Sitkoff appointed to two new ULC committees

first_img Read Full Story Robert H. Sitkoff, the John L. Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has been appointed to two new Uniform Law Commission committees—the study committee on trust protectors, and the drafting committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities.Established in 1892, the Uniform Law Commission provides states with models for non-partisan legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. Among the commission’s many contributions are the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, and the Uniform Trust Code.The drafting committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities will draft series provisions that can be added to some or all of the uniform unincorporated business organization acts, including possible revisions to the Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act, for which Sitkoff served as the reporter (the principal drafter).Sitkoff was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2008 as a Uniform Law Commissioner from Massachusetts in 2008. Most recently, he contributed to the Commission’s Uniform Premarital and Premarital Act (UPMAA); last year, he was named to the ULC’s drafting committee for the Uniform Act on Powers of Appointment.Earlier this year, the American Law Institute elected Sitkoff to join its Council. The council serves as the governing body of the ALI, the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.Further information on these and other new drafting and study committees, as well as information on the Uniform Law Commission, can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.last_img read more

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Another challenge pays off

first_imgMichael Martin came up with the idea for an app to modernize emergency calls after two frightening incidents in 2012 taught him that calling 911 from a cell phone doesn’t always give first responders a traceable location.First, Martin was almost mugged in New York City. As he tried to call for help, he realized that it was easier to get an Uber than to call 911. Then his father fell off a ladder as he was trying to clear snow off the roof, breaking his wrist and shattering a hip, and was unable to summon help.Martin’s plan to dial 911 and send location data to first responders simultaneously with the push of a cell phone button took five years to realize. In June, Apple announced in a press release that the RapidSOS app, developed by Martin, as CEO, and his co-founder, MIT nuclear engineer and CTO Nick Horelik, will power Apple iPhones to deliver emergency location data to 911 dispatchers.For Martin, M.B.A. ’15, a graduate of Harvard Business School (HBS), success is sweet.“By the end of the year, we should be able to provide life-saving data for around 80 percent of U.S. 911 calls,” said Martin. “It is really going to be powerful.”The 911 call system is nearly 60 years old and was created to work with landlines. When a call is placed from a landline, first responders can locate the address associated with the phone number immediately, but when the call is made from a cell phone, it may not be possible. According to the Federal Communications Commission, about 70 percent of 911 calls are now made from cell phones, and every year a few thousand of those calls can’t be traced to a location.“There will be thousands of lives saved each year directly because of the app, but there is no way we could have gotten this far without Harvard’s support,” said Martin. “We would have just been a couple of kids with an idea.”Martin’s idea was incubated at The Harvard Innovation Labs, where he found advisers, office space, investors, and plenty of resources to help give his brainchild life. In 2015, RapidSOS won the President’s Innovation Challenge, Harvard’s flagship annual contest for entrepreneurs, and the $70,000 grand prize.The i-lab was created seven years ago to nurture students’ interest in innovation and entrepreneurship, said Jodi Goldstein, executive director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. The challenge motivates students from all Schools to come together to solve the world’s big problems, she said, and interest continues to grow. Since 2011, more than 1,000 ventures have been incubated.“It really is astounding,” said Goldstein. “It speaks to the Harvard student body and their interest in having an impact on the world.”Last year, there were 460 applications to the President’s Innovation Challenge. Past winners include a life-sciences company hoping to develop the next generation of vaccines, a venture that creates wearable hydration sensors for athletes, and a startup founded by military veterans and Afghan farmers to bring sustainably-farmed saffron to customers around the world.Next year, the total prize money, funded by the Bertarelli Foundation, will be $410,000.The Harvard Innovation Labs’ ecosystem includes the i-lab for current students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, the Launch Lab for alumni working on startup ventures, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab for students, faculty, and alumni working on life sciences and biotech startups.Martin credits Harvard’s supportive environment as the main reason he was able to build his startup and launch RapidSOS. The support helps students explore their creativity, learn new skills and risk failure — an important lesson in the life of an entrepreneur, said Goldstein.“We try to create a place for experimentation, collaboration, and idea and team formation,” said Goldstein. “Students see a problem, a light bulb goes off, and they experiment with solutions, and we support them. Many don’t choose to be entrepreneurs and don’t continue to work on their ideas, but they’re forever changed. It’s a life-altering experience.”last_img read more

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Nutrition label

first_imgServing Size: Often people ignore the serving size specified on the label. This is an important piece of information because the serving sizes are sometimes not what people would naturally consume. “A good example is saying a serving size of a soft drink is 8 oz. on a 20 oz. bottle, yet the person is probably going to totally consume it all at once,” Crawley said. An entire package of chips or a bottle of soda, may contain two to three times as many calories that are listed as per serving in the Nutrition Facts label. Fat: Total Fat, saturated fat and trans fat values are all important in seeing how a food fits into a healthy diet. However, when the FDA started requiring trans fats to be listed on the label, people began to focus on that number more than on the total amount of fat and saturated fat in their food. “I tell people to add both the saturated and trans fats up to know the actual amount of unhealthy fat they are consuming,” Crawley said. “In some cases to reduce the trans fat, the manufacturer increased the sources of saturated fat, like palm oil, to maintain the desired texture or mouth-feel of the food. People did not notice this change. Saturated and trans are both bad for your arteries.” Carbohydrates – People often do not realize that the amount of sugar listed is included in the total carbohydrates and is not in addition to it. People with diabetes need to focus on the total carbohydrates, since sugar and starch both increase blood glucose levels. “Some people really get hung up on the sugar and forget the other sources of carbohydrates,” she said. That rectangular nutrition label on the side of your cereal box or on the back of that peanut butter jar turns 20 years old this year. When it was introduced in 1993, the Nutrition Facts rectangle was meant to help people understand how each of their food choices fit into a healthy diet. It was the first time the information had been presented in such a straightforward and uniform way. “It was revolutionary,” said Jessica Leighton, Ph.D., senior nutrition science and policy adviser in the FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine on the agency’s website. “For the first time, people had consistent information they needed right at the point of purchase for the majority of packaged food products.” FDA survey data show that use of the Nutrition Facts label has increased over the past decade. About 54 percent of American consumers now say that they use the Nutrition Facts label on the side of their food when making decisions about what to eat. Still, as easy-to-read and as useful as the Nutrition Facts label is, there are parts of the label that people often ignore, said Connie Crawley, an Extension nutrition expert with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The calorie counts, total fat counts and sugars usually catch people’s eye first, but other parts of the label are important for eating a healthy diet, she said. Fiber – Also filed under carbohydrates on the label, fiber is another nutrient value that people don’t pay enough attention too. Most Americans need to more fiber; ideally a food will have at least 2-3 grams per serving. Generally natural plant fibers are preferable to added fiber from supplements and fortified fiber-rich foods. The best sources of these types of fiber come from vegetables, like beans and peas, whole pieces of fruit and whole grains. “Sadly, nutrition labeling on produce is voluntary, so people do not know how healthy it is for them unless there is separate signage where the produce is sold,” Crawley said. The FDA nutritionists may update the two-decade old nutrition label in the in the coming years to make it easier to understand. If they do change the label, Crawley believes there should serious revisions to the serving size and sugar portion of the label. More realistic servings sizes would go a long way in helping people understand what they consume on a daily basis. She also would like to see the sugar content of each product broken down in added and natural sugars. A separate added sugar category would help people make more informed decisions about what they would like to eat. center_img “Basically, people have to go to the ingredient listing to see how many different forms of sugar are added,” she said. “They also have to see how high on the ingredient list the different types of added sugar are. The first ingredients listed are the greatest in weight in the food, but if there are 3 or 4 different added sugars and they are scattered throughout that ingredient list, people really cannot tell how much there really is.”last_img read more

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Preppers

first_imgSo, I’m officially a prepper. Like everyone in the South, I’ve been tracking this massive snow storm that’s hitting the mountains right about now. The projected snow totals climbed throughout the week as we moved closer to the event and it began looking like we were approaching the snow storm of the century. A foot in town, they said. Two feet in the mountains, they said. So I did what everyone else in the South does when the snow is about to fall: I went to the grocery store. The thing to do when you’re shopping for a snow-pocalypse, is to focus on the necessities. The staples. That’s why everyone goes straight for the milk and bread. Get all you can. You don’t know how long you’ll be trapped in your house, and lord knows you can’t live without a bread and milk sandwich. I take a slightly different approach to shopping for a snow storm, though. I focus on the staples too, it’s just that my staples are a little different. Mainly beer and Pop Tarts. Also, several different kinds of sausage. And Bagel Bites. Essentially, when it snows, I turn into a frat boy prepping for a party. I spent the whole day chopping wood, icing down beer and arranging my canned goods alphabetically. So I can find the smoked oysters quickly when I need them. Looking over my stash of non-perishable goods, beer and firewood, I feel good about the future. I understand the sense of satisfaction those crazy preppers get, stocking bunkers with hundreds of cans of Vienna sausages for God knows what sort of apocalypse. I get it. I’m ready. My skis are waxed. My beer is iced. As they say in that Disney movie, “let it snow.” Wait. Shit. I forgot to buy fireworks.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

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US, Honduras Conclude Operation Against Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy AFP October 23, 2020 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández concluded on October 19 a combined operation against narcotrafficking that began in April, the Honduran government reported.The so-called Operation Dominion (Operación Dominio), with Honduran and U.S. authorities participating, “has dealt heavy blows to narcotrafficking and organized crime,” the Honduran government said in a statement, without specifying the number of troops who participated from both countries.The government affirmed that the operations interrupted the flow of 69,220 kilograms of cocaine and more than 6,000 kg of marijuana into the United States, without providing further details.During a ceremony held at a military facility in the Honduran capital, Adm. Faller stressed in his remarks that the operation “was a success” due to its combined nature.The head of SOUTHCOM, which is responsible for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America, thanked Honduran authorities for their collaboration “to send a strong message to narcoterrorism,” according to a Spanish translation of his words.“It is important that we continue with this vision of trust against narcoterrorism and all the corruption,” he added.Hernández also praised the operation’s “success,” as well as the U.S. cooperation.Honduras is considered a bridge for cocaine trafficking by cartels that manufacture the drug in South America and smuggle it into the U.S. market by sea and air.last_img read more

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4 items you should never carry in your wallet

first_imgIs this you?If so, take a minute to go through each and every item in that wallet. There are some things you should surely through away, and there are others you should take out and file away immediately to prevent identity theft.Social Security cardIt may seem obvious to not carry this with you, but many people have long kept their SS card in their wallet. But think about it, if you have your number memorized, which most of us do, when do you actually need your card? Have you ever had to present your card to someone? Carrying this information around with you is a bad idea. If the wrong person gets ahold of your number you could end up with loans opened up in your name and new credit card accounts.PasswordsIt seems every website we visit now requires a password. How are we ever supposed to keep up with them all? It’s a great idea to have a cheat sheet where all your passwords are kept, but do not be tempted to keep this information in your wallet. Instead, keep your notes at your desk or filed away somewhere at home with other sensitive information.Credit cardsMany of us are way past the point of having just a credit card for “emergencies” (last time I checked, few emergencies occur at Macy’s). It’s hard to check out at any retail store without being asked if we’d like to “save 10% by opening up a store credit card.” No matter how many cards you have, it’s wise not to carry all of them in your wallet at once. Think about it: if your wallet is stolen or lost, would you want someone to have access to every account you have? Instead, keep one card with you for those emergencies and leave the others at home in a safe place. This can also keep you from making spur of the moment purchases you’ll likely regret.ReceiptsOnce you get home from a store after making a purchase, decide right then if you need to hold on to the receipt. Is there a chance you’re going to return the item? If not, then toss the receipt right away. If it is a larger purchase, you may want to keep the receipt until after the purchase shows on your next credit card statement, to ensure you were charged the correct amount. 160SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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FinTech offers relief for millennials’ financial challenges

first_imgAccording to Forbes, millennials’ top 3 fears are: debt, affording rent, and budgeting.While the first two are fears based on existing challenges, the third may well supply the solution for the former two, especially given the tools that are available through digital financial management tools.Many Millennials originally entered the world of financial reality facing a tepid job market, heavy student debt, stagnant wages, all while trying to fund a nest egg, it’s no surprise today’s Millennials are experiencing lots of financial challenges that can hold them back from achieving the life that they desire.Let’s break these financial concerns down:.Paying the man – According to a 2017 Student Loan Hero survey, 39 percent of millennials say too much debt is the No. 1 source of money stress and about two-thirds never learned how to handle debt. Between student loans, credit cards, and medical bills, avoiding debt (or making any progress paying it off) can seem impossible for millennials. Debt can accumulate quickly, and many Millennials live in constant fear of watching it grow. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Sofia Richie Spotted Kissing Boyfriend Matthew Morton on Date Night

first_imgHot and heavy! Sofia Richie packed on the PDA with her new boyfriend, Matthew Morton, while on a date night with friends.The model, 22, was spotted out to dinner with Morton, 27, at Japanese restaurant Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills on Monday, November 2, in photos posted by the Daily Mail.Sofia Richie Spotted Kissing New Boyfriend Matthew Morton on Date NightSofia Richie attends the Guitar Hotel grand opening at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on October 24, 2019. Larry Marano/Shutterstock- Advertisement – A second source told Us that Richie’s family is supportive of her blossoming romance with Morton.“They both run in the same circle and have known each other. So, it’s easy and fun for both of them,” the insider said. “Sofia’s family approves of him, which is super nice for her.”Morton is also equally invested in his relationship with Lionel Richie‘s youngest daughter. A source told Us on Tuesday, November 3, that the entrepreneur is serious about the fashion designer.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Matt grew up with an insane amount of wealth, but always remained grounded. He is a hard worker and wants to prove himself to his dad [Hard Rock Cafe cofounder Peter Morton],” the insider said. “He used to be somewhat of a player and has always surrounded himself with very pretty girls and dated pretty girls. But he’s calmed down a lot and likes Sofia a lot.”Richie previously dated Disick, 37, from 2017 until their split in August. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been spotted out with models Bella Banos, Megan Blake Irwin and Amelia Hamlin in the wake of their split. Disick has also been getting cozy with ex Kourtney Kardashian with whom he shares children Mason, 10, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 5.A source told Us in September that Richie’s family thinks she “is way better off without him” and are “advising her to do her own thing.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Richie was dressed casually in an orange sweater, black pants and a crossbody purse. The Cha Cha Matcha founder, for his part, also looked low-key in a white shirt, dark pants and a white jacket accessorized with a baseball cap.Richie and Morton sparked dating rumors on October 17, when they were spotted getting dinner at Nobu in Malibu. Two days later, Us Weekly broke the news that the pair were dating following Richie’s split from Scott Disick.“They’re trying not to make a big deal about their relationship or about how serious it is,” an insider said at the time. “But they are definitely seeing each other.”Sofia Richie Spotted Kissing New Boyfriend Matthew Morton on Date NightMatthew Morton YouTube- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Green initiatives need building up

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Thousands of Central Americans detained for flaunting coronavirus rules

first_imgThousands of people have been detained across Central America for violating rules put in place by their governments to curb the fast-spreading new coronavirus in a region that has fewer medical resources than developed countries.Central America is home to a large, poor population with no options to work from home, take paid sick leave or observe social distancing rules because they work in the informal economy and live in crowded conditions.Honduran authorities said about 2,250 people have been arrested for violating the curfew imposed since mid-March while Guatemalan authorities said 5,705 people had been detained for leaving their homes without justification. In Panama, more than 5,000 people have been detained in recent weeks for violating curfew rules; another 424 people have been detained for not complying with recent rules that limit men and women leaving the house to alternate days.Meanwhile, in El Salvador, 712 people have been detained for failing to comply with the mandatory home quarantine decreed by President Nayib Bukele, and have been taken to containment centers. Topics :last_img read more

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