HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England — Four from Harvard’s heavyweight crew team defeated Oxford Brookes University to win the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday (July 3) on the River Thames. The winning oarsmen were Peter Scholle, Justin Mundt, Benjamin French, and JP Hogan. The boat was coxed by David Fuller.For the second straight day, the Crimson four trailed through the Barrier and Fawley splits but came from behind to win. This time, Harvard came back and won by a wider margin of 1.75 lengths. Its time of 6:58 was just one second off its event-record mark from Saturday. Each of its splits was one second behind its Saturday pace as well.The win concluded another successful Henley trip for Harvard. The Crimson set event records in both the Temple Challenge Cup and Prince Albert Challenge Cup and reached the semifinals in both the Temple and Ladies’ Challenge Plate events.“I’m really proud of the way all of our crews raced over there,” said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew. “I thought they did a terrific job. They’ve added another page to Harvard crew’s very strong legacy of success at Henley.”Read the full story.
The chasm between the rich and poor has distressed world leaders as both a moral failure and a growing threat to global economic and political stability. In a bold statement last fall, Pope Francis sharply criticized what he saw as the excesses of capitalism, while President Obama called the historic level of wealth disparity and lack of economic mobility in the United States “the defining challenge of our time.”Just as income trend lines for affluent and poor Americans have dramatically diverged over the last 40 years, so too have the educational achievement rates of their children. Today, residential segregation by income means that public schools with high rates of low-income students face spiraling challenges to prepare children for a workforce that demands high-level skills.Research shows that while the correlation between parental education and child achievement has remained fairly stable since the 1960s, the relationship between parental income and child achievement has tightened, with income — rather than race — now a strong predictor of student success.In “Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education” (Harvard Education Press), Richard J. Murnane, Thompson Professor of Education and Society at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and Greg J. Duncan, distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Education, examine how income inequality affects students and schools.The book focuses on three innovative institutions that have taken steps to counteract the achievement burdens that wealth disparity places on schools and students: a pre-K school in Boston, a high school in Brooklyn, and a University of Chicago charter school. All have high academic standards, provide substantial and ongoing support for students and teachers, and maintain common-sense systems of accountability. While unusual, the authors say, the philosophies and practices at these schools could serve as models for change at other schools with similar populations.“It can be done. It is not impossible to educate even high concentrations of low-income children well,” Murnane said Thursday evening during an Askwith Forum in HGSE’s Longfellow Hall.Duncan and Murnane spoke about their work and offered some strategic interventions they called “sensible accountability” that schools can adopt. The talk also featured a panel discussion with Martha Minow, Ed.M. ’76, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor at Harvard Law School; Clarence Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune; and Paul Reville, the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at HGSE and the former Massachusetts secretary of education.Given the increasingly complex skills that students must master to succeed in today’s workforce, Duncan and Murnane suggest, schools need to deliver better instruction and learning opportunities, and be rightfully held to higher achievement standards. But too often, teachers and school leaders are not getting the adequate training and support to make those goals a reality.“At the very time that we’re upping the ante on schools and what they have to do, we’re creating conditions in those schools that make them harder and harder to teach those skills,” Duncan said.Numerous past efforts to address the inadequacies of many public schools, such as more per-pupil spending or the creation of charter schools, have failed to consistently slow the trends of the last few decades.Just as average per-pupil spending in public schools continues to vary widely among communities and states, so does the amount spent on student enrichment outside of school. In 1972-1973, wealthy parents spent $2,857 more per child than low-income parents to supplement learning; in 2005-2006, wealthy parents spent $7,993 more per child, according to the book.While money and how it’s spent matter, Minow noted, that’s not enough. Research shows that rich and poor students spend equal time looking at computer screens, but their skills from that engagement are not equal, she said.“The difference is not time on screens, the difference is access to adults and coaches, and are you in a community with other people who help you as you navigate, whether it’s educational stuff or it’s games or whatever,” said Minow. “That’s the difference, and that’s reflected in those [parental] expenditures.”Minow and Page agreed that one major obstacle to implementing any new idea to improve education broadly is overcoming the public’s disappointment with past reform efforts that simply haven’t delivered on their promises.“I think the danger is there’s this constant effort in school reform to find the magic bullet, the one thing that’s going to fix things,” Minow said, praising Duncan and Murnane’s emphasis on “sustained intervention,” not a quick fix. “Nothing is sustained; there’s no long-term anything.”“The fact is that we’re talking about some deeply rooted problems,” Page said.“Everybody wants better schools. There’s a consensus nationally that we need to improve our schools, that we need to save education,” he said. “There is also a universal disdain for paying for improving schools. However, if we show that change is possible, that change can happen, and can work,” then he thinks we can find “consensus for change.”
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1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lending and membership growth led continued strong credit union performance in May, according to CUNA’s Monthly Credit Union Estimates.Credit union loans outstanding grew 1% for the month—12.5% on an annual basis.Total credit union memberships increased 0.4% to 107.2 million. “That’s 431,000 more members than in April,” said CUNA Senior Economist Perc Pineda.Used auto-loans led loan growth, rising 1.3%, followed by new-auto loans and credit-card loans (both rising 1.2%) adjustable-rate mortgages and home equity loans (both up 1%), (unsecured personal loans (0.8%), other mortgage loans (0.2%), and fixed-rate first mortgages (0.05%). continue reading »
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In anticipation of Spa Week, a national initiative when local spas offer discounted rates, some of the Morey Publishing staff were assigned the very tough job of experiencing spa treatments so that we could report back to readers what to expect.Beverly Fortune and Danielle Esposito checked out the luxurious spa at the Viana Hotel & Spa, while Jaime Franchi hopped over to Dr. Buglino’s office in Woodbury. The treatments—a facial, a microdermabrasion, a body scrub, and a massage—were all different, but all equally relaxing and enjoyable. If you’re in the market for luxurious pampering, Spa Week offers discounted treatments so you can spoil yourself.Go ahead. You deserve it!Beverly:If you haven’t already had a chance to stay at the Viana Hotel on Broadhollow Road in Westbury, you are missing out on a beautiful experience.This Long Island treasure is the only hotel here that is LEED-NC Silver-certified and includes state-of-the-art technology and eco-friendly features, especially its Zen-inspired day spa and full-service salon.This oasis of luxury is one of the best kept secrets on Long Island. Not only can you get first-class spa treatments, but as a guest of the spa you are encouraged to use the other hotel amenities, such as their sauna and steam room, hot tub and lap pool.Veronica, the spa manager, was extremely gracious. After I’d expressed an interest in the steam room, by the time I changed into my spa robe and slippers, she had the steam room ready for use. (As a green hotel, they are very conscious of energy consumption.)The steam room was heaven, and I promised myself that the next time I’m there for a spa treatment (and yes, there will definitely be a next time) I’ll pack a bathing suit so I can swim a few laps.The Viana is offering a few Spa Week specials, a facial, massage and body care, so you can try something from each of their specialties:• $50 Spa Week Viana Signature Facial (normally $90). All facials last 50 minutes, include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extractions and a condition-specific masque. They also include a moisturizing hand and arm massage with heat mitts.• $50 Swedish Relaxation Massage (normally $95). Licensed massage therapists customize their services to your needs and use hot towels to keep you calm, rejuvenated and relaxed. All treatments are 50 minutes.• $50 Viana Shea Butter Body Scrub (normally $95). A pure and natural conditioning body scrub, leaves your skin smooth and glowing. A lavish application of natural Shea butter cream is the icing on the cake. This treatment is also 50 minutes.I chose the Viana Butter Body Scrub. Wow. My esthetician, Danielle, was amazing. I got undressed and laid on a heated bed and was scrubbed from head to toe with this delicious smelling exfoliating salt. After I was covered in scrub, Danielle turned on a heavenly hot shower and left the room so I could shower in privacy as I rinsed off the salt and exfoliated skin.It was a rejuvenating experience. I could have stopped there, my skin felt so soft. But there’s more! As I showered, Danielle changed the sheets and after I finished towel drying, I again was on the nice, warm bed.This time, Danielle applied a rich, warm Shea butter cream that smelled absolutely like heaven. It melted into my skin. When she was finished, I was glowing from head to toe. Not greasy at all, it was refreshing to have summer-ready skin.I’ve decided this is the perfect, must-do treatment for every change of season and I will be back at the end of the summer for my next body exfoliation, prepared to swim, steam and sauna for a few hours of pure relaxation and pampering. But not before I try their signature facial and massage!Danielle:The moment I walked into Viana Hotel and Spa, I was enveloped in a warm and welcoming atmosphere that immediately made me feel not only comfortable, but instantly relaxed.Viana Spa’s receptionist, Veronica, was an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. She walked me through the eco-friendly, beautifully decorated spa and made sure that I was completely taken care of.After dressing in a fluffy robe, I was greeted with a glass of bubbly and a beautifully crafted dish of melon balls and chocolate covered strawberries. Everything was so delicious that I contemplated ordering some strawberries to go!Since I arrived a little early, I was invited to try out some of the spa’s peaceful amenities. An intimate lap pool and whirling hot tub were surrounded by plush lounge chairs, clean towels and two of my favorites: a sauna and a steam room. I stepped into the sauna first, letting the warmth wash over me and prepare me for the intensity of a good steam. After spending some time in the sauna, I made my way to the steam room and could actually feel both my pores and my muscles love me for it.I highly suggest spending some time unwinding with these amenities before your spa treatment—they get your mind and body fully in the zone for the pampering that awaits you.My licensed masseuse, Christina, found me when it was time for my appointment: a Swedish Balancing Massage.As an avid CrossFitter and obstacle course racer, I’m always hurting and aching to some capacity. Christina not only asked me in-depth questions about any soreness or body pains I was having; she also recommended and executed the right amount of pressure for my (many) knots and sore muscles.The massage was perfection and Christina was magic. My 50-minute session allowed me to feel more relaxed than I’ve felt in a long time, and I promised myself multiple times on that table that I would dedicate at least a massage-a-month program into my life.They are just too good not to! If you haven’t done so already, I highly suggest paying a visit to Westbury’s Viana Hotel and Spa.Experience the zen-like oasis for yourself. Be transported in to a world rich with soothing sounds, calming colors and a friendly, hospitable staff that will ensure every moment of your time there is pure, tranquil bliss. I promise you’ll thank me later.Jaime:The office of Dr. Anthony Buglino is warm and inviting. Temporarily located inside an obstetrician’s office in Woodbury, patients immediately understand that this spa treatment is a medical procedure. However, for those for whom plastic surgery is a foreign concept or who are used to bathrobes and the quiet tinkling of Enya in the background, rest assured: The Hydrafacial is a relaxing, rejuvenating, and non-invasive experience.The kicker? This facial has a more intense, lasting benefit than anything you can get at a day spa. That’s because this computerized facial is customized to every single individual.My facialist, Dana, has over 10 years of experience owning her own spa in Manhattan before working alongside Dr. Buglino. She was able to assess my skin type, problem areas and exactly what I needed. She entered the data into a computer and boom—my high-tech facial began.Dana warned me that it could get pretty wet—it was a hydrafacial after all—and she was right. The first part of the six-part facial was a medical-grade exfoliation serum designed to remove all of the dead skin cells from my face. It was applied via a handheld electronic device that served to deliver more comprehensive results than soft cloths could.That same device, with a different head, was used for the next step: the vortex peel—a combination of glycolic and salicyclic acids that worked like a peel but without any harshness. Then came the extractions, which in all honesty I usually dread. Because it’s usually painful. However, because the hydrafacial is done with the electronic tool, it delivers amplified results without any pain at all. It simply applied the exclusive beta-HD serum and cleared away all of my impurities. Of which there are many.I was now primed for the good stuff. Dana applied vortex boost and vortex fusion which fully hydrated, moisturized, and purified my skin, leaving it taut and toned, dewy and—yeah I’ll say it—younger looking. My husband noted the glow on my face as soon as I arrived home with an armful of products I was instructed to use to maintain my healthy, newly beautiful, fresh face.Thanks Dana!Beverly:There is nothing as rejuvenating as microdermabrasion and a professional facial. You see immediate results and so does everyone else. I was totally convinced that I would get first-rate service when I entered the premises.Everything is top-shelf, just beautiful. My instincts proved me right. Olga, my aesthetician, was extremely professional and had gorgeous, natural-looking skin.First Olga evaluated my skin, and I mean really looked at it. I’ve had facials before where you get a nice facial massage, a mask and then you’re on your way. Not at Vita Ageless Medical Aesthetics.After my skin evaluation, Olga began the microdermabrasion, a skin resurfacing treatment that uses a stream of micro-crystals projected onto the skin and then instantly vacuumed away. This procedure removes dead and flaking skin and leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft and renewed. It improves skin tone and when done in a series, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars.When the microdermabrasion was complete, warm steam was wafted onto my skin and then Olga gently cleansed any remaining “dust” from the procedure and began extracting any clogged pores. She was gentle, but I knew that she was getting it done. She applied a warm compress to my face and then applied a gel-based collagen mask.As the mask worked its magic, Olga began massaging my shoulders, neck and upper arms with warm oil and hot stones (my favorite). I don’t know how long the mask was on because I felt like I was in heaven. After she removed the mask, she applied facial oil and massaged it into my skin. When I was finished, I looked in the mirror and loved the way my skin looked! I didn’t need any foundation or blush, I was rested and revived.This high-end day spa is definitely on the must-go-to-list for Spa Week! The treatment was first-class, as was the staff and surroundings. Grade-A all the way.Here is a list of Long Island spas that are participating in Spa Week. Check out www.SpaWeek.com for full details, all treatments are $50 from April 11 to 17.Blue Salon and SpaBocu Salon and SpaBody & Skin Care by TamaraBuglino Plastic SurgerySignature HydraFacial10 Units of BotoxLymphatic Drainage Treatment for The FaceCenter For Pain Relief & WellnessDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – BabylonDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – East HillsDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – Garden CityEastern Breeze Nail & SpaFantastic SpaHand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – Rockville CentreHands on HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day SpaAhhh Spa! Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage with Facial Refresher Masque, Hydrating Hand WrapYou Glo Therapeutic Facial or Body Scrub with Peppermint Foot Scrub and ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ Herbal Infused Scalp MassageJoseph Christopher For Beauty & WellnessLaser Plus Spa- BellmoreLaVida Massage – SmithtownLord & Taylor Salon & Spanu glo medi-spaNuZen SpaSwedish MassageDeep Cleansing Facial with High Frequency TreatmentOrganic ‘Milk + Honey’ Sugar Body ScrubO SpaOrange Skye Body & Beauty BarPurity SpaWild Orange Massage with Coconut Oil and Wild Orange Cocktail InfusionVitamin C + Cranberry Facial with Buff and Hydrate Hand and Foot ScrubRed Door Spa – BellmoreRed Door Spa – Garden CityRed Door Spa – WoodburyRed Door Spa at The Garden City HotelSpa Week De-Stress Body TreatmentSpa Week FacialSpa Week Pedicure with Choice of Gel Polish for Toes or Paraffin Hand TreatmentRed Hots SpaSmooth Generation Skin Rejuvenation SpaSomatic Massage TherapyThe Medical Spa Of Brian D. Cohen M.D.Viana Hotel & Spa: Signature Viana Facial with Botanical Products, Shea Butter Body ScrubVita Ageless Medical AestheticsExperience the soothing, cleansing power of all that these health and beauty spas have to offer at Spa Week! Spa Week. SpaWeek.com April 11 – 17.
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The Manpower Ministry has announced that it will reopen recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers in a bid to strengthen the country’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.On March 20, the ministry issued a regulation to temporarily halt the placement of migrant workers in foreign countries due to COVID-19 pandemic. A new ministerial regulation, issued on July 29, lifts the restriction.“To accelerate the recovery of the national economy and seeing that several countries have also reopened to foreign workers, it is necessary for us to also reopen the opportunity for our migrant workers to work in destination countries,” Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. Ida said 88,973 migrant workers were ready to be sent abroad to 14 countries, namely Algeria, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Kuwait, Maldives, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Qatar, Taiwan, Turkey, Zambia and Zimbabwe.“The potential remittances from the migrant workers is quite large and is expected to boost the economic recovery,” she said.Ida added that the government and state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) would bear the costs of COVID-19 tests for the migrant workers.“I have already met with the coordinating human development and cultural affairs minister as well as the health minister to allocate some funds from the COVID-19 task force, so that migrant workers will not be burdened by the fees to meet the health protocol requirements,” she said.According to data from the ministry’s Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI), as many as 3,742,440 Indonesian migrant workers abroad sent home a total of Rp 160 trillion (US$10.9 billion) in remittances in 2019. (trn)Topics :
Budget News, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today rejected the Republican budget that cuts $95 million from education and is out-of-balance, while directing emergency funding for key services. Last week, Republican leaders walked away from a historic bipartisan budget agreement and passed an irresponsible budget so they could return home to their districts and take holiday vacations.“I’m vetoing the Republican plan to cut $95 million from education, and I’m also vetoing other items that they don’t pay for,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m calling on our legislators to get back to Harrisburg – back to the work they left unfinished last week. At the same time, I’m allowing emergency funding for our schools to get out. I’m also letting funding go out to our human service agencies and to our counties. But this is on an emergency basis only.”“In doing this, I’m expressing the outrage that all of us should feel about the garbage the Republican legislative leaders have tried to dump on us. This budget is wrong for Pennsylvania. And our legislators – the folks we elected to serve us – need to own up to this. They need to do their jobs. This budget is wrong for so many reasons, but especially because it does not balance, increases our deficit and fails to invest in our schools and our future.”Governor Wolf vetoed parts of the budget because Republicans did not pay for their spending and to ensure a more responsible budget, but he is taking action to ensure that schools receive money owed to them through December 31. Governor Wolf limited emergency funding to a half-year appropriation (based on the agreed-to bipartisan budget) for basic education funding, state corrections institutions and medical assistance capitation. In total, the governor released more than $23.3 billion in funding.Further, the governor rejected the legislature’s desired increases for their own funding and instead reverted their appropriations to flat funding from the previous year. Community colleges, state system institutions and other higher education lines are also limited to flat-funding from the previous year. The legislature left for vacation without passing appropriations bills for state-related universities, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University, Temple University, and the Penn School of Veterinary Science, and other “non-preferred” institutions.Rejecting More Cuts to SchoolsThe Republican budget underfunds education and uses gimmicks that will actually lead to a $95 million cut in funding for our schools. Republicans continue to refuse to adequately fund Pre-K through 12 education and their budget fails to fund $305 million in school construction reimbursements. Instead, they claim to pay for school construction by issuing billions in new debt. However, since the Republican budget fails to take any meaningful steps to fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit – which has already led to five credit downgrades – the commonwealth will be unable to responsibly issue any debt to cover school construction reimbursements this year and likely into the future.The Republican’s failure to provide school construction funding to local school districts and the commonwealth’s inability to responsibly issue debt will lead to a direct cost to the school districts, which will wipe out any marginal funding increases for local school districts. This means that their budget is an effective $95 million cut to school districts after years of cuts under previous Republican budgets.The Republican budget continues the trend of not only underfunding our schools but also fiscal irresponsibility that have led to massive structural deficits and multiple credit downgrades. Now, those decisions will have a direct impact on our ability to pay our bills and issue debt.To view the general fund tracking run, click here.Rejecting Status Quo Fiscal IrresponsibilityAs Governor Wolf has warned for months, Pennsylvania is facing a massive structural budget deficit as a result of years of Republican budgets that were out of balance. This multi-billion dollar deficit cannot simply be wished away. The Republican budget is not balanced and will grow the commonwealth’s multi-billion dollar deficit.This budget spends $30.3 billion dollars without sufficient revenues to pay for it. Assuming that we would certify the current year revenue estimate at the amount recommended by the Independent Fiscal Office earlier this month, if the governor signed this bill, the commonwealth would end the year over a half a billion dollars out of balance with a structural deficit of over $2.3 billion.While Republicans may claim that they have finished the job, they have not. They have not paid for the budget they passed, which would further increase our deficit that stood at $2.3 billion earlier this year. Governor Wolf Rejects Republican Plan to Cut Education; Releases Emergency Funding December 29, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks).Check out the Twitter Collection of the announcement.BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT 12/29 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Seabright met all expectations of buyers Kyle Martin and Morgan Wall.Priced from $449,000, Seabright’s three-and four-bedroom homes have open-plan living spaces connecting with a covered patio, kitchen with stone benches and stainless-steel appliances, a double lockup garage and Colorbond roofing. Some designs also include a multipurpose family room.Seabright is a short walk to the village amenities at Jacobs Well and the boat ramp. Villa World welcomes Seabright’s new residents including first-home buyers Morgan Wall and partner Kyle Martin.VILLA World has welcomed the first residents to its popular Seabright community at Jacobs Well as sales gather pace at the northern Gold Coast development.First-home buyers Morgan Wall and her partner Kyle Martin have just settled into their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.Ms Wall said they were attracted to the peace and quiet of Jacobs Well and its proximity to the Gold Coast and Brisbane.She said Seabright’s offering had met all the couple’s expectations for their first home.“It was new and affordable while also being in a lovely waterside location that has easy access to the M1,” Ms Wall said. Their new home has two living areas and is on a 480sq m corner block.“We’ve always lived in coastal locations, which is why we love Seabright,” Ms Wall said.“And we are now closer to our workplaces at Logan and in the Brisbane CBD.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoSeabright at Jacobs Well.The couple will be meeting their new neighbours soon, with all homes in stage one now complete. Both the first and second stages of the 107-home community are now sold out and stage three is about to be released to the market.Villa World development manager Peter Johnson said Seabright was one of the company’s fastest-selling projects.“The response from buyers has been overwhelming and this has prompted us to bring on the third instalment of Seabright,” Mr Johnson said.