Who composts? Harvard Law School does

first_imgAs of February 2011 there are now compost bins available in every dorm, academic, and administrative building on the Harvard Law School (HLS) campus. The expansion is a result of a partnership between the HLS Green Team, Green Living Program, and FMO custodians that will make compost drop-off points more accessible members of the HLS community who live and work in our dorms and buildings.University-wide about 25% of our waste is organic compostable material, and HLS waste audits have shown up to 40% compostable waste in dorm trash. The HLS Green Team and Green Living Representatives identified this as an opportunity to expand the accessibility of compost bins throughout campus. They first conducted a composting pilot program in a few offices and dorms around campus, and based on this program’s success they have installed one bin in every building. Since avoiding compost contamination is very important, HLS has developed a network of knowledgeable volunteer “Building Compost Captains” to help spread the word and best practices with the community. The Building Compost Captains provide information about composting to their neighbors in each building, field questions, and monitor bins to provide feedback and suggest improvements.HLS’ organic waste is taken to Brick Ends Farm in Hamilton, Mass., where it is turned into a valuable soil amendment that adds nutrients, aids absorption and filtration, and reduces the need for chemicals and pesticides. Other environmental benefits of diverting our organic materials to compost instead of sending them to landfills include reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with decomposition and extended landfill life.The expanded building composting program supplements composting already happening on the HLS campus at events and through all Restaurant Associates’ food services.Bin locations, Building Captain contact information, and more information about composting can be found on the HLS sustainability website.Learn more by downloading the HLS Composting Fact Sheet.last_img read more

Earth’s sister in the crosshairs

first_imgEarth’s sister is out there, somewhere, and scientists searching for planets that may support life believe they are closing in on finding just that.“Maybe this year, maybe next — before 2014,” predicted Harvard astronomer Dimitar Sasselov, head of Harvard’s Origins of Life Initiative and co-investigator on the planet-finding Kepler Space Telescope.Sasselov’s prediction may seem bold to those who have not been following the avalanche of new findings in the search for planets circling other stars. From the barest trickle in the mid-1990s, the discovery of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, has rapidly increased as astronomers have developed new techniques and deployed new instruments, including the 2009 launch of Kepler, specifically designed to find planets around other stars.The telescope already has located more than 2,300 candidate planets, of which 61 have been confirmed as actual planets. Researchers using other telescopes have confirmed hundreds more. The emerging picture is of a universe not only rich in planets, but one with millions circling in their stars’ “Goldilocks Zone,” an orbit not too hot and not too cold where liquid water could support the conditions of life. The most interesting of the planets found in stars’ habitable zones are called “super-Earths,” the rocky or water-covered bodies with a mass of up to 10 times that of Earth.Sasselov explores the emerging science surrounding super-Earths in a book released this year called “The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet.”In an interview, Sasselov said the idea for the book came from his work on the Origins of Life Initiative and the undergraduate class he co-teaches with Andrew Knoll, Fisher Professor of Natural History and professor of Earth and planetary sciences. The class, “Life as a Planetary Phenomenon,” has grown each year, nearing 400 students this year. The initiative, the class, and the book all examine life and its place in the universe from the perspective of two disciplines that are not normally considered complementary: astronomy and biology.The book, aimed at the general public and students without a science background, gives a brief history of the investigations that brought exoplanet and origins-of-life research to where they are today and provides a broad outline of the idea that life is part of the natural evolution of planets under certain conditions.“From that cosmic perspective, one can look at life as a process that can occur in specific conditions in the universe with specific chemistry,” Sasselov said.Harvard scientists have played a key role in the search for planets around other stars and have done important work concerning the molecules of life and the formation of early cells. Together, experts in the two fields are seeking to understand the geochemical processes and environmental conditions under which life arises in the universe.Sasselov talks about this new union of biology and astronomy in his book, saying that for the first time researchers are understanding that life, rather than being a rare cosmic accident, layered onto a planet but apart from its physical processes, might actually be part of a continuous process of planet formation and evolution. In this new understanding, life is a natural — and perhaps common — outgrowth of geology, chemistry, and other processes, linked rather than separate.“We always thought of life as being this odd phenomenon that is on the Earth rather than of the planet,” Sasselov said.One dramatic example of life as a planetary phenomenon occurred here on Earth billions of years ago when single-celled organisms developed photosynthesis, consuming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and giving off oxygen to create the atmosphere that we know today.Astronomers can help biologists by sharing findings from space, Sasselov said. Using advanced techniques, they can determine the composition of exoplanets’ atmospheres. Once sister Earths are found, their atmospheres can be examined and those results given to biologists to further inform their search for the conditions under which life began.By extending his search for new planets to include the search for life, Sasselov said he has refreshed his own work. The new focus has forced him to learn more about biology and chemistry and given him new perspectives on old problems.“Astronomy didn’t care much about biology. For me, it’s been a great career reinvigoration,” Sasselov said. “You can question a lot of different things when you look at something from a new perspective.”last_img read more

Quality and quantity of key crops changing

first_imgChanging environmental conditions around the globe caused by human activity could negatively impact the health of millions of people by altering the quantity and quality of key crops, according to two new studies from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One study found that decreasing numbers of food pollinators such as bees — falling in part because of pesticide use and habitat destruction — could lead to declines in nutrient-rich crops that have been linked to staving off disease. The second found that increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) could lead to lower levels of zinc in food and thus to much more zinc deficiency.The study about pollinators appeared in The Lancet and the study about zinc in The Lancet Global Health, both on July 16, in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report, “Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch,” which broadly assessed the scale of the threats to health, development, and civilization posed by the multiplicity of environmental changes brought on by human activity.“This is the first time that the global health community has come out in a concerted way to report that we are in real danger of undermining the core ecological systems that support human health,” said Samuel Myers, senior research scientist in the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Environmental Health, the senior author of the pollinator study and lead author of the zinc study. Myers, a commissioner and co-author of the report, spoke on a panel about environmental change, its drivers, and health impacts at a Planetary Health Commission launch event on July 16 at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City.“All of human civilization has taken place during a very stable set of biophysical conditions, but we are now changing those conditions at a rate that’s never been seen before,” Myers said. “Whether we’re talking about land use, deforestation, degradation of global fisheries, disruption of the climate system, biodiversity loss, appropriation of fresh water, changes to aquatic systems — all of the changes are profound and they’re accelerating, and they represent a significant challenge to global health.”Pollinators and nutrient-rich cropsIn the study of pollinators, Myers and his colleagues looked at people’s dietary intake data for 224 types of food in 156 countries around the globe to quantify total per capita intake of vitamin A, folate, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds under various pollinator decline scenarios. They then estimated the potential health impacts of declines in pollinators — mostly bees and other insects.Pollinators play a key role in roughly 35 percent of global food production and are directly responsible for up to 40 percent of the world’s supply of micronutrients such as vitamin A and folate, which are vital for children and pregnant women. Over the past decade, there have been significant declines in animal pollinators worldwide.The researchers found that the complete loss of animal pollinators globally would push an additional 71 million people into vitamin A deficiency and 173 million more into folate deficiency, and lead to about 1.42 million additional deaths per year from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and malnutrition-related diseases — a 2.7 percent increase in total yearly deaths. A 50 percent loss of pollination would result in roughly half that impact, the researchers found.Most of this burden of disease would result from reduced consumption of foods that protect against NCDs such as heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Unlike the populations frequently impacted by environmental degradation, many of the most vulnerable populations are in relatively developed countries. Researchers found that those most vulnerable would be in eastern Europe and in central, eastern, and Southeast Asia, where risks of NCDs are high and intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds is highly dependent on pollinators.The study also found that most of the estimated pollinator-related disease burden had to do with locally produced crops, not imported ones. “This means that most countries can benefit greatly by managing their own pollinator populations, protecting both their public health as well as crop yields,” said lead author Matthew Smith, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health.Increased zinc deficiency estimatedFor the study on zinc, the authors modeled how much zinc would be available to people through diet in 188 countries, under both current and elevated levels of CO2. They noted that zinc is a key nutrient for maternal and child health — too little leads to increased risk of premature delivery, reduced growth and weight gain in young children, and decreased immune function. Roughly 17 percent of the global population was estimated to be at risk of zinc deficiency in 2011, according to recent studies.Citing previous research that found that elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2 lower the content of zinc and other nutrients in important food crops such as wheat, rice, barley, and soy, the authors estimated that CO2 emissions caused by human activity could place between 132 million and 180 million people at new risk of zinc deficiency by around 2050. Those most likely to be affected live in Africa and South Asia, and nearly 48 million people in India alone — populations already burdened with the world’s highest levels of zinc deficiency, and reliant on crops for most of their dietary zinc.The authors suggested possible interventions for those at highest risk for zinc deficiency, such as zinc supplementation, fortification of staple foods with additional zinc, the application of zinc-containing fertilizers to crops, or the development of bio-fortified strains of crops such as rice and wheat.Other Harvard Chan School authors of the zinc study included Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology; and Itai Kloog, former visiting scientist, and Antonella Zanobetti, senior research scientist, both in the Department of Environmental Health.For more information about the reports, visit the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website.last_img read more

VPR Commentary: Tax policy perspective

first_imgVermont Public Radio Commentary. Monday June 22, 2009McQuiston: Tax policy perspective LISTENBy Timothy McQuiston(HOST) Commentator Timothy McQuiston suggests that when you hear politicians talking about taxes, it isn’t so much about fairness, it’s about jobs.(McQUISTON) Tax policy is all in your perspective, it seems to me. While the Legislature has focused on the property tax and the direct impact it has on local constituencies, governors have generally looked at the bigger picture and the income tax.In the latest, harrowing row over the state budget, which resulted in the first-ever budget veto, the Legislature cut the income tax, albeit slightly, for anyone making under 200,000 dollars and raised it for everyone else.Governor Douglas proposed lowering the highest marginal rate for income over 375,000 from 9.5 percent to 9 percent – and you might well be wondering, “Why?”Well, take the case of golfer Tiger Woods. Tiger’s participation in the US Open at Bethpage Black in New York State, means that he will have to pay New York state income tax on whatever prize money he wins. But Tiger officially lives in income tax free Florida. So if he has to pay income tax where he earns it, why not live in his home state of California? Because Florida, like New Hampshire, is tax free for earned income.Tiger makes a bundle on the PGA tour, but most of his income comes from endorsements and other non-prize money sources – video games, golf equipment, clothing deals. Heck, Tiger could live in New Hampshire. All he’d need to do is stick around for six months and one day in the Granite State. But I suppose the Sunshine State offers more opportunities to work on your game.In Vermont terms, what Governor Douglas and his predecessors have been concerned about, is that business owners and other top managers make decisions about where to locate or expand a business in part on how it affects their own wallets. And if they move their business out of state, jobs go with it.If your adjusted gross income is one million dollars, you’re going to pay $51,000 in Vermont taxes. If your income is 100,000 – still a nice income – your tax will be only a little over 3,000. But if you move your company over to New Hampshire, you’ve essentially given yourself and your employees a nice raise without having to increase payroll one penny.It makes you happier; it makes your employees happier; and it makes the State of New Hampshire happier. In recent years, both Howard Dean and Jim Douglas have fought the Legislature over the income tax for these very reasons.It’s clear that many business owners are willing to pay more to live here – sometimes a lot more. Others have no choice because of the nature of their business and they either like it or lump it. But make no mistake – the lure of “tax free” is very real.last_img read more

Colombian authorities melt firearms to keep them away from the FARC and the ELN

first_img The government of Colombia recently melted down 18,000 firearms that security forces had seized from two terrorist groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and several criminal gangs. Authorities will use the metal from the melted down weapons to help build schools and hospitals. Officials began melting the seized weapons in large furnaces at the National Steel (SIDENAL) facility on July 22 according to a press release from the General Command of the Military Forces of Colombia. The facility is located in the town of Sogamoso, department of Bocayá. The Armed Forces and National Police (PNC) agents seized the weapons in 2014 during several coordinated joint operations which also involved the Attorney General’s office, according to the General Command. These efforts were supported by the mayors of several towns. In some towns, the disarmament campaigns were organized by citizens. It was the largest operation the Armed Forces has carried out in recent years to melt down weapons seized from suspected terrorists and criminals, Vanguardia reported. The campaign complies with several international commitments, among them the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms (CIFTA). Handguns, machine guns, rifles, and shotguns Security forces transferred the seized weapons to the Department for the Control and Sale of Arms and Explosives (DCCA) – among them, handguns, automatic machine guns, rifles and shotguns. The firearms, most purchased illegally, were valued at about five million pesos. The DCCA takes an inventory of the weapons, which authorities keep for three months. After the weapons have been stored for three months, authorities begin to destroy them, according to Col. Enrique Arturo Torres Arciniegas, director of the DCCA. From 1992 to November 2013, Colombia melted down more than 400,000 weapons seized from criminals and criminal organizations, the General Command reported. It typically takes DCCA three to four days to melt down the weapons. Authorities will use the iron and steel from the weapons to reinforce the foundations and columns of hospitals, schools and houses in areas where the military’s “Sword of Honor” plan is in effect, according to El Colombiano. Sword of Honor is a strategic military plan to aggressively confront the FARC, the ELN, and other armed criminal groups. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the capacity of the insurgency and to improve public safety. President Juan Manuel Santos announced the launch of the Sword of Honor initiative in February 2012. Since authorities launched Sword of Honor, 93 percent of the country’s municipalities have been free of guerilla attacks, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said on August 3. Destroying weapons to improve public safety The FARC and the ELN have about 10,000 and 3,000 members, respectively, according to Nestor Rosania. He’s the director of the Center for Security Studies, Defense, and Internal Affairs of Colombia (CESDAI). The FARC purchases firearms on the black and gray markets, said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “It is very difficult to trace the origin of the weapons. These arms virtually come from gray or black markets,” Gálvez said. “The black market is related to direct trafficking; the weapons are sold illegally right from the beginning. The gray market has weapons that enter (the market) legally and are later stolen or transferred.” Authorities believe that melting down large numbers of weapons that might otherwise be used by terrorists and organized crime operatives helps improve public safety and save lives. Using the steel obtained from melted down weapons to help build schools and hospitals sends a symbolic message about the importance of peace, Gálvez said. “The Colombian government is delivering on these goals to prevent repeated cycles of violence,” the security analyst said. Between 1958 and 2012, the conflict between the FARC and government killed 220,000 people, according to ¡Basta ya!, a report from the Colombian National Center of Historical Memory. Since 1994, drug traffickers have killed about 20,000 people, according to the Economist. About 5,200 of these people were police officers. Security initiative to reduce gun violence Colombian security using various initiatives to seize guns from terrorists and organized crime groups and to interrupt drug smuggling networks: • On Aug. 11, National Police agents in the El Páramo district, in Cúcuta, captured José Giordano Grass Prieto, who is also known as “El Armero.” Police captured El Armero inside a clandestine workshop which was allegedly used to store, repair, and alter firearms for Los Rastrojos, a drug trafficking group. Police seized a shotgun, molds to manufacture ammunition magazines, and drums for revolvers, Vanguardia reported • On July 31, the Criminal Investigations Directorate of the National Police finished dismantling a gang that allegedly built submarines used by organized crime groups to transport weapons and drugs. Police arrested Alexander Giraldo Santa, who is also known as “El Ingeniero” or “Chiqui.” He has allegedly manufactured boats for the Clan de Úsuga since 2011, according to the website Veracruzanos. Colombian security forces will remain vigilant in the battle against firearms violence, President Santos said. “We will not lower our guard. We will continue fighting the guerrillas and transnational organized crime syndicates,” President Santos said on August 5 during the commemoration of the National Army’s 195th anniversary. By Dialogo September 01, 2014 Wonderful. I hope they exterminate the FARCs and the ELN for the sake of Colombia and mankind. An iron fist with weapon and drug trafficking to stop this violence now. I love it, congratulations!! This is good. There should be no weapons left in the planet. EXCELLENT, THE MORE WEAPONS ARE MELTED THE LESS WARS AND DELINQUENCY THERE WILL BE. THE SAME SHOULD APPLY WITH DRUGS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT. I’d just like to know if here in Bolivia the authorities are going to do something for the safety of the citizens? I pray to God that he be the one to guide our authorities to find a way to end the weaponry that as of now, even the most humble people have them and can find them anywhere because there are no measures that forbid its use or acquisition. That’s good. There should be no arms left in the world. The information is very good and of current interest regarding the fight against terrorism. Hope you succeed and keep it up. I really liked this idea. I wish they would do the same thing with drug trafficking. Very good. I congratulate you. I hope and God willing that they would do the same thing in Venezuela against the underworld; deaths going unpunished every day, no medicine or diapers for babies, food more and more expensive, personal items aren’t [illegible]. Where will we end up? But carry on, God will save us. I’d love to know about the peace process. What a farce. Where are the actual executioners behind this???? Fabulous. I hope the world’s terrorists, the U.S. do this, too. This is also being done by the Venezuelan government. I think it’s good that the government is doing it, is should keep doing in order to prevent so many deaths. It’s a good response to the enemies of Colombia and of freedom. THE ENTIRE WORLD NEEDS PEACE – WAR IS A BUSINESS THAT NEEDS TO END NOW – NO MORE CASUALTIES, SUFFERING AND PAIN FOR HUMANITY. Good day, I hope the idea is implemented her because there are more bullies and thieves here who kill because here is no arms control I think that here the government itself seizes them then sells them again to the criminals. This is horrible with all the insecurity and lack of goods The important thing is to follow the line, less words and more facts. The weapons they melt are obsolete Excellent idea because no war is good, and having the weapons creates the temptation of using them again. A nation is not measured by the number of weapons it has, but by the education of its people. It’d be good to transform weapons into shovels, hoes, tools for heavy work and give them to people to get an education on land or do courses at the SENA, or to people who suffered a loss in the family due to the misuse of these weapons. Yet another lie, always deceiving and lying to the people and the naive believe it! What a farce ! All the countries should. be of one mind to put an end to all the weapons. Because they put an end to the beautiful creation of our God which is us, all human beings. Very good government measure. verygood Wonderful and important for peace and reconciliation in our country, which is what we’ve been begging for, in order for there to be true progress. We should not just melt down the weapons, but the criminals, too, and create jobs so that others don’t go down the same path. That is how to bring peace. osver.I think this is a tremendous initiative to destroy elements of war and turn them into instruments of peace, solid bases to create educational spaces for a better future for our youth. This is great for all the people and entities involved in the melting of firearms in exchange for dreams and hope. KEEP DESTROYING THEM — THERE SHOULD BE NO FIREARMS — ONLY FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE As long as corruption in the armed forces is not controlled, there will always be weapons for sale and the business will never go away. A double standard that only favors the current government to make people believe we live in a peaceful haven. I liked it because I could learn more about the FARC and the weapons The war business has to be deactivated in order to invest in the country’s development, and in improving the quality of life of the people. Whatever Santos thinks or says, are lies. He’s cynical, false. It’s a stupid little story to say schools are made in Colombia with the iron from revolvers. G.Uribe. P. Wouldn’t it be better to put an end to abject poverty, unemployment and injustice? Even if the weapons that are found are melted down, what do we do with the U.S., the main supplier of weapons in the world? They are the greatest creators of violence that exist, but since our governments are puppets of the gringos, no one says anything against them. The war in Colombia is as much internal as external. No, well, given the approval Mr. National Prosecutor Montealegre gives to the FARC terrorists, the military and police forces have their hands tied, because of the implications that could befall the Armed Forces of Colombia. I can’t understand what interest this prosecutor has to pardon these narco terrorists and relentlessly go after the forces of law and order in my country. Or is it that this is the prosecutor who receives money from the FARC? An accusation made by an Army General. Why doesn’t hr open an investigation against former Senator Piedad Córdoba, when she urged the indigenous people in Cauca and the coca growers to expel the public forces, isn’t that a crime? Or is it that this Prosecutor believes the left is in charge and can break the laws as many times as they want? Does this prosecutor know it’s a crime against humanity? Montealegre, father of the genocidal FARC, EP. For sure he’ll have me investigated now. The best thing they can do is to melt down the weapons confiscated from illegal groups so they don’t get returned to criminal activities. This way they are in the custody of security forces.last_img read more

Summit Credit Union’s Project Money – Part 2

first_imgFirst, make sure you check out our first blog post about Summit Credit Union’s Project Money, where we learned what it is and its history. In this second part, we’ll conclude our overview of Project Money with Amy Crowe, Financial Education Specialist (and CUDE) at Summit Credit Union, to hear more about the programs impact, lessons learned, and more. Enjoy!What lessons did you learn along the way?With twenty eight participants over seven years working in their seven-month programs respectively — there are many, many lessons learned, daily, weekly and monthly. The program helps hold people accountable and that is a strong motivator for change.When people take control of their finances, we see that it can help so many other aspects of their lives.  We’ve had individuals dramatically change the way they live life – from a “you only live once” attitude of living paycheck to paycheck, to saving money for the future including what they see for themselves in retirement.We’ve had couples who were on completely different pages about money work to gain understanding, refocus on their dreams, and come together to reach common goals. Several couples have commented that learning to talk about money improved communication in general. One couple even said it may have saved their marriage.Through Project Money, we have seen that when you learn more about how to manage your money, you’ve learned a lifelong skill. That skill impacts nearly every aspect of your life and it’s empowering and motivating. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Banks should act like credit unions

first_imgCredit union memberships are growing at more than three times the rate of U.S. population growth as more consumers recognize the credit union difference.Credit unions rank first among industries in the American Customer Satisfaction Index and reflect double the score of big banks on the Chicago Booth Kellogg School Financial Trust Index.More recently, credit unions received among the highest marks for service that Consumer Reports has ever given an industry in the magazine’s “Bank & Credit Union Buying Guide.”Banks are noticing, and they’re stepping up their anti-credit union rhetoric in response. New, sustained campaigns aimed at convincing policymakers that credit unions represent unfair competition are again the order of the day.As in the past, the solutions bankers are peddling include more regulation and changes to the credit union tax status. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Good Governance: The importance of a truly independent supervisory committee

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We’ve seen an important trend relevant to a good number of state credit unions nationwide. It’s one of those quiet trends that we believe could—in the long run—have significant governance consequences, perhaps for the entire credit union community. It is the transition of a good number of supervisory committees to the form of an audit committee. And with more state regulations allowing such a transition, more and more credit unions are taking the opportunity to make it.While federally chartered credit unions are still required to maintain a supervisory committee, many state regulators have allowed the credit unions they regulate to operate with an audit committee made up entirely of board members, and the number of states (and credit unions) moving in this direction is growing. Further, some federally chartered credit unions, for various strategic reasons, are converting to state charters, thereby opening up the door to even more credit unions making the shift to an audit committee.The difference between supervisory committees and audit committees can at times be significant, and those differences often come down to two key factors:last_img read more

Apple reopening 25 more US stores, will soon top 100 worldwide

first_imgThe stores will impose social-distancing rules, limit occupancy and some will offer only curbside or storefront service, she said.Apple does not disclose its retail store revenue. Direct sales, including retail stores, web and corporate sales, accounted for 31% of its $260 billion in 2019 revenue.Chief Executive Tim Cook declined last month to provide an outlook for the June quarter, citing business uncertainty created by the virus. First-quarter sales in China, reflecting that country’s store closings and lockdown, were $9.46 billion, about $1 billion less than for the same period a year earlier.Last week, Apple reopened its first five stores in the United States, requiring customers and employees to undergo temperature checks and wear masks before entering the premises.Apple has 510 stores worldwide and 271 in the United States.The website 9to5Mac reported that the company would reopen 10 of its stores in Italy beginning on Tuesday. Topics : Apple Inc will this week reopen more than 25 of its branded stores in the United States, the company said on Sunday, continuing a gradual process that has unlocked doors at nearly a fifth of its worldwide retail outlets.The iPhone maker in March shut all its stores outside of Greater China in response to the spread of the coronavirus. It started shutting its more than 50 Greater China stores in January and reopened them by mid-March.”Our commitment is to reopen our stores when we are confident the environment is safe,” Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail, wrote on Sunday in a note on the company’s website.last_img read more

Lady Twisters Successful Weekend At Richmond

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters Tennis Team participated at The Richmond Invite during The Weekend placing 2nd.OA 3 Silver Creek 2 (District rank #4)    JV: OA won 4-1Richmond invite: OA finished 2nd out of 8 teams.OA. Kathryn Wilder – lost to Alexandria, beat Connersville, Northeastern; Angela Wanstrath – beat Richmond, Alexandria, Centerville — she won her #2 singles flight!; Sarah Price – beat Northeastern, Centerville, lost FC; Hanna Hurm/Sarah Preston – lost FC, beat EC, Northeastern; Claire Hollingsworth/Carsen Thompson – beat Conn, Northeastern, lost FC.Here was the order of team finish based on points.1. Franklin Central, 2. OA, 3. Alexandria, 4. Centerville, 5. Richmond, 6. Northeastern, 7. East Central, 8. Connersville.Coaches comments: ‘We had a good win versus a highly ranked opponent in Silver Creek. While it was a 3-2 final, we won convincingly at 1 & 3 singles and 1 doubles. And the matches at 2 singles and 2 doubles were very tight. At Richmond, we also had a good day against some big schools and quality opponents. Everyone had a winning record on the day while Angela went undefeated and played especially well, winning her #2 singles flight.’ Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.OA record on season 5-0.  District rank: #6Next opponent: Mooresville on Monday (4-23)last_img read more