Evening with Champions

first_img An Evening with Champions Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Get a leg up All at once Emily Hughes ’11 dips low and aims high. Ice blue An expansive shot of the Bright Hockey Center displays the color, whirlwind, and fun of the night’s event. There is a light Linda Yao ’10, wearing her winter coat, operates the spotlight for skaters. Hey, it’s an ice rink after all! Sisters in arms Dazzling bodices and frilly dresses are just a few pleasures of skating. Here, members of Team Excel Junior, which features skaters from 18 New England regions, manage to be both identically dressed and distinctive. Shadow dancing Paul Wylie ’91 and 1976 Olympic medalist Dorothy Hamill move under the spotlight during the 40th anniversary of the Jimmy Fund benefit “An Evening with Champions,” sponsored by Harvard. With her spotlight purring like an old projector, Linda Yao ’10 used a steady hand to follow the cast of famed figure skaters as they shaved graceful ribbons into the ice during “An Evening with Champions.” “La Vie en Rose,” sung by Louis Armstrong, played over the loudspeakers, and a kaleidoscope of light bathed the ice.Over 40 years, the skating event has raised $2.4 million for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Brett Michael Giblin ’11, who co-chaired the event, said, “I truly believe that the reason this weekend was such a rousing success, from the incredible skating to the nearly perfect execution, was due to the fact that our volunteers were able to keep the objective that they were working toward — helping children with cancer — in the forefront of their minds.”The event struck a personal chord with 2006 Olympics skater Emily Hughes ’11, who first visited Harvard to participate in the event in 2006 to pay tribute to her mother, a cancer survivor. Hughes said, “I’m happy and excited that I can do this every year, and that it can go to a worthy cause. Cancer research has a more personal feel for me.” A shoulder to drape on Kimberly Navarro rides the back of partner Brent Bommentre. last_img read more

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Kyle McKenney moves past concussions to become top rower

first_imgEight years ago, Kyle McKenney would’ve never guessed he’d end up rowing for Syracuse.Eight years ago, he suffered his third concussion while playing basketball. Doctors told McKenney that he needed to stop playing contact sports, leaving him with few options.“We thought, well, how about tennis? How about swimming?” said Lynnda McKenney, Kyle’s mother.McKenney had other ideas. He lived on Lake Sammamish in Woodinville, Washington. His friends had just joined Sammamish Rowing Association, a private program, and he thought he’d give it a try.Eight years later, McKenney, a junior, is one of Syracuse’s top rowers. He shifts around on the first varsity eight boat, a role he filled in the spring. Needing a sport to salvage his athletic career in eighth grade, McKenney has made the most of his talents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I liked being better than the guy next to you, always seeing where the other boat is and knowing that you could make your boat go a little further than the other guy,” McKenney said.Although rowing is becoming more popular, McKenney said, his parents weren’t completely sold on its unconventional aspects.“Especially when I started wearing spandex,” said McKenney. “They weren’t used to it. We’re a baseball family. I just got hit too many times that I had to start wearing the spandex.”McKenney would become a member of Sammamish’s high school men’s boat, leading his team to second-place finish in a competition at the Head of the Charles in Boston in 2012. He began hearing from multiple colleges, one being the University of Washington.At the time, it seemed like a good fit. Three out of Washington’s five coxswains are from Sammamish. With the close connections between the two organizations, McKenney’s mind was made up.“That’s where I was going to go because that’s what I could afford and what I really wanted to do,” he said.In the winter, Shawn Bagnall, then-assistant men’s rowing coach at Syracuse, met with McKenney. He had barely heard of Syracuse, but as he looked more into it, he started to consider the school seriously.McKenney first visited SU in March 2013, where he was sold by the expertise and style of men’s rowing head coach, Dave Reischman.“When he’s watching your stroke, he can tell what needs to be changed, and he says it in a way that can hit home for me and make those types of changes quickly,” said McKenney.The quality of the school, along with a scholarship, swayed McKenney into choosing Syracuse over Washington. He chose a path that he believes will result in greater, long-term success.“We think kids who want to come to Syracuse want something different,” said Syracuse men’s rowing head coach Dave Reischman. “Kyle is the ideal kid we try to recruit.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm Contact Chris: [email protected]last_img read more

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Guyana coalition backs Granger for president

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, – President David Granger seems to have the backing of the members of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) as it prepares for a possible regional and general election in March this year.The granger coalition collapsed last month after then government backbencher, Charrandass Persaud, on December 21 backed a motion of no confidence filed by the general secretary of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagde.The decision by Persaud, a former member of the Alliance for Change (AFC), the second biggest member in the coalition, meant that regional and general elections are likely by March this year in keeping with the Guyana Constitution. The coalition had enjoyed a one seat majority in the 65-member National Assembly.The High Court is expected to give a ruling by month-end as the government seeks to challenge the validity of the votes cast in the National Assembly.Amma Ally, the general secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the biggest member of the coalition and Granger’s own party, said despite orchestrated rumors and untruths regarding the health of the incumbent he is still considered “fit and proper” for a second term and “the PNCR endorses his candidature.”Granger is in Cuba undergoing medical treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and his doctors there have said he continues to respond well to the treatment and should make a full recovery.Ally said the party looks forward to be under his guidance for a second term and urged Guyanese to vote for vision, development, cordiality, selfless work and enjoy the good life.“We are also cognisant of his discipline and in no way can he be deemed as a corrupt leader. He possesses the necessary qualities that are required to be a country’s leader. He has constantly been active in cleaning up the 23 years of mess which the PPP put our country in,” Ally added.Another coalition party, the National Front Alliance (NFA) said it too would be supporting Granger.“We look forward to the opportunity to reaffirm our support for him. We did have our executive meeting earlier in the year, coming out in support of that,” said NFA executive member, Keith Scott, who is also Minister of Labor.“The people of this country trust President Granger, he has the right discipline. He has been very democratic in his dealings since he has acceded to power, and that is the kind of person that we need to bring healing in this society.”The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, said he sees no reason for his party to be swayed from President Granger as the candidate.“He’s a very upright person, very principled. No one can point a finger at him in relations to personal corruption, he’s really a model citizen, and we’ll be in support,” said Roopnaraine.Granger, who led the coalition to victory in 2015, will face Irfaan Ali,  who last weekend, said that he was “extremely humbled” with the party’s decision to pick him to lead it into the next election.last_img read more

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Greenville Flood Water Rages, Destroys Streets

first_imgEach day of the week, when there it rains heavily in the port city of Greenville, residents and businesspeople encounter the menace of flooding.Many drainages are clogged with garbage having been thrown on the various streets by residents and other business entities.According to some of the Greenville residents and businesspeople, the situation has become a menace that continues to send out offensive odors, to the detriment of the residents.Many of the streets observed by reporter were littered with huge volumes of garbage that have been thrown there and not cleared for the past three weeks by staff of the Greenville City Corporation (GCC) in Sinoe County.It may be recalled that last week’s all night rainfall kept hundreds of residents indoor for long periods and their business centers were surrounded by both animal and human feces from the clogged drainages in Greenville City.   As a result of the extensive downpour rains last week, Liberia National Red Cross Society, Sinoe County branch,  handed out some drainage tools to open of the biggest drainages in Greenville City, Sinoe County.Several citizens and residents told the Daily Observer last week said that they want the clogged drainages to be given top priority in terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction in Greenville City.Business owners, especially foreign business entities, have also underscored the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the clogged and age-old drainages in Greenville City, Sinoe County.They also expressed outrage over the slow pace of rehabilitation works on the clogged drainages and other critical spots that continue to pose serious threats to lives and moving objects in Greenville City, Sinoe County.The Greenville City’s business owners also explained that most of the water flowing through some of half- rehabilitated drainages contained human and animal feces that pose health and environmental hazards.The Greenville’s businessmen and women also expressed grave concern over the deplorable conditions of the clogged drainages and called on the GCC’s Sanitation and Environmental Department to take swift steps to remedy the situation.“We are indeed being exposed to lots of health, sanitation and environmental hazards that call for the urgent attention of the GCC’s Sanitation and Environmental staff and employees in Greenville City,” auto-spare-parts dealer Davidson Tugbeh stressed.“Our city Greenville, founded 1838 by the pioneers of Liberia, should be given an extensive attention by the central administration of Sinoe County in order to restore its prewar dignity, Mr. Tugbeh emphasized.“Sadly, the flood water is  slowly and systematically destroying and damaging our concrete streets in Greenville City,” Mr. Tugbeh concluded.For her part, used clothes dealer Madam Patricia Nimely told the Daily Observer that at the front of her business entity, the sanitation crisis has reached its highest peak with hundreds of flies invading her provision shop in Greenville City.“I’m out for more hardship and suffering from now to the end of October as the rains continue to destroy my goods and hamper my children’s progress in Greenville City,” Madam Nimely lamented.In a brief statement, a Greenville’s pineapple and orange wholesale dealer,  Madam Susan Randolph Kun,  pointed out that the flooding in the city in recent times was worrisome and needs  immediate intervention of the GCC’s staff and employees.She added the extensive flooding has affected the sale  of pineapple and oranges to her regular customers and the general public in Greenville.Meanwhile, as the rains intensify at the port city of Greenville, business entities’ owners and residents have sounded an urgent SOS appeal to all well meaning Liberians and non-governmental organizations to help clean the clogged drainages.When contacted for comments on residents and business people’s claims, GCC’s staff and employees told the Daily Observer that lack of critical sanitation equipment has impeded the cleaning of the clogged drainages in Greenville City.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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