This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Rossi Lamont Walter Jr. remembers his experience with Harvard Summer School in 2009 as “a frolicking good time.”It was the Texas native’s introduction to Harvard, and its energy inspired him. “I’ve always been very sensitive to my environment and to things that are contributing to the energy and the mood of the space,” he said. Later, when considering college, Walter was certain that if he attended Harvard, something important would happen and that the people and the environs “would change my life in ways I could not foresee.”That’s just what happened. He will graduate with a concentration he didn’t know existed, a passion for dance he never expected, and a post-College fellowship to spend a year in a country that wasn’t on his radar four years ago.Like many Harvard freshmen, Walter arrived on campus with a list of interests, in his case math, science, the visual arts, dance, and electronic music, among others. But during his sophomore year, the ground began “shifting pretty dramatically,” and he needed to prioritize. School, dance, and his connections with a group of friends topped his list.Walter considered concentrating on neurobiology, but “I remember thinking, ‘Oh, no, no. This is much too planned for me.’” On a whim, he took an introductory class in the history of science, and fell in love.He also fell in love with Jewish history, culture, and religion through his relationships with Alpha Epsilon Pi (“the Jewish fraternity”) and Harvard’s Hillel and Chabad houses. “They provided me with a supportive network of friends and peers who are diverse in their interests and can engage in deep conversation about their experiences and what they are learning today.”With support from the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard, he traveled to Jerusalem last summer to learn about history, and he will leave campus with a secondary concentration in Jewish studies.Walter’s third passion was dance. Energized by Jill Johnson, director of the Harvard Dance Program, he performed in several new works, including “SEESAW,” which will be presented by the Harvard Dance Project at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in June. He was also introduced to Gaga movement language, a contemporary style of dance that originated in Israel, and traveled to Tel Aviv to study with its founder.Johnson called Walter a gifted artist, thinker, dancer, choreographer, and performer.“He has an unlimited desire to explore artistic expression in his dance studies and in areas beyond the field with tireless energy, curiosity, rigor, and focus.”Dancing with Johnson and other students helped Walter combine what he calls his “physical, creative, and academic intellects. It was unlike anything I’d ever done. Jill helped me see what dance had been and could be.”Walter has a busy summer ahead. After graduation, he begins training for “SEESAW,” and then heads back to Dallas to spend time with family and friends. In August, he will travel to North Carolina as a 2014 Byron Fellow to participate in a weeklong session on leadership. He then will head to Israel for a year as a Benjamin A. Trustman Fellow, with support from Harvard’s Office for the Arts.That year will be something of a soul-searching mission. He plans to live in Tel Aviv; practice Gaga; dance; visit synagogues, churches, and mosques, “and the sea.” He seeks adventures, “all with the purpose of putting myself in a different context and allowing a different tree to grow out from within my identity.”A Quincy House affiliate, Walter is reflective when asked to consider what Harvard has meant to him. After a pause, he offers up a single word: people. “I’ve always said that Harvard is just a place, and it’s really the people that make it what it is. Everyone has something to bring to the table.”Accordingly, he envisions a career that combines dancing and choreography with the visual arts, education, social activism, and his desire to help people “articulate what they think is important.”“I expect people to prove me right in a way. I want to help them show me that they do have something to offer, something to bring to the table. I’d like to help people channel that somehow.”Reflecting on the last four years, Walter also offered a note of thanks to his father, Rossi Lamont Walter Sr. ’86.“My father has always been so supportive of me pursuing the things that interest me. He has never pressured me to do anything, including coming to Harvard. For that, I am eternally grateful.”
December 20, 2019
A career in music lingered in the back of Zito’s mind after he made that purchase. After a … Freshly drafted by the Oakland Athletics, 21-year-old Barry Zito purchased his very first guitar.Traveling on the minor league circuit, Zito toted around his Ovation Celebrity instrument, learning to play and fine tuning chords in various hotel rooms.His guitar, which had a plastic curved back, would slip off Zito’s lap if he played it without a strap but it still “sounded incredible when plugged in.”
December 20, 2019
Seconds after Chase Fisher’s glove gave off a “pop” in the way only a ball hitting leather can, the McKinleyville Panthers were gathered around their head coach Scott St. John.And above the applause from the Panthers’ faithful and the cheers from his team, which had just secured McKinleyville’s first outright Big 5 Conference title since 1996, the coach could be heard saying “our team deserves this, our community deserves this.”Needing just one win in Saturday’s regular season-ending …
October 23, 2019
zoom Dutch banks ABN AMRO, ING Bank and NIBC, together with the Scandinavian counterparts SEB and DNB, announced today at NOR-Shipping in Oslo that they are all introducing Responsible Ship Recycling Standards (RSRS) for their ship financing.The announcement was made during the biannual industry gathering with the aim of including more banks into the initiative. The Norwegian fund, KLP, which in 2016 commissioned a report by the International Law and Policy Institute on shipbreaking, had also already taken a stance to reject beaching practices.The collective move to include ship recycling conditions on loans by leading banks and financial institutions with large shipping portfolios has been described as a positive step to imposing responsible practices on shipowners by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. “When there is pressure for change coming from shipping financers, who understand that they have a direct tangible impact on the shipping industry, shipowners, rather than finding crafty loopholes in the law, will feel the bite if they do not choose to recycle responsibly off the beach,” the NGO said.“We welcome the leading role taken by the banks to ensure a departure from the unnecessarily dirty and dangerous practice of beaching, and expect that investors and clients of shipping that are increasingly pushing for higher standards for ship recycling will join the initiative,” said Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.Majority of ships are still scrapped in South Asia to beaching yards notorious for their low working standards and high incident rates.A total of 128 end-of-life ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches during the first quarter of 2017, according to the data by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.The number represents 65 percent of ships which reached the shores of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, out of a total of 196 vessels sold for demolition worldwide during the three-month period.
October 18, 2019
New Delhi: The ongoing ‘Delhi Bachao Parivartan Yatra’ will help the BJP galvanise its cadre and assess the organisational preparedness for the Assembly election due early next year, a party leader said on Saturday. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari launched the outreach campaign on Thursday. The stated goal of the campaign is to “expose” the alleged failures of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government led by Arvind Kejriwal and seek public support to install a BJP dispensation in the national capital. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder However, BJP leaders said that through the campaign, the party is focussing on strengthening ties with workers in every corner of the city. Tiwari said besides “exposing” the “poor show” of the AAP government in past five years, the campaign would pay attention to BJP workers and their preparedness for the Assembly election. The party is aiming to mobilise all workers in a particular area so that it can be verified if they have renewed their membership in the latest drive, said Delhi BJP media relationship head Neelkant Bakshi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings In its membership drive that concluded earlier this month, the Delhi unit claimed to have added over 17 lakh people to the party-fold. The Delhi BJP president and other senior leaders are scheduled to visit all the 14 districts and 70 Assembly constituencies during the drive that will conclude by September-end. Bakshi said that in order to ensure quick galvanisation of party leaders and workers in the districts, the schedule of the yatra has not been announced beforehand. “Thus, its easy to check how quickly and in what numbers party leaders and workers can assemble in an area after the yatra reaches there. This is a crucial element of the campaign to ascertain preparedness and efficiency of the organisation to be mobilised for big events like Assembly polls,” Bakshi said. Launching the campaign from outer Delhi’s Bhalaswa Dairy area, the Delhi BJP president had attacked the Kejriwal government over a host of issues, including regularisation of unauthorised colonies and non-implementation of Ayushman Bharat health scheme of the Modi government. Besides these issues, it is being ensured that local issues such as lack of civic amenities, inadequate water and electricity supply, waterlogging, poor roads and streets are also prominently taken up, Bakshi said. Tiwari asserted people are eager to go with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ensure victory of the the party in Delhi because it has suffered during the five years of the Kejriwal government. The BJP was vanquished by the AAP which won 67 of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi in 2015 elections. The BJP managed to win just three seats, and Congress drew a blank. The Aam Aadmi Party has hit back at the BJP, saying its three leaders, including Tiwari, were involved in a race to become the next chief minister of Delhi and were “obstructing” pro-people schemes of the Kejriwal government.
October 14, 2019
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October 14, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in August he was splitting the Indigenous Affairs department in two with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs handling land claims and self-governance and Philpott’s new department taking over government programs on health, child welfare, education and infrastructure.The priorities will also focus on self-determination, meaning the goal is for the department to disappear.“This department should disappear over time. Services to Indigenous people should… be delivered by Indigenous organizations,” said Jean Francois Tremblay, deputy minister.Philpott looked to the West Coast as a template moving forward.“One of the best examples of that is British Columbia where we have seen the tremendous success of the British Columbia First Nations Health Authority which has entirely taken over the leadership, the management and delivery of health services for First Nations in British Columbia,” she saidLater this week, Philpott is hosting an emergency meeting on child welfare on reserves, which she said is the most pressing issue for her new department.“The meeting this week is not going to be about finding blame, the meeting this week is saying nobody thinks that what’s happening now is right, who’s prepared to look at alternative models? How are we going to fund those alternative models? How are we going to change policies so that kids can be with their families?” she said.-With files from The Canadian [email protected] APTN National NewsThe new Indigenous Services ministry has identified five “key” priorities Minister Jane Philpott hopes to address moving forward.They are improving health, education, child welfare, better infrastructure (housing and water) and a new fiscal relationship.“It doesn’t help anybody to be in denial,” said Philpott Tuesday at a media conference describing for far too long the federal government has underfunded these key areas.Watch APTN’s Todd Lamirande’s report from Ottawa:
October 12, 2019
How was the experience of shooting for season 2 different from season 1? At the time of season 1, web shows had just come out and nobody was willing to invest their money and take the risk. TVF was amongst the first ones to make a web series, so in that sense we were all under a bit of pressure. We got lucky as they liked the script, agreed to the concept, trusted us and gave an opportunity to make it happen. Secondly, Tripling was more like working with friends. The director was not from the company, and I had recommended Rajesh Krishnan’s name. He was sweet enough to agree and get on board. Director Sameer Saxena, who has helmed ‘Permanent Roommates’, was also involved in the first season of ‘Tripling’. So, working together with people known to me was amazing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn the other hand, in season 2, the pressure had gone because season 1 did pretty well. The web series was being accepted and the audience had found some sort of connect with the characters of ‘Tripling’. In that way, it was altogether a different experience. Has the bonding with co-actors strengthened over the years. Can you share any interesting memory from the set? Yes, definitely. Not only because we have been shooting together, but also because we have seen each other grow over the years as individuals, actors and also in terms of popularity. In season 1, not many people were aware of who we are, or what our talent is. By the time we reached season 2, everyone knew about our work. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award As co-actors, we have developed a lot more trust in each other. We celebrated Diwali during the shoots of ‘Tripling’. We were in Sikkim and had no option to go home. So, we stayed together and enjoyed the celebration like one big family. You have worked in different spaces as an actor. What is one advantage and one disadvantage of working in a web series? I don’t see any disadvantage of working in a web series. The advantage is that you are a bit free as an actor and artist. You don’t feel like there is a protocol hanging on your neck. Just like our audience, who steps in with an open and relaxed mind to watch a web series; we as actors, creators, and directors also enjoy the comfort to express ourselves freely while working on that web show. This is definitely an advantage. The disadvantage earlier was that people did not want to accept actors from web series as mainstream. They weren’t considered serious about the art; but fortunately, the perception has changed now.What were your expectations from the second season? How has the response been so far? My expectations were not to disappoint the audience, and treat the story as organically as possible. I think we have achieved that. I also hoped that people would remember the characters, and it definitely happened. The response has been phenomenal. Well, there’s also a bit of criticism, which is fair and valid. We take it all, and perhaps try to make it better the next time. We wanted to make some sort of shift in the way second season moves – so that there could be a differentiating factor between the two seasons. But in the end, what matters is that the audience has really appreciated and loved the episodes. Did the success of season 1 create pressure to deliver something which could surprise your audience? Not really. There was no pressure as such. Rather, it was more like a responsibility to give them what they expected. People have shown so much love to all the characters and audience is really connected to each one of them (Chandan, Chitvan, and Chanchal). So, I was aware that I just cannot fool around with this story. One emotion you experienced while shooting for Tripling 2… I would have to say ‘Family bonding’. When we were shooting the first season, it was a very different space. During the second season, I really enjoyed the family vibe that this season so perfectly encapsulates. Even in terms of the shooting experience, it was like that. Amol, Maanvi and I were shooting together, and there was some genuine bonding happening. As I shared earlier, in the last schedule of Sikkim, we celebrated Diwali together. So, that feeling was constant throughout the season. After working in the entertainment industry for such a long time, do you feel the experience has helped you evolve as a writer? Yes, it definitely has. With time, you learn to use your experiences in life for the sake of art. Over time you become more observant than regular people – when you travel, when things happen to you. You feel and experience every bit of life. In that sense, it has really worked for me. Not just as a writer, it has helped me as an actor as well.After the success of two seasons, will the siblings be back for the third chapter? The fact that second season has done so well, I hope that third season happens sooner. We took almost 2-3 years to come up with the second season, but surely we won’t take that long to churn out the third chapter . Sameer Saxena is the right man to answer this question.CANDID TALKTurning point in your life’Permanent Roommates’One genre you wish to explore as an actor and writerActionA director you want to work withImtiaz Ali, for sureA movie/role you wanted to doAmitabh Bachchan’s part in original AgneepathIf given a chance. whose biopic would you like to be a part ofSatyajit Ray’s biopicYour childhood celebrity crushMini MathurTitle of your biography’There’s more to it than what meets the eye’Which is your favourite filmEternal sunshine of a spotless mindA superpower you wish you hadInvisibilityYour guilty pleasureDefinitely, eating!(Inputs by Sumeet Vyas)
September 28, 2019
CURRENT RANKINGCAREER AT MAJORS PLAYERSTARTENDLENGTH (MAJORS)WON A MAJOR? Paul Azinger1990 British1990 PGA2✓ Based on how many career “major shares” a player had going into each major tournament since 1979. To be in the running, a player had to make the cut in at least half of the previous eight majors.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports A chronology of the “Best Player To Never Win A Major” Nick Price1988 PGA1990 Masters6✓ Loren Roberts2004 U.S. Open2004 PGA3 Westwood, at age 44, is perhaps the most decorated English golfer in recent history — he’s racked up 23 European Tour victories and seven Ryder Cup victories and even snapped Tiger Woods’s 281-week stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in 2010. But the majors have been painful. He’s finished in the top 10 on 18 different occasions and been runner-up three times. This has earned him close to $9 million in prize money in the majors alone, but an empty trophy case.Now on the unfamiliar grounds of Erin Hills (a Wisconsin course that’s never hosted a major before), Westwood can only hope his reign as BPTNWAM is short. He’s off to a good start, finishing Thursday 3 strokes under par — but the first three rounds are generally not the problem for the Englishman. Going into this week, Westwood’s average score in rounds 1 through 3 at the majors has been 72.0, but on Sunday, that number rises to 72.6, according to the statistical site Golfstats.The bookmakers don’t like his chances this weekend, either. Before the tournament, his odds of winning were 65-to-1, according to VegasInsider.com. Maybe they’ve been scoping out the success rate for past BPTNWAMs: Even including Garcia’s victory in April, the title-holder won just four times in 149 tries (2.7 percent) going back to the 1980 Masters. That’s a big reason why the average BPTNWAM hung onto the designation for 11.5 tournaments (nearly three years’ worth of majors) over the same time period.Westwood is also nearly outside the career phase where any golfers have ever won a major. So most likely, his BPTNWAM reign will end when he stops playing majors regularly, rather than with a championship victory. But golf has also given us a few stellar moments by players older than Westwood, including Jack Nicklaus’s Masters win at age 46 and, more recently, Tom Watson forcing a playoff in the British Open at age 59. Perhaps it won’t happen this week, but Westwood might just have enough left in the tank to shed his newfound, inglorious title in a grand way. Crenshaw would plug away for the next 18 major tournaments before finally shedding the label with a win at the 1984 Masters. (A player can leave the BPTNWAM list three ways: Winning a major; falling behind another player’s major shares; or not playing enough to qualify for the list anymore.) Among all the title-holders since 1979, Crenshaw’s streak was the third-longest — though it paled in comparison with the streak that Garcia just ended.Garcia was the modern king of the BPTNWAMs. Before his win at the Masters, he had gone 35 consecutive majors (back to the 2008 British Open) as the BPTNWAM, and before that, he’d traded the title back and forth with Chris DiMarco a few times. His 37 total tournaments as BPTNWAM are the most of any player since 1979 (eight more than No. 2 Colin Montgomerie).Now the honor falls to Westwood, whose 0.86 career major shares leads all major-less players in the U.S. Open field: Sergio Garcia2005 Masters2005 Masters1✓ Marc Leishman2735130.20 Chris DiMarco2006 PGA2006 PGA1 John Cook1994 U.S. Open1995 PGA7 Sergio Garcia2007 Masters2007 Masters1✓ Andy Bean1986 PGA1988 British8 Gil Morgan1991 PGA1994 Masters10 Sergio Garcia2008 British2017 Masters35✓ Colin Montgomerie2005 British2006 British5 Rickie Fowler169220.42 Phil Mickelson2002 Masters2004 Masters9✓ Peter Oosterhuis1984 U.S. Open1984 PGA3 Chris DiMarco2005 U.S. Open2005 U.S. Open1 Lee Westwood2017 U.S. Open—— Scott Piercy1286280.09 Greg Norman1985 Masters1986 British7✓ Matt Kuchar2815290.20 * Official World Golf RankingSources: ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Golfweek PLAYERGOLFWEEKOWGR*CUTS MADEMAJOR SHARES Steve Stricker1385540.47 Andy Bean1990 U.S. Open1990 U.S. Open1 J.B. Holmes9152150.10 Branden Grace4429140.26 Colin Montgomerie1996 Masters2001 PGA24 The 12-foot birdie putt Sergio Garcia sank to win the Masters in April had bigger consequences than ensuring him a garish new jacket. It also meant somebody else would have to take on the title of “Best Player To Never Win A Major,” a crown that Garcia had worn for nearly a decade. And according to our calculations, that player should be England’s Lee Westwood, who shot 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.No pressure, Westy.The golf world usually hands out the dreaded “BPTNWAM” designation by reputation and consensus, but we wanted to take a crack at it using a formula. In the past, we’ve judged the quality of a player’s performance in majors — win or lose — using “major shares,” which estimate how many majors a player would be expected to win given his scoring relative to the field average in past majors. (Fractional “shares” of wins accumulate over time for good players; also-rans garner scores at or near zero.) So for our purposes here, I’m considering the BPTNWAM to be the player who, at the time of each major, had the most career major shares without an actual major victory.1I also added the qualification that a player must have made the cut in at least half of the previous two years’ worth of majors, to make sure that he was still playing at a high level at the time of the tournament in question.According to those rules, here’s a chronology of the BPTNWAM since the great Ben Crenshaw took over the title in August of 1979: Andres Romero609798120.13 Nick Price1991 Masters1991 British3✓ Chris DiMarco2007 U.S. Open2008 U.S. Open5 Who’s the new “Best Player To Never Win A Major”? Ben Crenshaw1979 PGA1984 Masters18✓ Brandt Snedeker3138260.13 Lee Westwood5254580.86
September 28, 2019
A long road trip can be boring, uncomfortable and emotionally and physically draining, but it might be just what the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team needs. The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes will take a roughly 500-mile bus ride to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to play Lake Superior State in a two-game series starting Friday. OSU (14-7-4, 10-6-4-1) is winless in its last six games, and playing on the road in the CCHA can be a daunting task. However, getting away from Columbus to play the Lakers (13-11-4, 8-9-3-3) could put the Buckeyes back in the win column. “I think right now, we need a trip like this,” said OSU junior defenseman Devon Krogh. “It’s great team bonding, to get away from Columbus, focus all on hockey and turn this funk we have going on right now around.” OSU has seen its lead in the CCHA, which was seven points in early January, drop to two points during the skid, but coach Mark Osiecki said he thinks the trek up to northern Michigan could get the Buckeyes back on track. “To have 22 players jump on a bus and have all external distractions away, and be able to put that away and just focus on hockey, 22 guys can somewhat rally around each other and move forward,” Osiecki said. The Buckeyes will look to move forward against a team they have already beaten twice this season. OSU and LSSU played on Dec. 2 and 3 in Columbus. OSU won both games, 5-2, and 2-1, respectively. The two wins were the team’s eighth and ninth in a row at the time. In order to win this weekend, Osiecki said the mistakes his team has been making during the winless streak, such as poor line shifts and giving up easy goals, need to be corrected. “The good thing about them is that they’re really fixable,” Krogh said. Krogh helps lead a Buckeye defense that has given up 15 goals in the past four games. OSU has been struggling on the offensive end of the ice as well, scoring seven goals in that four-game span. Krogh said he thinks better defense this weekend could lead to more offense. “Offensively, we’re obviously not as hot as we were, so we need to tighten up defensively,” he said. Strong offensive and defensive play could allow the Buckeyes to take an early lead against the Lakers, something OSU hasn’t done much lately. The last time OSU held a first-period lead was on Dec. 2 against Lake Superior State. “We’ve talked about the first punch and I think we want to go into this weekend and have a good start and hopefully pop the first one,” said freshman forward Max McCormick. Krogh agreed. “It’s not fun to play from behind,” he said. “We always talk about having a first-punch mentality, trying to get off to a good start, and it’s something we have to work on. Obviously, it’s nice to get up and play with a lead. It’s all about turning things around right now.” OSU will try to turn things around starting Friday in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. at 7:05 p.m., and again at the same time Saturday.