No ordinary band

first_imgInside Sanders Theatre, more than 100 musicians clutched their instruments and focused on Tom Everett, director of bands at Harvard and jazz adviser to the Office for the Arts. But this ensemble of performers was markedly different from the other Harvard bands that Everett conducts. The Harvard Summer Pops Band (HSPB) is open without audition to all brass, woodwind, and percussion players from Cambridge, Harvard, and the Greater Boston area, regardless of age or experience.This year, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, the HSPB will perform a concert of nine pieces, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” LaPlante’s “In the Forest of the King,” Anderson’s “Sandpaper Ballet,” and a variety of folk melodies. Performances are at 4 p.m. July 26 in Harvard Yard, and 3 p.m. July 29 at Boston’s Hatch Shell.When Everett started the band in 1972, he “simply hoped that people would show up to the first rehearsal.”When, with the support of the Harvard Summer School, he started the band in 1972, Everett “simply hoped that people would show up to the first rehearsal.”“Most community ensembles required an audition or expectation of a general level of ability, and limited the size or number of instruments in a particular section. The public also didn’t often see Harvard offer an activity opened to anyone, without audition, without fee, and without required Harvard affiliation.“At first, our membership was small,” Everett continued. “We had fewer than 40 people the first year. But with word of mouth among amateur musicians, the band more than doubled in size the following summer.”Sudbury resident Evelyn Tate ’74 was there at the beginning. “I was an undergraduate and figured it was a great way to keep in practice,” she said. “I’ve played every summer since then. Occasionally I’ll run into someone who hasn’t played his or her instrument since high school, and it’s easy to talk them into trying HSPB — it’s low pressure, but high reward.”HSPB has become such a time-honored tradition for local musicians that multiple generations sometimes come together to make the event a family affair.“I joined the band’s clarinet section in 1976, when I was still in high school, and played in HSPB until I graduated from Harvard,” said Newton resident Jeff Wu ’82. “My older brother Tim, who graduated from Harvard in ’79, returned to the band about five years ago with his sons, who play trumpet and clarinet — and I returned with my own sons, who play flute and tenor saxophone, in 2009. Altogether, seven members of our family have played with HSPB.”Harvard Summer Pops Band is comprised of performers of all ages. “At first, our membership was small,” said Tom Everett. “We had fewer than 40 people the first year. But with word of mouth among amateur musicians, the band more than doubled in size the following summer.”Everett resident Tricia Hoover, who has played the flute for 50 years and began performing with HSPB in 1973, said the band gives members of the community, young and old, a way to shine. “It’s a great way for adult performers to know that there is a musical life after college,” she said. “It’s a big challenge to receive music, practice for a few weeks, and perform it as part of a very large ensemble in public. The HSPB offers a realistically attainable chance to perform with an intense but short-term commitment, and showcases the University’s outreach to community participation and enjoyment.”When asked how a band made up of musicians with such a range of experience and skill manages to perform a rich program every year — particularly with as few as four rehearsal sessions — Tate credited Everett and Mark Olson, assistant director. “They’re wizards at getting the best possible sound out of a group with wildly varying skill levels in just a few weeks,” she said. “I wouldn’t have believed it could be done if I hadn’t seen it happen over and over again.”That praise was seconded by Judith Powsner, who began playing flute in the third grade and has played with HSPB since 1977.  “Tom’s not only an incredibly gifted musician and conductor — he also never misses an opportunity to teach us something,” she said.“This activity is the most fun thing I do,” Everett said. “There are few moments more fulfilling than seeing all those eyes looking my way, filled with the expectation, joy, and excitement of making music together. After the final concert, it’s rewarding to hear people say, ‘See you next summer.’”It’s that kind of enthusiasm and sense of community that keeps musicians coming back year after year. “I love the HSPB,” Wu said. “To me, nothing sounds more like summer in America than an enthusiastic if slightly out-of-tune band, and no one does that better than we do. I can’t think of any better way for Harvard to throw its doors open to the community, nor can I think of better ambassadors than Tom and Mark.”last_img read more

Wayne Bennett inspires Ray White agents

first_imgWayne Bennett at Broncos training. Picture: Annette DewWAYNE Bennett’s motivational speaking talents have extended to the real estate world.The Broncos coach dropped by Ray White South Brisbane headquarters this week to fire up some of the company’s top staff ahead of a busy 2017.Ray White Bulimba principal Roger Carr said the one hour session, organised by Ray White chief auctioneer Philip Parker, was inspiring.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoRay White chief auctioneer Philip Parker. Picture: Claudia Baxter“He talked about believing in yourself,” Mr Carr said.“You’ve got to believe in yourself to do well in anything and he talked about being below and above the line you set for yourself.”Mr Carr said Mr Bennett discussed common attributes of successful athletes and how they are transferable across all fields.“He got up and spoke about his beliefs and what makes a great player,” Mr Carr said.“It relates to real estate and anyone in life.”Missing out on securing a listing was likened to losing a game.“You’ve just got to move on, accept it, improve and try again,” Mr Carr said.last_img read more

Super Over in place for Champions Trophy

first_img…ICC announces a raft of changes following their latest round of meetings in DubaiA Super Over may be used in one-day international cricket for the very first time after the International Cricket Council(ICC) announced the method will be implemented in the case of a tie in the semi-finals and final of the Champions Trophy this year.The ICC has announced a raft of changes that will be implemented following their latest round of meetings in Dubai, while cricket’s major figures have also revealed details of some in-principle agreements that could make significant changes to the structure of international cricket.A Super Over has been available in the case of a tie in previous ICC finals, but never before for other knockout matches.In previous ICC events, the event of a tie in a quarter- or semi-final meant the side that finished in the higher position during the group stage of the tournament would progress to the next round.This was famously the case when the 1999 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa at Edgbaston finished in a tie, with the Aussies advancing to the final having finished ahead of the Proteas in the Super Six stage of the tournamentThe tie-breaker method is commonly used in Twenty20 matches when scores are level at the end of the match, but it has never before been implemented in a 50-over international.The ICC also announced a Super Over would be available in the semi-finals and final of the 2017 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in the UK after the Champions Trophy.It was also confirmed that the Decision Review System (DRS) will be available for all televised matches during the Women’s World Cup, as well – for the first time – both men’s and women’s World T20 tournaments going forward.They also agreed to a consistent use of DRS in all international cricket matches.A system of demerit points for poorly-rated pitches and grounds will be introduced, similar to the points system used for players when they breach the ICC’s Code of Conduct. A venue will be suspended for a period of 12 months if it accumulates five demerit points, while 10 points will lead to ban of two years.And it was confirmed that the final of the 2020 Women’s World T20 to be held in Australia will be played on March 8 (International Women’s Day).Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said the meetings had been very successful.“Cricket Australia is very pleased to see the progress made by the Chief Executives’ Committee on the structure of the game, with its latest proposals around new Test and ODI leagues, and I am confident that these will be welcomed by the ICC Board when they are presented in more detail at the April meeting,” Peever said in a statement.“We are also pleased to see their agreement around the use of DRS technology in all international cricket, and the creation of a medical advisory committee, which will provide an opportunity for the sport to consider such issues as player concussion and heat policies.“And we are delighted to see that the women’s World T20 final, in Australia in 2020, will be held on International Women’s Day, March 8. Given that this will be a Sunday that year, we are sure it will be one of the great events on the sporting calendar.”Other outcomes from the ICC meeting• Security experts from all ICC members to be sent to Pakistan to view latest situation, paving way for potential for international cricket to return to the subcontinent nation• Afghanistan’s domestic competitions to be awarded first-class and List A status• ICC anti-corruption unit to investigate introduction of mobile phone data extraction equipment• An ICC Medical Advisory Committee to be created to advise on sports medicine and sports science issues• A revised financial distribution model ensuring a more equitable distribution of revenues accepted ‘in principle’ and to be considered further in April• Constitutional changes to allow Ireland and Afghanistan to become Full Members (and therefore play Test cricket) also accepted ‘in principle’ and to be considered again in April• The constitutional changes would also see an equal weight of votes for all ICC Board memberslast_img read more

Cloe doubles up with English girls’ triumph

first_img28 Jul 2016 Cloe doubles up with English girls’ triumph Kent’s Cloe Frankish doubled up on her national titles when she won the English girls’ open amateur championship by two shots today at The Nottinghamshire. Frankish (image © Leaderboard Photography) finished the championship on level par and adds this title to her U16 win last year, commenting: “I’m really happy. I just tried my best, even when things didn’t go my way.” The 17-year-old from Chart Hills set herself quite a challenge this week. On Monday, she played in final qualifying for the Ricoh Women’s British Open and was involved in a 10-person play-off for the final places, eventually finishing as fifth reserve. It meant there was no time for practice at The Nottinghamshire and she played the first round blind, scoring three-over par 76 and finishing five shots off the lead. In the second round she was level par, but six shots back. By then, though, she was getting used to the course and said: “I knew I could play the front nine low and I thought if I could get off to a good start I would be able to  give it a go.” In this morning’s third round, she did exactly that and was five-under after 10 holes, eventually signing for three-under 70. It lifted her into the lead and her solid final round of level par secured the title. “I’ve finally got a win,” she laughed, as she looked back on a season which has included runners-up spots in the English women’s open match play, the Irish girls’ championship and scratch events. Now she’s straight off to the Annika Invitational event in Sweden. Championship runner-up was girl international Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer) who played today’s 36 holes in two-under par, finishing on two-over. Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) was third with a pair of level par 73s today opr a three-over total, while Scotland’s Alison Muirhead was fourth on five over. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Steel Sensations…A look at tight ends and wide receivers

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) drops the sixth football that he tried to catch while holding the first five he caught in a punt catching drill during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Thursday, July 31, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Steelers appear to be loaded with depth at the pass catching positions as they currently hold six tight ends and eleven wide receivers on their roster.As the team progresses through camp and the pre-season; those numbers will dwindle and the dust will settle on who’s going to be ranked where. In the meantime; there are  some very interesting battles going on for various spots amongst both units and how they play out will be determined on the field.Tight end is always a very important position in the Todd Haley offense and the number one tight end is of course Heath Miller. Miller looks as healthy as ever and has a great opportunity to go back to the 2012 form that saw him grab over 70 balls for a career high 816 yards and eight touchdowns. Miller can do it all and is still one of the best tight ends in all of football.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)The number two spot will be more interesting as it looks to be a battle between Matt Spaeth and David Paulson. Spaeth missed last season but if he can remain healthy, he should win the number two job. He’s tall, can catch the ball well and is a decent pass and run blocker. His experience gives him the edge.That leaves David Paulson as the number three tight end which should see him play a role more as a blocking end with the occasional reception. Paulson does have talent and played in all 16 games for the black and gold last season. He certainly has an outside chance of grabbing that second spot.The fourth and in all likelihood final tight end spot will come down to a battle between rookies Rob Blanchflower and Eric Waters and veteran Michael Palmer.Palmer was on the team last season and has 22 career receptions but I believe he’s the first man eliminated from this list and will be part of the teams’ first round of cuts.The two rookies will battle for that final spot and the edge will ultimately go to Blanchflower. The team drafted him in round seven this past May and I believe they look at him as a good developmental player. There is potential the team could keep Waters in that same vain but more likely that he’ll be put on the practice squad.Members of the media are reflected in the side of a van as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives for NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)Like tight end, wide receiver has their clear number one guy and that’s Antonio Brown. Brown is the team’s best and most athletic receiver and will be Big Ben’s number one target.Brown, now entering his fifth season is coming off an historic year in which he set career bests with 110 catches, 1,499 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.It would be shocking if he didn’t have a year similar to 2013 and there is certainly potential for him to go beyond last years’ performance as well. He has the ability to go across the middle, stretch the field and most certainly grab a ball in the bubble screen. He made everyone forget about Mike Wallace and he’s fast approaching Hines Ward level numbers.The second wide receiver spot is going to be a battle between second year man Markus Wheaton, rookie Martavis Bryant and newly signed veterans Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward Bey.All indications are the team wants the job to go to Markus Wheaton so it’s certainly his to lose. He didn’t show us anything in 2013 so he’s essentially starting fresh in 2014. Wheaton has good hands, he’s a burner and he can stretch the field but I don’t think he’s going to land the job. He seems too inconsistent and injury prone to be a second option for Roethlisberger.My money is on rookie Martavis Bryant. He’s the tallest receiver on the team outside of Derek Moye, he’s got very good hands and it’s not as hard for rookie wide receivers to learn an offensive system. They simply need to know how to run their routes and he can do that.Bryant reminds me of a young Plaxico Burress and it makes far more sense to have that tall, possession receiver as the number two vs. having another burner across from Antonio Brown.Heyward Bey and Moore absolutely have the potential to grab that second spot and certainly have more experience than anyone else on the team but I don’t think they were necessarily brought in to be the second option for Big Ben but rather to lend depth to the unit as well as help lead the group of young guys.The three through five spots will be between Wheaton, Heyward Bey and Moore and I think they may even interchange based on matchups. Wheaton and Heyward Bey are the speed guys and Moore is the possession guy so it will all be situational between these three.From a depth chart perspective the rankings will probably shake out with Wheaton being the third guy, Moore the four and Heyward Bey the five.  Each one of them will play a significant role in the offense however.The biggest question left is whether or not the team will keep a sixth guy?Typically based on other position needs; the team only keeps five receivers so it looks like it might be tough luck for Derek Moye, Danny Coale, Justin Brown, CJ Goodwin, Kashif Moore and Lanear Sampson.A few of these guys may get a practice squad spot and maybe one of them will surprise everyone and steal away the fifth receiver spot from one of the vets but it seems very unlikely.Never the less, keep your eye on Justin Brown and CJ Goodwin as they have the best chance of unseating one of the guys in front of them for that fifth job. They too are the most likely to be retained on the practice squad, if nothing else.While both tight end and wide receiver have clear number one players, the rest of the depth chart must be played out throughout camp and into the pre-season.  Jobs are won and lost in “the trenches” as Mike Tomlin says; so by the third pre-season game, we’ll know exactly how this depth chart will shake out and who’s “in” and who’s “out”.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Emergency Preparation Tips From Olympia Fire Department

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia Fire DepartmentIt’s Time to PrepareDaylight savings time is a great time to make a few simple efforts to protect you and your family. A little preparation now can make a power outage or other disaster more manageable.Turn your clocks back for daylight savings.Inspect your smoke detector and change the battery.Take a look at your emergency supplies.  Kits should have a minimum of 72 hours of food, and water for each member of your family and supplies for pets.  Don’t forget medications, flashlights, blankets and radio.In the event of a natural disaster, severe storm event or other emergency visit olympiawa.gov/beprepared for news and updates.For more emergency preparedness information you can call the Olympia Fire department, 360.753.8348 or check out one of the web sites listed below:olympiawa.gov/city-services/fire-department/community-services.aspxolympiawa.gov/bepreparedredcross.org/prepare/location/home-familywww.co.thurston.wa.us/em/PEO/PEP.htm Facebook10Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

BIG WORK LOAD FOR RODNEY ADAMS ACTG DEPUTY COMMISH

first_img Related Items:Colin Farquhar, deputy commissioner, rodney adams, royal turks and caicos police force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2014 – One week from today, Rodney Adams will return to work on the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police force and his portfolio is full. Taking up the post of Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police and focused on Corporate Services in the Force which means he will oversee Human Resources, Finances, Training, Assets, Strategic Planning and Policy Development. Seems like the work load is piled high for Adams who has been off the job for about a year and who was on Monday November 17 exonerated of charges by the Integrity Commission which said he overstepped his boundaries dangerously when he spoke to a witness in a murder probe to which his son was linked; that witness had not yet been interviewed by the investigating officers. The 11 member jury could not agree beyond a shadow of a doubt and returned a not guilty verdict in favor of Adams. The Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquhar and Governor HE Peter Beckingham confirmed the reinstatement over the weekend; Adams gets back to work December 8th. Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Recommended for you Freeze proposed on new security firmslast_img read more

A blast of colours

first_imgWith the intimate use of colours and instinctive curves, he comes up with engaging artworks for art lovers. From 2 to 7 August, India Habitat centre would host  Fury of Colours, works by Manoj Kachangal.  His paintings are not exquisite only because of the use of vibrant colours, but also because it is a commentary contemporary conflicts and revolts around us.Kachangal is not a neutral and an apathetic creator; this can be perceived by any patron of art by spending even a little bit of time with his paintings.Every painter’s philosophy of life is always present in his creations.  In these paintings, a deep pang and call of humanity is expressed. The open antagonism of violence, terror, anarchy in these paintings, is an evidence of his favour to human virtues.There is also an impression of Indian values in these paintings. Illusion of shades and lights forcibly invite each towards mysteries but these mysteries are not other worldly. Go and venture into the world of this artist and discover a world of your own.last_img read more

Dealer of explosive material arrested

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police have arrested another person in connection with the explosive seized from the Tala bridge area on Friday.According to sources, on Saturday night, STF sleuths raided a house at Barasat in North 24-Parganas and arrested one Rabiul Islam. During interrogation sleuths came up with a person’s name, who is a well-known explosive dealer, from East Midnapore district. Later, police also came to know that Islam has a business of firecrackers which was intended to hide his actual business of explosive materials. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed that the materials such as potassium nitrate to manufacture explosives were being supplied from Odisha to Islam. Later using these materials Islam used to manufacture explosives which were being circulated later during the night. To hide his illegal business Islam used to run his firecracker business. After getting the information, STF sleuths informed the East Midnapore police about it. East Midnapore police are trying t nab the person who used to supply raw materials for explosive from Odisha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police recovered 1000 kg of explosive from a matador that was intercepted at the northern slope of Tala Bridge on BT Road under Chitpore police station area on Friday night. The driver and the helper of the vehicle were arrested who were coming from Balasore in Odisha and was headed towards North 24-Parganas. The raid was carried out around 12.20 am. The arrested duo has been identified as Indrajit Bhui of Melak village and Padmolochon Dey of village Mathani under Basta police station in Balasore, Odisha.last_img read more