Ocean City Primary School Spirit Soars Like Eagles to Help the Underdog

first_imgBy Maddy Vitale‘You got this. You can fly,” was the message at the Ocean City Primary School today in a spirited rally for the “underdog” of both the Eagles, as they head to the Super Bowl, and animals at the Humane Society of Ocean City that students are donating items to such as food, blankets and toys.Cheers for the Eagles, dancing, a football toss, and a large donation of pretzels in the shape of dog bones from the Philly Pretzel Factory for all of the students for giving to the shelter, started the weekend off with lots of smiles, cheers and laughter. Principal Cathy Smith emphasized in the rally the importance of knowing what the theme of the program – the underdog, is really all about.From left; Principal Cathy Smith with Marley Dwyer, 8, a second-grader who plays football, and Lauren Guenther, curriculum coordinator.“We all have been the underdog. Each day we have to dig deep and believe in ourselves, just like the Eagles,” Smith said. She explained how the Eagles were told after each game, “‘You’re not going to win this game.’ And they did.” And then the next game, ‘You’re not going to win the game.’ And they did,” Smith shouted into the microphone. “There are times you might think you won’t be able to do this, say, ‘I got this.’”The room full of students yelled back, “I got this.”“Then turn to the person next to you and say, ‘You got this,’” Smith told the students.Students turned to each other and said, “You got this.”Marley Dwyer, 8, a second-grader at the Primary School, plays flag football in Ocean City, and is so good she has won punt, pass and kick competitions done through the NFL. She wants to be the first female NFL quarterback.  The principal called Marley up to the middle of the room, to applause from the students. She told them that Marley could be considered an underdog to play football, she is small, yet she is a great player.“Believe you could be whatever you want to be,” Smith said. Students and faculty, with teacher Randy Kohr leading the way, had a lot of fun with the football toss.Technology teacher Randy Kohr got everyone motivated to try their hand at the football toss. Dressed as a referee, he joked that the Eagles wanted him to play and then he air-balled a football, which was met by laughter. Students took turns with the football. A few of them made it in the metal stand with narrow openings, but even though there wasn’t much success, they had fun. First-grade teacher Erin Porter wore an eagle mask. She got the football in the slat on the first try. Throughout the program the Ocean City High School Red Raiders mascot entertained the crowd.  Kohr and Carrie Merritt, a first-grade teacher dressed in her Eagles-wear, which included paper wings and green face paint, pumped up the students and faculty with their antics. Merritt joked, “I can’t get that tune out of my head.”Then she and the crowd did the E-A-G-L-E-S chant. When the song “Who Let The Dogs Out” started, everyone jumped up and danced.It really turned into a football-themed dance party when the song “Who Let the Dogs Out” came on.It appeared that just about everyone in the room – there were a few hundred got out on the floor, raised their arms high in the air and danced.While the program was about fun, and support for the favored team in these parts to win the big game, Smith stressed that collecting items for the Humane Society is an important objective and the school will participate in the donation throughout the month. While collection of kitty litter, dog and cat food, blankets and toys is going well, they have raised just around $100 and hope that number increases by the end of the month.On the left is Lauren Guenther with Principal Cathy Smith, who displays a pretzel shaped like a dog bone, one of bags of them donated to the school for collecting items to be given to the Humane Society of Ocean City.School guidance counselor Joel Dougan remarked that it was really good to tie-in the Super Bowl with the collection for the shelter, in hopes that more people will learn about it and give to the shelter. Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Taylor summed up what the event really meant.It was a definite showing of the caring students and school staff in the district, she said.“I think the spirit of our students to support the animals in the Humane Society is wonderful. And I think the whole message today that, ‘You got this,’ and ‘You can fly,’ supports what we are all about and what the Eagles are all about.”The Ocean City High School Red Raiders mascot even made an appearance. Teachers Randy Kohr and Carrie Merritt get students at Ocean City Primary School pumped up Friday for an Eagles win. The theme of the rally was the “underdog,” not only for the Eagles, but for shelter animals. The school is donating to the Humane Society of Ocean City.last_img read more

Harvard heads Southwest

first_imgThe nation’s first institution of higher learning added another first to its list this week, showcasing its digital initiatives and innovation rock stars at the South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.More than 300 alumni, students, and guests gathered Sunday at Austin’s Parish Underground for “Digital Harvard in Austin, A 375th Anniversary Event,” a first-of-its-kind gathering sponsored by Alumni Affairs & Development.“Today’s Harvard may not be the same Harvard you remember,” Chief Digital Officer Perry Hewitt told the crowd, which stood amid iPads primed for a Twitter-based social networking game and a gestural interface-driven LED jukebox that allowed users to remix Marshall McLuhan’s phrase “The medium is the message” by moving their hands in front of a screen.“Today’s Harvard includes a range of digital initiatives, from pure entrepreneurship to deep digital scholarship that help us understand the world around us,” Hewitt said.Although Harvard affiliates have attended and presented at SXSW for years, this was the first time that the University had a formal presence at the event, which brings together some of the biggest names in the technology world, and has a history of helping launch startups into the global spotlight. The move comes as the University has ramped up its own fostering of digital projects and entrepreneurs, from last year’s establishment of the metaLAB (at) Harvard, a cross-University center for investigating new forms of digital scholarship, to the more recent founding of the Harvard Innovation Lab, which fosters team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepens interactions among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Greater Boston community.As attendees balanced iPhones and Boston cream doughnuts, Harvard faculty and students showcased their digital activities. Jeffrey Schnapp, professor of Romance languages and literatures, and faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, spoke about the ways in which Harvard and the Greater Boston community create cross-disciplinary opportunities for innovators to come together. And Radcliffe Fellow Kara Oehler showcased Zeega, a Harvard Library Lab-funded system that she co-founded and that facilitates the creation of participatory documentaries.Harvard student projects were also on display in a digital science fair. One project, Kindify, creates a social network that seeks to promote a chain reaction of good deeds by encouraging users to “pay it forward.” Created by two Harvard undergraduates, the site awards “reputation points” to users who do good deeds, which can then be redeemed for rewards, such as coffee or trips.Another project, Pollvaultr, enables companies and organizations to survey people by using iPads, allowing them to gather more data than email-based surveys or URLs printed on customer receipts. Data can then be downloaded to create spreadsheets and graphs. Representatives from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard College, and Startup Tribe, a Harvard Business School-based, University-wide network of entrepreneurs, were on hand to demonstrate apps and exchange ideas with alumni.At SXSW Interactive, Harvard alumni, faculty, students, and staff made presentations on a variety of topics. Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center, spoke on a panel titled “Help! I Have an Internet Stalker or Blackmailer!,” which reviewed norms of conduct, while Peter Coles,  assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, appeared on a panel about “X of Y: How to Ensure Your Start-up Is Defensible.”“Harvard has 375 years of experience with innovation,” said Christine Heenan, vice president for Public Affairs & Communications. “The University has been a pioneer in business education, medicine, and law. It’s logical that as digital initiatives play a greater role in our society that Harvard be at the forefront of those conversations, whether it’s fostering student startups at the i-lab or finding ways to spread knowledge in the digital humanities.”With Harvard affiliates from virtually every School exploring ways to use digital tools to conduct research, solve problems, and connect, opportunity exists for University-wide collaboration and communication.“President [Drew] Faust and [Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Development] Tamara Rogers have recognized that digital innovation is a key area in which we can build upon the ‘One Harvard’ momentum,” Heenan said. “Not only does digital innovation span the University, but it also spans generations and presents an opportunity for alumni and students to learn from one another, and potentially work together.”While Silicon Valley has traditionally been a nucleus of digital entrepreneurship, some analysts see a shift to the East Coast as innovators seek to create connections and meaning through digital tools. The plethora of cultural collections, vast university communities, and geographic proximity make fostering collaborations and projects much simpler, said Schnapp, who came to Harvard in 2009 from Stanford University. He noted that when in California, many of the institutions and organizations he wanted to partner with were at least a 45-minute drive away.“A tremendous difference between the East and West coasts has to do with the sheer richness of the collections, not just at Harvard, but in the Boston area,” he said. “Harvard alone has more than 20 world class museums, 70-plus libraries. Everything is packed into an extremely concentrated area. I don’t know of anyplace else in the world that could say the same.”last_img read more

Exhibit honors influential Harvardians

first_imgThe Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti) in Florence, Italy, has announced a new online exhibition, “Berenson and Harvard: Bernard and Mary as Students,” opening June 4. In 1884, when Bernard and Mary Berenson first arrived at Harvard, neither could have imagined that 17 years later, as newlyweds at Villa I Tatti, they would transform the study of Italian Renaissance art.  At the core of the exhibition on the I Tatti website are rare and unpublished materials about these early years, including Mary’s “Life of Bernard Berenson,” Bernard’s application for a Parker Fellowship, his senior thesis on “Talmudo-Rabbinical Eschatology,” and the 19 essays, reviews, poems, and short stories he published in the Harvard Monthly.In her unpublished biography of Bernard, included in the show, Mary wrote that “I had gone to Harvard too … to join the small band of eight girls who were the first students in what was then called the “Harvard Annex”, which has since developed into the institution known as Radcliffe College. My brother [Logan] came with me to Harvard … for he felt, as I did, that Harvard was the best college in America. We had the typically American feeling that the best was good enough for us!.” In 1932, Mary sent this manuscript to Edith Wharton, who encouraged her friend to include more details about Bernard’s “Harvard days, when he was ‘stupor mundi’ to undergraduates and professors.”The interests of both students, especially in psychology, Arabic poetry, and aestheticism, had a profound impact on their later scholarship, and on Bernard’s extraordinary fame as a public intellectual. The early writings of Bernard and Mary, together with new essays by a half dozen scholars, provide intriguing portraits of the art critics during their University years.The exhibition will go live on June 4 and will be available here.last_img read more

Tony Winner Lily Tomlin & Tony Nominee Jane Wagner Get Hitched

first_img In addition to their stage credits, the couple have collaborated on Lily, The Lily Tomlin Show, Lily: Sold Out, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and more. View Comments What a way to ring in 2014! Tony-winning comedian and actress Lily Tomlin made it official on December 31 with her partner of many years, writer Jane Wagner. Gossip maven Liz Smith wrote in her syndicated column, “My longtime friends, Lily Tomlin and her love, the writer Jane Wagner, got married on the eve of 2014…My wish is that their happiness will be as great as their combined talents.”center_img Tomlin and Wagner met in 1971 and began a romantic and creative relationship. The newlyweds wrote Tomlin’s successful Broadway shows together: Appearing Nitely in 1977 and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe in 1986, which won Tomlin the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. It was revived in 2001.last_img read more

Colombia Renounces Authority to Create Demilitarized Areas for Peace Talks

first_imgBy Dialogo September 02, 2010 The Colombian government has renounced its authority to grant control of areas of the country to illegal armed groups in order to create demilitarized zones to enable progress in peace talks, Interior Minister Germán Vargas announced Tuesday. The official clarified that President Juan Manuel Santos is keeping the door open to negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), but without setting up areas that the police and army would have to leave. “The administration does not want to make use of this authority; there will not be any new cleared areas in the national territory. The administration itself is renouncing this authority that it does not plan to use,” Vargas said. Under the law that the administration renounced, former president Andrés Pastrana turned over to the FARC the territorial control of an area of 42,000 square kilometers, twice the size of El Salvador, which served as the location for failed peace negotiations between 1999 and 2002. In addition to serving as the location for peace talks, the region was used by the guerrillas to hide those they kidnapped, protect their leaders, and traffic in arms and drugs, as well as to evade military operations after attacks committed in the vicinity of the rebel enclave, according to security sources. Former president Alvaro Uribe also used the law to establish an area, in the northern part of the country, in which the chief paramilitary leaders gathered amid controversial negotiations that enabled 31,000 fighters belonging to those illegal armed groups to lay down their arms. CLEAR MESSAGE “It is a message that whatever talks may eventually take place will not be conditioned on clearing areas of the national territory; the administration is not renouncing the possibility of moving forward on talks, but not on the basis of clearing any part of the national territory,” the interior minister affirmed. “The illegal armed groups should understand that without the existence of this authority, the clearing of any area of the national territory will not be something up for negotiation,” he explained. In the past, the FARC demanded that the government withdraw the armed forces and police from a jungle department in the southern part of the country as a condition for peace talks. Subsequently, they asked for the withdrawal of the armed forces from an extensive mountainous area in southwestern Colombia in order to create a security zone in which their representatives and those of the government could meet in order to negotiate a hostage-exchange agreement. However, former president Uribe, who held office from 2002 to 2010, refused to comply with the demands of the FARC, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. “It is something that the administration is not considering, and therefore it does not consider it useful to have this authority,” Vargas warned. Some analysts thought that the administration’s decision will pose even more difficulties for the possibility of starting a peace process with the guerrillas. Santos has conditioned the start of negotiations with the FARC and the ELN on their release of those they have kidnapped, their suspension of criminal activities such as attacks with explosives and drug trafficking, and their readiness to lay down their arms.last_img read more

Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market rout

first_imgBank Indonesia (BI) announced Monday five measures to stabilize the rupiah as foreign investors sold off Indonesian financial assets from stocks to bonds and after Indonesia officially reported its first coronavirus cases.First, starting March 16, the requirement for banks to store their dollar funds at BI, called the US$ reserve requirement ratio (RRR), would be lowered to 4 percent from 8 percent at present. Second, the rupiah RRR is also being lowered by 50 basis points (bps), but only for banks with clients engaged in export and import activities, starting April 1.“Lowering the foreign exchange RRR will boost banks’ liquidity by $3.2 billion while lowering the rupiah RRR will support export and import activities,” BI Governor Perry Warjiyo told a news conference in Jakarta on Monday after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first coronavirus cases in the country. Topics : “We’ve increased the volume [of intervention] so the market is assured and confident that BI is always in the market to guard the market,” Perry said. “BI will intensify intervention in the financial market through triple intervention to stabilize the rupiah to follow its fundamental [value].”Read also: ‘Triple market intervention’: BI buys bonds, rupiah to prop up prices amid viral routFourth, the central bank now allows foreign investors who sell rupiah bonds but place their proceeds in Indonesian banks to turn them into underlying transactions in the domestic non-deliverable forward (DNDF) market. Therefore, foreign investors no longer need to hedge to offshore indexes.“This will enable investors to commit to Indonesia, which would be strong in the future,” Perry said.Fifth, BI also encourages foreign investors to use domestic banks as custodians for investment activities.“The measures could be effective to stabilize the rupiah from the supply-side of the US dollar and anchor the thin domestic foreign exchange market,” Bahana Sekuritas economist Satria Sambijantoro said.“So far, BI’s intervention to support rupiah and bond yields – including daily reverse-auctions over the past few days, amounting to Rp 2 trillion today – is focusing to resolve the demand-side problem.”Exporters of commodities such as palm oil and coal are natural foreign exchange suppliers in the spot currency market, but recently their earnings dried up due to disruption in shipments to China, Satria explained.Meanwhile, massive sell-offs in bond and equity markets have seen foreign investors converting their US dollars to rupiah, disrupting demand for the local currency, he added.Read also: Disappearing act: Market braces for volatile March after $2.4b vanishes in a week Read also: BI cuts reserve ratio, frees up $3.2b liquidity in local banks amid market sell-offJokowi announced on Monday morning that two Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19. The two people, a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter, had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on Feb. 27 after visiting Indonesia in early February. Worldwide, more than 84,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 3,000 have died with new cases increasingly emerging outside the country in which it is believed to have originated.Third, BI was conducting “triple intervention in the financial market”: stabilizing the rupiah in the domestic non-deliverable forward (DNDF) and spot markets, as well as buying government bonds (SBN) on the secondary market.The central bank has bought Rp 103 trillion (US$7.24 billion) worth of SBNs, Rp 80 trillion of which followed its assessment that the novel coronavirus may pose risks to Indonesia’s economy. Last week, foreign investors sold a net Rp 33.6 trillion (US$2.36 billion) in both Indonesian stocks and bonds, as $5 trillion was wiped off stock markets around the world in the worst week for global shares since the 2008 financial crisis.Over the week, the benchmark stock index, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), fell 7.3 percent to 5,452 and the rupiah depreciated by 4.1 percent to 14,234 per US dollar. Ten-year Indonesian government bond yields, which indicate investment risk, rose 35 basis points last week to 6.83 percent, the third-biggest increase after Turkey and Russia.last_img read more

Seoul mayor’s funeral held despite objections

first_img‘Deep reflections’ President Moon Jae-in sent flowers to the funeral and his chief of staff attended personally, as did other senior officials of the center-left Democratic party.But neither the acting leader of the main conservative opposition United Future party nor the leader of the centrist People’s party Ahn Cheol-soo did so.”I decided not to pay my respects,” Ahn wrote on his Facebook page.”Now is the time when deep reflections on the perceptions and behaviors of… high-ranking officials in this country are needed more than ever.”Around 100 people attended the service — where numbers were limited because of the coronavirus pandemic — on Monday, the final day of the funeral. Supporters wailed as family members arrived at City Hall carrying his portrait.Afterwards Park’s body was to be cremated and taken to his hometown in South Gyeongsang province.Park’s death means the investigation into the case will automatically be closed and his supporters have sought to identify the woman who complained, blaming her for his death.”It is questionable if a city funeral is a proper step,” an editorial carried by the Korea Herald said.The official ceremony “gives the impression that Park deserves respect and looks innocent”, it added.South Korea’s #MeToo movement has brought down scores of prominent men in multiple fields, with perpetrators including a former provincial governor who sought the presidency in 2017.That politician was jailed last year for sexual intercourse by abuse of authority after his female assistant accused him of repeatedly raping her. Despite the controversy over his death, the Seoul City government organized a five-day funeral for Park — two days longer than the normal Korean ritual, which begins on the day of death — and set up a memorial altar outside City Hall.More than 20,000 people came to pay their respects during the mourning period, and at the service on Monday his daughter said: “I could feel my father’s joy as I met the citizens one by one.”But an online petition on the presidential website opposing the ceremony garnered more than 500,000 signatures.”Does the public have to watch the fancy five-day funeral of a powerful politician who took his own life over sexual harassment allegations?” the petition asked. “What kind of message is this trying to send?” it added.Park is by far the most high-profile politician to be implicated in a harassment case in South Korea, a highly patriarchal society that has seen a widespread #MeToo movement in the last two years. Topics : The funeral service for Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, who took his own life after being accused of sexual harassment, was held Monday despite a petition against the city-run ceremony signed by half a million people.Former human rights lawyer Park was a heavyweight figure in the ruling Democratic party and ran South Korea’s sprawling capital — home to almost a fifth of the national population — for nearly a decade.He was found dead on a mountain Friday, a day after his former secretary filed a police complaint against him, widely reported to involve sexual harassment.last_img read more

Cape Cod-inspired Gold Coast house sells for $3.5 million

first_imgCooking is a breeze in this kitchen. Picture: realestate.com.auThe property is described as “Malibu on the Gold Coast”.Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal handled the sale.CoreLogic data reveals two other properties sold for $3.5 million on Jefferson Lane this year while a 593sq m property at No. 93 sold for $4.8 million in January. Soak up the view from your lounge. Picture: realestate.com.au“This absolute beachfront home unveils a minimalist contemporary style with coastal charm across an impressively scaled dual level layout,” the listing states.“It presents an incredibly rare opportunity for the new owner to soak in the ultimate beachfront lifestyle, positioned on a large 412sq m block with wide 10.1m frontage.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach has sold for $3.5 million.A STUNNING “Cape Cod-style” house on the Gold Coast has been snapped up for $3.5 million.The six-bedroom beachfront house at 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach sold before its scheduled auction. Attention to detail is evident in the design. Picture: realestate.com.au Inside the beachfront house at Palm Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home features high ceilings, neutral colour tones, outdoor shower and a beachfront entertaining deck.“With functionality in mind, this meticulously crafted open plan layout is brimming with natural light and ocean vistas, featuring designated living and dining areas with effortless outdoor flow,” the listing states. There is plenty of space to entertain. Picture: realestate.com.au Wake up and walk straight out to the beach. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgOM Asset Management – Stuart Bohart has been named to the board of directors. Bohart was president of liquid markets at Fortress Investment Group until he retired in 2015. Before then, he held a number of senior roles at Morgan Stanley. BlackRock, CPP Investment Board, SYZ Asset Management, AppleTree Asset Management, Lyxor Asset Management, Global Impact Investing Network, PGGM, OM Asset ManagementBlackRock – Mark Wiseman has been appointed senior managing director. He will become head of the Global Active Equity business and chairman of the Global Investment Committee, the investment sub-committee of the GEC. Wiseman currently serves as president and chief executive at CPP Investment Board, which manages approximately CAD280bn (€191bn) on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan.SYZ Asset Management – Cédric Vuignier has been appointed head of manager research and alternative investments, while Bertrand Dord joins as a senior analyst. Vuignier replaces Michaël Malquarti, who is taking his career in a “new direction”. Vuignier joins from AppleTree Asset Management, where he was head of alternative investments. Dord joins from Lyxor Asset Management, where he was a senior hedge fund analyst.Global Impact Investing Network – Wouter Koelewijn has been appointed global liaison for Europe, focusing on the Benelux region. Before joining the GIIN, Koelewijn was most recently a senior innovation manager at PGGM, a Dutch pension asset manager, where he worked on innovations in responsible investing and investments with social or environmental impact. Before then, he was a senior consultant for corporate strategy and business development at Deloitte.last_img read more