Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iran

first_img 2004 – 2006 New Delhi, Political Counsellor Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists 2008 – 2011 Nairobi, British High Commissioner Mr Macaire said: Mr Rob Macaire CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran in succession to Mr Nicholas Hopton who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Macaire will take up his appointment in April 2018.Commenting on the appointment, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook 1998 – 2002 Washington, First Secretary, Middle East and Counter-terrorism Married to: Alice Macaire I am honoured to be appointed the new British Ambassador to Iran. The UK’s continued engagement with Iran is vital to our goal of making the Middle East region a safer and more stable place. I look forward to working with the Government of Iran and with international partners to preserve the nuclear deal and deepen our bilateral relationship, through constructive engagement on human rights, trade, and seeking political solutions to the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere. 1990 FCO, Falkland Islands Department Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Children: Two CURRICULUM VITAE Further information 1995 – 1996 FCO, Head of Levant Section, Near East and North Africa Department 2002 – 2004 FCO, Head, Counter Terrorism Policy Department 1997 –1998 FCO, Head of Southern Africa Section, Africa Directorate 1996 – 1997 FCO, Head of MEPP Section, Near East and North Africa Department 2006 – 2008 FCO, Director, Consular Services 2016 – present Language Training 2011 – 2016 BG Group plc. Director of Government/Public Affairs and Political Risk Full name: Robert Macaire CMG 1998 FCO, Head of Sierra Leone Unit, Africa Directorate In that vein, I am pleased that Rob will be applying his wealth of international experience to leading the government’s engagement in Tehran. We face challenges – including the ongoing cases of British dual-nationals detained in Iran – and areas for potential collaboration. I look forward to working with him across these areas. 1991 – 1995 Bucharest, Second Secretary (Know How Fund) Media enquiries Iran has an important role to play in the Middle East region, but it is essential that it does so in a constructive way – something I made clear during my visit to Tehran in December last year. The Iran deal, signed in 2015, was a huge diplomatic success. The product of years of patient and persistent diplomacy that extinguished the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Greggs bakery gets its sea legs

first_imgGreggs bakery is to open its first branch on a ferry. As part of the £800,000 revamp of Wightlink ferry, St Clare, Greggs will open its first sea-borne site.Wightlink operations director Elwyn Dop said: “We have created a number of spacious and exciting zones on board deck four for customers to enjoy.“People who want to relax and gaze out over The Solent can head for our sofas at the front of the ship. Greggs will offer a wide range of savouries and sweet treats.”For more information, check this week’s issue of British Baker magazine.last_img

Wallace MacCaffrey

first_imgWallace MacCaffrey, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History, Emeritus, began his twenty-two year career at Harvard in 1968. He served as department chair twice, during 1972-1974 and 1979-1982. As the relationship among students, faculty, and administration slowly changed, MacCaffrey was trusted by all. He had an open, friendly personality and was completely loyal to Harvard.That loyalty was a product of his graduate work, which he undertook after having served in the army during the last phases of World War II. He had graduated from Reed College in 1942, where he had developed a strong interest in, and aptitude for, historical study. During the war, his army service included an assignment to interrogate Italian prisoners who had been brought to New York. Due to that experience and because he gained a proficiency in the language, MacCaffrey developed a strong interest in Italian history. As a graduate student at Harvard, however, he focused on the study of British history. His principal adviser was Professor W. K. Jordan, a specialist in Tudor and Stuart era England, and he wrote his dissertation on the city of Exeter from 1540 to 1640. The dissertation was published in 1958 and established his reputation as a meticulous scholar of political institutions and personnel as they guided the fortunes of an urban community. His work became a model for numerous similar studies.The concern with institutional details and with the overall question of governance remained MacCaffrey’s scholarly preoccupation for the rest of his life, and he subsequently published what specialists consider a definitive account of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in three volumes, in 1968, 1981, and 1992. These books showed how England escaped the turmoil of its mid-Tudor crisis and built the political and governmental practices and personal loyalties on which its stability came to rest. They were based upon a thorough study of the archival materials, including the papers of foreign embassies. His unique perspective was to set Elizabethan England into a European context. For his contributions to scholarship, he received the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction in 2004. It may be noted that during the years when MacCaffrey published his Elizabethan trilogy, from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, other historians were becoming interested in incorporating methods and concepts adopted from the social sciences or from literary theory and to write what was called “revisionist” history. He steadfastly refused to be swayed by such currents and kept to his own ways. As John Morrill, a leading scholar of early modern British history at Cambridge, has noted, “[MacCaffrey] reported what he found, and almost everything he wrote…will stand the test of time and be as vital and load-bearing in fifty years’ time…. [He] will be read as history [and not] as historiography.”In his teaching, however, MacCaffrey was anything but narrowly focused, methodologically or topically. At Haverford College, where he taught from 1953 to 1968, he was one of only two historians on the faculty, and he was responsible for teaching all periods and subjects of European history from ancient Greece to the first half of the twentieth century. He was as authoritative in discussing medieval feudalism as in explaining nineteenth-century liberalism, as at home teaching a seminar on the Puritan Revolution as discussing Bolshevism in his survey course. He encouraged, or rather demanded, that students expose themselves to as much primary material as possible, and he would reject any paper based solely on secondary work. He was willing to guide a student in such a way that a C-level paper could be transformed into an A product. Thanks to his rigorous and generous mentorship, several of his students at Haverford College would eventually decide to follow in his footsteps and become professional historians. Even toward the end of his life, as he lay in bed or sat in a wheelchair, he would cheerfully reminisce about those former students.At Harvard, he continued to be an inspiring teacher and a generous mentor to College students, for which he received the prize for undergraduate teaching. At the same time, for the first time in his career he trained numerous graduate students, many of whom have since become distinguished historians of early modern Britain. His Harvard years were sadly marred by the death of his wife, Isabel Gamble, who had taught English literature at Bryn Mawr before moving to Tufts University when he accepted a professorship at Harvard. Subsequently, she joined the faculty of Harvard’s Department of English. It was in part because he could not bear the idea of continuing to live in Cambridge without his wife that he decided to move to Cambridge, England, almost as soon as he retired. It may also be that in his deepest heart he felt himself to be English; both his parents came from England, his scholarship centered on England, and he even led alumni tours in the Midlands. He lived his retirement years in a wonderful, typically English house in Girton, Cambridgeshire. From there he daily commuted to the Cambridge University Library to do research and, toward the end of his life, just to read and mingle with students and faculty who knew him. His house had a lovely garden, tendering which was one of his real pleasures, and his neighbors and friends (including George and Zara Steiner) would frequently visit to keep him company.Till the very end, he remained mentally alert and psychologically cheerful even as he suffered from serious physical ailments. He continued to speak fondly of Reed and Haverford Colleges, and of Harvard, and when one of us saw him for the last time in November 2013, he said he was concerned by the news that MIT seemed to have been ranked ahead of Harvard. Coming from small beginnings in La Grande, Oregon, he bequeathed to us a life as full of love of learning as of teaching.Respectfully submitted,Bernard BailynMark KishlanskyDavid Harris Sacks (Reed College)Akira Iriye, Chairlast_img read more

Miller and Hinton win Abramson Award

first_img Related Key role for the ordinary on Broadway, researcher says Two professors were announced as winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award, given annually to assistant or associate professors for “excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.” The recipients are Derek Miller, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, and Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of history and of African and African American Studies.Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hinton also received an Abramson Award for her outstanding teaching of undergraduates. “I love history, and I love working with students to improve their critical thinking ….” she said. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photoThe recognition came with a formal announcement at the May 1 Faculty Meeting, as well as a $10,000 award, established as a gift from Edward Abramson ’57 in honor of his mother. The recipients are chosen each year based on their accessibility, dedication to teaching and research, and ability to effectively communicate with and inspire undergraduate students.“Elizabeth Hinton and Derek Miller are outstanding teachers and scholars, both of whom bring extraordinary passion and energy to their fields,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. “They have a remarkable ability to engage with and inspire students, and ensure that Harvard is a welcome and inclusive environment for every student. On behalf of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, I am pleased to offer them my sincere thanks and congratulations.”Derek MillerFor Miller, the news of receiving the prestigious award was met with a flurry of emotions. “I was completely shocked, flabbergasted, and overwhelmed,” he said.Miller described the environment in his classroom as one in which he strives to learn as much from his students as they learn from him.“I try to emphasize the role of conversation in my classes, and I’ve been fortunate to have class sizes where it is manageable to do that.” Assistant professor named a Carnegie Fellow Even in ‘Hamilton,’ a glimpse of mediocrity Asked what he intends to do with the research stipend, Miller cited an interest in updating the formats of historical works.“We have some databases of theater production, but some are only in books or other formats, and I’m hoping to use this funding the explore ways to put material in a format that can be more easily used in a classroom setting.”Miller said that he tries to tailor his teachings to every student, whether their concentration is in his area or whether they are just taking his course to fulfill an elective credit.“Students come to my class for a variety of reasons. I try to create projects that are for everyone who walks through my door, and conduct them in a way that works for them and will allow them to get the most they can out of the experience.”Elizabeth HintonHinton admitted to being caught off guard when informed of her selection as an Abramson Award recipient. “I wasn’t expecting it all,” she said. “It feels wonderful to have my teaching recognized in this way.”Hinton said that her love of teaching comes in part from the rewarding experience of seeing students grow throughout the course of a semester.“I love history, and I love working with students to improve their critical thinking and their writing skills. When you work with a student on multiple drafts of a paper and see the final products and how it has come to fruition, it is extremely rewarding.”Hinton noted that one of the most gratifying aspects of teaching is seeing students continuing to pursue the topics she covers after graduation.“One student graduated in 2015 and went on to work for the Vera Institute of Justice in New York. It was so wonderful to see her work in my class, and then be inspired to continue this line of work after graduation.”For Hinton, teaching is an ever-evolving process, and one she is always looking to make enhancements to. When asked how she intends to use the $10,000 award, she said that although she was still thinking about it, she hoped to put the money toward new ways to expand her teaching.“I’m always looking for new ways to improve the experience for my students, so hopefully I can offer them additional travel or research opportunities.” Hinton among 31 recognized with prestigious honor last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings on B’way

first_img 2. American Hustle—11% Those costumes. Those WIGS! Seriously, if an American Hustle musical were to happen, Bernadette Peters could win another Tony Award for her performance as Amy Adams’ hair. As it turns out, we already knew you were eager for this Oscar-nominated flick to bring the ‘70s back to Broadway. 1. Silver Linings Playbook—39% Silver Linings Playbook features three things that have proven to make successful musical material: gambling, dance competitions and, while it’s no laughing matter, bipolar disorder. Could the 2012 romantic dramedy be the show to finally get Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman to write for the stage? Or Jennifer Lawrence, for that matter?! View Comments Audience Choice Award winner and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is back on the Great White Way in The Elephant Man! So naturally, we’re celebrating by alternating our time between staring mindlessly at this and picturing his films on stage. Yes, we know: Original stories are important and vital to the success of the industry, et cetera. But that doesn’t mean that these flicks wouldn’t make terrific stage adaptations. And while Bradley Cooper wouldn’t necessarily have to star in them, we absolutely would not object to that. We asked you to pick which film of the Hollywood hunk you’d like to see on the Great White Way as a musical. The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 3. The Hangover—10% Wild felines. Gangsters. Mike Tyson. Again, three elements that make the Great White Way great. Put them together, and you’re on your way to an exciting, if not just a bit crude, toe-tapping tuner based on the 2009 hit comedy.last_img read more

James Bond Musical Has No License to Sing

first_imgWe spied a problem with the plethora of reports that have recently hit the Interweb stating that a James Bond musical was eyeing a Broadway or Las Vegas bow in late 2017 or early 2018, executive produced by Merry Saltzman. contacted Eon Productions, which produces the film series, for comment. A spokesperson told us: “Danjaq LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc confirm they have not licensed any rights to Merry Saltzman or her production company to create a James Bond musical.”The statement continues: “Danjaq and MGM jointly control all live stage rights in the Bond franchise, and therefore no James Bond stage show may be produced without their permission.”The rights to Ian Fleming’s iconic spy have been a notoriously complex web for decades. Merry Saltzman’s Dad Harry co-produced nine early Bond films with Cubby Broccoli. The James Bond musical was supposedly to have an original storyline by Dave Clarke, with music and lyrics by Jay Henry Weisz.The 24th Bond film Spectre, starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz, will hits movie theaters on November 6. Here is the first trailer of the movie, since we can’t wait to have Broadway alum Craig back in our lives. View Commentslast_img read more

Tix Now Available for Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold”…and the boys

first_img View Comments “Master Harold”… and the boys Tickets are now on sale for “Master Harold” … and the boys, written and directed by Tony Award winner Athol Fugard. The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement October 18 through November 27. Opening night is set for November 7 on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.The cast will include Leon Addison Brown (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) as Sam, Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (FELA!) as Willie and Noah Robbins (Grease: Live) as Hally.In a small tea shop in South Africa in 1950, two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe. Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, “Master Harold”… and the boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.The Signature Theatre production will feature scenic design by Christopher H. Barreca, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by John Gromada. Related Showscenter_img “Master Harold”…and the boys Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016last_img read more

September Rains

first_imgDrought decreased slightly across south Georgia in September as heavier-than-normal rainfall brought some relief to dry areas, but the rain hindered farmers working their fields. According to the National Drought Monitor, the percentage of the state covered by drought decreased from 20 percent to 15 percent. The cool and wet weather associated with the rainfall across the southern part of the state delayed the harvest of peanuts and cotton, which was already behind schedule due to late planting. Quality levels in dryland crops are not good due to the arid conditions earlier in the summer. Hay production has also been hampered by cloudy and damp conditions, although rain did improve pasture and hay conditions earlier in the month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 75.8 degrees F (2.3 degrees above normal); in Athens, 75 degrees (1.7 degree above normal); in Columbus, 77.6 degrees (1 degree above normal); in Macon, 76 degrees (1 degree above normal); in Savannah, 78.4 degrees (1.8 degree above normal); in Brunswick, 77.6 degrees (0.5 degree below normal); in Alma, 77.5 degrees (0.4 degree above normal); in Augusta, 75.9 degrees (1.1 degree above normal); in Albany, 78.2 degrees (0.5 degree above normal); and in Valdosta, 78.2 degrees (0.8 degree above normal). Brunswick set a record-low maximum temperature record on Sept. 24. The weather station there reported a maximum for the day of just 68 degrees F, breaking the old record of 72 degrees F set in 1963. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 7.25 inches in Albany (3.81 inches above normal). The lowest was recorded in Atlanta at 0.75 inches (3.72 inches below normal). Augusta received 2.27 inches (0.83 inch below normal); Athens, 4.82 inches (0.88 inch above normal); Macon, 2.79 inches (0.80 inch below normal); Columbus, 4.11 inches (1.05 inch above normal); Brunswick, 5.64 inches (0.12 inch below normal); and Valdosta, 6.86 inches (2.22 inches above normal). Atlanta experienced the fourteenth driest September in its 136-year record. The last time it was this dry was 2005, when only 0.07 inches was recorded for the entire month. Augusta had the second highest number of days – 14 days – with measurable rainfall in its historical record since 1885. This is the most since 1979, when 14 rainy days were observed. The record is 17 days, set in 1890. Savannah tied for its ninth highest number of rainy days with 15 days in 144 years. Savannah’s record is 19 days, also set in 1890. Two daily rainfall records were set in September. Columbus reported 2.48 inches on Sept. 3, breaking the old record of 2.23 inches set in 1967. Alma reported 1.37 inches on Sept. 8, surpassing the old record of 1.10 inches set in 1957. The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) stations was 6.21 inches northeast of Hartwell in Hart County on Sept. 8. A Mitchell County CoCoRaHS observer northeast of Camilla and a Chatham County observer in Garden City reported 5.71 and 5.83 inches on Sept. 8 and 30, respectively. The highest monthly total rainfall was 11.02 inches, observed by the Garden City observer in Chatham County, followed by 10.96 and 10.43 inches from two observers south-southwest of Savannah, also in Chatham County. Severe weather occurred in Georgia on eight out of 31 days in September. Scattered thunderstorms caused wind damage. The outlook for October shows conditions are expected to be relatively quiet and typical for October in Georgia. The jet stream is not strong, and weather systems are relatively infrequent, which makes October one of the driest months for most of the state. This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a slight increase in the chances of above-normal temperatures (based on long-term trends) and equal chances of above, below and near-normal rainfall. The wild card in the prediction is the tropics, which continue to be unusually quiet, like many El Nino years, although no El Nino has been verified as of the end of September. For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at Email weather and climate impacts on agriculture to [email protected]last_img read more

VFHA gets $10.3 million for affordable housing projects in Vermont

first_imgU.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today nearly $10.3 million in funding to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) to spur development of affordable housing in Colchester, Montpelier and Windsor, Vermont. The funding, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will allow the VHFA to provide sufficient equity funding to complete ongoing construction projects in Windsor, Colchester and Montpelier. The ARRA investment will help create 130 affordable housing units and an estimated 175 jobs by leveraging over $20 million in construction funding.VHFA will use the funding to provide credit to the following projects:Union Square, Windsor – This project includes 43 units of mixed-income housing and is expected to provide 76 construction jobs.Brookside Village, Colchester – This project includes 42 units of mixed-income housing and is expected to provide 76 construction jobs.North Branch Apartments, Montpelier – This project includes 45 units of mixed-income housing and is expected to provide 27 construction jobs.The Treasury announced $486 million in funding to affordable housing projects in 12 states, including Vermont, on Friday – the fourth installment in a $3 billion ARRA program. The money comes as the number of housing starts has fallen almost 80 percent since 2006 and as the number of houses under construction has reached a 13-year low.Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director of the VHFA said, “Vermont has been very fortunate to have great support from our local and regional banks and investors in providing tax credit equity for affordable rental housing – but they can’t do it all. With Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of the national equity market, we desperately needed an alternate investment option like the tax credit exchange program. This will allow us to complete 130 units of affordable housing and leverage over $20 million in construction funding.”Sen. Leahy said, “As a result of the economic downturn our state and nation are facing, many affordable housing developments in progress or about to break ground would have faced disaster without these recovery funds. The complicated tax incentives that have been successfully used for years to help incentivize affordable housing developments have fallen victim to the economic crisis.   We are pleased that these funds will help VHFA and other organizations around the state complete much needed affordable housing and put people to work.”Sen. Sanders said, “Not only will this federal investment begin to provide concrete solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Vermont, it also will create decent-paying jobs.  These federal dollars demonstrate a commitment to increasing affordable housing opportunities and putting Vermonters to work.”Rep. Welch said, “This recovery funding will ensure that critical construction projects in Vermont do not grind to a halt at a time when we need them the most. By putting people to work while creating much-needed affordable housing units, we are making just the sort of investment Vermont communities need. I’m pleased these federal dollars will be put to good use in Windsor, Colchester and Montpelier.”Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON (Friday, July 10) —  # # # # #last_img read more

Our Step-by-Step Video Guide to Crushing Friday in the Heart of Appalachia!

first_imgLooking to Crush Friday this week? Check out our video guide for how to #CrushFridayVA in the Heart of Appalachia-zip-line at Breaks Interstate Park, bike on the Sugar Hill Trail, and float on the Clinch River with Clinch Life Outfitters. Then enjoy great food and drink at places like Sugar Hill Brewing Company-all in the Heart of Appalachia, Virginia!last_img