O’Brien to speak for graduates

first_imgSenior Michael J. O’Brien has been named valedictorian of the 2012 Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the May 20 Commencement ceremony, the University announced in a press release Friday. O’Brien, a political science major and philosophy minor from St. Charles, Ill., will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average and will also be awarded an International Business Certificate from the Mendoza College of Business. O’Brien is editor-in-chief of “Beyond Politics: Undergraduate Journal of Politics,” and serves as president of the Notre Dame College Democrats and vice president of service for Notre Dame Circle K. He is also a fellow in Notre Dame’s National Security Program and has participated in small-group discussions with national security scholars and experts. Under the direction of political science professor Sebastian Rosato, O’Brien developed an original theory on the influence of the structure of unipolar international systems on the foreign policy behavior of the unipolar state. He has also researched religious freedom, regime composition and Islamic political movements in Muslim-majority countries. This summer, O’Brien and Rosato will co-author an article on the durability of U.S. primacy, which will be published by the Nobel Institute in Norway and an American journal of international relations. A finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, O’Brien will enter the University of Chicago Law School this far on a full-tuition merit scholarship. Senior Ashley K. Logsdon, a double major in biological science and theology from Pickerington, Ohio, will give the Commencement invocation. She will graduate with a 3.99 grade point average.last_img read more

Cats Revival Sets West End Dates; Rum Tum Tugger Goes Hip-Hop

first_img Director Trevor Nunn, designer John Napier, choreographer Gillian Lynne and Lloyd Webber will be directly overseeing the transfer along with Lloyd Webber. Cats ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, where it won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one that will ascend to “the heavyside layer.” In their desire to be chosen to rise above to cat heaven, each cat sings his or her story. Cats features the Billboard top 40 hit “Memory.” “I’m going to make Rum Tum Tugger a contemporary street cat and he has to do hip-hop. That will be a completely new way of doing it.” The composer told London’s Evening Standard.“I’ve come to the conclusion that Rum Tum Tugger was possibly the first ever rap song. TS Eliot clearly anticipated rapping in his metres.” Check out the Rum Tum Tugger in action below!center_img The previously reported revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats has set the dates it will return to the West End. The tuner will play a limited engagement December 6 through February 28, 2015 at the London Palladium, with opening night scheduled for December 11. Based on the current U.K. touring show, Lloyd Webber is busy making some updates. View Commentslast_img read more

Jessica Hecht & Adam Kantor to Join Danny Burstein in Fiddler on the Roof

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Related Shows Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and stage alum Adam Kantor will join five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. They take on the roles of Tevye’s wife Golde and the tailor Motel, respectively. Performances will begin on November 12 at the Broadway Theatre. Opening night is set for December 17. The King and I’s Bartlett Sher will direct. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Hecht earned a Tony nomination in 2010 for her performance in A View from the Bridge. She last appeared on Broadway in The Assembled Parties; her additional credits include Harvey, Julius Caesar, After the Fall and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Last year, she starred opposite John Lithgow and Annette Bening in King Lear in Central Park.Kantor made his Broadway debut in the closing cast of Rent as Mark. He has since appeared in Next to Normal on Broadway and off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and Avenue Q, as well as the world premiere of Diner in Washington, D.C.Featuring a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye (Burstein) is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. Danny Burstein View Comments Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more

Larrea Is “Proud” To Have Participated In A Mission To Assist Hostages

first_imgBy Dialogo May 26, 2009 The Ecuadorian ex-minister of Internal and External Security Gustavo Larrea assured today that he feels “proud” of having participated in a mission to free hostages that were being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “I feel that the road to democracy, the road to peace requires for people such as myself in this case, to intervene in humanitarian missions, and I feel proud of having done so, Larrea stated. During an interview with the local television station Ecuavisa, he added that he didn’t feel that that participation should be censored. “I do not feel that it goes against the law to fight for hostages to be freed (…), on the contrary, I think that it is an important humanitarian gesture and I feel proud of this”, as indicated by Larrea, who once met with Luis Edgar Devia, “Raúl Reyes”, the international spokesperson for FARC who was killed in a Colombian bombing on a guerilla camp site in Ecuador in 2008. Larrea,currently a member of Government, was Minister of the Interior and, according to presidentRafael Correa, he will return to work in his administration. So far, he hasn’t revealed the country in which he had met with “Reyes”. He said that he request permission from that country to reveal its name, but he is still waiting for a response to this request. “I still do not have this authorization. I would like to tell you where and when the meeting took place; but unfortunately, I will have to wait for a response from that country to release that information”, he stated. Last May 7th, the commission for Supervision and Political Control of the Ecuadorian Legislature ruled out holding a political trial against Larrea for supposed negligence in the performance of his duty. Four official legislators out of the seven which comprise that commission, decided to close the case, presented by the opponent Julio Logroño, who considered that Larrea was negligent in meeting with the leaders of that armed group, when he attempted to exchange the hostages held by the FARC for guerrilla fighters who were being held in Colombian jails. Diplomatic relations between Ecuador and Colombia are broken since the camp site bombing, where “Raúl Reyes” died”.last_img read more

CUNA prepared to engage with Congress on third-party vendor authority

first_img continue reading » CUNA has several concerns with draft legislation that would grant NCUA direct supervisory authority over third party vendors and credit union service organizations, it wrote to leadership of the House Financial Services Task Force on Financial Technology Thursday.“Despite our reservations with the proposal and our association policy to oppose extending this authority to NCUA, in the interest of ensuring that our nation’s information security apparatus is as strong as it needs to be to combat cyberattack and data breach, we are open to continued dialogue regarding proposed amendments to the BSCA that could augment NCUA’s current oversight of third-party vendors and CUSOs,” the letter reads. “We have discussed this topic in detail with our membership committees and look forward to working with all stakeholders on this issue.”CUNA’s concerns with the draft legislation include:NCUA has exercised very effective regulation of CUSOs and third-party vendors without the authority, rendering the change proposed in the draft legislation a solution in search of a problem; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Retail: From minor to major

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Crouch is staying put – Hughes

first_img Press Association Hughes said: “It was a little bit difficult for us to get a foothold in the game in the first half. The wind was in our face and we didn’t really get on the front foot and have that platform to build the performance. “But I made a change at half-time and I think that probably helped us, and we were much better. We had the benefit of the wind at our back, which made an immediate impact. “Obviously Charlie came on and scored, which settled the half very nicely for us, and we were very much on the front foot then. “We had to pick ourselves up with the disappointment of the equaliser but I was really pleased with the reaction of Erik and his team-mates. They got round him, picked him up very quickly and that was important for us. “And then we were able to go on and score a great goal at the other end. The second-half performance was very good.” Aston Villa have now lost three games in a row but manager Paul Lambert was encouraged by their performance, especially in the first half. He said: “I never thought we deserved to lose that one. The last two performances against Fulham and Manchester United, we didn’t deserve anything, but that one I thought we deserved something. “We got ourselves back into the game in really strong condition. I couldn’t fault the lads for their effort and the way we started. I thought we were the better team in the first half. We looked threatening. I’m disappointed to lose but that was better from us.” Lambert left out striker Christian Benteke, who has been struggling with a knee problem, and confirmed the Belgian is a major doubt for the Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace. “He’s been carrying the injury so we’ll just have to try to get it right,” said Lambert. “Hopefully the rest will do him the world of good. There’s too many games to risk him.” Lambert, meanwhile, did not have too many complaints about referee Craig Pawson’s decision only to show Marc Wilson a yellow card during the first half. A mistake from the Stoke defender allowed Andreas Weimann through on goal but Pawson deemed the striker had played the ball too close to keeper Asmir Begovic before Wilson brought him down. Lambert said: “Andi’s got there first but the referee’s interpretation was that the goalkeeper had possession of the ball and we have to respect his decision. “Some referees might have been different. We understand that he didn’t think it was worthy of a red card.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes insisted Peter Crouch will not be leaving the club in January after he propelled the Potters into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table. Crouch has been linked with a move to join up with either of two former managers – Harry Redknapp at QPR or Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace – with Stoke reportedly chasing Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf. But Hughes said: “He’s not going anywhere in January.” Crouch was named man of the match, and Hughes added: “He obviously gives us a focus to our attacking play. “I played that role for many years with my back to the goal, and it’s a thankless task on occasions. Sometimes you have to take hits for the team. That’s what Peter did today and has done for a long time. “He’s an accomplished football player. He’s being playing at this level for a long time and you don’t do that unless you’re a very good player.” It could be a red letter day for the Crouch family, with wife Abbey Clancy contesting the final of Strictly Come Dancing later. Crouch told the BBC: “I’d like to think I’ve given her some tips but I’ve only got the robot in my locker.” Stoke have lost only one of their last eight Premier League games and the victory lifted them up to 10th place. The former England striker scored the winning goal in the 70th minute at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke made it back-to-back home wins in the league with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Half-time substitute Charlie Adam had given the hosts the lead in the 51st minute before a poor header from Erik Pieters allowed Libor Kozak to level 15 minutes later. last_img read more

Barça’s Coutinho returns to training after thigh injury

first_imgSant Joan Despi: Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho returned to training on Tuesday, raising the odds that he will feature in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the upcoming match against Atlético Madrid.The Brazil international suffered a thigh injury two weeks ago during the Spanish powerhouse’s UEFA Champions League group fixture against Italian side Inter Milan, reports Efe news.The Catalonia-based club said Coutinho returned to the Sant Joan Despi training ground where he was eased back in with a limited set of exercises. Several players were on national duty this week, including Arthur Melo and Rafinha Alcántara. First-place Barça is to play Atlético Madrid on Saturday. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Alberttown Martial Arts Academy holds first karate examination

first_imgFOUR karatekas were promoted when Alberttown Martial Arts Academy, a branch of The Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association, held its first annual Martial Arts Karate Examination last Monday. The exam was conducted by Master Lloyd Ramnarine, instructor Roman Pollard, followed by Zafar Ramnarine, Julie Ramnarine and Alliyah Ramnarine.The successful students were Eonthe Garraway promoted to yellow belt, Troy Harris promoted to orange belt, Leanna Barnard to orange belt and Whitney Garraway to blue belt.Meanwhile Sensei Pollard would like to extend an invitation to the youths in the community to get involved in martial arts, because according to him, it is not all about violence but discipline. “The styles that I teach are Shotokan, Ju-jitsu and traditional weapon. On behalf of my students and myself, I would like to thank Master Lloyd Ramnarine and his family for taking time off to come and conduct this examination.”The Alberttown Martial Arts Academy started in March this year at 71 Light Street. This club is open to the public.At the moment there are summer programmes at the Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association, which include classes at the Iron Fist Martial Arts Academy, located at the New Diamond/Grove Primary School, East Bank Demerara;The Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy at the Belle West Primary School, West Bank Demerara; La Parfaite Harmonie Invisible Kick Martial Arts Academy, West Bank Demerara; and Vreed-en-Hoop Martial Arts Academy located at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, West Bank, Demerara, opposite Royal Castle.If anyone is interested in joining the various clubs, further information can be acquired from 698-6727, 673-0823, 698-7456 and 668-6952.last_img read more

REVIEW: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is simultaneously overwhelming and intensely fascinating

first_imgFor the most part, the film possesses a delicate balance between organic human interaction and uncanny moments of absurdity until the balance tips in the third act, and the film indulges in the whimsicality of its premise.The opening monologue stream of consciousness eventually embraces and overpowers the film. Curiously, the film repeatedly cuts away from its contained premise to the life of a high school janitor (Guy Boyd). The janitor rarely has lines of dialogue, yet the entire film seems to revolve around him, gradually peering deeper into his psyche.  In a way, the film’s core presents a continual conflict between the independence of the characters within the fantasy and the man who constructed it. Jake, a surrogate for the janitor, is described as controlling, whereas Lucy’s unrelenting flurry of thoughts seems uncontrollable. Similarly, the janitor wishes to construct an ideal love story within his head, but Lucy overpowers his thoughts, spiraling them out of control and into an unwanted traumatic past. This conflict is what seems to perpetually color the tense atmosphere of the film. The cinematography, by Lukasz Zal and editing by Robert Frazen intricately translate the janitor’s sprawling mind. On one hand, the constraining aspect ratio and stillness of most shots encapsulate the stagnance of the janitor’s point of view. The camera movement usually consists of slow mechanical sideways panning, with rare zooms. Instead, jarring cuts are used to interrupt this stagnance to shift the point of view, encapsulating the mental process of indulgently thinking about something but suddenly shifting one’s thoughts to an entirely distinct idea. Moreover, the uniformity of this visual style effectively sets up the third act’s indulgence in the fantastical through an unexpected departure from it.   With somber shots of the janitor dragging his feet through empty yet claustrophobic school corridors, the film gives the viewer a sense of the “landscape” that the janitor lives within. Thus, it feels rather fitting for the entire film to be presented in an unconventional 4:3 aspect ratio, with the thick vertical black bars framing the film, mirroring the lockers and walls that frame a hallway. Much like Lucy’s paintings, the film is like a manifestation of the janitor’s emotional reality.  For instance, when Jake and Lucy are driving home, a casual conversation about being under the influence of alcohol reminds them of the aforementioned “A Woman Under the Influence.” Yet the discussion quickly spirals into Lucy narrating a verbose college paper she had written on it, which could feel somewhat jarring. While some viewers might identify these indulgent allusions as a product of pretension, they work to remind the viewer of the impressionistic reality that these characters live within as one being crafted by the janitor’s various engagements with media. A scene early on in the film where Lucy describes her paintings to Jake’s parents at a dinner table conversation functions as a microcosm for the film. Lucy says her paintings aren’t “abstract art,’’ but they are landscapes imbued with a quality of “interiority,” which she describes as an expression of what she is feeling at the time instead of what is physically present in the landscape. Her paintings express an emotional reality that the film also seems to embody.  Writer and director Charlie Kaufman, with his previous films like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich,” possesses both a keen understanding of the mind and the ability to smoothly translate this understanding into film. In some ways expanding on those previous films, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” paints a deliberately garbled and distorted, yet oddly captivating, portrait of the mind.center_img The screenplay is littered with literary and cinematic allusions to works such as the film “A Woman Under the Influence” directed by John Cassavetes or the book “Ice” written by Anna Kavan and authors such as William Wordsworth, David Foster Wallace and Oscar Wilde. Although there is a sense of verisimilitude to the rambling and tangential nature of the conversations that naturally lead to someone mentioning one of these works, the intensely detailed analysis of these works of art seem to break this illusion of authenticity and enter the realm of unrestrained thought. Photo from IMDb “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” thrusts the viewer into Lucy’s (Jessie Buckley) rambling poetic monologue that pessimistically describes her desire to end a relationship with a man named Jake (Jesse Plemons) as she goes on a road trip with him to his family’s farm.  Near the beginning of the film, which is based on Iain Reid’s novel, the protagonist Lucy recites a poem while staring out a car’s frosted window into a thick snowstorm. Suddenly, she turns and stares straight into the camera, continuing the poem with a smirk, “Everything you see now, all of it bone.” The musical and theatrical climax and ending of the film seem to indulge in fantasy, seemingly resolving this conflict; however, the credits are presented with a peculiar lack of music. Instead, they are backed by unsettling ambient sounds of birds chirping, and they end in the revving of a car engine, restarting the road trip, demonstrating a paradoxical refusal to end things.last_img read more