• Harden has 43 points for 26th game in a row with 30 or more as Rockets beat Jazz

    first_imgRockets: At Phoenix on Monday night. Jazz: Mitchell is 14 of 42 from the field in his last two games. … Utah outscored Houston 19-0 in fast-break points. Tags: Houston Rockets/James Harden/NBA/Utah Jazz Jazz: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night. Harden’s 30-point streak is the third-longest in NBA history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain’s runs of 65 and 31 games. Harden also had 12 rebounds, six steals, five assists and four blocks. He was 12 of 22 from the field, making 4 of 12 3-pointers, and made all 15 of his free throws. Gerald Green added 25 points, and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 5:07 remaining. Houston snapped a two-game losing streak, holding the Jazz to 36 percent shooting and forcing 23 turnovers. TIP INS Harden fueled the bulk of a 17-4 run that put Houston up 60-48 with 30.1 seconds left in the first half, making three baskets and four free throws. He punctuated it by scoring on three consecutive possessions. Rockets: Chris Paul did not play to rest after scoring 20 points and adding six assists against Denver on Friday night. … Houston improved to 5-3 in the second game of back-to-backs. Associated Press Written by UP NEXT FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden had 43 points for his 26th straight game with at least 30 points in the Houston Rockets’ 125-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. February 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Harden has 43 points for 26th game in a row with 30 or more as Rockets beat Jazz Donovan Mitchell had 26 points and nine assists for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 10 points and 13 rebounds.last_img read more

  • Purplebricks appoints new interim CEO in the US

    first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks appoints new interim CEO in the US previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks appoints new interim CEO in the USCompany says former No.2 at the business is to work at creating a new strategy for the hybrid agency in America and stem its huge losses there.Nigel Lewis20th May 201901,436 Views Purplebricks has appointed an interim CEO for its US business following the shock departure of launch boss Eric Eckhardt in February.Phil Felice (pictured, above) is to lead the company in the short term while Purplebricks decides what to do with its American operation, which it said earlier this month it wanted to ‘review’ following the departure of Purplebricks’ group CEO and co-founder Michael Bruce, and its exit from the Australian market.Felice was the company’s Vice President of sales for two years before being made its overall No.2 earlier this year. Before that he worked at online US property auction website Hubzu and also did a stint working for Foxtons in New York.“We are currently assessing a number of different scenarios around how we operate in the US but remain optimistic about the opportunity for Purplebricks here,” says Vic Darvey, it group CEO.“Phil will be fundamental in helping us develop a more sustainable business model, based on a tested and cost-efficient strategy.”Brand awarenessFelice says he believes Purplebricks has made positive headway with its brand awareness and engagement in the US to date, and that he wants to work “closely with Vic and the leadership team as we develop our strategy for the US business and show our customers a more convenient, transparent and cost effective way of buying and selling their homes,” he says.The company’s most recent results revealed that the US made an operating loss of £20.5 million last year, reflecting the huge costs the company is incurring as it tries to expand quickly across the US.  Purplebricks Michael Bruce Phil Felice Eric Eckardt vic darvey May 20, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

  • Foxtons asks investors for £22 million to help survive Coronavirus

    first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Foxtons asks investors for £22 million to help survive Coronavirus previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons asks investors for £22 million to help survive CoronavirusTwo existing City investors and seven members of its senior teams and board have bought many of the 54 million shares issued to raise the cash.Nigel Lewis20th April 202001,724 Views Foxtons has raised £22 million from investors and senior management after announcing that it needs the cash to cover all eventualities during the Coronavirus crisis including a ‘worst case scenario’.The cash has been raised via the placing of nearly 54 million new shares in the company by its City investment adviser Numis Securities. This has raised £22 million at its current share price of 40p, a considerable discount of 7p on its traded share price.This is a discount of 4.2%, offered in order to tempt investors to buy the shares during the current economic downturn prompted by the pandemic.Foxtons will no doubt wish it had raised the cash at an earlier date – in February its share price was at nearly £1 a share, more than double its current level.Senior staffTo bolster City confidence in the share issue further, many of the company’s key senior staff have bought significant tranches of the new shares.These include CEO Nic Budden (150,000 shares), Non-exec chairman Ian Barlow (100,000), CFO Richard Harris (60,000), Non exec board members Sheena Mckay (30,000) and Rosie Shapland (20,000) and COO Patrick Franco (20,000).Two of the largest Foxtons’ shareholders have also bought huge numbers of the placed shares.Caledonia (Private) Investments PTY Ltd has spent £2.4 million buying 6.1 million shares, while Platinum Investment Management Ltd has spent £1.1 million buying 2.8 million.Foxtons now has a market cap of £105 million, a quarter of the price paid for the company in 2007 when it was sold by founder Jon Hunt to BC Partners for £390 million.Read more about Foxtons.patrick franco nic Budden Foxtons April 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

  • Assistant Professor (66487)

    first_imgPreferred Qualifications: Experience in research, studio teaching, and/or professionalpractice is desirable.NCIDQ certification or willingness to sit for the exampreferred. Earned doctorate or terminal degree in interior design,architecture or related fieldEvidence of strong potential for creative or scholarlyresearch, teaching and/or professional practice The Department of Interior Design, in the College of Design,Construction and Planning, at the University of Florida is lookingfor a dynamic faculty member with a doctorate or master’s degree ininterior design, architecture or related field. The departmentinvites applications from qualified individuals for appointment toa 9-month, tenure-track position beginning August 2021. Theappointment will be at the assistant professor level. Salary willbe competitive and commensurate with experience andresponsibilities. Evidence of strong potential for creative orscholarly research, teaching and/or professional practice required.Position is open to a broad range of specializations with anemphasis on studio learning through team-teaching andcollaboration. NCIDQ certification or willingness to sit for theexam preferred. Candidates are expected to teach four courses peryear (at least one being a team-taught studio), develop andmaintain a significant research or creative scholarship program,and engage in professional outreach and university service.This is a pivotal and exciting moment for the profession and thedepartment. The University of Florida (UF) is a top-tier public,comprehensive, land-grant research institution, recently ranked 6thamong all U.S. public universities by U.S. News and World Report.The Department of Interior Design is housed within the College ofDesign, Construction & Planning with allied programs ofArchitecture, Construction Management, Historic Preservation,Landscape Architecture, Sustainability in the Built Environment,and Urban & Regional Planning.Our department consists of a vibrant faculty with diverse scholarlyspecializations that advance human-centered design. Our wellrecognized contributions in academia, practice and industry stemsfrom our commitment to an integrated approach that applies bothcreative and evidence-based inquiry to our teaching, scholarship,and outreach missions. Our graduates from the bachelor’s todoctoral level, are well positioned to become leaders in the field.The department culture is further enriched through strong nationaland international partnerships leveraged into applied and sponsoredstudio projects. The Department of Interior Design currentlyincludes 9 full-time faculty, and approximately 99 undergraduateand 10 graduate students. It offers a professional undergraduateand master’s degree and participates in a college-wide doctoralprogram. Further information about the University, the College, andthe Department can be found at http://www.dcp.ufl.edu/interior.Required Qualifications: The department invites applications from qualified individuals forappointment to a 9-month, tenure-track position beginning August2021. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level.Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience andresponsibilities.To apply please submit a letter of interest including a statementof professional, teaching and research goals; a curriculum vitae; aportfolio of no more than 20 labeled images of personal work and/orstudent work; and at least 3 references with appropriate contactinformation. Applicants should apply at http://jobs.ufl.edu,position number 66487.Supplemental portfolio materials can be sent to Michelle Matckie,IND Search, 1480 Inner Road, Box 115705, Gainesville, FL 32611 [email protected] . To ensure full consideration,materials should be submitted before January 4th, 2021 when theSearch Committee will begin reviewing applications. Questionsregarding the position can be directed to Jason Meneely, SearchCommittee Chair at 352-294-1436 or [email protected]*Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approved by NationalAssociation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine LawThe University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more


    first_imgNY Waterway returns ferries to single ownershipPort Imperial Ferry Corp., doing business as NY Waterway, has entered into an agreement to acquire Billybey Ferry Co., which owns 11 commuter ferries and the rights to operate on routes between Hoboken and Jersey City and Manhattan, NY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore has announced in a letter to employees.The combined NY Waterway fleet of 31 ferries and 80 buses is the largest privately-owned and operated commuter ferry network in the nation, serving a total of 20 trans-Hudson routes and carrying more than 30,000 passengers per day. The company began operations Dec. 3, 1986, and has about 400 employees today.  “You and all the good people of NY Waterway should feel proud of this achievement,” Imperatore said in his letter to employees. “We intend to continue to operate all routes, boats and equipment at our high standards so that we may continue our quest to serve our loyal riders with the best service possible. We will continue to grow the company so we can become better and better, even though I truly believe we are the ‘World’s Best Ferry.’ Thank you for all your efforts to have made this possible.”Since 2005, Port Imperial Ferry Corp. has provided all boat crews and maintenance to the ferries, as well as ticketing and customer service staff, so customers should expect to see little change because of the acquisition.NY Waterway also will continue to operate two additional ferries chartered by Billybey that operate between the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.   The combined entity is owned by Imperatore, his stepson Armand Pohan, who serves as chairman, Arthur E. Imperatore Jr. and other family members. Headquarters are in the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken.Teen wants public donations after he allegedly broke law climbing on tall buildingsOn Kickstarter and other fundraising pages, people seek funds for their sick children, charity endeavors, and sometimes, artistic projects. But one local teenager is looking for funds for his legal fees after he’s been caught posting photos of dangerous climbs on skyscrapers.The local teen was recently charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing after he and friends posted videos on social media of themselves climbing high atop buildings and scaffolding near Central Park.He’s also infamous for his death defying climbing in the tri-state area, including 1 World Trade Center in 2014 when it was still under construction. At that time, he was given a community service sentence and had to meet with a therapist.After the latest charges, he said he’s doing a “film series” and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 for both the project and legal fees.On his Kickstarter page, he writes that the money will be used to document and travel his journey through the continental United States and Hawaii “through dozens of 7-14 minute shorts for as long as we can sustain them.”He also states that the first $10,000 will be used to pay back legal fees.“Because of the art I have recently shared, I had to borrow thousands of dollars to help pay for my legal defense and bail,” says the webpage. “The first ten thousand dollars of your donations will go straight to that. Once, that’s all settled, my team and I will focus on sharing our positive message of living life to the fullest with the rest of the world.”“It is my mission to inspire others to let go of fear and ultimately connect with whatever and whomever they love,” he wrote on the page. “After coming under fire by a lot of New York media and receiving praise by most of New York’s citizens I have decided to ask for the worlds help with empowering myself to serve this world by making more moving films with the people I love.”But New York City emergency responders don’t feel the same way. One told the media that had the teen fallen during his stunts, emergency workers would have been tied up instead of tending to other people in need.As of Tuesday Dec. 13 the Kickstarter page had raised $628. Early holiday deadlinesThe Reporter’s office in Bayonne office will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, and also on Monday, Jan. 2. Display ad deadline for the Jan. 1 edition is Tuesday, Dec. 27 at noon. Display ad reservations may be sent via email to [email protected] or [email protected] during the days the offices are closed. Voicemail messages related to display advertising only can be left at(201) 798-7800, ext. 603.last_img read more

  • Bayonne Briefs

    first_imgA new kayak launch was installed at 16th Street Park for easier access to the shoreline. Be cautious of kayaking at night. Two teenagers were stranded on a barge in June after taking a late-night kayak trip. ×A new kayak launch was installed at 16th Street Park for easier access to the shoreline. Be cautious of kayaking at night. Two teenagers were stranded on a barge in June after taking a late-night kayak trip. Route 495 lane closures start Aug. 10Lincoln Tunnel-area commuters, brace yourselves. The state Department of Transportation is set to close traffic lanes on Route 495, starting Aug. 10, according to a press release.The headaches start with the closure of the 31st Street ramp from JFK Boulevard to 495 westbound in North Bergen on the 10th. Traffic will be detoured onto Paterson Plank Road. On the 17th, one lane on 495 will be closed 24/7 in both directions. This will severely limit roadway capacity.The shutdowns are part of a massive $90.3 million, state-funded rehabilitation project on the Route 495 Bridge.Work on the span includes repairing and reconstructing the bridge deck, replacing and strengthening its deteriorated structural steel, and repairing and painting the substructure. The project’s first phase began in September of 2017 with local street improvements.The entire project is projected to finish around summer 2021. Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes during the week, such as the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, public transportation, or carpooling. For more information, email the DOT at [email protected], or call (201) 408-8495.Bayonne’s Polish community watches as petition drive fails to keep Polish statue in placeBayonne’s sizable Polish community has been watching with interest the controversy over Jersey City’s Katyn monument. An effort to halt Jersey City’s plans to move the Katyn monument from Exchange Place came up short this week as the city clerk ruled that less than half of the total petition signatures submitted were valid.Those who opposed a plan to move the statue from Exchange Place to York Street submitted 9,471 signatures, but the clerk said only about 3,833 were valid New Jersey voters. Those who submitted the petition signatures had until Aug. 1 to get the remaining 2,881 needed to put the question on the ballot in November – allowing voters throughout Jersey City to decide whether or not the statue should remain where it is.The City Council voted last month to support an effort by the Exchange Place Special Improvement District to relocate the statue to make way for a public park and play area, part of an overall redevelopment of the waterfront area to accommodate residential development and establish neighborhood accommodations similar to those found in areas such as the Grove Street area.Supporters of the move claim the statue does not fit in with the overall theme proposed and believe relocating the statue to York Street would still provide it with the prominence the statue had while at its current location.Murphy launches free community college planTuition-free community college will be available for several thousand low-income students in the spring, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced Tuesday. The Community College Innovation Challenge will cover tuition and mandatory fees for students who earn less than $45,000 a year. New Jersey’s 19 county colleges can apply for limited spots in the pilot program. This is a first step toward fulfilling Murphy’s campaign promise to make community college tuition-free for all students within four years.Lawmakers want to codify NJ’s donated-leave policyThe donated-leave policy allows state workers to donate unused leave time to coworkers who have exhausted their own. Now some lawmakers want to codify the policy as state law, according to NJ Spotlight. The donated-leave policy has won praise for fostering teamwork among state employees because it gives coworkers a way to help colleagues who are facing serious illness or who have family members who are ill. The legislation won unanimous approval in the Senate last week and awaits action in the Assembly.Should ‘seeing eye’ be NJ’s official state dog?State Sen. Anthony Bucco, a Republican, thinks New Jersey should have an official state dog, joining the 13 U.S. states that have such designations, according to The Record. He is proposing that New Jersey adopt the “Seeing Eye” dog as the official state dog. “Seeing Eye,” based in Morris County, trains dogs to assist visually impaired people.Before state representatives can decide on whether to create a state dog, the State Senate voted to make Streptomyces griseus the official state microbe of New Jersey. The microbe was discovered in 1916 by Dr. Selman Waksman and Dr. Roland Curtis. In 1943, it was used by a team of Rutgers scientists to create streptomycin, the first antibiotic for tuberculosis.ACLU-NJ sues schools over immigration questionsThe American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey announced Thursday that it has filed suit against 11 districts and a charter school, contending that they have created obstacles to prevent immigrant families from registering their children. In some instances, the schools require parents to show state driver’s licenses or identification cards, even though requesting such IDs is illegal. One of the districts named in the suit is West New York. Freeholders oppose new Census guidelinesA proposal to include a question about immigration status on the upcoming 2020 census has raised concerns from the Hudson County Board of Freeholders. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has agreed to a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to add the question, claiming it is needed for better voting rights enforcement.But the freeholders passed a resolution opposing the question, saying the current long form used by the Census Bureau is more than sufficient to allow for civil right and voting rights enforcement.The census has not included a citizenship question since 1950, prior to the enactment of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.“Census Bureau representatives have already reported widespread and unprecedented fear among respondents to other surveys, with respondents being reluctant to participate fully and provide accurate information,” the freeholder resolution said. “If Latinos and other residents do not initially respond to the census questionnaire, the bureau will follow up by sending enumerators to their homes, and the costs will increase exponentially.”The freeholders believe the citizenship question will lead to inaccurate data about Latinos and all residents of Hudson County.The 2020 Census is used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and numerous other programs.center_img Bayonne Energy Center to be soldMacquarie Infrastructure Corp. (MIC), which acquired the Bayonne Energy Center in 2015, plans to sell the 644-MW gas-fired generation plant by the end of this year.The Bayonne Energy Center was built in 2012 as a joint venture between the Hess Corp. and ArcLight Capital Partners.MIC is asking $900 million for the Bayonne Energy Center, and it hopes to use about $650 million to reduce debt, according to a report from Seeking Alpha. The transaction values the energy center at about $1,400 per kilowatt of generating capacity.“Having completed various capacity and capability expansion projects at BEC, we concluded that this was an appropriate time to sell the facility and redeploy the proceeds to address strategic priorities including strengthening our balance sheet,” said Christopher Frost, chief executive officer of MIC, in a statement.Bayonne Energy Center is operated by EthosEnergy and connects to the grid via 6.5-mile, 345-kV submarine transmission line under the New York Bay to Brooklyn. In 2012, ABB completed what it called the world’s first cross-linked polyethylene cable system linking the power plant to a substation.last_img read more

  • News story: Review of UK university rating system launched

    first_imgA review is being launched today (18 January) to ensure the Government’s flagship higher education rating system continues to support high quality teaching so students have the information they need to choose the best university for them.The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) shines a light on higher education providers that offer excellent teaching and good student outcomes, through awards of gold, silver or bronze.Research out today shows that he TEF has already been an important driver of quality in higher education, leading providers to invest in training schemes and develop initiatives to improve teaching standards, and that applicants are using the ratings to inform their university choices.In order to ensure the rating system continues to be effective as it can be, Dame Shirley Pearce is leading an independent review to make sure it is fit for purpose, starting with a public call for views opening today to hear how the potential of the system can be maximised.Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said: Dame Shirley has appointed her own expert group to advise her on her review, which will conclude in summer 2019.Alongside the launch of the review today, the Department for Education has published research, showing findings from the initial impact of the TEF on applicants and higher education providers.The TEF was introduced in 2016 and its full impact will not yet be felt, however the research shows that it has already contributed to higher education providers driving improvements, particularly in the quality of their teaching, and for student employability.This research will form part of the evidence base that the review will consider. The call for views will close on Friday 1 March and asks the higher education sector, students, graduates, parents, careers advisers, employers and the general public about the effectiveness of the scheme. Anyone with suggestions of how the scheme can be enhanced is urged to take part.The current framework for the TEF aims to provide information for students and employers and to drive world-class standards and quality in higher education.Dame Shirley will consider, among other things, whether the information used for the current rating system is appropriate, the names of the rating categories, the impact of the rating system on providers and whether it is in the public interest.The TEF is just one measure as part of the department’s priority to drive high-quality teaching in higher education and ensure students have access to the information they need to make the best decision for their future careers. Last year the department announced a second year of pilots for the subject-level TEF rating system, which will include ‘grade inflation’ as one of the key criteria that institutions will be measured against.At the same time, the Government is improving student information and choice by increasing transparency in higher education data, publishing a wide range of data on likely earnings, employability, and teaching quality at universities.Dame Shirley Pearce DBE said: As Universities Minister I want you, the experts, to take part in Dame Shirley’s call for views and to give your thoughts so the TEF can work as well as it possibly can. It is important that we maximise the potential of this system and can only do that by getting invaluable insights from the sector. We all know that choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions that many people will make in their lives, and the information that TEF provides is helping students make the best choice for them. Of course, this framework is just one part of the wide range of information we are making available on institutions and courses, including employability and likely earnings, to help students them make the a choice which can boost their future prospects. This independent review is an important and exciting opportunity to make recommendations to government about the future of TEF. I want these recommendations to be informed by the views of all involved in TEF providers of higher education, students, applicants as well as employers. I hope all will respond to this Call for Views so that we can ensure your ideas are able to influence TEF’s future development.last_img read more

  • Lesotho: The Pilots

    first_imgThe tiny African nation of Lesotho is among those hardest hit by the raging twin epidemics of ADIS and tuberculosis. Harvard faculty members are advising the government and helping to revamp clinics and treat patients in the far-flung mountain regions of this poor country.last_img

  • Senior relief

    first_imgMargie Thorp ’11 works to make Harvard a less stressful place. As a student mental health liaison (SMHL), Thorp helps her classmates navigate the University’s network of resources for students under stress. When the demands of her senior year started to bear down on her last fall, however, Thorp realized that she needed to take some of her own advice and make an appointment at Harvard’s Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC).“In the fall, I found that I was just thinking about plans for graduation all the time,” she says. “It got in the way of doing my normal work, so I made an appointment at the bureau. They said it might be helpful to make lists about the future — what kind of work I’d be doing, where I’d be living, applying to medical school — all the unknowns that hadn’t fallen into place at that time. After a couple of visits, I was able to put together a tangible plan to deal with the things that were stressing me out.”Senior year is a time for college students to savor their achievements and look excitedly to the future. For many, though, it’s also a time of slaving over thesis research and worries about job prospects or grad school applications. Fortunately, Harvard offers seniors a wealth of resources to help them manage the stress of the transition and get as much from their last year at the College as they have from their first three.Abigail Lipson, BSC director, says that students find themselves looking backward and forward during senior year, often at the same time. This gives rise to a wide range of often contradictory feelings: excitement and sadness; uncertainty and hope; nostalgia and regret.“It is a time of change and transition,” Lipson says, “and so it is natural to feel anxious in both senses of the word — ‘anxious’ meaning concerned or worried, and ‘anxious’ meaning eager to get started on a new endeavor.”Thorp says that senior year is an inflection point in students’ lives, a time when they feel as though their identities are being renegotiated.“You’re supposed to be different, and feel different, more ‘adultlike,’ when this year is over,” she says. “It’s this generalized, overall picture of ‘adulthood’ that feels very uncomfortable. Even students with clear heads and secure futures can feel anxious.”Paul Barreira, the University’s director of behavioral health and academic counseling and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that the feeling of being in-between youth and adulthood contributes to the uptick in anxiety that Harvard undergraduates report during senior year. The financial crisis and a sluggish economy have only added fuel to the fire.“Even if seniors are excited about the place that they’re going to,” he says, “the transition is still anxiety-provoking, more so in the wake of the Wall Street meltdown and downturn in the economy. There are fewer jobs. Parents may have lost money and be unable to provide financial support. That anxiety trickles down.”Thorp’s fellow student mental health liaison, Agnes Sibilski ’11, says that her classmates deal with tension in different ways, some healthy, some not.“Many students resort to sports and exercise in order to maintain and deal with stress,” she says, “which is extremely important and valuable, not only for physical health, but also for one’s mental health. Some revert to drugs and alcohol or to sleep deprivation to combat lost or wasted time earlier in the semester, neither of which are good solutions.”Barreira says that, while many students know about the dangers of substance abuse, few understand the importance of sleep. For seniors looking to manage stress and be their best, his first prescription is simple: Get a good night’s rest.“It’s critical to get enough sleep,” he says. “When work piles up, students often stay up studying in their dorm rooms or at Lamont Library, but sacrificing sleep in order to get things done is a flawed strategy. Sleep loss actually lowers productivity. Pulling an all-nighter before an exam is also a big mistake, since lack of sleep impairs memory and concentration.”For some seniors, though, bedtime means lying awake for hours thinking about deadlines, interviews, and graduate school applications. Lipson encourages these students to take advantage of the wide range of services and supports available at the College.“Undergraduates have many resources to call on as they negotiate the challenges of senior year,” she says. “These include the Center for Wellness, the Bureau of Study Counsel, the Office of Career Services, their deans, their tutors and advisers, the Mental Health Services, and of course one another.”Barreira encourages seniors to visit the recently relocated and expanded Center for Wellness (CFW) in Holyoke Center on a regular basis to keep stress in check. Director Jeanne Mahon says that CFW is a place where students can reduce tension and practice self-care.“We promote balance in people’s lives through an integrative approach that focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts in each of us,” she says. “The center’s diverse and innovative programs, services, and initiatives are for the entire College community.”Mahon says that the center’s services — which include acupuncture, massage, and other one-on-one services—can help students manage the physical and emotional stress of senior year, from blood pressure raised by tight deadlines and heavy workloads, to forearm pain from days spent texting and using a keyboard, to upper back and neck tension from long hours at a computer. Moreover, students can now qualify for substantial discounts on CFW services.“We are here and [are] extremely affordable,” Mahon says. “We invite undergraduates — and seniors in particular — to take advantage of our wide array of offerings.”CFW’s reach extends into every House and the freshman dorms, thanks to resident wellness tutors and to a recently established undergraduate group: the Stressbusters.“The Stressbusters are a group of undergraduate students who give seated back rubs to their classmates,” Mahon explains. “They’re all trained by our massage therapists, and we give them a shirt to wear so that people know who they are. They started in Lamont Café, but we had to stop because we got so many requests for Stressbusters in the Houses and dorms, and also at events. The popularity of the group has just exploded since it started in March 2009. People love it.”For students who need something more than simple stress relief, Barreira says that the College offers a well-staffed mental health service.“The BSC and Harvard University Health Services house a staff of expert professionals available for academic and personal counseling,” he says. “In fact, we’re one of the best-staffed mental health services of any university in the country.”Thorp appreciates the extent and quality of supports offered to undergraduates, but says that seniors often have difficulty acknowledging the impact of stress in Harvard’s high-performance environment. She says that she and her fellow liaisons will continue to raise awareness of the resources on campus, and to help students feel more comfortable about using them.“It’s not always socially acceptable to come out and admit you need help,” she says. “It feels uncomfortable and unwelcome in a place with so many successful, talented, brilliant people. Trying to keep up means not letting on that you might struggle with things.”To learn more about the support that Harvard offers undergraduates, visit the SMHL website HarvardSmiles.com.last_img read more

  • Nigeria’s president replaces service chiefs amid insecurity

    first_imgABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid worsening insecurity in Nigeria, the president has replaced all of the country’s service chiefs. President Muhammadu Buhari’s action on Tuesday comes after several years of calls by the public and federal lawmakers for the removal of the military commanders. The Senate and the House of Representatives in separate resolutions had demanded the replacement of the service chiefs because of the worsening security in Nigeria’s northeast where a more than 10-year insurgency by the Islamic jihad group Boko Haram has killed thousands of people. The insecurity has been compounded by banditry in the north and kidnappings for ransom across the country.last_img read more