Digitizing Dunster

first_imgOn an unrecorded November day 400 years ago, Henry Dunster, Harvard’s first president, was born in the Lancashire town of Bury and baptized there on Nov. 26, 1609. To celebrate Dunster’s 400th year, the Harvard University Archives, with generous support from the Sidney Verba Fund, has digitized the Dunster family papers and made them available on the Internet.Overall, the papers document the business transactions and family history of the Dunster and Glover families during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, while others offer insight into the legal system in Colonial America.Key documents, including memoranda and Harvard’s first annual report, provide details about Dunster’s tenure as president of Harvard, early Colonial education in New England, local missionary efforts to educate Native Americans, and the operations of the first printing press in North America.Dunster (1609–c. 1659) studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he received bachelor of arts (1630) and master of arts (1634) degrees. Subsequently, he returned to Bury, where he served as headmaster of the Bury Grammar School and minister of Saint Mary’s Church.Following the outbreak in 1640 of civil war in England, Dunster emigrated to the English colonies. On Aug. 27 of the same year, he was appointed the first president of Harvard College.With the College in dire financial straits, Dunster reformed the academic program, established a four-year residency requirement, and introduced a student code of conduct. With funding from the Massachusetts General Court and — significantly — from individual donors, Dunster oversaw construction of the first College building. Dunster secured the College’s papers of incorporation, approved by the General Court of Massachusetts, as the Charter of 1650, and established its governance by the President and Fellows of Harvard College (commonly called the “Harvard Corporation”).“Four hundred years after his birth, Henry Dunster continues to hold a place at the heart of Harvard history and culture,” notes Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library. “Appointed Harvard’s first president, he had chosen the title himself based upon a related position at his Cambridge alma mater. He is understood to be the author of the Charter of 1650, under which the University is governed to this very day. His newly digitized papers offer brief but tantalizing glimpses of the man, his family, and his aspirations for Harvard.”last_img read more

Wild hog control

first_imgIn some parts of Georgia, wild hogs are rooting their ways across farmland, leaving crop and field destruction in their path. To educate the public on the problem, the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association has set a public meeting for May 16 at 7 p.m. at the McGill-Woodruff Ag Center in Washington, Ga.The meeting is free and open to the public.“Wild hogs are a growing problem for many landowners in our area,” said Frank Watson, a county agent with Wilkes County Cooperative Extension. “While some may consider this as an opportunity for free meat, most are extremely concerned by the damage they cause.”I. B. Parnell, a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will be at the meeting to discuss trapping and other means of controlling feral hogs. Conservation ranger Mark Patterson will cover the legal aspects to ensure landowners control feral hogs through allowed practices.The meeting will include a complimentary meal. Preregister by calling the Wilkes County Extension Office at (706) 678-2332 by noon on Wednesday, May 15. Those attending the meeting are asked to make a $5 contribution to the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association.last_img read more

11 things you need to know when filing your tax return

first_imgTax season is almost here, and with it comes all the usual issues of paperwork and confusion. But this year might be especially difficult as there are several new developments on the tax front.With that said, here are 11 things you need to know when filing your tax return this year.1. Tax Accountants Get Swamped Closer to Tax SeasonThe earlier you start collecting documents and figuring out how you are going to file your taxes, the better. Many accountants might find themselves too busy to help procrastinators who wait until April to start the process.“There are literally hundreds of changes, extensions and deletions that we will consider this year when preparing returns for our clients,” said accountant William Rivero of accounting firm Correia, Rivero & LeFebvre. “Because of these changes, we are requesting our clients try to have their information to us no later than March 21, 2016.” continue reading » 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Feel the fear of public speaking and beat it!

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Countless studies conclude most would choose death over speaking in public. Fear is the culprit. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Your business and your career cannot afford this type of defeat. In fact, many studies attribute success to the ability to command an audience.If fear of speaking in public has led you to stagnation and frustration, resolve to tackle the fear. Begin by understanding the two root causes of public speaking inhibition: an internal negative chatterbox and a sense of hyper responsibility. We all have an internal negative chatterbox, but some chatterboxes are more active than others. While many are agile at dealing with internal negativity, some let it run their lives. Think about it. When faced with a challenge, even something as simple as visiting a loved one, all things being equal, do you set out with eager anticipation or do you stress over concerns about the commute, your appearance, or how you’ll be received? When driving, do you anticipate you’ll make the next traffic light or tell yourself it will likely turn red? Do you face challenges optimistically or do you conjure every possible worst case scenario until you are consumed with negativity? Ridding yourself of what Zig Ziglar coined “stinkin’ thinkin’” requires a lot of work, but it can be done. It’s a matter of forming good habits and ousting your internal Negative Nelly. Make a list of all the concerns and worst case scenarios you conjure prior to giving a presentation or all the reasons you give for avoiding presentations. Draw a line to the right of that list and craft a positive substitution for each negative statement. Statements in the positive column must contain no negative words. For instance, if your fear is that you will forget information. Your positive statement should be “I know this information well and will deliver my key points expertly.” The idea is to train your subconscious, to harness the law of attraction. If your alternative statement is “I will not forget my material,” your subconscious will only register “forget my material.” So, keep it positive.Once you have an alternate list of positive comments, read them over and over. Repeat them constantly before a speaking engagement, and especially when your mind wants to drift into negative territory. Don’t let it. This requires work and practice. Hey, nothing good in life is easy, right? The second common cause of public speaking anxiety is a sense of hyper-responsibility. While being on stage and addressing audiences large and small puts you in a position of power, it does not mean you are responsible for things outside your immediate control during the presentation. Consider what you can and cannot control. You can control the words you use, your tone and demeanor, your body language, and your appearance. Your communication skills can affect the audiences’ mood but you cannot control whether they had a bad night’s sleep, had a rough morning, or are worried about personal problems. Completely out of your control is the construction going on outside the venue, which is providing unwanted background noise, the venue’s squeaky floor, or the weather. It’s important to understand the subtle difference between what you can and cannot control, so that you can have a positive effect. If the uncontrollable—weather, outside interference, etc.—is obvious, go ahead and acknowledge it. Joke about it if you must, but NEVER apologize for it. Doing so subconsciously tells the audience that you are responsible for it. Why give them reason to question your credibility? If members of your audience look grumpy or sleepy, don’t let it trip you up. It does not necessarily mean you are boring. It could just mean they had a rough night. Assume the latter. Don’t take it personally. That said, if the entire audience is nodding off, you might need to adjust your approach. There are numerous methods for engaging an audience. Face your public speaking fears and you will overcome them. Follow me on Twitter to get my #PublicSpeaking tip of the day.last_img read more

Development industry needs to rethink its strategy on big estates

first_imgAVID Property Group are rethinking how they approach developments and looking at incorporating more amenities and facilities that will appeal to those heading towards retirement.THE BASICSHARMONY & BRENTWOOD FORESTDeveloper: AVID Property GroupPrice: Harmony land from $209,350, Brentwood Forest Land from $169,000.Location: Palmview and Bellbird ParkAVID Property Group is getting retiree savvy with its new developments, looking to include recreation facilities to expand the generations.LAND developers are starting to look beyond the young family first-home buyer demographic and take note of the growing demand from retirees. AVID Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said the development industry needed to rethink its strategy and provide developments that would suit young families right through to retirees. Brentwood Forest“So we’re exploring the possibility of putting in bocce courts and bowls areas. And in terms of recreational facilities we’re looking at facilities such as men sheds and making spaces for women’s facilities as well,” he said. “We’re exploring whether we can build those into our new communities instead of trying to fit them into communities 30 years down the track.”In AVID’s $3 billion Harmony project on the Sunshine Coast, Mr Harper said one of the first sales in the new community would be to a retirement village operator.“Particularly in places like the Sunshine Coast with the Harmony project, the age demographic for the coast is a high percentage of elderly people, so it would be foolish for us not to cater for that.” A concept image of Queensland’s first grand linear park at Harmony, at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast.“There’s a significant amount of people who are reaching retirement age,” he said. “Not all will go to retirement communities and they still want to have active lifestyles. We as developers have to look ahead and cater for that.”AVID is working towards future-proofing its developments from incorporating childcare centres through to partnering with leading retirement living providers to include options in their new masterplanned communities.“We’re making a specific effort to try and design our communities to future proof for intergenerational changes,” Mr Harper said.“For example, we provide community facilities, parks and recreation so they can be used by families, and singles and elderly people as they age through the communities.”Mr Harper said in a typical development a multipurpose oval would be included for cricket, tennis and netball, but the developer was now looking at what the older generation would like to do.center_img Bruce Harper — AVID Property Group general manager Queensland.”When new developments occurred the major base of people who used to buy into our development were young families,” Mr Harper said.“And while that’s still a significant part of the development industry, as a whole we’ve never been very good at allowing people to age in the place they are living.“You’d get all of the recreation facilities designed around young families and then nothing for the teenagers or the ageing population.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoMr Harper said the fast growing ageing population was going to require developers to turn their minds to retirees and actively think about their needs.last_img read more

Qualified theft suspect falls

first_imgThe courtrecommended a P24,000 bail bond for the suspects’ temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Charged with qualifiedtheft, a woman was arrested in Barangay Gines, Miagao, Iloilo. The 30-year-old resident Leria Nabuabwas taken to the Miagao municipal police station. She was caught around 7:20a.m. on Wednesday, police said. center_img Nabuab’sapprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge RonaldExmundo of the Regional Trial Court. last_img

Residents honored at Ripley County Chamber of Commerce dinner

first_imgFrom left: Ben & Shelby Eisert, Glenn Unklesbay & Barry LauberOsgood, In. — The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce recently held their 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the St. Florian in Osgood.Those in attendance enjoyed a dinner catered by Rolling Pin Catering and recognized new board member, Phillip Hart. Also recognized was:Ed Cummings Jr. as Business of the YearBarry Lauber as Citizen of the YearGlenn Unklesbay as Educator of the YearBen & Shelby Eisert as “Hometown Heroes”last_img

Stuart Speedway hosts May 24 Ron Little/Bones Memorial

first_imgSTUART, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chase a $1,000 top check at Stuart Speedway’s 15th annual Ron Little/Bones Memorial this Sunday, May 24.If not already vote eligible, the winner becomes a ballot candidate for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.There is no entry fee. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the holiday weekend card. All applicable points will be awarded in the sanctioned divisions.More information is available by calling 515 238-6945 and at the www.stuartspeedway.net website.last_img

Greensburg lands in top 20 of Best Family Friendly Cities in Indiana

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Hoosiers might be known for their obsession with sports, but these Midwesterners have also upped their game in the arena of family-friendliness. In the past several years, Indiana has drawn bigger crowds into its borders, especially from abroad and neighboring Illinois, thanks in part to its stellar economic record.In a WalletHub analysis, Indiana’s is one of the better states for parents and their kids.Unfortunately, not every city in the Hoosier State wins the “family-friendly” title. To determine the places in Indiana that are most conducive to family life, WalletHub compared more than 70 cities in the state across 21 key livability indicators. Their data set ranges from housing affordability to the quality of the school system to the unemployment rate. Greensburg ranked 18th out of 78 cities on this list.last_img read more

Sunderland claim derby honours

first_img Where Newcastle were porous at the back and an ineffective in front of goal, with ring-rusty loan signing Luuk de Jong ponderous after his half-time introduction, the Black Cats were solid in their own half and clinical in the other. It had not been a good week for Pardew, who went into the game with the repercussions of the Cabaye saga still echoing on Tyneside, leading scorer Loic Remy suspended after a senseless clash with Norwich’s Bradley Johnson and Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse joining Fabricio Coloccini on the injured list. But it was to get far, far worse long before he headed back into the dressing room with the boos of a furious home crowd ringing in his ears. Newcastle were utterly shambolic before the break as Sunderland took the game to their hosts after the early skirmishes. Lone striker Jozy Altidore, who was made to look pedestrian by non-league Kidderminster in the FA Cup last Saturday, terrorised Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor. And with Borini and Johnson running riot out wide and Ki Sung-yueng dominant in front of quietly impressive debutant Liam Bridcutt in the middle, the visitors were a constant threat. It might have been very different for the home side had full-back Mathieu Debuchy blasted a second-minute shot inside the post rather than past it, but things started to turn sour shortly afterwards. An unmarked Marcos Alonso flashed a fifth-minute header over Tim Krul’s crossbar and Borini only just failed to connect with Johnson’s long ball three minutes later. Fans incensed by the club’s decision to sell Yohan Cabaye and not replace him vented their anger on the 52-year-old, with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear nowhere to be seen as the Black Cats cruised to a second successive 3-0 victory at St James’ Park. Sunderland’s third derby victory on the trot – for the first time since 1923 – was secured by first-half goals from Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson, who struck for the seventh time in as many games, and Jack Colback’s late strike, and it was no more than the visitors deserved. But the Black Cats went ahead with 19 minutes gone when Phil Bardsley went down under Vurnon Anita’s clumsy challenge inside the box and referee Phil Dowd immediately pointed to the spot. Borini smashed the ball high to Krul’s right and was promptly booked for his delirious celebration, and worse was to follow for both Krul and Newcastle. Only four more minutes had elapsed when the Dutchman had to claw Jack Colback’s deflected shot away, but Johnson was on hand to tap home with the keeper berating full-back Davide Santon afterwards. The Magpies were bereft creatively without Cabaye’s influence and with Sunderland denying Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi time and space to run at them, lone striker Shola Ameobi was seeing little of the game. His only real contribution during the opening 45 minutes was an aimless header and two equally wayward shots, but he was not alone with both Santon, handed the responsibility for set-pieces in the post-Cabaye era, and Moussa Sissoko wasting promising opportunities. Pardew made his move at the break when he handed De Jong a debut in place of Sammy Ameobi, and the newcomer forced a 52nd-minute save from Vito Mannone after Sissoko, Anita and Ben Arfa had linked well. The Magpies had a better look about them as the second half unfolded, with Sissoko running at Sunderland and Ben Arfa seeing more of the ball. But with Bardsley and Johnson doubling up when the latter was in possession, he was struggling to make an impact. Cheick Tiote had a tame side-footed effort from distance comfortably saved by Mannone, but Colback came close to making it 3-0 with a 61st-minute effort which went just wide after Altidore’s shot had been deflected into his path. But the home side were starting to find a momentum and Mannone had to pull off a fine save to keep Tiote’s 64th-minute effort out of his top corner, and Shola Ameobi sent a towering header wide from the resulting corner. However, Sunderland continued to threaten and Johnson was unfortunate to see his shot come back off the foot of the post with Krul beaten seconds later. Ameobi might have done better after being played in over the top by Krul with 72 minutes gone, but Mannone blocked his toe-poke and Borini cleared his header from the corner which followed off the line. Altidore should have killed the game off when he found himself in on Krul seconds later and failed to round the keeper, but Colback was not so wasteful 10 minutes from time to wrap up the win. Alan Pardew was left alone to face a furious backlash as Newcastle succumbed to another humbling derby defeat by Sunderland. Press Associationlast_img read more