New director of I Tatti

first_imgHarvard Provost Steven E. Hyman announced today (Dec. 16) that Lino Pertile will become director of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, beginning next summer.Pertile will succeed Joseph Connors, professor of history of art and architecture and I Tatti’s sixth director, who has run the center since 2002. After a sabbatical year, Connors will resume teaching, concentrating on Harvard College courses in Italian art.Pertile said of the announcement: “In the 50 years since Bernard Berenson left it to Harvard, Villa I Tatti has had a unique role in the fostering of Renaissance studies, and I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to join this remarkable institution. I look forward with great enthusiasm to carrying on the outstanding work of Joe Connors and the previous directors.”“I am delighted that Lino has accepted the directorship of Villa I Tatti,” said Hyman. “His academic stature, deep knowledge of the Villa, of Italy more broadly, and experience in creating an inclusive scholarly community all make him ideally suited to take the reins of the center and burnish its status as a global leader in Renaissance studies.” He continued, “I look forward to working with Lino in strengthening the ties between Harvard and I Tatti, and developing the center in the years to come.”Pertile, the Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is a renowned scholar on Italian literature, with a particular focus on the medieval and Renaissance periods. He has taught numerous courses at Harvard College, including, since 1998, the popular “Dante’s Divine Comedy and Its World.”Pertile’s commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising earned him the award of Harvard College Professor in 2005. Since 2000, Pertile has served as master of Eliot House along with his wife, Anna Bensted. Pertile and Bensted are widely credited with creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere at Eliot.Connors said of the announcement: “Lino’s distinguished career as a scholar of Dante and Petrarch — spanning the Italian and Anglo-Saxon worlds of learning — is the true embodiment of what Villa I Tatti is all about, and I couldn’t be more pleased with his appointment. The future of I Tatti under Lino’s leadership looks very bright indeed.”Connors took over I Tatti after serving as chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. From 1988 to 1992 he served as director of the American Academy in Rome.“Joseph Connors leaves a superb foundation on which Lino Pertile will continue to build,” said Hyman. “Joe’s model stewardship has transformed the Villa — academically and physically — and he leaves behind a robust center of which Harvard can be proud. We are deeply grateful for his leadership.”Villa I Tatti was founded in 1961 around the house and library of the art critic and connoisseur Bernard Berenson (Class of 1887). It covers 75 acres near Florence, employs a staff of 50, and consists of a fellowship program in Renaissance studies and the Biblioteca Berenson, a research library with distinguished collections in art history, history, literature, and early music, as well as an extensive photographic collection. I Tatti is also known for its historic garden and working farm, and a notable collection of early Italian and Asian art.last_img read more

Students volunteer at Ted Cruz rally

first_imgJust five days before the Indiana presidential primaries, Ted Cruz paid a visit to South Bend to rally voters in pursuit of a crucial win in the race for the Republican nomination.Junior Dylan Stevenson, who attended the rally for the Texas senator at the Century Center on Thursday, said the place was “buzzing” with excitement and enthusiasm.“You had elderly people there, people with families,” Stevenson, vice president of College Republicans, said. “You had men and women, people of all shapes and sizes. It was a really diverse group. I’m guessing there were several principles that united the crowd, but if you were to see these people wandering around the store, you wouldn’t think they necessarily were to share political beliefs.”Fresh off a series of losses on the East Coast, Cruz seeks to defeat frontrunner Donald Trump in what has been deemed a deciding state primary by analysts. If Trump wins Indiana, he will likely secure the 1,237 votes needed the win the Republican delegate majority.Freshman Isabel Teixeira said Cruz discussed the unusual amount of power and responsibility held by Hoosier voters, as the Indiana primaries are often held too late to have a significant effect on national level.“The fact that Indiana is such a big deal this year shows what a weird election this is and what a divided election it is,” she said.Teixeira and freshman Lizzie Cameron said their biggest reason for attending the rally was to see Carly Fiorina in one of her first public appearances since being named Cruz’s running mate this past Wednesday.“There’s no one I really feel strongly about voting for, so we decided to go check out Cruz to see what he’s like,” Cameron said. “I like Carly a lot, and she talked about how close [she and Cruz] have grown and how he’s a really good, hardworking guy.”Cruz’s speech was catered for an Indiana audience and focused on three main points — jobs and wages, freedom and security, sophomore John Kill said.“At the moment, he was speaking to people in South Bend, but I think his audience at large was the people of Indiana,” he said. “The points he spoke to are the things Indiana conservatives, generally really care about and want to protect.”Junior Pat Crane, president of College Republicans, said Cruz put an emphasis Indiana jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, which are being outsourced to other countries.“Touching on what really has been Trump’s line this whole time, we really want to bring these jobs back,” he said. “He was laying out an effective strategy for that.”In terms of freedom, Crane said Cruz promoted a return to a “Constitutional outlook” on life. Cruz also touched on religious liberty, a relevant topic in light of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in 2015, Kill said.Stevenson said the senator looks to increase and strengthen national security in line with typical Republican platforms.“He’s going to rebuild the military so it’s not depleted, so it can take on radical Islam,” he said. “It’s a peace through strength sort of strategy.”Kill said Cruz made a point to differentiate himself as the “true conservative” candidate.“Not only did he say Donald Trump wasn’t a conservative, but he said he was just the masculine version of Hilary Clinton,” Kill said.“I think that was his point — not just to the people in South Bend that were there, but to his general audience in Indiana — that look, you know, the election is coming down to here,” he said. “You’re either going to vote for me, or you’re going to vote for Donald Trump. And a vote for Donald Trump is basically a vote for Hilary Clinton.”Kill plans to intern for the Texas senator this summer in his Houston office. Although he will not be involved in the campaign process, Kill said he will support Cruz in the presidential race.“I resonate with a lot of the things he said. … He’s a good family man, comes from a background that shows the importance of hard work and dedication to your family, to your country, to values and principles that I support,” he said.Stevenson said roughly 25 College Republicans members volunteered at the rally.“The energy was great. People started chanting ‘Ted’ part-way through,” he said. “There was really good energy, just overall a really good event. I don’t know what the Trump event will be like, but it’ll be tough to top that.”Cruz is not the only candidate targeting South Bend — Bernie Sanders will host a rally at Century Center on Sunday, while Trump is set to visit the same location Monday.Crane said he hopes to get a similar Notre Dame crowd for the Trump campaign.“That volunteer work is something we want to keep up, whether or not the nominee is Cruz,” he said. “You know, either way, we really want to support the nominee.”Kill said the University’s political atmosphere is sure to provide a stimulating forum for students as the 2016 election draws nearer.“Being here at Notre Dame, the combination of being Catholic and being millennials, that whole mix of things makes it a very interesting political climate. We’re not a left-leaning school, we’re not a right-leaning school — we’re somewhere in the middle,” he said.Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady contributed to this story.Tags: 2016 Election, Indiana primary, Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz rallylast_img read more

Walk Georgia Holidays

first_imgYou better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: 5 extra pounds is coming to town — only if you allow it! No one wants to be a Scrooge, and part of the joy of the holidays revolves around food. So how are we supposed to stay extra jolly and not gain extra jiggle? The secret to having your cake and eating it too is simple — get moving! A single indulgence won’t add pounds, but they tend to become the normal fare for months around the holidays. If you don’t counteract those extra treats with extra movement, you’ll see extra pounds. University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia program has created a 12-day list that will help you enjoy the season to its fullest while staying active! 12 Days of Holiday HealthGive the gift of fitness. Do some research on spring races in your community and purchase registration for yourself and your best friend. Merry Fitness!Make a big red and green salad for dinner. Share it with friends on social media (and don’t forget to tag Walk Georgia). We love a spinach salad with pomegranate, pears, walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.Take a long walk to forage pinecones, evergreen boughs, eucalyptus and holly berries. You can make a wreath, a festive centerpiece or fresh potpourri — simply simmer evergreen, orange peels and cloves in a pot of water; your house will smell lovely. Use holiday shopping as a way to burn some calories. Wear a pedometer and commit to taking 10,000 steps. You can do it! Treat yourself. Buy boxes of your favorite flavored teas. It’s an inexpensive indulgent treat that will keep you warm all month long, without adding an extra “layer.” Turn up the holiday music and get dancing. You can burn up to 610 calories after an hour of dancing.What’s one of the best seasonal workouts? Ice-skating, of course! Find a rink and lace up those skates. Ice-skating can burn over 500 calories per hour.It’s not too early to make a new year’s commitment. Reflect on the upcoming New Year today. How will you move in 2015? Simply write these down, and place then on the refrigerator to get a head start.Did you know that regular supermarkets sell roasted chestnuts? Buy a pack to share and enjoy the health benefits, including fiber, vitamins and minerals. Plus, they are lower in fat than most nuts. Bundle Up! Take a WALK, instead of a drive to see the Christmas lights this year. None in your neighborhood? Scout out the best ones then drive, park and walk. Cookies for Santa is so passé; leave Santa some real fuel. Whole-wheat banana bread is a great substitution. Find the recipe on Walk Georgia’s blog — and don’t forget carrots for the reindeer!Have some fun. Play active games with your family as a part of the Christmas fun. Or plant a permanent tree. Buy a small cyprus or pine tree and help someone in the future enjoy the beauty of the holidays.Want more fitness inspiration? Sign up for Walk Georgia’s newsletter by visiting blog.extension.uga.edu/walkgeorgia and receive healthy recipes and fitness tips. Walk Georgia is a free, online program that enables you to track and get points for moving. The website will be re-launching February 1. Walk Georgia’s mission is to inspire Georgians to move more, so that they can live more.last_img read more

Russia’s Novatek could almost triple Vysotsk LNG capacity

first_imgRussia’s Novatek, the operator and developer of two giant Arctic LNG export projects, may significantly increase output at its medium-scale liquefied natural gas export plant in Russia’s Baltic Sea port of Vysotsk.To remind, Novatek launched full-scale production at the Cryogas-Vysotsk project, jointly owned with Gazprombank, in April this year.The project’s initial design capacity is 660,000 tons of LNG per year, and its infrastructure includes a 42,000 cubic meters LNG storage tank and an offloading berth designed to handle LNG carriers with a capacity of up to 30,000 cubic meters.“We are considering the possibility of adding 1.1 million tons on top of the 660,000 tons, totaling 1.7 million tons,” Novatek’s finance chief Mark Gyetvay told LNG World News on Monday at the sidelines of the Flame conference in Amsterdam.In the first month of operations, Novatek sold about 71,000 tons or about 32 shipments of LNG of which 16 were delivered by trucks and 16 were delivered to vessels, according to Gyetvay.The project is essentially targeting bunker fuel markets in the Baltic region such as Scandinavia and northern Poland.Finland’s Gasum currently offtakes about 50 percent of the volume while the other 50 percent is handled by Novatek Gas and Power Asia, a unit of Novatek.“This project is important for Novatek,” Gyetvay said adding that it gives the company the first opportunity to respond to IMO’s stricter rules on bunker fuels.The potential of expanding the LNG project will largely depend on how successful the first year of operations would be as well as “how the market evolves as we go closer to the 2020 period of changing emissions,” he said.The Vysotsk expansion project would partly serve the planned mid-scale LNG transshipment terminal in Germany’s port of Rostock Novatek is developing with Belgium’s Fluxys.The Rostock project is currently in the design phase and Gyetvay expects this facility to be launched in “early 2020s” to correspond with the expansion of the Vysotsk project.Novatek is pushing the gas pedal with LNG fueling projects and the company is currently also building LNG truck fueling stations in Russia, specifically in the Chelyabinsk region, Gytevay said.“We are working with mining companies to convert diesel trucks to go on natural gas,” he said. By Mirza Duranlast_img read more

Usain Bolt and Longtime Girlfriend, Kasi Bennett Expecting First Child Together

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Retired Jamaican Sprinter, Usain Bolt this morning announced that he and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett are expecting their first child.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist shared the happy news with his 9.3 million followers on Instagram, sharing a picture of his partner, Kasi Bennett, cradling her baby bump. The couple has been together for over five years, but it wasn’t until 2016, when Bolt confirmed their relationship, saying they had just “gotten really serious.”In 2018, the 33-year-old opened up about their relationship in an interview with Australia’s STELLAR Magazine. Bolt revealed that he was ready to start a family “in the near future”.“It’s never a good time to have kids. It took me a while to figure that out. You just have to buckle down and do it. It’s in the near future, so, hopefully. We’ll see”, he said.The athletics star, who retired from running in 2017, is the only male sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Games.Following his retirement from Tracks, he went on to pursue his dream to become a professional footballer, training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and turning down a deal with Maltese club Valletta before joining Australian club Central Coast Mariners.However, his A-League career lasted just eight weeks and in January 2019 he announced he was taking a step back from sport to focus on a business career.Since then, Bolt has dabbled in various endeavours including producing dancehall and now Soca music. He also has s string of partnerships with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hubolt, Alpro, Xoom, among others.last_img read more

Golden Race presents HTML5 technology for retail operators

first_imgShare Alessandro Sposito, ESA Gaming: Lightweight games for a heavy impact in Africa July 21, 2020 The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Golden Race has introduced the latest HTML5 technology to support the creation and development of its complete set of virtual sports products and casino games.In doing so, the virtual betting provider has taken another visual and technical leap forward to keep offering the best solutions for its growing set of land-based operators.“Currently, more than 40,000 shops are running the company’s software, due to its light, flexible, reliable and cost-effective characteristics,” said Golden Race CEO, Martin Wachter. “Our land-based, all-in-one solutions have been especially designed to engage players 24/7 with entertaining gaming experiences.”From the practical Golden Boxes and self-serve terminals to the convenient use of live-rendering technology, Wachter said “every detail has been carefully crafted to increase operators’ revenues in the most effective way”.The benefits of the HTML5 technology for Golden Race’s operators include faster creation and enhancement of products and solutions, while the games will run more smoothly on various devices and operating systems. Moreover, these operators can now enjoy improved visuals in the virtual sports and data panels. According to Wachter, this enhanced version offers a “new vibrant look inspired by the latest trends in global TV broadcast, while also displaying large amounts of data in a layered, crisp and clean way”. “Our betting solutions are now even more reliable, scalable and secure,” he added. “Even the company’s cashier solution has been redesigned from the ground up, offering a much clearer interface with safer payment systems.” “Apart from its dramatic performance boost, its cleaner and adaptive design–that fits any screen size–and improved layout make this cashier much easier to use.”Finally, HTML5 allows for complete brand integration for operators, who can apply logos and colours and not only within the game, but also within animated components and transitions.“We anticipate customers’ demands by applying the latest software solutions that significantly improve the whole betting experience,” concluded Wachter. “Our clients know that, with Golden Race, their products and solutions will always be equipped with state-of-the-art technology that their business needs.”last_img read more

Edin Džeko is the key to Manchester City’s future

first_imgEdin Džeko’s form this season can’t exactly be shunned as being below par, especially when you consider he plays for a team with that many super-stars, squad rotation is an inevitability, that has to be dealt with, writes givemefootball.comHowever, whilst the Bosnian can almost guarantee himself a spot in the international side no matter where he travels to, his impressive form doesn’t seem to make him a staple to City’s strike force.Recording 12 goals in 24 league appearances this campaign might not seem like such a feat when you look at Leagues current top goal scorers, however what does make it more impressive is when you look at his time spent on the pitch.There have been a number of games where Džeko has come on a substitute, and thanks to his calm, cool composure and precise finishing – as well as confidence in his own ability, has seen him slot the ball in the back of the net numerous times sheer minutes after gracing the pitch with his presence.His ability to provide pure class when invoked from the bench is over shadowed by his unfortunate habit of turning less admirable performances in when given starts, something you wouldn’t expect from a £27 million signing from Wolfsburg – a price tag that at the time looked to be more of a bargain than a rip off.Whilst his 13 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions might look on par with Argentinean duo Aguero and Tevez, who have 11 goals in 28 matches and 15 goals in 33 matches respectively, how can Mancini justify leaving out one of his top goal scorers this?A tactical edge could be one reason he is succumbed to be bench week in week out, with his large frame and decent ball control allowing a switch in tactical gameplay when he walks out onto the pitch – shifting from a quick passing game to a long ball game, Džeko the key component in this.Mancini did mention he is an “important player”, however he didn’t exactly play down the possibility of a summer exit for the Bosnian.If Mancini wants to start a plan for Premier League and Champions League glory, he is going to need players like Džeko in his squad – players who can find the net when it needs to be found.last_img read more