When he arrived at Harvard in 1999, Richard Wolf brought with him a deep knowledge of South Indian classical music and a desire to share it.In addition to asking his students for a rigorous analytical and ethnographic study of non-Western songs and musical styles, he wanted something else from them.To understand the nuances of the dynamic sounds created by Indian instruments, they had to learn how to play them, such as the elegant vina, a southern lute carved of wood, with strings that players bend with their fingers to reach notes and tones not found on a typical Western scale.“You can only learn so much by listening and analyzing and reading,” said Wolf. “To be able to actually play an instrument helps you listen better, and understand the music better.”So Wolf, with support from Harvard’s Department of Music and its Office of Undergraduate Education, acquired several vinas and South Indian mridangam drums, along with instruments from Iran and Africa, for his courses, which examine the musical traditions of South and West Asia, with a focus on India, Pakistan, Iran, and parts of Africa.Umayalpuram Mali, a visiting scholar and mridangam master from South India, will perform in the April 21 concert at Harvard’s Paine Hall at 7 p.m.“Since that time, my courses have had a hands-on component,” said Wolf of his efforts to make performance a regular part of his pedagogy. The practice has gained traction at Harvard, buttressed by the findings of President Drew Faust’s Arts Task Force, which called for a greater support of the arts and the inclusion of performance and art-making in the Harvard curriculum.In recent years, Wolf has made that hands-on component more central to his classes and encouraged students to “become a little bit more responsible for what they have been doing with it.”His classes now often culminate with a public performance, such as tomorrow’s concert featuring Wolf and Umayalpuram Mali, a visiting scholar and mridangam master, as well as several of Wolf’s students. The free performance will take place at the recently refurbished John Knowles Paine Concert Hall at 7 p.m.To help his students learn the complexities of the instruments, Wolf secures some of the best teachers in the world. Since his arrival at Harvard, he has enlisted a steady stream of visiting professional artists from near and far who work with students.“The students are really receptive and so willing to experiment,” said Mali, who is from South India, practicing with Wolf on the floor of his office in the basement of Memorial Hall. In residence for the spring semester, Mali has worked with students both in and out of class, helping them to understand the intricate music, which is learned by rote instead of written notation.Keeping the rhythm for the informal jam session — which, like much of the music, was grounded in improvisation — was Sarah Sussman, a graduate student in ethnomusicology who took Wolf’s class and now acts as a teaching assistant for the course.“You have to put in a lot of time and work,” she said, as she tapped out a steady beat with her hands, “but it definitely helps you understand the music.”In addition to being a professor in music at Harvard, Wolf is widely recognized for his talent in performing with the vina. As a student at Oberlin College, he studied music and math. After attending a vina concert in school, he applied his knowledge and experience with the guitar to understanding the plucked instrument, and was hooked on it.“I very much wanted to do original music and improvisation and was interested in new ways to satisfy that interest. When I was exposed to South Indian music, my fate was sealed.”
The Lilly Endowment Incorporated has made a nearly $527,000 gift to Saint Mary’s Division for Mission, which will be used to fund a week-long theology summer institute for high school girls on the College’s campus. The pilot program will run summer 2016, vice president for mission Judy Fean said. Eric Richelsen According to the Lilly Endowment Incorporated website, 82 private, four-year colleges and universities located in 29 states and the District of Columbia received grants. The four-year grant is specifically intended to help young women in high school develop leadership in their churches and assist in the area of vocations, Fean said. Fean will be the program director of the institute.“The first goal is to provide an opportunity for high school girls to encounter their beauty within a contemporary theology of creation,” she said. “Also, to assist high school girls to understand and articulate how their gifts and talents relate to others and reveal their desire for communion with God … and to help high school students realize that faith is a gift both deeply personal and inherently social, meant to be shared for the common good.”Attendees of the summer institute will use Scripture, reflection and service to examine the moral and ethical dimensions of challenges faced by young women today, Fean said.“We see this as an opportunity for young women to be able to find their voice,” she said. “We also have opportunity for inter-religious dialogue and engagement with other religious traditions, and seeing what that means as our openness to ecumenical relationships.”Fean said the Voices of Young Catholic Women project last year, in which the College sponsored a campaign for young women to send letters to Pope Francis, brought to light ideas about women’s leadership in the Church, and how society impacts young women today.“There was the question of, ‘What can that leadership do to support women in the Church?’, and I think that was a reason why this grant seemed like a really good idea,” she said.The application for the summer institute came together through the collaborative efforts of a wide range of disciplines, including the Dean of Faculty, the Provost, members of the department of religious studies, campus ministry, the Center for Spirituality and the Office of Social and Civic Engagement, Fean said.For the pilot program during summer 2016, members of the religious studies faculty, campus ministry, the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, the Office of Social and Civic Engagement, student mentors and possibly community members will serve around 30 high school girls from across the country, she said.“We will select Saint Mary’s students to be mentors for the week,” Fean said. “We’re preparing leaders through the institute but also offering our Saint Mary’s women the opportunity to be a leader.”Saint Mary’s has a history of strengthening the leadership of women in the Church, she said.Fean said Saint Mary’s was one of the first colleges to provide women with graduate degrees in theology.“When master’s degrees and Ph.D.s were being given in theology, and women were not able to earn one, Saint Mary’s opened a graduate school in theology,” she “We also had what was called a Spiritual Leadership Institute in the 1990s and early 2000s with a holistic approach of educating the heart and the mind, and what it means to be engaged in seeking the truth and seeking beauty and embodying our faith.”The College educates women to support their passions and make a difference in the world through embracing their vocations, Fean said.“I think the excitement behind the institute is in providing an opportunity to grow in one’s faith and to respond to what’s going on in our culture now,” she said.Tags: Division for Mission, Judy Fean, lilly endowment, saint mary’s, summer institute
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April 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News CCRCs may be banned from federal court CCRCs may be banned from federal court Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A bill that prohibits the state’s capital collateral regional counsels from representing Florida death row inmates in federal appeals has cleared the House.On a 77-to -44 vote April 1, the full House moved HB 1847, introduced by Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who said he is philosophically opposed to having state-paid lawyers represent inmates in federal court and noted Florida is under no constitutional obligation to do so. Negron said federal public defenders could handle those cases. The bill also would cut the CCRC’s budget by 25 percent or $1.7 million; proportionate, Negron said, to the time CCRC now spends in federal court.Opponents, however, said cutting the CCRC’s budget and prohibiting those lawyers from handling federal appeals would only slow down the entire collateral appeals process and that there is no federal system now in place to pick up these cases. At News press time, there was no companion bill in the Senate.Negron said this is a separation of powers issue, and it should be up to federal public defenders to represent Florida death row inmates if they file collateral appeals in federal court.“It is my belief that the state of Florida should not be spending taxpayer dollars to represent individuals that are not in our state courts,” Negron said a few days earlier when the bill was heard in the House Appropriations Committee. “If they are in federal court and there are federal funds available to represent them, I believe that the federal public defenders are perfectly competent to handle those cases, and I prefer that our money be spent on other projects.”Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, argued against the bill, noting death cases are some of the most complicated in the criminal justice system and changing lawyers when the appeals get into federal court would slow the process down.“If you have a case where there are 40 boxes of files, aren’t we really being inefficient by handing that case off from the CCRC lawyer — who also gets reimbursed by the federal government — and giving it to a federal public defender who has to start cold?” Ryan asked in committee.Rep. Stacy Ritter, D-Coral Springs, asked how the $1.7 million cut to the CCRC budget was arrived at. Negron responded that the $1.7 million was a “conservative” estimate based on the amount of time the CCRC attorneys spend in federal court.“Since they are no longer going to be spending that time in federal court under this proposal, we reduced their budget by that percentage,” Negron said.The staff analysis of the bill said, “The capital collateral counsels testified before the Subcommittee on Judicial Appropriations that approximately 40 percent of their time is spent on federal matters. The operating budget for these two regions for the FY 2004-05 is $7.2 million. Forty percent of $7.2 million translates to an approximate $2.9 million of additional savings. The House budget contemplates a $1.7 million savings.”Ryan, however, challenged those figures, saying the time CCRC spent in federal court is closer to 10 percent of their time. In a telephone interview after the committee meeting, Neal Dupree, of the CCRC-South, confirmed his lawyers spend less than 10 percent of their time in federal court and are reimbursed for the time working on federal appeals “to the penny.”“I have personally gone through every time sheet for the last 15 months in my office, and of 30,000 possible hours.. . we spent 1,000 in federal court,” Dupree said.Dupree also said the federal public defenders do not currently have the staff in place or experience to handle all the state’s death penalty appeals, “which will cause delays in these cases.”Ritter also said the bipartisan Florida Legislature Commission on Capital Cases — which consists of Sens. Skip Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale (recently named chair), and Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, Reps. Sandy Adams, R-Oviedo, and Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, and Judges Charles Canaday of the Second DCA and Richard Luce of the Sixth Circuit — unanimously voted to oppose the bill, saying it was in the best interest of the administration of justice in capital cases that the CCRCs represent the inmate throughout the process.During floor debate, Ritter also said the bill breaks a promise the legislature made a year ago when the CCRC-North was privatized as a experiment to keep the CCRC process intact for three years.“This is only the first year of that three-year program,” Ritter said. “Don’t break your promise.”On the floor, Rep. Gelber said the bill would result in “uneven lawyering” for people in a very complex appellate process.“The result will be — for all of you folks who consider yourself pro law enforcement — that you will see over the next decade horror stories of habeas abuse because of incompetent representation in the appellate process.”That, he said, would result in people spending more time on death row.Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who supports the bill, said on the House floor that he thinks getting a new lawyer at the federal level would be beneficial to the death row inmates.“If you have been losing in state court, you need a new lawyer,” Baxley said. “So as far as I’m concerned, this is a great move for the people you are trying to defend. If they are going to federal court, let a federal lawyer represent them and give these folks a chance to have a new lawyer.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Citing “stubborn” economic and social problems that have “persisted for decades,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed two separate minimum wage hikes for workers—one for the state and a more ambitious increase for New York City—and tax relief for small businesses as well as several more economic-related initiatives he hopes to have passed as part of this year’s budget.Under Cuomo’s proposal, the state’s minimum wage would be raised to $10.50 by the end of 2016. In New York City, Cuomo is proposing hiking the minimum wage to $11.50 because of the higher cost of living in the city compared to other areas in the state. If these hikes are approved, New York would have the highest state minimum wage in the country.“It’s too easy to say, ‘Get a job,’ ” Cuomo said on Sunday. “You need to get a job, which means you need to have the training and skill to get the job, which means the job has to exist. When you get the job, the job has to pay enough that you can pay the rent, and you can pay for food, and it’s a sustainable wage.”The wage hike is one part of Cuomo’s so-called 10-point plan to combat poverty and inequality.His initiative also includes student loan relief, doubling funding to tackle high unemployment in minority communities, investing nearly $500 million in affordable housing and more than $200 million in homeless services, and $4.5 million to battle hunger. The governor also proposed reducing the income tax rate for small businesses from 6.5 percent to 2.5 percent. The tax cut would drop over a three-year period starting in 2016. Small businesses that file under the corporate franchise tax would be eligible.“That is the lowest level in 100 years for small businesses,” Cuomo said of the proposed tax cut, “and we believe that’s going to be a real shot in the arm for the labor market.”The minimum wage hike and small business tax cut announcement comes days before Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State address, when he’ll officially lay out his roadmap for 2015. His anti-poverty campaign is expected to be on the list of issues he’ll discuss.But looking at his legislative prospects in Albany, the governor may face his biggest battle over the minimum wage hike.In November State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) shot down a potential minimum wage hike, noting that the Legislature had previously passed an hourly wage hike as part of the 2013-2014 budget, increasing the minimum wage to $9 per hour by the end of 2015. The Republican majority leader also nixed helping children of undocumented immigrants acquire citizenship rights through the Dream Act and opposed campaign finance reform involving public funds.“There will be a discussion, I’m sure,” Skelos said, according to Capital New York. “We’re not doing Dream Act, we’re not doing minimum wage, we’re not doing taxpayer financing. If there are other reforms we can come up with, then I’m for it.”Cuomo explained that despite the passage of the earlier hike, a second increase was necessary. “The wage gap is continuing to grow,” he said.The state’s current minimum wage is $8.75.Addressing concerns of college graduates drowning in debt, Cuomo proposed a “get on your feet” loan forgiveness program for graduates who attended a college in New York and continue to live in the state, earn less than $50,000 per year and participate in the federal Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (PAYE). For those graduates, the state will pay the difference between what the federal government covers and the graduate’s total monthly loan payment.
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FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope met secretly in US with anti-gay marriage clerk by: Associated Free Press – October 1, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Pope Francis (AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A US county clerk who refused in the name of her faith to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said Wednesday she secretly met with Pope Francis during his US visit and that he urged her to “stay strong.”Kim Davis, a born-again Christian, told broadcaster ABC she met the pontiff on September 24 while he was in Washington after receiving a surprise phone call from a Vatican official.“It was really very humbling to even think that he would want to, you know, meet me or know me,” Davis said.“Before he left he said, stay strong,” she added.In Rome, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed the encounter with the Kentucky clerk, but declined to comment further.Davis has become a heroine to US same-sex marriage opponents, after she landed in jail for six days for refusing to issue licenses for gay marriage, which the US Supreme Court legalized nationwide in June.She was released after deputy clerks in her office in Rowan County, Kentucky, said they would issue the certificates.“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it and I hugged him and he hugged me and he said ‘thank you for your courage,’” Davis said of her encounter with the pope.“That was a great encouragement just knowing that the pope is on track, you know, with what we’re doing and agreeing, you know, kind of validates everything.”During the meeting, which occurred at the Vatican embassy, the pope gave Davis two rosaries, one black and one red, her lawyer Mathew Staver told CNN.“Kim Davis’ parents, her mom and dad, are lifelong Catholics. And so she was able to present her mom and dad with these gifts from the pontiff,” Staver said.During his visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia last week, Francis spoke out for religious freedom but did not mention Davis by name.On his flight home, however, he told an American reporter that while he could not speak about specific cases “conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.” Tweet Share Share 118 Views no discussions
Share 12 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews House of Nyaibinghi announces activities fro African Liberation Day by: – April 21, 2012 Share Share Photo credit: uhurunews.comTHE HOUSE OF NYAIBINGHI IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE GRAND BAY VILLAGE COUNCIL announce their program for the commemoration of the 49th African Liberation Day May 25th 2012.May 25th 1963 being the day on which the OAU was founded in Addis Ababa. This year our Theme is “AFRIKA NOW” and it will be held in the Grand Bay community in recognition of Grand Bay’s central role in the retention and the exhibition of African Culture and the liberation of Black people in Dominica. It is to be noted that Dominica has commemorated African Liberation Day for over 40 years that is since 1972 that is one of the longest running commemorations in the Caribeyond. Grand Bay’s role must be highlighted as we aim to make African Liberation Day (ALD) Africa Day as a national (holi)day focused on our Africaness; things African and the business of Africa.Now more that ever it is extremely, important that people in the Caribbean and specifically those of us in Watukubuli put Africa in the centre of their awareness. Hence AFRICA NOW with the focus to be on the youths to indelibly impress upon them the critical importance and credibility of Africa as a major actor that is central to current would economics and culture. As well as to begin the ground swell.We will launch Our ALD programme on Saturday April 21 at 5pm at Hughlet Heritage Park in Lah Lay in recognition of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie’s visit to the Caribbean and Earth Day 2012 where we will physically announce the following program which will run for the month of May;• One Lecture per week on Africa at the secondary school• Exhibition on Africa at the Grand Bay Primary School• Film on Africa in Lah Lay every Friday night during May• Special Drum workshop with Ras Mo once a week at the Youth Centre on Grand Bay.• Art and Craft Exhibition at Youth Centre May19th-May25th• 3pm May 25th March from Youth centre through the Lah Lay to Ma TuTu Park.• 5pm May 25th Rally at Ma TuTu Park with speeches presentations and music featuring a Special Guest with The House of Nyahbibghi Drums The Singers as well as the Players of Instruments shall be there.It is also our intention to have articles on Africa running in Dominica News On Line as well as do a presentation at UWI during the Month of May. We will be doing the Marpin TV talk show “All Angles” on Wednesday May 16th and generally have media on Africa dissipated throughout the month.An added feature this year is that Feast of Isidore in Grand Bay will coincide with ALD it being May 25-May 28th in fact the Rally at Ma TUTU Park will function as the opening of Isidore 2012. Let all Africans in Dominica make our way to Grand Bay for the month of May. There shall be special arrangements for bus transportation that will be announced.Press Release
Shay Given is eager to find another move away from Aston Villa after claiming the club “want me out of the door”. Press Association The Republic of Ireland international, who is out of favour at Villa where he still has another two years remaining on his contract, can join another club on loan. That is Given’s hope ahead of a permanent move at the end of the season. “Hopefully something will happen in the summer somewhere,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “It has been really frustrating not playing. That’s obvious for everyone to see and the window doesn’t open until the summer, so maybe there is a Championship club out there who might want me. “I might go back out on loan again somewhere before the end of March. Aston Villa want me out of the door, so something might happen.” Given has recently enjoyed a successful loan spell with Sky Bet Championship club Middlesbrough where he kept 10 clean sheets in 16 matches. Unfortunately for Given the deal could not be extended through to the end of the season as Villa would have been unable to recall him at 24 hours’ notice.
Cukierman hopes to build upon his past achievements and maintains similar expectations for Malibu this weekend. Head coach Brett Masi also has high hopes for Cukierman and the rest of his team. Cukierman also racked up the most singles wins on the team last season with a record of 34-11 and achieved a 26-11 record in doubles. Although he mainly played with Smith throughout the season, Cuckierman was also paired with sophomore Bradley Frye, former USC player Jack Jaede and senior Riley Smith, posting positive records with all of them. At the NCAA Super Regionals, Cukierman lost in both singles and doubles to North Carolina. However, he still reached the singles final at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships and won last year’s Oracle ITA National Fall Singles Championship. Cukierman, who previously played at Ironi Daled High School in Tel Aviv, Israel, was once placed at No. 525 in singles in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ rankings. He also participated in Israel’s Futures tournament, reaching the singles and doubles finals multiple times. Cukierman is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles via the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Last year saw many accomplishments for Cukierman on the court, as he reached his peak singles rank at No. 4 and doubles rank at No. 21 with his partner and former Trojan Tanner Smith. On top of that, Cukierman was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. After successful campaigns at the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco and the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, the Trojans are setting their sights on this weekend’s Oracle ITA Masters hosted by Pepperdine University and the Malibu Racquet Club. Junior Daniel Cukierman will be the sole player representing USC in Malibu. Junior Daniel Cukierman had the most singles wins of any Trojan last season and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. (Daily Trojan file photo) Cukierman took a nontraditional path to USC. Coming from Israel, Cukierman served in his country’s army before beginning his tennis career with the Trojans, making him older than the typical college junior. He also represented Israel at the 2017 Davis Cup, a knockout-style tournament hosted by the International Tennis Federation featuring participants from all over the world, similar to soccer’s FIFA World Cup. “For these guys, [as] the next tournament comes, it is just small things … in their games that they’re going to be able to do, whether it’s their serve or volleying or whatever it can be,” Masi said. “There are certain assets to their games that they are going to try to strengthen.” By tightening up the small parts of their game, Cukierman and his team hope to improve their skills and rack up more wins against tough opponents. The Oracle ITA Masters tournament will have players from all over the country, ranging from rivals like UCLA to East Coast schools like Columbia. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday at Malibu Racquet Club.