first_imgFirst of two partsAn early love of books, music, and film helped to set A.O. Scott ’87-’88 on the path to becoming a critic. Now one of two chief film reviewers for The New York Times, Scott said that “growing up in a household with a lot of books and a lot of cultural and intellectual interests was very important.” He concentrated in English literature while at Harvard, where regular trips to the Brattle Theatre and the House film societies introduced him to the titans of classic cinema. After graduation, Scott worked on a Ph.D. in English at Johns Hopkins but left before completing his dissertation because his “heart wasn’t really in it.” He started doing book reviews “just to have the experience of writing something that I would actually finish” and found that the more he did it, the more he enjoyed it. His efforts landed him a job at the New York Review of Books. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in 2002.In a question-and-answer session, Scott spoke with the Gazette about his years at Harvard, his career as a critic, and his take on the current Oscar contenders.GAZETTE: Can you tell me about your early life? Did your parents influence your current work?SCOTT: They went to the movies some, and they took me to movies. But I think the influence was more growing up in a household with a lot of books and a lot of cultural and intellectual interests — and also growing up in college towns that had campus film societies and repertory houses and places where you could go see a lot of movies. I grew up in various academic locales. My parents met and I lived when I was a baby in Madison, Wisconsin, and then we moved to Chicago, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Princeton for a little bit. Then I went to high school in Providence, Rhode Island.GAZETTE: I know you are the great-nephew of the character actor Eli Wallach. Did you ever meet him?SCOTT: Oh, yes. My parents were actually married in his apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City, and he was sort of a family celebrity. We went and saw him and his wife, Anne Jackson, on stage. I have a very early memory of going to see them. They were touring with a play when we were living in Chicago, and I recall going to see them and going backstage. And they were always around at family events.It would be exaggerating to say that he was a great influence, but he was a relative whom I knew. And my mother was certainly close to him, and my grandfather, his older brother, they were very close, so it was always fun to see him around and see him on TV or to go to a movie that he was in.‘The most important bond between the critic and the reader is not agreement or persuasion but trust.’GAZETTE: Now that you are in your current role, do you look back at his films and see them in a different light?SCOTT: One thing that’s fascinating, just in terms of the history of movies, is how many different ethnicities he played. He was a Jewish guy from Brooklyn, but he played Mexican, Italian, any sort of olive-skinned ethnic group. He would be cast in that role. I think probably his best work and where he was most, best known, and what meant most to him was his work on stage, on Broadway going all the way back to the ’50s. But, certainly [movies like] “Baby Doll” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” and then later on when he showed up on “Nurse Jackie” or in “The Holiday.” And he acted in “Mystic River.” The only time I ever met Clint Eastwood, he and I talked a lot about Eli, and that was fun.GAZETTE: How did you meet Eastwood?SCOTT: I was at a dinner in Cannes when he was there with one of his movies. It was one of these black-tie things that I occasionally, although very rarely, go to. But, you know, it was Clint Eastwood, so …GAZETTE: When you came to Harvard, did you have any sense of what you wanted to study?SCOTT: I was interested in writing and in literature, and I kind of came in thinking that I wanted to be a writer. I had partly, I think, got in because I’d taken some fiction-writing classes with the novelist John Hawkes when he was teaching at Brown, and he had encouraged me to apply to Harvard and wrote me a recommendation. I found that I was more interested in studying literature and writing criticism than writing fiction, so my interest kind of gravitated more into literature. So that’s what I did. I was a lit major, and I studied mostly romance language stuff and read a lot. I didn’t do a lot of extracurricular stuff. I was just sort of content to pursue my coursework and my reading.When I graduated I was at a bit of a loss of what to do. I went to graduate school kind of by default, because I liked to read and I liked to write and I didn’t really know where you could do that. I had a fantasy of going to New York and writing for magazines or something like that, but I didn’t really have the nerve, and I didn’t really know how to do that. So I just sort of went on the academic track for a while until I could figure out how to jump off it.GAZETTE: Where did you go to graduate school?SCOTT: Johns Hopkins, in the English department.GAZETTE: And you got your master’s there?SCOTT: Well, I was going to get a Ph.D., but I spent about 10 years not getting that Ph.D. So I finished with an M.A. and all my courses and my doctoral exams all finished, but I never did write the dissertation.GAZETTE: Why? What was the stumbling block?SCOTT: I think I’m just too shallow, or too much of a natural dilettante. I didn’t like the idea of sitting down and working on one thing, specializing in the way that you have to specialize. The short version of the story, although it was a long and more painful process of discovery, was my heart really wasn’t in it. As with anything, something that’s that demanding and in a way unrewarding, at least in the short term, requires a real passion and commitment that I didn’t have. So I liked reading and I liked writing and I liked thinking about stuff, and I made some very good friends and had some brilliant professors. But I kept switching my topic because I would read a bunch of stuff and pursue it for a while and then lose interest and do something else, which is a good temperament for journalism, you know, because there is always something new and you never are with something long enough to really get sick of it or bored with it, and you can go in and out.I gradually started writing book reviews just as a kind of pastime or sideline, just to have the experience of writing something that I would actually finish and something you can get paid for. The more I did that, the more I liked it. I was lucky that it was … the mid and late ’90s, at the beginning of the first dot-com boom. There was a big media bubble there. There were a lot of magazines starting up, there was a lot of demand for content, and I was lucky and persistent enough to figure out how to make a living at it and got a job working at the New York Review of Books. That was the break. It’s a very interesting place, and I learned a lot there. It was a funny kind of office. There were a lot of very smart and highly educated people answering the phones and running the fax machines and doing all the clerical and secretarial work. That’s what I was doing, but you absorbed a lot in that place, just by doing that.GAZETTE: Back to your Harvard time for a minute — were there any particular classes that you remember that were really influential? Any professors you recall who had a big impact on you?SCOTT: Yeah, I do. It was the mid ’80s. I took a course my freshman year with Barbara Johnson reading [Jacques] Derrida and all that kind of stuff. It really sort of blew my mind. I took a few courses with her. She was a great teacher and really lively intellect. There was a course on linguistics, and we read Noam Chomsky, and it was fascinating. I did terribly. I think I got a C. But there was stuff that I read in that course that I still think about. And there was Roderick MacFarquhar’s class in the core curriculum on the Chinese Revolution. That was just a great class. I remember things like the structure of the Politburo in the 1960s.GAZETTE: Did you take any film classes?SCOTT: I didn’t study film formally ever, anywhere. Not as an undergraduate, not in graduate school. It was an entirely extra-academic interest of mine.GAZETTE: When you were at Harvard, did you go to the Brattle Theatre?SCOTT: I probably went to the Brattle a few times a week. That was a great film education, that repertory house. That’s where I saw [Andrei] Tarkovsky and [Akira] Kurosawa, and [Jean-Luc] Godard … and the Orson Welles Cinema on Mass. Ave. showed a lot of foreign films and art films.But then there were also, at Harvard itself, House film societies. There were probably half a dozen or so film societies. I remember seeing “The Battle of Algiers” in the Mather House dining hall. There were a lot of places you could see 16 mm prints, or sometimes even better prints of things. People didn’t have VCRs in their rooms. It was still pretty new. I think my parents got their first VCR the year I started college, and a lot of stuff wasn’t available on videocassette yet. So there was still a demand for and an interest in and a kind of flourishing in a revival of repertory film culture around. It was something to do.If something was coming around to the Brattle or to one of the film societies that you’d heard about, you would go see it because you didn’t know when you would be able to see it again. It was kind of an event if you were going to see Tarkovsky’s “The Sacrifice.” I remember sitting in, I think, a double feature of “Andrei Rublev” and “Stalker,” which is like, seven hours of Russian movies. You would do that because that was your chance. When were you going to see them again? That would be a very long Wednesday night.GAZETTE: Did you go to the Harvard Film Archive?SCOTT: Yes, I would go there, too.GAZETTE: Where do you think your interest in film came from?SCOTT: The fact that I am film critic and have been film critic now for longer than I have been anything else is a little bit of an accident. Film was one thing that I was interested in. I would say the three cultural pursuits that I was most passionate about when I was growing up were books, popular music, and film, and I don’t know how I would rank them. They were all just things that were very important to me. I listened to a lot of records, I read a lot of books, and I went to a lot of movies.My interest was driven by a general curiosity about the world, about the stories that were told in these forms, about the emotions they communicated, rather than a sort of formal interest in the art forms. They were just what I related to, what I liked and what mattered to me. I think I was also interested in, from a fairly early age, in criticism — that is, in reading what other people had to say about these things.GAZETTE: What was it about criticism that you found appealing?SCOTT: It was a way of having imaginary conversations with people who had seen what you saw. For me, very often these things were solitary. I would go to the movies alone a lot. Reading books is a solitary experience. I would listen to records in my room. And, you know, you want to share this in a way. Sometimes you would share it with your friends, but you could also find people to share it with out in the world.I would always read Pauline Kael in The New Yorker and Vincent Canby in The New York Times, and then later, by the time I got to college, The Village Voice critics and also The Boston Phoenix, Rolling Stone, Cream, and The Music Press. I think when I probably had the first idea of being a critic, I would have wanted to be Greil Marcus or Robert Christgau or Lester Bangs, or one of those guys, kind of the “Almost Famous” fantasy. But I think that movie criticism was something I was always interested in.My interest as a writer and as a reader and as somebody interested in film, books, and music was always critical. I think I was temperamentally suited to this kind of writing. I was a book critic before I was a film critic, and happily could have kept doing that. I could have imagined being a television critic or a music critic. I don’t think I could probably do those things now because I’ve just gotten used to what I do.GAZETTE: Does it help you to have a wide range of interests as a film critic? SCOTT: Certainly there are people who get to it, and not only in film, through a passion for a certain art form, whether it’s classical music or opera or film. And there are people who have come at it, as I have, as part of a more general set of interests.GAZETTE: Do you think one is better than the other?SCOTT: I don’t know; I think either way it works. I tend to think that in the end, and I tend to be more and more convinced, that criticism is above all a matter of voice and temperament, and I think if you can write well and think clearly, that’s the goal.I’m not by nature a specialist, and I have some suspicion of specialization or of ways of writing about anything that strike me as too dependent on a kind of inside knowledge or sort of esoteric sense of what’s being written about. I think that sometimes it’s a problem in some criticism, that there are styles of film criticism and film critics who are, I think, morbidly obsessed with the art form at the exclusion of everything else, so you always have to be thinking in terms of cinema above all. There’s something a little false to that because I believe you should always be thinking about whatever you are interested in thinking about.One of the great things about writing about movies is that movies are about everything. They almost uniquely contain more of the human experience, real and imagined, than just about any other art form, and present it in more different ways. So if you are writing about movies, you should also be writing about politics, love, sex, fantasy, the future, the past, anything. Why create artificial constraints and constructions that prevent you from writing about those things?GAZETTE: Building off of that, in your opinion, what qualities should a great critic have?SCOTT: I think that a good critic has to be a good writer and an honest thinker, and I think that the most important bond between the critic and the reader is not agreement or persuasion but trust. You have to, ideally over time, develop a relationship with your readers so that they will understand where you are coming from, and whether or not they agree with your opinion they will trust it. That is, they will be able to figure out the distance between your views and their own.I think clarity of thinking and argument is very important. You have to explain yourself. You can’t just fall back on a kind of easy automatic language of judgment and just throw adjectives on things and hope that they stick.GAZETTE: With the wealth of social media, do you feel in a way that thoughtful criticism is under siege in a sense, that today, in some ways, everyone is a critic?SCOTT: Here’s the thing: If everyone is a critic, does that mean that criticism is under siege or that it’s flourishing as never before? I am just revising a book that will come out next year which is about exactly this question, it’s called “Better Living Through Criticism,” and it’s a sort of defense of why criticism matters and why it’s necessary, but not necessarily as the province of professional critics.One of the things that I try to challenge a little is the idea of critical authority, that there used to be critics — whether it was Pauline Kael or Andrew Sarris, the great theater critics like Brooks Atkinson or people like Edmund Wilson — who had a kind of authority in which they would hand down their judgments and the public and the culture would follow along. I think that’s always been a myth. I think there’s always been a misunderstanding of the function of critics, which is to initiate and guide a set of arguments and conversations about the value of particular works of art and the standards by which works of art in general should be judged, standards that are always changing, always evolving, always contested.In writing this book, I went back and found exactly the complaints that people make about the Internet now. That anybody can get up and say anything at any time is something that people have been upset about since at least the 18th century. This started with the rise of print culture, which seemed to be similarly leveling and dangerously democratic for people who are interested in upholding cultural standards. So, just the proliferation of voices and opinions and the kind of cacophony among them is nothing new. Far from being a threat to criticism, it is just what criticism is.There’s always a great wish, including on the part of artists and professional critics, that it would just stop. I mean many, many artists, filmmakers, and movie stars wish that there would be no critics. But if there were no critics, there would be no art. They are joined at the root, and the noise and the confusion and even the sort of stupidity and arrogance that are often described as what criticism is are necessary to the whole creative enterprise.Next, a look at the Oscar races, and more.This interview was edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

first_imgIn Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia addressed the new student government sexual assault prevention campaign, “One Is Too Many.”“I’m very excited about it,” Coccia said. “[The program] will roll out next week, and training will begin soon. In total, we have 115 volunteers.”Volunteers for the campaign will speak to the dorms about ways to prevent sexual assault, forms of sexual assault, and resources available to students. Student body vice president Nancy Joyce spoke with hall rectors on Tuesday about the project, as well.During the meeting, dean of the College of Science Gregory Crawford gave updates on events in the college.“I like [to] come once a year to give you a little perspective on what’s going on in the college,” he said. “I think it’s pretty impressive what our students and faculty do.”Crawford spoke about enhancements to the research enterprise of the university, including raising more than $250 million in grants during the last three years, including a $23 million grant this year from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research on malaria.Money was also allocated toward the hiring of additional science professors. During the last three years, the College of Science hired 43 new professors, increasing the faculty by about 25 percent. Crawford said the college plans to make 12 new hires before this May.Crawford said the college also plans to expand its horizons, building upon the current nuclear physics and stem cell research programs.Crawford said he also hopes to involve more undergraduate students in academic research.“In 2008, only 18 percent of undergraduates in the college of science were participating in research. By 2013, it was 58 percent,” Crawford said, adding that, 100 percent undergraduate participation is ultimately his goal.The college also plans to make changes to the biology curriculum, to be put into effect in the next few years. Crawford said one change would be a move towards a “flipped classroom,” where lectures are condensed and put online before each class so that valuable class time with professors can be dedicated to examples and problem sets.On Wednesday night, the senate also passed a resolution, on behalf of the student body, congratulating the men’s soccer team on their championship title.Food Services additionally announced a coffee tasting on January 27-28 to help decide what brand of coffee will replace the current type served in dining halls and at all events catered by Food Services.Contact Margaret Hynds at [email protected]: Senate, sexual assaultlast_img read more

first_img View Comments Bartlett Sher(Photo: Bruce Glikas) The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season will feature a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher and starring Met favorites Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. The upcoming lineup features five additional productions, including the first opera at the Met composed by a woman in over 100 years: Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 L’Amour de Loin, 20 repertory pieces and an all-star gala celebrating the Met’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center.The season opens on September 26 with a new staging of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde directed by Mariusz Treliński. Nina Stemme, who has sung the role of Isolde around the world, will perform the role at the Met for the first time opposite Stuart Skelton.On October 18, the Met will present a new staging of Rossini’s Guillame Tell, featuring that familiar overture. The production premiered in 2013 at the Dutch National Opera.With L’Amour de Loin, Saariaho will be the first woman since 1903 to have her opera performed at the Met. (Back then, it was Ethel M. Smyth’s Der Wald.) The Met Premiere, featuring a libretto by Amin Maalouf and directed by Robert Lepage, starts on December 1. The opera was first heard at the Salzburg Festival in 2000.Sher’s staging of Roméo et Juliette is set for next season’s New Year’s Eve gala. The production marks Damrau’s role debut as Juliette; she also headlined this season’s New Year’s Eve gala: Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Sher reunites with his Tony-winning creative team: costume designer Catherine Zuber and set designer Michael Yeargan. The trio’s work can currently be seen on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I.Tony winner Mary Zimmerman will direct a new production of Rvorák’s Rusalka. Kristine Opolais, who took center stage on February 12 for the opening of the Met’s new Manon Lescaut, takes on the title role of the tragic water nymph. Performances begin February 2, 2017.Beginning April 13, 2017, Renée Fleming, who made her Broadway debut last year in Living on Love, will sing one of her signature roles in Robert Carsen’s new presentation of Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss. The Met’s music director James Levine will conduct.Additional highlights include Russian soprano Anna Netrebko reprising her performance in Eugene Onegin and adding Manon Lescaut to her Met role repertory, Damrau reuniting with her 2014 La Sonnambula co-star Javier Camarena for another Bellini work: I Puritani, a holiday presentation of Julie Taymor’s The Magic Flute staging, Sher’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with South African soprano Pretty Yende and Plácido Domingo in Nabucco and La Traviata; Domingo will also conduct Don Giovanni. The “ABC”s of opera are also included: Aida, La Bohème and Carmen.On May 7, several opera favorites will take the stage for a fully staged gala, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Met’s first Lincoln Center season. The lineup of artists includes Damrau, Domingo, Fleming, Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez.The complete 2016-17 season is as follows:Tristan und Isolde, beginning September 26*Don Giovanni, beginning September 27La Bohème, beginning September 28L’Italiana in Algeri, beginning October 4Guillaume Tell, beginning October 18*Jenufa, beginning October 28Aida, beginning November 5Manon Lescaut, beginning November 14L’Amour de Loin, beginning December 1*Salome, beginning December 5Nabucco, beginning December 12The Magic Flute, beginning December 20Roméo et Juliette, beginning December 31*Il Barbiere di Siviglia, beginning January 9Carmen, beginning January 19Rigoletto, beginning January 20Rusalka, beginning February 2*I Puritani, beginning February 10Werther, beginning February 16La Traviata, beginning February 24Idomeno, beginning March 6Fidelio, beginning March 16Eugene Onegin, beginning March 30Der Rosenkavalier, beginning April 13*Der Fliegende Holländer, beginning April 25Cyrano de Bergerac, beginning May 2*New Productionlast_img read more

first_imgPDs don’t enjoy the same immunity as state attorneys April 15, 2002 Regular News PDs don’t enjoy the same immunity as state attorneyscenter_img Public defenders do not have the same “judicial” immunity against lawsuits enjoyed by judges and state attorneys but they still are covered by sovereign immunity statutes, the Florida Supreme Court has said.The court addressed the issue in a March 21 case involving a former inmate who sued his public defenders for malpractice after his conviction on rape charges was thrown out on appeal for ineffective assistance of counsel, and the prosecutors nolle prossed the case. Schreiber v. Rowe, case no. SC95000.The public defenders argued, among other issues, that they should have the immunity from lawsuits granted to judges and extended to state attorneys in Office of State Attorney v. Parrotino, 628 So.2d 1097 (Fla. 1993).But the court disagreed, citing reasoning of the First District Court of Appeal in Windsor v. Gibson, 424 So. 2d 888 (Fla. 1st DCA 1982). That opinion said that judges and prosecutors are different from public defenders and their ultimate loyalty is to the administration of justice. Public defenders, the Windsor court said, are primarily advocates for their clients.“We agree with this analysis,” the opinion said. “Certainly public defenders have unique responsibilities that are not shared by other defense lawyers in our criminal system. Nevertheless, on the spectrum of criminal law actors, the role of public defenders is more analogous to the role of private attorneys than to that of state attorneys. Thus, we decline to extend judicial immunity to public defenders in this state. We note, however, that in 1984, in response to Windsor, the legislature extended the waiver of sovereign immunity to public defenders, thereby exempting public defenders and their employees from personal liability pursuant to section 768.28(9)(a).”On related issues in the case, the court held that a criminal defendant must obtain post-conviction relief before filing a malpractice complaint against a public defender, and that the statute of limitations does not begin to run until that relief is obtained. The justices also agreed with the Fourth DCA ruling in the case that the defendant alleging malpractice must, by greater weight of the evidence, show his or her actual innocence to prevail.Chief Justice Charles Wells and Justices Major Harding, Harry Lee Anstead, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince concurred in the per curiam opinion. Justice Leander Shaw concurred with most of the decision, but dissented on the immunity issue.“I am convinced that the office of the public defender has evolved to the point that there is no reason in logic not to extend to it the same quasi-judicial immunity enjoyed by the office of the state attorney,” Shaw wrote. “Both are integral parts of our criminal justice system with constitutionally mandated duties that subject them to possible civil liability. I fail to see why one should enjoy quasi-judicial immunity and not the other.”last_img read more

first_imgAsian markets were still deep in the red on Friday. Tokyo plummeted 6.08 percent, Shanghai was down 1.23 percent, Hong Kong dropped 1.14 percent while Singapore slipped 1.67 percent.London, however, jumped 4.36 percent in early trading while Frankfurt soared 3.4 percent and Paris increased 3.96 percent. Dow Jones futures in New York indicates that the index will start the trade with more than an 800-point jump.Hans also said several companies’ plans to buy back their shares helped shave the index’ loss. As many as 12 state companies had allocated between Rp 7 trillion and Rp 8 trillion to buy their shares from the public while privately listed companies had also bought back their shares to limit the falls.Read also: Government allocates $8b to stimulate economy as businesses, workers suffer from COVID-19 impactsA sizeable number of stocks moved into green territory by the end of Friday trading. PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur (ICBP) rallied upward by 4.28 percent, PT Unilever Indonesia (UNVR) climbed 3.81 percent, PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BBNI) rose 3.48 percent and PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) increased 3.06 percent.The rupiah also managed to make back earlier losses and closed the trading 1.76 percent weaker at Rp 14,777.5 against the US dollar after weakening as low as 2.05 percent at some point on Friday to a level unseen in 16 months. (ydp) Read also: Trading halted for first time since 2008 over pandemic“The fiscal stimulus creates positive sentiment among market players. It signals that the government is serious in fighting against the impacts of the coronavirus,” Anugerah Mega Investama director Hans Kwee told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Indonesia announced on Friday it was allocating Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy through tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The second stimulus package announced on the same day, worth Rp 22.9 trillion (US$1.5 billion), would include individual and corporate tax breaks as well as relaxation in loan disbursement and restructuring. Indonesian stocks rebounded during afternoon trading on Friday after hitting circuit breaker in the morning as the government’s announcement of a second stimulus package to cushion the economy from the impacts of the coronavirus soothes investors’ nerves.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed Friday’s session 0.24 percent higher at 4,907.57 despite hitting circuit breaker in early trading as stocks crashed more than 5 percent just 15 minutes into the session amid a global market rout. Trading resumed after a 30-minute suspension with the index hovering around a four-year low before rebounding in the afternoon.On Thursday, trading at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) was also halted 30 minutes before the end of the session as stocks plummeted more than 5 percent, the first trading suspension since the 2008 financial crisis.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMaritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Edhy Prabowo has tested positive for COVID-19, according to House of Representatives Commission IV deputy chairman Daniel Johan.“I heard the news from a ministry staff member,” Daniel said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday, adding that he received the information on Sept. 3.Daniel claimed he had immediately contacted Edhy and wished him a speedy recovery. He also urged anyone who had recent contact with Edhy to get tested. “I was informed on Sept. 3, but I had to ask for the exact date. However, I have also been informed that he is currently in good condition,” Daniel said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 8 Dec 2019 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link937Shares Advertisement Niko Kovac to attend Arsenal match after making interest known to club chiefs Niko Kovac’s representatives have spoken with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Niko Kovac has reportedly informed Arsenal that he’s interested in becoming manager.Arsenal relieved Unai Emery of his duties after a miserable start to the season and talks have taken place to replace interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.Ljungberg began his reign with a 2-2 draw away to Norwich which preceded Thursday night’s dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton. The club are now on their worst winless run in the league since 1977.Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have all been heavily linked with the vacant position and Kovac is the latest manager to emerge as a potential contender at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Goal, Kovac’s representatives have held informal discussions with Arsenal to make the club aware of the 48-year-old’s interest. Kovac is expected to watch Arsenal’s match with West Ham (Picture: Getty)Though Kovac’s approach is being considered by Arsenal, the Croatian is not thought to be among the favourites for the position.Kovac has been a free agent since leaving Bayern Munich by mutual consent at the beginning of November and is on the lookout for jobs in the Premier League.The former Croatia boss was in the stands as Everton beat Chelsea this weekend, but played down speculation that he could replace Marco Silva in the hot seat at Goodison Park.Kovac is also expected to attend Arsenal’s clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening. Keown never saw Ljungberg as a future manager (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown admits he never saw Ljungberg as management material after a difficult start for the Swede as caretaker boss.‘He’s a fiercely competitive individual,’ Keown told talkSPORT about his former Arsenal team-mate.‘I never saw him as management or a coach, he was quite an individualistic player, he did everything his own way, but that maybe helps him to be a very good manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We shouldn’t expect a magic wand because this has been a problem that’s been in the making for some time. Emery obviously inherited it and he didn’t find a solution.‘It was about changing personnel, recruitment so you needed central defenders that wanted to defend, loved defending, they’re not there.‘We need different midfield players. The likes of [Mesut] Ozil, if they don’t want to toe the line, they don’t want to play, for now you’ll have to upset one or two.’Would Kovac be a good option for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Frank Lampard considering £40m buy-back deal for Nathan Ake Comment Advertisement Pochettino is reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist of managerial targets (Picture: Getty)Pochettino refused to rule out the possibility of replacing Emery when directly asked about the Arsenal job last week.‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is,’ the ex-Tottenham manager told TyC Sports.‘I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London.’last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Support Environmental Cleanup and Revitalization Projects at 12 Abandoned Mine Sites Across the State Potts Run acid mine drainage treatment/stream restoration, Knox Township: A passive treatment system to lower acidity should remove this stream from the impaired waters list and restore it as a coldwater fishery, improving property values and outdoor recreation opportunities.Lackawanna County Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $25 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization projects at 12 abandoned mine land (AML) locations in fourteen municipalities across Pennsylvania.“These projects demonstrate my administration’s strong commitment to assisting Pennsylvania communities in overcoming the challenges of abandoned mine land,” Governor Wolf said. “While it protects public health and safety through environmental cleanup, the disbursement of this funding will also support the creation of thousands of jobs, create new residential and business opportunities, and revitalize communities and outdoor recreation spaces that attract people and improve quality of life. I’m thrilled that we could support these important projects.”The approved abandoned mine cleanup projects will help eliminate public health and safety hazards and improve stream, groundwater, and land quality. The local community and economic development projects include: a regional airport expansion, new business parks, a residential development, reuse of coal waste in electricity generation, and outdoor sports and recreation amenities, such as trails, ballfields, and fishing.“Mine reclamation is the exacting process of removing acid mine drainage from streams, neutralizing acidity in the soil; removing dangerous mine highwalls; stabilizing sinkholes; and addressing other hazards,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “But ‘mine reclamation’ ultimately means a renewal of possibility for coal communities, and this can be a game-changer.”The DEP Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation solicited proposals and selected projects based on federal guidelines and project benefits. DEP also provides or assists with the technical expertise needed to restore land, water, and air quality at the abandoned mine sites. The Wolf Administration is leading the coordination of more than 30 local organizations, businesses, and individuals to accomplish these important projects in an impactful way.Project funding comes from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) 2017 AML Pilot Program, which specifically targets abandoned mine cleanup projects that are linked to local community and economic development goals.“OSMRE is pleased to partner with Pennsylvania’s AML Program to implement these AML Pilot Program projects to reclaim abandoned mine sites and provide local economic revitalization and community development benefits,” said Thomas Shope, OSMRE Appalachian Regional Director.The full list of 2017 AML Pilot Projects includes:Beaver County Quakake Tunnel acid mine drainage treatment/trout stream restoration/Black Creek Trail creation, Packer Township and Weatherly Borough: An active treatment system to remove acid will restore 8 miles of wild trout stream (Quakake Creek and Black Creek). The new Black Creek Trail will be constructed from Weatherly Borough to Lehigh Gorge State Park, and opportunities for outdoor recreation and related local commerce will increase.Clearfield County April 06, 2018 Lackawanna College subsidence abatement, Scranton: Filling underground mine voids under a six-story building that’s part of the new Cornerstone Commons will enable use of the building for classrooms and other uses, leading to about 90 full- or part-time jobs as well as construction and indirect employment.Luzerne County TASA refuse piles/South Sandy Creek restoration, Irwin Township: About 200,000 tons of acid-forming coal refuse will be excavated and sent to Scrubgrass Generating Station for electricity generation, enabling the company to add new employees. Elimination of a major source of AMD to tributaries to South Sandy Creek and Williams Run will improve about 13 miles of stream and improve local groundwater quality. The reclaimed site is anticipated to be used for agricultural purposes.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Stineman refuse pile reclamation/Path of the Flood Trail extension, South Fork Borough and Adams Township: Twenty acres of coal refuse will be pulled away from the South Fork Little Conemaugh River, improving river health. The Path of the Flood Trail will be extended to the Johnstown Flood Memorial, completing the trail. This will enhance the popular annual trail race; opportunities for educational tourism, hiking, biking, and kayaking; and related local commerce.Carbon County Donaldson Culm Bank Stream Restoration, Frailey Township: Coal waste will be removed along Good Spring Creek, currently designated as clogged stream land, and repurposed for local power generation. Nearly 18 acres of floodplain and wetlands will be created, reducing flooding, and the restored site will become an environmental park with trails.Porter Floodplain restoration, West Brunswick Township: Coal silt will be removed from 10 acres of clogged stream land, processed, and sold as fuel. Water quality in the Schuylkill River will be improved, and a missing section of the Schuylkill River Trail Network between the Auburn and Hamburg trail heads will be constructed, increasing opportunities for fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation and related local commerce.Venango County CAN DO North Park Drive Business Park, Hazle Township: Almost 130 acres of mine land will be regraded to pre-mining conditions to be developed into seven developable parcels in the CAN DO Industrial Park.Hollars Hill South AML site and Cranberry Creek Gateway Project, Hazle Township: About 150 acres of mine spoil, industrial/residential waste, and hazardous structures will be reclaimed for a community ballfield complex and to allow development of the planned residential, retail, and commercial development called Cranberry Creek Gateway.Earth Conservancy Bliss Bank 3 Business Park, Hanover and Newport Townships: Remediation of 55 acres of mined land, including 1,200 feet of dangerous mine highwalls, will allow the completion of the 220-acre Bliss Bank business park. With active recruitment of nationwide companies underway, about 1,000 full-time jobs are anticipated.Swoyersville refuse pile/community athletic complex, Swoyersville Borough: In the first phase of the Swoyersville culm bank reclamation, approximately 15 acres of the 55-acre coal refuse pile will be removed and remediated, with over 2 million cubic yards of refuse anticipated to be usable for electricity cogeneration facilities. Floodplain restoration will improve water quality in the Abrahams Creek Watershed and reduce flooding. Seven acres of the reclaimed property will be transferred to Swoyersville Borough for development of a new community athletic complex that will allow multiple teams to play, drawing more people to the borough.Schuylkill County Zelienople Municipal Airport expansion, Franklin Township: Over 3,400 feet of mine highwall and a 12-acre hillside obstruction will be removed. The runway will be extended, adding more flight options and about 25 new jobs.Cambria Countylast_img read more

first_img8 Bradshaw Drive, Currumbin Waters.‘MODERN’ may be the theme among these three Gold Coast properties set to go under the hammer this weekend but they are all different interpretations of the style.A Hamptons-inspired Currumbin Waters home at 8 Bradshaw Drive puts a coastal spin on modern with neutral tones and wood accentuated throughout.Marketing agent Andy Hogarth, of McGrath Palm Beach, said an extensive renovation has raised the three-bedroom waterfront home’s standard. 8 Bradshaw Drive, Currumbin Waters. 155 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway Bay. 41 Harmsworth Rd, Pacific Pines.Ray White Sovereign Islands agent Sebastian Ross said prospective buyers liked the location of the property at 41 Harmsworth Rd and that each of its four bedrooms had ensuites and walk-in wardrobes.“We’ve had 30 groups through the open homes — that’s pretty good news for Pacific Pines,” he said.He said it had already received a few offers so expected a crowd at the auction.“If it doesn’t sell on the day, I think it will be shortly after,” Mr Ross said. 8 Bradshaw Drive, Currumbin Waters. 41 Harmsworth Rd, Pacific Pines.center_img 155 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway Bay. 155 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway Bay.The four-bedroom residence at 155 Pebble Beach Drive has all the bells and whistles expected of a prestige property but a 2000 crystal chandelier, freestanding baths and outdoor entertaining area with infinity edged pool are standout features.Ray White Sovereign Islands agent Leo Ryan said in his listing it was a “spectacularly renovated” home.“This home has been stylishly recreated to the highest of standards and has everything you would expect in a high end home,” he said.Later in the day, a Pacific Pines home with a sophisticated twist on a modern style will go under the hammer at 3pm. 8 Bradshaw Drive, Currumbin Waters.From moving the kitchen to transforming the garage into bedrooms, it has almost been completely rebuilt.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Nothing has been spared, it’s immaculate,” Mr Hogarth said.He said there had been 34 groups through the home throughout its three-week auction campaign.He expected a handful of bidders to attend the auction at 9am on Saturday.At Runaway Bay, a waterfront mansion with a luxury modern style will go under the hammer at noon. 41 Harmsworth Rd, Pacific Pines.last_img read more

first_imgThe view is what first captured the vendor’s eye – and heart.However, it wasn’t the gardens Ms He would miss most – she can build them anywhere.It was the view over suburbia.“You’re high up on Springwood Ridge and you can see across Springwood,” she said.“During the day you see the mountains, and at night it is a sea of lights. It’s just amazing.”The two-level house has impressive living spaces, with an incredible living room just off the entry, which has a two storey void and a 5m floor to ceiling window next to an open fireplace. The house at 221 Springwood Rd, Springwood, is for sale.ANGELA He can be found pottering around the garden at her Springwood property.From her backyard, she cultivates anything from corn, snow peas and chillies, to mangoes, guava and lime.It is her passion for gardening and the enjoyment she gains from living off the land that allows her to be semi-self-sufficient. The main living room has a jaw-dropping 5m window.“We took all the golden canes and palm trees out of the back garden, put in fruit trees and built a raised vegie garden just near the kitchen,” Ms He said.“We put in two rainwater tanks, put some solar panels on the roof and built a chook pen.”The additions have contributed to feeding her family hundreds of meals in the decade she had lived at the 221 Springwood Rd property. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe kitchen is where Ms He whips up their home grown produce.“I just harvested some amazing potatoes and cooked them up for me and my son,” Ms He said.“Some parts of the year we just go out and we can pick a whole meal in spring or autumn.“It’s so fulfilling to be able to go out and pick a meal and enjoy.” Relaxing out on the balcony is one of Ms He’s favourite spaces. All the living spaces are downstairs, with all the bedrooms upstairs.Ms He also converted a garage into a self-contained granny flat.“The house would be great for a family with a couple of young kids; they can walk to parks and it is an easy drive to the schools.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more