Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation open final round of Tech for Good fund

first_imgImage: Technology for good – heart and tech by sabri deniz kizil on Shutterstock.com Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation open final round of Tech for Good fund Howard Lake | 14 January 2021 | News How to applyApplications to the Tech for Good 2021 ‘Build’ programme are open now and close at midday on 12th February 2021. Successful applications will have been informed by 30 April.Applications consist of:a short form including a 250-word project summary, explaining what the project is setting out to achieve and howa video application up to three minutes longa project budget (a budget template is available).Pre-application support is available. Comic Relief and CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology), the support partner for this programme, will be running Q&A webinars and providing additional guidance over the application period.  371 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have launched the final funding round of their three-year Tech for Good partnerships.The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. Of course, the COVID-19 crisis has since increased the need for organisations to explore how digital and design approaches can be used to create more impact for the people they work with. The Tech for Good 2021 ‘Build’ programme will enable organisations or partnerships to define, test and develop digital solutions over nine months that meet a social need or challenge in the UK. Projects can be local, regional, national or UK-wide.Applications that want to adapt or re-purpose existing technology to increase impact in their service delivery are also actively encouraged. The funders stated :@we know that re-use of tools which already exist can be just as important and effective as building something new.Grants of up to £70,000 over a period of nine months (June 2021 – Feb 2022) are available.Who can applyApplicants should be seeking to work in one or more of Comic Relief’s four core issue areas: Children Survive and ThriveGlobal Mental Health MattersFighting for Gender JusticeA Safe Place to Be.Comic Relief would also welcome applications addressing challenges that are related to disability and inclusion outside of the four themes, “as we understand the critical potential of digital technology in tackling these issues”. Applicants with digital projects might be at different stages of development. Build is planning to fund projects at various stages, from concept stage to those which are already in development.Applicants must have an annual income of between £75,000 and £10 million.This is the fifth Tech for Good programme run by Comic Relief. Details of all past funded projects can be found at can be found at Tech for Good.In particular the funding is designed to support projects and organisations that: Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Digital Funding Are focused on specific and clear user needs in their design, delivery and developmentDemonstrate a clear purpose for the use of tech and why it would be meaningful in your organisationMust be able to demonstrate resource and buy-in at senior and organisational level to manage and deliver the project you are proposingMust have adequate time budgeted for your project lead to participate in the programmeDemonstrate the enthusiasm to engage with a collaborative cohort of funded partners.Make best use of existing technologyAre sharable with other parts of the not-for-profit sector AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

RSF decries death sentences passed on four Yemeni journalists

first_img The four journalists, Abdul Khaleq Amran, Akram Al-Walidi, Hareth Hamed and Tawfiq Al-Mansouri, were part of a group of ten journalists who were tried on 11 April on charges of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Neither their families nor their lawyers were notified about the trial. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImprisonedImpunityPredators Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Organisation Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more Yemen is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News The other six journalists who were tried at the same time (and who have also been held since 2015) are Esam Belghaith, Hassan Annab, Hisham Tarmoum, Hisham Al-Yousfi, Haitham Al-Shehab and Salah Al-Qaedi. February 11, 2021 Find out more Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions The Houthis claim to have found detailed plans for military operations in the journalists’ electronic devices. The court convicted them of “creating and secretly running several websites and pages through the Internet and social networks (…) in which they posted false, malicious and disturbing news, information and rumours.” YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImprisonedImpunityPredators News January 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF RSF_en April 14, 2020 – Updated on May 6, 2020 RSF decries death sentences passed on four Yemeni journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the death sentences that a Houthi court has passed on four Yemeni journalists and calls for their immediate release. Detained since 2015, the journalists could be executed at any moment. News News All ten worked for media outlets regarded as supportive of Al-Islah, a party with Muslim Brotherhood links that, in 2015, declared its support for the Yemeni government recognized by the international community and for the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that has intervened militarily in Yemen. Help by sharing this information to go further “These utterly unacceptable convictions are worthy of a bygone era and must be overturned without delay,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The death sentences are typical of the way the Houthi rebels have systematically persecuted journalists, and are indicative of a readiness to use summary justice to settle scores with all critical media. Neither the sentences nor the arbitrary detention of all ten journalists since 2015 can be justified. They must be freed.”last_img read more

Still more restrictions for journalists in the tribal zones

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the brief arrest by security forces in the tribal zone of North Waziristan of three journalists who were trying to cover clashes between the Pakistani security forces and the Taliban around Miran Shah.Those arrested on 6 March were Haroon Rasheed, of the Urdu-language service of the BBC World Service, Haji Mujtaba, a stringer for Reuters, and Inam-ur-Rahman, a contributor to the APTN news agency.Officials on 7 March also seized cassette tapes belonging to Inam-ur-Rahman.Reporters Without Borders is also very worried by persistent threats against journalists in the region from some mullahs and jihadists in North Waziristan.———————————————————–17.01.2006Media banned from Bajaur Agency tribal areaReporters Without Borders today condemned a government ban on all journalists, including Pakistanis, from going to the Bajaur Agency tribal area (60 km north of Peshawar). Haroon Rashid, of the Urdu section of the BBC World Service, a reporter for the Pakistani TV station AVT khyber, Mehmood Jan Babarand cameraman Waheed-ur-Rehman were today ordered by police to return to Peshawar when they tried to enter the area to continue investigating the effect of the 13 January US military bombing there. The journalists briefly protested and accused the government of trying to silence the media. Information minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said the tribal area was under control of the army, which refused to comment on the matter. —————————————————————–16.01.06Two journalists arrested while covering aftermathReporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of Haroon Rashid of the BBC World Service’s Urdu-language section and Iqbal Khattak of Pakistan’s Daily Times in the Bajaur Agency part of the Tribal Areas on 14 January while covering reactions to a US airstrike on a village that was supposedly being visited by Al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri.A total of 18 people were reportedly killed in the airstrike but not, apparently, Zawahiri. The authorities on 14 January also confiscated a video-cassette from a cameraman working for the US television news agency APTN, who had just filmed in the village.”Under what laws were the two Pakistani journalists arrested and the video-cassette seized,” Reporters Without Borders asked. “After a news blackout lasting for months, the civilian and military authorities had at last allowed journalists free access to the Tribal Areas. But when something embarrassing takes place, the press is clearly no longer welcome there.”Rashid and Khattak were arrested while taking photos of soldiers on the streets of Khar, which is the capital of the Bajaur Agency and lies 60 km north of Peshawar. They were taken to the office of Fahim Wazir, the area’s political administrator, who told them their reporting was contributing to insecurity in the region.The two journalists refused to let Wazir check the reports they planned to send. Before letting them go, he threatened to ban them from this tribal Area.Meanwhile, there is still no word of Hayatullah Khan, a reporter for the Urdu-language daily Ausaf and photographer for the European Press Photo Agency, who has been missing since 5 December 2005, a few days after he produced evidence that contradicted the official account of the death of a leading Arab member of Al-Qaeda, Hamza Rabia, in the North Waziristan section of the Tribal Areas. Rabia was killed by a US missile. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of two Pakistani reporters and the confiscation of a video-cassette from an APTN cameraman in the Tribal Areas on 14 January. The three journalists had been investigating the previous day’s US airstrike on a village which Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader was supposedly visiting. News PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information March 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Still more restrictions for journalists in the tribal zones News News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Receive email alerts News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder April 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Celebrate Spring with Cherry Blossoms

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Business News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Nothing says spring like blooming flowers. This March, take a trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens to visit the Japanese Garden’s cherry blossoms and magnolias. These exquisite flowers add bursts of color to the serene landscape and will be flowering all spring. Stroll along the reflecting pools in the Japanese Gardens or stop for a bite to eat at the Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House which overlooks the gardens.The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Visit www.huntington.org for more details. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img HerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Celebrate Spring with Cherry Blossoms Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Monday, March 6, 2017 | 12:20 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

The Risks of Real Estate Fraud

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Risks of Real Estate Fraud  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Loss Mitigation, News Tagged with: Foreclosure Fraud real estate September 11, 2019 1,746 Views Mortgage application fraud risk decreased significantly in Q2 2019 from Q1 2019, according to the latest Mortgage Fraud Risk Index from CoreLogic. The Index fell from 152 to 132 quarter-over-quarter.According to the report, New York, Florida, and New Jersey remained the top states for fraud risk. The top five states for fraud risk increases were Idaho, Alabama, Mississippi, New York, and Delaware. According to Bridget Berg, Mortgage Fraud Solutions Principal at CoreLogic, the decrease in fraud risk may be temporary, based on unexpected interest rate drops and an influx of low-risk refinance transactions.“The absolute number of risky loans did not decrease but is part of a larger mortgage market for now,” Berg said.Undisclosed real estate debt fraud risk decreased the most year-over-year in Q2 2019. Corelogic defines undisclosed real estate fraud as when an applicant intentionally fails to disclose additional real estate debt or past foreclosures. During Q2 2019, this fraud type decreased by 12.8%. Despite the higher decrease, this fraud type is still one of the most common issues.Overall, mortgage foreclosures have been shrinking, according to CoreLogic. The 30 days or more delinquency rate for June 2019 was 4%, while 4% of mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days or more including those in foreclosure.”A strong economy and eight-plus years of home price growth have made mortgage foreclosure an infrequent event,” said CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft. “This backdrop will help the mortgage market limit delinquencies in most of the country whenever a downturn should start.”Despite delinquency rates sitting at their lowest levels since 1999, several states and metropolitan areas posted small annual increases in June. The highest gains were in Vermont (+0.7%), New Hampshire (+0.3%), Nebraska (+0.2%) and Minnesota (0.2%), while the other four states–Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Connecticut–experienced a nominal gain of just 0.1%.Property fraud, meanwhile, decreased by 9.9% year-over-year. Property fraud occurs when information about a property is intentionally misrepresented.  The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Foreclosure Fraud real estate 2019-09-11 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Lender, Wholesaler Announce Integration Next: Consumers Weigh in On Fed Rate Cuts and Mortgages Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Risks of Real Estate Fraud The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Pike County students ‘gear up’ for graduation

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County students ‘gear up’ for graduation Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Other activities for the week include designing posters that relate to “Gear UP,” wearing favorite college T-shirts and ice cream sandwich rewards for participation. But Stringer said the real rewards will come when Gear Up students have their diplomas in hand and walk from the stage prepared to succeed along whatever career path they pursue.Gear Up Alabama is a UAB project that focuses on serving students in the Black Belt Region of the state. The project’s primary partners include the Alabama Department of Education, Auburn University and the Black Belt Community Foundation.Gear Up Alabama spans across 18 counties in the Black Belt region, serving more than 9,000 students in 21 school districts. The project’s purpose is to help build the infrastructure of school districts in the Black Belt to effectively prepare students for post secondary education. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like Guess Who? Charles Henderson High School is celebrating Homecoming 2016 this week with the theme “Games.” Each school day has been assigned… read more Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Skip Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Gear Up Alabama is a program that will, hopefully, excite students about their futures and encourage them to stay in school and graduate,” Stringer said. “The program is geared toward increasing the number of students that are ready to be successful in their education and training after high school graduation, whether it’s college or entering the workforce.”On Monday, students at Pike County High School had the cap and gown experience four years early.“We wanted the students to have the opportunity to put on a cap and gown and actually walk out on stage and receive a ‘diploma,’” Stringer said adding, hopefully, the experience would only be a dress rehearsal for the real event in 2020. Book Nook to reopen Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content The ninth-grade students at Pike County High School packed the auditorium in anticipation of “early” graduation. Each student had the opportunity to don a cap and gown and walk on stage and receive a “diploma.”“Hopefully, this will be encouragement for the students to stay in school and, one day, walk across the stage and receive diploma that will open doors to their futures,” Stringer said. Ninth-grader Autumn Bassett said, although the students were joking around and having fun, they are really serious about their educations.“We know how important education is and we all want to do this again in 2020,” she said. “My goal is to be a veterinarian. That’s a long way off but I have to begin preparing now if I want to reach my goal.”Today will be “Teachers Tell Their Story Tuesday” at Goshen. The teachers will share their educational journeys with the students, including the challenges they faced in choosing a career. Print Article Pike County High school’s ninth grade students participated in Gear Up Alabama’s kick-off event Monday at the school auditorium. Students had an opportunity to dawn caps and gowns, walk across the stage and recieve a bogus diploma. The event was a dress rehearsal for the real event in 2020. Pictured are Autumn Bassett, Camerion Bolden, Raeleigh Baty, Trevero Benton, and Jamizah Berry.Ninth-grade students at Pike County and Goshen high schools and eighth graders at Banks Middle School are getting “Geared-Up” for graduation.All week, the students will be participating in Gear Up Alabama Kickoff Week activities that will get them excited about going to college.Palma Stringer, Gear Up Alabama facilitator for Pike County Schools, said the program is designed for students in the Black Belt section of Alabama in an effort to motivate them to stay in school with graduation as their goals.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Fake News Clouds Death Investigation

first_img Fake News Clouds Death InvestigationAs Warrick County Sheriff Deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Halee Rathgeber’s death – rumors have started to circulate online. Social media posts insinuate multiple unreported kidnappings taking place at an Evansville…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

When all turn right, go left

first_imgHow long, exactly, is 2 minutes and 37 seconds? If you run the 100-meter dash, it feels like several eternities. If you’re watching an episode of “Breaking Bad,” it seems a nanosecond.But if you’re among an audience of hundreds waiting for a lecturer to start speaking, and he doesn’t, and he doesn’t, and he just stands stock still at the lectern for 2 minutes and 37 seconds, that is both a very long time and an attention-grabber.That inventive silence drew the audience in, put it on edge, and was lesson No. 1 from theater and visual artist Robert Wilson. On Friday evening, before a capacity crowd in a darkened Piper Auditorium at the Graduate School of Design (GSD), he delivered a dramatic and discursive talk on how during his years of art-making he has jumped out of the box that long traditions of theater design and direction had set for him, like a trap.“The reason I work as an artist,” he told the audience, “is to ask questions.” He tries not to follow rules but to crack them open over the knee of imagination.The 72-year-old Wilson is an experimental theater producer, director, and designer. His list of collaborators includes William S. Burroughs, Susan Sontag, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Allen Ginsberg, and Philip Glass, with whom he created a signature work, “Einstein on the Beach.” Along the way, Wilson has also been a painter, a sculptor, a video artist, and a lighting designer who worked with light as if it were paint.As a relentless experimenter, he started his lecture off with no lecture at all, just the minutes of silence. You might not be surprised that such an artist has cast people off the street for plays, or that in his work “A Letter for Queen Victoria” (1974), his 90-year-old grandmother from Texas played the queen. He once directed an overnight production 12 hours long, and another that lasted seven days and had a cast of 580. During the shah’s rule in Iran, Wilson directed 5,000 soldiers to whitewash a hilltop, simulating snow.Robert Wilson’s experience in theater offered a lesson that spoke to student designers, who may be tempted to make buildings and landscapes that are works of art instead of art that works.In “The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud” (1969), the man playing Freud was a retired housepainter whom Wilson had met in Grand Central Station. The set included a hanging chair; the action called for a turtle to take 37 minutes to walk across stage. “Many people said the work had nothing to do with Freud,” Wilson told his GSD audience. But he disagreed, seeing it as a parable of the psychoanalyst at age 68, when he fell into a depression and was diagnosed with cancer. “It’s not the kind of story you’re going to get in the history books,” he said.Similarly, Friday’s two-hour talk was not the kind of lecture you would usually get at Harvard. Aside from the prefatory silence, the audience also got shouts, red-faced fits of coughing, and mimed threats to kill. No one coming out of theater or music school, he complained, knows how to walk while on stage, or simply stand still.Wilson’s appearance was the third in a series of “sensory media platform” public lectures that began last year. The idea is to invite practitioners to remind students that what they do demands art as well as technology.“What we would like to bring more to the foreground is imagination,” said Silvia Benedito before the lecture. She is an assistant professor of landscape design at GSD and a member of an informal sensory media platform committee at GSD. “Wilson is so demonstrative,” said another committee member, Allen Sayegh, an associate professor in practice of architectural technology. “There is no doubt [the audience] will get something out of this.”During the talk, what the audience got was a pingpong summary of Wilson’s career in theater, from the days he arrived in New York from Waco, Texas, to study architecture at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Wilson had strong opinions right away. Broadways shows, mainstream opera: no. George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage: yes. They created staged movement and light and sound that expressed “so much freedom,” said Wilson.His early experience with dance led him to a core idea. “I start with movement,” said Wilson, “and from the movement I let the sound come.”Doing the unexpected was inspired early too. Wilson had one favorite professor at Pratt whose lectures were accompanied by a slideshow of unrelated images. He recalled the final exam, with the professor saying, “Students, you have three minutes to design a city.” (Wilson drew an apple; within it was a crystal cube, “to reflect the universe.”)There was another lesson in the exam, he told the audience of student designers: “The most important thing is, you have to think quickly.”The crystal sphere was an emblem of another core idea to Wilson, that light can make or break a play, and that it has to be designed as if with a brush, and with movement too. (“Light,” he told the audience, “is like an action.”)Then there is “mega-structure,” the grand spatial idea behind planning anything complex. “How do you write a play that is seven hours long?” Wilson asked. “How do you design a city?” You start with a structure, which for Wilson consisted of the grids and fast sketches he made for the audience. In writing the music for “Einstein on the Beach,” Glass worked for months with Wilson’s drawings, one by one, propped up before on the piano. From structure, said Wilson, comes content, like Glass’s music. “Without structure, I don’t know what to do,” he said. “I am lost.”Time is a factor, too. Wilson and Glass created a structure for “Einstein,” and determined it would be 4 hours and 46 minutes long. At other times, said Wilson, he was faced with a production of 100 episodes, each 30 seconds long.His experience in theater offered a lesson that spoke to student designers, who may be tempted to make buildings and landscapes that are works of art instead of art that works. “Ban the schools of theater decoration,” shouted Wilson. “We do not need them. Theater should be architectural.”Artists of every stripe have to be ready for critics too, Wilson said. He recalled taking a seat next to Arthur Miller during a revival of “Einstein on the Beach.” The playwright, who had no idea who Wilson was, turned and said, “You know, I don’t get it.” Ten minutes later Miller walked out.Artists have to be ready for a slump in confidence. “Nine times out of 10 you think: This will never work,” said Wilson, looking back over 50 years of art-making. “So you just keep working. Discipline helps.”In times like that, being contrary helps too, he said, sounding just like a man who started a talk by not talking. “You think of the wrong thing to do,” said Wilson. “Then you do that.”last_img read more

Pilot DART reform launches

first_imgIn an email to the sophomore class last week, the student government Department of Academic Affairs said the Class of 2016 will take part in a pilot program for the DART registration process that condenses course registration into one three-hour time window this March.“A proposal has been brought forth for an adjustment to the registration period for sophomores in March 2014,” the email said. “Instead of the normal spread of two days, all sophomores would register on a single day within a succinct three-hour period.“Additionally, the sophomore class time tickets would be scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to minimize conflicts with classes, department exams, etc. Time tickets are spread out across the three-hour window to avoid system overload.”ERIN RICE | The Observer Junior Max Brown, the director of Academic Affairs, said the course registration process will remain the same, aside from the shortened registration period.“It’s going to be exactly the same as it was before, but the time slots [for registration] will be compacted,” Brown said. “Absolutely nothing is changing about the DARTing process other than the time slots being closer together.”Brown said the decision to try this new system came from a close analysis of the current system and the feedback student government received regarding time conflicts with the DART system.“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we make this system administratively more efficient and operationally more user-friendly so that students get the best possible outcome?’” Brown said.“Some of the feedback we’ve gotten about the DART process was that there were conflicts with class, exams or other activities.”Brown said student government has analyzed the DART system via student comments over the past few years.“Students clearly feel that two days for registration time tickets is outmoded,” the email said. “Specifically, minimizing time tickets between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for two days due to frequent conflicts with a variety of activities would benefit students.”Brown said a student population as large as Notre Dame’s will inevitably have conflicts whenever the University holds registration, but student government felt it could still improve upon the current system.“The fact of the matter is that whenever we DART, there will be some conflicts,” Brown said. “[Student government] has really analyzed the system, and it’s an imperfect system, but we want to make it as fair as possible for as many students as possible.”Brown said student government chose the sophomore class for the new pilot program because second-year students have enough experience with the process, but still have enough room in their schedules to take a wide variety of classes.“This is probably the best group to give [student government] good feedback,” Brown said.He said new technology, specifically additional software, allowed student government to try the new registration process.“Now that we have the software, we can condense the times and not worry about overloading the system,” Brown said.The email said the registration process will remain the same for all non-sophomore students, but if the pilot program is successful, it may expand.“If the sophomore registration in March is successful, then the Office of the Deans, Registrar and Student Government shall consider expanding the concise window to other classes for Fall 2014,” the email said.Tags: Class of 2016, DART, Department of Academic Affairslast_img read more

RE/MAX report shows Vermont home sales best in New England

first_imgVermont was the only New England state that did not lose ground in either units sold or in median price. Connecticut was the only state down in both.About RE/MAX of New England, IncSince its inception in 1985, RE/MAX of New England has grown to over 230 offices and nearly 3,000 sales associates throughoutConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Read more about the housing industry at the RE/MAX ofNew England website www.remax-newengland.com(link is external) and follow us on Twitter at @REMAXNE. RE/MAX is proud to help raise millions ofdollars and support charitable organizations like Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.DEFINITIONSTransactions are the total number of closed residential transactions during the given month. Month’s Supply of Inventory is the total number ofresidential properties listed for sale at the end of the month (active inventory) divided by the number of sales contracts signed (pended) duringthe month. Days on Market is the number of days that pass from the time a property is listed until the property goes under contract for allresidential properties sold during the month. Median Sales Price is the median price of all residential properties sold during the month.MLS data is provided by contracted data aggregators, RE/MAX brokerages and regional offices. While MLS data is believed to be accurate, it cannot beguaranteed.MLS data is constantly being updated, making any analysis a snapshot at a particular time. Every month the RE/MAX of New England HousingReport re-calculates the previous period’s data to ensure accuracy over time. All raw data remains the intellectual property of each local MLS organization.© copyright 2010 RE/MAX of New England, Inc Vermont’s real estate market fared the best of all New England states in a newly released RE/MAX report. There were 289 homes sold in January, an 18% increase from the 245 homes sold the same time last year. On a month-to-month basis, home sales were down -27.6% from 399 homes sold this past December. The median selling price remained flat year-over-year at $190,000. However, Vermont surpassed New Hampshire in median sale price and is now fourth in New England, also ahead of Maine.Overall inventory decreased from 8,478 in January 2010 to 7,694 in January 2011. If inventory increases, as RE/MAX expects, Vermont should experience a positive Spring market.Stability defined the New England market in January as home sales saw a slight increase of .4%from December. While some industry analysts continue to predict a serious decline in homeprices in the new year, the RE/MAX of New England Monthly Housing Report showed homeprices dropped by only -2% from levels in December 2010.‘It’s encouraging to see transactions and prices remaining stable,’ said RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President Jay Hummer. “These trends should continue as we enter the Spring market.’last_img read more