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first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Brent Suter flat-out loves helping others. No life-changing experience spurred him to enter the public service arena. He’s just built that way.In fact, Suter’s coming-of-age story is fairly standard: a natural athlete, the Midwestern-born Suter played baseball and basketball from a young age. Always academically strong, he was also involved in student government at his Catholic high school in Cincinnati, and worked with organizations like Big Brother and Little Buddies. During his senior year, Suter’s pitching really took off, earning the attention of Harvard coaches.His left-handedness makes him a valuable commodity, but Suter is not just the exceptional sportsman. He’s the exceptional all-arounder. During his years at Harvard, Suter maintained his affinity for helping others, simply because he has “always loved serving the community.”“It does give me this sense of joy to see the happiness you can bring to other people’s lives,” he said. “But overall, it’s a necessary thing to give back to the community to remind yourself of how blessed you are, and to use the position you’re in to help others who sometimes aren’t so fortunate.”This year, Suter was one of 30 national athletes nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.Suter, a double concentrator in environmental science and public policy and a pre-med student, is a third-year volunteer tutoring first-generation immigrant third- and fourth-graders in literacy and math at the Cambridge After School Program of Phillips Brooks House Association. He’s the baseball team’s central figure in its Friends of Jaclyn program, which benefits Alex Wawrzyniak, who suffers from pilocytic astrocytoma low grade glioma, a form of cerebral tumor. Suter is also active with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and the student group Athletes in Action, and he is co-chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. There, he was instrumental in leading events such as the Bench Press for Breast Cancer in 2010 and 2011, shoe drives for Africa, toiletry drives for the homeless, and charity balls.But wait — there’s more.Last year, Suter founded the Harvard Baseball-Watertown Cuniff Elementary Program. Harvard baseball players travel each Friday to the elementary school to tutor and mentor students in an effort to provide a positive male role model in their lives. “A couple of weeks ago, the school invited us over for a schoolwide pep rally,” recalled Suter. “And then they all came out to our game against Boston College at home, and they gave us a lot of cheers, and it was a lot of fun. We ended up winning the game. It was a really special moment.”Now, Suter’s off to Indianapolis to teach remedial math for Teach For America — unless the majors come calling. “I really want to play professional ball,” said Suter, who is awaiting the June draft. “I’ve had interest from a lot of teams, so we’ll see.”The pitcher, who throws in the high 80s to lower 90s, said that while at Harvard he has “grown from a boy to a man.”“My four years here have been wonderful. Even the baseball losses taught me good lessons about perseverance, and just taking a step back to realize how lucky we are,” he said.Perhaps Suter’s one regret was not making the cut during a singing tryout for one of Harvard’s campus music groups. His talents and activities are enough to ruin one’s self-esteem forever: music on top of Harvard, on top of baseball, on top of volunteering?“But,” said Suter, laughing, “I’ve actually wanted to do more in my college career.”last_img read more

Ex-LAPD cop named in shooting

first_imgChristopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, was named a suspect Wednesday in the double-homicide murder of Dept. of Public Safety officer Keith Lawrence, 27, and his fiancee Monica Quan, 28.Law enforcement officials have not apprehended Dorner and do not know his whereabouts. Dorner is considered armed and dangerous.Dorner was identified as a suspect at a news conference Wednesday evening, where Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard declined to state a motive but noted police had uncovered a “multi-page manifesto” written by Dorner that suggested possible motivations for the slayings. Though police did not release any writings from the manifesto, excerpts posted by KTLA include references by Dorner to Monica Quan’s father, Randy Quan, as well as other LAPD officials. The LAPD fired Dorner after he made false statements against his field training officer several years ago, according to public records; it is believed that Randy Quan, along with the other officials named in the manifesto, sat on the review board that oversaw Dorner’s case, according to the Orange County Register.The LAPD’s elite Metropolitan Division were sent to protect the others mentioned in Donner’s manifesto, according to City News Service. Dorner, who is six feet tall and approximately 270 pounds, was last seen in La Palma, Calif.Lawrence and Monica Quan were found dead late Sunday night in his car in the parking garage of their apartment building in Irvine, Calif.An autopsy completed on both victims determined the cause of death came from multiple gunshot wounds, according to KTLA. Police found no signs of attempted robbery. A joint burial is being planned for Lawrence and Monica Quan.Both Lawrence and Quan attended and played basketball at Concordia University in Irvine. Quan had been an assistant basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton for the past two years, and Lawrence recently joined DPS in August 2012.last_img read more

Carifta trials set to excite

first_imgTHE country’s top junior athletes will be in action today and tomorrow inside the National Stadium as they seek places on the country’s team to the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place in George Town, Grenada between March 26-28.Fans are in for a treat as with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships just a few days away, top performances are expected in both the Under 18 and Under 20 categories.Today’s opening day will see the finals of the 100m in the Under 20 section with St Elizabeth Technical’s Nigel Ellis commanding most attention here. He is expected to compete in both the Under 20 100m and 200m events.While Ellis will start favourite the likes St. Jago’s Raheem Chambers, Waseem Williams of Jamaica College along with the Calabar duo of Xavier Angus and Fabian Hewitt will be hoping for a major upset.After dominating the sprints all season, Calabar’s young sprinters including Dejour Russell, Michael Stevens and Tyreke Wilson, will get their first big test this season when they face Kingston College’s outstanding sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson in the boys Under 18 100m.KC’ 400 metres standout Akeem Bloomfield will finally make his first appearance on the track this season.Bloomfield, the Carifta Under 20 champion has been absent all season but looks set to control the event here as there has not been any special performance so far in the event this season.An exciting battle looms in the Boy’s Under 20 400m hurdles as the likes of St. Jago’s, Tmor Barrett and KC’s Sherwayne Allen, who both have gone sub 53 seconds so far this season are expected to have their hands full as Calabar’s Akyeme Francis and the talented Jauvaney James of St. Elizabeth Technical should make it an interesting affair.Calabar’s Christopher Taylor should continue his great form this season and score an easy win in the Boy’s Under 18 400m.Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on the Girls Under 20 400m as Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical will square off with Tiffany James of the Mico University College and Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen.In the Under 18 Girl’s 100m, Kimone Shaw of St Jago and Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen will renew their rivalry when they clash in the event. At Central Championships, it was Shaw who drew first blood after defeating Clarke in a close finish and Clarke will be hoping to avenge that defeat.last_img read more

Thousand Oaks shooting: Warriors’ Steve Kerr offers empathy

first_imgOAKLAND — As he processed the news, Warriors coach Steve Kerr conveyed both empathy and frustration.Another mass shooting occurred, the latest at a Thousand Oaks country music bar that killed 13 people, including the alleged gunman. Kerr, who has spoken out on gun violence anytime an incident has happened, took the microphone once again before the Warriors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Oracle Arena.“We’re going to have a moment of silence out here tonight. We had a moment of …last_img

A’s sting Rays on Matt Chapman’s ninth-inning home run

first_imgOAKLAND — Matt Chapman delivered a walk-off three-run homer in a four-run ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night.Marcus Semien’s RBI single drove in the first run of the ninth and extended his hitting streak to 17 games. It was all the fireworks needed following a true pitchers’ duel put on by Frankie Montas and Charlie Morton.Ryne Christenson took over as manager for Bob Melvin, who sat the game with a nagging neck and back injury.The Rays and …last_img

Rugby’s quiet inroads in Soweto

first_img31 January 2005It is almost a given that a boy who grows up in Soweto has a passion for soccer, spending countless afternoons playing impromptu, passionate matches on the streets or dusty fields of this sprawling Johannesburg township.But for a handful of pupils at Jabulani Technical High School, their enthusiasm is for a different sport altogether – one seldom equated with black youngsters anywhere in South Africa. We’re talking, of course, about rugby.This far less popular, formerly “white” sport is steadily making inroads into Soweto’s sporting psyche, with Jabulani Technical High School at the forefront of the development“Sadly we still have individuals in our communities who perceive rugby as a sport played only by a particular race group”, says the school’s sport co-ordinator, Godfrey Leballo.But over the years, this mindset has slowly been crumbling, yielding fruitful results for the growth and development of the game in other surrounding townships as well, says Leballo.Situated next to Koma Road in Jabulani, Technical High has emerged as one of Johannesburg’s chief breeding grounds for black rugby talent.Rugby was first included as a sporting activity in 1989, as part of the school’s sports awareness campaign to provide pupils with a wide variety of sporting options, says Leballo.But it was not without some teething problems. “We had huge challenges when we first tried to encourage pupils to be part of the school’s rugby team, because a lot of them believed rugby was not meant for black people.” In addition, many saw it as a painful and barbaric sport.But with South Africa hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup, many township youngsters were enticed by the game – and the country’s lifting of the Cup drew even more supporters, Leballo says.“I believe that when local youngsters saw former president Nelson Mandela wearing the Springbok jersey, and black players such as Chester Williams being selected for the side, they started believing they could play this game.” In the ensuing months, Leballo noticed more and more pupils wanting to join school squads.At the entrance of the school’s main office is a cabinet of trophies and certificates of its many sporting achievements. Pride of place goes to a framed South African rugby jersey, signed by the Springbok team.The white long-sleeved jersey was donated to the school in 1999 by Virgin Atlantic Airways – the school’s rugby sponsor from 1998 to 2000.Virgin Atlantic provided equipment and paid for the school’s team to travel to local and international tournaments. “Through Virgin Atlantic, Jabulani was invited to play against a rugby school in England”, says coach Andrew Nkoana.The sponsorship ended after 9/11.Despite having no major financial backers, Jabulani Technical High remains undeterred.“It’s true our rugby performance has dropped slightly, but our sports committee has set-up a strategy to rectify this problem”, says principal Dumisani Mbense. “The committee is working towards uplifting our school’s rugby performance to where it should be – at the top.”Jabulani, which caters for pupils from grade 8 to grade 12, remains one of the few township schools in South Africa offering rugby as a sport.“A lot of our neighbouring schools don’t have rugby in their sporting codes due to a lack of facilities, even rugby fields, and no equipment”, says Leballo. “At least our school is privileged enough to have a grassed rugby field.”With its abundance of talent, the school also influences local rugby at club level, with the Soweto Rugby Club being the main beneficiary.A few local players have also gone much further. Former Gauteng Lion McDonald Muzi Masina is a product of Jabulani, while Giant Nkosi impressed at last year’s Craven Week schools tournament.“I don’t think I would have been a rugby player if I had not attended high school at Jabulani Tech”, says Sivile Ningiza, president of the school’s Learners’ Representative Committee, and scrumhalf.“I used to believe rugby was only accessible to white people and to local kids that attend school in Model C schools or private colleges”, he adds.However, while rugby remains the stepchild of local sport, its adherents are determined to change that perception.A lack of facilities around Soweto and the fact that rugby is not included in the extra-mural activities of many township schools are some reasons why local youngsters are not interested, says Jabulani player Katlego Hato.“Go around Soweto and check how many soccer fields exist in this area – plenty”, Hato points out. “Then check how many rugby fields exist in the same area – none, maybe less than three.”“But I love rugby”, Hato says, “because it teaches you discipline.”He jokingly adds: “I also love pain – that’s why I decided to become a rugby player before I become a professional wrestler!”Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear waste

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Operations were stopped for almost a year but now the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant received the green light to resume activity.Officials determined it safe to continue transferring spend nuclear waste to the plant’s new storage facility.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on this decision. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 22, 2019 May 22, 2019 San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant can resume transfers of nuclear waste Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster

first_img PLCK G287.0+32.9 was detected by ESA’s Planck telescope in 2011. First observations revealed that it is an extremely massive galaxy cluster at redshift of 0.39 with a mass of approximately 1.57 quadrillion solar masses. Subsequent studies of PLCK G287.0+32.9 found a pair of giant radio relics towards this cluster.Radio relics are diffuse, elongated radio sources of synchrotron origin. They occur in the form of spectacular single or double symmetric arcs at the peripheries of galaxy clusters. These sources are believed to originate in acceleration and re-acceleration at merger shocks. Thus, in the case of PLCK G287.0+32.9, radio relics confirmed that it is a merging galaxy cluster.However, the asymmetry of radio relics in PLCK G287.0+32.9 suggests a complex merging scenario. In order to investigate this assumption in detail, dark matter distribution in high resolution was required. Therefore, a team of astronomers led by Kyle Finner of the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, has performed a weak-lensing analysis of the dark matter distribution of this cluster.Finner and his colleagues employed the 8.2m Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for their observations. They observed PLCK G287.0+32.9 with the Subaru Telescope on February 26, 2014, and with HST on August 3, 2016 and on February 21, 2017.”In this study, we present the first constraints on the mass distribution of PLCK G287.0+32.9 from a weak-lensing analysis of Subaru and HST observations. Our analysis with this new data set provides substantial improvements over the previous weak-lensing study of Gruen et al. (2014),” the paper reads.Subaru and HST observations allowed the researchers to probe the mass distribution of the cluster and to discover its five substructures. PLCK G287.0+32.9 was found to be more massive than previously estimated, as the analysis indicates that it has a mass of approximately 2.04 quadrillion solar masses. The astronomers revealed that the mass of PLCK G287.0+32.9 is dominated by the primary cluster with three of the substructures being about 10 percent of the mass of the primary cluster, while the least massive fifth substructure cannot be considered a galaxy cluster.”Our analysis shows that the mass distribution features four significant substructures that stretch in a northwest to south-east direction. Of the substructures, the primary cluster dominates the weak-lensing signal. This cluster is likely to be undergoing a merger with one (or more) subcluster whose mass is approximately a factor of 10 lower,” the authors wrote in the paper.The researchers hope that future deep HST imaging would provide more details about the substructures of PLCK G287.0+32.9. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster (2017, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-reveal-insights-nature-extremely-massive.html Radio relic discovered in a low-mass merging galaxy cluster More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1710.02527.pdf © 2017 Phys.org New observations carried out by an international team of astronomers have provided important details about an extremely massive galaxy cluster named PLCK G287.0+32.9. The results of these observations, presented October 6 in a paper published on arXiv.org, reveal insights into the structure and mass distribution of this cluster. Color-composite Subaru image with enhanced radio (green) and X-ray (red) emissions. Radio emissions are from GRMT observations (Bonafede et al. 2014) and X-ray emissions are from XMM-Newton. The overlaid convergence contours (white) peak in the X-ray emitting ICM with the highest contour enveloping the BCG. The mass is distributed along a direction similar to the axis connecting the radio relics. The HST F814W pointing is outlined in light blue. Image Credit: Finner et al., 2017.last_img read more