After nearly 400 years, there aren’t many “firsts” left for Harvard, but last fall students and alumni got to experience one — courtesy of ESPN.For the first time in its storied history, the annual Harvard-Yale football game, otherwise known as only “The Game,” was featured on ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast.To make it happen, staff in Harvard’s Athletics Department not only had to organize the game that’s annually attended by some 40,000 students, staff, faculty, and alumni, they also had to make sure ESPN broadcasters had the support they needed for a broadcast that would be seen by millions. And they had just five days to get it done.Their hard work and dedication was recognized last Thursday, as they — along with dozens of other Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) staff — were honored at the annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony.“Our faculty are able to do the work they do and our students have access to the exceptional educational programs we offer here at Harvard because of the individuals in this room and the incredible work they do,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. “To all of our honorees today, you are a fantastic portrait of the best of our staff. Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. You make Harvard stronger. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”Smith (left) greeted award recipient Angela Lifsey (right) and her colleague, Kim Zweig. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn all, 63 FAS employees from 36 departments — representing 2.5 percent of the FAS staff — were recognized at the sixth annual awards ceremony and reception, held in the faculty room of University Hall.Among those recognized were teams who streamlined the system for requesting and approving classroom space, who helped promote and support diversity across all facets of FAS, and who maintained and even increased the number of concentrators in the humanities. Other employees were recognized for taking on additional duties as colleagues departed and for helping smooth transitions as spaces shifted.Dean for Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan also offered congratulations to the winners.“In so many ways and in so many places, you help make the FAS what it is,” Kirwan told the recipients. “We are here today to celebrate your personal commitment, innovative thinking, and hard work.”Among the athletics staff recognized last week was Imry Halevi, director of multimedia and production, who worked closely with staff from ESPN and NBC on a variety of issues leading up to kickoff.“I think it’s great,” Halevi said of getting the award. “It’s nice to be recognized and to know that other people at the University realize what we do for this game and for all the other games. It’s a big undertaking.”The 2015 Dean’s Distinction recipients are:William Anderson, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative BiologyChristine Benoit, FAS Finance OfficeLauren Bimmler, Department of EnglishNancy Branco, Department of SociologyRonnie Broadfoot, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative ZoologyLeanne Chaves, Department of African and African American StudiesSarah Cohan, Department of PsychologySusan Cook, Center for African StudiesDiane Cox, FAS Human ResourcesEmelyn de la Peña, Harvard College Office of Student LifeSusan Gilbert, Department of MathematicsAnne Gotfredson, FAS DevelopmentSusan Halpert, Houghton LibraryMike Holmes, Department of Romance Languages and LiteraturesAndrew Laplume, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningMary Magnuson, Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidAndrew Magyar, Center for Nanoscale SystemsMary McCarthy, Department of PhysicsMegan McHugh, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyMia Metivier, Harvard College Program in General EducationEmily Miller, Harvard College Administrative BoardDenise Moody, FAS Research Administration ServicesAlice Moses, Department of StatisticsGabrielle Naglieri, Division of ScienceDenise Oberdan, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesKaren Pearce, Office for Faculty AffairsJames Peregrino, Division of Continuing EducationElizabeth Quigley, Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceLauren Raece, Office of Undergraduate EducationTristan Rocher, Harvard Museums of Science and CulturePatricia Rogers, Division of ScienceGreg Roy, HUIT Administrative Technology ServicesFu Tham, Instructional Media ServicesSheila Thomas, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesKatherine Zuccala, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyRoomBook Project TeamKatherine Gates, FAS Office of the Dean for Administration and FinanceMichael Kinney, Registrar’s OfficeKaren Ogden, Division of Continuing EducationKatie Phelan, FAS Finance OfficeRichard Schubert, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningBruce Tikofsky, HUIT Administrative Technology ServicesAmy Vest, Harvard College Office of Student LifeCurtis Wilcox, Instructional Media ServicesDiversity CommitteeAnn Marie Acker, FAS Human ResourcesChris Ciotti, FAS Human ResourcesAdriana Gallegos, FAS Human ResourcesAndrea Kelton-Harris, FAS Human ResourcesAngela Lifsey, FAS Human ResourcesBob Mitchell, FAS Office for Diversity Relations and CommunicationsEtaine Smith, FAS Human ResourcesHarvard-Yale Game Day TeamSusan Byrne, Department of AthleticsImry Halevi, Department of AthleticsNicholas Majocha, Department of AthleticsAllison Miller, Department of AthleticsDuane Reeves, Department of AthleticsTimothy Troville, Department of AthleticsAndrew Vatistas, Department of AthleticsTimothy Williamson, Department of AthleticsCaitlyn Young, Department of AthleticsFreshman Dean’s Office Support StaffAbby Cohen, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeJulie Kligerman, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeMary Lincoln, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeTorey Martin, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s Office
The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has received 38 authorisation applications from defined contribution (DC) master trusts as the extension period for authorisation ends.TPR revealed yesterday that, of the 10 schemes it had granted an extension to, eight had filed an application, with one scheme no longer meeting the definition of a master trust, while the other scheme decided not to apply for authorisation.The deadline for master trust submissions for authorisation was 31 March, but schemes could request a six-week extension from the regulator.Kim Brown, head of master trust authorisation and supervision at TPR, said: “We now have the final number of applications for existing master trusts and we will be continuing to assess these applications over the coming months. “Once authorised, master trusts will immediately be supervised by us. The supervision of authorised master trusts is vital to ensure the new standards imposed in this market are not only demonstrated to us as part of the application process but also continue to be met in the future.”Six master trusts have already been granted authorisation, the latest of which was the DC section of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Two trusts run by Legal & General (L&G), Willis Towers Watson’s LifeSight offering, and the Crystal Trust and BlueSky Pension Scheme – both administered by Evolve Pensions – are the others to have secured authorisation.Mark Futcher, partner and head of DC at Barnett Waddingham, said: “The most interesting aspect of the authorisation process will be those master trusts that do not receive authorisation. “We would expect a number of casualties from this list of 38; the industry knows there are still some poorly run master trusts out there – some still have historic errors to rectify.”He added: “On an ongoing basis, we would expect the bar to rise which would mean some master trusts winding up in the future.”Those schemes that fail to meet the application deadline will be forced to exit the market. Last year, TPR estimated that 30 providers could exit the market, including some as a result of mergers.In a blog on the TPR website, Brown said for those schemes leaving the market that “we continue to oversee the process and ensure trustees are taking the right steps to protect savers when they are moved to an alternative arrangement”.
President Trump is reportedly pushing back the date for planned mass immigration raids in order to reach a compromise with Democrats on the crisis at the Southern border.The President tweeted Saturday that Democrats requested a two week delay on the raids that were to begin on Sunday.At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019 While the raids have been placed on hold for now, the President reported that if Republicans and Democrats in Congress are unable to reach a solution about the situation at the border, the deportations will begin.Some major states like Chicago and Los Angeles planned to reportedly not corporate with ICE officials.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reported that Florida is no longer a sanctuary city and will be cooperating with ICE officials.Those who will be targeted in the raids are individuals who are in the country illegally and who have already been ordered to leave the country.Up to about 2,000 people in the United States were expected to be targeted.
Togo players are refusing to play a World Cup qualifier in Libya after recent violence there led FIFA to move Friday’s game from Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli.Alexis Romao of Marseille and Jonathan Ayite of Brest flew back to France from Togo, citing security worries for not wanting to travel to Libya. Togolese players want the match moved out of Libya.Togo football has been affected by recent tragedies; a helicopter crash at Sierra Leone’s Lungi airport in 2007 and an attack on the team bus in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda in 2010.Togo captain Serge Akakpo says “after what we went through in Lungi and Cabinda … you must understand that we are right to refuse to take any risk.”
Colin Murray was joined in the studio alongside Dietmar Hamann and Steve Bunce to give their Euro 2016 qualification review.