1 Mar

Sustaining the momentum

first_imgFrom a Harvard Medical School (HMS) team that switched to reusable containers for sharp objects, thereby eliminating 11,000 boxes of waste, to a Harvard Business School (HBS) move to make its executive education programs sustainable, teams and individuals from around the University were recognized for their efforts through the Green Carpet Awards on Monday (April 11).Presented by the Office for Sustainability (OFS), the Green Carpet Awards honored 55 individual winners and seven teams, showcasing the creativity and passion that Harvard’s sustainability leaders bring to their efforts. The program, modeled after the Academy Awards, offered some lighthearted takes on sustainability, with an actual green carpet for winners to walk, a tongue-in-cheek music video about turning off lights, and student singers the Harvard Opportunes offering “Greening up Harvard’s Campus,” a takeoff on the Gladys Knight and the Pips tune “Midnight Train to Georgia,” pledging that they’re “working to find — ways to reduce waaaaste and crime.”Award winner Henry Kesner (right) dons a Kermit the Frog glove as he is congratulated by OFS Director Heather Henriksen.The event also featured several video messages to winners and supporters in the audience, with President Drew Faust assuring the audience that Harvard is on its way to achieving its sustainability goals and that its campus is a living laboratory for improvement programs.“We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go. Our success will depend on each one of you,” Faust said.Later in the program, HBS Professor Robert Kaplan, an executive committee member of Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction program, said that the University has been making progress toward its reduction goals, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from 2006 levels by the end of 2010. When the emissions of 3 million square feet of newly opened buildings are eliminated from calculations, the reduction is much larger, 20 percent below 2006 levels, Kaplan said. The University’s goal is to cut overall emissions — including those from new construction — from 2006 levels by 30 percent by 2016.The Office for Sustainability was itself singled out for praise by several recipients for its role encouraging and supporting a variety of individual and group initiatives.Winners and finalists showcased the breadth of the sustainability effort at Harvard. In addition to the HBS green executive education program and the HMS sharps waste reduction program, team winners included the first School-wide Green Office program, at Harvard Divinity School; a green building project at the Harvard School of Public Health at 90 Smith St. in Boston; a solar heat and recovered steam heat system in the Canaday undergraduate dormitory; and a Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) building project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the LISE building. A comprehensive list of winners can be found on the OFS website.The awards program also honored Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips for leadership, with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability: Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation Jack Spengler, and former acting Vice President for Administration Tom Vautin, who retired last year.Harvard Kennedy School’s Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development William Clark (pictured) and FAS Senior Director of Operations Jay Phillips were honored for leadership with the Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award, named after two who played a pivotal role in fostering sustainability.Both Clark and Phillips said any achievements they have made in the area of sustainability were due to the inspiration and passion provided by those with whom they work. Clark praised Harvard’s overall efforts, but said there are two areas where more has to be done: transportation and campus biodiversity.OFS Director Heather Henriksen left the audience with a challenge, saying the stories of winners highlighted at the ceremony should inspire all to continue to innovate and to bring good ideas back to their Schools and departments.“We are counting on your creativity and leadership to help save the planet and help solve the global environmental challenges,” Henriksen said.last_img read more

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8 Feb

India says China ties at crossroads amid border standoff

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India says its relationship with China is at a crossroads with the months-old military standoff in mountainous border areas profoundly disturbing the ties. India’s external affairs minister said in a speech that if peace and tranquillity in the border areas are disturbed, so will the rest of the relationship, and there will be profound repercussions for the entire world. Indian and Chinese soldiers brawled again last week, after 20 Indian troops died last year in a fist fight with the Chinese along the disputed border. The standoff has continued despite nine rounds of meetings involving local military commanders and the political dialogue by foreign and defense ministers.last_img

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16 Sep

Darnold can spark the rest of the season

first_imgNick Entin | Daily TrojanRedshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold received his fair share of playing time. Here, he slings one of his seven pass attempts.Football head coach Clay Helton made sure to emphasize that his original starting quarterback should not be a scapegoat. There are plenty of reasons why the 2016 Trojan football team has not gotten off to the start or shown the potential that it is capable of. USC’s problems include discipline on penalties, focus on missed assignments and an underutilization of all the talent available on the offensive end.But Helton is right to realize that the struggles on offense all start with the signal caller. The Trojans can and should be the kind of team to compete with playoff contenders, but the team has only put up one touchdown in two games against ranked opponents in Stanford and Alabama. USC is in need of a spark.Going into the season, picking redshirt junior Max Browne to be the starter seemed to be the safe bet for the season, whereas letting redshirt freshman Sam Darnold start would be more of a short-term risk with a potential long-term benefit. Browne had the experience as a redshirt junior, and while Darnold was the better athlete with more upside, it would make sense to let Browne start now, have Darnold wait for his turn in the future, but still be included in those couple of third down or red zone situations when mobility was of extra importance.Whether or not the decision to demote Browne and hand over the keys of the offense to Darnold pays off will be unknown until the end of the season. In fact, this isn’t even the end of the quarterback competition that started back in the spring, because Darnold could also hypothetically underperform and prove to be unworthy of keeping the job.After playing well at times during his limited appearances so far this season, Darnold has earned himself at least a shot. The Trojans weren’t expected to beat either Stanford or Alabama, and a 1-2 record at this point is neither catastrophic nor even surprising. But the offense has definitely underperformed, and Browne has not developed much of a rhythm with his receivers.Even if there were a touch of forward thinking that went into Helton’s mind when making this decision, giving Darnold the ball just might also be the catalyst toward the divisional or conference championship that should be the expectation for any Trojan team. That is still the standard of this program, even during the years with a freshman quarterback, a first-year coach, an impossible schedule and a below-average start.The playoff is still a mathematical possibility for a two-loss Pac-12 team. Two losses were enough to keep Stanford out of the playoff last year, despite winning the conference and proving to be far superior over the Big 10’s representative in Iowa in the Rose Bowl, because every other Power Five conference winner had only one loss, making the decision easy enough for the CFP selection committee. Given how awful the Big 12’s start has been, the best of the west should not be the odd team out again this year, especially if there’s one other two-loss conference winner.Even if this likely won’t be the season the Trojans reach their pinnacle again and it takes Helton more than a season to achieve national power status again, the Trojans absolutely still have something to play for this season. Darnold will almost definitely be the man leading those future USC teams hopefully back toward more consistent and legitimate playoff contention. This experience as a starter should be beneficial to his confidence and development as a quarterback in those future campaigns, and the only thing that would likely stop him from reaching his full potential as a prospect would be if he is hindered by nagging injuries toward the end of his USC career — that was at least the case with Barkley, who played well his first two seasons, catapulted onto Heisman watch lists after a breakout junior season, but fell well short of expectations as a senior and missed his final game because of a shoulder problem.For the sake of winning the South Division now, the move might not be worth it. Even with a less-than-phenomenal game manager rather than game changer QB in Browne, I still think this current team is better than UCLA, better than Utah, and is still the favorite to defend its division title. Even with the tiny sample against Stanford, Darnold seems more vulnerable to throw the costly interception in a big moment against a tough conference opponent than Browne does.At this point in the season, though, seeing what kind of additional upside Darnold has as a starter is worth it. His couple of series showed that he can bring the same accuracy and poise that Browne had with a little more athleticism and versatility.Either way, if Darnold succeeds and keeps the job, or Helton goes back to Browne again, the Trojan season is far from over. What really matters for the Trojans is divisional play, and the Trojans have an above average shot at finishing the next five conference games without a loss, which would put them at 6-2 going into a matchup with Oregon. The test on Friday against Utah will obviously be crucial, and the Trojans aren’t where they want to be, but they’re not that far off from where they need to be.Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on Wednesday.last_img read more

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16 Nov

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch IND v AUS 1st ODI

first_imgIndia capped their memorable tour of Australia, where they registered their first ever Test series victory Down Under, by claiming the three-match ODI series 2-1 in January.Chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters last month that most of the players in the current India side pick themselves and it was a matter of finalising a couple of slots before the World Cup in England and Wales.The five-match series against Australia is naturally important for a handful of Indian players who want to nail down their places with solid performances against the tourists who have slipped to sixth in world rankings.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs Australia start?The 1st ODI between India and Australia starts at 01.30 PM IST on March 2, Saturday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 1st ODI between India and Australia be played?The 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 01.30 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 1st ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 1st ODI?advertisementYou can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-NileAlso Watch:last_img read more

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