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Daniel Aaron’s century

first_imgThere are about 500,000 centenarians worldwide, but only one is a Harvard professor who first arrived on campus in 1933, who used to correct undergraduate John F. Kennedy’s English papers, and who earned the University’s first Ph.D. in American Civilization.Daniel Aaron, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus, celebrates his 100th birthday tomorrow (Aug. 4). When he was born in Chicago in 1912, bubbles had barely stopped rising from the sunken Titanic. A first-class airplane managed a top speed of 70 mph and cruised on fabric wings. Cars had names like Metz, Flanders, Acme, Speedwell, and Mighty Michigan.When Aaron arrived at Harvard for graduate school, armed with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, the paint was still fresh on Memorial Church, polo was a varsity sport, and one professor, Samuel Eliot Morison, still rode to school on horseback. The old Harvard was still evident, Aaron said in a 2010 interview. “You could feel it and see it.”After graduate studies, Aaron taught for three decades at Smith College before returning to Harvard to teach from 1971 to 1983. Along the way, he helped to found the Library of America. He acquired friendships in the heart of America’s 20th century literary world (“You met people,” he said), and he continued writing in a set of hardbound journals he began keeping in 1929.These days, Aaron still goes to his office in Barker Center every weekday, and often on weekends. His memoir, “The Americanist,” appeared in 2007. He is finishing a new manuscript, based on his journals. In his office, concessions to modernity are few, unless you count an IBM Selectric typewriter of the kind that first appeared in 1961. Earlier this week, a friend arrived carrying an iPhone. Aaron asked, “What’s that?” He conceded that his interests, values, and scholarship are largely from the 19th century — and that’s OK.Soon the gathering in his office grew to five visitors. One was a Harvard professor nervous about his coming 35th birthday. Aaron was sympathetic. “When I turned 30, I thought it was the end of the world,” he said. “I didn’t want to see anybody.”Conversation also touched on early telephones, black-and-white films of the ’30s, the Internet, and the coming age of digital scholarship. Access to knowledge so broad in devices so little reminded Aaron of the cautionary line from Christopher Marlowe’s “The Jew of Malta”: “Infinite riches in a little room.”The professor and his visitors also puzzled over the Greek roots of the word “cynosure,” a person or object that attracts attention, or — starlike — serves as a guide. The youngest visitor looked up the answer on an iPhone.On his hundredth birthday, the modest Aaron still has no intention of being a person who attracts attention. Today (Aug. 3), he will attend a Society of Fellows luncheon. There might be a cake. And on his birthday, Aaron will have a quiet dinner with his family — after he goes to work, of course.last_img read more

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American Psycho Pushes Back Opening Night

first_imgBenjamin Walker in ‘American Psycho’ View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 A bit of a Broadway switcheroo has just occurred. After Nerds canceled its Broadway engagement this spring, American Psycho has moved in on its opening night date of April 21. It had previously been scheduled for April 20. Led by Benjamin Walker, the new musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will begin performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 24.Directed by Rupert Goold and based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (which also inspired the Christian Bale-led film), the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: He also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers.The show will also include Alice Ripley, Heléne Yorke, Jennifer Damiano, Drew Moerlein, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jordan Dean, Anna Eilinsfeld, Jason Hite, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Keith Randolph Smith, Alex Michael Stoll and Morgan Weed.center_img Related Shows American Psycholast_img read more

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Gov Douglas Appoints New Connecticut River Commissioners

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has appointed Kenneth Bishop ofSpringfield and Norman Wright of Putney to serve on Vermont’s ConnecticutRiver Watershed Advisory Commission.Bishop, a lifelong dairy farmer, is president of the 550-member WindsorCounty Farm Bureau, and chairman of the Windsor County Agricultural Fair,which is held annually in Springfield. Bishop reports that his parents andgrandparents acquired 200 acres of prime agricultural land in Springfieldafter construction of the Bellows Falls Dam, and the family has farmedthere ever since. Bishop sold his herd in 1990.”I’ve worked all my life next to the Connecticut River as a farmer,”Bishop observes. “I have already learned a lot more about the river sincebeing appointed.”Norman Wright, a former state representative and commissioner of the Fishand Wildlife department, served until last year as chief executiveofficer of the Vermont Hospital Association. He is a member of theexecutive committee of Windham Regional Planning Commission and chair ofits Community Development and Housing Committee.”As a Vermonter and resident of the Connecticut River Valley for the lastfifty years, I see no other natural resource used and enjoyed by so many,”commented Wright. “We must preserve and protect it for the future.”Vermont’s fifteen-member Connecticut River Commission has worked with itsNew Hampshire counterpart since 1989 to guide growth and development inthe river valley. The diverse backgrounds of their commissioners are partof their secret to success.The Joint Commissions hold a monthly public forum to consider issuesaffecting the Connecticut River and its watershed. The most recent meetingdrew local officials, planners, and state land use regulators for adiscussion of how the valley bottom’s soils from glacial Lake Hitchcockcan affect land use. This month’s forum, scheduled for January 26, willfocus upon progress in developing the Connecticut River Birding Trail andupdating the Connecticut River Corridor Management Plan.last_img read more

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Governor announces Climate Change Grant Program

first_imgGovernor announces Climate Change Grant ProgramFunds will help towns reduce energy use, save money and promote green jobsMONTPELIER (November 20, 2008) Governor Jim Douglas today unveiled the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program, which will make $360,000 available to local communities for improving energy efficiency, saving tax dollars and strengthening local economies.”Among the key recommendations of my Commission on Climate Change was the call to expand Vermont’s efficiency efforts,” Douglas said. “We’ve always had a tradition of coming up with some of the best solutions at the local level and I believe we need to foster that innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.”The funding for this initiative comes from the first installment of Vermont’s $1.8 million, five-year settlement payout against American Electric Power Corp., the nation’s largest operator of coal-fired power plants.Vermont currently has 60 town energy committees or comparable local volunteer groups helping their communities improve efficiency and promote renewable and low-carbon energy choices.”I know that Vermont municipalities and taxpayers are eager to reduce energy costs and minimize the impact of rising costs on property taxes.”The Agency of Natural Resources will administer the grant program. Up to $12,000 will be awarded for projects and local communities will be required to provide a 10 percent match.For more information and to download an application, visit the agency website at:http://www.anr.state.vt.us/air/Planning/htm/ClimateChange.htm(link is external), or call 802-241-3840.Background:Vermont and seven other states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island) and 13 citizen groups first sued American Electric Power Corp. in 1999 under the federal Clean Air Act.American Electric Power Corp. is the nation’s largest operator of coal-burning power plants. The settlement ended eight years of litigation in which the company admitted no wrongdoing.The settlement will apply to AEP’s entire system east of the Mississippi River, which consists of 16 plants with 46 electric generating units, located in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The release of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides contributes to the formation of ozone and acid rain in Vermont.Vermont will receive five installments, each for approximately $360,000. In future years, the money will be used to fund programs that improve Vermont’s air quality, public health and the environment.Under a joint project with Vermont, New York has agreed to dedicate $500,000 of its 2009 share of the settlement to be spent on a fish and habitat restoration project for Lake Champlain.AEP must pay $60 million for projects designed to mitigate the effects of many years of excess pollution from its plants. In addition, AEP will have to pay a $15 million civil penalty to the United States.###last_img read more

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Developers bring 195MW of new solar online in Egypt

first_imgDevelopers bring 195MW of new solar online in Egypt FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:A joint venture between Elsewedy Electric and EDF, along with Scatec Solar and its respective partners, have both commissioned PV projects near Benban, Egypt with a combined generation capacity of 195MW.Elsewedy Electric and EDF reached commercial operation on two PV projects developed as part of Egypt’s second phase of the Renewable Energies Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) programme. Both companies jointly developed, financed, built and will now own and operate the two sites, which will have a combined capacity of 130MW. The estimated 290GWh of electricity produced by both sites will power more than 140,000 households while avoiding more than 120,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Proparco have equally financed the two solar plants with US$111 million, with the total investment value of both sites totaling out to about US$140 million. The two solar plants will provide the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) with clean energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).Scatec Solar and its partners have also completed another PV project in Benban, with a 65MW installation now grid connected and operational at the 390MW megaproject in Egypt. Scatec Solar now has 260MW in operation in Egypt and expects to have completed the remaining two plants out of six over the next couple of months.The Benban PV project will be Scatec Solar’s largest project in operation and stands as the company’s first solar plant with bifacial solar panels, which captures sunlight from both sides of the panels to increase the total clean energy generation.Back in April 2017, Scatec Solar, along with partners KLP Norfund and Africa 50, signed off on 25-year PPAs with the Government of Egypt for delivery of electricity from six solar sites, all equal in size, totaling 390MW.More: Various joint ventures complete 195MW of PV projects in Egypt’s Benbanlast_img read more

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Sections take positions

first_img April 30, 2003 Regular News The Family Law, Real Property Probate and Trust Law, and Public Interest Law sections have received authorization to lobby on several positions following April 4 action by the Bar Board of Governors.The Bar traditionally grants broad authority to sections — which have voluntary membership — to lobby on a variety of issues, with the board exercising only general oversight to ensure section actions do not conflict with Bar-wide legislative positions or cause excessive controversy among Bar membership.All of the section positions were reviewed by the Legislation Committee and recommended to the board.The Family Law Section will oppose SB 128 and HB 1107, which grant grandparents and great grandparents visitation rights under certain conditions. The section argues that the bills violate parents’ privacy rights under state and federal constitutions and ignore a parental unfitness requirement in case law.The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section had four additional positions authorized, including:• Opposing bills that would redefine title insurance to exclude junior mortgages and home equity loans. The section said such an arbitrary change could lead to further amendments that could exclude first mortgages and deeds. The section, though, does support a proposed ALTA Junior Loan Policy Form.• Opposing SB 1220 and HB 1551 which would require sellers of real property to disclose to buyers all deed restrictions on the property, and giving the buyer a recission right if the disclosures are not made. The section argued that places burdens on residential sellers similar to those imposed on the developer of a deed-restricted community, and that the information is already disclosed as part of the purchase and sales contract.• Opposing part of SB 1536 that require property sellers to disclose to buyers that property tax assessments may rise after the sale and requiring that the DR-219 deed tax form be filed in an office other than where county deeds are filed. The section argued that sellers should not be agents for the government in pronouncing potential property tax increases and that common knowledge includes that property taxes can increase. On the second issue, the section maintained it would double the time required to file a real estate transaction by replacing the current one-stop procedure.• Opposing SB 2018 and HB 1649 which would impose nine new disclosure requirements on sellers, ranging from soil conditions to airport proximity to sinkhole activity. The section argued it would replace the traditional caveat emptor principles for nonresidential property and place buyers’ due-diligence duties on sellers.The Public Interest Law Section had two new positions approved. One has the section supporting any legislation that would enhance the investigative or enforcement duties of the Florida attorney general and the Florida Commission on Human Resources on civil rights issues covered under F.S. Ch. 760.The second supports SJR 240 which seeks to amend the Florida Constitution by changing language that prohibits discrimination based on a physical disability to discrimination based on any disability.Legislation Committee Chair Jesse Diner reported that the Trial Lawyers Section had submitted a request to lobby against at least four bills that reportedly deny Floridians access to the court system, but arrived too late to be considered at the board meeting.He said if the section still wanted to pursue its request, the legislation committee would take the matter up soon after the meeting, and forward its recommendation to the Bar’s Executive Committee, which is empowered to act for the board between its meetings. Sections take positionscenter_img Sections take positionslast_img read more

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2 Men Charged with Attempted Murder for Inwood Attack

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men are facing attempted murder charges for a February attack that left a man with multiple stab wounds to his throat, arms and legs, Nassau County police said.Special Investigations Squad detectives arrested 27-year-old Erick Pelaez of North Lawrence on May 4 and 18-year-old Sergio Acosta on Friday at his Inwood home, police said. Another suspect involved in the alleged attack has yet to be apprehended.Investigators said the unidentified 23-year-old victim was at Carisma Restaurant on Mott Avenue in Lawrence in the early morning hours of Feb. 23 when he spotted the three men inside the restaurant. The victim left and was walking home when he was approached by the trio and attacked, police said.The third suspect struck the victim repeatedly before the three men allegedly dragged him behind a house on Clinton Avenue and allegedly stabbed him multiple times, police said.The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for stab wounds to his throat, arms and legs, police said.Both Pelaez and Acosta were charged with attempted murder, assault, gang assault and possession of a dangerous weapon. Pelaez was arraigned May 5 and Acosta will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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Brentwood Armed Home Invasion Victim Pistol-whipped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Brentwood that ended with a victim being pistol-whipped on New Year’s Eve.Two men, one of whom was armed with a gun, entered a Brentwood Parkway home through a window, demanded money from a victim inside and hit the victim with the gun before fleeing with money at 3:15 a.m. Dec. 31, police said.It was unclear whether the victim was injured. There were neither any arrests nor descriptions of the suspects.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Indonesia suspects two more H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia today reported two new suspected human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, both fatal, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a case in China that was reported yesterday.Indonesian officials said initial tests indicated H5N1 infection in a 14-year-old boy who died in West Sumatra province on Mar 24 and a 28-year-old woman from central Jakarta who died yesterday, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Haris Subiantoro of Indonesia’s health ministry told Xinhua that chickens in the boy’s neighborhood died suspiciously 2 weeks before the boy got sick. The Associated Press listed his age as 15. Subiantoro said it was not clear if the woman had any contact with infected birds.Officials are waiting for the results of second tests to confirm the cases, Subiantoro told Xinhua.By the WHO count, Indonesia has had 81 H5N1 cases with 63 deaths. But since Jan 29, Indonesia has reported at least nine cases (besides those reported today) that have not yet been recognized by the WHO; seven of those were fatal. The nine cases include three reported Mar 27 in which further test results were awaited.Indonesia agreed 2 days ago to resume sharing its H5N1 virus samples with the WHO, under certain conditions designed to give the country control over which vaccine manufacturers get access to seed viruses made from the samples.Also today, the WHO confirmed that a 16-year-old Chinese boy from Anhui province died of H5N1 illness. The WHO report said he developed fever and pneumonia-like symptoms Mar 17, was hospitalized 3 days later, and died Mar 27. He becomes China’s 24th H5N1 case-patient and its 15th fatality from the disease.Investigators have found no indication he had contact with sick birds before he became ill, but health officials are still tying to identify the source of his infection, the WHO report said. His close contacts are being monitored and remain well.With confirmation of the Chinese case, the WHO’s global H5N1 count reached 285 cases with 170 deaths.See also:Mar 29 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_03_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan responds to speculation over his Arsenal future

first_img Comment Advertisement Mkhitaryan wants out of Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed his desire to extend his stay at Roma as the Gunners reportedly seeking just £10m for the out-of-favour Armenian. Despite suffering with various injuries, the 31-year-old has made an overall good impression during his season-long loan spell in Serie A.The Armenia international’s agent Mino Raiola rubbished claims that Mkhitaryan told the Gunners that his time at the Emirates was ‘over’, but the player has now reiterated himself that he would like to remain in Italy next season.‘Since the first day I arrived here in Rome, I feel very good in the club, in the city, and of course it would be nice to stay here,’ Mkhitaryan said in an interview with the Italian embassy in Armenia.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Comparing it to England, Germany and Ukraine, it has special things. People underrate Serie A but I would say it’s more than interesting to play here.‘Of course, it’s not the same as it was 20 years ago but I’m pretty sure the league is getting better and better.‘I am more than happy to be here, to play in Italy with those fans is incredible… I’m really pleased to play in Roma and have fans like that.’ Mkhitaryan failed to settle at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)The two clubs are yet to come to an agreement over a fee for the midfielder, and a reported £10m asking price could be lowered even further.Mkhitaryan is fast approaching the latter stages of his career, and has put extra emphasis on his desire to win trophies.‘I do not have a lot of time left until the end of my football career, but I’m pretty sure that I’m doing my best to achieve more.‘Because at the end of your football career everyone will remember what you have done for the club, what titles you have won.’MORE: Arsenal keen on Barcelona goalkeeper Neto but face stiff competitionMORE: Nani reveals the reason he snubbed Arsenal & Chelsea to sign for Man UtdFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 May 2020 10:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Henrikh Mkhitaryan responds to speculation over his Arsenal futurelast_img read more

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