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3 reasons why I’d invest £500 per month in a FTSE 100 index tracker fund in 2020

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Regularly investing £500, or any other amount, in a FTSE 100 index tracker fund could be a worthwhile move in my opinion. It provides a simple, low-cost means for any investor to access the high-single-digit annual returns offered by the FTSE 100.Since the index currently trades on a relatively favourable valuation, now could be the right time to start investing in large-cap shares for the long term.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…SimplicityFor many people, investing in the stock market seems to be a hugely challenging prospect. There are a large number of companies, a huge range of variables that can affect its performance, and a variety of technical terms that can be difficult to understand.A FTSE 100 index tracker fund is, therefore, a relatively simple means of gaining exposure to the return potential of the UK’s biggest companies. It does not require an investor to consider whether a specific stock offers good value for money, nor how many companies they should have in their portfolio.Instead, it offers exposure to 100 global businesses that could mean higher returns than other mainstream assets such as cash, bonds and property.CostsAs well as being simple, a FTSE 100 index tracker fund is also a low-cost means of accessing the stock market’s growth potential.This is especially relevant for investors who have a modest amount of initial capital. They may find that while dealing costs for individual shares have fallen in recent years, the cost of building a portfolio of 20-30 individual stocks reduces their overall return potential.As such, a FTSE 100 index tracker fund could be a cheaper alternative that is often available at an annual cost of under 0.25% of the amount invested.Return prospectsThe FTSE 100’s return potential seems to be relatively high at the present time. Evidence of this can be seen via its dividend yield, which currently stands at around 4.4%. This suggests that it may be undervalued right now, with risks such as coronavirus and Brexit seemingly weighing on investor sentiment.History shows that the most opportune times to buy shares have been while they offer wide margins of safety. As such, with many of the index’s members currently having low valuations, investing regularly in the FTSE 100 could be a shrewd long-term move.Individual stocksOf course, as your portfolio grows it could be worth buying individual stocks to complement your index tracker fund. They may provide the chance to outperform the index and generate higher returns in the long run, which could impact positively on your financial future.With the FTSE 100 currently having 25 stocks with yields over 5%, as well as many others which offer low ratings compared to their historic averages, being selective about the stocks you purchase could improve your long-term returns and boost your financial prospects. See all posts by Peter Stephens Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address 3 reasons why I’d invest £500 per month in a FTSE 100 index tracker fund in 2020 Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE last_img read more

Heroes or zeroes?

first_imgThen again, if the virus keeps spreading, maybe Carnival is holed beneath the waterline. But never mind – history will only care about the winners who got the call right, so I shouldn’t be too embarrassed! Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” For example there are lots of books about great investors such as Warren Buffett and Jim Slater who turned small sums into vast fortunes. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Owain Bennallack | Saturday, 16th May, 2020 The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival. Owain Bennallack does not own any of the shares mentioned. But I’d argue it’s too soon to make heroic calls on tourism and travel companies, say, whose shares have been pummelled on virus fears. There are grim scenarios where some of those companies could really suffer, or even fail. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Nobody has rushed out a sequel revealing how many of those hedge fund managers’ subsequent calls were wildly off-target.It’s not brain surgeryThe truth is it’s easy to make bold and contrarian pronouncements when it comes to the stock market, but it’s much harder to be right. In a year or so, we’ll doubtless hear about the brilliant trade that this or that investor made at the height of the panic. These managers are required to produce regular reports, and they rarely waste the chance to highlight the great successes and opportunities in their portfolios. Yes, I can see a case for slowly putting spare cash to work in diversified funds that you intend to hold for the long-term, into baskets of shares from your watch list, or even into individual companies where you’re sure the long-term thesis will hold up whatever. Brain surgeons or nuclear physicists rarely say everyone else is wrong or stupid. Would you trust a neurosurgeon who’d come up with a new method of brain surgery in the bath over the weekend?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As for physicists, their new contrarian ideas are right so rarely that when it happens they give them a Nobel Prize. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Is it at all clear – given what we know now – which of these outcomes is most likely? The plunge in the share prices of everything from oil companies and fashion brands to engineering specialists means valuations are far more appealing than a month ago… Admittedly it may turn out I was wrong to be too cautious. Heroes or zeroes? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. While daily media coverage of the market does a good job of highlighting its volatility, I suspect even well-informed investors disproportionately hear about success. …provided we don’t stand on the precipice of a deep global recession. Because we’re living this right now – and how it will play out seems very far from clear. Yet Carnival shares didn’t seem hugely expensive to some investors (including my colleagues at The Motley Fool) even before we’d heard of COVID-19. If the outbreak can be curbed, the bounce in Carnival’s share price could be swift and giddy. When that happens, ask yourself whether they really were incredibly insightful – or just lucky when heads came up in what was basically a coin toss. And at times like these – when the market is reeling from the realisation of what the coronavirus could do to economic growth – everyone is peddling such ideas on how to make a profit from the overreaction, or to protect your wealth from worse to come.Cruise control In other domains, deviating from the consensus whilst sounding smart is much harder. In contrast investors – both professionals and you and me – make such calls routinely, whenever we buy shares we think are cheap, or sell shares we deem expensive. And when their funds are wound-up or merged after years of underperformance, it’s rare anyone writes an obituary explaining where it all went wrong. (Coverage of Neil Woodford’s spectacular blow-up is the exception that proves the rule!) We’ll probably keep hearing it from some of them for years to come! But who will write about your mate Barry who lost his savings betting on gold miners and Bitcoin? Consider active fund managers – most of who lose to the market over time. For instance, as I write the share price of Carnival is down around 40% from January, on the not unreasonable grounds that nobody wants to be quarantined on a boat during a pandemic, and so sales of cruise trips could fall. I’d suggest not.I wouldn’t bet on itThe market is full of these examples at times of stress like this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Similarly, Hollywood made a blockbuster film, The Big Short, about the guys who scored billions betting on the sub-prime housing meltdown ahead of the financial crisis. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. History is written by the winners – that’s true in investing as in war or politics. Few highlight their mistakes – though these are the ones we should pay attention to. See all posts by Owain Bennallacklast_img read more

Online Christmas e-cards already on sale

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Trading Howard Lake | 28 August 2004 | News Of course, such a facility need not be used only for Christmas cards. Etribes.com suggest “add some birthday, wedding and greetings cards and make it a source of income all year round.”center_img  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities such as Fauna and Flora International are already offering Christmas e-cards for sale.Fauna and Flora International are selling Christmas e-cards via a dedicated Web site at fficards.com. The charity offers a range of images which, for a donation of £5.00, can be sent as personalised e-cards to friends, colleagues, family and other recipients via email. The fee covers an unlimited number of uses of the e-card.The site has been set up by online community specialists etribes.com. They set up the branded site and online payment facility. Purchasers can send the personalised e-card themselves using their e-mail package or etribes.com can do it for them. Advertisement Online Christmas e-cards already on salelast_img read more

Russian prosecutor seeks ten years in a camp for well-known editor

first_img Related documents rsf_igor_rudnikov_06-2019.pdfPDF – 112.56 KB News News Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Igor Rudnikov to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment center_img May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for newspaper editor Igor Rudnikov’s acquittal after a prosecutor yesterday asked a Saint Petersburg court to impose an exceptionally harsh sentence on this well-known journalist – ten years in a strict-security camp. A verdict in this clearly political trial is due on 17 June.Held for the past 20 months, Rudnikov is charged with trying to extort money from a senior official he had written about in Russia’s western enclave of Kaliningrad, where he edited the weekly Novye Kolesa and is well known for hard-hitting investigative reporting. Rudnikov had previously been the target of two murder attempts and many other prosecutions in connection with his journalism.His lawyers have repeatedly stressed the complete lack of hard evidence and many procedural flaws in the judicial investigation. The violence to which Rudnikov was subjected at the time of his arrest has never been investigated. His weekly, which was Kaliningrad’s main independent newspaper, has been forced to close.“Everything about this case indicates that Igor Rudnikov is being persecuted, that this is about silencing a journalist who is known for courageous investigative reporting,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The ordeal he has endured for the past 20 months is a deep injustice. It is time to acquit him and open an impartial investigation into the many illegal machinations to which he has been subjected.” Rudnikov was arrested when one of Kaliningrad’s highest law enforcement officials, Gen. Viktor Ledenev, claimed that Rudnikov had demanded money from him in order to stop publishing stories criticizing him. This was after Novye Kolesa reported that Ledenev owned undeclared real estate assets.A former member of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Ledenev was prosecutor-general in Chechnya from 2008 to 2013, a period marked by systematic impunity for crimes of violence that are widely blamed on Chechnya’s strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov. They include the 2009 abduction and murder of Natalya Estemirova, a well-known journalist and human rights defender.The Russian human rights organization Memorial recognizes Rudnikov as political prisoner. Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. June 7, 2019 Russian prosecutor seeks ten years in a camp for well-known editor Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information News Newslast_img read more

Lower house approves anti-terrorism law that would threaten confidentiality of sources

first_img ColombiaAmericas Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about a proposed anti-terrorism statute that was approved by Colombia’s house of representatives on its sixth reading yesterday. It would allow the army to carry out searches, tap telephones and intercept private correspondence without a judicial warrant for 72 hours in cases of persons suspected of terrorist links.”If these provisions were to be applied to journalists, they would threaten the confidentiality of sources and cast doubt on the independence of the press,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. The organisation was especially concerned that a lack of any judicial control would open the way to abuses.For the proposed statute to become law, it must now be approved by the first commission of the senate and then passed in a full session of the senate. Ménard therefore wrote to the chairman of the senate’s first commission, Luis Humberto Gómez, requesting the elimination of these provisions at the next reading.In yesterday’s session in the lower house, legislators struck out an article which, on the grounds of a person’s right to protect their reputation, would have banned news media from revealing the names of detained persons during the first 72 hours of arrest. RSF_en RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia ColombiaAmericas Organisation Help by sharing this information News Reports November 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lower house approves anti-terrorism law that would threaten confidentiality of sourcescenter_img News Follow the news on Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further October 21, 2020 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News April 27, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Bombay HC Directs Nanavati Hospital To Submit Report Regarding Varavara Rao’s Health & Line Of Treatment Given To Him, Vernon Gonsalves Tests Negative For Covid-19 [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Directs Nanavati Hospital To Submit Report Regarding Varavara Rao’s Health & Line Of Treatment Given To Him, Vernon Gonsalves Tests Negative For Covid-19 [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap28 July 2020 5:39 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Nanavati Hospital to submit a report on Varvara Rao’s health and the line of treatment being given to the 81-year-old Telugu poet and literary critic, who recently tested positive for Covid-19. The octogenarian’s family has expressed anxiety and frustration over not being informed about Rao’s health or his treatment before various…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Nanavati Hospital to submit a report on Varvara Rao’s health and the line of treatment being given to the 81-year-old Telugu poet and literary critic, who recently tested positive for Covid-19. The octogenarian’s family has expressed anxiety and frustration over not being informed about Rao’s health or his treatment before various forums. Division bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and VG Bisht were hearing Rao’s appeal against rejection of interim bail and a petition seeking directions to Taloja jail authorities to submit a detailed report along with medical papers of the treatment and course of action followed by them as Rao was kept at the jail hospital after the allegedly hurried discharge from JJ Hospital on June 2, 2020. Appearing on behalf of Rao, Advocate Sudeep Pasbola submitted that the family is unable to get any information about his health from the hospital or the jail authorities. Pasbola argued- “Mr Rao is serious and when his family contacts the jail they are told to call the hospital and when the hospital is contacted, they are told to call the jail. What is the secrecy about his health? His family is in Hyderabad so at least a call can be arranged so that they can talk to him at the hospital.” Rao’s family has written to the National Human Rights Commission seeking its intervention and to the Home Minister of Maharashtra alleging that they have not received any updates on Rao’s health for twelve days. NIA’s counsel Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said- “We have no problem if the family wants to talk or meet him. If the hospital permits we have no problem. Nanavati Hospital is the best hospital and there should not be any grievance about his health or treatment.” In response, Advocate Pasbola said that there cannot be any grievance as there is no information about his health. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research secrecy has to be maintained, ASG Singh argued. At this juncture, the bench asked the State if there is any problem if information is shared. PP Deepak Thakare said that there is no objection to sharing any information to the family and that the hospital can be directed to submit a report. Thus, the bench directed Nanavati Hospital to submit a report on the health status and treatment being given to Rao. The next date of hearing in the matter is August 7. Meanwhile, a separate writ petition filed by Vernon Gonsalves and Anand Teltumbde seeking to be tested for Covid-19 after VV Rao tested positive as they came in close contact with Rao, came up before the same bench. PP Deepak Thakare informed the bench that Vernon Gonsalves has tested negative for Covid-19. Vernon was also entrusted with responsibility of taking care of Rao by the jail authorities. Whereas, Court directed the State to take instructions regarding tests to be conducted on Anand Teltumbde.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Employers set agenda for new skills councils

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Employers set agenda for new skills councilsOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Employers will dictate the direction of the learning and skills councils,which will replace Tecs. The Government made the announcement as itacknowledged a mismatch between skills and business needs.The chair of the national learning council and most of the chairs of localcouncils will have “substantial recent business or commercialexperience”, the document detailing how the council will be run states.Four out of 10 members at local level will be drawn from the business world.The Secretary of State for Education and Employment, David Blunkett,admitted that training activity and business needs are not closely aligned, andannounced a new loans scheme for employers (see below).Ann Bailey, head of education and training at the Engineering Employers’Federation, wel-comed the prominence given to employers but called for thebalance on the local councils to swing further towards them and away fromcolleges.”It should be 60 per cent but we would have been happy with 50, whichis what we asked for in our submission,” she said. “If these councilsare driven by supply rather than demand they will not work. It is employerswhich need to use skills so they need to be setting the agenda rather thanmaking do with what is on offer.”She added that council members need to be active in business, or if they arerecently retired have maintained strong links so they are not out of touch.Keith Aldis, training director at the Construction Confederation, saidemployer influence would be stronger than under the Tecs, which the learningand skills councils replace from April 2001, but there was still a dangernational industries will lose out to industries with local prominence.”Construction accounts for 10 per cent of GDP and we employ a millionand a half people. Local skills councils need to make provision forconstruction training even if it is not high on the local agenda.”By Dominique Hammondlast_img read more

Eminence Ensemble Adds New Guitarist Taylor Frederick, Announces Denver Performance

first_imgEminence Ensemble, the genre bending powerhouse out of Boulder, Colorado, are gearing up to finish their fall tour schedule with a bang. Having just finished up the last leg of their fall tour in Texas (including two shows with Perpetual Groove in Houston, and Dallas), they recently announced one last show to wrap up their fall tour in Denver, CO at Cervantes Otherside with fellow Colorado power trio Evanoff.This show is going to be extra special, as the band has just announced the addition of Taylor Frederick, who will be making his debut with the band at this hometown performance. Taylor is also known for his guitar/vocal work in Yamn, and was one of the winners of Relix Magazine’s 2012 “6th member of moe.” competition. (See the video below). With this huge move on Eminence Ensemble’s part, you can bet the addition of Taylor will not only bring the band to new musical heights, but further their improvisational experimentation.Watch Taylor sitting in with moe., below.Eminence Ensemble will hit Cervantes Otherside in Denver, CO on Saturday November 26th with Evanoff and UNFOLD_MUSIC, and you can find all the details and tickets here.last_img read more

Places we love

first_img Plaque honoring beloved character to be reinstalled on Charles River span Related First-year seminar gets students to explore some of Houghton Library’s rarest volumes At Weissman Preservation Center, conservators tend to treasures from Harvard libraries,Charles RiverRob GoganRecycling and waste manager, Facilities Maintenance Operations, Harvard University Campus ServicesThe banks of the Charles abutting the Weeks Footbridge (east side, where it’s shaded) and the Larz Anderson Bridge (west side, where there are stones to sit on that are usually shaded). In May, the Charles hosts the run of thousands (millions?) of alewives swimming upstream to spawn, accompanied by black-crowned night herons, great blue herons, double-crested cormorants, ospreys, and other predators. I have seen large turtles, 2-foot-long carp, common mergansers, bufflehead ducks, muskrats, Norway rats, and Canada geese from these vantage spots. Of course, in season, there is also the swift passage of rowing shells, the cries of their coxswains and coaches counting out strokes, boatloads of recreational flycasters, passing tour boats from CambridgeSide Galleria, and, on a special day in May, the shrieks and splashes of daredevil students celebrating Commencement by jumping off the Weeks for a quick swim in the iron-brown but officially “safe-for-swimming” waters of the Charles. Galileo to cyclotron: History on display The center in the crossroads Related Related Through a glass, brightly Related Harvard’s Memorial Hall is a veritable museum of American stained glass,Radcliffe’s sunken gardenTomiko Brown-NaginDean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law; faculty director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice; co-director of Harvard Law School’s Program in Law and History; and professor of history, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard UniversityI love the sunken garden in Radcliffe Yard. It’s so beautiful and peaceful and brings to mind happy times.,Marie MizeResident tutor, sophomore advising coordinator, Pforzheimer HouseMy favorite hideaway is the Radcliffe sunken garden. On a nice spring day, it’s one of the most peaceful and serene spots on campus for sky-gazing or bird-watching. When I have to do more reflection-based work I often sit in the rotunda bench under the trees to write and think. I also use this space for facilitating [class] discussions, picnicking with my son, and rendezvousing with friends (and lovers).Rhea BennettClass of ’20One of my favorite places on campus when the weather is warm is the sunken garden in Radcliffe Yard. It is a beautiful, little green spot on campus where the gurgle of the fountain creates a quiet, calm atmosphere. Doing work there on a sunny day makes me feel like I’m in an oasis in the middle of the city. Running the steps builds camaraderie, fitness Hidden spaces: The Class of 1959 Chapel at HBS New exhibition explores the patterns, textures, and shapes of its landscape Outgoing president reflects on her favorite spaces on campus Digital Giza Project lets scholars virtually visit sites in Egypt and beyond, and even print them in 3D,Harvard Art MuseumsJulie HartmanClass of ’22The courtyard of the Harvard Art Museum is one of the few places on campus where I feel completely serene. The natural light from the glass ceiling, the quiet murmurings of museum and cafe patrons, and the vastness of the courtyard itself all make the space unique, and an ideal place for relaxing and reflecting. I come to the Fogg [Art Museum] not just to see the art that it holds but to appreciate the space as a piece of art itself. Related The Smith Center’s green walls bring beauty, cleaner air, and calm Related Art of chess The weight of the ‘eights’ on her shoulders Harvard ForestDavid FosterDirector, Harvard ForestThe walk-up tower in the center of the Harvard Forest’s 4,000-acre laboratory and classroom [in Petersham] provides the perfect venue to advance our mission of research, education, and outreach. The ever-changing views across vast forests to Mount Monadnock and four New England states also yield a constant reminder of the opportunity and need to conserve this remarkable landscape for the benefit of both nature and society. Related Related New Smith Campus Center is a welcome to all Hidden Spaces: The Sunken Garden in Radcliffe Yard Related Related Among the graduates The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. A wall of color, a window to the past Coxswain Jennie Kunes steers Harvard’s varsity rowers,Visualization LabPeter Der ManuelianPhilip J. King Professor of Egyptology, director of the Harvard Semitic MuseumI like to sit in the specialized Visualization Lab classroom, part of [the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences] above the Geological Lecture Hall. The big curving screen and virtual reality headsets let me take students to the Giza pyramids and ancient Egypt virtually, and view all manner of graphics at an unprecedented scale and resolution. Scientists are blown away by hurricane experiment’s results Harvard Rituals Ups and downs at Harvard Stadium Serenity reigns at Radcliffe,Courtyard CaféPeter C. GriecoDirector of Predoctoral Prosthodontics, and instructor, Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Science, Harvard School of Dental MedicineMy favorite place … is my lunch table in Courtyard [Café at Harvard Medical School], where myself and other faculty sit together each day. While it physically might shift around depending on the table availability, it’s the people at it and the things they bring that are the best. Regulars range from Adam Hamilton, a fellow new faculty member from Perth, Australia, to Andreas Radics, a dental technician from Switzerland, to Eileen Regan, a 40-plus-year HSDM dental hygienist from right here in Mission Hill, to Bernard Friedland, an associate professor from South Africa, to sometimes even Dean [R. Bruce] Donoff himself. At any given time, we might have a group of people sitting together spanning 50 years of dental experience, and a few times I’ve tallied six different continents. (If only we had an Antarctican!) To a young faculty member from New Jersey, that’s what being at Harvard is about.,Divinity ChapelDavid Frank HollandJohn A. Bartlett Professor of New England Church HistoryI would have to say Divinity Chapel, colloquially known as Emerson Chapel. This is the spot where Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered his famous “Divinity School Address” of 1838, the heretical speech that rattled Harvard and resonated throughout American culture. Its history — and its current multifaith, multipurpose use — gives the space a mixed atmosphere of reverence and rebellion. For me, it’s a regular site of quiet reflection and renewal.Leslie MacPherson ArtinianDepartmental administrator, Office of Ministry StudiesI work at Harvard Divinity School, and one of my favorite spots is Emerson Chapel. A multigenerational Unitarian Universalist myself, I claim linkage to this past, and when I sit within its quiet, wooden walls and candlelight warms the room on the Fridays when I worship with our HDS Unitarian Universalist students, I feel a connection to both the School and my heritage, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for both.,Tercentenary TheatreJason LukeAssociate director, custodial and support servicesI keep coming back to Tercentenary Theatre. I especially like being there at night, when it’s more peaceful, sitting on the steps of Memorial Church or Sever Hall. I’ve spent a lot of time there: Commencement, presidential inaugurations, Harvard’s 375th, special convocations, Harvard College student events, and on many other occasions over the past 25 years. That space just brings back so many great memories! New science gallery showcases historical instrument collection,Kirkland House dining hallMalia ClarkClass of ’21While there are a multitude of places to study on campus, my favorite place is probably the Kirkland House dining hall. I am peaceful and focused in this space, and if I need a study break, there are always friendly faces with whom I can share a meal or catch up. Kirkland is a relatively small, close-knit House, and with the dining hall’s wide windows that look out into the courtyard, beautiful architecture, and cozy feel, I truly feel like I’m at home when I study here.,Winthrop House gateJennifer WeissHead coach of women’s volleyballI have to say that being at Harvard and on campus has always been such a blessing, and for 26 years I have never taken its beauty for granted. A part of my daily routine is running on the Charles. I start by going through the gate at Winthrop House and head toward the Charles — something nice about going down that path.,Class of 1959 ChapelTheresa TribbleHarvard Business School ’09I loved the [Class of 1959] Chapel on the Harvard Business School campus, for the water gardens. When I needed to have a deep conversation with someone or 10 minutes alone, I would go sit amidst the plants under the glass walls and ceiling. I still drop by when I am back on campus. Harvard through Drew Faust’s eyes Annenberg Hall by the numbers Hidden Spaces: The tiny cemetery A different side of van Gogh Armchair travels with a purpose Photos reveal nature’s wonder at Arnold Arboretum Related At the Arboretum, graves linked to the Revolution,Charlie’s KitchenSamantha PowerAnna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law SchoolThere is no more peaceful place for me around campus than sitting at the bar at Charlie’s, drinking a pint and eating grilled cheese as I watch the Red Sox game.,Annenberg HallAlliah Agostini LivingstoneHarvard University ’04, Harvard Business School ’09The dining hall for all freshmen, it is the location of so many of my fondest memories from the beginning of my Harvard experience! It was our little newbie oasis, so full of eclectic intellectual energy, and also where many longstanding friendships began. It was the place where people would talk about the laws of physics and debate their favorite New York–based rapper in almost the same breath. Plus … I’m not even a Harry Potter fan, but it was also very cool to feel like we were dining in the Great Hall of Hogwarts every day. Renewed Harvard museums to reopen in a sparkling building, showcasing evocative works,Woodberry Poetry RoomJennifer BonnerAssistant professor and director of the Master in Architecture II programWoodberry Poetry Room in Lamont Library, designed by Alvar Aalto. Tucked away in Lamont is a special room filled with wood surfaces and furniture designed by one of architecture’s greats. I like to settle into a reading nook and read poetry from the American South.,Collection of Historical Scientific InstrumentsPeter GalisonJoseph Pellegrino University Professor and director, Collection of Historical Scientific InstrumentsHow can I not love the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in the Science Center? I first saw some of these instruments when I was an undergraduate, back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Back then, they were buried away and only taken out once a year by I. Bernard Cohen. I remember him demonstrating Benjamin Franklin’s “Lightning House,” which showed the bad things that happened to a little wooden house with gunpowder and a shock and no lightning rod. After great good efforts by our wonderful curatorial staff, donors, and colleagues, you can now see this assembly of crucial knowledge machines from clocks to cyclotrons. Related Decades after Harvard Forest researchers decided to simulate effects of a giant storm, nature is still surprising in how it has rebounded,Smith Campus CenterCurtis T. KeithChief scientific officer, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator at Harvard UniversityI work in the Smith Campus Center, and I’ve been trying out the many great spaces there. I think they did a great job [in reimagining the space]. I especially like having coffee in the second-floor seating area at the front of the building, looking out onto the plaza in front of the center, the whole diversity of Harvard Square passing in front. For me, it also brings back memories of arriving at Harvard for the first time in 1993 as a student and seeing the chess players there.,Louis MenandLee Simpkins Family Professor of Arts and Sciences and Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of EnglishThe coolest and most relaxed place at Harvard right now is the 10th floor of the Smith Center. I hope the installation of a cafe doesn’t turn it into a mob scene! Experience Commencement as a Harvard student in this 360 video,Conservation LabKathy KingDirector and instructor, Ceramics ProgramOne of my favorite places on campus is the Conservation Lab at the Harvard Art Museums. The light in the space is beautiful, and when I am invited by the conservation scientists and/or curators to observe ancient examples of ceramics, it seems completely magical — the space, with all its technology in place, to look at a piece of art crafted centuries ago. Bridge of sorrow, by way of Faulkner With ‘Self-Portrait’ in Amsterdam, ‘Snow-Covered Field’ awaits Harvard Art Museums visitors,Arnold ArboretumWilliam “Ned” FriedmanArnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Arnold ArboretumThere is a magnificent horticultural “sport” (genetic mutant) of the standard European beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) that came to the Arboretum in 1888 from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (and was probably collected in the wild in France). Instead of growing straight up to the sky, the shoots twist and turn into gyres, and the net effect is a tree that is essentially a small hemisphere. The great thing about this tree is [it allows you] to “step out” of the Arboretum into a wonderful, almost isolated space. During the fall, the tree is myriad colors resembling the finest stained glass of any cathedral in the world; in the winter, the stark branches are pendulous. The spring brings the light greens of bud break. The most remarkable time I have spent with this old friend was during the last solar eclipse, when the leaves acted as pinhole cameras in the breeze and projected the image of the sun with a lunar carve-out onto the ground and exposed gray roots.,Tiffany EnzenbacherManager of plant production, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard UniversityWithout a doubt, my favorite place at the Arnold Arboretum, especially during winter, is the enchanting conifer collection. You escape the city noise and bustle underneath the tall, dense canopy of fir and pine trees and can enjoy a moment of tranquility. The tree I always make sure to visit is dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) specimen 3-48*A, right off Conifer Path. It was grown as a seed from the original Arnold Arboretum introduction of dawn redwood to the West in 1948. If I have time, I also check out the grove of four umbrella pines (Sciadopitys verticillata) close to Bussey Brook. These historic plants from 1898 are characterized by whorls of green needles that resemble an umbrella. After a few inches of fresh snow, there really isn’t any better place to take a walk and appreciate winter’s solitude. Where introverted sanctuary and extroverted garden merge,Houghton LibraryDan ByersJohn R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and lecturer, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesMy favorite spot is a walk through Houghton Library to be moved by two small, partially hidden collection objects that expand my imagination and inner world. Start outside the glass walls of the Harvard Theatre Collection, and press your nose up against the window to ogle Frederick Kiesler’s audacious, otherworldly model for the Universal Theater, made in aluminum in 1960–61. Then proceed up into the inner sanctums of the library (during their Friday afternoon public tour) to meditate on the tiny, beautiful writing desk on which Emily Dickinson composed so many transporting poems. Each object proposes an expansive model for private and public creativity, and sends me back to my office humbled and energized. Related The objects of their reflection Related Related Art’s shining future Related Whether a spell book or Edison bulb, Houghton’s treasures charm students and illuminate research,Robinson HallMarla KingManager, Harvard Yard academic buildingsThe Great Space in Robinson Hall is historically fascinating to me. I manage a number of buildings in and out of the Yard. Every day that I enter the building there are sections of marble, stone, and concrete that are absolutely stunning. The little details of ancient sculpture bring back all of my memories of Greek mythology and the Roman Empire. In the past, GSAS students, when they graduated, would celebrate with champagne and pop the corks into the relief sculpture that sits high on the wall. I appreciate the space and the history.,Harvard StadiumWilliam CannonHarvard Gazette correspondentMy favorite place is Harvard Stadium. When I lived in lower Allston, I wandered by one day while I was on a walk. I saw that the gates were open a crack, which I thought was a happy accident, and I quietly walked through and wandered around. I walked by again a week later and thought, “What luck, someone left it unlocked again,” and walked the steps this time. I felt like the James Bond of exercise — able to work out even in the most secure locations. I eventually learned that the stadium is open to everyone, which only made it more special, not less. I went on to meet a nice group of other regular step walkers. They’re alive! The beauty of the book in all its forms Running out of time Players bring their best moves to Smith Center tournament,Wertheim GalleryLarry BacowPresident of Harvard University and professor of public policyMine would be the Wertheim Gallery at the Harvard Art Museums. The collection is extraordinary. My mother’s maiden name was Wertheim. I have always hoped that I might be distantly related to the donors, but alas I am not. That said, I am still moved by the art. Seniors share the top things from their bucket lists to do before graduation Forbes pigment collection serves as teaching tool, resource, and even artwork If you have a favorite place on campus, let us know about it. You might end up in the next article. Guarding the dazzle of the pastlast_img read more

Christian Borle’s Best Served on the Rocks & More Lessons of the Week

first_imgPhillipa Soo’s Totally Crazy for CatsForget the Great Comet—Phillipa Soo wants to howl at the Jellicle Moon! Her answer to all of our Red Carpet Challenge questions during the Great Comet opening: “Cats!” Think about it: she channeled Victoria in her Natasha costume, Martha Washington named her feral tomcat after her dearest Alexander Hamilton and come on, Amélie eyes that goldfish for just a little too long. Friday has arrived, and while we’re no closer to figuring out Mama Morton’s first name (Estelle?!) or how we are going to possibly complete this week’s Culturalist without an epic debate, we’re thankful that the holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is the first feast to come and the stars of the Great White Way graced us with a solution to Turkey Day drama, a cocktail recipe to hunt down and more to keep us full until we return from the holiday break. Before you watch Sutton Foster’s Sweet Charity performance on repeat, take a look at the Lessons of the Week! Carrie Compere Can’t Meet LansburyThe Color Purple’s Carrie Compere is just as strong and collected as her character Sofia…that is until you mention Dame Angela Lansbury. “I would pass out if I saw her,” Compere said. “And she wouldn’t be able to catch me, so I can’t pass out!” It’s all good, Carrie. We totally understand the fandom. Maybe Compere should hang with Al Silbs’ kitty cat instead (just don’t make Phillipa Soo too jealous). Laura Osnes, Carrie Compere, Idina Menzel, Christian Borle, Phillipa Soo & Ektor Rivera(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Caitlin McNaney & Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) View Comments The Front Page Cast Gets CozyTalk about rubbing elbows with the rich and famous! The Front Page’s star-studded cast includes an ensemble of 28, and according to Holland Taylor, there are dressing rooms with eight or nine actors to a room. Do they all share one bathroom? Do they take turns walking Mabel? Does Jefferson Mays have a vat of Purell? Does Bert Cooper Robert Morse ever wear shoes? We need to know. Dance Breaks Cure Turkey Day DramaTony winners Matthew Broderick and James Corden’s re-vamped Guys and Dolls’ “Fugue for Tinhorns” with a Thanksgiving theme, and the epic dance break is now our go-to should conflict arise at the dinner table this holiday, be it over the number of marshmallows in the sweet potato pie or political debates (you know, like why we don’t have a Sound Design Tony). Whatever it is, we’re dancing it out. Anna Kendrick Is Still a Sondheim GeekSpeaking of Cinderellas, Tony nominee and Twitter goddess Anna Kendrick released Scrappy, Little Nobody on November 15. Now that Miss Kendrick is a fancy, schmancy author, is she too cool to hang with us theater dorks? Absolutely not! She sang Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here” from Follies on The Late Show. We’d expect nothing less from the girl who nailed “The Ladies Who Lunch” as a teenager. Idina Menzel Has Always Been a RebelWith roles like Maureen Johnson, Elphaba and Elsa on her resume, Idina Menzel specializes in playing rebels; perhaps it’s because she’s always been one. The Tony winner recently discussed where she was during her, erm, first time, and let’s just say it wasn’t in Oz with Fiyero. “I did it in my parents’ bed when they went away for the weekend,” Menzel said. Oh, pookie! ‘Christian Borle’s Erotica’—It’s a CocktailNope, it’s not the name of his future memoir (darn). On Show People, Christian Borle spun some yarns about his bartending days at Vintage, a now-closed Ninth Avenue haunt known for its nachos and a drink named Christian’s Erotica. Borle said his father used to order it (“May I please have my son’s Erotica?”) during visits to the city. We’ll have to get the recipe before our 2017 Tony party. Laura Osnes Signed for Those Slippers You can have what’s in your own little corner of your own dressing room—if you get it in writing. Bandstand-bound Laura Osnes stopped by #LiveatFive and revealed how she was able to swing keeping her glass slippers well after the ball: “I actually wrote them into my contract,” Osnes said. Don’t let the bubbly personality fool you—Cinderella means business in the boardroom. Ektor Rivera Hits the Campaign Trail Fans are ranking the Great White Way’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2016, and On Your Feet! heartthrob Ektor Rivera is a major contender. Just in case any fans are second guessing putting him in that number one slot, he included his shower as one of his most favorite things in his dressing room. “I like to run the water for a few minutes so I can feel fresh,” Rivera said. Wait, what were we talking about? Mama Morton’s First Name Is a MysteryMaybe it’s Maybelline! After 20 years of hotcha, whoopee and jazz, Chicago has never given the Countess of the clink a first name. We got some suggestions from Mama Mortons past and present when we celebrated the Tony-winning revival’s anniversary: Mildred, Madeline, Jasmine, Estelle, Helen and Chastity. (We’d bet our chips it’s not that last one.) Star Files Laura Osneslast_img read more