A poetic beginning

first_img An artful response to the warming climate Amanda Gorman ’20 has written poems for big official occasions, including a 2019 Fourth of July reading with the Boston Pops and the 2018 inauguration of Harvard President Larry Bacow. But none of them prepared her entirely for the honor of being selected to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Wednesday. ‘Weathering Change’ So honored to be the Inaugural Poet reciting at #InaugurationDay ! Not only am I excited to see @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris sworn in, but I also have the privilege of being the youngest Inaugural Poet in history. See you soon! https://t.co/b58CiVxMCD— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) January 14, 2021Gorman, who was named the U.S.’s first youth poet laureate in 2017, will perform a new poem titled “The Hill We Climb.” Its inspirations, she told ABC News, include unity and hope, and it draws from the events during the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6“That day gave me a second wave of energy to finish the poem,” she said in the interview. “The poem isn’t blind. It isn’t turning your back to the evidence of discord and division.”Gorman’s work often reflects her commitment to social issues. Her 2014 poem “Neighborhood Anthem” addresses themes of inequality and injustice. Her 2018 poem “In the Eye Of,” included in the “Weathering Change” art anthology released by the Office for Sustainability, evokes the destructive force of hurricanes.“It’s not enough for me to write,” said Gorman. “I have to do right as well.”At 22 years old, Gorman is the nation’s youngest inaugural poet. Before her that distinction belonged to Richard Blanco, who was 44 when he read his “One Today” during former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.“Congrats, Amanda, with all my love and admiration,” Blanco tweeted out in response to the news.The list of other presidential inauguration poets includes Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Alexander, and Miller Williams.Gorman has called Angelou her greatest artistic inspiration, describing the late poet as her “spirit grandmother.” In a 2018 Gazette interview, she said that when confronted with a particularly difficult challenge she imagines herself sitting under a tree with Angelou, who reassures her, saying “Baby, everything is going to be OK.”At 16 years old, Gorman was named the youth poet laureate of her native Los Angeles in 2014. She published her first collection of poetry, “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough,” in 2015. Gorman has a children’s picture book coming out later this year titled “Change Sings.” Vision for ‘Underground Railroad’ brought out the best in Colson Whitehead Youth laureate Amanda Gorman ’20 will deliver a special poem at Bacow’s inauguration center_img Related The poetic perspective The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard Arts Medalist recalls journey behind Pulitzer Prize-winning novel: ‘I felt I needed to become a better writer’ last_img read more

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New eminent scholar

first_imgEach peanut is a complex mix of its genetic parts. Scott Jackson wants to figure out how the tasty legume’s genes work and help produce a higher yielding, more disease-resistant one. And he’s coming to Georgia to do it.In August, Jackson will join the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He is currently a professor of agronomy at Purdue University.“We have a world-class plant breeding and genetics program, perhaps the best in the world,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We identified a need in this program and found the top person in this area. We then aggressively pursued Dr. Jackson to move his program to Georgia. I am pleased we were successful, and I know that the economy of Georgia will benefit from his move to our great state.”Jackson’s research focuses heavily on crop genomics. “We’re trying to understand the genome and the genome structure so that we can more efficiently manipulate the genetics of crops to produce better varieties,” he said. “We go where the questions are, and the tools are needed.”He will work in UGA’s Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics and the Crop and Soil Science Department.“We’re really excited to have someone of his caliber working with other research scientists at UGA,” said Terry Hollifield, acting director at the Georgia Seed Development Commission. The commission partially funded the endowment for the eminent scholar position.Jackson’s main reason for coming to UGA “mostly was the faculty there,” he said. “It’s a strong group, an active and growing group… It’s also an opportunity to expand in some areas where I haven’t been working before. In Indiana, peanut isn’t a crop at all. It’s a chance to collaborate with people more closely than I have before.”“We’re hoping his work will help with developing higher yielding, more pest-resistant peanut cultivars,” Hollifield said. “We’re interested in all commodities from horticulture to agronomic crops, but peanuts by far generate the largest amount of royalty dollars for the seed development program.”One of Jackson’s major accomplishments was leading the mapping of the soybean genome.“He will now join the effort in peanut genomics at UGA to identify markers for genes that will enhance the nutritional value and hopefully remove the potential for allergic reactions to peanuts,” said Bob Shulstad, associate dean for research at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Georgia’s leadership in peanut production and expanding production of soybeans, alfalfa and other legumes will be greatly enhanced.”Jackson received his master’s and doctoral degrees in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and 1999, respectively.Besides working as a professor of agronomy and serving as the Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research, he is also currently a program officer in the Division of Biological Infrastructure for the National Science Foundation. He is an honorary scientist under the Rural Development Administration for the Republic of Korea and previously served as a consultant for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.He is a fellow and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and Genetics Society of America. He has written 73 peer-reviewed journal articles – including the sequencing of the soybean genome and work on rice domestication – 11 book chapters and six non-refereed research publications.Five graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher and a computer programmer will also move with Jackson to UGA.last_img read more

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Moses pens Inter one-month loan deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Serie A club Inter Milan have reportedly reached an agreement to extend Victor Moses’ loan deal.According to Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport via Sempre Inter, a new agreement has been reached with Chelsea that will see the right wing-back remain at the Nerazzurri until August 31, 2020. Moses’ original agreement with Inter Milan would have kept him in Italy until June 30, 2020.As a result of the protracted campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic, the initial contract was extended to the end of the Serie A season, before this latest extension.The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner will now be eligible to represent the Antonio Conte-managed team in the knockout rounds of this season’s Europa League.In the event Chelsea find a buyer for Moses before August 31, his loan deal will be cut short.The former Nigeria international has recorded 12 appearances since his loan move to Inter and has two assists to his name. Tags: Antonio ConteInter MilanSempre InterSerie AVictor Moseslast_img read more

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Hurricanes’ popular ‘Storm Surge’ celebrations coming to an end

first_img Hurricanes fire Ron Francis after stripping him of GM title Hurricanes turn Don Cherry’s rant into ‘bunch of jerks’ T-shirt “These guys to me are jerks,” Cherry said in February. “And I’ll tell you one thing, they better not do this in the playoffs. This is a joke.” But the Hurricanes embraced the criticism and clapped back by turning Cherry’s epic rant into a T-shirt.Carolina, 42-27-7, which currently sits in a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, hosts the Capitals at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.The Hurricanes have two home games remaining after that game, with their finale scheduled for April 4 against the Devils.center_img Williams acknowledged the stint served its purpose of providing something different to entertain fans while generating attention for the team.Regardless of the outcome tonight, this will be our last storm surge of the season. It has been an absolute treat celebrating victories with our @NHLCanes fans and muddying up the waters a little bit. We’ve created a buzz again in Carolina but we know ultimately we’ve done that— Justin Williams (@JustinWilliams) March 28, 2019by winning games and playing for eachother. Huge games are coming up for us. See you out there #TakeWarning pic.twitter.com/rMpPADaW1Z— Justin Williams (@JustinWilliams) March 28, 2019Williams’ admission of “muddying up the waters” was a nod at the team’s efforts to mock Cherry after the commentator condemned their celebrations showcasing Viking Claps, Jose Bautista bat flips and, most recently, a little dunking in honor of March Madness. Related News Don Cherry finally has his own reason to celebrate.Hurricanes captain Justin Williams took to Twitter on Thursday to announce Carolina’s “Storm Surge” post-game celebrations are coming to an end.last_img read more

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Liverpool draw Bayern as United face PSG in Champions League last 16

first_imgGerman Klopp gets BayernNyon, Switzerland | AFP | Liverpool will take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Jose Mourinho’s struggling Manchester United face French giants Paris Saint-Germain.Holders Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in Monday’s draw in Nyon as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona will play Lyon.Both Liverpool and Bayern have a rich tradition in the competition, with Jurgen Klopp returning to his homeland to face the side that beat his Borussia Dortmund team in the 2013 final.Liverpool, defeated finalists last season, are the current form side of the two and sit top of the Premier League while Bayern have been far short of their own high standards in the Bundesliga this term.“That’s the team of the hour, the league leaders in England, they are playing really good football, very physical, really stepping it up. We are looking forward to it,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said of the tie with Liverpool.“A tough cookie, but that’s something to look forward to as a player.”Klopp said: “It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it.”– Ronaldo awaits –Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on German side Schalke 04 while Atletico Madrid, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Italian heavyweights Juventus.“A very difficult match, with few goals,” Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved predicted.“No doubt Cristiano is the man of the Champions League, he has always shown that, with goals and victories. Our team is very strong and we can be calm and confident.”Bundesliga leaders Dortmund will meet Tottenham Hotspur for the second season in a row, having faced each other in last year’s group stage, while Roma meet two-time former champions Porto.“We’ve already met them (Tottenham) twice. A strong opponent, the chances are at 50-50. The team has top players. We are also strong, it will be interesting,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.United, at a low ebb after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, meet PSG for the first time and a formidable task awaits against a side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe — the world’s two most expensive players.“It’s always difficult to play Manchester United,” said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel. “They have lots of experience in this competition, they’ve won it numerous times. It’s always difficult to play at Old Trafford, it’s always a big challenge.“It’s the same thing against Mourinho. He has lots of experience in this competition and you must have respect,” he added.The Red Devils have only managed one win in four fixtures in December but the club’s former player Dennis Irwin says there’s plenty of time to improve ahead of facing the French champions.“There’s two months to go, hopefully we can pick up some form before that,” he told broadcaster BT Sport“The last month or so has been sticky for us. We have to concentrate on the Premier League now and the FA Cup in January,” he added.– ‘Winter break’ boost –Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain warned the English champions will not have it easy against a Schalke outfit languishing in 13th place in Germany following a nightmare start.“Teams that have been struggling in their leagues have still they’ve done very well in the Champions League,” said Begiristain.“Schalke will be difficult. After a winter break, German clubs are always very dangerous.”Lyon coach Bruno Genesio says his team can draw on their group-stage displays against City — a 2-1 away win and 2-2 home draw — ahead of their clash with five-time European champions Barca.“We’ll need to pull off two big performances, in the first leg and in the return, but we can do it. We did it against City,” said Genesio.“It’s tough. They are a team that Lyon has already played against but never beaten. Barca are more experienced and stronger but over two matches anything is possible,” Gerard Houllier, who holds an advisory role at the French club, told RMC Sport.“The first match is key and we are playing at home. Barca are potential champions. We have nothing to lose. Everything is a bonus for Lyon.”Teams that finished in second place in the group stage will host the first legs on February 12/13 and 19/20 with the return matches scheduled for March 5/6 and 12/13Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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LORD NELSON SCRATCHED FROM TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT

first_imgSpendthrift Farm LLC’s Lord Nelson, the 5-2 second choice on the morning line, has been scratched from Saturday’s TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint with a minor injury. “He got a little nick a couple of days ago and it became infected,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “We had to treat him with antibiotics so he won’t be able to run. But, he’s going to be all right.” The defection of Lord Nelson leaves a field of seven in the Sprint. Joking was scratched Wednesday.last_img

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Grateful Manuel vows not to disappoint Ginebra fans

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racela sees a lot of potential in surprise TNT pick Tallo John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jett Manuel was picked 12th by Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJett Manuel’s 2017 couldn’t get any better.After passing the Board Exams for engineers and suiting up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, the blessings continue to pour in for the University of the Philippines standout as Barangay Ginebra picked him 12th in the first round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA PLAY LIST 01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Being part of the most storied franchise in the league is a huge blessing. Joining any team has its own pressure, but its magnified in Ginebra because of the fanbase and the history of the team. As I approach everything else, I take it as a challenge. As a player, I’m just excited to live up to the expectations that comes with it,” he said.More than anything, what excites the 6-foot-2 guard is the chance to learn from two of the brightest basketball minds in the country today in coach Tim Cone and starting point guard LA Tenorio.“Coach Tim Cone is one of the best basketball minds in the country. I’m just excited to learn under him because I’m still a student of the game. I just want to learn, learn, and learn, and who better to learn from than coach Tim?” he said.“I’m also really excited to play with LA. I have a goal which is to be a combo guard, and who better that from than one of the best in this generation to play in that position.”ADVERTISEMENT With the Gin Kings faithful cheering his name as he stepped to the stage, Manuel couldn’t stop himself from smiling as he looked back on the amazing year that was.“I’m just thankful for this opportunity that they are giving me and I promise that I won’t disappoint them,” he said.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 shutoutManuel, however, knows that being drafted is one thing and staying in the league is another.And this early, he is looking forward to showing his wares and proving himself as he joins the back-to-back Governors’ Cup champions. View commentslast_img read more

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Runaway 7yearold girl sneaks onto plane at Geneva airport

first_imgGENEVA – A Geneva airport spokesman says a runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks and onto a plane without a boarding pass before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police.Bernard Stampfli said Wednesday that authorities were enhancing measures to ensure that children are accompanied by adults when passing through security checks.In the incident Sunday, the girl, who was not identified, initially slipped away from her parents at Geneva’s main railway station and travelled by train to the airport. Stampfli said the girl repeatedly “took advantage of her small size” and employed a “ruse” to make it look like she was travelling with adults ahead or behind her.After a first attempt failed, she tried again and succeeded — getting aboard an EasyJet flight to Corsica.last_img read more

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From hot to not The Baloney Meter weighs in on Scheers economy

first_imgOTTAWA – “Justin Trudeau inherited a booming economy, but he’s squandering it. His uncontrolled spending and tax hikes is making life harder for Canadians. It’s time for a Prime Minister who puts taxpayers’ interests first.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Twitter, July 15, 2018———In a tweet this week, Scheer took aim at Just Trudeau’s record since 2015, arguing the prime minister “inherited a booming economy,” but is “squandering it” through “uncontrolled spending and tax hikes.”His tweet added a graphic noting a net loss of 17,000 jobs in Canada so far this year, compared to almost 1.3 million created in the United States.So has Trudeau turned a roaring economy into slow simmer?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSThe Liberals took power in November 2015.The Canadian economy saw two consecutive quarters of contraction at the start of 2015, meeting the definition of a technical recession, before showing some growth again.Canada’s economy ended the year with real GDP growth of one per cent. World Bank figures show growth in subsequent years was 1.4 per cent in 2016 and three per cent in 2017. The Bank of Canada estimated in its July monetary policy report that the Canadian economy would grow on average annually by two per cent between 2018 and 2020.The Liberals promised to run deficits of $10 billion in each of their first two years to finance infrastructure work to prod economic growth, but have blown past those spending promises while increasing taxes for higher income earners and cutting them for others.Statistics Canada data show a recent decline in the number of people employed in Canada. Employment fell by 17,100 positions between the almost 18.63 million recorded in June 2018 and the almost 18.65 million in December 2017. In the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show an total increase of 1.29 million jobs between January and June.THE EXPERTSThe economy in 2015 was hurting from plummeting commodity prices beyond the control of the previous Conservative government, said Randall Bartlett, an economist with the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. The economic rebound in 2017 was largely linked to a rebound in oil prices, he said.“That was not inheriting a booming economy, quite frankly. The economy was not doing well at all.”As for Scheer’s claim that Trudeau’s reckless spending undermined Canadians’ prosperity, economists say some kinds of government spending are more supportive of growth than others.Infrastructure, for instance, has a far-reaching multiplier effect, both in the short term and in the long term, said Brenda Spotton Visano, a professor of economics and public policy at York University in Toronto.“I have no problem paying taxes if I am confident in the government’s decision on where to spend it,” she said.Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies with the Fraser Institute, warns it would be a stretch to link any immediate changes in the country’s economy to the actions of one government. The federal budget is “a drop in the bucket” relative to the size of the economy, he says, but adds governments “can affect the economic environment through their policies at the margins.”Sheila Block, a senior economist from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, issues a similar warning about comparing Canadian and American job figures: There are slight differences in methodology, and the size of the U.S. economy means its jobs figures will be larger than Canadian numbers.Block says since November 2015, when the Liberals took office, the country has added about 642,000 jobs. The jobs figures between December 2017 and June 2018 are a unique reference period zeroing in on an employment decline, Block said.“Comparing just one month without looking at it in context…you’re kind of cherry picking a number,” she said.THE VERDICTEconomists are in general agreement that Canada was not roaring in 2015, but differ on the impacts of Liberal policy. The math on the job figures is factually correct but lacks context. Scheer’s tweet overall has “a lot of baloney.”There are signs, though, that the Liberals should not take the current economic climate for granted. Slowdowns in business investment, uncertainty about trade, and concerns about household debt as interest rates rise are among the red flags Canada may be on the downside of the economic cycle.“I’m worried about our economic prospects,” Lammam said.“I don’t particularly think there is anything to cheer about based on the 2017 numbers because the fundamentals don’t show a good and strong long-term economy.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

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