More than one crowning achievement

first_imgLike many Harvard students, Kelsey Beck ’14 attended this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. But rather than sporting face paint, Beck wore a more dazzling ensemble — the sash and crown she recently won as Miss Boston 2012.The award brought Beck $7,500 in scholarship and prizes to pay for law school after she finishes her undergraduate studies. Beck is now preparing to compete in the Miss Massachusetts pageant in late June. Should she win that competition, she would go on to represent Massachusetts in the Miss America pageant.Growing up in Winter Park, Fla., Beck identified more as an athlete than a beauty queen, even playing on the Harvard varsity volleyball team for two years. “I was really involved in playing volleyball, soccer, softball, and tennis,” Beck said. “Sports were really my main focus, along with my studies.” In fact, the Miss Boston pageant was Beck’s first time competing in a beauty pageant.She does, however, have a family legacy in such competitions. “My mom [Barbara Ivey Beck] was Miss Florida in 1971, and it paid for her entire undergraduate education,” Beck said. “So growing up, I always looked at the Miss America organization as one that really provided for young women who have goals and a strong desire to pursue their education. It was always in the back of my mind as a way that I could help my parents” defray the cost of tuition.With no firsthand experience, Beck wasn’t sure what to expect. “I was definitely intimidated going into it,” she said. “It was so outside my realm of expertise. But all of the girls worked together to raise each other’s confidence and be at our best onstage. It requires a lot of courage to go out in an evening gown and a swimsuit!”While balancing her duties as Miss Boston with her Harvard studies takes time and effort, for Beck such a juggling act is nothing new. “I’ve really worked at achieving that balance all my life, whether it’s athletics, schoolwork, or extracurricular activities,” she said. “That balance is something in which Harvard students have a lot of pride. We’re not all about academics: We’re very versatile and can be passionate about a lot of things outside the classroom.”Likewise, Beck said, stereotypes about beauty queens and beauty pageants are off the mark. “It’s not all about beauty and the outer experience,” she said. “The Miss America organization in particular fosters young women that are driven, passionate, focused, goal-oriented, and wanting to pursue their education.”In addition to being an accomplished athlete and student, Beck also has 12 years of classical training as a pianist, which stood her in good stead for the talent competition. “I performed ‘Whitewater Chopped Sticks’ by Calvin Jones,” Beck said. “Two years ago, Teresa Scanlan [Miss Nebraska 2010, and Miss America 2011] performed that at the national pageant, and I immediately fell in love with the piece. I thought it was such a fun spin on the music that everyone knows as ‘Chopsticks.’ So when I decided to compete, I had it ready.”Beck’s platform is elderly care, a subject that she has been passionate about ever since she began visiting nursing homes as a young child. Her dedication took a personal turn, however, when her grandfather was placed in a nursing home for the last year of his life. “Our family really benefited from visiting him every day,” Beck said. “Not only from talking with him and encouraging him, but also in talking with the other residents, doctors, and nurses. The elderly have such an important role in our society; they can be such mentors to us and have a lifetime of wisdom to impart to us. There are reciprocal dividends to interacting with them. You think you’re going to fill their loneliness, but it’s actually often the other way around.”Her dedication to elderly care issues even extends to her future career. “I would like to be an elder-care attorney,” Beck said. “I’d like to help other families become aware of all the options they have available to care for their elderly family members.” In addition, as Miss Boston, Beck also hopes to create an Adopt-a-Grandparent program, matching elementary school children with elderly individuals.Beck now has a team of professionals to help her toward her next goal: the Miss Massachusetts competition, which will take place on June 29-30 in Worcester. “I have a board of five members on the Miss Boston committee, and they’re really guiding me and mentoring me, helping me with mock interviews, coordinating my appearances and volunteer work,” she said.Perhaps the greatest encouragement, however, has come from her fellow Harvard students and family. “This is so different from what I would normally do,” Beck said. “So to have that support and encouragement from my peers is crucial.”last_img read more

English clubs advance to next round of Europa League

first_imgUnited beat Danish side Midtjylland 5-1, with teenager Marcus Rashford scoring twice on his first-team debut to help Louis van Gaal’s men to a 6-3 aggregate win.Tottenham beat Italian side Fiorentina 3-nil on the night and 4-1 overall.And Liverpool got the better of German side Augsburg by a goal to nil.last_img

Ivorian fury after Cameroon mooted as 2021 Cup of Nations hosts

first_imgCameroon won the 2017 tournament despite a number of their stars, including Liverpool defender Joel Matip, opting to stay at their clubs in the middle of the European season.The Cup of Nations finals, which began as a three-team event in Sudan in 1957, will expand to 24 countries from next year, up from the 16-team format used since 1998.This means that hosts need six venues instead of four, putting an extra strain on the finances and resources of governments, who bankroll the tournament.Morocco are considered favourites to replace Cameroon as 2019 hosts with South Africa — emergency hosts in 1996 and 2013 — another possibility.Egypt have said they would not compete with another Arab country for the right to stage the 2019 edition of a tournament they have won a record seven times.bur-dl/tdShare on: WhatsApp Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | Ivory Coast has reacted angrily to the possibility that they could be replaced as 2021 Africa Cup of Nations hosts by Cameroon.After ditching Cameroon last week as 2019 hosts due to delays with preparations and security concerns, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad said on Monday that African football’s governing body could “give Cameroon more time” and allow them to stage the 2021 edition instead.That would trigger a domino effect with original hosts the Ivory Coast dropping back to 2023 in place of Guinea, a scenario that has angered the Ivorian Football Federation.“No Ivorian state authority, nor any leader of the federation, has been contacted or approached by CAF,” the federation said, adding that a letter had been sent to the African body on Tuesday.Countries struggling to meet deadlines for the building of stadiums, roads, medical facilities and other infrastructure has been a Cup of Nations problem for decades.Hosts Gabon were applying finishing touches to one stadium after the 2017 Cup of Nations kicked off.From 2019, the competition will be played during the June and July instead of January and February to avoid the club-versus-country clashes that have marred recent editions.last_img read more

Oceanport OEM Director, Members Resign

first_imgIn his prepared remarks at the Oct. 18 meeting, Baldanzasaid OEM members have “no confidence in members of thepublic safety and finance committees,” groups that includeborough council members Joseph Irace, Steven Solan andRobert Proto, all of whom are running for reelection on theRepublican ticket in November. Proto said one of the vehicles requested was an “$85,000pickup truck.” Also announcing their resignation from OEM assistant director roles were Chris Baggot, Wes Sherman and Oceanport Chief of Police Michael Kelly. “Over the last two years the chair of the public safety committee, Steve Solan, asked (Baldanza) to tell us how much it would cost to outfit his current vehicle, another taxpayer-funded pickup truck that he drives each day to and from his full-time job in Long Branch. That would have been the most cost-effective and fiscally responsible option for taxpayers. He wouldn’t tell us,” Proto said. OCEANPORT – Ahead of the seventh anniversary of Super Storm Sandy’s New Jersey landfall, a number of the borough’s office of emergency management (OEM) personnel announced they would resign from their volunteer posts, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Proto said it is the responsibility of the OEM director to have a succession plan in place, “but we’ll make sure that the town is not in any risk. When the time comes we will appoint a qualified person to develop a team. The town won’t skip a beat.” The cost of the requested vehicle, Baldanza said, is due to its design, which is based on the potential risk factors the community could face, including severe flooding, hurricane winds and large crowds drawn to Monmouth Park racetrack. In April Coffey said he would not be seeking a second mayoral term, as he felt ineffective in a form of government that limits the powers of the mayor. In the borough form of government, the mayor only has a vote on council matters to break a tie. The mayor does have veto power, but that veto may be overruled by a two-thirds council vote. Proto called the resignations a “political stunt.” Coffey said he will be reaching out to try and convince theOEM members to reconsider. Baldanza disputed Proto’s claim, saying, “It wasn’t untilJune 2019 that I had to text our CFO and ask if the new vehiclewas being funded. I was told it was not. I never heard a wordfrom the public safety or finance committees.” “This is nothing more than orchestrated political theater and it’s upsetting to see the depths that they’re willing to sink to,” said Proto, who was the lone mayoral candidate in the borough before Mayor Jay Coffey, a Democrat, announced his run for reelection in May on an independent ticket with Democrat Meghan Walker and Republican Tom Tvrdik. “Oceanport is built on the backs of volunteers and right now I don’t think our volunteers believe that the majority of the members of our municipal council are supportive of them,” Coffey added. Coffey said the resignation of this OEM leadership group“is a severe blow to our community. But when elected officialsmake volunteers feel unwanted and unsupported and, in turn,the volunteers believe they are not making a difference, thereis a problem.” “It’s been seven years since Sandy has passed and we keep on trying to do a lot of positive things for public safety, and when you just don’t see anything coming back your way, it kind of knocks the wind out of your sails,” Baldanza said in an Oct. 29 interview. The former Oceanport police officer of 30 years has served in an emergency management role for 18 years, including 14 as the OEM director. In a statement delivered at the final borough council meeting before the Nov. 5 general election, OEM director Mauro “Buzz” Baldanza said his passion for the position “has been waning” and attributed that deterioration to a lack of support from community leaders. But Baldanza said the Durango’s engine failed in January 2018 and the repair “would have cost more than the vehicle was worth.” After removing the vehicle from service, according to Baldanza, the OEM submitted two quotes for a new vehicle during a capital request period. Baldanza said he and his assistant OEM directors will remain on until Dec. 31 to help guide the town through hurricane season, as well as to leave time for the mayor and council to identify their replacements. Baldanza said the final straw was the rejection of a request for a new primary emergency response vehicle. He added that the previous vehicle was a 2004 Dodge Durango that had been fully outfitted with radio communications equipment, a laptop computer with internet capabilities and a rear command console for various documents, supplies and electronics. last_img read more

Zaidi to clash with Bochy? Dodgers manager says that’s ‘unfair’

first_imgLAS VEGAS–No manager in the big leagues boasts a résumé that compares with Bruce Bochy.The three-time World Series champion is entering his 25th season at the helm of a major league club and his 13th in San Francisco.Though the Giants elected to part ways with former general manager Bobby Evans at the end of a disappointing 2018 season, team CEO Larry Baer provided Bochy with the assurance that he would return for the final year of his contract regardless of who the Giants hired to replace …last_img

Raiders fans won’t like what oddsmakers think about their team

first_imgFor Raiders fans hoping their team is poised to win its third Super Bowl in Oakland comes the sobering news they’re more likely to be the third-worst team in the NFL this season.The oddsmakers really don’t believe Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock can transform last year’s 4-12 team into a contender. According to, only the Dolphins (5-1) and Cardinals (6-1) are better bets than the Raiders (9-1) to finish with the worst record in the NFL.Looking for a longshot Raiders bet? Try …last_img

Live updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Friday night

first_imgScroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game in Minnesota Friday as they take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-6) vs. Timberwolves (4-3) at Target Center, Friday at 5 p.m. (PT). TV: NBCS.ODDS: Timberwolves -11.5.2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Timberwolves won 131-130 in overtime in Minnesota on March 29, 2019. WARRIORS UPDATE: After a blowout loss Wednesday in Houston, the …last_img

Cape Town named SA’s Earth Hour Capital

first_img7 February 2014Cape Town has been named South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital in recognition of the city’s actions to address climate change, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced on Tuesday.The title is awarded as part of the global Earth Hour City Challenge, a collaborative effort between WWF and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives which aims to highlight and reward cities that are prepared to make substantial long-term efforts to combat climate change.“We are exceptionally proud of Cape Town’s contribution to building a sustainable future that both protects the environment and improves the lives of citizens of South Africa,” WWF South Africa CEO Morne du Plessis said in a statement.Cape Town is one of 33 finalists competing for this year’s Global Earth Hour City title, from a total of 163 entrants, six of them South African.Once national Earth Hour Capitals have been chosen for each of the 14 participating countries, an expert jury will scrutinise the information supplied by finalist cities to identify the overall Earth Hour Capital.The grand title will be awarded at the Earth Hour City Challenge Conference and Awards Ceremony in Vancouver, Canada in March.Citizens of participating countries still have an opportunity to express their support for their favourite cities among the finalists through WWF’s “We Love Cities” social media campaign, which will run until 20 March.SAinfo reporter and World Wildlife Fund South Africalast_img read more

Pema Khandu sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh CM

first_imgPema Khandu, who pitchforked into politics after the death of his father in a helicopter crash eight years ago, was on Wednesday sworn in as the first Chief Minister of an elected Bharatiya Janata Party government in Arunachal Pradesh. Chronologically, he is the 10th. His father, Dorjee Khandu was the fifth.There was another first for Mr Khandu. His formal installation happened in Itanagar’s landmark convention centre, named after his father, instead of the Raj Bhavan about 2 km away, where his predecessors were sworn in.Apart from Mr Khandu, Governor Brigadier (Retd.) B.D. Mishra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Chown Mein as the Deputy Chief Minister and 10 others as ministers. This included Nakap Nalo and Taba Tedir, who had won the elections to the 60-member Assembly for the first time.There was no woman in the Council of Ministers whose portfolios would be allocated soon. Three of the BJP’s 41 legislators are women, including giantkiller Jummum Ete Deori, who defeated State Congress president Takam Sanjoy.Mr. Khandu described the day as historic as a “full-fledged BJP government has been installed” in the State for the first time.“With their mandate, the people have given us a huge responsibility to transform Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Our priority sectors will be law and order, health, and education besides addressing unemployment through investments in viable sectors. I assure people that we will run a clean, transparent and corruption-free government,” the Chief Minister said in a brief interaction with newspersons after the swearing-in ceremony.The chief ministers of five north-eastern States attended the ceremony. They were Assam’s Sarbananda Sonowal, Manipur’s Nongthongbam Biren Singh, Meghalaya’s Conrad K. Sangma, Nagaland’s Neiphiu Rio, and Tripura’s Biplab Kumar.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, and Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma too attended the function.The rise of Pema KhanduMr. Khandu was made the State’s Water Resources Development and Tourism Minister in a Congress government soon after his father’s death in April 2011. In June that year, he won the by-election to the Mukto Assembly seat – still synonymous with his father’s name.Instability since the reign of Jarbom Gamlin, his father’s successor as the Chief Minister, never quite made Mr Khandu optimistic about his political career. “I was more interested in business than politics,” he had said once.But the State’s political uncertainty made Mr. Khandu a surer leader in July 2016 when he took over from Nabam Tuki as the Chief Minister of a Congress government. In September that year, his Congress government switched over to the regional People’s Party of Arunachal only to change to the BJP colour three months later.That was the BJP’s second “takeover” government. The first was for eight months from August 2003 when the party took over from the United Democratic Front headed by Gegong Apang.last_img read more

76ers destroy Nets to advance in NBA playoffs

first_imgRaptors rout Magic to clinch series, set up showdown vs Sixers Nets: Joe Harris, the NBA’s top 3-point shooter, hit his first one since Game 1 with the score well out of hand. Harris was just 3 of 16 through the first four games. … Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended for the game for entering the referees’ locker room after Brooklyn’s loss to Philadelphia in Game 4. … Simmons smothered Russell and the Nets star was held to eight points on 3 of 16 shooting.76ers: Their 29-point halftime lead was the largest in playoff franchise history. The 31 points allowed matched the lowest in the shot-clock era.UP NEXTThe Raptors went 3-1 vs. the Sixers this season.“You can credit it or you can discredit it,” Brown said. “I’m discrediting it. We have a new group. We have a new opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The teams tangled again in the final two minutes, and the deep reserves had to be separated. Sixers mascot Franklin ran out wearing oversized gold boxing gloves to bring a dose of levity to the ruckus.Philadelphia’s Jonah Bolden and Greg Monroe, and Brooklyn’s Dzanan Musa and Radians Kurucs were ejected.“Our team was physical the whole time,” Simmons said. “I think we need to take that up to Toronto.”Embiid got the last laugh in the second quarter with a baseline dunk over Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and pointed at the hapless defender. Embiid was hit with a technical but by then, who cared? Embiid buried a 3 from the top of the arc that made it 41-17 and about blew the roof off the arena. Sixers general manager Elton Brand, who sits in the first row of the press seating, had his eyes locked on the scoreboard for each replay of the big man’s 3.Embiid had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Simmons had 13 points and no starter played more than 27 minutes in a game that could have been called off after the first quarter.Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points for the Nets, who head into the offseason after their first playoff series since 2015.“We never made a push back,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I’m surprised we didn’t come out with more grit, more fight.”Brand is as much to credit for the Sixers’ success as anyone, using his rookie season as GM to orchestrate trades for Butler and Tobias Harris that kept Philly humming along in a 51-win season. But even before the trades, the Sixers were expected to make it this far in the playoffs. They did last season and were knocked out by Boston in the East semis in five games. The midseason trades for Harris and Butler were expected to push the Sixers to at least the conference final. Brown has said the goal is to play in the NBA Finals.“They’re going for big things. They can compete for a championship, quite honestly,” Atkinson said.TIP-INS LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Any late arrivals missed the defining moments of the game from a jovial Sixers team that enjoyed toying with the sickly Nets.The Sixers stunned the Nets with a 14-0 run in front of the loudest and rowdiest packed house of the season.Embiid again shook off a bad left knee and had six points and five rebounds in the first two minutes to chants of “MVP!” The Nets later trailed 20-2, and Simmons put an exclamation point on the stunning first quarter when he drove the paint and used a right-handed jam to make it 32-12 — with a thump of his chest for emphasis.“They did whatever they wanted before we could even get on the board,” Nets All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell said.Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley was soundly booed during pregame introductions and each time he touched the ball in the first. Dudley had stirred trouble when he said Simmons was “average” in the half-court. Dudley bumped Embiid in Game 4, triggering a skirmish with Jimmy Butler that spilled into the stands. Dudley heard “Dudley sucks!” chants from opening tipoff and got a view of this rout from the bench in the second half. He flashed a few smiles in the waning moments, his time as a playoff name over.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, reacts to his basket during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA— Joel Embiid showed no mercy. He buried a 3-pointer that gave the 76ers a 24-point lead and waved his arms like a boss, exhorting an already jacked crowd to get louder.Philly obeyed its most popular player and went wild — and the All-Star center believes the good times have only just started.ADVERTISEMENT “We think we can win it all,” Embiid said.Ben Simmons thumped his chest after a big dunk , Embiid pointed toward an overmatched defender on a slam of his own, and Philadelphia flexed its offensive muscle from the opening tip to beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-100 on Tuesday night and close out their Eastern Conference playoff series in five games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUp next, a second round series against the Toronto Raptors, who dropped their playoff opener before winning four straight against Orlando — the same thing the Sixers did to Brooklyn.“We still have more to do. A lot more to do,” coach Brett Brown said. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READlast_img read more