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first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Florida teenager accused of killing his mother over an argument about his school grade has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder.A Volusia grand jury indicted Gregory Ramos, 15, this week on one count of first degree murder — a crime that could be punishable by a life sentence, according to Spencer S. Hathaway, a spokesman for Florida’s State Attorney’s office.The grand jury charge appeared to catch the state attorney’s office off guard.“I’m surprised, I’m shocked, I’m bewildered by the fact we’re in a position to have to prosecute a 15-year-old for murdering his mother,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said of the decisions in the statement.“That’s a sad day, and it’s a sad announcement I’m making, and I take no pleasure in the fact that the state attorney’s office will be prosecuting the 15-year-old for the murder of his mother as an adult.”Ramos’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday from ABC News.Ramos confessed to killing of his mother, Gail Cleavenger, 46, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.Ramos later led the police to the body of his mother which he buried in a fire pit at a church, Chitwood said.Ramos allegedly strangled his mother to death on Nov. 2 after the two had an argument about his D grade while his stepfather was on a business trip in Seattle, Washington.In previous press conferences, Chitwood has said that during police interrogations, Ramos seemed proud of himself.“He believed he was the smartest person in the room and he continued to tell us his theories of what he believed and why: what happened to his mom and where we should be focusing our attention,” Chitwood said earlier this month.Eventually, officials said, the teen changed course, admitted to the murder, and walked investigators through his plot and its execution.“She was a mom,” Chitwood said of Cleavenger earlier this month. “She was a wife. She was a sister. By all accounts she was an amazing human being.”After Cleavenger’s killing, Ramos allegedly got two friends to come and help him stage a fake burglary at his home. Ramos and both co-defendants — Dylan Ceglarek, 17, and Brian Porras, 17 — remain confined at the Volusia County jail, according to Hathaway.Porras’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday from ABC News. It was not immediately clear who is representing Ceglarek.“The co-defendants were charged by information with being accessories after the fact of a first degree murder,” Hathaway told ABC News. He went on saying that the two could be sentenced to 30 years in prison if found guilty.The trio are set to be arraigned in December and they have not yet entered a plea.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe fishery for Illex argentinus in the Southwest Atlantic is subject to large inter-annualvariability in recruitment strength. In this paper we attempt to build a predictive model using sea surfacetemperature (SST) to examine links between recruitment to the Falkland Islands fishery and environmentalvariability during the juvenile and adult life history stages. SST data from the National centerfor Atmospheric Research (NCAR) were found to be comparable with near-surface data derivedfrom in situ expendable bathy-thermograph (XBT) profiles in the southern Patagonian shelf. Variationin SST during the early life stages appears to be important in determining recruitment of I. argentin us.SST in the hatching grounds of the northern Patagonian shelf during the period of hatching (particularlyJune and July) was negatively correlated with catches in the fishery in the following season. SSTanomaly data from positions in the Pacific and Southwest Atlantic were used to examine teleconnectionsbetween these areas. Links were seen at a lag of 2 yr between the Pacific and southern Patagonianshelf, and at about 5 yr between the Pacific and northern Patagonian shelf. This is consistent withSST anomalies associated with El Niilo in the Pacific propagating around the globe via the AntarcticCircumpolar Wave (ACW). Predicting cold events via teleconnections between SST anomalies in thePacific and Atlantic would appear to have the potential to predict the recruitment strength of I. argentinusin the Southwest Atlantic.last_img read more

first_imgIn the boys’ shot put, Mcade Poulson of North Sanpete (41-05.75 feet) placed second, Laramie Roberts of North Sanpete placed third (41-05.50) and Clarence Kool of Juab (38-07) finished ninth, tied with Murray’s Isaac Sanchez. Panguitch’s Taylia Norris took the girls’ 1600 (5:17.20) and 800 meter (2:18.73) titles As is customary, Richfield’s Hayden Harward took the boys’ 1600-meter crown (4:28.46) as well as the 800-meter run (1:59.52) titles. Harward also placed third in the boys’ 3200-meter run (10:06.88). Brad James SALEM, Utah-Friday, Juab, North Sanpete and Wasatch Academy competed at the Skyhawk Midnite Invitational hosted by Salem Hills High School. April 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Track Roundup: 4/27 In the girls’ 1600-meter run, North Sanpete’s Rachael Jones (6:08.53) placed ninth. Jared Braden of Juab finished sixth in the boys’ 1600-meter run (5:00.39). FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Friday and Saturday, numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athletes and schools competed at the Cedar High Pizza Hut Invitational. Juab’s Cambrie Hansen placed third in the girls’ discus (81-05). In the girls’ discus, Panguitch’s Karlee Eyre (119-10) took the crown and Porter Albrecht of Beaver (22-01.00 feet) earned the boys’ long jump title. Written by In the boys’ javelin, Juab’s Clarence Kool (143-04) took the title, while Jamal Mayoul of North Sanpete (135-09) finished second. Boden Ballow of Juab placed third (132-09) and Laramie Roberts of North Sanpete finished ninth (111-00) in the event. Delta’s girls took the 4 x 100 relay title (49.72 seconds). The Rabbits were represented in this event by Jordyn Nielson, Savannah Nielson, Adi Nielson and Megan Atkinson.center_img In the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, Willow Kay (50.95 seconds) and Demi Jackson (52.83 seconds) of Juab finished third and sixth respectively. We were unable to secure all the results but here are as many of them as we could scrape together. Kade Jensen won the boys’ 400-meter dash title (49.44 seconds). In the boys’ 200-meter dash, Milford’s Bret Beebe placed second (22.80 seconds), setting a new school record in the process. North Sanpete’s Brage Anderson placed eight overall (17.72 seconds) in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles. Brigham Perry of Juab placed fourth (11.87 seconds) in the 100-meter dash and North Sanpete’s Cesar Lemus placed eighth (12.01 seconds). The Desert Hills boys took the team title with 103 points. Delta and Richfield tied for sixth with 52 points apiece. Beaver placed eighth with 34 points. Manti finished ninth with 21 points. Kanab placed 11th with 11.5 points. Wayne finished 14th with 8 points. North Sevier placed 15th with 6 points, Panguitch tied for 18th place with Water Canyon and Gunnison Valley with 3 points and Valley placed 21st with 0.5 points. Scott Hatch of North Sanpete placed first in the boys’ high jump (6-2) with Jamal Mayoul of North Sanpete placing second (5-10). Richfield’s boys took the medley title (3:37.63) as the Wildcats were represented in this event by Ian Bate, Carston Jensen, Kade Jensen and Hayden Harward. Gracie Moysh of Gunnison Valley took the girls’ shot put title (34-03.00 feet). Ronnie Walker of Juab placed first in the girls’ long jump (16-10.50 feet) to conclude things. To close things out, Richfield’s Melissa Crane earned the girls’ long jump title (17-07 feet) and Kanab’s Sam Orton is the boys’ high jump champion for the meet (6 feet-5 inches). For the girls, the Cedar Lady Reds won the title with 102 points. Delta placed fourth with 65 points. Richfield and Panguitch tied for fifth with 44 points. Manti finished seventh with 34 points. Gunnison Valley placed ninth with 24 points, Beaver placed 11th with 17 points and Kanab finished 13th with 14 points. North Sevier placed 15th with 10 points, Wayne finished 16th with 8 points and Milford placed 17th with 7 points.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Ben Solomon / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Four of college football’s biggest stars are heading to New York City for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony on Saturday.Three quarterbacks — LSU’s Joe Burrow, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts — along with Ohio State’s defensive lineman Chase Young, were named finalists on Monday for the award given to college football’s most outstanding player.The four players represent three of the teams chosen to play in this year’s College Football Playoff. The only CFP team without a representative is #3 Clemson.Burrow, whos pent three years at Ohio State before transferring to LSU, tossed an SEC-record 48 touchdown passes and 4,715 passing yards this year. His head coach Ed Orgeron said Saturday that Burrow deserves the award.“In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team plaer. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards aere not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”Burrow would be just the second LSU player ever to win the award.Hurts, meanwhile, could become the third Oklahoma quarterback to win the Heisman. He transferred to Oklahoma after spending his first three college seasons at Alabama, attempting to follow in the footsteps of Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018). Mayfield and Murray each went on to become the top pick in the NFL Draft. Fields also transferred before this season, after playing his freshman year at Georgia. He threw 40 touchdown passes and just one interception this season. Young, meanwhile, is just the fourth defensive lineman to be named a Heisman finalist. None of the previous three finished higher than fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by December 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Burrow, Fields, Hurts, Young named Heisman Trophy finalistscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_imgThe Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” isdesigned to recognize colleges that have been successful increating great workplaces and to further research and understandingof the factors, dynamics and influences that have the most impacton organizational culture at higher education institutions.Lone Star College was recognized in five areas: Confidencein Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace &Security; Job Satisfaction; and Work/Life Balance .Qualities of ExcellenceAs faculty members of Lone Star College, we strive to create anation of world citizenry in our students. In that pursuit, wemodel ways of thinking and being that incorporate diversity,equality, and equity. Our culture, then, requires the possession oftranscendent qualities that, while immeasurable, are evident inglobal citizens. We are compassionate with our students,colleagues, and ourselves. We are innovative in the pursuit oflearning. Ultimately, we create a culture where learning thrives,people are safe, and we mirror the qualities of worldcitizenry.Lone Star College faculty are dedicated to four qualities ofexcellence: Equipment used includes, PC workstation running on a LAN in aMicrosoft Windows environment, calculator, phone and other generaloffice equipment, and any specialized equipment standard within thediscipline/industryInterface with internal and external contacts as needed tocarry out the functions of the positionWork is performed in a climate-controlled classroom and/or labenvironment with exposure to safety hazards typical within theindustryHours will vary depending on class time; Instructors arerequired to meet with classes at all scheduled times and beavailable to students outside of class instruction Mastery of course content Campus Marketing StatementLone Star College-CyFairLone Star College offers high-quality, affordable academic transferand career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSCis training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the communitycollege experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head,Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution ofhigher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impactof nearly $3 billion.LSC, which consists of seven colleges, ten centers, two universitycenters, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online, iscontinuously named Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle ofHigher Education. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.Located in suburban northwest Houston in the heart of the CyFairCommunity, the college provides a full range of offerings includingunique programs in fire science technology, logistics managementand sonography. Since opening our award winning campus in 2003, thecollege has experienced record growth and supports an excitinglearning environment that brings together state-of-the-arttechnology and active, collaborative learning.Campus address is 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX77433.Job Description REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: PURPOSE AND SCOPE:It is the responsibility of the teaching faculty to provide thelearning activities and support that will lead to the achievementof the course objectives and contribute to the educationalenvironment of the college and the community. The faculty member’srole encompasses the general areas of learning facilitation,professional development, and institutional service. Primaryresponsibilities are to plan, develop and teach courses within thecurriculum in a manner that facilitates student learning.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services or relatedField or Bachelor’s degree and 3 years non- teaching workExperience in the field. Must be certified or registered as aparamedic Teaches courses in Emergency Medical Services at a variety oftimes and locations in response to institutional needsMakes continuous efforts to improve the quality of instructionby reviewing and utilizing innovative methodologies, t echniques,and delivery methodsDevelops and uses a syllabus for each course or laboratorywithin coll ege and departmental guidelinesPlans, develops and uses a variety of teaching methods andmaterials that assist students in meeting course objectives andwhich are appropriate for students with differing educational andexperiential backgrounds and learning stylesEvaluates students to measure their progress toward achievementof stated course objectives and informs them in a timely manner oftheir progress in the courseSubmits req uired college reports and formsReviews, evaluates, and recomm ends student learningmaterialsMaintains professional relationships with students, colleaguesand the communityProvides access to students through posted office hours,electronic communicatio n and other appropriate methodsResponsible for professional development and institutionalservice as determined in consultation with the DeanResponsible for other reason able related duties asassigned PHYSICAL ABILITIES :The work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion,such as frequent climbing of tall ladders, lifting heavy objectsover 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas, and defending oneself or others against physical attack.WORK SCHEDULE AND CONDITIONS: SalaryCommensurate with education, experience and qualifications.Your salary offer would fall in that range is determined by yourrelated experience and education. Should you receive an offer ofemployment from Lone Star College, the resume submitted in theapplication process will be utilized to calculate your salaryoffer. The information outlined below will provide the Office ofHuman Resources everything needed to determine an accurate startingsalary.Your resume should provide a complete picture of your workexperience. The resume should include the following information foreach position listed: Length of time (specific months and years) of employmentIf the position was full time or part timeIf the position was paid or unpaidUnofficial transcript for highest earned degree Student InvestedContent ExpertPedagogically ExcellentInstitutionally Dedicated Commitment to MissionThis job carries with it the obligation to uphold the Mission ofLone Star College (LSC) in carrying out the duties of the position.A commitment to positive interpersonal behaviors, professionalcommunication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship,respect and accountability to LSC students and employees isessential.Cultural Beliefs KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES : Demonstrated leadership skills; style that emphasizescollaborat ion, teamwork, and facilitationExcellent oral and written communication skills andinterpersonal skillsCommitment to diversity; ability to appreciate alternativeviewpoints; ability to work effectivel y with a wide variety ofpeopleCommitment to academic excellence, exceptional service andproviding a dynamic climate for life-long learningDemonstrated ability to develop and implement instructionalapproaches such as service learning/civic engagement, learningcommunities, and the effective use of technologyAbility to use effective strategies to en gage students intheir learning One LSCStudent FocusedOwn ItAdvance EquityCultivate CommunityChoose Learning Additionally, any certifications listed as required or preferred inthe Lone Star College job description should be included in theresume submitted.Benefits Marketing StatementBy joining our top-notch institution, you will enjoy being a partof an organization that offers a supportive, collegial workenvironment and excellent work/life balance. This includes a fullcomprehensive and competitive benefits package, wellness programs,professional development opportunities, sabbatical opportunitiesand more.Special InstructionsGo to the Job Search page, click on ‘My Activities’ at the top ofthe page. Under My Cover Letters and Attachments you will click on‘Add Attachment.’ Please be sure to put the Job ID# in the titleonce you name your file for cover letters only, unless you attachedyour cover letter with your resume.If you are applying for an Instructional position (i.e. Faculty,Adjunct Faculty, Instructor), please ensure you include thefollowing to be considered: Resume/CV, Cover Letter, TeachingPhilosophy, and unofficial transcripts.You must limit your file name for any attachment to 40 charactersor less.How to ApplyALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLYWe will not accept application material received via fax, email,mail, or hand delivered.Postings for part-time and adjunct positions are active for theacademic year. By selecting the option to receive notifications onyour profile, you will begin receiving electronic communicationregarding new opportunities with Lone Star College (LSC).If selected for an interview, a recruiter will contact you byphone, or email to schedule an interview.Lone Star College participates in the E-Verify program, under whichLone Star College provides the federal government with informationfrom each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm that the employee isauthorized to work in the United States.More information on the E-Verify program is available at www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .Lone Star College is an EEO Employer. All positions aresubject to a criminal background check.last_img read more

first_img“As bizarre as it seems, I don’t think it’s that much of a big deal. Obviously I’m quite upset about it, and the suggestion of a connection with the University is upsetting. But I think that it’s one of those situations where probably the person involved hadn’t appreciated how that would be interpreted.”Liberal Democrat Layla Moran Moran said: “It’s disgraceful that Dubai is using Oxford University’s good name without prior permission.“This diminishes the value of the university and its brand. I call on the government of Dubai to decease and I will do whatever I can from within Parliament.”A University spokesperson said: “This is unfortunately a case of crossed wires in communicating what was a very preliminary set of discussions.“We hope the news release will be taken down as soon as possible.”The Dubai Future Foundation said it had been in discussions with the University about setting up such as centre, and that the announcement had been in good faith.The Dubai Future Foundation said it had been working closely with the Institute for Digital Archaeology on a variety of projects which had led to a research group – Future Design Laboratory – being set up in the physics department.A spokesperson said: “The Dubai Future Foundation sought to expand this partnership by renaming the lab the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Future Design, expanding its mandate to include basic scientific research, especially in physics.” An Oxford MP has condemned the Dubai government’s promotion of an Oxford University research centre, after Cherwell revealed that it did not, in fact, exist.Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran said a press release from Dubai’s media office about the Mohammed bin Rashid Center [sic] for Future Research was ‘disgraceful’, adding that it diminished Oxford’s prestige.A University spokesperson said it hoped the doctored images and fake press releases would be taken down “as soon as possible”.At the start of May, the Dubai Government Media Office issued a press release regarding the opening of the “Mohammed bin Rashid Center [sic] for Future Research” at Oxford University.According to the media release – which was also covered by outlets including The Gulf Today, Zawya, and Gulf News – the centre opened during a ceremony attended by Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Mohammed Al Gergawi, and the Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama.The latter also tweeted the doctored image from his official account.During the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Future Design Center at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. This center comes after the Dubai Future Foundation’s pivotal role in working with the University of Oxford to preserve the heritage of humanity. pic.twitter.com/slYEyV34vO— Omar Sultan AlOlama (@OmarSAlolama) May 2, 2018 The fake release also claimed that the ‘ceremony’ was attended by “a number of representatives of Oxford University”. Cherwell understands that these ‘representatives’ were, in fact, a fellow of Magdalen College, Alexy Karenowksa, and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Roger Michel.Michel, a Trinity alumnus, who recently became an honorary fellow of the College, already has several links with the United Arab Emirates.In February, president of Trinity College, Dame Hilary Boulding, attended the World Government summit in Dubai at Michel’s invitation along with two students.Michel has since endowed a scholarship in honour of Al Gergawi that “will enable Trinity students to attend future summits in Dubai”.Roger Michel has not responded to several requests for comment.Karenowska, a physics tutor at Magdalen, told Cherwell: “I’m quite upset about it actually. What has happened here, as unbelievable as it sounds, is that picture was photoshopped, so the centre doesn’t exist.“It’s not even a proposal, it’s more of a request for a proposal, so that request is outside of the University. [The Emirati officials] were in town for a visit in connection with something completely separate, and at a lab facility outside Oxford, those photographs were taken, but as bizarre as it sounds, it doesn’t exist. There’s a request for a proposal, but no money whatsoever has been received, and it certainly hasn’t opened, and the University of Oxford was photoshopped onto those photographs. I was in the photographs, but the text was photoshopped on.last_img read more

first_imgSaint Lawrence, who was burned to death on a large grate over a fire, is said to have remarked to his tormentors: “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.”Such audacity — not to mention savagery — not only ensured that the tale would be handed down through generations, it made Saint Lawrence of Rome the patron saint of barbecue. Lawrence’s story was among those shared Tuesday by famed barbecue aficionado Steven Raichlen, who spoke before a packed house at Harvard’s Geological Lecture Hall.Raichlen, author of “The Barbecue Bible” (1998) and “Planet Barbecue” (2010), took the audience on a tour spanning millions of years and thousands of miles, touching on barbecue’s origins among early humans and on different barbecue customs around the world.The talk was sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Raichlen was introduced by Professor Richard Wrangham, whose research focuses on the idea that cooking, because it makes food more digestible and nutrients more accessible, was an important part of human development. Raichlen said he has been influenced a great deal by Wrangham’s ideas about cooking and human evolution.During his two-day visit, Raichlen also stopped at a human evolutionary biology class taught by Wrangham and Professor Noreen Tuross to direct a barbecue including foods that Homo erectus might have eaten — buffalo, halibut, and trout — in the courtyard near the Tozzer Library.Barbecue reaches millions of years into human history, but our earliest ancestors were small-brained plant eaters, as evidenced by their massive jaws. A raw plant diet, Raichlen said, dictated that they spend many of their waking hours gathering food and chewing.“Our ancestors were basically giant chewing machines who spent six hours a day chewing,” Raichlen said.Our first ancestor that cooked was Homo erectus, 2 million years ago, Raichlen said. The taming of fire and increased amount of meat in our diets coincided with the expansion of our brain size, Raichlen said. It also fostered community as people gathered around the fire to eat.The first “barbecue” is lost in history, but likely was accidental — an animal caught in a lava flow or a forest fire.“Someone tasted it, and uttered the first grunt of gastronomic pleasure in history,” Raichlen said.Fire at first was something harvested from wildfires, tended and kept alive in an early division of labor, Raichlen said. Eventually, primitive people learned how to start their own fires, striking stones together or using a bow to generate friction.Over the years, humans became proficient hunters and cooks, hunting some species to extinction. Religious custom dictated the sacrificing of animals that led to their being cooked and eaten. The word barbecue is thought to have originated with Taino Indians who prepared meat on a grate that, because it was made of wood, encouraged cooking at low temperatures for long periods of time to avoid the grate burning up.Other barbecue milestones include the invention of the charcoal briquette by automobile pioneer Henry Ford, who combined extra wood scraps from the car-building process with charcoal. He sold the process to a relative named Kingsford, still a major name in the charcoal briquette industry.The backyard grill was invented in the 1950s by an employee of the Weber Metal Works Co., which made round metal nautical buoys. The employee took half of a buoy, put legs on it, and the backyard grill was born.For “Planet Barbecue,” Raichlen traveled to 60 countries to discover barbecue techniques. He described a wide variety of cooking methods and foods to the audience, from a traditional Indian tandoor to Jamaican jerk barbecue, from grilled eel in Korea to kangaroo in Australia, from grilled octopus in Greece to grilled eggs in Cambodia.“It’s been 2 million years, an incredible ride,” Raichlen said. “I think you can truly say that barbecue begat civilization.”last_img read more

first_imgStaffers at the Woodberry Poetry Room made a startling discovery earlier this year: audio recordings of long-forgotten literary voices from a 1953 Harvard conference on the contemporary novel. Among them is Ralph Ellison, who just months earlier had won the National Book Award for his first novel, “Invisible Man.”“Lightning struck me,” he wrote later of the prize, “leaving me standing amazed.”There were other lightning strikes in 1953, including the invitation to the Harvard Summer School conference. During the intense sessions on craft and criticism — some of which will soon be available as digitized audio — the voice of a gifted teacher rose. (Ellison, a fervent reader who never finished his second novel, much less a college degree, went on to earn a living as a professor and literary journalist.)Soundbytes: Ralph Ellison on a writer’s roleRalph Ellison says writers are meant to write, not engage in direct protest — that “grappling with reality in terms of art” is hard enough. Courtesy of the Woodberry Poetry Room/Harvard University.Ellison emerges on the recently digitized recordings as a gifted critic who is thoughtful, precise, and funny — often the lone voice on panels to bring the conversation back down to earth when it strays into the abstract. He was also aware of being the only black man at the conference. “This doggone integration thing,” he joked to a friend about the Harvard gathering, “maybe is going too fast.”But Ellison was unafraid. In one session he dressed down the Irish novelist, poet, and critic Frank O’Connor, who was then teaching a Summer School course, saying O’Connor was being too flip in discussing the novel. The form needed updating, agreed Ellison, since it was stuck between the mannerly and the hard-boiled. But it was still a powerful instrument for executing the writer’s “moral role.” Such give-and-take among literary stars drew attentive audiences. As many as “a grand of people” at once, Ellison wrote in the Aug. 6 letter, attended conference events, including one in Sanders Theatre.His novel began, famously, with the line “I am an invisible man.” Its narrator lives in a burrow-like basement on the edge of Harlem, though it is “warm and full of light. Yes, full of light.” The novel, part language experiment on the diversity of American slang, begins and ends underground — territories of invisibility that the author himself could no longer enjoy (or endure) after winning the National Book Award. He had become famous.Soundbytes: Ralph Ellison on the novelist’s ‘delight’Ralph Ellison explains the advantages of writing in the first person, and the novelist’s “delight in putting over a good yarn, a good lie.” Courtesy of the Woodberry Poetry Room/Harvard University.In early January, when news of the award came, Ellison was 39 and living in New York. He was a native of Oklahoma City, a Tuskegee Institute dropout, a sometime musician and writer, and a wartime veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine, in which he had served as a cook. Winning the award flung him from obscurity into a madcap year of interviews, televised panels, lectures, and speeches. “I can’t help but feel,” he wrote, “that some mistake was made somewhere.”At the award ceremony on Jan. 27, Ellison got a full measure of introductions to America’s writing elite. He shook hands with Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Eudora Welty, Rachel Carson, and — near the bar at the reception — William Faulkner, a huge literary influence on Ellison. Sharing prizes with him that year were Bernard DeVoto (for nonfiction) and Archibald MacLeish (for poetry), Harvard men who had earlier posed with the newcomer in a chummy Library of Congress portrait. “Nothing stuffed shirt about them,” Ellison wrote to a friend.The sharpest pang of unreality probably came from the competition he bested to win the award, Ernest Hemingway for “The Old Man and the Sea” and John Steinbeck for “East of Eden.” “They were the real writers,” Ellison said later. “I was just an upstart.”A Harvard ‘homecoming’But arriving at Harvard that August for the first time, Ellison wrote afterwards, felt like a homecoming. Harvard was where his namesake (Ralph Ellison’s middle name was Waldo), Ralph Waldo Emerson, a century before had been a leading intellectual light for whom consciousness was paramount. The black writer sensed a kinship. “If others saw him as merely a Negro author,” wrote one biographer, “Ralph possessed a far more acute sense of association.” Ellison wrote after the conference, “If we ever have a boy, Harvard will be his college.”An epiphany he had at Harvard — researched by Poetry Room staff — deepened his emotional ties to the University. On the evening of Aug. 3, the first day of the conference, Ellison finished an after-dinner session on the novel at Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall. He stepped into the building’s transept, lined with marble tablets identifying Harvard’s Union dead from the Civil War. Ellison felt an immediate “shock of recognition,” he said later in a 1974 Harvard Commencement address, a moment of anguish at his own forgetfulness, ingratitude, and indifference about the sacrifices in the war to end slavery. No history had ever set the same deep hook of feeling in him that the solemn tablets had, said a chastened Ellison. “I knew that I stood within the presence of Harvard men who had given their young lives to set me free.”Joining Ellison and O’Connor at conference events were scholars, literary critics, and writers: the French poet Pierre Emmanuel; the Belgian novelist Georges Simenon, then living in Connecticut; and by some accounts the American fiction writer and literary journalist Katherine Anne Porter.The critics taking part included Carvel Collins, who in 1942, while teaching at Harvard, offered the first university course devoted to Faulkner. Panelist Stanley Edgar Hyman was a critical theorist and New Yorker staff writer who helped Ellison get “Invisible Man” published. Andrew Nelson Lytle, a pivotal member of the Southern Agrarians literary movement, was a panelist. So was Harvard professor W. M. Frohock, the author of a book on violence in the American novel. The German poet and literary critic Hans Egon Holthusen represented another kind of anomalous minority at the Harvard conference. He had been a member of both the S.S. and the Nazi Party. But he knew his post-war literature.“Up here,” wrote Ellison of the company he kept at the conference, “you have to be pretty nimble.”Forgotten voices foundFinding the lost audio was nimble work, too. “I came across the conference in HOLLIS,” which searches the Harvard Library database, said Poetry Room curator Christina Davis. From there, she uncovered six reels of tape, 12 hours of listening. She had been searching for historic recordings to digitize — 100 cassettes worth — thanks to a $19,000 grant from Harvard College Library.Davis, a poet and a champion of oral history, said that finding Ellison on tape promised to be a rare instance of his recorded voice in the midst of formative discussions, not just reading or lecturing. It was not a poet’s voice, she added, but it was too compelling for the Poetry Room to ignore — especially since 1953 “was a pivotal year in his existence and that of the nation.” (A month after the conference the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to rehear the landmark desegregation case now known as Brown v. Board of Education.)The audio covers just two days of the conference, Aug. 3 and 4. Once they are digitized, divided into tracks, and uploaded to the Poetry Room website, the recordings will be made available online, as early as this fall.Davis believes the recording is also a valuable artifact illustrating how American speech has been flattened and homogenized by the ubiquity of television and radio, media that favor clear, Midwestern accents over other regional inflections. (On one panel, Collins talked about “high-larious” moments in Faulkner. Ellison’s voice, mellifluous and precise, sounds like a radio-era Jack Benny.) “The very instrument,” recording technology, that saved “period accents” for posterity, she said, also had a role in taming or even eliminating them.In addition, the conference constituted a sort of super-seminar on the state of the American novel six decades ago. In the sessions, she said, “You can hear thought happening.”A novelist teachingFor Ellison, said Davis, part of that thought process was a knack for synthesizing the many strands of a discussion. He was appealing to the Cambridge audiences as a man who was both orderly and daring — while unafraid to be funny.“I’m very interested in [audience] reception,” said Davis, who oversees thousands of collected recordings. “At the Poetry Room, we always listen for laughter,” and there was plenty at the conference. “The audience,” added Poetry Room staffer Mary W. Graham, who listened to all 12 hours of tape, “is not too stiff.”One audience member that summer was a young Harvard professor of government named Henry Kissinger, then the editor of the journal Confluence: An International Forum. Soon after the conference, he asked Ellison for an essay on race, creativity, and literary consciousness. The author dusted off an unpublished 1946 piece, which Kissinger published that December as “20th Century Fiction and the Black Mask of Humanity.”Letters indicate that Ellison prepared a 30-minute lecture on the America novel, which he predicted to a friend would be “thirty of the damnedest minutes I ever spent.” The lecture is not among the trove of recovered audio, and was never published. But its echo, and echoes from the conference, survive in a 1957 essay called “Society, Morality, and the Novel.” His same obsessions from 1953 abide there, including the centrality of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Faulkner, and Henry James.Surviving too is Ellison’s sense that a writer’s place is at the typewriter, not on the picket line, an observer’s attitude that a decade later got him in trouble with some other blacks during the Civil Rights Movement.“I don’t think that’s a writer’s business at all,” snapped Ellison at the conference, when asked about fiction as a means for protest or prescription. “His business, of course, is to write.”last_img read more

first_imgFirstEnergy Falters in Ohio Campaign for Bailout of Its Failing Power Plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland Plain Dealer:Neither the Trump administration nor Gov. John Kasich is inclined to give FirstEnergy’s struggling power plant company a free pass around competition, even as the number of competitors is increasing and the subsidiary faces bankruptcy.FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated power plant subsidiary that does business in wholesale and retail markets, is negotiating with its creditor. Standard & Poor’s has further reduced the bond credit rating of the subsidiary, reasoning that a bankruptcy filing is inevitable because the old plants cannot compete against new gas turbines. The first of 10 large gas-turbine power plants already approved by the state officially opened this week, generating nearly 900 megawatts of power — about the same as FirstEnergy’s nearby Davis-Besse nuclear plant. The Oregon Clean Energy Center in suburban Toledo is selling that power directly into the regional high-voltage grid’s competitive market, where Davis-Besse must compete as well.Similar-sized gas turbine plants are under construction in Lordstown, in Carroll County and in Butler County. The plants are said to be twice as efficient as Davis-Bess and are cheaper to run, at least for now.The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved another plant in Columbiana County and a fifth one in Monroe County. Applications are pending for three more plants and another is in a “pre-application” phase.Against this backdrop, Kasich this week said flatly he does not support FirstEnergy’s proposal before Ohio lawmakers to create “zero emission credits,” or ZECs, for its two nuclear power plants in recognition that the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants do not produce carbon dioxide. The proposal, labeled a “bailout” by opponents, is stuck in legislative committees.The ZECs would run for about 17 years, subject to periodic state review, initially raising total customer bills by about $300 million a year. Average consumer bills would increase by $5 a month, says the company. The company has been clear that even if the ZECs are enacted, it hopes to sell Perry and Davis-Besse, and all of its power plants, if it has to sell power in competitive markets.Kasich’s pro-market position appears to mirror the newly emerging position of the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House which, according to wire reports, have refused to declare a federal emergency to “save” old coal-fired plants and therefore save coal mining jobs as the president promised during his election campaign.FirstEnergy Solutions owns two of FirstEnergy’s big coal-fired plants, the W.H. Sammis plant in Straton, Ohio, on the Ohio River, and the Bruce Mansfield plant in Shippingport, Pa.FirstEnergy’s other large coal plants are owned either by subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply, which is not known to be contemplating bankruptcy, or to MonPower, a regulated West Virginia utility. More: FirstEnergy power plant bailouts rebuffed by state and federal leaderslast_img read more

first_imgJun 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese health authorities have called off emergency measures for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), saying the latest outbreak is under control, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Beijing officials said yesterday they were closing down their SARS prevention headquarters and canceling other emergency control measures, Xinhua reported. Officials took the action after all seven patients in the city were discharged from a hospital and their contacts were released from quarantine, the report said.Also yesterday, the Chinese Ministry of Public Health suspended its daily surveillance reports on SARS, Xinhua said. The surveillance program required local health authorities nationwide to provide a daily SARS report even if no cases were found.Beijing’s SARS prevention headquarters was set up Apr 22, when the city reported its first case this year, according to Xinhua.The recent outbreak included seven SARS cases in Beijing and two in Anhui province in east-central China. Most of the cases were traced to a 26-year-old woman who contracted the virus while working in a laboratory at the National Institute of Virology in Beijing in March. A 31-year-old man who worked in the same lab also became infected. The mother of the 26-year-old woman died of SARS Apr 19; the other eight patients all recovered.Chinese and World Health Organization (WHO) officials inspected the virology lab in May but were unable to determine exactly how the two researchers had acquired the virus there. Neither of them had worked with live SARS virus, officials said.last_img read more