Faust on forest foray

first_imgA tour of Harvard Forest gave University President Drew Faust glimpses of both the past and the future as she examined a colonial-era farm that is now an archaeological site and viewed experiments investigating the role of climate change in transforming the Earth.Faust became the first sitting Harvard president to visit the forest in more than 70 years when she and husband Charles Rosenberg, the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, last Thursday joined a small entourage that toured the area, led by Harvard Forest Director David Foster.With 35 undergraduates working there this summer and new research projects starting up — including faculty collaborations and the forest’s designation as part of the world’s largest ecological research program, the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network — there is a lot of activity there this summer, Foster said.“We have much to show and were delighted to share a beautiful day in our woods with President Faust and Charles,” Foster said.Harvard Forest, a department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, contains 3,500 acres in Petersham, Mass. Set aside in 1907, it is home to just under two dozen resident researchers, and it hosts many faculty and graduate students who teach or conduct experiments on topics ranging from conservation to how humans affect the natural environment.The group visited the site of Sanderson Farm, inhabited between 1792 and 1829 and the site of an archaeological field school. The visitors viewed experiments probing the effects of climate change on the forest, including a large metal eddy flux tower, which holds instruments above the tree canopy to measure changing carbon dioxide levels, and an experimental stand of hemlock trees that has recently been infested by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an Asian insect introduced in the 1950s that has killed hemlocks from Georgia to Maine.The visiting group, which included Andrew Richardson, an assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, as well as project directors and researchers, also visited a deer and moose exclusion experiment, which fences out moose — newly returned residents of the state — and deer to understand the impact their browsing has on the forest. Faust heard about student projects, speaking to sophomores Kelsey McKenna, who is conducting research on New England bumblebees, and Anne Cervas, who is measuring decomposition of dead wood and tree regeneration on a recently logged forest plot.last_img read more

Sierra Boggess & David Burtka Will Join Tyne Daly in It Shoulda Been You

first_img Tyne Daly David Hyde Pierce Star Files Two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Sierra Boggess and David Burtka will join Tony winners Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris in It Shoulda Been You on the Great White Way. The David Hyde Pierce-helmed musical, which had previously been eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2012 after making its world premiere in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse, starring Daly and Harris, will begin performances on March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night is set for April 14.Boggess has appeared on Broadway in The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera and Master Class; her West End credits include her Olivier nominated performance in the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies and Les Miserables. Burtka made his Great White Way debut as Tulsa in the 2003 revival of Gypsy. Other stage credits include The Play About the Baby and The Opposite of Sex. His TV credits include The West Wing, Crossing Jordan and How I Met Your Mother.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after.The cast will also include Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert and Steve Rosen.It Shoulda Been You will feature set design by Anna Louiza, with costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Additional lyrics will be by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. Sierra Boggess View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 It Shoulda Been You Related Showslast_img read more

SA’s ‘most important year since 1994’

first_img4 January 2010 Friday 1 January marked the beginning of the most important year in South Africa since 1994, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year message, calling on all South Africans to work together make the 2010 Fifa World Cup “one of the most successful projects we have ever undertaken as a nation”. South Africans made history in 1994, when the country held its first democratic elections, Zuma said. “We embarked on a phase of reconciliation and forgiveness, and worked hard to build one nation, united in its diversity … We have proven to the world that it is possible to emerge from a horrible conflict, and work together … to build a successful, peaceful, stable, multiparty constitutional democracy.” The year 2010 “is our next critical moment,” the President said. “We have won the greatest marketing opportunity of our time, the rights to host the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.” Hosting the biggest single-code sporting event in the world should revive the spirit of unity and patriotism in country, Zuma said, “in the same manner that the 1995 Rugby World Cup brought the nation together. “The year 2010 must be the year in which for the first time, we all communicate positive messages about our country to the world – the successes and possibilities. We have to put the culture of negativity behind us. “We can already see the fruits of the tournament,” Zuma said. “We have new magnificent stadia, roads and new-look international airports. “Through the major boost to the construction industry, many of our people obtained work and training opportunities, and this helped to reduce the impact of the recession. “Working together we must ensure that the tournament enhances our country’s global competitiveness. It must contribute to long-term economic growth and the creation of decent jobs.” Zuma urged South Africans to be welcoming and hospitable to the thousands of international tourists and football fans set to descend on the country in June and July – and to support the country’s national soccer team, Bafana Bafana. “Most importantly, we must make 2010 an exciting and most enjoyable year for all of us. Happy New Year and Happy 2010 Soccer World Cup to you all!”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? [email protected] has arrived for fight night 👊 #PacBroner: https://t.co/nCQBGqUid3 pic.twitter.com/FxjlSaeaPQ— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) January 20, 2019Boxing’s only eight-division world champion arrived during the featherweight fight between Hugo Ruiz and Alberto Guevara. He is fighting in the US for the first time in two years.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Filipinos winless in Pacquiao-Broner undercard as Jayar Inson drops split decision Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. [email protected] arrives for his return to Las Vegas for #PacBroner! pic.twitter.com/vlWxLDvPeS— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has arrived at MGM Grand Las Vegas ahead of his title defense against American Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao (60-7-2) will defend his WBA World welterweight title for the first time after he took the strap from Lucas Matthysse via seventh round technical knockout on July 15, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Wife Jinkee accompanied Pacquiao to the venue.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFor all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITEDay one of the 2007 NTL provided action-packed touch football, highlighted by the final game between the Sharks and Cobras in the Mens Open division. The match began with a number of unforced errors, with both sides turning the ball over, before trading touch-downs. The Cobras went two ahead to lead 4-2 at the end of the half. The match heated up with Sharks player an New Zealand Men’s Open Captain Troy Skinner verbally encouraging his team. As the intesity between the players increased, the Sharks lifted, to maintain their lead, taking the match 8-6.In a battle of the cross-town permits, the Sharks took the day 3-1 with victories over the Cobras in the Womens 20s 4-2 and Mixed Open 13-5, with the Cobras victory coming in the Open Womens 6-5, with a stand out performance from Kelly Woods. In the Mixed Open, the Sydney Mets vying for their sixth straight title, have showed they are vulnerable without the “king of mixed” Tony Eltakchi, loosing to the Sharks 10-6. They recovered in the second round, with a comprehensive 10 -6 victory over the Cyclones.9amWomens 20s: Eagles (4) def Rustlers (3)Womens 20s: Rebels (4) def Mets (3)Mixed Open: Sharks (10) def Mets (6)Mixed Open: Cobras (7) def Suns (4)Mixed Open: Scorpions (8) def Rustlers (2)9.50amWomens 20s:  Hornets (12) def Crusaders (1)Womens 20s: Cobras (6) def ACT (0)Mixed Open: Rebels (10) drew Hornets (10)Mixed Open: Barbarians (8) def Cyclones (6)Womens 20s: Suns (6) def Cyclones (0)11am Opening Ceremony 12pmWomens Open: Sharks (7) def ACT (1)Womens Open: Cobras (13) def Hornets (1)Mens 20s: Mets (6) def Cobras (2)Mens 20s: ACT (8) def Cyclones (7) Mens 20s: Hornets (8) def Crusaders (5)Mens 20s: Rustlers (8) drew Sharks (8)12.50pmWomens Open: Mets (13) def Scorpions (1)Womens Open: Cyclones (8) def Crusaders (1)Mixed Open: Mets (10) def Cyclones (4)Womens Open:  Rustlers (15) def Eagles (3)Womens Open: Barbarians (11) def Rebels (1)Womens 20s: Hornets (11) def ACT (1)1.40pmMens Open: Barbarians (7) def ACT (3)Mens Open: Rustlers (7) def Eagles (3)  Mixed Open: Hornets (8) def Barbarians (3)Womens 20s:  Cobras (5) def Mets (1)Womens 20s: Eagles (5) def Rebels (3)Womens 20s: Suns (3) def Sharks (2)Womens 20s: Cyclones (10) def Crusaders (0)2.30pmMens Open:  Cobras (14) def Hornets (2)Mens Open: Suns (10) def Crusaders (3)Mens Open: Sharks (12) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Mets (10) def Rebels (4)Mens 20s: Sharks (6) def Cyclones (4)3.20pmMixed Open: Suns (11) def ACT (1)Mixed Open: Cobras (13) def Rustlers (3)Mixed Open:  Rebels (7) def Scorpions (3)Mens 20s:  Rustlers (4) def Cobras (1)Mens 20s:  Mets (7) def Suns (6)Mens 20s: ACT (5) drew Hornets (5)4.10pmWomens 20s: Suns (11) def ACT (1)Womens 20s: Mets (3) def Crusaders (1)Womens 20s: Rustlers (7) def Rebels (2)Womens Open: Cobras (6) def Sharks (5)Womens Open: Mets (17) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (5) def Crusaders (4)5pmMens Open: Rustlers (5) drew ACT (5)Womens 20s: Sharks (4) def Cobras (2)Womens 20s:  Eagles (5) def Cyclones (2) Womens Open: Suns (14) def Scorpions (1)Womens Open: Rebels (3) def Hornets (0) Womens Open: Barbarians 12 def ACT (2)5.50pmMixed Open: Barbarians (8) def Mets (4)Mixed Open:  Rebels (12) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Hornets (6) def Rustlers (1)Mixed Open: Scorpions (9) def Suns (4)Mens 20s: Mets (11) def Sharks (3)Mens 20s: Rustlers (8) def ACT (4)Mens Open: Hornets (7) def Crusaders (6)6.40pmMens Open: Sharks (8) def Cobras (6)Mens 20s: Cyclones (5) def Crusaders (2) Mens 20s: Suns (8) def Cobras (5)Mens Open: Suns (11) def Cyclones (5)Mens Open: Scorpions (10) def Rebels (7)Mens Open: Mets (9) def Eagles (4)Mixed Open:  Sharks (13) def Cobras (5)last_img read more

Video: Up Close Look At Auburn Football’s New Metallic-Finished Helmet

first_imgAn Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/ScoUwEq1dA— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.last_img read more

Labour Ministry to Focus on Facilitating Job Creation

first_imgGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the Government, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be focused on measures to facilitate job creation during the new fiscal year.“This is being executed through a two-pronged approach. The first is to undertake measures to equip the workers with the necessary training and certification to enhance their ability to take advantage of available opportunities,” he said.“The second is to identify and secure new job opportunities in the United States and Canada. Discussions are being held with a major university in Canada to facilitate training programmes for our farm workers,” he added. The Governor-General was delivering the Throne Speech to open the 2018/19 fiscal year in Gordon House on February 15 under the theme: ‘Continuing on the path to propsperity’.Other areas of priority for the Labour Ministry include enhancing labour productivity in order to boost economic growth and enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.The Bill, on which debate began in the House of Representatives on February 13, recognizes the rights of workers to do productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.Emphasis will also be placed on amending the Minimum Wage Act in order to incorporate provisions under the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 189 relating to domestic workers.The Convention was adopted during the 100th session of the ILO held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2011 and was entered into force in September 2013.last_img read more

Oilrich South Sudan faces fuel shortage as people suffer

first_imgJUBA, South Sudan – “In September there was no fuel anywhere,” Samson Kamuya says.The exhausted 45-year-old hangs his head. He’s been waiting four days at a gas station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to no avail.Wedged among hundreds of cars, trucks and desperate civilians carrying empty jerry cans, he says the fuel situation is unlike anything he’s seen in his eight years as a driver.It is a cruel irony in the world’s youngest nation: Ninety-eight per cent of South Sudan’s economy comes from oil, but the country faces one of its worst fuel crises since civil war began in 2013.South Sudan has Africa’s third-largest oil reserves, with 3.5 billion barrels. Based on government figures, current production should bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But without refineries, the country exports crude oil and must import fuel.Some observers blame the government and Nile Petroleum, the sole state-owned oil company, for nationwide fuel shortages.The situation deteriorated when the government “started monopolizing the fuel trade” by kicking out private oil companies to control access to U.S. dollars, says Edmund Yakani, executive director of the non-profit Community Empowerment for Progress Organization.Nile Petroleum says it can afford to bring in only enough fuel to serve one-third of South Sudan’s population. It denies expelling private companies, saying the economic crisis forced them to leave.“NilePet became responsible for the whole country,” says Yiey Puoch Lur, its public relations director.However, some say the numbers don’t add up, accusing government corruption of worsening the country’s overall crisis. South Sudan soon will enter its fifth year of fighting amid starvation, mass displacement and allegations of war crimes.“Instead of using oil revenue to provide public services and improve the livelihoods of South Sudan’s population, the ruling clique has used these funds to procure weapons, finance a horrific civil war and enrich themselves,” says J.R. Mailey, director of the investigative team at The Sentry, a Washington-based group that has reported on links between corruption and mass atrocities.“The money’s being kept abroad,” a member of South Sudan’s parliament, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety, told The Associated Press. The money the government should be receiving for oil exports is enough to fuel the entire country, the lawmaker says.Nile Petroleum denies wrongdoing, blaming the lack of funds on a reduction in South Sudan’s oil production from almost 300,000 barrels a day before the civil war to roughly 130,000. It says declining global oil prices and the civil war’s damage to oil facilities have hurt.As South Sudan held its first oil and power conference on Wednesday, Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the government is moving “aggressively” to produce more oil, with target production of 280,000 barrels per day in the coming year. The minister said four refineries would be built in the country, with one in Bentiu underway.Gatkuoth welcomed foreign investors, saying they would team up with NilePet, then quipped that he wasn’t “encouraging them to leave — immediately”.Civilians feel the brunt of the crisis. Drivers like Kamuya often hire people to sleep in their parked cars at the pumps while they borrow other transport to keep working.Kamuya says he has been forced to buy fuel on the black market for almost 10 times the usual price. Instead of paying 1,200 South Sudanese pounds ($6.50) for 60 litres at the pump, he has paid up to 10,800 South Sudanese pounds ($58) for just 20 litres.In addition, government soldiers have been accused of threatening civilians at gas stations and cutting in line to stock up on fuel to sell illegally.“If someone tells you to move with a gun you can’t argue,” says Simon Kinuthia, a driver in Juba.The army denies the allegations. Other than a few isolated incidents soldiers “don’t break the rules,” says spokesman Lul Ruai Koang.Last month the Trump administration took initial steps to target those responsible for undermining stability in South Sudan, imposing sanctions on two senior members of government, the former military chief of staff and three local companies.“Corrupt officials and their facilitators that participate in the oil sector should be subjected to targeted network sanctions,” says Brad Brooks-Rubin, policy director for The Sentry, adding that an embargo should not be placed on South Sudan’s oil industry as a whole.“Fuel is connected to everything,” Kinuthia says. “And right now, it’s making people suffer.”last_img read more

Seven Northern Strikers to compete at BC Summer Games

first_imgThe B.C. Summer games are set for July 19th-22nd. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Strikers will be well-represented at this year’s B.C. Summer Games after seven of the association’s player were selected to compete.Early this afternoon the U-15 Boys soccer team was announced with Lee West, Harrison Sewell, Liam McGarvey, and Sam Hafner all making the Zone 8 team. Dylan Buziak was also named to the team as an alternate player.The boys will be joining Kenzie Beech and Isabella Ziebart who were named to the U-15 Girls team last week.last_img read more

School District 60 School buses cancelled for Monday

first_imgFor updated on school buses in School District 60, you can watch their school bus status page here: https://www.prn.bc.ca/transportation/?page_id=183School District 59 has not yet announced if busses will be running in the South Peace on Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled all school buses for Monday, February 4 due to the extreme cold.An extreme cold warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and the District has announced busses will not be running on Monday, February 4.  Schools will still be open.The temperature is expected to drop to minus 33 overnight Sunday into Monday morning with the wind chill making it feel more like minus 43.last_img read more