Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending Oct. 13. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at http://www.hupd.harvard.edu.Oct. 9: At the Littauer Building, an individual was arrested and charged with trespassing after officers found the individual had been issued a no trespass warning for all Harvard University property. At Gund Hall, officers took a report of a stolen unattended Cannon video camera. At Teele Hall, an officer was dispatched to take a report of an individual receiving harassing phone calls. The officers reported that at Cabot House, a red mountain bicycle was stolen. At Brattle Street and Hawthorne Street, officers observed an individual known to be involved in previous incidents with the Harvard University Police Department. The individual was arrested after a field interview was conducted and the individual was checked for warrants with positive results.Oct. 10: At Gannett House, officers were dispatched to take a report of an individual receiving suspicious phone calls. Another individual stated that a suspicious individual entered the building, made inappropriate comments, and left. A set of black Sony headphones was stolen at the Continuing Education computer facility. The headphones were returned after the owner confronted an individual in possession of them. At the New Research Building, a white mountain bicycle was stolen.Oct. 11: Officers responded to a report of an individual who entered Cabot House through the fire door in the stairwell. It was reported that the individual fled the area when confronted by the reporting party.Oct. 12: At 20 Plympton St., an officer was dispatched to take a report of a motor vehicle that sustained damage to its rear quarter panel. At Winthrop House, officers could not locate an individual who was reportedly struck by a bus.Oct. 13: Officers were dispatched to a report at 1 Athens St., stating that an individual was walking around without clothing. At Comstock Hall and Harvard Hall, two mountain bicycles were stolen. An unsecured logo rug valued at $500, a framed photograph valued at $300, and a painting valued at $1,000 were all stolen from Adams House. A wallet was stolen from the Loeb Drama Center. An individual was arrested and charged with assault and battery after officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance. The reporting party stated that the individual attempted to control them by holding their wrists and then put their hands around the reporting party’s neck.
While we all miss the roar of engines and on-track activity, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series has been a sight for sore eyes, enough to whet our whistle on Sundays as we await the resumption of the 2020 NASCAR season. The racing has been compelling, drivers are super invested and the sport is picking up new fans left and right. One of the best things to come out of the first three races of the spectacle? The surprises along the way.From Garrett Smithley and Timmy Hill becoming household names to Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. putting on a show in the closing laps of the inaugural event at Homestead-Miami Speedway we’ve found ourselves grinning for reasons we did not expect. So, with that said, which drivers have been the most pleasant surprises to come out of the series so far?POWER RANKINGS: Who’s the top driver in the Pro Invitational Series?NASCAR.com’s Pat DeCola and George Winkler offer their picks.DeCOLA: I already had my eye on John Hunter Nemechek through the first four races of the NASCAR Cup Series season, as he had far exceeded my expectations. An 11th-place finish in the Daytona 500 boosted his start to the campaign, and he has gotten more out of the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports entry already than we’ve seen the past few years.It seems the talent has carried over to iRacing.Nemechek was caught up in a wreck at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he has come on full force the past two races to catapult himself into the top 10 in the unofficial standings. The 22-year-old has handled himself like an iRacing veteran the past two weeks, leading 10 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and finishing eighth before winning his heat at Bristol Motor Speedway en route to a runner-up finish to William Byron.A win for Nemechek feels like a legitimate possibility before this whole thing wraps up, and who knows how that’ll carry over to the real race track in the future — momentum is momentum, after all.WINKLER: When you’re as good as Kyle Busch is at racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, it can be risky to try something relatively new to you like iRacing, because the only way to go might be down. But I don’t think Busch approaches it that way. He always has been a fierce competitor and tries to win no matter what he’s doing, so when at first he doesn’t succeed, he has the grit and determination to try, try again until he gets it right.That’s basically what has transpired over the course of the first three races in the Pro Invitational Series. Although Busch has failed to register a top-15 finish yet, he has shown improvement — from finishing 29th in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway to 18th last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. His starting spots have gone from 34th at Miami to 19th at Texas Motor Speedway to sixth last week at Bristol when two heat races were used to decide everyone’s starting position.Busch even resembled the driver who has racked up eight Cup Series wins at Bristol when he posted the fastest lap of any competitor in last week’s race on the high banks at virtual “Thunder Valley.” With virtual tracks the only option on the immediate horizon for Cup Series drivers, Busch will put in the practice time needed to keep improving and will score a top-10 finish — or even a top five, or heck, end up in virtual Victory Lane. I wouldn’t put it past him.
One of Legacy Development’s renderings of the proposed Bellmont Promenade center.The company hoping to break ground on the long-vacant land at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Mauer Road has requested that the city of Shawnee consider allowing it to add a residential component to its proposed Bellmont Promenade project.In a letter submitted to the city earlier this month, developer Steve Beaumont said the company would be asking the city to update the land use guidelines for the property so it could pursue a mixed-use project. The plans given initial approval by the city were for a commercial development only, which was to feature a series of big box retail operations as well as several restaurants in pad site.“The purpose of the request is to provide the opportunity for unified developments that contain truly mixed use developments that both residential and commercial/office uses, as well as buildings with both office/retail and residential spaces,” Beaumont wrote.The land use request will got before the city’s Planning Commission for a public hearing March 19.In January, the company posted a marketing brochure on its website showing that the developers had targeted Dick’s Sporting Goods and Hobby Lobby as anchors for the project. But the company has since walked that back, telling the Shawnee Dispatch that “The brochure that was posted to our website was unfortunately posted in error.”The updated marketing brochure on the company’s website no longer shows a site plan or lists any proposed tenants.The Shawnee City Council approved nearly $20 million in public finance incentives for the project last summer on a 5-3 vote. Some neighborhood homeowners have expressed concerns with the prospect of developing the site, saying that the project would pose traffic and stormwater issues.
Mississippi River hosts Gophers’ home event on SaturdayMinnesota is the only Division I team in the Head of the Mississippi regatta. Zach EisendrathSeptember 30, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the past two seasons, Minnesota’s rowing team has been on the bubble come NCAA tournament selection time.And for two consecutive years, the committee has denied the Gophers acceptance.Minnesota is determined not to repeat their recent history and make it to the NCAAs.But senior Katie Engel said it will take the team more than one specific adjustment to make the tournament.“We need to continue to work well together,” Engel said. “Everything we do now, all of the hard work and effort we put in will help us in the future. It’s not just the spring; it’s not one race, but everything we do now.”Their journey begins Saturday when the Gophers host the Head of the Mississippi. The race starts at the East River Flats behind Coffman Union and finishes on the west side of the river at Bohemian Flats.Last season, Minnesota accomplished more than in any other season in program history. Minnesota finished the season ranked No. 15 in the nation.After the first few weeks of practice, senior captain Cheryl Wick said she is encouraged by the team’s production.“It has been going really well,” Wick said. We seem to be a lot further along than a year ago at this time.” A majority of the team – more than 20 of the 36 rowers – competed on club teams during the offseason.Coach Wendy Davis credits her team’s fast start to how hard they trained this summer.“Instead of focusing on fitness the first couple weeks, we have been able to work on technique,” Davis said. “They are walking in here much fitter than ever before.”Wick said she believes this year’s team can be better than last year’s record-setting squad.“One thing we are trying to do this year is finish in the top ten (nationally),” she said. “Maybe even top six.”The Gophers will be the only Division I school taking part in this weekend’s regatta. Davis mentioned the Minnesota Rowing and Boat Clubs as the team’s toughest competition.Davis said she expects impressive results.“Nothing’s ever assured,” Davis said. “But with all the people returning, on paper we should be a better team.”
Ahwatukee Foothills Center, a prestigious Ahwatukee Foothills drive-thru Pad built in 2002, sold for $2,038,000. The property is located on Chandler Boulevard, just west of Interstate 10, in a dense retail corridor with over 250,000 SF at the intersection. Notable neighboring tenants include LA Fitness, Kohl’s, CVS and Tutor Time.“We received an overwhelming amount of interest on this asset,” explains Andrew Harrison, Vice President at ORION Investment Real Estate. “The seller eventually decided to go with a local buyer who was in a 1031 exchange with only a few days left to identify his replacement property. We ended up closing the escrow in less than 27 days.” This was an all cash transaction.The property was sold by PWDAF 48th and Chandler, LLC and purchased by Ahwatukee Hills LLC, both Arizona-based. Ahwatukee Foothills is 100% leased to Qdoba, Dunkin’ Donuts, Zoyo and Calico Studios.
Share Share on Facebook Email “The standard account of information in economics is that people should seek out information that will aid in decision making, should never actively avoid information, and should dispassionately update their views when they encounter new valid information,” said Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology who co-founded the field of behavioral economics.Loewenstein continued, “But people often avoid information that could help them to make better decisions if they think the information might be painful to receive. Bad teachers, for example, could benefit from feedback from students, but are much less likely to pore over teaching ratings than skilled teachers.”Even when people cannot outright ignore information, they often have substantial latitude in how to interpret it. Questionable evidence is often treated as credible when it confirms what someone wants to believe — as is the case of discredited research linking vaccines to autism. And, by the same token, evidence that meets the rigorous demands of science is often discounted if it goes against what people want to believe, as illustrated by widespread dismissal of scientific evidence of climate change.Information avoidance can harm individual wellbeing, as when people miss opportunities to treat serious diseases early on or fail to learn about better financial investments that could prepare them for retirement. It also has large societal implications. The demand for ideologically aligned information drives media bias, which fuels political polarization: When basic facts are no longer part of a shared understanding, the foundation of societal discourse disappears.“An implication of information avoidance is that we do not engage effectively with those who disagree with us,” said Hagmann, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. “Bombarding people with information that challenges their cherished beliefs – the usual strategy that people employ in attempts at persuasion — is more likely to engender defensive avoidance than receptive processing. If we want to reduce political polarization, we have to find ways not only to expose people to conflicting information, but to increase people’s receptivity to information that challenges what they believe and want to believe.”Despite its evident pitfalls and costs, information avoidance isn’t always a mistake or a reflection of a lazy mind.“People do it for a reason,” said Golman, assistant professor of social and decision sciences. “Those who do not take a genetic test can enjoy their life until their illness can’t be ignored, an inflated sense of our own abilities can help us to pursue big and worthwhile goals, and not looking at our financial investments when markets are down may keep us from selling in a panic.”Understanding when, why, and how people avoid information can help governments and firms alike to reach their audiences effectively without drowning them in unwanted messages. LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter We live in an unprecedented “age of information.” Dieters have access to nutritional information, people at risk of genetic disease can undergo cutting-edge medical tests and citizens in modern democracies have access to a wide range of news sources covering the entire political spectrum.However, for all the information that is out there, people make use of very little of it. Those on diets, for example, often prefer not to look at the number of calories in a tasty dessert, people at high risk for a disease avoid screening tests that could give them a definite answer, and most consumers of news choose sources that align with rather than challenge their political ideology. Indeed, people at times actively avoid useful information that is available to them.Drawing on research in economics, psychology, and sociology, Carnegie Mellon University’s George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann illustrate how people deliberately avoid information that threatens their happiness and wellbeing. Published in the Journal of Economic Literature, they show that, while a simple failure to obtain information is the most clear-cut case of “information avoidance,” people have a wide range of other information-avoidance strategies at their disposal. They are also remarkably adept at selectively directing their attention to information that affirms what they believe or that reflects favorably upon them, and at forgetting information they wish were not true.
Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols A High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon will help set the tone for the Thirty-Sixth CARICOM Summit from 2-4 July, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The engagement in the morning of Thursday 2 July will be guided by the theme, CARICOM: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, A Partnership for Implementation. Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Incoming CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… Rt. Hon Perry Christie, out-going CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of The Bahamas It will provide an opportunity for CARICOM Heads of Government to engage the UN SG on the Community’s sustainable development agenda as attention now pivots three imminent international conferences: The Third International Conference on Financing for Development; the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 21, all of which have significant bearing on the future global agenda and the development of the Community. With the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Actions (Samoa Pathway) also in focus, discussions with the UN SG will seek to rationalize an integrated approach to the sustainable development in the Community, as it seeks to make vibrant societies and resilient economies a reality. The Samoa Pathway emanated from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in September 2014. Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General, CARICOM Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General The CARICOM Heads of Government Conference will commence with a formal Opening Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Hilton Barbados Resort, paving the way for the Chairmanship of The Rt. Hon. Fruendel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados. He assumes the six-month rotational chairmanship on 1 July from the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas. They, as well at the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, will address the opening ceremony along with the newly (re)elected Heads of Government of Montserrat, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, and Suriname. The theme of the Conference: Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide the Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda with issues including energy in the context of a proposal for a new institution to lead the Region’s energy agenda, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, mechanisms for CARICOM candidates in international positions, CARICOM relations with the Dominican Republic, and Belize-Guatemala and Guyana-Venezuela border issues. Space has been carved out for special engagements with the outgoing Commonwealth Secretary-General, H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, and President of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Juan Carlos Varela Rodrίguez. The Meeting will see representation from fourteen Member States and two Associate Members with only one not represented at the level of Head of Government. Ambassadors Accredited to CARICOM, CARICOM Institutions, and organizations including the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will attend Thursday’s Opening Ceremony. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Stage set for CARICOM Summit in BarbadosThe theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new…July 1, 2015In “Anguilla”COMMUNIQUE Issued at Conclusion of 31st CARICOM Intersessional MeetingThe Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 18-19 February 2020. The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C; MP, Chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister…February 19, 2020In “31Intersessional”Communiqué – 37th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of GovernmentThe Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Georgetown, Guyana, on 4 – 6 July 2016. The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings. Other members of the Conference in attendance were Prime Minister of…July 7, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp
While hiking the Las Conchas/East Fork trail Tuesday this smiley face was spotted wedged between the base of two aspen trees lifting the spirits of all passing by it. Photo by Debbie Huling
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