A look inside: Lowell House

first_img Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Russian bells Members of the Lowell House Society of Russian Bell Ringers perform their Sunday ritual of sounding the bells in Lowell House tower at 1 p.m. Doubly entertaining Twins Danielle ’14 (left) and Arielle Rabinowitz ’14 perform a piano duet before a black tie High Table dinner. Constructed in 1930, Lowell House was named for the Lowell family, closely identified with Harvard since John Lowell graduated in 1721. Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell (1909-33) instituted the House system, tutorials, subject concentrations, and reading periods. His bust and that of poet James Russell Lowell are in the House’s main courtyard. In the dining hall are portraits of President Lowell and his wife; his sister Amy Lowell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and his brother Percival Lowell, the astronomer who spearheaded the search for the planet Pluto.The House community contains 400 undergraduates, approximately 25 resident tutors and scholars drawn from Harvard’s graduate and professional Schools, and more than 75 affiliated faculty members and visiting scholars. House Masters Diana Eck, the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society and a member of the Faculty of Divinity, and Dorothy Austin, Sedgwick Associate Minister in the Memorial Church and University chaplain, are only the fifth masters officeholders in nearly 70 years, a testament to the House’s durability and richness. Lowell’s legacy includes the annual Lowell House Opera, the black-tie dinners known as High Tables, the famous 5 o’clock Thursday Teas in the Masters’ Residence, and the 1 p.m. Sunday ringing of the Russian Bells in Lowell’s tower.At a recent High Table dinner, members of the old guard such as Diana Stewart, whose husband, Zeph, was the House’s third master, and Maurice Pechet, who began as a senior tutor back in 1948, mingled with current residents scarcely a quarter their age. Impromptu piano playing from singer Livingston Taylor, a former artist-in-residence, punctuated the conversation, which then stopped altogether as twins Danielle and Arielle Rabinowitz ’14 performed a riveting piano duet that had the audience spellbound in rapt silence. Gradually, talk resumed, guests went to the dining room to exchange ideas over an elegant dinner, and another memorable evening was being etched in the annals of the rich Lowell House tradition. Kissing history Musician and former artist-in-residence Livingston Taylor (right) plants a kiss on the cheek of Maurice Pechet, who has been a loyal member and benefactor of Lowell House Senior Common Room since 1948, the year be began as the Allston Burr Senior Tutor. Sound and vision A close-up of an engraving on one of Lowell House’s bells. Lowell’s bells and whistles Longlasting bond Diana Stewart (left), whose husband, Zeph, was the third master of Lowell House (from 1963-75), speaks with current House Master Diana Eck. Like many past residents, Stewart feels a lasting bond to Lowell and returns regularly for dinners and teas. What a spread Co-Master Dorothy Austin, Sedgwick Associate Minister in the Memorial Church and University chaplain, serves students at the weekly five o’clock Thursday tea. Mother Earth Bell Inna Ryzhik ’12 (left) and Virginia Marshall ’15 sound the Mother Earth Bell, which weighs nearly 13 tons: Its clapper alone weighs about 700 pounds. From 1930 to 2008, the Lowell House tower housed one of the most famous Russian bell sets in the world. Wear your toga Lowell House Master Diana Eck poses with toga-clad Emily Bigelow ’14 before Harvard’s 375th celebration parade. Tea party Lowell House residents relax and socialize at a weekly tea in the masters’ residence. Men in black tie Resident tutor Jonathan Bruno (left) and portrait painter Steve Coit converse before Lowell’s black tie dinner.last_img read more

California Sets New Renewable Generation Records

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:California has set a new record for peak output of utility-scale solar at more than 10.5 GW, as well as for renewable energy overall. However, the state’s grid operator is still curtailing solar and wind while hydro and the last nuclear plant run full-steam.California blew through a series of peak solar and renewable energy generation records last week, showing not only the increasing potential of the state to run on renewable energy, but also the work remaining to be done.According to the California Independent System Operator (ISO), utility-scale solar generation reached 10,521 MW on Thursday April 26, the first time it had surpassed 10.5 GW. On Saturday it peaked again at 10,539 MW at 1:40 PM local time, a new record for the state.California also hit a new record for the instantaneous portion of demand met by renewable energy on Saturday at 73%, just 15 minutes before the solar record, with solar and wind alone meeting 64% of demand.What is even more remarkable is that this does not even count all of the solar. California had an estimated 6.6 GW of behind-the-meter solar as of the end of January 2018, which is not reflected in California ISO output data.Over the full year 2017 renewable energy sources excluding large hydro plants represented 31% of California’s in-state electricity generation. With hydroelectric generation included, the total was more than half of all generation. However, the state also imports large volumes of electricity.More: California Blows Through Solar Power, Renewable Energy Output Records California Sets New Renewable Generation Recordslast_img read more

Critics pan Trump coal, nuclear support plan

first_imgCritics pan Trump coal, nuclear support plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享U.S. News & World Report:President Donald Trump and Republican political leaders spent close to eight years accusing the Obama administration of picking winners and losers in the energy sector, but Trump’s order to the Energy Department last week to prop up failing coal and nuclear power plants does exactly what he vilified – and proposes the opposite of what’s needed to best safeguard the nation’s vulnerable electric grid, experts say.Citing national security and defense concerns caused by the “rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix,” Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry “to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources.” The administration referred to coal and nuclear plants as “fuel-secure,” because they can house their fuel supplies on site, rather than relying on pipelines like natural gas plants.“If you really want security, you get away from all that and you decentralize the grid,” says David Bookbinder, chief counsel at the Niskanen Center, a libertarian-leaning think tank in the nation’s capital. In particular, he continues, “residential solar is the single most secure form of power we have in the United States: It’s secure both from a fuel supply side – no one’s blocking the sun – and a distribution side: it goes from roof into your house, so there’s no problem with the transmission. That is a secure energy supply.”“Most of the outages occur on the distribution system, which has nothing to do with the power plants connected to the system,” says John Larsen, director in the energy and climate practice at Rhodium Group, a research firm. “That’s not to say the loss of power from a particular plant doesn’t cause a loss of power here and there. But the vast majority of power outages occur elsewhere in the system.”Experts agree that natural gas pipelines are vulnerable to cyberattack. An attack on a shared data network this spring, for example, forced gas pipeline operators to halt communications for close to a week, although gas transmissions were not affected. However, coal and nuclear plants also rely on software that’s seen as similarly vulnerable to attack – as, for that matter, do renewables.“Those risks are the same across any type of power technology – we have computers running all our power plants,” Larsen says. “So a coal plant’s computers are no different than the natural gas plants or wind power for that matter.”More: Trump Plan to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Won’t Protect the Electric Gridlast_img read more

Mixed-marriage families struggle to stay together during pandemic

first_imgMany Indonesians with foreign spouses living abroad, like Marcellina, are currently in limbo, as they face obstacles to apply for or extend stay permits during the COVID-19 outbreak, although Indonesia has relaxed requirements for foreigners who are already in the country.The latest regulation by the Law and Human Rights Ministry, which oversees immigration, generally bars foreigners from entering Indonesia unless they have a temporary stay permit (ITAS) or permanent stay permit (ITAP) with a valid entry permit.They must now also present a health certificate showing a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from their country of departure and be willing to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arriving in Indonesia, as required under a Health Ministry circular issued in early May.ITAS and ITAP holders abroad, whose entry permits have expired, can still enter Indonesia via seven major ports of entry: The airports of Soekarno Hatta, Bali’s Ngurah Rai, Surabaya’s Juanda, Medan’s Kualanamu and Batam’s Hang Nadim as well as two Batam international seaports: Batam Center and Citra Tritunas. Indonesian citizen Marcellina Lintang, 31, who works as a teacher in Iraq, will finish her contract in July. She is ready to return home but worried that immigration hurdles might soon separate her from her husband, an American citizen who does not have a stay permit for Indonesia.She is now pulling all the stops to either obtain a stay permit for her husband or extend her visa in Iraq.She has until July 14 before she is fined for overstaying. As of Saturday, she had yet to receive a decision from the Indonesian embassy on her husband’s future status in Indonesia.The embassy is currently processing her report and coordinating with Marcellina on the matter.“The worst scenario, and I hope it does not happen, would be for my son and I to go back to Indonesia while my husband returns to the United States,” she said. Editor’s note: This article has been updated.Topics :center_img Read also: Indonesia to offer exemptions from temporary ban on foreignersAs a result, couples who have relied on the visa-on-arrival to get to Indonesia now struggle to meet their families, Indonesian Mixed-Marriage Society (PerCa) chairwoman Juliani Luthan said.She said some mixed couples preferred not to apply for stay permits because their jobs required them to travel extensively between countries before the pandemic.Even family members who are abroad and have stay permits are facing difficulties to access PCR tests to get to Indonesia, because some countries only test people with COVID-19 symptoms.“We understand that the pandemic must be contained, and we want to avoid imported cases,” Juliani said. “But people’s right to meet their families should not be infringed.”She recommended that the government ease procedures for mixed-marriage couples to enter Indonesia or obtain new stay permits, especially if they have a marriage certificate, among other documents, to prove they have family in Indonesia.Such easing, however, had to be done responsibly to prevent imported COVID-19 cases, she said.As of Monday, Indonesia recorded 55,092 confirmed cases and 2,805 deaths.On June 15, immigration offices reopened across the country for services including passport applications or renewals and services for foreign citizens, especially related to immigration status changes, obtaining new ITAS and immigration certificates and registering for limited dual citizenship.Read also: Indonesia proposes regional ‘travel bubble’The immigration’s head of stay permits, Burhanuddin, said the directorate had yet to open services to extend ITAP and ITAS. However, he told mixed-marriage couples in a teleconference on Friday not to worry, as the government allowed holders of expired ITAS or ITAP to stay in Indonesia during the pandemic on an Emergency Stay Permit (ITKT), which would automatically replace the expired permits without the need to apply for it.The government also allows foreigners who are already in Indonesia with visitor visas to extend their stay with the emergency stay permits, according to the immigration’s website.“So, don’t worry,” he said. “There’s no need to fear that you will be considered overstaying.”While waiting for immigration offices’ next step, Rini Griffin, the coordinator for PerCa’s Batam chapter, said mixed-marriage couples in Batam were in a dilemma, as many did not own stay permits. This was because foreign spouses in mixed couples in Batam usually worked offshore and lived in Indonesia for less than a month.Those who are already in Indonesia have also remained in Batam, fearing that they would not see their families again for a long time should they go back to their countries of origin.“This is really saddening. Children who are used to seeing their fathers back home after working in Singapore or Malaysia for a couple of days have now not seen their fathers for about three months, and it makes it really difficult for mothers to explain the reason to their children,” she said.last_img read more

Huge pink house up grabs

first_img6 Pring St, Hendra is going to auction tomorrow at 9amA huge six bedroom home in the heart of Hendra is expected to sell at auction tomorrow.Ray White Ascot sales agent Alexander Shean said there’s been plenty of interest in 6 Pring St ahead of its 9am on-site auction to be called by auctioneer Philip Parker.“The options are limitless for this original post-war home,” Mr Shean said. “You could completely remove and build new, or move in and start planning your own unique renovation.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago6 Pring St, HendraHe said the house was two flats at one point, hence why it’s got six bedrooms.Owners Mark and Rhiannon Shillington bought the property in 2011 but didn’t move in with their three young children until early 2012. “The house is set up so that there is a main house in which we lived, with an attached granny flat at the back of the house,” Dr Shillington said. “We used that space as a spare room for guests, and had a study and playroom.“The house was perfect in many ways for when our children were very little but the main thing we loved about living there was the location.”It’s a short walk to local cafes, schools, bus stops and the train station.The Shillingtons have moved on after they found a home which was perfect for their family, just around the corner.last_img read more

Interest in this family-friendly suburb is proving extremely popular

first_img5 Larool Street, Kenmore.He said interest in the property had been high because there was a shortage of stock in that price bracket. 5 Larool Street, Kenmore.A two-storey property in this Brisbane suburb, listed for less than $750,000, had buyers keen on the three-bedroom home.The property at 5 Larool St, Kenmore, was listed for sale with a price guide between $690,000 to $740,000. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here. 5 Larool Street, Kenmore.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMcGrath Estate Agents – Paddington selling agent Reuben Packer-Hill said he accepted seven offers on the property yesterday, which is now under contract above the price guide.“We had 37 buyer views in three days. We’ve had a huge amount of interest from young families,” Mr Packer-Hill said. 5 Larool Street, Kenmore. 5 Larool Street, Kenmore.Mr Packer-Hill said the drawcard to the property was the renovated kitchen, and architecturally designed renovations throughout. “The home has a stunning new ensuite with a glass roofed shower,” he said.The home is on a 599sq m block in a quiet, family-friendly cul-de-sac.last_img read more

Assisted Suicide: Is there a suicide contagion effect?

first_imgAlex Schadenberg 11 November 2014It is well established that a single suicide can encourage other suicides, which is called a “suicide contagion.” If the additional suicides use the same method, they are “copy cat” suicides. Moreover, as explained below, this encouragement phenomenon is relevant to Compassion & Choices’ media campaign.A famous example of a suicide contagion is the suicide death of Marilyn Monroe, which inspired an increase in other suicides. This encouragement phenomenon can also occur when the inspiring death is not a suicide. An example is the televised execution of Saddam Hussein, which led to suicide deaths of children worldwide. An NBC News article begins:“The boys’ deaths – scattered in the United States, in Yemen, in Turkey and elsewhere in seemingly isolated horror – had one thing in common: They hanged themselves after watching televised images of Saddam Husseins’ execution.”Groups such as the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have developed guidelines for reporting suicide to prevent suicide contagions. Important points include that the risk of additional suicides increases “when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage.”Please consider the following:● Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law went into effect in 1998.● By 2000, Oregon’s regular suicide rate was “increasing significantly” See (“After decreasing in the 1990s, suicide rates have been increasing significantly since 2000”).● By 2007, Oregon’s other (regular) suicide rate was 35% above the national average.● By 2010, per the most recent report, Oregon’s other (regular) suicide rate was 41% above the national average.Margaret Dore is an attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. She is a former Law Clerk to the Washington State Supreme Court. She is President of Choice is an Illusion, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation. Choice is an Illusion welcomes everyone opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia regardless of your views on other issues. See www.margaretdore.com and www.choiceillusion.org.http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2014/11/assisted-suicide-is-there-suicide.html?utm_source=Euthanasia+Prevention+Coalition+Newsletter&utm_campaign=124e35a04e-11_11_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_105a5cdd2d-124e35a04e-157142057&m=1last_img read more

Brighton vs Chelsea: Jahanbakhsh nets stunning equalizer against Blues

first_img Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was left rooted to the spot as the ball nestled in his bottom corner. It was a goal worthy of winning most games, and earned Brighton a well-deserved draw in the first Premier League clash of 2020. Brighton vs Chelsea: Jahanbakhsh, 26, joined Brighton from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in 2018 and might not have a better moment in his career. Loading… Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead when he prodded home from a corner early on. But Brighton came on strong after Chelsea failed to put the game to bed, and a point was the least they deserved. It may be New Year’s Day, but you’d be hard pressed to find many better strikes in 2020 than this one from Jahanbakhsh. It was more dropped points for Chelsea over the festive period that left them looking over their shoulder holding on to their Champions League spot. Brighton celebrate their brilliant equaliser which earned them a point. Read Also: Chelsea lose £96m after failing to qualify for Champions League  Chelsea beat Tottenham and Arsenal away from home but were beaten by Southampton at Stamford Bridge in a Boxing Day upset. Lampard’s side are now five points clear of Manchester United, who play later on New Year’s Day at Arsenal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Alireza Jahanbakhsh may have already scored the goal of the year with his jaw-dropping equaliser against Chelsea. The Iranian winger pulled off a stunning acrobatic overhead kick to earn Brighton a point against Frank Lampard’s men at the AMEX Stadium. After a corner from the right hand side wasn’t cleared, Jahanbakhsh produced an outrageous finish from 12 yards out make it 1-1 in the 84th minute. Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldIf Zodiac Signs Were Women: Amazing Artwork By Vivien SzaniszloCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more

Ashley completes sweep at Cottage Grove

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (April 18) – Jimmy Owen led most of the main event but couldn’t prevent Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod sweep at Cottage Grove Speedway by Gene Ashley.Owen kept his ride out in front for the majority of the feature but on lap 11 Ashley took over and began to pull away.It became a clean sweep for Ashley as he also collected the quick time award and trophy dash and heat race wins.Owen and Jayson Nelson completed the top three.last_img

Odisha FC appoint Rogerio Ramos as goalkeeping coach

first_imgBHUBANESWAR: Odisha FC on Thursday announced the signing of Rogerio Ramos as the new goalkeeping coach ahead of the seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL).The former Indian national team goalkeeping coach joined the Bhubaneswar-based side on a two-year deal on Thursday. Apart from the Indian senior team and different national age group teams, the Brazilian was also the goalkeeping coach of the Sudan national team. The 46-year-old former professional goalkeeper was also active as a goalkeeping coach in various clubs like EC Santo Andre SP and EC Novo Hamburgo RS in Brazil, Mahindra United and Vasco Sports Club in India, Young In Academy in South Korea and NEA Salamina in Cyprus. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Jeevan B, DC, Lakhimpur with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more