Dialogue with the deans

first_imgWhile spending nearly 20 years as master of Kirkland House, Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister said he learned a valuable lesson.“One of the things that I learned as House master is that I could have really good ideas, or what I thought were really good ideas about how something would work, but it would never turn out that way I thought it would,” Pfister told a group of undergraduates. “If something is really going to work, it has to come from the students. The College is about you all, and we want to hear from you.”With course-shopping week over and the fall term in full swing, Pfister and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde made themselves available to field questions from students in a “meet the deans” forum on Thursday, sponsored by the Undergraduate Council. The event, held in the Faculty Room in University Hall, was open to all undergraduates as another way to help introduce students to the deans as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the College community.Pfister, who is the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany, has been a member of the Harvard faculty for 40 years. Despite that, the role of interim dean presents something new.“As the interim dean of Harvard College, I am finding out a lot of things end up on my desk,” Pfister said with a laugh.Meanwhile, Lassonde has more than 20 years of experience as an administrator and educator at Yale and Brown universities. While he has extensive experience, Lassonde pointed out that he is relatively new to Harvard, having arrived in Cambridge during a difficult time for the Boston area.“I arrived here in April at the time of the marathon bombings, which was the start of a series of crises, but it made me realize quickly what a great team is in the dean’s office here,” said Lassonde, who lives in Mather House.Students brought up topics such as House renewal, the relationship between undergraduates and the administration, academic integrity, and advice for freshmen.When asked what he would like to accomplish as interim dean, Pfister stressed the importance of community.“To be able to grow and work in this community, to me, is very important. I hope your being here this evening is a signal of openness, that we can trust on each other, and rely on each other,” he said.Senior Samuel Meyer asked Pfister how he intends to engage the community in addressing academic integrity. Pfister stressed that the best approach is an open and honest dialogue, another priority for him this year.“How do we do this? How do we make it better? We need you all to help us,” Pfister said. “Any ideas you have to bring change will be good to hear.”Yuqi Hou ’15 praised Stone Hall (the former Old Quincy and the first completed House renewal project), calling it beautiful.Hirsh Jain ’17 asked the deans if they had any advice for freshmen beginning their four years at Harvard.“This is one opportunity you have to be in a place that offers community in a way that is unique. When you leave here, you will never experience anything like it,” Lassonde said. “You will never be surrounded by so many talented people who want to engage every day, and that’s something you don’t want to squander. If you engage, that’s the best way to make the most of this experience.”After the event concluded, Jain said he was impressed that the deans took the time to meet with students.“I think it is really easy to forget that the people’s names you read on an email are actually real. So it’s great to meet them in person,” he said.last_img read more

Dinnage turns her back on Premier League chief exec role

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Susanna Dinnage has shocked English football by deciding she no longer wants to be the chief executive of the Premier League despite previously accepting the post.Dinnage, a television executive, was announced as the successor to the long-serving Richard Scudamore in November, with her appointment hailed as a major step forward for women in sports administration.It was planned that Dinnage, currently the global president of Discovery’s Animal Planet brand, would take over from Scudamore, in charge for 19 years, early in 2019.Quite why she has rejected the high-profile position remains unclear, with a Premier League statement issued Sunday simply saying: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the nominations committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive.”This was a far cry from Dinnage’s comments following the initial announcement of her appointment last month, when she said: “With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come.When Scudamore took over as chief executive in 1999, the Premier League’s domestic television rights deal was worth around £670 million. The latest deal for rights between 2019 and 2022 sold for more than £4.5 billion.While the vast majority of that money still comes from television giants Sky and BT, it also includes the sale of 20 matches to retail giant Amazon’s streaming service for the first time.Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Burnley chairman Mike Garlick and Leicester chief executive Susan Whelan led the recruitment process, with Buck describing Dinnage as “the outstanding choice” from a “very strong field” of candidates.Now, however, the Premier League will have to re-open the search for Scudamore’s successor.“The committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates,” the Premier League statement issued Sunday also said.“There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rebels clinch 2013 KIJHL Championship in five games

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels have won the 2013 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship.The Rebels clinched the title in five games, blasting the injury-riddled North Okanagan Knights 4-0 Monday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Castlegar, scoring its first title since 1996, wins the best-of-seven series 4-1 and represents the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 11-14 in Comox Valley.The Rebels made sure there would be no more games in the KIJHL Final by jumping all over the Knights in the first period, out shooting North Okanagan 20-7.The Rebels were rewarded for the deciding advantage in play when leading scorer Stuart Walton beat Dustin Nikkel in the North Okanagan next on the power play.The goal was the first of two for Walton, who finished the KIJHL playoffs as the leading scorer with 27 points — including nine goals.Matt Reed and Darren Medeiros also scored for the Rebels, holding period leads of 1-0 and 3-0. Castlegar out shot the Knights 44-18 in the game with netminder Jordan Gluck serving up his second shutout of the series.Gluck shut out North Okanagan 2-0 in Game three of the series.The Rebels now join Richmond Sockeyes, Victoria Cougars and host Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the four-team Cyclone Taylor Cup Tournament.The win makes up for a crushing loss to Osoyoos Coyotes in the 2011 KIJHL Final.Castlegar’s win makes it three of the past five seasons a Murdoch Division champ has won the KIJHL title.Nelson Leafs won the KIJHL crown in 2009 while Beaver Valley took the title in 2012.last_img read more

Saints ‘Drive for Five’ comes to sudden end

first_imgThe Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.“Obviously everyone involved is disappointed in the outcome,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“Expectations were very high this year and we were hoping to pull off the fifth straight championship. With all the adversity we faced this year — losing players to injury and other issues — it just made it really difficult. We were hoping to peak at the right time, but we just couldn’t get the puck in the net and had a really tough time keeping it out of our net this last weekend.”On Friday night, Trinity Western got off to a fast start with three unanswered goals in the first period. Despite out-shooting the Spartans in the second and third period, the Saints could not mount a comeback.Rookie forward Jack Mills scored early in the third period that saw the Saints fire 18 shots at Trinity Western goaltender Silas Matthys.Needing a win to stay alive, the Saints managed 17 shots in the first period of Game Two, but still found themselves behind 1-0 after 20 minutes. Five minutes into the second period, Dane Feeney scored for the Saints to make the score 2-1. The Spartans responded with four straight goals, three of them on the powerplay, to secure the series win.“It’s humbling and upsetting,” Heaven says of the mood in the dressing room after the Game Two loss.“There are good chunk of guys in that room who will be graduating from the program and it’s an emotional time for those players. For some it is the end of their competitive hockey career and they have been playing hockey since they were four or five years old. They have spent a lot of their lives on the ice and being part of a team… for it to end abruptly like that, it’s going to take some time for that to set in.”After dominating the BCIHL over the previous four seasons, the Saints had a challenging 2016-2017 season. The biggest blow came early in the new year when prodigious scorer Dallas Calvin was lost with a season-ending injury.The Saints ended up finishing third in the regular season standings (14-9-0-1) and for the first time in five seasons did not host a semi-final series at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. “Every season is completely different, but nothing can ever be expected like this,” Heaven says of the adversity.“It was a tough year for us, but the guys really battled hard and there was a compete level that you take a lot of pride in. There’s a box that didn’t get checked off at the end of the year, and it’s something that we are going to re-focus on our energies on for the season coming up. But I’m proud of these guys, proud of the way they competed and handled themselves as men. The direction they are all moving in their personal lives is positive.”Players will now focus their energy on the final weeks of school and the coaching staff will continue the ongoing process of recruiting new student athletes to the program. With almost half of the team expected to graduate — including third-year forwards Ryan Edwards, Tyler Kerner, Alex Milligan, Mitch Rosko and Matt Martin — the emphasis will be on bolstering the offense.“We will continue to focus on building a strong program with character individuals,” says Heaven, who completed his second season as head coach.“We’ll take a look back at the season and see where it differed from years previous. We will see what we need to do to rectify those issues and bring in a competitive group for next year.”The BCIHL final will feature Trinity Western University and the University of Victoria, the latter pulling off the upset of first-place Simon Fraser University last weekend.Trinity Western University features Lucas Hildebrand and Stefan Gonzales, both former Saints who helped Selkirk College win championships.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – Two defendants charged with murder in the deaths of three men whose bodies were found inside a Mercedes-Benz left at a La Mirada parking lot were ordered Tuesday to return to court next month for a pretrial hearing. Cimarron Bernard Bell, 30, of Whittier and Briaell Michael Lee, 23, of Los Angeles will be back in Norwalk Court on March 24 for the hearing. The two have already pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in the slayings of Mario Larios, 23, and Edgar Valles, 22, of West Covina and Fernando Pina, 25, of Mexico. Their bodies were found wrapped in plastic sheeting inside the Mercedes on Jan. 31, 2004. Funds allocated for libraries, center LOS ANGELES – The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the formal transfer of $7.5 million to expand Sorensen Library, $1.3 million to renovate the Pico Rivera Library and $60,000 for improvements at the South Whittier Resource Center. Although the funds were approved when the supervisors passed the county’s budget in June, Tuesday’s action allows the Community Development Commission to formally absorb the funds into its budget. With the funding now in place, officials will begin holding community meetings at which residents can give suggestions and input for the Sorensen Library expansion. The first of the meetings will take place sometime in March, said Angie Castro, spokeswoman for Supervisor Gloria Molina. Waste round-up set for Saturday WHITTIER – Got old cans of paint, pesticides or motor oil? Need to dump that old television or computer? Get rid of it all at a household hazardous waste and e-waste round up, sponsored by the city of La Mirada, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rio Hondo College, 11400 Greenstone Ave. You can bring unwanted brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides and herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, old prescription drugs and antifreeze. Unwanted electronic gear including computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cell phones and other items also can be dropped off. Do not bring trash, old tires, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines and hazardous or electronic waste from a business. For more information, call (562) 902-2385. PARK program offers dental check LA MIRADA – Children enrolled in the city’s “Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids” program will receive free dental screenings for oral hygiene, tooth decay and tooth alignment from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Frontier Park, 13212 Marquardt Ave. A second screening will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. March 9 at Gardenhill Park, 14435 Gardenhill Drive. Parents must sign a consent form prior to screenings. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clamp down on Garda overtime as spending reduced by €6.5m for 2019

first_imgGarda overtime spending has been halted from midnight last night, it has emerged. The ban on Garda overtime other than for special duties was sanctioned by senior management and ordered with immediate effect by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, according to the Irish Times.A spokesman for Mr Harris also confirmed that overtime for special operations will only be granted with the approval of the force’s most high ranking officers. “As previously stated by Commissioner Harris, An Garda Síochána is experiencing budgetary pressures and must also prepare for reasonably foreseeable operational pressures in the near future,” the spokesman said.“To minimise the impact on policing and security activity, while reducing the current rate of overtime spend, overtime is only being sanctioned for non-discretionary duties. Administrative overtime has been cancelled immediately.”The spokesman added: ”Overtime will still be available for specific policing/security operations, but only with the prior approval of the relevant Assistant Commissioner following discussion with Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security.”Clamp down on Garda overtime as spending reduced by €6.5m for 2019 was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Chelsea v Swansea quiz

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of tonight’s semi-final clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-30]  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

OCR Warns Prank Callers

first_imgPersons, who knowingly report false information regarding the well-being of children to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), could face criminal sanctions.The warning came from OCR Registrar, Greig Smith, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing the Ananda Alert System, held at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston on Tuesday, May 14.Mr. Smith informed that apart from the Child Care and Protection Act, there are various other legislation, which can be enforced to deal with persons, who make prank calls to the agency.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, who is an attorney by profession, informed that such individuals can be charged for creating public mischief.“If you knowingly make a false report, that is in fact a criminal offence and can be punishable under the law and even outside of the Child Care and Protection Act at common-law, there is the Offence of Public Mischief (for) burdening the state’s resources, knowing that it is in fact just mischief,” she said.The MoU, which was signed by various stakeholders is aimed at raising public awareness concerning missing children and also seeks to strengthen rescue, recovery and intervention measures that are vital to the welfare of child victims and their families.Signatories included representatives from the Child Development Agency (CDA); Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Office of the Children’s Advocate; Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ); and Ministries of Youth and Culture, Health, Education, Justice, Local Government and Community Development, National Security, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.Ananda Alert is a nationwide system designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.It involves the mobilisation of stakeholders to get the message of a missing child into the public domain the moment the matter is reported to the police.The aim is to create a rapid response from law enforcement and communities to help bring the matter to public attention with the aim of increasing the chances of a safe recovery and return to family, guardian and/or place of safety.The management of the Ananda Alert System, previously the ambit of the Local Government Ministry, was transferred to the OCR, which is an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, on March 1, 2013.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Get Acquainted With A Vancouver Stunt Performer Cassandra Ebner

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Big blockbuster films continue pumping money into the local economy like over $40 million from Deadpool and $69 million from Star Trek Beyond. There are also a slew of Hollywood North productions for primetime television and original streaming content. This trickles down to a lot of jobs for local talent like actors and crew.We chatted with stunt woman, actress, YouTuber/vlogger and cosplayer Cassandra Ebner about her work and the local film & TV industry. She’s appeared in local productions like Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Continuum, Witches of East End, iZombie, The Flash, Supernatural and Once Upon a Time. As a stunt woman she both stunt doubles adrenaline-filled scenes and stunt performs intricate background/extra scenes. She’s doubled for actresses like Alex PenaVega, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Emilie de Ravin. When she’s not on that set she also acts/stunts in independent films like the 2013 fan film Croft.What inspired you to pursue acting and stunts? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Growing up I wanted to be a superhero so bad. I remember going out to the back yard everyday and thinking if I could jump and reach the monkey bar then after that I would be able to fly! I’m not sure where the logic came from but I really believed in it! One day I jumped and grabbed the monkey bar and no super powers… My parents explained, in a loving way, that they weren’t real and that’s when a new goal was made. I wanted to be a superhero in the movies!What’s it like to step into identical shoes of other actors and characters on screen as a stunt double?It’s so much fun! It brings together all the things I love doing. Being a different character with wigs, different outfits and different postures. Trying to mimic different people and how they might fall or pose in fights is so much fun. And The best part is I meet so many talented actresses who are doing such cool amazing things in the world or being inspiring great people and it’s so awesome to see! Twitterlast_img read more

Northeast BC team has record year at Skills Canada Provincials

first_imgClearview School students Thomas Copes and Cole Van Der Linden also won gold medals in the Jr. Skills Gravity Vehicle competition, and Nathaniel Janzen did Prespatou School proud with a silver medal in the Jr. Skills Sumo Robot competition.The Dawson Creek Secondary School’s South Peace campus can also now lay claim to five Provincial silver medallists: Matt Larden in Cabinetmaking, Cullen Swedja in Carpentry, Ethan Willms in Photography, and teammates Jordan Girard and Kris Fearon in TV/Video Production.NLC students David Beifort and Yoshan Lavoie won and gold and bronze medal respectively in Electrical Wiring and Aerospace Technology. Gold Medalists Beifort, Stregger, and Van Volkenburg also qualified to join Team BC to compete at the Canadian Skills Competition in Edmonton June 4th and 5th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Region Skills Canada team is back in Northeast B.C. after competing at the Skills Canada Provincials in Abbotsford this week. The team of competitors was made up of gold medalists from the Regional Skills Competition held at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek on February 16th, in addition to eight staff and four parents.Out of 30 the competitors from School Districts 59, 60, 81, and Northern Lights College, 15 came home with medals – making it a record year at the competition for Northeast B.C. NPSS students Liam Stregger and Jacob Van Volkenburg took home a gold medal in the Robotics competition, while their fellow classmates Ninaad Rathod and Xinkai Xu won a silver medal. Erica Thomas Schulenburg, who also studies at NPSS, took home bronze in Public Speaking.last_img read more