Since its inception in 2003, the South Asia Institute (SAI) has continued the long tradition of collaboration between Harvard and South Asia. Learning from South Asia and contributing to its development have become vital given the salience of the region in contemporary times. Under the leadership of Tarun Khanna, faculty director of SAI and the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS), the institute has forged links and synergies across Harvard’s Schools and within South Asia, creating a nexus for interdisciplinary scholarship with shared aspirations to build the leading center of expertise on South Asia.This year, SAI has hosted more than 33 seminar series focusing on topics related to global health, Muslim societies in South Asia, social enterprise, urbanization, water, and climate change. Additionally, SAI convened “Mapping the Kumbh Mela,” a multidisciplinary research project to study the religious festival. In January, a team of 50 faculty, students, and staff from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, HBS, the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Global Health Institute, and SAI traveled to Allahabad, India, to engage with this “pop-up mega city.”SAI’s regional presence in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan plays a crucial role in supporting Harvard faculty and students in research, teaching, and field experience. This summer, aided by SAI, 65 undergraduate and graduate students and five faculty members have been funded to travel to all corners of South Asia to conduct research, perform fieldwork, participate in internships, and study South Asian languages.For more information about SAI.
The geography of Virginia’s Heart of Appalachia region is as varied as the experiences it offers. Reaching the peak for fall leaf colors can vary due to significant differences in elevation. While mid-October is commonly considered the peak of fall colors, early and late October remain visually vibrant. With a myriad of activities, attractions, and aesthetics, you’ll fall for autumn in the Heart of Appalachia! We suggest you enjoy the colors of fall both on and off the road.Here are some ideas for both…Little Stony Falls is a hidden gem located between Coeburn and Dungannon. The 2.8-mile trail follows the stream through a 400 foot deep and 1,700-foot wide gorge. Large rock outcrops, ledges, and boulders form the scenic edges along Little Stony Creek, including two waterfalls 8 and 24 feet high. Hike the trail, fish, or kayak as you enjoy the frigid water and colorful trees of the Jefferson National Forest.Birch Knob – At an elevation of 3,144 feet above sea level, Birch Knob offers some of the best mountains views in the region. You’ll find the 100-yard walk from the parking lot and the 183 stair steps to reach the top to be well worth the trek. Just bring along some bottled water and don’t forget your camera!The Pinnacle Natural Preserve – If you’re looking for towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls galore, then look no further than the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve. Located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the topography of the Pinnacle has been modified by the forces of time to create this dramatic landscape.Lake Witten and Cavitt’s Creek Park is a quiet, breathtaking retreat for fun and relaxation, birding, hiking, camping, fishing and more. They offer restrooms/showers, tent sites with water, camping sites and full-service RV campsites. This is the perfect spot for an impromptu fall weekend camping trip with breathtaking views of the 54-acre lake and surrounding fall foliage!Sand Cave is a hike worth making from Lee County, VA. A rugged uphill climb will award you with a beautiful view and amazing Cave structure. You can continue your trek toward White Cliff. Plan for the entire day to be on the mountain and bring plenty of water and your camera.Flag Rock & High Knob – There are spectacular views and exploration to be had, both on and off the pavement. From the City of Norton, Flag Rock can be seen as a rock outcrop capped with an American Flag. The recreation site sits over 1,000 feet above the City’s elevation of 2,350 ft. and offers twenty-five acres of recreation area with spectacular views, hiking trails, fishing, and camping. Moving on from Flag Rock will take you to High Knob, at an elevation of 3,800 ft. You’ll find several trails, High Knob Lake, and the grand prize view from High Knob Observation Tower at 4,223 ft.Happy Fall Color exploration in the Heart of Appalachia!!!
Governor Wolf Announces Spartan Motors Selects Lancaster as the Best Place to Support its Major Manufacturing Expansion Project Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Spartan Motors, Inc., will be leveraging the highly skilled workforce of Ephrata, Lancaster County, by expanding and creating nearly 200 new jobs at its truck body manufacturing facility.“Spartan’s decision to expand right here in Pennsylvania demonstrates the strength of our manufacturing sector, which has been a top priority of this administration since day one,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud Spartan for expanding its Ephrata facility, which will provide a significant boost to the Lancaster-area economy and provide hundreds of manufacturing jobs for workers in the years to come. This is a big win for the region.”Spartan Motors, a provider of specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing, and assembly, plans to expand its current site in Ephrata to fulfill a recently-awarded contract from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to manufacture cargo body vehicles for parcel delivery. The 2,000-vehicle, $214 million USPS contract award, the largest single order in Spartan’s history, required the company to look outside of its Michigan and Indiana fleet vehicle manufacturing facilities to accommodate the large order.Spartan chose to upgrade its existing Ephrata, Pennsylvania location and leverage a highly skilled workforce while expanding its East Coast operations. In so doing, Spartan will invest at least $2.4 million into the project, which will result in the creation of 189 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 76 existing jobs over the next three years.“We’re committed to this location, our workforce, and to better serving our customers by having a larger presence on the Eastern seaboard,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Programs like the Pennsylvania First program and the corresponding tax credits offered by Governor Wolf and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development made that expansion easier.”Spartan received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $300,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $378,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in coordination with the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County.“Spartan Motors’ decision to invest in its Ephrata facility with a new production line, and a complementary use to its existing Emergency Response division already located here, is the type of business investment that we value and that helps drive our economy forward,” said John Biemiller, director of business retention and expansion at Economic Development Company of Lancaster County.Spartan Motors (NASDAQ: SPAR) was founded in 1975 by a small group of automotive engineers and has grown into a global vehicle-specific design, engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and service company. Spartan is diversified into three business units, including Spartan Fleet Vehicles & Services, Spartan Emergency Response, and Spartan Specialty Vehicles. Together, they produce more than 22,000 units annually, and employ over 2,300 associates in seven states and three countries.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 17, 2018
NZ Herald 5 April 2018Family First Comment: Time to scrap the BSA.A reality dating show that features nudity has been given the seal of approval from the Broadcasting Standards Authority.Two episodes of Naked Attraction aired in New Zealand in October and November last year and subsequently 13 people complained to the BSA.The show involves a clothed person choosing a date from six naked people, whose naked bodies are gradually revealed in stages from the feet up. The nudity was not blurred or pixelated in the episodes broadcast.Viewers argued the programme should not have been allowed to air because of the high level of full-frontal nudity and sexual discussion.National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie was stunned by the BSA’s decision, stating it had “become de-sensitised to what are community standards”.“This decision was a litmus test of whether families can rely on the watchdog to act in the best interests of families and society in general or whether broadcasters have free reign to push the boundaries as far as they want. The broadcasters have won and families have received notice,” he said.“This is all part of the ‘pornification’ of our culture led by broadcasters and advertisers, with the watchdog asleep at the wheel.“Family First was swamped with complaints from families after the broadcasts of Naked Attraction, including medical professionals, horrified by how the standards of free-to-air television have hit rock bottom because of this show.”McCoskrie said the show degrades human relationships to animalistic instinct, and promotes voyeurism and a porn culture.He said a number of advertisers have asked for their advertising to be removed from the programme after being contacted by supporters of Family First.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12026694&ref=twitter
(Milton, FL) — A Florida teenager is accused of animal abuse after allegedly setting fire to a kitten’s face.18-year-old William Carr of Milton is charged with torturing/inflicting pain of an animal.The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office says the woman came over to Carr’s house to help him paint the inside and brought some kitties with her. Apparently she brought two adult cats and their kitten in a black bucket and the two got into an argument with Carr threatening to burn her cats. The report states Carr then took a torch lighter, set a cereal box on fire and threw the box into the bucket. It caused the side of a kitten’s face and head to catch fire, singeing the whiskers.Carr was later arrested, charged with animal abuse and released from the Santa Rosa County Jail.
A pair of late substitutions brought energy to the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, but it was not enough to overcome an early deficit deficit, as the Badgers fell to Ohio State 2-0.Wisconsin seemed in control for the majority of the game, having possession for long periods of time in the first half. But the Badgers couldn’t transfer the extended possessions into scoring opportunities.Meanwhile, the Buckeyes scored off a bounce off the foot of Wisconsin junior midfielder Drew Conner, which sent the ball straight into the path of Ohio State’s Marcus McCrary. McCrary crossed it to Christian Soldat for a header goal in the first half and Ohio State never relinquished the lead.Outside of that opportunity, the Badgers dominated time of possession, but needed to make some changes to create chances on goal.Freshman midfielder Chris Mueller entered the game in the 57th minute to play on the right side of the field, so Wisconsin could use his speed to attack one-on-one.In the 74th minute, the Badgers brought on senior captain Jacob Brindle as a forward to try to win headers in the box.“I know coach likes to bring them off the bench because they have so much energy, which I love,” Badgers forward Mark Segbers said. “Mueller is very good at one-on-ones to get free and get some crosses, and Brindle is good in the air. He is a veteran forward, he knows how to put the ball in the back of the net, so I think if we keep doing that, the goals will come and we can start getting some wins.”The combination of these two players with the freshman Segbers and and fellow freshman forward Tom Barlow, Wisconsin created many chances, leading to nine total shots in the second half.“Having Mueller come in and being able to hit him on the opposite side really helped,” Conner said. “He can go at guys, and Brindle is a natural holding forward that you can find his feet and he plays off it really well.”The Badgers had multiple opportunities with the ball stopping in the middle of the box, but they could not find the back of the net. Despite the wealth of shots, Wisconsin only put two shots on target in the entire second half.Wisconsin head coach John Trask thought the lineup late in the game played well even though the Badgers’ offense couldn’t find the back of the net.“It seemed like we were going to get something with what we were doing out there in the second half. Soccer can be a cruel game,” Trask said, adding that although possession is important, scoring is ultimately what matters.The strategy behind the lineup was also solid for Trask, who believed Saturday was not the night for the Badgers to score their equalizing goal.“I thought they did a nice job getting Mueller in on that right side, letting Segbers have some freedom on that left side, and then had the two big guys in front of goal, if we could get some balls served in, and we did,” Trask said. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t rub your way.”One reason for the difficulty in scoring for Wisconsin was Ohio State’s formation and tough defending.The Buckeyes played a 4-5-1, which meant they were able to pack the box to prevent many of Wisconsin’s opportunities.“When you’re relying on a lot of young players, it’s a learning curve for them,” Trask said. “They’re learning some tough, tough lessons.”With a more attacking lineup in the latter part of the game, Segbers thought the Badgers were not quite patient enough to break down the Buckeye defense.“Once we saw our gaps, we tried to go too direct too quick. I think we could have done one more pass to the outside try to isolate someone,” Segbers said. “I think we were trying to jam it up the middle and attacking by the numbers. It just took us a little too long to figure out.”This lineup proved to bring energy and opportunities for the Badgers, which may mean they can turn to a similar lineup in games later this season to wear down opposing defenses and create scoring opportunities.For a team that has had trouble finding goals in the majority of their games, Trask may be onto something by bringing on late energy from the bench on the attacking end.As they continue to play together, the substitutes will get onto the same page as the rest of the offense, which Wisconsin will need if it hopes to break through on the offensive end.
FILE PHOTO: Ernesto ValverdeBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Clinching La Liga before their Champions League semi-final with Liverpool would give Barcelona a “very powerful” boost, coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday.The runaway Spanish league leaders are nine points clear with four games to play.They will seal the title if Atletico Madrid lose on Saturday afternoon or if they beat visiting Levante in the evening. If both games are drawn, that would also be enough for Barcelona ahead of Liverpool’s first-leg visit on Wednesday.Valverde admitted that he might rotate some players, but, he added, “we have four days until the Liverpool game and I know that winning tomorrow with what it means to win a title is something very powerful looking ahead to Wednesday’s game, much more than any fatigue we may suffer.”The Barcelona coach said that it would be impossible for his players to put the Liverpool game entirely out of their minds when they face struggling Levante.“You will always have something in your head,” he said. “But I want to set that apart, especially because of the importance I give tomorrow’s game. We would like it to be the exclamation point on the league.”This would be an eight title in 11 seasons for Barcelona.“The fact that our club has won so many in this space of time, says a lot about how seriously we take it,” he said.But it would be the first time since 2011 that Barcelona have clinched the title at home. “We have the opportunity to win the title, to be able to celebrate it with our fans, and that is an incentive and no one wants to lose.”Traditionally, the Liga champions have had to wait to receive the trophy.This year that might change. Spanish media has reported both that the Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales will be at Camp Nou, ready to make a presentation if Barcelona clinch the title, and that he won’t, out of respect to Levante.“I hope that tomorrow the president of the federation has work to do,” said Valverde.“It would be nice. It has never been done in La Liga, that a team receives the trophy when it wins, as happens in other leagues.”“We give a lot of value to the league title, which is what the 20 teams were all pursuing from the start,” Valverde said.“We know that there are other trophies, like the Spanish cup or the Champions League, that depend on specific moments,” he said. “In La Liga, on the other hand, you always have to hit the target or miss it only very rarely.”Share on: WhatsApp
Pittsburgh—The Pittsburgh Riverhounds return to USL PRO action over the holiday weekend for a pair of matches at Highmark Stadium. Following a 10-day break, the Riverhounds host the Charlotte Eagles on Thursday, July 4 and the L.A. Blues on Saturday, July 6 for their final meetings of the regular season. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. kick off in Station Square.Charlotte Eagles OutlookThe Riverhounds celebrate their first Independence Day along the banks of the Monongahela River this Thursday with a crucial match against the Eagles. The Riverhounds are carrying a 10-game undefeated streak into the match, while the Eagles are unbeaten in their last six outings. Currently the Eagles sit in fifth place in the USL PRO standings, just four points ahead of the eighth place Riverhounds. With the top eight teams earning a berth into the playoffs, every point is critical heading into the final six weeks of the season.“The break from league play was extremely beneficial to the team, it gave us time to rejuvenate our bodies and allow a few players to recover from injuries,” commented Head Coach Justin Evans. “Tomorrow night’s game against the Eagles is of utmost importance, with only a few points between us, we must focus on the task at hand and continue moving up in the league standings.”Following the match, fans are invited to stay at Highmark Stadium to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display that will be taking place at Point State Park.L.A. Blues OutlookFollowing a home game against the Antigua Barracudas on July 4, the Blues travel to the east coast for a set of games in the Keystone State. On Saturday, the Riverhounds will host the Blues for the second leg of the 2013 season. The two sides met at Titan Stadium in early May, resulting in a 0-0 draw.At the game, the Riverhounds will be celebrating Latino Heritage Night to honor the Latin culture. Latin-inspired music and salsa dancing from Los Sabrosos will take place when the gates open at 5:00 p.m. Throughout the game, the Riverhounds will raffle off door prizes from local Latin-based restaurants and businesses. Following the game, an after party will take place on the concourse area outside of the Starting XI Bistro with more Latin music, dancing, and drink specials. The Law Offices of Kristen A. Schneck, LLC and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the entertainment for the evening.The Riverhounds return to Highmark Stadium on Wednesday, July 17, when they host the Orlando City Lions. The first-ever ‘Hounds Night’ will take at Highmark Stadium, with patrons invited to bring their dogs to the game for an exciting night of soccer in Station Square. For more specific information about ‘Hounds Night’ at Highmark Stadium, visit Riverhounds.com/HoundsNight.International soccer is coming to Highmark Stadium! Tickets are on sale now for the Frank B. Fuhrer International Friendly and Fireworks featuring Wigan Athletic FC presented by KEYTEX Energy. Don’t miss your chance to see the current FA Cup Champions take on the Riverhounds. To purchase tickets, visit Riverhounds.com or call (800) 745-3000.