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first_imgThe lifeguard on the edge of the pool looked worried.Michael Cheng was splashing and flailing about, struggling to keep his head above water. He hadn’t been in a pool in years, which was fine because he didn’t know how to swim anyway. But he gamely, gradually made his way down a 25-yard lane at the Malkin Athletic Center (MAC) with a makeshift doggy paddle. By the time he reached the end, he was exhausted. His heart was pounding.“I just did what I could instinctively do,” he said. “It was honestly one of the scariest moments of my life.”Cheng, a junior in Quincy House concentrating in history and mathematics, was in the walk-on program for the Harvard lightweight crew team. But to officially join the team and take a boat on the Charles River, he needed to pass a swimming test. So he decided to just jump into the deep end, physically and metaphorically, a move that turned out to prove oddly comforting in a world unmoored by COVID-19.Cheng had set a deadline for himself: a few days before Thanksgiving, when facilities would begin shutting down through winter break and perhaps even stay closed. He had to teach himself because, due to COVID restrictions, the MAC was no longer offering swim lessons.Additionally, Cheng was in deep with his academic load, taking seven courses, including two graduate-level classes, and attending socially distanced rowing practices for up to two hours per day.At any event, swimming, so far, was off to a rough start.After he got to the end, the lifeguard sidled over and politely hinted he might try the smaller, shallower pool. There, Cheng spent the rest of the hour he’d reserved trying to get used to being in the water and wondering how he would become a skilled enough to pass the test. He would need to be able to jump or dive into deep water, surface, and swim 100 yards while demonstrating rhythmic breathing, and then tread water for two minutes. Most importantly, the swimmer must demonstrate not just competence but confidence in the water.Cheng possessed neither, but that didn’t discourage him. He saw the challenge as another opportunity to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. And that was an ability in which he had confidence.,“I’ve learned that it’s precisely in uncomfortable spaces where you grow the most,” he said.The son of Chinese immigrants, Cheng felt out of place when he arrived at Harvard two years ago from Pennsylvania. He found the social and academic environment overwhelming and self-doubt engulfed him. “I felt very fortunate, but I’m the first person in my entire family to go to an institution like this,” Cheng said. “My first year was very shaky. I just didn’t feel like I belonged here.”Cheng shed that self-doubt by immersing himself in the opportunities and resources around him, including academic coaching, travel abroad, internships, and House life.He traveled to about a dozen different countries pre-COVID, including spending a summer in Buenos Aires interning for the ministry of urban development, and doing solar panel research in Taiwan last January. He discovered special interests in history, computer science and, this past semester, genetics.Among the seven classes he took in the fall, which included graduate classes in computer science and modern Asian history, was one on ancient human DNA taught by David Reich. This spring Cheng will work as an undergraduate researcher in Reich’s lab.“He not only was an active participant in the class but also attended my [virtual] office hours almost every week,” said Reich, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and professor of human evolutionary biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “What I find so striking about Michael is his wide-ranging mind and curiosity about topics ranging from history to philosophy to sociology and biology.” “With the online semester, [swimming] was something that was special every day, that I looked forward to. … A lot of it was just about giving myself permission to go for it.” — Michael Cheng Cheng’s academic coach at the Academic Resource Center also found his all-in effort in everything he does exceptional.“Within the Harvard community, a lot of folks are good at something and we, kind of, stick to that thing,” said Sadé Abraham, M.Ed, A.M. ’18. “Michael’s accomplishments are a testament to how we can pivot, reframe, and still find joy amid the many challenges of this time.”It was that same confidence in unfamiliar endeavors that made Cheng do a double-take when a friend, Samuel Detmer ’20, introduced him to the rowing machine at the Quincy House gym last spring (just before the campus evacuation). Detmer suggested he try out for the team in the fall, and Cheng found himself in the pool when he returned to campus in September.At the end of that first day, the aquatics director at the MAC, Colleen Cleary, emailed him a series of swimming tutorial videos and Cheng did some of his own research. He studied the material religiously in his room, breaking down the movements in the video frame-by-frame and mimicking the strokes. He read books on swimming like “Total Immersion” and spent minutes just imagining being in the water.Every morning at 7, he could be found in the small pool for an hour, practicing what he saw or read. The lifeguards offered pointers when they could. He tried the breaststroke, but couldn’t figure it out so he switched to freestyle.“The first three to four weeks, I literally had nothing resembling an actual swim stroke,” Cheng said.By late October, something clicked. He could swim across the small pool (about 10 yards) without stopping and soon after he was doing laps.The lifeguards, witnessing his transformation into a swimmer while dealing with the difficulties of operating under COVID restrictions, took note of his progress and found themselves rooting for his success.“Watching his journey of self-teach swimming made the strangeness and the frustration of ‘We’re operating in such a limited capacity [and] these hours are really difficult’ worth it,” Cleary said. “Just to watch that little success story happen … it was just a nice silver lining.”They let Cheng know when he was finally really ready for the bigger pool.“I was almost as scared as that first day,” Cheng said. “But then I swam one lap, took a little break and swam another lap and then another.”The rest happened fast. Less than two weeks from Thanksgiving, he learned to tread water and kept refining his stroke and gaining confidence. A few days before the holiday, he took the test and passed. He learned he made the lightweight crew team around that same time.“It was really personally meaningful,” Cheng said. “It just validated coming in basically every day for an uncertain goal without that much guidance.”And in a semester defined by COVID, the experience in the pool provided him an unexpected anchor.“With the online semester, it was something that was special every day, that I looked forward to,” Cheng said. “It’s small but the fact that I was able to do it does make me believe that I can get through and do anything, and that’s the message of last semester for me — whether it’s writing a 30-page paper or getting involved with ancient DNA research, or taking graduate classes, or just being able to pick up rowing.“A lot of it was just about giving myself permission to go for it.”last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A new study in the journal Nature documents a steep decline in global shark and ray numbers in the past half century. Researchers found the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018. And 24 of the 31 oceanic species of sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, while three species are considered critically endangered. Climate change and pollution imperil shark survival, but increased fishing pressure is the greatest threat for every oceanic shark species. The research was published on Wednesday,last_img read more

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate met Wednesday to discuss a new resolution to amend the student union constitution to add senatorial oversight over the spending of the different student union organizations. This resolution comes after the student senate met at the end of September with the Financial Management Board (FMB) to discuss potential ways to introduce more accountability into the usage of allocated funds.The resolution was spearheaded by the student from the senate finance committee and was specifically read to the senate by Samuel Delmer, a sophomore senator from the Dillon community in Baumer Hall, who answered questions about the resolution afterwards. Members of various student union organizations expressed their concerns with various aspects of the resolution. Eric Kim, a senior and the executive director of the Student Union Board (SUB), had concern with the frequency of the audits due to SUB’s financing of on-campus concerts.“For example, concerts — concerts take a long time to go through background checks, to go off the letters, to go through contracts,” Kim said. “It’s a long process, but it is a majority of our budget. Do we have to go through that constitutional process constantly to make sure that we are on budget and that we are still not off of allocating?”Delmer focused on the timing of SUB’s budgeting in his response.“When you budget, you budget for certain events at certain times,” he said. “The idea is that the treasurer is just making sure you’re meeting these times set forth.”Senior Quentin Colo, the off-campus senator, raised concerns about the senate stepping on the toes of the Club Coordination Council (CCC).“CCC gives accounts for the divisions but they can’t specify the clubs within each of the divisions,” Cole said. “Does this conflict with CCC policy?”Delmer said he was open to a friendly amendment excluding the CCC from the regulation of the resolution. Christine Arcoleo, a senior and the student union treasurer from FMB, brought up concerns about this resolution granting the senate too much jurisdiction over fiscal policy.“When I was seeking advice as to how to go about implementing accountability standards, my idea was not, ‘Oh just give senate the right to just look at these budgets and look at the finances.’ I was looking for actual steps,” Arcoleo said. “I’m very uncomfortable with the senate having the right to look at these numbers as it makes FMB useless, and it’s a very large amount of people that can have the choice to just be like, ‘I want to look at SUB’s budget, and I want to audit them,’ and stuff like that.”Delmer said the resolution is designed to increase oversight of the fiscal process.“The extent to which that first clause could be used, I think it is a useful clause in the end. If the FMB is doing its job, then that clause is not necessary, but if the FMB isn’t doing its job effectively, then that clause is useful in order to hold accountability,” “Delmer said. Ultimately we [the senate] are the representatives for the students. We are the representatives of the people.”Other major points brought up during the discussion included whether this resolution is constitutional based on how it treats special interest organizations like PrismND, the fact that individual students can already request these budgets from the FMB, the perception of SUB’s spending habits from the school, the structure of the FMB and enacting a requirement for the FMB to meet with the student senate once a semester similar to one passed last year for the CCC.Ultimately, the resolution was not voted upon and was sent back to the finance committee where there will be additional changes made to the legislation based on today’s discussion.Tags: Club Coordination Council, finance, Financial Management Board, student senatelast_img read more

first_imgSolar-plus-storage projects spreading across the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A new wave of solar farm development, pairing solar photovoltaics with battery storage, is accelerating across the United States, most notably in California, Hawaii, Florida and the Northeast.Roughly 40 such systems were in operation in the U.S. as of late September, combining about 533 MW of storage with 1,242 MW of solar capacity. Meanwhile, companies are developing at least another 85 co-located solar and storage projects, most of which are in the near- to medium-term planning stages or under construction, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. The planned projects combine 4,175 MW of storage with 8,921 MW of solar.These dynamic renewable energy assets can operate past sunset and into the hours of peak electricity demand typically served by natural gas-fired and hydroelectric generation. Adding energy storage to PV can also help reduce curtailments, or cuts of solar production during periods of midday oversupply on the grid, a growing challenge throughout California and other parts of the country, and smooth the variability of the renewable resource.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, or LADWP, in September approved power purchase agreements for output from the Eland Solar and Storage Center in Kern County, a planned 400 MW solar project with 200 MW to 300 MW of batteries. Under development by 8minute Solar Energy LLC, the Eland facility is billed as “the largest solar and battery energy storage system in the United States.” The contracts, pending approval from the Los Angeles City Council, have all-in prices between $30/MWh and $40/MWh, depending on battery size. That is comparable to other recently contracted solar-plus-storage projects in the West.But some of the biggest U.S. solar-plus-storage buyers are outside of California. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. affiliate NV Energy Inc., for instance, in June announced plans to add 1,190 MW of solar capacity paired with 590 MW of battery storage in Nevada. Platts Analytics has identified a recent surge in solar-plus-storage projects in the deeper development pipeline. As of September 2019, for example, the California ISO’s interconnection queue showed 23,377 MW of energy storage under consideration with solar projects on the grid operator’s transmission system. That is up from 5,965 MW in June 2018.More ($): Solar-plus-storage power plant development accelerates in the U.S.last_img read more

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jesse Boyer Web: Details As new technologies continue to change the face of financial services, mobile technology is bringing perhaps the biggest changes to date. Beyond transactions, it’s enhancing how we can communicate with consumers. That’s important because mobile has been passionately embraced by consumers – almost to the point of necessity.It isn’t news that Gen Y/Millennials heavily rely on their cell phones – some 85 percent of them, according to a new survey, “U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015,” by the Pew Research Center. But it may be surprising to learn that 64 percent of all American adults use smartphones today, with more than half using those phones for mobile banking. For adults 18-29, that number jumps to 70 percent. Other mobile devices, such as tablets, also are seeing tremendous user growth. In fact, Gartner Market Research predicts tablets will surpass desktop usage for the first time this year.For savvy credit unions, it’s obviously time to open the “mobile branch” and focus on a mobile banking strategy that not only provides transactional capabilities, but also integrates member communication and marketing capabilities. While it used to make sense to find alternatives to brick and mortar simply to keep down costs; now it’s about keeping up with what consumers want!Game On for MobileFinancial institutions that expand their mobile access points are seeing results. The Federal Reserve’s 2015 study on Consumers and Mobile Financial Services reports that nearly 40 percent of Americans with bank accounts have used their cell phones for mobile banking – a number that grows to 52 percent for smart phone users. Further, more than half of all Americans who use mobile banking receive transactional alerts and promotional offers from their institution. And another 26 percent say they wou8ld like to receive mobile offers.Like your physical branch, your mobile branch should be a communication channel. And just like branch connections strengthen member relations, so can permission-based, personalized messages. By communicating directly to members’ felt needs, your credit union continues to set itself apart in a financial services market crowded with competitors.Mobile PlaybookWhile many marketing skills are equally important in any delivery channel (e.g., knowing your target audience, pricing the product right, using clear and consistent messages), effective mobile promotion requires some new marketing steps. Consider these mobile-friendly tips:Collect contacts and customer permissions – To maximize the effectiveness of your mobile branch, make it a priority to collect mobile contact information, and add SMS/text to the form customers complete before receiving permission-based messages. Train front-line staff to encourage customers to share their mobile contacts, explaining the benefits of receiving messages customized to their needs. Then, stick to your word and only send what they want to see.Use responsive design – Given that mobile screens are smaller than traditional computer screens, adjust your formats to account for the differences so customers have a seamless experience across all devices. Copy that is too wide for a single screen, fonts that are too small, and images that have long download speeds work against your mobile marketing efforts.The same is true for operating systems and browsers. There are lots of mobile products on the market, and not every recipient uses the same format or has access to the same functionality. While iPhones are the market leader in the United States, a growing number of consumers use Android phones. Design your mobile messages to work with both types.Maximize technology – Choose your digital communications partner wisely, so you can go beyond creating mobile content that engages. Engaging a digital marketing partner to help integrate variable data fields allows for customized outbound promotional and educational campaigns. With the right expertise, you be done through data-mining programs and dynamic message tagging – offering far more than simply adding a first name to the salutation.Think beyond website banners and email – Use your imagination to consider the many options available for marketing via mobile – SMS/text, social media, videos (YouTube, Vine, etc.), digital brochures, mobile banking, geo-targeted offers and ads on third-party mobile apps.At DigitalMailer, we help clients learn more about their customers than ever before … and that means your campaigns will yield better results.Your marketing efforts are challenged by many competitors who want to grab consumers’ attention. But the channel that has everyone’s attention is mobile. Developing a mobile strategy is today’s best game in town.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » In her 2017 book, The Origin of Others, Toni Morrison asks, “Why should we want to know a stranger when it is easier to estrange another? Why should we want to close the distance when we can close the gate?”The United States is getting increasingly—even radically—diverse, both racially and ethnically. According to the US Census, by 2055, less than 40 years from now, it people of color will be 52% of the population. Unfortunately, with these major demographic shifts across our country, we are increasingly seeing each other as stranger rather than guest.For CUNA Mutual Group and credit unions across the country to best serve the current and future needs of our customer base, we must begin to understand and reflect the changing demographics of our nation. We must view diversity as an asset to be built and embraced, as opposed to a threat to our existence. In fact, McKinsey & Company’s 2015 Diversity Matters report states that companies in the top quartile of racial and ethnic diversity and gender diversity have higher financial returns compared to national industry medians. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgCeballos and Guendouzi were taken off with Arsenal still ahead in the game (Picture: Getty)Speaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, he explained: ‘I was going crazy, simply because there was a time when he took off Dani Ceballos – which I was absolutely seething about – Matteo Guendouzi as well, who is somebody else who has got that energy, who wants to play, and he will try and get around people.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Ceballos will try and play himself out of problems. And then you’ve taken off the opportunity to play out from the back but you’re still trying to do it – it’s quite annoying.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn Ceballos, he added: ‘He’s comfortable on the ball, he’s not going to panic. He’s somebody who is comfortable in that position of the field who wants the ball and will try and play out. You take him off? It’s baffling.’After the match, Xhaka – who played the full 90 minutes – admitted his teammates looked ‘scared’ in the second half against Watford, and Wright has criticised his choice of words. Ian Wright ‘absolutely seething’ at Unai Emery over Watford subs and slams ‘irresponsible’ Granit Xhaka Metro Sport ReporterSunday 22 Sep 2019 12:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link The former Gunners frontman wasn’t impressed with Emery’s in-game changes (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright says he was ‘going crazy’ at Unai Emery’s substitutions in Arsenal’s capitulation against Watford, while he criticised skipper Granit Xhaka for his comments after the match.The Gunners take on Aston Villa on Sunday after a comprehensive win over Frankfurt in the Europa League, having thrown away a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road last weekend.Both of Watford’s goals came from mistakes from Arsenal’s back-line – the first trying to play out from the back, the second a penalty – and Wright has criticised Emery for taking off two of the team’s best ball players. Advertisementcenter_img Wright was not impressed with skipper Xhaka’s post-match comments (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘You don’t really want to hear somebody saying that you’re scared because then what will happen is teams will recognise that this is the same thing that happened with Watford and then they will start saying they’re gonna get scared.‘Whether you’re scared or not, you’re gonna get a kind of pressure put on you where you’re going to be tested now. For me, it’s irresponsible for him to speak like that. To hear it, it was like, “Oh my gosh, really? You had to say that?” Scared? How can you be scared on a football pitch?’Can Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

first_imgThe six are believed to have suffered from the effects of lack of alcohol after all illicit brew in the region was destroyed following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that all 2nd generation drinks be destroyed Endangered black rhinos die in Kenya reserve Somali mothers most likely to die from childbirth complications Kenya charges six over attack on Uber vehicle Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has said six people admitted to hospitals in the county with alcohol withdrawal symptoms have died.The governor said the six were among 18 people admitted to different hospitals in the county since Wednesday.“It is unfortunate that we have lost the six, but efforts are being made to save those admitted in 14 Level Four and Five hospitals,” he said in Thika after destroying a consignment of alcohol at the Kang’oki dumpsite.Three of the victims died at Ruiru Hospital, and the others at Thika Level 5, Kihara and Tigoni hospitals.Mr Kabogo said his government would issue licenses only to brewers cleared by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.“The fight continues and there is no room for illicit brews in Kiambu,” he said.Earlier, Kiambu County Director for Clinical Services Jacob Toro said rehabilitation centres had been set up for alcohol addicts following the crackdown on low-priced, high-alcohol spirits.He said a hotline (0711264000) had also been established for those seeking help for alcohol withdrawal syndrome.He said symptoms of withdrawal include shaking, sweating, delusions, confusion, aggressiveness, fever, fits and convulsions.Relatedlast_img read more

first_img Loading… The Gunners are reportedly not keen on extending Ozil’s mammoth contract, which expires in 2021. And Turkish TV host Acun Ilicali says Ozil prefers a move to Istanbul. “I receive lots of questions about Mesut Ozil. I believe in the future the good things will happen,” he said in a live Instagram Q&A, via Sport Witness.Advertisement A close friend of Mesut Ozil’s says the midfielder will likely join Fenerbahce if he leaves Arsenal. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee “I’m not in a position to give details but I know our president is also working hard for this. “When his contract with Arsenal will expire, the favourites would be Fenerbahce. We are also working on that front. read also:Ramadan Kareem: Pogba , Salah, Ozil, others send out wishes to fans “I really wanted to tell you in more detail, but I cannot. We’ll talk about these things when the time comes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — Conner Wagstaff’s Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School varsity baseball team revealed new jerseys — blue for Wagstaff’s favorite color and No. 10 for his number — before Tuesday’s home game.Teammates wanted to demonstrate their support for Wagstaff after the 14-year-old pitcher was hit in the head with a baseball last month during practice and suffered a season-ending concussion. The injury landed him in the hospital for two nights and kept him out of school for three weeks.Wagstaff is now attending school for half-days and cheering on his teammates from the sidelines during his recovery. He said he was moved by their surprise for him Tuesday.“It was unexpected, but awesome,” Wagstaff said. “It means everything to have this much support.”PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more