Comedian Amy Poehler brought her trademark sarcasm and sass to Harvard for Class Day, addressing seniors in Tercentenary Theatre on their last day as Harvard undergraduates, and providing a witty send-off under azure skies.Referring to her own nearby alma mater, the Massachusetts native told the crowd during the ceremony Wednesday (May 25), “I graduated from Boston College, which some call the Harvard of Boston, but we all know that Harvard is the Harvard of Harvard. And you can quote me on that.”If she were offering the graduates advice as a Bostonian, Poehler said, she would “remind you that just because you’re wicked smart doesn’t mean you are better than me.” Advice as a New Yorker would come with an edgy tone in the form of “Excuse me, ma’am; could you move, please?”Her advice on becoming an actor was simple: Don’t do it. There are too many talented, out-of-work actors, complained Poehler. “Sorry, no more room at the inn,” she quipped. “I bet you are great, but, um, just work with the human genome instead.”Poehler’s star has long been rising. Born just around the corner from Cambridge in Newton, Mass., she honed her acting skills first at B.C., then at the famed Second City comedy club and school of improvisation in Chicago. She became a regular on the famed late-night TV sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” She has appeared in several movies and currently stars in the TV series “Parks and Recreation.”In his oration, Scott Alan Levin-Gesundheit noted that Harvard students are not special. “Maybe you thought like I did that you were an exceptional jazz bassoonist. Well, Harvard … has five exceptional jazz bassoonists. They formed a quintet …”She joins the ranks of other SNL alumni, comedians Will Ferrell and Al Franken ’73, who gave back-to-back Class Day addresses in 2002 and 2003. The list of such speakers is eclectic and includes everyone from politicians, peacemakers, and playwrights to authors, activists, and athletes. George Plimpton, Ted Koppel, Hank Aaron, Bill Clinton, and Bono have all addressed graduating seniors.Offering the graduates words of wisdom gleaned from her own life and career, Poehler urged them to lean on others and take to heart the knowledge that the world is filled with smart people.“You can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, and spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”She also urged them to be kind — and quick with a tire iron.“You are all here because you are smart and you are brave, and if you add kindness and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person.”Since speakers are chosen by the seniors, Class Day is a more informal celebration than Commencement. The day includes four speeches from seniors in the form of the Harvard and Ivy orations — two heartfelt and two humorous addresses.The “murky paradox” of love and hate was at the heart of the Harvard oration by Timothy James Lambert. Any seniors leaving the College without feeling both of those feuding emotions hadn’t been truly “paying attention,” he said.He offered a “bold assertion” concerning his hate for the “hoops” that he had to jump through while at the College, but also the love he had for the tricks that they taught him; his hate for term papers but his love for friends made during late-night study sessions; his hate for the competitive environment, “but I loved knowing that competing, the things that didn’t matter, ultimately helped me to discover what does.”Class Day traditions include the presentation of the Ames Awards for selfless, heroic, and inspiring leadership. This year’s recipients were Johan Hong and Anna Kamerow (right). Kamerow was with her father Douglas Kamerow ’72 (left) and her mother, Celia Shapiro (center). Photo by Katherine C. Cohen/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard orator Laura Jaramillo reflected on her unscripted path to campus, away from it, and back again. The Colombia native was forced to leave the country when her family’s visa expired. She was in the middle of her sophomore year, but the “unexpected” year back in South America taught her much about life, she said.“Have the courage to not have plans,” she told the seniors, “and wait for the wonderful things that can happen … I hope that your plans fail — in really awesome ways.”Adding their own humor to the ceremonies were this year’s Ivy orators, Molly O’Connor Fitzpatrick and Scott Alan Levin-Gesundheit.Fitzpatrick mused about her admittance to Harvard and offered a list of reasons why she should never have attended, including the fact that she has scars from three kinds of irons — “clothes, curling, and waffle” — and once “vacuumed her own foot.”Levin-Gesundheit said that Harvard teaches its students the important message that “we are not special. Maybe you thought like I did that you were an exceptional jazz bassoonist. Well, Harvard … has five exceptional jazz bassoonists. They formed a quintet … and every time you go to their concerts, you cry in the back row in perfect syncopated rhythm.”Class Day traditions include the presentation of the Ames Awards for selfless, heroic, and inspiring leadership. This year’s recipients were Johan Hong and Anna Kamerow.The ceremony included remembrances and a moment of silence for Ilya Chalik, Kathlene Joo, and Michael J. Friedman, members of the Class of 2011 who had died.
Although he claims that there was “no sock” involved, Harris revealed that double-layered underwear was required so that “you couldn’t tell my religion.” Did the Academy not attend Hedwig? View Comments Still, Harris was full of smiles the morning after the Academy Awards while chatting with the daytime duo, especially while discussing his tighty-whities Birdman bit. “I’m not one for crazy costumes. I don’t love it.” Take a look at the interview with the ever-affable Harris, which includes a fun bit with his culinary-inclined and Broadway-bound husband David Burtka, below! Wait. Pause. That’s a lie and you know it, NPH. Neil Patrick Harris will always be our host with the most. But while he continually charms the pants off theater folks on Broadway’s biggest night, his stint as an Oscar emcee was a bit of a letdown. (Plus, Harris was the one without pants.) In an appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael, Harris admitted some regrets. “I’m glad that it’s done and I’m sorry that I read Twitter,” the Tony winner said. On Monday afternoon, Harris took to Twitter to again express a similar sentiment: “My iPhone shattered the morning of the Oscars. I probably should have read more into that. #harbinger”. read more
Now for the news in the detail In Caribbean Sports News, Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes, the last surviving member of the distinguished Three Ws, died in Barbados on Wednesday following a long illness. The oldest surviving West Indies cricketer and third oldest surviving men’s Test player, Sir Everton passed away at his home at 95 years-old. Celebrated as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Everton was widely revered and remained a seminal figure in the cricket fraternity up until the time of his death. In Manchester, the West Indies team observed a moment of silence for Sir Everton before their match against England yesterday. In Caribbean News, Guyana has delayed the phased opening of the Cheddi Jagan International airport. The airport was scheduled to reopen its runway on Wednesday to international commercial flights. However, some adjustments have since been made to its reopening plan. The airports, under the current phase will continue to allow limited repatriation flights, outgoing flights, cargo flights and special authorized flights. Phase Two reopening, which is expected to allow additional repatriation and commercial flights, will now commence on August 1. Yesterday, Florida shattered its daily COVID-19 record again, reporting 10,109 new cases as the numbers statewide rose to 169,000. In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming back positive has also skyrocketed to 15% from 4% at the end of May. Only one other state in America has reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day. Back in April, when New York was desperately grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the state had set a record for over 12,000 cases of COVID-19 in one day. But as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across all South Florida counties, Broward and Miami-Dade have made the wearing of masks mandatory in public. In a statement, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the two counties agreed to a “blanket facial coverings” order to avoid overwhelming smaller hospitals. Broward County also issued an emergency order limiting hours for restaurants and food establishments. Specifically, no establishment will be permitted to serve alcohol or food for on-site consumption between the hours of Midnight and 5AM. Take out, delivery, drive-through, or pickup will still be permitted. Miami-Dade had issued a similar order for restaurants, which went into effect on Wednesday. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m… Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; Coming up in the newscast, Florida records 10,000 COVID-19 cases yesterday, masks now mandatory in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and legendary west indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 3 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. read more
“If we score the first goal, we could have controlled the game. We didn’t do it and they did,” added Emery.Thereafter, it was Leicester who showed the greater threat going forward.Wilfred Ndidi missed a glorious opportunity when he smashed off the crossbar with the goal gaping from Ricardo Pereira’s cutback four minutes into the second half.Arsenal were the first to put the ball in the net when Aubameyang supplied a characteristically clinical finish but was rightly flagged offside.Vardy has an excellent record against Arsenal and when his chance came, the Premier League’s top scorer was ruthless with a low finish past Bernd Leno from Youri Tielemans’s pass.“It was a brilliant goal and from there I thought we took control of the game,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.Vardy turned provider for Leicester’s second as he laid the ball back into the path of Maddison to drill a low shot in from outside the box.“People say they enjoy watching us but we enjoy playing so much. It’s a great feeling,” said Maddison.Share on: WhatsApp Emery facing the heatLeicester, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Unai Emery pleaded for calm and patience after his side lost 2-0 at Leicester on Saturday to fall eight points behind the Premier League’s top four.Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were the architects of another fine victory for the Foxes, who moved into second, as the English duo struck in the space of seven second-half minutes.A return to the Champions League next season was Emery’s target after a summer of heavy investment in reshaping his squad.But Arsenal will fall nine points behind the top four should Manchester City avoid defeat away to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday.“We are very ambitious in our target, but we know we need time and patience,” said Emery, who faces an anxious wait to see if his wish will be granted by the Arsenal board with a two-week international break coming up.After early signs of promise at the start of the Spaniard’s reign last season, Arsenal have now taken fewer points in Emery’s first 50 Premier League games in charge than the final 50 of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year tenure.In the face of mounting speculation over his future, Emery surprisingly maintained Mesut Ozil alongside the front two of new captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.That bold strategy nearly paid off when Lacazette fired the first big chance of the match inches wide after Aubameyang had burrowed his way into the area. read more
Gov. Ron DeSantis put the moratorium in place at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic on April 2 to help people who lost their jobs stay in their homes.The order states this does not relieve an individual from their obligation to make mortgage or rent payments. The moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in Florida has been extended for another month.The moratorium, which was set to expire at midnight, has been extended until Aug. 1, 2020.The order was filed at 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
A man confirmed to a wheelchair was shot and killed Saturday night, according to West Palm Beach Police.The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. along the 1100 block of 17th St. Authorities have identified the victim as 28-year-old Devonte Lanard Davis. First responders found him in the wheelchair, and pronounced him dead on the scene.Detectives are investigating the shooting as a homicide.In addition, evidence leads them to believe this was a targeted attack.Police say the incident happened as numerous people, including Davis, were lighting fireworks on the street.Anyone with information is asked to call the West Palm Beach Police Department at (561) 822-1900 or Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.
Italy’s Emilie Paltrinieri beat par today to win the English girls’ U13 open stroke play championship by four shots at Copt Heath Golf Club, Warwickshire. It’s the second year in a row that the trophy has gone overseas, following last year’s success by Emma Spitz of Austria. Emilie, 12, shot one-under 73 today to clinch her success, having been right in the mix throughout the championship. “This means a lot, it’s a big satisfaction,” she said afterwards. “The last round was the most pleasing and I also played well coping with the pressure on the last few holes.” Emilie (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was six-over par for the 54-hole event and adds this success to a string of other wins, including US Kids World and European championships. She’s the Italian U14 girls’ champion and last year held the U12 title. The English challenge was led by Mimi Rhodes who was runner-up on 10-over par. Mimi, who is based in Spain and is a member at Burnham and Berrow in Somerset, is also 12 and led by one shot going in to the final round. A few early nerves contributed to a first-hole double bogey but she settled well and played the back nine in just one-over par for 78. Meanwhile, Emilie played the front nine in level par and came home in one under. Her very neat card included just two bogeys – one on each half – and three birdies. Third place went to another of the five-strong Italian squad, Alessia Nobilio, while Surrey’s Annabell Fuller took fourth place. Annabell’s older sister, Sammy, is a former winner of the U13 title. For full scores please click here. 31 Jul 2014 Italy’s Emilie claims England U13 crown read more
Sarah Lane is a certified Home Care Aide and owner of FirstLight HomeCare — South Sound. To learn more about home care, respite care, dementia care, or any of the non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight HomeCare, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or go to www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com. Facebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sarah Lane for FirstLight HomeCareThe challenge of “family caregiving” – providing care for a spouse, parent, child or friend with a chronic, disabling or serious health condition – is becoming nearly universal. A report issued last year by the Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) estimated that there are now 40 million family caregivers in the United States who provide 37 billion hours of care to aging loved ones with limitations in daily activities.Serving as the primary caregiver for loved ones is a challenging new position for many. FirstLight Home Care’s online tools help support and guide those starting out in this important role.Being a family caregiver for a loved one takes time, effort and work, and is both rewarding and demanding. In fact, the AARP report observed that “family caregiving today is more complex, costly, stressful, and demanding than at any time in human history.” The biggest source of stress? “Millions of people who take on this caregiving role have no idea what to do, how to do it, or where to get help.”As a family caregiver, you will face many challenges and have many questions. And you may not always have the answers, know what to expect or how to react. That’s why FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, the premiere provider of in-home care in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties, is delighted to offer training and support resources for family caregivers, to help you better care for the needs of your loved one…and yourself.The FirstLight HomeCare Family Learning Center is free for family caregivers who provide home care for friends or loved ones who are homebound, suffer from a debilitating disease or who are simply aging and need companion care. Available online, the site includes over 50 training topics created just for family caregivers that cover everything from basic caregiver training to Alzheimer’s disease and memory care. You’ll find interactive and engaging courses, videos and tip sheets that will help you understand the multiple perspectives and challenges that go along with providing care.By taking caregivers step-by-step through a specific topic with engaging and interactive video, the courses are narrated, but can also be read onscreen, allowing caregivers to learn through the method most comfortable to them. Just some of the topics family caregivers can learn about in the Family Learning Center include:Becoming a CaregiverThe FirstLight HomeCare Family Learning Center is free for family caregivers who provide home care for friends or loved ones.Care PlanningChallenging BehaviorsDaily Care SkillsElimination and ToiletingNutrition and HydrationPromoting and Maintaining Good MobilitySigns and Symptoms of Alzheimer’sFamily Learning Center courses focus on multi-generational family caregiving and are designed to be immediately available to families who need help, but don’t always know where to turn for information or support. The Family Learning Center makes it easy for family caregivers to always have a caregiving resource to turn to whenever they need it because it’s available online 24/7, accessed directly from the FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound website.There aren’t a lot of resources available to family caregivers to make their challenges easier. We hope the Family Learning Center answers a lot of questions, provides some much-needed training and support and helps caregivers keep their loved ones more comfortable and remaining at home.Sarah Lane read more
The L. V. Bomber Baseball Bombers made it a clean sweep of Alberta competion during a weekend road trip through the southern part of the province.The Bombers swept a pair of doubleheader sets from both Raymond and Kate Andrews High School from Coaldale to make conclude the 2014 diamond season on a successful note.LVR opened the trip by blasting Raymond 11-0 behind the five-hit pitching of Austin Tambellini, who finished the game with three walks and eight strikeouts.Offensively the Bombers were lead by Tambellini with three hits while Reese Tambellini, Eric Hurley and Hano Southam, chipped in with one hit each.LVR had a great eye at the plate forcing the Raymond pitchers to walk five hitters while the Comets commited five errors that lead to Bomber runs. The Alberta trip had the Bombers ending the season with a 17 win and 8 loss record. The hosts put up a better fight during the second game of the set as LVR scored a 4-2 victory.Southam struck out five, gave up three hits and no walks for LVR.The Bombers were down two going into the last inning when John Barabonoff hit a three-run home run to put the team in the lead and Saywer Hunt chipped in with an RBI single in the same inning.Other hits in game two came from Hano and Reese Tambellini.The Bombers then rocked Kate Andrews 20-1 the next day, combining for 14 hits. Braeden Zarikoff, Saywer Hunt and Austin Tambellini each collected two hits while Brandon Huffty added a two-run single during the game.Zarikoff, tossing a four-hit gem and fanning 12 batters, picked up the win for LVR.In the final game of the weekend John Barabonoff completed his high school baseball career with a complete game win — striking out three, hitting one batting and giving up three hits —to lead LVR to a 10-2 win.The Bombers kept hitting well collecting 13 hits. Brandon Huffty and Hano Southam ended thier high school baseball careers collecting three hits each, Geon Woo Park, John Barabonoff, Saywer Hunt, Braeden Zarikoff and Austin Tambellini each chipped in with one hit. read more
1 Erik Lamela is back in Sprus training after eight months out injured Inter Milan are ready to reignite their interest in Tottenham winger Erik Lamela.The Argentina international is back in training now after eight months out injured as Spurs begin their pre-season preparations.The 25-year-old was previously being linked with Inter back in March, but interest cooled after initial talks.However, according to reports in Italy, the Italian club are ready to return for Lamela now the transfer window is open.Inter had been exploring the possibility of a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore as they look to revamp their forward line for the new season.That, though, has proved unsuccessful and they are ready to turn their attentions to Lamela instead.PSG reportedly wanted around £35million for Pastore and Inter hope they can nab Lamela for considerably less than that. read more