March 1

John Lithgow: An actor’s journey

first_imgActor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career, playing both dramatic and comedic roles on television, film, and stage.He played a transgender woman in “The World According to Garp,” a minister in “Footloose,” a serial killer in “Dexter,” an alien in “Third Rock From the Sun.” Most recently, he starred as Winston Churchill in “The Crown.”In a taped interview, Lithgow sat down with the Gazette to talk about how he got his start in acting, his formative years in theater on campus, and his deep affection for Harvard.Lithgow will receive the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal on Thursday in a ceremony that kicks off the 25th anniversary of Arts First, the annual spring festival of free performances that he founded. Harvard President Drew Faust will present the award at 4 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center. (Admission is free, but tickets are required, either from the Harvard Box Office at 10 Holyoke St., by calling 617-496-2222, or by visiting Phone and online orders have service fees.)last_img read more

January 1

U-Haul ranks Vermont and Michigan as top 2010 growth states

first_imgJanuary – December 2010 U-Haul International, Inc, today released the results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, reflecting the nation’s top growth states for families who moved during 2010. The report, titled “2010 Top 10 U.S. Growth States,” indicates that for states with more than 20,000 families moving, Michigan had the highest percentage of growth, with 3.14 percent more families moving into the state than out, moving Kentucky to sixth place from last year. For states with 5,000 – 20,000 families moving, Vermont had the highest percentage, with a growth rate of 19.46 percent in 2010. 9.NORTH CAROLINA0.93% With More Than 20,000 Families Moving 2.MAINE13.41% 6.IOWA2.28% 3.DELAWARE8.23% 7.OHIO1.25% 10.CALIFORNIA0.75% 5.NORTH DAKOTA3.61% RANKSTATE%GROWTH January – December 2010 “The average American moves 11 times in a lifetime,” explained U-Haul President of Phoenix Operations John “J.T.” Taylor. “Our customers rely on us to provide affordable services, and we are proud to be able to offer families who need moving services the increased convenience of our locations, which makes for a shorter distance to travel when moving. This not only makes their move easier but also has the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and saves our customers money.”The report, reflective of growth patterns of the United States during 2010, was compiled based on nationwide trends in states with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area. Growth was then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each state.The 2010 Top 10 U.S. Growth States Report was compiled from more than 1.4 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions occurring during a recent 12-month period.About U-HaulSince 1945, U-Haul has been the choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 16,300 locations in all 50 States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the Company to maintain the largest rental fleet in the do-it-yourself moving industry with approximately 104,000 trucks, 80,000 trailers and 36,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 406,000 rooms and 36 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,100 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer’s number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. The Company supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation’s largest retailers of propane.U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: “Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel-efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material and packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable. Learn more about these facts and others at PHOENIX, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — U-Haul International, Inc 4.WASHINGTON1.53% U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States 1.VERMONT19.46%center_img 9.WYOMING1.46% 1.MICHIGAN3.14% RANKSTATE%GROWTH 7.DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA1.98% U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States 2.TEXAS1.67% 10.WEST VIRGINIA0.52% 8.UTAH1.88% 4.OREGON6.01% 6.KENTUCKY1.30% With 5,000 – 20,000 Families Moving 5.COLORADO1.38% 3.MARYLAND1.61% 8.NEW YORK1.21%last_img read more

December 19

April 1, 2004 Letters

first_imgApril 1, 2004 Letters April 1, 2004 Regular News Death Penaltycenter_img I find myself compelled to respond to the March 1 letter (overly) stressing opposition to the death penalty.The governor of Florida does not have the power to “sign a paper to cause another person’s death.” He only has authority to grant a reprieve or a pardon, and any high school civics student would know that, and any attorney practicing law in Florida certainly should. Only a judge can “sign a paper” ( i.e. issue a judgment) for execution (of the sentence), and even then only upon a jury representing the people of the State of Florida having issued its recommendation for imposition of the death penalty after consideration of the facts for and against such imposition in a particular case.I am not knowledgeable of the Robert Sullivan case referenced in the letter, and I do not know the counsel who represented Sullivan, and it may well be that we in Florida should consider having a “time out” on executions pending full review (DNA and other evidence showing innocent parties having been convicted in prior cases, etc.); however, the writer’s reliance upon what the Pope may have done or not done, that Robert Sullivan was a “lifelong Catholic” and “all such authority belongs to God” and that Sullivan “was very possibly innocent” and so on is nothing but an argumentum ad absurdum (or more likely an argumentum ad ignorantia) for an attorney.I can understand a personal opposition to the death penalty on ethical and/or religious grounds; however, the reliance on religious grounds claiming that the body politic of the State of Florida should be governed by such claims of a “higher authority” is exactly the position taken by the mullahs of the Islamic extremists for imposition of Shariah law as the “law of God,” and the opposition to which all “true believers” are “justified” in taking measures for the destruction of the nonbeliever “infidel.”The blatant innuendos that Sullivan’s counsel was incompetent and biased because of “his own homophobic prejudice” is a highly improper and defamatory statement to make about a fellow attorney absent documentable proof.Millard C. Glancy Coral Springslast_img read more

October 18

Martin Keown suggests Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is faking an injury

first_imgMesut Ozil (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil might be feigning injury because he knew he wouldn’t be picked for Arsenal against Everton, claims Martin Keown.The German is out of the side with a foot injury, but interim manager Freddie Ljungberg confirmed that he would not have been selected anyway because of his actions in Arsenal’s last game against Manchester City.Ozil was substituted less than an hour into the clash with the Premier League champions and kicked his gloves along the touchline, before brushing past the hands of Ljungberg and assistant coach Per Mertesacker on the bench.The Swedish interim boss said ahead of the Everton clash: ‘Mesut has something on his foot. He wouldn’t have been in the squad anyway after what happened in the last game.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTKeown is not a fan of Ozil, describing him as an ‘issue’ that new manager Mikel Arteta will have to resolve, and has even suggested that his foot injury may not be real.‘He’s [Arteta] coming in in very difficult circumstances and Ozil is one of those issues, and Arteta has got to manage that,’ Keown told BT Sport.‘He went off the pitch against City and wasn’t best pleased, he didn’t look particularly injured on that occasion.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s probably just taken himself out of it because he thinks that Freddie wouldn’t play him.’Ljungberg hinted that Ozil would be out of the side after 3-0 loss to Man City, saying he would ‘deal with’ the playmaker.‘For me I took Mesut off because I wanted some more energy in the team,’ Ljungberg told Sky Sports. ‘How he reacts is up to him and I’ll deal with it.‘We’ll see what it means for the future but of course we want players to behave the right way.’The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Fenerbahce in the January transfer window, with a loan deal reportedly ‘very close’ to being completed.MORE: Freddie Ljungberg explains bizarre Arsenal team selection for Everton matchMORE: Mikel Arteta’s stern message to Per Mertesacker and Arsenal coaches after appointment Advertisement Comment Phil HaighSaturday 21 Dec 2019 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Martin Keown suggests Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is faking an injury Advertisementlast_img read more

September 29

Switzerland’s BVK closes in on 100% pension funding level

first_imgOver 2013, the pension fund outperformed its benchmark by 80 basis points.It also outperformed the average Swiss Pensionskasse, which returned approximately 6% over the period. The BVK’s strategic equity allocation is at 30%, with another 41% in fixed income and a relatively high real estate allocation at 22%, the vast majority of which is in directly held Swiss properties.To ensure alignment of interest between the managers of the property and the BVK as owner, the pension fund will be integrating the employees of its external facility manager in the coming months, it said.“This will ensure the properties are managed according to the investment strategy,” the fund said.The BVK said it was already well placed for its future as an independent foundation, as it operates with a relatively low total expense ratio (TER).All Swiss Pensionskassen have to calculate this benchmark figure in future, but the BVK was the first to do so before it became mandatory. Currently, its TER stands at 0.19%.For 2009, Swiss consultancy c-alm calculated an average TER of more than 0.5% for Swiss Pensionskassen. The Zurich pension fund also pointed out re-negotiating mandates had helped it save CHF70m annually compared with 2009. The CHF26bn (€21bn) BVK has generated a return of 7.4% in its last year as a public pension fund, raising its funding level to 96.1% from less than 90% in 2012.The pension fund for the Swiss canton of Zurich has also been reorganised as a private foundation as per 1 January, meaning that it will now have to achieve full funding and maintain sufficient buffers.According to a statement, the BVK said the transition to an independent foundation would be “formally finalised” in the third quarter.A trustee board has been named, while Thomas Schönbächler is to remain as managing director of the fund, which in recent years has weathered the storm of a corruption trial against its former head of asset management.last_img read more

September 25

Maguindanao massacre witness hurt in ambush

first_imgKnown as the Philippines’ worst case of election-related violence, the Maguindanao massacre claimed the lives of 58 people on Nov. 23, 2009.  The massacre was also the single deadliest attack on the press since detailed records were kept, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. After more than nine years of trial, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes convicted several Ampatuans, including former Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. and his brothers, Anwar, Sr. and Zaldy, of 57 out of 58 counts of murder last December. (GMA News) Sangki did not sustain gunshot wounds but was injured due to the impact of the vehicle against two cottages [along the road], Santos said. The driver is “50/50 but prognosis is bad,” she said. Police said the suspects are still unidentified. Mohamad Sangki, his driver, and one security personnel from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) witness protection program were in Tantangan, South Cotabato on their way to the airport on Wednesday morning when they were ambushed, said Nena Santos, the lawyer of several families of the massacre victims. She said they are now in a hospital in Koronadal City. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will immediately order an investigation on the incident, adding that he is getting more details about it.center_img “Very bold na ang gustong pumatay kay Mohamad… daylight and with DOJ WPP security pa,” she said. “Sangki is a vital witness in the second wave of prosecution for the Maguindanao massacre, and it is not far-fetched that his ambush today had something to do with the horrible case,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters. MANILA – A key witness in the Maguindanao massacre trial was hurt in an ambush in South Cotabato. A report from the Police Regional Office XII said the driver, identified as Richard Escovilla, was dead on arrival. The other companion of Sangki was identified as Rey Fritch Pontanoza. Thirty-two of the victims were members of the media who had accompanied the group of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s wife to cover the filing of his certificate of candidacy for the governor’s post. “The security was able to return fire, the assassins are now under police hot pursuit,” Santos said.last_img read more

September 23

Two Southeastern communities awarded waste water grants

first_imgStatewide — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced 24 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure. The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities, and economic development.The second round of the 2020 CDBG program begins on August 24, 2020, with proposals due on September 24 and final applications due November 20. Additionally, the suspension of the Blight Clearance Program, Main Street Revitalization Program, and Public Facilities Program will continue. Therefore, only Wastewater/Drinking Water and Stormwater Improvement Program applications will be accepted for round two.Two communities in the Southeastern Indiana region that were awarded grants include:Ripley County is awarded $550,000 for water and sewer improvements. This project will install a chlorine disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant, install an updated contact tank, and construct a chemical building to house the feed pumps and storage tanks. Additionally, plant electrical improvements will be installed to include lagoon alarms and upgrading the plant’s electrical system to accommodate chlorine disinfection.The Town of Vevay is awarded $700,000 for water and sewer improvements. This project will rehabilitate the lift stations at the high school, the library, and Ohio Street, as well as upgrade the wastewater treatment plant. The goals of the Wastewater/Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible Wastewater/Drinking Water Program projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.last_img read more

September 21

Big chance for Scintillula

first_imgJim Bolger will surely leave Leopardstown disappointed if Scintillula is unable to convert a golden opportunity in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on Monday. She finished off her juvenile year with a creditable effort in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket and with a three-figure rating, this full-sister to the smart Cuis Ghaire should get off the mark. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Indian Chief is likely to be similarly well fancied in the opening Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2013 Maiden. Although beaten into second when an odds-on favourite for a Navan maiden last October, in hindsight that was an excellent effort. The two-and-a-quarter-length winner, Bolger’s Loch Garman, went on to claim Group One glory in France’s Criterium International the following month and Indian Chief will surely be difficult to beat on his return. The potential fly in the ointment is Bolger’s Tonabrocky, who ran a couple of sound races in defeat last year behind high-class colts in Zand and Foundry. It could turn into an excellent afternoon for the Coolcullen handler, with his Cork scorer Aurifodina the one to be with in the Student Betting Voucher Handicap. Patrick Prendergast turns Tantalising out just over a week after his Curragh win for the Spin 1038 Rated Race, while Dermot Weld’s Stuccodor has a good opportunity to register his fourth successive triumph in the Ross Nugent Foundation Handicap. Press Associationcenter_img The daughter of Galileo was far too green to do herself justice on her racecourse debut at the Curragh last August, finishing down the field in seventh. Despite that apparent no-show, Bolger had enough confidence in his youngster to throw her in at the deep end in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, faith that was rewarded as she ran a superb race to fill the runner-up spot behind Sky Lantern. last_img read more

September 21

Ulloa secures points for Leicester

first_imgLeonardo Ulloa gave Leicester their first Barclays Premier League victory for 10 years at Stoke. Press Association Two minutes later Crouch was yellow-carded for a lunging foul on David Nugent seconds after the striker was denied his own free-kick. Crouch responded in the right manner, though, and almost added another to his collection of spectacular goals with an acrobatic volley from Glenn Whelan’s cross that flew just over the bar. The former England man was in the mood and had Hamer scrambling in the 38th minute with a shot that just missed the far post. Leicester had been outplayed in the first half, even if the score did not reflect that, and boss Nigel Pearson made two changes for the second half. Esteban Cambiasso, who last season made 32 appearances for Inter Milan, replaced King while Danny Drinkwater came on for Riyad Mahrez. Cambiasso and Bojan found themselves on opposite sides again having met twice in Milan derbies in the 2012/13 Serie A season. Bojan had been neat and tidy without making too much impact, but he showed good feet in the 52nd minute to create a shooting opportunity, only to direct his effort straight at Hamer. Cambiasso’s presence certainly seemed to help Leicester take more control of the game, and they got their reward in the 64th minute. Ulloa and Drinkwater combined to tee up Paul Konchesky on the left, whose cross was guided home by the Argentinian striker. It was a decent finish from Ulloa, who had to pull the ball back from behind him. Stoke responded immediately and Bojan appealed after appearing to be tripped from behind right on the edge of the area, but referee Michael Oliver waved play on. The Potters continued to create plenty of half-chances but the ball just would not fall for them, while Leicester defended manfully. Diouf made his entrance in the 74th minute in place of Bojan while Jamie Vardy replaced Schlupp. Stoke were beginning to leave gaps at the back and, after Drinkwater was denied by a combination of Begovic and two defenders, Dean Hammond saw his fierce effort fly just past the post. Oussama Assiaid made his second Stoke debut on loan from Liverpool with eight minutes remaining but the Potters could not find a leveller. Hamer came to his side’s rescue in the 90th minute with crucial saves first from Diouf and then Moses. The Foxes had made an encouraging start to life back in the top flight with draws against Everton and Arsenal, and record signing Ulloa’s third of the season in the 64th minute earned them a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke bossed the first half but were left to rue the lack of a cutting edge, while debutant goalkeeper Ben Hamer denied them a point with two great saves late on. Hamer was making his Premier League bow after Kasper Schmeichel suffered a knee injury on international duty, bringing to an end the Dane’s run of 141 consecutive league starts. Stoke’s match-winner against Manchester City, Mame Biram Diouf, was on the bench after his lengthy international trip with Senegal, so Bojan Krkic came into the starting line-up. The game had barely got started when there was a lengthy stoppage after Ryan Shawcross and Jeff Schlupp accidentally clashed heads. The Stoke skipper came off worse, sustaining a cut above his right eye, but he played on with a bandage wrapped around his forehead. After a quiet opening, the hosts began to exert more pressure on Hamer’s goal, with Steven Nzonzi the first to try his luck, but the midfielder’s impressive run was not matched by his finish. Probably the best chance of the half fell to Peter Crouch in the 18th minute, when he was picked out by Victor Moses from a corner but headed wide from eight yards. Hamer was handling most things well, although the 26-year-old summer signing from Charlton was slightly fortunate to get away with fumbling a Jonathan Walters cross. Leicester did not manage their first meaningful effort until the 27th minute, when Andy King let fly from 20 yards. Asmir Begovic dived but the ball was always going wide of the far post. last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: Badminton aiming to restart in mid-August

first_imgThe world tour would resume at the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6 in an updated calendar released by the Badminton World Federation.The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Denmark are confirmed on the new dates of Oct. 3-11 and the World Tour Finals have been pushed back a week to Dec. 16-20.The season-ending Finals in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That is not including the Hong Kong Open in November.The Asia championships scheduled for April in Wuhan have been canceled and the European championships remain without a new date after being suspended since April.The BWF says it is still working on how to unfreeze the rankings and make necessary changes to Olympic qualifying. His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to front-line workers in Washington and in his home state of North Carolina in April.___Novak Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The top-ranked player’s media team says the Adria Tour will start in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. The other events are scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia.Djokovic will play in all of the round robin tournaments. The other participants are to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov. May 22, 2020 Associated Press Organizers left open the possibility that the “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of spectators.No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled because of the coronavirus.___More AP sports: and ___Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is starting the “202 Assist” program to help with paying rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $300,000 over the next month.The program is named for Washington’s area code and will work with the city to find those in need and disperse funds.Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat out all of the 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Badminton is aiming to begin its revamped schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India. The Latest: Badminton aiming to restart in mid-Augustlast_img read more