It’s not easy being Big Green

first_img Locked in Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker intently follows his team. Harvard Men’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth No-look pass Christian Webster ’13 gets off a pass by the seat of his pants. His defender didn’t get the memo. Kicking off Ivy League conference play, better known as the 14-game tournament, the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team put together an emphatic 76-47 win over the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday (Jan. 9).The Big Green, who saw head coach Jerry Dunn tender his resignation the day before in a rare midseason departure, fought with the Crimson early on, and actually held a 12-11 lead through the first seven minutes.But after Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker called a 30-second timeout to settle his team down, the Crimson put together a 13-3 run in a five-and-a-half-minute span to go up by nine points. The Big Green never challenged again.“We came out with good pressure defensively from the beginning. We just turned the ball over and went for steals and didn’t get them,” said sophomore guard Oliver McNally, who had four assists and a steal in 15 minutes of play. “Once we took [a few] stupid mistakes out, we started to settle down and build our lead.”Sophomore forward Keith Wright, who led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, went 11 for 16 from the floor. He also pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots.“The coaches really allow me to feel comfortable,” said Wright. “I worked a lot on my mid-range jumper this summer, and it’s all paying off.”Harvard co-captain Jeremy Lin ’10, the Crimson’s leading scorer, was held to just 11 points on the day, but he made up for his low scoring output by dishing out five assists and recording six steals. At one point in the second half, Lin had four steals in a minute and a half, one of them capped by a thunderous dunk that brought the 1,500 fans at Lavietes Pavilion to their feet.“It’s a nice opportunity to win a conference game when our best player [Lin] doesn’t have an absolutely tremendous offensive day,” said Amaker. “I think that says a lot for our bench and our balance.”Freshman guard Christian Webster, who shot five for six from the field, added 12 points for the Crimson. As a team, Harvard shot a healthy 55 percent.“We have a lot of weapons that offensively allow us to be a dangerous team,” said Amaker.Providing a defensive spark off the bench was freshman forward Kyle Casey, who, after coming off career highs in scoring and rebounding with 27 and eight against Santa Clara, had an outstanding defensive effort, with four blocks.“You can’t key in on one person with our team,” said Amaker. “It’s a nice feeling for us to have — that we have other options that can pick up the slack.”The win was Harvard’s fifth in a row and gave the Crimson a record of 12-3 (1-0 Ivy League), as the team continues the best start in its 99-year history.“A lot of us are really banged up, but we have that motivation, that drive to get a banner up,” said Wright. “We’re working really hard.”The Crimson now take a two-week break before embarking on a three-game road trip against Dartmouth (Jan. 23), Columbia (Jan. 29), and Cornell (Jan. 30). Not enough Dee-fence Crimson guard Dee Giger ’13 drives past a Dartmouth defender. Giger tallied eight points off the bench in 19 minutes for Harvard.center_img Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Holding on tight Freshman forward Kyle Casey ’13 protects the ball from a Dartmouth defender. Jeremy Lin … for the win! Karen Lin of Boston (no relation to Jeremy) jokes with Crimson guard Jeremy Lin ’10 during a postgame autograph session. Karen holds a sign with the point guard’s number (4), combined with the letters FTW, signifying both “for the win” and “for Taiwan,” the home of Jeremy’s parents.last_img read more

Students, faculty receive Google Drive spam messages

first_imgThe Office of Information Technologies (OIT) worked to stop the spread of spam messages from Notre Dame accounts disguised as invitations to share Google Docs on Wednesday, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame community.According to the email, the spread of these spam messages is a worldwide problem that Google is working to resolve. OIT advised members of the community to be aware that they may receive these messages from people without a Notre Dame email address and is waiting to hear from Google how those who may have accessed the spam message can resolve any problems caused by the email.Tags: Office of Information Technologies, OIT, spamlast_img

Vermont Mozart Festival ends 37-year run

first_imgAfter 37 summers, the Vermont Mozart Festival will be closing its doors on or before January 15th. Since 1974, the Festival featured world-class performances in beautiful and historic locations around the state. Countless generations of family and friends came together for three weeks each summer to enjoy enchanting classical music under the stars. In recent years, though, the organization began to incur debt from which it simply could not recover.‘In spite of the fact that public support has increased dramatically over the past six years, we have not seen a continuing interest in programming,’ said Executive Director Timothy R. Riddle. ‘The audience has been steadily decreasing. We engaged a wonderful new artistic director to revamp programming, in the hopes of increasing ticket sales. Unfortunately, due to lack of financing, the Festival was unable to continue to move forward with these plans long enough to allow these changes to have an impact.’Riddle was hired on as Development Director in 2005 and promoted to Executive Director in 2007, leading efforts to increase individual and corporate donations and put the organization back into the black.But as fundraising improved, ticket sales dropped. After two years of heavy rain and economic recession, the Festival’s ticket sales had sunk well below expected revenues. Riddle and Board President Richard Parlato announced during August 2009’s Grand Finale concert that the Festival was running a deficit of greater than $400,000.The announcement prompted a swift response from Festival supporters, which helped reduce the deficit by half. The Festival aimed to further reduce debt in 2010 through increased publicity and accompanying ticket sales, by ramping up media coverage and announcing a talented new artistic director, Israeli pianist and composer Gil Shohat. Even the notoriously unpredictable Vermont weather cooperated, with Festival patrons enjoying some of the nicest midsummer evenings in recent memory.However, 2010 ticket sales still remained lower than expected. The Festival was left with a deficit that had crept back up to more than $325,000. Several months were spent pursuing financing with longtime presenting sponsor, People’s United Bank. Vendors patiently waited for payment, but when it became evident that the bank loan request was declined, the organization had no choice but to cease operations.‘I want to thank all our friends and partners for their years of support. The music played a major role in my life and I know in yours. I can assure you this has been neither a simple nor easy decision for the Vermont Mozart Festival board. I will miss all the wonderful summer nights and the magic of the music in our beautiful state,’ said Parlato.The Festival consistently had been named by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events, and was regarded by its attendees as one of their favorite summer rituals. The Festival was also voted 2010 Best Outdoor Concert Series by Seven Days Magazine and was listed as a Top-Rated Arts Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org earlier this year.last_img read more

Sen. subcommittee to examine benefits of data breach legislation

first_imgA glimpse at what a federal data breach bill should look like will be discussed in the U.S. Senate at a hearing scheduled for Thursday.The Senate subcommittee of consumer protection, product safety, insurance and data security will conduct the hearing, titled “Getting it Right on Data Breach and Notification Legislation in the 114th Congress.”“This hearing will help the committee gain a better understanding of how to develop a clear and consistent national data breach notification standard that will help both companies and consumers when they face data security challenges,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) in a statement.The hearing will feature testimony from experts to inform efforts in crafting a federal data breach bill, and will focus on issues including the consumer benefits of a uniform federal law in place of disparate state laws, the timeliness of notification to consumers and the definition of sensitive personally identifiable information.The House subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and trade held a similar hearing last week. The Credit Union National Association signed a letter with several other trade organizations that was submitted into the record for that hearing. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tyne for a change

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Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting Flag Order,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.All commonwealth flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, October 6, 2017.Per an order from the White House, the United States Flag has been ordered to fly at half-staff until sunset on Friday, October 6, 2017. October 02, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Austria’s VBV cuts carbon footprint by 55% in core fund move

first_imgAt the beginning of this year, VBV switched its biggest Austrian segregated account – the VBV Passive World Equities Fund – to track a low carbon index provided by MSCI, leading to a reduction in carbon intensity equal to the average annual consumption of about 40,000 diesel cars, it said.This change of index cut the fund’s weighting in the carbon-intensive sectors of energy, raw materials, and suppliers.The VBV Passive World Equities Fund has around €850m of assets and about 1,600 individual stocks, and accounts for around 40% of  VBV’s total equity portfolio.VBV said the next stage of its strategy was to roll out an environmental management system over the course of this year, across all areas of the pension fund.This would enable VBV “to once more demonstrate its leadership within the sector,” the pension fund said. The €6.3bn Austrian pension fund VBV has cut the carbon dioxide emissions of its investments by 100,000 tons a year by switching the index used as the basis of its main investment.The reduction equates to a 55% contraction in the size of the pension fund’s carbon footprint, VBV said.Guenther Schiendl, board member and CIO at VBV, said: “In the interest of our customers and with our responsibility for the market in mind, we have decided to send out a signal and hope there will be a knock-on effect among the companies we share the market with.”The pension fund said it was shrinking its carbon footprint and focusing on a sustainable decarbonisation strategy in line with the COP21 Paris Agreement. last_img read more

Challenging market conditions no barrier for developer

first_imgCraig Treasure, Villa World, CEO/Managing Director.Buyers seeking entry to the property market want affordable housing and proximity to amenities, according to residential house and land developer Villa World.In the current market conditions, Villa World managing director and CEO Craig Treasure said the company had invigorated their sales strategy to highlight their value product offering in the sector.Queensland flagship projects including The Meadows (Strathpine), Killara (Logan) and Arundel Springs (Gold Coast) have sold well.Profits and development management fees from joint ventures have provided an ongoing income stream for the company, contributing 59 land settlements at the Covella and Rochedale joint ventures, both in Queensland.Villa World recently announced a $17.6 million after-tax half-year profit, compared with $17.3 million for the same period last year.“The current challenging market conditions are part of the cyclical nature of the property industry. However, Villa World has a long history of successfully navigating through market cycles and has a forward strategy focused on helping people reach home and long-term value creation,” Mr Treasure said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe company provided a market-by-market update for the half-year, noting that while sales were down, property settlements were generally consistent with the previous period.Mr Treasure said Brisbane was the company’s “greatest geographic coverage”.“More than 65 per cent of our portfolio is Brisbane,” he said.“When you look at affordability, Brisbane is the only east coast capital that is affordable – house and land packages are available for $400,000 to $570,000.“Brisbane truly has the affordability edge.”Mr Treasure said while interstate migration was strengthening, more economic activity in Brisbane was needed.“We are optimistic that following the federal election this might happen and finance situations might improve for customers,” he said. “The two big issues for Brisbane customers in the lead up to the election is – how can I borrow and how hard is it to borrow money from the banks.”last_img read more

Former Grenada senator still waiting on new job offer

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 48 Views   no discussions LocalNews Former Grenada senator still waiting on new job offer by: – May 18, 2012 Arley GillST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Former Senator Arley Gill is reported to be unemployed, two weeks after Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas said he had offered him a new job as an ambassador.Gill, who is public relations officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was first appointed to the Upper House of Parliament in 2003 following the party’s narrow 8 – 7 general election loss to the New National Party.He chaired most of the NDC’s public meetings in the election campaign of 2008. After the party’s victory and ascension to government office, he was reappointed a senator by Thomas, leader of the NDC.However, in the aftermath of the April 30 resignation from government of MP Peter David as Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, the prime minister announced that Gill was being removed from the Upper House to make room for a new senator, Dr George Vincent, who was sworn in as the new Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture on May 7.“Dr Vincent brings to the position the requisite knowledge, experience, respect and track record to effectively perform the requirements of that position,” Thomas said in a national radio and television address on May 3.In the address, Thomas also announced that Gill “will be appointed as Special Envoy on Ocean Governance with ambassadorial status, to work in the first instance on the delimitation of our maritime boundaries. This is an area in which he has some expertise and keen interest.”Government sources, who did not want to be identified, confirmed that a contract has not yet been drafted and offered to Gill, who is a lawyer by profession.Gill, when contacted about the status of the special envoy position announced by the prime minister, declined to comment.At the time of the revocation of his appointment as a senator, Gill was serving as Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture.Since assuming office almost four years ago, the government has fired or refused to renew expired contracts of several prominent NDC members and supporters.One local newspaper that is close to the government has suggested that more dismissals could be underway, with the main targets being anyone considered to be friendly to former Tourism Minister David.New Today, quoting what it describes as a “strategist” with the NDC administration, said thought is being placed on “reviewing the status of some persons who are known supporters of David and might be inclined to create problems for Prime Minister Thomas. He pointed to a few persons serving at overseas posts, especially in the New York area.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Single Vehicle Crash Claims Life of Rushville Teen

first_imgRush County, IN — A single-vehicle crash in Rush County Tuesday morning claimed the life of a Rushville teen and injured another. Rush County Deputies were called to County Road 350 East, just north of County Road 300 North, for a report of a vehicle off the left side of the road into a tree. Two teenage victims were transported from the scene by Rushville E.M.S. to Rush Memorial Hospital. Deputies then summoned Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Investigators to the scene to investigate the crash.The preliminary investigation by troopers indicates that the 2006 Chevy Malibu, driven by a 16-year-old male from Rushville, was northbound on CR 350 E at a high rate of speed when the vehicle disregarded the stop sign at CR 300 N and went air born over the intersection.The driver lost control of the car with it leaving the left side of CR 350 E and hitting a tree broadside. The passenger, Kameron Cox, age 16 of Rushville, was ejected from the vehicle. Cox later succumbed to his injuries at Rush Memorial Hospital. The male driver was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.The name of the driver is currently being withheld as the crash remains under investigation.last_img read more