Wednesday night’s NBA Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Oakland, CA’s Oracle Arena featured a pre-game performance of the National Anthem by Metallica‘s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. As the Oracle Arena announcer stated while introducing the two local musical heroes, “From day one, this band has called the Golden State its home.”The pair took to the hardwood for a rocking instrumental rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” similar to the various versions they’ve delivered at nearby Oracle Park ahead of the San Francisco Giants‘ annual “Metallica Night.” Much like their recent “Metallica Night” National Anthem, Hetfield and Hammett’s performance ahead of the Warriors game saw them rock the team’s logos and slogans on their clothing and gear.Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett play “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the Warriors game at Oracle Arena below:James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett (Metallica) – “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Oracle Arena[Video: SPORTSNET]Metallica isn’t the only Bay Area musical act that has publicly supported the Warriors of late. At a recent Warriors playoff game, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir and fellow Bay Area native Jackie Greene delivered an a cappella rendition of the Anthem. Weir has also been spotted in the crowd on various occasions rooting on the Golden State squad, often alongside NBA Hall of Fame-er and noted Deadhead Bill Walton.While the Warriors wound up losing the game to the Raptors (bringing the score of the best-of-seven series to 2-1 with Toronto in the lead), they’ll have a chance to even the score when Game 4 takes place at Oracle Arena on Friday night.
Harvard’s neo-Georgian Houghton Library, which occupies the first building at an American university designed to house rare books and manuscripts, was built in 1942 with a gift from Arthur A. Houghton Jr. ’29, and was quickly celebrated for its innovative climate-control, shelving, and air-filtration systems. Soon Houghton was a national model for similar archives.Houghton’s physical antecedent was Harvard’s fabled “Treasure Room” at the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library. This grand exhibition space opened in 1915, in what is now the Periodicals Reading Room. Literary and historical gems went on rotating display there, including quarto editions of Shakespeare and first-edition works by John Milton.The Treasure Room was expanded in 1929 when gifts of rare books to the University seemed to come in a sudden flood. But by 1938 Harvard library director Keyes D. Metcalf was lobbying for a separate space for Harvard’s rarities, in part of his campaign to decentralize collections and to stem growing pressures at Widener.When Lamont Library opened in 1949, one underground level was given to the ever-growing Houghton. And when the Nathan Marsh Pusey Library opened in 1976, Houghton acquired even more space. Today, staffers freely traverse the underground portions of this triumvirate of libraries, moving up lighted ramps from one secure space to another. (There are also underground connections to Widener.)This modern expansion of Harvard’s collection capacity, from 1942 on, resulted in today’s locked-down, climate-controlled warren of literary treasures at Houghton. There are rooms devoted to paper artifacts from poets John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and Amy Lowell, as well as a suite of materials related to 18th-century English essayist, logophile, and literary critic Samuel Johnson.In Houghton’s deepest sub-basement, thousands of feet of shelves are lined with neat black boxes — the resting places of eye-popping literary treasures, including the Emerson family papers. Leslie Morris, Houghton’s curator of modern books and manuscripts, carefully opened one slipcase box earlier this year. Inside was the 1856 journal of Ralph Waldo Emerson, its pages alive with bold handwriting. Some passages were crossed out, a sign they had been mined for literary product elsewhere. “He used his journals,” said Morris, “as his quarry.”***Each generation of literary materials presents its own challenges, said Morris, who led Harvard journalists on a private tour of Houghton. Keats, for instance, wrote with “iron gall” ink, whose corrosive chemical profile, as acidic as lemons, can eat holes through paper. This ink formulation, in use from the 12th through the 19th centuries, can degrade over time or even destroy a manuscript.A more modern challenge is the fragile chemistry of fax paper. It’s a signature problem in the voluminous Gore Vidal papers now housed at Houghton. To this day, the prolific author refuses to use email, and over the years has sent and received volumes of faxes. But facsimiles quickly fade, said Morris, and there is no reliable way to recover these “fugitive” images, except to copy what is still readable.The Vidal collection, one of Houghton’s largest 20th century holdings, arrived over the past decade in 400 cartons and took almost five years to process. It contained a reminder of another major challenge for contemporary archivists: film, videotape, and audiotape. The Vidal archive includes thousands of feet of magnetic and electronic material in a span of formats, some of them archaic. It’s an issue that archivists grapple with increasingly.By contrast, the John Updike papers include little such material, and could be mistaken for papers from an earlier era. The author himself packed and labeled his yearly donations in neat cartons. “He could have been an archivist,” said Morris. “He was very organized in his habits.” ***Modern literary archives also have their minor challenges. Take a humble, but potentially ruinous, issue like a favorite brand of transparent tape. Some brands dry and flake off as they age; others turn gummy.Earlier this year Houghton archivists sent a batch of at-risk Updike pages to Harvard’s Weissman Preservation Center. Experts there try to fix or control the runaway chemistry of tape, glue, paper, and photo surfaces.There is a further modern challenge for archivists: the fate of the computers and word processors on which much of today’s literature is produced. Pioneering archivists at Emory University have author Salman Rushdie’s old Mac computers, and are exploring ways to mine text documents, emails, and other artifacts of data. It’s the kind of digital archaeology that one day will be a common archival pursuit.Updike wrote first drafts of his fiction in longhand. He had a computer too, but it’s not in the archive, said Morris. “Mrs. Updike continues to use it.”Other archival challenges are timeless, including an author’s wish for privacy, and the restrictions that grow out of that wish. The Vidal archive is an open book, for instance, with two exceptions: A World War II diary requires special permission to see, and there is a 10-year moratorium on the author’s financial records.There are also a few common sense restrictions on archival materials, “in many cases because of fragility,” said Houghton assistant curator Heather Cole. That includes items that predate Christ, like the extensive collection of documents on papyrus. It also extends to the John Keats manuscripts and to the Emily Dickinson family books that are printed on brittle stock.When the originals are too fragile to handle, “we like to have a surrogate available,” said Cole — often a digitized version. But this is not always possible. Why? That reveals the ultimate challenge to archivists everywhere: staff time and money.In receiving new material, archivists often have to winnow collections for irrelevant material. “We try to see it doesn’t come in the door,” said Morris, who turned down Vidal’s receipts for dry cleaning. “Sometimes all that noise in an archive can drown everything out.”Some of the noise gets through, however, in Houghton’s minor collection of artifacts — including jewelry, spectacles, even pulled teeth. The library has a teacup of Dickinson’s, a pair of magician Harry Houdini’s handcuffs, and a pencil made at the factory owned by the family of author Henry David Thoreau. It has author-related coins, buttons, glass, and statuettes, all of which arrived as separate gifts. Some of these artifacts wind up in Houghton’s “Z closet,” the space for odds and ends named after Houghton’s standard cataloging designation for non-paper materials.Others are shelved in boxes, including the library’s extensive collection of death masks — providing a way of seeing authors through more than their manuscripts. Should they chose, scholars can ask to view, among others, those of James Joyce, William James, and Walt Whitman (whose beard and chest are included).
The American Philosophical Society (APS) recently elected 35 new members, including two Harvard faculty members: William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies Marjorie Garber, and Atul Gawande, associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School, and associate professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health.An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, the society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for more than 250 years.
Would You Still Love Me If… Off-Broadway drama! Kathleen Turner, the star of Would You Still Love Me If…, will now also direct the production, replacing Nona Gerard (no reason given). Meanwhile, Roya Shanks (The Slap) has been tapped to step in for co-star Deborah Cox (something to do with “increasing conflicts with the play’s October performance schedule”).The world premiere of John S. Anastasi’s love story that tackles the issue of transgender identity will still begin previews on September 26. Opening night remains scheduled for October 10 at New World Stages.Would You Still Love Me If…is the story of Danya and Addison, caring intelligent young women with a promising future and a baby on the way, but there’s a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy all they hold dear—prompting the profound question…why do we love who we love?In addition to Turner and Shanks, the cast will include Rebecca Brooksher and Sofia Jean Gomez. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2015 View Comments
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Chris VaccaroThe New York Islanders are Brooklyn’s team now. After 43 years of playing games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the franchise opened the season in its new digs 30 miles west at Barclays Center.The Islanders welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to their housewarming, and ultimately lost the first regular season NHL game on Atlantic Avenue, 3-2, in overtime Friday night before an announced sellout crowd of 15,795.Patrick Kane scored two goals for Chicago, including a power play tally in overtime to ice the game.It was fitting that Islanders captain John Tavares scored the team’s first goal at Barclays when he netted a rebound just in front of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford at 5:22 of the first period.“I thought about that when he scored, probably just like everybody else,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. “He’s your captain, your best player. First game here in Brooklyn and he bangs the first one in. It’s something that he’ll remember and it’ll go down in history.”There were some noticeable differences in the arena compared to the Coliseum, including a slow ice surface that appeared to aid in the first goal of the game. Chicago’s Artem Anisimov, who picked off a pass from Brock Nelson intended for Nick Leddy, skated down ice to beat Islanders’ goalie Thomas Greiss on a shorthanded goal with 13:28 left in the first.“It wasn’t great,” Tavares said of the ice, also noting that they’re still adjusting to the new confines.Multiple pucks took random caroms and odd bounces from the texture of the ice and fresh boards.“The boards are pretty hot here,” said Chicago’s Kane. “[Pucks] come off pretty fast. You could see a lot of missed plays tonight, where you missed shots on net and they come right back out to the slot. There are some chances to be had there.”The aesthetics and ambiance were also different from what the team and fans would normally expect at the Coliseum.“I thought the fans were into it,” said Islanders coach Capuano. “It was loud. Obviously a different atmosphere than the Coliseum, but the guys were looking forward to this game and dropping the puck here tonight.”There are noticeably fewer Islanders banners hanging in the rafters, though they did retain the banners that honor the team’s Stanley Cup championships and retired jersey numbers.All conference and division championships have been condensed to two banners, however, compared to the myriad of orange, white and blue historic pieces that used to hug the Coliseum rafters for decades.“There’s no secret it’s a new time for the franchise,” said Tavares. “It certainly is a little different and I think it’s just some getting used to. I think it’s new, but I don’t think you ever want to change what the Islanders are and what they represent, and what they’ve done, and certainly what we’re trying to do. I know our fans are passionate about that. I think the organization is that way, and the guys in here understand that as well.”Among the fans in attendance for the historic game was Dan Wittekind of Holbrook, a former season-ticket holder.“My Dad and I were season-ticket holders since 2000 but not anymore,” he told the Press. “I think we may try to go to about 10 games this season. It’s just too long for us to travel on the train.”Also on hand was Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat who was looking to secure votes in next month’s Election Day race against Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who wants to replace Singas as DA.Many Isle’s fans blame Murray for the team moving to Brooklyn, pointing to the town board’s decision during her tenure that effectively killed outgoing owner Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project. The sentiment was summed up in a sign several fans held that replaced the “K” with an “H” on one of Murray’s campaign signs so it read “Hate Murray.”An Islanders fan replaced the “K” with and “H” in Kate Murray’s campaign sign. (Photo by Joseph Nuzzo)
Living the credit union philosophy – “People helping people” – means empowering communities to thrive. In many cases, credit unions are already an integral part of the communities they serve. In others, there may be work yet to be done. The question credit unions in either instance may be asking themselves is, “How can we take our involvement a step further?” Enter CO-OP PURPOSE.Launched in 2016, CO-OP PURPOSE offers credit unions unique access to carefully crafted partnerships with other purposeful organizations that empower, engage and assist communities. In short, CO-OP PURPOSE serves as a credit union’s roadmap to a positive local impact. Here’s how credit unions can get involved.Explore the program options. CO-OP PURPOSE currently supports two main programs.CO-OP Miracle Match: This $1 philanthropic matching program encourages credit unions, chapters and leagues to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.Yoobi Back to School Backpack Drive: By partnering with Yoobi, an innovative school supply company, CO-OP PURPOSE allows credit unions to help students in need. This simple program takes a $1,500 investment and turns it into 50 backpacks for students. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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The government is using research and surveys to explore ways to ease its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), an official has said.”We’ve reported several concepts for restriction relaxations [to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo], including efforts and strategies to face challenges in the new normal,” the national COVID-19 rapid response task force chief, Doni Monardo, said in a teleconference on Monday.”So far, there’s no single institution that can say when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. There’s no certainty on when the vaccine would be discovered. So it is very plausible that we could live with COVID-19 forever.” Doni explained that the task force was conducting research and carrying out surveys to determine the perfect time for relaxing restrictions.”The President has also asked us to research which areas should be reopened,” he said. “Of course, there are areas that are categorized as green zones, but there are also provinces that have relatively few cases of the 34 [provinces] that are affected. However, data analysis and research are still very important to make sure that we do not make the wrong decisions on reopening regions and easing the PSBB.”Read also: ‘Let’s coexist with COVID-19’: Jokowi calls on residents to adapt to ‘new normal’ Doni said the government needed to also make sure that the public continued to follow health protocols in areas where restrictions were scaled back.It would also be necessary for the government to set up a team to monitor and evaluate the relaxation policy and make decisions on which regions would reopen, he added.”We also need to establish coordination between the central and regional governments so that each province, city and regency is ready.”Jokowi previously called for vigilance and caution amid plans to ease the PSBB in several regions after the central government began to relax the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban.“The easing of the PSBB measures should be done carefully and unhurriedly. Everything should be based on data and implementation in the field so as to ensure that the decision is in fact the correct one,” Jokowi said at the start of a Cabinet meeting last Tuesday.According to government data, there are at least 18,010 cases of COVID-19 and 1,191 fatalities in Indonesia.However, many have speculated that the government is underreporting cases, as reports from provincial administrations put the number of deaths at over 3,000.Topics :
New Zealand officials were scrambling to trace the source of an outbreak of the coronavirus, reporting 14 new cases on Thursday, as long queues of people formed to escape a renewed lockdown in the country’s biggest city or be tested for the virus.The discovery of four infected family members in Auckland two days ago shocked a country that had not recorded a case of COVID-19 for more than three months, raising some criticism of the government’s handling of the crisis.New Zealand announced on Thursday that there were 13 new cases in the community, and one overseas arrival who was in quarantine, bringing the total number of active cases to 36. Topics : “We can see the seriousness of the situation we are in,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a televised media conference. “It’s being dealt with in an urgent but calm and methodical way.”Ardern reimposed tight movement restrictions in Auckland and social distancing measures across the rest of the country on Wednesday, echoing her early response to the pandemic, which was praised for its apparent effectiveness.Ardern noted that experience showed “things will get worse before they get better”, and more cases were likely to be reported in coming days.”Once again we are reminded of how tricky this virus is and how easily it can spread,” she said. “Going hard and early is still the best course of action.” However, doubts over the origin of the latest cases have raised some questions about that strategy.Officials reported on Thursday that three more people at refrigerator storage facility, where one of the family members worked, had tested positive.Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said health officials were getting “closer every hour” to finding the patient zero of the outbreak.”We are working flat out to do the contact-tracing we need to do and trace back to find out what the source of this infection is,” Bloomfield told Newstalk ZB radio.Bloomfield raised the possibility on Wednesday that the virus had arrived in New Zealand via freight, given one of the infected family members works in a cool store that takes imported frozen goods from overseas.On Thursday, he said that was considered “a low possibility”, but did not detail other potential sources.Ardern said it was a positive sign that all the new 13 cases were linked back to the infected family, either via work or broader family connections. All were being transferred into quarantine facilities.Some prominent local health experts suggested it was more likely the virus had been quietly spreading in Auckland for weeks, infecting potentially dozens of people.Residents of Auckland, home to around 1.7 million people, were given just hours to prepare for the return to level 3 restrictions on Wednesday, requiring people to stay at home unless for essential trips.People in the city reported waiting hours to be tested for the virus, according to local media, and there was a rush to supermarkets to stock up on essentials.The rest of the country was placed back into slightly looser level 2 restrictions. The restrictions will initially remain in place until Friday, when Ardern will announce the next steps.With an election scheduled just weeks away, Ardern was facing criticism from the major opposition party for the decision to resume lockdown measures.The NZ National Party also wants the September election to be pushed back to November. Ardern has said she will make a decision on the poll before Monday.
ATP, which runs Denmark’s labour-market supplementary pension fund, announced the new long-term guidelines for its investment portfolio and said that while the change was not radical, the new mix was less weighted to rates and inflation factors and more towards alternative risk premia.The DKK705bn (€94bn) pension fund has set the guideline as part of its portfolio construction overhaul, which focuses on a set of four underlying risk factors that assets represent, rather than grouping each of those assets into one of five risk classes.The guideline only concerns ATP’s investment portfolio, or the return-seeking part of its overall assets, which consists of its bonus reserves worth approximately DKK100bn.The bulk of the pension fund’s assets are held in its hedging portfolio, designed to back the pension guarantees it gives. The new long-term guideline for the investment portfolio allocates 35% of its investment risk to each of the “equity” and “interest-rate” factors, and 15% each to the “inflation factor” and “other factors” groupings, according to information in the pension fund’s annual report.It said the guideline should be seen as a long-term anchor for risk allocation, and that the actual portfolio allocation might deviate from the guideline at any given time due to market conditions. Carsten Stendevad, chief executive at ATP, told IPE: “While the portfolio construction approach is new, the changes in relative risk weights are not dramatically different.“Compared with the old guidelines, it means less risk weights to interest rates and inflation factors, about the same to equity, and more to other premiums, which includes illiquidity premiums and liquid alternative risk premiums.”Emphasising that the guideline did not have to be adhered to in the short term, he said ATP was actually deviating from the guideline by quite some distance at the moment.“Right now, we have 22% of our risk in the interest-rate factor and half in equity,” he said.“In a normal market environment, we would expect to be much closer to the guidelines, but, given where rates are now, this is where we are.”The new guideline represents risk weighting and thus cannot be seen in terms of traditional asset allocation percentages, and does not indicate proportions of capital, he said.As an example, he pointed out that equities were four times riskier than bonds.Stendevad first unveiled details of the new investment strategy during his keynote speech at last year’s IPE Conference & Awards in Barcelona.For more on ATP’s investment strategy and changes implemented since Stendevad arrived in late 2013, read his recent interview with IPE