From playing a DA on TV to running for Congress

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Diane Neal has spent much of her life in the glow of a photographer’s flash or the focus of a TV film camera. For a model and actress, it has been lucrative work, but Neal, who graduates with an associate degree from the Harvard Extension School in May, knows a hefty paycheck isn’t everything.“Money buys you two things: time and opportunity,” said Neal, on campus recently for one of the School’s creative writing seminars. “But if you don’t make use of either one of those things, it’s pointless.”Best known for her role as assistant district attorney Casey Novak on the popular police procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Neal has made the most of both. She has devoted much of her off-screen time to charity work, and then taken the opportunity to go back to school and use her Harvard education to inform her current political campaign.“This run is about the people of NY19. I want to represent us. Big money and the party machines have enough advocates,” said Neal, who announced her candidacy for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat in February.Neal once dreamed of a different spotlight entirely. She graduated high school at 16. “I was the kind of kid nobody spoke to unless they needed their homework done. I did no school plays. I was a science kid. I thought I was going to go into medicine or be an astrophysicist. A Nobel or a MacArthur ‘genius’ prize, that’s the kind of thing I would fantasize about.”Instead, in 1993 she landed a modeling contract after her sister signed her up for a contest during her first semester of college. For the next few years, Neal crisscrossed the globe for photo shoots, excited by foreign countries and cultures. The travel fueled her interest in and compassion for others. “You see all these people who have such capacity, and because of their circumstances, they are never going to have the opportunity to live up to it.”Later, on breaks during filming “Law and Order: SVU,” Neal quizzed the show’s guest stars. What “motivates you? What gets you going? What’s your worst fear?” she asked them. “I wanted to absorb everything I could about every part of everyone I met even in every job, from the wealthy people to the poor people to everyone in between.”,She was also eager to know more about the world. “I wanted to go back to school so badly. I was just dying to learn stuff,” said Neal, who recalled “trying to teach myself ancient Greek.”She considered programs at Columbia and New York University that were closer to most of her filming in Manhattan, but she knew there would be other shoots in more distant locations, and that a flexible schedule was key. “I needed something I could do remotely and in weird pockets of time.” She also wanted a robust program with academic variety. The Harvard Extension School was the perfect fit.“I realized I could do neuroscience, I could do psychology, I could do archaeology, I could do theology, I could do everything I wanted to learn,” she said. “Harvard has given me access to the smartest people in the world who genuinely love what they do. Everyone is a true believer in what they are doing. They are so passionate and enthusiastic about it, it makes you catch fire about it too.”Neal has been enrolled since 2009, working online from New York, or on the road, or on campus for classes when she could. The learning has helped her hone her candidate’s platform.A course on the psychology of close relationships has helped her better understand other points of view. A class on the ethics of environmental land management has opened her up to new ways of thinking about how humans treat the planet. A course on the science of physical activity has reinforced her belief that staying active is a key to health and that “you can actually build policy around that.”It was often a struggle to balance her work with her studies. When she was considering dropping a class, she remembers turning to Mark Harmon, whom she worked with during a number of guest appearances on his show “NCIS,” for a pep talk. He offered her some tough love in the form of the Navy SEALs’ unwritten code.“You just eliminate quitting as an option,” Harmon told her.Neal persisted despite personal trials, including a divorce, a car accident that sidelined her from work with a back injury needing surgery, and a home ravaged by two hurricanes.“I’ve been most impressed with Diane’s overall commitment to completing her degree, facing challenges head on, and always with a sense of humor,” said Sue Albrigo, her Extension School academic adviser.That attitude will come in handy on the campaign trail. Her desire to act crystalized on Nov. 9, 2016. The country’s polarization, she said, fueled her desire to get involved and to “get people excited about this grand experiment of the democratic republic.”It’s a lofty goal, one she thinks she can accomplish by running as an Independent.“I wanted to find a way that would have the biggest impact, where the most people would listen,” said Neal. Language on her website echoes that desire. “I offer an alternative to the divisive partisanship where neighbor turns against neighbor for no better reason than a party label. I truly believe in our combined ability to bring out the best in each other.”For Neal, getting people from both sides of the divide talking is a critical first step, and she plans to use what she’s learned at Harvard to jumpstart the conversation. Her Harvard time, she said, has helped her see the big picture and taught her how to explain difficult concepts. It’s also reinforced her appreciation for listening and for other perspectives, and shown her “how interconnected everything is.”last_img read more

Ryanair reduced lines to Croatia

first_imgIrish low-budget airline, Ryanair will fly with 40% of planned flights this season, and in its summer flight schedule it has significantly reduced the number of departures to destinations in Croatia, experts from the portal write Croatian Aviation. Pula The line Pula – Brussels starts from July 06 once a week, from August 1 twice a week (previously planned from May 03). Line Pula – London: from July 2 08 times a week (previously planned from May 02 2 times a week), Line Pula – Berlin: from July 10 3 week (previously planned from May 04). Lines from Pula to Frankfurt and Stuttgart are no longer on sale. Split Unfortunately, some of the important lines from Zadar to key destinations are not for sale Zadar Find out more about all lines to Croatia HERE Lines from Zadar to Aarhus, Marseille, Paris, Toulouse, Bremen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Memmingen, Nuremberg, Budapest, Cork, Dublin, Riga, Kaunas, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Gdansk, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Liverpool, London and Manchester not for sale. Line Zadar – Vienna: from July 01 3 times a week (previously planned from May 08), Line Zadar – Brussels: from July 02 1 week, from August 2 times a week (previously planned from May 09), Line Zadar – Prague: from July 04 1 week (previously planned from May 09 2 times a week), Line Zadar – Poznan: from July 05 1 week (previously planned from May 10 2 times a week), Line Zadar – Berlin: from 02 July 1 weekly (previously planned from June 04), Line Zadar – Cologne: from July 05 1 week (previously planned from May 10), Line Zadar – Düsseldorf: from July 04 2 times a week (previously planned from 09 May), Line Zadar – Karlsruhe: from July 04 2 times a week (previously planned from June 03 3 weeks), Line Zadar – Stuttgart: from July 05 1 week (previously planned from June 03 3 times a week), Line Zadar – Bergamo: from July 03 2 times a week (previously planned from June 01). Rijeka – Hahn line: from 01 August 1 weekly (previously planned from 09 May), Rijeka – London line: from 06 July 1 week, from 03 August 2 times a week (previously planned from 01 June). The line from Rijeka to Brussels is no longer on sale. Dubrovnik Dubrovnik – Vienna line: from 02 July 4 times a week (previously planned from 10 May), Dubrovnik – Dublin line: from 01 July 2 times a week (previously planned from 01 June 4 times a week). Line Split – Stuttgart: from July 05 1 week (previously planned from May 10 3 times a week), Line Split – Dublin: from July 04 2 times a week (previously planned from May 10 3 times a week). Rijeka Source: Croatian Aviation / Cover photo: Ryanair, Instagram @fer_lagunalast_img read more

Di Canio keen for Colback decision

first_img Press Association Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has urged Jack Colback to make a decision over his future after he rejected a new contract. The Italian told the Sunderland Echo: “I’ve already spoken to him twice and he’s done very well. He’s a genuine guy with a fantastic attitude. Also, he’s got quality too. “He has to make clear what he wants to do in the future because if one player has it in his brain to leave, it is difficult. “But he’s got to keep going and keep behaving like he is. He doesn’t look like he’s having any difficulties. He’s one of the most positive young players we have got. I’m very happy with him.” Colback has played much of his recent football for the Black Cats at left-back, and Di Canio’s search for a specialist this summer is ongoing. However, the manager wants his full-backs to adopt a more attacking approach next season and believes the Tynesider could be suited to the task. He said: “Now we are playing in a different way, he’s started to understand that as a left-back he becomes like a winger. “With the system we are going to use this year, both full-backs often during the game will become wingers. He’s going to enjoy it.” center_img The 23-year-old midfielder, who has a year remaining on his existing deal, has turned down the club’s offer of an extension and his future remains uncertain less than three weeks before the start of the new Barclays Premier League season. Di Canio has been delighted with the academy graduate’s contribution during his time on Wearside, but having held discussions with the player, is keen for him to resolve the situation. last_img read more

MLB wrap: Yankees’ home run streak comes to an end in loss to Mets

first_imgThe Yankees went homerless vs. the Mets tonight, which ends their 31-game HR streak – the longest in MLB history.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 3, 2019The Yankees struck first with two runs in the second before JD Davis cut the score to 2-1 in the sixth with a solo homer.It’s outta here! @JDDavis26 gets us on the board. #LGM— New York Mets (@Mets) July 3, 2019Davis tied the game with an RBI double two innings later and Michael Conforto then put the Mets ahead for good with a two-RBI double of his own. Related News Michael’s mayhem. 🔥🔥🔥 #MetsWin— New York Mets (@Mets) July 3, 2019Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings while the bullpen, which has struggled of late, threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.The Mets improved to 39-47 with the win while the Yankees dropped to 54-29.Studs of the nightRafael Devers was 4 for 5 with two home runs and six RBIs in the Red Sox’s 10-6 win over the Blue Jays.Rafael Devers. That’s it. That’s the tweet.— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 3, 2019Aaron Nola threw eight shutout innings in the Phillies’ 2-0 victory over the Braves.Dud of the nightDwight Smith Jr. went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Orioles’ 6-3 loss to the Rays. HighlightsThe Reds registered a walk-off win in an unconventional way. Longtime Yankees announcer John Sterling ending three-decade streak The Yankees’ impressive streak has come to an end.The team failed to hit a home run in a 4-2 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday. The Yankees entered the matchup having homered in an MLB record 31 straight games. MLB trade rumors: Astros unwilling to move this prospect in deal for Tigers’ Matthew Boyd MLB trade rumors: Mets open to moving Todd Frazier, Jason Vargas The Wild Horse’s mad dash.(MLB x @BankofAmerica)— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2019Javier Baez to Anthony Rizzo.Come for Javy’s defense, stay for Rizzo’s defense.(MLB x @MassageEnvy)— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2019What’s nextPhillies (45-40) at Braves (50-36) — The two National League East rivals will continue their three-game series at SunTrust Park on Wednesday. Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.63 ERA) will take the mound for Philadelphia while Atlanta will counter with Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA). The Braves hold a 4 1/2 game lead over the Phillies for first place in the National League East entering the matchup.last_img read more

Newcastle and West Brom finalise Rondon and Gayle deal

first_imgNewcastle manager Benitez added: “I am delighted to sign Salomon.“When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomón has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is.“He, together with Yoshinori Muto, will give us different options and will improve the competition between the strikers, which is always positive for the team.”Gayle, meanwhile, links up with West Brom on loan for the season after two years with Newcastle. 2 The 28-year-old was prolific in the Championship in 2016-17, scoring 23 goals in 32 games to help the club win promotion to the Premier League.But he netted just six times in 35 games last season in the top-flight and Benitez was happy to sanction his exit. Dwight Gayle has swapped places with Salomon Rondon CONFIRMED: @salorondon23 joins Newcastle United on [email protected] moves to @WBA on loan as part of the deal.Full details: #NUFC #RonDONE— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 6, 2018He follows Fabian Schar, Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Martin Dubravka and Yoshinori Muto in joining Rafa Benitez’s squad.The Venezuela international was a club-record £12million signing for West Brom in 2015 and scored 28 goals in 119 appearances for the Baggies.Rondon told Newcastle‘s official website: “It’s an honour to be here and I’m excited to get started with my team mates.“The clubs were talking for a long time and now I’m focused on the season to help my team mates to get the points to do well this season.“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and I knew about the interest of the gaffer, so I’m happy to be here.”center_img 2 Salomon Rondon spent three years at the Hawthorns Newcastle United have signed West Brom striker Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan, with Dwight Gayle moving in the opposite direction.Rondon, 28, is the the sixth new arrival at St James’ Park this summer.last_img read more