Gates honored with Morry Award

first_imgProject Morry, a nonprofit, year-round youth development organization dedicated to giving inner-city children from New York and Connecticut life-enhancing learning opportunities, presented Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, with its annual award on Nov. 19.last_img

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Students intern at Cannes Film Festival

first_imgThis story has been updated to accurately reflect the genesis of the idea for the documentary and the full list of organizations that provided grant funding.  A team of eight Notre Dame film, television and theatre students lived a filmmaker’s dream this summer when they documented the Cannes International Film Festival as a part of the American Pavilion’s internship program. Nicole Timmerman, a senior film, television and theatre major, was one of the students accepted into the American Pavilion’s program. She said after the group heard the news, film, television and theatre professor Aaron Magnan-Park came up with the idea to produce a documentary about the Cannes experience. “Notre Dame professor and executive producer Aaron Magnan-Park was the central developer and producer for this documentary opportunity,” Timmerman said. “He came up with the idea behind the project after consulting various members of the American Pavilion staff, and spent several months knocking on every plausible door to find enough funding in order to make this idea a reality for eight lucky Notre Dame students and alumni.” She said attending the premieres was the highlight of her Cannes experiences. “We got to sit in a theater with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy,” she said. “It was surreal.” Collin Erker, a senior film, television and theatre major and arts and letters pre-health major, said the research and fundraising involved helped him understand what independent filmmaking is like. “Very few people actually get to go there due to financial constraints,” Erker said. “We got to go and see the festival while creating a short documentary we feel the University can be proud of.” The students went through the typical internship experience at the American Pavilion while they made their documentary. “They taught us how to get the most out of our Cannes experiences. The key was networking,” he said. “You have you to put up your very best effort to meet different filmmakers and meet each other, since we’re all going into film.” Erker said they worked 10- to 12-hour workdays on top of their regular internship activities. “We definitely had a higher workload a lot of the other interns, but we all managed to work it out,” he said. “We still got to go to films, dress up and go out. We really did get to experience the city.” The group also celebrated Erker’s birthday during the festival. “It was a lot of fun being able to put on a tuxedo, go on the red carpet and see a French film, go to a nice French dinner and experience the Cannes nightlife,” he said. “I got to experience what the Cannes festival is all about, which is work hard, play hard. Seeing celebrities was [also] a lot of fun. Maybe one day I’ll be walking on the carpet in the same sort of fashion.” Zuri Eshun, a junior film, theater and television major, said the group had to reach out to several organizations to get enough funding for the project. “Just that experience [of] preparing to go made you realize how much goes into producing a film or a documentary,” Eshun said. “It makes you want to do it … Finally hearing that you have enough to go makes it all worth it.” For Eshun, one of her favorite memories came on Erker’s birthday. “We were eating desserts, and even in the midst of everything that was going on, even with all the shooting we had to do and staying up late and going to premieres and logging footage it felt like it was centered,” she said. “And it’s really hard to feel centered at Cannes, it was nice to feel like a center point at which you can feel at home on the French Riviera.” Producing the documentary made Eshun more focused on her major and her career, she said. “When you’re stressing about editing something and it’s 5 a.m. and you haven’t gotten anywhere, having done my own film, it kind of fuels the drive,” she said. “This is an actual industry that you can be successful in if you work hard. You have to love what you do to be successful in these majors.” The team had a number of supporters at the University, including Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Nanovic Institute, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Research, the Center for Creative Computing, the College of Arts and Letters, Campus Ministry, the First Year of Studies, Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Film, Television and Theatre department. “There were so many we can’t even keep track of them,” Erker said. “We owe thanks to a lot of these organizations.” He said the film should be released soon on the American Pavilion website and will be part of their programming for future interns. “The American Pavilion will be traveling to multiple colleges and universities across the US and will be showing the documentary to other filmmakers,” he said. “It allows interns to see what the Cannes experience is really like.” The project helped spread Notre Dame’s name in the filmmaking world. “We became known as that Notre Dame group,” he said. “[Among] all these other students from typical film universities, like USC and UCLA, they said, ‘Oh there’s a Notre Dame presence in the international film market?’” Erker said the Cannes experience solidified his choice to enter into the entertainment industry. “I knew I wanted to be in film or television in some aspect, but [I] have been too afraid to take the jump,” he said. “But now that I’ve had this Cannes experience I know people make it and get to have these great experiences in their life and I want to be a part of that.”last_img read more

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Expert emphasizes interfaith dialogue as a tool to promote peace

first_imgMiroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University, delivered a keynote address for the Catholic Social Tradition Conference on Monday in McKenna Hall Auditorium. In the address, he emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue in achieving peace and happiness in an increasingly global world.“World religions have an important contribution to make as repositories of significant visions of human flourishing, significant visions of the good life,” he said.“If we don’t find ways to live, plural that we are, in peace within the common political space under a common political roof, our lives — all of our lives — are going to be worse for it.”During the talk, which is part of a three-day conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document “Gaudium et spes,” Volf said that religious exclusivism — which he explained as a religion’s belief in its exclusive access to the ultimate truth — initially seems to present an obstacle to the peaceful coexistence of different religions.He said the problem, particularly, is that all world religions are fundamentally exclusive to varying degrees.“There is no non-exclusivist position,” he said. “I don’t think there are non-exclusivists in this room.”However, Volf said religious exclusivism does not necessarily lead to political exclusivism or the restriction of freedom of beliefs and expression in a certain society.Indeed, he said, history provides examples of religious exclusivists who also supported toleration of other belief systems.“It’s not just that religious exclusivists can be political pluralists, but as a matter of fact, historically, they have invented political pluralism out of their own interests.”Furthermore, in some cases, exclusivism even encourages toleration, he said.“You can be a religious exclusivist, and just because of your exclusivist religious convictions, you can embrace pluralism as a political project,” Volf said.Unfortunately, exclusivism does not always engender pluralism, but requires certain conditions, Volf said. One such condition, he said, is an “interest in commonalities rather than differences.”“We need the kinds of relations between religions in which they would be able to adjust their own expectations from each other in the context of living in the common space while staying true to their own identity and true to their own vocation,” he said.While these relations might initially seem difficult to develop, Volt said they are actually very natural to humans.  He gave the example of family life, in which family members must take into account the needs and desires of each other in order to live together in harmony.“You don’t make decisions without thinking how your teenage son’s going to react,” he said.Volf said this approach to encouraging coexistence through a meaningful dialogue is particularly important in combatting nihilism, which asserts that values and value systems have no foundation.In contrast to nihilism, he said, many world religions actually support many commonly held democratic values.“Each world religion will have and can have resources within itself to embrace, say, freedom of religion, to embrace equality of others,” he said.Lectures and panels will continue throughout the day today as part of the Catholic Social Tradition Conference hosted by the Center for Social Concerns.  A full schedule of events can be found at http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/mission/cst/2015ConferenceSchedule.shtmlTags: Catholic Social Teaching, religious pluralism, Vatican IIlast_img read more

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Pedals of Joy

first_imgI have a bottle opener on my backpack, a bottle opener on my belt buckle, one on my bike tool…and yet, I often find myself without a bottle opener when I need it most. Like at the end of a long mountain bike ride, when I’m at some gravel trailhead in the middle of nowhere. Having a cold beer and no way to open that cold beer is like living in the third ring of hell. Luckily, the bike is a beautiful, functional tool. Not only can it get you from point A to point B while raising your heart rate and building solid quads, it can open your beer when you get there.There are probably half a dozen different nooks and crannies on your typical bike that work as a makeshift bottle opener. I’ve seen a guy open a beer with a spinning wheel before. Don’t try that at home. The easiest bottle opener on your bike is beneath your feet. Those standard Shimano SPD’s were practically designed with beer drinkers in mind. Just wedge the bottle cap into the pedal nook of your choice, apply a little pressure, and twist.Check out the video above and never go thirsty again.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.comlast_img read more

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Olympics: Mexican divers Castillo, Sánchez take seventh

first_imgBy Dialogo August 02, 2012 Mexico’s Yahel Castillo and Julián Sánchez: The divers placed seventh in the 3-meter synchronized platform with 415.14 points. China’s Qin Kai and Luo Yutong won gold with 477 points, followed by Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeniy Kuznetsov (459.63) and the United States’ Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen (446.7). The Ukraine’s Oleksiy Prygorov and Illya Kvasha placed fourth (434.22), followed by Great Britain’s Chris Mears and Nicholas Robinson-Baker (432.6) and Canada’s Alexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross (421.83). LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from Wednesday’s Olympic action: Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 3: Brazil’s women’s basketball team vs. Canada: Brazil looks for its first win in Group B play. The women are coming off a 67-61 loss to Australia on Aug. 1 in a game in which Karla Costa scored 22 points and Érika De Souza added 11. Brazil opened its tournament with a 73-58 loss to France and a 69-59 loss to Russia. Canada, which is coming off a 64-60 loss to France, opened its tournament with a loss to Russia before defeating Great Britain. Brazil’s women’s soccer team vs. Japan: Brazil, which has won the silver medal in each of the past two Olympics, faces Japan in the quarterfinals. Brazil, which finished second in Group E with wins over New Zealand and Cameroon and a loss to Great Britain, should be tested by the Japanese, which advanced out of Group F with a win and two ties. Brazil’s César Cielo: He placed sixth in the 100-meter freestyle after he took bronze in the event four years ago in Beijing. The United States’ Nathan Adrian won the gold in 47.52 seconds, just ahead of James Magnussen of Australia (47.53) and Canada’s Brent Hayden (47.80). France’s Yannick Agnel took fourth in 47.84, followed by Sebastiaan Verschuren of the Netherlands (47.88) and Cielo (47.92). Cuba’s Hanser García placed seventh in 48.04. last_img read more

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Shelter Island Guide Sheds Light on Secluded Resort

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If the Hamptons are the summer playground of the rich and famous, then bucolic Shelter Island—nestled between the North and South forks of Long Island—offers an escape from the glitz.Laying out a road map for those unfamiliar with the secluded East End resort community is the inaugural Shelter Island Comprehensive Guide, a new 190-page directory book compiled and published by local real estate agents Melina Wein and Yvonne Purcell.“My guide was written to share information on the wide range of activities, entertainment, businesses, artists, nonprofits and more that make our life on this island so special,” Wein said.The guide covers all aspects of life and tourism on LI’s smallest town, a tranquil 27-square-mile island that is accessible only by a five-minute ferry trip from North Haven on the South Fork and Greenport village on the North Fork. Cars are allowed on the ferries, space permitting since these crafts are relatively small. Passengers without cars can walk on board and enjoy the short ride on deck or sit inside the waiting room if they prefer.Chapters of the guide cover history, recreation, accommodations, entertainment, restaurants and shopping. The book also includes health and wellness, professional services, home services and a helpful section about the community.The guide exhaustively details just how much there is to do on there beyond what those taking a short cut from one fork to the other see on their drive down Route 114. There really is much more than meets the eye on this tiny island. For example, the Sylvester Manor, now a historic landmark, was once the largest slave plantation on Long Island–and its main house still looks like it did in the 1740s.Wein, who has raised her family with her husband on Shelter Island for the past 20 years, wrote: “I hope that this guide helps illustrate how Shelter Island is a beautiful place to visit, a great place to live.”Shelter Island Comprehensive Guide can be purchased for $9 at Shelter Island shops and online on the Amazon Kindle. The book can also be obtained for free by calling, emailing or visiting M. Wein Realty at 34 North Ferry Rd. on Shelter Island, calling 631-749-0999 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

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Tenney, Brindisi square off over Spectrum solution

first_img“I would break up the monopoly, go to the FCC, ask the FCC to re-look into this monopoly, give us a choice, and allow a lot of the other players in the market who would like to provide the service at a lower cost price,” Tenney told 12 News Wednesday. Additionally, Tenney claimed Brindisi voted to allow Spectrum to form a ‘monopoly’ when he was a state assemblyman, a part of the state budget she said she voted against. Tenney is running for her former NY-22 congressional seat against Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who she said has failed to live up to his campaign promises to hold Spectrum accountable. She said the internet provider has raised rates six times since Brindisi took office. Tenney said if elected, she would push the federal government to intervene on behalf on constituents. In response, Congressman Brindisi’s re-election campaign sent a statement to 12 News, which you can read in its entirety below:center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Wednesday, former congresswoman Claudia Tenney reignited a debate over the future of broadband internet in Upstate NY. Currently, Frontier also provides broadband service to parts of the NY-22 congressional district. “Claudia come lately is at it again. After giving Spectrum a $9 billion tax cut, cashing their campaign checks, and staying silent during her tenure in Congress she is trying to join Anthony’s fight against Spectrum. NY-22 voters remember her record of cutting Spectrum’s taxes while they raised rates and they won’t be fooled–no matter how much dark money her Washington allies spend.”last_img read more

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Gold Coast penthouse sells for seven figure sum

first_imgCook in style with an ocean view. The Italian-inspired penthouse sold for $2.215 million at auction this week.A STUNNING European-inspired Main Beach penthouse sold to a Brisbane-based buyer under the hammer this week for $2.215 million.It was the second highest sale in the state, CoreLogic records show.The property, in the Spinnaker building on Main Beach Pde, had been on the market since February with different agencies.The penthouse from above.Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal took the property to auction where it attracted five registered bidders. He said the sale came down to an “aggressive marketing campaign”.“There were more than 50 inspections over four weeks and the auction was successful to the delight of the sellers,” he said.“The buyer was from Brisbane and will be using the lovely penthouse as a private holiday home for his family.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt has plenty of space to entertain.The apartment was home to Italian sisters, Giulia Ponticello and Josephine Rizzo, who inherited it from their parents.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachWith two kitchens, a wet bar and multiple formal lounge rooms, the penthouse oozes Italian luxury across three levels.The property was bought in 1994 but Mrs Ponticello said the style all started with her parents’ love affair with classic Italian furniture.The bedroom is just as glamorous as the living areas.“It was just an ordinary unit design when my parents originally bought it,” she told the Bulletin earlier this year. “It all started with the Silik-style furniture, which my parents imported from Italy. My father is from Sicily and he was fond of the traditional classical style.”What a view- the ocean from almost every room.The features include black granite kitchen benchtops, Victorian-style tiled floors and glass chandeliers which add true a touch of luxury.The penthouse has columns with gold-leaf style finishes and a winding staircase which leads up to three ensuites bedrooms and two living rooms.The rooftop level, which has 360 views, features an impressive St Peter’s Basilica style dome above the dining table which lets in streams of filtered light.Fancy a bite to eat at this dining room table?last_img read more

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Two titles for Thornton, Kuehl reigns over IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour SportMods

first_imgStock Cars – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Zachary Madrid; 3. Brendon LaBatte; 4. Chanse Hollatz; 5. Kevin Roberts; 6. Andrew Burg; 7. Andrew Mathers; 8. Larry Leetch; 9. Wayne Clink; 10. Sean Gentry; 11. Craig Miller; 12. Robert Burchett. After a stoppage on the opening lap, the Stock Car feature ran green to checkered and Thornton and Zachary Madrid one-two across the stripe every time. Brendon LaBatte made his way to the podium following a long run in third. Alex Stanford was scored first on the opening lap of the Modified finale, but Thornton drove by in the first set of turns on lap two. He caught up with the back of the field on lap nine and led Stanford through traffic from that point.  The race ran caution-free and Thornton avoided potential late drama with a nifty high side pass of two lapped cars. The $2,000 victory was Thornton’s second straight at Tucson, third of the tour and already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying fifth of the season.  Stanford was second and Drew Armstrong held off Jake O’Neil for third. Chaz Baca started 13th and finished fifth.  Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Alex Stanford; 3. Drew Armstrong; 4. Jake O’Neil; 5. Chaz Baca; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Casey Skyberg; 8. Grey Ferrando; 9. D.J. Shannon; 10. Bricen James; 11. Tim Ward; 12. Ryan Roath; 13. Joey Price; 14. Lance Mari; 15. Zachary Madrid; 16. Erick Thiesse; 17. Christy Barnett; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. Jacob Pace; 20. Jon DeBenedetti; 21. Bryan Renken; 22. Garth Dushanek; 23. Jim Cocks; 24. Ryan Jenkins. Ever-consistent Taylor Kuehl was champion of the IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. (Photo courtesy of USA Raceway) Thornton led all but the first of 25 IMCA Modified main event circuits and all 20 times around the track in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. center_img Bjella started ninth and ran second to Austen Becerra the final 15 laps of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, then was promoted to the $750 top spot when Becerra was disqualified in post-race tech for a suspension rule infraction.  Northern SportMods – 1. Brady Bjella; 2. Bo Partain; 3. Cory Hemphill; 4. Michael Egurola; 5. Justin Erickson; 6. Tate Johnson; 7. Taylor Kuehl; 8. Speedy Madrid; 9. Ben Stockton; 10. Ron Schreiner; 11. David Pitt; 12. Eric Folstad; 13. Dwayne Melvin; 14. Timothy Allerdings; 15. Terry Bahr; 16. Rick Akers; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Scott Walker; 19. Chris Theodore; 20. Clay Erickson; 21. Rex Hasley; 22. Koty McGullam; 23. Kyler Reynolds. The $750 checkers were Thornton’s fourth straight and fifth in six Stock tour outings.  Seventeenth starting Bo Partain and Cory Hemphill moved up to second and third, respectively. Kuehl was seventh in her tour title-clinching run.  Feature Results  TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 15) – Ricky Thornton Jr. wrapped up two titles with feature victories while Brady Bjella became a first-time winner and ever-consistent Taylor Kuehl earned an IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour championship of her own Saturday at USA Raceway.last_img read more

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Freudenfest cancels 2020 event

first_imgOldenburg,IN— According to the official Facebook page for Freudenfest, they have decided to cancel the 2020 Oldenburg Freudenfest. They stated the decision was to keep volunteers, patrons, and community safe during this time.  “ We know the sadness this may bring, as our festival has become a annual reunion of family, friends, graduating classes, bowling teams, etc that includes dancing, laughter, and most importantly, companionship.”last_img

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