After a tense Friday that saw the campus and the Greater Boston area on lockdown, Harvard returned to life Saturday as students, residents, and visitors flooded back into the Square.Some Harvardians gained a sense of closure after Friday night’s capture of the second suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, 19-year-old Cambridge resident Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in nearby Watertown, which brought a massive manhunt to an end.On Saturday morning, a group of 18 runners from the Harvard College Marathon Challenge — some of whom had crossed the finish line, or failed to, on Boylston Street on Monday — met at the John Harvard Statue.Their recovery run took on added purpose after a tough week for the running community; several Harvard runners had been dangerously close to the blasts. On Friday night, senior Mark Jahnke had asked the group to join him for a slow jog along Boston’s Freedom Trail. It would be, he wrote in his email invitation, “a symbol that what we experienced this week will never take away what we experienced for four hours on Monday and will never stop us from being a united Boston.”“There was also a level of frustration,” said Daniel Grafstein, a sophomore in Kirkland House. “It was just one guy, and the whole city shut down. But I think people understand it’s what needed to be done.”Detour to slain officer’s memorialThe run had its somber moments, including a detour to the makeshift memorial for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was gunned down Thursday night, allegedly by the two suspects. But the run also provided a way for people to come together and to make a statement, said senior Sam Singer, that “those who might hope to inspire terror have failed to keep us off our feet.”“Today’s run brought a really great sense of community,” he said.For most students, as well as everyday Harvard Square residents and visitors to campus, Saturday morning simply promised a return to normal.During the travel ban Friday, many Harvard Houses locked their gates for safety. Students were free to roam the halls and courtyards — Kirkland House even set up a croquet game and a trampoline on its lawn — but as the lockdown wore on, it seemed to give new meaning to the term spring fever.“I think people were scared and nervous and really sad for everything that’s happened this week,” said Daniel Grafstein, a sophomore in Kirkland House. “There was also a level of frustration. It was just one guy, and the whole city shut down. But I think people understand it’s what needed to be done.”Family and friends called and texted from out of state, though not as frantically as the modern-day trope of helicopter parenting would suggest.“My mom’s a pretty classic Jewish mother, but she’s been good at letting go of the reins,” Grafstein said. “She trusts me to be safe. But it was a scary week, and it could have happened to anyone.”Still, “My friend said he was called more this week than he was cumulatively the entire year.”Freshmen Leah Schwartz and Cordelia Mendez spent Friday in their residence, Hollis Hall, listening to the police scanner and watching the news.“I signed up for Tivli yesterday and watched it pretty much all day,” Schwartz said, referring to the free television streaming service started by Harvard graduates and entrepreneurs Nick Krasney ’09 and Ho Tuan ’09 that is now offered on campus. “It was hard not to.”For freshmen living in the Yard, even the decision to head out for a meal was fraught. But many ended up in Annenberg Hall, Schwartz and Mendez said, “just to feel normal.” At lunchtime, freshmen gave the dining hall’s staff a standing ovation.“It was a really nice time, only because it forced us all to be together,” Schwartz said. “We couldn’t focus on work; we couldn’t really focus on anything that required any sort of concentration.” Teachers were lenient about assignment deadlines on Friday, Mendez added.Freshmen Leah Schwartz (left) and Cordelia Mendez said they went to Annenberg Hall on Friday “just to feel normal.” “It was a really nice time, only because it forced us all to be together,” Schwartz said.Students who had planned to host admitted high school seniors for the Visitas weekend dealt with added stressors on Friday — namely, how to help their pre-frosh charges in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.Nancy De Haro, a senior in Winthrop House and a seasoned Visitas host, connected with her two visitors from Los Angeles, Marleen Sanchez and Andrea Mosqueda, Friday morning“I knew Visitas was canceled, but I told them to come over anyway,” De Haro said Saturday, as she led Sanchez and Mosqueda on a tour of the campus. “It would be too bad if the weekend went to waste, since they’re already here. There isn’t any programming, but I think they can still explore the city and ask me some questions and get something out of it.”Mosqueda, who had never flown in a plane before this week, was lucky enough to make it to Cambridge before the travel ban went into effect. A Harvard alumna on her flight found her a ride, she said. Despite her surreal entry to Boston, her assessment of Harvard so far was reassuringly common.“I really love the buildings. I want to major in civil engineering, so buildings are something I do admire,” she said. “It’s beautiful.”The surest sign of normalcy, perhaps, was the renewed flood of tourists. Campus tours roamed the streets on what became one of the first nice days of spring.“Harvard’s known all over the world,” said Ron Gabayan, an 18-year-old Israeli visiting the information center with his host family from Western Massachusetts. “I’ve been interested to come and visit here for a long time.”“I noticed this morning that [Harvard] was open again, so I said, ‘Let’s go,’ ” said his American host, Lynn Lesser. “If something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, whether you’re in Boston or Israel or wherever.” After all, she added, “He had already seen Yale. I said, ‘Harvard’s nicer.’ ”Nancy De Haro (from left), a senior in Winthrop House and a seasoned Visitas host, connected with her two visitors from Los Angeles, Marleen Sanchez and Andrea Mosqueda. “There isn’t any programming, but I think they can still explore the city and ask me some questions and get something out of it,” she said.
McKINLEYVILLE >> Once the Huskies were able to find their footing, the results quickly followed.Just as it did in the Milk Can Game win over Ferndale, the Fortuna High School football team used a strong second-half showing to eliminate an early 14-point deficit to claim a 49-20 win over McKinleyville in the Big 5 opener for both schools on Friday night.After falling behind 14-0 less than four minutes into the game, Fortuna went on to score 42 unanswered and 49 of the next 55 points to take …
A canyon longer than Grand Canyon has been discovered under the ice of Greenland. Scientists are surprised that it has persisted through the ice ages.Science Magazine announced the discovery of a giant “mega-canyon” in bedrock under Greenland’s ice pack by airborne radar in NASA’s Operation IceBridge. The BBC News includes a radar map of the canyon, and a video explaining the significance of the never-before-seen feature.It’s less than half as deep as the Grand Canyon (800 m) but over twice as long (800 km), and comparably wide. Live Science is calling it the “world’s longest canyon.” It flows from the center of the island northward to the sea, entering the sea below sea level. National Geographic also reported the discovery.When did it form? Geologists believe it is “paleofluvial,” meaning it formed as a river system before the ice sheets covered the surface. But that creates a mystery; why didn’t glaciers smooth it out and obliterate it? “Indeed, none of the profiles are typical of glacially eroded valleys,” the paper states. “…The canyon follows a meandering path more typical of a large river system.”From the BBC article:Prof David Vaughan from British Antarctic Survey (Bas) told BBC News: “The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets hide a lot. It’s pretty surprising to find this canyon. Greenland isn’t that big for a canyon of that size, and for it to survive in its pre-glacial form after successive glaciations is quite something.”The discovery was a “jaw-dropping experience” to the Operation IceBridge team. Science Daily quoted a geologist saying, “It shows how little we still know about the bedrock below large continental ice sheets.”This canyon should be examined by creation geologists not beholden to millions of years. That a fresh-looking canyon in bedrock has not been eroded into a glaciated valley by huge amounts of overlying ice may point to problems with long age beliefs and the secular scheme of multiple ice ages (instead, there was just one ice age relatively recent and short). That a canyon this size exists on a relatively small continent may provide evidence for catastrophic flood geology. If nothing else, the discovery was unexpected by secular geologists, and points out how little is known about features under the ice in Greenland and Antarctica. We still live in an age of discovery. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
10 November 2008Nicholas Hlobo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts 2009, is gaining an international reputation for his experimental use of materials to “create conversations” around issues of masculinity, gender, race and ethnicity.Hlobo is showcased on the Michael Stevenson Gallery website, where he explains his relationship with the material he uses: “I always find that the material tends to dominate the entire process. My ideas evolve in unexpected ways as the material helps me discover new things.“The start usually seems like trying to roll a rock as large as a double-decker bus, and by the completion of the work I go, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I went through that and came back sane’.”In 2007 Hlobo exhibited Umdodo at the Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. During the same year he took Umakadenethwa engenadyasi to the Galeria Extraspazio in Rome and idiom[s] to the Savannah College of Art Design in Georgia, USA.In 2008, he exhibited at the Boston ICA as part of the Momentum Series, and his work is included in the third Guangzhou Triennial in China, which runs until 9 November. His exhibition Flow was on at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Home Lands – Land Marks was on at Haunch of Venison in London. Kwatsityw’iziko was also on at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town.Hlobo has also exhibited with various other artists, some of his more recent group exhibitions being Skin-to-skin at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg and .za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica at the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Italy.In 2006 he won the Tollman Award for Visual Art.Hlobo chooses his material strategically, and often challenges stereotypes of sexual identity through his work.In an interview with Sue Williamson, he explained: “Through my works I attempt to create conversations that explore certain issues within my culture as a South African.“The conversations become a way of questioning people’s perceptions around issues of masculinity, gender, race and ethnicity.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
9 November 2015The nominees for the 10th annual Sports Awards have been announced by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“This is a significant milestone and we’re celebrating the best sporting moments of the past 10 years, best moments of the Sport Awards and the best sport people that this country has produced,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula.“The Sport Awards gives us all an opportunity to pay tribute to those who excel both on and off the field,” he said. “We’re always inspired by our athletes as they continue to push boundaries and reach new heights of excellence.”The nomineesSportswoman of the Year:Ashleigh Moolman-PasioShabnim IsmailBridgitte HartleySportsman of the Year:Greg MinnaarChad le ClosWayde van NiekerkPeople’s Choice of the Year:AB de VilliersAshleigh Moolman-PasioChad le ClosLucas SitholeWayde van NiekerkNational Federation of the Year:Roller SportCyclingBasketballSports Administrator of the Year:Virginia MabasoKaren LoschTim CornishSchool Team of the Year:Oakdale Agricultural High SchoolSt Johns College – Junior Men’s PairHoerskool WaterkloofDeveloping School Team of the Year:Iqhayiya Secondary SchoolMontshiwa Primary SchooLphayizani Indoor Rowing ClubIndigenous Games Team of the Year:Limpopo Drie Stokkies Men’s TeamWestern Cape Iintonga TeamKZN Dibeke TeamRecreational Body of the Year:Isiqalo – Waves 4 ChangeDiepsloot Mountain Bike AcademyPhayizani Indoor Rowing ClubPhotographer of the Year:Gavin BarkerVeli NhlapoMotshwari MofokengSports Journalist of the Year:Bareng-Batho KortjaasDaniel MothowagaeMbali MokokoNewcomer of the Year:Nokwanda HlongwaneJayde Andrew JuliusKagiso RabadaTeam of the Year:Proteas Test Team – cricketLightweight Women’s 2x – rowingSpringbok Sevens – rugbySportswoman of the Year with a Disability:Kgothatso MontjaneIlse HayesPeggy de VilliersSportsman of the Year with a Disability:Lucas SitholeErnst van DykPieter du PreezCoach of the Year:Holger LoschGeoffrey ToyanaGraham HillRoger BarrowVolunteer of the Year:Zelda HansenNkosinathi NgubaneJeremy CampbellThis year’s awards theme is “IzinjaZeGame . The Best for 2015”.“The majority of South Africans can identify with this colloquial phrase which, loosely translated, means that you are the top dog, the best at what you do,” the minister explained. “Our nominees are the best.”Honored to be a nominee for Sportsman of the year. Thanks Razzmatazz for putting on a great show @MbalulaFikile pic.twitter.com/4DUzbgIIVm— Greg Minnaar (@GregMinnaar) November 3, 2015Huge privilege & honour nominated for Sports Woman of the Year & People’s Choice @SASportsAwards 2015! Thanks for the support SA! #proudlySA— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) November 3, 2015PrizesEach category nominee receives R15 000 cash and the winner in each category receives R130 000.The winners of the Sport Star of the Year and People’s Choice Award each receive a luxury vehicle, R500 000 for themselves and R500 000 to donate to a charity of their choice.The awards ceremony will take place on 22 November 2015 at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.See the sports awards website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporter
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