said. “I am hoping I can get the answers today.”Mena Mossa (left) of Brighton High School listens as John Wise lectures on building a new business. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBrighton High School student Mamudo Dahaba is a long way from his first home in Guinea Bissau, West Africa, but “I see something amazing here,” he said.“I’m having fun. I’m learning a lot and would love to be part of this.”The high school student engagement program is coordinated by the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Initiative, HBS Dean’s Office, and the Harvard Ed Portal. It culminated with the 20th Harvard Business School New Venture Competition finale on April 25 at Burden Auditorium, where students saw more creative minds in action.At the finale, selected Harvard students and alumni presented their venture plans to judges, supporters, and potential investors. Cash awards totaling more than $300,000 were awarded to winners in alumni, student social enterprise, and student business tracks.HBS Senior Associate Dean for External Relations William A. Sahlman gave some key advice before announcing the awards in the business plan competition: “The first rule of entrepreneurship is nothing happens until someone sells something,” he said.The high school students participated in their own mock-competition at the Ed Portal before the finale, acting as both judges and participants. They watched a video of last year’s presentation, reviewed the finalists’ entries, and cast votes for the best project.Brighton High senior Hoda Abbas said she enjoyed that practice time. “I liked seeing how the judging worked before we went to the competition. When my company won, I felt like I made a difference,” she said.“This is what I needed to really gel what it means to be a social entrepreneur,” said Stephanie Ortega. “I want to be one.”Daniel Cuddy, senior career specialist with the Boston Private Industry Council, said he believes the high school student engagement program helps young people understand that education, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship can offer an exciting and rewarding life.“The Harvard Venture Competition is so motivating for our students to observe and learn that the classroom is a direct connection to the workplace and the real world,” he said. “I want to thank Harvard Business School and the Harvard Ed Portal for all their overwhelming support of our local Boston Public School students. This program is changing their lives.”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in East Farmingdale over the weekend.Three suspects armed with handguns broke into an apartment on Harrison Street, where they confronted one person inside at 3:34 a.m. Friday, police said.The assailants stole sneakers, a TV, game system and a cell phone before they fled the scene. The victim was not injured.No description was available and no arrests have been made, police said.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

first_imgEven in the best-run organizations, things go wrong and employees mishandle their assigned tasks.Sometimes those mistakes are significant and costly, infuriating managers who come down hard and with perhaps a bit of righteous fury on the hapless offender.But such managerial venting just makes matter worse in the long run, says Don Rheem, CEO of E3 Solutions and author of Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience that Drives High-Performance Cultures.“The traditional role of managers is to hold people accountable to timelines, budgets, productivity and other factors,” he says. “But often that’s done with a fear-based approach where employees perform their duties under threat of some kind of punishment.” continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWith all the hype around Zelle, should every credit union be jumping onboard the rapidly growing P2P solution?Not so fast, say some payments experts, pointing to numerous issues that need to be thought through.Zelle has taken off over the last year, with reports showing double-digit growth for the P2P platform from Q2 to Q3 of 2018. The solution tallied approximately 116 million transactions in Q3 2018 for a total of $32 billion in payments, the company announced. Transaction volume increased 16% quarter over quarter, and total money moved increased 13%. Year over year, transaction volume on the Zelle Network increased 83%, while transaction value increased 67%.Some analyses have indicated that with the number of large banks jumping on board, Zelle will soon serve 70% of the banked population. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 45-year-old man died after being shot while driving in his hometown of Hempstead and then crashing into the bleachers at a middle school, hitting three boys, Nassau County police said.Jonathan Wade was driving a Lexus westbound on Albermarle Road when he witnessed a group of young people causing a disturbance on his mother’s lawn, called 911 to report the incident, circled the block and then was shot near the corner of Henry Street shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The incident came a day after Wade was arrested for reckless endangerment, prohibitive use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.“The incident on the 29th, to my knowledge is [that] he responded to the location after learning his mother was assaulted” Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Thursday at police headquarters. “I can’t get into his mind, but being a son, if your mother is telling you she’s been assaulted, I think the natural reaction of any offspring would be to either call the police and then respond or go there to see if you could help your parent in any way, shape or form.”Wade was carrying a shotgun that did not require a permit when he was arrested on Monday, but police say that he did not have the gun in his possession when he was killed. Prior to this incident, Wade had one prior conviction for disorderly conduct, Azzata said.The victim drove off westbound to Henry Street, through a fence at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School and struck three boys that were playing on a section of the bleachers.The children who were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said. One of the victims had a fractured knee and other injuries, and the other two suffered superficial injuries. All of the boys are expected to make a full recovery.Wade was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead two hours later.Azzata emphasized that any reports indicating that the gunshot wound that killed Wade was self-inflicted are false.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Denmark will not raise a limit on public gatherings, originally planned for this month, after seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections, the Danish health ministry said late on Thursday.As part of the Denmark’s gradual reopening following a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government had planned to raise the limit on public gatherings to 200 people on August 8, up from the current limit of 100 people.”It is crucial that we maintain the good position Denmark is in, where we have the epidemic under control,” health minister Magnus Heunicke said. The Nordic country’s authority on infectious diseases, Statens Serum Institut, would not recommend lifting the limit, the ministry said, as any easing of public gatherings would increase infection risk.On Tuesday, Denmark’s state epidemiologist had advised against going through with the planned fourth reopening phase, which includes allowing music venues and night clubs to reopen, due to the current infection pressure.In a response, health minister Heunicke said the government would not propose any moves, which were not responsible from a healthcare perspective.”If that is the authorities’ recommendation, then we will not do it,” Heunicke told public broadcaster DR on Tuesday.The government and parliament are due to discuss the fourth phase of reopening on Aug. 12.Denmark, which has had daily increases in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, was one of the first countries in Europe to gradually lift lockdown restrictions in April after seeing infection rates decline steadily.last_img read more

Wood has been awarded a new contract by Woodside to support the execution of concept definition for the proposed Scarborough upstream development, offshore Western Australia.Concept definition level engineering associated with the floating production unit, subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines, flow assurance and overall system integration of the upstream development, will be delivered by Wood’s specialist field development studies team in Houston, US and Perth, Australia.Wood has also supported Woodside’s Greater Western Flank (GWF-2) project on Australia’s North West Shelf from concept development to execution, providing detailed design, procurement activities and engineering support for the subsea pipeline during fabrication and construction.Earlier this year, the company awarded Wood three contracts to perform subsea and flow assurance concept studies supporting the proposed SNE field development in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep Offshore blocks located offshore Senegal. read more

first_imgThe burns casualty ward of a hospital where a 23-year-old rape victim, who was set ablaze by a gang of men, including the alleged rapist, is being treated, is pictured in New Delhi, India, Dec. 6. REUTERS She died of cardiac arrest, ANIreported. The woman had filed a complaint withUnnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gun-point on December12, 2018, police documents showed. The woman was on her way to board atrain in Unnao district of northern Uttar Pradesh state to attend a courthearing when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire on Thursday,according to the police.center_img Having beensubsequently jailed, the alleged rapist was released last week after securingbail, police officer S.K. Bhagat said in Lucknow.(Reuters) NEW DELHI – A 23-year-old rape victimdied in a hospital in the Indian capital two days after she was set on fire bya gang of men, including her alleged rapist, Reuters partner ANI reported onSaturday.last_img read more

first_imgI thoroughly enjoyed the recent Winter Olympic Games.  I am still amazed at what some people will endure in the name of a sport that affords them the chance of winning an Olympic medal.  Sliding down an ice covered track at 80 mph on a glorified hubcap (luge) is one of those events.  I watch it and think “Are they crazy?”  Then there are the snowboarders who jump into a giant bathtub called a half-pipe and flip every way imaginable before landing at the bottom of the icy surface.  As you might have noticed, if they were slightly off in their landing, they will hit the edge of the half-pipe structure and land on their heads.  They MUST be crazy!The typical winter events like ski jumping and the downhill events are really just as dangerous, but the beauty and grace of the athletes involved make them appear much easier.  They really are not, but the athletic ability of an Olympic athlete makes them appear to be as easy as a leisurely stroll down the mountain.  The fact that a 35-year old Olympian is considered “old” makes you realize just how demanding these events are.I haven’t even mentioned hockey.  People go to hockey matches hoping a fight will break out.  When you think how fast the skaters are going and how they can be legally blindsided by a defenseman, this event also qualifies for “crazy” as well.  The hockey purist will disagree with me.  Oh, well, that’s just my thought.last_img read more