John Harvard ‘speaks’

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ0OYJC1kis” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/OZ0OYJC1kis/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> This week, the John Harvard Statue comes alive.Don’t be alarmed if you amble past the famed bronze sculpture after dark and it speaks to you. It’s supposed to.For the next week, Daniel Chester French’s iconic work will be animated by the faces, voices, and gestures of Harvard students as part of “John Harvard Projection,” a video installation created by artist and Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko.“The sculpture is already a student,” said Wodiczko, who added that projecting images of current students onto the statue will entertain, create conversation, and refresh the statue as a work of art of many voices. “In this way,” he said, “the statue can be a kind of vehicle for creating some sort of community.”’John Harvard Projection’ A behind the scenes look at the “John Harvard Projection” created by Harvard Graduate School of Design Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko. The video installation uses the images, voices, and gestures of Harvard students to animate the John Harvard Statue. Born in Poland during the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, Wodiczko uses large-scale projections on monuments and public facades to engage challenging social issues and often a lend voice to those who are unable or reluctant to speak. His 2012 animation of the Abraham Lincoln statue in New York City’s Union Square offered veterans and their families the chance to discuss the trauma of war. In 1998, he illuminated Boston’s Bunker Hill Monument with the images and voices of mothers whose children had been murdered. Other projects have involved immigrants and homeless men and women.At Harvard, the artist wanted to offer students from across the University ­— some of whom might want their voices to be heard more ­­­— the chance to express themselves. He encouraged them to discuss their undergraduate or graduate experiences. Many also chose to speak about their lives before Cambridge, or their post-graduation plans, hopes, and dreams.Krzysztof Wodiczko. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerTheir years at Harvard represent “the present time in which the past and the future dwell,” said Wodiczko, “from which one becomes a new person.”Tiffany Agard ’15 welcomed the chance to briefly become part of one of the world’s most-photographed statues.“You representing John Harvard, and John Harvard representing you is a very powerful statement for owning your place on this campus and for really affirming your spot and your presence here,” she said. “I think it also provides an incredible platform for discussion.”To create the work, Wodiczko and his team, including GSD students and members of the Boston-based design firm Materials & Methods, first captured the students on film and took a 3-D scan of the statue. Using special software, they transformed the videos into a type of pixilated “mesh” image that can wrap around the sculpture’s face and hands. The final result brings the statue to life with the voices and faces from Harvard’s student body.The Harvard University Committee on the Arts commissioned Wodiczko to create a high-profile public art installation this spring as part of its ongoing commitment to incorporating art more fully into University life. It’s a project with students at its core. Wodiczko began discussing the idea last fall in his seminar “Art, Design, and the Public Domain,” recalled GSD student Scott Valentine, who worked closely with the artist on the installation.“We were seeing how we could intervene with the statue on some level, because it does have this prescribed and cultural history here on campus. But we really wanted to think about how we could update it,” said Valentine. “What better way to reanimate the statue than with the current student body?”Students first met with the artist, who discussed his previous projection works and the idea behind the John Harvard piece. But he offered little in the way of direction. Instead, Wodiczko encouraged the students to “think about what it is that ought to be said in public that is not discussed enough in public.”Next, the students signed up to be videotaped discussing their thoughts. Hope, anxiety, a desire to be successful, the urge to make a difference, and the importance of connecting with others emerged as recurring themes from the roughly 30 interviews.Senior Aticus Peterson spoke about the “amazing people” he regularly meets at Harvard. He also expressed his frustration with those who don’t acknowledge their own vulnerabilities or weaknesses.“One of the things we are really good at is putting on a face,” he said, “and acting like we’re doing well, acting like we’re successful.” Peterson said some of his most valuable Harvard connections have come “when both people are wiling to admit things they are struggling with or to admit that vulnerability.”Gerald Jean-Baptiste, a student in the arts in education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the son of Haitian immigrants, discussed feeling isolated on campus because of a lack “of people who look like me.”“If I am John Harvard in the statue, if I am knowledge, if I am representing knowledge,” he said, “there is none of me here.”Sophomore Kristen Shim, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1970s from South Korea, talked about how being at Harvard meant being part of the American dream. She also described the challenge of really getting to know people, and her decision to reach out to others who might feel the same.The approximately half-hour videotaped sessions required precise preparations. Volunteers wore black shirts and sat with their hands and heads arranged in the same position as the seated John Harvard, to ensure that their images would map perfectly to his. Their heads were kept in place with a small brace; they could gesture, but they had to return their hands to the same position after each motion.During the sessions, Wodiczko would occasionally prompt the students, asking them to expand on something they had said, but they were free to respond however they pleased.The artist called the projection “an interruption and provocation and inspiration. … Not too harsh, not too tough, maybe a little comical, maybe a little entertaining, but still thought-provoking.”Speaking of Harvard’s motto, the Latin word for truth, he said, “What is veritas? What veritas? Whose veritas?” Wodiczko hopes that the installation will create conversation, and that people “might talk about this behind the scenes.”Peterson said he thinks the project can help contribute to a dialogue about the Harvard student experience.“Harvard as a whole is made up of lots of individual people with lots of individual experiences who struggle with different things and who are good at different things,” said Peterson. “What I like about this project is that it breaks it down and lets you have a kind of bottom-up view.”The “John Harvard Projection” will be on view April 20-27. It will be visible after dark.last_img read more

Minesto Gears for DG500 Kite Setup at Holyhead Deep

first_imgMinesto has completed the test site infrastructure installations at the Holyhead Deep site off North Wales. After installing the upgraded infrastructure, the site is ready for installation and commissioning of Minesto’s DG500 kite system.After a period of maintenance and upgrade, the microgrid system (MGS) buoy was lifted back into the sea from the quayside in Holyhead, towed to site and successfully reconnected to its pre-laid moorings. The MGS buoy, used for the first installation in Wales, handles and analyses generated electricity while also providing data communications with Minesto’s marine energy converter DG500.Unstable weather all over the UK then interrupted some of the marine operations that was planned for the weekend. When operations were resumed, the subsea umbilical connecting the DG500 kite system with the MGS buoy could be installed. During the last few months the umbilical has been modified to incorporate a dry-mate connector in order to make it much easier to connect and disconnect the DG500 kite system offshore.The last phase of the planned works is the installation and commissioning of the upgraded DG500 kite system. All the onshore commissioning tests have been completed and the kite system is ready for load out and installation. This will be carried out in the next suitable weather window and as soon as practicable after some testing of the offshore infrastructure, Minesto said.David Collier, the chief operations officer, on board the installation vessel, stated; “I am very pleased with the good progress made to date by our installation team, in spite of the changeable weather. After all of the hard work our teams have put in over the winter months in upgrading and preparing the systems, I am really looking forward to continue testing of the DG500 kite system.”last_img read more

When Curtly Ambrose wanted to knock Steve Waugh out

first_imgWest Indian fast bowling legend Curtly Ambrose has revealed the story about his infamous on-field spat with Steve Waugh in 1995, during which he says he came close to trying to “knock out” the Australian batsman.In his autobiography, Ambrose explained the verbal duel he and Waugh had on the first day of the third Test at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with the hosts trailing 0-1 in the four-match series.After hearing from a teammate that Waugh had sworn at him, Ambrose had asked the Australian why did he do it, to which the right-handed batsman replied: “I can say what I want to say”.“That was when I ripped into him and let him have it: ‘Man, don’t you effing swear at me again.’ And I don’t swear a lot so for me to use expletives it was clear that my anger was at boiling point. I lost it.If he had said nothing to what I had asked him, or even told me he didn’t swear, it would have ended right there, but when he came back at me again with all guns blazing, there was no holding back,” Ambrose was quoted as saying by The Guardian.“I got seriously heated. I told him, ‘Man, I will knock you out – here and now. I don’t care if I have no career left’. That was when Richie intervened and told me to forget about it, and it was a good job he did because my ability to restrain myself was gone.”The then 29-year-old Waugh contributed an unbeaten 63 for Australia’s total of 128 in the first innings where Ambrose took 5/45 and went on to win the man-of-the-match award as West Indies won by nine wickets to level the series 1-1.last_img read more

Welbeck double helps Arsenal past Milan, Dortmund dumped out

first_imgThe forward picked himself up to send Donnarumma the wrong way, and leave the infuriated Milan players demonstrating with the officials.“When I watch the penalty, I will give you an honest answer (whether Welbeck dived),” Wenger told BT Sport.“It was good to see a response from the team at 1-0 down. I don’t want to accuse Danny Welbeck of diving before I see it again.”Seven-time European champions Milan piled on the pressure in the second half, only for their hopes to be ended when Donnarumma allowed Granit Xhaka’s speculative 71st-minute strike to slip through his grasp and bobble into the net. Welbeck nodded in his second late on as Arsenal reached their first European quarter-final since 2010, after seven consecutive Champions League last-16 defeats. Borussia Dortmund bowed out of the tournament, though, with a tame goalless draw in Austria sealing their fate.After falling to a shock 2-1 loss in the first leg at home, the German giants failed to break down their stubborn opponents, who will play in the last eight of a continental competition for the first time since losing the 1994 UEFA Cup final to Inter Milan.CSKA Moscow stunned last season’s semi-finalists Lyon, with a 3-2 victory in France ending the Ligue 1 club’s hopes of reaching May’s final at their own Groupama Stadium.The Russian away side wiped out Lyon’s first-leg one-goal lead before half-time through Aleksandr Golovin, although Maxwel Cornet equalised for Bruno Genesio’s hosts.But two goals in five minutes swung the tie in CSKA’s favour, as Ahmed Musa struck on the hour mark and Pontus Wernbloom made it 3-2 on aggregate.Mariano Diaz gave Lyon hope, but CSKA held on to progress on away goals.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img Paris, France | AFP | Danny Welbeck’s controversial penalty and a Gianluigi Donnarumma howler helped Arsenal beat AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday 5-1 on aggregate, while Borussia Dortmund slumped to a shock exit at the hands of Salzburg.The 3-1 win on the night eases some of the pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, although his team’s 2-0 first-leg lead looked precarious when Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan ahead.But Gennaro Gattuso’s visitors were left incensed when Welbeck tumbled to the floor under little to no contact from Ricardo Rodriguez, with the spot-kick apparently given by the official on the byline.last_img read more

Broward’s Reopening Plan Limits Groups, Encourages Telework

first_imgHowever, the governor said at a news conference that he plans to decide soon whether the county could reopen. “Broward has definitely trended well,” DeSantis said regarding recent reductions in the numbers of people becoming infected with COVID-19.Despite the potential Monday reopening, Broward’s beaches will remain closed until further notice. “Whenever feasible,” the plan also encourages employees to “telework or establish a rotation or staggered schedule to reduce the number of employees working on site.”When working on site, people must wear masks when they are within six feet of someone else. New rules for Broward County’s imminent reopening would require that salons, restaurants and stores limit their number of customers or get fined. A draft of the county’s plan which was obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel restricts groups to no more than 10 people. The draft plan allows for “professional services and other businesses located in multi-business office buildings in Broward County [to] continue normal operations,” but does not allow public access unless the business is considered “essential.” In addition, businesses are advised to “develop a plan for monitoring your employees’ health, with a particular focus on COVID-19 symptoms, with the goal of preventing ill employees from working.”center_img Broward officials had not sent a formal letter regarding the reopening plans to DeSantis as of Wednesday afternoon. Violators to the new rules in Broward could face fines of up to $500 per violation. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that the county would learn “very soon” if businesses can partially reopen this Monday, May 18. Commissioner Mark Bogen says the county is expecting the governor to approve the plan, which is still being finalized, “quickly. And we’ll be moving forward quickly.”Miami-Dade officials are also trying to reopen some businesses in they county by this Monday. On Wednesday, the city of Miami announced it plans to open some of its businesses starting May 20.last_img read more

Nelson U14 Selects claim silver in Sandpoint

first_img“The boys played very strong in that game, dominating the play and the ball, and generating at least a dozen good scoring chances to effectively none for the other team,” said Dyck.  Unfortunately, the team was snakebitten around goal that game, and failed to find the net, leaving the scored tied 0-0 at the end of the game, leading to shoot-outs. Fortunately, they came through in the shoot-out, with Jesse Thurston, Ezra Foy, Josh Yasek and Grayson Hill netting for Nelson, and keeper Bradey Sookero coming up with a couple big saves. This got the team through to the gold medal final, and a rematch with the Spokane Breakers, as they had won the other semi-final. “This didn’t surprise me,” said coach Hill, “I thought they were definitely the strongest of any other team we saw at the tournament.” It was an exciting, tight, hard fought game, which, unfortunately Spokane won, with a late goal, seven minutes from full time. “We suffered a few injuries through the course of the weekend, losing a number of players, and at one point in the final, we had six injured players and only one sub available,” said Dyck. “That took its toll, and by the second half of the final, you could just see our boys start to run out of gas. They played their hearts out though, and Lyle and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”  The coaches singled out the play of the midfield  of Ezra Foy, Grayson Hill and Jaden Dyck.“ They’ve lead our team all year, and it was the same this weekend, also, as those three were superb, and allowed us to control the games a majority of the time.” Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U14 Boys at the Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint Idaho this past weekend.“It was a great weekend for the boys, and they played really well throughout the tournament,” said coach Lyle Hill. “This is especially considering it falls right at the end of summer, when the team hasn’t really played for two months and can be a bit rusty.  In past years we’ve had some struggles at this event for this reason.  But this year, the boys were ready.”  The Nelson squad won both of its round robin games, 3-0 against the Coeur d’Alene Sting and 1-0 against the Spokane Breakers, to win their group and earn entry to the semi-finals.  Bradey Sookero and Blake Markin Hellekson split the goaltending duties and earned the goose eggs for both games. “As usual, our defense was strong, lead by Jesse Thurston, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Luka Eyre, Jacob Erickson and Aidan Mushumanski,” said coach Kerry Dyck.  “Combined with solid goaltending, this has been a strength of ours all year.” Goals in the games were scored by Ernesto Archambault, Milo Baranyai Sheppard and Angus Patterson (with two).  In the semi-final, the team was pitted against another Spokane team. last_img read more

DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY AS LORRY OVERTURNS

first_imgDrivers take it easy passing the overturned lorryA lorry driver had a lucky escape when his vehicle left the road and toppled over this morning.The incident happened at an area known as the Blue Banks between Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan.It is not understood the driver was hurt but he was shocked by the incident. Drivers using the road have been told to take care and some diversions are in place.A recovery operation is expected to take place shortly. DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY AS LORRY OVERTURNS was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Blue Bankskilmacrennanletterkennylorrylast_img read more

National Ag Coalition taking California to court over Prop 65 listing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the state of California attempts to implement a policy that would cause massive damage to American farmers, a national agriculture coalition went to court with a request: halt California’s extreme action until the judge can consider all of the facts. At issue is California’s Prop 65 listing of glyphosate, one of modern agriculture’s most valuable tools and an industry standard across the world.The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65, requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list must be updated at least once a year and has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals.Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water. Proposition 65 is administered by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in the California Environmental Protection Agency and evaluates all currently available scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.Despite scientific findings from hundreds of studies and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and regulatory agencies around the world that glyphosate is safe for use, California added glyphosate to the state’s Prop 65 list.“While farmers are readying our fields and making plans to put seeds in the ground, California is engaging in aggressive legal wrangling, placing us at risk to crippling liability for using a product that hundreds of studies and the U.S. EPA say is safe for use,” said Gordon Stoner, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers. “We intend to make clear in this hearing that agriculture is under attack and implementation of this erroneous Prop 65 listing for glyphosate should be halted until there is a final ruling from the judge.”Today, the agriculture coalition is arguing their the case for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, which would halt the implementation of the Prop 65 listing until a final ruling is decided by the court.The National Association of Wheat Growers is the lead plaintiff in the case against California filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs include the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, the Agricultural Retailers Association, Associated Industries of Missouri, Iowa Soybean Association, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CropLife America, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, South Dakota Agri-Business Association and United States Durum Growers Association. In December, the group filed a temporary injunction asking the court to halt the regulation.last_img read more

HC gives CBI nod to file FIR against Rawat in sting video case

first_imgIn a setback to former Chief Minister Harish Rawat, the Uttarakhand High Court on Monday permitted the CBI to register an FIR against the Congress leader in connection with a 2016 sting video that purportedly showed him negotiating a deal to buy the support of rebel MLAs. A Bench of Justice Dhulia gave the nod to the CBI to go ahead with its investigations in the case and lodge an FIR against Mr. Rawat after the agency submitted a report in a sealed cover on the preliminary inquiry. Former Union Minister and senior Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for Mr. Rawat, contended that the CBI’s preliminary inquiry report is invalid as the Rawat government, which was restored after an order of the Supreme Court, had decided through a Cabinet meeting to form an SIT to conduct an investigation in the case. Citing the example of the S.R. Bommai case, Mr. Sibal said the Supreme Court has ruled that the decisions taken by the Governor during President’s Rule will be held unconstitutional. However, Assistant Advocate General Rakesh Thapliyal, appearing for the government and the CBI, said that the accused cannot have the right to decide which agency will conduct an investigation against him. ‘Deep conspiracy’Alleging a deep conspiracy in the case, Mr. Sibal said that a report from the Chandigarh lab on the authenticity of the sting CD was a proof in itself. He also presented before the court the details of an earlier conversation between Cabinet Minister Harak Singh Rawat and Umesh Sharma, who allegedly conducted the purported sting operation.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Greece

first_imgGiorgos Karagounis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos will be key to Greece’s success at the World CupWith few famous players, Greece will rely heavily on a handful of team members who had a decisive role in qualifying for the World Cup.The captain and team motivator is 37-year-old Giorgos Karagounis, one of the few surviving members of the squad that won the 2004 European Championship.One of the best of the younger players is Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a Schalke defender who was a key player in the national team’s run to the quarterfinals at Euro 2012.Here are five players to watch:GIORGOS KARAGOUNISWith 132 national team appearances, Giorgos Karagounis has the most caps in Greek history and remains a presence that can still turn a game.Karagounis can score from distance and serve up the set pieces that are key to many of his team’s low-score victories.In 2012, Karagounis took his inexhaustible energy to struggling Premier League club Fulham, and says he’s delighted to take his career past his mid-thirties and give Greeks joy as they struggle through financial crisis.”People wanted this (World Cup qualification) so badly,” Karagounis said. “Some may not recognize it, but our team has talent, and going to Brazil is a dream for every player and every fan. As a player, I feel blessed.”KOSTAS MITROGLOUThe camera-shy but physically powerful Kostas Mitroglou has had a difficult time since joining Giorgos Karagounis at Fulham this season. But the 26-year-old striker was instrumental in maintaining Olympiakos’ domestic dominance before his departure, scoring 14 goals.advertisementMitroglou also scored three times in the 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the World Cup playoffs.The German-born forward, nicknamed the “Gunslinger” in the Greek media, gives coach Fernando Santos better options in attack, as other young strikers have failed to make an impact and goal-scoring standbys Dimitris Salpingidis, 32, and Fanis Gekas, 33, could lose pace.KYRIAKOS PAPADOPOULOSGreece coach Fernando Santos has frequently gambled on young players, but most have failed to live up to their promise in the national team. The big exception is Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the defender who was a standout for Greek team at Euro 2012.The 22-year-old Schalke player attracted Liverpool’s attention before a knee injury kept him on the sidelines for 13 months. Still a fitness worry, his partnership with dependable center back Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a major relief for Greece as they take on faster World Cup opponents in Japan, Colombia and Ivory Coast.”I’m not the kind of person who gives up easily,” Papadopoulos said. “I have to work hard to get back, and that’s what I’m doing.”GIANNIS FETFATZIDISIn Greece’s last warm-up match on home soil, the team slumped to a 2-0 loss against South Korea, with players looking like they lacked motivation to prepare for the World Cup.It was a performance that ironically revived the fortunes of attacking midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis, whose presence as a late substitute reinvigorated the home side, confirmed his reputation for being fast and flexible, and made him a likely choice for the World Cup squad.The 23-year-old Fetfatzidis’ recent goal against Lazio for Serie A club Genoa didn’t hurt him either.Greece’s big clubs spotted and fought for the player before he was in his teens, and he was eventually signed by Olympiakos before moving to Italy.ORESTIS KARNEZISGreece is famous for its defenders, but also has no shortage of reliable goalkeepers – enough to trouble coach Fernando Santos for his choice for three on the squad.Despite his move from Panathinaikos, 28-year-old Orestis Karnezis started in all 10 of Greece’s qualifiers – conceding only four goals – and was also picked for the two playoff matches.On loan to Granada from Udinese, Karnezis’ lack of game time remains a worry, but he is looking forward to playing in Brazil.”The dream of a lifetime,” Karnezis said. “We had a target and we reached it. We have a full squad and we deserve to be there.”last_img read more

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