Leading with latitude

first_img Read Full Story Democrats and Republicans are more divided today than at almost any other time in United States history. According to a 2018 survey, when asked to describe members of the opposite political party, 61 percent of Democrats described Republicans as racist, bigoted, and/or sexist, and 49 percent of Republicans described Democrats as ignorant. These statistics capture the underlying tension between the two political parties.At a particularly polarizing time when it is challenging to compromise and negotiate, Jeffrey Sánchez, former Massachusetts State House Representative and Harvard alumnus, reminds us that “change doesn’t happen in a vacuum.”On Friday, Feb. 15, Dr. Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development, had the unique opportunity to interview his former student, Jeffrey Sánchez, in the Leadership Studio. Sánchez shared his experiences as a leader in Massachusetts and a young man of Puerto Rican heritage growing up in the Mission Hill neighborhood.Sánchez is a current Harvard University Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow. He graduated with a masters in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011. While he has fond memories of his time as a student at Harvard and left with lifelong relationships, Sánchez’s impressions of the University were not always positive. He recalls how it felt to grow up next door to one of the most elite institutions in the United States: “We used to want to go play in that quad where the grass was really green, because the parks were all messed up over here in Mission Main. [W]e were living in a place that folks wanted to shut down. So let’s just say the grass over here was really greener.”For Sánchez, the train tracks that separate the University from Mission Main, a Boston Housing Authority property that had been repeatedly ignored, symbolize a distinct barrier between Harvard and the greater community in which it is located — a relationship that has been historically tenuous. Growing up in the Mission Main housing development, Sánchez directly witnessed the impact that one person’s voice can have, especially when compounded with the voices of others.Sánchez grew up among activists. His mother, along with other women living in his neighborhood, fought to make the Mission Main housing development and its residents a priority for local legislators. It was his mother’s health advocacy that brought Sánchez and his family from Washington Heights in New York City to Boston to seek treatment at Children’s Hospital. Sánchez’s sister was sick and his mother was in search of better healthcare. They quickly found that “[the] hospital … wasn’t taking kids in the emergency room. … They were doing everything through outpatient visit at the time. And being Puerto Rican, being Hispanic and being black from the south, even though we lived across the street, a lot of the folks we grew up with were receiving health care over at City Hospital.”Seeing the power of advocacy through his mother, who grew up on a tobacco farm in Puerto Rico, left a lasting impression on Sánchez. Advocacy taught him how people from historically oppressed backgrounds continue to be deprived of basic human needs, despite living in close proximity to communities of overwhelming wealth.Sánchez spent 16 years representing Brookline, Mission Hill, and Jamaica Plain in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and most recently served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 2017–2018. In that time, he celebrated several victories, including criminal justice reform, universal health coverage, and gun control legislation. Sánchez attributes his success primarily to meeting and listening to people. Whether it was his colleagues or constituents, he felt it was important to “follow people where they’re at. It’s the way to find out who they are.”last_img read more

Young. Međimurje. – an excellent project of young Međimurje winemakers

first_imgThe second generation of famous Međimurje wine families joined forces through the project “Young. Međimurje ”together and with the help of the tourist boards of northwestern Croatia present young wines to distributors and customers throughout Lijepa naša.In this way, they joined the wine regions of the world, especially those in Austria and Germany where selected young, bottled wines are offered on the market only two to three months after harvest. Apart from the promotion of wines specific for their freshness and flutter, the reasons are also of an economic nature: once upon a time, young wines were not taxed! In addition to tourist and gastronomic contents, Međimurje is increasingly appearing on the recommended wine lists of Croatia.Međimurje wine region (photo by Rene Karaman)Along with the most famous young (red) wine that traditionally opens on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais new of the variety white gamay black te Portuguese which has taken root in our country as a young wine, this year the wine lovers of white varieties have come into their own. Exceptional potential of rhizome (Müller-Thurgau), Chardonnay, green silvano, Pinot Noir, a yellow man and of course Sauvignon for which sommeliers emphasize that in Međimurje is one of the best in the world is already visible in the wines of six young winemakers from Međimurje!Cmrečnjak, Dvanajščak – Kozol, Kocijan, Rabbit, Preiner i Typo are wine families who have embarked on this commendable endeavor and instead of being fierce competition, they exchange experiences and jointly promote their products, young, fluttering, drinkable and refreshing wines with a common label. “YOUNG.”On all labels.On average, they individually own about ten hectares (the Cmrečnjak family stands out with about 20 hectares under plantations) and mostly grow indigenous varieties, of which it has recently come to the fore. pušipel for which a bottle was even specially made and designed, which raised the level of branding of the variety and wine to a higher level. The authors of these young wines are – on occasion – young winemakers(!) i winemakers, under thirty, and another interesting thing is the youngest sommelier: Tea Dvanajščak passed the sommelier exam at just sixteen!Young Međimurje wines (photo by Rene Karaman)Young wines are fresh, usually with a lower concentration of sulfur and lower alcohols, but the specialty of Međimurje (young) wines is a pronounced aroma and minerality, a characteristic due to specific vineyard positions, and the temperament of young winemakers is best bottled and like a good the spirit can’t wait to tickle the taster’s palate. These wines are sealed in bottles under controlled conditions with a threaded stelvin stopper that guarantees freshness and purity.And finally – the price of these wines is more than acceptable, and the quality is unquestionable according to one of the eminent sommelier Siniša Lasan!last_img read more

Rodgers defends Sterling and Ibe

first_img “I spoke to both players and they are fully aware of what has happened – and then we talked about football,” said Rodgers. “I think both young players are aware of their responsibilities. All you can do is continually educate them. “It is (about) perspective as well. If you look at Raheem he didn’t do anything illegal. “It was something he will look back on in years to come and it probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do. “But for me it is all about the welfare of the two young players; making them aware of the health issues which come with that and also about the professionalism and what they are representing. “They will make mistakes, whether it is those two or other young players. “In the main young footballers are good people, they do a lot of things which go unnoticed. Sometimes they get caught out but that is just youth and learning. “We talk of players as being role models but I think the best role models in your life are parents and guardians – but we are not perfect either, we make mistakes. “We learn and if we have to do that when we are older in life then certainly young players will do that and they need support in that.” Sterling will start Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Sunday but Ibe is cup-tied having previously played in the competition while on loan at Derby. Defender Martin Skrtel will return after a three-match suspension but there is greater debate over whether captain Steven Gerrard, also returning from a ban but with just 27 minutes of football behind him since February 10 because of injury, should start. The 34-year-old was given a run-out in a practice match earlier this week and Rodgers confirmed the midfielder, whose last match for the club before he leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy could potentially be the FA Cup final on May 30, is fit. “He is definitely ready. We played a behind-closed-doors game here on Monday in which he and a few of the other players who have been out played in,” added the Reds boss. “Steven is fine. The most important thing is his availability. He is a special footballer and Wembley is somewhere he knows very well. “Whether he plays or doesn’t play he will be an important member of the squad for us on the day. “Throughout his time he has been an incredible player who, in the main, has always produced big goals and big moments in the big games.” Striker Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt with a hip injury which forced him to miss Monday’s win over Newcastle. “We will give Dan every possibility to be fit and we will see how he is tomorrow and take it from there,” said Rodgers. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for a sense of perspective after a week when young players Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe were splashed all over the front pages for off-field activities. Pictures, dating back some months, emerged of the pair smoking a shisha pipe and came on the back of a video apparently showing Sterling inhaling laughing gas and seemingly passing out. But Rodgers sprang to the defence of the players, aged just 20 and 19, insisting they should be given some leeway to make mistakes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jake Paul to fight Gib on Andrade-Keeler card in January

first_imgJake Paul’s blueprint is set. Now all he has to do is make sure to deliver on his end of the bargain.On Monday, it was announced that Paul will fight AnEsonGib, more commonly known as Gib, at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, live on DAZN in the United States, on Jan. 30. The fight will serve as the co-main event on the Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler card, when Andrade defends his WBO middleweight title.  Matchroom Boxing USA president Eddie Hearn had great success promoting Logan Paul-KSI 2 and thinks Jake Paul-Gib will be another big hit with fans.“January 30 in Miami just became a whole lot bigger,” Hearn said. “After the huge success of KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 which broke broadcast numbers worldwide and also got nominated as Ring Magazine ‘Event of the Year,’ I’m delighted to add Jake Paul vs. Gib to our world championship tripleheader on Super Bowl weekend in Miami, live on DAZN. Ever since the last event, people have been sliding into my DMs from all around the world to make this fight, so hopefully now I will get some rest at Christmas!”Same rules apply, 10-ounce gloves, no headguards and both going through the full professional protocol,” he added. “It’s USA vs. UK one again! Los Angeles was wild, I have a feeling Miami will be next level.” Gib is one of KSI’s best friends. If Paul beats him, he’ll look to face KSI himself for a chance to avenge his brother Logan Paul’s loss last month.The fact that he gets to do it during Super Bowl 54 week in the same host city of the big game only adds to the excitement. Super Bowl 54 will be played just three days later at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.Join DAZN and watch Jake Paul vs. Gib on Jan. 30″This bout has deep roots,” Paul said in a DAZN press release. “It’s a fight for my brother’s honor, my pride and most importantly my loyal fans who are among the best in the world. This is the American dream. Thursday, January 30, on DAZN, my opponent’s 15 minutes of fame turn into 10 seconds of counting stars as he lays unconscious on the canvas. And then, I’m coming for that wanker KSI.”Jake had to watch Logan drop a controversial split decision to KSI in their rematch Nov. 9. The news conference for that fight had Jake and Gib nearly coming to blows, before security stepped in to break it up.This fight will give Gib the social media-powered fight against Paul that he craves.“After six months of Jakey ducking, the fight is finally going down,” said Gib. “He had no choice of his opponent, I chose him. Since my last fight I have been training nonstop and January 30 in Miami, I will end the fight in devastating fashion and will have my hand raised in front of his country, family and friends. Jake Paul is going to be my walking, talking ad for the rest of his days.”Like Logan Paul-KSI 2, Jake Paul and Gib bring their own massive social media following into this fight. At 22, Jake Paul is the most viewed internet star in the U.S. with more than 36 million followers across YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. Gib, who built his following most particularly as a standout FIFA gamer, has 1.95 million subscribers on YouTube.last_img read more

LISTEN: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, May 22

first_imgWelcome to episode ten of our brand new European football show.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading football journalist to take a closer look at events across the continent.This week, Danny was joined in the studio by European football expert Mark Langdon to review the season, as well as reflecting on cup finals in Spain, Italy, France and much more!Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

Chelsea ‘sloppy’ despite win at Norwich – Hiddink

first_imgBoss Guus Hiddink said Chelsea were “sloppy” at Norwich despite managing to maintain their excellent recent run with another win.The Blues went ahead through Kenedy’s goal after just 39 seconds and Diego Costa, who was in an offside position, made it 2-0.But the home side battled in the second half and Chelsea were forced to absorb pressure after Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back“We didn’t want to end up in a battle but they forced us into a battle,” said Hiddink, whose team remain unbeaten in the league since he took over.Kenedy scored his first Premier League goal“We were sloppy. We started very well and got a beautiful goal from Kenedy and we could have finished it off a little bit earlier. We were a little complacent.“We needed to finish the game off. In the end Norwich made it very difficult for us.”Chelsea defender Gary Cahill also admitted that the visitors had been pushed all the way.“It was horrible by the end. The last 15 to 20 minutes was tough,” Cahill said.“In first half we were in control. In the second, it was a totally different game. Credit to them. It feels good to dig in and grind out the result.”More reaction from Carrow Road to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers camp: Juszczyk, Shanahan scout running back competition

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Which running back will get the most action for the 49ers this season? It’s a burning question as 49ers training camp gets underway, and not even Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk or coach Kyle Shanahan has the answer.“Things will pan out as we’re playing games,” Juszczyk said. “They all have different strengths. They all bring good things to the table that Kyle will be able to accentuate.”San Francisco …last_img read more

Ohio Farmers Union sets policy for 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farmers Union members gathered in Columbus on Friday and Saturday and covered a broad swath of issues pertaining to Ohio’s family farmers in its 84th annual meeting.OFU passed two “special orders of business” — or policy priorities for 2018 — concerning Lake Erie water quality and nutrient management.The Wood County Farmers Union brought up concern about what should happen if federal and state officials declare the open waters of the western basin of Lake Erie “impaired” — a federal designation that would lead to the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads for nutrients like phosphorous emitted from watersheds draining into Lake Erie.“We know a lot about nutrient management and water quality now but we don’t know everything. There is an impatience among many communities, mostly non-farm communities, about making sure we move that needle and so far that needle has not moved much. The pressure is up and we may have to start thinking of new ways to approach this,” said Joe Logan, Ohio Farmers Union president. “There has been a great deal of debate about the EPA declaring Lake Erie an impaired watershed. If they do that, we need to work with the U.S. EPA and the Ohio EPA to find solutions that work for farmers and work for the environment.”More specifically on the matter of nutrient management in impaired watersheds, OFU passed a policy proposal calling for “state government action that would prescribe that applications of fertilizer, including manure, in any impaired watershed, would be applied at a rate no higher than the agronomic rate” — or the amount required to grow a crop.Another important topic of discussion was related to the system of checkoffs.“We have a long history of basic support for checkoffs. We thought they were a great idea back in the 1980s when our production, processing, and most of the market for our agricultural production was domestic. The world has changed. We live in a global marketplace now. As a result, global corporations have exerted a great deal of influence over our commodities and our commodity organizations. Our concern is that commodity organizations are too often expressing the concerns of those global corporations rather than the domestic producers,” Logan said. “What we would like to see is what was originally intended: for the federal and state governments to get active in this situation with the end outcome being transparency and accountability. We’d like to see instead of money all coming into these individual quasi government entities that the money instead comes into the treasury and is then appropriated by the legislators. We want to make sure all of that money is being used for the best interests of producers.”With that in mind, OFU created policy requesting the Ohio state government and the federal government to rein in commodity checkoff programs. The policy passed at OFU this year states: “… federal and state checkoff funds be paid directly to the appropriate federal or state treasury and then be audited by the corresponding federal or state auditing agency.”OFU also passed proposals including:Calling on the restoration of FCC net neutrality rules and for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to join 21 other states’ attorneys general in the federal court challenge to recent FCC net neutrality policy as well as mandating the federal government account for broadband speeds in rural America as at least 25 mbps delivered to the home and not 10 mbps delivered via cellular connection.Calling on Congress to maintain the link between nutrition programs and other titles in the 2018 Farm Bill.Calling on the Ohio General Assembly to restore the pre-2014 wind setback requirements for wind turbines and state regulatory approval for utility-scale solar generation projects such as that proposed by American Electric Power for southern Ohio.State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, (D-Kent), was honored as Legislator of the Year.Special programming this year focused on young and beginning farmers and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, (D-Kent), was honored as Legislator of the Year.“Kathleen Clyde served for several years on the House Agriculture Committee and was always a common-sense voice for family farmers and just as importantly, Ohio’s consumers,” Logan said. “Rep. Clyde’s determination on fair elections and ending gerrymandering in Ohio’s legislative districts has kept our attention since she left the ag committee.”Follow this link for full Special Orders document.last_img read more

The seven (or nine) things everyone wants

first_imgMark Rovner and I have been working on a little project – maybe it will turn into a book. We test-drove some of the content at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and the NTC conference attendees were brilliant and contributed much to our thought process! The session was received warmly enough that we were asked to type up a little summary for the NTEN newsletter. I wanted to share that (it’s below), as well as the official blog for this topic. We welcome thoughts, comments, additions — any input at all!Here’s what we said:The NTC in New Orleans was full of fantastic, sparkly, shiny new technology tools. And then there was our session. No winsome widgets, no witty Twittering, no Dopplr-found Doppelgangers.And that was the point.Which is this: What makes technology tools great is not the technology. It’s the people behind them. Successful technology is about bonds, not wires. It’s human connections that matter. “Social media” is about “social” more than it’s about “media”. If you missed our session, we summed it up in the title: The Seven Things Everyone Wants: What Freud and Buddha Understood (and We’re Forgetting) about Online Outreach. Some very human principles make or break the success of absolutely everything you do online. These are the kind of truths Buddha or Freud – explorers of the deepest recesses of the human mind — talked about. To achieve true marketing “enlightenment,” you need to tap into fundamental human needs with your technology – rather than hoping technology can inspire alone. You may think this sounds a bit like Maslow – and it is – but with a twist: Maslow was uncovering human needs; We are showing how his and other deep needs can be employed to foster a more humane world. There are at least seven of these fundamental needs, and that’s what we covered in our session. We threw out a need, and the folks in the session talked about how they’d met it through online communications. (Hat tip to Britt Bravo for capturing the examples so well in her blog.) There are other human needs – we’d like to add simplicity and humor to the list of seven – but this was a start.Here is a taste of our discussion. But the conversation is far from over. Please help us continue it – we’re headed toward a book of some kind, we hope. Talk to us at our official blog for the topic.PLEASE: Don’t just read this article, tell us your story.Need 1: To be SEEN and HEARDMaking someone feel seen and heard is the most powerful thing any of us can do with online communications. On the other hand, not listening is the root of most problems, personal (just ask your partner!) and professional (just ask your co-workers!).Examples of great listening:•Teen Health Talk engages youth to talk about health issues rather than lectures at them.•Oxfam has used Flickr petitions successfully in several campaigns. Two of their staff members recently returned from Darfur and are putting together a video to raise awareness about it. They are collecting questions from supporters to include. The bottom line: See to be seen, hear to be heard.Need 2: To be CONNECTED to someone or somethingPeople are sociable creatures, and they want to find other people that share their interests. That’s what fuels Facebook or Twitter or any number of examples. In fact, one could argue that connecting people to each other is the highest and best use of technology.Examples of great connecting:•BeliefNet has prayer circles where people can share prayers for specific people.•March of Dimes’ Share Your Stories allows families of babies in the NICU to share stories. The bottom line: Engage by connecting to what your audience (NOT YOU) wants to hear.Need 3: To be part of something GREATER THAN THEMSELVESWe need to lay out the grand, inspirational vision of our cause. We should show how together we can leave the world a better place.Examples of vision:•18Seconds.org shows the cumulative effect of everyone changing their light bulbs to CFLs.•The MoveOn “endorse a thon” for Barack Obama is only the latest in a long line of creative, uplifting and inspiring efforts.Need 4: To have HOPE for the futureForget doom and gloom, finger-wagging campaigns. People hate them.Example of hopeful messaging:•Earth: The Sequel has been up for 2 weeks and has received 15,000 views.•The Yes We Can Obama video. The bottom line: Ix-nay on the apocalypse. Persuade through inspirationNeed 5: To have the security of TRUSTPeople are starved for a sense of trust. That’s why we glom on to authentic messengers. Examples of authenticity:•76% of givers according to Cone say they are influenced by friends and family. SixDegrees allows people to create widgets that feature a photo of themselves and 250 characters of text about why they support a particular cause.•The Packard Kid Connection site helps kids get ready to go to the hospital. It builds trust because it looks like Club Penguin (Club Penguin is a social network for children), and it has videos of children explaining how things work at the hospital. The bottom line: Cut the crap. Your authenticity is everything.Need 6: To be of SERVICEThe #1 reason people stop giving to a nonprofit is that they feel like they are being treated like an ATM machine. They want to help, but they also want to be of service and to have different ways of serving. That need is not being fulfilled if all they hear is the unimaginative drumbeat of dollars. If you are reading this, you already understand – and embody – the deep need to be useful and of service.Need 7: To want HAPPINESS for self and othersThe core of Buddhism is that everyone wants happiness and to be free from suffering. The more you want happiness for others, the better it is for you, and them.We wrapped up the session with the following happy dance. Remember, it’s about people. People who want to be happy in this world.last_img read more