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first_imgHarvard has announced the establishment of its 11th endowed coaching position. A generous gift from Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 establishes the Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 Endowed Coach for Squash. Newly appointed director of squash Mike Way will be the first coach to hold the position.Ball and Lee, friends and former squash teammates, endowed the position in honor of their fathers, Theodore B. Lee ’54, who has been a longtime supporter and advocate for Harvard College, the Harvard Alumni Association, and Harvard Athletics, and Russell C. Ball Jr., who loved squash and used it as a vehicle to impart many life lessons: sportsmanship, humility, respect, perseverance, competition, and the power of dedication and hard work. The long tradition of excellence within the Harvard squash program was built on these principles. The Lee and Ball families hope this gift will benefit generations of Harvard squash athletes and unite the alumni in continued support of the program.“I feel very fortunate to be in the position to give something back to the Harvard squash program,” Ball said. “When I look at the experiences I have had throughout my life, the four years at Harvard are very special. Coach [Dave] Fish was a great squash coach, educator, as well as a tremendous mentor. Although we all became much better squash players while at Harvard, the life lessons we learned helped create a foundation for future success. I also appreciate the wonderful friendships I developed as a result of playing on the squash team. The common bond we all share has helped to sustain these incredible lifelong friendships. I really appreciate the opportunity to share this gift with Greg Lee, my friend and teammate.”“I am honored to give something back to Harvard and to the squash program, and to honor my father, Ted Lee,” Lee said. “Though my father did not play squash, he recognized that the game required the qualities he wanted to instill in me: hard work, humility, and fair play. These qualities guide my leadership, and for that I am most grateful. I was fortunate to play on teams with extraordinary players, and to learn from them every day. I learned how to play squash, how to compete and still be friends, and how to measure my success by my own improvement. My experience at Harvard and playing squash gave me lifelong friendships that continue to enrich my life. I am honored to be able to share this gift with my good friend, Russ Ball.”Dave Fish ’72, the Scott Mead ’77 Family Head Coach for Men’s Tennis, had the honor of coaching both Ball and Lee on the squash team. “It is gratifying to see two players from some of Harvard’s greatest teams of the 1980s step up so generously to endow the Harvard squash coaching position,” Fish said. “Both Russ and Greg always put the team first when they were members of the team, and have continued in the same spirit now. I’m sure they are both delighted as I am that Michael Way will be the first Harvard coach to benefit from their support.“Also, having had the good fortune to know and admire their parents, their support also reflects admirably on the lessons of their parents, who were also generous stewards of Harvard and other institutions. This gift will enable Harvard to attract squash coaches of the finest caliber, now and in the future.”Harvard won four Ivy League and national team titles during Ball and Lee’s time at Harvard. Ball was a three-time All-American, four-time first-team All-Ivy League recipient, and served as captain in 1988.Bob Scalise, the Nichols Family Director of Athletics, noted the endowment strengthens one of Harvard’s most successful programs. The Crimson has won 31 men’s and 12 women’s national titles, including the women’s crown in 2010. “The sport of squash at Harvard has earned more national championships than any other sport and has a tradition of educating our students in sport and life. I am thrilled that Russ and Greg stepped up to give us a chance to highlight what an exceptional program we have.”last_img read more

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first_imgInvestors pressure Samsung over potential investment in Vietnam coal-fired power project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Activist climate investors warned Samsung C&T Corp. over its potential involvement in a new coal power plant in Southeast Asia amid mounting global pressure to halt use of the dirtiest fossil fuel.Investment arms of Legal & General Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest manager of corporate pension schemes, Norway’s KLP Kapitalforvaltning AS and Helsinki-based Nordea Bank Abp, have urged the South Korean company not to participate in the construction of the controversial plant in Vietnam, which it’s currently considering.The project “poses significant reputational and climate related risks,” said Meryam Omi, the head of sustainable investing at Legal & General Investment Management Ltd. “We have asked the company to commit to no involvement in construction of new coal plants and will continue to engage with them on this matter.”While the shareholders own just a tiny fraction of the de facto holding company of the Samsung empire, such public pressure is an increasingly common tactic by funds to put fossil fuel-engaged companies under the spotlight amid the global push against climate change.The funds are focused on Samsung’s potential role in constructing the Vung Ang 2 project, which may come after state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp. finalizes an impending investment in the venture.The scrutiny comes as global investors are increasingly voicing concerns over the risks associated with South Korea’s overseas coal financing. BlackRock Inc., the world’s top asset manager, has urged Korea Electric to provide clear strategic rationale for its investment in several coal projects, including Vung Ang 2. Domestic pressure is also growing after the country unveiled a $35 billion plan to boost low-carbon power sources and foster green industries.[Heesu Lee]More: Samsung C&T targeted by activists over Vietnam coal projectlast_img read more

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first_imgThe recent off-campus shooting has caused increased student concern over security west of Vermont Avenue, even after the university added an estimated $3 million in increased security to the area last spring.Safety · The security measures, implemented last spring, were the university’s first effort to bring security ambassadors and cameras to the area west of Vermont Avenue. – Daily Trojan file photoLast Sunday two USC students were shot off-campus on the 1200 block of West 37th Place. The two students were hospitalized but are expected to fully recover. The suspect has not been caught.Seventy-two video patrol cameras, 50 license plate recognition cameras and 13 new security ambassadors were added to the area to better protect students and residents living west of Vermont Avenue, said to Dept. of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton.The area west of campus was only patrolled regularly by DPS before last year’s update.Despite the recent addition of security ambassadors and cameras, many students on the west side of campus said they still do not feel safe in the area.“The university pays the least attention to this area,” said Sullivan Brown, a junior majoring in animation and digital art who lives on the 1200 block of West 37th Place. “It’s because this is one of the few areas around campus where more locals live in the area than students.”Brown said he has noticed the new security cameras placed throughout the west side of campus and the presence of yellow jacket security officers but said it was not enough to keep the west side of campus safe.“The yellow jacket watchers have not been proactive,” Brown said. “Adding security cameras and yellow jackets to the area is clearly not enough to keep us safe.”Local residents living near where the shooting occurred expressed dissatisfaction with security in the area.“The [DPS] patrols definitely lack on the west side of campus,” said Oscar Hernandez, a 13-year resident of West 37th Place. “The cameras seem to work but the [DPS] patrols aren’t on this side of campus [very often].”Wesley Houng, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering who lives on the north side of campus, said he frequently visits the west side and that the area around West 37th Place is not as safe as the area north of campus.“I don’t really feel protected [on the west side],” Houng said. “There is more of a police presence to the north of campus.”Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson said the best way for students to stay safe is to assist DPS in its efforts to keep the area surrounding USC secure.“We encourage students to take precautions and take note of suspicious behavior they see,” Jackson said.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said students play a direct role in their own safety.“There’s always a problem when there’s a private party in a private residence,” Carlisle said. “And [DPS] can’t help those inside [the residence].”last_img read more

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