All for love

first_imgIn honor of Valentine’s Day, the Gazette partnered with the Woodberry Poetry Room in selecting a fitting poem for the holiday devoted to love.Poet and onetime Harvard student Robert Creeley wrote “For Love” for his second wife. Now, more than 50 years after its publication in his 1962 book of the same name, “For Love” gets new life with this reading by three Harvard faculty members: Stephen Greenblatt, the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities; Virginie Greene, professor of Romance languages and literatures; and Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and chair of the History and Literature Program.Paired with both quirky and earnest vintage valentines from the Harvard University Archives and the Schlesinger Library, the poem reminds us that the pursuit of love and our struggle to understand it endure.Send your own vintage valentine from the Harvard Library collection.— Sarah Sweeney, Harvard Staff Writerlast_img read more

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Her Daughter Fly to Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Related Shows Finding Neverland Who took the second star to the right to see Finding Neverland on Broadway? Catherine Zeta-Jones! The Tony and Oscar winner had a family day with her daughter Carys when they took a trip to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to see this hit musical on June 7. After the show, the pair stopped by headliner Matthew Morrison’s dressing room to take photos and take a backstage tour. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars backstage at Finding Neverland, then catch the new musical on Broadway!last_img read more

Robin Tunney & More to Star Opposite Zachary Quinto in Smokefall

first_img Smokefall The Mentalist star Robin Tunney will make her stage debut opposite the previously announced Zachary Quinto in Smokefall off-Broadway. Directed by Anne Kauffman, the MCC Theater production will begin performances on February 4, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, where it will run through March 13. Opening night is set for February 22.Quinto will appear as Footnote/Fetus Two/Samuel, with Tunney as Violet. Rounding out the cast will be Brian Hutchison (Man and Boy) as Daniel/Fetus One, Julia Garner (Grandma) as Beauty and Jon DeVries (Devour the Snow) as Colonel/Johnny.Written by Noah Haidle, Smokefall combines magical realism and vaudeville while introducing audiences to two prenatal philosophy-swapping Twins, a dirt-eating Beauty, a Father and Footnote, who acts as the show’s guide. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 20, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

The Best Footwear for Multi-Sport Days

first_imgEvery day is a multi-sport day in the Blue Ridge…here’s a few new high-performing footwear picks to help get you through in comfort and steeze…all for under 100 bucks each.430 Sense 21. Start off with some DH MTB action in the Sense from DZR Shoes. These babies will grab the flat pedals like no other, keeping you glued to your steed in all conditions and terrain – and at all the right times. DZR shoes are loaded with technology not the least of which is being animal-product free. ($95) dzrshoes.com2. Headed to Looking Glass for some picking of the Nose? Grab the new Evolv Addict – a classic, quality slipper that handles multi-pitch, crack climbing, and even the boulders in style. You’ll be climbing like Cinerella on rock with these babies, with symmetrical build and a low toe profile you can size up or down a little bit depending on ability level. ($99) evolvsports.comScreenshot 2014-05-21 17.00.043. Wrap it all up and head to the river to cool off in the Propét Rejuve – an unassuming flip flop that that features some very assumptive Rejuve Motion Technology that will help bring your dogs back to life. It’s got a microfiber sock lining, cushioned EVA midsole, and performance rubber outsole for traction and durability. ($70) propetusa.comW0600-Hartley-BSV_3V_S14_llast_img read more

7 Questions for Laird Knight

first_imgBecause Laird Knight’s dad was an army captain, he learned how to ride a bike when he was 5 years old in Ethiopia. His first mountain bike was a 1983 Ross, Force-1.Laird started producing mountain bike events in 1983. In 1984, he created the Canaan Mt. Series, now in its 14th year; it is one of the longest running mountain bike race series in the world. He ran one of the first National Off-Rode Bicycle Association (NORBA) sanctioned races on the east coast. He helped establish Davis, W.Va., as an East Coast mountain bike mecca. In 1989, he worked to create the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA).In 1992, Laird formed Granny Gear Productions, the company responsible for the creation of the 24 Hours of Canaan, the first 24 hour mountain bike team relay race in the country. In 1995, Granny Gear created the 24 Hours of Moab race. The 1996, the Canaan race had over 1,700 participants.Can you describe what the first five years of mountain biking like?It’s all about context. The context for me at the beginning was all about the mountain bike community that was budding on the East Coast. In the earliest days it was mostly people coming to Davis, W.Va., from other parts of West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia, D.C., and Baltimore.The reason I started running mountain bike races was because of the camaraderie I felt with other mountain bikers. I lived in Davis, W.Va.,, this little mountain town, and most of the residents were retirees and locals that didn’t care that much for mountain bikers in the first place. Races were a social mechanism. I got to know these guys from Pittsburgh like Barry Jefferies and other guys from D.C. like Matt Marcus and Roger Bird. People came with backgrounds as bike messengers or dirt bikers and BMX-ers. But we were all there to share our excitement over these really amazing bicycles.That time was in fact the beginning of the sport and everybody knew it. The technology was a big part of it. Every time we got back together somebody would have the latest and greatest bike component or gear and even if you didn’t have it or care that much, you were checking it out. Every new year meant a new upgrade. There was the improvement to cantilever brakes, then suspension, and suddenly hydraulic brakes showed up, and disc brakes, and rear suspension. Bikes got lighter and more expensive. By the late 1990s some of the mountain bikers were even starting to resent how tricked out mountain bikes were becoming. The term “retro grouch” came up somewhere in the early 90s. They were these guys who were fine with what they had, preferring rigid bikes. These retro grouches started taking umbrage with all the new bling.What drove you to become a race promoter?I did it for about ten years more or less as a hobby. Those smaller cross-country races in late 80s and early 90s barely paid their way. Usually, if I had anything left over I would take my crew out to a nice restaurant. That dinner would be the sum total or my profit loss statement. It really was a social thing for me, not about making money but at the same time I started Blackwater Bikes in the spring of 83’. I started the Canaan Mountain bike series that fall. The races definitely built the Blackwater brand. That was key because I had this mountain bike shop in the middle of nowhere and the only way I could sell enough bikes was to establish it as a mountain bike destination. That was my whole branding play, having a nicely stocked shop while running the races. On race weekends we would clean out and have to call all our suppliers to restock the following Monday morning. If there was a business angle, to the races, it was to get customers to my shop and spread the Blackwater Bikes name.Then towards the end of the 90s, my race promoting kind of became a big thing. The National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) had all these huge races out on the west coast. I finally convinced them to let me run a race. I ran the NORBA Nationals in 1988. We had the largest NORBA Nationals that had ever happened in the history of the organization. We had 440 racers. It was huge and the East Coast racers came out in droves. One of the draws was that everybody was going to get to see the top pros like Ned Overend and Tinker Juarez. The race went off flawlessly.But I didn’t get to host the race the following year. NORBA was in really bad financial straights. They were supposed to pay all the pros. But a week before the race I called them and they said I would have to pay out of my own pocket. So here I am days before the event and I had no clue what to do. I couldn’t tell these pros I didn’t have their race money so I paid them the money. That was all I had left.My team submitted our proposal the following year. We had financial support from the state of West Virginia and the local tourism board. We called them after they got it and they said it was better then the proposal submitted for the world championship. But then a month later, they said they wanted to have it in Traverse, Mich., because we were too far away from an airport. I was shocked. The year before we had hosted the largest national mountain bike race ever and nobody had any trouble getting there.In a way, that experience created 24 hour racing. I had always wanted to take mountain bike racing to the next level; to make it even better than Nationals. I started the Tour of Canaan. It was a multi-day, multi-event stage race. I did that in 1990. Then in the winter of ’90, I started cooking up the idea for 24 hour racing. It was during the award ceremony of the Tour of Canaan in 1992. We hosted it at a nearby ski resort, Timberline Resort. The main lodge room was packed for the award ceremony and I made an announcement. I said, “I have an announcement. Next year I will no longer be running the Tour of Canaan.” The entire room went silent and I said, “In it’s place, I am going to run a new race with an entirely new format. It’s called the 24 Hours of Canaan. It’s a 24-hour mountain bike relay race from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday.”The next year was the beginning. We had 36 teams, roughly four to five people per team—180 racers in all. The race went to 88 teams the second year to 208 teams the third year to 340 the next year and I had to begin to turn racers away because I was freaked out that we couldn’t handle them all. For many years after, we turned away hundreds of teams. It was a new format but very simple. Winners placed first, second, and third. That was really what I became known for though later in my career I created a series of 24-hour races with a developed point system. All the point systems were progressive, meaning you always got a disproportionately high number of points for first place and down the line like a bell curve. First place has to be heavily weighted or else it’s too easy for somebody to have one bad race and be out. I researched NASCAR and some other points styled events and duplicated the same curves they used.Were there any books in particular inspired you as a race promoter?I read a book when I was living in Boulder, Colo. I don’t even know if the book is still in print and I may botch the title but it was something like… If I had It All To Do Over Again. It was a women who interviewed 50 or so older people on their death beds and posed the question, “If you had it all to do over again, what would you do different?” The point the book made was that nobody had ever wished they’d owned that big house or owned more things. Their answers were always experiential like I wish I had gone to Paris, I wish I had run the Boston marathon, I wished I had kissed so-and-so in high school. It was always about experiences, not things.When I was starting Blackwater Bikes and beginning to promote races, I was funding everything as a sales rep for my best friend who had a tee shirt printing shop right next to Backwater Bikes. But there was something about selling things that didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t who I was. I wanted to sell experiences and enrich people’s lives with memories and relationships. That is the philosophical foundation for my race company, Granny Gear Productions. I drilled that into my staff, always. That was what our work was for, to create experiences, friendships, and memories. That was the product, not a race. I would have to say that we succeeded. I feel really good about that.Do you listen to music while you bike?I’ve done it before and it doesn’t really do it for me. I think it’s a form of multi-tasking and I agree with all the science that says that multi-tasking is not healthy for your brain. I believe that focusing all that you’re doing on one thing at a time is what you should do. Music wise, I have eclectic tastes. For mountain biking I like hard driving rhythm. My favorite piece of music to play in the last 5 minutes before a race is The Theme for the Common Man by Aaron Copeland. You can’t create more drama before a 24-hour race.What other sports can improve mountain biking skills?Some of the best mountain bike racers I’ve come across have been wrestlers. The fitness level demanded by wrestling as well as the mental toughness is unparalleled. And my mountain biking is informed heavily by American football. It makes you tough.Mountain bike racing also has a lot to do with aerobic endurance. There is nothing that compares in cross-training value as swimming does.Tell us about your kids.I’ve got twins; Helen and Rediet and their 14-year-old brother Abel. They’re teenagers. I’m hoping to get Radiet hooked into mountain bike racing this summer. I might take him around to do some of the WVMBA races. He’s an incredible cross-country runner. Ethiopian. I’m hoping he’s going to kick some major booty on the circuit races. He’s got that endurance racer thing going for him.Do you have plans to put on future races?I will admit to being a little more than burned out. But I’m tempted all the time. I might. There are some directions I would like to go. I always want to do something new and innovative. The creative aspect of putting on a race is what drives me. I love growing and building things but once I finally get there I get bored and restless. If there is not something new and different I can do to keep pushing outward, I’m not satisfied. With Granny Gear Productions, there was always something new I could add. My favorite thing to do was to go out and design a new racecourse. I’ve only been able to do that so many times. But it was always so much fun to work with what I had and still fit the 24-hour race format. Those were always enjoyable days.One fantasy I have is to retire to Ethiopia and get a whole bunch of Ethiopian kids on mountain bikes and build a global-caliber mountain bike race team—a force to be reckoned with. That would be a hoot.last_img read more

Committee to define ‘past professional relationships’

first_img January 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Committee to define ‘past relationships’ Senior Editor Still perplexed over what constitutes a lawyer’s past professional relationships, the Bar Board of Governors has asked a new committee to attempt to define it.The board also, at its December meeting, withdrew a proposed ethics advisory opinion about mandatory arbitration of disputes between a lawyer and client and handled several advertising appeals.Board member Henry Latimer, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, said the committee couldn’t agree on defining a lawyer’s prior professional relationship. The issue arose when a law firm inquired about mailing a seminar invitation without following the direct mail rules.Bar rules allow such a mailing, but only to those with whom the firm has had a “prior professional relationship.”The Standing Committee on Advertising, finding difficulty agreeing on a definition, had referred the issue to the board. The BRCPE recommended to the board earlier this year that prior relationships be defined as encompassing only those of an attorney-client setting.But the board said that was too narrow and asked the committee to come back with a broader definition. Latimer and committee members said they couldn’t agree on one.“We on this committee could not come to a consensus; we all had different ideas,” board member Louis Kwall said. “It needs to go back to the appropriate committee to define prior professional relationship.. . . That should be defined by the writer of the words. They hopefully knew when they wrote it.”Board member Gary Leppla added the committee could find no case law or commentary to help with the definition.Board member David Bianchi said the board should seek a quick resolution so Bar members aren’t left in doubt. Mary Ellen Bateman, director of the Bar’s Division of Ethics, Professionalism, and UPL, noted that the Standing Committee on Advertising had issued an advisory letter, which will control until the board acts.The issue will be referred to the new advertising rules task force being created by President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson.On the arbitration issue, Latimer reported proposed advisory opinion 02-9 held it was permissible for a lawyer to include in a fee agreement a clause that any disagreements between the client and lawyer would be settled by arbitration.Committee members first thought that the provision should be limited to fee disputes or malpractice issues. But “after debate, the committee voted to withdraw the advisory opinion.. . . The thought was why create a problem if you don’t have one?” Latimer said.Leppla said that a law professor testified that such a clause literally could mean if the client disagrees with the selection of an expert witness in a case, that could go to arbitration.“The very idea of arbitrating malpractice is repugnant to me, and this opinion as proposed would allow that,” he added.The board approved the committee’s recommendation to withdraw the opinion.On one advertising appeal, Latimer said, the Standing Committee on Advertising had rejected a print ad for a bankruptcy practice because it included a picture of a child and also contained the language: “Do you want to stop your creditors from harassing you?” The advertising panel ruled the picture violated Bar rules because it was unrelated to the subject of the ad, and that the language created a reasonable expectation of a result the firm might not be able to deliver.The BRCPE agreed the picture violated Bar rules, but felt the language was all right, Latimer said. The board approved that position. Committee to define ‘past professional relationships’last_img read more

More banking options available: Credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Christina PontissoCameron Huddleston of Kiplinger explores the many reasons why Americans are (still) angry at big banks. One of the main reasons involved the 2008 financial crisis that left many bank customers feeling pushed aside in favor of shareholders. This was discovered in a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll for Kasasa, provider of free checking accounts to community banks and credit unions.Here are 6 common reasons why you should quit the bank:1) Monthly service fees2) ATM fees3) Overdraft fees continue reading »last_img read more

Need for Speed, Battlefield to Debut on PS5, Xbox Series S/X in 2021

first_imgThe Battlefield games have been on much more solid footing with fellow Swedish developer EA DICE, as the studio has delivered the World War I-based Battlefield 1 and World War II-based Battlefield V, alongside 10 expansions for the two games put together. DICE is already deep into development on the next as-yet untitled Battlefield game, the EA CEO noted.“DICE is creating our next Battlefield game with never-before-seen scale,” Wilson said. “The technical advancements of the new consoles are allowing the team to deliver a true next-gen vision for the franchise. We have hands-on play testing underway internally, and the team has been getting very positive feedback on the game as we’ve begun to engage our community. The next Battlefield is set to launch in holiday 2021, we’re excited to share a lot more about the game in the spring.”New Need for Speed and Battlefield titles will release in late 2021.- Advertisement – Criterion Games’ return to Need for Speed after eight years is promising, for the British developer best known for Burnout was responsible for the racing game series’ resurgence in 2010 with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (re-released last week as a remaster for PS4 and Xbox One). Criterion was also on hand for 2012’s Need for Speed: Most Wanted but it had since taken a backseat with Sweden’s Ghost Games — now back to being called EA Gothenburg and an engineering support studio — developing four lacklustre titles between 2013 and 2019.battlefield 5 battlefield 5A still from Battlefield VPhoto Credit: EA- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img A new Need for Speed and Battlefield game will arrive next year, Electronic Arts CEO and director Andrew Wilson has revealed. During EA’s quarterly earnings call last week, Wilson said that the gaming giant will release “at least six new games” on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X in the next financial year: April 2021 – March 2022. This includes new titles in the Need for Speed, Battlefield, and FIFA. While the Battlefield game has a “Holiday 2021” release window, Need for Speed has a broader “FY ’22” one, though expect it to be around November 2021 given all past titles have done so going back to 2011.“We plan to launch at least 6 new games on the next-gen consoles in FY ’22,” Wilson said during Electronic Arts’ Q2 2021 earnings call on Thursday. “These will include a new Need for Speed game that is bringing some astounding visual leaps developed by the Criterion team who have launched some of the most highly rated games in franchise history.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Selling off the family silver

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Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez slammed by former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

first_imgAdvertisement Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood (Picture: Getty)‘They needed a defender, they need to go all-out for a centre-half but they didn’t bring one in.’Arsenal legend David Seaman echoed Sherwood’s comments in an interview with talkSPORT last month.‘We don’t need midfielders, we need defenders,’ the former England goalkeeper said.‘We’ve got big injuries to quite a few of them already, we need good defenders coming in. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Feb 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link772Shares Guardiola claims title race is still open after beating Arsenal 3-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:15FullscreenGuardiola claims title race is still open after beating Arsenal 3-1 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Emery knows him [Suarez] and likes what he sees, but for me we’re crying out for defenders.‘We’re great going forward, but what’s happening with the defence? It’s just not got any better all season. At the moment it’s not working. It’s frustrating.’Arsenal slipped out of the top four last weekend after losing to City and seeing Chelsea and Manchester United both win.The Gunners travel to bottom-placed Huddersfield Town this weekend.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez slammed by former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwoodcenter_img Comment Arsenal signed Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has slammed Arsenal’s decision to sign Denis Suarez during the January transfer window.Spanish midfielder Suarez has joined the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, with a view to making his switch permanent in the summer.The 25-year-old made his debut for Arsenal on Sunday as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 defeat to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.But Sherwood says Suarez was exactly the player the Gunners ‘did not need’ in January and has criticised Arsenal’s transfer policy.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘[Arsenal’s] best assets are the ones they brought in.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They paid top dollar for [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Lucas] Torreira, [Matteo] Guendouzi but where are the academy players at Arsenal?‘They used to bring them through, used to give them an opportunity to play. They don’t even play now, we don’t see them. They’re all loaned out.‘I just think there is no long-term plan. There is no short-term plan there certainly. If there was one player they didn’t need it was Denis Suarez. Advertisementlast_img read more