A moving tribute

first_img Rev. Peter J. Gomes Memorial Service What comes after Gomes’ cousin Ceronne Daly, Ed.M. ’96 (from left), Eugene F. Rivers III, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Gov. Deval Patrick, and Harvard President Drew Faust make their way to the reception at the Faculty Club. Vergers Vergers Seth Moulton (left), HKS/HBS student, and Martin Wallner ’11 attend the memorial service for the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes. Gov. Deval Patrick “We listened and we learned about life, faith, love and loss,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, “but mostly about how to be better people.” In harmony Attendees at Gomes’ memorial sang songs including “When the Perfect Comes,” an anthem that Gomes commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Smile Gomes’ good friend Cynthia Wight Rossano prior to the service celebrating Gomes’ life and ministry. The Memorial Church Memorial-goers stand during the procession of Gomes’ memorial. Friends in high places Eugene F. Rivers III, an American activist and Pentecostal minister based in Boston, attended the service. Hundreds of people crowded Harvard’s Memorial Church on Wednesday (April 6) to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who died in February at age 68.Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University, served there for 41 years. The nearly two-hour memorial service was filled with music, including “When the Perfect Comes,” an anthem that Gomes commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination. The service included many fond remembrances from longtime friends and colleagues for the man at the heart of Harvard’s spiritual life for so long.“It is heartening to look out and see so many people here, remembering a man who meant so much to us all,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “There was music in Peter,” she added, “a symphony of points and counterpoints. He rewarded close listening from a careful ear.”Former Harvard President Derek Bok, who helped to hire Gomes, said the minister arrived during the turbulent early 1970s, when many students were “at odds with the University, the society, the government.”But through his work, Gomes tried to build “a community of Harvard’s vast collection of busy people, all intent on their particular interests and ambitions.”Gomes became “a unifying figure,” said Bok, “whose love of the University helped us all to appreciate our being here even more.”Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. escorts Cynthia Wight Rossano out of the church following the memorial service honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Peter J. Gomes. Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe pews were jammed with dignitaries, colleagues, and friends from the Harvard community, as well as members of the church’s congregation, admirers, acquaintances, and former students.The Rev. Mike Mullany of the First Congregational Church in Adams, Mass., made the two-and-a-half hour trip with his son Ben for the memorial. Mullany, who took a preaching class with Gomes in 2000, recalled his influential teaching about the power and importance of scripture.“He used to talk about each passage being a diamond. You could hold it up and look at any facet and find something of value and truth … from whatever angle you came at it.”Though Gomes, who died Feb. 28, had held many titles and honorary degrees, was a formidable scholar, and authored many books, article, and papers, he was best known for his oratorical skills. He was widely considered one of the nation’s most distinguished preachers. His style and substance, whether at the pulpit or a party, carried a profound impact.“We listened to the music of his voice, his beautiful choice of words,” said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who met Gomes as a Harvard undergraduate during one of Gomes’ weekly teas. “We listened and we learned about life, faith, love and loss,” Patrick said, “but mostly about how to be better people.”Gomes, renowned for his humor and wit, would have appreciated the service’s many lighter moments.Faust drew roars from the crowd when she recalled his arrival to welcome her as Harvard’s first female president.“He came to my office, which was then still at Radcliffe, dressed in his regalia. It was for him a very serious occasion. He sat down and looked at me, and in that unforgettable voice of his, he said, ‘Madam, I come to pledge my fealty.’ What do you say back to that?”“He loved antiques, long, multicourse dinner parties with sparkling conversation, and rich old ladies,” said Patrick to waves of laughter.Patrick said Gomes, who was gay, conservative, and African-American, lived with courage, without labels, and “stubbornly on his own terms. By refusing to be put in anyone else’s box, Peter Gomes may have been the freest man I have ever known.”Patrick also recalled how Gomes first cautioned him against running for governor, fearful that the experience would break his spirit. Gomes, a Republican, then promptly changed his party affiliation so he could vote for Patrick in the primary.The service closed with the choral benediction by Johannes Brahms. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” members of the Harvard University Choir past and present sang, “and renew a right spirit within me.” Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe service closed with the choral benediction by Johannes Brahms. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” members of the Harvard University Choir past and present sang, “and renew a right spirit within me.”Ellen Adolph, a retired administrative assistant at Harvard Law School (HLS) who used to work with Gomes in coordinating memorial services for HLS faculty, attended the service to pay her respects, and to “think back again on what he was like and what he thought, to be reminded of him.”“He was someone to look up to, and to model oneself after. … He had such a humanity.” Friends and family Gomes’ cousin Ceronne Daly, Ed.M. ’96 (from left), Viana Daly, another cousin and godchild of Gomes, and Daniel Sanks, a close friend and former administrator at the Memorial Church, attended the service. Justin Ide and Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographers Choral The Harvard University Choir performs during the memorial service. The way we were Former Harvard President Derek Bok, who helped to hire Gomes, said the minister arrived during the turbulent early 1970s, when many students were “at odds with the University, the society, the government.” ‘Heartening’ glance “It is heartening to look out and see so many people here, remembering a man who meant so much to us all,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. Dorothy Austin Dorothy Austin, Sedgwick Associate Minister in the Memorial Church, speaks during the memorial service.last_img read more

India invites investors to help develop manufacturing hub

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister has invited foreign investors to take advantage of the country’s $26 billion incentive-linked program and help the country become a manufacturing hub. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will need an investment of $ 4.5 trillion by 2040 to develop its vast infrastructure. Modi on Thursday spoke on the virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum. He identified electric mobility, clean energy, oil and gas pipeline, airports and mobile manufacturing as some of the area which can be attractive to foreign investors. He said India offered a big market and business-friendly environment.last_img

Robert Webb and Mark Heap Join Perfect Nonsense in London’s West End

first_img Webb is best known for his TV role as Jeremy in Peep Show. Other screen credits include The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look, Confetti, Magicians and The Wedding Video. Webb made his West End stage debut in the UK premiere of Fat Pig by Neil LaBute. Jeeves and Wooster will be continuing their Perfect Nonsense in London’s West End. Robert Webb will take over from Stephen Mangan as Jeeves and Mark Heap wll replace Matthew Macfayden as Wooster in Perfect Nonsense on April 7. The comedy, directed by Sean Foley, is set to continue playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre through September 20. View Comments Heap’s screen roles include Spaced, Green Wing, Friday Night Dinner, Lark Rise to Candleford, Miranda, Skins, Outnumbered and Stardust and The World’s End. Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse, Perfect Nonsense, which is about the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves, are brought to life in this new comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. last_img read more

Feds give nearly $1.8 million to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to Vermont school children

first_imgVermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) ‘ on Wednesday applauded the announcement by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand assistance to Vermont for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Vermont is slated to receive nearly $1.8 million to help provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to children throughout the school day.The USDA FFVP makes fruit and vegetable snacks available at no cost to children in participating schools. The program began in 2002 as a pilot program in a small number of schools and, with the support of Vermont’s congressional delegation, was greatly expanded in the 2008 Farm Bill. As a result, the FFVP will provide $1,734,894 to the Vermont Department of Education for the 2011/2012 school year, ensuring between $50 and $75 worth of fresh produce per student in qualifying schools. Leahy, who pushed for expansion of the program as a leading Senate Agriculture Committee conferee on the 2008 Farm Bill, said:  ‘This is a perfect fit for Vermont.  Our state is a leader in the Farm To School movement and leads all others in the fresh foods in our children’s diets.  Starting healthy eating habits early in life carries lifelong benefits.’  Leahy also has led in creating, expanding and funding USDA’s related Farm To School program.‘Providing children with fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables at school is good for them and good for our family farmers.  This is a welcome investment in childhood nutrition and in the growing local-foods movement in Vermont,’ said Sanders. He said the program compliments a $120,000 grant he secured that will help 40 Vermont schools plant community gardens this spring to serve as outdoor classrooms to educate children about agriculture and nutrition. Welch, who successfully amended  the FFVP to encourage schools to purchase locally grown food, said: ‘Today’s announcement is great news for Vermont. In addition to providing nutritious meals to Vermont’s school children, this important program will also invest in our local communities and support our family farmers. ‘ (WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2011)last_img read more

The Terror Suspect Who Had Nothing To Give

first_imgBy Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublicaI would be strapped to a board by my arms and legs and by my waist (which was very painful because of my wound.)Guards with black costumes, masks and black goggles strapped me in. My mouth and nose and eyes were covered by a cloth.The board — and my body — were placed horizontally. My head was immobilized by a board. Someone poured over the cloth, which entered my mouth and nose. I could hear one water bottle empty out by the gurgling noise it made; I hoped that would end the process, then I heard another bottle start to pour.Water would enter my lungs. I felt like my whole body was filled with water; even my eyes felt like they were drowning. I experienced the panicked sensation of death and my body convulsed in terror and resistance.“I thought ‘I will die. I will die.’ I lost control of my functions and urinated on myself. At the last possible moment, I instantly vomited water violently but at the same time was still panicked and desperate for air.”In 2009, Abu Zubaydah’s lawyers interviewed their client and prepared a handwritten, first-person account of the torture their client suffered at the hands of the U.S. government.The document, quoted above, recounts the terrifying experience of a man repeatedly waterboarded in the mistaken belief that he was al-Qaida’s No. 3 official. It was filed in federal court as part of his lawsuit seeking release from Guantanamo, and like nearly all the documents in the case, was sealed at the government’s request.Now, seven years later, Zubaydah’s statement, which he signed under oath, has been released, and it provides the most detailed, personal description yet made public of his “enhanced interrogation” at a Central Intelligence Agency “black site” in Thailand.The United States waterboarded Zubaydah 83 times. According to his statement, he was also hung from hooks, “shackled to a chair naked in freezing temperatures,” and bombarded with loud noises that kept him awake for days.While shackled and being screamed at, he was forced to stand naked in front of a woman. “When I refused to talk with a woman present, [name blacked out] beat my head against the wall repeatedly.”In between waterboarding sessions, he was placed in what he called a “dog box,” a wooden container that was about 2 ½ feet long, 2 ½ feet wide and 2 ½ feet high.“The pain in the small box was unbearable,” he said in his declaration. “I was hunched over in a contorted way and my back and knees were in excruciating pain. I began slamming my body and shackled arms against the inside and screaming for help and tried to break the door. The wound in my stomach and leg opened up and I started bleeding; yet I didn’t care: I would do anything to stretch my leg and back for 1 minute.”At night, he was placed in a slightly larger, coffin-like box.His interrogators screamed questions and at times he pleaded: “tell me what you want me to say, I will say it! ” At other times, “I just said things that were false and that I had no basis to know or believe simply to get relief from the pain.”Zubaydah was captured in Pakistan in March 2002. Senior government officials, including President George W. Bush, immediately boasted that they had seized “one of the top three leaders of al-Qaida.”Years later, the government admitted it had been mistaken about Zubaydah. In a court filing, it said Zubaydah had no involvement or advance knowledge of 9/11, knew nothing about future plots against America, and was not even a member of al-Qaida or the Taliban. He nonetheless remains imprisoned at Guantanamo as an “enemy combatant.”The case of Abu Zubaydah is part of a contentious political debate about the morality and tactical value of waterboarding. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has said he approves of the technique, among others, to obtain information from terror suspects. The former director of central intelligence, Michael Hayden, said the agency would never do it again and that it would tell any future president: “If you want somebody waterboarded, bring your own damn bucket.”In his statement, Zubaydah says a person visited him while he was still in one of the agency’s secret prisons and apologized for the false accusations and his horrific treatment.The two men “got into a political discussion about my beliefs and my desire for a Palestinian homeland, my opposition to violence against civilians and that I had no interest in hurting Americans or fighting against them,” Zubaydah recounted in his statement.“He understood this. During this conversation he admitted to me that the U.S. was wrong about me. He said he had no problem doing what he did to Khalid Sheik Mohammed,” a confirmed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks who was also waterboarded. “But he was very sorry about what had been done to me, because I was not the person they once thought I was.“At one point in this conversation,” he said that this person, whose name was blacked out, “became emotional and became unable to speak; he removed his glasses and wiped his eyes.”The questioning of Abu Zubaydah has been previously described in news reports and in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on Torture, which was released in 2014. Just last month, in response to a lawsuit by the ACLU, the government released a full transcript of a military hearing in which Zubaydah described, in halting English and through a representative, some aspects of his time in the CIA’s hands.His 12-page statement offers a fuller, more chilling account of what he endured. It was released Monday in response to a motion filed on behalf of ProPublica by the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School, which seeks full access to the court records in Zubaydah’s case.The government has released some documents as a result of that request but many were heavily redacted. The copy of Zubaydah’s statement, for example, obscured the names of the individuals who conducted the interrogations.The government is still withholding a substantial number of documents, including the CIA’s record of Zubaydah’s medical treatment, and copies of drawings he made depicting his torture, 100 pages of his personal diary, poems, letters to his mother and communications with his lawyers, who have spent hundreds of hours with him over many years.Taken together, that material would “refute the image that he is the monster the government has painted,” said Joseph Margulies, one of his lawyers, a professor of law and government at Cornell. “They reveal his humanity,” said Margulies, who is barred from talking about the specifics of the still-sealed documents.Abu Zubaydah is the nom de guerre for Zayn al Abidin Muhammad Husayn. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 12, 1971, but grew up in the West Bank, where he was part of the Palestinian uprising. In the late 1980s, he went to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets, which put him on the same side as the CIA. He sustained a serious head injury as the result of an exploding mortar shell in 1992, leaving him unable to speak for almost a year. He still suffers from the injury.After the Soviets withdrew, Zubaydah stayed on, working at the Khalden camp, where men from the Middle East and North Africa came for training before returning to wage jihad against the Russians in Chechyna, the Serbs in Bosnia, the Israelis in Palestine. Osama Bin Laden sought to close the camp, and bring all the mujaheddin into camps under his control.After 9/11, Zubaydah fled to a safe house Pakistan, where he was captured, in March 2002, in a joint CIA-FBI-Pakistani operation. Zubaydah, who has said he was unarmed, was shot in the groin, thigh and stomach. Bush and other senior administration officials said he was bin Laden’s chief of staff, that he was one of the highest-ranking members of al-Qaida, and that he was plotting more attacks on Americans.Drugged, trussed and blindfolded, Zubaydah was flown to a secret site in Thailand, where he became a guinea pig for the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques.” He was the first al-Qaida suspect questioned under the Bush Administration’s expanded authority.He insisted that he wasn’t a member of al-Qaida and knew nothing about 9/11. “Nobody in Washington believes you,” he writes that he was told after the fourth day of waterboarding.In his statement, Zubaydah speaks with surprising equanimity about his questioners whose names are redacted.“Over time, they became more civil with me and tried to greet me politely and ask how I was doing,” he writes. “I think they finally realized they were wrong about me, and that they finally accepted the truth about me. In fact, (redacted) told me this later, and (redacted) did too.”Zubaydah said he even managed to joke with his interrogators about the failures of American intelligence. “What about me?,’” he said he asked one of his interrogators. “What about your fancy satellites and intelligence — and you thought I was al-Qaida.”“He sort of smiled to acknowledge my point and nodded his head; he said, ‘well your case was a mistake.’”In spite of all the admissions and informal apologies, Abu Zubaydah remains a prisoner at Guantanamo. In July 2008, he filed a petition for habeas corpus in federal district court in Washington, D.C., seeking his release.For eight years, the case languished, assigned to Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts, who declined to rule on virtually every motion filed by the defense. Roberts stepped down earlier this year — amid sexual assault allegations. The case has been assigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. 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Major water main break in Johnson City

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Village of Johnson City’s Mayor’s Office announced there is a major water main break on Wednesday. They said the water main break is on North Broad Street and Olive Street near The Can Man. Additionally, village officials say there is no estimate for the time of repair.center_img There is no boil water advisory at this time.last_img

SFL: USD 1.2 Bn Invested in New Vessels in 2018

first_imgBermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) invested USD 1.2 billion in new assets in 2018, continuing its fleet renewal efforts.As explained, these transactions added USD 1.3 billion in future contracted charter revenue.The company intends to seek further growth opportunities and maintains a strong liquidity position “in order to be able to act decisively.”“We believe the combination of a challenging banking market for many players and low asset prices will create significant opportunities for Ship Finance in finding investment opportunities with limited downside on asset values,” SFL said.SFL had a fleet of 86 vessels comprising tankers, bulkers, containerships and rigs at the end of 2018, with only one of the original tankers remaining.“We have continuously renewed and grown our portfolio and diversified our charter revenue backlog across multiple segments and counterparties. SFL has transformed from a pure vessel leasing company, serving one related party, to a multi-faceted organization with USD 3.8 billion in contracted future revenues,” Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of Ship Finance Management AS, commented.SFL reported a net income of USD 3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, down from the net income of USD 29.7 million seen a quarter earlier. The decrease was due to a USD 35.7 million non-cash impairment related to offshore supply vessels.On the other hand, total operating revenues were USD 118.6 million in Q4 2018, higher when compared to revenues of USD 111 million posted in Q3 2018.During the fourth quarter, the company delivered the third 10,600 TEU container vessel on long term charter to Maersk Line. SFL also acquired two 19,400 TEU container vessels on long term charters to MSC.The company concluded more than USD 840 million lease financings in Asia for eight container vessels in Q4 2018.At the end of the quarter, SFL had ten debt free vessels, with a combined charter free value of USD 200 million.last_img read more

British tourists prepare to evacuate Egypt

first_imgFlights to Egypt have been cancelled, with experts warning of the dire consequences to the Egyptian economy.Britain is preparing to evacuate its citizens from Egypt.That comes amid Western concerns that a bomb may have been planted on the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt last Saturday, killing everyone on board.Both Russia and Egypt have dismissed the claims.last_img

Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic

first_imgThe Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic will be taking place in Columbus, Indiana.A Celebration Dinner and Reception will be on Sunday (6-22) at The Clarion Hotel in Columbus.  Social Hour and Dinner start at 6:00 PM.  The Program starts at 7:30.The Golf Outing will be on Monday (6-23) at The Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus with Breakfast at 7:30 AM.Dave Galle BrochureLog onto www.gallememorialgolfclassic.com for details.Submitted by Batesville Boys Basketball Coach Aaron Garrett.last_img

Mooted Mata move surprises Wenger

first_img “Some teams have already played twice against one opponent and some others not. “I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody exactly the same, that should not happen.” It has been suggested that the possible Mata sale could be a move by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to damage other title rivals, as United still have to play Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. But Wenger said: “I wouldn’t go as far as that. I just think you would want everybody on the same level. “I can understand completely what Chelsea are doing. They do not make the rules, but maybe the rules should be a bit more adapted for more fairness.” United manager David Moyes did not discuss the Mata situation when asked about it after his side’s Capital One Cup semi-final loss to Sunderland. United were beaten on penalties at Old Trafford after winning the second leg 2-1 after extra time. Bringing in a high-profile new signing could give the club a lift after what has been a difficult spell but Wenger expects Moyes to ride through the storm. Wenger said: “I don’t want to give advice to David Moyes. “Many young managers come and ask me for some advice when they start their career. “Part of that, I tell them, is that you have to survive massive disappointments and keep your belief high in what you do because to win is easy for everybody. “How to live with defeat, that is what managers are about and David Moyes is strong enough. “For me he deals with the situation very well. They go through a difficult moment in their season but they can still come back and are in a strong position in the Champions League, and have just bought a great player. “So, Man United have still to be considered a threat.” Mata is expected to undergo a medical at United ahead of a potential club record move to Old Trafford. A source close to negotiations has told Press Association Sport that a deal is “close” to being completed and Mata could be in the United squad to face Cardiff next Tuesday. Press Association Mata, 25, has fallen out of favour at Chelsea this season but Wenger is still amazed he could be allowed to join a traditional title rival. Asked if he was surprised, Wenger said: “Yes I am because Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent.” Wenger does note, however, the timing of the move with Mata now unable to affect Chelsea directly this season as they have already played United twice in the Barclays Premier League. Chelsea beat the champions 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend, a result that left United seventh in the table. Chelsea could still come up against United in the Champions League but Mata would be ineligible. With the Premier League fixture list in mind, Wenger is not sure the January transfer window is a fair concept. The Gunners boss said: “Chelsea had already played twice against Man United so they don’t play again any more. “They could have sold him last week but it opens up again questions about the dates of this transfer window. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has voiced surprise that Chelsea could sell playmaker Juan Mata to Manchester United.last_img read more