Analysis of haul data from the South Georgia krill fishery

first_imgData from individual hauls carried out by vessels operating in the South Georgia krill fishery between 1994 and 1996 were examined and a range of descriptive measurements reflecting the fishery operation were produced. The measurements emphasise that the krill fishery at South Georgia was geographically focused, operating in a limited area along the shelf edge on the northern coast of the island. Each day several hauls were undertaken by each vessel (average 7.9 in 1993,9.9 in 1995, and 7.0 in 1996), with hauls producing higher catch rates during the middle of the day. Individual hauls were examined to establish the time required for each phase of the fishing operation. The times associated with shooting and hauling the net were usually short and showed little variation, whereas the time associated with the actual fishing period was longer and more variable. The time between consecutive hauls was almost as long as the fishing period and showed similar levels of variability. Distances moved between consecutive hauls were generally small, suggesting that little effort was spent searching for fishable swarms beyond the near neighbourhood. The range of measurements describing the fishery indicates that differences existed between years, with 1995 being a better season than either 1994 or 1996. Aspects of mesoscale variability are discussed in relation to previous attempts to model fisheries data and to derive suitable abundance indices that are sensitive to changes in biomass. The focused nature of the fishery at South Georgia suggests that fisheries-based indices may be of value for management purposes, consequently further detailed analysis would be useful.last_img read more

Utah State Football Suspends Student-Athlete For ‘Inappropriate Racial Comments’

first_img Tags: Andre Grayson/Utah State Football July 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Suspends Student-Athlete For ‘Inappropriate Racial Comments’ Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Per a Monday report, Utah State football has suspended a student-athlete for “inappropriate racial comments,” he allegedly made, the program announced Sunday evening.The university did not identify the player in question.The Utah State athletics department has made an official statement on the matter via their Twitter— Utah State Athletics (@USUAthletics) July 6, 2020In a statement made by the athletic department at the Logan-based university June 3, officials said they strive for a locker room “diverse in background, race and beliefs” for values they extol such as “equal opportunity, togetherness and respect.”The university has also conducted several video interviews during the COVID-19 era, such as one featuring junior cornerback Andre Grayson which touched upon systemic issues swirling about racial equality. Written bylast_img read more


first_img1 / 2  Cast members of the Shrek musical were recently honored by the Secaucus Board of Education. See briefs for more information.  2 / 2  Secaucus’ annual Green Festival took place at Secaucus Exchange May 6. ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 2  Cast members of the Shrek musical were recently honored by the Secaucus Board of Education. See briefs for more information.  2 / 2  Secaucus’ annual Green Festival took place at Secaucus Exchange May 6. ❮ ❯ Shrek musical performers honoredAs part of the “Showcase of Success” at the Secaucus Board of Education Meeting of May 11, the board recognized and honored the cast, crew, musicians, and staff members of the extremely well received musical performance of “Shrek” performed this past April 6, 7, and 8 in the Performing Arts Center.center_img Due to the number of students honored and the need for a stage for the cast to perform two musical selections from “Shrek,” the meeting was moved to the Huber Street School gymnasium.  The Showcase commenced with Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops sharing that he had attended high school musicals since the time he was 6 because his father was a high school assistant principal.Knops stated that the performance of “Shrek” was the finest high school musical production he had ever had the pleasure of viewing over the past half century.  He commended the crew, musicians, staff, and cast for their outstanding and memorable performance; stating that the same high energy and “feel good” atmosphere that prevailed in the Performing Arts Center on April 7 were present this evening as well. He then commended Director Maleesa Lamatina for the wonderful job she did in directing the performance.Knops was followed by Secaucus Middle School Principal Robert Valente and High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes, both of whom were effusive in their praise of the students who comprised the cast, crew, and musicians, and Director Lamatina.  Both principals commented on the tremendous amount of talent that was in the room that evening.After the two principals had spoken, Director Maleesa Lamatina came up to the podium to enthusiastic applause from board members, administrators, cast and crew members, and parents.  In her heartfelt remarks, Mrs. Lamatina praised her young charges and shared with them how proud she was to be their director.After thanking the board members, interim superintendent, principals, parents and staff; Lamatina shared with all those in attendance that the production of “Shrek” was entered into the Papermill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards. The program is essentially like the Tony Awards for high schools across New Jersey, and each year over 90 schools participate.Four anonymous judges attended the show, scored everything from lighting to costumes to performers, and they provided critiques and feedback. The overall production score was very respectable, and “Shrek” displayed improvement from last year’s well received production, as it received a higher rating. In addition, student musician Drew Fournier received an official nomination from the Rising Star Awards.After Director Lamatina’s inspiring words, the cast of “Shrek” took to the stage and performed rousing performances of the final two musical selections from “Shrek,” the songs “Finale” and “I’m a Believer,” to the delight of all in attendance.After the performance, each crew member, musician, cast member, and staff member were presented Certificates of Commendation by Board of Education President Jack McStowe.  During comments by board members at the conclusion of the meeting, the cast, crew, musicians, and staff of “Shrek” were lauded for their talent and outstanding performances by each board member.Secaucus kids learn about letter ‘U’Students in Mrs. Manal Abuhouran’s kindergarten class at Clarendon Elementary School celebrated the Letter “U” Week by bringing in unique umbrellas. Students learned that an umbrella is a collapsible canopy to protect people from the sun and rain. When used for sun protection it is also called a parasol.Mrs. Abuhouran facilitated a discussion during whole group time about umbrella descriptions such as patterns, colors, sizes, and styles. The students sang songs such as “I’m Singing in the Rain,” danced with a partner, and drew pictures of umbrellas using paint. As a culmination to the mini–lesson the whole class was able to fit underneath an umbrella that one of the kindergarten students bought in.First graders celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’In celebration of Mother’s Day, students in Mrs. Kristen Knapp’s first grade class at Clarendon Elementary School treated their mothers through giving them special gifts. During science class, the students learned about the life cycle of a plant. Students learned about the parts of a plant and danced along to a song titled “Flower, Leaves, Stem and Roots” (similar to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes). Finally, the students planted their own garden. They enjoyed watering and measuring their plants every day and recording observations in their plant journals. As a culminating activity, the students created a heartfelt, hand-made terracotta pot to brighten their Mother’s Day. The students are excited to bring home their flowers and terracotta pot to show their love and appreciation for their Mothers.Assembly speaker says he may have been wrong in supporting legal notices billAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto recently said that his sponsorship of a bill to cut down legal notices in newspapers in December may have been a mistake. Some scratched their heads when the Democrat backed an effort by Gov. Chris Christie to change state law so that numerous types of government and other legal notices — such as those letting neighbors know before a public hearing on a new project — did not have to appear in newspapers. In fact, not all of those ads are funded by taxpayers, and many are actually funded by developers and attorneys who pay the town back for placing them.Yet, the Republicans floated numbers claiming governments were paying $80 million annually to newspapers.Because many newspapers receive a considerable amount of revenue from legal ads, and many outlets had critical coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal last year, some observers referred to the matter as Christie’s “Newspaper Revenge Bill,” designed in their eyes to take away revenues from the state’s already dwindling newspapers.The measure was up for a vote at one of the last legislative sessions of last year, along with one that would have allowed Christie to sell his memoir while in office.While Prieto and others supported the measure and said the tens of millions were too high, their offices received phone calls, as well as more accurate numbers from the New Jersey Press Association.The measure failed at the last minute.The New Jersey Press Association’s data showed that from the state’s more than 550 municipalities, taxpayers only funded $7.3 million in legal ads, which came out to an average of less than $15,000 per town. When asked individually, the town of Secaucus, which Prieto represents, said it spent about $100,000 to publish the notices last year.Speaking at a fundraiser for the Team Guttenberg slate in West New York last month, Prieto said of his support for the bill in December, “Since then, the Press Association has gotten engaged, and has actually come back to us. They gave us some numbers now that are not what we were being told. So I guess we’re looking at it, and I am working with the Press Association to see what we should be doing, and working collaboratively together.”The Press Association said they could work out compromises if such an issue arose again.If it did, it “would be something of a different bill than what you would’ve seen in December,” Prieto said. “I haven’t seen all the numbers yet. We’re not trying to hurt that industry; we just wanted to find cost-savings. So we will work together to get it right.”In January, the state Republicans fired off a Tweet saying, “Legislature should be offended they were lied to by newspaper publishers. Time to end the mandated printing of taxpayer-funded legal notices.” But when the Reporter Tweeted back to ask whether the GOP was including government ads reimbursed by private developers and attorneys, the GOP failed to respond.Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives.They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.orgNJSEA announces 2017 Pontoon Boat Cruise and Canoe TripsThe New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s (NJSEA) 2017 guided pontoon boat and canoe tours of the Hackensack River are set to launch on Tuesday, June 6, and run through Tuesday, Sept. 26.The season includes 37 trips that provide visitors an opportunity to see the Meadowlands up-close while learning about the storied history of the river and the area’s remarkable environmental renaissance over the past few decades.“Our pontoon boat and canoe tours are a spectacular way to experience and gain a new appreciation for the amazing natural beauty and wildlife in the Meadowlands,” said Wayne Hasenbalg, President and CEO of the NJSEA.“Those who have glimpsed the Meadowlands only from surrounding highways or the window of a commuter train are truly in for a treat.“The leisurely, two-hour boat tours and three-hour canoe outings reveal an entirely new perspective of the region that includes acres of preserved wetlands and a thriving ecosystem, all framed by a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.An NJSEA guide will narrate the tours, point out wildlife and discuss the Meadowlands’ natural and man-made history along the way. More than 285 bird species have been documented in the Meadowlands, including 34 on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered and species of special concern lists.Canoe excursions focus on the river’s wetlands, taking participants on a journey through a diverse array of vegetation and wildlife. Paddlers learn the basics of salt marsh ecology and enjoy the magnificent scenery while rowing down creeks.Registration sheets are also available at the NJSEA administrative offices and the Meadowlands Environment Center, both located in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.last_img read more

OCHS Sign Language Students Help Deaf Toddler Learn to Communicate

first_imgMadalyn Rogalsky and her OCHS HelpersFour Ocean City High School seniors studying American Sign Language (ASL) are volunteering at a local day care center and helping a 15-month-old Ocean City girl learn to converse.Madalyn Rogalsky is profoundly deaf and since nobody at the Children’s Place of Music and Learning is trained in sign language, the young girl had spent her days without being able to communicate. Kylie Olson, Ashlyn Petro, Hallie DuBruille and Alexis Riddiough starting volunteering weekly on Feb. 26 and will continue through the spring.“This is such nice collaboration and I would like to see it continue,” said Kerry Alejandrino, director at The Children’s Place.The unique program benefits the students, the day care and the young deaf child. It is just one of the many successful parts of the American Sign Language curriculum created by teacher Amy Andersen at Ocean City High School. Andersen started the ASL program at OCHS in 2005 and since then it has grown to include more than 130 students. Inspired by Andersen, many students have gone on to pursue college degrees and careers in ASL.Olson and Petro have been accepted to Bloomsburg University’s competitive ASL interpreting program. DuBruille was recently accepted into The College of New Jersey’s deaf education program, and Riddiough has been accepted to Kean University and will minor in deaf studies.Andersen has been providing early intervention teaching services to Rogalsky as her family learns to sign, but she said the young girl needed continuity at day care. Madi’s mom, Laura, is a graduate of Ocean City High School.“Madi was so happy today to be able to communicate and have so many people signing with her,” Andersen said after the first day the students volunteered. “It’s such a blessing for all involved.”“ASL has the tendency to become a ‘classroom’ language, but involving ourselves with the deaf community really opens us up to the culture and language as a whole, Petro said. “Working with Madi has been a wonderful way to see ASL up close — in its very beginnings.”“It’s so exciting to be able to work with such a wonderful and intelligent child,” Olson said. “It feels amazing to be able to give her the opportunity to learn and grow. Madi is truly an inspiration.”last_img read more

Ocean City Historical Museum Brunch Buffet 5-7 at 12:30P

first_imgOur Spring Brunch Buffet  Tickets are going fast for our Spring Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 7, 12:30 at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. In addition to delicious food,  Paul Anselm will give a presentation on Ocean City’s “Stormy Weather”.  As you well know, Ocean City has had numerous devastating storms!  Wednesday, May 3 is the last day to order your tickets.Ticket price for members is $25 and $27 for the general public.  This is a fundraiser to support your local history museum, and we’d love to have your support!  Tickets may be purchased by phone or by visiting our Museum at 1735 Simpson Av., Ocean City.  Call 609-399-1801 for additional information. Jeffrey R. McGranahan Museum Directorlast_img read more

Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, October 26-30

first_img WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution schedule for the week of October 26.Food is distributed drive-thru style at each location on a first come, first served basis for up to 400 households.The schedule is as follows:Monday, October 26, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Shepherd’s Cove Food Pantry, 1010 E. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, IN 46517 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – October 23, 2020 0 516 Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, October 26-30 Google+ Facebook Friday, October 30, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTHand 2 Hand Food Pantry, 4614 W. Western Avenue, South Bend, IN 46619 Thursday, October 29, 2020 – Marshall County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Indiana National Guard Armory, 1220 W. Madison Street, Plymouth, IN 46563 TAGSdistributionElkhart CountyfoodFood Bank of Northern IndianafreeKosciusko CountyLaPorte Countymarshall countymobileOctoberscheduleSt. Joseph County Pinterest Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. US 20 (outside of J.C. Penny), Michigan City, IN 46360 Thursday, October 29, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601 IndianaLocalNews Twitter Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Combined Community Services, 1195 Mariners Drive, Warsaw, IN 46582 Google+ Previous articleSaturday is the annual nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back”Next articleCommunity Foundation of Elkhart County awards more than $2M in grants Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

A Harvard crossroads in summer

first_imgSome people came to drink kombucha and eat lamb sandwiches. Others came to study organic chemistry, smack pingpong balls, and breathe some fresh air.Jasmine Boussem and Jennifer Jones came to the redesigned plaza outside Harvard’s Science Center in search of smokers. “We’re not finding many,” Jones, a research assistant in the Department of Psychology, said with a laugh yesterday.Jones and Boussem, a fellow researcher, made their way through the plaza’s minimalistic tables and wavy benches looking for candidates for a study on smoking habits, but the plaza crowd leaned more toward bicycles than cigarettes. Yet they did find themselves among other psychology researchers, drawn to the eclectic lunchtime mix of students, faculty, and tourists.“It’s a natural place for people to congregate,” Boussem said, cradling a clipboard in her arms.Part of Harvard’s Common Spaces program, the project to transform the former thoroughfare over Cambridge Street into a comfortable destination was completed in late spring. The result is a hard walking surface, metal tables and chairs, wooden benches, ginkgo and sumac trees, lighting and safety improvements, and a large tent that houses events such as farmers markets.More enhancements are coming to the plaza as users return to it, including umbrellas for some of the tables, an ice-cream kiosk, and restoration of the Tanner Fountain, according to Lisa Hogarty, Harvard’s vice president for campus services.The 35-year-old fountain in front of the Science Center is “definitely due for some significant restoration,” Hogarty said.  “We need to restore and fix all the inner plumbing and drainage systems and ultimately fix up the surface area.”The appearance of the beloved rock fountain, however, will not change.“It’s one of the most important water features we have on campus,” Hogarty said.The Harvard community will have new games and activities to enjoy on the plaza this summer, including a life-size chessboard and live performances, Hogarty said.Tuyet Cam, who will start her senior year as a Harvard psychology major this fall, said the project has been a success.“If the motivation was to bring more people here, yeah, it is,” she said. She and two classmates manned a popular table in the shade of the Meyer Gate with a sign declaring: “Want candy? Want $10? Are you age 16-25? Participate in a quick, easy PSYCH STUDY.”Arnoldo Gonzalez, a Harvard summer student, said he’s drawn to the plaza because it’s modern-looking and not “buggy.”“It includes modernism and Harvard, where buildings are not usually new,” he said, waiting to play pingpong as an errant ball flew over his head.Alison Howe, the department administrator at Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization, visited the refurbished plaza for the first time yesterday to enjoy a vegan sandwich.“I absolutely love it,” said Howe, who hadn’t liked it previously. Like many lunchtime diners, she said the healthier options at the nearby food trucks drew her to the site.The Whole Foods Market Streetside Chefs food truck has seen a steady stream of mealtime customers since it started working out of the plaza two months ago, manager Felipe Ribeiro said.“We’ve had a lot of repeat customers,” he said, as his coworker Chris Graham explained to a customer what a halloumi sandwich was.Ribeiro estimated that 70 percent of the food truck’s customers are affiliated with Harvard, while 30 percent are tourists or Cambridge residents. Considering the international crowd that Harvard attracts, he said it helps that he speaks Portuguese and Spanish and Graham knows French.The schedule for the food trucks and events at the Plaza can be found on the Common Spaces website.last_img read more

From ‘what we do’ to ‘whom we serve’

first_imgFor Huntington Lambert, who took the reins at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education and the Extension School three years ago, coming to Cambridge was a sort of homecoming.Lambert still remembers when his mother studied at the Extension School while he was growing up in neighboring Dover. The School has changed a lot since, but the open-enrollment model remains in place, a draw for a wide range of nontraditional students. Besides the Extension School, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, the Division of Continuing Education includes the Summer School for high school students preparing for college, development programs for working professionals, and the Institute for Learning in Retirement. Every year, the division serves 20,000 students from more than 120 countries.The Gazette sat down with Lambert to talk about highlights of his first three years on the job, the growth of the Extension School, and the role of technology in what he called an “era of lifelong learning.”GAZETTE: Your mother took classes at Harvard Extension School when you were young. And later on, you taught at night while you were raising a family and had a full-time job. How do you think these two experiences prepared you for this job?LAMBERT: My mother disappeared at nights to go back to school. Roll the clock forward 30 years, and I started teaching at an M.B.A. program at night, and suddenly, I was the parent — with a full-time job with kids at home — who disappeared at night. Ten, 15 years later, I ended up as dean of the Extension School and a whole division that teaches at night to adults. The magic moment came when, after I became dean here, I had my mother come to a graduation ceremony. She had graduated but never came to the ceremony. It was going complete circle, from Mom disappearing to giving her a degree from where she had disappeared.GAZETTE: Before you came here, you created and led the Colorado State University Global Campus, an all-online public university. Can you tell us more about this?LAMBERT: At Colorado State University, I got deeply involved in the economics of the state. That’s when I discovered that there were 750,000 people just in Colorado alone who started college and never finished. I got the entrepreneurial bug, and a team of us went off and started an online university. The belief was that we could build an online university from scratch that was public, half the price and twice as good as the University of Phoenix. The first class was in the fall of 2008, and by the end of 2010, we had 3,000 students. Now it has 15,000 students. The idea was to use online technology to teach this adult population who needed to be re-educated to join the knowledge community. One of my jokes was that if we were really successful, the University of Phoenix would leave Colorado, and they did. They couldn’t compete with us. Everything was going along fine, and Harvard called.GAZETTE: What attracted you to Harvard?LAMBERT: I was interested in Harvard because the mission of the Extension School intrigued me. John Lowell Jr. created the Lowell Institute in 1835, which was the Extension School’s precursor. He had faculty teaching evening courses that were for “the women and men of Boston,” and they charged the equivalent of two bushels of wheat. The idea of having courses open to the public goes all the way back to that. You can still do this today; you can pursue an undergraduate degree through the Extension School for $40,000 and a graduate degree for $25,000. We can extend Harvard to the part-time learner with the academic ability, curiosity, and drive to succeed. Whom we serve, the part-time student, is what makes us unique from the other Harvard Schools that focus primarily on full-time learners.GAZETTE: How would you compare the students of 1910, when the school was founded, to the students of today?LAMBERT: In those days, the dominant theme was individual-course takers. People came for personal growth. They had never studied Shakespeare, and they wanted a Shakespeare course taught by a Harvard faculty member. Today 96 percent of our students tell us they’re taking courses for professional gain. Now roughly half of our students take a single course, and the other half are pursuing certificates or degrees to get promotions or switch jobs.GAZETTE: What about the mission of the school? Has it changed over the years?LAMBERT: Our mission was and is to extend Harvard to the general public. The biggest change I made since I got here was to rearticulate the mission from “what we do” to “whom we serve.” We’re one of 12 degree-granting Schools at Harvard. The other Schools primarily serve full-time students. Our School largely serves part-time learners, adult learners, nontraditional students.GAZETTE: Who gets to teach at the Extension School?LAMBERT: Fifty-two percent of Harvard Extension School instructors are Harvard affiliates, and the remainder are faculty from other schools and industry professionals. For our learners, this combination of Harvard academics and industry professionals gives them the best of both worlds.GAZETTE: You’ve been at the helm of the Extension School for three years. What are the highlights of your tenure?LAMBERT: I restructured the division to align the whole organization around student success. And for the first time in the division’s history, we’re known by the other Harvard Schools. We made an effort to share what we know with the other Schools as they go online. We partner with them when they want to reach the part-time learner. In the past, we’ve never had any relationship with the other Harvard Schools, and now we know each other and are working together. For much of our history we sat on the edge of Harvard, purposely ignored and purposely hiding, and now I feel we’re really a part of Harvard. The other Schools understand who we are and whom we serve.GAZETTE: How has the perception about the Extension School changed over the years?LAMBERT: The biggest deal is for people to understand that we serve part-time learners, nontraditional students. If you can get in to Harvard College or any of the graduate schools and attend full-time, you should do it. But if you have a job or you have to keep working because you have a family, then you can be a part of Harvard through the Extension School and receive a high-quality education. We have an open-enrollment policy, meaning anyone can register for a course. However, we have a unique admissions process for our degree programs whereby students take classes first and earn three Bs or better to qualify to be admitted to a degree. This “earn your way in” admission policy provides a second chance for working adults who may have started a degree years ago elsewhere. In the end, only 32 percent of those who want to pursue an undergraduate degree earn the grades for admission. So for adult part-time learners, we’re very selective. For students who are admitted to a program, our average graduation rate is 85 percent, which is phenomenal.GAZETTE: How do you think online education is changing higher education?LAMBERT: Online has two stories: The first story is online technology, which lets you scale courseware infinitely at near-zero cost, and has resulted in MOOCs and millions of people sharing this experience. What it hasn’t demonstrated is whether learning scales. One of the things I’ve observed is that learning is an intensely personal human activity. So whenever we design online courses, we design them with human contact and support. Online courses have a teaching assistant for every 25 students. We have added “hybrid” courses, which are online with a required weekend on campus. They’re our highest-rated courses. But many of our courses are still small courses on campus at night where people sit around tables to talk about things.GAZETTE: Is an online degree comparable to an on-campus degree?LAMBERT: They’re different experiences. When you come to do a four-year residential undergraduate degree, you’re a young person and you take a big block of time out of your life, and you learn in an intense environment. Our adult learners are looking for something different. They want the academic component to help fuel their professional career and can’t spend the time for the rest.Also, it’s important to note that none of our degrees can be earned entirely online. We think coming to campus for in-person interaction with faculty and fellow students is an important part of the degree experience, so each of our degrees has some residential component. The opportunity to study on the Harvard campus is part of what makes our programs special.GAZETTE: When you first came to Harvard, the division offered 200 online courses. Now it offers more than 450. What’s the role of the Extension School in expanding the University’s digital footprint?LAMBERT: The most fundamental thing we do is access, innovation, and economic self-sufficiency. For 106 years, we’ve been the place where Harvard faculty come to try ideas and bring successes back to the classroom. If you look back in our history, we were teaching radio courses in the 1920s, we were doing television courses in the 1950s, and online courses since 1997. We have always been the place where Harvard faculty can experiment. We offer roughly 800 courses, and more than half of them are online and that’s where the enrollment growth has happened. The other area of significant growth is in professional graduate certificates. Every year we have students from over 150 countries enrolled online. Faculty tell us that global cultural diversity makes the courses even better.GAZETTE: How do you envision the future of the Extension School? What are your goals?LAMBERT: First, I want to figure out how we serve the rest of the Schools at Harvard. We already partner with the Business School and we’re talking with the School of Public Health, SEAS, and the Medical School. We’re talking to all the Schools about how we can help them extend themselves to part-time learners by sharing what we know about technology, online and enhanced teaching and learning. We want to serve as many adult learners as we can. We also want to encourage other universities to do the same. If Harvard can do it with this quality and this price, other schools can too, and the audience is so big that we really need more schools educating this population. As for Harvard, if we can extend it to this part-time audience, if we can contribute, that is a very virtuous circle, and that only makes Harvard stronger and the world a better place.last_img read more

29 Landscape chores

first_imgBy Robert R. WesterfieldUniversity ofGeorgiaAs the weather turns more favorable in the spring, our mindsbegin to wander toward our landscapes and flower gardens. Thelist of garden jobs is almost endless. Volume XXXINumber 1Page 29 Concentrate, though, on the most important tasks as you preparefor a beautiful landscape.It’s time for last-minute pruning. Prune roses and most othernonspring-blooming plants before their new flush. Prune plantsthat bloom in early spring right after they bloom if they need atrim.Spring is also an ideal time to fertilize your shrubs. Apply aslow-release fertilizer in late March or early April to give yourplants a supply of energy for the growing season. Be careful.Don’t overdo it. Too much fertilizer will cause excess growth andharm the environment, too.Flower bedsEarly spring is great for preparing annual and perennial flowerbeds. It may be too early to plant some tender annuals, but youcan get ready by tilling the bed and adding rich compost ortopsoil.Be sure to check that the bed has good drainage so plants’ rootswill develop well. You can safely add other shrubs to yourlandscape now, too. Remember to provide ample space for plants.Allow for the size the shrub or flower will be at maturity.Weed control is critical in the spring. As the ground begins towarm, many weeds are just waiting to germinate. Applying aregistered preemergent herbicide or adding a landscape fabric ormulch will go a long way to preventing weeds’ disruption of theflower garden.Houseplants can go back outside when daytime temperatures climbback above 50 degrees. It’s a good idea to bring plants back in,however, if the nighttime temperature is going to dip much lowerthan 50 degrees.Fern aidClean up ferns by removing old, crumpled foliage. Repot anyhouseplants that have become rootbound. Begin to get back on theregular watering and fertilizing schedule as the days get warmer.Don’t forget about your equipment. If you haven’t already doneit, drain and change the oil in your rotary tillers, stringtrimmers and mowers. Be sure all nuts, bolts and belts are tightand blades are sharp.Check hand tools such as shovels, hoes and rakes for cracked ordry handles. Treat them with linseed oil or paint them to protectthem and extend their life.Spring is a time of anticipation and outdoor fun. By doing a fewoutdoor chores early, we can look for a landscape that shouldprovide us beauty and enjoyment throughout the season.(Bob Westerfield is the Cooperative Extension consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

January 15, 2003 Notices

first_imgThe Bar’s Military Affairs Committee is now accepting nominations for its Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence.The award is given annually to those who demonstrate character and leadership promoting the quality of legal services furnished to military personnel serving in Florida.The Burton Award will be presented at the Annual Military Law and Legal Assistance Symposium scheduled for Saturday, March 8 at the Ponce De Leon Hotel in St. Augustine.Nominations must be submitted by January 31 to Jennifer Wilson, Military Affairs Committee, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Proposed Board of Governors actions January 15, 2003 Regular News Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this corrected notice of intent to consider or take final action at its January 29-31 meeting on the following items — superseding previous notice published in the January 1 News. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable.Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective.To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850)561-5600, ext. 6802 — please reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 3 Rules of DisciplineSubchapter 3-6 Employment of Certain Attorneys or Former Attorneys 1. Rule 3-6.1 GenerallyRevised Summary: Adds a 3-year prohibition against a lawyer, who is barred or suspended from practice, from being employed or supervised by another attorney who was previously supervised by that barred or suspended lawyer at the time of their discipline. Chapter 4 Rules of Professional ConductSubchapter 4-1 Client-Lawyer Relationship 2. Rule 4-1.5 Fees for Legal ServicesSummary: Within title, subdivisions (a) & (b), and commentary relating to excessiveness versus reasonableness of fees, codifies that an attorney’s costs also must be reasonable; establishes criteria to determine reasonableness of costs; provides safe harbor for written cost disclosures; amends title, to read “Fees ‘and Costs’ for Legal Services”; also within subdivision (f) requires that the petitions and applications, along with the resulting order, only be served on The Florida Bar when the petition or application is denied; within subdivision (h), conforms verbiage to current viewpoint that lawyers may accept credit card payment for advance payment of fees and costs, deleting language that now limits charges under an approved credit plan to services actually rendered or cash actually paid; further deletes references to “approved” credit plans consistent with current Supreme Court practice; adds commentary to clarify that credit plans include credit card payments, and to confirm that a lawyer who accepts payment from a credit plan for advance fees or costs must hold such amount in trust per governing rules and must add the lawyer’s own money to the trust account in an amount equal to the amount charged by the credit plan for doing business with the plan. Fred Arthur Schwartz of Boca Raton has submitted an application for readmission to the Bar with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. S chwartz resigned from the practice of law in Florida pursuant to the Supreme Court’s Order of February 20, 1997, under an allegation of misappropriation of trust funds.The Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Schwartz’s application for readmission and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Schwartz, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Kathryn E. Ressel, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Burton Award nominations sought Continuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar seeks a new member of the public to serve on its governing board.The board member will replace Royce Walden of Orlando, whose second two-year term expires June 2003.Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar’s 52-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization’s request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only seven other state bars — Alaska, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin — and the District of Columbia have public members on their governing boards.A screening committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been appointed to review the applications for the public member position, conduct final interviews and make recommendations to the Bar’s governing board during its April meeting in Kissimmee. The board will then recommend three persons to the Supreme Court of Florida and the court will appoint one of the three nominees to the board. The Board of Governors oversees the Bar’s lawyer discipline program, continuing legal education programs, legislative activities, and the overall administration of The Florida Bar.In addition to the two public members on the Board of Governors, one-third of all members of the 81 local grievance committees which hear complaints against attorneys are nonlawyers, as are one-third of the members of the 32 committees which oversee the Bar’s unlicensed practice of law investigations. These committees report to the Board of Governors, which in turn reports to the Supreme Court.Board members average 200-300 hours per year on Bar business depending on committee assignments. Although attorney members of the Bar’s governing board pay all expenses related to their attendance at six board meetings and other events held each year, nonlawyer board members are reimbursed for “reasonable travel and related expenses for attending official bar functions.”The new board member will serve a two-year term commencing June 27. Public members are not allowed by rule to serve more than two consecutive terms. Most of the Bar’s board is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representatives. The other public member currently serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is Dr. Vivian Hobbs, Ph.D., of Tallahassee.Persons interested in serving as a public member may obtain the application form from the Bar’s Web site at or call The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802 to request an application to be mailed. Completed applications should be mailed to John F. Harkness, Jr.,Bar executive director, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300. The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 31.Foundation seeks seven directors Bar seeks a public member for the Board of Governors Seven positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan which provides for 18 out of the 29-member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: Michael A. Bander, Miami, and Kelley C. Howard, Tampa (Florida Supreme Court appointees), John J. Schickel, Jacksonville, and Jack P. Brandon, Lake Wales (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Michael P. Stafford, Uniondale, NY, and Linda F. Wells, Tallahassee (Foundation appointees). Wells is not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of The Florida Bar also must be members of the Bar Foundation. Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The seventh board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by T. Glenn Jackson, Jr., Windermere, who is eligible to serve a second two-year term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.Since 1981, the Foundation’s principal activity has been setting policy and overseeing operation of the Supreme Court’s IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Persons interested in applying for any of the seven Foundation board positions should obtain the appropriate application form. Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando, Florida 32801-3440, or downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site: under the governance section.Completed applications must be received by the Foundation by February 14. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Applicants for Bar seats should contact the Bar directly.)The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the Board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities.First Circuit JNC to fill judgeship The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for the circuit judge position being vacated as a result of Judge Kenneth Bell’s appointment to the Supreme Court.Applicants must be residents of the First Judicial Circuit (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties), registered voters, and a member of The Florida Bar for the past five years.Applications are available from The Florida Bar Web site at, or from the acting chair of the JNC, Bruce D. Partington, by pick-up from his law office at 125 W. Romana St., Suite 800, Pensacola 32501, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An original plus nine copies of the completed application must be received by Partington no later than 5 p.m. January 22.Nunes petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, David Smith Nunes has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Nunes was suspended for three years after being found guilty of violations arising from making disparaging remarks about judges and opposing counsel, filing a frivolous lawsuit, representing clients after being discharged, and making false representations to a tribunal.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Nunes’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Eric Montel Turner, chief branch disciplinary counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Ave., Suite 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245.Schwartz applies for readmission to the Bar January 15, 2003 Notices Subchapter 4-8 Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession 3. Rule 4-8.4 MisconductSummary: Within subdivision ( i ) and commentary, amends existing language prohibiting lawyer-client sexual conduct, to further recognize instances of sexual relations with “a representative of a client,” “including but not limited to a duly authorized constituent of” a corporate or other non-personal entity. Chapter 5 Rules Regulating Trust AccountsSubchapter 5-1 Generally 4. Rule 5-1.1 Trust AccountsSummary: Within subdivision (a)(1), clarifies that a lawyer may maintain funds belonging to the lawyer within a trust account in an amount no more than is reasonably sufficient to pay bank charges related to the account; deletes unnecessary cross-reference within subdivision (g)(2); adds new subdivision (h), to clarify that a lawyer shall not receive benefit from interest on funds held in trust that the lawyer determines are not nominal or short-term; revises subsequent subdivision entry accordingly; creates new comment, consisting of commentary transferred verbatim from rule 5-1.2 with the exception of first paragraph, and new language stating that a lawyer who holds trust funds and who determines that such funds are not nominal or short-term should place such funds in a separate interest-bearing account for the benefit of the client or third person unless directed otherwise in writing. Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education ProgramsSubchapter 6-9 Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Real Estate LawyerCorrected Summary: Proposes new standards within the following rules, to establish a more identifiable nexus between lawyers desiring certification in the field of real estate law and their actual practice and involvement in Florida real estate law. 5. Rule 6-9.1 Generally 6. Rule 6-9.2 Definitions 7. Rule 6-9.3 Minimum Standards 8. Rule 6-9.4 Recertification BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION (BLSE) POLICIES400 Series – Florida Certification Plan 9. BLSE 4.03 Standard of Review S ummary: Clarifies standard of review for area committees, and confirms that an appellant bears the burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence from the record below that the decision at issue was the product of a BLSE procedural violation or of fraud, discrimination, or arbitrary or capricious action. 10. BLSE 4.09 Consideration of AppealSummary: Within subdivision (b) deletes “supporting material filed by the petitioner” from the codified definition of “record”; within subdivision (c), deletes the restrictive bases for an appeals committee decision without oral argument; within subdivision (d) adds that tie votes of the appeals committee are considered favorable to the review panel decision, as well as the BLSE decision at issue.last_img read more