HKS alumni and student named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30

first_imgSeveral Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) alumni and one current student have been named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, celebrating “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” in fields ranging from education to law and policy.Among this year’s honorees are Kate Aitken, M.P.P. ’16, M.B.A. ’16, chief of staff for federal policy and federal affairs at Airbnb, lauded for her efforts to develop “policies and products to combat discrimination in the on-demand housing service’s host network.” Prarthna Desai, M.P.P. ’19, M.B.A. ’19 was cited for her work at Zipline, using drones to deliver medication in developing countries.Sara Minkara, M.P.P. ’14, who is the founder of Empowerment through Integration, makes the list of 30 Under 30 social entrepreneurs for her work with blind children in Lebanon. Becoming legally blind as a child due to macular degeneration, Minkara has dedicated her life to providing a voice for blind youth, helping to provide them with the sort of support she had growing up in the United States. Among the programs she has founded are a summer camp for both sighted and blind children.The 600 “change-makers and innovators” –  30 from 20 industries, all under 30 years old – were chosen from a list of 15,000 nominations.last_img read more

Ayodhya, India’s flashpoint holy site

first_imgWhere does it stand legally? In November India’s highest court finally settled a decades-long, arcane legal fight that even saw the infant Ram represented by a lawyer. The ruling awarded the site to Hindus, in a major victory for Modi and the BJP. The Muslim side were given a nearby location to construct a “prominent” new mosque. Hindus believe a Muslim conqueror razed the Ram temple in the 1500s to make way for the mosque. The British erected a fence in the 19th century to separate places of worship so that Muslims could worship in the inner court and Hindus the outer. But in 1949, idols of Lord Ram appeared inside the mosque, allegedly placed by Hindus. Why is it disputed? Hindus and Muslims have for decades been bitterly divided over the 16th-century Babri mosque in Ayodhya. Hindus believe the mosque was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to their god Ram, who is also believed to have been born on or near the site. Tensions boiled over in 1992 when a Hindu mob tore the mosque to the ground, sparking religious violence that left about 2,000 dead across India. Topics : When did tensions escalate? On December 6, 1992 a huge Hindu crowd converged on the mosque site to symbolically and provocatively lay the first stone of the new temple. The 200,000-strong mob broke through police cordons, first smashing three domes to rubble before reducing the rest of the historic mosque to ruins. The destruction triggered some of the worst religious riots since India’s bloody partition in 1947. Ten years later a trainload of Hindu activists were burned alive as they returned from Ayodhya, sparking retaliatory riots in Gujarat state that left upwards of 1,000 people dead, again most of them Muslims. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help lay the foundations on Wednesday for a “grand” new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site that has been the spark for some of India’s worst sectarian violence.AFP looks at the history of the three-acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between India’s majority Hindus and minority Muslims. Who was behind its destruction? In 1984, a group of Hindus formed a committee to “liberate” the birthplace of Ram and build a temple at the disputed site. The movement was headed by L K Advani, a senior figure in the ruling BJP, now headed by Modi. Its supporters began travelling to the site to demand a temple be built. How long has it been a flashpoint?  What will the temple look like? To shouts of “Hail Lord Ram”, Modi said in parliament in February that the new temple would be “grand”. His  right-hand man, Home Minister Amit Shah, said it would “touch the sky”. Wednesday’s ceremony, held at a time recommended by astrologers and involving 135 “revered saints”, will use soil from almost 2,000 holy sites around India and water of about 100 holy rivers. Silver bricks will be used in the foundations.last_img read more

Art deco apartment block built 80 years ago set to fetch millions

first_imgThis art deco building at 32 Moray St, New Farm, sold in October for $2.95m. The kitchen in one of the units at Osmaston. Picture: realestate.com.au.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago Osmaston at 598 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm, is on the market. Picture: realestate.com.au.AN ENTIRE block of art deco units in one of Brisbane’s best inner-city locations is set to be sold for the first time in eight decades.Kept in the same family for generations, the property was built in the early 1930s and used to house some of the US navy during World War Two. The bathroom in one of the units at Osmaston. Picture: realestate.com.au.The property is for sale through George Koukides of First National Real Estate Metro and has been marketed as “highly sought after but rarely available” and offering strata title potential. “New Farm unit prices in comparison to other inner city locations continue to grow due to high demand and tight supply that will continue.”The property is in a prime location, walking distance to Merthyr Village shops and New Farm Park.Expressions of Interest close November 11. We’ve unearthed 55 affordable housing hot spots Historic fire station for sale Sharp fall in Qld building approvals center_img Osmaston at 598 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm, is on the market. Picture: realestate.com.au.Last month, another art deco apartment building in New Farm sold for $2.95 million to a local architect who plans to transform it into a family home.It was the first time the heritage-listed property at 32 Moray Street had changed hands in 81 years. Osmaston at 598 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.The building, Osmaston, at 598 Lower Bowen Terrace, New Farm, generates a rental return of about $80,000 a year.On a 470 sqm parcel, it includes four two-bedroom apartments on the upper levels and two one-bedroom apartments on the lower level.The bathrooms and kitchens were renovated in the past 15 years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

After multiple derailed seasons, Sydney Leiher gearing up for breakout season

first_imgSydney Leiher wants redemption. Redemption at the ACC championships that two years ago ended in a four-hour stay at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Redemption at that course in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she doesn’t even remember finishing the race. Redemption at the past three years in which she’s improved on the year prior but slowed late in the season.That Leiher hasn’t run her best at Syracuse drives her. She came to SU to become one of the top runners in the nation. It’s why she quit the varsity boys’ hockey team before her junior year of high school — to focus on her All-American cross country ambitions. But an injury in her senior year of high school, mononucleosis two years later and now altitude adjustments and burnout have kept her from running at her peak. Despite battling through four years at SU, she’s still one of Syracuse’s top runners.“I feel a lot of past seasons,” Leiher said, “I’ve plateaued in the middle of seasons just because I’ve been hanging on.“I want when I race at (the NCAA championships in November) to feel like I’ve never felt better,” she said. “Even though now my first two workouts haven’t been that great, four years of training and a summer of fitness didn’t go away. It’s there.”It’s been there for years. As a freshman at Beavercreek (Ohio) High School, Leiher wanted to run with the boys because the girls couldn’t keep up with her. She was a New Balance All-American her senior year. Leiher ran a 4:49 mile the spring of her junior year, top in the state.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLeiher was off to an undefeated start that fall, positioning herself for a dominant senior year.But her foot began to agitate. She visited a doctor who diagnosed her with a stress fracture. When she found out, she punched a wall in her bedroom and covered it up with a poster. Leiher wore a brace while she was unable to run for a few weeks.“She was definitely down,” said her mother, Loretta, who ran at Oregon State. “Those two weeks were kind of miserable.”On the team flight to a tournament in North Carolina, she “was all depressed,” disappointed she couldn’t contribute, said Howard Russ, her coach at Beavercreek.Moments before the race, the team met under a tent. Leiher couldn’t stand not running. She wanted to be out there.“She looks at me and says, ‘I’m running today,’” Russ said. Leiher’s eyes lit up. “She ripped off her boot like a super girl.”She finished the race, placing several slots behind the leader. Leiher wore the boot for another week and a half, and though she earned All-American honors, she felt she hadn’t reached her pre-injury performance until college, before the ACC championships her sophomore year.As a freshman, she finished 48th in the ACC meet. Entering the race as a sophomore, she felt in top form. She was off to a quality start to the season and the UVA course is hilly, just the way she likes it.But Leiher doesn’t remember finishing this race. (She placed 79th.) From fatigue, Leiher passed out upon crossing the finish line. She was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where she stayed for four hours and was diagnosed with mononucleosis.“It was the worst running experience I’ve had in my life,” Leiher said.Courtesy of Syracuse Athletic CommunicationsShe took the rest of the cross country season off. When walking up stairs, she breathed heavily. During finals, she felt ill. “Too sick” to punch any walls, Leiher took a break from running and received a medical redshirt for the outdoor track season.She ran a 5:12 mile that winter, considerably slower than the 4:49 mark she posted in high school. That race at UVA still bothers her. On Sept. 23rd , she’ll get another chance at that course in Virginia. That date, and Oct. 28 — ACC championships — are her focal points.“I’ve yet to have a good ACCs,” she said. “Freshman year was terrible, sophomore year was mono, junior year I bombed ACCs. I really want to have a good ACCs, finish strong.”As a junior last year, Leiher finished 24th at ACCs. Her first and second years, she finished the NCAA championship meet in 21:58.6 and 21:55.8, respectively. As a junior, she trimmed her time more than 75 seconds, to 20:38.7.This summer, Leiher looked to build on her improvement. While interning at the National Strength and Conditioning Association in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Leiher ran. And ran. And ran.Toward the end of the summer, though, she grew tired and occasionally cramped. On weekdays, she interned. On weekends, she jogged or hiked in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Las Vegas. She ran 65 miles per week.“I think I might have over-done it a little bit this summer,” Leiher said. “I’m not really happy with how I’m running … but I’d rather feel kind of sh*tty now than kind of sh*tty in November. I’m trying to push through this road block.”Living in Colorado meant running at altitude, which decreases the amount of oxygen flow in the body, as the heart and lungs must work harder. The body can take months to acclimate to altitude and back to sea level. It’s relatively easy for runners to run too high, too fast without giving the body time to adjust.For Leiher, the transition back to sea level has been difficult. But she’s viewing this adjustment not as a setback, just as a few rough weeks. Still, there’s some self-doubt. Why am I not doing well?A recent blood drawing showed her mineral and vitamin absorption was slightly low, causing fatigue. But she’s trying to override that with optimism. She’s started a gluten-free regimen. She’s taking a day off each week. She has a cat and on one of her recent runs found a gecko to console her.“She’s struggling right now,” Syracuse head coach Chris Fox said. “But she’s determined she’ll turn that around in a month. She’s our senior leadership. And we need her.”“She’s got all the tools to be really, really good,” SU assistant coach Adam Smith said. “You’ve seen glimpses of that.“We hope it keeps coming.” Comments Published on September 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more