Welcoming the Class of ’17

first_imgBefore they began their academic lives at Harvard, the members of the Class of 2017 already experienced a taste of adversity, and demonstrated resiliency.In April, the manhunt for the second suspected Boston Marathon bomber forced the lockdown of Cambridge and surrounding communities, the closure of Harvard University, and the cancellation of Visitas, the Harvard tradition in which admitted freshmen arrive for their first exposure to campus life. Instead, Harvard College students and incoming freshmen connected through a “virtual Visitas” online.On Monday, Mother Nature forced the class to make a quick adjustment for another, newer Harvard tradition, Freshman Convocation. Because of the chance of strong thunderstorms, officials moved the convocation from outdoor Tercentenary Theatre into Memorial Church and Sanders Theatre.But challenges have a way of bringing members of a class closer together, which President Drew Faust and the rest of the convocation speakers stressed is critical to success at Harvard.“The most important and powerful part of the next four years will be about being a part of this community and about being together,” Faust said.She went on to tell the freshmen that every encounter at Harvard should be viewed as an opportunity.“One of the reasons Harvard has thrived for nearly 400 years is that this community has provided an environment in which individuals of talent, curiosity, and intellectual ambition have interacted, influenced, and taught one another in ways that could not have been scripted or predicted,” she said. “We bring you here to create the conditions for serendipity.”Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, also stressed the importance of making connections with people across the Harvard community.“Harvard isn’t just a repository of history and knowledge, and you aren’t here just to receive your quota of information. Harvard is a dynamic place — a constantly evolving place — because of its people,” said Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.New Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister continued the theme of community building. He said that although the freshmen come from more than 60 countries and 49 states — making the class “one of the most diverse groups ever assembled at Harvard” — the students probably have more in common with their classmates than they realize.“In coming to this College, you have done more than enroll in a school. You have joined a community. Forming a real community from a wildly miscellaneous collection of strangers requires work, and a lot of thought,” Pfister said. “Community, the sense of belonging and of sharing, will be fundamental to your life at Harvard.”Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman opened the convocation, while the Rev. Jonathan Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, delivered the invocation.In the student salutation, Erin D. Drake ’14 recalled how what she believed would be her path as a freshman changed immediately once she experienced all that Harvard has to offer.“I was focused on what I want to do over the next four years, not who I wanted to be. Do what matters to you,” Drake suggested. “The question for you is: What are you going to do with the privilege of going to Harvard College?”Students also heard from Harvard Alumni Association President Catherine Gellert ’93 and listened to performances by the Kuumba Singers, the Harvard University Band, and the Holden Choirs.Faust stressed that the connections and friendships made now and over the next four years will last a lifetime.“I can promise you, because I greeted the Class of 1963 on the steps of Widener Library during reunions back in May, you will still be important to each other — maybe even more important to each other — 50 years from now.”last_img read more

Tara Pacific Expedition wraps up in Boston

first_imgSchooner finishes its research mission, offers onboard visits, and partners with Radcliffe Institute for science lectureAfter more than two years at sea, the research schooner Tara docked in Boston for a weeklong visit.During the Tara Pacific Expedition, which began in May 2016, the vessel has traveled more than 62,000 miles, studying 40 archipelagos and making 70 stops in 30 countries along the way — all in the interest of understanding the biodiversity of coral reefs and their evolution in this age of rapid climate change and increasing human activity.Forty percent of the world’s coral reefs are located in the Pacific, the world’s largest ocean, and this Tara expedition is the first of its kind in terms of scale.Scientists aboard the research schooner Tara; at far left is Chris Bowler and at far right is Eric Karsenti. Photo courtesy of Chris BowlerThis weekend, scientists on board are eager to share their findings with the public: they are inviting visitors to the Tara on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, for 30-minute presentations about the expedition.On Tuesday, the Radcliffe Institute will host “Tara Oceans: Cells, Embryos, and the Origins of Complexity in Life,” to be presented by Eric Karsenti, the scientific director of the Tara Oceans expedition and codirector of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition and a visiting group leader at the European Molecular Biological Laboratory. In addition to being the second in The Undiscovered Science Lecture Series, the lecture is the public conclusion of a Radcliffe-funded workshop organized by Chris Bowler, RI ’17, the CNRS Director of Research at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris, and Colleen Cavanaugh, the Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.Colleen Cavanaugh aboard the Tara. Photo courtesy of Chris BowlerBowler is a scientific coordinator of the Tara Oceans expedition, and Cavanaugh joined the Tara for its New York–Boston sail.On October 4, after making Boston its last stop, the Tara will set sail for home, in Lorient, France.last_img read more

Elizabeth Banks chosen as Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year

first_imgElizabeth Banks has been named the 2020 Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S. She will be honored on Jan. 31.Banks, a celebrated actress in both film and television, is known for breaking ground in Hollywood as a female director and producer. She has been recognized for her stand-out performances in projects including “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Love & Mercy,” and “The Lego Movie.” Banks is also a three-time Emmy nominee for her recurring roles in “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.”The Woman of the Year Award is bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to such notable and talented entertainers as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and most recently Bryce Dallas Howard, the 69th Woman of the Year.“We’re very excited to honor Elizabeth Banks as our 70th Woman of the Year because of her wonderful acting career and impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer, and writer,” said co-producer Samantha Meade.“Elizabeth is a role model to all of the young women in the theatricals, especially in a year with a female writer, female producers, and a majority female cast — we all cannot wait to celebrate and meet her!” added fellow co-producer Natalie Needle.Season two of her critically acclaimed series “Shrill,” starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant, will premiere on Hulu this month. Last fall she produced, wrote, directed, and appeared in “Charlie’s Angels.” Banks produced both projects through her company Brownstone Productions, which she co-owns with husband Max Handelman.Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Banks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her M.F.A. at the American Conservatory Theater.  She is heavily involved with the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, and Turnaround Arts, among others.The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by Related and Equinox/SoulCycle, will begin at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31, when Banks will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge, followed by a 4 p.m. roast, after which she will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will preview “Mean Ghouls,” its second-ever cast featuring both men and women.To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 172nd production, “Mean Ghouls,” contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205, email tickets@hastypudding.org, or order online at www.hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St. from Feb. 7-March 8. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 13 and 14, followed by performances on March 18-20 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesian telcoms record data traffic surges as people start staying home

first_imgWe have been relying a lot on our internet connection, mostly for daily communication, work and entertainment. Since the government instructed the public to stay at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, the need for internet access has jumped, with people needing to ensure that they can remain connected while staying and working from home.After the government called on people to work from home (WFH) and practice social distancing on March 15, many day-to-day activities from working to schooling have shifted online. This has led to a surge in demand for digital communications services in the country. Endita Prima, a university lecturer in Yogyakarta, for example, spends much more time online than usual, as she has been required to provide her student lectures online from home since last Tuesday. She uses the… Facebook Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here social-distancing work-from-home study Internet internet-connection telecommunications data data-access Telkomsel XL-axiata Linkedin Googlelast_img read more

Frijns: Dutch should shift toward PAYG pension arrangements

first_imgThe Netherlands should increase pay-as-you-go (PAYG) arrangements in its predominantly capital-funded pensions system to better address the impact of low interest rates, according to Jean Frijns, former CIO at the €355bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP.In an interview with Dutch financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), Frijns said capital-funding was “no longer fit for purpose”.“The pensions sector failed to foresee how much participants would be exposed to market shocks, and the pensions system no longer provides the certainty we expected,” said.Given the level of interest rates, he said PAYG arrangements, such as the state pension AOW, would now be more attractive than pensions saving – ageing population notwithstanding. Frijns’s proposal is likely to raise eyebrows in the industry, as the Netherlands has always dismissed pensions systems in neighbouring countries that rely heavily on PAYG.“We always thought capital would offer greater security, as well as pension value, than PAYG, which depends on political promises,” he said. “Because this is no longer true, we shouldn’t be afraid to adjust the ratio slightly between capital-funding and PAYG.”He said he was surprised by the lack of debate on this issue in the Netherlands.According to the FD, Frijns took pains to emphasise that he did not advocate raising the AOW, as non-workers would “unjustly benefit”.Instead, he called for a new national scheme with income-based contributions and benefits, which could also accommodate self-employed workers.The industry veteran conceded that introducing an additional PAYG system would not be easy.“But, from an economic point of view, it would be fantastic, as it would mean less saving, and it has the potential for increased spending,” he said. The Social and Economic Council (SER) is preparing a recommendation for the Dutch government on how best to design a sustainable pensions system.The SER is expected to call for a switch to defined contribution arrangements, with individual pensions accrual combined with various forms of risk-sharing.It marks the second time in five years that a reform of the Dutch pensions system has been the subject of debate.The first effort stalled after transition arrangements were deemed as overly complicated.“If new reform plans also turn out to be infeasible, pension funds should close and start new pensions accrual under individual arrangements,” Frijns told the FD.“That would be a simple and quick solution.”last_img read more

Minimum liquor price law outlook grim

first_imgStuff.co.nz 4 July 2012 Despite ongoing work on a minimum alcohol price, a proposal to introduce a pricing regime looks set to fail.Justice Ministry officials are running two meetings this week with industry leaders on a plan that would drive up the cost of some liquor.Prime Minister John Key appeared opposed to the proposal, saying some people would switch to the lowest quality alcohol rather than drink any less volume.“I am not convinced minimum pricing will do that much,” he said.Labour’s justice spokesman Charles Chauvel said that, like tobacco, the price of alcohol had a big influence on how often and how much people drink.“It’s time to get serious about the pricing issue if we’re going to make any significant impact on our binge drinking culture.”Labour has drafted an amendment to the alcohol legislation which would introduce a minimum pricing regime. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7216787/Minimum-liquor-price-law-outlook-grimlast_img read more

House yields dead body

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE and MAE SINGUAY The 29-year-old Paul Adrian Pabontosacommitted suicide, a police report showed. Officers of the Binalbagan municipalpolice station have ruled out foul play in the incident./PN His cadaver was brought to theBinalbagan Infirmary for a “post mortem examination.”center_img BACOLOD City – He was found dead hanginginside their house in Barangay San Teodoro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Pabontosa’s lifeless body was found byhis father Efren in the kitchen area of the house around 6 a.m. on April 15, itadded.last_img read more

Area Softball and Baseball

first_imgCongratulations to the area schools who made a great run in the softball and baseball state tournaments this year.  Milan and Franklin County girls both made it to the semi-state in softball.  Ironically, both schools lost 1-0.  I know in the case of Franklin County they were a very young team and should be a power the next few years.In baseball Milan boys made it to the regional as did Rising Sun.  Both of these schools are members of the ORVC.  Milan also had the county golf champion in Travis Butte.  Travis will be taking his golf talents to Hanover College this fall.  It was a very good season for the ORVC and the EIAC conferences.last_img read more

Van Genderen gets first XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Lee County

first_imgDONNELLSON, Iowa (July 14) – Mike Van Genderen was consistent in finishing second in 2013 point standings for the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour.His IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series-first victory will go a long way toward winning the 2014 tour championship.Van Genderen emerged as the new point leader Monday night following a back-and-forth battle at Lee County Speedway with Jesse Sobbing. The two swapped the front spot as the 30-lapper wound down and were virtually side-by-side com­ing to the white flag. Sobbing scraped the frontstretch wall before Van Genderen surged ahead to take the $1,000 checkers by a car length. Pole starter Hunter Marriott led the first nine laps before giving way to Sobbing. The only caution of the night waved on lap 18; Van Genderen was scored first across the stripe on lap 20 but Sobbing was back in front the next time around. Richie Gustin, Marriott and Jeff Waterman completed the top five. Hard charger Jeremy Mills ad­vanced nine spots to sixth. Tim Ward went into the night tied with Van Genderen for first in the points race, started 17th and finished 12th. Van Genderen was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional by virtue of his Desert Classic victory at Canyon Speedway Park in Ward’s home state of Arizona. The fourth XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season is Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. in the third of five installments in IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. That feature also pays $1,000 to start and is a qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Feature results – 1. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 6. Jeremy Mills, Gar­ner; 7. Bill Roberts, Burlington; 8. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 9. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 11. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland; 12. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 13. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mike Jergens, Plover; 16. Kyle Brown, Kel­logg; 17. Jeff Mueller, New London; 18. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 19. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 20. Brandon Banks, Washington; 21. Dustin Brown, Thornton; 22. Levi Smith, Donnellson; 23. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington; 24. Jim Lynch, Bloomfield. 1st heat (top three) – 1. Sobbing; 2. Murray; 3. Joldersma; 4. Drake; 5. Ward; 6. Lynch; 7. Joey Franklin, Las Vegas, Nev.; 8. Kurt Kile, Nichols. 2nd heat – 1. Van Genderen; 2. Gustin; 3. Roberts; 4. Mueller; 5. Jergens; 6. Smith; 7. Kevin Cale, Donnellson. 3rd heat – 1. Banks; 2. Stewart; 3. Waterman; 4. Mills; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Scott Dickey, Packwood; 7. Dustan Fenton, Burlington.4th heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Elliott; 3. Dustin Brown; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Carter; 6. Roberts; 7. LaVeine. 1st “B” feature ( top five) – 1. Drake; 2. Mills; 3. Ward; 4. Lauritzen; 5. Lynch; 6. Dickey; 7. Franklin; 8. Fenton; 9. Kile.2nd “B” feature – 1. Mueller; 2. Kyle Brown; 3. Carter; 4. Jergens; 5. Smith; 6. Roberts; 7. LaVeine; 8. Cale.Provisionals – Roberts and LaVeine.last_img read more

Rodgers charged by FA

first_img In his post-match comments following the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, the Northern Irishman appeared to question whether it was correct to have an official from Greater Manchester in charge of the game. As a result he has been landed with an FA charge to which he has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond. “Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by The FA over post-match media comments he made following his side’s game against Manchester City on 26 December 2013,” the FA said in a statement. “It is alleged the comments by Rodgers called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute; and/or amounted to a failure to act in the best interests of the game.” After the City defeat, Rodgers was particularly angry at the decision to disallow a Raheem Sterling goal for offside, despite the player being at least two yards behind the last defender. “I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” he said of the officials at the time. “I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game. “I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester. “I am sure we won’t get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.” The day after the game Rodgers insisted he was trying to make a valid point and did not intend to slight Mason. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly questioning the integrity of referee Lee Mason. “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees,” he said. “It was more than logical (as a comment) in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years. “I was only speaking honestly after the game. I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees.” last_img read more