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Income investing: here’s my ultimate 5-step guide to getting rich from dividends

first_imgIncome investing: here’s my ultimate 5-step guide to getting rich from dividends Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Jonathan Smith | Thursday, 17th December, 2020 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Income investing has become a very popular strategy in recent years. Low interest rates in the UK (cut down to just 0.1% earlier this year) mean that having cash sat in a savings account isn’t enough to counter inflation. If I received 0.1% interest but inflation was at 1%, the value of money was losing 0.9%. Such idle cash needs a better home to work harder.As an alternative, investors like myself bought stocks that paid out a regular dividend. This income can be calculated to work out a dividend yield. Despite several large businesses cutting dividends in 2020 due to the pandemic, the average FTSE 100 dividend yield is still above 3%. But how did I make the jump into trying to get rich from income investing?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Work out numbers and yieldsFirstly, I’d work out how much I can afford to invest in dividend paying stocks. There’s no point having a dream of making £100,000 in dividend income per year (enough to tick the box of getting rich) if I can only afford to invest £100 a month. Situations do change over time, but it’s important to be realistic in terms of how much I can invest. As the investments will be in stocks for the long term, the aim would be not to sell in the short term.Second, I need to figure out how much risk I’m comfortable taking on for income investing. The higher the dividend yield, often the more risky the income payout. Earlier this year, some stocks had a dividend yield in excess of 10% due to falling share prices. Ultimately, a lot of these companies had to cut the dividend payouts, reducing the yield. By contrast, Severn Trent and Admiral have yields around 4%. This is much lower, but both companies have what I would call ‘safe’ dividends that are unlikely to be cut.Reinvestment to boost income investing returnsOnce invested in income stocks, things don’t stop there. I’ll be receiving income payouts on a regular basis. In order to boost my chances of getting rich, I’d reinvest the dividends to begin with. This builds up my overall investment pot even without me putting any new money in. Over time, the reinvested income can start to add up. My fourth step is to be active on the stocks that I own. As 2020 has shown, share prices can be very volatile. Let’s say I bought a stock with a 5% dividend yield. One year later the share price has risen by 20%. I’ve seen another stock that has an attractive 7% dividend yield, with an undervalued share price. There’s nothing wrong in taking profit on the existing share and reinvesting in the other stock. Taking advantage of such opportunities can help dividend investing in the long term.Finally, the last step for income investing is to remember it’s a long-term strategy. Although reinvestment can be done regularly, my overall portfolio will take years to grow to a level whereby I can say that I’m rich. There’s nothing wrong with this, and it actually makes it more sustainable than other quick wins. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Admiral Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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DEC site leaps to top position in Hitwise’s humanitarian category

first_img9.cancer research3.51%  52 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people Research / statistics 10.samaritans3.22% Over the past few weeks the DEC’s Web site has been “one of the fastest-moving” of the sites that Hitwise monitors. From the week ending July 17, the site jumped 178 places; by July 24 it had reached the number one position in the Humanitarian category. The site’s market share achieved a similarly dramatic increase, jumping from less than 0.02% to more than 12% in the space of one week. Hitwise say that their daily data demonstrates the rapid impact of the DEC’s publicity and fundraising campaigns, which started on 20 July with fundraising appeals by celebrities. At its peak traffic to the DEC’s Web site reached almost 30% market share within the Humanitarian category. Hitwise’s data demonstrates the valuable role of PR and press in securing visitors to charities’ Web sites. The homepage of BBC News ( provided the most downstream traffic to the DEC Web site: delivering more than 10% of visits to the DEC Web site, BBC News even outperformed search engine Google, which generated 9%. The BBC Radio 4 pages also provided a substantial proportion of referrals, with 4.4% of traffic coming from Clearly, getting covered by major news organisations and in particular securing a link to your Web site in the “related links” element of these news items’ pages is very valuable.Hitwise have also shared the latest stats on the most popular search terms for Web sites in the humanitarian category. Search TermShare (%) relief9.05% About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. DEC site leaps to top position in Hitwise’s humanitarian category 8.sports relief3.95% The Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Web site has rapidly increased its market share of humanitarian/charity Web sites, according to online competitive intelligence company Hitwise United Kingdom.Hitwise’s research shows that DEC’s Sudan appeal has successfully attracted many people to its Web site, which carries both news on the humanitarian emergency in the Darfur region and the facility to donate online.Hitwise reports that during July and August 2004 there has been “a surge of traffic” towards the Web sites of charities and humanitarian organisations involved in Sudan. Advertisement 3.christian aid5.33% 6.nspcc4.80% Howard Lake | 17 August 2004 | News 4.amnesty international5.24% 7.vso4.65% 5.diabetes5.09% 2.oxfam6.39%last_img read more

Soybean Research Being done with Beans Growing in the Wild

first_img Facebook Twitter HAT USB-Tommy CarterTommy Carter(right)Lots of soybean researchers work with soybean genes to improve yield, composition and resistance to various pests. That includes U.S. Department of Agriculture soybean researcher Tommy Carter (right), but he’s doing it a little differently.Instead of working directly with genes from soybean varieties that farmers commonly plant, Carter works with genes from soybean lines that have been growing wild in China for thousands of years. He believes these wild lines hold valuable genetic diversity that can be used to improve current commercial varieties.“When the soybean was first domesticated from the annual wild soybean, only a few of the genes that were existing in all of the wild soybean were brought into the crop that we have today. What we left behind is a whole treasure trove of diversity that nobody’s ever tried to tap.”Thanks in part to the Soy Checkoff’s support of research, the national average soybean yield has increased by 15 bushels per acre since 1981.For more information on how checkoff-funded research benefits soybean farmers, visit www.UNITEDSOYBEAN.ORG. By Andy Eubank – Apr 20, 2015 Previous articleUsda Chief Veterinarian: Avian Flu May Spread Nationwide, Devastate The IndustryNext articleFinally Some Indiana Corn gets Planted Andy Eubank SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybean Research Being done with Beans Growing in the Wild SHARE Soybean Research Being done with Beans Growing in the Wild Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Michigan Sees Surge in 12-Month Sum of Completed Foreclosures

first_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Quandis Launches Website Aimed at Assisting Servicemembers Next: New York AG Announces App to Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Brian Honea completed foreclosures Michigan Serious Delinquency Rate 2014-12-05 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: completed foreclosures Michigan Serious Delinquency Rate The number of completed foreclosures in Michigan took a huge turn upward for the 12-month period ending October 31, jumping 55 percent from the 12-month total ending on September 30, according to CoreLogic’s October 2014 National Foreclosure Report released on Thursday.The Great Lakes State reported 45,000 foreclosure completions the 12-month period from November 2013 to October 2014, up from the total of 29,000 reported in September, according to CoreLogic. The number of completed foreclosures in Michigan for October was second only to Florida (118,000) among states.Michigan’s serious delinquency rate, or percentage of mortgage loans that are 90 days or more overdue, was reported at 3.2 percent for October 2014, a full percentage point below the national average of 4.2 percent, CoreLogic reported. Michigan’s foreclosure inventory, or the percentage of homes in any state of foreclosure, was 0.6 percent for October, also a full percentage point behind the national average of 1.6 percent.The 12-month sum of foreclosures for the period ending in October 2014 totaled slightly more than 561,000, according to CoreLogic. Completed foreclosures nationwide have declined for 36 consecutive months and are at their lowest level since October 2007.Just as they had in August and September, the same five states accounted for nearly half of all completed foreclosures during the 12-month period ending October 31, 2014, CoreLogic reported. Florida (118,000), Michigan (45,000), Texas (36,000), California (29,000), and Georgia (28,000) combined accounted for approximately 256,000 foreclosure completions for the 12-month period, or 45.6 percent of the nearly 561,000 completed foreclosures nationwide for that period, CoreLogic reported. Florida is the only one of those five states that is judicial, meaning the foreclosure process has to pass through the courts to be complete.The lowest totals of completed foreclosures for the 12-month period ending October 31, 2014, were in South Dakota (59), Washington, D.C. (70), North Dakota (257), West Virginia (515), and Wyoming (574), CoreLogic reported.Overall nationwide the number of completed foreclosures for the month of October plummeted 26.4 percent year-over-year and 34. 1 percent month-over-month, according to CoreLogic.center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Michigan Sees Surge in 12-Month Sum of Completed Foreclosures The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Michigan Sees Surge in 12-Month Sum of Completed Foreclosures Related Articles December 5, 2014 738 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Blake says new drug driving push doesn’t go far enough

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Blake says new drug driving push doesn’t go far enough By News Highland – November 28, 2011 Twitter Roadside checks for drug-driving could be on the way from early in the New Year.The Irish Times this morning reports the tests will be fast-tracked as part of a crackdown on driving under the influence of prescription and illegal substances.Former Letterkenny Councillor PJ Blake is a member of the North West Regional Drugs Group, and has been a regular campaigner on this issue for many years.He says whole any focus on drug driving is to be welcomed, the fact remains that this new strategy does not provide for reliable electronic testing methods, and that remains a barrier to taking cases……….[podcast][/podcast] Newsx Adverts Google+ WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articlePringle “disappointed” by new Killybegs strategyNext articleStranorlar swimming pool takes a major step forward News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook Google+last_img read more

Fundraiser to be held for elderly family who were victims of robbery in Clady

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Google+ Fundraiser to be held for elderly family who were victims of robbery in Clady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleDonegal has highest rate of raw sewage pumped into the sea and riversNext articleCllr claims coastal erosion could affect Donegal airport runway News Highland Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – December 12, 2014 A fundraiser is to be held tonight for four elderly siblings who were the victims of a robbery near Clady three weeks ago.Ethna, Kathleen, James and Sam Spruole were in their rural home on Tullymoan Road when four masked men entered the farmyard.One of them wrestled one of the brothers to the ground, and then three of the men picked up a grape hoe and entered the house. The intruders got off with a small amount of money.The idea for the event, to be held in Christie’s Bar, came about following a discussion on Facebook. One of those helping organising the evening is Tommy Forbes:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Arbitration : Supreme Court Suggests Amendments To Sections 11(7), 37 To Bring Section 8 & 11 At Par On Appealability

first_imgTop StoriesArbitration : Supreme Court Suggests Amendments To Sections 11(7), 37 To Bring Section 8 & 11 At Par On Appealability LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 March 2021 8:29 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has observed that the amendments to Section 11(7) and 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 might be necessary so that the orders passed under Section 8 and 11 are brought on par as far as appealability is concerned.Section 8, which deals with the power of a court to refer parties to arbitration, was amended in 2015 to state that such reference should not be…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 Supreme Court has observed that the amendments to Section 11(7) and 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 might be necessary so that the orders passed under Section 8 and 11 are brought on par as far as appealability is concerned.Section 8, which deals with the power of a court to refer parties to arbitration, was amended in 2015 to state that such reference should not be made unless the court finds that prima facie a valid arbitration agreement exists.Also, Section 37 was amended in 2015 to allow for appeals against an order refusing to refer parties to arbitration under Section 8.These amendments were done on the basis of recommendations of the Law Commission of India. However, no amendment was made to Section 37 to allow appeal against an order refusing to appoint an arbitrator under Section 11 of the Act, despite the fact that such a recommendation was also made by the Law Commission.,As per the judgment of the Supreme Court in Vidya Drolia v Durga Trading Corporation, the Courts have to enter a prima facie satisfaction under both Section 8 and 11 regarding the existence of a valid arbitration agreement. While a finding against the existence of arbitration agreement under Section 8 is appealable, such a finding under Section 11 is not appealable.This was described as an “anomaly” by a division bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, BR Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy in the case Pravin Electricals Pvt Ltd v Galaxy Infra and Engineering Pvt Ltd.The judgment authored by Justice Nariman observed :”By a process of judicial interpretation, Vidya Drolia(supra) has now read the “prima facie test” into Section 11(6A)so as to bring the provisions of Sections 8(1) and 11(6) r/w11(6A) on par. Considering that Section 11(7) and Section 37have not been amended, an anomaly thus arises. Whereas in cases decided under Section 8, a refusal to refer parties to arbitration is appealable under Section 37(1)(a), a similar refusal to refer parties to arbitration under Section 11(6) read with Sections 6(A) and 7 is not appealable. In the light of what has been decided in Vidya Drolia (supra), Parliament may need to have a re-look at Section 11(7) and Section 37 so that orders made under Sections 8 and 11 are brought on par qua appealability as well”.The Court made these observation while considering a special leave petition filed against an order of a single bench of the Delhi High Court which appointed arbitrator under Section 11(6) of the Act.On facts, the Court found that the conclusive finding of the single judge regarding the existence of arbitration agreement was incorrect.Considering the complexity of facts, the top court observed that the question of validity of arbitration agreement has to be left to the arbitrator.”…we set aside the impugned judgment of the Delhi High Court in so far as it conclusively finds that there is an Arbitration Agreement between the parties”, the bench observed.Case DetailsCitation : Pravin Electricals Pvt Ltd v Galaxy Infra and Engineering Pvt Ltd.Bench : Justice RF Nariman, BR Gavai and Hrishikesh RoyAppearances : Senior Advocate Shyam Divan for appellant;  Senior Advocate Dhruv Mehta for respondentCitation : LL 2021 SC 147Click here to read/download the judgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Mere Language Problem Of A Party Not A Ground To Transfer A Case U/s 406 CrPC: Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesMere Language Problem Of A Party Not A Ground To Transfer A Case U/s 406 CrPC: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 May 2021 12:31 AMShare This – xA criminal case cannot be transferred under Section 406 CrPC merely because the party does not understand the language of the Court which has jurisdiction to hear the case, the Supreme Court held.The court observed thus while dismissing a transfer petition filed by one Rajkumar Sabu, against whom a criminal case is pending in Salem Court, that he is not being able to understand Tamil language, and therefore the case ought to be transferred to a Court in Delhi. He relied on the decision in Sri Jayendra Saraswathy Swamigal (II), T.N. vs. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. [(2005) 8 SCC 771].Justice Aniruddha Bose noted that language was a factor considered in the case of Sri Jayendra Saraswathy Swamigal (supra), while selecting the Court to which the case was to be transferred.”….But language was not the criteria based on which transfer of the case was directed. The language factor weighed with this Court while deciding the forum to which the case was to be transferred after decision was taken to transfer the case for certain other reasons”, the court said.The court noted that the proceeding in the Salem Court has not been questioned by the petitioner on the ground of lack of jurisdiction but on the ground contemplated in Section 406 of the 1973 Code.”9…Jurisdiction under the aforesaid provision ought to be 18 sparingly used, as held in the case of Nahar Singh Yadav & Anr. vs. Union of India & Ors. [(2011) 1 SCC 307]. Such jurisdiction cannot be exercised on mere apprehension of one of the parties that justice would not be done in a given case. This was broadly the ratio in the case of Gurcharan Dass Chadha (supra). In my opinion if a Court hearing a case possesses the jurisdiction to proceed with the same, solely based on the fact that one of the parties to that case is unable to follow the language of that Court would not warrant exercise of jurisdiction of this Court under Section 406 of the 1973 Code. Records reveal that aid of translator is available in the Salem Court, which could overcome this difficulty. If required, the petitioner may take the aid of interpreter also, as may be available.”, the Court said.Convenience of one of the parties cannot be a ground for allowing his transfer application. The court added that convenience of one of the parties cannot be a ground for allowing his transfer application. 10…..Transfer of a criminal case under Section 406 of the 1973 Code can be directed when such transfer would be “expedient for the ends of justice”. This expression entails factors beyond mere convenience of the parties or one of them in conducting a case before a Court having jurisdiction to hear the case. The parties are related, and are essentially fighting commercial litigations filed in multiple jurisdictions. While instituting civil suits, both the parties had chosen fora, some of which were away from their primary places of business, or the main places of business of the defendants.The petitioner had also contended that it would be more convenient for the parties to conduct the proceeding in New Delhi as the civil suits (connected matters) are being heard in the Delhi High Court only”7… I shall proceed on the basis that the suits being heard by the Delhi High Court would have points which could overlap with those involved in the criminal case pending in the Salem Court. But that very fact, by itself, in my view, would not justify transfer of the said case. Substantial progress has been made in the said complaint before the Salem Court. So far as the subject-criminal case is concerned, the ground of overlapping points in any event cannot justify the petitioner’s case for transfer as even if the petition is allowed, the criminal case shall have to proceed in the Court of Judicial Magistrate and not in the High Court where the civil suits are being heard. Two different judicial fora would be hearing the civil cases and the criminal case. Whether the civil cases and the criminal case would continue together or not is not a question which falls for determination in this Transfer Petition. Moreover, it does not appear that earlier any complaint was made about the proceeding being carried on at Salem.”, the court said while dismissing the Transfer Petition.Case: Rajkumar Sabu Vs. Sabu Trade Private Limited [T.P.(Crl) 17 OF 202]Coram: Justice Aniruddha BoseCitation: LL 2021 SC 253Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentTagsSection 406 CrPC Code of Criminal Procedure Supreme Court Justice Aniruddha Bose Next Storylast_img read more

PSNI issue appeal for witnesses to serious crash outside Strabane

first_img Google+ Homepage BannerNews PSNI issue appeal for witnesses to serious crash outside Strabane Previous articleEpiscopal Ordination to take place tomorrow of new Bishop of RaphoeNext articleStephen Bradley disappointed with the goals ‘given away’ against Derry michael Facebook Police in Strabane are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision yesterday.The three vehicle crash occurred on the Mulvin Road between Strabane and Newtownstewart at approximately 4:40 yesterday afternoon.The road has since reopened.Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Police in Strabane on 101. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By michael – August 5, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

A 21st-century campus

first_imgThis is the second of four reports echoing key themes of The Harvard Campaign, examining what the University is accomplishing in those areas.In an odd way, the increasingly digital world is re-emphasizing the need for brick-and-mortar facilities that can properly support the continuing revolutions in learning.Harvard’s renewed development in Allston, the rejuvenated Science Center Plaza, a planned student center, and the newly renovated Quincy House ­— just renamed Stone Hall — illustrate the types of changes that will soon become commonplace elements of Harvard’s future campus.Straddling the Charles River and centered on the Old Yard and the undergraduate Houses, the future campus will stretch from recently built science facilities along Oxford Street and the new Harvard Law School building along Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge to the new ceramics studio in Barry’s Corner and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) project along Western Avenue in Allston.Supporting the development of a robust campus, one that can meet Harvard’s mission of innovative teaching, learning, and research while simultaneously fostering connections across the University and the broader community will be an important goal of The Harvard Campaign, said Harvard President Drew Faust during the launch of the fundraising effort on Saturday.“The future we face together calls for a campus that embodies and enables our ambitions for learning and discovery,” said Faust. “In Cambridge, in Longwood, and in Allston, what we can be depends fundamentally on the spaces we create, renew, and inhabit. We must shape our campus for the next century with spaces that encourage collaboration, spaces that spur experimentation, that foster connections between Harvard’s boundlessly imaginative people and infinitely varied parts.”With its 21st-century “smart” classroom, Stone Hall illustrates how new and updated Harvard buildings will incorporate technology and flexibility to enhance teaching and learning. The classroom on the terrace level is outfitted with video screens, tablets, cameras, and additional cutting-edge technology, as well as movable desks to encourage collaboration.The hall’s reinvention, which includes physical improvements to enhance interactions among the students, faculty, and tutors living there, is just the first in a long-term effort to renew the undergraduate Houses while preserving their historic character and mission. Dunster will be the first House to be fully renewed, over 15 months beginning next June.“Supporting academic life in the College’s residential Houses is one of our top priorities,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).  “With more than five undergraduate classes already scheduled in the new classroom, Stone Hall is a terrific example of how we can reimagine previously unused spaces to encourage the intellectual and social programming that is essential to House life at Harvard.”Another plan is for a campus center. Faust recently said a donor for the facility has been secured, and the University will work with House masters, students, and administrators to begin planning the development in the coming months. The center, which is envisioned as part of Faust’s Common Spaces initiative to better integrate the University community, will include space for lectures and events.In Allston, Harvard’s institutional master plan calls for a network of green spaces and pedestrian pathways for the campus and community, building on the goal of extending community programming and improving public spaces. In addition, the Barry’s Corner Residential and Retail Commons will create 325 units of market-rate rental housing, and retail businesses to the heart of the area.SEAS faculty have been meeting for months to think through the types of physical spaces they will need along Western Avenue to ensure they continue to be a first-rate center of engineering research and teaching, immersed in a liberal arts College. Modern labs, classrooms designed for active learning, student gathering places, and versatile office spaces that can be used to develop start-ups will be part of the new complex.“Given recent growth in concentrators and course enrollments, SEAS needs additional and more flexible space in order to support our teaching and research missions,” said Cherry A. Murray, SEAS dean and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics. “Members of the SEAS faculty have been working on a vision for an expansion into Allston that will both accommodate near-term needs and allow us to extend our leadership in pedagogy and high-impact research.”Creating dynamic gathering spaces that encourage interaction, engagement, and community is the mission of the University’s 2009 Common Spaces program.“One of the important values of the Common Spaces initiative is to create a sense of belonging, both to Harvard and to the campus as a physical place,” said Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, who co-chaired the Common Spaces steering committee.Since renovations were completed in the spring, the Science Center Plaza has been buzzing with activity and programming. Table tennis and a life-sized checker and chessboard offer passersby a chance for fun and friendly competition. Inviting chairs, tables, and benches encourage faculty, students, staff, and members of the community to sit and relax. Musical performances are part of a rotating series of events scheduled for the area. Other programs include a regular farmers market and an autumn arts market.“It is quite astonishing how quickly a zone of transition, a crossing,” said Mostafavi, “has been transformed into a place of gathering for such an incredible diversity of users and functions.”While some projects will bring the campus together, others will also link Harvard more tightly to the surrounding community.One of those projects is the renovation and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums. The project, expected to be completed by next fall, was driven by Harvard’s mission to promote innovative teaching and learning. New features in the reimagined space framed by Quincy and Prescott streets include a series of teaching galleries and an expanded art study center on the museum’s fourth floor that will encourage students, faculty, and the community to spend time with pieces from the collection.“We know that the museums and our collections can be used to teach in powerful ways and not just for the art history specialists that they always have and will continue to serve,” said Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Our new galleries and an expansive art study center will offer the ability to engage with original works of art for students and faculty across all disciplines, as well as visitors and the community.”last_img read more