The truest voice

first_imgGraduating seniors bid farewell to their Harvard years Wednesday, during Class Day ceremonies that featured light-hearted remembrances, sage advice about not taking advice, and a tongue-in-cheek idea for honoring the college experience.“When Harvard does come to mind, years from now in all of its 375-plus-year-old glory, we will be acknowledging that younger versions of ourselves now own this simultaneously beautiful, terrible, fun, depressing, fulfilling, and unbearable … home,” said Philip Gillen, one of the event’s two Ivy orators. “We must destroy Harvard, because this place belongs to us, and it should stay that way.”Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, the day’s main speaker, used lessons from her own and her parents’ lives as she counseled students to follow their own paths.O’Brien is the daughter of a black Cuban mother and a white Australian father who in 1958 traveled from Maryland, where interracial marriage was illegal, to Washington, D.C., to wed, against the advice of many people around them.The couple was then advised not to have children, because mixed race children wouldn’t be accepted in the world. They ignored that advice and had six, all of whom graduated from Harvard.“My parents were terrible listeners every step of the way, and from that I’ve learned, do not listen to other people’s take on the life you should lead,” O’Brien said. “By not listening, you can figure out what your heart is telling you to do.”O’Brien took her own advice as a student. Though she came to Harvard interested in becoming a doctor, she switched to English and American literature and language in response to an urge to tell stories. She left in the spring of her senior year, 1988, missing her own Class Day and Commencement, to pursue a job opportunity. In 2000 she returned to complete her studies.Early in her career, O’Brien worked locally, at WBZ-TV. Then it was on to NBC News, where she anchored “Weekend Today” and the technology program “The Site.” She moved to CNN in 2003, anchoring “American Morning” until 2007. Most recently, she anchored CNN’s “Starting Point” from 2012 until March of this year, when she left to start her own production company, Starfish Media.O’Brien won an Emmy in 2011 for “Crisis in Haiti.” She was part of reporting teams that won awards for coverage of the BP oil spill, Hurricane Katrina, and the Southeast Asia tsunami. She will serve as a distinguished visiting fellow next year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.O’Brien said her travels have shown her that people around the world aren’t so different in their dreams. Bad things happen unless good people put a stop to them, she said. Graduates should be those good people and seek to understand others.Soledad O’Brien 2013 Class Day Speech <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWdqlZKdCI” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/4BWdqlZKdCI/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> “Not taking advice means you can choose to stand up for people who need your voice. You’ll have chances every day to say, ‘this is not OK,’ ” O’Brien said, adding that a Harvard education has given graduates opportunities that others won’t get. “You have been positioned, Class of 2013, to do great things, but do them in service of others, and you will discover that selflessness, ultimately, is what makes you great.”In addition to O’Brien’s speech and the Ivy orations, students heard two Harvard orations from class members, and a brief address from outgoing Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds.“Cherish those memories and those friendships because they are Harvard’s gift to you,” Hammonds said, admonishing students to heed the words over the Yard’s Dexter Gate. “Enter to grow in wisdom and depart to better serve thy country and thy kind.”Victor Flores (second from left) and Sara Lytle were the recipients of the Ames Award.The day also featured a moment of silence in memory of classmate Philip Streich, who died in 2012 in an accident on his family’s farm, as well as the naming of the Ames Award winners, Victor Flores and Sara Lytle.The Ames Award, named after two brothers who gave their lives to save their father after he washed overboard during a 1935 storm off Newfoundland, go annually to “unsung heroes” in the class who have shown heroic character and inspiring leadership in efforts to help others. Flores was active in the Phillips Brooks House Association, helping disadvantaged children through after-school and summer camp programs. Lytle dedicated herself to improving mental health in the Harvard community, working as a peer counselor, and also worked to improve Boston schoolchildren’s self-esteem with theater.last_img read more

Police Have Seized 24.8 Tons of Cocaine So Far This Year in Bolivia

first_img Between January and October of this year, the Bolivian police seized a total of 24.8 tons of cocaine, between coca paste and powder cocaine, and 1,018 tons of marijuana, according to an official report issued by the government on 27 October. According to the report, given to AFP by the Deputy Ministry for Social Defense (the principal government office responsible for the fight against drugs), “22.1 tons of coca paste and 2.7 tons of powder cocaine” were seized in a total of “11,802 police operations” throughout the country. The deputy ministry emphasized that seizures through October are close to surpassing seizures in 2009, when 29 tons were confiscated, between coca paste and powder cocaine. The same report adds that 6,632 hectares planted with coca, the raw material for manufacturing cocaine, were eradicated between January and October, and the figure is expected to surpass 8,000 hectares by the end of the year. There are currently 30,500 hectares planted with coca in Bolivia, according to United Nations figures, of which only 12,000 are recognized as legal, for chewing the leaf, brewing an infusion with it, and using it in Aymara religious rituals. The United Nations has indicated that the South American country has the capacity to produce 113 tons of cocaine annually. Brazil is the principal destination for Bolivian drugs. By Dialogo October 29, 2010last_img read more

Brighton breezes it

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Circumstances change so what can happen if you have to break your lease?

first_imgRemember when you sign a lease, you are signing a contract.Mitigating the tenant’s loss can mean reducing the rent. The tenant will be responsible for the discount during the time of their lease, but the ongoing loss is for the owner to bear.This can be particularly frustrating for experienced landlords. Property rents peak seasonally, meaning a January lease start will attract a higher rent than an April start date. But unfortunately that’s just the way the cookie crumbles in the residential tenancy environment. Here are some tips for tenants and landlords regarding a lease break: — Inform the other party on the phone and confirm in writing of your intentions and what you plan to do to help rent the property.— Whoever has the keys has possession. Tenants should return all keys and sign acknowledging all keys have been returned.— Advertise the property. To avoid delays the tenant should pay for the cost of advertising — Open for inspection twice weekly plus offer private inspections. — Accept that a small price drop is cheaper than extended vacancy— Presentation matters so good photos and a freshly presented property go along way— Communicate regularly. My Dad once told me that intelligent people equally informed rarely disagree.Circumstances change in everyone’s life and these situations can be easily managed if handled appropriately. Agents usually only charge a small fee, equivalent to a week’s rent, to help find a tenant. If handled correctly with enough notice a break lease can be an easily managed process. When tenants and landlords can’t agree the matter often end sup before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal.The outcome and decisions on these calls can be vastly different to the outcomes and decisions made at the Tribunal. The most common current battle ground is around tenants breaking their leases. This is when a tenant decides they no longer want to occupy or pay rent at a property they have an existing lease on.The tribunals have tightened up recently around this issue.The reason a tenant wants to leave and the work of an agent to replace them have become vital in ensuring the lease is upheld. For example a tenant buying a property is a very weak reason to break the lease, but if the agent can’t demonstrate that they have actively tried to find a new tenant, then the courts may let the tenant out of their lease. With vacancy rates currently peaking in Brisbane the agent must be able to show detailed evidence of activities to uphold the lease.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoTenants get quickly educated that the agent and owners must actively work to rent the property under the Act. Their dialogue can quickly change from initially asking ‘what happens now?’ to ‘what are you doing to mitigate my loss’.The reality is it is also the tenant’s, as well as the owner’s responsibility, to mitigate the tenants loss. Breaking a lease shouldn’t need to end up before the tribunal as long as everyone understands the rules.IT’S hard to see the comparison between heart-throb and TV lawyer Harvey Specter and your average property manager.But a part of managing rental properties means property managers attend court to represent their clients for various issues. Whether it be to recover lost rent, recover money for damage or to have someone evicted, your property manager dons their Sunday best, collates their evidence and swears on the bible all in the name of service.It can be quite daunting. For many years you had to attend the Magistrates Court but now you present your cases at the state based Civil and Administrative Tribunal.I personally like to attend, it gives me the chance to channel my inner Denny Crane and also to stay current on Tribunal decisions. The process that leads to these rooms is usually a conciliation conference call facilitated by a state-based government run organisation. In Queensland that is the Residential Tenancies Authority.last_img read more

Baseball Replays

first_imgAre baseball replays too long?  I am in agreement with the idea that it is best to get the call right over the speed of the call; however, 4 minutes is way too long.  In some of the Reds recent games most of the replays were in excess of 3 minutes.Why not have the umpires in New York call the play as they see it without knowing how the umpires on the field call the play?  Then they can make the call and this should speed up the game.  Now they are trying to decide if there is enough evidence to uphold the call, reverse the call, or simple let it go.They should keep replay, but with technology today you could certainly add more cameras to watch plays.  With close-up cameras on the field the call should be evident in less than a minute.last_img

Legal aid clinic in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Legal Aid is hosting a free legal clinic for Decatur County community members on Wednesday, November 13 from 3 – 5 pm at the Decatur County Public Library.last_img

Sahara Group, Grandmaster Amin boost youth empowerment in Africa through Chess

first_imgLeading energy conglomerate, Sahara Group, and Chess Grandmaster, Dr. Bassem Amin, are set to unlock the “pursue your passion” gambit in young people in Africa through a Chess Masterclass session via Zoom to mark the International Chess Day that is celebrated every July 20.Scheduled to hold on July 24, 2020 by 5pm (WAT), the session will provide a platform for Dr. Amin to share insights on recent global trends in chess moves and how his passion for chess drove his desire to keep his dreams alive in the face of challenges and disruptions that life throws at people. An Egyptian chess player and medical doctor, Amin was awarded the title Grandmaster by the International Chess Federation (FIDE in 2006).Amin is the highest rated player of Egypt and Africa.“It is an established fact that pursuit is usually the proof of desire. Taking that step of pursuit is often where most young people run into hitches. Hopefully, the session with Dr. Amin and his chess story will rekindle the waning flame of pursuit and inspire African youths to take their interest in chess to greater heights,” said Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications at Sahara Group.Expressing delight at the partnership with GM Amin, Obioma said Sahara Group remained committed to connecting people with opportunities through the extrapreneurhip platform driven by Sahara Foundation.He said: “What we have here is a collaboration between a foremost energy conglomerate in Africa and the continent’s most decorated chess player to give African youths another reason to believe, innovate and deliver a resounding checkmate on all odds against their passion.” Amin said: “Chess is life, I do believe this. You must have goals and dreams and work hard to achieve them. Playing chess has helped me to realize this and enabled me to achieve my goals both over the board and in my life. I look forward to inspiring young people with my story through this collaboration with Sahara Group.”As part of the celebration, Sahara Group also plans to launch a #checkmatecovid19challenge to raise more awareness about the pandemic.The challenge will involve chess players sending in pictures of interesting checkmate positions via Instagram with the caption: “#checkmatecovid19 with clean hands, facemasks and social distancing.”Details of the competition will be on Sahara Group’s Instagram handles: @iamsaharagroup and @saharapcsr.In February, Sahara Group organized a #CleanLoveFeb Chess Competition as part of the energy conglomerate’s campaign against substance abuse, especially among young people. The competition was designed to serve as a platform to inspire young people to look to sports, books and educative web portals for recreation and academic excellence.The International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20, the day the International Chess Federation was founded in 1924.On December 12, 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the day, paving the way for more global impact for one of the world’s most ancient, intellectual, and cultural games.Chess also offers important opportunities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.RelatedPosts NEC 10th Edition: UBA Foundation calls for entries, increases prize money by over 33% DigiConverge launches, signs exclusive content distribution partnership with VivaliveTV Standard Chartered, Airtel form partnership to drive financial inclusion across Africa “Chess for Recovering Better” is the theme for the 2020 celebration and over 605 million people who play the game regularly across the globe will be rooting for the values of fairness, inclusion and mutual respect, which chess promotes.Tags: africaBassem AminInternational Chess FederationSahara Grouplast_img read more

AFN Congress, Board deny amendment of 2017 Constitution

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Members of the Congress and Board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria say they are flabbergasted by reports that the Constitution of the federation approved at its Congress in November 2017 has been amended without their knowledge and approval.The AFN President, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, revealed this in a memo to the 37-member state associations, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on August 7, 2020. Gusau said the 2017 constitution was amended at a congress of the federation in Awka, Anambra State on December 4, 2019, and that the constitution ‘”that was forwarded to the World Athletics (WA) was the AFN Constitution 2017 (as amended) during the Congress held in Awka, Anambra State.”Falilat Ogunkoya, reigning African 400metres record holder and Olympics 400m and 4x400m medallist, who is also the chairperson of Ogun State Athletics Association, rejected Gusau’s claim in the memo.Ogunkoya said: “Which constitution was amended?“I didn’t receive any proposal from the AFN to that effect.“The constitution of the AFN is clear on how and when the constitution can be amended.” The Chairman of Ekiti State Athletics Association, Samuel Fatunla, described reports of the purported amendment as a joke carried too far.Timon Gunen, reigning national 5000m record holder and Chairman of Plateau State Athletics Association, corroborated Fatunla’s claim and denied receiving any such proposal.Tags: AFN CongressBoard of the Athletics Federation of NigeriaDeny AmendmentEngr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusaulast_img read more

Mertesacker wants show of strength

first_imgDefender Per Mertesacker is convinced Arsenal have a good squad but still need to strengthen in order to last the distance as the Barclays Premier League title race hots up heading into 2014. “We want to go on another good run so at the minute we are really proud that we came back against West Ham and it shows our character.” Wenger hopes Podolski’s return can prove a big asset. “I try to get him slowly back to competitiveness and he has shown that he can have a huge impact because he can score and make you score goals, give assists,” the Arsenal boss said. Arsenal now travel to the north east for what is set to be another testing fixture of the hectic festive season. “It has been a difficult period but mainly down to our schedule,” said Wenger. “I completely think our schedule has been absolutely horrendous.” Arsenal will have midfielder Jack Wilshere back from a two-match suspension at St James’ Park, while centre-back Laurent Koscielny is hopeful of recovering from a gashed knee. Captain Thomas Vermaelen has performed admirably alongside Mertesacker on his return to the team. The 28-year-old Belgium international, whose current deal runs out in June 2015, has been linked with a January move away from the Emirates Stadium to secure regular football in World Cup year. Vermaelen, though, maintains he is only focused on helping achieve Arsenal’s collective ambitions. “I don’t like to talk about my situation. It doesn’t matter,” Vermaelen told Belgian TV station Sporting Telenet. “I am a player of Arsenal and I will do everything for this club. “We will see what happens. It makes no sense to speculate about my future. “We are still happy about our place in the table, to be title contenders we have to be very consistent. “In the Premier League, everything is possible.” Press Association German international Mertesacker feels being able to call on the likes of compatriot Lukas Podolski – who scored in what was a first appearance since August – again can prove a big asset in the coming weeks, with England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also closing in on first-team contention to boost Wenger’s options. “We need the right additions. We said that a lot in the summer then Mesut Ozil came, but at this time, in a very special period that only happens in England, you need to get the right additions with players who come back from injury,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “We lost Aaron Ramsey [against West Ham] so a good player is maybe out for two or three weeks, so we need the right additions now. “We have a good squad and that is going to be vital in the next couple of weeks.” For a while it looked like Arsenal might be haunted by a string of missed chances at Upton Park, where Carlton Cole put the Irons ahead at the start of the second half following a handling error from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. However, Arsenal’s pressure eventually told as Theo Walcott’s double turned the match around before Podolski’s sweet left-foot strike made sure of victory. Mertesacker felt the squad showed great character to come through what was a testing encounter against Sam Allardyce’s relegation battlers. “During the game we always believed in our strengths,” the German added. The Gunners moved back to the top of the table as they came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham, where midfielder Aaron Ramsey limped off with a thigh strain which will see the Wales international miss the remaining festive fixtures. There is little respite for Arsene Wenger’s squad as they head to Newcastle on Sunday. last_img read more

Serena Halts Konta’s Run

first_imgWilliams is now two wins from claiming an Open-era record 23rd major title.“I was in the locker room watching her clean up her matches. She is a future champion here for sure, so I am pleased to get through this.“I got a little frustrated with my serve, but I told myself ‘don’t get Babyrena’ [Williams’ angry alter-ego] and focused on enjoying myself out here. Today I felt I can do this, it is such a great opportunity for me.”Konta had not dropped a set in her past nine matches before facing WilliamsIn a match of big hitting and small margins, it was Williams who established an early control she would not relinquish.The American’s usually dominant first serve faltered as she made just 45%, but she returned brilliantly to break the Konta serve – the best on tour this season going into the match – four times.Konta had the first chance but went long with a backhand on break point at 1-1, then found her second serve under greater pressure than at any stage of the tournament so far.Williams looked razor sharp on return, with two thumping forehand winners setting the American on the way to a 3-1 lead.More heavy blows brought a second break, and with it the set, in game eight to end a run of 18 straight sets for Konta stretching back to her warm-up win in Sydney.Konta showed why she had been seen as a real threat by recovering from 0-40 early in the second set and then breaking to lead 3-1, but a loose game handed the advantage back and Williams raced through five straight games to victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Six-time champion Serena Williams, yesterday outplayed Britain’s Johanna Konta to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.The American, 35, won 6-2 6-3 and will next play unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4.Konta, seeded ninth, went into the quarter-final on a nine-match and 18-set winning streak but came up short in her first meeting with Williams.last_img read more