“I’m dealing with a lot of uncertainty,” said Ilian Meza-Peña ’17, whose eligibility under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is due to expire next December. “Is the University going to add more mental health counselors who are aware of the cultural issues?”“I don’t have a passport. I was smuggled over the border to Turkey,” explained Aref Ebrahimi, a candidate for an A.L.B. from the Extension School, a special student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, as well as a refugee from Iran. “What’s the easiest way to deal with this?”These were only two of the questions raised by members of the Harvard community on Wednesday afternoon when representatives of the Harvard International Office, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, and Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic held a town hall to offer information and perspectives in light of the new Washington administration’s executive orders on immigration and refugees. A number of Harvard’s Schools have been holding similar sessions for their concerned students.Citing President Drew Faust’s recent “We Are All Harvard” statement, distributed to the University community, Vice Provost Mark C. Elliott opened the meeting. “The University is deeply committed to being an open, welcoming, and deeply international community,” he said. With approximately 10,000 international students and scholars, the largest number in any U.S. university, Harvard is “frustrated and distressed by the effect that this order is already having on our community,” he said.Elliott said Harvard had been active even before the latest executive order was signed, holding meetings “at the highest levels,” not only among University officials, but with officials from other universities and institutions across the country.Elements of that action, as well as practical advice, were then presented by fellow panelists Maureen Martin, director of Immigration Services at the Harvard International Office, and Jason Corral of the Law School’s Immigrant and Refugee Clinic, who had originally been hired to represent students who are undocumented, with DACA support.With the help of a Powerpoint demonstration, the panel first broke down what three relevant executive orders actually say. One temporarily suspends the issuance of visas abroad and the entry into the United States by people from seven predominately Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan). Another order temporarily suspends the admission of all refugees and calls for an indefinite suspension of admission of refugees from Syria. And one calls for the immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and for reinforcement of internal immigration enforcement.Some implications of these orders are clear. “People from those seven countries should not try to travel outside the U.S.,” said Martin. She also noted that rumors of other countries being included in the ban, or in a future one, have made many foreign scholars leery of travel. “Everybody is anxious, and we understand that. We’re here to help you work through it.”The international office, she said, has been in touch with all the scholars from overseas who have registered that they are traveling — and recommends that all members of the University community who are considering travel register their plans. In addition, the Immigration and Refugee Clinic has been providing information and advice.Executive orders, explained Corral, cannot make new law. In fact, if they contradict an existing law, that “law trumps the order,” he said, to laughter. This order of precedence is the basis for legal challenges to the orders, as are the existing visa and DACA regulations themselves. For example, in some cases, visa applications must be considered within a certain time period. “If they take longer, they are in violation of established law,” said Corral.A checklist of documents that international students should carry if traveling was projected: a passport, if possible, or a green card, and a visa with a valid travel signature and valid travel stamp. Other suggested items include a letter from Harvard attesting to one’s status in the University community, a resume or CV, and the phone number of someone at Harvard. (While the director of a scholar’s specific program was mentioned as a contact, it was also pointed out that the University’s travel assistance number, 617-998-0000, is staffed around the clock.)“Even for domestic travel,” suggested Corral. “I’d be very cautious and travel with information.”The panel then took questions that ranged from specifics about possible changes in H1-B and OPT visas to options for housing after graduation. Questions about travel for emergencies, such as a death in the family, or for formerly routine conferences or interviews, were answered with candid concern. “Over-document,” suggested Corral. “Come talk to us first,” advised Martin.As a Baha’i, Ebrahimi counts as a religious minority, which should exempt him from some of the latest orders’ impact. Still, citing his interest in pursuing a career in global health, he remains frustrated and confused. “I’m grateful for the opportunity,” he said. “But this makes the U.S. a big prison for me.”After the roughly 90-minute meeting, Meza-Peña still had questions. “I feel good about Jason being hired,” she said. Still, she worried that some of her issues hadn’t been addressed. As she was explaining, a clinical social worker from the University Health Services approached her, ideally to continue a useful dialogue.
United Way Community Campaign Exceeds $3.8m GoalInvestments Impact all of Chittenden CountyUnited Way of Chittenden County announced today it expects to meet and exceed its goal of $3.8 million for its 2004 Community Campaign. By the end of March, it anticipates having reached 102% of goal.”These are challenging times for everyone,” stated volunteer Community Campaign Chair Kevin Dwyer, who is Senior Vice President of Hackett Valine & MacDonald. “Amidst those challenges, our community came together to create relief for those that struggle the most. It wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiastic support of more than 500 campaign volunteers.”Campaign dollars will be invested in programs which will make the most impact on our community’s most critical needs, and will serve more than 100,000 people throughout Chittenden County. Thanks to the success of the campaign, United Way can continue to invest in programs that are changing lives and shaping communities.Where the Money Comes FromEvery dollar counts! United Way of Chittenden County raises more than 70 percent of its annual community campaign from average employees during workplace campaigns. Approximately 475 local companies participate by organizing workplace campaigns, making corporate gifts, or both. The remaining funds come from individuals and corporate gifts.”We’re always excited to share the news about the numbers,” said Gretchen Morse, Executive Director. “But it is far more important to share the news about people’s lives that are being changed – all year long – thanks to the generosity of more than 15,000 donors.”Morse highlighted several workplace campaigns which raised over $100,000 – IBM’s Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC), General Dynamics, IDX, Dwight Asset Management, UVM and Fletcher Allen – as wonderful examples of making a positive impact both inside the workplace community, as well as outside in the broader community.Where the Money GoesThe community-review process of distributing the 2004 Community Campaign funds is now underway, with more than 60 seasoned community members who volunteer their time to study funding requests. Focusing on four basic criteria – community needs, management and accountability, outcomes and financial need – the allocations teams visit agencies, review program outcomes and will then meet in mid-March to prepare funding recommendations for Board approval.”United Way does so much more than just raise money,” added Dwyer. “United Way takes a broad perspective of community need, evaluates where that money will have the greatest impact, and invests it wisely. United Way-funded programs are keeping kids in school, making our streets safer, helping us respond to crisis, and making it possible for local non-profit agencies to meet the growing and diverse needs of young and old alike.”Thanks to numerous dedicated volunteers who donate their time throughout the year, United Way of Chittenden County is able to keep costs low and invest more in helping people. On average, administrative and fundraising costs are no more than 15%, which is far below the 35% threshold described in the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. (http://www.give.org/standards/newcbbbstds.asp(link is external))Contributions also support the United Way Volunteer Center, which coordinates volunteer-matching programs for individuals, groups, youths and businesses, as well as provides volunteer support and training for non-profits, schools and government agencies. Last year, 318 such groups were served by the United Way Volunteer Center. As a result, 1,950 volunteers contributed 125,063 hours of volunteer time for a value of $1,856,222 to the community. Yet, there is more than can be done. Approximately 1,666 volunteer requests remained unmet last year.Dwyer, reflecting on his year as campaign chair, thanked the hundreds of workplace volunteers who coordinated events and rallied to spread United Way’s message. He emphasized that “The mobilization of individuals throughout our community is what has made this campaign a success.”United Way of Chittenden County is an independent, non-profit organization governed by a local, all-volunteer Board of Directors. United Way collaborates with other non-profits, local government, schools, courts, businesses and others to make the most impact on the issues that most matter in our community. To learn more, call 864-7541, or visit www.unitedwaycc.org(link is external). United Way’s Volunteer Center serves more than 400 local non-profit organizations, matching their needs with volunteer skills and time. To volunteer, call 860-1677, or visit www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer(link is external). Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont, is an information and referral helpline serving all Vermonters. Need help finding help? Dialing 2-1-1 is your first step. Or visit www.vermont211.org(link is external).# # #
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man was struck and critically wounded by a hit-and-run driver after another driver who crashed into the pedestrian stopped in East Farmingdale on Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.Oliver David, 41, of Freeport, was driving his Mercedes Benz southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he struck the victim at 10:50 p.m., police said. The victim was identified as 64-year-old Kenneth Wiggins, who had been previously reported missing from a homeless shelter in Hillside, New Jersey.While David was trying to stop southbound traffic, a second vehicle, described as a silver older-model Nissan Altima, also struck the victim and then fled the scene, police said.The driver of the Nissan was last seen heading southbound on Wellwood Avenue in the direction of Southern State Parkway, police said.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for head and internal injuries.David was not charged.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Syracuse’s guards kept pressing. It didn’t matter the Orange had played a road game on Friday night and had the two-day turnaround. Or that Brittney Sykes, Alexis Peterson and Gabby Cooper had played nearly the entire first half. Or even that SU was playing, as Briana Day said, in an “unnaturally hot” gym.Early in the third quarter, Brittney Sykes dribbled around the North Carolina defense before hitting a layup. As soon as the ball dropped through the hoop, Sykes found a UNC player to guard on the press. She stole the ball in the backcourt, hop stepped hard to draw the Tar Heel she stole the ball from and then dumped it off to Day for a layup.“We’re young and inexperienced back there,” UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “We made it look good.”No. 20 Syracuse (18-8, 9-4) was coming off a 17-point loss to Duke less than 48 hours earlier. But back in the Carrier Dome, where it hasn’t lost all year, and against an inexperienced team, the Orange held the advantage. Multiple press schemes earned 27 points off turnovers and resulted in Syracuse’s dominating 95-64 victory over UNC (13-12, 2-10) on Sunday evening.At the end of the first half, Quentin Hillsman yelled at Brittney Sykes, who had scored 17 points to that point. He said after the game that he felt she, and the team, hadn’t finished the half of strong. He didn’t want SU taking any possessions, or its lead, for granted.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo, the Orange blitzed the Tar Heels to start the third quarter and forced UNC into eight of their 18 total turnovers in that one quarter alone.“… I thought that was really the difference in the third quarter,” Peterson said. “…We just rotated up, played hard, got steals and got to get out in transition.”At first, SU deployed an individual-based press. On one play that started with an inbound pass from near halfcourt, the Orange forced UNC into a backcourt violation. Another ended with North Carolina turning it over after a five-second violation underneath its own basket.Afterward, North Carolina broke that press with four players, including bigs, in the backcourt. The guard standing furthest from the player throwing the ball in would streak to the hoop and get a football-like throw for a layup. It happened twice before SU decided it needed some changes.“They did a good job. We got into one press, turned them over a few times and then they went long twice,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “… we made adjustments with out press, which was the difference in keeping them in front of us and not getting beat over the top.”SU switched into looser, zone-based pressure. One SU player free-lanced near midcourt, eliminating the deep ball.Following the inbound, the SU defender on that side of the court and the player guarding the inbounds double-teamed North Carolina’s pass recipient. Sometimes, that alone would create a turnover.Even when UNC surpassed the initial double-team, SU’s press remained. On one play, Gabby Cooper and Day doubled a Tar Heel in the corner, but she managed to swing the ball back to Paris Kea, who threw the ball in.Kea went to dribble forward, seemingly without much pressure. But Sykes rotated over from the weakside, forcing Kea to dribble the ball too far ahead and right into the hands of Peterson.Another turnover, another easy bucket.Hillsman said that it’s normally tough to switch between two press schemes midway through a quarter. But he felt confident that it’d be executed correctly, given most of the players on the courts were veterans and had a lot of experience in SU’s pressing scheme.“Anytime we can play that way and continue to press and have a press to be able to attack their press offense,” Hillsman said, “we’re going to be in good shape.” Comments Published on February 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew, has admitted the team failed woefully at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and is taking full responsibility for the team’s exit to Tunisia at the Round of 16 stage.Ghana lost 5-4 in penalty shootouts to the North Africans after the game ended 1-1 after extra time.Ayew, who was named captain ahead of the tournament, believes the team has disappointment Ghanaians and has now put his head on the chopping board.“I am very sad and disappointed that we could not get to the next stage but we need to take heart and be stronger. The entire team gave everything but it did not go our way.“As a Ghanaian and as a leader no player is to be held responsible for this; I take all the responsibility and we are going to work hard and come back stronger.“If we have been kicked out at this stage it means we had a bad tournament and since we couldn’t achieve the mission we came here for, I will say we failed,”The exit from the competition in Egypt is the worst performance of the Black Stars at an AFCON since 2006 when they failed to progress from the group stages, with the country’s AFCON title drought now set to exceed 40 years.
Cane, 25, is set to play his 50th test against Australia this weekend in Brisbane and has captained the All Blacks in two tests.The deal means he will also remain with Super rugby side the Chiefs.”Even though I’ve been in the All Blacks for five years now, there is still heaps more I want to achieve in the black jersey,” said Cane.”I’m in a leadership role with the All Blacks and the Chiefs and that’s something I enjoy, and I want to contribute any way I can in helping lead and drive both those teams to succeed.”The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said “he’s still a young man and knowing that he’s staying through to 2021 is fantastic for the long-term growth of the All Blacks and his experience and knowledge will be invaluable to the team in the years to come.”