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Ishikawa receives national service citation

first_imgPlanning and special projects officer for the Division of Continuing Education Wayne K. Ishikawa, Ph.D. ’78, is the recipient of the 2011 Walton S. Bittner Service Citation from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The award recognizes a member for outstanding contributions to continuing education at his or her institution, and for service of major significance to UPCEA. Ishikawa received the award at UPCEA’s annual conference in Toronto, Canada.Ishikawa has taught at the Harvard Extension School since 1977 and has been the associate editor of the Continuing Higher Education Review (CHER), the official publication of UPCEA, since 1998. Through the years, he has also been dean of students for the Harvard Summer School, director of the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, and personnel officer for the Division of Continuing Education. He currently also coordinates the Division’s foreign language instruction.Admired by his continuing education colleagues, Wayne Ishikawa’s contributions to his institution and UPCEA are broad and well-respected. Says Harvard Extension School Dean Michael Shinagel, “As editor of CHER, I have relied on the professionalism of Wayne in assembling a top quality publication each year on behalf of UPCEA. He solicits articles, edits them, plans layouts, oversees production and distribution, and contributes capsule book reviews to each issue.  He is the “invisible hand” behind the excellence of CHER.”last_img read more

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The melding of American music

first_imgA crossroad is a possible turning point, perhaps from the past, or from tradition, or from another direction. But to Wynton Marsalis, the legendary musician and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center, a crossroad is an intersection meant to be celebrated, which is exactly what he did in his combination performance and lecture at Harvard Monday evening.“Meet Me at the Crossroad,” the third of six lectures in his two-year presidential lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” took the audience in Sanders Theatre on an aural tour of American history. Marsalis was supported in his task by accomplished performers: Doug Wamble on guitar and vocals, Herlin Riley on drums, Houston Person on tenor sax, Lucky Peterson on organ and piano, Reginald Veal on bass, and female vocalist Brianna Thomas.In a wide-ranging lecture that spanned more than 150 years of American history — and in a loose, at times improvisational, but always seamless performance with his band — Marsalis explored “the mulatto identity of our national music.” In Americans’ willingness to mix genres while simultaneously cultivating distinct regional sounds, he said, they have used music both as a force for racial integration and as a celebration of diversity for centuries.“We readily accept new styles as a way to enrich our style, our form, and our technique,” Marsalis said. “While other [countries’] traditions may seek purity and perfection of form, we seek cross-pollination as an important step in achieving a more inclusive and complex musical language.”Music has always been a part of American culture. In 19th-century America, ragtime was a national craze, music was taught in schools, and households had 5 million pianos. After the Industrial Revolution, Marsalis said, a musical culture emerged that incorporated a variety of “root genres,” from jazz and Latin to country western and bluegrass to folk and gospel music.In the 20th century, those genres were brought together under the dominant aesthetic of the blues, Marsalis said.Singer Brianna Thomas performed a soulful rendition of a Bessie Smith number.“The blues came right up from the bowels of the American soul,” he said. “The blues didn’t given a damn what anybody in Europe thought, or anybody else for that matter.”The blues united all American root styles, he said, and brought together diverse musicians, black and white, under one musical language. “This embracing of the blues issued a deep indictment of racial injustice,” he said. It exposed “the irony of living in a deeply segregated nation in which performers from all regions and classes chose to express [themselves] through an Afro-rooted music.”Marsalis and his band explored some of those unlikely marriages of genres and regional sounds, playing hits by such greats as Thomas Dorsey (a writer of “dirty” songs who found the Lord and became a gospel legend), Bessie Smith (“a mastress of metaphor … innuendo, and just the lowdown truth”), Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Rosetta Tharpe.The early 20th century was a golden era of experimentation, Marsalis said, when musicians of all races were surprisingly free to play together and to borrow songs and techniques. Musical genres “were only labeled so that the record companies could sell them,” he said.After World War II, however, things changed. America became a country of highly educated, wealthier citizens who, thanks to the rise of the suburbs, were more segregated than ever. American music, long a bastion of racial integration and a celebration of regional diversity, lost out to the increasingly popular medium of television, which presented a “white bread” portrait of American life that came to dominate the popular imagination.Meanwhile, Marsalis recounted, another battle was being waged between big bands and vocalists. In 1942, bands went on strike against the major labels and refused to put out new records; vocalists began releasing their own music. Meanwhile, a 20 percent-wartime tax on ballrooms kept people out of the dance halls where bands ruled.“Eventually, singers eclipsed band leaders as pop stars,” Marsalis said. “By 1946, the bands were doomed, and by 1950 they were gone.The end of the war also saw the rise in clout of the American teenager, a demographic to be reckoned with and marketed to. With their disposable income, teenagers helped give rise to genres like shuffle and R&B and rewarded entertainment above artistry. Even today, Marsalis said, America recognizes “absolutely no public distinction between entertainers and musicians.”Still, the era produced some catchy rock ’n’ roll, as Marsalis’ band proved with a rendition of “Johnny B. Goode” that brought down the house.Turmoil in the 1960s finally severed Americans from their musical tradition, Marsalis said. After the Soviets launched Sputnik, American schools pushed math and science over music and arts. Young people, caught up in political rebellion, developed their own musical traditions of rock and folk to break from what they saw as a corrupt past.“Our music, genetically engineered to bring us together, became the principal tool for keeping us apart,” Marsalis said. After the Vietnam War ended, he added, “What remained were generations whose social, political, and musical agendas barely survive beyond satire, beyond commerce, beyond apathy.”Modern Americans can’t appreciate a musical past that they don’t know existed, Marsalis told the crowd. Indeed, a large part of his mission is to bring the importance of that shared past to life by sparking conversation not just among musicians but with leaders in education, business, and other fields.The next day, Marsalis was scheduled to appear in a panel discussion on “Educating for Moral Agency and Engaged Citizenship” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-hosted by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, as well as a discussion of the artist’s role as entrepreneur at the Harvard Innovation Lab.There are instructive lessons for America’s cultural future that can only be found in “knowing and embracing the root styles, and in mastering the regional and national particulars of our identity as sung by our greatest poets,” Marsalis said.Marsalis’ lectures inspire deep thinking about how to both celebrate and overcome our differences, said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Du Bois Institute and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor.In his work as an educator and a musician, Gates said, Marsalis “shows us how to combine the long list of American differences … and then composes them into the uniquely American symphony that we all are.”In his work as an educator and a musician, Marsalis “shows us how to combine the long list of American differences … and then composes them into the uniquely American symphony that we all are,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Du Bois Institute.last_img read more

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Helping nations manage immunization costs

first_imgAs new vaccines are introduced—some of them quite costly—accurate information on the cost and financing of national immunization programs can be lacking. Research and a new website developed at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are designed to help governments worldwide manage their immunization programs and plan for the future. They will also help donor organizations and donor nations as they make decisions on supporting such programs.A team of 10 experts from Harvard Chan School has been working on the immunization costing project, called EPIC—Expanded Program on Immunization Costing and Financing. Stephen Resch, deputy director of the Center for Health Decision Science at Harvard Chan School, has served as advisor to EPIC since its inception in 2012 and has led the project’s second phase at the School for the past two years.The project began four years ago with immunization costing studies by researchers in six countries—Benin, Ghana, Honduras, Moldova, Uganda, and Zambia. In the project’s second phase, begun in 2014, the Harvard Chan group extended the work of the individual country studies by analyzing data on immunization costs from more than 300 health care facilities in the countries. They developed a website that is serving as the hub for all new information on immunization costing and financing studies. They also created a community of practice of over 200 experts in the field from around the globe, which will help foster collaborative projects and disseminate new findings. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Game Day Parking helps fans find open lots

first_imgSouth Bend residents Celeste and John Ross are working to make football gameday a more enjoyable experience for both football fans and local traffic. Ross and her husband, a 2003 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, created the Game Day Parking App in 2011. The app allows iPhone users to directly access information on available parking spots during gamedays. The couple thought of the app at the beginning of the football season last year when they went to Michigan State for a game, Celeste Ross said. As they drove around the parking lots in search of an empty spot, they noticed the parking seemed very restrictive. “My husband … said, ‘It would be really nice as a guest if I knew where to go and where to park,’ ” Celeste Ross said. “That happened a couple of other times in a couple of other places and the result of that was thinking, “I wonder if there’s an app out there that … tells me where I could go for football parking.”After some research, they discovered there was no such app and decided to create their own, Celeste Ross said. The app is currently only available for iPhone users and can be accessed at Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. “With the goal of making the football gameday experience better for fans, you, through the app, can choose where you want to park around the stadium,” Celeste Ross said. “So if you are on the east side [of the stadium], the app will pull up all the non-reserved parking in that area.” The app also allows users to factor in price and distance to the stadium when looking for a parking spot. It provides specific information on certain parking areas, such as how many parking spaces are available, how many restrooms there are and if tailgating is allowed. “Once you decide where you want to go, [the app] will give you turn-by-turn directions from wherever you are to that parking space,” Celeste Ross said. The couple hopes to expand their app to other smartphones, such as Droids, in the future, she said. Although she and her husband themselves do not attend every Notre Dame football game throughout the season, the app is still useful when they have guests, Celeste Ross said. “We have a lot of friends coming into to town who have always … asked, “Where do we park?” she said. “We were always drawing maps or trying to explain … but now we can direct them to this app and they have a choice of parking.” For more information, visit www.gamedayparkingapp.com. Contact Sarah McCarthy at  [email protected]last_img read more

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The Threepenny Opera, Starring Michael Park & Laura Osnes, Extends

first_img Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s most popular collaboration, The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, the show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny. Related Shows Mackie’s sticking around! The Atlantic Theater Company has announced a one-week extension of their revival of The Threepenny Opera. The production, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, will now play through May 11 at the Linda Gross Theater. The show stars Emmy winner Michael Park, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. View Comments Laura Osnes Star Filescenter_img The Threepenny Opera Michael Park Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Additional cast members include Sally Murphy, Lilli Cooper, Rick Holmes, Mary Beth Peil, John Kelly, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Dale, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins. The musical began preview performances on March 12 and will celebrate its opening night on April 7.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Kathie Lee Gifford Goes Into The Woods & More

first_img Kathie Lee Gifford is Heading Into The Woods We’ll drink to this! Today Show co-host and wine connoisseur (!) Kathie Lee Gifford will voice the role of the Giant’s Wife in an upcoming D.C. area production of Into the Woods. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic is set for a limited engagement May 1 through June 1 for Nextstop Theatre at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon, VA. Broadway Vets Including Cynthia Nixon Team Up With Mice and Men’s James Franco Tony winner Cynthia Nixon and Great White Way alums Ed Harris and Christian Slater have signed up for current Broadway headliner James Franco’s film adaptation of The Adderall Diaries. According to Showbiz 411, the Of Mice and Men star will appear in and co-write the project. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. How to “Let It Go” to Idina Menzel’s Vocals on the Dance Floor James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd “Let It Go” on Dancing With The Stars last night and achieved the first perfect score of the season. Check out their contemporary routine, set to the hit Frozen song, below. The pair certainly don’t hold it back anymore! View Commentscenter_img James Franco Star Fileslast_img read more

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School bully

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaEveryone will be bullied at some point in life, and it will most likely happen at school. If your child is being bullied, you can do some things to help stop it.Bullying can come in many forms. It can include physical or emotional abuse, damage to a child’s property, spreading malicious rumors or forcing a child to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, says Sharon Gibson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension family and consumer science educator.A consistently bullied student can have emotional problems and perform poorly in school. And if the bullying is physical, it can take its toll on the student’s body.Don’t ignore the problem. And don’t tell your child to ignore the bully.”When a child is bullied, he or she may feel angry, helpless or deserted,” Gibson said. “If that child tells a teacher or parent about the bullying, he or she needs to know it’s not tattling and that speaking about it was the right thing.”Calm downParents can become angry when they first learn their child is being bullied. “Parents should stay calm and first find out if their child is in any immediate physical danger,” she said.The most important thing to do is find a way to stop the bullying. Ask for a meeting with the principal of your child’s school. The principal can then determine if and when to bring the child’s teacher or teachers into the conversation.”Again, parents should stay calm. If they’re not, this could set up a defensive action by school officials,” she said. “Parents should be proactive but not demanding before they learn more about the situation at school.”Teachers and principals are trained to deal with issues like bullying, she said. So voice your concerns, but listen, too.Most schools have an action plan to deal with bully situations. If the school doesn’t, offer to help develop a plan.The child doing the bullying should be given a chance to reform.The child who is being bullied should have an adult contact at school to tell if the bullying doesn’t stop. This person could be the teacher or a paraprofessional.Help teacher helpA lot going is on in the average classroom, Gibson said. Teachers or paraprofessionals can have their hands full all day. It can be tough to concentrate on one child.Gibson recommends setting up a code word for the bullied child to use when he or she feels uncomfortable or in danger due to bullying. This will inform the adult without the child having to raise a hand or bring much attention.The adult can then investigate or even witness the bullying.Follow up with the school to make sure steps are in place to keep your child and all children from being bullied. You can also: At home, Gibson said, encourage good social skills and behavior. Help your child find his or her talents, and praise accomplishments.”A confident, assertive child is less likely to be the target of a bully,” she said.(Brad Haire is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Make sure the school has good monitoring.Keep records of bullying episodes and of any communication with the school.Work with other parents in the neighborhood to make sure children are supervised and feel safe.last_img read more

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ICYMI: WBNG’s Morning Round-up (July 20)

first_imgClick here for more information about funding coming to hospitals in New York State. Click here for more information about changes in local DMV services. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about a fatal motorcycle crash in the town of Cortlandville, new information about Broome County DMV services, U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand’s announcement regarding funding going to hospitals in New York State and more. Click here for a statewide coronavirus update from Governor Andrew Cuomo.center_img Click here to see where the city of Binghamton ranks on Business Insider’s best Northeast cities to live after the pandemic list. Click here for more information about the fatal motorcycle crash in the town of Cortlandville.last_img read more

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Bangka Belitung port officials thwart hummingbird smuggling attempt

first_imgOfficers at Pangkalbalam Port in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, have foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of hummingbirds.Pangkalpinang Quarantine Agency head Saifuddin Zuhri said the port officers seized around 430 hummingbirds kept inside several boxes on Sunday. The birds were found aboard the KM Sawita and were on their way in a shipment to Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta. “These birds are protected because they help pollination in the wild. We could find no health certificates for these animals, so we believe the shipment is illegal,” Zuhri said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.He went on to say authorities would release the birds into the wild.“We will release the birds in Pelawan forest in Namang, Central Bangka regency. We’ve already cooperated with the Alobi Foundation and the local natural resources conservation agency [BKSDA].”Read also: Joining hands with Facebook, Instagram, Indonesia aims to crack down on illegal wildlife tradeThe officers are investigating the smuggling attempt.The operation on Sunday was the third time port officers have thwarted hummingbird-smuggling attempts within this year. During the last two operations, they found a total of 1,700 birds.According to the 2019 Animal Quarantine Law, any person found smuggling or transporting animals without proper documents face up to two years’ imprisonment and fines of Rp 2 billion (US$142,000).Topics :last_img read more

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Two sections of Jakarta Outer Ring Road II to be opened this year

first_imgTopics : The toll road’s construction progress had reached 87.1 percent, while the land procurement had nearly reached 90 percent, as of August 2.“The Cengkareng-Kunciran section is planned to enter functional operation by the end of 2020,” he said.JORR II toll road projects span a total of 110 kilometers, encircling Jakarta through its neighboring cities and regencies and passing major logistics and transportation hubs, such as Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Tanjung Priok port.The project began with a tender back in 2006 but then faced years of delay until construction began in 2017.In December 2019, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited the toll road and urged stakeholders to finish the project.He said the JORR II would improve connectivity for cargo distribution, particularly to Merak Port in Banten.“This toll road will connect our production hub with distribution centers. It could increase efficiency and improve our competitiveness,” he said on Dec. 12 in a press statement.Read also: Government set to operate sections of toll roads in Aceh, Manado amid pandemic State-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga aims to launch operations on two sections of the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) II network by the end of the year.The sections are the 10.1 km Serpong-Cinere toll road and the 14.2 km Cengkareng-Batuceper-Kunciran toll road, both of which are managed by Jasa Marga subsidiaries PT Cinere Serpong Jaya (CSJ) and PT Jasamarga Kunciran Cengkareng (JKC).CSJ president director Ayu Widya Kiswari said on Monday that progress on the land acquisition for the Serpong-Cinere section had reached 92.17 percent, while the construction progress stood at 83.3 percent, as of July 30.center_img “We expect the toll road to start its functional operation by December 2020,” she said in a statement released on Monday.Functional operation in toll roads refers to the limited operation of toll road sections that are not completely finished but are able to accommodate vehicle traffic. During the functional operation, which precedes the commercial operation, the operator will not charge any fees.Upon its completion, the toll road will be connected to the Serpong-Kunciran toll road and the Cinere-Jagorawi toll road.Similarly, JKC president director Agus Suharjanto said the Cengkareng-Batuceper-Kunciran toll road section could launch operations by the end of 2020.last_img read more

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Alan Shearer reveals what Mikel Arteta will ‘now definitely know’ after Arsenal defeat to Chelsea

first_imgShearer thinks Arsenal need new defenders (Picture: Getty)And he thinks Arteta will need to invest in defensive reinforcements if they’re to match his ambitions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe wrote in The Sun: ‘For the first 80 minutes at the Emirates there were so many signs of encouragement for Arsenal but, in the end, the same old problems that have plagued them for years came back to haunt them.‘The whole team appeared organised for large parts and it looked as though they had a different attitude.‘They put in a huge amount of effort, which they have regularly lacked in the past.More: 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 City‘Then, with just seven minutes to go, the old Arsenal came back to bite and they self-destructed.‘Firstly, you can’t legislate for individual errors with Bernd Leno, who has rarely been the culprit, gifting Chelsea an equaliser.Then, instead of settling for 1-1 which would have been a good result, they went charging up the pitch at the end and left themselves wide open at the back.‘One thing Arteta will now definitely know is that he desperately needs to bring new defenders in if they are to kick on.’Where will Arsenal finish this season?Top four0%Top six0%Top half0%Bottom half0%Relegation zone0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Pep Guardiola sets Premier League record ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen KloppMORE: Frank Lampard praises Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 11:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link200Shares Arteta is yet to taste victory as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer believes Mikel Arteta will ‘now definitely know’ Arsenal need to sign new defenders after a devastating 2-1 loss to Chelsea.The Gunners lead were 1-0 up until the 83rd minute but a howler from Bernd Leno allowed Jorginho to tap in from close range before Tammy Abraham sealed victory for the visitors at the Emirates.On the whole it was an encouraging performance for Arteta and Shearer thought there were ‘so many signs of encouragement’ before problems of the past came back to ‘haunt’ them. Comment Alan Shearer reveals what Mikel Arteta will ‘now definitely know’ after Arsenal defeat to Chelsea Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans following controversial exit

first_imgAdvertisement Video: Former club captain Laurent Koscielny removes the Arsenal shirt to show that of his new club, Bordeaux. [@girondins] #afc pic.twitter.com/2jd6ZuJWaT— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 6, 2019 Laurent Koscielny finally apologises to Arsenal fans following controversial exit Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 7:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kSharescenter_img At his unveiling, Koscielny took off his old Arsenal shirt to display the colours of his new club, a gesture that was branded disrespectful by hoards of Arsenal fans and club legend Ian Wright.Reflecting on the video, Koscielny told local French media: ‘I had nine incredible years there, lots of memories with this club. ‘I know that my announcement video at Bordeaux caused a bit of a stir, I want to apologise to the fans for that, I didn’t expect it to affect them in the way that it did.’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 ArsenalArsenal ultimately replaced Koscielny with former Chelsea star David Luiz and have bolstered the centre of their defence again this summer with the addition of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.William Saliba has also returned from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne, but the futures of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are yet to be determined with 10 days remaining of the transfer window.MORE: Lyon chief fires warning to Houssem Aouar over Arsenal transferMORE: Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool setting up Arsenal clash after Lincoln thrashingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Laurent Koscielny left Arsenal in acrimonious circumstances last summer (Picture: Instagram)Former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has finally apologised to his former fans following his acrimonious departure last summer.The France international effectively went on strike 12 months ago ahead of a pre-season tourh of America to force his exit from the north London,Koscielny had spent nine years at the Emirates but was reportedly upset with the way Arsenal handled his return to the side after nine months out with an Achilles injury which robbed him of a place in France’s World Cup winning squad. The experienced centre-half was said to have been angered by the number of games he was asked to play in by Unai Emery and also felt the club had reneged on a promise to allow him to leave for free at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal eventually sold Koscielny to Bordeaux for a fee of around £4million but the 35-year-old caused controversy upon his arrival in the south of France.last_img read more

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’Pocket of beatifulness’ comes with visiting wildlife

first_imgThe home at 23 Bushcherry Ct, Burpengary East. Picture: Supplied.THIS sprawling family home is on a private block where kangaroos come to graze and koalas can be spotted in gum trees.Rebecca and Jake Lechowski bought the property at 23 Bushcherry Ct, Burpengary East three years ago and have loved making it a home with their two young sons.“It’s just one of those homes you fall in love with straight away,” Mrs Lechowski said.“I wouldn’t sell if we didn’t have to but we’re relocating for my husband’s work.“I love the peacefulness of the property. It’s a pocket of beautifulness, a home away from everything yet so close to it all.” The home backs onto a bush reserve home to koalas and kangaroos. Picture: Supplied.“My favourite thing about the home is probably the picturesque outlook from inside,” Mrs Lechowski said. “I love sitting in the family room with my morning cuppa and looking out over the lovely green lawn and bush.” The fenced block has electric gates, a large American barn style shed and established gardens.Mrs Lechowski said the big yard was great for her two young sons. “There’s so much space and it’s a secure property so they are safe to run around and play,” she said. The home is within a five-minute drive of shops, GP clinics, schools, public transport, the Bruce Highway and the local boat ramp. The open-plan kitchen and dining area flows out to the rear deck. Picture: Supplied.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The 3,193sq m block backs onto a bush reserve and the home has a formal living and dining space, a media room and an open-plan kitchen, meals and family area opening to the back deck. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, a walk-in pantry and an island bench. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, separate toilet and ensuite with spa bath, while the three other bedrooms are at the opposite end of the home. The home also has a laundry, family bathroom and oversized double garage with polished floors and built-in cupboards. last_img read more

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Oceaneering Extends Peterson’s Role to Investor Relations VP

first_imgOceaneering has promoted Mark E. Peterson to vice president, Corporate Development and Investor Relations.In this position, Peterson will maintain his responsibility for Oceaneering’s corporate development activities while expanding his role to include investor relations.Peterson’s career includes more than six years with Oceaneering in the role of vice president – corporate development. Prior to joining Oceaneering, Peterson was with McDermott, where he most recently held corporate development responsibility.Alan R. Curtis, senior vice president and CFO of Oceaneering, said: “I am pleased to announce Mark’s promotion. I am confident that Mark’s experience, analytical skills, and knowledge of Oceaneering’s businesses and the industries we serve will bring a unique perspective to our investors. At the same time, he will continue to lead our efforts to grow the company through strategic acquisitions. In his expanded role, Mark will continue to report to me.“We appreciate Suzanne Spera’s contributions and professionalism while serving as our Director, Investor Relations, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”last_img read more

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COVID 19 claims 14 people as 788 test positive in the…

first_imgThe Country has now recorded a total number of 8,121 recoveries.Nairobi leads with highest number of cases with 487, Kiambu has 86, Nakuru has 34, Kajiado has 26, Mombasa has 25, Machakos has 21, Busia has 20.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesOther positive cases of Covid-19 are distributed in Narok with 14, Bomet with 9, Kericho, Siaya and Kisumu with 8eahc, while Uasin Gishu, Baringo and Nyeri have 5 cases each.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981Muranga and Nandi have 3 cases each, Kilifi, Kirinyaga, Meru, Tranzoia  have 2 each while Homabay, Kitui, Lamu, Kwale and Makueni have 1 case each.The CAS has now urged Kenyans to take healthy diets that include a variety of different food groups to build immunity.Dr Aman said infection among men remains high and it’s time they re-evaluated their eating habits by consuming more vegetables and fruits.He said Vegetables and fruits are important at boosting immunity while at the same time helping in healing for those who have already tested positive.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsDr Aman further recommended foods and fruits rich in vitamins and iron such as pumpkins, mangoes, carrots, bananas, tomatoes, onions as well as vegetables such as managu, spinach, terere among others.He said Vitamin D reduces the risk of contracting several non-communicable diseases such as cancer, hypertension among others. Dr Aman therefore urged Kenyans to spend sometime outdoors to soak in the sun as well as eat lots of fish, liver, egg yolk etc that are rich in vitamin D. On a good note, 100 patients have recovered from COVID during the period, 8 from home based program while 92 were discharged from the various hospitals across the Country.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 COVID 19 has now claimed 325 people since the Country recorded its first case after 14 patients succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hrs.Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said 788 tested positive in the last 24 hrs after 5521 samples were tested, the youngest being a year old baby.Of the number, 785 are Kenyans, 3 are foreigners while 475 are male while 310 are female.last_img read more

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Johnson strike settles derby

first_img Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher was denied by the crossbar before the break and Connor Wickham, Jordi Gomez and Johnson all passed up glorious opportunities to open the scoring. But goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon had to pull off fine second-half saves from Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko as the Magpies threatened to end their run of defeats before Johnson dashed their hopes in front of a passionate crowd of 52,315. Sunderland were dealt a significant blow before kick-off when full-back Anthony Reveillere limped out of the warm-up with a calf injury. Poyet replaced the Frenchman with central defender Sebastian Coates and asked skipper John O’Shea to start at left-back, and the visitors looked understandably shaky as their hosts flew out of the blocks. However, for all their possession and the driving efforts of Sissoko and lively lone striker Perez, they were unable to trouble Pantilimon to any extent until Sissoko exchanged passes with Sammy Ameobi and drilled in a low 14th-minute effort. But as the initial onslaught abated, Sunderland found their feet at the back to give the men ahead of them a platform to start creating, and it was they who settled into the better rhythm with striker Fletcher giving them an outlet with the commendable assistance of wide man Wickham. The England Under-21 international perhaps should have scored with a header from Johnson’s 23rd-minute free-kick, and Fletcher was unfortunate not to do so three minutes later when he got ahead of defender Steven Taylor to sidefoot Sebastian Larsson’s whipped cross against the bar. Wickham forced a fingertip save from rookie goalkeeper Jak Alnwick on the half-hour after unleashing a fierce drive and after Perez had sent Pantilimon scuttling across his goal with a curling effort, headed straight at the 21-year-old from Santiago Vergini’s delivery. The winger struck in the 90th minute to settle a rip-roaring encounter which might have gone either way until his intervention. It was no more than Gus Poyet’s men deserved after creating the better chances on an afternoon when they collected just their third Barclays Premier League win of the season. But despite all the endeavour, a half which brought five bookings ended goalless with the Black Cats leaving the field ahead on points. The visitors resumed in confident fashion with Newcastle still struggling to find a real coherence, and their fortunes could have taken a turn for the worse five minutes into the second half had it not been for Taylor’s bravery. Wickham did superbly to recycle the ball and clip a cross to the far post, where the defender managed to get there marginally before Fletcher before colliding in sickening fashion with the upright and suffering a head wound in the process. The visitors should have taken the lead while Taylor was being patched up off the pitch when Fletcher handed Gomez the chance to make a name for himself on Wearside, but the midfielder sidefooted wastefully wide. Pardew replaced Yoan Gouffran with youngster Adam Armstrong with 31 minutes left on the clock, but it was full-back Daryl Janmaat who took aim at the Sunderland goal seconds later, although his left-foot strike flew well wide. But Perez came desperately close to opening the scoring when he dispatched Sissoko’s 63rd-minute pass towards the top corner only to see Pantilimon pull off a superb one-handed save. Sissoko failed to connect with Ameobi’s 67th-minute cross after turning neatly inside his own half and sprinting upfield to play in the wide man, and Armstrong was denied by Pantilimon after Perez and the increasingly influential Sissoko had combined to set him up five minutes later. Armstrong fired straight at the Romanian goalkeeper once again after creating space for himself 16 minutes from time, and it was then that Pardew chose to send on striker Papiss Cisse for defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote. The visitors might have gone ahead with 13 minutes remaining when Wickham picked out Johnson and he stepped inside Fabricio Coloccini only to then stab his shot wide. But the winger made amends with seconds of normal time remaining when, having held off Sissoko and stayed on his feet to spark a pacy counter-attack, he collected substitute Will Buckley’s lay-off and thumped the ball past the helpless Alnwick. Adam Johnson condemned Newcastle to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history as Sunderland snatched a dramatic last-gasp 1-0 victory at St James’ Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

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