A movie as a mirror

first_imgDamien Chazelle ’07 says he believes in “somewhat unrealistic plans.” After all, they’ve served him well.The onetime Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) concentrator drove to Los Angeles after his graduation, and made his filmmaking debut with the warmly received “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.” He took gigs writing pithy horror scripts and, unable to launch another project he’d been working on, turned to his own experiences.In New Jersey, Chazelle had attended Princeton High School, where he was a jazz drummer, was involved with the school band, and came under the direction of a harsh music teacher who’d eventually become the inspiration for J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a blistering, abusive music teacher named Fletcher in Chazelle’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash.”“It will always be a fresh memory, a somewhat traumatic memory,” Chazelle said of his days drumming.Making “Whiplash” was both serendipitous and stressful. Chazelle earned the backing of two other Harvard grads, co-producers Helen Estabrook ’03 and Nicholas Britell ’03, who believed in his script and talent. But they needed money, and to get it Chazelle took a scene from his script and made an 18-minute short, which screened at Sundance. It won second place — and investors. With a still-meager budget, the cast and crew worked long hours, with only 19 days to film the movie.Oscar Wilde famously said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” and that could be said of “Whiplash.” The film draws on Chazelle’s biography. Much like the film’s character Andrew, who is in a car crash en route to a performance and crawls from the wreckage to make it to the stage in time, Chazelle was in a serious car accident during the final week of shooting. He was hospitalized — but he turned up on set the next day to make the film’s deadline.Some things you can’t make up.The alumni were introduced by President Drew Faust, who said the film “raises questions about art and performance, about learning and teaching, about the pursuit of perfection and the mania that pursuit can engender.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerChazelle returned to Harvard Wednesday afternoon alongside Estabrook and Britell for a talk at Farkas Hall moderated by his former teacher Robb Moss, professor of visual and environmental studies and chair of the VES Department. They were introduced by Harvard President Drew Faust.“‘Whiplash’ provokes,” said Faust, a strong supporter of the arts in learning. “It raises questions about art and performance, about learning and teaching, about the pursuit of perfection and the mania that pursuit can engender.”While the film was the key topic of discussion, Moss also quizzed the trio about how they ended up in Hollywood. After graduation, Estabrook had headed to New York, where she continued working in theater, but she always knew she wanted to produce. Los Angeles beckoned.“I ended up getting a job trading currencies by day while writing music for short films at night,” said Britell. “But I realized that I really wanted to be doing music, and music for film.”Moss praised the craftsmanship behind “Whiplash” — not only Chazelle’s direction, but the lighting, the camera work, and the sound.“I knew the music world firsthand,” explained Chazelle. “When it came to putting these things on screen — more so than if I’d been doing anything that didn’t directly reflect experiences of my own — I had a barometer of what was right. I knew I would be as harsh on how to make those things seem accurate as anyone else.”The result is a cacophony of sound mirroring the intensity of Andrew’s struggle to please Fletcher, who abuses him both mentally and physically. And at the 2014 Academy Awards, the film won three Oscars — for best sound mixing, best film editing, and best supporting actor for Simmons.“It was vindicating to us,” said Chazelle, “because the entire idea behind the approach to this — within our narrow budget, and the location, and within the insularity of the music — was to make something that felt like a big populace action movie, or war movie.”Estabrook called the film a “parking lot movie,” something people would argue about while exiting the cinema.“One of the greatest joys in my life over the past two years,” said Estabrook, “is sitting with my friends arguing about the ending of this movie.”last_img read more

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7,738 degrees, certificates awarded at Harvard’s 365th Commencement

first_imgToday the University awarded a total of 7,727 degrees and 11 certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below.Harvard College granted a total of 1,661 degrees. Degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) were awarded by Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.All figures include degrees awarded in November 2015 and March and May 2016.Harvard College: 1,661 degrees. 1,623 Bachelor of Arts; 38 Bachelor of Science.Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: 988 degrees. 338 Master of Arts, 103 Master of Science, 9 Master of Engineering, 538 Doctor of Philosophy.Harvard Business School: 934 degrees. 922 Master of Business Administration, 12 Doctor of Business Administration.Harvard School of Dental Medicine: 61 degrees. 13 Master of Medical Sciences, 12 Doctor of Medical Sciences, 36 Doctor of Dental Medicine.Harvard Divinity School: 130 degrees. 42 Master of Divinity, 2 Master of Theology, 79 Master of Theological Studies, 7 Doctor of Theology.Harvard Extension School: 783 degrees. 8 Associate in Arts, 148 Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, 627 Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies.Harvard Graduate School of Design: 310 degrees. 97 Master of Architecture, 33 Master of Architecture in Urban Design, 71 Master in Design Studies, 63 Master in Landscape Architecture, 2 Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design, 39 Master in Urban Planning, 5 Doctor of Design.Harvard Graduate School of Education: 746 degrees. 671 Master of Education, 11 Certificate of Advanced Study, 24 Doctor of Education Leadership, 40 Doctor of Education.Harvard Kennedy School: 584 degrees. 81 Master in Public Administration, 218 Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 68 Master in Public Administration in International Development, 207 Master in Public Policy, 10 Doctor of Philosophy.Harvard Law School: 769 degrees. 167 Master of Laws, 593 Doctor of Juridical Science, 9 Doctor of Law.Harvard Medical School: 226 degrees. 10 Master of Bioethics, 53 Master in Medical Science, 163 Doctor of Medicine.Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 365 degrees. 221 Bachelor of Arts, 36 Bachelor of Science, 8 Master of Engineering, 51 Master of Science, 49 Doctor of Philosophy.Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: 546 degrees. 364 Master of Public Health, 121 Master of Science, 61 Doctor of Science.last_img read more

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Pack Back-to-School Lunches Safely

first_imgSwanson said it’s vital to keep any protein-rich food like beans, eggs and meats –processed or leftover muscle cuts such as roast beef or chicken — cold with chill packs.”Mayonnaise or margarine spreads, as long as they’re commercially prepared, aresafe to use in sandwiches,” she said. “They keep the bread moist and keep itfrom becoming soggy from the sandwich filling.”Parents can cut the fat content in their child’s lunch with a low- or reduced-fat mayonnaise, salad spread ormargarine.A good rule of thumb for lunch foods is if you buy it from a refrigerated case or itcame from the refrigerator at home, keep it cold.Hot foods require another type of container: a vacuum bottle. Swanson said a goodvacuum bottle will keep hot foods safe for four to six hours. Fill the bottle with boilingwater for two minutes, then empty it and immediately fill it with the food that has beenheated to boiling.”But you have to make sure your child can easily handle the bottle to empty itinto a bowl or plate without spilling the hot food onto themselves or others,” shesaid. “Hot foods may present more of a burn risk than a food safety risk.” Other safety factors to watch include pull-tops on food containers that may cutchildren’sfingers.Good lunches help your children get through their day and stay healthy. But lunch withfood safety risks can ruin their day and yours. While you’reincluding notebooks, pencils and backpacks on your list of supplies for school, don’t forget one of the mostimportant — a safe lunch box and cold source.”There are a lot of differences between a safe lunch box and one that will justcarry the lunch,” said Ruthann Swanson, a food specialist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “Some boxes or bags don’t have enough insulation to keep foods safe,” Swanson said.”And even of those, some are too small to carry enough food to get a child through along school day.”Swanson is researching the types of lunch boxes that best keep foods out of the”danger zone” — between 40 and 140 degrees.”When perishable foods stay in the danger zone for two hours or more, their safetybecomes questionable,” she said.Insulated lunch boxes and bags with reusable cold packs are the best way to keep coldfoods below 40 degrees. Nontoxic chemical packs can keep foods cold without the mess orbother of ice.Swanson said the hard plastic cold packs stay colder than soft-bag packs. And they’reless likely to break or get punctured.”Many parents freeze drink boxes to keep sandwiches or other foods cold. And thatis another option,” she said. “But then you have to be sure it thaws enough foryour child to have a drink at lunchtime.”Boxed drinks can leak, though. Freezing makes the liquid expand and that may tear thebox seams. One option for a lunchtime drink is UHT milk your child can safely drink atroom temperature. Swanson said most children like cold drinks, though, so freezing orchilling makes them more appealing.Using a cold source gives parents and kids more variety for lunch, too. If your onlychoices are room-temperature foods, you don’t have a lot of choices.”But one food that does stay safe and is nutritious is peanut butter,”Swanson said.Many children will eat peanut butter on apples, bananas, crackers, celery or insandwiches.But what about sandwiches with meats or salad-type fillings?last_img read more

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Healing Injuries with Acupuncture

first_imgAn injury can ruin your day on the trail in a split second and sideline you for weeks.  But before you wrap on a bandage and try to run through the pain, consider acupuncture.  Acupuncture is a tool of Chinese Medicine by which tiny, solid filament needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points to help the body heal naturally without drugs, surgery, or side effects.  Chinese medicine is a system of internal medicine treating everything from headaches to fibromyalgia to diabetes.  A branch of this, Die Da or “hit-fall” medicine, originated in Ancient China to treat injuries sustained from martial arts.  It quickly and effectively addresses trauma to any part of the body.Chinese medicine is based on the concept that “Qi” or vital energy flows through our bodies along with our blood.  Trauma can obstruct the flow of qi and blood, and if left untreated, or improperly treated, injury can become chronic, recurrent, or even debilitating.  Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a safe and effective medical therapy.  Acupuncture, combined with Tui na, a kind of massage, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi Gong or Tai Chi, and dietary therapy, are the major components of Chinese medicine and have been practiced for over 5000 years.The approach to treating sports injuries with Chinese Medicine differs from that of Western medicine in a few ways.  You have probably heard of the acronym R.I.C.E. from your doctor: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  Rest is obvious, and taking time to heal is essential.  Elevation is helpful as well.  Chinese medicine takes a different perspective on the ice and compression elements of this old adage, however.  Ice is rarely used in Chinese medicine.  The aphorism “Ice is for dead people,” explains the Chinese perspective.  In Chinese Medicine it is rarely used after the first 24 hours of an acute injury as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area.  It constricts the flow of blood and “qi” or vital energy in the area of the injury, further damaging the tissues.  Liniment or “herbal ice” is often used instead.Compression usually in the form of an elastic bandage wrapped snugly around an acute injury also stagnates blood and fluids, usually pushing them out to the outside edges of the bandage.  Here again, promoting the flow of blood and fluids by avoiding compression, helps the body heal faster.In more severe injuries, an x-ray or MRI is the best course to rule out fractures, ligament or tendon rupture.  In these cases Western diagnosis and treatment are important.  Acupuncture can be effective in speeding healing in these scenarios as well and in many cases can prevent the need for surgery.  When surgery is required, acupuncture is helpful in speeding recovery.  There are also topical and internal herbal remedies to stop bleeding immediately, ease pain and even knit broken bones.The most common sports injuries tend to be sprains.  This is especially common for trail runners.  Acupuncture can reduce pain and swelling in an acute sprain in a matter of minutes, reducing healing time dramatically.  Even for grade 2 and 3 sprains, where there is real ligament damage acupuncture is quite effective.  With sprains the earlier the treatment, the better.  Remember to only use ice for 10 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours.  See a practitioner of Chinese medicine as soon as possible.  Again, if severe, see your doctor to rule out tendon rupture or fracture.Tendonitis is also a very common sports injury caused by repetitive movement, and because it can rarely be traced back to an original injury, it is usually a late stage chronic pain by the time help is sought.  Tendonitis usually manifests in the rotator cuff, the Achilles tendon, wrist or even elbow.   A combination of acupuncture, massage, and liniment can make the biggest difference for this injury.  Carefully examining the movement that is causing this and retraining with amended position is essential.The type of pain, the aggravating factors, and the location are more important in diagnosing sports injuries than the severity of pain in Chinese medicine.  There are many types of pain indicating many types of injuries.  Pain that is shooting or refers down an extremity usually indicates nerve involvement.  Stabbing pain that gets better with exercise or dull pain that gets worse as the day goes on corresponds with different injuries. All can be treated equally well with Chinese Medicine.Whatever the injury, heal safely without drugs and reduce the need for surgery with Chinese Medicine, an inexpensive, holistic, benign therapy that works well independently or in conjunction with Western medicine.  Be sure to find a practitioner that is a licensed acupuncturist or diplomate of Oriental medicine with a four year degree.Dos and Don’ts:The sooner the better.The sooner the injury can be treated, the better the outcome.  Acupuncture frees the joint, the flow of blood and qi, vital energy, and facilitates healing.  However, if not treated, acute injuries can become chronic injuries.  Chronic injuries respond to acupuncture as well, though it may take longer to reach complete healing.How Long?Acute injury, depending on severity can be addressed in fewer treatments spaced closely together over a couple of weeks.  A more chronic injury tends to respond better to a weekly treatment over a longer period, depending on a variety of factors including severity, time of onset, and patient compliance.Ice is for dead peopleRemember to only use ice for 10 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area.SurgerySeeking a Western diagnosis is important.  Seeking acupuncture soon after can help prevent the need for surgery by removing obstacles to healing.  When surgery is necessary, Chinese Medicine is indispensable to pre-op preparation and speeding recovery time.A Knowledgeable LiaisonA good acupuncturist will recommend an x-ray or MRI for a more serious injury to rule out rupture of tendon or bone fracture.  They will also advise when and what sort of movement is helpful, and when to rest.  Remember only to see a licensed acupuncturist with a four-year degree in Chinese Medicine.Be open to herbsYour acupuncturist can prescribe a topical liniment made from Chinese herbs to help penetrate the joint or muscle, stop pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and disperse stagnant qi and blood.  Some topicals can stop bleeding, mend tendons, and even knit bone.Listen to your bodyChinese medicine is based on common sense.  Running or cycling through the pain may seem like a good idea, and sometimes, after the bulk of the healing has taken place, it is. Sometimes it truly slows healing.  Ask your acupuncturist.  She can also prescribe strengthening exercises and movements.Lara Ferguson Diaz, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM) is owner of Lutea Acupuncture & Herbs and practices at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville: 828-582-5403.last_img read more

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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Answers Questions From Public

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden fielded questions from the public Monday via a live Q&A session on The Guardian’s website. (Screen grab courtesy of The Guardian)Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on several of its most covert surveillance programs earlier this month, fielded questions from the public for about two hours Monday via a live Q&A chat on The Guardian‘s website.The 29-year-old, who’s been in Hong Kong since the end of May before being fired from consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, answered a range of inquiries spanning a host of topics, addressing remarks by US officials such as Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and former Vice President Dick Cheney that he is a “traitor” and insinuations he’s spying for the Chinese, to skepticism regarding the full extent of the outed programs.To the former, Snowden responded:“…it’s important to bear in mind I’m being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.”On the latter:“US Persons do enjoy limited policy protections (and again, it’s important to understand that policy protection is no protection – policy is a one-way ratchet that only loosens) and one very weak technical protection – a near-the-front-end filter at our ingestion points. The filter is constantly out of date, is set at what is euphemistically referred to as the ‘widest allowable aperture,’ and can be stripped out at any time. Even with the filter, US comms get ingested, and even more so as soon as they leave the border. Your protected communications shouldn’t stop being protected communications just because of the IP they’re tagged with.”“This country is worth dying for,” Snowden responded when asked what he’d “say to others who are in a position to leak classified information that could improve public understanding of the intelligence apparatus of the USA and its effect on civil liberties.”In response to whether he believed the treatment of other whistleblowers, such as former NSA crypto-mathematician William Binney and former NSA senior executive Thomas Drake, influenced his path and whether he felt the “system works,” Snowden warned:“Binney, Drake, [John] Kiriakou, and [Bradley] Manning are all examples of how overly-harsh responses to public-interest whistle-blowing only escalate the scale, scope, and skill involved in future disclosures. Citizens with a conscience are not going to ignore wrong-doing simply because they’ll be destroyed for it: the conscience forbids it. Instead, these draconian responses simply build better whistleblowers. If the Obama administration responds with an even harsher hand against me, they can be assured that they’ll soon find themselves facing an equally harsh public response.“This disclosure provides Obama an opportunity to appeal for a return to sanity, constitutional policy, and the rule of law rather than men. He still has plenty of time to go down in history as the President who looked into the abyss and stepped back, rather than leaping forward into it. I would advise he personally call for a special committee to review these interception programs, repudiate the dangerous ‘State Secrets’ privilege, and, upon preparing to leave office, begin a tradition for all Presidents forthwith to demonstrate their respect for the law by appointing a special investigator to review the policies of their years in office for any wrongdoing. There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny – they should be setting the example of transparency.”The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, who broke the news June 5 about the NSA’s collection of “the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon,” citing a “top secret court order issued in April,” began and ended the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST session. (Snowden revealed himself as the The Guardian‘s source in a video interview posted on its site June 9.)“1) Why did you choose Hong Kong to go to and then tell them about US hacking on their research facilities and universities?” he wrote. “2) How many sets of the documents you disclosed did you make, and how many different people have them? If anything happens to you, do they still exist?”Snowden’s responses:“1) First, the US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime. That’s not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it.“Second, let’s be clear: I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target. Not only that, when NSA makes a technical mistake during an exploitation operation, critical systems crash. Congress hasn’t declared war on the countries – the majority of them are our allies – but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people. And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we’re not even fighting? So we can potentially reveal a potential terrorist with the potential to kill fewer Americans than our own Police? No, the public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the “consent of the governed” is meaningless.“2) All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped,” he added.The Guardian‘s Q&A came a day after it published an expose based on “evidence…contained in documents – classified as top secret – which were uncovered by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and seen by the Guardian,” it reads, revealing that the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and NSA spied on allies including Turkey, South Africa and Russia at G20 summits by intercepting foreign politicians’ communications via among other techniques, fake Internet cafes.To read a full transcript of The Guardian’s Q&A session with Edward Snowden CLICK HERE.last_img read more

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More companies turn to solar energy to reduce rising electricity costs

first_imgDemand for rooftop solar panels has increased sharply in recent years as more companies and households turn to solar energy to meet their electricity needs, an executive of a rooftop solar panel leasing and service company has said.The managing director of rooftop solar panel leasing company PT Xurya Daya Indonesia (Xurya), Eka Himawan, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the number of companies that used solar energy had increased sharply because solar energy helped reduce electricity costs by up to 20 percent.“Demand for solar panels has increased significantly and we’re at a phase where it’s getting hard for supply to keep up with demand,” Eka said.  The total electricity produced from rooftop solar panels increased to around 4.92 megawatt as of December 2019.Meanwhile, the ministry’s renewable energy technical subdirectorate head, Martha Sibarani, said the government hoped the industrial sector could help boost the country’s renewable energy share toward the national energy mix.“Most solar panels have been installed on houses. If industries and businesses also use solar panels, then we’re sure that the share of renewable energy would spike,” she said.The increased use of the solar energy is expected to support the government’s efforts to achieve  23 percent renewable power production energy mix by 2025 as mandated by the General National Energy Planning road map. The country closed 2019 with a 12.36 percent renewable mix, far less than the 17.5 percent annual target on the road map.(mpr) Xurya, which was established in 2018, offers leasing and installment services for rooftop solar panels. The company has provided leasing and installation services to 20 companies engaged in the retail and manufacturing industries.Despite the rising growth rate, distrust over solar panel’s safety among manufacturing companies poses as a challenge for Xurya, he said.“Many companies think that electrical currents from solar panels could disrupt their electrical equipment It’s totally untrue,” he said.Users of solar panels in Indonesia increased from 351 users in January 2018 to 1,580 users in December 2019, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s data shows.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal target Wolves centre-back Willy Boly

first_imgAdvertisement Boly scored the winner in Wolves’ win over Besiktas last week (Getty Images)Boly was signed in a £10 million deal from Porto in 2017 and played a key role in helping Wolves get promoted to the Premier League last year.Boly will have one year left on his contract with Wolves at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 CityMeanwhile, Calum Chambers has praised David Luiz for the impact he has made at the club after the Brazilian scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday.‘David has been brilliant,’ said Chambersn. ‘He has come in and no-one in the club has a bad word to say about him.‘He is one of the nicest guys I have met, he talks to you, gives you advice and makes everyone feel like he is giving you his undivided attention.‘Obviously he was won things and I haven’t won as many things as he has so there are things I can learn from him, it is always good to have experience like that in the team.‘Off the pitch, he is a great guy and on the pitch he brings his qualities and is playing well at the moment.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal target Wolves centre-back Willy Boly Comment Advertisement Willy Boly is on Arsenal’s radar (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Wolves centre-back Willy Boly, according to reports.The Gunners streghtened their options in central defence this summer as they signed David Luiz from Chelsea.But Unai Emery is keen to bolster his defence even further in the January transfer window.According to The Sun, Boly is on Arsenal’s shortlist but Wolves will strive to keep the 28-year-old at Molineaux.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Oct 2019 3:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Shareslast_img read more

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Trinity adds new senior non-executive director

first_imgIndependent E&P company Trinity Exploration & Production has appointed a new senior independent non-executive director.Trinity said on Wednesday that Nicholas Clayton was named the new senior independent non-executive director with immediate effect.Clayton was also appointed as the chair of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.He previously provided strategic and corporate finance advice to, and has been a non-executive director of, a number of public and private oil and gas companies since 2007.Before that, Clayton held a series of senior oil and gas corporate finance roles, including global co-head of oil and gas corporate finance for Canaccord Adams and global head of oil and gas corporate finance for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.He started his career with BP, before moving into financial services where he specialized in the oil and gas sector.Clayton brings 37 years of experience in the oil and gas sector to the board as a director and as an adviser. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Alpha Petroleum Resources.Within the last five years, he previously held directorships or partnerships in Yellowstone Environmental Services, Sterling Energy, and Circle Oil.Bruce Dingwall, executive chairman of Trinity, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nick to our board. The breadth and depth of his sector specific advisory experience will provide the board with additional perspective and combined with our existing board members, strengthens the industry, M&A, and capital markets experience as we continue to grow and develop Trinity’s asset portfolio.”In recent company news, Trinity submitted the first phase of its field development plan for the TGAL Area, located on the Galeota Block, offshore Trinidad, to the country’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.The FDP, submitted earlier this month, is the first phase of a potential wider step-out development moving across the Galeota anticline to fully develop the reserves potential from the large volumes of oil in place which stand at around 700 mmbbls.last_img read more

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Urban Renewal

first_imgWhen most people think of urban renewal, their thoughts go to upgrading buildings, streets, and the like.  Mike Larson, the defensive coordinator for the Wendall Phillips Academy football team in Chicago, has his own version of urban renewal.  When school ended last spring, he told Jamal Brown that his summer assignment was to stay alive.Most of you have heard of all the shootings that have occurred in the lower-income areas of Chicago this past year.  Jamal Brown lives in one of these neighborhoods.  In fact, Coach Larson wanted Brown to stay with him, but he was remodeling this summer so he could not take Brown into his home.  This is what has happened in Brown’s family since he was a small child.  (1) his father died of a heart attack; (2) his mother was a drug addict and finally wound up in jail; (3) he went to live with his grandmother and while there she was shot and killed by his grandfather; (4) he was raised by an aunt who finally took Jamal to Chicago from Detroit.  Now you know why he was told to just try to stay alive.The Academy did not win this year’s state title, but they did finish runner-up.  All of their senior football players will graduate in June.  This includes Jamal.  Just a few short years ago, Phillips Academy was on the “fail” list as a school, but now they have the top state ranking in Illinois.  The football coaches do not take credit for all of this improvement, but they certainly had been a dominating factor in keeping these kids along with their friends in school.last_img read more

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Indiana AG urges caution when seeking storm damage repairs

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is advising residents to approach storm damage repairs with caution. Be vigilant when selecting workers or companies to restore damage caused by recent storms.Hill has launched “Double check before you write a check” – a consumer protection campaign aimed at safeguarding Hoosiers from fraudulent business practices in the wake of severe weather that leaves homes, vehicles or other property damaged.Hill says residents should thoroughly scrutinize businesses or individuals that offer services door-to-door. Property owners should check backgrounds and always remember the best decision is an informed decision.Consider following these tips: Avoid agreeing to any repair or restoration work on the spot during initial contact with anyone offering services. Do not immediately sign contracts or agreements of any kind without first gathering information and researching businesses. Look for signs of credibility such as official websites that can be easily navigated and verified. Seek reviews and testimonials from former customers.Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed after a severe weather event. They may do so by visiting here or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

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