Retirees protest cuts, April 1.WW photo: Kris HamelApril 26 — The attack on retired city of Detroit workers’ pensions intensifies. Ever since the filing for bankruptcy by Detroit’s emergency manager last summer, it has been clear that the real plan was to use the large pension funds to pay off the banks that hold the largest part of the city debt.In an October ruling, federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes decided that pension funds were fair game, even though the Michigan state Constitution clearly protects public pensions. Rhodes held that federal bankruptcy law superseded the state constitution.Last November, representatives of the emergency manager testified that they wanted to slash pensions by 84 percent. A “Plan of Adjustment” filed with the court in March detailed cuts to pensions of 34 percent across the board for nonuniformed retirees and 14 percent for police and firefighter pensioners. Cuts had already been made to all medical coverage for those not receiving Medicare; dental and vision protection plans were ended. Cost of living increases to pensions were stopped. These had added 2.25 percent per year.Outside the federal courthouse, retirees and their supporters have marched and rallied month after month. In one of the biggest actions, hundreds blocked the street on April 1, marching and blasting speeches over loudspeakers for several hours, demanding “Hands off our pensions!” and “Make the banks pay!”A brief glimmer of hope for retirees appeared as the media spread a new proposal to limit cuts to only 4.5 percent. But retirees soon learned that the city intends to go after $239 million of their nest eggs through additional reductions taken from thousands of retirees who put money each week into an annuity fund run by the pension boards.The media, continuing to serve the interests of the Wall Street bankers, have tried to make it seem that something shady or illegal had been done — claiming that “excess interest” was paid to those investing into the annuity fund. The fund was considered generous, paying a minimum of 7.9 percent interest per year — and more if the pension fund did well during boom years — but it operated openly and along well-established accounting principles. Not being a profit-making enterprise, the pension boards paid out extra funds when they could, in good years. Yet the pension funds remained some of the best run and well funded in the U.S.Anger great among activist retireesIf workers had not invested in the city-run annuity program, it is likely that they would have chosen some other annuity plan among the many that cater to workers. Now, the emergency manager wants to take back hundreds of millions of dollars paid out to workers from 2003 to 2013.In a serious setback, the pension boards and the official Committee of Retirees (nine members appointed by the bankruptcy court) have apparently agreed to this new plan. First reports were that some retirees would lose their entire pensions in this “claw back.” Later reports state that the maximum cut will be capped at 20 percent (4.5 percent across the board and 15.5 percent maximum annuity recovery). It is hard to believe that officials sworn to protect pensioners, many of them seasoned unionists, would announce an agreement without having every “i” dotted and “t” crossed, as in any contract negotiation. Retirees currently have no idea how much this will cost them.Anger is great among activist retirees who have been protesting these past months. Some have gathered funds and are airing “Vote No!” radio ads prior to the distribution of ballots to all retirees and survivors of retirees. Many are especially upset over the requirement in the agreement that all appeals on the constitutional issues be dropped.Organizing by the “Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee,” a rank-and-file group, along with other organizations, is in high gear for a series of May 1 rallies and marches to denounce the cuts and other attacks on the working class of Detroit.Crisis manufactured to go after pensionsWhile the emergency manager is eager to go after annuity funds that he has labelled excessive, he refuses to consider going after $300 million paid out to Bank of America and the United Bank of Switzerland. These bankers were responsible for illegal “bond swap” practices that contributed to the financial crisis in Detroit. Instead, with Judge Rhodes’ approval, Detroiters will now pay an additional $85 million to these two criminal banks.Another $500 million was paid out by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department two years ago to settle another crooked bond swap deal, yet no officials even mention making an attempt to recover those funds. Nor is there any discussion in the court of going after hundreds of millions of dollars owed by the state of Michigan to Detroit in revenue-sharing funds never paid to the city. Tens of millions owed by banks on foreclosed properties have also never been pursued.Many retirees have asked how it was possible to go from threatening to take 84 percent, to 34 percent, and now 4.5 percent. If that is the case, then perhaps they don’t need to take any money from retirees at all!Part of the reduction is reported to have come from a “recalculation” of the expected return from pension fund investments over the next decades. While no one can accurately predict that figure, the emergency manager based his initial calculations on a figure of 6.25 percent. Now he is using a figure of 6.75 percent. This small change wipes out much of the deficit. But the same firm that advised Detroit’s emergency manager also estimated that Florida’s state pension fund could safely assume an 8 percent rate of return. The conclusion is inescapable that the entire Detroit bankruptcy was manufactured, probably for the goal of looting the pension funds.By getting the retiree associations to drop their lawsuits, the Wall Street sharks hope to set a precedent for the whole country that pension funds are up for grabs.Detroit workers continue to fight under the slogan “Hands off my pension,” demanding that it should be the banks that pay for their own crisis. Plans have been announced for a July 24 national demonstration in Detroit at the start of the final trial on the bankruptcy.Sole is a retired city of Detroit employee and past president of SCATA-United Auto Workers Local 2334 at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. He is a founder of the “Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee” and a legal party of interest in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
August-barometer-dropsThere has been a significant drop in the most recent Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, and both the current conditions and future expectation indices contributed to the decline. The August barometer dipped 29 points to a total of 124. Expectations for the future seemed to dominate this month’s drop.“The Index of Future Expectations fell to a reading of 125 compared to 159 a month earlier. The Index of Current Conditions also fell from a reading of 141 a month ago to 122 in the month of August,” said Jim Mintert, principal investigator and director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.He explained that the sharp drop in many commodity prices in July and parts of August dominated farmer sentiment. But trade is a major factor as well. Since March the monthly survey of 400 U.S. farm producers has asked whether the trade dispute with China will be settled soon.“Initially 45 percent of the farmers said that they expected a quick resolution to the soybean trade dispute, but that has dropped off significantly in recent months,” he explained. “In the August survey, the percentage expecting a quick resolution actually rose a bit compared to the prior month, hitting 29 percent compared to 22 percent earlier. We followed up by asking farmers if they expect this soybean trade dispute with China to be resolved in a way that’s beneficial to U.S. agriculture. The percentage of farmers expecting a beneficial outcome declined this month from 78 percent in July to 72 percent in August, and the percentage expecting an unfavorable outcome rose from 19 to 25 percent here in August.”The survey was conducted between August 12 and August 20, 2019, so almost all of responses came after the USDA August 12 Crop Production report. Producers were asked about the Market Facilitation Program payments, and 71 percent felt this new round of MFP payments will either “completely or somewhat relieve” their concerns about tariffs’ impact on 2019 farm income. But 29 percent said it doesn’t alleviate their concerns at all.As for next year, over half of respondents expect more assistance then too. Fifty-eight percent of farmers in the August survey said they expect another MFP payment to be made to U.S. farmers for the 2020 crop year. That would suggest a majority of farmers are counting on payments from USDA helping to make up future income shortfalls.This month’s report also discusses whether producers feel now is a good or bad time to make large investments in their farming operations and their expectations for farmland values. See the barometer details at https://purdue.ag/agbarometer.Source: Purdue News Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Commodity Prices and Trade Weigh on Ag Economy Barometer SHARE Commodity Prices and Trade Weigh on Ag Economy Barometer Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleIndiana Crop Progress: Not Much ChangeNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for September 4, 2019 Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Sep 3, 2019
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Required fields are marked * Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Cover Story Rosedale in the San Gabriel Valley A Vibrant, Thriving Community with an Array of New Home Opportunities and Spectacular Recreation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 3:42 pm Community News Subscribe Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website First Heatwave Expected Next Week Homebuyers continue to generate incredible demand for Rosedale, where a diversity of brand new neighborhoods, private resort-style recreation and a convenient San Gabriel Valley location surrounded by natural scenery make this master-planned community the only place to be. Now is a smart time to discover the impressive selection of attached and single-family detached new home opportunities that are priced from the low $300,000s to the low $700,000s. Start looking forward to a vibrant, social lifestyle within Rosedale, recently ranked in a prestigious nationwide survey as one of the countryâ€™s top 50 best-selling communities for 2012.â€œOne of the most exciting aspects of Rosedale is that there is always something new happening, which creates a tremendous sense of energy and optimism among residents as well as prospective homebuyers,â€ said Carina Hathaway, Vice President of Marketing for Rosedale Land Partners, LLC, the developer of Rosedale. â€œFor instance, on April 13th, the community celebrated another milestone with the Model Grand Opening of Wisteria by Christopher Homes, a brand new luxury detached home collection that offers the largest floorplans within this beautiful master plan. Homebuyers who prefer the low maintenance benefits of an attached design are strongly encouraged to visit the popular Gardenia neighborhood by William Lyon Homes, currently offering the only townhome designs for sale in Rosedale. Donâ€™t miss the chance to purchase in the final phase at Gardenia and visit soon to take advantage of attainable pricing for first-time buyers.â€â€œFantastic things are happening at Rosedale and this spring is the perfect season to discover incredible new home values, natural tranquility and recreational amenities that have made Rosedale a homebuyer favorite. A variety of new home neighborhoods are coming this summer and two additional parks will be completed this year, further enhancing the communityâ€™s vibrant lifestyle and dramatic evolution,â€ Hathaway added.Visit Rosedale and discover new home neighborhoods by leading homebuilders. Homebuyers can choose from contemporary two-story townhomes and luxury single-family luxury residences that range from approximately 1,346 to 3,900 square feet, with two to six bedrooms and two to 5.5 bathrooms.Located on more than 500 acres of land, an extensive trail system links Rosedaleâ€™s neighborhoods to surrounding trails for hiking, mountain biking and walking, including the scenic Garcia Trail. The Central Arroyo, 13.5 acres of open space that runs through the community, features a trail system that links neighborhoods to each other, creating a sense of connection and familiarity among residents.Rosedaleâ€™s completed and planned recreational amenities will offer 10 neighborhood parks including the future 5.5-acre Promenade Park, which will have lighted youth sports fields, basketball and multi-use courts. The centerpiece of the community is the two-acre Resort that features an approximate 4,500 square-foot private clubhouse and two-acre recreation center with state-of-the-art fitness center, Junior Olympic swimming pool, spa, childrenâ€™s wading pool and a recreation area that features trellises, an outdoor fireplace and barbecue grills.The communityâ€™s convenient setting near the I-10 and 210 corridors offers homebuyers easy accessibility from downtown LA to Orange and San Bernardino counties. Rosedaleâ€™s location places residents within close proximity of Old Town Pasadenaâ€™s boutiques and cafes, as well as Westfield Santa Anita Fashion Square, Westfield West Covina, Home Depot, Target, Trader Joeâ€™s and Costco.The future Metro Gold Line boarding station is also scheduled to open in 2015. Located between Citrus Avenue and Palm Drive, the station will be within walking distance for residents of this new community, an easy, cost-efficient alternative for homeowners who prefer the convenience of light rail transportation for their weekday work commute. For more information, visit www.foothillextension.org. Prices are effective as of the date of publication. All homes are subject to prior sale. Prices and availability of homes are subject to change without notice.To visit Rosedale from Pasadena, take the I-210 traveling east and exit Azusa Ave. Head north into the foothills. Turn right on Sierra Madre Ave. to enter the community. From San Bernardino and Riverside counties, take the I-210 west, or the I-10, I-60 to the I-57 north and proceed to the I-210 west and exit Azusa Ave. and head north into the foothills. Turn right on Sierra Madre Ave. to enter the community.For more information on Rosedale, visit LiveRosedale.com or call (800) 928-1275. 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Subscribe Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 11, 2014 1,164 Views Wells Fargo reported strong financials for the second quarter, driven in part by an uptick in mortgage lending and ongoing improvements in credit quality.The megabank reported $5.7 billion in net income for the quarter, up 4 percent over $5.5 billion a year prior. For the year’s first half, Wells Fargo took in $11.6 billion in net income, up nearly $1 billion compared to the same period in 2013.”Our strong results in the second quarter reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and our long-term focus on meeting the financial needs of our customers,” said John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of the bank. “Our results also reflected strong credit quality driven by an improved economy, especially the housing market, and our continued risk discipline.”Coming from the nation’s biggest name in finance—and the first megabank to release Q2 results—Wells Fargo’s report serves as the first sign of how consumer lending fared throughout the quarter. Next on the schedule is Citigroup on July 14, followed by JPMorgan Chase on July 15.On the home lending side, Wells Fargo reported mortgage originations of $47 billion, up from $36 billion in the first quarter, with applications pulling up $12 billion to a total of $72 billion.The bank’s application pipeline also nudged up to $30 billion as of the end of June compared to $27 billion at the end of the first quarter.Meanwhile, the bank reported another $500 million reserve release, reflecting improvements in credit quality as a result of the housing recovery. Charge-offs on bad loans also declined from the first quarter, falling to $717 million from $825 million before.”Credit performance continued to improve in the second quarter as credit losses remained at historically low levels, nonperforming assets continued to decrease and we continued to originate high quality loans,” said Mike Loughlin, chief risk officer.Loughlin added that the bank continues to expect future reserve releases, though not as high “as the rate of credit improvement slows and the loan portfolio continues to grow.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Tagged with: Economic Recovery Quarterly Earnings Report Wells Fargo Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: New Home Purchases Drop in June Next: CFPB Issues Guidance to Prevent Consumer Protection Work-Around Economic Recovery Quarterly Earnings Report Wells Fargo 2014-07-11 Tory Barringer The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo Financial Report Reinforces Recovery Wells Fargo Financial Report Reinforces Recovery
News Updates’The Appellant And The Prosecutrix Are Ready To Solemnize Marriage’, MP HC Grants 2-Month Bail To Rape Accused To Marry Complainant [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay5 Sep 2020 1:46 AMShare This – xThe Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore Bench) on Wednesday (02nd September) granted temporary two-month bail to a man (appellant) so that during this period the appellant can solemnize the marriage with the prosecutrix/complainant.The bench of Justice S.K. Awasthi was hearing the plea of the appellant who had preferred an appeal under Section 14-A (2) of the SC/ST (PA) Act, 1989, feeling…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore Bench) on Wednesday (02nd September) granted temporary two-month bail to a man (appellant) so that during this period the appellant can solemnize the marriage with the prosecutrix/complainant.The bench of Justice S.K. Awasthi was hearing the plea of the appellant who had preferred an appeal under Section 14-A (2) of the SC/ST (PA) Act, 1989, feeling aggrieved with the order dated 25.05.2020, rendered by Special Judge Dewas, District Dewas, in Bail No.217/2020 whereby his prayer for regular bail was declined.Notably, the appellant was accused of repeatedly raping her (the prosecutrix). On the insistence of appellant, the prosecutrix had even divorced her husband and thereafter the appellant went back on his promise to marry her.The background of the caseAppellant was arrested on 12.02.2020 in connection with the crime No.113/2020 registered at Police-Station City Kotwali, District Dewas in relation to offence punishable under Sections 376 2(N), 506 of I.P.C., and 3(1) (W-II), 3(2)(V), 3(2)(V-a) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) 1989.Submissions of the partiesAs per the prosecution’s case, the prosecutrix had lodged an FIR alleging that the appellant committed rape upon her on the pretext of marriage.The counsel for the appellant submitted that he was innocent and he was falsely implicated in the present crime. It was argued that the prosecutrix is a married lady.The prosecutrix made allegations against the appellant in her statements recorded under Section 164 of Cr.P.C. that she was having a love affair with the appellant and he made physical relation with her first on 15.02.2017, thereafter, he started coming to her house regularly and continued to have physical relationship with her.On the insistence of appellant, she divorced her husband and thereafter the appellant refused to marry her.It was further submitted that now the family members of both the parties were ready to solemnize their marriage and in this regard, the prosecutrix also gave an affidavit before the Court.Looking to the aforesaid, the counsel for the appellant prayed for grant of bail to the appellant.Court’s ObservationThe court in its order stated,”Looking at the fact that the appellant and the prosecutrix are major and now they are ready to solemnize the marriage. In these circumstances, the present appeal is allowed in part and the appellant is granted temporary bail for a period of two months from the date of his release so that during this period the appellant can solemnize the marriage with the prosecutrix.” (emphasis supplied)Consequently, setting aside the impugned order, the appeal was allowed in part. It was directed that the appellant shall be released on bail on the execution of personal bond in the sum of Rs.50,000 (Rupees Fifty thousand only) with a solvent surety in the like amount to the satisfaction of the learned trial Court and the appellant shall surrender before the trial Court on 03.11.2020 and shall also abide by the conditions enumerated under Section 437 (3) of Cr.P.CClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
Despite considerable research on biological invasions, key areas remain poorly explored, especially ways to reduce unintentional propagule transfer. The Antarctic represents a microcosm of the situation, with the numbers of established non-native species growing. Information to help reduce potential impacts is therefore critical. We measured the propagule load of seeds, and fragments of bryophytes and lichens (the number of other plant or animal fragments was too low to draw any conclusions) carried in the clothing and gear of visitors to the Antarctic, during the 2007/08 austral summer. Samples were collected from different categories of visitors associated with national research programs and tourism and different categories of clothing and gear, new as well as used. We also collected information about the timing of travel and the regions visitors had travelled to prior to Antarctic travel. Seeds were found in 20% and 45% of tourist and science visitor samples, respectively. For bryophyte and lichen fragments the proportions were 11% and 20%, respectively. Footwear, trousers and bags belonging to field scientists were the highest risk items, especially of those personnel which had previously visited protected areas, parklands/botanic gardens or alpine areas. Tourists who visited rural/agricultural areas prior to travel, and/or travel with national programs or on smaller tourist vessels had the highest probability of transferring plant propagules. Travel either during the boreal or austral autumn months increased the probability of propagule presence. Our assessment is applicable to other areas given evidence of propagule transfer patterns in those areas that are broadly similar to those documented here. The current work provides a sound evidence base for both self-regulation (e.g. taking care of personal equipment) and organization-based regulation (e.g. issuing guidelines and holding regular inspections) to reduce propagule transfer of plants to the Antarctic.
COA Reverses Judgment Against State Farm, Finds Trial Court Erred In Excluding Evidenceby Olivia Covington for indianaLawerThe Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a judgment Tuesday against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. after finding that a trial court erred in excluding evidence that could have proven the insurance company did not play a role in an accident that led to the plaintiff suffering from severe migraine headaches.State Farm appealed in the case of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Sean Woodgett, 18A02-1505-CT-292, after the Delaware Circuit Court entered judgment in favor of Sean Woodgett for $85,000 against State Farm and Timmie Storms, whose vehicle struck Woodgett’s van from behind in September 2011, forcing the van to roll into the back of another vehicle. Woodgett had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage at the time of the accident.Woodgett was taken to the hospital and treated for neck pain and headaches. After undergoing physical therapy, Woodgett reported in February 2012 that his headaches were slight and came infrequently, but later began visiting a neurologist in 2013 for very severe headaches three to four times a week. The neurologist, Dr. Wuff, eventually diagnosed Woodgett with migraines.Woodgett filed for damages against Storms and State Farm in 2013 and moved in the 2015 trial that State Farm be precluded from presenting evidence related to another accident Woodgett was involved in during the fall of 2012.Counsel for State Farm alleged that Woodgett’s increasing headaches, which he first reported in January 2013, were related to the second accident in 2012. But the Delaware Circuit Court ruled that there was no medical evidence that directly spoke to the issues of the injury Woodgett suffered after the second accident and, thus, granted Woodgett’s motion, prompting State Farm’s appeal after the court entered judgment in favor of Woodgett.In its reversal, the Court of Appeals wrote that a logical nexus existed between the second accident and the subsequent migraine headaches. That nexus was sufficient enough to show that the second accident was the possible cause of the migraines and, thus, that the trial court abused its discretion in excluding evidence of the second accident, the Court of Appeals wrote.Further, the court wrote that the trial court’s error was inconsistent with substantial justice.“This exclusion went to the heart of the matter that the jury was asked to decide – the extent to which Woodgett’s accident with Storms caused the headaches experienced by Woodgett and, in particular, the severe migraine headaches,” the Court of Appeals wrote.The Court of Appeals remanded the case for further proceedings.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Results of the Mount Carmel Lyceum bowling league from April 25th are as follows:Individual high games for the week went to: Robert Lesiak 247; Jack Nilan 239; Robert Magarban 225; David Magarban 201; Al Gill 199; Harry Ashe 181; Adam Konecko 178; Artie Bernard Jr. 178; Frank Giovinazzo 177; Frank Polomski 172; Ken Korzun 168; Steve Mallardi Jr. 168. In team results: I.B.E.W. Local 94 took 5 points from Supreme Tours; John’s Midtown Tavern took 5 points from I.B.E.W. Local 94; Supreme Tours took 5 points from Fryczynski’s Funeral Home; Amspec Services took 5 points from Dworzanski’s Funeral Home.
moe. has always been a band that likes to keep things interesting, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek moments having been displayed throughout their history. The band once again delivered a moment of levity during their soundcheck at this year’s moe.down Festival when they covered “Chalk Dust Torture” by Phish.Though not the first time the band has covered Phish, it’s always a fun moe.ment to catch. At one point during the song, Al Schnier jokingly remarks “You paid for this, people.” There were plenty of incredible moments and highlights at this year’s moe.down. Check out L4LM’s contributor Rex Thomson’s recount of the top moe.ments from this year’s moe.down. Take a listen to the cover below, courtesy of peteforgets:[cover photo courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography]
Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of New York City’s Families and Work Institute (FWI), has spent decades analyzing more than 1,000 research studies and interviewing leaders in neuroscience and child development, including Harvard’s Jack Shonkoff, Charles Nelson, and Heidelise Als. The result of that career-long effort is “Mind in the Making,” Galinsky’s guide for teachers and parents who want clear-cut strategies for helping their kids succeed in school and life.On Dec. 2, Galinsky talked with nearly 60 teachers, principals, child-care providers, and parents at Harvard Business School’s Spangler Center about the “seven essential life skills every child needs.” She also shared video shorts of primary research conducted at universities throughout North America and discussed strategies for promoting the skills that naturally emerge in all children.The presentation was a result of Harvard’s relationship with Galinsky and FWI, which began in 2007, when the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI), United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Connected Beginnings Training Institute joined forces to bring the Mind in the Making training program to the state. The 12-part, 30-hour training program was built on the foundational research of the book, but is delivered through an intense hands-on and reflective experience. Since 2007, the partnership among HASI, United Way, and Connected Beginnings has trained more than 700 educators and providers throughout Massachusetts. As part of the work, HASI led the first public school pilot of Mind in the Making in the nation, and currently is training teachers, paraprofessionals, and principals in three Boston public schools — Marshall Elementary School, Russell Elementary School, and E. Greenwood Leadership Academy.In one video, the work of Stanford’s Carol Dweck shows middle school-aged children working on simple puzzles. During the experiment, some children are praised for their effort and strategy in completing the puzzle, while others are praised for their intelligence. When the children are faced with the choice to complete another simple puzzle or take on a more challenging one, those praised for their effort choose the challenge, while the children who were told how smart they are select the simpler one.During the Q&A a teacher from the audience asked Galinsky what to do when older children won’t take on new challenges.“Help the student articulate a goal,” Galinsky said, “then support the work and effort toward that goal, rather than the final product. This will help move the student to a growth mindset and away from completing tasks only he or she feels confident to complete successfully.”After the presentation, Teresa Harvey-Jackson, principal of the Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester, praised Galinsky for her work, but said the public school system needs to see the research applied in a more hands-on way. “We feel very fortunate to have the comprehensive training brought to us by Harvard, because as great as I’m sure this is, we need more support than just a book.”Galinsky shared plans for a “Mind in the Making” activity guide and companion DVD that she hopes will be released this summer, as well as updates to the more intensive training in which Harvey-Jackson is participating.“The good news for all of us,” Galinsky ended, “is that any child can learn and any adult can promote a love of learning without fancy tools or toys. And although supporting kids earlier is better, it’s never too late.”