Harvard University spotlights hunger as it kicks off Public Service Week

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust announced today (Oct. 15) that the University will undertake a yearlong commitment to volunteer support of the Greater Boston Food Bank.  The announcement comes on the eve of World Hunger Day and as Harvard prepares to launch its Public Service Week (Oct. 19 -25).Beginning with two sessions in November and continuing from January through the end of the academic year, Harvard teams drawn from among students, faculty, and staff will volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank on Friday mornings.The relief agency distributes more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery products to nearly 600 member hunger-relief organizations throughout eastern Massachusetts. It reports that, since the recession hit last October, the need for food has swelled — by 10 to 50 percent — at the agencies they support.“Food security is one of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Faust.  “I am pleased that so many people at Harvard are participating in a sustained University-wide effort to combat hunger in our community.  This is an important dimension of Public Service Week, in which we are shining a spotlight on public service and one example of the University’s mission to serve the common good.”Next to shelter, food is the most pivotal human need. Hunger not only undermines individuals, but also communities, neighborhoods, and nations, whether through dynamics of trade, food supply, and security, or levels of economic and social development.“We are routinely hearing that people who used to donate to their local pantries are now using those pantries,” said Director of Volunteers Amy Cooper-Ayles of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “People are shocked that hunger is so directly affecting their communities.”By volunteering, Cooper-Ayles said, people sorting groceries and canned goods experience a tangible connection to families in need.  “People are making decisions about food that is safe and healthy for families. It gives volunteers a direct connection to the need, and lets them be a part of the solution.”Harvard combats hungerThis new initiative marks Harvard’s first University-wide volunteer effort at the Food Bank and follows a long history of supporting local efforts to combat hunger.For example, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS), which serves 5 million meals annually, donates about 18,000 pounds of perishable food each year to the Food Bank, which in turn distributes it to local shelters.“As a part of the Harvard community, we are mindful of the needs beyond our gates, and we are committed to doing our part to help our neighbors,” said Ted Mayer, executive director of HUDS.Closer to home, HUDS supplies food to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, which is run by Harvard students.The Homeless Shelter, a Harvard Phillips Brooks House-affiliate established in 1983, is the only entirely student-run shelter in the nation, according to Jonathan Warsh ’11, Harvard student and administrative director. The shelter requires 150 volunteers a week to provide support and services to 24 overnight guests and to serve up to 50 meals each night.  HUDS support is invaluable, said Warsh, but equally important is the support of volunteers.“Everything would collapse without volunteers. They are the lifeblood of the organization,” he said.Harvard plans other efforts against hunger this fall.  Harvard Extension School student Diane Hopson is leading a food and clothing drive at the school to support Cambridge food pantries and area shelters. Harvard Athletics, in collaboration with the Phillips Brooks House Association and the Harvard Alumni Association, will accept cans of food at its Oct. 24 football game against Princeton.Harvard public service week Harvard’s public service week will highlight service activities throughout the University that are ongoing through the year. From Oct. 19-25, more than 30 events will recognize Harvard people and organizations engaged in service. They also will promote the importance of service in work and life, and will offer practical help to students seeking pathways into government, community, and service careers.According to “Beyond the Yard: Community Engagement at Harvard University,” a report on Harvard service that was released during the summer, about 7,000 Harvard students performed more than 900,000 hours of service work around metropolitan Boston in a year. In addition, more than 1,000 students from Harvard’s professional schools contributed more than 150,000 hours of service in that period.  Harvard students, faculty, and staff provide assistance in Boston and Cambridge through more than 300 Harvard-sponsored community programs.For full information on Harvard’s Public Service Week.last_img read more

Legal firms bullish as net profits surge again

first_imgFee income is up, profits are up, and lockup and borrowings are stable.That is the overwhelmingly positive message of a respected annual bellwether of small and medium-sized law firm performance, published today.Figures from the Law Society Law Management Section’s 2018 Financial Benchmarking Survey show that total fee income has risen for the eighth year running, with a median rise of 5.3%. All regions reported growth across all sizes of practice. Most worktypes saw a rise, with the predictable exception of personal injury.Median fee income per equity partner rose once again, by 8.6% to £684,000. This was mainly attributable to a rise in fees per fee-earner, as the ratio of fee-earners to partners was little changed at 5.5 to 1.Median profit per equity partner climbed 6.9% (against 8.4% last time) to £162,161, with firms reporting tight control of IT, indemnity insurance and accommodation overheads. Retention and recruitment pressures helped push up the median cost of a fee-earner by 2.2% to £48,787.Cashflow continues to improve for many practices, aided by lockup which is down by a median five days. Many practices made efforts to retain more cash in the practice, which the report speculates could be in preparation for Brexit-related turbulence and further reform of the sector.Paul McCluskey, head of professional practices at survey sponsor Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, welcomed evidence that firms are getting a grip on costs. But he sounded a warning on the number of practices where partner  drawings exceeded profit, with 15% reporting that this had happened for two consecutive years (up from 9% last time).‘I encourage managing partners to take a hard stance against this culture,’ said McCluskey, pointing out that it weakens firms.The survey report, written by Hazlewoods Accountants, is free to download.last_img read more

Aldin Ayo posts cryptic tweet on crucial non-call in UST loss to Adamson

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ayo tweeted a photo of his guard Renzo Subido appeared to be being held by Adamson’s Jerom Lastimosa during a critical baseline inbound amid the Falcons’ 16-0 run to end the game that should’ve been a foul.READ: Adamson stuns UST after 16-0 closing runFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Terrific 12: Lance Stephenson downplays skirmish with TNT’s David Semerad LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ With no whistle blown, the inbound play resulted in a turnover followed by a crucial 3-pointer by Val Chauca that pulled Adamson within one, 71-70, with 1:19 left.CHAUCA LONG BOMB.UST lead is down to one, 71-70! 1:19 to go! #UAAPSeason82 pic.twitter.com/jJEBRzZgMQ— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 👓 pic.twitter.com/LQPXIqGzOt— Aldin (@AyoAV_official) September 18, 2019 Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son The Growling Tigers dropped a 78-71 decision after going scoreless in the last three minutes in a game where they led by as much as 13 in the fourth period.The loss sent UST into a third-place tie with Adamson at 3-2 after blowing a golden opportunity to move into solo second place.It also didn’t help that the Tigers didn’t have Rhenz Abando down the stretch after the star rookie sustained an apparent leg injury.Soulemane Chabi Yo led UST with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Abando finished with nine points in just 18 minutes and 33 seconds of play. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach declined for an interview following his team’s stunning loss to the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday.Ayo, though, went on to express his thoughts on the game on Twitter without saying a word but safe to say, he wasn’t pleased.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more