A dream, ‘quietly imagined,’ come true

first_imgNew Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana paused for a moment, peering at an American flag in front of his office window, barely moving in a soft summer breeze. It was his first day in the job, and that glimpse of flag, just three days before Independence Day, caused him to reflect on the journey that brought him from India to Queens, N.Y., to Harvard Yard.“I can’t help but remember that 43 years ago this month, my family immigrated to the United States. Looking outside my window and seeing the flag and the John Harvard Statue, I just feel incredible gratitude to my parents, who had the courage to come to this nation,” said Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development and professor of sociology. “I am grateful to this nation and institution for making dreams only quietly imagined come true.”Born in India, Khurana was a child when his family came to America, and he grew up in the New York City borough of Queens. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in 1998 through a joint program between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). A scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, an award-winning teacher, and a co-master of Cabot House, Khurana has been deeply involved in undergraduate issues throughout his time at Harvard.As dean, he said he wants to build on his experience and the work of his predecessors and continue to ensure that the College sets the standard for higher education in the 21st century.“For almost 400 years, Harvard College has been educating its students to be the responsible citizen leaders and the citizenry of our society. At a time when we face a significant amount of challenges, we also have an incredible opportunity where knowledge has never been more valued and where education has never been more important in determining the course of one’s life and making the world a better place,” he said. “We have an obligation and a duty to do what we have always done, but with a greater urgency than ever before.”Outside his office windows, the voices of tourists could be heard as they snapped photos in front of the John Harvard Statue. Inside, bare walls and empty bookshelves framed the dean as he began settling in.“I think I identify with how the freshmen are going to feel,” Khurana said of his first day. “I am elated, nervous, and admiring of all the people who are here, and I am hoping that I can make a positive contribution to this community in the same way that this community has made a positive contribution to me.“Though he had yet to adorn the office with his personal books, photos of his family had already made their way onto his desk. Khurana’s wife, Stephanie (M.B.A., M.P.P. ’96), is a co-master of Cabot House, where they live with their three children.“I think my kids would prefer if I were the lead singer of Coldplay,” Khurana joked. “But seriously, this role does remind us what an impact Harvard has had on our collective life. Our family has been very fortunate to interact with so many faculty, staff, and students who are some of the world’s best thinkers, devoted professionals, and talented young people, and to get to know them as neighbors, role models, and friends.”Looking toward and beyond the upcoming academic year, Khurana said it is important that the College continue to provide a transformative experience — intellectually, socially, and personally — for all undergraduates.“The College has the potential to change and transform lives. I want to ensure we remain a place where nothing limits the dreams of our students,” he said. “I want to serve this institution well, and be a steward for all of the great work of those who have come before me, and build on that work.”last_img read more

Malverne Police Chief Supports NY Gun Control Law

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Malverne Police Chief John Aresta on Fox Business NewsMalverne Village chief of police John Aresta, whose uncle was gunned down in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road Massacre, told Fox Business News on Wednesday that he supports gun control laws for personal reasons and because of his position as the village’s top cop.WATCH ARESTA’S INTERVIEW HERE“I send my guys out there everyday to protect and serve the people of my village and the state of New York,” he told the show’s host one day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control legislation was passed by the state legislature. “We don’t see a reason, and I personally don’t see a reason why anybody would need a 30-round clip or a 10-round clip for an assault rifle.”The state’s new gun control measures calls for a ban on assault weapons and any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds. It also looks to limit the access of guns to the mentally ill by requiring therapists to report to local mental health officials when they believe a patient may cause serious harm to themselves or others.When Aresta was asked if this law would have prevented the shooting, he said it’s possible, though conceded that nothing is guaranteed.“It’s very possible [Colin] Ferguson would’ve been picked up on a mental health issue,” Aresta said.The semi-automatic handgun Ferguson used in the shooting does not fall under the state ban, but “the magazine clip he used would have been,” Aresta said.He then added that he’s talked to his officers, many of whom are NRA members, and said even they don’t see the need for assault weapons. When he asked them if they know anybody that goes hunting with an AR-15, they responded, “nobody really does,” Aresta noted.Critics of New York’s assault weapon ban and the one proposed by President Barack Obama said it won’t curtail gun violence because most gun crimes are carried out with handguns. The police chief also admitted that the village doesn’t see many assault weapons crimes in the village.Still, he said, “I don’t see a reason why you would have to defend your home like that when police are readily available,” referring to assault weapons because his officers can respond to a 911 call within minutes.The LIRR shooting on Dec. 7, 1993 claimed the lives of six people and wounded 19.last_img read more

Shaqiri signs for Stoke

first_img Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “He’s a dynamic and explosive player who will bring something different to the group and at the age of 23 he still has a great deal of potential. “In the chats I’ve had with him it’s obvious that he’s excited about playing in the Premier League and showing what he’s capable of.” A switch appeared to be off in July when the club’s deadline for the move to be completed was not met and Hughes confirmed they had “stepped aside” to focus on other targets. Shaqiri has scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for Switzerland and helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League in 2013. Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “It’s no secret that we have been pursuing Xherdan for some time now and we are delighted to have finally secured his signature. “He’s an exciting young player who is really looking forward to playing in the Premier League having played at the very highest level in Germany with Bayern Munich and in Italy with Inter. “Xherdan will be a fantastic addition to our squad and adds to the attacking options at the manager’s disposal.” Press Association The 23-year-old joins from Inter Milan on a five-year deal just weeks after the move appeared to be dead. The Switzerland winger could make his Stoke debut in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham. center_img Stoke have announced the completion of a club-record £12million deal for midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.last_img read more

Palm Beach schools to close in preparation for Irma

first_imgAll Palm Beach County Public Schools and District offices will close Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, in an effort to allow families to prepare for Hurricane Irma.All afterschool activities, including sports and school meetings, are canceled for Wednesday, September 6, in advance of schools closing on Thursday and Friday.“We have been watching Hurricane Irma closely before making our decision to close schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Avossa. “While landfall is not expected until Sunday, we have a responsibility to ensure our personnel have ample time to prepare before tropical force winds arrive in the area.” Emergency sheltersPalm Beach County’s Department of Emergency Management is to determine when emergency shelters will open.County officials indicated it is important to remember that not all emergency shelters will be open at the same time. Residents are urged to make sure to monitor local media or check the Department of Emergency Management’s website, ReadyPBC.com, for more information. A list of 2017 shelters and evacuation zones is available at ReadyPBC.com, on the Public Shelters link.School District leaders will continue to work closely with County, State and Federal emergency management officials to assess Irma’s impact on the District, and determine when it is safe for schools and offices to reopen.Parents, students and district employees should monitor local media as well as the District’s social media accounts for updates on the District’s operations.Employees will be notified when they should report back to work, based on whether they are in Category A, B, C or D. Updates also will be provided through the district’s main phone number, (561) 434-8000 or toll-free at (866) 930-8402.The District will determine if and when the missed days will be required to be made up at a later date.last_img read more

Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque on ‘holding my breath’ through death-defying spot at the end of NXT TakeOver

first_img“You know they are coming,” Levesque said. “You know what’s happening and especially in big ones like that because that is stuff I absolutely know and I absolutely sign off on it. There’s certain things where I believe they can do safely and I believe the risk-to-reward ratio is reasonable.”But there are also things that were brought up tonight where I was like, ‘Absolutely not’ (laughs). ‘No, you’re not doing that guys. As much as I love you guys and want you to tear it up like you were going to tear it up with all the other stuff, you don’t need that.'”But that’s when you hold your breath and you just wait for the landing and you’re just waiting for the referee to tell you that everybody is OK.” THIS IS WAR. #NXTTakeOver #WarGames @AdamColePro @NXTCiampa pic.twitter.com/huX7GjfgET— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 24, 2019Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe ending was one of the most dangerous spots in WWE in some time. Two wrestlers were at the top of a cage about 15 to 20 feet in the air, and all you can hope for as a spectator is that, whatever happens, both men will be OK. Ciampa and Cole ended up being OK.The moment wasn’t lost on Paul “Triple H” Levesque, the founder and senior producer of NXT and WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, as he watched his top acts putting it all on the line.”Those are the moments where I’m just holding my breath,” Levesque told Sporting News during a media session following the event. “The truth is in this business, I’ve seen more people get injured, including myself, on dumb little things. The stuff, the big, giant spectacle spots that you really put so much care and thought into — yes, they are extremely dangerous, yes, they are extremely impactful.”It’s funny, (but) more often than not, it’s the guy running across the ring and just turns his ankle and he’s out six months.” Even though Ciampa and Cole safely executed the maneuver, some will question why such a move would be needed in an already physical affair among eight participants inside two steel cages with tables at their disposal.  Levesque admits he approved the ending, but that doesn’t mean he was going to allow his talent to do everything under the sun.  ROSEMONT, Ill. — The main event of Saturday’s WWE NXT TakeOver: WarGames show at Allstate Arena featured Team Ciampa (Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Donovan Dijakovic and Kevin Owens) defeating The Undisputed Era (NXT heavyweight champion Adam Cole, North American champ Roderick Strong and tag team champions Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly). The end of the match had Ciampa and Cole at the top corner of the first cage fighting for position. Ciampa, the former NXT champion, gained the advantage and executed the Air Raid with him and Cole crashing through a table. Ciampa then obtained the pinfall victory.last_img read more