Memorial Day gas prices were lowest in 17 years

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply SundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year AgoRecord High Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Click here to view current gasoline price averages Please enter your name here Georgia$1.732 $1.732$1.665$1.642$2.622$4.16   (9/15/2008) Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter National$1.961$1.958$1.879$1.780$2.828$4.11   (7/17/2008) Gas Price Survey MethodologyAAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida$1.883$1.883$1.774$1.785$2.611$4.08   (7/17/2008) Florida gas prices level off after rising 11 cents last weekBy AAAFlorida drivers paid an average price of $1.88 per gallon on Memorial Day. That was 77 cents less than last year’s holiday, and the lowest Memorial Day gas price in 17 years.Pump prices have been suppressed since February, due to Covid-19’s limiting effects on gasoline demand. Since that time, the state average declined a total of 66 cents per gallon, bottoming out at $1.76 on May 6. But now with more Floridians on the road, pump prices are beginning to bounce back.As Florida reopens, gasoline demand is improving. Since sinking to a 75 percent deficit, gasoline demand in Florida is now down only 10-20 percent from a year ago.“Gas prices are back on the rise now that Floridians are driving more, but it’s unclear how high they’ll go,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “While additional price increases are possible in the coming weeks, drivers are currently in line for the cheapest summer at the pump in 15 years.”Florida gas prices increased 11 cents last week. It’s the largest weekly increase since the pandemic began. Florida drivers are now paying 73 cents per gallon less than a year ago.Regional PricesMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.00), Gainesville ($1.95), Fort Lauderdale ($1.91)Least expensive metro markets – Pensacola ($1.80), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($1.83), Panama City ($1.84)Find Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com State and metro averages can be found here TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleCity of Apopka Summer Camp is happening! Registration details and deadlines Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline)last_img read more

The Fastest ever tries scored from the kickoff

first_imgFriday Apr 9, 2010 The Fastest ever tries scored from the kickoff As promised yesterday on the RD Facebook page, today we’ve got a pretty cool clip for you that goes through some of the fastest tries ever scored from the kickoff. ADVERTISEMENTThe guys at the Super 14 highlights show on Sky Sports put together a little bit about the quickest tries ever after Lionel Mapoe scored one after 20 seconds against the Bulls recently.They then showed some of the other fastest tries on record, including Keegan Daniel’s 16 second effort against the Blues in 2008, and Vula Maimuri of the Highlanders scoring after just 12 seconds against the Crusaders way back in 2001.The focus then turned to the try that they thought was the quickest ever, as Tom Voyce scored after 9.63 seconds against Harlequins in 2004 as (in studio guest) Will Greenwood dropped the ball from the kickoff.As you’ll see though, they got it wrong as they totally forgot about Lee Blackett’s effort for Leeds Carnegie against Newcastle in 2008, coming in at an incredible 8.28 seconds.There was another very quick try that was scored by John Leslie for Scotland against Wales in 1999, but that was over nine second if memory serves correctly, so we think we’ve got it right.Does anyone know of any officially quicker than Blackett’s though?ADVERTISEMENT Time: 02:28 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Teachers of Mexico say: ‘Our education is not for sale!’

first_imgSupporters of embattled teachers’ union CNTE march in Morelos.Morelos, Mexico, July 10 — Many public schools in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, Tabasco and others will remain closed tomorrow even though the school year has not ended. The real education will take place in the streets of Mexico, where teachers, parents and other supporters continue their strike against the privatization of public education.On July 11, thousands of members of the CNTE (Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación), which has a membership of over 200,000 teachers, will march in the capital, Mexico City, to demand an end to so-called “educational reforms” that will in effect lead to privatization and the end of public education in Mexico.The CNTE, a radical alternative to the official teachers’ union, the SNTE (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación), has rejected President Peña Nieto’s demand that all teachers take a national exam in order to keep teaching. According to the CNTE, this evaluation is punitive, costly and has nothing to do with changing the educational system. In addition, like in the United States, students are now forced to take costly standardized exams. Parents are being forced to pay for school supplies, books and exams. Each “public school” now requires parents to give up at least one day’s pay per year for their child’s education. Parents are mandated to pay a fee or work at the school cleaning, painting or doing other tasks. For most parents in Mexico, these educational “reforms” are impossible to meet.On June 19, the police opened fire on a group of protesters supporting striking teachers in the southern state of Oaxaca. Oaxaca’s people have a long history of organizing to overturn the privatization of public services. Twelve protesters were killed by the police and at least 100 injured, although the government denies using bullets. (The Mexican government lives in a state of denial.) A number of leaders of the CNTE have been incarcerated for several months.According to Jonathan Ackerman, a political analyst from TeleSUR, “We have, on the one hand, our completely unarmed, peaceful teachers, who are defending their jobs, who are defending the tradition of humanist critical education in Mexico, and on the other hand, the government, which is doing everything possible to impose a so-called education reform on these teachers.”The CNTE and the communities in Oaxaca, Chiapas and other states have responded by calling an indefinite strike until the Mexican government and its secretary of education (SEP) enter into a dialogue with striking teachers. In the first week of July, hundreds of roadblocks were set up by teachers, parents and their supporters in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas and other areas. The response of the state continues to be one of repression against the teachers.In addition, the government has waged a disinformation campaign from the beginning of the teachers’ struggle, attempting to turn the population against the teachers. However, the recent massacre of unarmed demonstrators in Oaxaca, the indefinite incarceration of CNTE leaders and the exposure of government lies about the teachers are breaking through the government’s plans. One day, the SEP announces that it will pay reparations to the families of the murdered protesters. The next day, it withdraws the offer. SEP says it will meet with the CNTE and then refuses. The parents of Mexican public school students, particularly in the impoverished states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas and Michoacán, have allied themselves with the striking teachers.This week, the Zapatistas of Chiapas (EZLN) announced full support for the teachers and are donating 10 tons of food to the struggle for justice. Many unions and communities of Indigenous people have joined the picket lines, the blockades and the marches, despite the ultimatum of Interior Minister Miguel Ångel Osorio Chong that they must dismantle the struggle or else.The CNTE has called for a large protest in Mexico City on July 19, exactly one month after the massacre in Oaxaca. Teachers will drive in convoy from Oaxaca and other areas starting on July 17 before a massive convergence in the capital.The union will continue its indefinite strike until it wins changes from the government. International solidarity by teachers’ unions and others in the U.S. and around the world is needed for this important struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

J&K HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance On Pendency Of Criminal Cases In UT Due To Non Presentation Of Challans; Seeks Information On System Of Monitoring Of Investigation In FIRs [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesJ&K HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance On Pendency Of Criminal Cases In UT Due To Non Presentation Of Challans; Seeks Information On System Of Monitoring Of Investigation In FIRs [Read Order] Akshita Saxena25 July 2020 1:22 AMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court has pulled up local investigation agencies in the UT for “sleeping over” criminal cases registered years ago, including cases containing serious allegation under the Prevention of Corruption Act, J&K Ranbir Penal Code, etc. “FIRs registered under RPC or other statutes, in which for more than a decade, challans have not been presented. In some of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court has pulled up local investigation agencies in the UT for “sleeping over” criminal cases registered years ago, including cases containing serious allegation under the Prevention of Corruption Act, J&K Ranbir Penal Code, etc. “FIRs registered under RPC or other statutes, in which for more than a decade, challans have not been presented. In some of the FIRs allegations are quite serious. …Any delay by the Investigating Agency in not completing investigation of the cases registered is seriously impacting the justice delivery system as the guilty are not being brought to court for trial even after decades of registration of cases against them,” the bench comprised of Justices Rajesh Bindal and Rajnesh Oswal observed. The bench has accordingly issued notices to the Home Secretary, Secretary Department of General Administration, UT of J&K, Director General of Police and Director, State Vigilance Bureau, UT of J&K. The order was passed in a suo moto case registered by the High Court after Justice Bindal came across the fact that many criminal cases registered against Government employees were not taken to their logical conclusion and in many of them even chargesheets had not been filed by the investigation agencies. This prompted the Judge to seek information from all District Courts in the UT regarding FIRs where chargesheets had not been presented. “Astonished” by data received, he requested Chief Justice Gita Mittal to take up the issue on the judicial side pursuant to which the present division bench was constituted. “There are FIRs registered under RPC or other statutes, in which for more than a decade, challans have not been presented. In some of the FIRs allegations are quite serious,” the bench observed. As recorded in the order, cases have been pending before the Anti-Corruption Court at Jammu since 1998, where challans have not been filed. Similarly, FIRs registered for offences under RPC at Jammu are pending due to non-presentation of challans for about a decade. Some of such FIRs pertain to offences for counterfeit currency or under the NDPS Act. The Court has now asked the Home Secretary, the DGP and the Director SVB to show cause why investigation in these old FIRs with serious offences has not been completed till date and challan presented in court. Inter alia, the bench has asked them to supply information of (i) Investigating Officers of such cases; (ii) Present status of investigation; (iii) Whether there is any system of monitoring of investigation in the FIRs registered; (iv) Whether there are any administrative instructions for taking action against such IOs. Further, the Secretary General Administration Department has been asked to apprise the Court on the following issues: (i) departmental action taken against the government employees involved in corruption matters and the status thereof; (ii) whether any of the officer/official was placed under suspension on account of his involvement in a case under PC Act and if yes, for how long? (iii) whether employees involved in cases for serious offences were granted further promotions and other benefits and at that stage whether the factum of registration of FIR against them for serious offences was part of the note put up for consideration ? (iv) How much of these employees are in service and working at which post and the post on which they were working when the FIR was registered? The court be also apprised of their present place of posting. (v) If any of these employees have retired from service, whether retiral dues have been paid to them? The matter is now listed for hearing on August 10, 2020. Case Details: Case Title: Court on its own motion v. UT of J&K & Ors. Case No.: WP (C) PIL No. 14/2020 Quorum: Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal Appearance: Senior AAG Raman Sharma (for State) Click Here To Download OrderRead Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Brundidge runoff candidates speak out

first_img Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Brundidge 2020 Municipal Run-off Election is set for Tuesday, October 6 at Brundidge Station. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and IDs are required to vote.Masks are not required but encouraged. Social distancing is required.Linda Faust, Brundidge City Clerk, said the runoff will decided the council member seats from District 1 and District 2. Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Published 11:51 pm Friday, October 2, 2020 “In District 1 incumbent Council Member Betty Baxter is facing Douglas Holland,” Faust said. “In District 2, incumbent Alexandria Griffin is facing Latisher Hall.”Faust said the results of the runoff election will be posted at Brundidge Station as soon as available.Betty Baxter is seeking a third term on the Brundidge City Council as the councilmember from District 1.  She wants to continue to be a part of the city’s future, which she said can be bright and prosperous. “Brundidge is a small city but it’s a great city,” Baxter said. “Being small is a good thing because, for the most part, our problems are small and we can find ways to overcome them.“These are difficult times for all of us but, Brundidge is a lovable city and we all get along because we care about each other and we will make it through.”Baxter said she is proud of the forward strides Brundidge has made during her tenure on the city council.“We have industry that many towns our size don’t have and that means jobs for our people,” she said. “We have good leadership and a good staff at city hall. I have enjoyed a good working relationship with all of them and I appreciate our city workers and the dedication of our police department. They are dependable and hard-working. We have volunteer organizations that make our city a better place.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip By The Penny Hoarder Brundidge runoff candidates speak out Book Nook to reopen Baxter said being a member of the Brundidge City Council for two terms has given her great insight into the workings of the city and created positive relationships with those who keep it moving forward.“I think that matters a lot,” she said. “That’s why, I am asking for a third term.”Douglas Holland is a newcomer to city politics and he views his hometown as a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone.He said that togetherness is the community’s strength and he also knows that the inability of the townspeople to stay focused on city growth and development is its weakness. Holland said his goal as a city council member will be to work with all the people in District 1 and across the city to build on the city’s strength and overcome its primary weakness.“I will work to bring our citizens together for the common goal of the city and put any personal issues aside,” he said. Holland said it is his belief that sound business practices should be applied to the government’s decision-making process.“An open line of communication between our citizens and their elected officials is crucial to good government and to reflect the needs of the people.”Holland said neighborhood revitalization and economic development are concerns for District 1.“I will work to enhance the quality of life in District 1 and the city by restoring housing and encouraging small business development, which will help to increase sales tax revenue, provide jobs and promote spending in Brundidge,” he said.“I would like to serve District 1 as its council member and I will definitely speak up on behalf of the citizens of District 1.”Alexandria Griffin is the incumbent Brundidge City Council member for District 2. Griffin was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her dad, Arthur Lee Griffin, who died unexpectedly in October 2019. Griffin said she has learned a lot while serving as the junior member of the city council and is looking forward to continuing to serve the residents in her district and throughout the city.“Being a council member from your district is your main concern but the council works together in the interest of all our citizens,” she said.Griffin said an area of special interest to her is providing job opportunities for Brundidge citizens.“We are fortunate that we have industries that provide large numbers of jobs but we need businesses that offer opportunities for other type jobs,” she said. “We need jobs here so that our young people don’t have to leave home to find jobs. We also need jobs for men and women of all ages and of different skill levels.”Griffin said she has special interest in the council working toward giving Brundidge a facelift.“Our downtown needs some improving” she said. “We need to make it more attractive for visitors and for our residents. And, we need to bring businesses to town that serve the needs of our citizens. Those are just some of the things that I would like to see happen in Brundidge.”Latisher Hall is a candidate for the District 2 council seat. She is a newcomer to city politics but she is not new in her concern for her community nor in her desire to make Brundidge all that it can be.“I love Brundidge and I want it to be an alive city with an active downtown and people who are involved in community organizations and activities,” Hall said. “I want to see Brundidge thrive and I want to be a part of its continued growth.”Hall said change is constant and, for Brundidge to attractive to new business and industry and for the population to increase, the change has to be positive.“We have the people and the resources for positive change,” she said. “And, I believe that our people are willing to do whatever is necessary to bring about positive change in our districts and in our city.”Hall said she foresees a coming together of the townspeople to bring about positive change.“If we are willing to listen to what others have to say and listen with open minds, then we will be a community of caring citizens who bring about positive change,” she said.Hall said she has a “can do” attitude and wants to be a voice for her district.“I love Brundidge and I will work hard to keep Brundidge moving forward,” she said “I don’t know of a better city to serve.” You Might Like Neighborhood Watch will include Districts 1, 5 All residents of the streets in Troy Council District 1 and 5 are invited to attend a Neighborhood Watch meeting… read more Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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WHO GETS TO CHOOSE AND FROM WHOM? by Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwine(Week of 21 March 2016)WHO GETS TO CHOOSE AND FROM WHOM?America’s two greatest strengths are its diversity and its democratic form of government. Our diversity provides input from the talents of many. Our three separate but theoretically equal branches of government keep power from consolidating in one group by dispersing it among the populace. The public maintains the right to hold power by having the right to vote for the Executive and Legislative Branches, both state and federal.As for the Judicial Branch, not one federal judge is chosen by election and in many states judges are selected by a small number of people. The trend in America is that more and more judges at all levels are chosen by fewer and fewer people. The public usually has no input in such selections. These unelected judges may ostensibly stand for review every six or ten years or so, but in reality, they serve as long as they wish.In each of these articles on America’s judiciary I have unequivocably stated I do not believe elected judges are any better or any worse than appointed ones. It is not the product that is the issue. The issues are: (1) who gets to select the judges; (2) from what pool of candidates can judges be taken; and, (3) how do we get rid of judges we do not want? In other words, does our current system by which we select some of our judges place the diversity of the Judicial Branch and our democracy at risk?Because the country is presently concerned with the replacement of Justice Scalia, I will concentrate on the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). But the growing trend to eliminate the general public from control over those who judge them is an issue at all levels.As for SCOTUS, the following facts may help illustrate my concerns. Starting with the President having the constitutional duty to nominate justices and the Senate having the constitutional duty to “advise and consent”, the general public is excluded from direct input on those whose decisions affect their lives.The President must choose the nominees from somewhere, yet neither the Constitution nor any federal legislation gives any guidance as to what qualifications, if any, the President is to consider.While the Constitution does not require it, all justices have been lawyers. America has over two hundred law schools. Harvard and Yale are only two of these two hundred yet all eight of the sitting justices come from either Harvard or Yale.President Ronald Reagan attended Eureka College in Illinois. Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy, a Catholic, white, male who graduated from Harvard.President George Herbert Walker Bush, a Yale graduate, nominated Clarence Thomas, a Catholic, African American male who also went to Yale.President William Clinton, a Yale graduate, nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Jewish female and a Harvard graduate. Clinton also nominated Stephen Breyer, a Jewish male who graduated from Harvard.President George W. Bush who went to Yale, nominated John Roberts, a Catholic, white male, and a Harvard alumnus. “W” also nominated white, male, Catholic Samuel Alito who went to Yale.President Barack Obama, a Harvard graduate, nominated one female Catholic Yale graduate, Sonia Sotomayor, and one Jewish female Harvard graduate, Elena Kagan. Obama has also nominated a replacement for Scalia. That nominee, Merrick Garland, is a Jewish male, graduate of Harvard.It is neither nefarious nor surprising that presidents would nominate candidates from the two law schools with which they are most familiar. It is also no sin that only Jewish and Catholic judges are represented on the Court. It is probably simply the natural consequence of drawing all of the Supreme Court judges from an extremely small pool. That the culture, ethnicity, religion and numerous other sociological factors might be similar is to be expected when dealing with a small sample of Americans.The problems that need to be addressed are the unintended weakening of diversity in the pool and a lack of democracy in the selection process. In a country of 330 million people containing 50 states, hundreds of law schools, numerous religions and ethnic backgrounds, an entire branch of government should not be populated by only two religions and two law schools, regardless of which religions and which law schools they may be. This is especially true where one person nominates the judges and the terms of those judges may extend far beyond the term of the president who nominated them.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Two arrested following string of Michiana porch thefts

first_img By Brooklyne Beatty – January 13, 2021 0 1002 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest (Photo Supplied/St. Joseph County Police Department) Two people were arrested Tuesday following a string of porch thefts in Michiana.Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, a St. Joseph County police officer spotted a maroon Jeep Cherokee traveling along Ireland Road that matched a suspect vehicle involved in recent thefts.The officer conducted a traffic stop, and found the driver and passenger to be in possession of a controlled substance and property suspected stolen out of St. Joseph County, Elkhart County and Cass County, Michigan.Isaray Rodriguez, 21 of South Bend, was arrested and booked on preliminary charges of a Possession of a Schedule I-IV Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana and False Informing.Stephanie Stouder, 28 of Bristol, was arrested and booked on a preliminary charge of Theft, and is being held on a warrant out of Elkhart County.Police are still working to connect Stouder to additional suspected thefts in St. Joseph County, Osceola, South Bend, Goshen, Walkerton, Elkhart City, Elkhart County and Edwardsburg. Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNewscenter_img Two arrested following string of Michiana porch thefts Facebook Previous articlePolice reform bill could get vote next week in Indiana legislatureNext articleScammers using fake letters in Michigan taxpayer scam Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSarrestsBristolCass CountyElkhart CountyIndianaIsaray RodriguezMichiganpirateporchSouth BendSt. Joseph CountyStephanie Stoudertheft Twitterlast_img read more

NI manufacturer buys London sandwich and snack business

first_imgFood-to-go manufacturer Around Noon has purchased London-based Chef in a Box from Donegal Investment Group PLC.Around Noon said it aims to expand its presence within the UK through the acquisition.The Newry-headquartered company, which claims a “market-leading position” across Ireland, described Chef in a Box as “a premium sandwich and snack manufacturer with market-leading customers in the corporate sector.”It added the purchase will enable it to “gain a strong foothold in Greater London and provide a platform for further UK expansion.”Around Noon currently markets bakery items from in-house operation Sweet Things, which it acquired last year. It also supplies sandwiches, wraps, salads and fruit pots under its Scribbles brand.Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, said: “Acquiring the company gives us the presence and infrastructure required to have a significant impact in the UK market.”last_img read more

Elections open for Overseers and HAA directors

first_imgThis spring, Harvard University alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and elected directors for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) board.Ballots will be mailed no later than April 1 and must be received back in Cambridge by noon on May 20 to be counted. Results of the election will be announced at the HAA’s annual meeting on May 26, on the afternoon of Commencement day. All holders of Harvard degrees, except Corporation members and officers of instruction and government, are entitled to vote for Overseer candidates. The election for HAA directors is open to all Harvard degree holders.Candidates for Overseer may also be nominated by petition, that is, by obtaining a prescribed number of signatures from eligible degree holders. The deadline for all petitions is Feb. 1. The HAA’s nominating committee has proposed the following candidates in 2011:For Overseer:Flavia B. Almeida, M.B.A. ’94Partner, The Monitor GroupSão Paulo, BrazilRichard W. Fisher ’71, cum laudePresident and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of DallasDallasVerna C. Gibbs ’75, cum laudeGeneral surgeon and professor in clinical surgery, University of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoF. Barton Harvey ’71, magna cum laude, M.B.A. ’74 Former chair and CEO, Enterprise Community PartnersBaltimoreCarl J. Martignetti ’81, cum laude, M.B.A. ’85President, Martignetti CompaniesChestnut Hill, Mass.Nicole M. Parent ’93Co-founder and managing partner, Vertical Research Partners, LLCGreenwich, Conn.David J. Vitale ’68, cum laudeExecutive chairman, Urban Partnership BankChicagoKenji Yoshino ’91, summa cum laudeChief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of LawNew York, N.Y.For elected director:Rohit Chopra ’04, cum laudePolicy adviser, Consumer Financial Protection BureauWashington, D.C.Tiziana C. Dearing, M.P.P. ’00CEO, Boston RisingBedford, Mass.Katie Williams Fahs ’83, cum laudeMarketing consultant/community volunteerAtlanta, Ga.Peter C. Krause, J.D. ’74Investment banker and real estate investorNew York, N.Y.Charlene Li ’88, magna cum laude, M.B.A. ’93Founding partner, Altimeter Group; authorSan Mateo, Calif.Sonia Molina, D.M.D. ’89, M.P.H. ’89EndodontistLos AngelesJames A. Star ’83, magna cum laudePresident, Longview Asset ManagementChicagoPatric M. Verrone ’81, magna cum laudeTelevision writer, producerPacific Palisades, Calif.George H. Yeadon ’75Managing consultant, Kodak Solutions for BusinessPittsford, N.Y.last_img read more

Picturing Harvard’s past

first_imgHarvard’s first class portraits are striking: 85 vivid daguerreotypes set into a handsome, custom-made chest of wooden drawers. The silver-coated copper plates were the work of pioneer Boston photographer John Adams Whipple, who made daguerreotypes in their heyday, the two decades following 1839. “The daguerreotype process yielded images that were exquisitely detailed and luminous,” said exhibit co-organizer Melissa Banta, a projects curator at Harvard.The Class of 1852 daguerreotypes were given to the University Archives, which were then just a year old. This collection of class photographic portraits was the first predominantly visual artifact of its kind, said University archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff. “Students at the time were using new technologies, just like they are now, to capture memories.” Before the breakthrough Class of 1852 daguerreotypes, she added, “memories for students were written” in letters and diaries.To get their pictures taken, the Class of 1852 seniors — whisker-proud and togged out in waistcoats, starched collars, and ties — reported to Whipple’s sky-lit studio on Washington Street in Boston. Among them was Horatio Alger Jr., reputed to be the smallest member of the class, and later the wildly successful author of the “Ragged Dick” series and other juvenile literature.Whipple used a technique he called “crayon portraiture” to give his daguerreotypes a soft, diffused quality. He also produced the first daguerreotypes of the moon, taken through the telescope at the Harvard College Observatory. From 1856 to 1859, when Harvard class albums were evolving fast in size and character, Whipple was a partner with James Wallace Black, whose pictures of Boston, shot from a hot air balloon in 1860, were America’s first successful aerial views. They showed “Boston, as the eagle and wild goose see it,” wrote Harvard Professor of Medicine Oliver Wendell Holmes.Daguerreotypes, one-of-a-kind images, were taken for the Class of 1852. Salt-print copies were made so students could have pictures of their classmates. (Salt prints, introduced by photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1830s, represented the first negative-to-positive photographic technique.) To sharpen the appearance of the copied images, Whipple devised the “crystalotype” by coating his glass negatives with a thin layer of an emulsion of albumin (from hens’ eggs) and honey.From 1853 to 1864, Whipple created salted paper prints from glass-plate negatives taken of the students for the Harvard portraits. He and others in that era continued experimenting with other coatings, including gelatin, gum arabic, wax, casein, and shellac. Starting in 1865, albumin prints (prints coated with albumin emulsion before they were developed) became the dominant technology.Students could now gather prints together in what would become the first photographic class albums. Making so many salt prints for image-hungry college seniors required a photographic assembly line. Negatives were clamped into large wooden frames, placed against paper coated with light-sensitive silver salts, and exposed to sunlight on the studio’s rooftop. Holmes, who dabbled in photography, marveled at the scale of the Whipple & Black enterprise.Compared with common black-and-white photographs from the 20th century, salt prints are more sensitive to light and, to some degree, more subject to fading. “We worked very hard to meet the best environmental conditions in the newly renovated cases for this exhibition,” said Weissman photograph conservator Elena Bulat, who organized the exhibit with Banta. “We have very low levels of light, relative humidity, and temperature in the cases. We also limited the time for displaying the objects.”The exhibit is part of the Salt Print Initiative being undertaken by the Weissman. It’s a University-wide initiative to identify, conserve, study, and enhance access to the thousands of salt prints in Harvard’s archives, libraries, and museums. Programs include workshops on the history and identification of the medium, condition surveys, guidelines for housing and storage, conservation treatment, material analyses, cataloging and digitization of selected collections, exhibitions, website development, and a symposium.These programs, as well as recent advances in material analyses, are helping to uncover a wealth of data about Harvard’s early paper photographs. The initiative, for example, is studying nine of the era’s predominant coatings, and has built a reference library to identify the coatings used in Harvard class albums. “We had great success,” said Bulat. “So far we were able to identify gum arabic, dextrin, and sandarac coatings.”Knowing which coating was used helps conservators as well as collection managers make appropriate treatment decisions, can aid in devising preservation recommendations, and — along with other information about the object — can help with attribution.Part of the Salt Initiative involves a new methodology to identify coatings with the help of Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems. FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) in reflection mode does not require contact with a fragile print.Harvard seniors assembled salt-print images in small, personalized notebooks — the eclectic assemblages of images and text that prefigured the class albums we see today. The exhibit features the notebook album of Samuel Fisher Haven, Class of 1852. It’s the size of a small paperback.In later years, during reunions or other events, classmates continued to contribute to the official class album by adding pictures of their older selves, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and notes on occupations and war records. In addition to revisiting the official class albums, graduates could order their own custom-made albums.By 1861, Harvard class pictures were the work of George Kendall Warren, a Boston celebrity photographer who did college album work for Yale, Brown, Princeton, and other colleges. Harvard seniors assembling their own books requested prints from an order form of 100 or more images.Among them were views of college buildings, elm-treed Harvard Yard, and prominent faculty, including Holmes. A circa-1860 Warren portrait of Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett, on view in the exhibit, was available on the order form. Hired in 1859, he was director of the Harvard Gymnasium and the University’s first black staff member.Warren’s order sheets also included images of Dane and Gore halls, Holden Chapel, Stoughton and Hollis dormitories, and the Washington Elm.Images of landscapes, a Warren specialty, were offered too. Most popular were the photographer’s romantic renderings of Mount Auburn Cemetery, the nation’s first landscaped rural burial ground. Though it was a mile and a half from Harvard Square, the cemetery’s wooded rolling acres were considered a geographical adjunct of Harvard.By 1861, seniors could also order up more quotidian images, including those of “goodies,” female dorm room housekeepers, and of colorful off-campus personalities. The exhibit includes a portrait of Niccoline, the “candy boy” of Harvard Square.By 1864, the class albums that students customized for themselves had grown to embossed tomes 3 inches thick that could weigh 20 pounds or more. “The size and elegant production of the albums reflects the growing prestige of Harvard itself as it was transitioning from a college into a major university,” said Banta.By 1890, she added, the era of “more intimate, customized” albums came to an end. Replacing them were printed volumes of uniform design and content — the first yearbooks of the modern era.“We take yearbooks and class books for granted,” said Sniffin-Marinoff, who praised the exhibit for bringing together within one theme the worlds of photo curation and photo conservation. “We never think of the history.” Later this month, graduating Harvard seniors will get a class album memorializing their years of study and play. It will have hard covers, contain 500 pages on glossy stock, and weigh about 4 pounds — 16 ounces of memories per year.An exhibit at Pusey Library demonstrates how the first Harvard class photograph albums evolved. In the antebellum 19th century, photography was young, image technologies were changing fast (often with Boston practitioners in the lead), and Harvard students began adding the visual to the repositories of memory that for centuries had been dominated by text.“We Carry With Us Precious Memorials,” on view through June 29, begins with Harvard’s Class of 1852. Its 85 seniors — who appear to be “breezy, jovial characters,” the curators note — were the first to have their pictures taken for a collective photographic memento.The exhibit was a partnership of two Harvard Library departments, the Weissman Preservation Center and the Harvard University Archives. (The class albums can be viewed in HOLLIS, as well as on the exhibit website.) Old school Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett, the head instructor and curator of the Harvard Gymnasium from 1859 to 1871. Reproduction of the title page from the Class of 1864 Album belonging to Ralph Johnson. A photograph by George Kendall Warren of “the goodies” who provided housekeeping services.center_img A detail image of a display case with the album’s title page and portrait of Horatio Alger, Class of 1852. A photograph by George Kendall Warren of a “Candy Boy.” A detail image of the members of the Harvard Class of 1852. A drawer holds 12 sixth-plate daguerreotypes, each measuring 2.75 inches by 3.25 inches. Photos by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer A class album featuring a photograph of Harvard Yard by George Kendall Warren.last_img read more