New York Times best-selling author and journalist Alan Paul is hosting a live interview with Robert Cray and Steve Jordan this Thursday at The Cutting Room in NYC. Alan Paul will lead the conversation, navigating through the blues, Memphis soul, Chuck Berry and much more.As the event notes, Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five GRAMMY wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (April 28, 2017/ Jay-Vee Records), the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound. Jordan and Cray met in 1987 while working on the concert film Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, a tribute to Chuck Berry.You will learn all about this growing relationship at Thursday night’s live interview session. Tickets are available here.
SEATTLE — “The city embraced me,” said Isaiah Kacyvenski ’00, M.B.A. ’11, about living in Seattle, “and I embraced it right back.”Harvard President Drew Faust shared Kacyvenski’s story before 250 alumni and friends during her opening remarks recently at Your Harvard: Seattle at the Seattle Art Museum. The Your Harvard events comprise a global series organized by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) that will occur throughout The Harvard Campaign.After starring as a linebacker for the Crimson, Kacyvenski was drafted by the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and called the Emerald City home for the majority of his professional career. In Seattle, Faust says, Kacyvenski “discovered an unassuming metropolis ‘full of great minds and great people,’ a community that celebrated and rewarded ‘hard work, passion, and heart.’”Kacyvenski was hardly the first recent graduate of Harvard to call Seattle home. The city and the rest of the Pacific Northwest are increasingly popular destinations for young Harvard alumni, with more than 5,000 of them in the Puget Sound and Western Washington region alone.Alumni gatherings in Seattle date back to 1892, when a local group of alumni invited Harvard President Charles William Eliot to visit. The current Harvard Club of Seattle has operated since 1974.Originally from Scarsdale, N.Y., Andrew Petschek ’12 refers to Harvard as his second home. Soon after graduation, Petschek found a third home when he moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft. “I didn’t know anyone when I came out here,” he said. “I naturally gravitated to those who had a shared … Harvard experience, because we all took part in that, the love and joy of Cambridge. My very positive past experience has been reincarnated out here.”Like Petschek, other Harvard alumni were drawn to Seattle to work for major brands based in the area, including Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Boeing, among others.,A Nebraska native, Tiffany Thalassa Niver ’08, M.B.A. ’12, worked in Boston before moving to Seattle to work for Amazon. Niver credits the Harvard alumni clubs in both cities for their efforts to replicate the intellectual conversations and the networking opportunities that are part of the fabric of Harvard life. “What’s unique about Seattle is, because Seattle’s a smaller community much further away from the core, you really get to know people on a deeper level,” she said.Sean Meeker ’03 and his wife, Bryce Meeker ’03, left New York City just over a year ago to be closer to family in Seattle. While he hasn’t lived in Seattle long, Meeker, a portfolio manager at Vulcan Capital, can already differentiate between the Harvard alumni community in New York and its counterpart in Seattle. Due to both the way of life and the larger contingent of alumni in New York, the alumni network there has to be more structured, Meeker said, whereas in Seattle, “maybe not shockingly for the West Coast culture, it’s a little more relaxed.” He describes the Seattle alumni group as a vibrant community with particular benefits for younger alumni. Regarding alumni events such as Your Harvard: Seattle, Meeker added, “If you go to one of those events for five minutes, you’re going to have an email list 10 to 15 people long. You’re going to come away with a passion about a lot of things you didn’t know about before.”A number of younger alumni turned out for the Your Harvard event, which they attributed to having a peer, Ling Lin ’12, as president of the Harvard Club of Seattle. Lin, who grew up in Boston and moved to Seattle to work for Amazon soon after graduating, said she became involved with the Seattle club because she didn’t want to lose the close connection she felt with her Harvard peers. She equates Harvard with opportunity, which she continues to see play out in her role as club president. “Any new ideas I had for the club have been very positively received.”James Carter ’01 traveled to the event from his home in Portland, where he works as a financial analyst for the city. He credits Lin’s leadership in adding more recent graduate representation to the club’s board as well as the diversity of events that the club sponsors to encourage alumni of various ages to engage more as a community.Sonia Dara ’12 echoed Carter’s praise of Lin’s efforts to increase the involvement of young alumni in Seattle. Originally from Atlanta, Dara relocated to Seattle after Commencement to work for Microsoft. Moving to the Northwest, she said, was an opportunity to go outside her comfort zone, having always lived on the East Coast and not really knowing anyone in her new city. “I equate living in Seattle to being in part of the Quad. You’re further away from the concentration of everyone, which makes your ties a little bit stronger to one another — your House pride, if you will. That’s why we have a lot of Seattle pride.”“It’s wonderful to see the number of young alumni not only active in the Harvard Club of Seattle but also attracting other alumni to get involved,” said Philip Lovejoy, executive director of the HAA. “There’s a genuine sense of connection among the young graduates in Seattle, something we are starting to see more of in many other Harvard communities as well.”
The government has given the Ministry of Tourism the authority to conclude an agreement on settling obligations to the Croatian Football Association in the total amount of almost 23 million kuna, which will be paid based on final court rulings, which would resolve a dispute that has lasted for almost 20 years. Business diary. It is a long-standing dispute that arose due to non-compliance with the sponsorship agreement signed at the end of 1999 by the then Minister of Tourism Ivan Herak. With this contract, Herak undertook that the Ministry of Tourism would pay HNS two million marks a year as the main sponsor for the next three years, and HNS should in turn display the sign, slogan and advertisements of Croatian tourism in central stadiums, traffic lights and stadiums. With the change of government, Minister Pava Župan Rusković comes to head the Ministry of Tourism, who then announces the annulment of the contract.According to the agreement, a part of the default interest in the amount of HRK 11,75 million is expected to be paid no later than 31 December 2019, then the same amount should be paid by 31 December 2020, increased by a part of the default interest. On the other hand, HNS waives a part of its receivables from the Ministry of Tourism, which represents a part of default interest in the amount of HRK 10 million. By fulfilling the obligations assumed by the agreement, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Football Association would not have any mutual claims based on final and enforceable court decisions.
“Pension funds really want to invest in infrastructure, and there’s no shortage of capital if the projects are structured in the right way with the right risk/return characteristics,” he told IPE.“[Wylfa Newydd] is a large project, relatively early in planning. The Thames Tideway is a pretty good model, so why not think about something similar?”The government has granted some guarantees to Thames Tideway investors, and it began paying backers a yield as soon as construction started.Weston added: “Thames Tideway was quite a success in accessing pension fund capital. It is an option that was proven to work. I’m not saying it would be exactly the same – it’s very different building a nuclear power station to digging a tunnel underneath London – but it’s a big construction project that will take a number of years to get built. It makes sense to look at Thames Tideway and see if those basic building blocks can be applied.”In July last year, Dalmore Capital – which manages money on behalf of the PiP – formed part of the Bazalgette Consortium that will finance the £4.2bn (€5bn) Thames Tideway Tunnel.In addition to Dalmore, the group included Allianz Capital Partners, Amber Infrastructure Group, DIF and Swiss Life Asset Managers.Last week, the PiP announced its first co-investment arrangement with founding investor Railpen.The £21bn pension fund invested alongside the platform to provide £20.3m of funds to refinance debt linked to a portfolio of nearly 2,000 rooftop solar panels. The UK government should utilise pension scheme demand for infrastructure to help fund a new nuclear power plant in North Wales, according to the chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP).Mike Weston, who has led the PiP since its formation in 2014, said the government should consider a similar funding structure to that employed in 2015 when securing institutional backing for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a project to modernise London’s sewers.The site for the nuclear power station in Wylfa Newydd on the island of Anglesey is owned by Hitachi.The company is reportedly in talks with the Japanese government to secure funding for its construction, but Weston argued that it could be an ideal investment for UK pension funds.
Cortez Subsea has strengthened its pipeline engineering capabilities with the formation of a new team in Cairo.Six staff members have joined the company to deliver work globally.Among the new recruits is Mohamad Fathy who heads up the team. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help deliver opportunities for the company. Cortez is in a strong position, having invested in its team and resources steadily this year so far,” said Fathy.In support of project wins in 2019 Cortez Subsea currently employs 50 people in the UK, Malaysia and in Cairo.Managing director of Cortez Subsea in the UK, Alasdair Cowie, said: “We have enjoyed steady growth since 2019 when we were awarded a contract to lay the first ever mechanically connected pipeline offshore Malaysia.“We also continue to build on our track record in delivering inspection campaigns worldwide.“The team in Cairo means we can continue to strengthen our presence and adds additional skills and experience to our team.”
Girls GolfHamilton Southeastern wins Golf Regionals at New Castle.Batesville places 14th.Madison McCreary misses out in going to The State Finals by losing in a one hole, 3 person playoff.Brittany Biltz-Greensburg scores a 94 individually as her season finishes up.Batesville Golf Regionals at New Castle (9-28)Submitted by Batesville Coach Tom Meyer and The IHSAA.Boys TennisBatesville Tennis Team EIAC Champs.Batesville EIAC Tennis TourneySubmitted by Batesville Coach Mike McKinney.VolleyballBatesville Lady Bulldogs win The Cougar Invitational.Bailey Baumer named Tourney MVP.Rylee Goldsmith named to the All-Tourney Team.Batesville vs. Greenfield Central (9-28)Batesville vs. Bloomington South (9-28)Batesville vs. Plainfield (9-28)Batesville vs. Mt Vernon (9-28)Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas with Max Preps.Cross CountrySouthport Invitational at Indy.Batesville Boys place 10th.Batesville Boys CC at Southport InvitationalBatesville Girls Team Champs.Batesville Girls CC at Southport InvitationalSubmitted by Batesville Coaches Tom Barnett and Lisa Gausman.Girls SoccerLawrenceburg shuts out Greensburg 4-0.Greensburg at Lawrenceburg (9-28)Submitted by VarVee.Batesville blanks Franklin County 7-0.|Batesville vs. FC (9-28)Submitted by Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.Boys SoccerConnersville defeated Oldenburg Academy 5-3.Oldenburg Academy at Connersville (9-28)Submitted by VarVee.Batesville Varsity and Roncalli battle to a 1-1 tie.Roncalli JV won 1-0.Submitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.
Brookville, IN —According to the Franklin County Observer, The Brookville Town Board donated the use of the Schilling Center for a spring dance, being held tonight, for young people around the ages of 13-14 years.It is reported that little discussion took place concerning the risks involved with a large indoor gathering of young people while the State of Indiana is experiencing an increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19.The Ripley County Health Department just cautioned the community this week that read those that attended the Prom at RomWeber in Batesville on July 11 were likely to have been exposed to COVID-19. The Franklin County Health Department was not aware of the spring dance at the Schilling Center.
Lloris is reportedly on a United shortlist of possible replacements for De Gea, who is said to be considering his future with only one year left on his Old Trafford contract and Madrid keen on taking him back to Spain. In comments carried in The Sun, Lloris said: “For the moment there is a goalkeeper at United and we are watchful of his situation. You have to keep a certain calm with all this. Press Association Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has indicated he would be open to a move to Manchester United if David de Gea leaves for Real Madrid. “If things should happen then they’ll happen naturally.” Lloris, 28, joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has made 99 league appearances. He is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2019.
Having played well in their opening two league games and having nothing to show for it, Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe kept faith in the team that lost at Liverpool and they were the better side here and fully deserved their 4-3 win. Darren Randolph replaced the suspended Adrian in goal for the hosts and much was made of the fact he had shipped 16 goals in his last three games against the Cherries. Callum Wilson scored a memorable hat-trick as Bournemouth picked up their first-ever Premier League victory in style at the expense of 10-man West Ham. But the fact he was named West Ham’s official man of the match speaks volumes for how badly the rest of his team-mates performed as Aaron Cresswell presented the visitors with their opening two goals and Carl Jenkinson became the fifth West Ham player to be sent off this season. Wilson struck twice in the first-half with the Hammers all over the place but an early charge after the interval saw Slaven Bilic’s side pull level through a Mark Noble penalty and a Cheikhou Kouyate goal. Any hopes of a remarkable turn around were ended when substitute Marc Pugh put Bournemouth back in front, with Wilson completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Jenkinson had been dismissed for pulling back Max Gradel. West Ham got one back through substitute Modibo Maiga but no late onslaught arrived and Bournemouth collected their first three points of the campaign. Winston Reid had the ball in the net after six minutes but the New Zealand defender saw his goal chalked off for an obvious push on Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick. But the visitors snaffled away their first chance of the game as Simon Francis caught Cresswell in possession before cutting back for Wilson to thrash home his first Premier League goal. A first-half drinks break did not help West Ham get a foothold in the game and failed to clear Cresswell’s mind as, under no pressure, last season’s player of the year inexplicably gifted possession to Wilson inside the Hammers’ penalty area and the 23-year-old coolly added his second. Gradel should have added the third goal in first-half stoppage time but saw his effort saved well by Randolph after Wilson had easily escaped the attention of early substitute James Tomkins to set him free. Matt Jarvis came on at half-time for ineffective skipper Kevin Nolan and it was the man who took the armband who got the Hammers back into the game as they turned up the heat after the interval. Noble was tripped inside the box by King after Payet’s initial free-kick had been punched into the air by Artur Boruc and he dusted himself off to convert the resulting penalty. West Ham were level seven minutes later as Diafra Sakho’s turn and shot was palmed out by Boruc, with Kouyate on hand to turn home the rebound and level the contest. Pugh showed that the visitors still had designs on taking all three points but his stinging drive was met by another smart stop from Randolph but the former Birmingham stopper could do nothing moments later as Pugh made up the ground to latch onto Gradel’s pass and dodge two challenges before curling home. Things went from bad to worse for the Hammers as Jenkinson was beaten to a long ball by Gradel and then pulled the tricky winger back inside the box, conceding a penalty and a red card as a result. Wilson stepped up to complete his hat-trick, with his penalty just evading the sprawling Randolph – but the points were still not sealed as Maiga reduced the arrears with a good solo effort. That proved to be the last goal of a breathless encounter as Bournemouth saw out six minutes of added time to seal an historic win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “BREAKING: West Ham in talks to sell Olympic stadium to Leyton Orient!” – Craig Burley makes light of West Ham’s struggle. https://twitter.com/CBurleyESPN/status/635102533585895424 PLAYER RATINGS West Ham – Darren Randolph: 7 (Out of 10) Carl Jenkinson: 3 Angelo Ogbonna: 5 Winston Reid: 5 Aaron Cresswell: 3 Pedro Obiang: 5 Mark Noble: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 5 Dimitri Payet: 5 Kevin Nolan: 5 Diafra Sakho: 6 Subs – James Tomkins: 5 Matt Jarvis: 5 Modibo Maiga: 7 Bournemouth – Artur Boruc: 6 Simon Francis: 8 Steve Cook: 7 Tommy Elphick: 7 Charlie Daniels: 7 Matt Ritchie: 6 Eunan O’Kane: 6 Andrew Surman: 6 Max Gradel: 8 Joshua King: 6 Callum Wilson: 9 Subs – Marc Pugh: 7 Dan Gosling: 6 Adam Smith: 5 STAR PLAYER Callum Wilson: Easy to pick the hat-trick hero as Bournemouth’s best player but he was run close. Gradel was also superb down the left for the visitors but, if they are to stay up, it will be the goals of Wilson that likely make the difference. Took his first two with aplomb and had the confidence to step up for what proved to be the match-winning penalty. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Callum Wilson: The Cherries’ top goalscorer from their promotion season showed he can cut the mustard in the Premier League as he thrashed home the game’s opening goal. Francis cut it back and the 23-year-old was on hand to score Bournemouth’s first-ever Premier League goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Two home matches and two home defeats for Bilic, the opening weekend victory over Arsenal must seem a long time ago. He also upset the fans by hauling off Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho as he looked to alter things. Howe sees his side pick up their first points having impressed in their first two games. MOAN OF THE MATCH In amongst seven goals, comical defending and entertaining football, West Ham picked up their fifth red card of the campaign as Jenkinson was given his marching orders for pulling back Gradel. Having been well-behaved enough to get into the Europa League, they have no chance of doing that this time – small solace for Bilic at least. WHO’S UP NEXT Liverpool v West Ham (Premier League, Saturday August 29) Hartlepool v Bournemouth (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) Press Association
By Brian HomewoodZURICH,(Reuters)-Soccer’s governing body FIFA is cutting off cash to national football associations that fail to meet basic standards of transparency as its new boss works to clean up the sport after years of corruption scandals.FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in an interview this week that the organisation was keeping a closer eye on its 211 member associations (FAs) to ensure they use funds properly and are not subject to political interference.FIFA told Reuters that 23 FAs, more than 10 percent of the total, currently have their funding blocked for failing to meet the requirements. It did not identify them or say when FIFA had cut off their money.Infantino, elected in February to replace the disgraced Sepp Blatter, said FIFA had set up 11 regional offices around the world to keep a closer eye on the FAs.“I want to make sure we have systems in place where we can assist and monitor all associations on a regular basis so we are not taken by surprise by a given country,” he said.Some of the requirements were very basic, such as producing audited financial statements, which he said “seems obvious but didn’t happen in many countries.”“If you want to be eligible (for funding) you need to be able to show your revenues, your costs, basic things.”In more serious cases, FIFA can intervene or even suspend FAs. The world body took over the running of the Argentine FA in June after it became immersed in a financial and governance crisis, including a presidential election which ended in a 38-38 tie even though only 75 delegates had a vote.Guatemala was suspended from international football last week after its members refused to cooperate with a FIFA-appointed committee, set up after two top officials were among dozens of international soccer figures indicted last year in the United States for racketeering, money-laundering and bribery.But Infantino said FAs often needed guidance rather than sanctions. “Rather than shooting at them, we need to sit with them, tell them to show us the books and (explain) how we can help.”THIN LINEMany FAs around the world are plagued by infighting and administrative problems, even to the extent that they struggle to fulfil international fixtures.In one case, a mix-up over payments to a charter airline led to Nigeria’s team getting temporarily stranded in Atlanta and arriving at the Rio Olympics hours before their opening match kicked off.Infantino said it was never easy to decide when to intervene and the dividing line was often thin, especially in some African countries where the FAs depend heavily on funds from their respective sports ministries.During the interview, he was asked to comment on a photograph taken earlier this year of an African sports minister addressing the national side during a training session, a sight that would raise eyebrows in Europe.Did that constitute political interference?“It depends on what he says,” he said. “If he is setting up (picking) the team, then that’s not (allowed), obviously. But, if he is wishing them good luck for the next game and motivating them, then it’s okay.”Sometimes, the issue was clear-cut, however.“There are situations that we cannot accept, especially when, after negative sporting results, a government or a ministry just kicks out a whole federation and appoints a (new) president,” he said. “Then we intervene.”