When the walls come down

first_imgHoping to break down social barriers and jump-start collective action symbolized by the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in New York, LGBTQ students from Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Harvard Law School (HLS) will host the first campus-wide conference dedicated to LGBTQ issues this weekend.The idea for a wider conversation in the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, and queer) community first came up during an HBS student retreat last year, as many talked about wanting to build broader and stronger ties with other LGBTQ students in the area, but not having a vehicle to do so, said Ana Mendy, co-president of the LGBT Student Association at HBS and one of the conference organizers.“We’re a small community and it seemed silly that we were isolated across the river without knowing who the other LGBTQ students were at Harvard. We all agreed that we should be coordinating and getting to know each other,” said Mendy ’09, M.B.A. ’14.The notion of a conference “resonated” with people across the various Schools, she said, because “having a milestone or something we’re all working toward is a great way to accelerate that collaboration and relationship-building.”“There aren’t many conferences across all the Harvard grad Schools. When I was an undergrad, I was part of the first Harvard Arab [Weekend], and so, from remembering what that looked like, and the power of bringing together all the Schools, that was kind of our vision,” said Mendy.Between 350 and 400 students, faculty, and others from across the Harvard community, as well as counterparts from 30 other institutions — including the University of California, Berkeley; Yale Law School; and the London School of Business — are expected to attend the event, which will be held on the HLS and HBS campuses.“In our community, there are so many issues because the LGBTQ moniker is just an umbrella,” said A.J. Lee, M.P.A. ’14, who along with Mendy and Ma’ayan Anafi, J.D. ’15, is helping lead the 30 event volunteers from across Harvard Medical School, HLS, HKS, and HBS.“There are individual communities within there and each of those communities have their respective issues, too. So when you’re trying to bring in speakers to cover the gamut of those issues, it’s impossible,” said Lee.High-profile figures from politics, business, law, the arts, and more will address specific LGBTQ challenges in their realms. Among them: Ken Mehlman, J.D. ’91, President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign manager and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee; Brian Rolfes, a partner at McKinsey who leads the firm’s global recruiting; former hockey star Caitlin Cahow, ’08, who is now part of the U.S. delegation headed to the Olympics in Sochi; and Ash Beckham, an inspirational speaker whose “Coming Out of Your Closet” video became a YouTube sensation.Other participants will give “mini TEDx”-style talks on issues such as employment discrimination, while a design innovation consulting firm will lead an ideation session in HBS’s popular new collaboration space (The Hives) to assist small cohort teams in brainstorming about issues such as youth homelessness, bullying, trans inclusivity, and health care.“Part of the really great thing is that we’re bringing in people not just from different disciplines, but with really different perspectives, just all over the political map, and we’re really excited for the debate that’s going to happen,” said Anafi.“There’s a lot of power to interdisciplinarity, so I think that’s what we’re trying to harness when we’re talking about attacking some issues,” said Lee.Although the conference’s scope has already grown far beyond its organizers’ earliest expectations, whether it proves to be a success depends ultimately on what happens not this weekend, but afterward.“We’re really hoping that — especially out of the ideation session — there’s something that comes out that’s going to be turned into action by the community,” said Anafi. “If we can see those ideas translating into something more beyond this conference, that would be amazing; if we can see an increased community or more cohesiveness, then that would be really amazing too.”“Ideally, in five years or something, people will look at this conference and be like ‘This is the biggest conference for LGBTQ students in the U.S., in the world,’” said Mendy.last_img read more

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2021-03-01

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This home comes with its very own cyclone bunker that also cools wine

first_img25 Lando Street Ayr Qld 4807Among other homes that had special storm features was 25 Lando Street, also in Ayr, which had “remote controlled cyclone shutters” for all windows in bedrooms and living areas.The three bedroom, one bathroom, one car space home was on the market for $335,000 negotiable. The entrance to the bunker is just off the home’s large kitchen.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Looking to add a bunker? Here is a video to get you started:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLuxury Bunkers00:32“They’re good friends of ours,” he said of the owners.“It’s like a bunker deep inside this two storey property and it’s got this downstairs cellar which is all solid concrete. It’s a bit of a wine cellar come bunker and you can hide in there from the elements.” 132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807With the area no stranger to cyclonic weather, Mr Reguson said homes had to be built to a different standard to places like Brisbane,“Some of those summer storms in Brisbane can last five minutes, but these cyclones can linger for 12 hours with same force, so buildings up here have to be built differently and stronger.” These stairs lead down to the cyclone bunker at 132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807Their real estate agent, David Reguson, who was born and bred in the area, said it was probably the best spot in town during a cyclone. The property also comes with a pool and large shed and 2 hectares of land.The two bathroom, six car space home which is on 2 hectares of land is on the market at $689,000. 25 Lando Street Ayr Qld 4807 132 Mt Kelly Drive Ayr Qld 4807OVER 1,000 homes may be listed for sale in this coastal Queensland town, but only one can boast about having its very own cyclone bunker.The owners of a four bedroom home at 132 Mt Kelly Drive in Ayr created the special shelter in the belly of their home to retreat from monstrous weather.last_img read more

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2020-10-06

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Bumgarner impresses, Braves’ Riley leads Atlanta to win

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Atlanta Braves prospect Austin Riley is two full years younger than every player on the Giants roster.There’s a significant age gap between Riley and the players defending him whenever he steps in the batter’s box and while four games is a small sample size, there might be a talent gap, too.Riley looked more polished than hitters in both dugouts during this week’s series between the Giants and Braves.With a go-ahead single off right-hander Reyes Moronta in the top of the 13th …last_img read more

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2019-12-20

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How to Insulate a Basement Wall

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Here at GBA, we regularly receive questions from readers about the best way to insulate a basement wall. Since these questions pop up frequently, it’s time to pull together as much information as possible on this topic.In this article, I’ll try to explain everything you always wanted to know about insulating basement walls.If you live in Climate Zone 3 or anywhere colder, it’s cost-effective and wise to install basement wall insulation. This advice applies to those who live in most of New Mexico and most of Alabama, as well as all of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and South Carolina, and anywhere colder than these states. (Click here to see a climate zone map.) Canadian researchers who studied basement insulation methods and costs in five Canadian locations (Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton and Victoria) concluded that “for all types and sizes of basements assessed in this study, the lowest total life-cycle cost was associated with basements insulated internally, full-height to a nominal level of R-20.”How much money will basement insulation save you annually? According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Energy, the annual savings attributable to R-20 basement insulation in a 1,500-square-foot home ranged from $280 per year in Washington, DC to $390 per year in Buffalo, New York, assuming that natural gas costs $0.72/therm. (However, energy consultant Michael Blasnik cites two Minnesota studies that show lower levels of savings. See his 6/29/12 comments posted below.)The 2012 International Residential Code requires basement insulation in Climate Zones 3 and higher. Here are the minimum code requirements for basement wall insulation — assuming that you are insulating with foam, not fiberglass batts:I used to believe that the best location for basement wall insulation was on the exterior. In recent years, however, I’ve decided that interior basement insulation makes a lot of… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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2019-12-16

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2019-12-03

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Batsmen happy as 2nd India-NZ Test ends in draw

first_imgVirender Sehwag produced an entertaining innings after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum snuffed out any chances of an India win with a career-best maiden double century on the fifth and final day of the second Test in Hyderabad on Tuesday.SCORECARDIndia were 68 for no loss, with Sehwag on 54 and Gambhir on 14, when stumps were drawn for the final time in the match as for the second time in the series the battle between the two rivals ended in a tame draw.The two teams now head to Nagpur for the third and final Test starting on Saturday.New Zealand set an improbable target of 326 in 30 overs after declaring their second innings at tea, at 448 for eight, with an overall lead of 326 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Sehwag then displayed his pyrotechnics and in company of Gautam Gambhir entertained the crowd with his dazzling stroke-play before the two captains agreed to call it off.After a 96-run innings in his first essay, Sehwag hit six fours and a six during his breezy knock in his second attempt on Tuesday.Earlier McCullum (225), who was opening only for the second time in his career, became only the second New Zealander to post a double century on Indian soil, after Bert Sutcliffe’s 230 in Delhi way back in 1955.At tea the visitors, having stretched their lead to 326, were placed at 448 for the loss of eight wickets. Wicketkeeper Hopkins was unbeaten on 11, while giving him company was Brent Arnel, batting on one.During his monumental innings, McCullum was involved in one century and a half-century stand, besides the 125-run partnership for the opening wicket with Tim McIntosh on Monday.advertisementThe dashing Kiwi opener, who was dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short-leg on 148, smashed 22 boundaries and four sixes during his tenure at the crease that saw him record his sixth Test century, the last one coming against Australia in Wellington earlier in March this year.A couple of wickets in quick succession by S Sreesanth, including the one of McCullum, and Suresh Raina’s dismissal of Daniel Vettori 12 minutes after lunch, brought the crowds on their toes.But probably it came a bit too late for the hosts to give themselves a realistic chance of going for a win and taking a 1-0 lead in the series.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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2019-11-28

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Kemba Walker carries Hornets past Wizards in NBA playoff push

first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, center, center Bismack Biyombo (8) and forward Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. The Hornets won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— The Charlotte Hornets turned some well-timed rest into a much-needed win.Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 116-110 on Friday night in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hornets second-year swingman Dwayne Bacon, who came in averaging 4.9 points, scored 13 points for his second straight game. Bacon played 29 minutes, shooting 5 of 8.“He’s really confident right now. Probably the most confident I’ve ever seen him,” Borrego said. “He continues to get to the rim, make plays in the paint, draw fouls and he’s competing on the defensive end.”TIP-INSHornets: Won the season series, 3-1. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee strain) retuned after missing two games. … C Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) missed his second straight game.Wizards: It was Beal’s fourth 40-point game of the season. … Fell to 2-11 in the first game of back-to-backs. . G Tomas Satoransky did not return after halftime and was being evaluated for a concussion. … F Sam Dekker (lower back soreness) returned after missing one game. … It was Parker’s sixth double-double of the season.UP NEXTHornets: Visit the Miami Heat on Sunday.Wizards: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Walker, coming off a 40-point effort against Houston, shot 11 for 30.Bradley Beal, who had 15 points in a loss at Charlotte last Friday, had 23 by halftime Friday night and finished with 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting.Jabari Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Jeff Green scored 20 points.Charlotte put six players in double figures and its bench outscored the Wizards reserves 57-33.The Hornets scored 27 points off 17 Washington turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Hornets came out after three days without a game and scored 40 points in the first quarter.“We worked on a few things and I think you saw it carry over to tonight,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I think it was more of a refresher for our bodies, our minds. Got our spirits right and I thought we came out and competed tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte, which defeated Washington for the second time in eight days.“Just loved the way we came out and competed from the very beginning of the game,” Walker said. “We established ourselves really early on both ends of the floor. That was a big win. We showed some resiliency (and) showed how much we cared about our season.” MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We had a chance to save this. Maybe not our night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We fought back and made it interesting. We came up a couple of stops short.”Charlotte led by 21 early in the third quarter and was ahead 95-78 to start the fourth, but Jabari Parker’s floater cut the Hornets’ lead to 107-97 with 5:26 remaining.Washington got within six before Batum and Lamb hit 3-pointers.The Wizards rallied again and Green’s two free throws made it 113-108 with 1:56 to play, but Lamb answered with a three-point play.The Hornets led 25-20 when Frank Kaminsky’s 3-pointer started a 15-6 run to the end of the first quarter.“They came out just trying to punch us in the mouth, right then and there as soon as the tip started,” Washington’s Thomas Bryant said.Tony Parker scored the first five points of the second quarter and the Hornets led by as many as 21.Beal hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Wizards cut it to five before trailing by 13 at halftime.“I’m tired of seeing Washington and Beal so good luck to the rest of the NBA,” Borrego said. “Good luck trying to figure him out.”SIZZLING P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

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2019-11-27

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Thunderstorm Continues To Show Signs of Development

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 17, 2017 – Nassau – An area of low pressure located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands is moving westward at about 15 mph. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity continues to show some signs of organization, but the system appears to lack a well-defined center at this time. Environmental conditions are conducive for some additional development before the system reaches the Lesser Antilles late Tuesday or early Wednesday. After that time, less favorable upper-level winds are expected to hinder additional development. Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning late Tuesday. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.2. An area of disturbed weather is located about 800 miles west- southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible over the next few days while it moves slowly toward the west-northwest or northwest over the open Atlantic Ocean.* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot

first_img February 9, 2018 $900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Posted: February 9, 2018center_img Updated: 5:50 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA proposed $900 million bond measure to build low-income housing got one step closer to the November ballot this week when a San Diego City Council committee voted 4-1 to have city staff further evaluate it.The proposal would raise taxes on city of San Diego property owners an average of $72 per year to pay for roughly 7,500 subsidized apartments for the chronically homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the disabled and low-income families.Supporters say the measure, which needs support from two-thirds of voters to pass, would simultaneously help solve the city’s homelessness problem and affordable housing crisis.In addition to the local money it would raise, the measure would help San Diego secure a greater share of state money devoted to homelessness and affordable housing by providing local matching funds typically necessary for such assistance.Without such local funds, San Diego will be eligible for less state assistance than other California cities and counties that have approved similar tax hike measures addressing homelessness in recent years.“I think you’ve presented very compelling arguments — both compassionate ones and financial ones,” Councilwoman Barbara Bry of La Jolla said during Wednesday’s meeting of the council’s Rules Committee. “The state is likely to pass a bond measure and we won’t get our fair share of the money unless we have local matching funds.”Councilman Chris Cate of Mira Mesa said he was concerned about the impact on middle-income and low-income property owners.“I appreciate that this is definitely for those who are most in need, and I can respect that, but there are also people who own homes that are struggling every day too, and this is an additional tax on them,” Cate said.Cate voted in favor of having the proposal analyzed further, but said he plans to scrutinize the final version thoroughly before the full council decides this summer whether to place it on the November ballot.Councilman Mark Kersey of Black Mountain Ranch, who cast the lone “no” vote on Wednesday, said one of his key concerns was that affordable housing is a countywide problem, but only city property owners would face property tax increases under the proposal.“Our city voters are basically being asked to shoulder a fairly large burden,” Kersey said.Stephen Russell, head of the San Diego Housing Federation and the man spearheading the bond measure, said polling showed a bond measure covering the whole county would be unlikely to pass.But he said a November poll of 600 likely voters living within the city showed 71 support for the measure, even after people were told how much property taxes would increase.The bond measure would increase property taxes $19 a year per $100,000 of a property’s assessed valuation, which is often much lower than a property’s market value because of the protections of tax-limiting Proposition 13.While the average sale price of a home in San Diego has surpassed $500,000, supporters say their calculations indicate the average homeowner would pay $72 per year if the bond measure passes.Kersey also questioned whether the measure might conflict with a separate November measure that would raise hotel taxes to expand the waterfront convention center, repair roads and address homelessness.Russell said the $30 million to $50 million per year that measure would devote to homelessness could fund counseling and other support services at the 7,500 apartments that the bond measure would fund.“We see these as complementary and potentially synergistic measures that are up to the scale of the problem,” he said.Councilman Chris Ward of University Heights said he was pleased the measure would divide the money equally among three priorities.Based on the 7,500 estimate of housing units it would fund, the measure would build 2,500 units for the chronically homeless, 2,500 units for low-income families and 2,500 units for veterans, seniors and the disabled.No members of the public spoke against the measure, while a large coalition of housing developers, social service groups and community organizations praised it.Lori Holt Pfeiler, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity’s San Diego chapter, said the bond money is crucial. “The market can’t produce housing for low-income families — there has to be a subsidy,” she said.Homeless advocate Michael McConnell and several others said the bond measure would do more to end San Diego homelessness than any other proposals being considered. “Here’s the measure that will actually really do something about real solutions,” he said.Councilwoman Myrtle Cole of southeastern San Diego said she was upbeat about the proposal but needs more information before July about how quickly the units could be built and other concerns. “There are a few details that I would like clarified before really, fully committing to the proposal,” she said.City Attorney Mara Elliott’s staff is scheduled to bring back to the Rules Committee this spring potential ballot language and other information.The council is expected to vote in late July and early August on which proposed measures to place on the November ballot. 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2019-09-17

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Enthusiast Publisher Changes its Name

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2019-09-14

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