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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporated ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is a financial institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the domestic, corporate, investment banking and treasury sectors. Customers include individuals, governments, financial institutions, local and international organisations, small to medium enterprises and micro businesses. Ecobank offers an extensive array of products and services ranging from transactional accounts, electronic banking and money transfer services to term loans, treasury services and financial advisory and consultancy services for asset and wealth management. The company is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. It operates through 640 branches located in major towns and cities in 27 countries in Africa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

London Irish and Bourgoin classic at the Madejski Stadium

first_imgThursday Apr 16, 2009 London Irish and Bourgoin classic at the Madejski Stadium London Irish narrowly lost to Bourgoin in the European Challenge Cup last week after a Delon Armitage kick sailed wide, resulting in the 32-30 win for the visitors.It was a thrilling match with an amazing comeback from the Exiles, but it was not enough as they bowed out of the tournament.The hosts went into half time with the lead, but conceded shortly afterwards through Anthony Forest. Seilala Mapusua then crashed through to bring the game back in Irishs favour.With ten minutes left, the scores were tied at 22-22 before we saw a few amazing passages of play. Mapusua threw a intercept pass with five minutes left, and then we saw London Irish get close to the line, and lock captain Nick Kennedy kick a dropkick, with only a few seconds left on the clock.Irish never gave up, and from the restart they built pressure and managed to find space for the speedy flanker Steffon Armitage to fly down the wing. He finished the try brilliantly, which set up a testing sideline conversion for his brother.It was an incredible finish to a game of rugby, but a disappointing end for London Irish, who naturally had high ambitions in the tournament.Bourgoin captain Wessel Jooste spoke frankly after the match.“We surprised ourselves because we know they are capable of ripping us to bits but we were like a French side tonight that were free spirits on the field.“But I am quite sure that if the game had gone into extra-time that we would have fallen apart because we were dead out there.” ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Crusaders player ratings vs Rebels | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Which Crusaders stood out in their 26-point win over the Rebels in the final round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman? Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. 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Americans for Free Trade Says Tariff Increases “Come at the Worst…

first_img Americans for Free Trade has a lot to say about the pending U.S. tariff increases on Chinese goods. The coalition of over 160 businesses set a letter to President Trump asking him to postpone tariff increases that are scheduled to take effect next week. The association says the proposed tariff increases come as consumers draw nearer to the holiday shopping season, which means costs will rise in the coming months.  The letter says, “These tariff rate increases, some starting as early as Sunday, come at the worst possible time, right in the middle of the busy holiday shopping period. U.S. consumers are driving the growth of the U.S. economy and we want to ensure that their confidence remains high.” Americans for Free Trade represents many of the sectors and products that will be hit hardest by recent trade war escalation.Starting on September 1, approximately $112 billion in goods will be hit by a 15 percent tariff, including products that range from clothing and footwear to televisions and Christmas decorations. “We want to ensure that economic prosperity continues for the American families, farmers, and workers we employ every day.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Americans for Free Trade Says Tariff Increases “Come at the Worst Possible… Americans for Free Trade Says Tariff Increases “Come at the Worst Possible Time” By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 28, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleSouthern Indiana Corn has a Long Way to Go, Disease a ConcernNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for August 29, 2019 Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Student arrested on security breach charge

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Robbie Vaglio World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter printVu Thanh “Steven” Phan was arrested Wednesday morning on a computer security breach charge. Photo courtesy of Tarrant County Jail.A TCU student was apprehended by both TCU and Fort Worth Police at his home Wednesday morning.Vu Thanh “Steven” Phan was arrested at approximately 8 a.m. in the 2800 block of Forest Park Boulevard on a felony breach of computer security charge between $2,500 and $30,000.According to Texas penal code, breach of computer security is when an individual accesses a computer, computer network or computer system without the effective consent of the owner and with the intent to defraud or harm another or alter, damage or delete property.“Texas Christian University is aware that one of its students was recently arrested on a charge of Breach of Computer Security,” the university said in a statement Thursday. “The university is cooperating in the ongoing investigation. TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.The statement said Phan may also face a charge for violating the University Code of Student Conduct separate from legal charges.Phan, a business information studies major from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, is in custody at the Tarrant County Correction Center on a $1,000 bond. He is still enrolled in the university.As of Thursday morning, TCU Police has yet to enter any information on the incident to the daily crime log. They are required to release information within three days of the crime.Adrian Andrews, assistant vice chancellor of public safety, said both police departments responded to the scene because they “collaborate on major events, emergency situations and other investigations.”This is a developing story and will continue to be updated as more information is made available to TCU 360.  TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Vu Thanh “Steven” Phan was arrested Wednesday morning on a computer security breach charge. Photo courtesy of Tarrant County Jail. I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! ReddIt Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean + posts Robbie Vaglio ReddIt Facebook Robbie Vaglio Facebook What to watch during quarantine Robbie Vaglio Linkedin Previous articleInjury-plagued Fisher transferring from TCUNext articleROTC’s incoming commander cheers on TCU Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vaglio Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

As Local Restaurants Continue Struggling, Industry Outlook Appears To Be Stabilizing

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week According to Moody’s Investors Service, the restaurant industry has started to stabilize as consumers slowly return to restaurants in areas where restrictions on dine-in service have been lifted.The bond rating agency upgraded the industry’s economic outlook to stable from negative on Tuesday, according to the Restaurant Business website.The industry’s outlook was downgraded to negative since the pandemic forced restaurants to close their dining rooms in March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.In July, 19 counties were allowed to resume limited dining-room service in California. However, eateries in Pasadena and the rest of L.A. County remain closed to patrons.Locally, the city is working on a plan for local restaurants that will allow them to continue to work under inclement weather conditions.Declining revenues caused by the pandemic has forced the closure of several restaurants in Pasadena.Moody’s ratings help determine interest rates that companies pay on their debt. An improving outlook for the industry suggests it has a better view of the coming months and suggests that the darkest times of the pandemic could be over, at least for the large chains.“This year, for the first time in a long while, the number of U.S. restaurants is expected to decline, reflecting the devastating effect the pandemic is having on the industry,” Bill Fahy, senior credit officer with Moody’s, said in a statement. “And more closures are likely, depending on how long this operating environment continues.”According to the report, restaurants continue to struggle with restricted capacities and social distancing requirements.Those requirements are forcing restaurants to continue focusing on takeout strategies.The report also said that casual dining concepts are “the most exposed to performance declines,” with “large, strongly capitalized companies better positioned to weather the storm.”Operating profits are also expected to decline by more than 30 percent this year. But profits could rebound next year by 15 percent. Community News Subscribe Make a comment Business News Community News As Local Restaurants Continue Struggling, Industry Outlook Appears To Be Stabilizing STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 4:33 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Leadership event set for Thursday

first_img Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Recognizing the importance of SNAP in rural AmericaNext articleSAT School Day admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterest By admin – March 7, 2018 Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Twitter 2018 Sewell Leadership Event WhatsApp Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Home Local News Business Leadership event set for Thursday The Sewell Leadership Event is returning this week and will kick off at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland.Doors open at 8 a.m. and the several sessions are scheduled throughout the day.This year’s keynote speakers include author and speaker John Maxwell, who has made a career out of teaching leadership principles, and leader, communicator, author and pastor Andy Stanley, who founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Accompanying them will be Collin Sewell and Patrick Payton.Ticket prices range from $42 to $62. All proceeds will be donated to a local charity.For more information call 432-498-0198 or visit The Latest: Biden to mark 500,000 lives lost with ceremony Local NewsBusiness Leadership event set for Thursday Octopus Energy U.S. to Discount Customers’ Bills by as Much as 90% Texas Fried ChickenSummer Spaghetti SaladVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebooklast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 6th March

first_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – March 6, 2018 Previous articleHarps Ask For Support From Fans and BusinessesNext articleThree men arrested following searches relating to ongoing INLA activity News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 6th March:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday 6th March WhatsApplast_img read more

…in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefNew Deal disappoints The Government’s flagship New Deal programme, which aimed to get 250,000young people into work, has managed to help only 20,000 into jobs in its firsttwo years, according to a report from the National Audit Office.  The research also suggests candidates aregoing on the £3bn scheme several times and that 33,000 have now becomelong-term unemployed. Steel merger The Engineering Employers’ Federation and UK Steel Association are to mergein a bid to provide a more powerful voice for UK manufacturing. Staff from UKSteel will move to the EEF office in Westminster in the next few months. in civil servants The number of permanent Civil Service staff fell by about 2,700 in the sixmonths to the end of 2001, according to the latest Cabinet Office figures. Thenumber of full-time civil servants dropped to 480,000, but there was a rise inthe casual staff with numbers rising by 1,200. nature backing HSBC is to train 200 scientists and send 2,000 staff on conservationresearch projects as part of a £35m sponsorship deal called Investing inNature. The move will see three charities – the World Wildlife Fund, BotanicGardens Conservation International and Earthwatch – receive their largest everdonations.  www.investinginnature.orgBarclays staff swell Barclays staff numbers grew by 2,400 last year, despite the bank cutting1,800 back-office jobs. A spokesperson for the bank, Chris Tucker, said newtechnology has reduced the need for some back-office staff, but morecustomer-relations positions have been created. The total number of staff atthe bank has risen to 78,600. code of practice The CBI has welcomed the new National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Codeof Practice, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The codeis designed to strengthen the value of NVQs and their link with nationalstandards of occupational competence. helpline success A government helpline for jobseekers has put more than a quarter of amillion people back into work. Employment Service Direct, launched three yearsago, has received more than 8.8 million calls and on average places 2,500people in jobs every week. read more

Russian Navy’s New Research Vessel Laid Down

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy’s New Research Vessel Laid Down View post tag: research View post tag: New September 15, 2014 Pella Shipyard held a keel laying ceremony for a new research ship of project 11982 under the order of the Russian Navy on September 12. View post tag: vessel View post tag: europe Authorities View post tag: Laidcenter_img View post tag: Pella Shipyard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: down Russian Navy’s New Research Vessel Laid Down View post tag: Naval The vessel is designed for search and rescue operations, research and oceanographic studies.It is expected to be delivered to the customer in 2016.With a speed of approximately 12.0 knots the vessel will be able to carry a crew of 16. The vessel will have a length of 63.8 m, a width of 10.8 m and a draught of about 3.8 m.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 15, 2014; Image: Pella Shipyard Share this articlelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Bosse, Harrison, and North High School Kick-Off Graduations This Week

first_imgBosse, Harrison, and North High School Kick-Off Graduations This Week1,300 students from Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation will officially graduate from high school over the next three days. The Class of 2017 was offered approximately $34.4(m) in scholarships, an increase of more than $5(m) from what was…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img


first_imgIS IT TRUE the candidates running in the May 3, 2016 Republican primary who were not endorsed by Republican political party boss Wayne Parke chances of being elected may have been enhanced ?  …we would also like to point out some Mr. Parkes political endorsements may also reflect Mayor Winnecke’s views?IS IT TRUE the rumor that former City Councilman John Friend CPA business was a candidate for bankruptcy is laughable?  …the real truth since Mr. Friend got off City Council his accounting practice has improved by leaps and bounds?IS IT TRUE  a member of our staff attended Cheryl Musgrave’s 58th birthday political fundraiser event last night?  …we were impressed by how many political movers and shakers attended this will organized event?IS IT TRUE we wonder why members of the Vanderburgh County Commission don’t realize that they are facing a major political storm about the decision they made concerning the employees retirement investment funds? …it would be wise that they revisit their decision concerning moving county employees investment funds and allow public discussion and also seek input from county employees?IS IT TRUE we hear that a sports writer wants to interview Icemen owner Ron Geary concerning the ordeal he was put through by the City and Venuworks during the negotiations  of the renewal of his Hockey team 5 year contract?  …we wonder why in the world would Mr. Geary allow himself to be put through with any additional negative spin crafted by a local media outlet?IS IT TRUE  Governor Pence  signing bills has turned into a media event?  …Its time the Governor stops playing public relations politics and start being a full time Executive addressing real issues facing our State?IS IT TRUE we predict that the race for Democratic District 77 State Representative seat will be a political barnburner?  …don’t be surprised that political endorsements will mean very little in this hotly contested race?  …we predict that absentee ballots may not have any serious impact of the final results in who wins this race?  …the key who wins this election shall be determined by the voters of the Center City?FOOTNOTE: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS” posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Vanderburgh County GOP Chairman Wayne Parke should publicly endorse candidates running in the Republican primary? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

M&S tries out new ISB concept

first_imgSixteen Marks & Spencer (M&S) stores are to benefit from new-style in-store bakeries (ISBs), as part of a £600m plan by chief executive Mark Bolland to revamp its stores, as the retailer aims to “catch up” with its competition.The first new-look store opened on Kensington High Street, London last week. ‘The Bakery’ had been overhauled, and featured speciality breads displayed in rustic wicker baskets and wooden trays. Chalk boards have also been used to promote the fresh products.Nayna McIntosh, director of store marketing and design at M&S, said the retailer wanted it to have “the look and feel of a small artisan bakery”. It has also revamped its bread and sweet bakery ranges, with 35 new lines, including German-style rye bread, San Francisco-style sourdough, and Melting Middle Muffins. An M&S spokesperson said the initiative was very much at a trial stage, and that each new-style ISB would be in a slightly different format. “We want to take a step towards more speciality foods. We’ve got bakers in the store, making bread on-site from raw ingredients,” she added.Planet Retail analyst David Gray said M&S was essentially “playing catch-up” with a lot of its competition. He said: “If you look at M&S’ food range, you tend to find a strong focus on pre-prepared foods and ready meals, which doesn’t cater for the trend of people choosing to cook or bake more from scratch.”Tom Molnar, chief executive of Bread, which supplies its artisan retail outlets Gail’s, agreed that the retailer is following a trend established by other bakeries. “But it’s a positive trend for bakers overall, and it shows people are really interested in fresh bread.” However, he questioned whether the aesthetics would be backed up by the quality of ingredients and the skills utilised by artisan bakers.Hobbs House Bakery’s retail director Sam Wells said it was an interesting move by the retailer, and that his bakery would be keeping an eye on it. The new ISBs will open in Sheffield, Bromley, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Leeds, Kings Road, Beckenham, Exeter, Tamworth, Edgware Road, Bishops Stortford, Handforth Dean, Wimbledon, Pantheon, Kensington and Stratford.last_img read more

Mossavar-Rahmani Center announces Dunlop Undergraduate Thesis Prize winner

first_imgThe Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government awarded the 2019 John T. Dunlop Prize in Business and Government to Laura Nicolae ’20.Nicolae was recognized for her thesis, “The Effects of Liquidity Regulation on Bank Demand for Reserves and the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet Policy.” She is a senior at Harvard College and is graduating this month with an A.B. in applied math and economics.The John T. Dunlop Thesis Prize in Business and Government is awarded to graduating seniors who write the best thesis on a challenging public policy issue at the interface of business and government. Each prize carries a $1,000 award.This year’s winning thesis by Nicolae examines the effect of the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) — the first standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large U.S. banks — on banks’ reserve demand. Her research results imply that the LCR partly explains the Fed’s reduced control of interest rates but does not explain the majority of the increase in banks’ reserve demand since the financial crisis.In explaining why the center chose to award the John Dunlop Prize to Nicolae this year, John A. Haigh, co-director of M-RCBG, said that her “thesis is of significant interest to the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. It is ambitious and well-executed, and the results are robust and important for policy…our review committee was impressed with the sophistication of her analysis.”***John T. Dunlop, the Lamont University Professor Emeritus, was a widely respected labor economist who served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1969 to 1973. An adviser to many U.S. presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dunlop was secretary of labor under Gerald Ford, serving from March 1975 to January 1976.In addition to serving as secretary of labor, Dunlop held many other government posts, including: director of the Cost of Living Council, (1973-74), chairman of the Construction Industry Stabilization Committee (1993-95), chair of the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee for Municipal Police and Firefighters (1977-2003) and Chair of the Commission on Migratory Farm Labor (1984-2003).Dunlop served as the second director of the Center for Business and Government from 1987 to 1991. The center, renamed in 2005 as the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, focuses on policy issues at the intersection of business and government. Dunlop died in 2003. Read Full Storylast_img read more

In a word

first_img Notes from the new normal Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember center_img Just before the start of the pandemic, Harvard juniors Suuba and Sadia Demby were in Sierra Leone, capping off a two-year project and reconnecting with their family’s roots.The twin sisters traveled there in mid-December to deliver copies of a widely-recognized sourcebook on infectious disease to some of the country’s health professionals. The gift was originally intended to support the ongoing recovery from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which devastated the West African nation, and to be used as a tool to help control or mitigate the spread of any future outbreak.“It’s really hard to motivate people to think you need to try anticipate what’s coming next, so the fact that we were able to get people engaged during that time was really meaningful,” said Sadia, who is concentrating in social anthropology and global health and health policy. “We had no idea the next pandemic would be along right after we left.”The Demby twins were inspired by their father, a doctor and public health expert who specializes in Ebola and had made multiple trips to Sierra Leone to combat the virus. The sisters wanted to contribute to the recovery there because it’s where their family is from.They raised $10,000 over two years through crowdsourcing, social media campaigns, and going door-to-door pitching their cause. After negotiating a price with the APHA, they purchased 200 copies of the text and coordinated with the ministry of health in Sierra Leone to make sure the books would reach those who could make a difference. In December, the twins presented the ministry with the books at an event that included some of the nation’s leading medical figures, like the deputy minister of health.As part of the trip, the twins also organized a donation of 480 backpacks and three laptops to their father’s ancestral village, Gerihun, and sponsored a youth soccer match there. The young women provided the players 32 cleats donated by Harvard students and one of their uncle, Cyrus.At the end of the two-week journey, the twins spent time getting to know relatives they’d never met before and learning about their family history.“It was great to be able to do our productive and impactful service aspect of the trip, but then it was also great being able to see the place where our parents grew up and to see family members that we had heard some stories of but never had the opportunity to meet in person,” Suuba said. “It was pretty amazing to see the origins of our names.”Courtesy of Smaranda MurarusA virtual VerneUnder normal circumstances, David Damrosch would have spent this summer traveling for lectures and conferences, including the Institute for World Literature in Belgrade, Serbia, and as an invited lecturer at the University of Tokyo. His schedule looks very different now as he stays home in Brooklyn, N.Y., but Damrosch has found a unique way to share those loves on his new blog, “Around the World in 80 Books.”Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature and director of the Institute for World Literature, started the 16-week project May 10. Loosely modeled after the itinerary of Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days,” the global journey starts and ends in London and travels through Paris, Cairo, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as more personal stops in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Damrosch was born, and New York, where he was raised and still lives.Every weekday, he writes a blog post ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 words about a book set in or associated with a particular location. Recent entries include pieces on the hyper-local appeal of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” (London) and the blend of memoir and fiction in post-Holocaust literature as seen in Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table” (Krakow).Damrosch has read most of the books on the list, but there are some he is picking up for the first time, like Donna Leon’s 2014 Venice-set mystery novel, “By its Cover,” for Florence-Venice week. And he has changed some titles based on feedback from readers, like when a commenter from Pakistan asked him to include Rabindranath Tagore in the “Kolkata” section.“With a blog format, you do get into responses from readers, and I like this kind of interactive aspect you can get in the blogosphere,” he said, noting that he has received requests from readers to translate the posts into Arabic, Chinese, German, Romanian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.“It is just a very different mode of writing; more conversational, more informal, and an experiment for me to see what kind of balance to strike between the personal and the literary critical,” said Damrosch. “Literature shows us one way to get out of our tendency toward isolation, which is as much a national as it is a COVID-related problem today.”The pandemic may have closed Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room, but its curator is making sure the Greater Boston poetry community stays connected. Photo by Thomas EarleFor better, for verseHarvard Library’s Woodberry Poetry Room strives to be a space that fosters community — even now, when community must be at a distance. Its latest endeavor is a poetry exchange, pairing more than 70 Boston-area poets to create new relationships and writing partnerships.Forced to cancel public programming due to the pandemic, curator Christina Davis said the poetry room also lost the opportunity to connect with the Greater Boston poetry community. She was determined that, instead of losing connections altogether, they build new ones virtually.“We realized that many poets in our community were isolated due to COVID-19,” Davis said. “While poets are often perceived as solitary, we are also what [Romanian-French poet] Paul Celan once called solidary. Our capacity for truth and vulnerability makes us immensely sensitized to the needs and experiences of others.”Davis knew many Boston-area poets would have no outlet for their solidary selves — and perhaps less writing inspiration, as well. Her solution was the informal poetry exchange, which she announced in late May on the poetry room website. Within 24 hours, she had received dozens of responses from poets around and beyond Boston. Respondents were of all ages and backgrounds, from award-winning poets to self-described amateurs, students to retirees.In June, participants received an email introducing them to their “Boston poetry pen pal.” As for what the partnership entails, that was left open to interpretation.“We believed it was important to emphasize process over product,” Davis said. “We know that people are immensely stressed at this time (financially, medically, interpersonally) and we didn’t want to add to their burden.”They did offer the pairs suggestions, however, including: writing about a mutually inspiring quote or topic; working with a poetry form that lends itself to collaboration; and translating a poem together.Davis said the Poetry Room hopes to virtually convene participants at the end of the summer to share poems as well as experiences with the exchange.“We’ve already received a few very moving responses,” she said, “suggesting that the pairings have proved to be generative and joyful.”,Dumbarton Oaks sets stage for Renée FlemingLife under COVID-19 led to the first livestreamed event from Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.The Harvard institute, which supports research in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and garden and landscape studies, hosted soprano Renée Fleming for an Aug. 1 recital in the historic Music Room as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s virtual series “Met Stars Live in Concert.” The series features performances in unexpected places around the world including the Fundació Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona and on a mountaintop in Èze, France.Before Fleming could perform the program, which included some of her favorite arias by Puccini and Massenet, as well as pieces by Handel and Korngold, the nearly 100-year-old room had to be prepped for its digital debut.“The Music Room is not a stage set. You cannot put filters on the lights, and you cannot move the tapestries around,” said Dumbarton Oaks Executive Director Yota Batsaki, adding that entry to the building was tightly monitored and a staff member was stationed by the fire alarm in case it went off during the performance.The Music Room, one five gallery spaces in the museum, is normally the site of annual public lectures, symposia, and the Friends of Music at Dumbarton Oaks chamber music concert series. It boasts two 16th-century marble arches and a 16th-century French chimneypiece, as well as Renaissance sculptures and tapestries. All of the art had to be moved or protected while staff brought in lights, speakers, and microphones for Fleming and her accompanist, pianist Robert Ainsley.Dumbarton Oaks has been closed to the public since March due to the pandemic and normally does not host outside events, said Thomas B.F. Cummins, interim director and Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. But the “extraordinary circumstances” of the pandemic motivated their decision to partner with the Met.“It was something that everybody willingly signed on to and they did their work extraordinarily well. It was invigorating at a time when things don’t seem very good” in the world of the arts, he said.— Compiled by Juan Siliezar, Anna Burgess, and Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite Relatedlast_img read more

Jenkins comments on sex abuse scandal at opening mass

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins welcomed the campus community to the 2018-2019 academic year with Tuesday’s opening mass in Purcell Pavilion. Mass was followed by a picnic in the Notre Dame Stadium Concourse.Jenkins, himself a priest, expressed disgust that some clerics would take advantage of their position to carry out evil.“The stories in that report and in other reports are appalling in themselves, but are made much more so because the offenders were priests, called to be examples and pastors to those they exploited,” he said. “Such stories are painful to all, but they are particularly searing to me and the other priests with me today, whose commitment can seem so tarnished, so soaked in filth, by those who so badly abused it.”Jenkins further elaborated on this theme with a discussion of the betrayal at the heart of the scandal. The University President said Catholic institutions which should protect those who cannot help themselves, were guilty of “perversely exploiting the vulnerable and corrupting the young.” Specifically referencing the various cover-ups carried out by bishops in Pennsylvania, Jenkins said that bishops who should have been “shepherds” had in many situations “done more to protect the wolves than the sheep.”“For all these reasons, I — and many — feel deep sadness and shame,” Jenkins said.Quoting a letter published Monday from Pope Francis to the world’s Catholics regarding the abuse scandal, Jenkins said the University will do everything in its power to combat abuse.“As Pope Francis wrote on Monday, ‘Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit . . . Today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history.’ I know Bishop Rhoades is committed to this path in this diocese, and Notre Dame is as well. We will do all we can to create a safe, nurturing environment everywhere,” he said.Jenkins expressed a hope for a better future and dedicated the mass to the victims of abuse.“‘Where sin abounds,’ writes St. Paul, ‘there grace abounds all the more,’” he said. “Let us pray that, though shaken by these stories of sin and exploitation, we may find the grace to help heal wounds and protect the vulnerable and young. I ask you to join me in offering this Mass for victims of abuse in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and asking God’s help to prevent it in the future.  Let us ask for God’s mercy, and for the Holy Spirit to come among us.”Later in the mass, in his homily, Jenkins reflected on a passage from 1 Corinthians in which St. Paul comments on the prideful practices and habits of the early Christian community in Corinth.“In this passage I just read, Paul addresses their practice of boasting about their spiritual gifts, claiming superiority for their gifts over those of others,” he said. “That pride, that need to raise oneself over others, led them to disparage what others bring. That, of course, is the zero-sum logic of human pride: ‘my light shines brighter if I can dim the lights of others in people’s eyes.’”Rather than focus selfishly on individual talents, Jenkins implored the congregation to use their gifts in the service of the larger community.“The antidote to that poison, Paul suggests, is for people to see their skills and abilities do not rise from themselves and they are not their individual possessions,” he said. “They are, rather, gifts from God distributed freely for the good of the community, so that the community may be enriched by them. They are gifts to the individual, for the community.”Tags: Catholic Church abuse scandal, Community, Fr. John Jenkins, opening mass Speaking at the opening mass of the academic year Tuesday, University President Fr. John Jenkins commented on the clerical sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church following a Pennsylvania grand jury report on the widespread prevalence of abusive priests and the various cover-ups Church leaders utilized to protect these abusers. Jenkins also delivered a homily about the importance of community and using individual skills for the betterment of a larger group.In his opening remarks at the service, Jenkins said the mass should be a day of “anticipation” for the new school year. However, he said that the abuse scandal had “cast a pall” over what should have otherwise been a joyous occasion.last_img read more

Sean Hayes Set to Headline New Oscar Levant Play

first_imgEmmy winner and Tony nominee Sean Hayes is on board to star in a new play based on the life of the legendary performer Oscar Levant. Developed by Grove Entertainment, Barbara Whitman Productions and Hazy Mills Productions, the creative time and timeline for the project will be announced later.Levant was known for his roles in films such as An American in Paris and The Band Wagon as well as for his virtuosic skills as a composer and concert pianist. “I’ve been wanting to play Oscar Levant for over 10 years and this partnership is a dream come true,” said Hayes in a statement. “I have a deep passion for this project and an enduring love for my dear, Oscar.”Hayes will next be seen back on the boards with the L.A. transfer of Broadway hit An Act of God. He won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace and earned additional nods for the role for the following six years. Hayes’ other small screen credits include Sean Saves the World, Smash and The Millers. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, and later took home an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony. Hayes also appeared on the New York stage in Damn Yankees at City Center’s Encores!.Check out the video below from An American in Paris of Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreaming about performing Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major.” It’s quite extraordinary. Star Files Sean Hayescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more