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A beacon of community

first_imgStanding next to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Charlesview Apartments at Brighton Mills in Allston Friday, Angela Holm drew on her childhood memories of the community.“I grew up in Charlesview, and it was my entire world,” said Holm, now a neighborhood coordinator in the mayor’s office. “I went to church every Sunday at Hill Memorial Baptist Church, took swimming lessons at the West End House, went to summer camp at Harvard Stadium and Girl Scout meetings at St. Anthony’s, and watched my friends play little league at Smith Park.”Holm said that sense of belonging and community in the old Charlesview Apartments was “the essence” of what brought elected officials, Harvard leadership, community leaders, and Charlesview representatives and residents together for the ceremony.“The new Charlesview Residences will serve as an anchor for this community, with the diversity of residents and strong ties,” she said. “I’m overjoyed to be here to celebrate this new beacon for Allston and Brighton.”The project’s first phase brings 240 affordable-housing apartments, a community center, 14,000 square feet of retail space, a half-acre park, and an expansive underground parking garage to the Allston-Brighton community.   The community center will open by late July, offering workforce development and other programs for Charlesview residents and neighbors. Phase two will include 20 affordable home-ownership units.“Because the community came together, everyone has reached their goal of new housing, and it was desperately needed,” Menino said. “Harvard was a very important part of this, and we need to keep working together — that’s why we’re so successful.”Recognizing the leaders of the Charlesview Inc. board for their “courage, hard work, and determination” in the project, the Rev. Frank Glynn, the board chairman and pastor of St. Anthony’s Church, called them to the stage to be acknowledged. “The people standing here with me are outstanding to their commitment to the vision of Charlesview,” he said. “It is because of them that the dream of Charlesview has reached the heights of today.”Christine Heenan, vice president for Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, also emphasized the power of leadership and partnership. “This project was made possible in part by perseverance, but also by faith in what is possible when you stick with it and work together,” she said. “This project was also strengthened by the critical input of residents and the mayor’s office, who challenged us to do more, and do it even better.”Discussion of the new complex began nearly a decade ago, when representatives of Charlesview Inc. approached Harvard about a possible land exchange to replace the aging 1970s-era, 213-unit, low- and moderate-incoming housing development in Barry’s Corner.Working closely with residents, addressing concerns, incorporating their ideas into the project, and piecing together necessary funding involved multiple partners, including the mayor’s office, Charlesview Inc., the Community Builders Inc. (TCB), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, MassHousing, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and Harvard.The completion of the project, Capuano said, was “not just good for the handful of people who will live here,” but good “for all of Brighton, all of Allston, all of Boston, all of Massachusetts, and all of the country.”Thomas Gleason, executive director of MassHousing, noted that this was the largest project in the nonprofit organization’s nearly 50-year history.“It’s not just about the 240 apartments here, or the land swap with Harvard … it’s the transformation of this entire area. And not many teams could have pulled that off,” he said, adding that the project had come in under budget and before the two-year deadline established for the project. “This is what happens when people think outside of the box.”Bart Mitchell, president and CEO of TCB, which is the country’s largest nonprofit developer and owner of urban, mixed-income housing, emphasized that the spirit of places like Charlesview were part of what set Boston apart.“We work throughout the Northeast, the Midwest, and the mid-Atlantic, so I get to spend a lot of time in American cities, and here’s what all of them have in common: They wish they had the strength of Boston’s neighborhoods,” Mitchell said.Such places, Mitchell said, share “the conviction that strong neighborhoods are places of opportunity for people of all incomes, not just those that have the most … Allston is a great neighborhood, and Charlesview is a stake in the ground that it will remain such, for people of all incomes, throughout this century.”last_img read more

Booth registration for the 25th Annual Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is open

first_imgBooth registration for the 25th Annual Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is open and booths are selling quickly! The trade show is scheduled for May 20 & 21, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. In today’s economy, your company cannot afford to hide in the shadows. Get in front of the business community and use EXPO as your key marketing vehicle for 2009.The Vermont Business and Industry EXPO is northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show attracting over 3,000 business leaders during the two day exposition. Nearly 200 exhibitors and themed pavilions fill the two floors of EXPO. In addition to EXPO’s spectacular line up of educational seminars, award ceremonies and networking opportunities, you can expect new, special additions to celebrate 25 years of creating connections.Booths are first come, first serve so register today at is external). Click on floor plans to view the available booths and pricing. Remember, Vermont Chamber members receive a 10% discount and any new members will receive a 25% discount on their booth!last_img read more

The War at Home: The Struggle for Veterans to Find Jobs – PART I

first_img Army veteran John Lee Dumas said he had zero anxieties about finding a job after graduating college and had been told that his military experience would give him a leg up on other candidates. But things didn’t turn out that way. In today’s tough and competitive job market, it can be challenging for any adult to land a decent job. Though education can definitely improve outcomes, sometimes it’s not just about the degree. Experience can also play a major role in helping people find jobs. Yet in some cases, experience can work against you. Just ask one of the many college-educated military veterans who serve their country only to return to find a job market that doesn’t want anything to do with them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for female veterans was 8.8% in January, compared to 7.5% for men and 7.7% for female civilians. And with an unemployment rate of about 20%, members of the National Guard and Reserve are faring far worse in the job market. One issue is that veterans are too modest when it comes to stating their accomplishments in the military. When Dumas did find work, he said it was difficult to acclimate to the civilian office environment. “I often found that my peers and above had a hard time dealing with my direct approach and attitude about tackling problems head on, often asking for forgiveness rather than permission,” he said. “Twenty percent of jobs in the military have no civilian counterpart,” he said. “A truck driver is a truck driver, a warehouse manager is a warehouse manager, and a software developer is a software developer. But a sniper…” Some employers can also be hesitant to hire veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “[Employers] often complain that they can’t identify veterans because it is never on their resumes,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how long ago you served, you need to highlight that service.” “Even though I had five years of active duty experience after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering, both the education and the engineering industries viewed me as entry-level, plus a couple steps for maturity beyond the average recent college grad,” Padhi said. “It was understandable in light of the highly technical nature of the job, which didn’t exactly match what I had done in the military. The discouraging part was that I only realized what those active duty years really meant to me when taking stock of my position relative to the other entry level peers. I didn’t see myself the same as them in terms of managerial potential, but that is the nature of business in a technical field.” “For some reason, I’ve had veterans not tell me about their awards and honors, but it should all be listed – from commanders’ coins to medals of honor,” Hurwitz said. Statistics suggest that employers do want to hire veterans. According to a Career Builder survey, 65% of employers said they would be more likely to hire a veteran over another equally qualified candidate, while 29% of employers say they are actively recruiting veterans to work for their organizations. So what’s the problem? By Dialogo April 02, 2013 “I quickly found out that I was lumped together with recent college grads for entry-level positions, and that an employee that had two years experience at a job in a similar industry was considered way more qualified than I was, despite my four years as an officer in the army,” Dumas said. The Career Builder survey found that 30% of employers said it’s not always obvious to tell whether a candidate is a veteran. Dumas found entrepreneurship was a much better fit for him, and he now uses the skills he acquired in the military to run Entrepreneur on Fire. (To be continued…) “Military veterans are not taught how to self-promote,” said Lida Citroen, who has a resource on her website specifically devoted to help veterans transition to civilian jobs. “To be successful in service, it is important to put troop and mission ahead of self. Unfortunately, when veterans try to enter the civilian marketplace, they quickly realize they don’t know how to sell themselves to potential employers.” “If you were responsible for a warehouse, you shouldn’t write that you were responsible for storage and distribution of bullets, mines, and guns because some civilian employers may become nervous,” he said. “All the civilian employer needs to know is that the veteran had to track 140 different units, each in quantities between 1,000 and 500,000, and successfully made 750 deliveries a day. A sniper can’t write ‘I killed the enemy without harming the civilians who were surrounding them.’ The sniper should instead write, ‘Focused and great under stress.’” “They are protected under the law. I tell reservists not to bring it up, but if the employer asks, be honest about employment cycles,” Graves said. “They are protected under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.” Hurwitz said vets should be more general in describing duties and veer away from graphic details. “As for PTSD, there is concern. But there is a simple answer. ‘I have PTSD. I take medication and once a week I meet with a therapist. If I am having difficulty, I know who to call. But I want to say something,’” Hurwitz said. Graves said that PTSD shouldn’t be a factor in hiring, but it is. Steve Padhi, currently an active duty lieutenant commander in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, had a four-year break from service in which he held jobs as a high school teacher and an engineer-diver. The Trouble with Translation The Veteran’s Plight in the Job Search Additionally, military reservists who could possibly be deployed may be hesitant to divulge that information to employers. “When you get out of the military, you need to know that things will be different,” said Army veteran Holly Mosack, director of military recruiting for Advanced Technology Services. “You have to realize that only one percent of the country has served in the military, so people can’t relate to your experiences.” PTSD and Deployments: Disclose or Not? Ted Daywalt, president of VetJobs, said he counsels those in the National Guard and Reserve to leave their military experience off the resume completely, due to a bias against hiring of NG&R. Nearly every career expert will agree that translating military skills to the civilian workplace is one of the most difficult things to do for veterans on the job hunt. “Anyone who has been in a traumatic situation suffers from post-traumatic stress, but not all of them experience the syndrome of PTSD,” Graves said. “People with PTSD are also protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so if you are systematically screening out veterans from your process because of this bias, you will eventually have to explain your underutilization of veterans to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.” Navy veteran Tim Graves, who has a career in workforce development helping companies understand the benefits of hiring skilled and experienced military veterans, agreed. Bruce Hurwitz created Hurwitz Strategic Staffing to promote the hiring of veterans. last_img read more

25 websites that will help you stick to your resolution

first_imgFor those who don’t know, a New Year’s resolution is a tradition, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement beginning from New Year’s Day.Top New Year’s resolutions for 2015:Lose WeightGetting OrganizedSpend Less, Save MoreEnjoy Life to the FullestStaying Fit and HealthyLearn Something ExcitingQuit SmokingHelp Others in Their DreamsFall in LoveSpend More Time with FamilyBut for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions. So, please, try to keep it simple and make it tangible. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Google Pay Get a New Multi-Coloured Icon to ‘Evolve’ and Reflect GPay’s Recent Changes

first_img“For many in India, GPay is effectively a replacement for the physical wallet and everything in it – cash, bills, cards, tickets, etc,” wrote Sengupta. He noted that the digital payment service had recently enabled NFC payments with credit cards and introduced the ACE credit card with Axis bank. The new Google Pay icon is meant to reflect these changes, he said, and the evolvement of digital payments in partnership with the Indian ecosystem.While the new design doesn’t effectively convey that the icon belongs to an app for digital payments, it fits well with Google’s minimalistic look and is in line with the tech giant’s recent changes to icons.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Google has started rolling out a new, multi-coloured icon for the Google Pay India app. A Google executive noted on Twitter that the new icon is meant to reflect the recent changes the app had undergone. He added that icons, like products, need to evolve. Google had recently introduced new icons for many of its apps and services, including Gmail and Google Workspace products — a move that hasn’t been too popular among users. The new Google Pay icon hasn’t rolled out for all users yet, but will likely be available to a wider audience within the next few weeks.Google Pay executive Caesar Sengupta addressed the new icon for the app on Twitter. He said that GPay today was a lot more full featured than when it was launched as Tez (in 2017). Users can now pay each other, the vegetable seller, pay bills, trade stocks, and even ‘virtually travel around India.’- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pillar starts City spree with £180m deals

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Gov. Wolf, Administration Denounce Trump Administration Rollbacks of LGBTQ Protections, Calls for Long Overdue State Action

first_img Equality,  Hate Crime,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and his administration today denounced the recent Trump Administration rollbacks of multiple protections for LGBTQ individuals, calling for long overdue state action to end this abhorrent discriminatory track record.“As the federal government goes backwards, it is past time for Pennsylvania to protect our LGBTQ citizens,” Gov. Wolf said. “Increased protections for members of the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania are long overdue and desperately needed to push back against the Trump Administration’s track record of increased discriminatory policies and protection rollbacks. I urge the General Assembly to advance protections for the LGBTQ community by passing comprehensive non-discrimination and expanding our hate crimes law to protect LGBTQ citizens.”The Trump Administration’s most recent policy rollback includes no longer recognizing gender identity as a definition of sex in civil rights protections under the Affordable Care Act. The Obama-era protection allowed for gender identity to be included under “sex” as a means of non-discrimination. After multiple lawsuits challenging the definition, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in its rationale for the proposed rollback determined that Congress does not understand “sex” to include gender identity.Just days before the proposed health care rollback against transgender individuals was announced, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a proposed policy that would allow homeless shelters and federally funded housing facilities to refuse service to transgender individuals.“We must be vigilant in ensuring that LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, especially those most at-risk for health challenges, housing insecurity and homelessness, are protected from discrimination,” said Todd Snovel, Executive Director of the PA Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. “These roll-backs are disturbing as they threaten to abandon communities that already face significant barriers in affirming health care, housing, and access to public accommodations.”“These actions by the federal government threaten the very health and well-being of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The continuous attacks on the rights of transgender Americans, from serving in the military to their very health care, must stop. Gov. Wolf has shown that protecting the rights of all Pennsylvanians is essential to our continued success and prosperity — the federal government should do the same.”In light of these announcements, The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) reminds citizens that, under 2018 guidance, it will investigate sexual orientation and gender identity-related discrimination cases under the protected class of sex discrimination.Chad Dion Lassiter, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, added, “We look forward to a day where discrimination is a distant memory, but for now PHRC will continue to investigate complaints related to LGBTQ discrimination under our 2018 guidance allowing us to do so.”Across the country, there has been an alarming trend of violence against LGBTQ citizens, especially transgender women of color. Gov. Wolf and the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs denounced these actions and called on the legislature earlier this month to protect LGBTQ Pennsylvanians from violence amid a sustained increase in these heinous crimes and to advance LGBTQ civil rights and hate crime protections.“We have made progress to establish equality and non-discrimination in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “But it’s not enough and we remain behind our neighbor states. We must act now to end hate crimes, to protect all Pennsylvanians, including the LGBTQ community. Espousing hatred and discrimination are not who we are as a commonwealth, a community, or human beings.”Learn more about the fight to end LGBTQ discrimination in Pennsylvania. May 28, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf, Administration Denounce Trump Administration Rollbacks of LGBTQ Protections, Calls for Long Overdue State Actionlast_img read more

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke risks ban

first_imgThe Australian 25 March 2014Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke is facing a third inquiry that could lead to his being barred from medical practice, after a complaint that he promoted euthanasia for social reasons, such as not being able to play golf. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency received the complaint after a lecture by Dr Nitschke at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital pain management unit in Perth. AHPRA has given Dr Nitschke until the end of this week to respond to the February complaint from one of the doctors at the hospital expressing concern “about him promoting euthanasia for ‘social reasons’. These reasons include reaching a certain age, not being able to play golf, and grief at the death of a spouse,” the complaint said and noted that Dr Nitschke “actively promotes assisted suicides/euthanasia”.It is the third complaint against Dr Nitschke being considered by AHPRA. The watchdog has launched investigations into complaints he tried to import the sedative nembutal to use as a sleeping pill for a terminally ill patient and set up a sham beer-brewing company, Max Dog Brewing, to import nitrogen cylinders capable of being used for suicide. The first inquiry is looking at claims Dr Nitschke tried to “facilitate the supply of the unapproved medicine, pentobarbital sodium”. The second inquiry is into Max Dog Brewing, which is advertised on euthanasia websites as able to provide nitrogen tanks, which are compatible with plastic bags used for suffocation. read more

Bulldogs Middle School Football Teams Post Shutouts Over Golden Bears

first_imgThe 7th grade Bulldogs won a defensive struggle against Shelbyville 8 – 0.After a 0 – 0 halftime score, Batesville scored on their first offensive play of the second half on a 51 yard run by Trey Peters. RJ Powell ran in the 2 point conversion.The defense was led by Connor Roleson who had an interception and a fumble recovery. Also playing well on defense was Damon Grieshop, Jeremiah Lemmel, Adam Longstreth and Ben Schebler.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The Batesville Middle School 8th grade football team traveled to Shelbyville on Thursday and defeated the Golden Bears 6-0.It was a scoreless defensive struggle until Seth Gausman scored on a quarterback sneak in the 4th quarter.The entire defensive unit played well for the Bulldogs but were led by strong play from linebackers Jacob Cruse, Marshall Kinnard and Sam Bowman. Drew Kiefer also had an interception and Ethan Meyer and JT Linkel each had a fumble recovery.It was the second straight shutout by the Bulldogs who are now 2-1 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clay Kellerman.last_img read more

Barca, Real Madrid battle for Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barcelona and Real Madrid will reportedly lock horns for the signature of Lille forward Victor Osimhen in this summer’s transfer window. The 21-year-old has been in impressive form for his French club during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 15 times in 31 appearances in all competitions. According to Le10Sport, both Barca and Madrid contacted Lille during the January window to discuss the possibility of a midseason move. Neither club were able to complete a deal for the Nigeria international, but the report claims that the Spanish pair will battle for the attacker’s signature at the end of the current season. Osimhen scored twice in five Champions League group-stage appearances earlier this season, including a goal against Chelsea at the start of October. Lille will be in a strong position when it comes to any potential negotiations, though, as the former Wolfsburg youngster is signed to the Ligue 1 side until the summer of 2024.Tags: FC BarcelonaLe10SportReal MadridVictor Osimhenlast_img read more