Taking people ‘to where they want to be’

first_imgHailing from Buffalo, a once-prosperous city in upstate New York, Steven Salcedo knew how a lack of continued economic development can hinder families and mire people in poverty and hopelessness.But it was only after he took a course at Harvard Law School (HLS) that Salcedo realized that lawyers could help foster better times for communities.“Lawyers can’t make economic development happen by themselves,” said Salcedo. “But we can contribute to help solve poverty by enabling people to do what they want to do. We’re like a bridge; we take them from where they are to where they want to be.”The class Salcedo took, “Community Enterprise Project of the Transactional Law Clinics,” allows HLS students to help small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community groups create businesses, obtain permits and licenses, and negotiate contracts and other transactional (non-litigation) services.Other transactional law clinics offered at HLS deal with business and nonprofits, entertainment law, and real estate.Amanda Kool, an HLS lecturer on law and clinical instructor, directs the Community Enterprise Project. Under her supervision, students work out of HLS’s Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, dividing their time between assisting clients and partnering with community organizations on projects that address broader legal barriers to economic development in the community.The course benefits both students who are interested in pursuing social-justice work and community members who need their services, said Kool. Since 2013, students have produced legal toolkits compiling laws and regulations that govern worker cooperatives, condominium associations, and food trucks, and staged legal workshops for military veterans who are starting small businesses and for entrepreneurs in the creative economy. Last October, they published a first-of-its-kind legal guidebook for immigrant entrepreneurs.“A lot of the social ills that result in crimes tied to poverty could be cured through economic development,” said Kool. “Our work has a strong public purpose.”By helping people who want to start small enterprises but lack the moneys to hire an attorney, students promote business development and job growth, said Kool. For many students, the fact that lawyers can help people overcome barriers to economic development comes as a something of a surprise.That was the case for Matt Diaz, who registered in the course with a desire to do transactional law but without knowing what to expect. He worked with clients who wanted to start a landscape worker cooperative and as a result, helped write a worker coop guide and the guidebook for immigrant entrepreneurs.“I’m a nerd for tackling new and unresolved legal issues,” said Diaz. “The course was like a rabbit hole for legal research. I had tons of fun.”For Carolyn Ruiz, the course offered an opportunity to plunge into a neighborhood far from campus and interact with community organizations.“In law school, everything is hypothetical,” she said. “This gave me the chance to work with real people in the real world.”The course also helped her practice her Spanish skills with Salvador Esteban, a client who comes from Mexico.“We wouldn’t have been able to help him” otherwise, said Ruiz, a Texan of Mexican descent. “He only spoke Spanish.”A father of two, Esteban, 45, runs a hot-dog cart near the Boston Common, and needed help with licensing and permitting.“I didn’t know how to pay taxes or how to apply for permits with City Hall or the health department,” he said.Students relish the opportunity to be immersed in a workaday community. Because their clients work during the week, students sometimes spend weekends and evenings meeting with them at their homes or businesses near Jamaica Plain.Salcedo took the course three times because he found his calling. It changed more than his career path, he said.“It did change the course of my life,” he said. “I entered law school because I wanted to help underrepresented people. I was unsure of how I wanted to do so, though. I learned that law can empower low-income entrepreneurs who are working to revitalize their neighborhoods and provide for their families.”Salcedo was awarded a prestigious Skadden Foundation Fellowship to create a program like the Community Enterprise Project to help small entrepreneurs in his hometown. After graduation, he plans to go back to Buffalo to work at the Western New York Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal services in civil matters to low-income residents.“I can’t imagine a more fulfilling way to use my legal education,” he said.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Waitress Joins the Millionaire’s Club

first_imgKeala Settle, Jessie Mueller & Kimiko Glenn in ‘Waitress'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Here’s what baking—and a hit musical during a holiday weekend—can do. The Sara Bareilles musical Waitress, which begin performances in March, surpassed the $1 million mark in grosses for the first time this past week. After Hamilton and School of Rock, it’s the third of this season’s five Tony Award for Best Musical nominees to join the Millionaire’s Club. Expect Shuffle Along to be next; having reached its highest gross at $985,656 this past week, it’s tapping toward the seven-figure milestone. Meanwhile, Best Play contender The Humans played to 98.05% capacity—a slight decrease from the previous week. We suspect a trophy on June 12 is all it would take for the Stephen Karam play to get the couple of points it needs to reach SRO.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 29:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,072,450)2. Hamilton ($1,917,923)3. Wicked ($1,744,424)4. Aladdin ($1,524,878)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,346,049)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Fun Home ($387,952)4. Fully Committed ($371,654)3. Eclipsed ($295,071)2. The Father ($246,823)1. An Act of God ($122,461)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.38%)2. Hamilton (101.74%)3. Shuffle Along (101.66%)4. Waitress (101.15%)5. The Lion King (99.88%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (65.63%)4. Kinky Boots (65.59%)3. Fiddler on the Roof (62.28%)2. Jersey Boys (60.73%)1. Eclipsed (58.25%)* Number based on two preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Backyard Barbecue.

first_img Judy A. Harrison Experts/Sources: Cook beef and pork to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit and poultry to 180 F. Don’t put cooked meat or poultry on the same plate that held the raw meat unless you have thoroughly washed the plate. Cook Meat ThoroughlyThe final step to safe grilling is getting the meat cooked thoroughly.”The best way to tell when it’s thoroughly cooked is to use a meat thermometer ora metal stem-type test thermometer,” Harrison said.Beef and pork should reach an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheitfor medium and 170 F for well done. Poultry should be 180 F.Be especially careful to check ground meat. Ground beef should reach at least 160 F inthe center. Ground poultry should reach 165 F.”We used to recommend that if the juices were running clear and the meat was brownin the center it was done,” Harrison said. “We now know that some ground beefturns brown before it reaches 160 degrees and some stays pink after it reaches that point.You need to check it with a thermometer.”Harrison said people often ask her why you can eat a steak that’s pink in the center,but not a hamburger. “Most bacteria need air to exist,” she said. “With acut of meat, the contaminants are mainly on the surface.”During cooking, the surface reaches a high temperature rather quickly, and thebacteria are killed,” she said. “But with ground beef, air and bacteria getspread throughout the product during grinding. So you need to get the center thoroughlydone.”Keep Foods Safely Hot Getting the meat safely cooked is half the battle. Keeping it safe is the other. “Once the food is cooked, transfer that hot product from the grill to a serving utensil where it can be kept at 140 degrees F or above for serving,” Harrison said. “That’s especially important if it will be out more than two hours, or even more than one hour on a hot day.” Try warming trays, crock pots or chafing dishes with Sterno burners to keep foods hot. (Request the full-size images.)center_img Separate Raw Foods From CookedThe second step is to keep raw foods separated from cooked.”Don’t put cooked meat or poultry on the same plate that held the raw meat unlessyou have throughly washed the plate,” Harrison said.Always thoroughly wash your hands and all preparation areas and utensils.Keep Grill Hot, CleanStep three to safe grilling is the grill. A few years ago, consumers were alarmed whenscientists published studies alleging that compounds formed when food is charred on agrill are carcinogenic.”To be safe, allow coals to burn until they’re ashy white (about 20 to 30minutes), before you begin cooking,” Harrison said. “That will make sure thetemperature is high enough to cook properly.”Trim fat from meats, too, to help prevent flame-ups that can char food.Once the coals are ready, look at the grill. How clean is the rack?”Most people just let whatever residue is on there burn off,” Harrison said.”That’s probably OK. But a cleaner, safer alternative is to wash the grill rack inhot, soapy water as soon as you finish cooking.”Don’t let food residue stay on the grill,” she said. “If you do, it’sharder to clean, and bacteria are more likely to be present and multiply.”If you’re basting with marinade, remember to keep raw and cooked foods separate.”Set aside a separate bowl of the marinade to use for basting,” Harrisonsaid. “Don’t let the marinade that has come in contact with the raw meat get back incontact with the meat as it is cooking, or you’ll just add the bacteria back.” Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. With the backyard grilling season starting in earnest, many outdoor cooks’ greatestfear is E. coli. But more hidden dangers lurk in the handling than inside the meat, says aUniversity of Georgia expert.”The first place people go wrong is taking foods from the freezer and thawing themon the counter,” said Judy Harrison, an Extension Service food safety specialist withthe UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Thawing foods at room temperature allows bacteria to multiply,” she said.”The first step in keeping meat and poultry safe for grilling is to thaw them andmarinate them in the refrigerator.”last_img read more

Tom Tom Festival: Time to visit Charlottesville, VA

first_img City as Canvas Mural Project & Public Art Bike RideEvery year, Tom Tom’s City as Canvas project commissions new murals around Charlottesville. Festival-goers can meet the artists and watch them work throughout the week, then take part in a free Public Art Bike Ride, led by one of the muralists, during which they’ll have a chance to see each new work of art and hear the story behind it.Massive free block partiesAs a grand finale to the Tom Tom week, the Festival hosts three huge, free block parties featuring all kinds of music—from reggae to rock to folk. Thousands of locals and visitors turn out for these three beautiful spring days and nights featuring great local food, bands, beer and art.Farm-to-Table Restaurant WeekCharlottesville is known as a locavore’s paradise—and after the Tom Tom Festival, you’ll know why. During the Festival’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week, the city’s finest restaurants and chefs highlight their commitment to sourcing local through special dinner menus that emphasize craft preparation and local artisans.Join us in Charlottesville this April 10-16 for an outstanding week of inspiration! With its terrific restaurants, lively urban core, dual UNESCO World Heritage sites, first-rate arts scene, and breathtaking countryside, Charlottesville, VA, is a great place to visit any time of year.But there’s one week that’s even better than the rest. Every April, Charlottesville celebrates hometown hero Thomas Jefferson’s birthday with its one-of-a-kind Tom Tom Founders Festival—an amazing weeklong celebration of the artists, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders who are transforming America’s communities into thriving centers of progress and empowerment. Tom Tom features great local music, food, and art, as well as hundreds of outstanding speakers, endless opportunities for terrific conversations, and an all-around amazing vision for the future of our communities.This April 10-16, join us in Charlottesville —along with hundreds of outstanding artists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, musicians, and foodies—f or one of Virginia’s biggest and most inspiring annual events.A few highlights:Founders SummitFor three days during the festival, more than fifty inspiring innovators gather to share their founding stories and offer advice on starting up anything, anywhere. This year’s speakers include New Belgium Brewing cofounder Kim Jordan, who turned a background in social work and a basement-based brewery into the nation’s eighth-largest brewer and an employee-owned sustainability superstar; and Rule29 founder Justin Ahrens, who used his resources as a renowned designer to raise awareness of and funds for communities in Africa with his nonprofit, Wheels4Water .last_img read more

The convenience economy and the rise of data analytics

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s consumers rely on technology more than ever to make their everyday lives easier. Meeting their growing demand for convenience is dramatically changing how they do business with you. But, in today’s convenience economy, don’t make the mistake of thinking that only the member benefits from a streamlined, digital experience.Every digital interaction creates a unique data point, and today’s tech-centric lifestyles are creating massive amounts of data. Companies have come to understand that all this (big) data creates a roadmap to consumer tendencies and behaviors. This information can be critical to studying your members, identifying their needs and preferences and developing strategies to be there for them when and how they want.With the explosion in swipes, clicks and third party sources, the ability to research patterns and make educated guesses on future actions has become much more of a reality. continue reading »last_img read more

Coronavirus FAQs and resources

first_imgOn March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. NAFCU is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – and has a resource page available to help credit unions stay on top of recent developments. We also have blogged twice on this topic, first to review existing pandemic planning guidance and again after federal regulators issued updated guidance. As the issue is evolving rapidly, we have received many questions from credit unions so a forewarning, this is a rather long post, but we hope it helps navigate through some challenging times. Many answers here are based on NCUA’s most recent model bylaws, so credit unions will need to check either their specific bylaws or their state provisions if state chartered. There are not always clear answers, so NAFCU has also reached out to NCUA and the CFPB for guidance for credit unions.Assisting Impacted Members On March 9, 2020, federal financial regulators, including NCUA and the CFPB, issued a statement encouraging financial institutions to “work constructively with borrowers and other customers in [COVID-19] affected communities.” Additionally, the regulators indicated that “prudent efforts that are consistent with safe and sound lending practices should not be subject to examiner criticism.” This is similar to statements released by the regulators during the extended government shutdown in late 2018/early 2019.Credit unions have a long history of working to help their members during challenging times. Some credit unions are currently reviewing how to offer similar programs as what they may have created for past extenuating circumstances like government shutdowns or natural disasters like hurricanes. Many credit unions operating in areas impacted by the coronavirus are considering measures to assist their members such as: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

20,000 Pennsylvania Voters Sign Up Online for Mail-In Ballot in First Two Weeks

first_img Press Release,  Voting & Elections Governor Tom Wolf announced today that more than 20,000 Pennsylvania voters have already used the commonwealth’s new online application to sign up to use a mail-in or absentee ballot for the April 28 primary election.The Department of State launched the online application Feb. 11. The deadline for county election offices to receive applications is 5 p.m. April 21.“The immediate popularity of the application site shows that Pennsylvania voters have welcomed the new bipartisan voting reforms and the convenience of mail-in voting,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania has joined many other states in giving voters options in how they cast their ballots, making voting easier and more accessible than ever before.”The primary is the first election for which Pennsylvania voters have the option of voting by mail-in ballot, without having to provide a reason for choosing it, thanks to historic legislation signed into law by Gov. Wolf last fall.Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said the online site, where voters can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, is expected to see even more growth as the primary election approaches.“Voters are already making great use of the opportunity to vote by mail for any reason or no reason at all,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We expect that in the weeks to come many more voters will discover the convenience of applying online and voting by mail-in ballot.”Act 77 makes the most significant improvements to the Pennsylvania Election Code in more than 80 years, including longer voter registration periods — up to 15 days before an election — and permanent mail-in and absentee ballot voter lists. The voter registration deadline for the April 28 primary is April 13.Pennsylvanians who are registered to vote now have several ways to vote if they choose not to go to the polls or are unable to get to the polls on election day: mail-in ballot or absentee ballot, both of which they can vote via the mail or in person at their county election office:Mail-in ballots are for registered voters who simply wish to vote by mail instead of going to their polling place on election day. They do not have to give a reason or excuse. They can apply online for a mail-in ballot, or download and print the application and mail it to their county election office. Voters can also apply for and vote the ballot in person at their county election office during business hours.Absentee ballots are for registered voters who will be away from their home municipality on election day or who have a disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polls. Absentee voters must give a reason when they apply. Examples of absentee ballot voters include college students away at school, members of the military, people absent from their home municipality because of work or a vacation and people who cannot go to the polls because they are observing a religious holiday.Both mail-in and absentee voters will receive a ballot in the mail to complete and return to their county election office by 8 p.m. on election day. The online application allows mail-in voters to request that their county election office add them to an annual mail-in voter ballot request list. Their ballot application will then be automatically mailed to them each year. ID requirements for mail-in and absentee ballots can be found at www.votespa.com.Counties must begin processing mail-in and absentee ballot applications 50 days before the election. For the April primary, that will be March 9. As soon as the ballot is finalized, the counties will mail ballots to voters or provide them in-person at the county election office.For more information on voting in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of State’s website at www.votespa.com. 20,000 Pennsylvania Voters Sign Up Online for Mail-In Ballot in First Two Weeks February 27, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

No Voter ID Cards-No Election says Edison James

first_imgHon. Edison James. (file photo)The new leader of the United Workers Party Edison James says unless the country votes with the use of voter identification cards, the country’s democracy will disappear.According to James, “unless the decision of the electoral commission to provide the voters of this country with ID Cards for voting is implemented, then that body will fast become an impotent and toothless bulldog”, he said.James also called on the relevant authorities to allow the electoral commission to do its work.“We want the minister of finance to provide the necessary money. The Inter-denominational Committee on Crime and Violence should take note that the authorities, by their objection and obstruction to the use of ID cards for voting, they are provoking the people of the country,” he explained.Mr. James has also threatened that the UWP will not participate in general elections without the issuance of Voter ID Cards.“The authorities in this country need to start respecting the people of this country. The head of government is often referred to as the Maximum leader. Here in Dominica the Maximum leader has declared no law including the constitution can stop him,” he explained.Government indicated that it will not support the use of scarce financial funds to introduce voter identification cards for citizens.In fact Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that his administration is prepared to pay US$1.48 million for a national identification card which he said could also serve many purposes including voting.Mr. James made these statements while addressing the party’s 22nd delegates’ conference in La Plaine on Sunday.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share 169 Views   3 commentscenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews No Voter ID Cards-No Election says Edison James by: – January 17, 2012last_img read more

HK condemns attack on Justice secretary

first_imgAround 4,000 people – aged between 12and 83 – have been arrested since the unrest escalated in June.(Reuters) HONG KONG – The government herecondemned an attack on the city’s Justice secretary in London. Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng,who was in London to promote Hong Kong as a dispute resolution and deal-makinghub, was targeted by a group of protesters. Protesters keep watch at a barricade outside a university in Hong Kong, China on Nov. 15. REUTERS/THOMAS PETERcenter_img Anti-government protesters paralyzedparts of Hong Kong for a fifth day on Friday, forcing schools to close andblocking some highways. “The secretary denounces all forms ofviolence and radicalism depriving others’ legitimate rights in the pretext ofpursuing their political ideals, which would never be in the interest of HongKong and any civilized society,” the government said on Friday. last_img read more

Antique eyes pork ban from Mindanao

first_img“The provinces of Iloilo and Aklaninitially declared a ban on the swine, pork, pork products, and its by-productslast Feb. 5,” Marcelino said in an interview Friday. The province of NegrosOccidental followed thereafter. Dr. Marco Rafael D. Ardamil, head ofthe ProVet Public Health Division, said that he discovered during their meetingwith the Department of Agriculture on Feb. 6 that the provinces of Iloilo,Negros Occidental and Aklan have already declared the ban due to the reportedcases of the swine fever in Don Marcelino, Davao recently. The hog population in Antique isestimated to be at 73,000, and most of them are backyard-raised.(With a report from PNA/PN) Ardamil said that another Executive Orderis set to be signed by Governor Rhodora J. Chadio to spare the hog industry inthe province from the swine fever. To recall, Antique also banned theentry of the same products for the same reason from Luzon last year.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The ProvincialVeterinary Office (ProVet) of this province is proposing to ban the entry oflive pigs, pork, and other pork-based products from Mindanao for Antique tomaintain its African swine fever-free status. Antique eyes to remain African swine fever- free for pork products by proposing an Executive order that would ban the entry of live pigs and all pork products from Mindanao. PNA “The EO banning live swine, pork, andby-products from Luzon is still in effect until now,” he said.last_img read more