Relaxation station

first_imgIt’s a serene space, with the cooling color palette of a luxe spa — or even your pillowy dreamscapes. The Center for Wellness, now settling into its new home in Harvard’s Holyoke Center Arcade, has an updated look and more swoon-worthy offerings.Formerly located on the second floor of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), the center was in the right environment, but the wrong space. The center’s director, Jeanne Mahon, had a vision for change when the Holyoke Center’s Allston Room became available.“We wanted the space to be calming and relaxing, which was nice after fitting the center into an office suite for many years,” said Mahon. “And with the Holyoke Center location there’s a greater accessibility to students.”Planning began last fall and renovations wrapped up in time for this semester’s start. Though equipped with four large treatment rooms that can accommodate more classes and services, the Center for Wellness still utilizes the space in Monks Library at HUHS, and its classes are so in-demand they often sell out.Popular activities such as yoga offer many physical and mental health benefits, Mahon notes, such as weight loss, improved concentration, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and more.“Our offerings are proactive and preventative. It’s all about quality of life, stress reduction, reducing muscular fatigue, and tension,” said Mahon.The center also boasts special workshops in meditation, self-massage for migraine sufferers and runners, even knitting. The classes are for a fee, and participants in the Harvard University Group Health Plan receive a discount of up to 50 percent on certain services. On-site acupuncture, massage, reiki, and shiatsu appointments can be booked with a licensed professional, with students receiving special pricing for one-hour massage or acupuncture sessions. And on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the center, $12 will get you a 10-minute chair massage.“The Center for Wellness allows us to better demonstrate the importance of complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage in improving the overall health and quality of life for the Harvard community,” said David S. Rosenthal, director of HUHS.The center’s website lists all programs and workshops, and registration can be completed online. There’s also an interactive “relaxation room,” which can be activated on the website.The exercise — perfect for those stressful Mondays — flashes calming photographs of nature. Lulling music swirls in the background as the voice asks the viewer to breathe and let go of any tension.The only thing missing is a massage. But not for long.To view a listing of classes, workshops, and other services, visit the Wellness Center at the Holyoke Center Arcade, or its website.last_img read more

Client Solutions’ Role in the Dell EMC Combination

first_imgI don’t know about you, but we’ve been looking forward to this day since last October when the EMC deal was announced. Well, the opportunity to better meet your overall IT needs, offer better solutions to your problems and do more for your organization – it all starts right now.I’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat for the massive transformation the technology industry has experienced over the past 30 years. It’s transforming even faster now, and with Dell and EMC coming together, I think you’ll see the speed of innovation only increase. Those innovations won’t be one-offs. Together, we can work across the entire infrastructure – from the device to the datacenter to the cloud and everywhere in between – and assemble complete solutions to your business challenges.That’s why I balk when people assume this combination doesn’t really impact Dell’s Client Solutions business. It absolutely does.Think about the way people work today. They’re creating content on primary devices. They’re collaborating and consuming on companion devices. They’re accessing and sharing data in the cloud. Employees expect companies to give them the flexibility to work when, where and how they want on devices as good as what they have at home.That’s what my team wakes up thinking about every day. We are here to help you offer your employees devices they’ll love that have security and management built in so IT can meet business requirements. The PC is the primary productivity device where work gets done, and we’ve invested in the best end-user computing line-up in our history, spanning thin clients, stylish 2-in-1s, laptops, workstations, desktops and (absolutely stunning) monitors. We’re the only Tier 1 vendor offering a rugged line; we apply learnings from those products to make the rest more durable. And because our devices are built for business, IT can maintain the level of control they need to manage the device and protect sensitive data no matter where may sit, on the device or in the cloud.Beyond the device, workforce transformation requires a cloud-based infrastructure to support people’s new behaviors, new devices and new expectations. EMC is a leader in the cloud technologies required to pull this off.I mentioned companion devices. Airwatch, the industry’s strongest EMM solution for managing phones and tablets, is now part of the Dell portfolio. And with cloud client-computing VDI solutions from VMWare, we’re the only true end-to-end VDI provider in the industry, from planning to deployment, datacenter to the endpoint, on- and off-premise.Bottom line: Combining EMC’s cloud capabilities with our award-winning PCs, we’ve just created a very powerful solution.On top of that, our ProSupport services cover the enterprise and the device. We offer the industry’s only proactive and predictive support technology that tells us (and you) something is going to break before it happens.That’s the kind of practical innovation I’m excited to be driving and building on.Ahead, I see only opportunity. Things that once only existed in science fiction are now alive in our labs and customers’ businesses – virtual reality, augmented reality, the Internet of Things. We’ve just given those innovations a huge shot in the arm with a ton of amazing IP from EMC and the entire Dell Technologies family.And by combining the purchasing power, supplier relationships and operational excellence of two leading companies, we’re going to make cutting-edge innovation accessible to more customers at a better value than ever before. I think that’s really powerful.If you’re a Dell client solutions customer today, thank you. More great things are coming. If you’re not, I hope we can talk about your business needs. I think we might surprise you.What a day.last_img read more

Brokerages limit trading in GameStop, sparking outcry

first_imgRobinhood and other online trading platforms are moving to restrict trading in GameStop and other stocks that have soared recently due to rabid buying by smaller investors. GameStop stock has rocketed from below $20 to more than $400 this month as a volunteer army of investors on social media challenged big institutions who has placed market bets that the stock would fall. Among the restrictions announced by Robinhood on Thursday, investors would only be able to sell their positions and not open new ones in some cases, and Robinhood will try to slow the amount of trading using borrowed money.last_img

Barrett Foa Begins Performances in Buyer & Cellar

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Foa has appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q and Mamma Mia!. His television credits include NCIS: Los Angeles, Entourage, NCIS, Numb3rs, Six Degrees and The Closer. Who’s an American Beauty rose? It’s Barrett Foa! The Broadway vet steps into the off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar beginning May 27, taking over from Christopher J. Hanke. Foa plays Alex More and others (including a certain Funny Girl) in the one-man play. View Comments Related Shows Buyer & Cellar Buyer & Cellar tells the story of Alex Moore, a struggling actor in L.A., who lands an offbeat job working in the basement of Hollywood legend Barbra Streisand. The production, directed by Stephen Brackett, began off-Broadway in June 2013 starring Michael Urie, who is currently performing the show on tour.last_img read more

Fun Home & More Receive 2014 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards

first_img The Off-Broadway Alliance is dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of off-Broadway theater. Awards will be presented to the winners in a ceremony on June 17 at Sardi’s Restaurant. As previously announced, Hall of Fame Awards honored the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ruth Maleczech and Nicholas Martin. Terrence McNally, Edmund Gaynes, Andrew Gregory and Wallace Shawn were named this year’s Legend of Off-Broadway Honorees. View Commentscenter_img The Off-Broadway Alliance has announced the winners of the fourth annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. Fun Home and Hand to God took home honors for Best New Musical and Best New Play, respectively. Saint Joan received the award for Best Revival. Additionally, the Best Unique Theatrical Experience award went to La Soiree and The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! won the Best Family Show award.last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Debbie Painter – Stay intentional (#98)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 98 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by Trellance transforming data into actionable insight for credit unions from coast to coast.My guest on today’s show is Debbie Painter, the President and CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union League. Debbie and I talk about leadership and the communication skills it takes to be a good leader in this digital world that we are all living in. We talk about growing up in credit unions and how that swayed Debbie’s career path, and her view of looking at each position as a longer, bigger career instead of just a job. Debbie also shares some hacks for internal candidates looking for a CEO position plus much more on this episode of The CUInsight Experience.Debbie believes that investing in membership, community, and employees are ways credit unions will stay relevant in the future. She shares some counsel on how her team stays connected during the pandemic and how her leadership has evolved with a ‘family-first approach. This has helped the KYCUL team maintain a healthy and positive atmosphere. She also shares her concerns for credit unions in this tough financial environment.Listen as Debbie shares what inspired her to take the position at the league and how that inspiration has grown over the last two years. Debbie says that her faith enables her to make hard decisions, and seeing your position as a job and nor a career is a mistake most people make today. If she hadn’t started as a teller and worked her way up, she says she wouldn’t be where she is today.During the rapid-fire questions, we learn that Debbie thought she would be a secretary when she grew up and the best album of all time is anything by the Bee Gees. When she hears the word success, she thinks of herself because she loves what she does and believes that if you don’t love it, you should keep looking until you find what makes you happy.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Debbie:Debbie Painter, President and CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union LeagueLinkedIn | [email protected] Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at Trellance, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Debbie and her team at Kentucky Credit Union League are doing here.Shout out: Wendell W. Lyons (former President and CEO of Kentucky Credit Union League)Shout out: Debbie’s momShout out: John PembrokeShout out: Samantha PaxsonShout out: Jill NowackiShout out: KYCULAlbum mentioned: The Bee Gees Greatest Hits by The Bee GeesBook mentioned: The Case Against Socialism by Paul RandPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Samantha Paxson, John Pembroke, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[01:51] – Welcome to the show, Debbie![02:31] – Debbie shares some hacks on staying connected to everyone during this pandemic.[04:36] – Over the last year, how have you grown as a leader?[06:14] – Debbie speaks about her concerns for credit unions over the next few years in this tough financial environment.[08:33] – Debbie thinks credit unions need to invest in membership, community, and their employees to stay relevant going forward.[10:13] – Debbie thinks the focus on education needs to be expanded, and engagement needs to be amped up.[11:03] – What will you be proud that your team has accomplished a year from now?[12:31] – Debbie discusses what inspired her to take the position as league president and CEO.[13:50] – Debbie shares that the inspiration hasn’t changed over the last two years, but it has grown.[15:13] – Showing them you are the person for the job is a hack that Debbie believes will help you leap CEO.[17:42] – Is there something your team has heard you say so often they can finish your sentence?[19:20] – Debbie says that her faith has a lot to do with making the hard decisions.[20:00] – Your small so that must be easier is a myth she wants to debunk.[20:41] – Not seeing your job as a career is a mistake she believes people make today.[22:00] – Debbie shares that her mom’s work ethic is something she had taken with throughout the years.[22:57] – How have mentors been important to your career?[24:38] – Be yourself, be a sponge and watch and learn is something Debbie believes you should do if you want to advance into a position you don’t think you are qualified for.[25:29] – Debbie runs to recharge when she has a day off.[26:31] – Debbie says she was so unmemorable in high school, she lived in the shadow of her older brother.[27:22] – Debbie thought she would be a secretary when she grew up.[28:00] – Do you have any routines that, if you don’t do, your day feels off?[28:32] – What is the best album of all time?[29:06] – Do you have a book you think everyone should read?[29:57] – Faith and Family have become more important, and the race to prove herself is less important.[30:40] – When you hear the word success which is the first person who comes to mind?[31:36] – Love what you do, and if you don’t love it, find what you do love are words Debbie would like to leave the listeners with.[32:23] – Thank you so much for being on the show! 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Convention may give aid to private schools

first_imgIn 1967, the last time a Constitutional Convention was held, the issue of money to parochial schools was at the forefront of the debate; the proposed constitution was voted down overwhelmingly because the majority of citizens didn’t wish to subsidize religious education. Catholic Church hierarchy were unhappy. Decades later, their attitude is unchanged. Now, we have even more religious groups anxious to dip into the public trough to finance their schools. These schools already have transportation and textbooks paid for by local school districts.Public schools welcome all students. Private and religious schools may, by law, choose who will attend. In many instances, religion permeates any and all class subjects. You will also hear a phony argument of “double taxation.” Parents educating their children privately and paying tuition choose to do so.The very first words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” It extends to the states by the 14th Amendment. Aid to religious schools would most certainly constitute religious establishment.Turn your ballot over and vote no to a Constitutional Convention on Nov. 7.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Kudos to George Herbert [Sept. 14 letter], John Robitzek [Sept. 28 letter], and Judy Richards [Oct. 2 letter] for pointing out the dangerous pitfalls of a state Constitutional Convention. Ethics reform is a teaser; the Legislature is mostly lawyers, and any ethics “reform” will have loopholes big enough to drive a tank through. Special thanks to Ms. Richards for reminding us that voters must turn the ballot over in order to vote “no.”Another issue that has not been addressed is the threatened elimination of Article XI, Section 3 of the state constitution, which states that no public money will be used directly or indirectly for private or religious schools.last_img read more

Imperial strikes back

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Jawdropping waterfront estate goes from Frying Pan to $2m fire-sale

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoBut construction was abandoned eight years ago. Picture: Lachie MilllardOver 160 people had inspected the property, with 30 making offers on it and five contracts offered ranging from $1.4m to $2m, according to real estate agent Peter Grainger of Rock Real Estate, who marketed the property for a year before it sold for $1.94m.“It was a very tough sell because it was incomplete and also it was left for eight years, (so) it looked like ruins although it’s very strong construction,” he told The Courier-Mail.The $4m paid in 2009 was in an inflated market, he said, “at least $1.5m over what it should have been”.“It’s what we call an out-of-line sale, which is when a property sells for an extraordinary amount of money over and above the market. During that time a lot of those properties were at least 30, 40, 50 per cent over the market price.”Mr Grainger said the new buyers had paid a “good price however there are risk factors involved in buying a property like that”. The structure seems surprisingly strong considering it’s been open to the elements. Picture: Lachie Milllard The block looks back towards the Noosa Parade area across the water. Passersby in a file shot inside the shell of the incomplete mansion. Picture: Lachie Milllard The large plot has its own beach. You just have to visualise the possibilities. Picture: Lachie Milllard“Buyers don’t want to take it on with unknown risk and unknown risk will only be found when they (re) start construction. They still will need another million to finish it off – in cash as banks don’t generally like lending on half-finished houses.”He said if the property had resold six months after building activity had stopped “it would have been a different story.”“The difference is when it’s finished it could be worth anything, it’s 1.61ha in a totally unique, beautiful position.”Mr Grainger said it was a “very complicated sale”.“No wonder it took them 12 months to finalise. I thought for sure would be $3m but ultimately the market does decide what the price should be and it was well and truly tested with 160 views over that time.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX undefined Lot 2 Frying Pan Track Noosa North Shore Qld 4565A BEACHFRONT owner has gone from Noosa’s Frying Pan to a fire-sale, after selling off her prized 1.61ha estate at a bargain $2m discount.The Singapore-based seller had paid a boomtime price of $4m for the jawdropping Noosa North Shore estate in mid-2009, according to CoreLogic records, but was unable to then complete construction of the 1100sq m mansion proposed for the site. BRISBANE SUBURBS RESIDENTS DON’T WANT TO LEAVE LIVE LIKE CLIVE PALMER’S NEPHEW, CLIVE MENSINK THIS IS WHAT $12M CAN BUY last_img read more

Denmark’s PFA lures Industriens CIO to co-head new investment team

first_imgPFA Pension, Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund, has put a new asset management team in place following the loss of its joint heads of the division to Danica earlier this year, poaching Henrik Nøhr Poulsen from his job as CIO at Industriens Pension.PFA Pension, which manages assets of DKK552bn (€74n), said it appointed Nøhr Poulsen as one of the three directors of its subsidiary PFA Asset Management.He will take up the post on 1 December.The other two directors of the three-man management team will be Christian Lindstrøm Lage and Rasmus Bessing, who are already in their roles as directors. In the new management team, Nøhr Poulsen will be in charge of equities and alternative investments, while Lindstrøm will be responsible for fixed income and credit, and Bessing for back and middle office.Henrik Henriksen, PFA’s chief strategist – who has been acting as the third director of PFA Asset Management alongside Lindstrøm Lage and Bessing recently – will continue is his role as part of the leadership team in PFA’s investment and risk business area, with particular responsibility for investment strategy, client mandates and communication.In May, Danica announced that it hired the joint managing directors of PFA Asset Management Poul Kobberup and Jesper Langmack.Danica said at the time the appointments were part of the new investment strategy conceived by its CFO Jacob Aarup-Andersen and approved a year ago.Following that announcement, PFA said its group director Anders Damgaard would take over the daily management of PFA Asset Management.Once the three permanent directors are in place, Damgaard will continue to have overall responsibility for PFA’s investment strategy, including PFA Asset Management’s activities.Anders Damgaard said: “It is a pleasure to be able to say we now have a strengthened and forward-looking team in place in PFA Asset Management.”He said PFA had taken the current team as the basis for identifying those areas that would be strengthened further.No one at PFA was immediately available to say which these areas were.Damgaard Jensen said the new leadership at the asset management division was built on the strong investment team it already has, and that some new faces would be joining this team.Erik Hallarth is coming to PFA as chief portfolio manager, while Henrik Nordestgaard – who has been a director at Barclays Capital in London for the last few years – will join PFA Asset Management shortly.Hallarth was previously CIO at Denmark’s AP Pension.last_img read more