first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as five stages that highlight different regions of California for the very first time.An all-star field featuring 144 of the world’s most talented and decorated cyclists will come together in California May 10-17 to compete on the eight-day route covering 724.1 miles of the state’s most stunning and recognizable roadways, highways and coastline drives. Every year, the Amgen Tour of California serves as a testament to athletic greatness of the participants, captivating audiences with thrilling sprints, climbs and overall race strategy, and the tenth edition of the Amgen Tour of California will raise the bar to its highest level yet.Starting in front of California’s iconic State Capitol building, the first two stages are the flattest and should make for exciting moments with some of the world’s best sprinters facing-off during the race’s first weekend giving fans a “first taste” of the anticipated bunch sprints to the finish expected in several stages. As for uphill challenges, riders will be tested by more than 43,000 feet of climbing throughout their eight days on the course including much anticipated encounters with Mount Hamilton and Mt. Baldy, which will serve up climbs as challenging as any in North America.The final decisive days of the race will be highlighted by the Individual Time Trial set in beautiful, high-altitude Big Bear Lake and the Queen Stage finish at the top of Mt. Baldy with its 1,900-foot elevation gain in the final 4.3 miles, over eight percent average gradient. On the final race day which begins at L.A. LIVE, the overall title will be up for grabs until the finish line at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.“We’ve reached a milestone this year with the tenth edition of the race, and we want everything to reflect that cache, from the best lineup of teams we’ve ever had to an unbelievably beautiful and exciting route,” said Kristin Bachochin Klein, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “All of the pieces of the race have come together to set the stage for something truly legendary and memorable. I think it’s going to be a year for the record books.”The 2015 Amgen Tour of California will have something spectacular to see every day (route and start times are subject to change):Stage 1, Presented by Visit California Sunday, May 10 – Sacramento Start/Finish Location: State Capitol Building, L Street & 11th Street Start Time: 11:00 a.m. Stage Length: 127 milesFast and flat, with water and bridges galore… Stage 1 is destined to be a sprinter’s delight. Each year, the Amgen Tour of California endeavors to highlight areas of the Golden State that it has never been to before, and the new Stage 1 course definitely accomplishes this.After an initial crossing of the Sacramento River via the iconic Tower Bridge, the race will pass quickly through West Sacramento to River Road. From here, the race will follow the winding Sacramento River through the small towns of Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. The stage’s fourth bridge crossing will take the race back over the river into Isleton. A few miles later, the route again crosses the river into Rio Vista and the heart of the California Delta region.The riders will then head north through Solano County into one of the most popular alumni race cities, Davis. Continuing north through Woodland, the route turns east and heads back to West Sacramento, across Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River for the fourth and final time. Heading straight toward the State Capitol building, the riders will enter onto the same finishing circuits that have delivered huge crowds and have showcased some of the most exciting sprint finishes in the history of the Amgen Tour of California. In 2014, the sprint between legendary fast men Mark Cavendish and John Degenkolb resulted in the closest margin of victory in race history – a mere three millimeters!Stage 2, Presented by Breakaway from Cancer® Monday, May 11 – Nevada City to Lodi Start Location: Broad Street & Pine Street Finish Location: Hutchins Street & Walnut Street Start Time: 11:00 a.m. Stage Length: 120 milesWith just one climb and elevations of 2,500 feet in Nevada City, which is hosting its third race start, and a more gentle climb of 55 feet in Lodi, this will likely be another sprinter-friendly stage. After a short circuit on the historic Nevada City Classic course, the riders will head into Grass Valley where another warm reception will await. From Grass Valley, the peloton will head due south on two race favorites: Rattlesnake Road and Dog Bar Road.The route passes just east of Auburn this year over the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge, the tallest bridge in California. From here, the riders can look over their shoulders to the American River some 730 feet below and the start of the Highway 49 climb. Once they reach the King of the Mountain (KOM), it is a fast downhill route into Lodi. On the way, the stage will cross several railroad crossings and past several vineyards that have established Lodi as the “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” Expect a shootout between some of the top sprinters in the world as the peloton reaches the finishing circuits downtown.Stage 3 Tuesday, May 12 – San Jose Start Location: Berryessa Community Center Finish Location: Motorcycle County Park Start Time: 11:15 a.m. Stage Length: 105 milesThis will be the race’s tenth consecutive year in San Jose, the only host city to earn that distinction. The start returns to the Berryessa Community Center from which riders will head toward Livermore on a familiar route via Calaveras Road. This is a very narrow and twisty road that makes it easy for a breakaway group to escape out of sight of the peloton. Once the race reaches Livermore, the route turns onto Mines Road. Not only is this another road with scores of opportunities for a break to get clear of the main field, it is also a harbinger of things to come: Mount Hamilton. Yes, the race will head up the “backside” of the 4,216-foot behemoth.Reaching the KOM, the cyclists will face a very steep and technical descent of Mount Hamilton. At the bottom awaits the fifth and final KOM via Quimby Road will truly separate the climbers from the rest of the peloton. Descending back into San Jose, the route will use San Felipe Road to reach Metcalf Road. Many will recall Metcalf Road as part of the 2013 Individual Time Trial. For 2015, the race will come to the same finish at the Motorcycle County Park, but from the other direction. The four miles of Metcalf Road are highlighted by short rolling climbs with a final 0.25-mile climb to the finish featuring gradients over 10 percent.Stage 4 Wednesday, May 13 – Pismo Beach to Avila Beach Start Location: Pismo Beach Pier Finish Location: Front Street & San Antonia Street Start Time: 11:30 a.m. Stage Length: 107 milesThis will be another day for the sprinters to rule. With less than eight miles separating these two alumni cities, some riders may be hoping for a very short race day. But, tack on another 100 miles, and throw in some hidden gems of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and you have the makings of a route destined to become a fan favorite. Pismo Beach will host a reprise of the 2014 Stage 5 start on the pier. The route will then head south through the seaside town of Grover Beach and the rustic community of Guadeloupe. As the race continues down Highway 1 and through the town of Orcutt, many of the local cyclists will recognize roads that are used for races in the Santa Maria area. As the route turns onto idyllic Foxen Canyon Road, the peloton will be treated to lush vineyard and winery views. A left turn will put the race on Tepusquet Road, where many of the riders will see similarities to Morgan Territory Road used in 2013 near Livermore.Along the 15 miles of Tepusquet, the riders will be treated to cool breezes, plenty of shade, tranquil farms and ranches. Perhaps it will take their minds off the long climb they are on. Reaching the descent of Tepusquet, the route turns left, and the racers will be able to smell the sea breeze all the way to the finish. A right turn onto Thompson Avenue, and many of the riders will realize they are on the same route into Avila Beach that they raced on in 2013. Arroyo Grande will again produce a great crowd at the final sprint of the day. Spectators will again line the narrow roads in Avila Beach awaiting another amazing finish. Will it be another solo rider like Jens Voigt, who rode clear to victory in 2013, or will they be treated to a field sprint?Stage 5, Presented by Visit California Thursday, May 14 – Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita Start Location: Cabrillo Boulevard & Garden Street Finish Location: Magic Mountain Parkway Start Time: 11:45 a.m. Stage Length: 98 milesWith warm breezes coming off the beach across from the start line, it will be just as difficult to leave Santa Barbara as it was in 2008 when the riders took the same route into Santa Clarita. Winding their way through picturesque Montecito and Carpinteria, the riders will be getting their legs ready for two short but steep KOMs as they approach Lake Casitas. A fast descent down Highway 150 will take them alongside the lake and into Ojai. Following another KOM up Dennison Grade, the race will return to the charming town of Santa Paula, the base of Balcom Canyon looms just a few miles away.For many local riders, Balcom Canyon is just too steep and imposing a climb to even attempt. Walking up the top section is the only option for many. This is a unique climb where the riders can easily see the KOM from the start of the climb. Crowd estimates have been as high as 5,000 fans. Definitely a great place to watch the race come by… slowly.Following a “white-knuckle” descent of Grimes Canyon, the route heads through the orange groves near the small town of Piru, and the race starts its 13-mile eastward push on Highway 126 toward Santa Clarita. A prevailing tailwind should help keep the race together and treat the crowd in Santa Clarita to another massive field sprint on perfect wide roads.Stage 6, Presented by Lexus Friday, May 15 – Big Bear Lake Individual Time Trial Start Location: Village Drive & Pine Knot Avenue Finish Location: Pine Knot Marina Start Time: 1:00 p.m. Stage Length: 15 milesAt 6,752 feet and featuring one of the most beautiful lakes in all of California, the City of Big Bear Lake will host of the Individual Time Trial. The course begins in the heart of the Village in Big Bear Lake. The first three miles of the route wind through a residential area along the south shore of the lake. Taking the Stanfield Cutoff across the lake, the course turns left and continues on Highway 38 to the town of Fawnskin. As the route turns back to the City of Big Bear Lake, expect large crowds in Fawnskin to cheer the riders coming and going. The return back into Big Bear Lake will essentially follow the same route.As the route makes a right onto Big Bear Blvd., with just 0.6 miles left, the riders will make a right onto Pine Knot Avenue for the final sprint to the finish line and onto a 1,000-foot jetty greeted by thousands of cheering fans. Cyclists are presented to a one-of-a-kind waterfront finish with spectacular panoramic views of Big Bear Lake. This is very flat and fast course that will favor time trial specialists. Don’t expect riders to score huge time gaps over their rivals to take a big lead going into Stage 7.Stage 7, Presented by Lexus Saturday, May 16 – Ontario to Mt. Baldy (Queen Stage) Start/Finish Location: Mt. Baldy Ski Area Start Time: 11:35 a.m. Stage Length: 80 milesIt’s been called the “Queen Stage” and compared to the epic stages of the European Grand Tours – a return to the mountaintop finish that thrilled so many fans in 2011 and 2012. This is the training ground for many of the local riders in Southern California. Only handfuls have done the entire route, but after the 2012 stage, this is now one of hottest Strava segments in the U.S. It is very possible that the winner of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will be decided on the final 15 switchbacks to the finish on Mt. Baldy.The race will begin at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, the largest indoor arena in California’s Inland Empire and home to several professional sports teams.The route heads north to Rancho Cucamonga and then west to Upland. Just six miles from the start, the route rejoins the 2011/2012 routes. From here, the riders will start an 11-mile climb to the Village of Mt. Baldy. After an acute left, the racers will face another mile of climbing up Glendora Ridge Road to their first of three monster KOMs. From there, they will navigate 12 miles of narrow and twisting roads that gradually descend to a fast and technical descent down the backside of Glendora Mountain Road. Riders and fans alike can expect spectacular vistas throughout the Angeles National Forest. Another descent down East Fork will take the riders to Highway 39 and the town of Azusa. Heading east, they’ll race through the outskirts of Glendora.The locals know it as “GMR,” and GMR takes no prisoners. A left turn onto Glendora Mountain Road will lead the peloton to a grueling nine-mile climb to the second KOM of the day followed by 12 miles of a slight climb back to Baldy Village. A left turn back onto Baldy Road will see the race gain 1,000 feet in just three miles… and the real climbing will not have even begun! At Ice House Canyon, the route makes a hard left turn where the sign to the ski area points toward the sky. Over the next 2.5 miles, the riders will face 10 switchbacks on a road so steep that many of the race vehicles cannot make it to the top. With 1.2 miles to go, the road will straighten and the finish will be in view. At 0.25 miles to go, the route makes a hard left, and the racers will face the final five switchbacks to the finish line. This will be the stage where legends are made and winners are decided.Stage 8, Presented by Amgen Sunday, May 17 – L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles) to the Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena) Start Location: L.A. LIVE (Chick Hearn Court) Finish Location: Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium Start Time: 9:15 a.m. Stage Length: 60 milesWhat better way to celebrate the uniqueness of Los Angeles than a Stage 8 route that highlights countless iconic images in downtown L.A. and a tour through the heart of several well-known neighborhoods? The day will begin in the heart of L.A.’s famous sports and entertainment district. The start line will span Chick Hearn Court and connect STAPLES Center (home of the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers) and L.A. LIVE (home of the annual GRAMMY, Emmy and Espy Awards as well as race presenter AEG’s worldwide headquarters).The early morning start will begin with a five-mile circuit that incorporates a portion of the 2010 Time Trial route. The circuit will highlight the Biltmore Hotel, Pershing Square, City Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Los Angeles Music Center, STAPLES Center, and L.A. LIVE. Upon completing five laps and an hour of racing in downtown L.A., the race will head north to its ultimate conclusion in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The neighborhoods of Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Highland Park and Eagle Rock will all get a chance to watch the peloton race over their streets.Entering Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., the Colorado Street Bridge will reprise its 2014 role as a backdrop to the beautiful Arroyo Seco. As the peloton drops into Arroyo Seco Park and the familiar environs of the Rose Bowl Stadium, the riders will do nearly one complete 3.1-mile circuit of the Rose Bowl Stadium before reaching the finish line on West Drive. The lap counter will read seven laps to go, after which the winner of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will take his place on the podium.For further information about the Amgen Tour of California and to experience the race like never before with VIP Access, please visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.About the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaThe Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions. Amgen Tour of California is listed on the international professional cycling calendar (2 HC, meaning “beyond category”), awarding important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. More information is available at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.This year, the men’s course will traverse more than 700 miles and wind through 13 host cities, including Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, L.A. LIVE (Downtown Los Angeles) and Pasadena. The women’s three-day stage race will travel more than 150 miles through South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, followed by a 15-mile Invitational Time Trial in Big Bear Lake.Interested in becoming a part of the race? Visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/sponsorship for details.About AmgenAmgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.About AEGAEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, StubHub Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Best Buy Theater Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at www.aegworldwide.com. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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first_imgLatest Stories Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content That was all right with us. The top part was the pretty part of Elvis.And, too, he could sing like nobody’s business – rock ’n’ roll songs, patriotic songs, love songs, Christmas songs, gospel songs. I could understand every word he said.But Michael Jackson? I can’t understand a thing that he’s hollering about. It’s just racket to my ears. That’s not to say that he didn’t have talent because when he was with the Jackson Five, that little fellow could sing. He had a voice with incredible range.And at one time, he was a nice looking young man. Then he went and pinched his nose almost off his face and tried to turn himself white and started walking around with an umbrella over his head. I thought that was odd. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Michael Jackson is dead, and I’m sorry about that.I’m sorry when anyone dies.But if I turn on the television and see him gyrating across the screen one more time, I’m going to take my granddaddy’s double-barrel shotgun and blow the thing to smithereens. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like Road department needs proper funding this year If we’re going to keep our roads and bridges running, we’re going to have to have more revenue. So says… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Jackson’s gone; enough is enough Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Then he put up a merry-go-round in his backyard and invited little children over to play with him and stay and spend the night … and that was odd.Michael Jackson was an odd ball, and I find it hard to view him as an icon. There was just way too much controversy surrounding him. He married Lisa Marie Presley for show and dangled his baby – or somebody’s baby – over a balcony. He was at odds with his family and high-tailed in out of the country to some distant hideaway. He was accused of child molestation but a jury found him not guilty, but juries do strange things. One jury let “the Juice” a-loose.Then Jackson married a woman and paid her to have his(?) babies, but all that anyone knows for sure is that they are her children. No one knows, as Miss Mattie would have said, who sired them.So, I’m not sure why, now weeks, after his death, Michael Jackson is the subject of every entertainment news show on television and every radio talk show and on the cover of every entertainment magazine. And, that people, who two months ago, were ready to send him to the looney bin are now bowing down to worship him.For sure, he had a drug problem – prescription or otherwise – and probably was – he himself – the “great enabler” but some doctor’s going to get his reputation tarnished in an effort to put a little polish on the Michael Jackson legacy.There’s no doubt that some members of Jackson’s family are grieving, but some are gravy-ing. His dad is jockeying for dollars in the six figures and his sister is trying to cash in on his passing. And, there will be royalties on everything from Michael Jackson umbrellas and white, kid gloves to cigarette lighters and coffee mugs. His records will sell like hotcakes and, for the next thousand years, all of the legalities over the Jackson children and the Jackson estate will consume the airwaves.But maybe, from time to time, the entertainment news will take a short break from the Jackson ordeal to mention some “insignificant things” like the murder of a couple in Pensacola that was known for adopting children with developmental disabilities and other special needs. “Tonight, in other news ….” By Jaine Treadwell Admittedly, I’m not a Michael Jackson fan.I don’t like the noise that he makes and what he calls dancing is just plain vulgar.I’m from the Elvis generation, and I well remember that, when he was going to be on the Ed Sullivan Show, the cameras were only allowed to show him from the waist up so the television audience couldn’t see him wiggle his hips. By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Published 7:35 am Saturday, July 18, 2009 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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first_imgThe short-term behavioural effects of helicopter overflights on breeding king penguins Aptenodytes patagonicus at South Georgia were examined. Seventeen helicopter overflights were made at altitudes between 230 and 1768 m above ground level. Noise from aircraft engines increased sound levels in the colony from a background level of 65-69 dB(A) to a maximum mean peak level of 80 dB(A) during overflights. Penguin behaviour changed significantly during all overflights at all altitudes compared to the pre- and post-flight periods. Pre-overflight behaviour resumed within 15 minutes of the aircraft passing overhead and no chicks or eggs were taken by predators during overflights. Non-incubating birds showed an increased response with reduced overflight altitude, but this was not observed in incubating birds. Variability in overflight noise levels did not affect significantly the behaviour of incubating or non-incubating birds. Penguins exhibited a reduced response to overflights as the study progressed (despite later flights generally being flown at lower altitudes) suggesting some degree of habituation to aircraft. To minimise disturbance to king penguins we recommend that overflights are undertaken at the maximum altitude that is operationally practical or avoided altogether.last_img read more


first_img View post tag: welcomes Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and his delegation visited SLN Dockyard in Trincomalee on 25th November 2012.They were provided with a harbor cruise as well as an opportunity to visit the Naval Museum, Chapel Hill and Navy House in Trincomalee during their visit.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 29, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy Training & Education View post tag: SLN Sri Lanka: SLN Dockyard Welcomes Archbishop of Colombo Share this article View post tag: Colombo Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: SLN Dockyard Welcomes Archbishop of Colombo center_img View post tag: Naval November 29, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Dockyard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Archbishoplast_img read more


first_imgFor more information on Harvard’s celebration, visit the 375th anniversary website. Preparations are under way for Harvard’s 375th celebration in Tercentenary Theatre on Friday. Wondering how to plan a party for 5,000 of your closest friends? This is what you’ll need:10,000 fresh strawberries3,840 square feet of dance floor670 pounds of Taza chocolate450 gallons of Richardson’s ice cream200 gallons of cider160 vocalists93 musicians47 student performance groups18 bushels of local apples5 stages4 walls of LED lights1 celloInterested in baking a red velvet cake for 5,000? For the cake:128 pounds of butter800 cups of sugar1,000 eggs500 egg yolks1,100 cups of cake flour63 cups of red food coloring10 cups of vanilla extract10 cups of baking soda16 gallons of buttermilk16 gallons of crème fraîche125 cups of cocoa powder21 cups of saltFor the frosting:150 pounds of butter490 cups of sugar560 egg whites19 gallons of milk14 cups of vanilla extract4 cups of salt75 cups of flourlast_img read more


first_imgIn October 2012, as part of a gift made by the Hutchins Family Foundation at the direction of Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83, to support the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard, a fundraising challenge was established to encourage alumni and friends of the University to join him in supporting the Harvard Houses — the foundation of the undergraduate experience — through House renewal, one of the priorities of The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences.Home to dining, advising, and student programming, the Houses are hubs for academic and social learning at Harvard. They bring together undergraduates, faculty, graduate students, and mentors in communities that encourage exploration beyond the classroom, expand opportunities for collaboration and discovery, and allow students to experience the full breadth of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education.“I am pleased to support Harvard leaders in fostering the world’s finest undergraduate education,” says Hutchins. “To my mind, the Houses form the vital core of the college experience at Harvard. This is why we created the Hutchins Family Challenge.”The result of the challenge, now completed, was more than $50 million for House renewal from 40 generous gifts. Through this initiative, Hutchins and his family showed that there are many others who feel just as strongly about the important role that residential education plays in the lives of Harvard undergraduates.“Winthrop was my home while at Harvard, the place where I discovered new things about myself and met lifelong friends. The challenge was a great way for us to be a part of this new vision for the Houses,” said John D. Avery ’86, who made a gift with his wife, Jill, that will name an advising community in Winthrop House, the next slated for renewal.In the late 19th century, the growth of Harvard’s student body was fast outpacing its dormitory capacity. This meant that by 1900 only 27 percent of undergraduates lived in University housing, and living in nearby apartments was considerably more expensive.In an attempt to provide a more robust residential College experience and remove the social barriers that came from the variety of local housing options, President A. Lawrence Lowell embarked on an acquisition and building campaign that inaugurated the Harvard House system. Since their inception, the Houses have become models for residential life. Today, 97 percent of upperclassmen live in one of the 12 undergraduate Houses.Some of the Harvard Houses are now nearly 100 years old and, while they have served generations of Harvard students well, they are in need of improvement to better meet the social, technological, and programming demands of 21st-century students. Seeking to enhance academic and social support, planners are designing spaces that maximize community interactions and include everything from “smart” classrooms to art rooms, music practice spaces, and areas for socializing.“House life provides truly transformative experiences. Our Houses are special places, communities second to none, where learning becomes understanding,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.To date, portions of Quincy House (Stone Hall) and Leverett House (McKinlock Hall) have been completed, and Dunster House — the first complete House to undergo renewal — welcomed its newest residents at the start of this academic year.last_img read more


first_imgOn Feb. 13 the Faculty Council heard updates on the quantitative reasoning requirement and on course registration.The Council next meets on Feb. 27. The preliminary deadline for the March 5 meeting of the Faculty is Feb. 19 at noon.last_img


first_img Welcome James Corden to Late Night March 23 on CBS You know who’s one funny dude? That James Corden fellow. So naturally, we’re thrilled the Tony winner and Into the Woods movie star is officially the new host of The Late Late Show, succeeding Craig Ferguson. We have only one condition: Lots and lots of Broadway guests. We’re counting on you, James. Don’t let us down. The spring season is full swing, and there’s so much to do in New York City this week, it’s making our heads spin. Or maybe our heads are spinning because we’re watching the Patti LuPone washing machine musical Love Cycle again. Anyway, where were we? Oh right, this week’s picks! Check out a few of the awesome things going on in the Big Apple and beyond. See a Beautiful Blast From the Past March 23 at Birdland Jessie Mueller and Anika Larsen might have only left the hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical a few weeks ago, but if you’re like us, you’re already going through serious withdrawal. Not that new stars Chilina Kennedy and Jessica Keenan Wynn aren’t amazing, but it’s fun to get the old gang back together for one last encore at Larsen’s Sing You To Sleep concert, featuring special guests Mueller and Jarrod Spector. We’ll bring the tissues. Click for tickets! Take a Field Trip to Eden March 24 at 54 Below We’ve always imagined the Garden of Eden to be a utopia somewhere far, far away from New York City—but it’s actually underground on 54th Street! Stephen Schwartz and a bevy of Broadway stars will perform the composer’s 1991 musical Children of Eden at theater hot spot 54 Below. There aren’t any green witches in it, but don’t worry, there’s a green snake. Click for tickets! Pay Your Respects at Fun Home March 27 at Circle in the Square Theatre Last season, the off-Broadway premiere of Fun Home was the hottest ticket in town. Now it’s taken up residence on Broadway, featuring original stars Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and more. Based on the graphic novel, the new musical tells the story of Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her father. It also has the best song about keys we’ve ever heard. Click for tickets! Get a Whiff of Something Rotten March 23 at the St. James Theatre Whoo, what’s that smell? No, it’s not the garbage on 8th Avenue thawing out after a long winter—it’s the sweet stench of hilarity! The new musical comedy Something Rotten begins performances on Broadway starring Brian D’Arcy James, John Cariani and Christian Borle. And we hear it stinks. You know, in the best way possible. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgHoliday shopping is over. But whether buying pet medications from Canada or discount tickets to a local concert, consumers are doing more and more of their day-to-day shopping online. To ensure the safety of year-round Internet purchases, a University of Georgia expert offers a few tips.“Shopping from home saves time and can save money,” said Bill Blum, an information specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But you don’t want the convenience of shopping in your pjs to lead to someone stealing your identity and your money.”It’s Blum’s job to teach CAES employees how to shop wisely using university funds. To reduce risk when making online purchases, whether you are using personal or business funds, Blum offers these tips:1) Don’t click on website links provided in emails. Take the time to type the website address into your web browser. “This takes a little longer, but it reduces your chances of encountering malicious links,” he said.2) Use unique and strong passwords for each website that requires one. “A good rule of thumb is to create a ‘root’ password, something that is complex and unique and combines letters and numbers,” Blum said. “Then add characters that are unique to the website you are shopping on, like ‘Am’ for Amazon.”3) Make sure the website you are shopping on is a secure website. “Secure website addresses begin with https://,” he said. “If the website begins with http:// it is not a secure one, and you should not enter your credit card information.”A secure site will usually have a graphic of a lock somewhere on the web address bar, Blum said. “If you use Internet Explorer, the lock will usually be in the lower right corner. In Firefox, it’s usually in the middle of the bottom border.”4) If you use PayPal, log in frequently and check the history of transactions to ensure your account has not been compromised. “Be very wary of emails that appear to come from PayPal and inform you of a problem with your account,” Blum said. “NEVER click on a link within an email that supposedly came from PayPal. It could direct you to a look-alike site that captures your PayPal user id and password.”5) Be suspicious of emails that confirm shipping or direct you to a shopping site. Remember, web links should be copied and pasted, if used at all, from e-mail messages. “It’s always better to access a vendor through the front door by typing in to their root website address,” he said. Also, delete email messages that claim to provide tracking information, but don’t include a tracking number. “It may take a little longer, but it’s always better to track a package through the vendor’s website,” Blum said.For more tips on shopping safely online, see the National Retail Federation at www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=Pages&sp_id=883#Online.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo October 21, 2010 Bolivia should avoid Chile, using the Port of Ilo for its exports, it has the ability to isolate Northern Chile (a country that has what it has by robbing Bolivia) Bolivia and Peru put an end Tuesday to years of political friction between their presidents, Evo Morales and Alan García, with an agreement that will allow the highland country to have access to the Pacific Ocean for its vital exports, a rapprochement characterized as historic. The socialist Morales and the liberal García sealed the pact in the port of Ilo, in southern Peru, expanding an agreement signed in 1992 by which Peru ceded an industrial and commercial foreign-trade zone to landlocked Bolivia. “This meeting is in order to relaunch a new friendship, a new strategy of integrating Bolivia with Peru,” Morales said in a speech following the signing of the agreement, on a platform set up at the edge of the sea, which served as a backdrop. Morales, an indigenous leader opposed to the free market and allied with the leftist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, arrived in Peru with a large entourage of military and civilian authorities for a visit of less than a day. This is the first relatively significant agreement between Morales and García, under whose administrations trade between the two neighboring countries has remained at low levels. With the 1992 agreement, Peru ceded to Bolivia a coastal strip located seventeen kilometers from Ilo, between the southern departments of Moquegua and Tacna, the latter of which borders on Chile. The pact has a renewable ninety-nine-year term. In addition, Peru granted a land area of 163.5 hectares within the Ilo Industrial Foreign-Trade Zone. BOLIVIA ON THE PACIFIC Now, the pact has been expanded with greater port facilities and facilities for free transit in the area granted to Bolivia, where it will be possible to establish Bolivian industries and shipping warehouses for the export of the country’s products, such as minerals. The pact will also enable Bolivia to have a berth for its naval ships and an annex of its Naval School. The agreement also renews for ninety-nine years a tourist foreign-trade zone in Ilo, in which a sport and fishing pier will be able to be constructed with Bolivian capital, and the area of the grant was extended from 2 square kilometers to 3.6 square kilometers, to be called “Mar Bolivia” [Bolivia Sea], according to the pact signed. “This supplementary protocol opens the intercontinental door to us; the sea is for world trade, the sea is so that the products of our peoples can circulate and have access to these ports,” affirmed Morales, who appeared emotionally moved and promised investments worth millions in the terminal. “Ninety-nine years: that gives us confidence to make significant investments in the port of Ilo,” the indigenous president said. The presidents signed the “Ilo Declaration” that sealed the pact, which includes exemptions in the areas of customs duties, taxes, and labor law, as well as the completion in 2011 of 314 kilometers of highway still to be built between Tacna and La Paz. The presidential event was facilitated, according to the La Paz administration, by the recent handover by Lima of two Bolivian right-wing former officials who had taken refuge in Peru in order to evade corruption charges. Morales and García – a fervent promoter of private investment – have clashed several times in the last four years over issues of ideology and of international politics. Peru went without an ambassador in La Paz for forty-five days last year after Morales characterized as a “neoliberal genocide” the deaths of thirty-four police officers and members of indigenous communities in a protest in the Peruvian Amazon against García’s administration, which will conclude next year. RELATIONS WITH CHILE The pact between Peru and Bolivia comes at a time in which both countries maintain disagreements over the maritime border and access to the sea, respectively, with their neighbor Chile. Bolivia has concentrated its efforts on obtaining sovereign access to the sea by way of the northern Chilean port of Arica, something that Santiago has rejected several times. Peru, Bolivia, and Chile confronted one another in the nineteenth century in what is known as the War of the Pacific, in which Peru lost the region of Arica and Bolivia lost its access to the sea. A treaty between Lima and Santiago establishes that any cession of sovereignty by Chile to Bolivia regarding former Peruvian territory should take place in consultation with Peru. “Our return to the sea is something that Bolivians cannot renounce. This work will continue, we hope, so that with the understanding of all, one day Bolivia may recover sovereign access to the sea,” Morales affirmed. President García, after highlighting the signing of the agreement expanding Bolivia’s access to the sea for its exports, welcomed this new relationship with Morales that puts an end to “old quarrels” and supported the Bolivian ambition to obtain access to the sea. “I believe, friend and brother president, that this is much more than the words or the literary perspectives that have sometimes separated us; these are historic acts in favor of our peoples,” the president said during his speech. “We are interested in strengthening our South American people and saying, as I said in 1990, that Peru will never be an obstacle in the bilateral dialogue that should lead to Bolivia recovering its sovereign access to the sea,” García noted. Morales and García, who embraced several times as a sign of friendship and awarded decorations to one another, laid a wreath at the statue of the Peruvian hero of the war with Chile, Adm. Miguel Grau.last_img read more