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  • Todne Thomas named Assistant Professor of African American Religions at HDS, Radcliffe

    first_img Read Full Story Todne Thomas, an anthropologist who specializes in religion, race, and kinship, has been named Assistant Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School and a Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, effective July 1.Thomas is currently Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont, a position she has held since 2013. She has a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Virginia.“I am very excited to join the Harvard community,” said Thomas. “The dynamic scholarship and social engagements undertaken by HDS faculty and students are genuinely inspiring and create a rich catalytic environment for research and teaching that I am eager to enter. I look forward to translating my interests in religion, race, sacred sociality, and space into conversations that can enhance the intellectual culture of HDS, the multidisciplinary Radcliffe community, and the University writ large.”Thomas’s current book project, based on extensive ethnographic work in Atlanta, Georgia, attempts to show how both traditionally African American and more recent Afro-Caribbean immigrant churches appeal to (or obscure) the interwoven nature of race and kinship to navigate racial discrimination.“In Todne Thomas we discovered an incredible anthropologist of religion,” said Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church Jonathan Walton, who chaired the faculty search committee. “Her research is as expansive as it is innovative, theoretically sophisticated as it is vital to broader conversations in our society.”last_img read more

  • Glee Sings Sondheim’s ‘Broadway Baby’ & More

    first_img Star Files View Comments It’s a Sondheim-fest all around! As previously reported, the April 8 episode of the Fox series Glee, titled “Bash,” featured performances of some classic Sondheim tunes, including Into the Woods’ “No One Is Alone.” Blaine (Darren Criss) and Rachel (Lea Michele) teamed up to perform a high-energy rendition of the Follies hit “Broadway Baby.” From the looks of the clip, it doesn’t seem that Whoopi Goldberg is too impressed, but we’re still tapping along! The episode also included a sweet, a cappella version of Sweeney Todd’s “Not While I’m Around” from Criss, as well as a triumphant cover of “I’m Still Here” by Kurt (Chris Colfer), with several added-in key changes! Take a look at the performances below. Darren Criss Lea Michelelast_img read more

  • Marvin on Marvin: Michael Rupert Catches Christian Borle at Falsettos Opening

    first_img Falsettos Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 On opening night of the first-ever Broadway revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s Falsettos, there was one member of the audience who was perhaps more nervous than the stars on stage. Michael Rupert, who originated the role of Marvin, said entering the Walter Kerr Theater to see the new production brought up a lot of emotions.“I had a variety of feelings coming into the theater,” Rupert told Broadway.com. “I wondered if I was going to be judgmental or feel uncomfortable or possessive. Ultimately, all I felt was pride. It’s a great cast, and it felt very fresh. It’s about family and relationships and that plays in 2016 or 1992.”Rupert has a long history with the show from the off-Broadway incarnations of March of the Falsettos in 1981 and Falsettoland in 1991 as well as the original Broadway production in 1992. In addition to his history with Falsettos, Rupert has co-starred with the revival’s Marvin, two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, in both Elegies and Legally Blonde.”When Christian was cast in the show, I thought that’s a good choice,” Rupert said. “He did a great job. He actually did some things tonight, where I sat there and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that way back in the day?’”As for Falsettos original cast members reuniting at the opening, Rupert said, “We’re all thrilled to see each other again. It’s a show that’s stayed with me more than any show I’ve ever done. It sounds so corny, but I have a special place in my heart for this show. There is something about Falsettos that means a lot to the people who were involved with it.” View Commentscenter_img Christian Borle & Michael Rupert(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Showslast_img read more

  • Senate moves to draft constitution streamlining bill

    first_img Senate moves to draft constitution streamlining bill Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The legislative project to streamline the Florida Constitution has begun. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently ordered a bill drafted to correct 297 typographical, grammatical, and style errors, as well as remove outdated or unconstitutional sections – and to make the section governing the treatment of pregnant pigs into a statute.At the same time, the House Judiciary Committee heard from state constitutional experts as chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said the House panel will follow the Senate committee’s lead.Both committees met January 25 during a legislative committee week in Tallahassee, and were scheduled to meet again early this month, after this News went to press.Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, who initiated the constitutional review process, repeated his goal is to streamline the constitution and perhaps remove some provisions to the statute book that don’t belong in the state’s basic charter. He insisted he does not want to make any policy changes, even if he disagrees with those policies.“My motivation is not to change issues that are there; my motivation is to make the constitution a real constitution and fix 297 errors,” he said.Webster noted he had unanimous committee support for drafting an amendment that would remove the constitutional provision on the treatment of pregnant pigs and make that a statute. Doing so in the first draft of the streamlining bill will create the template if committee members agree there are other parts of the constitution that should be shifted to the statutes, he said.The committee vote came after a presentation by Thomas C. Cibula, a senior attorney with the Judiciary Committee, on the constitution.Included was a delineation of 297 misspellings, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, and sections which no longer had any relevance or had been declared unconstitutional. The latter included language about how past amendments were to be phased in or implemented but has now been rendered meaningless because the amendments are fully effective, and a section on term limits for Florida’s U.S. representatives and senators that has been declared unconstitutional.Cibula said the committee may also want to examine transferring what are considered “statutory”-type provisions in the constitution into state law. He noted that last November voters approved three amendments relating to medical malpractice suits and doctors; an amendment raising the minimum wage in the state; and an amendment allowing the use of slot machines, with local voter approval, in two counties. Other amendments passed in earlier years include the fishing net ban and ban on indoor smoking, he said.Cibula also said the committee may want to look at constitutional provisions that are unlikely to be utilized. As an example, he cited the 1998 amendment allowing counties and circuits to opt out of electing county and circuit judges and go to a pure merit selection and retention system. (The Florida Bar supported that amendment.) The amendment provided for a referendum in 2000 on switching to merit selection and retention for trial judges, which failed throughout the state. Cibula said it would take a petition signed by 10 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the most recent presidential election to have another local referendum on merit selection.That’s higher than the 8 percent requirement for initiative petitions, Cibula said, adding, “This may be one of those provisions that will never be implemented and as a result may not need to be in the constitution.”He said the constitution still contains references to local judgeships and rights of dower and curtesy which have been abolished by the legislature. There is also a provision in Art. V that provides that sections of Art. V contained in the state’s 1885 constitution, but not included in the new Art. V — but not inconsistent with its provisions — shall become statutes. Those provisions, Cibula said, have never fully been identified and have never been codified into Florida Statutes, although they have been held to have the force of law.Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, said he was concerned that some citizen rights, such as the right to privacy spelled out in Art. I, might be seen as a statutory- type provision suitable for deletion from the constitution.But Webster said privacy is a fundamental right that is properly in the constitution. “I have no intention of doing anything to the right of privacy,” he said. “If you look at the definition of what the constitution is, it delineates the rights of people, and that [privacy] is one of them,”Webster is also open to the statutory status of any provisions voters approved making into law. He said the change could be accompanied by a provision that those laws could not be amended for three years, or that it would require a three-fifths or even unanimous vote of the legislature to change them or that they could be amended by a simple majority vote. Senate moves to draft constitution streamlining bill February 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Fannie Mae: Homeowners don’t think interest rates will increase

    first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Attitude: Good time to buy, bad time to sellby: Trey GarrisonThe share of Americans who expect mortgage rates to go up in the next 12 months decreased again to 45%, reflecting a gradual but uneven decline since the beginning of the year.Fannie Mae’s November 2014 National Housing Survey shows that Americans’ attitudes toward housing largely reflect the uneven 2014 housing market itself, which is improving but lagging behind the overall economic trend.The news is a surprise, considering most every major mortgage finance economist is on record as saying interest rates will rise in 2015. The results of the Fannie Mae survey show just how disconnected economists are with consumers, and vice versa.Consumers’ personal financial outlook increased during the year, lending support to the ongoing housing market recovery.Americans increasingly don’t think mortgage rates will go up, contrasting with most economists who think it will. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Port of Seattle Looking for Partner for New Cruise Terminal Project

    first_imgThe US Port of Seattle has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to secure a partner that will develop and operate a new, single berth cruise facility at Terminal 46.In addition, the port has adopted principles to ensure that a growing cruise business increases local economic benefit and maintains the port’s leadership as the most environmentally progressive cruise homeport in North America.“Our principles ensure that this new cruise terminal will expand local economic benefit, and with the addition of our third shore power berth will make Seattle the national leader in promoting clean, electric shore power for our Alaska-bound cruises,” Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman said.The cruise terminal RFQ is the first step in a partnership selection process that will support the completion of a new facility for the 2022 cruise season.Early estimates are that a cruise terminal could be constructed for around USD 200 million. A public-private-partnership approach to build the terminal will have the port contributing half that cost. Responses to the RFQ are due April 18.The opportunity to explore using 29 acres at the north end of Terminal 46 for a new cruise terminal and single berth has come forward now as the Northwest Seaport Alliance works to realize its strategic plan of realigning international maritime cargo operations at Terminal 5 near West Seattle and Terminal 18 on Harbor Island. The cruise terminal project is contingent on the successful authorization of a new lease at Terminal 5 which is scheduled for review at the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s March 19 meeting.This year, the port celebrates 20 years of service as a cruise homeport. Since 1999, the Port of Seattle has become the US West Coast’s premier cruise port for Alaska cruises. In 2019, Seattle’s cruise industry will serve more than 1 million revenue passengers for the third year in a row.The Port of Seattle is said to be the most environmentally progressive cruise homeport in North America, with the first cruise homeport in the United States with two shorepower berths, and may be the only cruise homeport in the United States with three shorepower berths when Terminal 46 is completed.Seattle is also the first and only cruise homeport in North America with a voluntary clean water agreement between cruise lines and regulators. Emissions from ocean-going vessels, including cruise ships entering Puget Sound, have decreased by more than 67 percent over the last 10 years.last_img read more

  • Knighthood for ‘father of Viagra’

    first_img 200 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthLifestyle Knighthood for ‘father of Viagra’ by: By Jonathan WebbScience reporter, BBC News – January 2, 2015 Prof Poliakoff achieved cult status after his chemistry videos became a hitTwo chemists, one who kicked off the development of Viagra and another who is a YouTube celebrity, have received knighthoods in the New Year Honours.Dr Simon Campbell started and oversaw research on Viagra while working for the drug company Pfizer.Prof Martyn Poliakoff is a pioneer in green and sustainable chemistry, known for his “Periodic Table of Videos”.Peter Kendall, former president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), becomes a Knight Bachelor.‘Father of Viagra’Dr Campbell was associated with three new drugs during his 26-year stint at Pfizer, all aimed at treating high blood pressure.The last one turned out to have a valuable side effect because it improved blood flow to the penis – and it famously hit the market in 1998 as Viagra.Dr Campbell became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999But Dr Campbell was quick to point out that he was not the inventor of Viagra. He co-wrote the initial research proposal, with no mention of erectile dysfunction, before others took over the chemistry.“I’m not on the Viagra patent,” Dr Campbell told the BBC. “If you want, I would say I was the father of Viagra because I laid the seed and started the project.“And I was there in New York, on my birthday in March 1998, when it was launched.”Dr Campbell was also the first chair of the Medicines for Malaria Venture, a landmark public-private partnership, which he said was a career highlight.He said he had been especially proud to be elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 – an honour that is much rarer for scientists in industry rather than academia.Dr Campbell reiterated concerns he has expressed previously about the increasing number of mergers and the size of pharmaceutical companies today.“I don’t believe you can manage innovation on that scale,” he said, referring to research departments of thousands, rather than tens or hundreds of people.“I like to work in groups of 100. I’m a great fan of the Roman centurion who had 100 men.“When I had 100 chemists, I knew what they were all doing. When I had 200 chemists, it started to get a bit flaky.”When it research began in the 1980s, Viagra was aimed at treating angina and high blood pressureCrazy ideaProf Poliakoff said he was “excited and slightly overwhelmed” by the news of his knighthood.The chemistry professor at the University of Nottingham, who is also foreign secretary and vice-president of the Royal Society, is recognised by many as the face of his online video series – a 2008 project of which he remains “very proud”.“We made 120 videos in five weeks,” he told BBC News, crediting video journalist Brady Haran with the “crazy” idea of making a short film for every chemical element.“By the time we finished, we had a lot of fans who said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t stop making videos’!”So the team continued – adding more videos and presenters to a YouTube channel that has now notched up more than 80 million views.Part of the charm, Prof Poliakoff concedes, is that he looks the part of an archetypal mad scientist.“Even I have to admit that I look like… what people imagine scientists to look like,” he said – adding that his unmistakeable hair and glasses have seen him approached by fans in the Paris metro and Beijing Airport.The professor also takes pride in the progress his field has made, particularly in the UK.“Green and sustainable chemistry has now become one of the principle research themes at my university,” he observed.“I’m really quite excited that what I started as a lone activity has now become a major activity.”‘Massive honour’One of leading figures in UK farming has also been recognised in the New Year Honours.Peter Kendall, former president of the National Farmers’ Union, has been awarded a knighthood.Mr Kendall, who headed the NFU for eight years between 2006 and 2014, said it was “a massive honour” to become a Knight Bachelor in recognition for services to the agricultural industry in England and Wales.“Hopefully, it reflects the growing awareness of the importance of the farming industry,” he told BBC News.Mr Kendall, who is now chairman of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said that he used his time at the NFU to try and change the image of the UK farming industry.“I was very keen that farming was seen as an innovative industry and one that was attractive to young people.“It is very pleasing that people now see that they can follow careers in farming and it is more relevant to the next generation.”As was the case in the 2014 Birthday Honours, leaders in science and technology make up about 3% of the New Year Honours list, which includes 1,164 names.Dr Vicky Robinson, Chief Executive of the NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research) is appointed CBE for “services to science and animal welfare”.Neuroscientist Russell Foster, a professor at the University of Oxford who participated in the BBC’s Day of the Body Clock, also becomes a CBE.Climate physicist Prof Tim Palmer and wind-up radio inventor Trevor Baylis are also recognised with CBE awards.Another Oxford professor and a former president of the Academy Medical Sciences, Sir John Bell, becomes a Knight Grand Cross – the highest class of knighthood – for his “services to medicine, medical research and the UK life science industry”.last_img read more

  • Iloilo prov’l gov’t allots P1M for Dinagyang 2020

    first_img* Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon AvanceñaMemorial NHS On Monday, Nov. 25, IFFI discussedwith Defensor the Dinagyang preparations. From the previous five, the 2020Dinagyang would have four performance areas. These are the Iloilo City FreedomGrandstand on Muelle Loney Street; Iznart-Solis street; Ledesma-Valeria street;and Maria Clara Street. Defensor said the provincialgovernment’s Dinagyang visitors would be entertained in this area. * Tribu Salognon of Jaro NHS * Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz NHS The provincial government used tomanage the Dinagyang viewing stand in front of the old provincial capitol (CasaReal) but for the 2020 edition of the festival, the city government and IFFIdecided to move it closer to the downtown area (Iznart-Solis streetsintersection). * Tribu Barriohanon of Bo. Obrero NHS ILOILO – The provincial government isshelling out a P1-million financial aid to the Iloilo City government for theJanuary 2020 staging of the Dinagyang Festival.center_img * Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo CityNational High School (NHS) “In years past the aid used to beP500,0000. We doubled it for 2020,” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. He also disclosed that the Iloilo Citygovernment and Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) are letting theprovincial government manage the viewing stand at the Dinagyang judging areaNo. 2 on Iznart-Solis streets. * Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni NHS * Tribu Binhi of Melchor L. Nava NHS Eight Dinagyang tribes have so farconfirmed their participation. The contest is on Jan. 26, 2020.  They are: * Tribu Hugponganon of Tiu Cho Teg-AnaRos Foundation Integrated School./PNlast_img read more

  • Dialed in, Jones tops Tri-City Modified main

    first_imgDefending champion Nate Jones has had a tough first half of the season.  However, he may have figured out his issues as it took him only five laps to go from ninth place to take the lead from Will Small. Nate Jones was quickly in front from ninth starting to win Friday’s IMCA Modified main event at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo by Steve Marsh) AUBURN, Mich. (July 12) – Friday night was the last opportunity for Allstar Performance IMCA Modified drivers to dial in their rides before the big Greased Pig 9.0 special at Tri-City Motor Speedway on July 19.   By Roger M. Williams Once Jones got to the front, he was long gone from the rest of the field taking the win easily over point leader Matt Szecsodi, Brenten DeYoung, “B” feature winner Kody Johnson and Mitchell Hunt.last_img read more

  • Ferguson relieved as United stretch lead

    first_imgSir Alex Ferguson admitted to feeling a sense of relief after Ryan Giggs’ goal enabled Manchester United to finish off QPR and stay on course for the Barclays Premier League title. Rafael’s wonderful first-half drive and Giggs’ strike 10 minutes from time helped United secure a comfortable 2-0 away victory over the bottom club. “One goal is never enough, as you know. It only takes a second to lose a goal,” Ferguson told MUTV. “I thought we played much better in the second half, I must say. We created some good chances but obviously Ryan’s goal with 11 or 12 minutes to go killed the game.” Press Associationcenter_img The Red Devils are now 15 points clear at the top of the standings, although Manchester City could narrow that gap against Chelsea on Sunday. That is not something of concern to Ferguson, though. He was just pleased with another win and another clean sheet, which edges United even closer to a 20th title. “Yeah, it is a good position but you know the way we approach it is to win our next game,” he added on MUTV. “That is the best way to do it, carry on doing that. I think it was more about determination and concentration at the back, in particular. “We defended that part very, very well. It was a scrappy game at times and the pitch was lively. It is a tight ground and it was an ideal situation for a shock. Fortunately, we didn’t get that.” The only negative was an injury to talisman Robin van Persie. The Netherlands international, whose 19 Premier League goals is as many as QPR have scored altogether this season, had to be replaced late in the first half due to a hip complaint. “He collided with a camera,” Ferguson explained. “It seems he hit the base of it and he has got a very bruised hip.” Van Persie’s substitution came moments after he forced Julio Cesar into a wonderful save from an equally-impressive volley. The striker latched onto a superb ball from Rafael, who had just cleared a Christopher Samba header off the line and netted a superb opener. “I said to him he must have closed his eyes,” Ferguson said with a smile when asked about Rafael’s goal. “He has three goals for us this season. The lad has had an absolutely magnificent season and is maturing all the time. He has had a fantastic game.” last_img read more