In search of Captain Nemo

first_imgIf you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at Jim_Concannon@harvard.edu. I have always loved stories.Sometimes, I find stories that my life absorbs. The ancient Sanskrit epic “Mahabharata,” detailing the deeds of valorous heroes and austere sages, is one such tale. Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” with its portrayal of the disciplined steel magnate Hank Rearden, is another.One story in particular stands out: Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Ever since I first read it as a child, I have wanted to be Captain Nemo — a solitary inventor, a man of powerful principles and emotions who roams the oceans in a submarine of his own design. It is motivation from inspiring stories like these that has created my Harvard experience, and that same motivation informs my aims for the future.I applied to Harvard because it was the one institution that harbored the most people who had influenced my thought — an intellectually diverse list that included Joseph Schumpeter, W.E.B. Du Bois, Tim O’Reilly, E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould, Robert Oppenheimer, William James, and Bill Gates, among others. The moment I read the acceptance email, I felt a wave of excitement that my story, in a small but meaningful way, touched each of theirs.In the first few weeks of my freshman year, I drowned in Harvard’s quiet traditions — the established career paths, the rigorous competition for graduate schools and fellowships, the resume-padding extracurriculars. Disenchanted, I made the naive decision to not get a job, go to graduate school, travel on a fellowship, or do anything similarly structured straight out of college, so that I can dedicate my time here entirely to exploration.That dramatic declaration is not meant to be a normative statement about how Harvard needs to change. I love Harvard as it is. It is beautiful how many great opportunities the University has continued to provide for its students over the centuries. But despite how wonderful those opportunities are, some discontented part of me chose to reject them, on the simple basis that I did not want a Harvard experience that was scripted for me. I wanted to write my own story.Since then, I have inundated my brain and schedule with learning — doing well in some classes, barely passing others, pursuing disconnected interests like Sanskrit, political philosophy, or probability theory, browsing the libraries regularly to satisfy my curiosity, concentrating in computer science, regularly visiting the MicroCenter down the road to keep up with technology, and, most importantly, talking to as many people here as possible, in awe of their brilliance, drive, and kindness. I have made mistakes, but I regret nothing, because of how neat it all is on the pages of history.Now, nearing graduation, the question of what to do after college looms. In keeping with my naive decision freshman year, I have chosen to start a company. Quite literally, that is all I have done — I am the owner of a corporation that has yet to have a product, let alone a sound plan for making money. Friends and family have criticized me for this, saying that it makes more sense to build a product first and see if it catches on, or at least to get a job and work on this part-time, rather than discard other opportunities for one that may not even exist. They are probably right, but predictability never made for an exciting story. (Besides, I can make it all work during winter break.)I feel like Captain Nemo, building a corporation as my submarine, wanting to explore the world in it. I have been saving money from various jobs for the past three years as fuel for this purpose. I do not know if I will succeed or fail. But whatever happens, I intend to live an interesting story, for the satisfaction of none other than myself.last_img read more

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Iran sentences brother of senior vice president to 2 years

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has sentenced the brother of the country’s senior vice president to two years in prison on corruption charges. The spokesman of Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday that the verdict for Mahdi Jahangiri, the brother of Eshaq Jahangiri, cannot be appealed. Mahdi Jahangiri was on the board of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and was also the founder of the private Gardeshgari Bank. Charges against him included “professional currency smuggling” in the amounts of 607,100 euros and $108,000. He was ordered to return the funds and fined four times the amounts in question. Jahangiri was arrested in October 2017 and released on bail in March 2018, pending trial.last_img read more

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Chilina Kennedy to Take Over For Tony Winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful

first_img View Comments Star Files Chilina Kennedy Jessie Mueller Related Showscenter_img The rumors proved true and Chilina Kennedy will replace Tony winner Jessie Mueller as Carole King on March 7 in the Great White Way production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Mueller will play her final performance on March 6 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Jessica Keenan Wynn will also begin performances on March 7, making her Broadway debut as Cynthia Weil while Anika Larsen takes maternity leave.Kennedy made her Great White Way debut as Mary Magdalene in the most recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Wynn was recently seen off-Broadway in Heathers.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production is directed by Marc Bruni.The current Broadway cast of Beautiful also includes Scott J. Campbell as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

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Training staff on brand experience

first_imgIn member business lending, we often focus a lot of our energy and attention on product-specific information, as well as policies, procedures and legislation. While this is all well and good, what really matters to the member is — do we offer a product they need and want and can we provided to them in a friendly and efficient manner?A great deal of this discussion goes directly back to the state of your credit union’s brand. Unfortunately, training employees to engage in brand delivery is often neglected. Many credit you just feel that this function is not important or that they simply cannot afford to do it. To the contrary — brand training is critical and your credit union cannot afford not to do it.Is also simply not effective to just issue brand edicts to your staff. You must show them through training how and why their contributions matter to the overall success of the credit union and specifically how their brand delivery enhances the member business lending experience.All too often, credit union management and employees think the brand is simply a logos, tagline and advertising campaigns. This isn’t true. Educating employees that the brand is the credit union’s commitment to their members is paramount. For employees to effectively deliver your credit union’s brand they need to understand the brand itself and what behaviors are expected to support the brand.  Managers must educate and coach their employees by inspiration, encouragement and acting as role models.Training for employees to deliver the brand include:The background and rationale of the brand itselfInvolvement from others: have marketing share why building the brand is so important or have a sales representative share how they deliver the value they offer and how it is better than the competitionBrand Ambassadors sharing how they deliver the brandRole-play by having the employee tell the story based on their insight of the brandIf your credit union is deeply involved in member business lending, you cannot afford to have a weak brand. You must also make the investment in employee training to ensure your staff is effectively delivering the brand promise to members, every day. Anything less than that is a disservice to your brand and your members. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lisa Dent Ms. Dent joined MBL in July 2012 as a Risk Assessment Manager. She has worked in various roles at MBL which include Implementation Specialist and Training and Development Administrator. Prior … Web: www.mblllc.com Detailslast_img read more

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PGGM among investors backing G7 diversity, development project

first_imgTogether the investors have more than $6trn (€5.1trn) under management, according to announcement from the group.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO of PGGM, said: “Through our participation in the G7 Institutional Investor Initiatives, PGGM is able to contribute to the important sustainability agenda of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada.”Maurice Tulloch, chief executive of international insurance at Aviva, said that in order to achieve the commitment made by governments internationally for a more sustainable future, financial flows and markets had to be reoriented and to become more sustainable.“This global initiative is a critical step to supporting our joint vision of responsible, long-term, investment,” he said.The CFA Institute announced that, as part of the plan, it had been picked along with its international network of societies to create more opportunities in finance and investment management by setting up an internship programme.The programme would focus on women studying at university in certain developing markets, the organisation said. PGGM, Allianz, Generali and other European institutional investors are among a group of 12 large companies backing a project to push forward G7 objectives on development, gender diversity in finance, and climate-related disclosures.The investors – including Natixis Investment and Aviva – are working with the Canadian government on the plan and have all pledged to commit resources, expertise and networks to further three initiatives.The initiatives include: boosting expertise in infrastructure financing and development in emerging and frontier economies; opening opportunities for women in finance and investment worldwide; and speeding up the implementation of comparable climate-related disclosures.Canadian pension funds Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are leading the investor group, which also includes Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, AIMCo, OMERS and OPTrust, as well as US public pension fund CalPERS.last_img read more

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536 fishermen rescued from giant ice floe

first_imgA group of fishermen use a smaller piece of ice as a raft trying to row to the coast, as the ice floe with stranded fishermen on them slowly drifted further away from the land in eastern Siberia, Russia in this Jan. 28, 2020 photo. RUSSIA EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE VIA AP According to some of the fishermen, bythe time they had been rescued the rift between the ice floe and the coast wasalready 200 meters wide. (AP) Around 60 more people were able to getback on the shore on their own Tuesday evening, emergency officials said. The rescue operation lasted for almostseven hours. Footage of the incident showed groups of people using smallerpieces of ice as rafts and trying to row to the coast on them, as the ice floewith stranded fishermen slowly drifted further away from the land. MOSCOW – Russia’s emergency servicesrescued 536 ice fishermen after they got stranded on a giant ice floe thatbroke off the island of Sakhalin in eastern Siberia, officials said.last_img read more

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Survey: 7% Choose Between Doctor And Living Necessities

first_imgJennifer Chubinski, Director of Community Research for Interact for Health.CINCINNATI, Oh. –The Greater Cincinnati Community Status Survey has found that less than 7 percent of adults in Southeast Indiana said they or someone in their home went without doctor’s care in the past 12 months because the household needed the money for food, clothing or housing.This compares to an overall regional percentage of 15 percent. The regional number has remained relatively steady since 2010, after nearly tripling between 2005 and 2010.“Timely, appropriate health care has been repeatedly shown to have a positive impact on health outcomes,” says Jennifer Chubinski, Director of Community Research for Interact for Health. “If not treated early, a minor health issue can turn into a serious, chronic and costly health condition. Unfortunately, many people are forced to choose between health care and other essential items, which may have long-term health impacts.”The survey shows the percent of people going without care due to cost varies according to level of education.30 percent of adults with less than a high school education report going without care due to cost, compared to about 1 in 10 adults with at least a high school education (13 percent).Only 5 percent of adults with a college degree report choosing between health care and other basic needs.“Not surprisingly, adults in poverty and without health insurance must make this difficult choice more frequently,” says Chubinski.Nearly 3 in 10 adults in poor or fair health report going without care due to cost, compared to only about 1 in 10 adults with excellent, very good or good health.“This may reflect the consequences of being forced to neglect health needs in favor of other basic needs,” says Chubinski.Consistent with survey responses in previous years, only 1 in 25 adults over age 65 reports going without a doctor’s care for financial reasons. This compares to about 1 in 6 adults aged 18-64.The 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) is conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A total of 4,929 randomly selected adults residing in 8 Ohio counties, 9 Kentucky counties, and 5 Indiana counties were interviewed by telephone between August 20, 2013 and Jan. 19, 2014.last_img read more

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Gilbert A. Meyer

first_imgGilbert A. Meyer, age 92 of Oldenburg, died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born April 9, 1924 in Franklin County Indiana, he is the son of Amelia (Nee: Waechter) and Frank Meyer.  He married Jeanne Schuck November 18, 1942 at St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison, Ohio and she preceded him in death February 10, 1987.  He married Bernadette Struewing June 24, 1988 at the Srs. of St. Francis Chapel in Oldenburg and she survives.  He served in the Navy during World War II.Gilbert worked as an electrician and maintenance supervisor 50 years for the Srs. of St. Francis Convent.  He teased that it was his home away from home.  He was a member of Holy Family Church, the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183, served on the Oldenburg Utility Board for many years and was a long time member of the Eagle Fire Company, serving as chief as well.  He was civic minded and took pride in Oldenburg.Gilbert loved to garden.  For years he would put out a large vegetable garden and also enjoyed tending to his flower beds.  An avid reader, he liked newspapers as much as a good book.  He would often read the newspaper from cover to cover. His family said he enjoyed a good meal with chicken and roast beef among his favorites.  Being with family and friends was his greatest pleasure.He is survived by his wife Bernadette; daughters Barbara Susorney of Marquette, Michigan, Loraine Meyer of Shelbyville, Indiana, Ruth Meyer of La Grange, Georgia, Dorothy Ziegler of Batesville; son Edward of Harrison, Ohio; brother Leon of Adams, Indiana; step daughters Carol Hoog of Indianapolis, Dianne Sherman of Paxton, Illinois; step sons Arnold Kirschner of Batesville, Richard Kirschner of St. Louis, Missouri; nine grandchildren, ten step grandchildren, five great grandchildren and twenty three step great grandchildren.  In addition to his wife Jeanne and his parents, he is also preceded in death by daughters Anne Meyer, Mary Jo Goldsmith; son Jerome; sister Edith Albers; brothers Donald, Clifford, Adrian and step daughter Mary Jane Stohry.Visitation is Monday, June 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to Srs. of St. Francis or the Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund.last_img read more

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Rigsby repeats at Thunder Hill

first_imgBy Larry Lowrey Jr.MAYETTA, Kan. – Bryan Rigsby held off challenges from Matt Haid and Mat Stallbaumer in winning his second straight Repair Service IMCA Stock Car main event Saturday at Thunder Hill Speed­way.Stallbaumer, previously the only repeat winner this season, owned the top spot early and went door-to-door with Rigsby. As they came down the front stretch, the two made contact and Stallbaumer spun to bring out the yellow.When the race went back to green, it was Marvin Griffith Jr.’s chance to take the top spot from Rigsby but a couple yellows halted his momentum. A late-race restart saw mechanical issues plague the former champ.Haid pulled along side Rigsby in the late laps while Stallbaumer worked his way from the back of the field. In the end it was Rigsby holding off Haid and Stallbaumer for his second consecutive feature win.Jordan Grabouski made his return to Mayetta a winning one, topping the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified main event. Tyler Frye was first to the checkers for the seventh time in as many Bad Boyz II Bail Bonds IMCA Northern SportMod mains.Tenth starting Kyle Pfeifer raced to his first local Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock feature win of 2015.last_img read more

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Gazidis relaxed on Wenger contract

first_img Press Association A new deal between Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will be announced “at the right time”, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Gazidis also indicated there was no panic over time frames when speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s new long-term partnership with Puma, which will see the company become the club’s official kit suppliers from July 2014. “We have always been completely behind him. We are comfortable in the position and relaxed about it. Arsene will be extending with us and at the right time we will make that announcement,” Gazidis told the news conference. Meanwhile, Wenger has hit back at old rival Jose Mourinho’s claim that his side get an easy ride on fixtures. Chelsea boss Mourinho said last week that the Gunners get a certain “influence” when it came to their schedule, something Wenger was eager to refute as he prepared for the trip to Southampton. “In the last five years all the objective studies that have been made show Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top four,” he said. “That is facts. It has nothing to do with my opinion. It is an independent company that made (the study) that shows Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top level.” It is understood that the study Wenger referred to was conducted as part of an internal analysis of Arsenal’s fixture programme. center_img The 64-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and negotiations have been going on for some time to tie up Wenger’s long-term future, with the club currently top of the Barclays Premier League. Wenger continues to play down the concern when pressed on the issue by the media, but last month indicated he had made a decision. last_img read more

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