$100,000 more for Allston-Brighton

first_imgThe Harvard Allston Skating Rink, a former car dealership turned temporary ice rink on Western Avenue, was buzzing Friday evening (Feb. 26), as Harvard President Drew Faust, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and a crowd of more than 150 gathered to celebrate another $100,000 in Harvard grants for local nonprofit groups.It was the award ceremony for the second round of  grants from the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, a University-city-community collaboration that has infused about $200,000 over the past two years into 14 organizations that serve the Allston-Brighton community.Menino and Faust took turns at the podium in front of the standing-room-only crowd in the community room, as die-hard local skaters took advantage of the free ice rink in the garage.“Without the availability of these resources, these programs would not be able to fulfill their missions during these difficult economic times,” said Menino, who underscored the important work each organization does.  “With Harvard’s assistance, we’re able to continue great programming that nurtures kids and keeps them busy, just like this skating rink.” In introducing Faust, Menino thanked her for being so available to Boston and Allston.“Supporting local organizations that have an immediate and lasting impact on families in Allston-Brighton is just one way Harvard is actively engaged in the community,” said Faust. “We are committed to these important neighborhood partnerships, and to working together to enhance the quality of life for residents.”Menino and Faust took turns reading the names and activities of the organizations receiving Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF) grants.  Recipients included the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA), Allston Brighton Youth Hockey, the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, the Brighton-Allston Historical Society and Heritage Museum, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Fishing Academy, the West End House Boys Camp, and the West End House Girls Camp. The grants will help local nonprofits to provide Allston-Brighton children and families with a range of programs and services, including after-school, summer enrichment, and mentoring experiences for young people; computer training and parenting classes for adults; “Learn to Skate” lessons for youth hockey players; and initiatives that celebrate the rich history of the neighborhood.“Whether it’s giving every child who wants to the opportunity to skate for free or hop in a boat and learn to fish, these programs are opening up opportunities for our children and keeping them safe,” said John Bruno, a member of the resident-based Harvard Allston Partnership Fund board. “These grants are directly beneficial and provide a link between Harvard and the community that’s tangible and really makes a difference.”The $500,000 Harvard Allston Partnership Fund was created in 2008 by Harvard University and the City of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston community, to support neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming. To date, the $200,000 in grants has assisted 14 community organizations in beautifying the neighborhood, expanding existing community programs, and helping to broaden access to those programs through community-based scholarships. Last year, the grants also helped to launch a new community organization, the Allston Brighton Arts Bridge.“It’s a real struggle in a downturn economy to sustain our program model of serving the whole child, which includes academic enrichment and social support for children and their families,” said Lauren Fogarty, director of Extended Learning Time at the Gardner Pilot Academy, which received funding this winter. “Taking any of the pieces we offer away will keep us from reaching our mission, and these grants will make a huge difference to sustain the programs, as well as close opportunity gaps for North Allston-North Brighton students.”last_img read more

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Volleyball caps year off with trip to Final Four

first_imgIt started with the top recruiting class in the country. It ended with an impressive run but, ultimately, a difficult loss in the Final Four.Strong finish · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led the Women of Troy to a Final Four berth in December. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The No. 6 USC women’s volleyball team had beaten California twice during the year in Pac-10 play. But winning a third time proved to be too great a feat for the Women of Troy, as the Golden Bears swept USC 25-14, 25-17, 25-20.“It’s so disappointing to lose to a team like that at the end, especially after beating them twice during the season,” said junior middle blocker Lauren Williams.The Women of Troy (29-5, 14-4) were plagued by a slow start due to rotation and net violations, and dug themselves in a hole they could never recover from.“We couldn’t get our defense to adjust to what we had done the first two times with them,” said USC coach Mick Haley, “so I think that we were mentally tired.”In the preceding match, the Women of Troy found themselves against another familiar opponent, the Stanford Cardinal — the only team to beat USC twice during the regular season.“In both of the Stanford matches, for some reason, I didn’t feel like we had a very good effort,” Haley said.Fortunately, the third time around, it was the Women of Troy that were able to come out on top.“We changed our systems a little bit to try to accommodate what they did, and at that point in the season they weren’t fittingly able to adjust to what we were doing, so it worked out quite well,” Haley said.USC had defeated New Mexico and San Diego in opening round matches at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy then went on to sweep Indiana in the regional semifinal.USC’s No. 6 seed would not have been possible without strong performances during conference play. Entering the Final Four, the Women of Troy had won nine straight and 15 out of 16 matches.Haley considered the start of the second half of Pac-10 play to be the big turning point for his team.USC entered the second half of the conference season with a 6-3 record after losing to Stanford, Washington and Arizona State.But the Women of Troy were nearly flawless the rest of the way, losing only to Stanford and finishing in third place in the conference.One major reason for the team’s success was the large number of newcomers, which could have originally been seen as a hindrance. USC boasted six freshmen and a redshirt sophomore, who became eligible midway through the season.“You can’t measure how important it was for the freshmen to get all the way to the Final Four,”  Haley said. “They have a vision now of how it works and what they want to do every time.”One of these freshmen, outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She also earned All-Pac-10 Honors in her debut season. Joining her were outside hitter Alex Jupiter and middle blocker Lauren Williams. Setter Kendall Bateman earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention.Later in the year, Jupiter, Williams and Bateman were named All-Americans. Two-time All-American Jupiter was granted first team honors, while Bateman was named to the second team and Williams to the third.But even with all these victories and awards, the Women of Troy are nowhere near ready to settle.“Our expectations are national championships. That’s what we want,” Haley said. “I think we have a plan for the next 12 months culminating in getting to the Final Four and this time winning.”The players hope to duplicate last year’s success as well, but hope to take it one step further.“It’s my last year. I want a championship,” Williams declared about her upcoming final season.last_img read more

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GAA: ST MARY’S CLG, CONVOY

first_imgBingo in Hall Tues @ 9 lotto results for 10/04/12 Denis Mc elhill c/o Jack Blake Shelia Given Convoy,Martin Mc Namee, Convoy J ack Gillispie Killygordon, Rosleen Houston Convoy, 5 with 2 counties Nx Wks €4400. Lottos available from commitee members.Congrats to all who received thier prizes from the Development Draw on Sat. Winners of the St Marys Development Draw1. €1,000 Jimmy O Donnell Ardara 2.LED Saor View TV Donal Maguire Killybegs3.500 Litres of home heating oil Michelle Murray Newmills4.1 Tonne Coal Tom mc Hugh Raphoe5.€500 Lucy Mc Cormack B bofey 6.iPod with iTunes Voucher & Vouchers for P.J.Designs Fergal Gillen Manor7.5OO Litres of home heating oil Leona Mc Gee B Bofey8.Laptop and Printer Micheal & Bried Doherty Fanad9.Mystery Prize Kathleen Callaghan Portsalon10. €250 ONeills Voucher & 6Mths gym Membership Clanree Hotel Katie Allan Raphoe 11.€500 Holiday VoucherSarah Mc Glinchey Raphoe12.Monster HamperAnthony Donnelly Ramelton13.€250 Maeve &Damien Moss Crossroads14.Mid-week Break for 4 & round of golf at Slieve Russell Hotel Madge O Doherty Tober (Bingo) 15. €5000 Martin Burns LiffordThanks to EVERYONE who helped in any way with the draw Big Thanks to all sponsors for you loyal support and Mannies Bar.Thanks to all coaches and children who helped out and took part in the coaching camp on wed 11th.Well done to John Moore who represented the club as part of Donegal Day in Croke Park on Wed.Reserves team had a 2-10 to 0-2pts victory over Moville They were in Control from the Start with a comfortable victory in the end Scorers Kevin Kelly 2-0, Paul Mc Mullan 0-3 Seamus O Donnell,Gary Mc Cullagh 0-2,Ryan Carlin,Ryan Bonner and J.A Mc mullin 0-1 each Good displays from Gavin Mc Brearty and Caolan Mc GinleySeniors had a 2-11 to 1 07 victory over Moville They had a 2-05 to 0-3 pt lead in the 1st half Moville came back strong in the 2nd halfbut the St Marys lads finished strongly to record a good victoryScorers Anthony Browne 2-03 Ryan Kettle 0-3 Packie Mailey,Laurence Mc Mullan,Conor Mc Nulty,Oisin Porter and Peter Blake 0-1 eachTraining Tues and Thurs @.7.30Senior Ladies play Dungloe on SundayTraining 8 on Fri nightWell done to all our county players on their games at the weekend.Local Ladie’s U14 Erica and Zoe And Our Minor’s Ciara, Fiona, Annierose and Alannah and the lads also and Raymond Mc Namee and Conor Cairns.GAA: ST MARY’S CLG, CONVOY was last modified: April 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:convoyGAA: ST MARY’S CLGlast_img read more

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Fairer trade ‘key to global recovery’

first_img19 April 2012 Improving global trade conditions for lower-income countries is critical to stimulating the recovery of the global economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said ahead of a G20 ministerial meeting in Mexico on Thursday. Davies, who arrived in Mexico on Wednesday, said the G20 should tackle the growing threat of protectionism to ensure that lower-income countries could participate in global trade on fairer terms. “Participation of low-income countries in global trade is crucial for their growth and poverty reduction endeavours,” Davies said. “The G20 should foster concrete trade capacity measures to strengthen integration of regional markets and market access, and the availability of trade finance in developing countries.”BRICS ministers sceptical The G20 Trade Ministerial Meeting takes place in Mexico’s Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta on Thursday and Friday. At the BRICS Summit in India in March, the trade ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa expressed disappointed about the G20 meeting’s agenda. They argued that it appeared to undermine the independence and multilateral character of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by asking trade ministers to agree on the creation of a super-body headed by the chiefs of OECD [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries and the WTO to oversee all the review and monitoring functions of global trade.World Investment Forum 2012 Following the G20 meeting, Davies will head to Qatar, where he will attend the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development organised World Investment Forum (WIF) 2012, taking place from 20 to 23 April. WIF 2012 will focus on the changing patterns of foreign investment in the post-crisis global economy, including investment in low-carbon growth and technologies. “It will also address investment-related challenges and opportunities arising from emerging global economic governance structures, and contribute to developing partnership and policy options for promoting sustainable investment,” said departmental spokesperson Sidwell Medupi. While in Qatar, Davies will co-chair a ministerial round table on policy challenges for investment and enterprise development with his Qatari counterpart, Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Twitter Continues to Friendly Things Up for New Users

first_imgSince its redesign last September, Twitter has said time and again that the site is not just for those who Tweet, but for those who consume. To that end, the company has worked to make it easier and easier for new users to find information related to their interests, with features like the “who to follow” page. Today, Twitter announced another feature to help onboard new users – search that makes it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on interest.The improved search comes alongside another new feature – the advanced search page – which takes the various operators that have always been available to Twitter users and makes them easily accessible in a Web form.“When you search for a topic,” writes Twitter’s Carolyn Penner, “you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject. […] This new approach helps you find the Twitter users that will best help you follow your interests.”According to Twitter, searches previously only returned accounts when the specific search term showed up in the user’s name or username. Why is this important for Twitter’s current direction? As Twitter’s VP for business and corporate development Kevin Thau saidjust before the site’s redesign, Twitter is not a social network. Rather, Twitter is for news, content and information. Twitter, when it comes to mainstream adoption, is for consumption. In addition to this interest-based search, Twitter now offers an advanced search page, which makes it easier to use the advanced search operators that have always been available. Users can search for tweets from, to or referencing specific people, near a location, or including specific words, phrases or hashtags. While this functionality was always available using search operators, a Twitter spokesperson explained that Twitter “wanted to make it easier for people to search Twitter and find the information they are looking for.” Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit mike melansonlast_img read more

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SMA to Host High-School Students at ‘Girls in ICT Day’

first_img The event, which is a part of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) observation of the day, will be held under the theme ‘Expanding horizons, changing attitudes’. Story Highlights The Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) will host approximately 40 girls from 14 high schools at their ‘Girls in ICT Day’ event, to be held at the Sagicor Auditorium in Kingston on April 26. Manager, Planning Department, at the SMA, Mahlangu Lawson, told JIS News that Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communications technology (ICT). The Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) will host approximately 40 girls from 14 high schools at their ‘Girls in ICT Day’ event, to be held at the Sagicor Auditorium in Kingston on April 26.The event, which is a part of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) observation of the day, will be held under the theme ‘Expanding horizons, changing attitudes’.Manager, Planning Department, at the SMA, Mahlangu Lawson, told JIS News that Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communications technology (ICT).Managing Director at the SMA, Maria Myers Hamilton, said that persons think of ICT as a male-dominated field, or think of it along the lines of call centres or business process outsourcing (BPO).However, she highlights that there are many more careers within ICT, including engineering, e-scrubber or digital currency advisor.“I find that in our communities, sometimes there is a sense of hopelessness among our young girls, not knowing what to choose or not having someone to have a conversation with about the possibilities, so this is an opportunity to empower the females,” Mrs. Myers Hamilton said.The Managing Director said that the girls will interface with persons who have made it in technology.She noted that the event will be opened by Member of Parliament for St. Andrew East Rural, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, and will feature speakers such as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Hillary Alexander.Other presenters will come from telecoms organisations, such as Digicel, Flow, AGC Drones and Microsoft.The Managing Director said that the highlights will be activities undertaken by Microsoft as well as an interference signal hunt by the SMA at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston.Girls in ICT Day is globally observed annually on the last Thursday in April since 2011, and in Jamaica since 2015.last_img read more

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