“We are about to light the Yule Log,” intoned House Master Diana Eck to the gathering of more than 400 Lowellians at the annual Yule Dinner.“This is the time of year rich with sacred and secular observances. But these rites we observe tonight take us back to the ancient pagan soil beneath so many traditions: bringing greens into homes at midwinter, kindling lights and fires at the darkest time of year, and feasting at table with loved ones,” said Eck, who is also Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society and a member of the Divinity School faculty. “So deeply did New England’s Puritans resist the celebrations of this season that Increase Mather and his kin prohibited it and levied a 5 shilling fine against anyone found celebrating in this manner.”The diners were served by white-coated staff members who carved up roasts, replenished platters, and catered to special requests. Then, House masters at the high table summoned those same servers to the stage. One by one, they came forward, were praised for their steadfast contributions to the quality of House life, and were given gifts and hugs. Several were moved to tears, as they basked in the applause of the entire dining hall, and then returned the gesture, with givers and receivers applauding each other, in the true spirit of the holiday season. Sing, sing! Ryan Solis ’12 (from left), Zavier Catoe ’12, and Harvard Divinity School Professor Leila Ahmed join other revelers in singing carols before the annual Yule Dinner. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Seasonal delights Stephen Murphy ’13 (left) and Preston Han ’13 help themselves to cookies and Bûche de Noël after the Yule Dinner at Lowell House. Mulling things over Lowell House members gather by the tree for hot cider and cookies before the annual Yule Dinner in the dining hall. Yuletide rhapsody House Masters Dorothy Austin (left) and Diana Eck extend a joyous welcome to the gathered throng. Logging tradition What a log The Yule log burns in the dining room fireplace. Keep on loggin’ Lawrence Cripe ’13 and Briana Jackucewicz ’13 carry the Yule log into the dining room. Some like it hot Christine Hurd ’13 stands by the Yule log in the fireplace. “I’m from Texas,” Hurd says, “and I like it hot!” Giving spirit Mark Farrell is congratulated by House Masters Diana Eck and Dorothy Austin after he and other kitchen staff received gifts and acknowledgement for their contributions to Lowell House. Well-deserved Kitchen staff Liliana Lopes (left) smiles through her tears as she and Filomena Costa react to applause after receiving gifts and acknowledgement for their contributions to the quality of life at Lowell House.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box=”blue”]Your LIBOR story reports that former Barclays president Bob Diamond initially responded to the scandal by admitting that while manipulation occurred, it didn’t happen “on the majority of days.” The Economist said Diamond’s response was ‘rather like an adulterer saying that he was faithful on most days.’” That’s almost as nervy as the parent-killer requesting mercy on the grounds that he’s now an orphan to be pitied.– Richard Siegelman, Plainview via email[/colored_box]I always liked “coyote in the chicken coup,” but yea, its about the jist. In response to “New Fox, Same Henhouse: Wall Street Takes Over LIBOR.”– @wizardofcause via Twitter[colored_box=”blue”]As a New Yorker, I expect our legislators to do everything in their power to protect us from another Superstorm Sandy, but the NY senate, especially Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein, failed to reach an agreement to expand clean and renewable solar power in NY. I can’t image how this common sense issue failed to pass. Just a few months ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a simple plan to grow solar power that, if passed by the Legislature, would have kept 120,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of our atmosphere and powered electricity in 400,000 NY homes. Many areas of NY, including Skelos’ district in Long Island, were devastated by Sandy. Why couldn’t Skelos at least agree to pass the governor’s plan for solar? It’s time for our legislators to stop playing politics, and start solving global warming.– Natalie Galarza, Intern with Environment New York via email[/colored_box]Bradley Manning is a hero. We should be thanking him and giving him a Nobel Peace Prize. He should have more than a life with no sentence at all. Another prime example of how we punish the whistleblowers who did what they did for love of their country.– Susan Reardon Clennan via Facebook[colored_box=”blue”]#Manning won’t get 136 years. Woo-hoo! Yes We Can! Say, @barackobama, when does #DOJ indict the war criminals he exposed? In response to “Manning Trial: Max Sentence Reduced”– @Mike93434986 via Twitter[/colored_box]If they closed the beaches everytime someone saw a shark, they’d never be open! I should just sit out there off-shore in my boat and keep phoning in sightings one after another. What idiots! Any day I can sit out there and pull in sharks of all kinds.– Thomas Price Angelus Fitch via Facebook[colored_box=”blue”]Do they still print #Newsday? If so, does anyone read it? In response to “Newsday Omission in Story on Owner’s Rival Raises Questions.”– @CJ_Marchello via Twitter[/colored_box]Just saying..it’s not you, Press.. news comes in so fast. If you don’t jump on it and miss the story, you’re screwed. If you do jump on a story and there is more than it seems, you’re screwed. At the end of the day, The Press is the best. All I want is the truth. Just give me some truth…– Joann Filoseta-Vernell via Facebook
With 130,000 jobs gained last month, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long said “August job growth failed to meet expectations, but this was still a solid report overall,” adding that “both labor force participation and prime-age employment improved.”Although headline job growth fell below the year average, Long noted that “private sector growth was sufficient to absorb new entrants into the market. The overall picture of the labor market is still a strong one which represents a solid recessionary buffer, albeit one where job growth is clearly tapering as we approach full employment.”“Wage growth remains muted and presents no obstacle to a 25-basis point rate cut later this month. NAFCU continues to believe there is not enough in the overall economic data, including this report, to justify a 50-basis point rate reduction at this time,” Long concluded. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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AFP Sport looks at three major calls Lampard must get right if Chelsea are to take a step towards the quarter-finals:Keep faith with Giroud?Having spent much of the season in exile, Olivier Giroud was back with a bang as he scored the opening goal against Tottenham on Saturday in his first Premier League start since November.The France striker had been reduced to fringe status by Lampard’s decision to give talented youngster Tammy Abraham his opportunity, but an injury to the England international and the ineffective form of Michy Batshuayi gave Giroud a second chance.He made the most of it with a lethal first half finish in the vital 2-1 win over Tottenham, producing a combative performance that might have given Lampard food for thought.Giroud’s second club goal of the season and his first in the Premier League since April underlined the threat posed by the 33-year-old’s physical style and clever movement.Now Lampard must decide if Giroud, whose lack of match action meant he could only last 70 minutes against Tottenham, is capable of repeating that display against Bayern.Chelsea, who have struggled to find a cutting edge for much of the season in home games, certainly looked more dynamic with Giroud leading the line en route to their first win in five league matches.And in the back of his mind, Lampard will know Abraham, who came off the bench to replace Giroud, might be running out of steam with only one goal in 2020 and has just two in his last 10 games.Retain defensive system?Marcos Alonso enjoyed Chelsea’s switch to a five-man defence against Tottenham Chelsea manager Frank Lampard faces some big decisions ahead of Bayern Munich’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopStunning Wedding Looks From Around The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap OperasThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs Read Also: EPL: Chelsea subdue Tottenham 2-1, as Giroud, Alonso seal Blues winHe did just that with the assist for Alonso’s goal by moving into a central position that took him away from any potential markers.With Brazilian winger Willian rested after being used as substitute against Tottenham, Lampard will have to decide whether Barkley, who has raised eyebrows with some off-field antics since joining Chelsea, can be trusted to repeat that kind of mature show against Bayern.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jose Mourinho’s cheeky pre-match claim that Lampard would return to the five-man defence he had employed against Tottenham earlier this season proved correct on Saturday.Now the Chelsea boss must be tempted to deploy the same system against Bayern.Despite his knowledge that Lampard would use Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-backs, with Reece James and Marcos Alonso bombing forward as wing-backs, Mourinho had no answer to the effective formation.The tactics gave Chelsea a more solid look at the back and freed James and Alonso to join the attack, allowing them to overload their opponents in wide areas, a scheme perfectly illustrated when the ball was worked from right to left for Alonso to fire home from 20 yards.It was the Spanish left-back’s first start since December after he spending much of the season behind Emerson and even Azpilicueta, usually a right-back or centre-back, in Lampard’s pecking order.Lampard has twice out-witted Mourinho with the formation this season and, given Chelsea have often looked creaky at the back this season, it would be no surprise if he relied on that security blanket again to subdue the German champions.Let Barkley run wild?Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was influential against Tottenham Like Giroud and Alonso, Ross Barkley had endured a frustrating campaign that suddenly offers hope of a rewarding finale after his influential display against Tottenham.Liverpool-born Barkley has never looked comfortable among Chelsea’s cosmopolitan squad since arriving from Everton in January 2018 and a series of diffident performances had raised questions about the midfielder’s long-term future with the club.The promise shown by Barkley as a youngster at Everton seemed a lifetime ago as he laboured to make an impact in west London, but Lampard might have found a way to unlock his potential at last.Using the 26-year-old on the left side of Chelsea’s attack on Saturday unchained Barkley from any defensive responsibility, giving him freedom to roam and take up positions that could hurt Tottenham.
Ireland’s record-breaking champion amateur Patrick Mullins has appealed to the entire racing industry to support Limerick Charity Raceday at the Patrickswell course on Monday. “A lot of credit has to go to Limerick racecourse and to Horse Racing Ireland and to Andrew McNamara who have put a lot of time into staging it,” said Mullins. “Sometimes people don’t realise how much effort has to go into it and I hope the whole industry gets behind it. “The generosity shown so far has been astounding and hopefully it will continue tomorrow for the two boys.” Mullins has just the one ride on the seven-race card, Cut Loose, for his aunt Mags Mullins in the concluding www.thetote.com (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race. “I was meant to ride in the champions race but there were too few horses for the heavier lads and I’m afraid I got jocked off!” he said. “I thought he ran a cracker first time out. I rode him work last week and he’d improved a little. I’ll be disappointed if he wasn’t really involved in the finish.” Five races on the card form part of the jockeys’ challenge as a team from Ireland takes on a British squad. There will also be plenty of interest in the Betfair Cash Out Flat & National Hunt Champion Jockeys Handicap, too, in which McCoy and Walsh are among those taking on the likes of O’Brien and Fallon. Top National Hunt and Flat jockeys from the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Tony McCoy, Richard Johnson, Ruby Walsh, Pat Smullen and Kieren Fallon, will be in action to help raise money for the Jockeys Emergency Fund. With money being raised to support the rehabilitation efforts of JT McNamara and Jonjo Bright after their life-changing injuries, there could hardly be a worthier cause. Press Association