Fearless Uber Driver Stops Mid-Trip to Scoop Up Injured Hawk and Save It From the Highway

first_img“I put on the emergency lights and I jumped out and grabbed the hawk,” Eldilemi told the New York Daily News. “My passenger was surprised. He was like ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘Look, I’m gonna drop you off first and then do something with the bird.’”RELATED: Watch Olympic Sprinter Run Onto Busy Highway So He Can Save Tortoise From Traffic“I tell it, ‘Look, I’m going to save you,’” he added. “The bird just looked at me, like, friendly.”Eldilemi then drove all the way to Brooklyn with the bird held firmly in one arm. True to his word, he dropped off his human passenger before flagging down a police officer and handing off the bird.The officer put the hawk into a cage and transported it to the Wild Bird Fund of New York City. The hawk, which had likely been hurt from flying into a car or skyscraper, was named Taxi after rescuers mistakenly thought that she was rescued by a cab driver. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore This red-tailed hawk is no small bird of prey – but that didn’t stop a courageous Uber driver from lending a hand when he saw that it was injured on the side of a major highway earlier this month.58-year-old Kasim Eldilemi was in the middle of driving a passenger across the FDR Drive when he spotted the distressed hawk on the shoulder of the Manhattan road.Though some motorists were content to take pictures of the taloned creature from their windows, Eldilemi stopped his car so he could scoop the bird into his arms.center_img Taxi spent four days in recovery before she was deemed to be in good health and was released back into the wild from Central Park.Uber was quick to praise their courageous driver for rescuing the bird, saying: “Uber’s driver-partners do incredible things every day … but we’re particularly amazed by Kasim who ensured the hawk was safe.”MORE: Watch Good Samaritan Teenager Revive a Squirrel With CPR After it Ran Into His CarEldilemi, however, is humble of his rescue efforts.“This is an example for America,” he told the Daily News. “If I go to drive anywhere, and I see something — animal, human — I stop to help.”Be Sure And Fly This Story Over To Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Wild Bird FundAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Norwich University raises $70 million towards $100 million fundraising goal

first_imgNorwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has raised $70 million in year two of its five-year, $100 million “Forging the Future” capital campaign. University President Richard W Schneider made the announcement on Saturday to 720 alumni, donors, trustees, faculty and staff at a luncheon held in Kreitzberg Arena. Part of Homecoming festivities held October 1-4, the event launched Norwich’s “Year of Transformation,” the second themed year in the university’s five-year countdown to its 2019 Bicentennial. Norwich welcomed a record 2,000 alumni and guests throughout the weekend.Norwich University’s five-year, Forging the Future capital campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019. Funds will help further enhance the university’s strong financial footing as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.Norwich will use the $100 million to fund Mack Hall, a new, six-story academic building on campus; significantly renovate three academic buildings, Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; and grow scholarship endowments. Some $6.8M from the Forging the Future campaign has already been used to modernized the Norwich campus library to an epicenter of interactive, collaborative learning.“Nothing transforms people like education, and the Forging the Future campaign is going to transform the educational experience here at Norwich,” said General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59. A former Army Chief of Staff , Sullivan serves as chairman of the Norwich Board of Trustees. “Norwich was where I acquired the knowledge, the skills, the character, and the discipline, to be successful – not just in my military career, but in my life.”Fittingly, the largest campaign in Norwich’s history began with the university’s largest-ever donation. In April 2013, Colonel Jennifer Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.) H’07, president of the Tawani Foundation, committed $25 million to the Norwich University bicentennial campaign in a challenge match to current and former university board members.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu(link is external).    Source: Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. 10.5.2015last_img read more

Smith: Building community by closing the opportunity gap

first_imgby Dan Smith The heart of community is a sense of common experience. We build vital connections around those shared experiences. We experience community when we walk down the sidewalk, along a stone wall, on a dirt road, or up to the front doors of a local school. And we believe those experiences are held in common with those who walk alongside us, before us, and after us.And yet, there is something increasingly fragile about that. We can no longer assume that our neighbors see and feel the same things when they take those steps.As a community foundation, our role is to help donors find and fund the causes that matter in the places they care about. To do that well, we need to be able to answer questions about the ways in which philanthropy may be most able to make the greatest difference.Here is the thing: Despite the fact that we share community, we don’t all experience things the same way. If you were born in the 1940s, you had a 90% of earning more than your parents. If you were born in 1981 or after, that chance is 50%.Across our communities, it is not a given that our kids show up to kindergarten ready to learn. It is not a given that they get their homework done and come to school rested and well-fed. It is not a given that people decide to continue their education or training after high school. And it is not a given that we feel connected to each other and these places, or feel a shared sense of potential for the future when we walk down the street. None of this happens as a matter of course, despite what our own experience or network may reflect to us.There is a structural gap in opportunity that is present in Vermont and the communities of the Connecticut River Valley. That gap represents something that should make all of us uncomfortable—the idea that the odds of your success in life depend more on family and the geography of your birth than anything else.In Vermont, we have the highest poverty rate in New England among 18-34 year olds. In New Hampshire, through the research of the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH (with the support of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation), we know the percentage of the Coos County graduates who reported that it was easy to find a job in the county declined from 67% to 19% between 2009 and 2011. That’s nearly a 50% decline in a sense of opportunity.In any particular place, the systems that drive the experience of our neighbors are intertwined—and if they persist, the opportunity gap facing low-income youth and families will have longstanding civic, social, and economic consequences.At the Vermont Community Foundation, we have been challenging ourselves to consider these systems in communities across the state through focused engagement, local and regional partnerships, and a range of grantmaking and mission investing.Because of the remarkable work of community partners, there are seeds of momentum emerging. Take Springfield, a community long on both heart and challenges. This year, Springfield High School students needed a space to gather, not only for themselves but for the entire community. So, on their own initiative and supported by mentors in the classroom, these student leaders are making a new teen center a reality. In addition, the All 4 One program supports and strengthens before- and after-school as well as summer enrichment programs. The impact here is not just in the creation of the teen center—it is the leadership and experience of a group of young people who made something happen in their community. And at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, the Vermont Community Foundation helped bring people together for a youth and family wellness fair.Last year, the Vermont Community Foundation made an early grant to the Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC), which is focused on sparking the development of a local digital economy ecosystem by leveraging a 10-gigabyte fiber backbone, educating and training folks in digital skills, launching startups, and recruiting companies to the Park Street School Accelerator. Subsequently, BRIC has leveraged additional national philanthropy and public funding to continue its momentum.Increasingly, the Vermont Community Foundation is deploying mission investments—a vital tool to address the opportunity gap where it’s felt most acutely— to help achieve our philanthropic goals. We’ve partnered with Housing Vermont and the Springfield Housing Authority to reimagine the historic Woolson Block, situated in the heart of downtown Springfield on the banks of the Black River, as a mixed-use community anchor that will include affordable housing and retail space.In 2018, Let’s Grow Kids—a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation—made grants through its Make Way for Kids program to create 28 additional high-quality child care slots in the region. The Curtis Fund, another supporting organization, assisted 49 students in Windsor County with scholarships totaling $138,000. And, the Vermont Community Foundation—in conjunction with the Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund at the Community Foundation, and the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, another supporting organization—co-funded a computational-thinking curriculum in the Springfield School District.Through the work of the McClure Foundation, the Community College of Vermont (with academic centers in Wilder and Springfield) has become the single largest post-secondary grantee of the Community Foundation. This at a time when less than 2% of higher education giving supports two-year degree-granting institutions, even though roughly 50% of students are enrolled in two-year institutions.This is only a snapshot of the community building occurring in the Connecticut River Valley. There is much more energy and progress being made. Together, we share the conviction that the more people, organizations, and businesses can come together to confront the opportunity gap, the sooner we’ll rebuild the sense of common experience that connects neighbor to neighbor.Dan Smith is the president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundationlast_img read more

CDB wins top industry award for driving geothermal energy development in Region

first_img CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… CDB Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett noted that the small size and relative isolation of many of the CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) means that energy costs are high but the barriers to exploring geothermal and other indigenous energy potential are also enormous. “The high cost of energy impacts competitiveness in many BMCs and makes the economies especially vulnerable to oil price swings. For some time now, Caribbean governments have been supporting the use of our natural resources like geothermal to produce cleaner, lower-cost energy. However, the availability of appropriate financing, particularly in the exploration and development stages when the costs can be relatively high has been a major challenge. We have prioritised mobilising low-cost and concessionary financing to help kick-start geothermal expansion in our BMCs and so are especially pleased that our efforts in this area have been recognised.” CDB’s Head (acting) for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency, Joseph Williams collected the award on behalf of the CDB along with Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist and ‘lead architect’ for SEF at the IDB. The 6th GEOLAC, which was held in Santiago, Chile July 17-18, 2019, is the largest annual gathering of the regional geothermal market. Its awards highlight entities that are significantly advancing geothermal development in Latin America and the Caribbean. CDB’s GeoSmart Initiative aims to reduce the financial, technical and institutional barriers to geothermal energy development in five Eastern Caribbean states – St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica. It also helps governments build capacity and strengthen institutions so they can be better equipped to implement and manage geothermal energy initiatives. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 5, 2020 (CDB Press Release) The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is being lauded and awarded for its work advancing geothermal energy development in the Caribbean. On July 17, the Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC) gave CDB’s Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean (SEF) programme its top prize for Best Financing Programme at its GEOLAC Industry awards. SEF, which is developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and executed by CDB was specifically recognised for the financing which combines grant, contingently recoverable grant, and concessional loans resources coming through the IDB from Global Environmental Facility, Clean Technology Fund, and the Green Climate Fund. SEF also utilises IDB and CDB resources. SEF is one of the programmes under the CDB GeoSmart Initiative. You may be interested in…center_img Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Oct 2, 2020 IDB lends further support to CDB’s investments in regional energy security(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release)  – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than US$85M to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. CDB’s Board of Directors earlier in December approved acceptance of further financing under the Sustainable Energy…December 19, 2018In “CARICOM”Geothermal energy getting increasing attention in Eastern CaribbeanWhile appearing on the Government’s weekly radio and television programme “Working for You” on Wednesday, May 11, Dr. Devon Gardener, Programme Manager for Energy and Head of Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, said Caribbean islands can produce their own power. “The fact is that at the end…May 16, 2016In “CARICOM”CDB, IDB sign agreement for US$71.5M sustainable Eastern Caribbean energy programmeMIAMI, FLORIDA October 20, 2015 – More funding has been put in place to facilitate the growth of the renewable energy sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean; a  USD 71.5 million loan and grant package, was today signed by  Dr. William Warren Smith,…October 20, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Land Securities’ ‘Divided donut’ scheme approved

first_imgThe plans, which comprise a 615,000 sq ft scheme designed by Ken Shuttleworth’s Make, were approved by the City’s Planning and Transportation Committee.It will see the redevelopment of two 1960s buildings, Hillgate House and 50 Ludgate Hill, on an island site bounded by Old Bailey, Ludgate Hill and Limeburner Lane. Jones Lang LaSalle, DP9 and Gleeds are advising LandSecs on the site. Mike Hussey, managing director at Land Securities’ London Portfolio, said: ‘The new scheme at Old Bailey is an exciting design, with flexible floorplates which will appeal to the next wave of occupiers seeking high quality and efficient accommodation. As with the City of London, we expect interested parties to recognise the attention to detail and the potential for this building to be a strong contributor to the growing attraction of the City as a place to work’’last_img read more

20:20 Vision – What lies ahead?

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USACE Invites Comments on Bubbly Creek Plan

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District, has released for public comment the “Bubbly Creek, South Branch of the Chicago River, Illinois, Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment.” The draft report provides a recommendation by the District Engineer for an ecosystem restoration project for Bubbly Creek. The study was completed in partnership with the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development.“The restoration measures outlined in this report will not only benefit the ecosystem in the area, they will also allow increased uses of the waterway for residents and visitors,” said Col. Christopher T. Drew, Commander of the Chicago District. “I encourage the public to review and comment on the report.”A public meeting to provide additional information about the report and to seek input from the community is planned April 30, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Public Library, 3400 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Ill.[mappress mapid=”20300″]last_img read more

Maintaining our integrity

first_img Peter S Hughes, Hughes & Company, Tring I write to comment on Michael R Moore’s letter about referral fees. I qualified in 1976 and can relate to and empathise with all that he recounts – with the exception of his final paragraph. My firm has always refused to accept or pay referral fees. In my mind, to do so wholly compromises the independence and integrity of the profession. I was appalled when the Law Society first approved the practice and I have fought against it ever since. Yes, my firm has lost introductions from local estate agents and others who worship on the ‘altar of profit’. Few of my clients who have followed their recommendations have had the appetite to repeat the process and have returned to the fold. My response has always been to refuse to make introductions to those who will introduce work only upon the payment of a ‘bung’. My clients know that my firm has always jealously protected its independence and will act only in its clients’ best interests, and will not accept or pay financial or other inducements. We rely entirely on our reputation, the quality of our service and upon recommendation. While my firm does not aspire to Lexcel accreditation, we do keep a register of ‘approved suppliers’ and will only recommend those who have similar ‘professional standards’. Despite the apparent disadvantage of ‘fighting with one hand tied behind our back’ as suggested by Mr Moore, we have turned this apparent disadvantage to our benefit by gaining the reputation of being one of the few firms (if not the only one) in the locality with unquestionable integrity and independence. As a result, our practice proudly flourishes. I delight in the fact that our regulators appear, at last, to be discharging their duties of seeking to protect the integrity and independence of the profession. last_img read more

London Plan goes for growth

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Listen to students when it comes to university estates

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more