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first_imgMick Jagger appears to be healthy and back on his feet! On Wednesday, The Rolling Stones frontman shared a video via his social media accounts of him smoothly and quickly showing off his dance moves to The Wombats‘ “Techno Fan”. Last month, The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone their highly-awaited No Filter U.S. tour, which initially included a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The band was pushed to postpone the tour indefinitely due to Jagger’s health issue, which was later reported as surgery to place a stent in his heart. The heart valve procedure should allow Jagger to avoid major heart surgery down the road.Although reports surfaced that The Rolling Stones’ postponed shows would be scheduled sooner rather than later, the band has yet to announce the rescheduled tour dates. We’ll be sure to update you as more information about The Rolling Stones’ rescheduled tour dates becomes available!last_img read more

first_img Move-in day On top of things The Harvard Class of 2014 struts their stuff in these custom hats, made especially for them. Shaking hands Catherine Gu ’14 arrives at Thayer Hall for the first time and meets Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds. Her parents, Kenan (from left) and Yancui, and her sister, Amanda, look on in excitement. All for one … And 1-4 all. Who doesn’t love a clever balloon message? Stephanie Mitchell, Kris Snibbe, Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographers Got any Grey Poupon? Erin Washington ’11 of the Crimson Key Society offers window-side directions to the flood of families. Fresh-faced Moving is always stressful, and a smile is always welcome. Here, Stoughton North proctor Devon Wessman-Smerdon meets and greets incoming students. Is Matt Damon on there? First-year roommates Chelsea Celistan (left) and Danielle Lussi pore over a list of their room’s former tenants. Hardwood floors, exposed brick… Not a South End condo description, but a Stoughton dorm! Chelsea Celistan (center) and roommate Danielle Lussi (left) have lots of decorating to do. Drifters, vagabonds California girl Namrata Anand (left) sits with her cousin Kausalya and a boatload of luggage outside of her new home, Matthews Hall. Justin Ide/ Harvard Staff Photographer Empty nests Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds talks with and charms the proud parents. Mobile home Terrance Moore ’14 (right) moves from Atlanta into Straus Hall with a little help from his father, Melvin, and this cart. Photo ops Who wouldn’t strike a pose? Outside of Johnston Gate, Kyle Kruger (left) of Sugarland, Texas, charms the photographer (her mom). Harvard University began welcoming new students and their families Thursday (Aug. 26), with the first move-in day signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.The newcomers were helped in acclimating to their environment by peer advisers — upperclassmen who volunteer to provide academic and social mentoring.  This group can easily be spotted around Harvard Yard wearing bright orange T-shirts that read “Finding Freshman.”Anika Petach ’13 is a peer adviser for Matthews Hall. She describes her role as “being there as a steppingstone for freshmen, with any questions they have so that they can get the resources that they need. It’s a friendly way for them to get information.”  Peer advisers also offer a student perspective about classes and other aspects of life on campus.The Gu family was greeted by Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds after they finished moving their daughter Catherine into Thayer Hall from New Jersey. Yancui Gu was impressed with how organized the move-in was and how helpful people were in assisting. “The room is nice, and there is a big common room,” said Catherine. Her biggest concern was the bathroom, because, as she said, “I really don’t know how this is going to work with a hall full of girls and only two showers.”Terrance Moore and his father Melvin traveled from Atlanta to move in Terrance. Terrance said of the traffic-clogged streets that, “we were not ready for that” but his dad said, “We are from Atlanta, I promise you this traffic is nothing. We had no problems and I have no complaints. Everything was done just right.” They said this is an exciting time for each of them. Terrance is looking forward to “meeting all the extraordinary people at Harvard” and the football season.”  Melvin said of his son, “I hope that he makes us all proud with whatever he does. I’m proud of him getting here.”Jimmy McCune and his mother Sharon had an easy commute, coming from nearby Somerville. The most challenging part of the move for them was the 20-minute time limit to get everything from the car upstairs to Jimmy’s room. Jimmy said he approached move-in day with an “expect the unexpected” attitude, and it had gone better than expected. Of presidential priority Harvard President Drew Faust picks up some energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs from Chandan Lodha ’13 (from left), Annie Baldwin ’13, Annie DeAngelo ’12, and Kurt Tsuo ’11 of the Resource Efficiency Program.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. The goal of the order would be to use the $600 billion the federal government spends on procurement to boost domestic factories. Administration officials say the order being signed Monday would require more components of the goods bought by the government to be domestically produced and make the waiver process more stringent. To help enforce these goals, the order establishes a job at the White House Office of Management and Budget to monitor the initiative and focus on ensuring the government buys more domestically made goods.last_img read more

first_img Reed Birney Star Files I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Tony nominee Reed Birney and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin will explore the eternal struggle of parents and kids finding common ground in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. Written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman, the Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews off-Broadway on January 7, 2015 and officially open on January 20. The world premiere will play a limited engagement through February 15 at Atlantic Stage 2.Ella (Gilpin) is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David (Birney) proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there.Birney received a Tony nod for Casa Valentina and has also been seen on Broadway in Picnic and Gemini. Other stage credits include Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling and Uncle Vanya. He is featured as Donald Blythe on Netflix’s House of Cards. Gilpin plays Dr. Carrie Roman in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Stage credits include Where We’re Born, Heartless and Good Boys and True.The production will feature scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Daniel Kluger.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2011 The United States and Bolivia took a first step toward improving relations upon signing a bi-national framework agreement based on “mutual respect” and expressed their desire to see a quick return of their ambassadors to the respective capitals. The agreement “establishes a framework by which the two governments will pursue relations on the basis of mutual respect and shared responsibility,” a joint statement by both Governments indicated. “We look forward to the early return of ambassadors to both Washington and La Paz and to a more productive, collaborative relationship for the benefit of both our peoples,” the statement asserted. The agreement, following almost three years during which the two countries have remained without ambassadors, was signed in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Under Secretary for Global Affairs María Otero and Bolivian Vice Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Alurralde. La Paz and Washington, D.C., have been negotiating this agreement since 2009, after President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador and the representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in late 2008, accusing them of supporting a supposed plot against him. In retaliation, Washington, D.C., in turn expelled the Bolivian ambassador. Relations between the two countries have remained in a constant state of upheaval since Morales, who has maintained a discourse critical of the U.S. Government, came to power in January 2006. Nevertheless, Morales recently expressed his desire to improve relations. The agreement establishes a bi-national commission and “working-level mechanisms to ensure the effective implementation” of the accord, the statement indicated. The two countries stressed that the strengthening of the bilateral relationship will take place “with respect for sovereign states and their territorial integrity.” The issues on which La Paz and Washington, D.C., want to develop closer ties are sustainable human, economic, social, and cultural development; the fight against drug trafficking; and the development of trade between the two countries. The United States has maintained sporadic anti-drug collaboration with the Bolivian authorities, despite the DEA’s departure from the country, according to official sources.last_img read more

first_img On March 27, the government of the Brazilian state of São Paulo opened a specialized center that expects to offer help to hundreds of drug users, more than two months after the police takeover of “Crackolandia,” the giant neighborhood in the city center known for the use and trafficking of narcotics. In total, the modern complex will provide health care and social and psychological services to over 1,200 people a day, including users and street people. According to Governor Geraldo Alckmin, a separate unit will provide care to at least 300 drug users, especially users of crack or cocaine residue. The facilities include dormitory rooms, a reading room, a game room, and a gardening work area. Slightly over two years before Brazil’s largest city will host the opening match of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, the authorities are seeking to fulfill their promise to aid the population that lives in the streets of “Crackolandia,” which stretches for ten blocks of dilapidated buildings in the heart of the city. “We’re taking another step in the fight against the drug epidemic in the city. ‘Crackolandia’ isn’t gone, but the fight is heading in the correct direction,” the mayor of the city of São Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, was happy to say for his part. President Dilma Rousseff’s administration created a 2.2-billion-dollar fund to invest in prevention plans, medical treatment, and the fight against drug trafficking. For this center, it collaborated with 16.5 million dollars. “Isolated actions in any sector, at any level of government, won’t be successful in combating these epidemics that are contaminating Brazil, our state, our city,” Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said. In January, around 300 Military police occupied “Crackolandia,” with the objective of putting an end to the crack market and removing hundreds of drug addicts, the indigent, and traffickers who occupy its streets. Between 2003 and 2011 the number of cases of chemical dependence in Brazil has multiplied tenfold, striking social groups and regions that had not been affected, Padilha lamented. By Dialogo March 30, 2012last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A memorial will be held this month to honor the life and legacy of John Kominicki, who was publisher and executive editor of the Long Island Press when he died Dec. 5.His friends, family and colleagues will gather to reminisce and share stories about the seasoned journalist, 62-year-old Stony Brook resident and married father of one. He passed away following a brief battle with stomach cancer.Kominicki, a U.S. Army veteran who worked for national newspapers and was publisher of Long Island Business News before his stint at the Press, inspired and mentored countless local journalists. He simultaneously ran Innovate Long Island, a digital outlet that covers the local tech industry.The event is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 at Crest Hollow Country Club, which is located at 8325 Jericho Tpke. in Woodbury. Organizers ask that those planning to attend RSVP on the memorial’s Facebook page so the venue knows how many people to expect.Read also:John Kominicki: Gone But UnforgettableHats Off to The Boss: Farewell, John KominickiRemembering John Kominickilast_img read more

first_imgSuch a ban, if implemented, could hit the ruling Communist Party from the highest levels down to its rank-and-file and would be certain to draw retaliation against Americans who travel to China. This could include not only diplomats but also business executives, potentially harming US interests in China.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said earlier such action by the United States, if true, would be “pathetic.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped short of confirming it was under consideration but said: “We’re working our way through, under the president’s guidance, about how to think about pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party.”White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters: “We keep every option on the table with regard to China.” The Trump administration is considering banning travel to the United States by all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, a move that would worsen already tense US-China relations.Senior officials discussing the matter have begun circulating a draft of a possible presidential order, but deliberations are at an early stage and the issue has not yet been brought to President Donald Trump, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.The discussions, first reported by the New York Times, center on whether to deny visas to tens of millions of Chinese in what would be one of Washington’s toughest actions yet in a widening feud with Beijing that some have likened to a new Cold War. Relations between the world’s two largest economies have sunk to the lowest point in decades as they clash over China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, its tightening grip on Hong Kong, its disputed claims in the South China Sea, trade and accusations of human rights crimes in Xinjiang.US officials across multiple agencies are involved in the process, which includes consideration of whether to block Communist Party members’ children from attending American universities, said the source, who has been briefed on deliberations.The fact that such a sweeping ban is being discussed shows the lengths to which Trump’s aides may be prepared to go as they make the tough-on-China theme a thrust of his campaign for re-election in November.Trump and prospective Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have competed to outdo each other on which can take the strongest stand against China.Trump’s aides have made the Communist Party a main target for what they call Beijing’s “malign” activities. But Trump has held off on direct criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he has praised as a friend.Among the options is to base such a visa moratorium on immigration laws used by the Trump to justify his 2017 travel ban from a group of predominantly Muslim countries, according to the person familiar with the discussions.Trump could also have authority to make exceptions for certain individuals or categories, the source said.One difficulty would be determining which Chinese nationals are party members, since US authorities do not have full lists, the source said. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoTwenty-four premium housing lots with elevated aspects and park frontage have hit the market at Bridgeman Downs as the Highfields Estate enters its final stages.Positioned on the northern ridge of Bridgeman Downs, Highfields is located on Roghan Road, 13km from the Brisbane CBD.The estate is designed to take advantage of a north-east orientation that offers sea breezes, and views to the north and east, including glimpses of the Glass House Mountains.“All homesites are level and ready to build on, with a stunning backdrop of preserved green space,” Mr Down said.The latest blocks are priced from $412,000 and most are over 500sq m.“They are elevated, connected to the park and are situated in quiet and boutique area.”Previous larger sites in the estate have sold for up to $642,500.“That was for an 820sq m bock of land at the top of a hill where a beautiful home is being constructed for about $800,000 to $900,000,” Mr Down said.As lots in the Parkside release sell, Unison will move onto the final stage of the development. Twenty-four premium housing lots with elevated aspects and park frontage have hit the market at Bridgeman Downs as the Highfields Estate enters its final stages.Twenty-four premium housing lots with elevated aspects and park frontage have hit the market at Bridgeman Downs as the Highfields Estate enters its final stages.Developed by Unison Projects, the latest Parkside land release is part of a $100 million master-planned estate with a total of 133 housing lots, and 1.5ha of green space and parkland.Unison’s Shannon Down said 70 of the initial 86 lots had quickly been snapped up while two of the premium Parkside lots were also now under contract.“Predominantly we’re seeing local buyers from within the greater northern suburbs catchment of Brisbane and almost all are owner-occupiers,” Mr Down said.“Just under 10 per cent of buyers are investors, including Sydney purchasers who see the value in buying a house and land rather than apartments.”Mr Down noted buyers tended to be families looking to build their dream home, and downsizers from larger properties.Lots in the estate range from 400sq m to 1200sq m, with most people opting to construct high-end, five-bedroom houses.“Large homes are the trend and that’s why the green space is so important,” he reflected.“We worked with Council to consolidate existing parkland, preserve as many trees as possible, and offer a central green lung where people can relax, walk the dog, and play.”last_img read more

first_imgMinesto has appointed Leask Marine as an offshore installation contractor to execute the installation of all the balance of plant for Minesto’s Deep Green 500kW project in Holyhead Deep off the coast of North West Wales. The contract comprises the installation and hook-up of three significant balance of plant components, namely concrete gravity base foundation structure, buoy containing a micro grid and communications system, and power transfer fastening comprising of the top joint, tether, bottom joint and subsea umbilical.The DG500 project is the first installation of Minesto’s marine energy technology in utility scale.The project is planned for commissioning and operation in 2018.David Collier, COO at Minesto said: “We are very pleased to be working with Leask Marine as offshore installation contractor for this significant project in Holyhead Deep. They have a track record for identifying safe, innovative and cost-effective solutions for installing subsea structures in high tidal flows and other marine energy environments. So, I believe that their appointment will be a great asset to the overall project.”last_img read more