Halberstam honored with square

first_imgIn life, David L. Halberstam ’55 cherished his days as a student writer for The Harvard Crimson, a gig that jump-started his legendary career as an investigative journalist whose efforts eventually won the Pulitzer Prize. Now, the late Halberstam has been memorialized near his former Plympton Street stomping grounds with the unveiling of the new Halberstam Square at the intersection of Linden, Bow, and Mount Auburn streets.Rain deterred the Oct. 6 outdoor festivity, which would have involved installing the official Halberstam Square plaque. Instead, Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher hosted the public dedication inside The Harvard Crimson, where alumni, city councilors, and Halberstam’s many admirers packed the house.“Halberstam used his education and narrative skill to expose state-sanctioned injustice and to challenge untruths coming from powerful people. His relentless questioning of individuals and institutions took immense personal courage,” said Maher, who applauded Halberstam’s lasting legacy in the Cambridge community.At Harvard, Halberstam was a sports editor and managing editor of The Crimson. Though he was a history concentrator, “David majored in the Crimson … it was his life,” said classmate Stanley Katz ’55, Ph.D. ’61.Halberstam’s daughter Julia said that, faced with a lack of an engagement ring, her father proposed to her mother instead with his Crimson medal. “The Crimson was where he learned to take the kind of risks that shaped the rest of his career,” she said.After leaving Harvard, Halberstam took a post at the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Miss., where, said Katz, Halberstam was a reporter, a photographer, and even sold advertising. There he covered the Emmett Till murder trial, and later, at The Tennessean in Nashville, wrote about the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement. The New York Times later recruited Halberstam, who, at the age of 30, won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vietnam War.Harvard Crimson President Peter Zhu ’11 said Halberstam “stands out as someone to whom we can all aspire towards.”The author of more than 20 books, including “The Children” and “The Best and the Brightest,” Halberstam was an avid sports lover, and also wrote books on Michael Jordan and the NFL. He died in a 2007 car crash in Menlo Park, Calif.Halberstam’s daughter read an excerpt from the lecture on journalism he gave at the University of California, Berkeley, the night before he was killed. “There is, I think, craft. I think you can keep learning for those of you who are starting out. How do you do it? Knowing where to look. Knowing how to build steam. Knowing how to sustain a narrative drive. How to keep a reader interested, this is a real challenge. You have to make it accurate, then you have to learn how to dramatize it, to bring it alive, to find the people and the events to make it real. So you’re not just a reporter, and you’re not just a historian. You’re a playwright, too. You’ve got to bring the drama. Impress on people why they need to know it.”last_img read more

South Florida turtle dies after eating 104 pieces of plastic

first_imgA reminder to Floridians to think of the turtles!Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton posted a photo on Facebook Tuesday showing a tiny turtle that had eaten 104 pieces of plastic and tragically passed away.In the picture, the small chunks of plastic are lined up next to the turtle.Gumbo Limbo said this time of year is known as “washback” season, meaning turtles that have ventured out to sea are starting to wash back up along our coast.The nature center said 100 percent of washback turtles that have plastic in their intestinal tracts don’t survive, like the turtle in the Facebook post.“This is a sad reminder that we all need to do our part to keep our oceans plastic free,” Gumbo Limbo wrote.last_img read more

SBC Betting Forum delivers specialist sports betting focus in Amsterdam

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon More than 15 leading industry speakers will take to the stage in the inaugural SBC Betting Forum at this year’s iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam (11-14 July).SBC Events has joined forces with iGaming Business to create a dedicated one-day sports betting conference at the Amsterdam RAI on 12 July, while also providing a meeting place for the industry to come together to learn and network.The SBC Betting Forum agenda has been designed for operators, suppliers, affiliates and service providers, with a focus on latest trends, strategies and opportunities in the sports betting industry, mobile user experience, in play betting, pricing, risk management and brand loyalty.There will be refreshments available in the SBC Lounge throughout the conference, which will conclude with the Sports Betting Networking Drinks Party at The Corner Amsterdam, sponsored by Betcart, to lead into the evening’s festivities in the Dutch capital.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “We’re really pleased that SBC can take greater involvement in the iGaming Super Show in the shape of the SBC Betting Forum. We think that there is plenty on offer for the sports betting sector to get their teeth into.”Among the speakers confirmed are Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker, Meir Moses, VP of Business Development for Don Best Sports, Pinnacle Marketing Director Harry Lang, Sportito founder Riccardo Mittiga and Adam Kalmanson, co-founder at Bookee.Referencing the ongoing battle between a bookmaker’s marketing and trading teams, Harding will deliver an analysis on overround erosion, margin for error and finding the pricing ‘sweet spot’.Harding said: “Given my role at Oddschecker, I am well placed to discuss overrounds erosion (OR’s) and pricing within the sports betting industry. I am particularly looking forward to sharing insight on how this can translate into market share.”Click here for more information about the SBC Betting Forum.A quick reminder that Betting on Sports 2017 is coming up from 13-15 September @ Olympia Conference Centre in London. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on [email protected] Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

BETR smart contract upgrade features new affiliate program

first_img Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Blockchain-based BETR has backed up the recent release of its sportsbook app – BETROdds – by launching a new version of its smart contract featuring BETR Affiliates.This new development, designed to encourage wider use of the BETR token, has made it possible to tag BETR wallets introduced by affiliates.It enables affiliate commissions to be paid instantly from the layer wallet, at a rate initially set to 1.5%. This equates to approximately 20% of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) depending on the margin of the bets. There is no negative exposure to winning bets and, more significantly, the layer pay-out is instantaneous on settlement of a bet rather than at month end. There is also no negative carry-over as with traditional affiliate programs. Each wallet introduced by an affiliate is tagged on Ethereum and cannot be de-tagged or changed in the future. CEO Adriaan Brink said: “Affiliate marketing is vital for any growing business. We need to drive user numbers and we believe the unique BETR Affiliate model will attract affiliates from across the industry and ultimately increase the player base. “The instant commission pay-out from layer wallets to affiliate wallets is a one of a kind in this industry and a game changer for affiliates.” As well as the added affiliate logic, the optimisation of the new smart contracts has contributed to the lowering of ETH gas costs on transactions by up to a third. It also allows support for virtual sports and other game providers, as well as support for rule 4 and dead heats in horseracing. Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Cloudbet makes stablecoin foray with USDT addition May 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more