Answering the bell

first_imgCautioning that “you don’t get what you don’t fight for,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came to the Science Center Saturday to urge Harvard College students concerned about issues such as economic inequality, racial justice, and immigration reform to get off the sidelines and get into the game in such fields to make a difference.Warren, who joined the Harvard Law School faculty 20 years ago before her election to the Senate in 2012, suggested that her life’s unusual trajectory from Oklahoma schoolteacher to one of the most powerful voices in American politics was strong proof that anyone can make a difference.“I didn’t go to Washington to be the most popular girl in the Senate,” Warren said when asked if she and other congressional Democrats, now the minority party, intend to obstruct a Republican legislative agenda. “I went there to fight for what the people of the commonwealth of Massachusetts sent me to fight for.“Understand this: We are losing this country. This American ideal, this notion that the daughter of a janitor could go to a school that costs $50 a semester and work hard and play by the rules and become a United States senator — those opportunities are not there for kids growing up today,” she said as part of a keynote address during “Public Interested,” a daylong conference for undergraduates thinking about careers in public service.“The good news is we know what to do about it. The bad news is right now we don’t have the will to make the changes. And the only way we’re going to have the will to make changes is if we’re willing to get out there and fight for them.”Now in its fourth year, the conference is a broad, collaborative effort by the Center for Public Interest Careers, the Harvard Alumni Association, the Institute of Politics, the Office of Career Services, the Office for Sustainability, the Phillips Brooks House Association, and the Public Service Network that caps off Wintersession.“What we try to say at this conference is that there’s great privilege in being at Harvard, and we all have a responsibility to be good citizens when we graduate. There’s a lot of ways to do good in the world, but for students whose primary passion is public service, we’re committed to helping them to figure out how to follow that passion professionally,” said Gene Corbin, assistant dean of public service at Harvard College, who oversees the event.Warren advised students to follow their hearts, but to keep their minds open to new and unexpected options.“Don’t have such a narrow vision that when doors open that look sideways and at awkward angles that you don’t have the courage to step through them, because that is where you truly get the opportunities to make a difference,” she said.The conference was created to address what Corbin says has been a growing interest among students to learn about and consider public service as a career. According to data from the annual senior survey, 8 percent of students planned to go into government or military service, or work at a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (NGO) in 2014, compared with 4 percent in 2013.Nearly 200 alumni working in 10 career tracks, including public and global health, government, public policy and military service, education and youth work, and human rights and public-interest law, spoke candidly to more than 300 students about what it’s like to work in their fields, whether students can make a living doing public-sector work and, as they approach graduation, how they can find jobs. “Public-service-work recruiting is typically less predictable and structured” than the financial services and consulting fields, and can be hard for students to effectively navigate, said Corbin.Since the program’s inception, Corbin said, “A common refrain from alumni when they’re advising students is to talk about a willingness to take some risk — because the path is not as structured — combined with the assurance that if public service is your passion, there is a way to make a decent living and find meaningful work.”Maribel Hernandez Rivera ’04, an immigration attorney with Immigrant Justice Corps who returned to campus to advise students curious about such work, said that when she was an undergraduate she wasn’t aware of public service as a career.“What I remember is there was a lot of emphasis on Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey [& Co.], and I tried that,” she said. “I did it for two summers and had a great experience, but my heart wasn’t in it. I always knew I wanted to do immigration work. But I didn’t see other people going into the field, and so I kind of wondered: Is that a waste as a Harvard graduate? Somebody paid for my education. Is this how I should be spending their money — in this kind of field?”Hernandez Rivera said Immigrant Justice Corps counts several Harvard alumni among its executive ranks and plans to hire 20 to 30 new college graduates this year. “It’s just really exciting to see that, in fact, yes, it is a good investment to use my Harvard degree to do public interest.“I want people to know the value. It might not be monetary compensation, but it really is happiness, in feeling like ‘this is why I went to Harvard,’ to be able to use that education to help other people, just like other people helped me to get here,” she said.Elizabeth Warren was a Radcliffe Fellow in 2001-02.last_img read more

Leading hoteliers organized the possibility of testing their guests in tourist destinations

first_imgJadranka Group co-finances the cost of testing in their camps with an amount depending on the total residence bill, while Amines Hotels & Campsites co-finances the cost of testing in its hotels for guests from Austria, with an amount depending on the total bill of stay. After Falkensteiner and other leading hoteliers have organized the possibility of testing their guests in tourist destinations along the Adriatic coast, all with the aim of increasing the level of security and providing the most carefree vacation for their guests. Arena Hospitality Group assumes the cost of PCR testing for guests coming from Austria, in full or in part, depending on the total length of stay. Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences offers free testing to guests who achieve a minimum stay of 3 nights, and gives a discount of EUR 50 for all guests from Italy and Austria who leave the hotel after a minimum stay of 3 nights and want to take the test in their country. Testing is intended for guests coming from countries that have introduced an obligation or possibility to test when returning to their home country. Some companies provide free testing or co-finance testing, especially for guests from Austria who, due to new circumstances, need to present a negative PCR test for Covid-19 when returning to Austria from Croatia.center_img Tako Maistra provides free PCR testing for stays in the facilities until September 15, according to the following criteria: for reservations from 1000 € it is possible to test up to two people, for reservations from 1500 € to three people and for reservations from 2000 € testing up to 4 people. All open facilities Valamar Riviera offer Austrian guests free PCR testing if the cost of testing is less than 50 percent of the total stay bill. The above applies to individual guests, OTA and lump sum guests in campsites who are Austrian citizens.last_img read more

West Java in search of volunteers to assist COVID-19 mitigation in Depok

first_img #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap The medical personnel in need are experienced pharmacists, radiographers, physiotherapists, teleconsultants, doctors, nurses, environmental sanitation personnel, nutritionists, general physicians and laboratory technology personnel.The recruitment is open to residents of West Java and those residing outside the province. Job descriptions, criteria for the volunteers, briefing method etc. can be accessed through mobile app PILKOBAR or indorelawan.org/p/pikobar.Setiaji said candidate volunteers needed to fill out a form for screening before being called in for an interview with the West Java Health Agency or Depok Health Agency.“We hope the government and the public can work hand-in-hand to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. Topics : The West Java administration is looking for people with medical backgrounds to serve as volunteers to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Depok city.“The health agency and Depok proposed the recruitment to accelerate the handling of COVID-19,” West Java Communication and Information Agency head Setiaji said in a written statement Wednesday.The statement further says recruitment is open until Oct.31. Depok, along with Bogor and Bekasi, account for the majority of new COVID-19 cases in West Java province.As of Tuesday, Depok recorded a total 5,717 positive COVID-19 cases, meanwhile Bogor city contributed 1,654 cases, Bogor regency 2,243, while Bekasi recorded 5,187 cases and Bekasi regency recorded 3,545.In total, West Java province recorded 28,087 COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he had proposed prioritizing Depok in the future COVID-19 vaccination program. “I have proposed that Depok be among regions to get the first vaccines. But it will still be done gradually, starting from the most vulnerable groups of people,” he said Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on vaccine procurement and vaccination signed on Oct. 5 details priority groups of people to get the vaccination, namely frontline workers, from health workers and contact-tracing medical personnel, to military and law enforcement personnel; religious and community leaders, local authorities at the district, village, community and neighborhood units; teachers at various levels of education; government officials and legislatives council members; members of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) whose fees are paid for by the government and the general public.According to Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, the government has secured commitments for the delivery of 271.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China. Of that number, 30 million doses are expected to be ready by the end of this year. (iwa)last_img read more