Veterans Day this year comes on the numerically memorable 11/11/11.The holiday is especially significant for Harvard, since it’s the first Veterans Day in 40 years when there has been a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) office on campus.“That means an awful lot to a lot of us,” said Thomas Reardon ’68, who was an Army infantry officer in Vietnam. He praised President Drew Faust for her “great, bold, decisive moves” in bringing ROTC back.Reardon is president of the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization, a nonprofit that is sponsoring an 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony at the Memorial Church and a luncheon afterward. The event will celebrate the return of ROTC, he said, and commemorate the more than 1,250 Harvard affiliates who lost their lives in America’s wars.A new plaque will be unveiled at the Memorial Church, honoring the Harvard men who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military decoration for bravery. Harvard claims 17 recipients of the medal, more than any university other than the service academies.The Nov. 11 ceremony will bring attention to “the long Crimson line of service of Harvard alumni,” said retired Navy Capt. Paul E. Mawn ’63, a onetime ROTC midshipman. “These are people who should not be forgotten. Some gave all, and all gave some.”Mawn is chairman of Advocates for Harvard ROTC, an organization with 2,600 members, three-quarters of them graduates of the College. The group’s website includes thumbnail sketches of Harvard’s Medal of Honor recipients.The first was U.S. Army Maj. Richard J. Curran, M.D. 1859, one of seven graduates awarded the honor during the Civil War. He was commended for his bravery as a field surgeon at the Battle of Antietam in 1862. The last recipient was Army Staff Sgt. Robert C. Murray, who was killed in Vietnam in 1970. He dove on a grenade to save the lives of those around him. Murray, 23, was in the M.B.A. Class of 1970 at Harvard Business School, but joined the service before finishing his degree.The Medal of Honor tablet is hand-engraved from a slab of Vermont slate and will replace a 10-name tablet installed in the church in 2009. Both were paid for by donations to the Harvard veterans group. The guest speaker will be U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John E. Hyten ’81, an ROTC graduate. He is director of space programs acquisitions for the Air Force.During the 2009 plaque ceremony, Faust said that Harvard’s Medal of Honor recipients “remind us of the meaning of character.”A buffet luncheon will follow at the Queen’s Head Pub. Among those invited are the 150 veterans and active military members currently studying at Harvard.“Crimson Valor,” a new book on Harvard’s Medal of Honor winners, is available at Amazon.com. Its author is Philip A. Keith ’68, a Vietnam veteran.
NOAA has received the congresswoman’s letter and the agency looks forward to discussing the topic with her, according to spokesman Christopher Vaccaro.Although several tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Ocean before June 1 in recent years, most of them have been considered “marginal in their structure,” says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University.In addition, improved satellite monitoring has likely led to an increase in short-lived, weak storms being named by the National Hurricane Center during recent years.The only named hurricane before June since the satellites started being used in 1966 was Hurricane Alma, which occurred in 1970.“I don’t think there is any reason to lengthen the hurricane season, since we haven’t had a hurricane in May in 50 years,” Klotzbach said in an email. A Central Florida lawmaker is trying to convince the federal government to start the hurricane season earlier beginning next year.U.S. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, of Orlando, sent a letter this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, requesting that hurricane season officially begin in mid-May. The current season runs from June 1 through November 30.However, Murphy says there has been at least one named storm before June 1 during each of the past six years.She adds that were three tropical storms — Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal — formed in mid-May and the beginning of June this year alone.“This presents a practical problem, because government officials and residents in hurricane-prone states use this season to inform their funding choices, public awareness campaigns, and preparation decisions,” Murphy’s letter explains.It goes on to say, “Accordingly, an official season that does not accurately predict major storm activity could result in readiness being compromised and people and property being harmed.”
Pedro Alvarez strikes out against Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 17, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) As of Monday morning the Pittsburgh Pirates had a six game lead on the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres as far as a claiming a potential wild card spot in the MLB National League race toward the post season.The only thing that worries me, I mean really really, worries me is the Bucs’ lack of consistency on offense. I am really concerned that once the offense catches up to the pitching there might be a slew of arms that might be too worn out to be effective even if Pittsburgh advances.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle continues to do a masterful and magical job in regards to gleaning all that he can from his slightly above average pitching staff. Now he must divert his attention to the “bats” of the Bucs’ so that they may become a force in the success of the team.The team has a good defense and a borderline great pitching staff but the pitchers have to have elevated blood pressure levels when they take the mound almost every game wondering if the offense is going to show up. Oh yeah, I have heard all of the glib and folksy sayings; “a good offense is a great defense. Defense wins championships, one less run scored on you means one less run that you have to score and so on and so on…But you know what guys and dolls? When you score runs in baseball that means your opponents are going to be forced to use their entire reservoir of athletes especially role players to pinch hit in the later innings when a team is usually in a catch up position and also having to use more relief pitchers than they have to. The more any team forces the opponent to deplete their reserves those players will not be as rested when the post season rolls around. When any team in any sports has a good offense the other team will always be back on their heels.When the Pirates had the “lumber company” one of the most feared lineups during the last 40 years in baseball, the Pirates pitchers could relax, gamble and take the mound and throw with confidence. Most of the time they did not worry too much about throwing a homerun ball or two because they understood that the seventh, eighth and ninth innings generally belonged to the boys’ “who ran hard and carried the big sticks.Pitchers did not have to fret and go into the dugout and bash water coolers and smash bats against the walls because they knew if they just relaxed and got their act together the Calvary was on the way led by five star General Clemente, four star general Wilver Dornell Stargell and the rest of the “green weenie” battalion there was bound to be a few “bugs loose on the rug” as the Bob “the gunner” Prince would say before the night was over.When your team can hit in baseball, that single component of the game can bring loads of confidence to your team and shivers of fear to the opponent. Nothing can shake a team on the field or in the dugout more than hearing an electric crack of the bat, followed by an outfielder not even moving an inch as he watches the baseball on a specific trajectory as it exits the ballpark. The Pirates have to put a complete team on the field if they are going to be successful in the short and long term. Pirates GM Neil Huntington has stopped the bloodletting as far as giving away all of the Pirates prospects and great talent is concerned but the Pirates have to put all of their marbles out there so they may have a maximum chance of winning everyday. This team is getting ready to blossom but the gardener has to keep fertilizing the rosebush.Gone but not unforgotten. There are athletes that never receive the accolades and credit that they deserve. Then there are everyday folks, our families, neighbors and friends that love and play sports for recreation, as a stress reliever or for just plain fun. Many of them are stars of the sidewalk sidelines and the asphalt courts of America. One such young man was “little” Robert Nichols. Robert was my neighbor, no correction he was more like a son to me for over a decade and he was afflicted with sickle cell anemia. To me he represented more than just constant hospital stays and blood transfusions.Although for most of his young life (he passed away less than a month after we celebrated his 21st birthday) he was far too ill and it was far too risky for him to participate in organized sports but it was always a beehive of neighborhood activity around the basketball hoop that his mother Leslie set up for him and his “boys” directly across the street from her garage. Robert had one of the sweetest jump shots I have ever seen, Michael J. and “Doctor J.” would have been impressed. And when football season rolled around out came the Black and Gold and man; I am convinced that with his “shake” move he could juke Darrelle Revis, or even my boy Ike Taylor out of their shoes. Robert is one of the fallen but he will not remain down or forgotten. I am going to miss his fist pumping after making a “3” but more than that, way more that that I am going to miss him. When you look up into the sky tonight and it appears that one of the stars is missing from the “Big Dipper” constellation don’t rub your eyes or think that you are confused because you are not having an illusion. A star was born but now a star is gone. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)
In the short time he was at Mt. Sentinel, Mr. D made a huge impact on bullying, the well-being of the students, and the energy and optimism of the school. It is a shame that he died before he could make a greater impact on everybody, as I’m sure he would have. Thank you, Mr. D, for all the help and humour you’ve given us these short years. -posted by Sylvain G. on the Mount Sentinel High School website. When someone dies we like to comfort ourselves by suggesting, “He’s in a better place now”?This one hurts so much more because Blair D’Andrea was in the prime of his life.The sad news of the passing of the Mount Sentinel VP flowed quickly through hallways of SD 8 schools.An email sent out from Mount Sentinel Pac Secretary Linda Verishine said it this way:“I am so very sad to tell you that Blair D’Andrea passed away from a massive heart attack at home on Wednesday night. This is a huge and sudden shock for everyone.”I can still hear that loud, happy voice of Drey.Hey Bruc-i-Fur . . . how’s it goin?If you didn’t hear the voice, it was easy to spot the happy man with the shaved head coming from miles away.Blair D’Andrea was a picture of happiness and what’s positive about life.The guy always looked on the bright side of life. Tomorrow was always going to be better.Whether it was at L.V. Rogers with the Aspire program, holding down the vice-principal job at Salmo where he led the mighty Falcons into battle on the hoop court or in the South Slocan where just walking down hallways at Mount Sentinel the SD 8 administrator had the kids smiling. Ditto for games at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds while pitching for his slopitch team.My first time spent getting to know Drey came when I assisted Lorne Wuori at Trafalgar coaching the Totems Grade 9 Boy’s Basketball team.Drey’s older L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers didn’t like younger Totems very much and the crosstown competition turned into one of the greatest rivalries of the ages in Nelson basketball.The Totems, unable to beat Drey’s Junior Bombers all season, got the last laugh when LVR was upset by Grand Forks in the West Kootenay High School Junior Boy’s Championship semi final.Trafalgar got past J. Lloyd Crowe before outlasting the Wolves in the final.The Totems continued their remarkable play by shocking the province and winning the B.C. Juvenile Boy’s Basketball title at the NBA Grizzlies Centre in Richmond.The next season it was Drey’s turn to coach arguably the best team in Nelson High School Basketball history.The LVR Junior Bombers overcame hurdle after hurdle, refusing to lose and surprising their coach game after game to finish the season with an amazing 38-0 record.Not a single loss against teams from the rest of the province, although there were a few potential bumps in the road.But for the most part an unblemished record as the players took to Drey like a young child to candy, capturing the provincial title in in a walk over New Westminster.Drey was most proud to share the title with Lonnie, Eric and Jason in the stands at Dover Bay High School in Nanaimo.But Drey didn’t do his best work on the basketball court, although winning a provincial title is nothing to sneeze at.Where he shined was in the classroom as a great motivator with a great heart.I saw many a wandering young mind who Drey put back onto the rails stop to give a huge “thank you” many a time.But not only was Drey a teacher, a mentor and an administrator, he was also a great father to his two boys Jason and Eric and a loving husband to his caring wife Lonnie.I know right now it’s not much comfort to anyone knowing Drey’s in a better place now.But one thing for sure, everyone who knew Drey is happy they were part of his ride.
2009 promises to be another heady year for South Africa, but in just 12 months, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be tuning in for the 2010 Final Draw, an event that will kick-start the biggest celebration this continent has ever seen. TNS Research Surveys, which has gauged public confidence levels over preparations for 2010, says every South African stands to benefit considerably from our hosting of this event. Nobody said it was going to be easy, and for South Africa, gearing to host the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet, 2008 has certainly proved to be more than a litmus test. As Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently remarked: “There is no turning back.” Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Xenophobia, widespread power cuts, the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe were just some of the distractions organisers of the tournament had to contend with. The grinding machinery tasked with building and renovating stadiums in all 10 host cities as well as numerous other 2010-related construction projects has performed remarkably well. So much so, that both Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee have expressed confidence that South Africa will meet its 2010 requirements ahead of schedule. 24 December 2008 “We need to harness this energy to talk up the event,” the organisation said in a recent statement. “We recall the incredible energy and joy that swept the whole country when the bid result was announced. Negativity risks damaging this energy and can affect our actual ability to do what we know we can do.” In addition, preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup – a key curtain-raiser for the World Cup – are on target, with tickets selling briskly. There was also good news on the crime front, with the launch of the recruitment process for 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 and the acquisition of high-tech security equipment – including helicopters, body armour and high-tech bomb disabling equipment – for the tournament. Apart from the labour disputes, spiralling construction costs and political in-fighting that are part and parcel of preparing for an event of this magnitude, there were plenty of other issues. And yet, there was much to draw hope and inspiration from. What a long, strange year it has been. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been marked by extraordinary highs and lows.
8 November 2013Excavations will soon begin on a new site at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa’s Gauteng province to investigate a find of “significant” fossils suspected to be those of our very early human ancestors.Professor Lee Berger, a research professor in Human Evolution from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will direct the expedition at the site, dubbed “Rising Star Cave”.Berger is best known for the discovery of Australopithecus sediba at the Malapa site at the Cradle – one of the most significant palaeoanthropological discoveries in recent times.The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage site situated about 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Berger said at the launch of the new expedition this week that “significant” fossils had been found in a chamber deep underground.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them.“This is part of the scientific process, and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”The key challenge is the size and location of the cave: about 30 metres underground, it has a very small opening through which only slightly built people can fit.Berger used social media platforms to call for “tiny and small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, palaeontological and excavation skills”.From a list of 57 qualified applicants, Berger selected six scientists. “These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” he said.The excavation and scientific analysis that follows will be featured in a National Geographic/NOVA television special.Members of the Speleological Exploration of South Africa will assist the expedition.Follow National Geographic’s Rising Star blog for updates on excavations.Wits University and SAinfo reporter
Read Next Lebanon’s naturalized big man Norvel Pelle also gave the Filipinos’ fits, dominating the paint on both ends with 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.Gilas, which sorely missed the services of Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, faces Jordan on Monday in a duel for seventh place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTerrence Romeo paced the Philippines in scoring with 19 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter where the game was already decided.Frustrations mounted for Gilas late with head coach Chot Reyes getting tossed midway through the final frame. 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ woes continued as it suffered a second straight beating this time, at the hands of Lebanon, 106-87, in the classification phase of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Sunday night at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Fadi El Khatib led the Lebanese’ wire-to-wire win with a tournament-high 36 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After going undefeated in the group stages, Gilas’ campaign took a turn for the worse following a blowout loss to fierce rival South Korea in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments
“I feel younger,” he said. “Since college, we’ve been together and that continued in Alaska.”Jazul has every reason to feel upbeat. After all, his partnership with Alas allowed him to be a part of the Knights squad which won the NCAA title back in 2005, while also a key factor in the Aces’ Finals appearances in the past three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re all positive here, I know what coach Louie and the coaching staff can do for us,” he said.But with the familiarity also comes responsibility as Jazul will be counted on to make the Fuel Masters’ transition under Alas easier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s someone in Phoenix who knows how great of a coach Louie Alas is, it’s RJ Jazul.Sharing a bond since their days in Letran, the 31-year-old couldn’t help but wax nostalgic over his history with the soft-spoken mentor, whom he has reunited with at the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next ‘Arthur’ producer wants LeBron to appear on the show after viral meme US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort However, the 5-foot-11 sharpshooter said that the burden should fall on every player in the Fuel Masters roster to fulfill their roles in the new system Alas will implement.“It’s now up to us. Whoever coach you put in, if the players won’t follow, the success wouldn’t come. So we all have to buy-in to the system of coach Louie,” he said.Pressured as Phoenix is to turn things around after a rather lackluster showing last season, Jazul is just keeping the faith on Alas and his teammates as the Fuel Masters prepare for a turnaround conference starting this upcoming 2018 Philippine Cup.“Since I got traded here in Phoenix, I always had that pressure because it’s expected that the team will do good,” he said. “Now that coach Louie is here, it’s still the same. But it’s up to us as a team to deal with it and hopefully in the coming weeks, we’ll figure out where we’ll end up.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES “I need to stay more consistent because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” said Ravena after leading the Blue Eagles over Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday. Ravena finished with 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and five assists to steer Ateneo to a 3-0 record. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe graduating guard is averaging 18 points, nine boards, and 2.3 assists per game.Ravena had just one occasion where he managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games, against La Salle and University of the Philippines when he had 22 and 11 points, respectively. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But Ravena’s production took a dip from there.“Last season, I’ll have a good game and the polar opposite will happen next,” said Ravena. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season and that I need to be more consistent.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player in its first three games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And he plans to stay that way after having an up-and-down year in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments