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first_img Read Full Story Kermit the Frog has nothing on Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) when it comes to being green. Several members of the HKS community are being honored at this year’s Green Carpet Awards.The annual event celebrates staff, faculty and students who have made significant contributions to on-campus sustainability initiatives, including greenhouse gas emission reductions.The winners are chosen based on leadership, creativity, innovation, their ability to influence many people and the duplicability of their efforts.Lester Brown, M.P.A. ’62, will be honored with the Harvard Office for Sustainability’s first-ever Distinguished Service Award. Brown founded the Earth Policy Institute in 2001 to work toward an environmentally sustainable economy. Described by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” Brown has been a prominent voice in interdisciplinary approaches to global-scale resource issues. He addresses political and natural tipping points in his most recent book, “World on the Edge.”A student award goes to Illac Diaz, M.P.A./Mason Fellow 2012. Diaz is the founder and executive director of MyShelter Foundation. MyShelter is aiming to shed light on one million homes in the Philippines by 2012 through Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly solar bottle light bulb to homes and communities around the world.Dinali Abeysekera and Sharon Johnson are receiving staff awards at this year’s Green Carpet celebration.last_img read more

first_imgThe purple jacket.My husband gave me a purple running jacket for Christmas. I love it – and not just because it’s lightweight, wind and water resistant, and breathable. I love it because of what it represents. For the past ten years, I’ve been a sponsored athlete. Now, before you jump to conclusions, let me assure you that this does not mean that I’m a professional runner. I don’t get paid to run. I have a day job just like everyone else. However, it does mean that I have been supplied with free shoes and gear from my awesome sponsor, inov-8, and for this I am eternally grateful. However, with sponsorship sometimes come limitations.Part of being a sponsored athlete means running in the team uniform, which, for some reason is often black or red. Maybe team managers believe that these colors are flashy and good for intimidating the competition. I agree – I always feel like a bad*** when I’m decked out in black. Black makes me feel like I’m a serious competitor – mean and ready to take on the world. Don’t mess with me when I’ve got on my team kit and my game face.Recently, however, this persona hasn’t really reflected who I feel I am as a runner. After thirty-one years of being competitive in the sport, I’m feeling the need to take my running – and myself – a little less seriously.  Hence, the purple jacket. Not only is purple my favorite color, it’s also a fun color. A color that says, “Don’t take me too seriously.” A color that for me, promises lightness, spontaneity, and adventure. A color that mirrors the delicate wild irises that grace the trail in the early spring and the vivid sunrises that greet me on quiet winter mornings.You may still occasionally see me sporting the eye-catching uniform of my team sponsor, and when that happens, look out – I mean business. But for the coming year, my goal is to have more purple jacket days. Days when I will run the trail just because it’s there, enjoying the journey and forgetting about mileage, splits, competition and PRs. Days when I will run from the heart and not the ego. What will your purple jacket days bring?last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Strange and different. In the minds of Quentin Hillsman and Erica Morrow, that’s what Syracuse women’s basketball feels like without Nicole Michael in an Orange uniform. When Hillsman took over the SU program four years ago, Michael was one of his first recruits. She had an immediate influence in her first season with the Orange, setting school records and leading the team in scoring and rebounding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For Morrow, now a senior guard, Michael played a major role in her decision to come to Syracuse. The two had played AAU ball together since Morrow was in eighth grade. She described their relationship as big sister to little sister. But this year, there will be no big sister for Morrow at SU. Michael now plays halfway across the world for Gran Canaria in Spain, where she ranks second in the Liga Femenina de Baloncesto with 17.3 points per game. When the former SU forward graduated last year, she left as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, creating a major void in Syracuse’s lineup. This season, Hillsman, Morrow and the rest of the Orange will have to learn how to play without Michael’s presence on the floor. SU takes on Northeastern in its first game since Michael’s departure at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Carrier Dome. ‘It’s strange,’ Morrow said. ‘I’ve been playing with Slinky (Michael) since I was in eighth grade. … It’s a little strange definitely when I know that’s my go-to person at the end of every game. If it wasn’t me, it was Nicole. I had all the confidence in her.’ Hillsman feels the Orange has the talent to fill that hole created by Michael’s departure. He said in October there are seven players that could start in any given game for the Orange this year. Seniors Morrow and Tasha Harris return as starters. Tyler Ash, Kayla Alexander, Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Elashier Hall will look to improve upon their performances from a year ago. Iasia Hemingway joins the Orange after transferring from Georgia Tech. Hillsman also added that he prefers to rotate 10 players into a game and felt he had the depth to do so. It may be all 10 of those players that have to fill in that gap left by the departed Michael. ‘She has big shoes to fill, very big shoes, size nine,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘… I think we’re going to come together as a team. Slinky (Michael) led us a lot last year. We were on her back for the most part. But I think we are looking to fill those size nines very quickly.’ In addition to depth, Hillsman also said the Orange will need a slight change in scheme to adjust to playing without Michael. When she played, he tried to keep her out on the perimeter. She shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc throughout her career, ranking her eighth on SU’s all-time list. But now, Hillsman wants that small forward position to slide in a few steps in SU’s sets. He said the players this year will become more effective shooting from the free throw line area or working the baseline. Instead of raining 3-pointers from the outside, Hillsman hopes the Michael-less Orange will be able to score more in the paint. ‘Hopefully, we have enough inside where we can step in and make some more baskets at the rim,’ Hillsman said, ‘and take up her slack with some rebounding from our perimeter guards.’ Even with the talent on this year’s team and the scheme adjustment to make up for Michael’s absence, it is still a major loss for the program. Last year, the forward led the Orange with 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She led SU in scoring 14 times and led the team in rebounding 15 times. Her averages were slightly higher in rugged Big East play, with conference standings on the line. As a freshman, she became the only player in Syracuse history to score more than 500 points in a season and then did it again her senior year. Replacing the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder will not be easy, and Hillsman acknowledged that. But he is optimistic the talent on this year’s team can step up and fill in for one of SU’s all-time greats. ‘It’s a humongous loss,’ Hillsman said. ‘She’s been around since I’ve been here so we’ve been together and just not having her face here is different. But we have plenty of capable players to come in and take up the slack.’ [email protected]center_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_img Published on August 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse With Jim Boeheim set to serve a nine-game suspension at the start of conference play this season, Mike Hopkins will make his head coaching debut in a familiar environment.Syracuse will travel to face Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center at 9 p.m. on Dec. 30, the conference announced in a release Wednesday. The game will be the second leg of the “ACC Tip-Off” doubleheader, with Clemson and North Carolina squaring off in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.It will be the 107th meeting between the Orange and Panthers, a rivalry that dates back to 1914 and took flight when the teams regularly met as members of the Big East. Syracuse went 0-2 against Pitt last season, falling 83-77 on the road and on Feb. 7 and 65-61 in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 21.Here’s how the Orange’s 2015-16 schedule looks with what’s been announced:Nov. 2 — Le Moyne. time TBD, Carrier Dome*Nov. 8 — Florida Southern, time TBD, Carrier Dome*Nov. 25 — Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. at Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 26 — Connecticut/Michigan, time TBD, Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 27 — Opponent TBD time TBD, Paradise Island, BahamasDec. 2 — Wisconsin (Big 10/ACC Challenge), 7:15 p.m., Carrier DomeDec. 30 — At Pittsburgh, 9 p.m., Peterson Events CenterJan. 18 — At Duke, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor StadiumFeb. 29 — At North Carolina, 7 p.m., Dean E Smith CenterAdvertisementThis is placeholder text* = Exhibition gameBold = Battle for Atlantis Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Turkish football club Galatsaray and the B&H player Izet Hajrović reached an agreement on Sunday night. The current player of Grasshopper will become a part of the team from Istanbul this month.The Turkish portal Milliyet announced Hajrović’s transfer to Galatsaray. It was said that Hajrović would sign an agreement with Galatsaray for duration of 4.5 years, and he will join the team in Antalya on 8 January.‘’Galatsaray and Grasshoppers came to an agreement over Hajrović. Galatsaray will pay five million Euros’’, wrote the Turkish newspaper Haberturk several days ago.Hajrović, who is a member of the B&H team as of this year, announced to Agency Anadolija earlier that he would like to play for a team such as Galatsaray.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

first_imgUganda/Senegal v Morocco/Benin, 30 June Stadium (1600)Cameroon/Nigeria v Egypt/South Africa, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Thursday, July 11Mali/Ivory Coast v Algeria/Guinea, Suez Stadium (1600)Madagascar/DR Congo v Ghana/Tunisia, Al Salam Stadium (1900)Semi-finalsSunday, July 14Uganda/Senegal/Morocco/Benin v Madagascar/DR Congo/Ghana/Tunisia, 30 June Stadium (1600)Mali/Ivory Coast/Algeria/Guinea v Cameroon/Nigeria/Egypt/South Africa, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Third placeWednesday, July 17Losing semi-finalists, Al Salam Stadium (1900)FinalFriday, July 19Winning semi-finalists, Cairo International Stadium (1900) Uganda will face Senegal while Egypt take on Kenya. PHOTO AFP Qualified for #AFCON2019 Round of 16 Nigeria Egypt Algeria Morocco Madagascar Uganda Ivory Coast Cameroon Senegal Tunisia Ghana MaliBEST 3rd placed teams Guinea DR Congo Benin South AfricaCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | The final sixteen places at the African Nations Cup have been confirmed this evening, with South Africa edging out Kenya to snatch the final place.This follows a Mali 1-0 victory over Angola, and a stalemate between Tunisia and Mauritania.Last 16 matches:Egypt vs South Africa Madagascar vs DRC Nigeria vs Cameroon Senegal vs Uganda Algeria vs Guinea Morocco vs Benin Mali vs Côte d’Ivoire Ghana vs Tunisia Friday, July 5Morocco v Benin, Al Salam Stadium, Cairo (1600)Uganda v Senegal, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Saturday, July 6Nigeria v Cameroon, Alexandria Stadium (1600)Egypt v South Africa, Cairo International Stadium (1900)Sunday, July 7Madagascar v Democratic Republic of Congo, Alexandria Stadium (1600)Algeria v Guinea, 30 June Stadium, Cairo (1900)Monday, July 8Mali v Ivory Coast, Suez Stadium (1600)Ghana v Tunisia, Ismailia Stadium (1900)Quarter-finalsWednesday, July 10 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst “There’s still so much left for me to learn and this is a time to be amplifying Black and indigenous, people of color,” she said. “All I can say is that for white people, now is the time to listen, not speak. Support, not direct. And Black lives always have and always will matter.” “It’s easier for us to find information in this age and the world is so issue-ridden that we all have causes we care about,” she said. At a June 7 protest, Nupol Kiazolu, 19, the president of BLM Greater New York, said, “Young people have been carrying every single movement we’ve seen across the world, so it’s time for adults to step aside and uplift us. We are not just the future. We are the present.”  A movement that began in 2013 after the murder of a young Black man, Trayvon Martin, resurged this spring with the killing of yet another Black man, George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has grown since video in May showed a white Minnesota police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Spurred by the Black community, other people of color and allies, the movement has also found a large number of supporters in Generation Z, young people approximately 23 and under, born after 1996. In 14 years of schooling, she said there has only been one Black teacher at a school she attended and she was never in their classroom. “Representation is so, so important, especially to young people,” said Efobi. “We need to be able to see people like us. It helps us be able to realize our dreams. There needs to be more diversity in teaching staff.” Amber Tanzi, 21, from Middletown, has also attended protests, and “donated, signed petitions, called offices, sent emails, done as much as I can to do my part,” she said. She thinks young people are socially aware because they use the internet to form connections with people across the world, expanding relationships beyond their hometowns, more so than prior generations could at her age. Efobi also thinks Gen Zers are more open-minded than their predecessors. She also feels the United States history curriculum in schools is lacking. “We need to learn about the Civil Rights movement and Black advocacy beyond Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks,” said Efobi. As many young people do, she began educating herself about the gaps in her studies, parts of history she feels should be taught to all students. “I believe that us not learning about Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Polynesian, African, Caribbean and LGBT communities is a big contributor to today’s bigotry,” she explained. “And we’re saying ‘Enough is enough.’ If the people in charge don’t seem to care enough, then we must take matters into our own hands.” Members of Gen Z are “digital natives,” according to the Pew Research Center, those who grew up with little or no memory of the pre-smartphone era. And they have used their knowledge of the digital world and social media to communicate about BLM and support protests in cities around the country and the world. They use the internet to their advantage – to publicize, educate and share stories on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. As of July 7, #BlackLivesMatter was used in more than 22 million posts on Instagram, where users share their stories, educational resources, ways to donate and links to petitions. Local and state governments across the country removed statues, monuments and flags that memorialized historical racism after protests advocated for their removal. Organizations and companies have also taken a stand, firing and removing individuals from positions of power who have exploited or treated BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) employees unjustly. Presidents and CEOs resigned because of prior racist acts and words. Corporations like Disney World and Quaker Oats, major sports organizations, television studios and even musicians have abandoned racially charged products, shows and names.  At protests across the country, like this one last month in Red Bank, young people have been instrumental in the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo by Patrick Olivero Calls to action from Efobi, Tanzi, their peers and others have sparked some change. Though police reform at a national level is still lacking, reform is beginning at local and state levels. “No-knock” warrants have been suspended in many police departments, as have chokeholds, and officers have been fired – and some even charged – for their part in unjust actions against Black Americans.  But systemic racism is most concerning to members of Gen Z and something both Tanzi and Efobi feel they have a chance of combatting and even overcoming. One way to make that happen, according to Efobi, is through education. “I’m a Black girl and I never saw much diversity around me until my sophomore year of high school. That was reflected in the curriculum and classroom conversations,” she said. She experienced firsthand the effects of institutional racism when she tried to explain to a middle school history teacher why saying “all lives matter” was disrespectful. Efobi told her, “You wouldn’t walk into a breast cancer treatment center and announce that there are other types of cancer, nor would you walk into a funeral and say that you’ve lost someone, too.” The teacher told the other students Efobi didn’t know what she was talking about, Efobi said. Many of those young people live in the Two River area, like Chika Efobi, 17, a first-generation Nigerian-American from Long Branch who uses Instagram to help secure justice for victims of police brutality. She shares “useful information that I come across that will help people understand the systemic racism that’s been embedded in our lifestyles,” Efobi said. As a white person, Tanzi feels now is a time for reflection and allyship, not stealing the spotlight from those who truly need it. She said she will continue to educate herself and hopes others do the same. Even though she isn’t BIPOC, Tanzi understands Efobi’s experiences with lack of representation. “I am a Jewish, bisexual woman who grew up in a town that didn’t have many resources for those things,” Tanzi said. She believes these facets of her identity allowed her “to not only empathize,” but also “actively fight alongside any group that needed help.” Efobi, who throws shot put for the Mater Dei Prep track and field team and plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist for athletes, has attended two Black Lives Matter protests so far. “I also make sure I have the hard conversations with my friends and peers which are absolutely necessary if we want a genuine change,” she said. “Thus far I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends who understand the movement.” Tanzi, who said she became socially active after the 2016 presidential election, agreed that access to information has spurred Gen Z’s involvement in the movement. “With a world of news, albeit both accurate or otherwise, right in front of us seemingly at all times, we’re potentially the most well-informed generation of young people to ever exist,” she said. Tanzi cited growing up with events like 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, the 2008 financial crisis and “so many school shootings with no intervention from our government” as the impetus for social activism. “We’re finally exposed to and can comprehend on our own all the cracks in the systems,” Tanzi said. The article originally appeared in the July 9 – 15, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more