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Peace activist speaks at College

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgEven as the country annually celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s namesake with a holiday, Americans are betraying the vision of King envisioned, Kroc Institute scholar and peace activist Rashied Omar said in a lecture at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday. King took a firm stand against racism, materialism and militarism, Omar said. “[He was] an American prophet. He was a patriot even if others could not see it,” Omar said. “He thought that if the U.S. changed itself, it had a tremendous potential to spread good.” Omar said many of King’s hopes for the world have not been realized in the decades following his death. “If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would want us to be on the right side of the world wide revolution of values,” he said. “It is time to stop thinking about who killed Martin, but who is killing Martin’s dream.” Omar said society often places value in largely inconsequential matters, which is the opposite of what King preached. “We are a ‘thing-oriented’ society, but we need to become a ‘person-oriented’ society,” Omar said. Rashied also said King’s dream of peace is ignored by the American government. “[King wanted] war money to put food in the wrinkled stomachs of God’s children,” he said. “[America] spends more on military than the next 12 countries combined. This is spiritual death.” Each year, the sitting president commemorates King, lays a wreath on his grave, and goes right back to war the next day, Omar said. “There is a street in every town named after him, but people’s actions today betray Martin’s vision, kill the dream,” he said. King recognized America needed a revival of spirit, Omar said. “He wanted to redeem the soul of America and have the country act as a responsible member of the world community,” he said. Omar said King would recognize many societal norms worthy of challenging. “Today we see legalized prejudices against many minorities, the Hispanic community and gays and lesbians,” he said. Omar noted modern prophets exist today, such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who help recognize points in society worthy of change. “[They are] the moral conscious of society, not only electing leaders but holding them accountable,” he said. “They challenged the injustice of the status quo.” When Barrack Obama ran for president, he campaigned on a platform containing aspects of a modern prophet, Omar said. “[He highlighted] the move towards change, we needed hope,” he said. “When he came to power however, the movement retired.”last_img read more

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Paul Alexander Nolan Set to Star in Broadway-Aimed Escape to Margaritaville

By on January 18, 2021

first_img View Comments Escape to Margaritaville Paul Alexander Nolan will sink his teeth into a starring role (and perhaps a cheeseburger in paradise?) in the Broadway-aimed Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville. The Bright Star standout will headline the production’s world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse. He is set to play Tully, a part-time bartender and singer. Broadway alums Alison Luff and Lisa Howard will take on the roles of Rachel and Tammy, respectively. Performances of the Christopher Ashley-helmed musical are scheduled to begin on May 9. As previously announced, a Great White Way opening is slated for spring 2018.Nolan’s Broadway credits include Chicago, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar and Once. Luff was last seen on the Great White Way in Les Misérables; she also appeared in Matilda, Scandalous and Ghost. Howard last appeared on Broadway in It Shoulda Been You. Her additional Great White Way credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 9 to 5, South Pacific and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits, as well as original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a Nolan’s character Tully at the titular tropical island resort as he questions his relaxed ways upon meeting (and falling in love with) a career-minded tourist.The La Jolla engagement is scheduled to run through June 25. The production will then go to New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre from October 20 through 28. Performances at Houston’s Hobby Center will run from October 31 through November 5. The Chicago stint is set for November 9 through December 3. Further casting will be announced at a later date. Related Showscenter_img Paul Alexander Nolan(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Show Closed This production ended its run on July 1, 2018last_img read more

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Green Jacket

By on January 17, 2021

first_imgGeorgia 4-H’s annual Green Jacket Award goes to a public official who has shown exceptional support for Georgia’s young people. This year that honor went to Paul Wood, president and CEO of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC). Wood accepted his new, verdant blazer and an etched glass award at the 2015 Georgia 4-H State Congress Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 23, amongst dozens of young people and Georgia 4-H staff also there to be honored for their accomplishments. Georgia 4-H’s state leadership team presents the Green Jacket Award annually to supporters of the Georgia 4-H program. Former winners include Gov. Sonny Perdue, Rep. Terry England, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and other public figures. “Paul Wood has been a friend of 4-H since his arrival in Georgia,” said Georgia 4-H State Leader Arch Smith. “He has supported our program through his service on the Georgia 4-H Foundation board of directors. Under his leadership, the Georgia EMCs have continued to strengthen their legacy as one of Georgia 4-H’s best supporters. Georgia 4-H has no better friend than Paul Wood, and he is most deserving of the Georgia 4-H Green Jacket Award.” Wood, who spearheads Georgia EMC support of Georgia 4-H, has been one of the group’s most important supporters for decades. “This is an incredible honor for me, particularly when you look at the past recipients of this award, which includes governors, business people and legislative leaders,” Wood said. “I am fortunate to work for the EMCs of Georgia, which have always been strong advocates of 4-H in our state. Georgia undoubtedly has the premier 4-H program in the United States, and it has been my privilege to support it.” Georgia 4-H is a program of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and delivered to Georgia’s children through local UGA Extension offices across the state. For more about the Georgia 4-H program, visit Georgia4H.org.last_img read more

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CABE’s case for bigger role

By on October 20, 2020

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State pawnshop Pegadaian on the lookout for fintech partners to develop digital financing

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgNinis added that to finance Pegadaian’s future expansion plans, the company will issue sustainable bonds worth Rp 10 trillion for a two-year period.“Previously we reduced our [physical] outlets and replaced them with our online channel, and surprisingly our productivity has increased after that. This year we will explore which services can also be replaced by our online channel,” said Pegadaian director for information technology and digital Teguh Wahyono.Teguh added that Pegadaian would also collaborate with more giant e-commerce and digital payment platforms, as the company broadens its online channels.One of Pegadaian’s services that would be digitized is the company’s leading product, Tabungan Emas, which allows customers to save gold instead of hard cash. Tabungan Emas, which translates as gold saving, saw stellar growth in 2019, as the number of customers more than doubled to 4.6 million from 1.7 million in 2018.The balance amounts in Tabungan Emas also increased to 4.3 tons of gold in 2019, more than double the 2.1 tons seen in 2018.Pegadaian will launch a gold card similar to a credit card for customers of Tabungan Emas, thereby enabling them to conduct transactions using their gold savings. Kuswiyoto said the company will partner with three state banks and one private lender in issuing the credit card-like gold cards.”We will offer this card to our Tabungan Emas customers in which customers can use the card just like a credit card and can make transactions with merchants or withdraw money from ATM machines,” said Kuswiyoto.The gold card will use the customer’s gold savings to determine their credit limit based on the customers’ gold savings in Tabungan Emas.Topics : The fintech partnership is expected to help Pegadaian’s target to grow its financing by 17 to 18 percent this year and profit by 10 percent. In 2019, Pegadaian’s profit grew 12 percent year-on-year to Rp 3.1 trillion (US$226.2 million), while outstanding financing grew 23.3 percent to Rp 50.4 trillion over the same period.The company’s overall positive performance last year was driven by Pegadaian’s digital innovation and its products and its initiative to collaborate with partners, including e-commerce companies such as Blibli and Tokopedia, to market their products, said Pegadaian director for finance and strategic planning Ninis K. Adriani.“One of our strategies to drive our business is through business-to-business partnerships. As of today, we have partnered with 541 companies, both state-owned and private companies, to synergize our business. We also work with e-commerce companies such as Tokopedia and Blibli to help us grow our business,” since Ninis. Pegadaian currently has 13.86 million customers, a 30 percent increase from 10.64 million in 2018, thanks to its digital operations that have helped ease the customer experience. State-owned pawnshop PT Pegadaian is seeking several fintech partners to develop digital financing to expand its business and benefit from the rapidly growing sector.Pegadaian president director Kuswiyoto said on Thursday that the partnership with fintech operators was expected to further develop services the company provide in the Pegadaian Digital mobile apps.“People used to say fintech is a threat, but I say this is an opportunity because it’s going to grow big,” Kuswiyoto told a press briefing on the company’s business performance in 2019. The company has not yet disclosed its potential fintech business partners.last_img read more

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Near Perfect Ellsworth Continues to Roll

By on September 20, 2020

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 ELLSWORTH — In their first three outings, the Ellsworth Eagle boys and girls, both 3-0, have lost just a single set each.But even with those near-perfect records, the Eagles girls are ranked only fifth and the Eagle boys eighth in Eastern Maine Class B, according to this week’s first edition of the Maine Principals’ Associaton Heal point standings.In action this week, Class B Ellsworth dealt the Class C George Stevens Academy Eagles their only loss so far, with the Ellsworth boys winning 4-1 and the girls rolling to a 5-0 win. BOYSThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth 4, GSA 1Singles: Spencer Small (E) over Elias Springer 8-3, Nick Reese (E) over Michael Senter-Zapata 8-6, Alex Keefe (E) over Dillon Morris 8-5. Doubles: Max Reiter and Charlie Volkwein (GSA) over Dillon Toothaker and Tyler Small 9-8 (9-7), Brandon Albee and Justin Harding (E) over Will Brokaw and Lucas Yoder 8-6.center_img Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 GIRLSEllsworth 5, GSA 0Singles: Miranda Grant over Southerd Steer 8-3, Ashley Harding over Katie Herklotz 9-7, Clarissa Winkleman over Roz Brokaw 8-3. Doubles: Holly Wadman and Caitlin Maloney over Grace Jackson and Vesta Davis 8-6, Danel White and Paige Lewis over Tierney Hally and Hannah Van der Eb 8-3. adminlast_img read more

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Tridents grab Rashid Khan, TKR sign 48-year-old Tambe for CPL

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – Title-holders Barbados Tridents have secured the services of Afghan leg-spinning star, Rashid Khan, for their upcoming 2020 Caribbean Premier League campaign while 48-year-old Pravin Tambe is set to become the first Indian to feature in the tournament after being picked up by Trinbago Knight Riders.The 21-year-old Khan, who has featured for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the past, is one of the rising stars of international cricket, having played four Tests, 71 One-Day Internationals and 48 Twenty20 Internationals.Significantly, he has already made a huge impact on the T20 format across several leagues, with 296 wickets from 211 matches.Tridents, who beat Amazon Warriors in last year’s final to lift their second title, have also re-signed England opener Alex Hales and picked up Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to further strengthen their squad for the August 18 and September 10 campaign.Indian leg-spinner Pravin TambeTKR, champions in successive seasons in 2017 and 2018, have signed Australian Fawad Ahmed, New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert and Zimbabwean batsman Sikandar Raza, along with Tambe.Having played the last of two first-class matches six years ago and without any recent participation in a major T20 league, Tambe was a bizarre choice for TKR, especially considering his age.Amazon Warriors, meanwhile, who played unbeaten throughout the preliminaries last year before faltering at the final, have included seasoned New Zealander Ross Taylor and Afghan seamer Naveen-ul-Haq for their campaign.Taylor, who has featured in the past for other franchises in the CPL, brings with him a stellar record of 6 140 runs at an average of 31 from 273 T20s.Jamaica Tallawahs have placed their hopes in out-of-favour West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, in order to improve after last season’s flop.Brathwaite, the hero of the 2016 T20 World Cup final in India, will campaign for the Kingston-based franchise after being released by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.Along with Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, South African left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and Pakistani batsman Asif Ali have all been signed for the upcoming campaign, Tallawahs will hope to return themselves to their former glory after finishing bottom of the table last season.Australians Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk, along with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi and Pakistani seamer Sohail Tanvir, have been signed by Patriots for the new season.last_img read more

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Graduate transfers are the new prized recruits in college football

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgLast March, Amba Etta-Tawo needed a jump.His 2000 BMW was broken down along Interstate-81 to Syracuse, so Etta-Tawo flagged down a passing driver to jump start his car battery. A few hours later, the then-Maryland senior visited the SU coaching staff. After a few meetings, Etta-Tawo signed with the Orange as a graduate transfer, cancelling visits to Mississippi State, Arizona State and Missouri.The jump-start not only helped Etta-Tawo get to Syracuse, but it provided him a literal jump in his career. Last fall, the fifth-year senior broke Marvin Harrison’s single-season receiving yards record, vaulting himself from a little-known receiver to one of the country’s top down-field threats.“I’m not sure I’d be here if it weren’t for that grad transfer,” said Etta-Tawo, who signed this week with the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.Syracuse’s first All-American since 2001 is not alone. SU head coach Dino Babers has already brought on five graduate transfers in his two years as head coach, creating several win-win scenarios. For players like Etta-Tawo, it’s a chance to renew a career lost by injury or boost their draft stock. For Syracuse, it’s a quick way to add depth and experience on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2017, Bowling Green’s Austin Valdez, Notre Dame’s Devin M. Butler and Toledo’s Jordan Martin are suiting up for the Orange. Each is pursuing a master’s degree. Forty-five percent of football graduate transfers in 2013 and 2014 completed their studies, according to the NCAA. Some coaches debate over graduate rates and what they see as a free-agency-like market. That graduate transfers don’t have to sit out a year also has created some skeptics, including Alabama coach Nick Saban.“I’m not for having free agents in our conference,” Saban said in May.Emma Comtois | Digital EditorBabers said he is fully on board with the rule. Last year, he added Etta-Tawo and former Colorado defensive lineman De’Jon Wilson as fifth-years. Etta-Tawo had the best season ever for a Syracuse wide receiver, while Wilson added 2.5 sacks as a key rotational player. Syracuse, with three, has the second-most graduate transfers in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year. North Carolina, with four, is the only school in the ACC with more, and there are 16 total in the conference.In April 2006, the NCAA ruled that a college athlete who had graduated but had remaining eligibility could transfer without sitting out a season in order to pursue a graduate degree. (Non-graduate transfers usually must sit out a year.) The number of graduate transfers competing in NCAA football has since skyrocketed.In 2011, when Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson played a fifth-year at North Carolina State, there were 17 graduate transfers in Division I. Three years later, that number jumped to 70 and last season it was 117. That’s a 588-percent increase over six seasons.Players across mid-major and Power 5 schools alike see it as a way to get a free year of graduate school and perhaps a chance to finish strong from their undergraduate years.“We’re able to plug in some holes that we had on our football team,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said. “Guys have come in and given us some quality depth and some experience that you wouldn’t have in those situations. I think it’s a good rule, and until the rule changes, we’ll continue to try to utilize it.”Courtesy of Bowling Green AthleticsAt most schools, the process begins in the winter with a few phone calls. Such was the case for Martin, who redshirted the 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL. By mid-February this year, he had met with Toledo’s athletic director, requested a release form and looked at a few fifth-year landing spots. Within weeks, he chose SU over West Virginia and Rutgers, accelerating the process to ensure he arrived on campus early for summer classes.Cornerback Devin M. Butler expected to start for the Irish in 2016, but he fractured his foot at the end of the 2015 season and then again in the offseason. Last August, UND suspended Butler indefinitely after he was arrested Aug. 20 near a bar in South Bend, Indiana. Butler pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor of resisting law enforcement. Another charge, for battery against a public safety official, was dropped.“With my situation, I really wanted to go to a program where the coaches would really support me,” Butler told 247Sports.com. “The Notre Dame coaches definitely supported me, but I just wanted a place where I can re-write my narrative. That’s Syracuse. I wanted to put the bad light away and off my name. I wanted a chance to show people I am the man that everyone knows me to be and the man I’ve always been.”Emma Comtois | Digital EditorValdez, SU’s third graduate transfer, didn’t commit until July, when he was granted his release from Bowling Green. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound linebacker racked up 222 career tackles, 144 of which came in 2015 while Babers coached at BGSU. He was named to the All-Mid American Conference First Team.After his four years at Bowling Green, Valdez said he was recruited heavily by Oklahoma State, Indiana, UNLV and Rutgers, but he made one visit to SU and signed.“I wanted to give myself a challenge, get a better opportunity somewhere else.” Valdez said. “It was a great opportunity to play at a bigger level. Pro looks are in the back of my mind.”Over the last couple of years, no graduate transfer has benefited as much as Etta-Tawo. After four disappointing seasons at Maryland, Etta-Tawo transferred to SU. He ditched plans to take a vacation with his family to Nigeria last summer, arriving at Syracuse early to work out. The move paid dividends for both himself and SU. He had the best season for a receiver in program history while vaulting himself into NFL Draft conversations.“I think it’s a chance for guys who haven’t had as great a career as they originally wanted their first four years,” said senior linebacker Zaire Franklin. “It’s an opportunity for them to get that one shot to start fresh.“On the flip side, it’s an opportunity to get that immediate depth. Guys like Martin, Devin Butler and Valdez, those guys have played big-time games against great players, so it’s a bonus for both sides.” Comments Published on September 7, 2017 at 10:43 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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U17 WC: Asamoah Gyan hails Golden Eaglet attacker

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgGhana Captain Asamoah Gyan has hailed Golden Eaglets attacking midfielder Taiwo Awoniyi for putting up a superlative display to help Nigeria secure a 4-1 victory over Iran in the Round of 16 of the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in the United Arab Emirates.Awoniyi, who have become a midfield maestro since replacing injured Success Isaac in Nigeria’s 3-3 draw with Sweden in their second game of the competition, was the engine room when the West Africans beat Iran to book a quarter final ticket.PresentWith Gyan at the stand to watch the game in Al Ain, the Ghana international could not hide his feelings for the young lad.-I like him, that No18, Awoniyi. He does all the work up there and creates a lot, he told fifa.com.-This is my kind of player. Nigeria take on Uruguay in the quarter final on Saturday, and Awoniyi is expected to help Nigeria go through.last_img read more

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Angels players ponder where to go after coronavirus shutdown

By on August 26, 2020

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — As teams across baseball grappled with the question of how to handle the sport’s indefinite hiatus, the Angels have given their players some time to think about it.General Manager Billy Eppler said Friday that he and his staff began calling all players individually and offering them three options for where to be while the sport shuts down to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Per instructions from Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association, players have the option of remaining in Arizona, returning to Southern California or returning to their offseason homes. The players will have coaches and support staff available both in Tempe and Anaheim to facilitate workouts, batting practice, bullpen sessions, etc.Teams will continue to pay players their standard spring training living allowance and assist in making arrangements if players choose to remain in Arizona. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The same options were available for the minor league players, Eppler said.Eppler said he wanted players to take some time to consult with their families to decide what to do.“We’re encouraging them to do what they’re comfortable doing,” Eppler said. “We’re not really offering advice, because we can facilitate their needs here in Arizona or in Los Angeles. And some might choose to remain home for the time being.”Eppler said that Manager Joe Maddon had not determined whether he’d remain in Arizona or return to Southern California. He said Maddon is “standing by” to “get a sense of what most of our players are going to do.”Eppler said the pitchers have been asked to continue throwing bullpens and keeping their arms in shape so they will be ready to ramp up once they get word from MLB that the season will begin. “If we are given two-, three- or four-week ramp up time, that should be ample time to build pitch volume back up,” Eppler said. “In my conversations with MLB and their correspondence with the union, player safety is the forefront of their thought process. They will make any accommodations they need to to to make sure players are able to play at their accustomed level.”MLB has so far announced that the earliest the season would start is April 9, although the decision to allow players to leave certainly has caused many to suspect that the target date is now later.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m not opining on those things,” Eppler said. “What we’re planning on doing is providing the services to keep our players loose, activated. If we get a sense that MLB and the union has targeted a date, we’ve heard from them that they will communicate that and give us ample time to really rev players back up for lack of a better word.”It is also possible that the entire roster would reconvene in Tempe for some period immediately before the start of the season, perhaps with at least a few exhibition games.Allowing the players to scatter certainly also opens the door to some questions about whether they are creating more vulnerabilities to the coronavirus.Eppler said players have been given instruction daily on the best practices to keep safe from the virus. He said that so far none of the players or staff have shown any signs of having already contracted the virus.“Knock on wood, no,” he said. “Nobody has reported a fever at this time or showed the highlighted symptoms.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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