A renewed Harvard-Cuba connection

first_imgRepresentatives from Harvard University traveled to Havana last weekend to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. The agreement signals renewed commitment between Harvard’s 12 Schools and the ministry to support faculty and student research and study in Cuba.The memorandum also enables expanded opportunities for potential collaborative research and cooperation between Harvard and Cuban universities, such as short courses, internships, research visits, publication of research articles, and academic workshops and conferences. The agreement encourages Cuban students to apply for admission to Harvard and programs through normal channels.The academic partnership was signed Saturday by Mark C. Elliott, vice provost of international affairs at Harvard, and Aurora Fernández, vice minister of higher education in Cuba. Harvard faculty and staff responsible for organizing and preparing for these activities and present at the ceremony at the Hotel Nacional were Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin-American History and Economics and professor of African and African American Studies and of history; Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico in the Department of Government; and Erin E. Goodman, associate director of academic programs at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).The agreement designates the Rockefeller Center as the coordinating body for joint activities. The Cuba Studies Program at DRCLAS, co-chaired by de la Fuente and Domínguez, has supported Cuba-related research and study since its creation in 1999.  The program regularly hosts visiting scholars from Cuba and runs a regular seminar series in Cambridge. Since 2007, the center has run a study-abroad program in Cuba in the fall semester in collaboration with the Universidad de la Habana.You can read more about the activities of the Cuba Studies Program here.last_img read more

Bill would simplify forgiveness for PPP loans under $150K

first_imgA bill from Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) would simplify loan forgiveness from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and has CUNA’s full support. Cramer introduced the Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act Tuesday, with Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).“America’s credit unions wholeheartedly support Sen. Cramer’s Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “This bill will allow America’s small business owners and Main Street financial institutions to remain focused on serving their communities rather than on jumping through burdensome regulatory hurdles.”Specifically, the bill would:Forgiveness for covered PPP loans of less than $150,000, if the borrower submits a simple, one-page attestation form to the lender.The borrower shall be held harmless from any enforcement action if the borrower’s attestation contained any falsehoods. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

David Bruce Parks, 72, Grandview, Mo: July 8, 1940 – Feb. 21, 2013

first_imgDavid ParksDavid Bruce Parks, 72, of Grandview, MO. has changed his address effective February 21, 2013. He has given up his diseased body for one that is whole and pain free, and is now residing with the Lord Jesus, Our Healer.David was born July 8, 1940, in Elk City, OK. to Claude D. and Texie Blanche Parks, who, along with his brother Claude Estes Parks and sister Corrine Barnes, preceded him in death.He grew up in Borger, TX. and Manter, KS. Upon graduating in 1957 from Manter, KS. High School, he went to Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX.He married Ruby Nell Cook on November 18, 1961 in Pampa, TX. She also has resided with the Lord since October 13, 2005.He eventually returned to Perryton, TX. to help run the family business, Parks’ Food Store where together, he and Ruby began their family. In 1968, David and Ruby moved themselves and their children to Liberal, KS. where David worked for Ideal Foods as a butcher, then drove for National Carriers for many years. He was finally able to do what he longed to do, and that was to be an electrical engineer and designer. He started this career with Foster Design and Northern Natural Gas in 1979, and finished his last design job with Pratt and Whitney in 2010.David was well known as a “Guitar Man”. He played many dances in the Perryton, TX. and Liberal, KS. area. After being saved by the Lord, he played for many years at Faith Tabernacle of Liberal, KS. When the family moved in 1983 to Oswego, KS. and lastly to Grandview, MO., he continued playing at home and never stopped until the very end of his earthly life. His family is certain that he is playing for the Lord in Heaven.Together, David and Ruby loved and raised 5 children.He is survived by those children: Cindy Gillispie and husband Billy of Stilwell, OK., Kim Wells and husband Rick of Wellington, KS., Shirley Wolford of Liberal, KS., Darryl Parks of Liberty, MO., and Aaron Parks of Grandview, MO.David is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Brandi Goans, Tiffani Duran, Jillian Nelson, Rebeccah Nelson, James King, Sierra Bales, Andrea King, Misty Wells, Ammie Wells, Alissia Garcia, Andrew Wolford, Carlie Parks, Brannon Parks, and Kyle Gannaway.He was preceded in death by his grandson, Scott Wolford, on September 24, 1987.He had 23 great grandchildren and one great-great grand daughter.He is also survived by his sister, Cletta Stall, of Amarillo, TX., as well as many nieces and nephews.He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but we are comforted by the blessed hope of heaven and that we will be together again.Memorial services are pending and will be held at a later date at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, KS.last_img read more

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane says she and ‘mentor’ Liz Carmouche would ‘100 percent fight each other’

first_imgCarmouche was the first person Macfarlane saw when she entered the Team Hurricane Awesome gym in San Diego. From there, a friendship was born. The champion and former two-time UFC title challenger share the same management team, take care of each other’s dogs when the other is out of town, and Macfarlane even babysits Carmouche’s kids. Join DAZN and watch Bellator 236: Macfarlane vs. JacksonThe idea of them fighting still was far from inevitable because of them being in rival promotions. However, that changed two weeks ago, as Carmouche was inexplicably released by the UFC while doing promotional work for them. Sporting News has learned Bellator is talking with Carmouche about signing with the organization, but no deal has been reached at this time. If the pen can come to paper, the reigning women’s 125-pound champion says they are ready to sign a contract and lock horns.”We talked about this years ago that we would 100 percent fight each other,’ Macfarlane admitted to Sporting News ahead of her title defense on Saturday at Bellator 236 against Kate Jackson from the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, and live on DAZN. “We have already talked about it. We beat each other up every day, so we might as well get paid for it. We are like sisters. She’s my mentor. I’m her student. She’s guided me through this entire fight journey. I just think it would be such a beautiful thing to see that. You’d have a coach and a student fighting each other.”We’ve talked about it, and we’re like, ‘Let’s do this. This could be such a cool thing,'” she continued. “We treat it like a sport. We’re competitors. For anybody that thinks we wouldn’t go out there and try to rip each other’s heads off, they are wrong. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and maybe that’s in the cards for us. Whatever she chooses to do, I’m behind her 100 percent.”When Macfarlane (10-0) was told her close friend got released by the UFC, initially, she got upset. But then the wheels started turning in her mind and she immediately went into sell mode by starting to recruit Carmouche to her side of the tracks. While it hasn’t worked just yet, Carmouche is in Hawaii and has been helping Macfarlane with the fight week activities, but won’t be in her corner against Jackson.”We were texting each other and I said to her, ‘Hey, are you going to come to Bellator?’” Macfarlane said.  Typically in mixed martial arts, teammates don’t fight one another. They tend to shy away from doing so because of the bond formed while training and don’t want that to be compromised. Just don’t count Bellator women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane nor Liz Carmouche in that group. “She’s handled everything with such class and such professionalism. People were surprised by that, but that’s how she is 24/7. I wasn’t surprised at how she handled everything. But the cool thing is she’s coming out here for the fight. The silver lining is she gets to come out here with her family. I’m excited she gets to come to my home and watch me fight.”Before a bout with Carmouche can inch closer to reality, Macfarlane has a stern test in the Bellator 236 headliner. Jackson (11-3-1) comes winning three of her last four with two of those victories coming inside the distance. Macfarlane feels this is one fight fans will appreciate as she looks to end 2019 on a high note in her home state. “Stylistically, we’re both similar,” Macfarlane said. “I think it’s going to be a really good fight. I think fight fans are really going to appreciate this one because we are two fighters who’ve made it to the top by keeping our heads down and putting in the work.”last_img read more