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What ‘The Prize’ taught Newark, and its author

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first_imgWhen Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show in 2010 to announce his $100 million gift to the Newark, N.J., public schools, viewers — including the community the gift was meant to help — were both stunned and exhilarated. Could this act of generosity be the key to pull the school district, which had long been under state control, out of distress? Would New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and the city of Newark come together to enact true reform? These questions intrigued Dale Russakoff, a veteran journalist for The Washington Post, who had long been drawn to Newark and its story.“It is a city with a tremendous amount of troubles and struggles, but it is such a metaphor for what has happened to urban America and why,” says Russakoff, who tells the story of the city’s school reform in her new book, “The Prize.”“The where-do-you-go-from-here questions are everywhere in Newark,” she concludesIn this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Russakoff looks at the troubled education reform story in Newark and reflects on what can be learned from its failure to provide system-wide reform.Interview with author of ‘The Prize’Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize,” examines the troubled education reform story of Newark and reflects on what can be learned from its failure to provide systemwide reform. As part of the Gutman Distinguished Author Series at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dale Russakoff discussed “The Prize” on Monday.last_img read more

Alexander Hamilton Society provides opportunity for debate on campus

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first_imgThe University’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is hosting its first event on campus this week — a debate about the United States’ policy regarding North Korea, rather than a musical performance.Sophomore president of AHS Marea Hurson said she started a Notre Dame chapter of the non-partisan national debate society this year in an attempt to encourage campus engagement with national and foreign policy.“You get a lot more out of it, no matter what side you’re on, if you can hear both sides,” Hurson said. “Because then you realize why you believe what you do, or maybe you get a new perspective shown to you. So we’re excited to be able to bring debate to campus.”Sophomore Annalie Nagel, co-vice president of AHS, said the debate format of the group’s events allows people to directly respond to each other in the moment.“It’s a very unique setting, as opposed to all the lectures that are going on this week, because you get two ideas, they’re presented in a — not contentious, but an adversary format, and they have to directly disagree with each other,” she said. “That fray and conflict adds a lot of interest, and hopefully we’ll get a lot of questions from both sides of the aisle.”The experience of planning debates and hearing two experts speak on national policy provides a valuable chance for people to engage in current events on campus, Hurson said.“It’s a great avenue for people who are interested in going into a career in politics, or in Washington or any kind of national security — any of those things,” she said. “What’s cool is we have the freedom to decide what topic we want to do, what expert we want to bring in and what kind of topic we want them to debate. And so it’s a great way to get the whole campus community engaged in current events.”Although the group’s upcoming inaugural debate — “North Korea and Nuclear Deterrence, is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson right in saying ‘The policy of strategic patience has ended?’” — is particularly timely, sophomore co-vice president of AHS Jane Bachkora said the group happened to be fortunate that the debaters’ expertise led them in the same direction as the current political climate.“We got really lucky, because when we decided to do North Korea, a lot of what’s currently happened hadn’t happened yet,” she said. “So we got lucky in that sense.”Director of the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and special advisor for policy studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs David Cortright will debate AHS expert and Georgetown professor Matthew Kroenig on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. Hurson said the group hopes this debate will pave the way for more debates, as well as regular meetings to discuss current events.“The goal would be to have two debates per semester,” she said. “For a bit of it, it kind of has a transient membership, because you need a core of about 10 or 12 committed people to help plan all the events and everything, but the idea is to get the whole campus just to come. The goal is always to have about 70-plus [people in] attendance at a debate.”Bachkora said getting involved with AHS and attending any debates the group hosts allows people to broaden their worldviews and strengthen their beliefs.“You can’t limit yourself to one point of view,” she said. “You can’t only watch FOX News, you can’t only read The New York Times. I believe the best way to educate yourself, and the best way to be informed and the best way to be an ideal citizen is to take in as many points of view as you can, and then be able to decide for yourself. … And I think this society does just that.”Tags: Alexander Hamilton Society, Debate, Foreign Policy, North Korealast_img read more

Efficiency Vermont provides Vermont Foodbank with 15,000 CFL bulbs

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first_img### Efficiency Vermont is providing 15,000 60-, 75- and 100-watt equivalent compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to the Vermont Foodbank, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. The bulbs will be distributed to needy Vermonters through the Foodbank’s network of 270 sites located in all 14 counties of the state.The CFL distribution program kicks off during Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort in September to motivate local action to end hunger.  In Vermont, the number of families seeking assistance from the Vermont Foodbank has risen 35-40 percent in the last 10 months.“We’re thrilled to support the Vermont Foodbank in its efforts to fight hunger in Vermont,” said Michael Russom, efficient products manager at Efficiency Vermont.  “For every CFL that’s used, needy Vermonters will save money on their energy bills, which gives them more money to buy the food they need.”Switching just six bulbs from incandescent to CFLs can save up to $250, and ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy and can last 6-10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  When any Vermonter saves energy, utilities generally need to buy less energy, so everyone’s electric bills are lower than they would be without energy-efficient practices.“September is Hunger Action Month, and we’re excited to work with Efficiency Vermont to empower our clients,” said John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank.  “This partnership reduces energy usage and increases the funds available for purchasing food, moving us a step closer to eradicating hunger in our state.”The CFL bulbs, manufactured by Greenlite Corporation of Irvine, CA, are available through the Vermont Foodbank’s network of 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs.The 15,000-CFL distribution project is the latest collaboration between Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank.  The partnership extends to energy efficiency projects at Foodbank facilities around the state.At its new southern Vermont warehouse in Brattleboro, the Vermont Foodbank is adding new refrigeration systems that include advanced Freeaire® technology.  This new system utilizes temperature sensors linked to a fan controller to bring in fresh – and free – cold air when the outside temperature is below the necessary cooler temperature.Efficiency Vermont also has completed energy-saving projects with the Vermont Foodbank at its facilities in Barre and Wolcott, helping to make the business more energy efficient.“Every reduction in the Vermont Foodbank’s operating costs achieved through energy efficiency means that the Vermont Foodbank has more resources to do even more to support the neediest in communities around the state,” said Sheryl Graves, project manager at Efficiency Vermont.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).Source: Efficiency Vermont. Burlington, VT; September 24, 2009 –last_img read more

Railpen CEO Chris Hitchen to leave

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first_imgIn recent years, Hitchen oversaw a major overhaul of RPMI’s investment structure, establishing an in-house investment team as part of an “investment transformation programme” (ITP). The scheme has also undergone a forensic review of investment costs, resulting in significant savings.Hitchen said: “ITP was a fantastically worthwhile and inspiring programme, which was necessary for us to meet our mission of paying members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably in a low-return world. It has been an honour to serve the needs of one-third of a million railway workers and their employers.”Earlier this year Julian Cripps was appointed director of investment business at RPMI Railpen as part of the succession plan. The group’s three investment directors – Ciarán Barr, Paul Bishop, and Richard Williams – now report to Cripps, rather than Hitchen.Hitchen is an influential figure in the UK pensions sector. He chaired the National Association of Pension Funds, now the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, from 2007 to 2009, as part of a decade-long tenure with the trade body.During that time he helped establish the Pensions Quality Mark, a kitemark standard for UK defined contribution (DC) funds.In addition, Hitchen was a trustee of NEST, the government’s defined contribution master trust, from 2010 to 2015, and chaired its investment committee for three years.John Chilman, chair of the Railways Pension Trustee Company, said: “I and my fellow Trustee Directors would like to thank Chris for the exceptional service he has given to the railways pension schemes over some nineteen years.“We respect his desire for a fresh challenge and will be announcing our plans for the future leadership of the organisation shortly.” Chris Hitchen is to step down from his role as CEO of RPMI Railpen “within the next year”, the UK pension fund has announced.Hitchen has led the industry-wide scheme for UK railway companies for 13 years, having first joined the group nearly 20 years ago.“I have for some time been working with senior stakeholders on a succession plan for RPMI, and now is the right time to put it into effect,” Hitchen said. “I am confident that I am leaving the organisation, and members’ pensions, in very safe hands.”He joined the now-£25bn (€28.7bn) scheme in 1998 as an investment director. He became CEO in 2004.last_img read more

Pakistan success sees Windies World Cup hopes fade further

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first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Any hopes West Indies harboured of overhauling Pakistan and clinching the crucial eighth spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings have all but disappeared as the Asian side have surged to sixth position following their capture of the ICC Champions Trophy here Sunday.In the latest rankings released yesterday by cricket’s world governing body, Pakistan gained four points to jump from eighth to sixth on 95 points, now ahead of seventh-placed Bangladesh on 94 and Sri Lanka, who have slipped to eighth on 93 points.Pakistan, who had lingered at eighth in the world rankings in recent times, convincingly beat powerhouse India in the final at the Oval by 180 runs to lift the title regarded as the mini World Cup.With the success, Pakistan have further enhanced their chances of automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England while West Indies slipped further behind in their quest to also seal a direct spot at the tournament.Ironically, Pakistan had edged West Indies for the final spot in the Champions Trophy because of their eighth place ranking.West Indies remain in ninth spot on 77 points in the latest rankings following a disappointing 1-1 draw in the recent three-match series against ICC Associate side Afghanistan.They are now faced with the task of closing a 16-point gap on Sri Lanka by the September 30 cut-off date for automatic qualification for the World Cup. Hosts England and the remaining top seven sides in the rankings by that date will earn automatic qualification.The Windies face India in a five-match series starting Friday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and take on fourth-ranked England in another five-match series in September.If they lose these series and subsequently fail to qualify automatically, the Caribbean side will enter a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year, to determine the final two World Cup berths.South Africa have retained top spot in the newest rankings on 119 points, two ratings points ahead of Australia with India lying one point back in third.Latest ICC One-Day International rankings:1. South Africa 1192. Australia 1173. India 116 (-1)4. England 113 (-1)5. New Zealand 1116. Pakistan 95 (+4)7. Bangladesh 94 (-1)8. Sri Lanka 939. West Indies 7710. Afghanistan 5411. Zimbabwe 4612. Ireland 41last_img read more

Alapag on Alab’s poor first half: ‘It needs to be a 40-minute effort’

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aside from World Imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson as well as veteran guard Josh Urbiztondo, contributions have been few for Alab in the first half.Hong Kong slowly pulled away and even took a 15-point lead, 63-48, early in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Us having 15 turnovers and giving Hong Kong 23 turnover points in the first half put us in a pretty big hole,” lamented Alapag.“A lot of these guys with PBA experience are used to 48 minutes. In a 40-minute game, it’s really important that you work at a much more efficient rate.” View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Tanduay Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAlab Pilipinas got off to a poor start and that ultimately caused its downfall in a close 92-89 defeat to Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club on Sunday in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“I think it was really a tale of two halves. In the first half, we had 15 turnovers, but in the second half, we only had three. I think if we would have played with the sense of urgency like we did in the second half in the first half, I think the outcome could have been different,” said Alapag, who made his head coaching debut.ADVERTISEMENT Bobby Ray Parks Jr. did pick up the slack in the second half to lead Alab’s belated rally. That effort was a welcome sight for Alapag as the home crew came one Urbiztondo desperation three away from forcing overtime against the defending ABL champion.“I was very pleased with our effort in the second half,” he said. “But we need not just 20 minutes, it needs to be a 40-minute effort.”Rather than dwell on the defeat, Alapag noted the game should serve as a pick off point for Alab as it seeks to bounce back in its next game against Singapore on November 29 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.“It was definitely something that we can build off of. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives we can build on,” he said, not just for the players but also for the coaches themselves.“When you’ve played for so long, it’s a much different perspective. When you’re playing, you’re focused on making the shot or making the assist. But now when you’re coaching, you’re trying to put the pieces together to make it work with the five guys on the court,” shared the PBA legend. “Just like the players have to get back to work in practice, I’ll do my part watching video tonight and making sure that we’re better next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Booed by PH crowd, Standhardinger delivers for Hong Konglast_img read more

Does early defeat spell beginning of the end for Mourinho?

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first_img0Shares0000Beginning of the end? Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were beaten 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – Jose Mourinho warned of the troubles that could lie ahead for his Manchester United side, but the Portuguese must still accept much of the responsibility from a 3-2 defeat at Brighton that has the Red Devils’ season off to a bad start.The concern for United is now whether Mourinho is capable of stemming the tide to turn things around in a way he wasn’t in his third season at Real Madrid or in his second spell at Chelsea. On those occasions his fall even came from a position of strength he isn’t afforded now having won the league in the previous season.This time round after a trophyless campaign, Mourinho clashed with the club’s board over their failure to signficantly strengthen his squad, particularly at centre-back.Mourinho’s point was illustrated in a disastrous defensive display at the Amex in which United conceded three times in the first-half with centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at fault.However, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could point to the fact that £60 million ($76 million) has been spent on Bailly and Lindelof in the past two seasons since Mourinho took charge as justification for not trusting his manager with more cash to splash.“The centre backs melted and you can’t do that in the Premier League,” said former United captain turned TV pundit Gary Neville on Sky Sports.“When Manchester United are so publicly in the transfer window looking for defenders, what belief does that give them?“They know they’re on borrowed time and I have to say Bailly and Lindelof were poor. They are the ones Jose has signed.“It has been poor recruitment. That back four aren’t good enough to win the title.”– Long-term view –Woodward hinted on the final day of the transfer window that the club had to take a more long-term view than Mourinho.Despite signing a new contract till 2020 in January, the growing feeling is Mourinho will do well just to see out the current campaign.Mancheser United captain Paul Pogba admitted his attitude wasn’t right for Sunday’s defeat at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKWoodward’s long-term view also included holding on to Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial despite their rifts with Mourinho.Pogba was again entrusted with the captain’s armband at Brighton, but his admission he didn’t show the right attitude was hardly one of an inspirational leader.“They had more hunger than us. I put myself first, that my attitude wasn’t right,” said the French World Cup winner.Martial had been publicly criticised by Mourinho and fined for failing to return to the club’s pre-season tour in the United States after the birth of his second child.The Frenchman was recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of the injured Alexis Sanchez, but failed to impress before being hooked on the hour mark and barely exchanged a glance with his manager as he left the field.Mourinho began the weekend by telling local rivals Manchester City “you can’t buy class”, angry at the depiction of his tactics as overly defensive in a behind-the-scenes documentary on City’s title-winning campaign last season.The worry for United is whether Mourinho’s football is now not only not entertaining compared to the free-flowing football of City and traditional rivals Liverpool, but no longer effective at getting results with a disaffected squad.A big response is needed when Tottenham visit Old Trafford next week to avert a crisis spiralling before the opening month of the season is out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more