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Oxford Students Blogging Brazil for the BBC

first_imgA group of Oxford students have had their travel writing, based on their experiences in Brazil, featured as a blog on the BBC website.Covering controversial issues within Brazilian culture and society, from class segregation to the gender inequalities of Machismo, the pieces were written by a group mostly comprising of third year modern language students on their year abroad.The blog is named ‘Para Ingles Ver’ or ‘For the English to see’, an idiom which roughly translates as ‘for the sake of appearances’. It has attracted considerable online attention, particularly from those affected by the issues it discusses, as the enthusiastic responses in the comment section demonstrate. One reader went as far as to give one of the bloggers his phone number in reaction to their criticism of macho behaviour.For one of the group, Lily Green, a Spanish and Portuguese student at St Peter’s, the comments are the best part of the blog. “The differing opinions, the frustration, the praise, the despair, the adoration – it all perfectly reflects how it is when you talk face-to-face with Brazilians about their country.”Having only recently returned from her five month stay in Brazil, Lily told Cherwell about her time there. “I spent the first four months in Recife in the North East because I wanted to really sink into the day to day. The humdrum stuff was the best: catching the bus, making dinner with friends, complaining about the weather.”Another blogger, Yara Rodrigues Fowler, who is half Brazilian, writes about time spent back home over Christmas. In working for the BBC, she said, “I have learned how to write in my second mother tongue in a personal and yet not too informal way.”Loukia Koumia, a student departing for Brazil, hopes that blogging will “encourage me to soak in as much culture as I can.”last_img read more

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Ocean City Resident Wins Mr. Mature America 2018

first_imgNancy Wilson and Bonnie Cotellese, both of Ocean City, go to the Mr. Mature America pageant every year and love it.Linda Butler, Carol Marceluk and Bonnie Wertz, of Ocean City, have some fun.Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen leads the contestants in the opening act.Contestant Richard Lalena sings “Just a Gigolo.” Bill Quain is joined back stage by his wife Jeanne after he wins Mr. Mature America 2018. By Maddy VitaleThey strutted, sauntered, scooted and did their best sashays holding heavy hams.But in the end, there could be only one Mr. Mature America – one senior who proved to the judges and the audience that filled the Music Pier Saturday night – that you are never too old show ’em what you got.Contestants ranged in age from 58 to 73. The contestant who took home the sash and crown, was Bill Quain, 65, of Ocean City, who played the ukulele and sang “On The Way To Cape May.”Bill Quain gets the audience to participate in “On The Way To Cape May.”“I had a really good feeling about it,” Quain, a father of two, said of his win, while standing alongside his wife Jeanne. “I just liked everyone so much. The other guys were so good to me.”Quain, who is blind, was assisted on and off the stage by a woman. When he answered a pageant question about something he has learned in life, he said that having a disability, he sometimes forgets other people have problems too. It is something he should be mindful of, he said. His remarks were met by loud applause. First runner up John Walton gives the audience his best Beatles rendition.When it came to the top guys, the locals won out. Contestant John Walton, 61, of Ocean City, who wore a blue robe, pulled out a puppet and sang the Beatles tune from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” was first runner up.Second runner up Joel Fogel, 73, of Somers Point, entertained the audience with his classical piano performance and during his interview said the most exciting thing he has ever done was riding his motorcycle to Alaska.  The audience loves Erik Estrada as master of ceremonies, who jokes throughout the show.TV personality Erik Estrada, 69, best known for his role on the police show “CHiPS” from the 1977-83, combined the perfect blend of finesse, suaveness and comedy as master of ceremonies, joking with the contestants and flashing that perfect smile. At times, he did a bit of hip movements that sent some audience members into laughter and there was that occasional face-fanning. Estrada had some definite competition when it came to smooth moves, when reigning Mr. Mature America 2017 Matthew Allen, 65, of Newtown, Pa. performed Frank Sinatra’s hit, “The Way You Look Tonight.”As Allen’s last encore as title holder was coming to an end, he glided across the stage with some ballroom dance moves.Audience members swooned. Earlier, however, Allen brought back the act that helped him become Mr. Mature America. He performed “I Got You Babe” doing both Sonny and Cher renditions.Matthew Allen, Mr. Mature America 2017, couldn’t leave his reign without doing one last Sonny and Cher skit.Throughout the night, Estrada entertained the audience with laughter and a lot of off-the-cuff jokes.After contestant Jay Keally, 59, of Ocean City recited a poem about love, Estrada asked the audience, “Does anyone need a hug after contestant 2?”Pageant Director Michael Hartman, who is Ocean City’s special events coordinator, said of the day which began with the jam-packed successful Doo-Dah Parade of which Estrada was the Grand Marshal. Pageant Director Michael Hartman says Ocean City really started the season off right.“We really ushered in 2018 season here in Ocean City. I think everyone was ready for sun and fun,” Hartman said.He added that Estrada’s manager told him that the Mr. Mature America contest was tailor-made for him to host. “He asked if we make it up for him,” Hartman said of the show which is in its fifth year.Mayor Jay Gillian and Erik Estrada joke before the mayor presents the master of ceremonies with a memento.Earlier in the night, Mayor Jay Gillian presented Estrada with a piece of the Boardwalk as a memento of being in Ocean City. Estrada said he loves it in Ocean City and has enjoyed his visit. Ocean City residents Nancy Wilson and Bonnie Cotellese have been coming to the show every year since the beginning because it is so much fun.“It is very entertaining. There are a lot of laughs,” Wilson said. Cotellese added, “It is great entertaining. It is just very enjoyable.”last_img read more

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Students from Cambridge Housing Authority’s The Work Force Program spend day on Harvard campus

first_imgFor the second year in a row, students from the Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) The Work Force Program recently visited Harvard, in an effort to help inspire students to accomplish their educational aspirations by demonstrating that college is an attainable goal.The students were greeted by Dr. Irvin Scott, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Scott explained the importance of maintaining a “growth mindset.” The idea, he explained, is that everyone — no matter their background — can “change and grow through application and experience.”  He stressed the importance of living life being mindful of that belief.Students ate at Annenberg Hall, and were given the option of choosing one of two Harvard “classes” to attend. Some chose to study Marine Biology with Pete Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Others chose to learn about U.S./Russian relations from staff at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.“For the students to see professors and students at Harvard who looked like them, and came from background similar to theirs, was extremely powerful,” said Marisa Lopez, a senior teacher counselor at CHA. “Hearing from the students, the professors, and Dr. Scott made Harvard seem – well different. To know that these people wanted to come and take time out of their busy days – because they care enough about inspiring kids to achieve – says volumes about themselves – and about Harvard. Our students have all the skill and potential in the world, and the more they hear that, the better. Today they heard it.”last_img read more

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Second life for slave narrative

first_imgRobin Bernstein was deep in the archives of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn, N.Y., researching her forthcoming book on for-profit prisons, when Jane Clark interrupted her.Clark’s slave narrative was vaguely familiar to Bernstein. The Harvard scholar wanted to learn more. Soon, she was sharing what she discovered.“She had an extraordinary life. There were thousands of people like Jane Clark, and I’m proud I was able to deliver one of these thousands of stories,” said the Dillon Professor of American History, who published Clark’s narrative in Common-place, a journal for scholars and teachers of early American history. “There are probably narratives like this in hundreds of depositories across the Northeast, and I’d be delighted if this inspired others to dig out stories like this.”,After surviving five floggings, Clark resolved “to escape or die in the attempt.” She was 34 years old when she fled in 1856, hiding in a cabin for 11 months. Bernstein, also a professor of African and African-American studies and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality, said that Clark’s life was one of ordinary grace in the face of grave challenges. Enslaved from infancy, sold at age 8, Clark subsisted on a pint of corn a day and suffered the whip for serving breakfast late.Her story was recorded by Julia C. Ferris, who boarded at the house where Clark lived and worked. In 1897, Ferris read Clark’s narrative before the Cayuga County Historical Society.Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, called the “as-told-to” narrative, which came as part of the second wave of American slave stories recorded after 1866, “a significant work to the canon of slave literature.”“We have 102 books written or narrated by former slaves before 1866 and about as many after,” he said. “Cuba received 2½ times as many Africans, but has only one slave narrative. In Brazil, there are virtually none. It’s phenomenal that African-Americans created the largest body of literature in the history of slavery.”,Clark’s story adds a puzzle piece to the larger picture of slave experiences, Bernstein said.“There is so much that nobody has paid any attention to,” she said. “We have a great deal of knowledge about slavery and escapes from slavery, but it’s very scattered, and this is my small attempt to unscatter one piece of the knowledge.”In her narrative, Clark describes a childhood of abuse. After surviving five floggings, she resolved “to escape or die in the attempt.” She was 34 years old when she fled in 1856, hiding in a cabin for 11 months. The following year, she and her brother obtained forged passes to travel to Washington to see President James Buchanan’s inauguration. She stayed in Washington for two years, passing as a free woman and working as a servant. Her brother had moved on to New York. In 1859, having secured a train ticket, she joined him.“Her story reminds us an escape often didn’t take days or months. It could take years,” Bernstein said.Among the narrative’s many moving passages is Clark’s recollection of witnessing the Leonid meteor shower while making one of her seven daily trips for water in 1833.“It was on one of these early morning excursions that she saw the ‘stars fall,’” Ferris wrote. “This scene is vivid in her memory. The children were on their way to the spring. They were not old enough to be alarmed by the unusual sight but ran along trying to catch the stars as they fell.”The account of the Leonid event deepened Bernstein’s conviction that Clark’s narrative deserved a wider audience.“She wasn’t extraordinary, but that’s exactly why I had to share it. The fact she never gave a speech or ran for Congress doesn’t mean she didn’t matter. She’s one of many, many stories and it deserves to be heard,” she said.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Tony Shalhoub to Star Opposite Aaron Tveit & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Shalhoub to Star Opposite Aaron TveitTony Shalhoub has been tapped for a lead role opposite your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit and Tony Winner Nikki M. James in CBS’ BrainDead. According to Deadline, the three-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner will take on the role of Red Wheatus, a Republican senator who used to play and party hard until he undergoes a major transformation into a “health-conscious extremist.” As previously reported, the D.C.-set series about politics and extraterrestrials is scheduled to premiere this summer.Date Set for Drama Desk Awards The 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on June 5 at The Town Hall; nominations are set to be announced on April 28 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. The Drama Desk Awards are the only major New York City theater honors for which productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off Broadway compete against each other in the same category. The Public’s off-Broadway production of Hamilton was the big winner at the event in 2015, which means that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit tuner is ineligible this year. It will be fascinating to see what happens in this particular room in June…The Most-Produced High School Musicals & Plays Are…The Educational Theatre Association has released its annual survey of most-produced musicals and plays at America’s high schools and it makes fascinating reading. The Addams Family came out on top for tuners (Shrek won last year) and regular winner Almost, Maine took the top spot for plays. The top 5 musicals were: 1. The Addams Family; 2. Shrek; 3T. Legally Blonde; 3T. Cinderella and 5. Little Shop of Horrors. The top 5 plays were: 1. Almost, Maine; 2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 3. You Can’t Take It with You; 4. Twelve Angry Men and 5. Our Town.Watch Mind-Blowing Grease: Live VideoThis video is going viral and with good reason. It was clear from watching the recent telecast of Grease: Live that it must have been incredibly complex to put together, and the below footage sheds some light on just how tricky it was. Watch associate director Carrie Havel call the shots for “Greased Lightning” next to a split screen of Aaron Tveit et al performing the number. Jaw-dropping. Tony Shalhoub(Photo by Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

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Ridge, Veneman mark launch of food and ag security centers

first_img Ridge and Veneman described the grants as part of a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen the nation’s defenses against terrorism. The launching “is one more example of a national coordinated effort integrating public, private, and academic sectors,” said Ridge. “It’s one more signal to the world of our resolve to defeat terrorism and become smarter, more sophisticated, and safer every day.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to provide $15 million to the food protection center and $18 million to the animal disease center over the next 3 years. The grants were first announced in late April. “Researchers here will partner with industry leaders to establish best practices to manage and respond to food contaminations—whether they are intentional or naturally occurring,” he said. “The administration has supported record funding levels for safeguarding animal and plant health and food safety,” she said. “The president’s budget for fiscal year 2005 includes $381 million for new food and agricultural defense initiatives as well as $60 million for BSE [bovine spongiform encephalopathy] or mad cow disease.” Veneman also said, “We’re in the process of establishing a national food and agricultural organization sector council . . . to expedite the communication of threat intelligence with key individuals in the private sector.” The two centers join another Homeland Security “Center of Excellence” already in operation: the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California. Veneman said the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is increasing its research in security-related areas, including new vaccines and rapid diagnostic tests for a variety of animal diseases. The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has “set up a state-of-the-art emergency operations center in Riverdale, Maryland,” she added. In discussing the animal disease center, Ridge said, “The Aggies will work closely with others in academia, industry, and government to address potential health risks such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian flu.” In researching food-and-mouth disease, Texas A&M will collaborate with DHS’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center, according to a DHS fact sheet. Ridge and Veneman came to Minneapolis to herald the establishment of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, based at the University of Minnesota, and the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense, based at Texas A&M University. Ridge used the occasion to announce plans for a fourth DHS center of excellence. DHS is inviting applications for funding of a new center that “will focus on the behavioral and social aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism,” he said. “It will study both the behavior of terrorists, as well as the social effects of terrorist threats and attacks on our population.” He offered no details on the level of funding or timeline. Ridge asserted that all sectors of society must cooperate to boost the nation’s security. “It’s important to continue to note that homeland security is more than just a federal department with 180,000 employees. Ultimately homeland security is about the integration of an entire nation,” he said.center_img He said he and other federal officials had just been shown examples of some of the research projects that the new center will support. One was a portable device, for use by laboratories and first responders, that could potentially detect up to 96 food contaminants. Other projects include two computer systems for simulating attacks on the food supply and testing responses to them. Apr 27, 2004, CIDRAP News story on the original announcement of funding for the food protection and foreign animal disease centers See also: Jul 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The launching of separate national research centers for food security and foreign animal diseases was hailed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis today. Veneman talked about the Bush administration’s overall efforts to improve food and agricultural security. She said President Bush signed a directive last January that sets forth a national strategy for food and agriculture, which includes the three centers of excellence launched so far. A DHS fact sheet listed a number of other DHS and USDA initiatives related to food and agricultural biosecurity. Among them is “the National Consumer Complaint Monitoring System, a surveillance and sentinel system that monitors and tracks food-related consumer complaints 24/7 and serves as a real-time, early warning system of a potential attack on the food supply.” Veneman and Ridge addressed a crowd of dignitaries and reporters at the university’s McNamara Alumni Center. Ridge called the food security center—which involves three other universities as well as state agencies, food companies, professional organizations, and individual researchers at still other universities—”the heart and soul of our efforts to protect America’s food supply.” July 6 USDA news release dealing with the food protection and animal disease centers and other issues (see last three paragraphs)http://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0276.04.html She used her talk as the occasion to announce that USDA is committing $100 million for emergency response services and equipment in rural areas. Under the plan, $1 of every $5 of fiscal 2004 funds for community facilities will be dedicated to emergency response services, according to a USDA news release.last_img read more

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The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board expects an increase in tourists from Dubai

first_imgIn 2017, 1.915.890 arrivals were registered in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with 8.328.181 overnight stays, ie an increase of 12 percent in overnight stays. In accordance with the excellent announcements for this tourist season, and the opening of a direct line to the UAE, another record tourist season in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County can be expected this year as well.From 22.-25. April 2018 in Dubai, the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) business tourism fair will be held, at which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board will perform as a co-exhibitor at the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board of 55m2.Arabian Travel Market, je vodeći globalni turistički događaj na Srednjem Istoku i održava se po put. Očekuje se posjet od preko 40.000 profesionalaca u turizmu tijekom 4 radna dana u Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Uz Turističku zajednicu Dubrovačko-neretvanske županije i Hrvatsku turističku zajednicu na ovom sajmu nastupaju i Lošinj hotels & Villas, Amathus Travel Croatia, Abacus Tours, TZ Grada Zagreba i Uniline.”S obzirom na uvođenje izravnog leta kompanije Fly Dubai na relaciji Dubai – Dubrovnik očekujemo znatno povećanje prometa s ovog tržišta u ovoj godini” stand out from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board.FLYDUBAI INCLUDED DUBROVNIK IN THE SEASONAL SCHEDULEflydubai, an airline based in Dubai, has included Dubrovnik on its seasonal flight schedule for 2018, making flydubai the first airline to have direct flights from the United Arab Emirates to Dubrovnik.Dubrovik is connected directly with the UEA from April 10 to October 25, 2018, up to four times a week. With this, flydubai will increase its European network for next summer to 22 destinations, which includes 11 destinations in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, then two destinations in Ukraine and a new seasonal line in Croatia.Supported by the delivery of new aircraft in 2017, flydubai continues to expand its network connecting more than 100 destinations in 45 countries with more than 1.700 weekly flights.Related news:DUBROVNIK FINALLY GOT THE FIRST HOTEL WITH HALAL QUALITY CERTIFICATETOMAS SUMMER 2017 SURVEY FOR DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY PUBLISHED DUBROVNIK OUTDOOR FESTIVAL IS MUCH MORE THAN A FESTIVAL, IT IS A PLATFORM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVENTURE TOURISM IN CROATIA</p> <p><a href=”https://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=brd&FlightID=24629406&Page=&PluID=0&Pos=904387822″ target=”_blank”><img src=”https://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=bsr&FlightID=24629406&Page=&PluID=0&Pos=904387822″ border=0 width=1280 height=500></a></p> <p>last_img read more

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Governor Tom Wolf Commends Attorney General for Launch of Probe into Opioid Marketing and Addiction

first_img June 15, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf commended Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s announcement today that Pennsylvania is taking on a leadership role in a bipartisan investigation of opioid marketing and addiction in Pennsylvania and across the country. Shapiro made the announcement at a press conference in the Capitol.“Over the past few months, I have been proud to have my administration support and collaborate with Attorney General Shapiro on this important step in our fight against the opioid crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “It is undeniable that powerful and overprescribed prescription drugs have played a significant role in the deadly addiction crisis facing Pennsylvania and states across the country.“While we have taken steps to expand treatment for those suffering and expand resources for law enforcement and health professionals, the death toll is still rising in our state.“I thank Attorney General Shapiro for taking a lead role in today’s action and for being a vital partner in our fight against heroin and overuse of prescription opioids.”The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) most recent statistics on fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania show a 37 percent increase in fatal overdoses in 2016 compared to 2015. Of those 4,642 fatal overdoses, the DEA attributed 85 percent to prescription or illegal opioids, including heroin, according to the report.“The latest DEA figures on heroin and opioid deaths in Pennsylvania are extremely disturbing, and reinforce that Pennsylvania and the federal government must fight even harder to combat the damage done to our families and communities by heroin and opioids and the disease of addiction,” Governor Wolf said. “The Attorney General’s announcement today reaffirms our commitment to fighting this burgeoning epidemic from all sides.”A comprehensive list of new and expanded initiatives in Pennsylvania aimed at fighting this epidemic can be found here. Pennsylvania’s can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get assistance with substance use disorder.center_img Governor Tom Wolf Commends Attorney General for Launch of Probe into Opioid Marketing and Addictionlast_img read more

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The builders of this luxury home had to get creative when a heritage protected tree got in the way

first_imgThe quality finishes were popular with prospective buyers.Agent for the sale, Tony Mower from Havig & Jackson Clayfield said more than 50 groups went through the home in the two weeks it was on the market. The split level home makes the most of the space.“The architecture is very unique because the house has to fit around the tree,” Mr Mower said. The four-bedroom home, built five years ago, is in an elevated ­cul-de-sac and the city skyline can be seen clearly from the balcony. This luxury home needed to be designed so that a tree would not be harmed.ABEAUTIFUL heritage-protected tree could have been a big problem for the builders of this Windsor home. The Moreton Bay fig at Elam St could not be knocked over, so instead the builders of the luxury home at 29 decided to build around it. The beautiful home and amazing tree now sit side-by-side.center_img Inside 29 Elam Street WindsorThe gamble appears to have been embraced, with the house selling for $2.41 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoIt was the highest price for a residential property in Windsor since 2016, according to CoreLogic. It is on a double allotment on 810sq m and is close to Windsor station and Kedron Brook Rd. Interest in the property was mainly from people throughout Brisbane, with Mr Mower saying people liked the quality of the build and the views due to its elevated position.last_img read more

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