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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New thinking on coal, renewables taking hold in Southeast Asia

first_imgNew thinking on coal, renewables taking hold in Southeast Asia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Eco-Business:The evidence is getting harder to dispute. Clean energy can provide 100 per cent of society’s electricity needs. Current renewable energy technology is reliable 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and industries’ insistence on using coal and other polluting sources for fear of intermittency—the inability of renewable energy to ensure an uninterrupted supply—no longer has a basis.So why does Southeast Asia continue to be a global laggard in renewable energy deployment?Rapid economic growth exceeding 4 per cent annually has seen the region double its energy consumption since 1995, and demand is expected to continue to grow by up to 4.7 per cent per year through to 2035. Coal largely feeds this demand, accounting for up to 40 per cent of consumption. But coal’s impact on climate change and air quality have made the need for a transition to clean energy more pressing than ever.For decades, Southeast Asian governments have helped the fossil fuels industry with generous subsidies.But energy subsidies should be cut back or scrapped altogether—except in cases where they serve a specific public purpose, such as giving the poor easier access to energy, or short-term incentives to get new clean energy technologies into the marketplace, says Peter du Pont of the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Asia Centre.Sara Jane Ahmed, energy finance analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), adds: “Governments need to be efficient with their use of capital. Subsidies are not necessary in an industry where there are cheaper competing technologies,” she says, referring to the tumbling price of solar.More: 7 ways to speed up Southeast Asia’s switch to renewable energylast_img read more

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Bigger, brighter, mind…ier?

first_imgI just spent the past two days at Harvard for the ‪#‎bigbrightminds‬ conference, and 24 hours later my mind is still recuperating from being totally blown. I’m back in the office today reflecting on the experience and content, and it’s starting to sink in that I was just exposed to the ideas and leaders who will not only define the credit union movement in the coming years, but in some cases actually shake the broader financial industry to its core, drastically change how millions of Americans will view personal finance and put a spotlight on the interconnectedness of economics, culture and social movements.We heard from Nondini Naqui from the Society of Grownups in Boston who is less than two years into their Millennial-focused financial literacy campaign and has already helped thousands of young people better understand finances, all while growing their staff to 40 full-time employees (in 22 months) and securing an additional $100 million in funding to expand their much needed services to 10 of the nation’s biggest cities. Like their page and get ready for Naqui’s TED Talk in February because once the world hears her message (delivered with eloquence most presidents would envy), everything is going to change.We heard Hope Jensen Schau, professor of marketing at the University of Arizona, discuss research showing how Millennials view large institutions with deep skepticism, but place enormous value in peer-to-peer institutions making a social impact. While Millennials are still poorly informed on the subject, her studies have so far shown an enormous interest in credit unions and how they can weave into the “pro-social” mindset of Millennials, who are largely uninterested in supporting institutions that don’t provide a clear social benefit along with their business model. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Parts of Beijing locked down due to fresh virus cluster

first_imgAFP reporters saw hundreds of police officers and dozens of paramilitary police deployed at the two markets. Workers were seen hauling several crates of seafood out of Jingshen seafood market, also in Fengtai district.Fengtai district officials announced Saturday that the district has established a “wartime mechanism” and “field command centre” to deal with the fresh wave.Nine nearby schools and kindergartens have been closed. On Friday, Beijing officials delayed the return of students to primary schools across the city, and suspended all sporting events and group dining. Cross-provincial tour groups were suspended on Saturday.Mass testingThe chairman of the Xinfadi meat wholesale market told state-run Beijing News that the virus was detected on chopping boards used to handle imported salmon, stoking fears over the hygiene of Beijing’s food supply.Beijing’s market supervision authorities ordered a city-wide food safety inspection focusing on fresh and frozen meat, poultry and fish in supermarkets, warehouses and catering services.Major supermarket chains including Wumart and Carrefour removed all stocks of salmon overnight in the capital, but said supplies of other products would not be affected, Beijing Daily reported Saturday.Some Beijing restaurants were not serving any salmon on Saturday, according to AFP reporters.Beijing authorities also announced a mass COVID-19 testing campaign of anyone who has had “close contact” with the Xinfadi market since May 30, after they tested over 5,000 environmental samples from farmers’ markets and large supermarkets across the city on Friday. Of those, all 40 positive samples came from Xinfadi market.Nearly 2,000 wholesale market workers in Beijing were also tested for the virus on Friday, authorities said.Of the tests already carried out, an additional 46 market workers tested positive for the virus in throat swabs but currently show no clinical symptoms, officials said. All have been placed under strict medical observation.All but one of them are Xinfadi market workers, and the remaining case works at a farmers’ market in Haidian district, northwest Beijing.The Haidian worker is a close contact of one of the confirmed cases linked to Xinfadi market.Topics : China’s domestic outbreak had been brought largely under control through vast, strict lockdowns that were imposed after the disease was first detected in the central city of Wuhan last year.These measures had largely been lifted as the infection rate dropped, and the majority of cases reported in recent months were citizens living abroad who were tested as they returned home during the pandemic.Among the six new domestic cases announced Saturday were three Xinfadi market workers, one market visitor and two employees at the China Meat Research Centre, seven kilometers (four miles) away. One of the employees had visited the market last week.Authorities closed the market, along with another seafood market visited by one of the patients, for disinfection and sample collection on Friday. Parts of Beijing were placed under lockdown on Saturday as six new domestic coronavirus cases were reported, fueling fears of a resurgence in local transmission.People were prevented from leaving their homes at 11 residential estates in south Beijing’s Fengtai district after most of the cases were linked to a nearby meat market, city officials said in a press briefing.Beijing’s first COVID-19 case in two months, announced on Thursday, had visited Xinfadi meat market last week and had no recent travel history outside the city.last_img read more

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Start-ups need to reimagine business post-pandemic: Sequoia Capital India

first_imgStarting or managing a business during the COVID-9 pandemic is a challenging task as many companies, including Indonesian and global start-ups, have been pushed to permanent closure. Several unicorns and decacorns have had to lay off employees to streamline business and survive the pandemic’s impacts. The Jakarta Post’s Eisya A. Eloksari interviewed Sequoia Capital India managing director Rajan Anandan via email on June 22 and discussed ways start-ups can survive the hard times, as well as the future potential in the start-up scene in Indonesia and Southeast Asia post-pandemic. Sequoia Capital India manages start-up acceleration program Surge, which trains several Indonesian early-stage startups.Question: How has the pandemic affected Sequoia Capital India’s investment and accelerator program? Metrics are important if a business has already launched but a lot of seed-stage companies’ focus is entirely on the founding team and the size of the market they are addressing as they may not have user or business metrics at the time Surge partners with them.Founder-market fit is important as we want to know which founding team has the unique ability to win in a particular market. On market size, we try to deeply understand whether the market is big enough to build a very large business.For companies that have already launched, Surge looks for early signs of customer love such as through early user feedback, product reviews and customer retention.Surge is currently looking at companies that are building for a post-COVID world such as in e-commerce and the remote work and collaboration sector. We believe they will be resilient in the near to medium term as they will be positively impacted in the long term due to faster digitization.What kind of start-ups do you project will have higher growth and which ones will be impacted negatively by COVID-19?Ed-tech has been one of the industries that has seen a significant change in growth trajectories across the world. Digital health, e-commerce – especially online grocery, online food delivery and cloud food brands, are all examples of this.Industries that are largely offline, dependent on physical proximity or focused on travel, are all adversely affected – and we are already seeing that happening. International travel, hospitality, offline retail, offline events are not going to be the same again for a long time. Startups in these types of industries will all need to find ways to reimagine their businesses.What is your advice to existing start-ups, as well as to those that plan to commence operations, to survive in times of crisis?Throughout history, some of the best companies have been formed during the toughest times. Existing startups should first focus on ensuring they have enough runway to last into the next year. Then, they will need to reimagine all aspects of their business for a post- COVID world. If they get that right, they will come out of this stronger than ever. I believe innovative, lean, agile startups will be built during the next 12-18 months.If a start-up is in a sector that has been deeply impacted, they will need to consider changing many aspects of their business – be it in the way they sell, marketing spending or where they can find new customers. If the start-up has enough runway, it should even consider completely changing its industry of focus. Founders need to deeply think through how the consumer and buying behavior is likely to change because of COVID-19 and evolve accordingly.For those who are planning to start from scratch, make sure that your product or service is a “must-have”— something that is addressing a real problem and one that can be solved at scale for a large segment of the market.How does Sequoia see the start-up potential in Southeast Asia in the coming years?We are seeing a rising interest in entrepreneurship because of success stories of SEA’s start-ups. The first generation of entrepreneurs from unicorns such as Gojek and Tokopedia have paved the way for a new wave of founders who are willing to take risks and are not afraid to chart their own journeys.A decade ago, Southeast Asia did not have any unicorns; today the ecosystem has evolved tremendously and the region now has more than 10 unicorns, including four from Indonesia. The region has also seen exponential growth over the past few years. Today, there is over $6.5 billion invested in SEA by venture capital firms, six-fold the amount in 2015.How has the start-up scene in Indonesia been the past few years and how is the current scene amid the pandemic?Over the last five years, Indonesia has been one of Southeast Asia’s key centers for start-up activity, in terms of the numbers of new start-ups. We see a lot of potential for start-ups that are technology-first, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly accelerating digital transformation.An example of this can be found in Indonesian start-ups in the Surge 03 cohort, such as cloud kitchen Hangry, the popularity of which has soared during the pandemic, as there has been a shift in customer behavior from dine-in to food delivery. This creates demand not only from young people but also the older segment.The fact that the start-up scene has scaled so tremendously in the last few years alone speaks volumes about the technical and entrepreneurial talent in the country.Topics : Even though our current accelerator program, Surge, is being conducted entirely online, the level of engagement we have seen from Surge start-ups has been incredible to witness.The pandemic has not affected the program’s mission to rapidly scale-up participating companies. Even in the current situation, Surge is still actively seeking mission-driven founders from across the region who are going after a large opportunity in their markets.Surge is committed to investing between US$1 million and $2 million in all technology-enabled start-ups, such as in agriculture technology, direct-to-consumer brands, education technology (ed-tech), e-commerce and telemedicine, among other things.What are some of the key metrics Sequoia will be looking at while evaluating which start-up to invest in during this time?last_img read more

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus, again

first_imgFollowing the latest positive test result, his third since getting infected, Bolsonaro “indefinitely postponed” upcoming trips to the north-eastern states of Piaui and Bahia, his office told AFP.On Sunday, Bolsonaro greeted supporters at his residence, separated by a reflecting pool about two meters wide.He removed his face mask to talk to them and proudly held up a box of hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he is taking against the infection.Both Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump, whom he admires, have touted the medication as a treatment for COVID-19, despite scientific evidence it is ineffective against coronavirus.Bolsonaro’s hydroxychloroquine box-brandishing incident was “deplorable,” said respiratory specialist Margareth Dalcomo, of Brazil’s leading public-health institute, Fiocruz.”This politicization of the drug by the US and Brazilian presidents for murky reasons has no justification, and it deceives people,” she told AFP.”It has been proven this drug has no effect against COVID-19…. And it has potentially serious side-effects.”Brazil is the country hit second-hardest by the pandemic, after the United States. It has recorded nearly 2.2 million infections and more than 80,000 deaths. “A [new coronavirus] test carried out yesterday on the president came back positive.”Bolsonaro, 65, has famously compared the virus to a “little flu” and attacked stay-at-home measures and other guidelines from public-health officials.Until he was infected, he regularly hit the streets of Brasilia without a face mask, exchanging hugs and handshakes with supporters and urging Latin America’s biggest country to get back to work despite its rapidly spreading outbreak.Since testing positive after developing a fever and fatigue, he has been working by video conference from the presidential residence, the Alvorada Palace — a routine he admitted last week he “can’t stand.” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has again tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office announced Wednesday, saying he would extend his two-week quarantine and suspend upcoming travel plans.The far-right leader, who has faced criticism for downplaying the pandemic and flouting social distancing measures, has been in self-isolation in the presidential palace in Brasilia since first testing positive for the virus on July 7.”President Jair Bolsonaro’s health continues to improve, under the treatment of the presidential medical team,” his office said in a statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Lady Raiders Top Lady Eagles In Volleyball Action

first_imgThe South Ripley Varsity Volleyball team beat county rival JCD tonight in a 4 set match. SR came out on fire taking the first set 25-9. SR took the second set 25-18. Momentum swung JCD’s way the third set with JCD winning 23-25. SR took the fourth set 25-20 to close out the match.Stats for the SR Raiders.Toria Tucker: 28/29 attacks 11 kills, 8/11 blocking (5 solos, 3 assisted), 8/9 serving; Laken Farrell: 20/24 attacks 3 kills, 4/6 blocking, (2 solos, 2 assisted), 12/14 serving; Morgan Peetz; 19/20 attacks 5 kills; Elizabeth Bodenberg: 53/54 setting 16 assists, 19/19 serving 3 aces; Kayla King: 49/51 setting 11 assists, 12/12 serving 2 aces; Mercedes Bowling: 15/15 attacks 6 kills, 13/14 serving 1 ace; Mariah Gentile (Libero): 18/22 Digs, 10/13 serve receive; Kiley Sparks: 17/17 attacks 11 kills, 6/10 blocking (4 solos, 2 assisted), 17/20 Digs, 22/22 Serving 4 aces, 6/7 serve receive; and Julia Rea: 7/7 attacks 2 kills.“We improved our serving game from 11 miscues on Tuesday night, to 4 tonight, plus our serve receive was more consistent”. “I was proud of the way the team responded every time JCD would try to make a run at us”. “Playing them is always an emotional game, and tonight was no different”. “I think the fans enjoyed watching some great volleyball tonight!  Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.last_img read more

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750 Acres Sells for $4.5 Million

first_imgFile ImageRIPLEY COUNTY – More than 750 acres of land in Ripley County are off the market.Columbia City, Indiana based Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company says eight buyers purchased the land for a total of more than $4.5 million.Schrader, which marketed the land and conducted the auction, says nearly 80 bidders competed for 16 tracts of land.R.D. Schrader, president of the company, says there is still solid demand for farmland.Schrader says the following day, more than 400 acres of farmland in Ohio sold for nearly $4 million.last_img read more

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Jarvis hoping Hammers can kick on

first_imgMatt Jarvis hopes a second successive win at White Hart Lane can provide the impetus for West Ham to improve results in their battle for Barclays Premier League survival. The Hammers beat Tottenham 3-0 in October for their first White Hart Lane win in 14 years, but had won just two of 10 matches prior to Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final success. Jarvis, with his second goal of the season, cancelled out Emmanuel Adebayor’s opener with 10 minutes remaining before Modibo Maiga headed in the winner to secure a 2-1 victory and set up a semi-final against Manchester City. Press Association “It was a fantastic result for us,” Jarvis said on West Ham TV. “This could be a massive springboard for us and it’s just what we needed. “It was a win and a good performance, and hopefully we can take it into the weekend now. “I’ll be looking to kick on from this, too. I was really pleased to get on the scoresheet.” The two-legged tie with City takes place in January, but of more immediate concern is the Premier League and Saturday’s match at Manchester United. West Ham are 17th in the table and the other four clubs in the bottom five have changed their manager. Sam Allardyce took comfort from the League Cup win at Spurs, but knows his side must do what they failed to do after the Premier League victory at White Hart Lane and carry the momentum forward into a festive programme which includes meetings with United, Arsenal, West Brom and Fulham. “It’s a relief,” Allardyce told West Ham TV. “For me, the challenge is to get the players to kick on from this. “When we beat them last time, I thought we’d go on a run of results and pick up more points than we have done. “I don’t know where we’ll go from here but it’s just a fantastic result and the lads are absolutely delighted.” Allardyce made seven changes to his starting line-up following the goalless draw with Sunderland and praised his squad. “The squad is struggling for numbers at the moment, but what a fantastic performance from those who took part,” the manager added. “The players that have stepped in like Matt Taylor, Alou Diarra and Jack Collison, and Adrian in goal have done a fantastic job with the rest of the team. “You have got to play to your best to give the fans something to cheer about and we have sent them home extremely happy, having beaten the old enemy again, twice on the trot. “It’s just a delight for them and, in the end, a delight for us as players and staff.” Jarvis’ goal came following goalkeeper Adrian’s long kick down-field, Maiga’s flick on and a lay-off from Taylor. The winger said: “All that was going through my mind when I saw Matt Taylor laying it off was to get on the end of it and hit the target. “I did that and I’m absolutely delighted that it went in, especially in front of the West Ham fans. “That’s what it’s all about, scoring goals, and to do it in front of your own fans is a fantastic experience and let’s hope we can get a few more.” The 27-year-old praised match-winner Maiga, who netted his first goal in a year to seal victory. “He took his goal really well and I’m delighted for him,” Jarvis added. “It’s all about confidence and hopefully his first goal of the season will push him on now.” Maiga’s most recent prior goal was on December 1, 2012 in a 3-1 win over Chelsea. The Mali striker was relieved to finally break the barren run. He told West Ham TV: “I’ve had quite a few chances in the last three or four games and particularly with my head. It has really annoyed me, because in France I was known for my ability in the air. “It’s not happened for me until now, but I’ve got my rewards in the Spurs game. I’m absolutely delighted, it’s a huge reward for me and I hope it’s going to continue that way.” last_img read more

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Pellegrini disappointed with Toure

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admits he has been disappointed with Yaya Toure’s performances this season. That began in farce with a row over how the player’s birthday was celebrated amid which Toure voiced criticisms of the club. But there was also tragedy with Toure losing a brother to cancer and his form clearly, and understandably, suffered as a result. Added to that is the weariness that followed from his involvement in the World Cup last summer and the African Nations Cup, which Toure’s Ivory Coast won, in the early part of 2015. From the lofty standards set last year, Toure’s form for City has been noticeably worse this term and he came in for heavy criticism after last week’s demoralising derby loss to Manchester United. But Pellegrini has no intention of taking the 31-year-old out of the firing line and wants to keep him at the heart of his side. Pellegrini said: “He doesn’t need a break. For a lot of reasons he’s not the same Yaya he was last season but he continues being a very important player for our team. “I don’t think Yaya is happy with his performance this year, and I am not happy also with his performance. But we must support him and he will return him to his normal performance. “He’s a very important player and he will have my support until the end of the season.” But Pellegrini insists his star midfielder does not need a break and is confident he will come good again. Toure was outstanding in last season’s title success but has not been the same player since the difficult summer of 2014. Pellegrini feels Toure has been unfairly singled out for City’s problems during what has been a tough three-month spell. The Chilean points out that during the early part of the current poor sequence – just four Premier League wins in 12 games since New Year’s Day – Toure’s absence for the African Nations Cup was being offered a reason for poor results. Pellegrini said: “It’s very easy when you don’t get the results you want to single out one player but remember in January, when Yaya was at the African Nations Cup and we started with bad results, people said it was just because this team was (only) Yaya, that he was the only player we had and without him we couldn’t win. “I don’t think it was the truth. It is very easy for me to sacrifice Yaya, but I don’t think he deserves that. He’s not playing well in parts of the game, maybe, but in some parts he is playing very well and he will continue playing.” City’s season has unravelled since they went joint top of the Barclays Premier League in January, slumping out of the title race and going out of two cup competitions. For a club with stated lofty ambitions it has been a frustrating period and some observers have suggested a major summer clearout, including Toure, could be necessary. Pellegrini insists that is not being considered. Speaking at a press conference, the 61-year-old said: “We are not talking about that. Yaya is a very important player for our team. “Maybe all of you are waiting to criticise him or (for us to) sacrifice him but Yaya will continue playing here because he is a very important player for me and the squad and for everyone.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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