Do you hear what I hear? Woodberry Poetry Room to preserve rare recordings

first_imgThe Woodberry Poetry Room’s rich collection contains rare and one-of-a-kind recordings of some of the 20th century’s most important poets. But because many of these rare recordings exist on fragile cassettes or on transcription discs made of lacquered metal or glass prone to separation and decay, these voices have essentially been silenced – until now.Thanks to an additional $1.1 million the Harvard College Library (HCL) has injected into collection development, ongoing efforts to preserve some of the Woodberry Poetry Room’s most fragile and important recordings are about to get a boost. The funds will also enhance a number of other projects and acquisitions across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ disciplines.“Continuing scrutiny of our budget allowed us to repurpose some restricted funds in support of the collections,” said Dan Hazen, associate librarian of Harvard College for collection development. “We then invited all HCL units and selectors to submit projects and purchases for review. The proposals were made available for community comment, with funding recommendations determined through a competitive evaluation process. The Woodberry Poetry Room’s successful proposal will ensure that even more of its unique and fragile recordings are widely available to scholars and enthusiasts around the world.”last_img read more

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Buoyed by cup wins, PSG resume Ligue 1 title march

first_img0Shares0000(From L) Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa, Neymar and Thiago Silva, seen during a training session in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, on December 4, 2017, on the eve of an UEFA Champions League match © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jan 12 – Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain resume their relentless drive towards the French Ligue 1 title after the traditional three-week winter break at fifth-placed Nantes this weekend.PSG head to the Loire on the back of a 6-1 rout of Ligue 1 rivals Rennes in the French Cup and a 2-0 midweek defeat of Amiens to reach the League Cup semi-finals. Neymar was on target in both of those victories but the league’s leading scorer Edinson Cavani was absent after returning late from his Christmas and New Year break back home in Uruguay.Argentine Javier Pastore was also overlooked for Wednesday’s outing after returning late from his holiday with both players talked to about their tardiness by coach Unai Emery.PSG captain Thiago Silva raised doubts about Pastore’s future at the club when he said: “I believe Pastore told the club he wanted to leave but in the end they couldn’t reach a deal.”Pastore for his part strongly denied in an interview with Yahoo Sports from Argentina at the weekend that he wanted out.“I love Paris and I love PSG,” said Pastore, whose arrival in 2011 opened the floodgates to a host of talent that followed him into the club.Monaco’s Thomas Lemar (L) fights for the ball with Nice’s Jean Michael Seri during their French League Cup match, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, on January 9, 2018 © AFP/File / VALERY HACHE“Believe me I’ll always be loyal to this club.”With next month’s heavyweight Champions League date with Real Madrid looming Emery’s side visit Nantes enjoying a nine-point lead over defending Ligue 1 title-holders Monaco and Lyon.And given that Nantes haven’t managed to better PSG in Ligue 1 since 2005, the Qatari-backed visitors are on target to add another three points to the 50 they have already banked.– Falcao concern –PSG are not playing until Sunday night which gives Monaco the opportunity to reduce that gap for 24 hours at least with victory at Montpellier on Saturday.Leonardo Jardim’s team resume league duties also having secured their ticket to the League Cup last four as goals from Thomas Lemar and Adama Diakhaby lifted them to a 2-1 defeat of Cote d’Azur rivals Nice on Tuesday.But they look set to be without their captain, Radamel Falcao, who is recovering from a thigh injury.“You have to be careful with a thigh because this sort of injury can quickly lead to six weeks off,” cautioned Jardim who may also be without Guido Carrillo.Multiple former champions Lyon host second from bottom Angers.Under performing Bordeaux meanwhile approach their trip to Troyes boosted by an unusual show of support.Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side, precariously placed one point above the relegation zone, trained on Friday watched by the club’s workforce who left their desks to give the team a much needed boost.Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan said: “It gave us pleasure because at the moment we aren’t getting a great deal of support.“I’ve been at quite a few clubs but this is the first time I’ve seen anything like that, it warms the heart.”Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayStrasbourg v Guingamp (1945)SaturdayRennes v Marseille (1600), Caen v Lille, Dijon v Metz, Montpellier v Monaco, Nice v Amiens, Troyes v Bordeaux (all 1900)SundaySaint-Etienne v Toulouse (1400), Lyon v Angers (1600), Nantes v Paris Saint-Germain (2000)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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49ers’ Kendrick Bourne rises with ‘legendary’ push from Kwon Alexander

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Kendrick Bourne is the first 49ers teammate Kwon Alexander met when he arrived in March’s free agency. That first impression: Alexander knew he found a kindred spirit, and a star-in-the-making to mentor.“He has the same energy I have and we’ve been tight since then,” Alexander said. “He’s getting better and better, and I’m happy for him. He’s doing great. He’s doing legendary.”That word legendary is Alexander’s go-to in any interview, a personalized stamp that carried over to …last_img

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Hopscotch App Aims To Get Both Girls And Boys Interested In Programming

first_imglauren orsini Why You Love Online Quizzes Hopscotch Uses Blocks For The Basics“It teaches kids the fundamental components of programming languages, like branching logic, if/then statements, and variables,” said cofounder Jocelyn Leavitt. “The ideas kids are going to learn using Hopscotch can be used later in other languages like Ruby or Python.”Hopscotch takes complex programming concepts and converts them into colorful blocks, which kids can string into sentences in order to write programs. It’s an open sandbox that’s up to the user’s imagination. Kid testers have come up with games, animations, greeting cards and even a random art generator.“It’s very empowering,” said Leavitt. “One of the things that gets lost in the conversation about learning to code is that it’s actually very satisfying. Kids get to think of anything they want to make, have a plan and actually make it happen.”A Serious Programming Tool?Don’t let the kid-friendly colors and shapes fool you. Eventually, said Leavitt, Hopscotch will be “Turing complete.” That is, it’ll be a full-scale programming language that could, given enough time and storage space, execute any computational routine that any other language would be able to handle.Leavitt said a major inspiration for Hopscotch is Scratch, a browser-based programming language dreamed up by the MIT Media Lab. Hopscotch takes the block system Scratch started with and converts it to a touch-screen format.“Kids really love the iPad,” said Leavitt. “It was the most requested holiday gift in 2012. I feel like in some ways it’s really alluring to have a product that fits on a mobile device.” Related Posts Learning to program can sound like a daunting task even for well-educated adults, much less a kid. But the makers of Hopscotch think it’s easy enough for an eight-year-old, given the right interface.Hopscotch is the first iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. The free app lets budding programmers plan and code their own projects. The beta version of the app launched in Apple’s App Store Tuesday. You Go (Program), GirlFor Leavitt and her cofounder, Samantha John, another mission of Hopscotch is to get girls into programming early. Though they both work in the tech industry now, Leavitt and John didn’t consider programming as a career until after college.“In the tech world we’re constantly getting asked, ‘Why aren’t there more women in tech?’ I think it’s because women don’t get exposed to tech early on,” Leavitt said.“When I went to my family’s Hannukah party and the kids unwrapped their presents, the boys got mainly engineering toys and the girls got pink stuff. It tore my heart. I remember saying to Sam, ‘I wish there were some kind of awesome toy the parents could’ve gotten for the girls that would have exposed them to engineering just as much.’”Ideally, said Leavitt, Hopscotch will fill that void. They’ve worked hard to make Hopscotch unisex, scrapping its original graphics for being too “boyish.”“My favorite story about Hopscotch is when I took it to a classroom, showed it to boys and girls, and asked if they thought it was designed for boys, girls, or both. A boy said, ‘I think it’s universal,’ and a girl said ‘I think it’s for girls.’ That’s exactly what we’re going for.”center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#developers#education#kids#women in tech How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Modi’s ‘badbola’ remark triggers talk of wrinkle in saffron alliance

first_imgWhile the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena appears to have been finalised, statements made by leaders of both parties — including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark on the Ram temple on Thursday — have ignited speculation that all is not well in the partnership.The fact that Mr. Modi made no direct mention of the Sena in his rally in Nashik, but made a comment about a badbola (loudmouth) leader from Maharashtra who wouldn’t stop talking about the Ram temple, raised eyebrows. The only leader from Maharashtra who has recently been talking about the Ram temple and even visited Ayodhya is Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Both parties have also locked horns over the Metro car shed in Aarey colony. While Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has opposed the proposed removal of trees for the car shed, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has termed the youth leader ‘misinformed.’ Moreover, Mr. Fadnavis recently also indicated that the government could reconsider the decision to scrap the oil refinery project at Nanar in Konkan, which was key to forging the BJP-Sena alliance before the Lok Sabha election. Sena leader and State Transport Minister Divakar Raote had on Wednesday demanded that the BJP and Sena contest an equal number of seats in the Assembly polls, failing which the alliance was unlikely. Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut supported the statement. In response, BJP leader Girish Mahajan said, “The alliance is bound to happen. Those who have no say in the seat-sharing talks must not comment on the issue.” Mr. Mahajan expressed confidence that issues in the seat-sharing arrangement will be resolved within two to three days. BJP president Amit Shah will be in Mumbai on Sunday to address a public rally on the abrogation of Article 370. According to sources, during his visit, the BJP is likely to take a final call on the alliance with Sena.last_img read more

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Gilas shatters Great Wall

first_imgView comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Rizal complex saved Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Down to 10 men going into the last 32:27, the Filipinos built a commanding lead early and then bounced back from a momentary loss of focus by riding Terrence Romeo on offense and shutting down the Chinese in the final 4:20 for the first upset of the tournament.The win, carved out even with Calvin Abueva leaving with 2:27 left in the first period after head-butting Li Gen, put the Filipinos in a position to top Group B and advance to the next round outright.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRomeo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth period, eight of them coming in a string that had the Philippines roaring back from an 84-87 deficit to a 92-87 lead going into the final 2:02.It was a whirlwind offensive show by the 5-foot-10 Romeo, who played behind the shadow of Jayson Castro the last time this tournament was played in Changsha, where the Chinese scored a 78-67 decision to win the championship. A Gilas Pilipinas side that didn’t back down at all on Wednesday night just tilted the balance of power in the Fiba Asia Cup by bringing down defending champion China, 96-87, that put an automatic quarterfinal berth well within reach at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Defense jump-started the Philippine offense, especially in the stretch with Japeth Aguilar challenging every shot inside en route to a total of five blocks and Gabe Norwood harassing China’s best perimeter men to no end.Christian Standhardinger also made his tournament debut in a huge way, holding his own inside despite being terribly undersized. He answered the team’s call at the last moment as its naturalized player after Andray Blatche refused to make the trip for security reasons.It was a tense match, to say the least, with tempers flaring on multiple occasions and the Filipinos refusing to back down despite the size advantage the Chinese have on them on all positions.Guo Ailun rallied the Chinese from deficits of as large as 17 in the first half with a virtuoso performance in the third period, only to foul out with 4:40 left in the game.Gilas next faces Iraq at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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21 days agoNabil Fekir’s ex-agent lifts lid on Liverpool collapse: I was ashamed

first_imgNabil Fekir’s ex-agent lifts lid on Liverpool collapse: I was ashamedby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe former agent of Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir has come clean on why a move to Liverpool fell through.Jean-Pierre Bernes has revealed to Canal Plus that a third party had been at fault for the failed transfer.He said, “Nabil was Liverpool’s priority. I worked for four months with the Liverpool representatives, with Jurgen Klopp, Jean-Michel Aulas, everything was ready. “Nabil was already aware of his future contract, which would have seen him earn around €45m over five years. “And on the day that the contract was supposed to be signed, at Rambouillet, we saw a lawyer and Nabil’s brother-in-law arrived who said: ‘Stop everything, discussions have to start all over again’. It was surreal. We thought that we were in a Walt Disney film.”He added: “There were two elements. The player’s medical was negative and the second element was that when you want to sign for a big club like Liverpool, you need a certain attitude. “When the Liverpool guys witnessed this cinema, they immediately… Sometimes when a player has an injury representatives can make an effort to make it work.”The brother-in-law of Nabil all of a sudden acted like a player’s agent. He wanted a commission, everyone knows, it is fashionable these days. “[Fekir] was on a cloud, he seemed to have transformed, he didn’t even greet the Liverpool representatives. “He arrived after the medical, everyone was looking at each other, the Liverpool representatives were wondering where they were. I was ashamed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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19 days agoDavid Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say David Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bidby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says a rift with manager Frank Lampard led to him leaving Chelsea.The 32-year-old joined the Gunners on deadline day for £8million, with the Brazilian claiming he “didn’t think twice” about signing for the North London giants.Asked by Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar about why he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge, Luiz explained how the lure of Arsenal proved to be too much.He said: “It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.”It’s hard for rivalry, yes, but I couldn’t help but live a new story, in a new place, in a big club just because of the rivalry.” last_img read more

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