first_imgRashida Jones ’97, whose professional acting career began the year she graduated from Harvard College, returns to campus on May 25 to address the graduating Class of 2016 as part of the annual Class Day celebration.Accepting the invitation, Jones said, “I am truly honored to come back to campus and speak at Class Day 2016. Harvard was such a transformative place for me in so many ways.“It’s where I first had the idea for Facebook, which went on to make me billions of dollars and change the world. Oh, wait, that wasn’t me …,” she added, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.Jones is known for her roles in more than 20 films, iconic TV shows such as “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” and, most recently, as the title character in the TBS comedy “Angie Tribeca.” She is also an accomplished screenwriter, philanthropist, and comic book author.“As a Harvard College alumna, Jones knows what it is like to balance commitments — whether it was her involvement with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the Signet Society, or the Black Students Association — with academics and the many other facets of college life,” said Class Marshal Gabriela Ruiz-Colon ’16, co-chair of the speaker selection committee. “She has taken this experience and shown an extraordinary ability to use her celebrity platform to make the world a better place.”“We are thrilled to honor Ms. Rashida Jones. Both as a Harvard College alumna and as a woman of color in Hollywood, Ms. Jones serves as an inspiring role model for the Class of 2016, and we are looking forward to hearing from her,” added Marshal Irfan Mahmud ’16, co-chair of the speaker selection committee.Harvard College seniors have invited a guest speaker for Class Day since 1968. Prior to that, the honor was given to University affiliates, such as deans, faculty, or classmates. The first invited guest was Martin Luther King Jr., who accepted the invitation shortly before his assassination. His wife, Coretta Scott King, delivered the speech in his absence and also became the first woman to give a Class Day address at Harvard.Since 1968, nine alumni have been selected to deliver the Class Day address. Jones is the fourth consecutive alumna to give the address and also the first relative of a former Class Day speaker (Quincy Jones, in 1997) to receive the honor.“We’re looking forward to gathering the entire Class of 2016 together for the first time since freshman year,” said First Marshal Reylon Yount ’16. “Class Day will be an exciting moment for us to reflect together on what it has meant to exist on this campus for four transformative years and how this experience will shape the rest of our lives.”In addition to Jones’ address, Class Day events include award presentations and student orations. All of the day’s events will take place in Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard beginning at 2 p.m. and will be streamed live online.last_img read more


first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 View Comments “It’s a bore” for this Broadway revival, which received no Tony love this year. The Vanessa Hudgens-led Gigi will shutter on June 21. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed tuner, adapted by Heidi Thomas, also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty, officially opened on April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre. At time of closing the musical will have played 20 previews and 86 regular performances. A national tour is planned in the 2016-17 season.Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The show features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more.Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Hudgens won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her performance in this incarnation.The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Gigi Related Showslast_img read more


first_img Comments Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said Wednesday that he was worried about Asia Durr, Louisville’s star guard. She had just scored 24 points in a historic upset of Connecticut, and a year earlier she posted 27 on SU in the Carrier Dome. The first task of any upset bid against No. 2 Louisville was simple: Limit Durr. SU did overall, holding the elite shooter to 15 points on 13 shots. But No. 15 Syracuse (17-5, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) couldn’t prevent the rest of the Cardinals’ (22-1, 9-1) from scoring with ease and lost 76-51, in the KFC Yum! Center. Seven different U of L players made multiple field goals, and the team totaled 10 3s. For weeks, Hillsman has cited lesser margins in key stats, like possessions, leading to close results. On Thursday, Louisville managed four more shots and eight more rebounds and still led by 30 at one point. A Syracuse offense that produces 78.1 points per game barely registered 50. The Orange shot 32.3 percent, scored nine points in one quarter and left the questions asked last week — can SU protect the paint, develop Kadiatou Sissoko and snap out of its shooting slump — unanswered. Syracuse has now dropped three of the last five, dating back to an upset loss at Georgia Tech on Jan. 20. “I think it was them being really good,” Hillsman said of Louisville. “I really do. They did a good job of coming out ready to play, and they made shots early.”Durr opened the game with five-straight points. Amaya Finklea-Guity opened the Orange offense with a layup. Then Durr scored five more. Louisville opened with an 18-4 lead through a two-minute SU scoring drought. The Cardinals utilized half court passes to pick apart the 2-3 zone, in-and-out, resulting in open 3s or two U of L forwards managing a 2-on-1 on a lone SU big. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Syracuse’s offense missing 3-pointers, Tiana Mangakahia drove inside and clanked a shot off the rim. She finished with five points on 1-of-11 shooting. Gabrielle Cooper, who played 35 minutes, went 1-for-8 from the field, both guards finished with their worst shooting percentages of the season, 9.1 and 12.5, respectively. Kiara Lewis led SU with 13 points and notched two first-quarter 3s to prevent a massive Cardinal run. U of L answered repeatedly, however, as Dana Evans used four 3s to quell any Orange momentum, and instead spark most of those in attendance. “It’s tough,” Hillsman said postgame. “It’s uphill in there … it’s tough.”There were some Syracuse highlights, like Emily Engstler’s second block of the contest in the second quarter. But they were met with more 3s or one of the Cardinals’ 18 offensive rebounds. In a sequence in the second frame following an Engstler swat, U of L grabbed two offensive boards and finished with an uncontested layup.In the second half, the margin hovered in the 10s, as Durr started to drive the paint and pick apart the zone from inside the painted arch. She flicked passes to Sam Fuehring, who finished with eight points, seven boards and four assists. By late in the third quarter, Hillsman was de-jacketed and Louisville pushed the deficit to 21. Later in the period, Evans swished another 3, and the U of L bench player swayed side-to-side. On the ensuing possession, Digna Strautmane fell to the ground and turned the ball over. A week after squeaking by with a victory against Virginia at home, Syracuse was on the wrong end of a blowout. SU has a potential respite as it hosts Boston College (14-9, 3-7) on Feb. 10 before welcoming No. 9 North Carolina State on Feb. 13. “We gotta get home,” Hillsman said, “and turn this thing around and start winning some games.” Published on February 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgFew times so far this season have the Jacks had a game entering the latter stages with the score not completely swinging in their favor.But even though the Gators came close, they couldn’t hold the Jacks down for long.Senior first baseman Breonna Bejaran’s solo home run in the bottom of the fifth broke a 3-all tie and helped the No. 1-ranked Humboldt State softball team claim a 5-3 win over San Francisco State in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and sweep the first California …last_img read more


first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks forward Tomas Hertl may miss Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with what is being described as a lower body injury.Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Wednesday that Hertl is considered day-to-day after he was injured the night before against the Nashville Predators. Hertl left the ice with just over seven minutes remaining in the second period and did not return.DeBoer said Hertl, who played 11 minutes against the Predators, will be reevaluated Thursday morning.He …last_img read more


first_img24 January 2014 The government remains committed to finding options for the safe release of South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who is being held hostage in Yemen, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said after his visit to the country on the weekend. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said he had met with representatives of the Yemen security services, the deputy minister of foreign affairs, the prime minister and the president of Yemen. In addition to this, Ebrahim had appeared on Yemeni television to appeal to the kidnappers for Korkie’s release. Ebrahim said details of the discussions could not be divulged at the moment, but that he had received a comprehensive report with the latest information regarding the kidnapping. “We used our engagements to seek advice and look into what Yemen and South Africa can do together to secure the release,” he said. Korkie and his wife Yolande, who had been living in Yemen for four years, were captured in May last year in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Yolande was released on 10 January without any ransom being paid, but the militants have demanded R32-million to release Korkie. “The Yemeni authorities, who have considerable experience in dealing with situations of this type, emphasised that the motive of the kidnapping was not political,” Ebrahim said. “It was confirmed [to me] that South Africans are not the only ones targeted and that it was a case of mistaken identity.” Foreigners were frequently kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaida militants or tribesmen, who demanded a ransom for the release of their prisoners. Currently, eight other foreign nationals are being held hostage in areas that are not under government control. In Korkie’s case, they had issued an execution threat if the ransom was not paid. The kidnappers extended the deadline for the ransom money to be paid last week Friday, by 21 days. On Wednesday, disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers said the kidnappers had contacted them via SMS asking them about the ransom. The kidnappers later sent a picture of a bomb belt after the organisation said the government did not negotiate with terrorists. Ebrahim said although the threats were being taken seriously, they remained hopeful that Korkie would be released unharmed. The deputy minister said the government’s position was clear and that it did not pay ransom under any circumstances. “This is not only a South African policy but the international norm of governments across the world … We do not negotiate with the kidnappers, we work with the government of that country.” Regarding reports that the family was trying to raise funds for Korkie’s release, Ebrahim said that this was a private family initiative in which the government was not involved. Despite no warning having been issued to South Africans travelling to Yemen, Ebrahim advised people to be careful when travelling in conflict areas and to register with the voluntary registration service Registration of South Africans Abroad. This service is provided in the event that there is a need to contact citizens travelling or living outside of the country to offer important advice on a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_imgChief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday made an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district and held administrative meetings at Kakdwip, where 60,000 families had been affected, authorities said. She assured the people affected by Cyclone Bulbul that the State government would offer compensation for damaged houses and crops.“We will send a team of experts to assess the damage… Those whose betel nut cultivation or paddy crops have been affected will be compensated,” Ms. Banerjee told the people who met her in Kakdwip. The Chief Minister said that 1.78 lakh people were stationed in relief centres or else the causalities would have been higher. Ms. Banerjee said that 4-5 lakh people had been affected by the cyclone in the South 24 Parganas district alone.Ms. Banerjee said one person, a fisherman, was found dead in the district after a trawler capsized. “Eight fishermen, who were in a trawler, are still missing. Fifteen have been rescued,” she said. The Chief Minister met the family members of Sk. Mubur Rehman, the fisherman whose body was recovered on Monday morning.Bodies recoveredLater in the day, four more bodies were recovered by the Indian Coast Guard.The trawler had capsized near Sagar on the evening of November 9. Cyclone Bulbul made a landfall between Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas and Khepupara in Bangladesh. With five bodies of the missing fishermen, the death toll due to the cyclone has increased from seven to 12.last_img read more


first_imgSerena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early after losing to little-known opponents at the French OpenInstead of playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros.Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. It is her earliest exit at a major tournament since falling in the first round at Roland Garros two years ago – and her most-lopsided loss ever at a Grand Slam.A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.The Williams siblings would have met in the third round had they both won.”It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam,” the top-seeded Serena said. “It happens, you know. It’s not the end of the world. It is what it is.”The sisters have lost on the same day at a major tournament twice before, with the last coming in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011. The other time was at the French Open in 2008 in the third round.With Li Na also eliminated, it is the first time in the Open era that the top two seeded women have lost before the third round at any Grand Slam tournament.advertisementSerena struggled from the start against the 20-year-old Muguruza and finished the match with only eight winners and 29 unforced errors.”Just nothing really worked,” Serena said. “I don’t know anything that actually worked.”Muguruza was playing at the French Open for only the second time in her career. She lost in the second round last year, but reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.Venus’ loss was the eighth time in her last nine major tournaments that she has failed to win more than one match.The seven-time Grand Slam champion won the first set and was up an early break in the second. But the 19-year-old Schmiedlova responded by taking eight of nine games and won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.”I felt like this was a match that I was most likely going to win. I’m sure, I don’t know how Serena felt, but I’m sure she feels like that every time she goes on the court,” Venus said. “So I think our expectation was to play in the next round.”Since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011, Venus has been eliminated in the first or second round at every Grand Slam tournament she has played except the 2013 Australian Open, where she reached the third round.At 33 years old, Venus is far from her best. But she has been having a solid season in 2014, winning a hard-court title in Dubai and reaching the final in Auckland.Against Schmiedlova, the 29th-seeded Venus ended up with 47 unforced errors. Schmiedlova had only 20.Venus won the last of her seven major titles at Wimbledon in 2008. She has never won the French Open, but lost to Serena in the 2002 final in their only meeting at Roland Garros.No. 12 Flavia Pennetta of Italy also lost, while No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany and No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada won.Also Wednesday, 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play.In the men’s tournament, both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made it through to the third round.Federer beat Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday, while the second-seeded Djokovic defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.Djokovic needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada, No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 18 Ernets Gulbis of Latvia, No. 25 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, No. 29 Gilles Simon of France and No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov of Russia also advanced to the third round.No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine lost.One match that carried over from the first round ended quickly Wednesday with Steve Johnson of the United States advancing. The American saved two match points on Tuesday in the third set before completing a 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Laurent Lokoli of France.The match had been suspended because of darkness on Tuesday night with Johnson leading 3-1 in the fifth.last_img read more


first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—LA Tenorio is one of the best point guards in the PBA and at 34-years-old is still far away from retirement.Ginebra’s floor general averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in the past season en route to the Commissioner’s Cup title, proving that he still has a lot left in the tank.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion It was Ginebra, however, that Tenorio truly became a household name as he also became a national team staple while wearing the Gin Kings’ colors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Although he’s not yet thinking of an impending retirement, Tenorio wants to end his playing days with the franchise that gave three of his four career titles.“That’s what I want,” said Tenorio of a potential retirement with Ginebra during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino. “Who wouldn’t want to retire under Ginebra?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Hopefully this would be my last team before I retire. But I’m not yet thinking of retiring because it’s still far away and of course I’m still young.”Tenorio has played with San Miguel in his first two years in the league before he got traded to Alaska where he won the 2010 Fiesta Cup and became the co-Finals MVP with Cyrus Baguio against his former team. Asi Taulava ponders retirement as he enters 20th season in PBA LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more


first_imgThe Alliance is a team that is made up of players from the ‘rest of Australia’ – excluding the states of New South Wales and Queensland, that was created to participate in the Elite Eight series that will debut at the 2011 National Touch League. It was the first hit out for the Alliance, and Friday marked the first time the squads had trained together, and like the Australian squads, they will be in camp at Caloundra this weekend.While Australia won both games convincingly, it was an impressive first display from the Alliance, who proved they will definitely be a team to watch out for in the Elite Eight series. Touch Football Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, was impressed by the standard of the games, and the potential of the Alliance squads. Maguire also says that it is an exciting time for the sport, with the Elite Eight series only six months away. “I got to speak to the Alliance on Thursday night and just to talk to them about the opportunity that they have and how we are moving towards professionalism, and from all accounts talking to the coaches, they’ve just acquitted themselves outstandingly today. And if you are going to test yourself, and you are going to test yourself against the best team in the world, they really, really did well. They’ve got a lot of players that will come in and they’ve got a lot of time to prepare and it was just exciting to see them have such an exciting opportunity,” Maguire said. “In particular, the Women’s side, I know that they will have a lot of players that will come in and from all accounts there is some younger players that are playing at this tournament that have acquitted themselves well enough to be considered, but there are a lot of experienced players that will come in so to play against the Australian team that has some of the best players in the world…they did well and I think that they forced the Australian team to another level to really put them away.”“Same with the boys, they really were slick and moved the ball quite well and the Australian team didn’t go easy and they didn’t relax, they were really working on their combinations.  The Alliance has got something and they’ve got a lot of time to work on it and will have other players who may or may not fit into that and it’s always hard when you’ve got squads it’s always hard to get things done and once you narrow it down they’ll start to get that cohesion and it’s all going to go well,” he said.last_img read more