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SUU Football Announces Media Availability Times For Big Sky Conference Media Day

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Sunday and Monday as the Big Sky Football media days for 2019 commence at Spokane, Wash., Southern Utah University’s athletic department has revealed media availability times Monday for head coach Demario Warren, senior offensive lineman Zach Larsen and senior tailback Jay Green Jr.The two-day event will see Warren interviewed at 10:40 am MDT with Larsen and Green to address the media at 1:22 pm MDT.The Thunderbirds’ season commences August 31 at Las Vegas against the UNLV Rebels. Brad James Tags: Big Sky Conference media day/Demario Warren/Jay Green Jr./Las Vegas/SUU Football/UNLV Rebels/Zach Larsen Written by July 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Announces Media Availability Times For Big Sky Conference Media Daylast_img read more

UK: HMS Agryll Celebrates 21 Years of Service

first_img View post tag: celebrates View post tag: 21% Share this article UK: HMS Agryll Celebrates 21 Years of Service View post tag: of View post tag: Navy View post tag: Agryll View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Agryll Celebrates 21 Years of Service center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMS Training & Education The men and women of HMS Argyll certainly enjoyed the big day – and we’re not talking about the Diamond Jubilee. On the eve of national celebrations marking the Queen’s 60-year reign, a rather lower key, but no-less-enjoyable party was held aboard the Devonport-based frigate to mark her 21st birthday.The ship was the second Type 23 frigate to be commissioned into the Navy on the last day of May 1991 – and with HMS Norfolk no longer under the White Ensign she’s now the oldest 23 in service with the Royal Navy.Twenty-one years to the day later, her new Commanding Officer, Cdr Tim Neild, and the youngest sailor onboard, nineteen-year-old ET Martin Woods, sliced the birthday cake, prepared by the chefs onboard, in front of the rest of the crew.Commander Neild said:“It’s a special achievement for a ship to reach such an impressive milestone but despite being the oldest frigate in her class, following a multi-million pond upgrade in 2010, she remains one of the most capable ships in the Fleet.” Cdr Neild had only joined the ship a week earlier and the birthday celebration provided a fitting culmination to a highly significant week in his career.He said:“I am extremely privileged and honoured to be taking Command of a ship with such an impressive reputation. “This is the pinnacle of my career and I look forward to leading a crew that has recently returned from a hugely-successful deployment to the Middle East and proven itself in the most demanding of operational theatres.” After the celebrations the ship’s company have turned his attention to preparation for a period of high readiness over the summer, operational training under the team from the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation in the autumn followed by a six-month deployment to the South Atlantic in 2013.Cdr Neild added:“With the uncertain nature of the world we live in it is vital that Argyll is ready for whatever task my commanders and the government require.” [mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 7, 2012; Image: Royal Navy June 7, 2012 View post tag: years View post tag: Servicelast_img read more

Peleliu Hosts Norwegian Midshipmen

first_img Peleliu Hosts Norwegian Midshipmen View post tag: Peleliu View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norwegian Back to overview,Home naval-today Peleliu Hosts Norwegian Midshipmen August 8, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Two midshipmen from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy trained aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) from July 18 to Aug. 7 as part of the Foreign Exchange Training of Midshipman (FOREXTRAMID) program.This program is managed by Naval Service Training Command in coordination with Operational Navy (OPNAV) N3/N5 and the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA).FOREXTRAMID provides a significant opportunity for both nations to connect at the most junior level that may lead to long-term mutual understanding and appreciation of both military capabilities and cultural point of views.Traditionally, foreign participation in the U.S. Navy educational programs has created better understanding of the United States and Navy. This translates directly into vital assistance in coalition operations throughout the world.OPNAV N3/N5 selects countries each year to participate based on a countries ability and desire to send their midshipmen to Navy ships for two to four week periods during summer breaks.Foreign country participants are chosen by their respective navy. The Royal Norwegian Navy chose Fenrick Frank Andersen and Eivind Vedlog, both from Bergen, Norway, to join Academy midshipmen and Naval Reserve Officer Training Course (NROTC) students aboard Peleliu.During the underway, Lt. j.g. Shawn Henry, Peleliu’s main propulsion division officer, guided Andersen and Vedlog as their running mate. He helped them through the process of completing personal qualification standard and experiencing shipboard life.“I make sure that they’re always occupied, going to different events on the ship,” said Henry. “They learn everything we do, as well as what it takes to be a division officer.”They have observed flight quarters, utility landing craft (LCU) evolutions and bridge operations during the ship’s composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) underway period.“Watching the helicopters and the AV-8B Harriers landing and taking off as well as the well deck to see the LCUs coming in has been my favorite part,” said Andersen. “I’ve never seen that before so it’s quite exciting.”The main part of their training focused on bridge operations, as they prepare to become navigators for the Royal Norwegian Navy.“Of all the midshipmen that have come through that I’ve met from the Academy and NROTC, they are by far the most knowledgeable as far as navigation and the intricacies of radar go,” Henry said. “It’s outstanding that they know so much. I’m blown away. They’re very professional and always on point with everything they do.”There are several differences between the Norwegian and U.S. navies.One of the differences is the size. The Norwegian navy has 6,100 personnel and 70 ships, all of which are frigates and smaller. The U.S. Navy has more than 321,000 personnel and more than 250 ships.“We don’t have amphibious vessels, naval aviation or well decks in Norway,” said Vedlog. “There are a lot of new things for us to see. It’s a blast.”Other than the size of the two navies, cultural differences provide another obstacle to overcome.“So far I feel their transition has been rather smooth,” said Midshipman 1st Class Bethany May, an NROTC student from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. “Their language skills have allowed them to pick up on the subtle customs and greetings that are common in the Navy. Furthermore, they hold a great deal of prior knowledge of U.S. Navy customs. When talking to them, they seem to be enjoying and learning from the experience.”Although they could often be viewed and treated as midshipmen, along with the Naval Academy and NROTC students during COMPTUEX, their ranking as Fenriks in the Norwegian navy is equivalent to an ensign in the U.S. Navy.Of the Sailors and environment on the Peleliu, Vedlog said, “I feel we fit in well here. Everyone is so nice and friendly. They will talk to you freely, offer to show you around the ship and take care of us in general.”This year’s Foreign Exchange Training of Midshipmen program expected a total of 70 midshipmen from 33 countries to cross-train with the U.S. Navy through professional immersion at sea.Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is currently underway conducting COMPTUEX in the Pacific Ocean with docking landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 8, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Midshipmen View post tag: hostslast_img read more

What happens to a German submarine in distress

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today What happens to a German submarine in distress Authorities View post tag: SAR In what is obviously a response to the massive international search and recuse effort for the missing Argentine Navy submarine ARA San Juan, the German Navy published an article on its site, outlining the various systems and procedures put in place to protect submariners should a German Navy submarine ever get in danger.As described by the navy, the most important feature of German Type 212A submarines is that they are configured in such a way that they would return to the surface under almost all circumstances.This would effectively transform a submarine rescue to a surface rescue.Should, “contrary to all expectations” – as the German Navy says, a submarine fail to surface, submariners are still able to evacuate from the distressed boat using submarine escape suits, provided the submarine lies at a depth of up to 200 meters. Once on the surface, the submariners enter a life raft equipped with an emergency position-indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB) and wait for help.Additionally, Germany is a member of the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO), as is Argentina. The office is dedicated to the global humanitarian effort for the coordination of search and rescue for military disabled submarines. Argentine Navy’s ARA San JuanThe German Navy article was published as the search for the Argentine Navy’s TR-1700-class diesel-electric submarine ARA San Juan entered the sixth day on November 21. According to an Argentine Navy spokesman, the ARA San Juan last communicated its position in the morning hours of November 15 while en route from the Ushuaia naval base to the Mar del Plata naval base.Germany is actively supporting search efforts with a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft which operates alongside numerous aircraft and vessels from other countries. Among the first to join the search and rescue efforts were the US Navy, which deployed its Undersea Rescue Command and P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft, and the Royal Navy whose ice patrol ship HMS Protector was among the first to arrive on scene.Waves of up to 10 meters hampered search efforts in the previous five days and authorities hope calmer seas will improve sonar conditions.The image below shows all assets involved in search efforts View post tag: German Navy November 21, 2017 View post tag: ARA San Juan What happens to a German submarine in distress View post tag: submarine Share this articlelast_img read more

BREAKING: University confirms 45 positive cases this week

first_imgAnsaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “The prevalence of COVID in Oxfordshire is higher than it has ever been. We are in a worse position than at the height of the first wave last spring, and the situation is continuing to deteriorate.” The University has confirmed 45 cases of Covid-19 amongst staff and students from Early Alert Service tests for the 9th-15th January, with a positivity rate of 20.3%. This does not include the results from the Lateral Flow Tests that students have been encouraged to take upon returning to campus. 222 tests were administered by the University service in total this week.  There were 288 new cases in the county of Oxfordshire on Sunday the 17th of January, according to Oxfordshire County Council, and 96 new cases in the city of Oxford. This comes as Oxford City Council urges residents to stay at home.  The University’s Status and Response page notes that “due to the time interval between a test being done and the result becoming available, it is expected that there will be a mismatch between actual results and those confirmed to us on any given day.” Their figures do not include positive tests recorded outside of the University testing service.  “We are relying on the people of Oxfordshire as individuals, families and work colleagues to regain control of this virus by doing what is needed. I would plead with every individual in the county to look deep inside themselves and honestly ask if they are abiding by the rules.”last_img read more

Speech: The Future of the Labour Market

first_imgIntroductionIt’s a huge pleasure to be here at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.At first glance the world of work resembles the last century, superficially. Offices, shops and warehouses. Teachers and taxi drivers.But as soon as you scratch the surface, as soon as you stop to think, you realise what we have today is nothing like the labour market I entered in the 1980s.I remember when my trading team acquired a single, comically large mobile phone, which one of us took home each night in order to contact Japanese markets at 2am.Now, thanks to globalisation, digital technology, automation and connectivity, the world is being transformed.And there are huge opportunities for all of us: new and flexible ways of working, better services, and more inclusivity.Today I want to celebrate the successes of our labour market, but I also want to talk about what else we can do to improve it.This is a period of significant change.And government cannot predict with certainty what will happen next, I don’t think anyone can. But we can prepare.Where we’re atFortunately we start from the enviable position of having a buoyant jobs market, and not just for former Chancellors.Participation in the labour market is at record levels, with over 32 million people in work and the employment rate as high as it has ever been.We have the most diverse workforce ever, with more women, disabled people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds in work, bringing financial independence, purpose and confidence to millions of people who were previously sidelined.And since this government has been in office, over 3.6 million more people have entered work, on average over 1,000 people a day. Our unemployment rate is now less than half the Euro area average.Thanks to the good work of the Chancellor and former Chancellor, we not only weathered the storm, we got the deficit under control, kept taxes as low as possible, invested in national infrastructure and supported entrepreneurs. All of which provided the bedrock for our jobs success.That success is also a testament to the collective intelligence of the millions of people, who work every day to improve their lives, their communities, and their businesses.Because the State is not there to direct, corral or force economic activity.It cannot compel businesses to create a specific number of jobs, in areas or industries determined by a central command unit.That approach failed in the 20th century and is, frankly, totally implausible in the 21st century.Indeed, the government’s role is to create conditions for people and businesses to succeed, and crucially, to create a social security system that will support them if they fall.What we face nowThat is the only way to embrace both the opportunities and the challenges of the modern labour market.The pace of change in the world around us will only increase. The digital revolution and a world of 24/7 connectivity and consumption continue to tear at the 9 to 5 rule book.Globalisation is expanding the supply of labour, while automation and artificial intelligence simultaneously disrupt the demand for it.Overall I am enormously optimistic about the opportunities on offer, but nobody can ignore the challenges that do, and will exist.Every day we see new reports in the paper that 10, 20 or 30% of people may lose their jobs to robots – yes, even MPs!Hard working men and women can return home on a Friday, not knowing what shifts they’re working the following week, let alone the following month.Or still find it difficult to make ends meet when their hard earned pay cheque comes in.And too many people still face barriers to work, due to age, sex, race or disability.I understand that the certainty of the old industries, of guaranteed jobs for life, offer an attractive nostalgia. But harking back to the dark satanic mills of the past is not the solution.We can’t stop the clock, even if we wanted to.And history shows that we can be positive.This is not the first Industrial Revolution; all the evidence from the past is that automation and technology can be hugely disruptive, but the role of labour evolves, it is not obliterated.In the Nineteenth Century, blacksmiths were replaced by railwaymen. It was not an easy transition, but ultimately the productive value of labour increased, and an explosion of commerce and communication followed.No one looks back now and thinks: I wish the Luddites had won.And we can already see the same opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Automation is driving the decline of banal and repetitive tasks. So the jobs of the future are increasingly likely to be those that need human sensibilities, with personal relationships, qualitative judgement and creativity coming to the fore.And there is a great, clear role for government to help people take advantages of these changes, and to help businesses create high quality jobs.So today I want to focus on three key principles at the heart of our labour market strategy for the 21st century, access, opportunity and protection.First, better access – so everyone who can work is able to get that vital first job, wherever they live and whatever their background.Second, better opportunities to succeed and progress in work – we don’t just want people to get a job, we want them to get a good job, with opportunities to progress.Third, better protections for those who will struggle to manage these changes. We need a safety net and a springboard to support people as they navigate the changing labour market.Better accessThe first plank of our strategy is building a society where everyone who can work has access to a job.First and foremost this requires a strong economy, because jobs are created when businesses succeed. Under this government, over a million businesses have been created since 2010.But obviously it is not enough just to manage the economy we have. We must also prepare for the changes that it will face.The government’s Industrial Strategy sets out an ambitious, long term vision to make us the world’s most innovative economy – future-proofing our jobs market so we can be at the forefront of emerging industries.Second, we need to make sure that people can access jobs wherever they live.Underpinning this is infrastructure: enabling workers to reach new job opportunities.This is at the heart of government’s £2.5 billion Transforming Cities Fund, opening up labour markets through improved transport connections in some of England’s largest city regions.Additionally, our £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund will help spread opportunity and growth to places that have felt left behind.And third, we need to make sure that nobody is locked out of any job because of their age, ethnicity, disability or sex.That is why I have also consistently championed initiatives, in my department and beyond, to improve labour market access for these groups.And we are making good progress.Employment rates for women, and for ethnic minorities overall, have never been higher.Employment of people aged 50 and over is up 1.9 million since 2010. And the number of disabled people in work has increased by over 900,000 in the last 5 years.But we know these groups still face disproportionate barriers to work, ranging from practical issues like childcare or accessibility, to straightforward discrimination.So for the next stage of labour market growth, my department is focusing on how to drive up participation for these under represented groups.We are providing tailored services for ethnic minority jobseekers: for example, rolling out mentoring circles with national employers, which offer specialised support to build confidence and raise aspirations. Thanks to the work of my colleague, the Minister for Employment, these services have been a success locally and are now being expanded to all young claimants, irrespective of their background, across the country.At the end of 2018 we celebrated 10,000 employers signing-up to our Disability Confident scheme, in order to empower their recruitment, retention and development of disabled employees. This is a great start, but we want to double Disability Confident membership to 20,000 over the next year. As our stakeholders tell me, this country has some way to go to develop a genuinely ‘disability confident’ labour market, economy and society. Our long standing partnership with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has resulted in some excellent work to challenge businesses to reform their recruitment.We will shortly consult on reforming Statutory Sick Pay, in order to better support employers to retain staff who experience health problems.The current system is failing to support those who fall ill in work, one of several factors causing older people to choose retirement when they still have a huge amount to offer. One in 4 men, and 1 in 3 women, have not worked for at least 5 years before they reach State Pension age.This is a lose–lose situation; employers lose the skills and experience of those workers, and employees miss those vital extra years of earning and saving which could boost the quality of their retirement.With forward thinking in mind, in February we launched our mid life MOT campaign. We want to encourage people to take stock of their situation in middle age, and consider their skills, finances and health to make realistic decisions for later working life.We have already removed the Default Retirement Age to open up fuller working lives, and extended the right to request flexible working, which is of particular importance to anyone, of any age, with caring responsibilities.For many women, we know that caring responsibilities can be a huge barrier to work.Over the last few months, we have been trialling more flexibility for parents submitting their UC childcare claims. Following a successful pilot, we are now updating our guidance, so Work Coaches can use more discretion to support parents’ claims for this essential service.Jobcentres can also use their Flexible Support Fund to pay the up front childcare costs of those moving into work, bridging the gap to a parent’s first pay cheque.Of course we need to do more, and my department will continue to trial new approaches, looking for innovative ways to support people to enter the labour market.More opportunityBut it isn’t enough to just have any job, we want people to have good jobs.And there are concerns that the new ways of working and new technology could, for some, lead to worse jobs.As consumers, we all know the instant benefits that app services can deliver to our lives.Young people, who would never use taxis, don’t think twice about ordering an Uber, I know, I am a parent to 2 good examples.However, there are fears that for employees, the gig economy could objectify labour to a point where their working lives are subordinate to an unthinking algorithm.That is why the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor to complete an independent review of modern working practices. And the Secretary of State for Business was right to accept the vast majority of his recommendations in the government’s Good Work Plan.These are now being put into practice, and we are also taking additional steps, such as from this month, zero hours contract workers are now entitled to payslips by law.The government’s approach will always be to maximise the benefits of this type of work, whilst protecting those who could be vulnerable to abuse in the real time, demand led model.Of course, working practices aren’t the only issue. Pay also matters.We know that of those workers low paid in 2006, just one in 6 had escaped that earnings bracket a decade later.Women, in particular, often move into part–time work to accommodate family responsibilities; they can get stuck in low paid positions, with limited chance of progression.So the government has already introduced the National Living Wage, now £8.21, which provided the biggest pay rise for low paid workers in over 20 years.And we want to go further. The Chancellor has already announced our aspiration to end low pay, and there is also more we can do in DWP.When the move to Universal Credit is complete, around half of claimants will be in work.More people than ever before will be engaging with my department, and we have a huge opportunity to leverage the skills of our Work Coaches to build relationships and find innovative ways to support progression.We have already completed a large scale trial, looking at whether Work Coaches could help in work claimants to get a pay rise. We gathered a huge amount of data, but we need even more evidence to understand what really works.So today I can announce two further projects.First, building our ability to help claimants make good decisions about job switching.We know that changing jobs is often the best way to open up new opportunities and take-on more responsibility, but it can come with risks. This project will help us understand how we can assist workers to make informed decisions about new opportunities.Second, boosting the capability of our employer-facing staff to have effective conversations with local employers about progression and good quality flexible working.Because this isn’t a problem that any department, or indeed government, can tackle alone.Progression relies on employers creating higher value jobs. So I want to listen to businesses’ views, because you are the experts in how your employees can be supported to achieve their potential.There are some great examples of this happening already. Organisations like Timewise, who work with small, medium and FTSE 250 companies, to create not just jobs, but career paths for those who require flexible working.And this approach is starting to become more mainstream, with employers like Lloyds Banking Group and Ernst & Young wholeheartedly embracing flexible working practices, and the positive and productive culture that accompanies them.So my department will shortly be approaching academics, researchers, employers and others, to work with us to gather evidence and generate ideas for a fresh approach.I have already begun discussions with the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry on how we can take this work forward.I want to build a clearer picture of how and why people progress in work, and what we, the government, can do to support them as they do that.More protectionsBecause in this era of change it is our responsibility to protect people, by helping them manage the transitions they face as work evolves, and working lives expand.Through Automatic Enrolment we have transformed pension provision, bringing more than 10 million workers into workplace pension saving since 2012.But we also need to build a safety net that supports people effectively during their working lives, one that can particularly help those who find themselves temporarily displaced.Universal Credit is a modern, 21st Century welfare system, using responsive technology to measure a claimant’s income in real time, to automatically calculate and award them their benefits.It has a massive role to play by providing better security and incentives for people trying to get jobs and build careers.Under the old system, coming off welfare into an entry level low paid job often led to a net loss for claimants. UC is based on the principle that work will always pay more than being on benefits.And Universal Credit offers a new level of personalised support. Claimants have access to a dedicated Work Coach who builds an understanding of their needs and strengths, to offer them the best possible advice and opportunities. Claimants also have more options to interact with the jobcentre, online, by phone or in person.And at the heart of this support is an agreement that the claimant commit to certain activities to improve or maintain their employment prospects, such as looking for work or doing work experience.However, I want to ensure that the penalties for not meeting these conditions are proportionate, particularly for the most vulnerable.So I am announcing today that I will end financial sanctions for welfare claimants that last for 3 years.Such sanctions were rarely used, but I believe they were counter productive and ultimately undermine our goal of supporting people into work.In the future, the longest length of a sanction will be 6 months.And I am undertaking an evaluation of the effectiveness of Universal Credit sanctions, to consider whether other improvements can be made.Of course, this time of change demands other measures that complement a reformed welfare safety net.We will need to help people find new roles and build new careers, providing a springboard to help them harness their talents and adapt to the changing market. And we cannot expect the school system to pick up the slack, two thirds of 2030’s expected workforce has already left secondary education.So learning has to be a lifelong endeavour. This government is creating new Institutes of Technology, rolling-out T–levels in 2020, and will soon publish the Augar Report on the best ways to support Further and Higher education.The National Retraining Scheme is at the heart of this work. Developed by the Department for Education with other stakeholders, this service will help workers prepare for technological change and automation, by learning new skills to find better work.This is a complex brief, but I know that colleagues across government, in partnership with the TUC and CBI, are working to ensure we build a service that meets the needs of workers and businesses.ConclusionI don’t underestimate the challenges ahead. Jobs are being made, remade and reshaped every day, as we find new ways to be useful to one another.But I remain incredibly optimistic about what we can achieve.Seemingly every month now, we celebrate a new employment record.Commentators rightly talk about it being the great success story of this government.Indeed it is.But sometimes we lose sight of why these figures are so important.They are important because being in a job gives a person dignity, the opportunity to dream big, to earn their own money, pay their own way, determine their own future and set a positive example to their family.And for many people a job is even more than these things, it is a calling in life.But I know too, for many, that a job doesn’t always meet every hope and dream. And just because the world of work is changing, does not mean standards and fulfilment should.Some people do not progress in the way they’d like, their wages don’t rise as fast as they’d wish or they see opportunities slip away by not having the skills or confidence to reach for those goals.As we progress towards the 100 year life, as the economy transforms around us, we know that multiple career changes are likely to become the norm.Changing career, perhaps several times, in the midst of working life can be daunting – particularly if you have a family to look after. I know – that’s the path that I took.The work we are doing across government, and particularly in my department, is designed to support people through this. Because while I know that being in a job is so much better for you, I also know that getting into work should be the beginning of your journey and not the end of it.From Universal Credit, to Mid Life MOTs and the National Retraining Scheme, we are building a modern system of social and career support, one that is designed for the 21st century labour market, with every single worker in mind.last_img read more

Memorable expressions

first_imgElizabeth Rudy, Theodore Rousseau Assistant Curator of European Paintings, illuminated “highlights of how portraiture was pushed in different directions by different artists at key moments” for a group of about 50 art lovers Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.Rudy’s hourlong talk, “The Portrait,” was part of Harvard Art Museums’ “Re-View” series. It spanned the second to the 19th centuries, ending with a “portrait-within-a-portrait” of the Renaissance great Raphael.Through history, portraits have been commissioned to enhance the status of the sitter and perpetuate that person’s legacy or achievements. The first piece Rudy described, “Mummy Portrait of a Woman with Earrings,” was also “an object used in religious practice and was included in the mummy shroud of the dead woman,” she said. The second-century portrait sits “at the juncture of three great art traditions: Greek, Roman, and Egyptian,” Rudy said.Next were works by Rembrandt, portraits that “give a sense of the soul of the person.”“Rembrandt loved the idea that the creator could also be the subject,” said Rudy, discussing one of the 17th-century Dutch master’s many self-portraits.Directing the group to a print of a 1657 portrait of Cardinal Richelieu (commissioned by King Louis XIV and painted by Robert Nanteuil), Rudy said that the work had a clear political goal, “in raising Richelieu’s status and helping to maintain the king’s power.” The Richelieu print “exemplifies how prints were used in the 17th century as part of political campaigns,” noted Rudy, such as Louis XIV’s efforts to legitimize royal absolutism (whose strongest advocate had been Cardinal Richelieu himself).Of course, the French Revolution would change everything. Rudy led the group to a portrait of a melancholy-seeming man sitting in a chair. Painter Jacques-Louis David and the portrait’s subject, the Abbé Sieyès, were friends and “real heroes of the Revolution,” said Rudy. Rudy described “Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès” — completed in 1817, while artist and subject were exiled in Antwerp, Belgium — as “depicting a moment that looks back at the unrealized hopes of the Revolution.” The resignation of Sieyès is almost palpable.Rudy concluded her gallery talk in front of a fascinating portrait of the Italian painter Raphael gazing away from his model/lover, who sits on his knee, at his own portrait of the Madonna (“Madonna della seggiola”). Here, said Rudy, “we have the artist and his muse, as well as his model” all competing for our attention.Painted by French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in 1814, “Raphael and the Fornarina” shows how gripping great portraiture can be, as the artist ignores his lover for the gaze of a timeless portrait he’s just finished. Indeed, as Rudy explained, Ingres’ admiration of Raphael’s portraits inspired this painting.In French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ “Raphael and the Fornarina,” the artist ignores his lover for the gaze of a timeless portrait he’s just finished, notes Elizabeth Rudy.last_img read more

Holmes’ suite home

first_imgOn the first Sunday in March of 1931, about 500 people gathered in Langdell Hall at Harvard Law School to listen to a CBS Radio broadcast by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the ambitious, egotistical Civil War veteran and Harvard graduate (A.B. 1861, LL.B. 1866) who pioneered the concept of legal realism. The law was “a practical weapon,” Holmes believed, and legal cases are best judged according to realities rather than abstractions.The radio address celebrated Holmes’ 90th birthday, one of many moments of adulation that spring that amused and pleased him — so much praise, he said, even though “self is so near vanishing.”Holmes should not have worried about his “self” vanishing. He remained a household name after his death. He was the first Supreme Court judge to merit a biographical movie (“The Magnificent Yankee,” in 1950). Besides being a judicial pioneer, his many aphorisms outlived him. One is especially apt today: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”Now there is another reason to remember the fiercely mustachioed Holmes: the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Digital Suite, which went live on the Web Tuesday, the culmination of years of teamwork at the Harvard Law School Library (HLSL).On the website, a visitor can move from the erect soldier of 22 (left) to the jurist in his prime at work behind a desk to the elderly Holmes (right), stooped as he walks beside Supreme Court colleague Louis Brandeis. Photos courtesy of Visual Materials CollectionIn a first for the library, the site aggregates multiple archival holdings into a single, hyperaccessible digital suite that anyone with a computer can search, browse, and tag. (The library uses the word “suite” to mean a collection of collections.) In the new suite, users can search and browse across five manuscript and three visual collections.“We’re not making anything newly available through this. But the access is so greatly enhanced now. We’re making this convenient,” said Margaret Peachy, curator of digital collections at the library.The new suite replaces and expands the library’s digital collection on Holmes. It not only aggregates manuscripts and images, but it offers simple and advanced searching, facilitates browsing, and offers links to like-minded searchers.Who are the expected users? “Anybody with a computer who comes to this site,” said Stephen Chapman, project manager in the library’s digital lab.Holmes used to say that a person’s education begins 200 years before his or her birth — that is, your heritage is part of who you are. Holmes had parental roots reaching back to New England’s first families, including those named Oliver, Wendell, and Holmes. On his father’s side he was related to Anne Bradstreet, English North America’s first published poet.A life that was a timeline of U.S. historyAs a boy, Holmes had his own view into the far past, and as an old man recalled his grandmother’s story of escaping the British when they invaded Boston during the American Revolution. (She left behind her doll.) When Holmes was born, in 1841, there were 26 U.S. states, Texas was an independent republic, and Boston had fewer than 100,000 people. During his life, he witnessed two major wars and five catastrophic financial upheavals. He died in 1935, during the Great Depression, with World War II on the horizon.Holmes was a judge from 1882 to 1932, first on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and then, starting in 1902, on the U.S. Supreme Court. He wrote 1,290 opinions for the court majority in Massachusetts, his crucible as a jurist, and took part in 5,950 cases during 30 years on the U.S. high court. (Most of these decisions are available for viewing in the Holmes suite.) To learn the art of innuendo in writing opinions, he once advised a young lawyer to read risqué French novels.A Boston Brahmin to the bone — a snob, in fact — Holmes was worldly and witty. He was known in Washington, D.C., for his frequent visits to burlesque houses and for his eclectic reading lists, which mixed (in 1927, for instance) forays into Vernon Parrington and Samuel Eliot Morison with an Anita Loos novel called “But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.” In 1933, he celebrated his 92d birthday by drinking several glasses of bootleg Champagne. “I do not deal with bootleggers,” Holmes assured his guests, with tongue in cheek. “But I am open to corruption.”Throughout his life, the Civil War veteran used martial metaphors and carried his daily lunch to the Supreme Court in a tin ammunition box. (That artifact is among more than 150 items in the newly organized Holmes Object Collection, which also includes his gavel, his Civil War gun belt, and his death mask.)So the new digital suite, which was funded by Norman B. Tomlinson, J.D. ’51, functions as a kind of time machine for scholars of history, literature, law, and culture. Casual users will discover a lens through which they can watch the United States move from the provincial to the modern.To aid searches, the suite is divided into six phases of Holmes’ life: youth, Civil War service, early career, judicial career, personal life, and later life. A visitor can move from the fresh-faced boy posing with his siblings, to the erect soldier of 22, to the jurist in his prime at work behind a desk, to the elderly Holmes, stooped as he walks beside Supreme Court colleague Louis Brandeis.A  detail of a letter from Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to Frederick Pollock, Dec. 9, 1878. The new digital suite, which was funded by Norman B. Tomlinson, J.D. ’51, functions as a kind of time machine for scholars of history, literature, law, and culture. Courtesy of the John G. Palfrey (1875-1945) collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. papers, 1715-1938The suite’s five manuscript collections indicate the depth and chronological range of the holdings. These include the John G. Palfrey (1875-1945) Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Papers, 1715-1938; the Mark DeWolfe Howe Research Materials Related to the Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., 1858-1968; the Edward J. Holmes Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Materials, 1853-1944; the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Addenda, 1818-1978; and the Letters from Holmes to Lady Castletown Small Manuscript Collection. (Holmes, during a long relationship with Lady Clare Castletown of Ireland, called her “my Hibernian.”)A penchant for flirtation, privacyThat last collection gets to both the heart of Holmes’ penchant for flirtation and his obsession with privacy. (He folded his letters queerly, so nothing could be read from outside the envelope.) From the end of the Civil War on, he insisted to friends that they destroy any “illuminating documents.” Many of those friends disobeyed, and history is better for it.The digital suite is built on the library’s open-source, 3D technical platform, with software designed by Web developer Andy Silva. (The description “3D” stands for the Discovery and Delivery of Digital Collections.)The heart of the 3D concept is access and enrichment, including an invitation to users to add tags to the Holmes material they peruse. “Through crowdsourcing, we want to make our material better,” said Chapman, though spam filters will be in place too. “Our position is one of general trust.”User tags will be posted immediately in the suite’s search index, but will be distinguished from curatorial tags and reviewed periodically.The initial documenting, digitizing, and tagging started in 2009. Chapman and Edwin Moloy, curator of modern manuscripts and archives at the library, managed workflows and oversaw the project. Peachy rearranged and processed the historical collections. Digital projects assistant Lindsay Dumas produced hundreds of thousands of tags. Craig Smith, a former digital projects assistant, prepared more than 2,000 manuscript folders for digitization. Eldra Walker, a candidate in the joint Graduate School of Design/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. program, helped to tag hundreds of items. Mindy Spitzer Johnston, former curator of digital and visual resources, cataloged the Civil War materials. Harvard Library’s Imaging Services handled the digital photography. Nicholas Cochrane and Malisa Kuch of SwissFish designed the suite’s website and key components of its browsing functions.Other digital collections at the library are lined up for future digital suites, including one on war crimes and another on Harvard Law School’s history. The suites will have the same robust browse, search, and tagging functions as the Holmes suite, as well as forums for user communities.A detail of a photo of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. with his sister, Amelia, and brother, Edward, ca. 1856. Courtesy of the John G. Palfrey (1875-1945) collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. papers, 1715-1938In assembling the Holmes suite, Peachy was struck by his Civil War letters to his parents, and by the timelessness of their sentiments. Some of them, she said, “could be sent home from Afghanistan.”  Chapman was intrigued by the postcard collections that Holmes amassed during trips to Europe.“At the end of the day, this is a narrative story of a human being and a life,” said Chapman. “And this is an extraordinary life.”last_img read more

8 Fun Facts About the 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

first_img 6. Dan Rad Made History The Cripple of Inishmaan star and BACA nominee Daniel Radcliffe currently holds the title of the youngest winner! He was 19 when he won his first trophy for Equus in 2009. 1. New Kids Rule 15 of this year’s BACA nominees are making their Broadway debuts: Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), Bryan Cranston (All the Way), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Levi (First Date), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables), Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Emerson Steele (Violet), Arthur Darvill (Once), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon), Fran Drescher (Cinderella) and Jane Lynch (Annie). 7. BACA Winners Unite 13 of the 2014 BACA nominees are previous winners: Will Swenson (Les Miserables), Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), LaChanze (If/Then), Santino Fontana (Act One), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie) and Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway). Hooray, the 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award polls are officially open! But wait—before you cast your votes for your faves, we’ve combed through our archives to collect some important information that might make you think twice about which stars and shows you vote for. Read below for eight fun facts about this year’s nominees, then click here to #VoteBway! Are you ready? Click here to #VoteBway! 3. Les Miserables Leads the Pack The hit revival racked up 11 nominations, including a whopping eight acting nominations, but it didn’t come close to touching Spring Awakening’s record 14 acting nominations in 2007. Spring Awakening and Hairspray are currently tied for the most BACA wins, with seven each. View Comments 4. Drag Is the New Black Four-and-a-half actors have previously won BACAs for drag performances: Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matt McGrath (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) and Gary Beach, (who only wore a dress for one scene in The Producers). With Gabriel Ebert (Casa Valentina), Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) all nominated for drag roles this year, there might be a few more additions to that category! 8. Snubs Get Love A whopping 34 BACA nominees were snubbed by the Tony Awards committee this year: Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Will Swenson (Les Miserables), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County), Jonathan Freeman (Aladdin), Anthony Rapp (If/Then), James Snyder (If/Then), Kate Baldwin (Big Fish), Nikki M. James (Les Miserables), LaChanze (If/Then), Caissie Levy (Les Miserables), Santino Fontana (Act One), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Debra Messing (Outside Mullingar), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Gabriel Ebert (Casa Valentina), Jim Norton (Of Mice and Men), Victoria Clark (The Snow Geese), Andrea Martin (Act One), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway), Zachary Levi (First Date), Keala Settle (Les Miserables), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Jake Epstein (Beautiful), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Cliff Saunders (Les Miserables), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Courtney Reed (Aladdin), Emerson Steele (Violet) and Helene Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway). They all have a chance to win big at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! 5. Witches Win Big Wicked has won Favorite Long-Running Show for the last five years—will The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Newsies or Pippin rob the witches’ title in 2014? It’s up to you! 2. Sutton Reigns Supreme Violet star and two-time nominee Sutton Foster has previously won eight BACA awards—the most of any actor in the awards’ history. Will she snag two more trophies to put on her shelf this year?last_img read more

Run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and Half—March 12, 2016

first_imgRegister to rock the closed streets of the Nation’s Capital on March 12, 2016 at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and 1Ž2 Marathon.Check out a few of our favorite reason’s to rock ‘n’ run DC this March:1)    MedalsThis year’s finisher’s medals are MONEY. Run the Full, Half or 5K distance and you’ll earn this awesome bling to commemorate your accomplishment!2016Medals2)      Bands on CourseRock your way around the Nation’s Capital with live entertainment on course, keeping you pumped the entire way! Don’t forget the finish line festival headliner concert, with this year’s headliner Tower of Power.BandsonCourse3)     Historic Monuments Along CourseCheck out the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool, and White House along course!LincolnMemorial4)      BeerToast to your accomplishments with a complimentary ice cold brew once you cross the finish line!BeerNeed another reason to join us on March 12, 2016? Register before the 2/1 price increase with code SPRING16 and save $10 on the half or full marathon!REGISTER NOW Congrats to everyone who ROCKED #RnRDC!Posted by Rock ’n’ Roll DC on Saturday, March 14, 2015last_img read more