Walton appointed assistant professor of African American religions

first_imgSocial ethicist and African American religious studies scholar Jonathan Walton has been named assistant professor of African American religions at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), effective July 1.Walton is currently an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. His research addresses the intersections among religion, politics, and popular culture.“Harvard Divinity School is among the premier centers of theological education and hubs of academic inquiry,” Walton said. “I am honored and humbled to join such an amazing scholarly community, particularly since HDS has a proven track record of neither resting on its reputation nor being lulled asleep by its laurels. Its continued commitment to recruiting and cultivating cutting-edge scholars of religion in general, and of American religion in particular, makes it the place I want to be.”To read the full story, visit the Harvard Divinity School Web site.last_img read more

Hall to support global nonprofit

first_imgRyan Hall will host a 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball tournament tomorrow afternoon to support the Wheelchair Foundation, an international nonprofit which distributes wheelchairs to those in need across the globe. Freshman Emily Voorde helped coordinate the event with Bookstore Basketball, SAO and other halls. Voorde, who uses a wheelchair, has played wheelchair basketball with a local team and helped sponsor a similar wheelchair basketball tournament at her high school. “I thought it would be a good event to raise awareness and funds for a good cause,” she said. Voorde said the rules for regular basketball still apply for the tournament. The hoops, courts and balls are the same size. The only rule change applies to dribbling, she said. Each player must dribble once for every two pushes of the chair. Voorde said people may need time to adjust to the game and will have a very different experience in this tournament than they have in others. “People have a lot of questions because it is not something they are familiar with,” Voorde said. Alick’s Home Medical donated 30 wheelchairs for the tournament. Voorde said she worked with the South Bend medical supply store when planning her high school’s wheelchair basketball tournament. Ryan president sophomore Alison Quinn said though the team first hoped to work with a local organization, many South Bend charities focusing on wheelchair distribution already had sponsors. Quinn said they were then drawn to the international mission of the Wheelchair Foundation. Quinn said she hopes to raise enough money to purchase at least one wheelchair, which costs $150. She also said she hopes the tournament encourages solidarity and deeper understanding among students. “It’s fun because you get to play basketball in a wheelchair, but it’s also demonstrative of what some people go through every day,” Quinn said. Students can enjoy free food and winners will receive prizes at the event, she said. Quinn said she hopes for a high level of student involvement and wants to make the tournament an annual event. “Given it’s our first year, we hope to get enough involvement [to continue the event] in future years,” Quinn said. Voorde said students should register to support the charity and have fun with friends. “It’s the same game, same ball, same rules, just on wheels. It’s really fun, and I think it will be a great experience,” Voorde said. To register for the tournament, visit www.nd.edu/~ryan and click on the wheelchair basketball logo. Registration is also available through the group’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Clips of the Week: May 10, 2013

first_imgOur favorite web videos from the week that was:French Overly BroadWe got some rain in the Southeast last week. Understatement. Here are a couple of brave, rowdy boaters running the French Broad at 23,000 cfs.French Broad 23,000 from Shaneslogic on Vimeo.Asheville Guns for IronmanAsheville, N.C. is gunning to host an Ironman Triathlon in September 2014. This is the proposal video they submitted.Brookies in the Blue RidgeBrook Trout in the Blue Ridge, Gordonsville BBQ Exchange, and Tenkara. Does it get any better?Does it Get Any Better? from My Leaky Waders on Vimeo.And Now, For Something Different…Extreme.last_img

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Norwegian sovereign fund halves coal company holdings

first_imgNorway’s sovereign fund has nearly halved its exposure to thermal coal since the beginning of the year, only retaining shares in companies where mining is one of several business areas.Since the end of 2014, the NOK7trn (€806bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has divested seven coal mining companies, leaving only eight manufacturing thermal coal used in energy production – worth only 0.01% of its entire equity portfolio.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), told a Norwegian parliamentary hearing the fund retained its stake in large mining conglomerates but that the divestment came as part of its sale of a dozen companies due to concerns over water, deforestation and carbon emissions.The chief executive said: “Some sectors are facing particular environmental and social challenges. Based on an overall financial assessment, we may divest from individual companies. Over the past three years, we have sold off our shares in 114 companies on the basis of such assessments.” The fund earlier this year divested a number of firms over its environmental and human rights records, including some involved in the acquisition of phosphate from Western Sahara.Across its entire portfolio, NBIM now only retains NOK31.5bn in coal and general mining projects, slightly smaller in size than its dedicated environmental mandate of NOK42bn.Slyngstad compared the return of the environmental mandate with that of the whole fund, noting that the 5% return fell short of the 7.6% produced overall in 2014.“The environment-related mandates are currently confined to stock market segments that are well suited to active investment management,” he added.“Our investment managers have outperformed the environmental indices we use as a benchmark.”However, Slyngstad noted that the environmental mandate had underperformed the fund’s overall equity portfolio by 7 percentage points since its inception in 2009, echoing earlier comments.In his own remarks before the committee, Norges Bank governor Øystein Olsen also said the sovereign fund’s potential expansion into infrastructure would bring with it a team dedicated to the asset class.Discussing NBIM’s approach to real estate, in line with its goal to invest 1% of assets into property a year until it hits the current 5% cap, Olsen noted that a standalone property management team had been established.New properties will either be approved by the real estate team’s investment committee or, where sizeable acquisitions are occurring, by the fund’s executive board.Olsen noted that establishing an unlisted infrastructure portfolio is likely to see a similar resource-intensive approach to investment.The Norwegian government last year announced it would investigate relaxing the current 5% hard cap on real estate, and including infrastructure assets in the fund’s investment universe.last_img read more

This avo farm ‘Hass’ to be seen to be believed

first_imgThe property is on the market now.As well as farmers, Mr McNamara said some of the interest from potential buyers was were people that had never owned, or even worked, on a farm.“We marketed it quite widely,” he said.As well as the trees, it comes with a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, a machinery shed and a green house. The home is still on the market for offers above $2 million. Avos are an increasingly valuable commodity.The southeast Queensland farm is offering the best of both worlds for prospective homeowners that might want a career change — with all the smashed avocadoes they can eat (toast not included).Located at 107 Cherry Creek Road, Cherry Creek, the 40 hectare property has been set up to grow thousands and thousands of avocadoes every year. RICH SUBURBS SHUN GREEN POWER AVOCADO HEAVEN: This farm grows thousands and thousands of delicious avos each year, and it is on the market now.THIS could be the answer for all those millennials that do not want to cut the smashed avos out of their diet to afford their own home. The property is near the small town of Blackbutt.The property was originally used for growing peanuts, with just a few hundred avocado trees used as a side crop. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.This 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.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen107 Cherry Creek Rd, Cherry Creek01:58 With the popularity (and value) of avocadoes increasing, the majority of the land was converted to avocado trees. “It is a new asset so there are a lot of young trees that haven’t reached production yet,” he said. The property went to auction earlier today, but was passed in after bids reached $2 million. The property previously produced peanuts.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoWith 3400 mainly Hass avocado trees on the farm, agent Jez McNamara from Ray White Rural said it could eventually produce 50,000 to 60,000 trays of the increasingly popular fruit every year. “It’s got a very good climate, it has good volcanic soil,” Mr McNamara said. BIG PRICE DROP FOR RIVERFRONT HOME last_img read more

Reg’l hospital in Bacolod limits visiting hours

first_imgUnder the adjusted policy, visiting timeis limited to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday only within a given time. Visits will be allowed from 4 p.m. to4:30 p.m. at the ground floor of Heritage Building, pediatric ward, psychiatricward, and fourth floor of West Tower Building; 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., second floorof Heritage Building and fifth floor of West Tower Building; and 4 p.m. to 5p.m., sixth floor of West Tower Building. “This is to encourage people to avoidunnecessary trips to the hospital such as visiting of patients. This is forpurposes of avoiding the transmission of infectious diseases,” Drilon said. Drilon said the policy is subject tochange as the need arises and the public is expected to observe the policy fornow and continually observe basic preventive measures. Copies of the document were released bythe hospital management to the local media on Wednesday. Dr. Julius Drilon, medical center chiefII, announced the policy in a memorandum dated March 10, citing thePresidential Proclamation 922 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte whichdeclared a state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines. BACOLOD City – The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital(CLMMRH) in this city has set a limited visiting schedule for patients amid thecontinuing threat posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These include frequent washing of hands,proper sneezing and coughing etiquette, avoidance of crowded areas, amongothers. “Rest assured, the hospital isintensifying precautionary measures necessary to combat this health emergency,”Drilon added./PNlast_img read more

Indiana Pork Producers step up for the hungry

first_imgIndiana Pork Board President and hog farmer, Joe Baldwin, passing out hams during Gleaner’s Food Bank ham donation.Indianapolis, In. – More than 2,100 pounds of holiday ham, nearly 800 hams total, were donated by Indiana’s pork producers through Indiana Pork to Gleaners Food Bank of Indianapolis.“The entire year, but especially during the Christmas season, Hoosiers are compassionate to the hunger issue around the state,” said Joe Baldwin, President of the Indiana Pork Board of Directors.  “Indiana’s hog farmers feel privileged to help provide to those Hoosiers who may be struggling a bit this holiday season.  We hope this ham donation will help those who are struggling to put food on the table and help make Christmas a bit brighter for our fellow Hoosiers.”“Protein is critically important for the most vulnerable Hoosiers we serve: senior citizens and children,” said John Elliott, President & CEO of Gleaner’s Food Bank.  “This donation today is going directly into our Cynthia H. Hubert Community Cupboard to serve nearly 400 seniors who will come to us for assistance.”“Meat is not an item donated to food banks in sufficient quantity and families struggle to afford it,” said Emily Bryant, Executive Director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.  “We are thankful for the generosity of Indiana’s Pork farmers every day. Today’s donation of hams will provide high quality protein to families this holiday season who face hunger.”Monday’s ham donation was just in time for Senior Shopping Day at the food bank.  Gleaners Food Bank provides food assistance to more than 260,000 people in central and southeast Indiana.last_img read more

Clarence “Bud” Souder

first_imgClarence “Bud” Souder, 76, of Speedway, formerly of Boca Raton, FL passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis.  Clarence was born Friday, September 12, 1941 in Champaign, Illinois the son of Clarence and Edith (Mack) Souder Sr.  Bud was of the Protestant faith, worked for Frigidaire in FL, was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion. Buds interests included: modified sprint race car driver, fishing, golfing and enjoyed playing poker.  He was a political activist, writing many letters to congressmen and senators. He loved animals and nature, at one time owned a sulky race horse named Helen and spent some time training race horses. He was a history buff, very knowledgeable about the Bible and loved watching the History Channel.Bud is survived by son Michael (Julie) Burnworth of Huntington, IN, three grandchildren: Emily (Nick) Alles, Megan (Rob) Sands and Brandon Burnworth, six great grandchildren, an aunt and uncle, several cousins, nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ronnie.Graveside service will be held at 11 AM, Monday, September 17 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill with Pastor Mark Powell officiating.  Military services will be provided by Moores Hill American Legion Post # 209.  In lieu of flowers: memorials may be given in honor of Bud to Save the Children Foundation.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812) 744-3280. You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

NASCAR

first_imgAnother NASCAR season just ended.  NASCAR has always been known for crashes.  In fact, that seems to bring people into the stands as much as the racing itself.  Lately, however, the conduct of some of the drivers seems to be getting out of hand.  Joey Logano purposely wrecked Martin Truex recently to win a race.  Some people call this NASCAR racing.  I, myself, would label it cheating.I think you can have a competitive fan-friendly racing circuit without the deliberate wrecking of a driver who gets in your way.  Some racing experts say it would be impossible to tell whether it was deliberate or accidental.  I don’t think it would be that hard.  When a driver runs into the back of another driver, I think it is pretty obvious what he was planning.  Also, if you see a driver suddenly turn to hit the back of another car, I think that is obvious!  At least NASCAR could make an attempt to penalize such moves.  After all, they have a million other rules concerning races today.  Why would this be any different?last_img read more