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#Limerick minister must stem loss of marine tourism to city

first_imgNews#Limerick minister must stem loss of marine tourism to cityBy Staff Reporter – June 1, 2016 1373 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous article‘Threat to kill’ trial collapses over Limerick juror’s ‘Garda corruption’ commentNext articleAnti-Islam group raise concerns in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Advertisement Twitter LIMERICK’s newly appointed Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has been asked to intervene with Waterways Ireland to reopen navigation of the River Shannon at #Limerick city and avoid the loss of marine tourism revenue to the city.On April 25, Waterways Ireland issued a marine notice advising all users that the river from Limerick city to Parteen Weir would close to navigation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It cited the “continuing high flow rates and infrastructural deficiencies as a result of the winter storms and subsequent flooding” as reasons for the closure.Waterways Ireland said that the “floating breakwater at the entrance to the Abbey River in Limerick is no longer in place to protect vessels from striking the fixed weir. Also, there are many strong currents and eddies making navigation dangerous for both large and small craft.A safety inspection of other damaged floating pontoons further upstream was to be carried out “when water levels and flows permit. Meanwhile, users are advised to stay clear of these until a further Marine Notice is issued on this matter.”Remedial works have yet to take place and the waterway remains closed to all marine traffic during the peak summer season.Sailors from local sailing clubs wishing to access the Shannon now face the prospect of missing completions and events around the west coast and beyond as they can not pass through the navigation.Last year, a six point plan to boost marine tourism on the Shannon and in Limerick was launched by then Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan.The plans, drafted by Limerick marine enthusiasts to benefit local tourism, heritage and education, were submitted to Waterways Ireland.Well-known boatman Pat Lysaght said that “Limerick is effectively landlocked and until these issues are rectified we will continue to lose out”.Calling for immediate intervention by Minister O’Donovan, who has responsibility for tourism and sport, Cllr Emmett O’Brien said the closure of the waterway “means no boats can sail from Limerick city to Killaloe. This may have a serious impact on local tourism and is contrary to all lip service being paid to Limerick being a riverside city.“We need a clear and accurate response from Waterways Ireland and the Council why this has occurred and our local Minister for State for Tourism must intervene to ensure this navigation route does not remain closed.”Fianna Fáil Deputy Niall Collins said that it was of huge concern that “Limerick City is effectively closed off to marine tourism and this is having a detrimental impact on tourism across the Shannon region.“I’m calling on Waterways Ireland to outline when the navigational hazards it has identified along the river will be addressed. We need to know the planned schedule of works and when the river will be reopened to marine traffic.“We can’t have a situation whereby boats cannot sail up or down the River Shannon during the peak of the tourist season. This needs to be addressed without delay.”At the time of going to press, Limerick City Council and Minister O’Donovan had failed to respond to queries.Waterways Ireland issued this statement on Wednesday afternoon.“The stretch of navigation from Limerick city to Parteen Weir remains closed to navigation due to continuing infrastructural deficiencies as a result of the winter storms and subsequent flooding.“Waterways Ireland, following the 2015/2016 flooding event has and continues to restore the infrastructure right along the Shannon navigation following on from the damage caused by record flood levels and the prolonged duration of these floods during last winter.“However, Waterways Ireland has limited resources available to it and has had to prioritise its’ interventions in those areas of greatest need and use.”The statement did not indicate any timeframe for reopening of the navigation. TAGSEmmett O’Brienlimerickmarine tourismniall collinsPatrick O’DonovanRiver ShannonWaterways Ireland Linkedinlast_img read more

Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline

first_img WhatsApp Local NewsState Twitter DALLAS (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Texas fell again Sunday after dipping below 10,000 for the first time since December on Saturday. There were 9,652 people in Texas hospitals with confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus Sunday, according to the Department of State Health Services. That’s the lowest figure recorded since Dec. 16. State health officials reported 5,278 new, confirmed cases of the virus Sunday, 1,499 probable cases and 167 more fatalities. Texas has reported 38,643 COVID-19 deaths and more than 2.16 million cases since the pandemic began. The actual number of cases is believed to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested and some who get sick don’t show symptoms. Over the past week, more than 16% of COVID-19 tests in Texas have come back positive, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness and be fatal. Pinterest Pinterest TAGS  Twittercenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 Previous articleJuhasz, Patty lead No. 11 Buckeye women past Gophers 83-59Next articleCity inflicts 3rd straight Anfield loss on ailing Liverpool Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Facebook Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline WhatsApplast_img read more

Donegal TD accuses education minister of electioneering on small schools

first_img Facebook Google+ Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Google+ WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp By News Highland – May 19, 2014 Positive noises from Education Minister Ruari Quinn on the future of small schools are being dismissed as a pre-election gimmick by Fianna Fail’s Education Spokesperson.Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says the minister’s comments at the weekend that government policy on small schools will be reviewed is too little too late, as is his assertion that schools should be dealt with on an individual basis.Deputy Mc Conalogue says budgets have been slashed, class sizes increased, and if the minister is serious about improving the situation, he should move to permanently restore works programmes and provide schools with the funding they need:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/charl830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article28% increase in housing list in County DonegalNext articleDiversion put in place following Lifford bridge crash News Highland Donegal TD accuses education minister of electioneering on small schools Pinterest 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

Pike County BOE honored at reception

first_img By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits • Approved permission to create a Transition Services teacher position for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. The position is to be funded by the Alabama Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the PCBOE General Fund.• Approved permission for Pike County High School band students, Emily Caple, Zylon Guilford and Tracy Person and band director James Oliver to attend the 2017 Southeastern United States Honor Band and Clinic, February 2-4 at Troy University.• Approved permission for Pam Franklin to attend the Alabama Community Education Association Annual Conference, March 7-10 in Orange Beach. Expenses to be paid by Indian Education funds.• Approved permission for Kaye Phillips, Renee Cortner and Cheryl Watson to attend the Alabama Autism Conference, February 24 in Tuscaloosa. Expenses will be paid by IDEA funds and Goshen High School. Book Nook to reopen Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools praised his board as “the best in the state” at a reception in the board’s honor Monday. The reception was held prior to the board’s regular January meeting at the Pike County Board of Education Central Office and in conjunction with School Board Recognition Month. Pictured from left, board members, Dr. Clint Foster, Earnest Green, Wyman Botts, Dr. Greg Price, Bazzell, Linda Steed and Chris Wilkes.The members of the Pike County School Board were honored with a reception Monday afternoon at the Pike County Board of Education Central Office prior to the board’s regular January board meeting. The board members were honored for their service to the children of Pike County.Pike County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bazzell said although he probably sounded like a broken record, he does have the best school board in the state.“When I sit and listen to other superintendents talk about the turmoil they face with their boards and know we don’t have any problems, I really appreciate the board trusting me and our staff,” he said. “We do have the best board in the state and I am very appreciative of their support and hard work.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Headlining the new business agenda was Bazzell’s report on the purchase/closing on the 15-acre Mockingbird Land property and the board’s approval of the final plans for the Center for Advanced Academic and Accelerated Learning planned for that site.The board also approved the formation of committees to study the expansion of STEM initiatives down to grades two through four.In other new business, the board: You Might Like Several Pike County fire stations respond to Zion Chapel fire Multiple Pike County fire stations responded with mutual aid to Coffee County on Friday evening to a report of a… read more Pike County BOE honored at reception • Approved permission for Dr. Donnella Carter to attend the Alabama Association of School Personnel Administrators Conference, February 15-17 in Montgomery. Expenses will be paid through Title II funds.• Approved permission for the technology department to dispose and surplus old technology items as listed on the spreadsheet.• Approved permission for Shantell Rouse to attend the Assistant Principal’s Conference on February 8 and 9 in Prattville.• In personnel action, the board:• Approved the employment of Elizabeth Crawley, transition teacher, contingent on the execution of contract.• Approved the re-employment of Kelvin Larkin, bus driver.• Approved the employment of Jesse Webb, special education aide at Goshen Elementary School.• Approved volunteer status for Laken Maulden Pike County High School, softball. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Sponsored Content Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Skiplast_img read more

Smokers need more help to kick the habit

first_img Previous Article Next Article Smokerswho give up for a year have a better than even chance of quitting long-term,according to a trial by UK scientists.Butthe study, published in the British Medical Journal, also highlights thedifficulty of long-term quitting, with only 5 per cent of smokers managing tostay away from cigarettes for the full eight years of the trial.Thestudy demonstrates the urgent need for more effective ways of helping people toquit, according to cancer charity Cancer Research UK.Scientistsat the charity’s General Practice Research Group in Oxford followed up 840people who had taken part in an original one-year trial on the effectiveness ofnicotine replacement therapy (NRT).Ofthe 153 patients who had given up smoking for one year in the original trial,83 were still tobacco-free eight years later.JeanKing, Cancer Research UK’s director of tobacco control, said: “Smokers who wantto quit should seek as much help as they can, both from NRT and frombehavioural support, such as stop-smoking clinics.“Policiessuch as smoke-free public places are essential to create a non-smoking norm,”she added.(Ref:BMJ 2003;327:28-29) Related posts:No related photos. Smokers need more help to kick the habitOn 1 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Bilfinger and Greeen Solutions expand filling station network of Alternoil for natural gas trucks

first_imgBilfinger EMS will serve as technology partner of Greeen Solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of the LNG filling stations Bilfinger and Greeen Solutions expand filling station network. (Credit: Paul Brennan from Pixabay) Bilfinger and Greeen Solutions have signed a framework agreement covering engineering, assembly and services for LNG filling stations. The goal is to establish a comprehensive filling station network for trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) – a more environmentally friendly alternative to diesel.Bilfinger EMS will serve as technology partner of Greeen Solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of the LNG filling stations. The Cloppenburg-based company will contribute its engineering expertise to approval planning for future LNG filling station locations and will also coordinate other planning services. Furthermore, Bilfinger EMS will carry out technical inspections for plant function, plant safety and conformity with German laws and standards. Bilfinger EMS will also provide qualified personnel for the installation, technical testing and commissioning of the filling stations. The systems will be monitored 24/7 and, if necessary, assistance can be provided by telephone or on site. The first LNG filling stations ordered by Greeen Solutions from Bilfinger EMS will be installed before the end of this year at locations in Bremen (A 281 freight center), Melle (A 30), Cologne (A 4 freight center), Greding (A 9) and Ettenheim (A 5). The filling stations will be operated by Alternoil GmbH, on whose behalf Greeen Solutions is acting as project developer.In October 2019, Alternoil opened what was at the time the largest LNG filling station in Europe in the city of Bakum (Lower Saxony, Germany). This project was the starting point for the long-term establishment of more environmentally friendly fuels for heavy goods traffic. This year, ten additional LNG filling stations are already under construction or in the approval phase. In order to make the network accessible to as many freight forwarders as possible, Alternoil is using the existing infrastructure, enabling service station operators to supply LNG at their current locations. For fleet operators looking to switch to LNG trucks, Alternoil can also provide LNG directly at their sites. To facilitate this, an integrated concept is being pursued, covering planning, construction, smooth operation and maintenance of the stations as well as the supply of LNG.In the future, heavy goods traffic on German roads is expected to have a much lower impact on the environment and climate than is currently the case. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has launched a program of subsidies for heavy goods vehicles intended to make it easier for freight forwarders to switch from diesel to alternative drive systems. There is a clear trend towards LNG. The prerequisite for the widespread use of LNG trucks is the existence of a comprehensive network of filling stations. An EU directive stipulates that LNG vehicles must be able to fill up with LNG anywhere in the European transport network without difficulty by 2025 at the latest. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

The Allman Betts Band Announces Debut Album, Tour Dates With John Fogerty

first_imgThe Allman Betts Band have officially announced their debut album, Down To The River, due out June 28th via BMG. The torch-bearing family band, which features Allman Brothers Band offspring Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr., as well as Johnny Stachela, Johnny Ginty, R Scott Bryan, and John Lum, will preview the new material on May 17th with the release of their first single, “All Night”.EXCLUSIVE: Devon Allman & Duane Betts Discuss “The Allman Betts Band”, Upcoming Album & TourThe new record was appropriately recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL and produced by Grammy Award winner Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine, Elvis Presley).Down To The Record also features special guest collaborations with Peter Levin, B3 Hammond player from the Gregg Allman Band, and Chuck Leavell, former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current musical director for the Rolling Stones.In addition to their world tour dates, The Allman Betts Band will join John Fogerty on the road for select dates later this summer with stops in Providence, RI; Portland, ME; and Boston, MA as well as a performance at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Additional tour dates are expected to be added soon.“Anytime you get to play with your heroes it’s a dream come true, but John Fogerty, that’s pretty special. We are beyond honored to share the stage with him on these upcoming dates,” says Betts in a press release. “As a longtime fan of CCR, I’m so amped up to do some shows with one of the best voices in rock music,” adds Allman.Check out the tracklisting of the new album below, a video from their latest Paste Studio session, as well as The Allman Betts Band’s full tour schedule, and head to their website for additional information.The Allman Betts Band – Down To The River TracklistingAll NightShinin’TryDown To The RiverAutumn BreezeGood Ol’ DaysMelodies Are MemoriesSouthern AccentsLong GoneView Tour DatesThe Allman Betts Band – “Melodies Are Memories”, “Down To The River” [Video: Paste Magazine]The Allman Betts Band – Down To The River 2019 TourMay 6, Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower TheaterMay 8, Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon TheaterMay 9, Salina, KS @ Stiefel TheatreMay 10, Dallas, TX @ Kessler TheaterMay 11, Houston, TX @ Heights TheaterMay 12, Austin, TX @ MohawkMay 14, Lubbock, TX @ Cactus TheaterMay 15, Albuquerque, NM @ National Hispanic Cultural CenterMay 16, Tucson, AZ @ Fox TheaterMay 17, Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum TheaterMay 19, Chandler, AZ @ Chandler Center for the Performing ArtsJun 8, Garberville, CA @ Redwood RunJun 14, Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music SeriesJun 15, Utica, NY @ Stanley TheatreJun 18, Kent, OH @ The Kent StageJun 19, Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn TheaterJun 20, Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre BallroomJun 21, Columbus, OH @ Express LiveJun 22, Kokomo, IN @ Foster ParkJun 23, McMinnville, TN @ Cumberland CavernsJun 25, Bristol, TN @ Paramount TheaterJun 26, Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester PACJun 27, State College, PA @ State TheatreJun 30, Winter Park, CO @ Blues from the TopJul 5, Westhampton, NY @ Westhampton Beach PACJul 6, East Hampton, NY @ John Drew Theater at Guild HallJul 7, Norwalk, CT @ Wall Street TheaterJul 8, Ocean City, NJ @ NJ Music PierJul 16, Munich, DE @ Backstage HallJul 17, Luxembourg, LUX @ RockhalJul 23, Cologne, Germany @ KantineJul 24, Amsterdam, NL @ ParadisoJul 29, Hamburg, DE @ MarkthalleJul 30, Berlin, DE @ LidoJul 31, Nürnberg, DE @ HirschAug 9, Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park*Aug 11, Portland, ME Maine @ Savings Pavilion*Aug 13, Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*Aug 15, New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall*Aug 29, St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada TheaterAug 30, Fort Wayne, IN @ Sweetwater Performance PavilionSep 1, Lakeville, PA @ Cove Ent ResortsSep 13, Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak CenterNov 1, Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre* w/ John FogertyFestival DatesMay 18, Dana Point, CA @ Doheny Blues FestivalJun 16, 2019 Bethel, NY @ Mountain JamJun 28, Rochester, NY @ Rochester Jazz FestivalJun 29, 2019 New Martinsville, WV @ Back Home FestivalJul 2, Milwaukee, WI @ SummerfestJul 14, 2019 Suwalki, Poland @ Suwalki Blues FestivalJul 20, 2019 Maidstone, UK @ Ramblin’ Man FairJul 21, Peer, Belgium @ Peer Blues FestivalJul 25-28, 2019 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music FestivalJul 25-28, 2019 Breitenbach, GER @ Burg Herzberg festivalAug 2, Notodden, Norway @ Notodden Blues FestivalAug 10, 2019 Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Blues FestivalAug 24, 2019 Arrington, VA @ LOCKN’ FestivalSep 5-8, 2019 Las Vegas, NV @ Big Blues BenderSep 14, Telluride, CO @ Blues & Brews FestMORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!View Tour Dateslast_img read more

Learning about learning: Creating a connection

first_imgPeter Bol, Harvard’s vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL), announced Thursday the formation of the VPAL Research Group. The organization will integrate HarvardX and the research fellows’ programs from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), and adds new leadership and positions.“This fusion to support our growing work in the learning sciences is absolutely additive,” said Bol, Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, who has served in the vice provost role for two years. “Moreover, research is following our faculty, as what is happening online and in the classroom is increasingly blurred, and researchers have already been skating across both realms. In that sense, it’s a reflection of a reality that has already existed over the past few years.”The VPAL Research Group will be dedicated to advancing Harvard’s research on assessing and improving residential, blended, and digital learning environments.The newly formed VPAL Research Group will strive to study learning whenever and whenever it happens—even in virtual environments such as those created by the Visualization Lab in the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Photo courtesy of the Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching.“Grounded by HarvardX’s benchmark studies on MOOC [massive open online course] learners and HILT’s ongoing efforts to convene faculty and build a teaching and learning network across campus, we are working from a position of strength,” said Dustin Tingley, Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy, who will assume the faculty directorship of the new VPAL research team. “Looking ahead, our charge is to enable faculty research as well as develop new opportunities for research that come out of Harvard’s investment in technologies like the new Canvas platform.”Tingley is also the director of graduate studies for the Harvard Government Department, faculty director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science’s Undergraduate Research Scholar program, and founding director of the Program on Experience Based Learning in the Social Sciences, which created and helps maintain ABLConnect, a resource for activity-based and active learning.Andrew Ho, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who has simultaneously served as chair of the HarvardX Research Committee and directed on an interim basis the efforts of the HarvardX research team, will become the chair of the VPAL Research Committee.The committee supporting and advising Ho and Tingley will be composed of faculty members from across Harvard, many of whom have previously served as advisers to the prior HarvardX research group. Designed around topic subgroups to help define and advance particular priorities, the committee will tackle adaptive learning; hybrid classrooms; and the use, sharing, and privacy of learning data, among other issues, while also fostering cutting-edge research.“Our aim remains steadfast: supporting the charge by our faculty to improve teaching and exploring the emerging, constantly changing state of what Provost Alan Garber calls ‘anywhere, anytime learning,’ ” said Bol. “I am very much in line with a growing sentiment of the learning sciences research community. Every learning experience offers a potential opportunity for experimentation and analysis — and progress.”last_img read more

Mayoral initiative heads for year two

first_img A summer of service to cities Mayor Rosalynn Bliss of Grand Rapids, Mich., a member of the first-year cohort, noted that the program exposed her to more than one new source of learning.“In addition to the talented professors who challenged us to think differently about how best to solve community problems,” Bliss explained, “we had the opportunity to connect with and learn from other mayors.”With an emphasis on leadership, innovation, collaboration, and data-driven decision-making, the program begins each year with an intensive three days in New York City and seamlessly transitions to virtual classes from the HBX Live studio for the rest of the year. Additional support and programming helps each mayor focus on building their leadership skills by applying real-time learning to real-world problems. In Year 1, Fischer was particularly impacted by the public narrative workshop with Marshall Ganz, the Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society at HKS.“The storytelling sessions that we did with Marshall, learning how to better express yourself and connect heart-to-heart with your citizens, was really valuable,” said Fischer. “Mayors tend to talk kind of head-to-head, from an intellectual standpoint. But what moves people is heart-to-heart storytelling about the mayor as a person — the constituency as a whole, what we’ve done, or what our challenges are together. That was a great takeaway that I use every day.” “In addition to the talented professors who challenged us to think differently about how best to solve community problems, we had the opportunity to connect with and learn from other mayors.” — Mayor Rosalynn Bliss of Grand Rapids, Mich. Bloomberg Harvard program opens with three-day session, offering yearlong support on solving problems Reflecting on his experience with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative over the past year, Mayor Greg Fischer thought first of the collective learning for his organization.“It’s been the most valuable kind of training, lifelong learning experiences, that I’ve had and my administration has had together,” said Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, Ky., and a first-year participant in the initiative.The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard Business School (HBS), and Bloomberg Philanthropies, a nonprofit foundation created by businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It offers leadership and management training to mayors and senior officials from participating cities, and kicked off its second year on July 22.As the first year ends, the feedback has been positive. Through the Bloomberg Harvard Initiative, student fellows help mayors to improve lives center_img Fischer’s cohort included 29 U.S. mayors and 11 from Canada, South America, and Europe. The second group has widened its outreach to Africa and Asia, including mayors from cities in Indonesia and Sierra Leone.Though specific policy challenges vary between states and countries, many leadership challenges for city officials are consistent worldwide. The initiative’s faculty leaders have found that investing in the local level of government translate to a direct impact on communities.Rawi Abdelal, an HBS professor and the executive education co-chair for the initiative, said that in many cases, “it is city government that is the most consistent about both vision and pragmatism.”“Investing in these city leaders means increasing capabilities within the level of government that has the largest influence on citizens’ day-to-day lives,” he said.The new cohort of mayors aren’t the only ones selected from their cities to attend Harvard classes; each mayor will soon nominate two senior change agents in their administration to spend a year working with them and the initiative to advance the goals they set together. The three-person team will have ample opportunity to engage others in city hall — and beyond — to share in the learning journey and attend classes and workshops.The initiative is designed to benefit more than the participating mayors and their senior leaders, said Jorrit de Jong, the initiative’s faculty director, executive education co-chair, and lecturer at HKS.“We educate not just current city leaders, but also future city leaders and people who are currently enrolled in our degree programs,” de Jong said.This summer, for example, the initiative has 16 Harvard graduate student fellows working in the offices of Year 1 mayors.“We’ve made it a big focus to expose our students to what we do,” de Jong said. “We want to make them excited about working for cities and expose them to the real challenges our cities are facing.”Situated in HKS’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the initiative models itself as a “learning organization,” according to de Jong. The program has evolved as it enters its second year, and is adapting its content in response to feedback from Year 1 mayors.“We’re asking mayors to think differently, to ask themselves and their organizations tough questions, to pursue innovation with courage, and to accept failure as a necessary ingredient for success,” he said. “As an organization, it’s vital that we also commit ourselves to those principles so we can be creative yet strategic with our program, and practice what we preach.”In pursuit of new knowledge, the Initiative has engaged in research and curriculum development projects with a number of cities from the first cohort.“Convening mayors is only the beginning of our partnership with cities,” de Jong said. The initiative has launched three HBS/HKS research projects with Year 1 cities, he explained. They’re looking to produce more actionable data, teaching tools, and case studies that will continue to push what de Jong called ‘the field of city leadership’ forward in academia and on the ground in cities.“Year 1 taught us that the program resonates with mayors and senior leaders,” de Jong said. “For us, Year 2 is about doubling down on the best HBS and HKS has to offer so city leaders can step up with confidence and leverage skills they learned from each other to better serve their communities.” Related The mayors, who have to make government worklast_img read more

CUNA, orgs outline essential data breach legislation points

first_img continue reading » CUNA and other trade organizations highlighted what data breach legislation should look like to leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week in response to a request for comments on such legislation. CUNA supports strong national data security and breach notification requirements.“Any legislation enacted into law must ensure that all entities that handle consumers’ sensitive financial data have in place a robust–yet flexible and scalable–process to protect data, which must be coupled with effective oversight and enforcement procedures to ensure accountability and compliance,” the letter reads. “This is an important step to limit the onslaught of breaches and reduce risks to consumers and the significant costs imposed on our members from breaches.“This standard should apply to all entities that handle sensitive personal and financial data in order to provide meaningful and consistent protection for consumers nationwide,” it adds. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more