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  • Mike Blair picks his top five No 9’s

    first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Putting the boot in: Mike Blair dispatches a box kick for Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership Mike Blair is a HSBC ambassador who was talking ahead of the Glasgow Round of the HSBC Sevens World Series To read our exclusive review of the Hong Kong Sevens, pick up the June edition of Rugby World – on sale May 6! Best passer of the ball: Bryan RedpathBryan was always the guy you wanted to pass like. He was very sharp off both hands and had a real whip to his pass, which, let’s not forget is one of the key ingredients of the nine’s role. It was only recently I realised he was the highest scoring scrum-half in the Premiership, until Danny Care recently broke it with 35-odd tries. My Scotland career started at the tail end of his, so I spent a year with him. His relationship with Gregor Townsend was very important. He gave him that extra millisecond of time and his snappy service also helped the likes of John Leslie and Alan Tait run onto the ball. After he left the Scotland he had a fantastic few years at Sale, which showed his class.Mr Whippy: Bryan Redpath had a superb passBest for intelligence: Will GeniaWill Genia is a very clever rugby player. I first noticed him at 19 or 20, before he came to influence the Wallabies. At the breakdown, he’d produce these sumptuous Gregan-like flip-balls and bring Digby Ioane into play, that’s when I knew he had something about him. He has an uncanny knack of bringing others into the game, challenges the line really well and always picks the right options. He has adapted his game over the years. As nine’s are now expected to have a better tactical kicking game, and he’s adapted his game accordingly to move with the times. Imagine the perfect prototype scrum-half with the whippiest pass, most resolute defence, oodles of game intelligence and sheer force of will, well Mike Blair has done just that as he’s picked all-time top five No 9’s Experienced: Mike BlairHe’s Scotland’s most capped scrum-half, has played at three World Cups and is a British and Irish Lion. Throw in domestic stints in Scotland, France and England and you’d expect Newcastle Falcons No 9 Mike Blair to have a fair few options as he picks five of the finest No 9’s he’s faced…Best for physicality: Justin Marshall“Whereas Will Genia looks for space, Marshall loved taking the ball into contact and looking for offloads. He was a very smart rugby player who read the game extremely well. He didn’t have the most refined all-round skillset but he made up for it with his abrasive nature. In fact, his brawn around the breakdown was fundamental to the All Blacks success. He came over to the UK for his last few years of his career and I’m sure Mike Phillips would have picked up a few tips from him when he was at the Ospreys.”Best for bloody mindedness: Gary Armstrong “I was at my most impressionable stage between eight and 10 and that was when Armstrong was Scotland’s No 9 when they won the Grand Slam in 1990. He was absolutely key to that success and a really tough competitor. He hated losing. I actually played against him in 2004, when I was with Edinburgh at the start of my career and he was at the Borders. He’d lost his legs by then but I remember him punching me at the bottom of a ruck, as if to say, ‘I’ll show this young whippersnapper who’s boss’. He was giving me the treatment to see what I was made of which I’ll take as a compliment of sorts…”Defensive nine: Joost van der Westhuizen tacking Gary Armstrong. He redefined the No 9 positionBest for defence: Joost van der WesthuizenAlthough Joost was rightly renowned as a try-scorer – he was deadly from 5 metres out scoring something like 38 tries for the Springboks – I have clear memories of him taking Jonah Lomu down in the 1995 World Cup Final. Ask most aspiring young scrum-halves who they looked up to as a kid, and his was the name that came up more often than not. At the time, he was physically intimidating for a scrum-half so to see a scrum-half tackling like that was a real eye-opener. In a way, he redefined the role for others to follow. Like Justin Marshall, if you looked at his skill-set for a nine, it wasn’t the strongest, but as a competitor he was absolutely ferocious. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

  • Church Mission Society seeks 1,000 new missionaries

    first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missionaries Through its Free.In.Deed campaign, the Church Mission Society is seeking to recruit 1,000 new missionaries to follow in the footsteps of pioneers like William Wilberforce and Samuel Crowther.[Anglican Communion News Service] Ambitious plans to recruit 1,000 new missionaries to follow in the footsteps of pioneers like William Wilberforce and Samuel Crowther have been unveiled by the Church Mission Society (CMS). The Free.In.Deed campaign is “based on the belief that all Christians are called by God into mission,” the Anglican mission agency says as it seeks to identify a “new generation of Christian missionaries who will cross cultures and even continents to bring change, hope and freedom to the world.”The Free.In.Deed campaign is targeting individual Christians and local churches to find “a wave of people who are passionate about communicating the Christian message to this generation,” a CMS spokesperson said.“For many Christians ‘calling’ is a nebulous concept, shrouded in uncertainty and religiosity,” CMS’ executive leader, Philip Mounstephen, said. “The Free.In.Deed campaign aims to change that and revitalize our relationship with mission so we don’t just see it as a responsibility to be taken seriously but rather a privilege to be called to.“If every Christian put their mission call in action, the world would be a very different place – the love of Christ would renew people and places, pioneer leaders would be forging new paths of transformation, people on the margin would flourish, the healing of creation would begin.“This campaign is more about the ‘friend in the pub’ than the ‘man in the pew’, and is calling out ordinary people, with a passion to serve their community, both here in the UK and overseas.”The agency’s church engagement manager, Thomas Fowler, said: “The search is on to find 1,000 new missionaries. . . For some that call will mean crossing the street but for others the call will require them to cross a continent.”CMS say that the campaign will “help Christians recognize God’s call to mission on their life” and set people “free to fulfill their calling, both practically and creatively, in a relevant context.”It says: “On taking part in Free.In.Deed people will be shown how to explore their unique talents, abilities and passions, through a vocational training program incorporating webinars, expert tuition, training as well as a new resources hub, to help prepare them for the future.”Click here for more information about the Free.In.Deed campaign and the Church Mission Society. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Church Mission Society seeks 1,000 new missionaries Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Anglican Communion, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis By Gavin DrakePosted Jul 1, 2016 last_img read more

  • Sharks vs Lions Highlights – Super Rugby Round 3

    first_imgFriday Mar 16, 2012 Sharks vs Lions Highlights – Super Rugby Round 3 Highlights of the Sharks’ 32-20 win over the Lions in DurbanYou can use the Super Rugby Extra category link for all Super Rugby highlights clips.Follow RD on Twitter and Facebook to get all the updatesADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2012 Highlights Related Articles 465 WEEKS AGO Bulls vs Lions Highlights – Super Rugby Round… 465 WEEKS AGO Sharks vs Cheetahs – Super Rugby Round 18… 465 WEEKS AGO Stormers vs Rebels Highlights – Super Rugby… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

  • Facebook bans RNIB sight loss video advert

    first_imgFacebook bans RNIB sight loss video advert Howard Lake | 30 September 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Facebook has refused to accept a video advert by RNIB promoting its See the Need campaign because it breaks its guidelines on a Facebook advert that is“profane, vulgar, threatening or generates high negative feedback”.The advert, which RNIB was going to pay Facebook to be published, features a close-up of a woman who is on the verge of tears. A narrator explains that she has just been told that she will lose her sight. There are no shocking images or sounds, just the image of one person reacting to devastating news.When RNIB queried the ban, they were told by a Facebook staff member, according to The Guardian, that ““Ads should not single out individuals or degrade people. We don’t accept language like ‘fear of losing your sight, losing your job?’ and the like”. Instead, Facebook preferred adverts that presented information in a “neutral or positive way”.The advert has been posted on RNIB’s YouTube channel and has been viewed nearly 60,000 times.  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  147 total views,  1 views today Update 30 September 2015, 12.22Facebook has reviewed the video and now approved it to appear on its advertising network.A Facebook spokesperson said:“Facebook is a place for people and organisations to campaign for the things that matter to them, and the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s video ad is a great example of that. In this instance we made a mistake, and have contacted the charity to let them know and to apologise for any inconvenience caused”. Advertisement [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube]The See the Need campaign was launched earlier this month. RNIB is campaigning for every eye department in the UK to have access to a sight loss adviser, a specially trained member of staff who can provide practical and emotional support to patients who have just found out they’re losing their sight.There is no fundraising element to the campaign, but many charities use Facebook to promote fundraising campaigns, both on a paid-for and organic basis.Facebook’s advertising policies make it clear that they aim to protect their audience and strike a balance between letting organisations get their message across but in a way in which its global community feels comfortable with. 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. Tagged with: Advertising Facebook Law / policylast_img read more

  • Giant Electronic Arts Acquires Pasadena-Based Games Developer Industrial Toys

    first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff 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 HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 Top of the News Community News 17 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business: Retail News Giant Electronic Arts Acquires Pasadena-Based Games Developer Industrial Toys From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 | 5:58 pmcenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Electronic Arts (EA) Inc., a digital interactive games developer based in Redwood City, has acquired Pasadena-based Industrial Toys, a creative team of experienced game makers.Led by Alex Seropian, founder and former CEO of Bungie Studios and former executive at Disney Interactive, the Industrial Toys team is known for developing unique game ideas for a variety of different devices. They are joining EA with a continued focus on bringing new game concepts to life, an EA press release said Monday.“Creating breakthrough games takes passionate developers and incredible creativity, and each time we’ve worked with the Industrial Toys team, we’ve been inspired by their unique approach,” said Samantha Ryan, SVP and Group GM with EA’s Worldwide Studios group. “We’re thrilled to have them join our studio organization, pursue new ideas together and bring amazing new games to our players.”The 14-person Industrial Toys studio will become part of EA’s Worldwide Studios organization, which is responsible for development of EA titles across all major platforms.The acquisition closed this month. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.EA posted a GAAP net revenue of $5.15 billion in fiscal year 2018. The company is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as The Sims, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS FIFA, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Dragon Age and Plants vs. Zombies.For more information about EA, visit Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Business Newslast_img read more

  • Work Gas Main Replacement Along Linda Vista Avenue Set to Begin

    first_img 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 Subscribe 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. More Cool Stuff Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * top box 2 Work Gas Main Replacement Along Linda Vista Avenue Set to Begin Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 5:02 pm Community News Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison said the installation of approximately 600 feet of gas main piping and 19 service laterals along Linda Vista Avenue could begin as soon as Wednesday, Feb. 6.Madison said his office received notice Tuesday morning about the installation work, which is part of a project to upgrade the natural gas distribution system, as part of the DIMP/DREAMS Main Replacement Program.The aim is to enhance the safety and reliability of the natural gas delivery system.The limits of the installation work are from Wabash Street to 1100 Linda Vista, and from 1140 Linda Vista to Afton Street.Construction is anticipated to be completed in March 2019, said Madison.This phase of the installation work is the second of a total of four phases along the east side of Linda Vista Avenue. The last phase is scheduled for completion by Nov. 2019. The affected roadway will be partially restored at the end of each phase, with an overall slurry treatment for all reaches at the end of the last phase.For any questions about the work, call Engineer Yannie Wu at the Pasadena Department of Public Works, at (626) 744-3762 or email [email protected] EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

  • Winsett Named Editor-in-Chief Of Professional Journal

    first_imgRebecca P. Winsett PhD, RN has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of the nursing and health professional journal Progress in Transplantation. This inter-professional journal is specific to clinicians working in donor procurement and management, pre- and post-transplant hospital care, and the long-term care of abdominal and thoracic donors and recipients. End stage renal, liver, heart, pancreatic, and bowel disease and subsequent organ transplantation is a highly specialized area of medicine in which state-of-the-art technology, research, and innovative techniques are used to address serious and complex medical problems. The journal accepts original research and clinical practice issues from nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychology, psychiatry, nutritionists, and donor, pre- and post- transplant coordinators.Dr. Winsett has been involved in transplant nursing since 1976 and has over 100 publications in transplantation. NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals has sponsored the journal since its inception in 1991. She began her new role April 11, 2016.  Dr. Winsett will continue her employment part-time with St. Mary’s as well.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Kluman & Balter

    first_imgJanuary is the time of year when most consumers are looking towards healthy products to kick-start their New Year. Bread is a low-fat food, packed with vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, folic acid and B vitamins, says Kluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Herts).The company says that a basic bread recipe can be transformed into a variety of specialist and healthy options by the addition of ingredients, such as nuts, seeds and spices and that these premium products command premium prices.The company has added a new multi-seed bread mix, imported from Germany, to its huge range of mixes, giving bakers the opportunity to develop their own signature lines.Included in the range are specialist items such as ciabatta mix, Bavarian rye mix, pumpkin bread mix and sunflower bread mix.”We are constantly updating and modifying our product portfolio, which already boasts over 1,000 lines,” says Danny Kluman, managing director. “Our dedicated fleet of vehicles takes orders to the customers exactly when and where they want them delivered.”last_img read more

  • What are bakers’ biggest worries over coronavirus?

    first_imgFinance and lower levels of customer demand are the biggest issues facing UK bakers during the Covid-19 crisis, a customer survey by Bako’s North Western Group has revealed.A third (33%) of respondents to the poll cited the lack of customer demand as a key issue, followed by finance (31%). The impact of contactless operation and social distancing was also high among concerns, with 20% citing these as an issue.A number of grants have been made available to bakeries and other businesses throughout the crisis, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and business rates relief, but some have struggled to access the funding.Availability of staff and ingredients was a much lesser concern, affecting only 5% and 6% of respondents respectively. A further 5% reported no issues as a result of coronavirus.The survey was conducted with a cross section of Bako North Western Group’s customers to analyse and gauge the impact that Covid-19 was having on their businesses.“The main findings from the surveys unsurprisingly were that many of our customers are finding it a real struggle to maintain their business operations at this time. They are facing many different challenges from staff availability to sourcing ingredients, but the overwhelming biggest issues businesses are having are around finance and simple lack of customers,” said group CEO Mike Tully.“Commentary as part of the survey shows our customers of all sizes, where possible, have adapted their operations in an effort to minimise the negative impact on their sales and profits.”He added that, based on the results and commentary provided by the bakeries surveyed, the most practical steps they can take at this time fall into three categories:Finance: the ability to be understanding and demonstrate flexibility around credit and payment termsProduct availability: the need to ensure plentiful stock of key lines to enable fulfilmentCommunication: the need to maintain an ongoing dialogue with customers to provide mutual understanding and cooperation.“Basically, the consensus seems to be, these are tough times.  But if we work together, we can get through this together,” Tully added.last_img read more

  • Plans in motion

    first_imgNeed a quick way to get around or to and from campus? An affordable, two-wheeled, sustainable option is on the way.Boston’s new bike-sharing program, Hubway, launches today (July 28), and University officials, in collaboration with the city of Cambridge, are planning to bring the program to Harvard’s main campus, possibly as early as this fall.Through the new system users can rent bikes from bicycle terminals around Boston.The University is sponsoring five of Boston’s Hubway stations. One is in the Longwood Medical area at the Avenue Louis Pasteur at Longwood Avenue. In Allston, there are stations at Soldiers Field Park, Barry’s Corner at 219 Western Ave., and Harvard Athletics at the corner of North Harvard Street and Soldiers Field Road. The final terminal, at the Harvard Innovation Lab (125 Western Ave.), will open when construction on the lab is completed later this year. Hubway is funded through government grants, sponsorships, station advertising, and user revenue.“Harvard is proud to support Boston’s launch of bike share and we look forward to its arrival in Cambridge,” said Harvard Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp. “The program fits perfectly with Harvard’s commitment to sustainable, environmentally friendly and healthy transportation options and will help us continue to reduce the University’s environmental footprint. We look forward to working closely with city officials in Boston and Cambridge to incorporate bike share locations across Harvard for the use and enjoyment of the campus community and the public.”Harvard is also committed to helping bring 14 Hubway terminals to Cambridge. The University has agreed to contribute to the establishment of four of these stations; they will be valuable additions to the transportation options available to the Harvard community.Harvard’s 12 Schools and various campuses have long supported cycling. Covered bike-parking stations are located at Francis Avenue and at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Longwood campuses. Bike racks throughout the Cambridge campus allow cyclists to lock their bikes while at class or work. In 2009, Harvard collaborated with the city of Boston on the design and implementation of bike lanes on North Harvard Street, and in 2010 the University collaborated with the city to stripe bike lanes and install a cycle track on Western Avenue.Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the city’s director of bicycle programs, Nicole Freedman (a former Olympic cyclist), introduced Hubway in a kickoff event today at City Hall Plaza. City officials hope to make the program the country’s biggest regional bike share network, expanding Hubway into Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville in the coming months.“This system is sustainable and affordable and will offer Harvard students, staff, and visitors an easy and convenient way to commute to campus or simply get from one part of campus to the other,” said Kris Locke, manager of Harvard’s CommuterChoice Program.Hubway is based on a Montreal system called BIXI (bicycle and taxi), in which riders use credit cards to release bikes from hundreds of terminals for short trips around the city.John Nolan, Harvard’s director of transportation services, experienced the BIXI system firsthand last year, and he is eager to bring its sister system to Boston and the Harvard community.  “The new regional Hubway bike-sharing system is an exciting new commuting option which enhances Harvard University’s CommuterChoice Program to deliver additional commuting alternatives to its faculty, staff, students and visitors.  This system will give Harvard the ability to better connect with areas of campus not as well served by current transit programs as well as enable more transit connections between existing public and private transit systems for Harvard affiliates and the general public. This program will also help to contribute to the University’s sustainability goals by reducing inter- and intracampus vehicle trips.”Boston’s Hubway has 61 terminals at various locations around the city and 610 bikes. Using a credit card, a rider can access a casual three-day or 24-hour membership and 30 minutes of free riding. Rates start at $2 for the next half hour and continue to increase the longer the bike is in use. Yearly memberships are available for a special introductory rate of $60 and offer riders discounts on usage fees after the free first half hour.Alta Bicycle Share, a Portland, Ore., company that specializes in managing and maintaining bike share programs, will operate Hubway. Alta will be responsible for all bike repairs as well as the installation and upkeep of the modular, solar-powered terminals that house the bikes. The stations, which are temporary and can be easily relocated, will be in service from March through November and removed during the winter months.The program builds on Menino’s efforts in recent years to make Boston more bike-friendly. The work has included the creation of more bike lanes, the installation of additional bike racks around the city, and bike safety and awareness campaigns. Menino himself has become a biking enthusiast, often taking to the streets in the early morning to cycle around his Hyde Park neighborhood.“It works because it is so convenient,” said Freedman, who emphasized the importance of using the bikes for short trips around town. “It is much better than driving, and much better than taking a cab.”last_img read more