Archive | January, 2013

Safety concerns at Boston University

31 Jan

Boston has a reputation for being a pretty safe city. We have a large student population and an even larger academic community to sustain. However, recently a surprising number of muggings and attacks have been reported. Particularly around BU campus, several armed robberies have occurred over the last 6months.The weekend after winter recess ended, BU students were robbed in three separate incidents near the campus during a two-hour stretch during the late night and early morning hours of Jan. 18 and 19. Most recently, A BU research assistant was stabbed and robbed on late Tuesday night at the intersection of Brown and Pleasant St. This incident prompted BU administrators to increase campus security, reevaluate current procedure, and issue advisories to its community urging people to travel in groups at night and maintain awareness at all times. The thieves apparently target people walking alone and carrying small electronic devices such as Iphones, Ipads etc. Robert A. Brown, the university’s president, said patrols had been significantly bolstered after robberies in the fall and earlier this winter.
Officials continue to advise people to be vigilant; avoid poorly lit areas; get a ride ­instead of walking; walk in groups; avoid wearing headphones or displaying valuable devices like cellphones, tablets, and laptops. Students can also request to be escorted by campus security.

http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/01/31/police-step-patrols-after-latest-street-robbery-near-boston-university/MD6rVlzWOgk2usq0evr3IP/story.html

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Can you lose weight if you eat earlier?

30 Jan

That’s long been a matter of debate, but new research suggests that meal timing may play a role in determining a person’s body weight.

Researchers from Boston and Spain gave 420 overweight Spaniards a Mediterranean-style eating plan — based on fresh produce, legumes, fish, and whole grains to help lose weight.

While the amount of calories consumed and burned throughout the day didn’t differ significantly among the early and late eaters, the early eaters lost 22 pounds compared with 16.5 pounds for the late eaters.

Auto Show Drives Back to Boston

25 Jan

This month and next, Boston will be taken by land and by sea. In February, the New England Boat Show will come to town, but today, the largest car show in New England returns to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

This year’s New England International Auto Show (NEIAS) boasts 500 of the year’s newest models from around the world. Everything from luxurious Bentleys to specialty Chevys, and a wide variety of energy-efficient cars will be on display.

With hundreds of cars on the showroom floor, which ones should visitors keep an
eye out for?

Freezing weather.

24 Jan

The weird weather continues.
Though last week felt like summer in January, the warm temps could not last. Yesterday morning temps dropped into the teens and are expected to last through the weekend.
Though the current temperature is around 19degrees F during the day, it is expected to drop to 5 degrees later tonight and will most likely carry through the weekend.
In light of these extreme winter temps, the National Weather Service has issued some warnings and precautions to stay warm and avoid injury.
Here are a few tips:
+Dress warmly and limit time outside to avoid exposure.
+Avoid having any exposed skin that could suffer from frostbite.
+Cover your neck and lower face with a scarf etc.
+Limit alcohol consumption as it lowers the body’s ability to tolerate cold temperatures.
+Look out for elderly needing assistance.
+Be mindful that city code requires landlords to keep the heat on a minimum of 64degrees.
*if a landlord is unresponsive, call the city’s hotline 617.635.4500
Outreach workers will be checking on certain areas for people that need assistance.
Stay safe, stay warm.

Green Line Service Delayed due to Smoke

23 Jan

Today, on maybe the coldest day of the year, hundreds were evacuated from the green line because of smoke coming from an electrical box in one of the tunnels at around 8 am.  The green line service was then completely halted from Kenmore to Government Center, leaving many commuters out in the cold.  Firefighters responded early, but service still has not resumed as of 11 am.

President Barack Obama Inauguration

22 Jan

Yesterday, President Barack Obama was officially sworn into his second term in office. Looking out on a sea of flags, Obama addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people that was smaller than the record 1.8 million who assembled on the mall four years ago. At just over 18 minutes — relatively short by historical standards — the address hit several major policy priorities that Obama hopes to pursue.

His speech was an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change.

For the first time ever, an inaugural address mentioned the rights of gay Americans, as Obama declared that America’s “journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

The president also insisted on the need to “respond to the threat of climate change” – a subject he largely avoided after a stinging loss in Congress early in his first term.

“Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms,” he said. “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.

Below: Michelle and Barack Obama at the Inauguration Ceremony

Below: Michelle and Barak Obama at the Inauguration Ball

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-inauguration-2013-20130121,0,1364698.story

Not our Year for the Superbowl

21 Jan

After an intense game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens last night, it became a reality that our Boston team was not going to the Superbowl this year.  This is definitely a huge disappointment for the Boston football fans, but hopefully the Patriots will be able to correct their mistakes for next year’s season.