Students evacuated from Cairo begin classes three weeks late in London and South Bend

first_imgOne year ago, junior Chris Luboja began preparing to spend the spring 2011 semester studying abroad in Cairo. This week, he moved into Stanford Hall, enrolled in classes on campus and met with professors and advisors to make sure he could catch up after beginning classes three weeks late. Luboja is one of 12 Notre Dame students who were evacuated from Cairo on Jan. 31 due to ongoing protests in Egypt. The students arrived in Cairo Jan. 20, planning to spend a semester at the American University in Cairo (AUC). After their evacuation, they chose between returning to Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend and entering Notre Dame’s London Program. “It is disappointing,” Luboja said. “Obviously you get to see a bit of history, which is really amazing, but at the same time all of us were ready to be there for four months and experience that area and travel around that region.” As one of five students who returned to South Bend, Luboja said he based his decision on his personal comfort level. “I had spent the last year kind of mentally preparing myself for Cairo, so I don’t think I was really in the mindset to jump on board with London,” he said. Luboja said he was able to enroll in courses that will allow him to continue working toward his majors in finance and Arabic. “The University pretty much left all the doors open for us,” he said. “They were really accommodating because they want to make sure we graduate on time and get the classes we need.” Junior Alex Huth, who was in Cairo with Luboja, decided to enter Notre Dame’s London Program. “I wanted to go to London because I had already decided I wanted to study abroad,” he said. Mike Huth, Alex’s father, said he encouraged Alex to go to London. “I think all of them were really unhappy with the way things turned out and really disappointed,” Mike said. “We were kind of encouraging them to go to London, … stay the course on this overseas semester.” Alex arrived in London with six other Notre Dame students last week. He said the process of being evacuated from Egypt to Turkey, deciding whether to go to London or return to South Bend and scheduling courses for the semester was more stressful than the days he spent in Cairo without access to Internet or mobile phone connections. The University was helpful, Alex said, but the process was “a nightmare.” While Alex has not determined whether he will continue his major in Arabic in addition to his finance major, he said Notre Dame’s London Program is working to arrange an Arabic course for the students who left Cairo. “In my opinion, Notre Dame did a really good job being accommodating to us,” he said. Alex said he and the six other students who were originally in Cairo live in a dormitory building in Chelsea, an area of the city that is a 45 minute walk from Notre Dame’s campus in Trafalgar Square. The other Notre Dame undergraduates studying in London live more than an hour walking distance from Chelsea. Junior Henry Hodes also chose to go to London after leaving Cairo. Despite the disappointment of leaving Cairo, he said he is happy to still have a study abroad experience. “I’ve not regretted it since we got here,” Hodes said. “Again, it’s not Cairo, it’s not what we originally intended,” he said. “We’re having to be a little flexible when it comes to where we’re living, for example.” Mike Huth said while it was scary to be out of touch with his son while he was in Cairo, he was impressed by Notre Dame’s communication with parents. “There was about a two-day period where we really didn’t have much contact at all with [Alex] and … we were glued to CNN pretty much from the time we got up from the time we went to bed,” Mike said. “[Notre Dame] did a great job of staying in touch by e-mail and the American University in Cairo also did a great job.” Luboja said he and the other 11 students continue to follow media coverage of the events in Egypt. “Now it’s a little personal having been there,” he said. He also had the opportunity to meet Egyptian students and has kept in touch with them since he left Cairo. “Every time I talk to them they say, ‘You have to come back’ because I think they kind of feel bad that they weren’t able to see everything,” Luboja said. “I definitely plan on going back once everything stabilizes.”last_img read more

Grantham Coleman & More Set for Buzzer Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Buzzer Grantham Coleman, Tessa Ferrer and Michael Stahl-David will appear in the New York premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson’s Buzzer. The Public Theater production will begin on March 24 and run through April 26 at the Martinson Theater off-Broadway. Opening night is set for April 8. Anne Kauffman will direct. Buzzer follows Jackson, a man who left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson’s bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson’s white girlfriend, Suzy, isn’t so sure she belongs in a community “on the verge.” When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood’s dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy and the sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door. Coleman, who takes on the role of Jackson, returns to the Public after appearing in the Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It; his additional off-Broadway credits include Choir boy, One Night and We Are Proud to Present…. Ferrer, who will play Suzy, has appeared on stage previously in Brilliant Faces, Proof, The House in Illium Valley, Turning and Carpe Tunnel. Stahl-David will play Don; he was previously seen off-Broadway in The Overwhelming. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more

Head Backstage at Hamilton for Taran Killam’s First Performance

first_imgAl Roker & Taran Killam View Comments Hamilton Talk about a comedy king! Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam is currently reigning as King George in Hamilton. The Today Show went behind-the-scenes with him during rehearsal and on the evening of his first performance where Killam showed off the tricks of the King George trade, like mastering the accent (“I think you just go nasally.”), rocking the cape (“It’s very King of the Forest, Wizard of Oz to me.”) and realizing he’s in Broadway’s revolutionary hit (“I’m stressed out. Nah, I’m fortunate and spoiled.”). Take a peek at the video below, and try to catch Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!center_img from $149.00 Related Showslast_img read more

‘M-Y-C,’ ‘O-R-R’…

first_imgWalter Reeves It’s a tiny thing with a Mickey Mouse name (“M-Y-C,” “O-R-R,””H-I-Z-A-E”). But on “Gardening in Georgia” July 20 and 22, hostWalter Reeves puts the spotlight on this helpful fungus.Reeves visits with Don Marx, who shows how mycorrhizae help tree roots absorb waterthey couldn’t get otherwise.It’s time, too, for another trip to the vegetable garden at the University of Georgia’sGriffin campus. The corn is just about as tall as an elephant’s eye, and Reeves getseyeball to eyeball with a tomato hornworm.Finally, if you have lots of earth to turn, you’ve probably thought about buying atiller. Reeves demonstrates three of the tillers that are commonly available.Don’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img read more

Georgia 4-H Environmental Education

first_img“Our entire school has made the annual trip to (Rock Eagle) since the school opened in 2005,” said Jennifer Hernandez, principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, a magnet school in the Marietta City Schools system. “Having the millionth camper makes it extra special for us because we see the great value in outdoor education as well as the other positive aspects the trip brings—creating a bonding experience for all that attend.” During the summer, staff at the 4-H centers help thousands of Georgia 4-H’ers make the most of the club’s summer camp programs. When school is back in session, the school year staff deliver a research-based curriculum linked directly to the Georgia Performance Standards.They draw on Georgia’s unique ecosystems to teach lessons in biology, environmental science and geology. While the programs emphasize the sciences, lessons also touch on history, language arts and mathematics and promote team building and communication skills. While Georgia 4-H may be best known for student leadership and skills development programs offered through UGA Extension’s 4-H clubs, the organization has offered environmental education to youth across the Southeast since 1979. The programs are open to all Georgia students, whether they attend class at public or private schools or are home-schooled. “I wanted the students to understand what they were learning in the classroom was applicable to their lives,” Davies said. “Children are naturally curious about nature, so why not use that to teach them? Don’t separate them from the outdoors.” She was inspired by her childhood growing up in the foothills and mountains of Pennsylvania and the connections she made between her schoolwork and the time that she spent outside, she said. Diane Davies, now a retired 4-H specialist, started Georgia 4-H environmental education in 1979 with a $300 annual budget and six months to establish the program. “It’s absolutely incredible to think of the last 35 years and how it’s grown,” Davies said. Now, 35 years later, the program serves more than 44,000 students annually at five locations across Georgia: Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island and Jekyll 4-H Center on Jekyll Island. With the arrival of 456 third- through fifth-graders at the University of Georgia Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, Georgia 4-H marked its millionth student served by its environmental education program. “Teachers and parents recognize the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program for bringing school concepts to life and connecting students to the natural world using nature as a classroom without walls,” said Melanie Biersmith, the environmental education coordinator for Georgia 4-H. “The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program provides students the opportunity to experience science in the out-of-doors,” said Arch Smith, Georgia 4-H state leader. “Too many children have not been afforded the chance to experience nature. The 4-H Environmental Education Program provides hands-on learning in the natural environment at our five 4-H centers from the mountains to the piedmont to the sea.” Georgia 4-HGeorgia 4-H at UGA assists youths in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. UGA Extension 4-H agents are in nearly every county in Georgia, offering fifth- through 12th-graders hands-on learning experiences focused on leadership, agriculture, the environment and a broad range of other topics. For more information on Georgia 4-H, see www.georgia4h.org or call 706-542-4444. For more information on UGA Extension, see http://extension.uga.edu/ or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Brazil, India, South Africa, Lead Effort Against Child Labor

first_imgBy Dialogo May 05, 2010 In less than two weeks, the labor ministers of almost 200 countries will participate in a global conference on child labor in The Hague, Netherlands. They will be working on a new “road map” to wipe out the worst forms of child labor by the year 2016. A major focus of the conference will be on three countries — India, Brazil and South Africa. They have assumed the status of role models because of their own recent efforts to combat child labor. All three are being cited for exceptional political commitment. Since 2006, the International Labor Organization says, the number of child workers has dropped by 11 percent worldwide. And the number of children in hazardous work has gone down by 26 percent. Much of that progress has come in India, Brazil and South Africa, which formed a three-way development initiative in 2003. Sudhanshu Joshi is the director of the International Center for Child Labor and Education. He recalls the situation in India’s textile industries twenty years ago. “I was really shocked to see the situation that how children who were trafficked from eastern part of India, and from Bihar and from Nepal were kept as slave labor,” said Joshi. But now, the Indian government claims the weaving industry is free of child workers, and says it has a strong programs in place to provide children with educational and vocational training. Joshi says India’s progress is largely due to social action by the government and constant vigilance of the civil society. “Now, how do you do this globally? To do this globally, to achieve this globally, it’s very very important there is a strong civil society,” added Joshi. Joshi also says international donors should concentrate their financial and technical support on the countries with the worst problems. Philippe Egger of the International Labor Organization says outside donors alone are not the answer. Egger says while the ILO has offered direct assistance to reduce child labor in many countries, India, Brazil, and South Africa have done a good job by enforcing their own legislation. “This is not only a donors in the north helping the countries in the south to implement program matter. What we are seeing is that countries in the south have adopted major programs with their own resources which are sometimes complemented by resources from north but the bulk of resources today going into the fight against child labor comes from government in the south,” said Egger. India, Brazil and South Africa are also helping their neighbors. Brazil helped the government of Ghana design a program much like Brazil’s “Bolsa Familia” scheme, which provides financial aid to poor families as long as their children attend school. The three countries also financed a project to fight the worst forms of child labor in Africa’s Portuguese-speaking countries. “I think that undoubtedly that India, Brazil and South Africa are very strongly seen as sort of the motherboards of development initiatives in their respective continents, in Asia, in Africa, and in Latin America,” explained Joshi. During a recent panel discussion on child labor in Washington DC, labor ministers from India, Brazil, and South Africa shared the challenges they have faced and the lessons they have learned. South African labor minister Membathisi Mdladlana cautioned other governments to remain alert, since even the most successful programs may have some flaws. “We say that we need child grants for poor households so that government can subsidize those poor families with children but the problem with that is then some of these young teenage girls get pregnant because they have no employment they are not in school so for them this is the easier route for them to augment their standard of living,” explained Membathisi Mdladlana. Experts fear that the progress made in the fight against child labor can be undone by the global economic crisis. According to the ILO, child labor is a cause and consequence of poverty, and can only be dealt with by bringing prominent global actors together along with greater financial commitment.last_img read more

Darrow comes to life at Chester Bedell luncheon

first_img July 15, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular News Darrow comes to life at Chester Bedell luncheon Darrow comes to life at Chester Bedell luncheonAssistant EditorAsk a lawyer who Clarence Darrow is and you’ll hear descriptions like legendary and timeless, provocative and introspective, dynamic and calm, idealistic and skeptical. Ask Clarence Darrow who Clarence Darrow is and he would have said something like “Who are any of us?”At the Trial Lawyer Section’s Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon of The Florida Bar Annual Meeting, Darrow was all of these things. Brought to life by acclaimed actor Paul Morella, Darrow, the persona, the myth, told the story of Clarence Darrow, the lawyer and the man.“I suppose I should tell you that I went into law to help people who were suffering, or to fight for human decency. I should tell you that, but it would be a damn lie,” he said in his opening remarks. “The truth is I have no idea why I went into law.”The truth is he thought about it. The truth is he thought about the reasons he went into law just like he pondered every philosophical, moral, and religious question that ever riddled the Hamlets of the world.“What anyone ends up doing in life is mostly an accident, and there certainly wasn’t much rhyme or reason to me becoming a lawyer,” he argued.But who he was as a man rhymed perfectly with the profession. Clarence Darrow had a gift for questioning, for analyzing things, for experiencing other people’s pain as if it were his own.“This isn’t a gift,” he said. “I’ve gone to battle for people in trouble all my life so I could get some damn sleep!”The truth is he enjoyed it. And he enjoyed listening to himself talk: “Sometimes I don’t know what I think until I hear what I have to say.”What he had to say often convinced juries, confounded witnesses, and conjured sympathies.With the sound of a gavel somewhere offstage, Paul Morella resurrected the scenes of cases that made Darrow the defense attorney legend he is today. I n 1898, Clarence Darrow defended Thomas I. Kidd, general secretary of the Amalgamated Woodworkers International Union, for conspiracy to injure the lumber industry. Darrow didn’t argue so much on his client’s behalf, as he did against the charge of conspiracy.Of conspiracy he said, “It is an effort to punish the crime of thought. It is an effort to keep the powerless in chains by denying them the right to make up in numbers what they lack in wealth.”He would become known as the “champion of the poor.”In what was noted as the first “Crime of the Century,” Darrow defended “Big Bill” Haywood, secretary of the Western Federation of Mines, who was accused of planning the murder of Frank Steunenberg, former governor of Idaho. In this case, Darrow reminded the jury of the consequences of a decision of paramount proportions.“Mr. Haywood is not my greatest concern,” he said. “Other men have died before him.”He later continued, “Gentlemen, if you should kill Bill Haywood, he is mortal, he will die. But if your verdict should be ‘not guilty’ in this case, there are still those who will reverently bow their heads and thank you 12 men for the life and reputation you have saved.”It was “those” whom Darrow never forgot. He was a man who believed in forgiveness, and in love. “I do not believe in the law of hate,” he said. “I may not be true to my ideals always, but I believe in the law of love, and I believe you can do nothing with hatred.”These convictions were put to the test when Darrow was asked by the NAACP to defend Dr. Ossian Sweet, a black man charged with murder, when he fired gunshots into an angry white mob that had his house and family surrounded.Layer by layer, Paul Morella unraveled the inner workings of a man, a lawyer who seemed so intricately put together.“A child is born into this world without any knowledge of any sort,” he said. “He has a brain which is a piece of putty; he inherits nothing in the way of knowledge or of ideas. You can teach a man anything beginning with the child; you can make anything out of him, and we are not responsible for it.”Darrow’s philosophy was that environment shapes who people become, and he used this argument to fuel his defense.“Suppose you were black. Do you think you would forget it even in your dreams?” he would ask the jury. And they put aside their prejudice with a verdict of “not guilty.” To this end Darrow said, “That’s the best any human being can do.”He focused on the greater good. Perhaps he was best known for his defense of John Scopes, accused of teaching evolution in schools, in what became know as the Monkey Trial. Darrow essentially put the Bible on trial. He targeted the intolerance that often associated itself with religion, saying, “Ignorance and fanaticism are ever busy and need feeding.”Then came his argument in defending 18-year-old Nathan Leopold and 17-year-old Dickie Loeb, who had admitted to killing little Bobby Franks.“I am pleading for the future,” he addressed the jury, “when we can learn by reason and judgment and understanding and faith that all life is worth saving, and that mercy is the highest attribute of man. If I should succeed,” he said, “in saving these boys’ lives and do nothing for the progress of the law, I should feel sad, indeed.”And at that moment, with those words, Paul Morella became Clarence Darrow, and Clarence Darrow every trial lawyer at that luncheon. Darrow was looking to the future, to further the law to secure the lives of tens of thousands of others to follow.Clarence Darrow knew it wasn’t about the then and there; it was about the future. He knew that it wasn’t whether somebody remembered him, but whether they remembered the principle that was being fought for.It was during Morella’s portrayal of Darrow in the Thomas I. Kidd trial that he said something to an invisible jury that was all too clear and relevant for those watching:“It has fallen to your lot, gentlemen, to be the leading actors in one of the great dramas of human life. For some mysterious reason Providence has placed in your charge for today, aye for ages, the helpless toilers, the hopeless men, the despondent women and suffering children of the world; it is a great, a tremendous trust, and I know you will do your duty bravely, wisely, humanely, and well.”last_img read more

3 tips for how to stop doing your colleague’s work

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Even if we don’t admit it, we all want to be liked. Some of us will even go above and beyond the call of duty to get on a coworker’s good side. Remember, there is a difference between establishing rapport and overextending yourself, and as a result giving much, but receiving little. Now is the time to find the strength to stop doing others’ work for them and truly start focusing on yourself. Here’s how…Give them proper creditIf you’re a people-pleaser, you don’t want to run the risk of damaging a work relationship if you summon the strength to say “no.” Although you want to offer assistance or agree to help if asked, let them do the job they were hired to do. When they complete a project, give them the credit they deserve to boost their confidence in their abilities. This will help them learn to be more independent in the future.Respect yourselfIt’s admirable to want to be there for your peers, but to get ahead in the workplace, it’s vital you remember to respect yourself. It’s not fair to you if you’re stuck doing more than you’re able. This will only leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Stop letting others take advantage of your flexibility. Professionals are far more resilient than we often give them credit for. So, stop worrying about how saying “no” will affect them and instead learn to hold yourself in higher regard.Establish boundariesIt is quite alright to help out others in the workplace, as being there for each other is important to overall office productivity. But, remember that you have your own tasks to focus on and they will surely suffer if you keep piling on your coworker’s work. Learn to set proper boundaries for yourself and gauge how much time you have (after your work is done) to help those around you.last_img read more

Rise up this year’s biggest entertainment event in Porec

first_imgOrganizer Igor Cossetto and partners of the Rise Up Poreč Music Festival 2018 have announced the biggest music event this year in Poreč. Thus, Poreč’s Peškera will be 6., 7. and July 8 will be the venue for one of today’s biggest stars Rita Ora to perform. Rita Ora, Franka Batelić and DJ duo Vanillaz will perform on Saturday, July 7.7, while the Festival starts on Friday, July 6.7. with the performance of Mija Dimšić and Severina. The match Croatia – Russia can be watched on Peshkera on the big screen before the festival. While on Sunday 8.7. Dubioza kolektiv, Edo Maajka, Damir Urban and Filip Motovunski perform. The music program will be complemented by resident DJs. Content, content and only quality content. This must be an imperative for us in the development of our tourist destinations. Because the motive for coming is not accommodation, but precisely the destination. These facts have finally been understood by hoteliers in Istria, and one of them is in Plava laguna, which actively participates with its partners in the organization of quality events.Od istaknutih manifestacija spomenuo bi Sea Star Festival koji je od 25. do 28. svibnja posjetilo više od 50.000 fanova, a čak 93% njih došlo je izvan Umaga. Također, teniski turnir Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag pozicionirao se kao jedan od predvodnika u promociji hrvatskog turizma, a koji privlači preko 100.00 posjetitelja.  Kao i suradnja s Vinistrom, najatraktivniji sajmom vina i vinske opreme u Hrvatskoj,  s kojom je Plava Laguna potpisala višegodišnji ugovor o poslovnoj suradnji, a koja u predsezoni generira 20 posto više turista.And one of the new hopes is certainly the Rise Up festival, which starts in the second edition this year, after last year’s success when it entered the map of the most interesting Croatian festivals. “Considering that we have been operating in destinations – Poreč and Umag for 60 years, we believe that it is our responsibility to develop the destinations in which we operate, as well as to participate in the active management of content at destinations. Precisely such music festivals are the motive for arrivals and increase the competitiveness of our destinations. Rise up 2018 is just such an event that will enrich the holiday for our guests“. said Ronald Korotaj, a member of the Blue Lagoon BoardThe director of the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč, Nenad Velenik, underlined the great results of Poreč this year, to which the Rise up festival will additionally contribute: “This year we have exhausted the Croatian, regional and world scene in search of the best performers that we brought to Poreč. Rita Ora is planetarily popular, so I believe that her premiere performance in Croatia will be enjoyed by both locals and guests.”. Denis Ivošević, director of the Istria Tourist Board, spoke about the importance of the festival for Istria, emphasizing that the arrival of Rita Ore in Croatia is a great event for Istria. “ONvo is a good example of how entertainment has turned into a tourism product, and consumption is what will be key  in the success of the festival”. By the way, the mix of excellent cooperation to destinations consists of Plava Laguna as the general sponsor of the festival, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Istria County Tourist Board, the City of Poreč Tourist Board, the Funtana Tourist Board, Badel and the Zagreb Brewery.Related news:MASTERINDEX: HOW DO CROATIAN CITIZENS SEE FESTIVALS AND HOW MANY DO THEY VISIT THEM?last_img read more