Crimson goaltender Kessler wins second-consecutive ECAC honor

first_imgGoaltender Christina Kessler ’10 of the Harvard women’s hockey team was named ECAC Goaltender of the week on Monday (Dec. 8) after shutting out No. 2 Minnesota twice this past weekend. It is her second-consecutive honor this season and third overall.Recording 24 saves against Minnesota in a winning effort on Dec. 4, 1-0, Kessler followed up her performance with 29 saves to guide Harvard to a 0-0 tie. Entering the weekend, Minnesota had not been shut out since the 2006-07 season.With four shutouts this season and a 7-3-2 record, Kessler ranks third in the nation with a 1.25 goals-against average and owns a .950 save percentage. Named ECAC Goaltender of the year in 2008, Kessler is Harvard’s all-time leader with 25 career shutouts.last_img read more

Troubled youth

first_img“My mother hasn’t gone to the grocery store for a few weeks — it just keeps slipping her mind, she told us — so for the last few nights we’ve been putting together meals based on whatever we can find in the cabinets and the back of the refrigerator,” says Adie, the narrator of Linda Schlossberg’s affecting debut novel, “Life in Miniature.”Born three months premature, Adie is smaller than most girls her age. When her single mother, Mindy, suffers a nervous breakdown, a neighbor cares for the 12-year-old Adie and her teenage sister, Miriam, until Miriam runs off with a boyfriend to pursue a better life. The novel then traces Adie’s coming of age under the wing of an increasingly unhinged Mindy, who takes her on the run from motel to motel, trying to shake the drug dealers who she insists are closing in.“I grew up in California, first in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district and then in a nearby suburb much like the one in which ‘Life in Miniature’ is set,” said Schlossberg, a lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and assistant director of undergraduate studies.“I was one of those kids who was always reading, which I think gave me a good understanding from an early age of how voice and character work. I really love coming-of-age novels, particularly when they are written from the point of view of the child, and that’s what I set out to do with my novel.”Schlossberg said she worked on “Life in Miniature” “on and off for many years.”“Many of my courses in WGS explore issues of mental health and illness, particularly as they pertain to women,” she said. “I knew I was interested in telling a story about mental illness, and I wanted to explore the way in which a paranoid personality might draw upon the larger cultural paranoia of her time — in this case, the cultural anxieties surrounding drug use and the whole ‘Just Say No’ culture of the early 1980s.”Funny and perceptive, Adie buoys the novel with the insight her mother lacks. On a trip to the store, Adie says, “I think the fact that we’re shopping, out in public, makes my mother feel like our lives aren’t that unusual. After all, in a store, everyone looks normal.”Said Schlossberg: “At first I wanted to tell the story from the mother’s perspective, but then I realized that I was most interested in figuring out how a child — with her limited diagnostic vocabulary and cloudy understanding of the issues at hand — would try to make sense out of a confusing and necessarily unstable situation.”When she rereads the novel, Schlossberg said, she’s “struck by how surprised I still am by certain parts of it. One of the most pleasurable things about writing is that sense of not fully controlling it.”“You would think that after spending so much time revising the novel I would remember every line, but some of them still sneak up on me,” she said. “But I do remember that I wrote the final chapter very quickly and liked it right away, that I immediately thought, ‘OK, that’s it, that’s how the story ends.’”last_img read more

Groundhog Day & More Set for Matthew Warchus’ First Old Vic Season

first_imgThe rumors were true and the Broadway-bound Groundhog Day will receive its world premiere at London’s Old Vic Theatre. The production will be part of incoming artistic director Matthew Warchus’ first season and will open in 2016. Ralph Fiennes will also headline Ibsen’s The Master Builder, as previously speculated. Dates have not yet been set for either production.The season will kick off on September 1 with Tamsin Oglesby’s Future Conditional, starring comedian Rob Brydon and 23 young performers. Opening night will be on September 10. This will be followed by a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. Directed by Richard Jones, performances will begin on October 17 and officially open on October 29. There will be a Christmas show based on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax; previews will start on December 2 with opening night scheduled for December 15.Along with Groundhog Day and The Master Builder, other productions without announced timings include Timothy Spall leading Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, a dance thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde by choreographer Drew McOnie and Rise, directed by Alexander Ferris. Old Vic “Variety Nights” will also take place on Sundays.Subsequent seasons are set to include a revival of Yasmina Reza’s 1990s hit Art, a 50th-anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and the musical adaptation of Pride, the Warchus-directed film about an alliance between gay activists and striking Welsh coal miners in the 1980s.Warchus plans for some productions to transfer to West End theaters and Broadway in partnership with commercial producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman. View Commentslast_img read more

15 Independent Ice Cream Shops on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After surviving a record-breaking heat wave, Long Islanders have good reason to celebrate with a nice vanilla cone, especially since July is national ice cream month. Put away the Ben & Jerry’s and hold off on going to the ice cream franchise down the block. Instead, here are some independent, family-owned ice cream shops on the Island that are delicious homegrown alternatives.Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream ParlorKrisch’s in Massapequa11 Central Ave., Massapequa 516-797-3149This 1950s-themed restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for nearly a century, although it is best known for its sweet treats such as their homemade ice cream.  Whether customers are in the mood to cool off with an old-fashioned dessert item such as an ice cream soda or something more unusual like the Super Sock Hop Sundae, there are more than 30 flavors of ice cream, so there is something for everyone.The Hollow Creamery538 Westbury Ave., Carle Place 516-280-3703This dessert shop sells coffee and espresso drinks but is best recognized for its homemade ice cream, which is made with high-quality ingredients in a variety of unique flavors.  The Hollow Creamery has free WiFi, a cozy atmosphere and a store owner who is a science teacher that is happy to teach customers the science of ice cream.Magic Fountain9825 Main Rd., Mattituck 631-298-4908Magic Fountain opened in 1977 with the aim of bringing the joy of homemade frozen treats to everyone. The store has since flourished as one of the most popular ice cream shops on Long Island. It serves dozens of ice cream flavors, and as of recently, 32 flavors of soft serve ice cream.Coyle’s Homemade Ice Cream75 Howells Rd., Bay Shore and 509 Main Street, Islip 631-666-2229Whether it’s the old-fashioned booths or the vintage jukebox, patrons will feel like they were transported back in time. This ice cream parlor has been serving 60 flavors of ice cream since 1985.Sweets of the SpoonSweet of the Spoon597 Route 25A, Rocky Point 631-849-4771The ice cream shop includes premium hard and soft ice creams and ices. The ice cream is displayed in shallow gelato pans and is handmade on the premises from local Italian ingredients.McNulty Ice Cream Parlor153 N Country Rd., Miller Place 631-474-3543This shop has been a hot spot of the Miller Place community since it opened in 1991. It offers more than 40 homemade flavors of ice cream and Italian ices. The most popular flavors include moose tracks, raspberry truffle, mint chunk and vanilla peanut butter. The sand pail sundae, which includes a scoop of ice cream with one topping, whipped cream and a cherry served in a plastic pail is a favorite among children.Walt Itgen’s Ice Cream Parlour211 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream 516-825-7444Walt Itgen first opened this old fashioned shop in 1967. It serves luncheonette-style food, but what really stands out is their ice cream. All of the toppings from the whipped cream to the wet nuts and syrups are homemade, which are perfect complements to the shop’s homemade ice cream.Hildebrandt’s Restaurant84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-741-0608This old school soda shop, which offers diner style food and homemade ice cream, has been in business since the 1920s.  Some of the ice cream flavors include root-beer rock ‘n’ roll, chocolate-mint wafer, crème brulee, banana foster and lemon-meringue pie.Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe1148 West Main St., Riverhead 631- 727-4394This ice cream parlor is usually buzzing with locals since it started serving homemade ice cream upon opening in 1953. A popular treat on the menu is the “Peconic Swamp Thing,” which is a blend of chocolate ice cream, fudge and brownies with ribbons of raspberry puree.Bridgehampton Candy KitchenBridgehampton Candy Kitchen2391 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton 631-537-9885This homemade ice cream shop founded in 1925 offers breakfast all day. Its fruit flavors made from local fruit in season are a specialty.Marvel Dairy Whip258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach 516-889-4232After soaking up the sun, beachgoers head over to this hot spot to enjoy a frozen treat. This Lido Beach landmark specializes in soft-serve ice cream.Grandma’s Kitchen316 Little East Neck Rd., West Babylon 631-661-5282In 1987, Nancy Sweeney opened this family-style ice cream parlor in hopes of recreating old childhood memories. That dream came alive in the form of homemade ice cream and frozen specialties.Ice Cream Cottage1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic 631-395-3580John Pastore has been making ice cream from scratch for more than 20 years and frequently has a line out the door. This homemade ice cream comes in more than 48 flavors including garlic, pork and beans and wine sorbet.International Delight Cafe322 Bedford Ave., Bellmore and 241 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre 516-409-5772This gelato-inspired ice cream is made with very little air whipped into it. The owner, Toni Rollandi, a devoted chocoholic, makes dozens of unique chocolate flavors.Hicksville Sweet Shop75 Broadway, Hicksville 516-931-0130This restaurant first opened in 1925 as an ice cream bar. The owners, Phillip and Eva Zouro, take pride in the fact that they make their own ice cream, sauces, syrups and molded chocolates. Chocolate is their specialty flavor, which is made from a rich chocolate base intensified by their own cocoa flavoring.last_img read more

Manage members’ EMV expectations

first_imgEMV payment terminals are not all the same. Magnetic stripe transactions tend to be consistent regardless of the merchant, however new EMV payment terminals come from a range of manufacturers, each offering different models. Your members should expect the point-of-sale experience to vary from merchant to merchant. continue reading » EMV technology is making inroads across the U.S. consumer landscape, benefitting credit unions and their members everywhere as an important weapon in the fight against card fraud. However, member experience with EMV may be less than ideal as checkout has suddenly become a lengthier and more cumbersome process.Educating your members about EMV—and setting their expectations as consumers—can help them understand why this technology is so essential to their well-being going forward:EMV transactions are well worth the wait. Members certainly may not like the additional steps it takes to check out. Remind them that security breaches can be very damaging to consumers—and much more inconvenient than the extra seconds involved in EMV transactions. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

China investigates release of coronavirus-infected inmate in Hubei

first_imgThe woman, surnamed Huang, is now in quarantine along with three family members, health authorities in Beijing said on Wednesday. She was one of more than 300 inmates in the prison to be infected.Virus containment in jails throughout the country has come under greater scrutiny after the cases were discovered.Xiong Xuanguo, a deputy justice minister, told reporters on Wednesday that local law enforcement was to blame, saying there were “gaps” in their prevention and control work.Hubei province revised its daily tally of new infections last week after it had failed to include more than 200 cases from its prisons, casting doubt on the accuracy of its data.Ying Yong, the Communist Party chief of Hubei province, called on officials late on Wednesday to strengthen virus-control measures in prisons, detention centers, drug treatment centers and other public facilities.  China has sent an investigation team to Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, after reports that a prison released an infected inmate who then travelled to Beijing.A team led by the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Ministry of Public Security will look into the incident, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China said in a news release on Thursday.Media reports said an infected inmate was released from a Wuhan women’s prison after completing her sentence. Family members then drove her to Beijing. The report has caused uproar, with netizens asking how she got out of a city that has been sealed off for more than a month.”We healthy people get stuck in Wuhan and she can escape the strictest lockdown there with a fever?” one commentator said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.”She must have really good connections,” said another.An official with the Hubei provincial prison regulator told The Beijing News on Wednesday that the inmate had been released lawfully. The Beijing CDC confirmed she was infected with the virus, SARS-Cov-2.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Trump to sign executive order on social media on Thursday: White House

first_imgUS President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday, White House officials said after Trump threatened to shut down the platform he accused of stifling conservative voices.The officials, who spoke to reporters traveling with Trump to Washington from Florida aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, gave no further details.Before leaving for Florida earlier in the day to observe a space launch that was postponed because of bad weather, Trump again accused Twitter Inc and other social media of bias without offering evidence. It was unclear how Trump could follow through on the threat of shutting down social media companies.The American Civil Liberties Union said the First Amendment of the US Constitution limits any action Trump could take to regulate such platforms.Twitter declined comment on news of Trump’s plans. Facebook and Google did not immediately comment.Separately, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a suit brought by a conservative group and right-wing YouTube personality against Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple alleging they conspired to suppress conservative political views. Topics :center_img Trump’s latest dispute with social media emerged after Twitter on Tuesday for the first time attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims.In the tweets tagged by Twitter, Trump made unsubstantiated claims about mail-in voting. Trump falsely claims that mail-in ballots lead to vote fraud and ineligible voters getting ballots.”Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump said in a pair of additional posts on Twitter on Wednesday.The president, a heavy user of Twitter with more than 80 million followers, added: “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”Strongest threat yetTrump’s threat to shut down platforms like Twitter and Facebook is his strongest yet within a broader conservative backlash against Big Tech. Shares of both companies fell on Wednesday.Last year the White House circulated drafts of a proposed executive order about anti-conservative bias which never gained traction.The Internet Association, which includes Twitter and Facebook among its members, said online platforms do not have a political bias and they offer “more people a chance to be heard than at any point in history.”Asked during Twitter’s annual meeting on Wednesday why the company decided to affix the label to Trump’s mail-in ballot tweets, General Counsel Sean Edgett said decisions about handling misinformation are made as a group.”We have a group and committee of folks who take a look at these things and make decisions on what’s getting a lot of visibility and traction…,” he said.In recent years Twitter has tightened its policies amid criticism that its hands-off approach allowed fake accounts and misinformation to thrive.Tech companies have been accused of anti-competitive practices and violating user privacy. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon face antitrust probes by federal and state authorities and a US congressional panel.Republican and Democratic lawmakers, along with the US Justice Department, have been considering changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law largely exempting online platforms from legal liability for the material their users post. Such changes could expose tech companies to more lawsuits.Republican Senator Josh Hawley, a frequent critic of Big Tech companies, sent a letter to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on Wednesday asking why the company should continue to receive legal immunity after “choosing to editorialize on President Trump’s tweets.”Twitter’s rival Facebook left Trump’s post on mail-in ballots on Tuesday untouched.last_img read more

Arsenal plot £12m bid for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen

first_imgArsenal have been scouting Bowen since January (Picture: Getty)While Unai Emery’s first choice is thought to be Zaha, Arsenal need Palace to dramatically lower their asking price for the forward.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have given Emery just £45m to spend this summer and the Spaniard may have to sell to raise further funds.MORE: Crystal Palace to reject Arsenal’s opening transfer offer for Wilfried ZahaMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Jul 2019 10:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link424Shares Arsenal are plotting a £12m bid for Bowen (Picture: Getty)Hull value Bowen at £15m, but might be willing to accept an offer of £12m.Arsenal have been watching Bowen since January and consider the Englishman a big talent, however Tottenham are also credited with an interest. Jarrod Bowen shone for Hull last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to move for Jarrod Bowen after extensively scouting the Hull City winger, reports say.Bowen caught the Gunners’ eye during a stellar 2018/19 season, which saw the 22-year-old score 22 goals in the Championship.The Sun claim Arsenal are ready to lodge an official offer and Bowen could be an alternative to Wilfried Zaha.Crystal Palace are demanding £80m for Zaha and Bowen would be a massively cheaper option.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal plot £12m bid for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowencenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch hybrid contract won’t affect investment policies – survey

first_imgThe so-called ‘middle way’ for the new Dutch pensions contract being hammered out by the government will have little impact on pension funds’ asset allocation, according to investment experts.A large majority of investment professionals attending a conference held by IPE sister publication IP Nederland said the new hybrid contract would not lead to a more “aggressive” investment policy, even if pension funds are given more options for smoothing out rights cuts, as is expected.Hans de Ruiter, head of investments at the €5bn pension fund of technical research institute TNO and a member of an IP Nederland discussion panel, said: “The new pensions contract is not meant to increase investment risks.”Hedwig Peters, professional pension fund board member and also on the panel, fully shared his opinion, pointing out that “current legislation would still apply”. Also during the conference, the audience showed no clear preference for the recently proposed new discount rate, which consists of an ultimate forward rate (UFR) of the average 20-year interest rate over the previous 10 years.The new criterion is to replace the current discount rate of the three-month average of the forward curve as of 2015, when the new financial assessment framework (FTK) is scheduled to come into force.Gerard Roelofs, head of investments for Continental Europe at Towers Watson, said: “The impact is not very different from the current discount rate.”However, the expert panel was very pleased the three-month average would disappear from the discount criterion.Both Peters and De Ruiter noticed that no financial instruments existed to hedge the interest risk on liabilities based on the UFR.Therefore, pension funds should not adjust their current interest-matching policy because of the new discount rate, Peters argued.Almost the entire audience agreed with her that market valuation of liabilities should be the guiding principle for pension funds’ investment policy.A large majority of the audience also said they did not expect a hybrid pensions contract to lead to an increase of inflation-linked products in their investment portfolios.last_img read more

Block Island Jackets Go Under Investigation

first_imgA team led by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is set to conduct a research project on the engineering of the jacket foundations at the U.S. Block Island offshore wind farm.The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has awarded USD 608,722 for the 28-month study of the first U.S. offshore wind commercial project.CRMC will be overseeing the study in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Ocean and Civil Engineering Departments, Tufts University and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI).The team will first develop a suite of sensors to be affixed to the turbines and measurements of accelerations at different turbine locations will be taken to determine the resonant frequencies and soil damping.Stresses and bending moments will be determined at different locations on the turbine structure, including at the tower and jacket interface, with possible tilt of the jackets from foundation soil displacement also measured.In addition, the study will assess the actual fatigue of the overall structure by analyzing cyclical stress and strain on the structure versus design assumptions.The sensor systems will be developed beginning in May, after which Ørsted, the wind farm owner, will install a temporary data collection system to help determine the best placement for the sensors that will be deployed for an entire season.Monitoring will begin in May 2020 with the project expected to be completed in December 2021.The study is said to be due to a gap in the industry knowledge base on the design and operation of offshore wind infrastructure in the Atlantic.Data is expected to assist BSEE, BOEM and CRMC to develop regulatory standards and industry recommendations for the U.S. industry, with the results applicable for projects worldwide.“The study aims to verify that these structures as engineered and installed will meet or exceed their 30 to 35-year design life,” said David Ciochetto, a CRMC ocean engineer and manager for the project.“The team is making the sensors robust – it’s a very harsh environment. Like the wind farm, the team’s sensors and data communication networks will be exposed to the salt spray, wind, sun and possibly the larger waves for an entire season. Cables will need to be attached to the large structure to connect the various sensors to a computer system recording the data and transferring it to shore.”last_img read more