The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Creating and performing music can seem far removed from efforts to promote social justice, but two prominent speakers urged an audience at Harvard Business School Wednesday to see them as intimately related pursuits.Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76 and Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic, in a conversation moderated by Harvard Business School Professors Rohit Deshpandé and Henry McGee, discussed the ways in which “citizen musicians” can help build a more just and free society as an extension of their work as artists.“What the New York Philharmonic is doing, and what I’m devoting the rest of my life to doing, is really thinking about social impact,” Ma said. “I’m not doing this because I need a job.”Ma said embracing the issues of the world was natural for a musician, and dismissed the idea of “art for art’s sake.”“We have a bigger purpose,” he said. “It’s never art for art’s sake, because even if I do it for myself in my head, I have an ideal. I’m actually trying to take something — a construct, a concept, a theory — and then I want to make it visible, I want to make it audible, I want to make it tactile. I want to make it felt.”Borda spoke of the New York Philharmonic’s efforts to engage with social issues, including gender equality. Recognizing that “all the music we play was written by men,” the organization is launching an initiative next year — the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote — to have 19 women write major world premieres for the orchestra.“We are thinking about how we can partner in other ways to broaden this conversation … because our world has been changed now by #MeToo,” she said.Ma has incorporated the goals of social justice and peace into his musical work through Silkroad, the nonprofit he founded that gathers musicians from around the world to create music together that draws from their varied cultural traditions.Through its diversity, the ensemble in its performances helps show that, “It’s not about who you are,” Ma said, “it’s about what you’re doing together and how you’re doing it.”,Additionally, through the Bach Project, Ma is performing Bach’s 36 pieces for solo cello in one sitting, at 36 locations worldwide over the course of two years. The project includes a “day of action” at each location in which participants discuss and collaborate on ways culture can help build a better future.“In my mind, there’s no separation,” Ma said of music and civic engagement, noting how that connection has been a revelation to him. “I’ve been in conflict all my life thinking that I did one thing that I love to do, I care deeply about other things, but the two didn’t really connect too much. For the first time in my life, I’m not conflicted.”In the places he has visited with the Bach Project, from Flint, Michigan, and Youngstown, Ohio, to Leipzig and Mumbai, the issues differ, but “really it’s about coming together with pride and dignity in order to build something that’s totally fundamental.”Ma said he was inspired by a day he spent in California with Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta, who founded a “Street Symphony” that performs at jails, shelters, and other sites. When they toured a women’s prison, Gupta “spoke from the heart” to the inmates, Ma recalled.“I call that just being a human being,” he said. “The fact that we were in a prison did not mean that the people incarcerated were any less human or deserved to be treated with anything less than the utmost dignity.”The conversation also touched on the ways music affects people, including by spawning thoughts and ideas. Some musical meaning may transcend cultural boundaries and be universally human, study says Dual-degree students from Harvard and Berklee find many ways to harmonize Mixing it up musically Borda said she found interesting “the different reactions people have to the same piece of art set in different moments and in different ways.”“Whether it’s hip-hop or classical music, it does something to us,” Ma said, reflecting on how people experience the world through their senses. “We treasure analytical thinking. But what motivates analytical thinking? What gets you to say, ‘I’m really going to look at this thing?’”In a surprise finale to the event, Ma, who had departed the stage, reappeared with his cello to perform a solo piece. His selection, “The Song of the Birds,” is a Catalan folk song written by the cellist Pablo Casals that evokes the need for freedom.“As you know,” Ma said, “birds fly through borders. So I hope for all of you that in your work and in your life that you can create that kind of flight for the people in your lives and the people you affect.” Related Songs in the key of humanity
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have given no word on the status of Chinese legal rights activist Guo Feixiong after he was blocked from leaving the country last week to join his family in the United States. Guo’s sister Yang Maoping said Tuesday morning they had no word from Guo or information from police since he was reportedly detained at Shanghai’s Pudong airport while attempting to board a flight to the U.S. Guo had messaged friends that he would go on hunger strike unless allowed to leave the country to be with his wife who is undergoing treatment for cancer. As a lawyer, Guo represented government critics and had been imprisoned for more than 10 years under China’s loosely defined state security laws.
Broadway alum Jenna Gavigan (Gypsy) has boarded the cast of the world premiere of Straight. Helmed by Andy Sandberg and written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, the new play will begin off-Broadway previews on February 9 and run through May 8. Opening night is set for February 29 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row.As previously announced, the production will also star former Broadway.com fresh face Jake Epstein and Thomas E. Sullivan.Meet Ben (Epstein). Ben is a 26-year-old investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily (Gavigan). And Chris (Sullivan).Straight will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Michael McDonald and lighting design by Grant Yeager. Straight View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016
Children may rebel against set bedtimes or homework times when parents first introduce them, but that doesn’t mean they don’t crave structure. Studies have shown that clear, consistent routines help a child’s brain develop strong connections, said Diane Bales, a child development specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Getting children used to going to bed at a regular time, eating dinner at a set time and doing homework at a certain time helps them feel secure in their world and can also bring order to hectic family lives of their parents. “We know from brain development research that (routines) give children a sense of security,” Bales said. “Routines also strengthen connections in the brain. So it’s not just a good idea to keep your child on a routine, it’s important for brain development.” Communicating with children about what is expected of them will help them adapt to a set bedtime or morning routine. They need to know that they will take a bath at 7 p.m., wind down and then crawl into bed at 8 p.m. Consistency is also key, Bales said. While children may reject the implementation of a set bedtime or morning routine at first, Bales warns parents not to give up. “Testing the limits is part of what kids do,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that they don’t need the routine or that a set bedtime won’t work for them.” Bales shares these tips for implementing new routines or changing routines: Change bed times gradually. Instead of moving a bedtime from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. the first week of school, start moving bedtime 15 minutes earlier beginning a week or two before school starts, and add 15 minutes each week until children are going to bed at the ideal time.- Plan relaxation and wind down time for 30 minutes or so before bedtime. This should be a time without exciting games or television. If bath time seems to energize your child, give him a bath earlier in the evening — not right before bedtime. – In the morning and at mealtimes use a “To-Do” chart to remind children of things they need to do and in what order. – If a bedtime, mealtime or morning routine has to change for some reason, talk to your child about the upcoming change before hand and tell him what to expect on the days when the routine is altered. Developing a consistent daily routine gives children the sense of security they need to succeed in school, and helps parents manage the demands of their hectic daily lives.
Encouraging economic data pushed mortgage rates higher for the first time in more than two months this week.Investors were buoyed by news of increased consumer spending, higher construction spending and an improving manufacturing sector. With demand for bonds waning, yields on the 10-year Treasury rose. Because home loan rates tend to follow the movement of long-term bonds, mortgage rates also moved higher.According to the latest data released Thursday by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., the 30-year fixed-rate average ticked up to 3.64 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 3.62 percent a week ago and 3.75 percent a year ago.The 15-year fixed-rate average crept up to 2.94 percent with an average 0.5 point but remained below 3 percent for the fourth week in a row. It was 2.93 percent a week ago and 3.03 percent a year ago. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This post is currently collecting data… A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) calling for a one-year extension to existing Troubled Debt Restructuring (TDR) and Central Liquidity Facility (CLF) regulations, an issue championed by CUNA, the Leagues, and credit unions.In the letter led by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), members ranging from progressive Democrats to conservative Republicans recognized the efforts that credit unions are making to help as many Americans as possible, underscoring that TDR and CLF extensions will aid in that economic support to credit union members.“We appreciate the leadership and support the signatories have shown,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “This group of members coming together sends a strong signal that these provisions are critical to credit unions and their members as we all work toward recovery from this horrible virus and the ensuing economic crisis.”The letter, which was also sent to House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), recognized the leadership of NCUA in campaigning for the CLF in the pandemic’s early days. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
Ako je po nečemu poznat Grad Sveti Ivan Zelina to je po vinu i vinskim kletima. Kada bi se revitalizirale vinske kleti te ih pretvorili u svojevrstan jedinstven turistički smještaj s pričom, uz blizinu Zagreba – svakako kako Sv. Ivan Zelina ima svoju priču. A tu se onda nadovezuje sve što ide uz kontinentalni i ruralni turizam – od aktivnog turizma, vinskih cesti do vječitog trenda ili potencijala suradnje s lokalnim OPG-ovima te ekološkom i organskom proizvodnjom. Created under the name “Samurai bar – haiku“, Is a book of the poet’s homage to Zelina and the local kingdom, the queen of wine, and was published by the Tourist Board of the town of Sv. Ivan Zelina. ” Explore Sveti Ivan Zelina through haiku ” is the message of the director of the Tourist Board of Sveti Ivan Zelina, Marinka Zubčić, who believes that through poetry they can present an entire region and city known for its wine and vineyards. The book contains original spiritual and witty instructions for all of knightly poetry, ambassadors of the noble drop and occasional travelers who find themselves in this area of wine and vineyards. Samurai bar they are thus recognized as a guiding value, which its editor Bosiljko Domazet says is necessary not only for wandering around the bars, but also for that important spiritual journey that essentially rewards us with experiences. The rapprochement of the two cultures through poetry began in the seventies of the last century, thanks to the famous Vladimir Devidé, with whom the author of “Samurai Bar” Marijan Grakalić was friends for a long time. ” Haiku was brought and popularized by Vladimir Devidé in our country ” – said Marijan Grakalić in his introductory speech. An interesting link with Japan Through a refined haiku form that hides thousands of images and meanings, Grakalić in this book talks about longing, travel, vineyard, childhood, the ups and downs of night and morning, and above all enjoying the beauty of Zelina’s hilly region, wine-growing and rich. At the end of July, a new book of poetry by Marijan Grakalić was presented, bound as a completely different, but basically the first tourist-poetic guide. “The book “Samurai bar” is special in that the author introduces innovations into the traditional form of poetry and so, instead of evoking the landscape, haiku becomes a sharp, ironic, but also lyrical weft with which he observes the world. The bar is a meeting place, around which people eager for company gather, who enjoy life and its sweetness and bitterness. Through various toponyms, Grakalić creates a special chronotope of the primordial lecture on sensations of the senses“, istaknula je književna kritičarka Darija Žilić. The Kingdom is a trademark of the Zelina Wine Road and the entire Zelina vineyards, so there is no serious winegrower and winemaker who does not have in his range kingdom. Exact existence kingdoms se ne zna, pa kako se više od tisuću godina uzgaja u Prigorju, ondje se smatra autohtonom. Ljudi je od milja zovu i kraljicom vinograda jer daje bogat rod. Od kraljevine se dobiva svježe, blago alkoholno vino, pa je prema tome lijepo, veselo i društveno vino, navode iz TZG Sv. Ivan Zelina. At the presentation of the book “Samurai bar – haiku”, poet and writer Marijan Grakalić, the guests were especially addressed by the cultural attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Croatia, Yutaro Nishida, emphasizing that in this way two distant countries, Japan and Croatia, are approaching. the local skills of making wine and the poetic inspiration of the ancient haiku form. ” Croatia and Japan are geographically distant, but – thanks to this book – we are getting closer, you here by wine, but also by the fact that Croatian wines have long been known in my homeland Said Nishida. Klet “Ljubekov Gaj” Svakako zanimljiva priča, ali i diferencijacija na tržištu. Ovo je odličan temelj, no sada je potrebno proširiti i zaokružiti cijelu priču – kako bi mogli imati jedan zanimljiv i drugačiji turistički proizvod. Ako ostane samo na ovoj priči, onda će kao i u svemu, ostati samo još jedan veliki potencijal.
Topics : IM was known as a popular student on the campus because of academic achievements and for speaking on religious matters at various discussions.”There were various patterns to the way he sexually harassed and abused his victims. We have identified four common patterns,” Meila said.The first pattern, Meila said, was by communicating via Instagram. IM, Meila said, would begin by initiating a conversation with his victims under the guise of trying to motivate them to succeed in their studies. IM would later take the conversation in a sexual direction.The second pattern was by video call, in which IM would allegedly expose his genitalia to the victim as soon as she answered the call.He also reportedly lured in women by selling IELTS and TOEFL practice books and asking them to pay with cash on delivery, before inviting the women to his dorm where he would engage in inappropriate and unwanted physical contact, such as hugging them from behind.He also allegedly used force to assault his victims, such as by grabbing their thighs or forcing them to kiss him.Meila said the majority of his victims were his juniors on his campus, who idolized him because of his achievements.”We recognized there was a power imbalance in these relationships. IM used his influence and his gentle persona to manipulate his victims into trusting him,” she said.She said none of the women had reported their cases to the police.”The survivors only want IM to acknowledge his wrongdoings, and demand institutions, communities and organizations stop putting him in the spotlight, including UII. They also want the university to create regulations on sexual abuse prevention on campus,” Melia continued, adding that LBH Yogyakarta was already conducting an investigation into the case should the women want to take legal action.Of the 30 reports received by LBH Yogyakarta, some of the women had submitted their reports to @UIIBergerak, the university’s antisexual abuse campaign on Instagram, as well as to Instagram user @fasyateixera. Some students also reported IM directly to the university’s Law and Ethics Bureau.IM responded to the allegations via Instagram, stating he been wrongly accused and that he forgave those who had accused. He hand wrote a three-page “clarification letter” and published photographs of each page on his account and also shared a picture of his work desk where the letter was placed near a string of tasbih (prayer beads).”To all my good friends who had have participated in this slander against me, I have already forgiven you before you have realized your mistakes. What happened to me today is the fate that Allah has given me,” he wrote in the letter.He said he wanted to meet with those “who felt disadvantaged” by him to settle the matter properly.Through the #NamaBaikKampus (Campus Reputation) campaign last year, in collaboration with Tirto.id and VICE Indonesia, The Jakarta Post received 174 testimonies from survivors of sexual abuse from 79 state, private and religious-based universities in 29 cities across the country. Roughly half of the survivors said they did not report the sexual abuse to anyone (dpk/evi) As many as 30 female students from the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) in Yogyakarta have come forward and reported IM, an alumni of the school, to the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Yogyakarta) for alleged sexual abuse.IM, who graduated from UII’s school of architecture, is currently studying for a master’s degree at the University of Melbourne in Australia.In response to the reports, UII plans to strip IM of the honors he received for his high academic achievements, UII spokeswoman Ratna Permata Sari said. Read also: Sexual abuse on campus: 174 survivors across Indonesia speak upThe university is also providing psychological counseling for the women, said Syarif Nurhidayat of UII’s Law and Ethics Bureau.The legal counselors of the women said the alleged abuse had gone on for years. “The survivors reported that they experienced the sexual abuse between 2016 and 2020,” LBH Yogyakarta deputy director Meila Nurul Fajriah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.According to reports received by LBH Yogyakarta, IM allegedly committed acts of sexual abuse while studying at the university, and allegedly continued to harass women via social media after graduating and continuing his studies in Australia.
“Child labour is a particular issue for the apparel sector, with children working at all stages of the global apparel supply chain.”The letter argues that child labour must be assessed in the “broader context” of social and human rights.NBIM has long been active on the issue of child labour, in 2009 highlighting the “overall low” level of compliance with children’s rights, and more recently touching on the matter in a more wide-ranging document on its approach to human rights.In other news, a report has called on companies to explore “innovative” means of funding projects with a positive environmental outcome.The report – ‘Levering Ecosystems’ – backed by Credit Suisse and the Climate Bonds Initiative, examines how companies can generate returns while rehabilitating or conserving the environment.“Government policies and programmes that catalyse business interest are also being developed and implemented,” the report says.“Governments and development agencies have an incentive to promote investment in ecosystem conservation projects as a means to lower remediation costs.“In the public sphere, these investments can be funded either directly or through initiatives that leverage private funding. Such investments may be cheaper than future economic damage from inaction.”The report notes that conservation can be supported through the financing of projects that improve farming standards, or improving resource management through the use of tax credit-enhanced debt.“Innovative thinking can lead to the creation of projects with positive environmental outcomes and enhanced productivity,” the report continues.“To the extent environmental footprints move closer to being recognised as assets and liabilities by companies, debt can be used to fund specific investments in ecosystems that lead to net-positive financial outcomes.”Lastly, the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has become the first stock exchange to join the Climate Bonds Partnership Programme.Nikhil Rathi, the group’s chief executive, said it was a “committed supporter” of green financing and the transition to a low-carbon economy, as it was a “major industrial trend”.“Developing London as a leading international hub for green finance is vitally important to the city and a key driver behind the launch of our dedicated green bond segments last year,” Rathi said. Sean Kidney, chief executive of the Climate Bonds Initiative, said LSEG was “uniquely positioned” to provide market-based knowledge to the partnership.“We anticipate working cooperatively on joint projects that build and strengthen the position of green bonds in providing global climate finance solutions,” he said. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has backed an industry venture to improve working conditions across the clothing manufacturing sector, part of Norges Bank Investment Management’s (NBIM) focus on child labour.NBIM, which manages the NOK7.5trn (€783bn) Government Pension Fund Global, said it hoped its support of the Social and Labor Convergence Project would further the development of new industry standards across clothing and footwear manufacturers and “lead to better market practices and a more sustainable industry”.In a letter to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, responsible for the project, Petter Johnsen, NBIM’s CIO for equities, and William Ambrose, global head of ownership strategies, said they expected the undertaking to achieve “real, sustainable change” by developing new metrics to assess social and labour performance.“Norges Bank Investment Management regards participation in the project as a way to further enhance our long-term strategy and work on children’s rights issues,” the letter says.
INDIANAPOLIS – Today is Election Day in Indiana, but after low voter turnout in the May primary and the lack of marquee races or significant issues on this year’s ballot, some election observers are not expecting Hoosiers to be flocking to the polls today.Amy Miller, president of the League of Women Voters of Indiana, says voting still matters a great deal despite whatever races may be on the ballot. While 2014 may be remembered as a “quiet election” for Indiana, she says citizens need to get out and exercise their right to vote because “it’s the bedrock of democracy.”“Voting is twice a year, it’s on a regular basis,” says Miller. “I just wish for one or two days a year voting would take a priority, in terms of doing something our forefathers and mothers fought for decades for us to have.”Statewide, voters do have some important races to decide, including secretary of state, state auditor, and state treasurer. All nine of Indiana’s congressional seats are on the ballot, with 15 races for state representative.Miller encourages voters to take some time to review candidates, their qualifications and positions. She adds that one exciting aspect of this election is the number of women on local ballots, and four of the six major party candidates for statewide office are also women.“For younger women, we hope they realize, ‘Wow that’s something I can think about now. Me, as a woman, running for an office – even statewide – is a possibility,’ because that’s an example we’re having now,” says Miller.Polls are open until 6 p.m. today. To cast a ballot Indiana voters will need a valid I.D. card, which Miller says can include an Indiana driver’s license, a photo I.D. card, a military or veteran’s I.D., or a U.S. passport.“To conform it has to have an expiration date,” she says. “We’re glad to see some Indiana college I.D.s are conforming to that usage.”The Indiana DMV has extended hours until 6 p.m. for those who still need to get an I.D. card to vote.Mary Kuhlman