Hutchins Center announces first class of Du Bois Research Institute fellows

first_imgHenry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed 16 fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.“We are delighted to welcome one of our most prestigious, exciting, and diverse classes of fellows of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center,” said Gates. “A Nobel Prize-winning writer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a scholar of science education and hip-hop, an expert in both African-American studies and twitter,  an eminent scholar of the history of photography who is also an artist, and a distinguished philosopher of African politics and society are only a few of the 16 fellows in residence this year. Mining in Ghana, democracy in the age of animism, academic law in South Africa, the Indian Ocean and postcolonial Africa, and feminism in West Africa are some of the topics which are being pursued,” added Gates. The Hutchins Center remains at the forefront of the discovery and expansion of scholarship in African, African-American, and African diasporic cultures. Our incoming fellows—from the U.S., Europe, and Africa—reflect our commitment to exploring the vast reach of research in the field.Originally created in 1975 as the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, the Du Bois Research Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of up to one academic year in a variety of fields within African and African-American studies. The institute accepts established and emerging scholars from both the humanities and social sciences and occasionally from fields such as engineering and the medical sciences.last_img read more

US pauses plan to give virus vaccine to Guantanamo prisoners

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is backing off for now on a plan to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to the 40 prisoners held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby says in a tweet that the Defense Department will be “pausing” the plan to give the vaccination to those held at Guantanamo while it reviews measures to protect troops who work there. The U.S. military announced earlier this month that it plans to offer the vaccine to prisoners as it vaccinates personnel at the detention center. The plan drew some criticism after reports that the vaccination of prisoners would start in the coming days.last_img

Congressional report finds toxic metals in baby food brands

first_imgA congressional investigation has found levels of arsenic, lead and other toxic metals in many popular baby foods, including organic brands. In a report released Thursday, a U.S. House Subcommittee said it requested internal data from seven companies, including Walmart and Gerber, in 2019. The data showed levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers those harmful to human health. The metals can remain in the environment for decades from past pesticide and herbicide use. Baby food makers and the FDA say the metals are in many foods, and they are making progress in removing them.last_img

If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It! 10 Striptastic Instagram Photos From Broadway Bares

first_imgFor 25 years, Broadway stars have been showing some serious skin for a great cause: Broadway Bares, created by Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, has raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to date. On June 21, Mitchell returned to direct the 25th anniversary striptactular, Broadway Bares: The Top Bottoms of Burlesque, and we’ve been having so much fun drooling over the debauchery on our Instagram accounts, we just had to share. Check out our 10 favorite striptastic Instagram photos featuring Broadway Bares stars Lesli Margherita, Nick Adams, Harvey Fierstein and more below! View Commentslast_img

Moving mistakes

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaLandscape mistakes can come back to haunt you. You thought theshrubs you planted a while back were perfect, but now you can’tget the door open or see out the picture window. Fortunately,winter is a great time to correct these mistakes.You don’t have to live with your landscape mistakes, says GaryWade, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. Move them to a better place. And don’t wait. Do it now.”February is a good time to move plants,” Wade said. “If you doit right, there’s no reason they shouldn’t thrive in a new spotin the landscape.”You’ll still be able to enjoy them,” he said. “And you can putsmaller, more appropriate plants in the places the big shrubshave overgrown.”When moving plants, he said, you’ll be cutting off a largeportion of the roots, so you’ll have to prune back the top, too,to compensate. You may need to remove one-third or more of thecanopy.Top, tooHowever, if you remove half or more of the canopy and have to cutback to large stems, you might as well prune the plant all theway to the ground. Otherwise, it may look like a shrub on legswhen it begins growing again.Most broadleaf shrubs can be severely pruned, but never cut backjunipers, pines, spruce or other conifers, Wade said, becausethey won’t form new growth when they’re cut back to old wood.Boxwoods are slow to regrow after severe pruning, he said, soprune them conservatively when you move them.If you can avoid pruning back large, spring-flowering shrubs likeazaleas when you transplant them, they will still flower in thespring. Then you can reshape them with pruning after they bloom.When you dig up a large shrub, he said, save as many roots as youcan.”Most of the roots are within the top 12 inches of soil,” hesaid, “so it’s important to get as much of the surface roots asyou can.”How to do itAs a rule, he said, the width of the root ball should be 12inches plus an extra 2 inches for each foot of height above 2feet. In other words, a shrub 6 feet tall would have a root ballat least 20 inches wide — 4 (feet) times 2 inches plus 12 inches.”Carefully cut underneath the ball and place a piece of cloth,such as burlap, under it,” he said. “If the shrub is large, itmay take two people to carry or drag it to its new location.”When transplanting, time is critical, Wade said. Before you digthe plant, dig the new hole so there is no time delay in gettingit to its new home.”Roots die quickly when exposed to sun and air,” he said, “sogetting them in the ground as quickly as possible will helpsurvival. Also, make certain the shrub is planted no deeper thanit was growing in the previous location.””As soon as you plant it, water it thoroughly,” he said. Thatshould be all you have to do.But don’t forget about the plant. You could still lose it if youhave a period without rain during the next few weeks.”Don’t let the root system dry out,” Wade said. “You may need towater it from time to time. Keep the roots moist, but not wet,and it should do fine.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Hempstead Stabbing Victim Found Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was found stabbed to death behind a Laundromat in Hempstead on Saturday, Nassau County police said.The victim, whose identity is currently unknown, was found dead of multiple stab wounds behind Laundry Palace on Clinton Street.The man was only described as Hispanic and in his late 20s.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

What you missed in Denver: Conference roundup

first_imgFor four days this week, Denver was the epicenter of the credit union universe, as America’s Credit Union Conference and the World Credit Union Conference, presented by CUNA and the World Council of Credit Unions, came to town.The more than 3,000 attendees at the internationally flavored conference networked, attended breakout sessions, and heard from several high-profile keynote speakers including:Alan Mulally, the former Ford Motor Co. president/CEO, who spoke about seeing the company through a troubled time;Luke Williams, executive director of New York University Stearns School of Business, who’s renowned for his insights into disruptive innovation; andNavi Radjou, internationally known for his work in innovation. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What are the traits of top-notch CEOs?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s not surprising when leadership acumen appears on a list of top qualities CEOs must possess. But what about empathy or determination? Or even a practical paranoia?We asked five credit union CEOs, all members of the CUNA CEO Council Executive Committee, to share the skills, qualities, and traits needed to be a successful CEO, along with the knowledge prospective CEOs should have prior to taking on the leadership role at a credit union.I think a successful CEO of a credit union today is different than what was required 10 years ago. A CEO needs to cast a compelling vision that challenges the status quo and propels their institution forward.Today, too many CEOs are leaders of yesterday and don’t actively engage their teams toward a forward-thinking vision. Team members of today want to be led differently than team members 20 years ago. Leaders need to adjust in order to motivate and inspire. continue reading »last_img read more

The Late Show With (The Real) Stephen Colbert Debuts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York At 11:35 p.m. Tuesday on CBS, in a recently remodeled Ed Sullivan Theater, a rambunctious audience rallied a chant not shouted since December.“STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN!”It’s the rallying cry of a nation – the Colbert Nation, specifically. The nation’s leader, dressed in a blue suit and polka dot tie, ex-Colbert Report host and famed TV personality Stephen Colbert returned to the silver screen on his new gig, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.“With this show, I begin to search for the real Stephen Colbert,” he said in a standard opening monologue. “I just hope I don’t find him on Ashley Madison.”It’s that same kind of goofiness everyone missed that added to a night – a day, really – audiences won’t soon forget.Earlier on Tuesday, before the show’s daytime New York City-themed opening credits rolled, random pedestrians were handed free celebratory Col’ Brews – a custom cold-brewed coffee featuring Colbert’s face. This was a clever and friendly tactic of CBS, determined to herd all eyes to the premiere, even if that meant caffeinating everyone past their bedtimes.If the coffee failed, The Late Show’s new band, Stay Human, kept the energy alive each segment. Bandleader John Batiste paraded, sang and clapped around the set playing a piano with his signature melodica to catchy beats that he labeled as “social music.” It really was just that. The mix of jazz, soul and R&B was friendly, spirited and well received by the audience. Performing “Everyday People” – a song by Sly and the Family Stone known for its message of social equality and acceptance – was a curious choice, too.After the opening monologue, the show transitioned to the now iconic image of Colbert behind a desk. His new late-night desk, that is, which Colbert assured everyone was, “carved out of a single piece of desk.”George Clooney was first to sit opposite Colbert. Celebrity interviews are typical of talk shows, and learning about the actor’s recent marriage and under-appreciated Darfur activism was interesting, but Jeb Bush’s appearance stole the attention. Not because anyone was particularly excited to see the Republican presidential candidate, but rather to witness Colbert’s post-Report approach to politics at his new home at CBS. We knew Colbert would drop the conservative act he presented on Comedy Central, but when he compared watching Donald Trump to the guilty pleasure of gorging on Oreos, Colbert seemed to suggest that he and politics are inseparable.The conversation with Jeb was nowhere near as aggressive as it would have been on The Colbert Report. Not as aggressive but not merciful, either.“Could you take a moment to tell the American people why you want to be president of the United States?” he asked.“Do you think you could bring people together?” Colbert pressed. “Because everyone says they want to bring people together, but when you get down to the campaigning or get down to what passes for governing, it often ends up being just a game of blood sport. And the other side can’t possibly do, say, or plan for anything good.”“Without in any way diminishing your love for your brother, in what ways do you politically differ from your brother George [W. Bush]?”Absent of sarcasm (okay, maybe that last question was a little sarcastic) and no insults to the conservative Republican’s intelligence or logic, the questions were serious but sincere, and rightfully so for a presidential runner. And that’s the extent of Colbert’s new interview approach: occasional humor minus a political agenda. The Late Show’s Youtube channel also uploaded a deleted clip of Jeb’s response to gun control.Jeb Bush provided some lengthy and arguably generalized and vague answers, even (sort of) complimented Obama at one point, but there was a mutual respect between Jeb and Colbert. No heated debates, no tension. Just two differing individuals, and Jeb mirrored the benevolence.“I’m just here to see you,” he said, “and I think that’s why everyone else is here.” And the audience agreed.Colbert tried to fight the reality, of course. “He’s the guest, not me!”In a sense, Colbert was a guest. Maybe to no one’s surprise, the real man of the hour was none other than the host himself.“Who is the real Stephen Colbert?” was the generalized media gossip that mystified Colbert after retiring his right-wing persona.Evidently, the man partially responsible for turning young heads to politics is – and always was – just a guy trying to make you laugh. The kind of guy who plasters his smiling face on bottles, promotes fake movie clips for celebrities, and playfully trolls politicians. Colbert genuinely wants to entertain while integrating his political beliefs into his nightly program, and that’s the most significant and unique aspect he’ll use to compete with his fellow late-night hosts in the years to come.The curtains closed 12 minutes after the show’s normal end time of 12:37 a.m. with a level of audience enthusiasm matched only by The Colbert Report and, in hindsight, Stephen Colbert’s entire career.last_img read more

PREMIUM2019 sees fewer corruption cases but bigger state losses: ICW

first_imgTopics : Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Fewer corruption cases were brought to court in 2019, but total state losses incurred nearly doubled to Rp 8.4 trillion (US$614 million), the highest in five years, according to antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).An ICW survey found that 580 individuals were prosecuted in 271 corruption cases investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the police and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) last year, compared to 1,087 individuals and 454 cases in 2018.Yet, the drop in the number of cases does not mean Indonesia has managed to root out corruption, the ICW report says.“Indonesia has not yet succeeded in eradicating corruption,” ICW activist Wana Alamsyah told a press conference on Tuesday.Wana pointed out that Indonesia ranked 97th of 126 surveyed countries in the Rule of Law Index by the World Justice Project, which … Google Linkedin Facebook #corruption corruption KPK #KPK ICWlast_img read more