Q&A with Shawwaf Visiting Professor Moneera Al-Ghadeer

first_imgMoneera Al-Ghadeer is the Fall 2014 Shawwaf Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.CMES: You’re teaching two Arabic literature courses this fall, one of which is taught in Arabic: “Invisible Societies in the Contemporary Arabic Novel.” Who are those invisible societies?AL-GHADEER: Usually they are marked by race, sometimes sexuality, gender: in one of the novels, by the Lebanese writer Huda Barakat, we have a Kurdish woman character who is given a very generous space in the narrative, and she actually narrates her story. Sometimes it’s the question of disability, and we see how these authors problematize those with disability and how they are perceived in society.This class is also reading not only the literature, but also a number of theorists, not only from the West but also from the Arab world. For this class I also experimented with social media: after getting the agreement of the students we created a hashtag for the course, أدب_هارفارد#, and they are required to post two tweets per week in Arabic, using this hashtag, about the texts that we read. Social media creates this amazing platform to reach out to different communities—some of the authors we are reading follow the critics who retweeted us, so they know what we are reading. I’ve also had some of the authors in Skype conversations with the students, and they enjoyed speaking to them and asking questions about their novels.last_img read more

Assessing emotional intelligence

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Dan BergerYou can learn the hard way or the smart way, and I’ve done both. And one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that knowing how I react to things – and understanding how others react – is critical to succeeding as a leader. Even if you had the highest IQ in the room, success won’t come if you don’t control your emotions and understand others’.There is a business-speak term for this: emotional intelligence.Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, in a LinkedIn Pulse article, calls emotional intelligence “the foundation for a host of critical skills—it impacts most everything you do and say each day.” continue reading »last_img read more

BH Team won the Second Place at the World Championship in Futsal for the Police

first_imgThe team of IPA Sarajevo, which was composed of members of the Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies of BiH, the Border Police of BiH and SIPA, was defeated in the finals of the 18th World Championships of the Police Agencies in Futsal, which was held in Romania this year.The selection of Ukraine was better than the team of BiH, and the final score was 3: 1. To recall, on their way to finals, IPA Sarajevo defeated teams of Canada (1: 0), Romania Petrosani (2: 0), Estonia (4: 0), France (1: 0), while they played 0: 0 with the selection of the Special Police Unit of Romania.After they won the second place, the members of IPA Sarajevo thanked the Director of the Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies of BiH Mirsad Vilic, the Director of the Border Police of BiH Zoran Galic, the Director of SIPA Perica Stanic, the Director of the Center for Training of Judges and Prosecutors Arben Murtezic and other sponsors who supported them on the World Championship.Teams from 24 countries from five continents took part in the World Championship in Romania. This is not the first participation of the team of BiH at this competition. Three years ago, our national team won the first place at the World Championship that was held in Poland, and they also recorded two second and one third place. BiH is a full member of the International Police Association (IPA) since the year of 2006, and the World Championship of Police Agencies in Futsal was held in our country in 2016.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

Dual citizen ministers resign

first_img…but to remain in “Govt service”The Ministry of the Presidency has announced that effective from April 1, Members of Parliament (MP’s) on the government side that have dual citizenship have resigned. As such, these MP’s will not be returning to parliament when it reconvenes on April 11.These MP’s include Minister of State, Joseph Harmon (a United States citizen) and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin and Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine (all United Kingdom citizens).According to the government’s statement, President David Granger accepted their resignations on Monday. This would have been before he left the jurisdiction for medical treatment in Cuba.Meanwhile, in a statement afterward, government clarified that the vacated Ministerial posts will be occupied by the former Ministers’ cabinet colleagues. According to a statement, Ministers who acted in the past for them will once more fill in.“Following rulings by the High Court and the Guyana Court of Appeal, His Excellency President David Granger had sought Cabinet’s advice on how to definitively address the status of Members of Parliament who hold dual citizenship.”“The Courts have held that it is unconstitutional for persons swearing allegiance to a foreign state or power to be eligible for election to Parliament. Consequently, the four Government MPs who were also ministers, submitted to the President their resignations from the House.”Calling the resignations satisfactory, government in the statement noted that it was the politically correct thing to do. At the same time, however, government hinted that these Ministers may be making a comeback in other governmental roles.“While it is conceded that the Constitution strictly bars a person who holds dual citizenship from being an MP, they are not precluded from remaining in government service. This is a matter to be addressed by the President who will finalize ways in which the four resigned MPs will serve in government.”“Cabinet thanks the four resigned MPs for their yeoman and exemplary service to the people of Guyana and looks forward to their future contributions in their new roles. Cabinet looks forward to names being extracted from the APNU+AFC Coalition list of candidates to fill the vacancies of the MPs who have resigned their seats.”AFCThe fact that these MP’s may be rehired was reiterated by Minister of Natural Resources and Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader Raphael Trotman, who in a broadcast alluded to the former Ministers continuing in government in other capacities.“They are not gone altogether from government, they are only resigning from the National Assembly and as a consequence, not being Ministers, they cannot be members of cabinet,” Trotman said.However, the AFC leader said nothing about a permanent replacement for Gaskin, who is a high ranking AFC member. He only noted that President Granger, as the keeper of portfolios, would delegate same.“The President is the keeper and holder of all portfolios, and he distributes these as per the constitution and our agreement in the Cummingsburg Accord,” Trotman explained in his broadcast.“So in the interim, as has happened before when Ministers were unable to attend cabinet, due to ill health or travels, other Ministers are designated by his Excellency to perform the functions. And as we speak we are having over Ministers perform the functions and cabinet continues.”Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”In February, Chief Justice Roxanne George had ruled on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud. In the case it brought to the Chief Justice, Government had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the No-confidence Motion that brought the Government down.This argument also formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling… something the Speaker ultimately refused to do.The Court of Appeal later upheld the January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly. Government has been under increasing criticism, even from its own supporters, for stating that dual citizens will return to the National Assembly despite these two rulings.last_img read more

Next up for 49ers: Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers at less than his best

first_imgNext up for the 49ers: Aaron Rodgers.For more than a decade those words have occasioned night sweats and feelings of inadequacy for NFL coaches and defenders.But these days are not those days until further notice.Sunday was another discouraging day for Rodgers, who played at Cal, and the Packers, who will host the 49ers in Green Bay a week from Monday night. The Packers’ offense spun its wheels while the Lions built a 24-0 halftime lead Sunday. Rodgers, forced into a pass-o-rama offense in …last_img read more

Hendrick to lead OSU’s CFAES

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Dec. 2, Ron Hendrick began his role as acting dean and vice president for agricultural administration for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is filling in for Bruce McPheron while McPheron serves as interim provost for the university.“Over the next seven months we’ll be bringing to fruition efforts that have been in the works for the past two years,” Hendrick said. “It’s an exciting time for the college.”His focus will be in three areas:Finish building the leadership team: A new director for Ohio State University Extension, Roger Rennekamp, starts in January. A search for the associate dean for research and graduate education will start after Steve Slack, director for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, retires at the end of December. A search for a new Director of Marketing and Communications is underway. “There are also a number of senior staff with new college-wide roles who will be integrated into their new roles,” Hendrick said.Continue to build faculty ranks: The college is adding faculty who will contribute to the university’s focus areas, called Discovery Themes, which include Food Production and Security, Energy and the Environment, and Health and Wellness. “Departments are also filling the ranks of non-Discovery Themes faculty,” Hendrick said.Continue rebuilding facilities and implement the re-envisioning plan for Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, along with unifying operations across the college: This includes a multi-species facility at Waterman Farm in Columbus and new equine, swine and beef facilities, Hendrick said.Hendrick is now senior associate dean for the college, overseeing college operations, including faculty affairs and facilities and capital planning. Prior to this appointment he served as director of the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and began his academic career as a faculty member in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.While Hendrick serves as acting dean and vice president, Terry Niblack will serve as acting senior associate dean. Niblack is chair of the Department of Plant Pathology. Larry Madden will serve as acting chair of that department, and Guo-Liang will serve as acting associate chair.last_img read more

Hacker Poll: What Was the Best New Open Source Project of 2010?

first_imgklint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Black Duck Software has released its list of the top ten new open source projects from last year: Open Source Rookies of 2010. What were the criteria? According to the company’s announcement: “Working from a list of thousands of new projects launched in 2010, Black Duck evaluated a project’s popularity using a weighted scoring system that awards points for commit activity within a project, the number of developers involved, and the number of web sites linked to the project.”Among them are Diaspora, OpenStack and VoltDB. Do you have a favorite project? Was it listed? Let us know.Black Duck’s selections were:DiasporaOpenStackCloud9IDEOpenStack NovaNuGetActiviti BPM PlatformSparkleShareVoltDBRapidFTRownCloudcenter_img Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#Tools last_img read more

HC gives CBI nod to file FIR against Rawat in sting video case

first_imgIn a setback to former Chief Minister Harish Rawat, the Uttarakhand High Court on Monday permitted the CBI to register an FIR against the Congress leader in connection with a 2016 sting video that purportedly showed him negotiating a deal to buy the support of rebel MLAs. A Bench of Justice Dhulia gave the nod to the CBI to go ahead with its investigations in the case and lodge an FIR against Mr. Rawat after the agency submitted a report in a sealed cover on the preliminary inquiry. Former Union Minister and senior Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for Mr. Rawat, contended that the CBI’s preliminary inquiry report is invalid as the Rawat government, which was restored after an order of the Supreme Court, had decided through a Cabinet meeting to form an SIT to conduct an investigation in the case. Citing the example of the S.R. Bommai case, Mr. Sibal said the Supreme Court has ruled that the decisions taken by the Governor during President’s Rule will be held unconstitutional. However, Assistant Advocate General Rakesh Thapliyal, appearing for the government and the CBI, said that the accused cannot have the right to decide which agency will conduct an investigation against him. ‘Deep conspiracy’Alleging a deep conspiracy in the case, Mr. Sibal said that a report from the Chandigarh lab on the authenticity of the sting CD was a proof in itself. He also presented before the court the details of an earlier conversation between Cabinet Minister Harak Singh Rawat and Umesh Sharma, who allegedly conducted the purported sting operation.last_img read more

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