The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) offered a customized voluntary retirement program today (Dec. 2) to 127 eligible faculty members. At the same time, four of Harvard’s graduate and professional Schools — Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education — were unveiling similar plans to eligible faculty.Each School designed its one-time program to meet the specific needs of its faculty members, some of whom have been contemplating the next stage of their academic careers.Although there are differences in the plans, the five programs share similarities. Each offers a range of options. Eligible faculty who are ready to retire can do so in the next academic year, while others can wind down their teaching and research careers over several years. Faculty at the participating Schools must sign up by the deadline of June 30, 2010.“I am committed to supporting faculty members at every stage of their careers, from the day they enter the tenure track to the time they decide to transition into emeritus status,’’ said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “The program FAS is offering is designed to be flexible, so that eligible faculty who are interested in participating will be able to choose an option that suits them best.”The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity worked closely with the Schools to provide analyses of retirement programs at peer institutions and assess the resources needed to offer the programs. Across the University, about 180 faculty members are eligible to participate in the Schools’ programs.“These programs aim to support faculty renewal and provide an opportunity for long-serving faculty to make plans for staged retirement, consistent with their preferences and economic circumstances,’’ said President Drew Faust.The retirement programs were designed in response to expressions of interest from faculty members, and were crafted with the understanding that Harvard’s faculty members seek in retirement not an end to their relationships with their Departments, their Schools, and the University, but rather a new beginning, marked by opportunities for personal and intellectual renewal following years of dedicated service.“For our School, having an umbrella program creates a transparent and equitable array of options for senior faculty who are considering retirement,’’ said Dean Kathleen McCartney of the Graduate School of Education. “It also affords the time to renew the senior faculty in response to planned retirements.”The Harvard Business School already has a robust faculty retirement program in place. Other Schools — the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard Law School — are continuing with existing plans for faculty renewal while also managing for planned and anticipated retirements.“In part because of our size, our approach is to work with individual faculty as they approach retirement age to discuss what might make the most sense for the faculty member and the School,” said Dean David Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School. “But we would like to use this occasion to encourage a larger discussion of our current set of retirement options and incentives and to discuss the situation facing faculty who are at or near traditional retirement ages.”
According to interviews conducted by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), federal law enforcement officers have been driving around downtown Portland and detaining protesters with no explanation since at least July 14.Mark Pettibone, a 29-year-old demonstrator, recalled being terrified when an unmarked minivan pulled up next to him early Wednesday and men with green military fatigues jumped out and detained him.”It seemed like it was out of a horror/sci-fi, like a Philip K. Dick novel,” Pettibone told The Washington Post. “It was like being preyed upon.”Pettibone said he was taken to the federal courthouse and later released without being told why he had been detained, or whether he had been charged with a crime. In a statement on Friday, US Customs and Border Protection said its agents were behind the arrest carried out as they “had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaults against federal agents or destruction of federal property.””Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob moved towards their location,” the agency said in a statement sent to AFP. “For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location for further questioning.”The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter,” the statement added. “The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.”Read also: In first, US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists’Political theater’ Federal officers have been deployed in Portland as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to crush nightly protests outside the city’s federal courthouse and another court building.The protests against racism and police brutality were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and have taken place across the country for more than six weeks. “A peaceful protester in Portland was shot in the head by one of Donald Trump’s secret police,” Senator Ron Wyden wrote in a tweet on Thursday that also denounced Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security who visited Portland the same day.”Now Trump and Chad Wolf are weaponizing the DHS as their own occupying army to provoke violence on the streets of my hometown because they think it plays well with right-wing media,” Wyden said.The governor of the state, Kate Brown, also hit out at the Trump administration.”This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety,” she wrote in a tweet. “The President is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.”Topics : Rights activists and lawmakers expressed outrage on Friday over reports that federal agents circulating in unmarked cars in the western US state of Oregon were grabbing and detaining protesters off the streets.”What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon. “Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street, we call it kidnapping.”The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered,” he added.
The Pensions Federation indicated that it was not pleased with the minister’s explanation which, in its opinion, will lead to an unnecessary administrative burden for pension funds.Last year, the industry organisation had already said that registering pension board members as UBOs was “not appropriate and disproportional”.As part of the EU’s anti money laundering policy, all EU member states must keep a register of ultimate stakeholders of legal bodies and entities, which is accessible for the police, tax authorities as well as the Public Prosecutor.It hadn’t been clear for a while whether pension fund trustees qualified as UBOs.Although they are board members of pension funds managing large amounts of money, they don’t own the pension funds or their assets.The Pensions Federation had also argued that asset managers also check their clients for money laundering risks and financing of terrorism. All trustees of Dutch pension funds must register as “ultimate beneficial owners” (UBOs) as part of the European Union’s policy against money laundering, the Dutch finance minister has said.Answering questions posed by the Christian Democrats (CDA) in the senate, Wopke Hoekstra said he didn’t want to make an exception for board members of pension funds.However, he acknowledged that it was unlikely that pension funds harboured natural persons who qualified as UBOs based on interests as an owner, voting rights or right of say.If an UBO at a pension fund can’t be clearly identified, the scheme’s entire board must be registered as a “pseudo UBO”, Hoekstra stated.
It might be time to hang up those gloves, Mr. Senator.After his knockout victory over Lucas Matthysse of Argentina on Sunday, colleagues of Sen. Manny Pacquiao encouraged the boxer to consider quitting while he’s ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding More lifters vie for Asian Games slots Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES On Sunday, President Duterte, who watched the senator’s bout in Malaysia alongside Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said he, too, wanted Pacquiao to retire.But Sen. Sonny Angara said only Pacquiao was in the best position to decide.“Though I believe the President doesn’t want to see Manny fall prey to what many great fighters do—which is fighting one time too many. Muhammad Ali should no longer have fought Berbick in 1983,” he said, recalling the then-39-year-old Ali’s defeat to 27-year-old Trevor Berbick.Pacquiao is also 39 years old and will turn 40 in December.“But different fighters have different careers so it is something Manny will have to consider sooner or later,” Angara said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It is not about having enough money already. I’d say, my advice to my colleague, seat mate and friend is that it is best to leave the stage while the audience is applauding,” said Sen. Panfilo Lacson.That, according to Lacson, would be the best kind of exit, “not when they have left because nothing is worth watching.”“That would be both sad and tragic,” he said in a text message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sen. JV Ejercito shared Lacson’s sentiments.“Manny Pacquiao is already a legend, no doubt one of the best boxers in the world ever. Nothing more to prove,” Ejercito said.
PORTLAND — The Portland Marathon board of directors has canceled this October’s race and plans to dissolve the 47-year-old organization following a state investigation into the group’s operations.On its website Friday, the board said it was a “difficult and painful decision” to scuttle the Oct. 7 race and that 2,500 race registrants will get a full refund.The announcement followed a settlement between the former director of the race, Les Smith, and the Oregon Department of Justice, after an investigation found that Smith and companies he ran illegally borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization that puts on the race.Michael Cox, a spokesman for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, said via email that the city had earlier contacted the organization to let them know they would be opening a new search for an organization to put on a marathon in the city beginning in 2019.After that, Cox said, the organization told the city that starting a search “would undermine their ability to produce a race in 2018.”The organization said Friday that its decision to cancel the 2018 race was based on several factors, including a decline in registered runners and its understanding that city officials wanted changes.