So how to make the best of ‘senior spring’ in COVID times?

first_img“Senior spring” is a term loaded with meaning for Harvard students. In the last few months of their time on campus, seniors wrap up theses and final projects, take part in campus traditions, and spend as much time as they can with friends before going their separate ways. But this last semester for the Class of 2021 looks vastly different given the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gazette spoke to some returning seniors to learn their expectations and hopes going forward.last_img

Liam Palmer: Scotland Euro 2020 qualification would have made my late grandmother proud | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – They will now go into the Euros next summer in Group D, alongside England, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.Palmer, 29, insists ending the 22 years of hurt was the driving force for the team, but they also wanted to lift the nation due to the devastating effects of coronavirus.He added: “We all celebrated and enjoyed each other’s company in the team hotel. You saw what it meant to the country – families celebrating – we’ve all seen the videos on social media. That was the driving force for us going into the game.“Like Ryan Christie said in his amazing interview, the emotion was there. The boys knew that after a tough year we could put a lot of joy on a lot of people’s faces. I’m just delighted the boys managed to do that.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – 8:53 Scott McTominay cannot wait to face some of his club team-mates when Scotland meet England at next summer’s European Championships and says he is already ready for the banter to begin Highlights of the play-off final between Serbia and Scotland 1:21 preview image Fudbal Soccer UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers- Playoff-Srbija v Scotland.Beograd, 12.11..2019..foto: Srdjan Stevanovic/Starsportphoto .. Palmer said the achievement made him reflect on how his Scottish grandmother would have marked the occasion.The English-born defender said: “My family were quite emotional speaking to them after the game. My nan – my Scottish heritage – she’s not with us anymore but I know she’d have been proud.“She’d have had the whole street round to her house watching. She was that kind of woman – open arms to anyone. She would’ve been proud. The family were really proud.”Scotland’s achievement was huge. They hadn’t qualified for a major tournament since the World Cup in France 98. That victory sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch and in the team hotel in Belgrade, as well as homes across the whole of Scotland. Scotland defender Liam Palmer believes he would have made his late grandmother proud after qualifying for Euro 2020.The Sheffield Wednesday right-back was an unused substitute in the penalty shootout win over Serbia on Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Child abuser’s sentence slammed as ‘pathetic’

first_imgNZ Herald 17 Nov 2012Child advocates are calling for a man who tortured his newborn daughter, biting her and breaking her bones over two months, to be jailed. Jack Alexander Booker, 22, was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention in the North Shore District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to assaulting and injuring his baby daughter with intent this year. He started abusing her when she was just a month old, “angry and frustrated” at the newborn’s colic. Judge Nevin Dawson said he had intended sending Booker to prison but decided to sentence him to home detention after considering his remorse, willingness to be rehabilitated and lack of criminal history. Family First NZ has written to the Solicitor-General asking for the sentence to be appealed. It wrote a similar letter when James Robert Hall, 21, was sentenced to home detention after breaking his baby’s legs. The Solicitor-General said the sentence was manifestly inadequate and it was replaced with jail time.Family First NZ spokesman Bob McCoskrie told the Weekend Herald Booker’s sentence was unacceptable. “This is another pathetic sentence that sends a dangerous message. We simply don’t value the life and protection of our vulnerable young children, based on the response of our justice system,” he said. read more

After 17 years as a woman, this man has had enough

first_img“There was no answer, no interest whatsoever,” Mr Bates said.He said he raised questions in online transgender support groups, but was blocked almost immediately because he was “challenging the accepted wisdom” and was accused of being “transphobic”.Then he became angry.He was angry at the system for letting him down, he was angry at those he believes have an ideological agenda and he was angry there was no support.Mr Bate said he was shocked when transgender support groups to which he belonged “turned on him”.“It sends alarm bells to me, because they don’t want to tolerate anyone moving away from it,” he said.“They’d rather think I was never a proper trans in the first place, because they just can’t stand the idea.“Their basic ideology is that you have to have been born that way, and if you can turn away from it, then that cancels their argument.”Mr Bate said he was angry not only because no one would help him when he started to talk about detransitioning, but because he felt he transitioned at a time when he was vulnerable after the relationship breakdown took away his stability. At the age of 35, Mr Bate transitioned from his biological sex after a devastating relationship breakdown exacerbated a gender confusion he believes was originally caused by an anti-miscarriage drug his mother took when he was in utero, although he concedes there is no scientific consensus that this was even possible. He said he had never received specialist medical advice or unbiased counselling before agreeing to hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery.“I’m angry because this happened when I wasn’t able to protect myself,” he said.“I was subjected to those hormones and later on the ideology without enough people who were aware of the alternatives.“More and more people are aware of the alternatives now and the story I’ve been telling is becoming more prevalent.”Mr Bate said people were led to believe biological gender didn’t mean anything, a concept he strongly rejects now. WA Today 11 December 2018Family First Comment: Until just four months ago, Australian Jeremy Bate was living as a ‘trans woman’ after transitioning 17 years ago and undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Now he is angry at a system and ideology he says took advantage of him when he was his most vulnerable.Until just four months ago, Jeremy Bate was living as a ‘trans woman’ after transitioning 17 years ago and undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Now he is angry at a system and ideology he says took advantage of him when he was his most vulnerable.For the past 17 years, Jeremy Bate has lived as a woman.But now, after hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery, he believes it has all been a mistake.At the age of 52, Mr Bate now says he was never anything other than a man and has called for more support for people questioning their gender.center_img About four months ago Mr Bate started reading deeply about the science and ideology of gender and he began to question what had happened to him.He told Vision Christian Radio in the lead-up to his detransitioning he began to become “awakened” to right-wing politics and started to question society “where it is”.“I was doing a lot of research. It was only a matter of time before I started questioning the trans issue, which I was kind of avoiding, and straight away it was kind of obvious that it’s been an agenda right from the start. It had very little science backing it,” he told 20Twenty’s Neil Johnson.“It’s definitely an agenda.”He reached out to clinics, he sent emails, he tried to get his phone calls returned from support lines. Mr Bate said he would have been better off if he had counselling to help him become more comfortable with the body he was born in.READ MORE: read more

DENR sec pushes for more affordable sanitary landfills

first_imgCimatu instructed the Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LocalGovernment Unit Concerns Benny Antiporada to “review and revise” DENRAdministrative Order (DAO) 2001-34 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations ofRA 9003, to build and improve sanitary landfills among LGUs in the country.This will further address solid waste disposal concerns by encouraging thepractice of recycling, composting, collecting, and transferring of wastes to beprocessed in solid waste management facilities. THE worsening solid waste condition in the country needsto be urgently addressed as Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu bats for the easyand inexpensive operation of sanitary landfill. Secretary Cimatu wants to allowmore local government units (LGUs) to set up their own solid waste managementfacilities. A sanitary landfill is a solid waste management facilityusing an engineered method of waste disposal where waste are buried undergroundor in a large pile being controlled and monitored. The bottom of the landfillhas network of plumbing, serves as collection system for liquids to avoidleakages of leachates from the landfill that harms the waterways. LGUs arebound to comply with the operation of landfills in the cities andmunicipalities under the Republic Act of 9003 or the Ecological WasteManagement Act of 2000. “Only ten percent of concerned LGUs nationwide havesanitary landfills two decades after RA 9003 was enacted,” Cimatu pointed outas he gave his marching orders to officials and employees of the DENR duringhis traditional “New Year’s Call” at the Central Office in Quezon City,recently. A lot of LGUs find it difficult to comply with the law dueto its complexity and the expense of building and maintaining sanitary landfills.There are options however, like adjacent municipalities or cities shouldcluster and pool together their resources to establish a sanitary landfill.They can avail of government loans particularly offered by the Development Bankof the Philippines under its green financial program if they are out of fundsto build a sanitary landfill. They could come up with a scheme to pay the loanby collecting tipping fees. This is a generated waste dumped in an open site located at Brgy. Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan. center_img “Make theestablishment and operation of a sanitary landfill simpler and less costlywithout sacrificing the main objectives of proper solid waste disposal, whichis to prevent leachate from going to waterways,” the Environment secretary saidas he delivers his marching orders. Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary Roy Cimatu checks the monitoring of solid waste management facility during his visit in Boracay Island. “Our Departmentwill continue to strictly implement environmental laws and sustain the gains ofall environmental programs and projects for the protection of public health andthe environment,” said DENR 6 regional executive director Francisco Milla. Ecological Solid Waste Management is the third of the tenpriority programs of DENR secretary Roy Cimatu./PNlast_img read more

March 19, 2018 Police Blotter

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Blind calls for focus

first_img The 25-year-old Dutchman, who has played a significant role in United’s run of six consecutive wins, accepted rivals would have taken note of the 4-2 derby win over Manchester City on Sunday. He insisted, however, that although United could win the title next year, they had to focus on securing a Champions League place – starting against Chelsea on Saturday. Blind said: “I think Manchester United is always a club that is fighting for the title. “Of course other teams are watching us, but we have to watch ourselves this season, our own games, focus on that and then we will see where it ends “We don’t have to watch for Chelsea. We have to watch for our own games, we have to look at ourselves. Every game is a final to the end and we have to believe in ourselves.” Blind credited a pre-match team talk from skipper Wayne Rooney about ending their run of four successive losses against City with giving the United players an extra edge on Sunday. He added: “It was a thing that was always in our minds. It was going through the team. Everyone knew how important this game was, not only because it’s a rat race in the last games, but also because of the history of the last four games. “Wayne Rooney mentioned that in the dressing room before the game to all the players and it is something that you have in mind when you go on to the pitch. You saw how everyone was fighting for each other. “Maybe after the first five minutes we were a bit like, ‘What is happening here?’ but after that we picked it up again and we did very well. And with the crowd behind us, it was amazing.” Press Associationcenter_img Daley Blind has warned that Manchester United need to focus on the end of this season rather than thinking about challenging for the Premier League title next year. last_img read more

Poland v Republic of Ireland: Talking Points

first_img On the evidence of the 47 minutes he played in Thursday night’s remarkable 1-0 victory over Germany, yes he is. The 28-year-old West Ham goalkeeper looks to be the man in possession despite having played just 61 minutes of senior football for his country before this week after veteran Shay Given pulled out through injury. But he made vital saves from Jerome Boateng and Ilkay Gundogan and provided the assist for fellow substitute Shane Long’s decisive goal to demonstrate his readiness to do a job. WILL SEAMUS COLEMAN COME BACK INTO THE TEAM? If he is anywhere near match-fit after working hard to recover from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of the Germany game, Everton full-back Coleman will return at right-back. That is no reflection on Derby’s Cyrus Christie, who performed admirably in the face of a German onslaught, but Coleman in one of the class acts in Martin O’Neill’s squad and he will want the player on the pitch if at all possible. WILL MARTIN O’NEILL GO FOR IT? O’Neill by nature is not a risk-taker, and he will set up his team to make life difficult for the Poles, while at the same time giving it a basis from which to attack. A similar ploy worked to perfection on Thursday evening, although with the prize for victory – a high-scoring draw would also put Ireland through – so alluring, it may be difficult to curb the adventure of players desperate to reach the finals, particularly as the game wears on. CAN THE REPUBLIC KEEP ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI AT BAY? If they can, they may just be in business. Poland are far from a one-man team, but if that one man is allowed time and space, he will deliver as Wolfsburg, Mainz, Dinamo Zagreb, Borussia Dortmund and Scotland have discovered to their cost in recent weeks. Lewandowski has 14 goals in his last 405 minutes of football, famously including five in just nine minutes as a substitute against Wolfsburg on a night when Ireland’s Sunderland defender John O’Shea was being given the run-around by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. WILL ROBBIE KEANE HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY? Undoubtedly, and particularly off the pitch. Keane’s 142 caps and 67 international goals no longer guarantee him a place in the starting line-up at 35 years of age, but he remains the man most likely to find half a yard of space and put the ball in the back of the net. His involvement on the pitch may be more limited these days, but his experience of big occasions could improve invaluable in the dressing room. And could the script be written for him to equal German great Gerd Muller’s tally of 68 goals just when his country might need it most? The Republic of Ireland face Poland in Warsaw on Sunday evening knowing qualification for the Euro 2016 finals could be just 90 minutes away. Here, Press Association Sport’s Damian Spellman takes a look at the main talking points in the build-up to the game. IS DARREN RANDOLPH READY TO MAKE HIS FIRST START FOR IRELAND? center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

High Rollers vs Amazings will be a classic!

first_imgIN less than three days, a new champion will be crowned in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship, when first-time finalists High Rollers and Amazings face-off at the Mackenzie Market tarmac.High Rollers earned their place to the championship match, after dethroning defending champions Silver Bullets in the semi-final round via penalty kicks.This occurred after High Rollers secured another unlikely 2-1 victory against Swag Entertainment in the earlier quarter-final round.On the other hand, the dogged Amazings outfit clinched a semi-final win against Capital, compliments of a 2-1 penalty shoot-out victory. In their earlier quarter-final match, Amazings once again required penalty kicks to survive a dangerous Coomacka outfit.According to an official release from the tournament coordinators, “The anticipation is in the air for what promises to be a great final between two teams who are desperate to secure the coveted championship and the bragging rights for their region and the right to represent the zone at the National Championship.”The release further said, “The fact that we have two first-time finalists is an indication of the overall improvement in quality of the tournament. Neither of the teams was expected to challenge or formed part of the group of possible contenders when the tournament commenced, so it is refreshing that first-time champions will be crowned. Even the third-place match features a first-time semi-finalist.”“It also highlights that teams have been preparing better and want to etch their name on the trophy and put their respective communities on the map by securing the title. This occurrence will serve as an inspiration for the other teams and bodes well for the continued improvement in quality of the tournament,” the release concluded.Meanwhile the third-place playoff will pit former two-time champions Silver Bullets against Capital Storm.last_img read more

Obaseki Seeks More Local Participation in Okpekpe Race

first_imgEdo sate governor Godwin Obaseki wants increased participation of runners from Edo state and other adjoining states in the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Bronze Label Okpekpe international 10km road race.‘The Okpekpe race has come to stay and we are happy to be associated with It is an event that has put Edo state on the map of the world as a destination for world class sporting event and we are grateful for this.I will however like to have more local participation in the event. I want runners from all over Edo state and other nearby states (Delta,Ondo,Ogun and Anambra) to be part of what has become an annual celebration of athletics excellence, ‘said the governor who has signed on as the first celebrity runner at the race.Obaseki is confident the race, already in its fifth edition will continue to grow bigger.‘If a race has gone on for five years I think we should commend the organisers and praise their commitment towards the success of the race.’Meanwhile spokesman for the race Dare Esan said organisers of the race are delighted with the massive support they are getting from Governor Obaseki.‘The Governor has been a strong part of the race right from its inception and we are grateful for his continued support,’said Esan who revealed that the race has been witnessing increased participation from runners across the nooks and crannies of Edo state and its environs.‘It is because of this that we instituted prizes for Edo state runners. This was designed to get more athletes from the state to participate in their own event. Last year we had the chairman and chief executive officer of Channels Television, John Momoh Institute monetary awards for indigenes of North Ibie comprising Okpekpe clan and the three Ibie Clans of Imiegba, Imiakebu and Itsukwi of Etasko East Local Government Area of Edo State.‘This is meant to pave the way for these communities that are of the same historical background besides their common Ibie language to also benefit from the empowerment that the race has become for the area ‘said Esan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more