St. George’s College Jerusalem appoints new course chaplain

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [St. George’s College Jerusalem] The Very Dr. Rev. Graham M. Smith, dean of St. George’s College in Jerusalem has announced the appointment of the Rev. Mike Billingsley as College Chaplain for 2014.“It is a joy to welcome Mike and Judy Billingsley to the Cathedral Close,” said Smith. “Mike will be a caring pastor as pilgrims find their way to St. George with its first-rate courses, beautiful accommodations and gourmet food!”The Rev. Billingsley recently retired from Christ Episcopal Church in Medway, Mass. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Mr. Billingsley was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Atlanta in 1992, following a 20 year career in the United States Coast Guard. His wife, Judy, is an oncology nurse, and they both “fell in love” with the College and the City of Jerusalem when they attended a course April 2013. Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags People Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest St. George’s College Jerusalem appoints new course chaplain An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Posted Jan 28, 2014 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Middle East, Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Israel-Palestine, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

Universal Peace Federation: From Pandemic to Peace: Become an Ambassador of Change

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness WhatsApp Previous articleGlobal Pharmacies and Healthcare Stores Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleUniversal Peace Federation: De la pandémie à la paix : devenir un acteur du changement Digital AIM Web Support Twitter José Manuel Barroso speaking at the previous Rally of Hope Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Facebook TAGS  Twitter Universal Peace Federation: From Pandemic to Peace: Become an Ambassador of Change By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 last_img read more

Testing Has Been Recommended For Eligible Individuals Coming With Due Prescriptions Of Doctors: ICMR Informs Delhi HC [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesTesting Has Been Recommended For Eligible Individuals Coming With Due Prescriptions Of Doctors: ICMR Informs Delhi HC [Read Letter] Karan Tripathi21 July 2020 9:08 AMShare This – xIndian Council of Medical Research has informed the Delhi High Court that it has recommended testing for only those eligible individuals who are coming with due prescriptions of doctors. The clarification was provided to the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla in a plea challenging the mandatory requirement of a doctor’s prescription to undergo a COVID19 test. By a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIndian Council of Medical Research has informed the Delhi High Court that it has recommended testing for only those eligible individuals who are coming with due prescriptions of doctors. The clarification was provided to the Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla in a plea challenging the mandatory requirement of a doctor’s prescription to undergo a COVID19 test. By a letter dated July 20, ICMR has further submitted that opening up testing for all asymptomatic patients will create an unnecessary burden on labs which will lead to missing out of individuals who are in actual need of the test. The letter states that: ‘the strategy for COVID-19 testing in India is focused on testing symptomatic individuals, close contacts of lab confirmed cases and high risk individuals pre-op, immune compromised etc.’ Filed by Mr Utsav Sidhu, Mr Reginald Valsalan, and Mr Rakesh Talukdar, the present writ petition raises the grievances of professionals who are required to travel to different states in course of their professional obligations. The Petitioners have submitted that many States, such as Himachal Pradesh, require the individuals to produce a COVID negative certificate before allowing them entry. It is pointed out by the Petitioner that by an advisory dated July 01, the ICMR had strongly advised States to ensure that laboratories are free to carry out tests, without the prior requirement of a doctor’s certificate. Therefore, it is the case of the Petitioner that ICMR has not undertaken any steps towards ensuring that the mandatory requirement of a doctor’s Petition is done away with. The petition says: ‘… with the new requirements imposed by some states regarding a CoVID-19 negative certificate to ensure that persons are allowed to travel into the said State,mandatory requirement of a doctor’s prescription impedes the ability of people to get themselves tested at a laboratory, and effectively placing the decision of whether the said person can travel to the said place, at the hands of the doctor.’ The Petitioners in this case are being represented by Advocate Abhimanyu Tiwari.Click Here to Download Letter[Read Letter] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Physical Voting In SCBA Elections Through Secret Ballot

first_imgNews UpdatesSupreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Physical Voting In SCBA Elections Through Secret Ballot Srishti Ojha25 Feb 2021 1:52 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Thursday dismissed as withdrawn the plea filed seeking directions to the Election Committee of Supreme Court Bar Association, to conduct the upcoming election strictly by way of secret ballot in physical form in terms of SCBA Bye-laws. During the hearing a division Bench of Justice RF Nariman and Justice BR Gavai questioned the petitioner Advocate Pradeep Kumar…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has on Thursday dismissed as withdrawn the plea filed seeking directions to the Election Committee of Supreme Court Bar Association, to conduct the upcoming election strictly by way of secret ballot in physical form in terms of SCBA Bye-laws. During the hearing a division Bench of Justice RF Nariman and Justice BR Gavai questioned the petitioner Advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav how the present case was maintainable under Article 32 of the Indian Constitution. In response, Advocate Pradeep Yadav cited Supreme Court’s Constitution judgement from 1995. The Bench then asked the Counsel for the citation of the case being cited by him. The Counsel stated he has printed it from the Supreme Court’s website. You want us to refer a case from the Supreme Court’s website? Justice Nariman remarked. The Bench observed that SCBA is an organisation governed by bye-laws, and being a voter, the petitioner had no fundamental right involved. The Court also pointed out Clause 17 of the Bye-laws to the petitioner and stated that the Petitioner should approach the election committee. “I have already approached the Election Committee ” – Advocate Pradeep Yadav said. ” Withdraw it or we will dismiss it” the Bench said. The Bench therefore gave liberty to the petitioner to withdraw his plea seeking physical voting through secret ballot in the SCBA elections. The present plea was filed before the Supreme Court urging the Court to issue directions to the Joint Secretary Cooperative and Central Registrar, Chairman of the Election Committee and Supreme Court Bar Association through its Secretary, asking them to conduct the elections in terms of Bye-Law no. 17 of SCBA. The petition stated that the dates of the upcoming Election for the year 2020-2021 has been announced by the SCBA and is scheduled to be conducted on 27th Feb 2021 and as per the information received from SCBA’s official website, the elections will be conducted by virtual mode or hybrid system, where a system will be provided to caste vote electronically and there will be no physical voting will be conducted through secret ballot. The plea cited Bye-Law no. 17 of the Registered Bye-Laws of the Supreme Court Bar Association which states that the Office-Bearers of the Association are to be elected by secret ballot and the other members of the Committees are to be elected by secret ballot by single distributive votes at the Annual Election. The bye law state that no office bearer or member of the Committee will be eligible to hold any office for more than two consecutive years. Therefore if the Registered Bye-Laws of SCBA require the elections to be conducted by the secret ballot it has to be done in that manner only. The petitioner also argued that the members of the SCBA are not ready to adapt the Virtual or Hybrid method of elections as most of the Advocates have gone back to their respective native places and there is a remote possibility to access to the internet. Therefore, the virtual mode of elections is not practical as if the members do not vote their valuable right will be vanished.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

With severe weather outbreak over, seasonable trend develops in Midwest, Northeast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A five-day spate of severe weather that brought 38 reported tornadoes in six states wrapped up on Friday with more than 100 reports of severe winds across the Northeast. Hundreds of thousands of power outages were reported from Michigan to upstate New York and New England.For a majority of the country, a less-turbulent few days are ahead.A weak system will move through the southern U.S. on Saturday and make its way to the mid-Atlantic by Sunday morning. There is some rain with this system and a couple of thunderstorms. However, the risk for severe weather and flash flooding remains low.The system will try to tap into some moisture as it moves out into the Atlantic Ocean, but the heaviest of the rain appears likely to miss the entire East Coast.Temps cool in Northeast, heat up in SouthwestThe system will also bring cooler air down from Canada into the Northeast. After several days of hot temperatures in the Northeast, readings will dip back toward seasonably cool levels in the Midwest and Northeast. The cool-down should be brief, with temperatures bounding back to seasonable temperatures during the middle of the upcoming work week.Meanwhile, in the Southwest, the heat is beginning to build. There are excessive heat watches and warnings for parts of extreme Southern California and Arizona, including Phoenix. A round of triple-digit temperatures will arrive in Phoenix and Las Vegas by the beginning of the new week. A couple of records could be challenged in Arizona on Sunday. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Arthur takes on Covid

first_imgCloud-based software, Arthur, which enables property managers, landlords and agencies to connect and control their property portfolio with a dedicated suite of apps, has unveiled two new innovative tenant functions: the Covid Profile and Vulnerability Profile, in response to the pandemic. Arthur’s two new functions will provide tenants with an accessible platform to inform property managers of any health or well-being related issues that should be considered when scheduling viewings or contractor related work.The Covid Profile is an area of software that has been designed specifically for tenants to connect and share COVID-19 related information with their property manager, featuring options to confirm if they are self-isolating, have symptoms, been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days, or if anyone in the household who is considered at risk.The Vulnerability Profile enables tenants to provide regular updates on any ailments or relevant circumstances they feel comfortable disclosing such as: disabilities, long-term illnesses, if the tenant is vulnerable and living alone, or any other concerns they would like to inform their landlord of before viewings or contractor work is scheduled.Marc Trup, CEO for Arthur commented, “The new Covid and Vulnerability profile on our platform is a further demonstration of how we continually seek to innovate for our valued customers. This confidential tool will provide a hassle-free and useful solution for our users.”www.arthuronline.co.uk Covid Profile Vulnerability Profile Marc Trup Arthur cloud-based software October 23, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Arthur takes on Covid previous nextProptechArthur takes on CovidThe Negotiator23rd October 20200146 Viewslast_img read more

BHHS Sales Agents in Ocean City Earn National Ranking

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors office at Ninth Street and Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach Realtors congratulates the Ocean City office sales associates for receiving the eighth annual REAL Trends and Tom Ferry International America’s Best Real Estate Professionals Award, a national award ranking measured by REAL Trends.“America’s Best” honors those who are among the top 1.5 percent of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the nation. The list ranks agents and teams in 12 categories, including individual agent sales volume, individual agent transaction sides, team sales volume by team size, and team transaction sides by team size.“These agents rank in an elite group of individual agents and teams from markets across the country. This is quite an achievement, and they should be proud of their sales successes,” said Larry Flick V, CEO of BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors.More than 14,500 real estate professionals from every state are featured. To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2019. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. Information on the winners can be found online at https://www.realtrends.com/rankings/americas-best/.According to the REAL Trends 2020 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals rankings:Michael Contino had a transaction volume of $56,640,333.33, ranking eighth among individual agents in New Jersey and had 80 transaction sides, ranking 34th among individual agents in New Jersey.Jason Frost had a transaction volume of $27,000,541.67, ranking 56th among individual agents in New Jersey.Dean Chorin had a transaction volume of $26,122,700, ranking 69th among individual agents in New Jersey.The Sheppard Team had a transaction volume of $34,377,800, ranking 47th among small sized teams in New Jersey.The Cheryl Huber team had a transaction volume of $58,547,250, ranking ninth among medium sized teams in New Jersey and had 124 transaction sides, ranking 13th among medium sized teams in New Jersey.The Mark Grimes Team had a transaction volume of $30,274,141, ranking 42nd among medium sized teams in New Jersey.The Patrick Halliday Team had a transaction volume of $78,271,200, ranking 16th among large sized teams in New Jersey and had 113 transaction sides, ranking 26th among large sized teams in New Jersey.“Those individual agents and teams who make up the 2020 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals represent only about 1.5 percent of Realtors in the country yet account for over 10 percent of the closed transactions and more than 16 percent of all the sales volume closed last year,” says Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends.“These sales associates and teams are far above average and have built enormously successful small businesses in an extremely competitive field,” he added.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to the 2020 REAL Trends 500 report.The company was recently awarded “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and/Love” in the 32nd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study.With market dominance three times the market share of its nearest competitor, the brokerage completed more than 31,457 transactions in 2019. With over 5,500 sales professionals in more than 75 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1 for the fifth year in a row, in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network.Through its affiliate, the Trident Group, the company provides one-stop shopping and facilitated services to its clients, including mortgage financing, and title, property and casualty insurance.The company-sponsored charitable foundation, Fox & Roach/Trident Charities, is committed to addressing the needs of children and families in stressful life circumstances and has contributed over $7.2 million to more than 250 local organizations since its inception in 1995.Visit the website at www.foxroach.com.last_img read more

Cooks the Bakery ties up leaseholds after 2006 purchase of Three Cooks

first_imgSolihull’s Cooks the Bakery has completed the acquisition of 120 leasehold stores from the administrators of Three Cooks.The leasehold agreements mark the final stage in the transfer of the Three Cooks business to Cooks the Bakery, after it bought the business and trade of the firm from administra- tor Tenon Recovery in Novem- ber 2006.Property consultant Colliers CRE has led leasehold negotiations with the landlords of the 120 shops on behalf of Cooks. Colliers consultant Andrew Tunney told British Baker that, in many cases, improved leasehold terms have been agreed. “For example, if there were two years left on a lease, we said to the landlords, ’Why not do a new, 10-year lease?’”—-=== Cooks the Bakery timeline ===November 2006: Three Cooks, which has 158 shops, goes into administration. A team of former managers, including chairman Geoff Peppiatt, buy the business and trade of 121 shops from administrators Tenon Recovery, renaming the business Cooks the Bakery.Leasehold negotiations begin with landlords. New-look Cooks fascia rolled out to shopsAugust 2007: Peppiatt tells British Baker the roll-out of the Cooks fascia has been put on holdMay 2008: Purchase of 120 leases completelast_img read more

News story: Eboracum UK Ltd first private security firm to gain SCC’s independent certification

first_img Although accreditation is voluntary, I feel that it is important to demonstrate a transparent and compliant approach to the use of CCTV. We are leading from the front as the first security company to achieve this accolade and I hope that others will follow. Achieving this accreditation outlines that even small to medium businesses can put privacy, compliance and transparency at the top of the agenda. Security firm Eboracum was established in 2011 and now provides a range of services in York. These include security guarding, facilities management and community projects. The company also provide a street ranger service to the York business improvement district.Body-worn cameras have become important items of equipment and are now deployed with operatives across the company. Supported by local police and the city council enforcement officers, body-worn cameras have enabled the provision of evidence leading to successful prosecutions. Aside from prosecutions, body-worn cameras have also been used to deter assaults on staff and prevent crime. They also inhibit aggressive behaviour.Recognising the importance of maintaining public trust and confidence when conducting surveillance activity, Eboracum were committed to being transparent in demonstrating high standards and ethical use of their body-worn cameras and therefore decided to undertake voluntary certification assessment against the surveillance camera code of practice, which is regulated by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter.The code of practice is intended to ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that public body surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them, rather than spy on them. The government is keen to encourage organisations to voluntarily adopt the code, which is a mandatory requirement for police forces in England and Wales.Eboracum’s procedures, privacy impact assessment and processes were audited by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection board (SSAIB).Eboracum UK has taken steps to ensure that their body-worn CCTV systems operate within a legal framework and meet the standards of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s code of practice. This includes data security, appropriate usage, control of records and promoting a culture of honesty.Carl Nickson, Director of Eboracum UK said: A key component of my national surveillance camera strategy is to encourage organisations that are not bound by statute to comply with the Secretary of State’s code of practice, to voluntarily adopt its provisions. In doing so, Eboracum have demonstrated a real commitment to ensure that the public can have confidence in their use of body-worn surveillance cameras. I congratulate them on their achievement and encourage other organisations to follow their example.center_img Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, added:last_img read more

After graduation, reflection

first_img— Corydon Ireland and Colleen Walsh Harvard’s 361st Commencement continued well into the later afternoon, with graduates, alums, family, friends, and faculty joining in the festivities.Radcliffe grad, Class of 1944The oldest Radcliffe class represented at Commencement was 1944 — 15 years more recent than the Class of 1929, represented by 103-year-old George Barner of Kennebunk, Maine.In the shade of a tent behind Hollis Hall at lunchtime, Frances Downing Vaughan ’44 was aware of the disparity. “I’m only 90,” she said.Vaughan lives in Cambridge, within walking distance of her alma mater. “I can’t think of a greater place to grow old in,” she said.Vaughan remembers a wartime college era when Harvard boys were scarce and you met them at social gatherings called “jolly-ups.” At Radcliffe, she remembers the 10 p.m. curfews and the standard fashion of “socks and shoes, sweaters and pearls.”A longtime poet — “I was a writer by age 7” — Vaughan is at work on her first book, “90 at 90.”George Barner ’29 belongs to the oldest class year but is younger than Donald Brown ’30 by 24 days. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOverwhelmed by ceremonyChen Zhang was still trying to process the sweep of his Harvard experience on Thursday afternoon as he made his way to the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) campus from Tercentenary Theatre.His undergraduate commencement at Stanford University, which was held in the school’s football stadium, had a more informal, West Coast vibe, he said. That ceremony included a healthy amount of “wacky dancing,” and an appearance by the school’s mascot, the Stanford Tree. In contrast, Zhang was overwhelmed by Harvard’s elaborate ceremony, and by its pomp and circumstance. “I really, really liked this, maybe more so than my own.”His experience at HDS, and its environment of inclusion also overwhelmed Zhang. While some students will go on to the ministry, academia, education, or, like himself, to a joint law and social work degree program with the aim of a career in public service, everyone at HDS, he said, was encouraged “to pursue their diverse interests within a common set of curricula.”“HDS is really a unique community; I don’t know of any other place that caters to both the secular and the religious worlds so effectively.”In the world of work, amid changeAs she waited in a long line to enter the tent behind Longfellow Hall for her official diploma ceremony, Justina Wang reflected on her time at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the importance of her degree. Since mid-May, Wang has been putting her master’s in education from the Education Policy and Management program to good with the Chicago Public Schools system as a positive behavioral support specialist. She headed to the job as soon as she was done with her finals, and made a quick return trip to Harvard for Commencement.“All of these things we have been talking about [at HGSE] have been playing out in the real world,” said Wang, who only regretted one thing about her time at Harvard. “I wish,” she said, “it could have been longer.”To kick off the diploma ceremony, HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney took the podium, encouraging students to cheer for the faculty and staff at HGSE, and their families and friends, which they did with verve. She then offered some parting thoughts.“You are now a member of a community like no other I know. You will take sustenance from this place, for it will serve as your intellectual home now and always,” said McCartney, Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. Recalling the words of a departing student, she told the new graduates that they “have to hit the ground listening,” in order to be ready to answer important calls to action, like the fight against bullying.“Our job as educators and parents is to support our children and their efforts to create community standards where they work and play,” she said. That work will require modeling the way forward by building open and inclusive environments where different opinions and constructive dialogue are welcome, and where “we forgive and ask for forgiveness.”“And then,” she continued, “we need to talk honestly about these efforts with the children in our lives.”‘Inspired by the Harvard experience’Jesus Manuel Alvarado Rivera emerged from under the tent where he had just received his Harvard Law School (HLS) degree with a megawatt smile and a death grip on his new L.L.M. diploma.“It’s done. It feels real now,” said the beaming graduate, who pointed to the document and praised the HLS faculty as both amazing teachers and educators and great human beings. “It’s a great place to be,” said Rivera, who will head back to his native Puerto Rico to work for a law firm for several years, and then hopefully for Puerto Rico’s executive branch, developing policy. “I definitely have been inspired by the Harvard experience.”Voices of experienceThe oldest Harvard College graduate to attend Commencement this year was 103-year-old retired archaeologist Donald F. Brown ’30 of Stowe, Mass. (He turns 104 on Nov. 26.) For the occasion he wore a baseball cap with the legend, “My life is in ruins.” Just 24 days younger: George Barner ’29, a retired lawyer living in Kennebunk, Maine, will turn 104 on Dec. 20. “I just go along with the change of time,” said Barner, who waited in the shade of Harvard Yard for the Alumni Procession to begin. He attributes his good health to never smoking and to a lifetime of playing tennis. Barner’s family had a regulation court in his hometown of Webster City, Iowa. He gave the sport up in his 90s, “when I had trouble moving backwards without falling.” But so far, in life, he is still moving forward. Said Barner in parting, “I will see you next year.”Table talkTwo luncheon tents behind Hollis and Stoughton halls were reserved for “Division I” classes — those from 1921 to 1956. General Curtis R. LeMay’s banker was there, along with a graduate in his 90s who still runs a sawmill, a former Jesuit (Class of 1951) who was keeping a conversation on Blaise Pascal alive, and graduate of that era whose Philippines boyhood was darkened by the Japanese occupation. At one table sat Donald F. Brown ’30, age 103, the oldest man at Commencement 2012. Just past noon you could hear the Harvard University Band approaching for its traditional serenade of the oldest classes. Brown sat up straight in his wheelchair and waved his arms like a maestro. “That’s his medicine for the soul – his music,” said Brown’s daughter, Alyson Toole. A chair away was her brother, Christopher Brown, marveling that his father could be at a graduation exercise 82 years after his own graduation. How is he doing so well?  “I think it was that comet,” said the younger Brown, referring to the 1908 airburst of a comet fragment over Siberia the year his father was born. “Cosmic dust must have landed on my dad.”last_img read more