Harvard appoints Muslim chaplain

first_imgKhalil Abdur-Rashid, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist University and co-founder of the Islamic Seminary of America, has been appointed Harvard’s Muslim chaplain, the University announced today. He will begin his role on July 5.“Khalil brings a remarkable combination of skills to the Harvard community. He has a deep knowledge of Islamic sciences, combines academic strength with experience as an imam and as a social worker, and is strongly grounded in the culture of the United States and of the U.S. Muslim community,” said Ousmane Kane, professor of Islamic studies, who chaired the search. “Beyond his skills and experience, he is a warm and welcoming person who exudes a sense of caring and of optimism. Khalil will provide much-needed support to Muslim students across the University and, like other chaplains, he will work not just with his own faith group but in many ways within our broad community.”Prior to joining Southern Methodist, Imam Abdur-Rashid was the first paid Muslim programming associate at Columbia University, serving the religious and spiritual needs of Muslims students, faculty, and staff there and at Barnard College. In this role, he helped to organize speaking and lecture events for all students, and to lead Common Meals, a weekly dialogue program to bring together Columbia community members from a variety of faiths and backgrounds to discuss issues of leadership, current events, and philosophy. During that time, he also served as a special adviser to the New York City Police Department on Muslim affairs. He spoke out publicly against the profiling of Muslims in the city and on campus.“When Muslim students come to campus, they are all at different parts of their spiritual journeys, and for some it can be the first time they are exposed to certain things that may lead them to question or confront parts of their identity,” said Zarin Rahman ’18, president of the Harvard Islamic Society. “Having a chaplain like Khalil, who is well-versed in both the tradition of Islam and the transformative nature of this particular time period, is crucial to helping students handle this change and answer any questions that they may have along the way.”Abdur-Rashid holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Georgia State University, and a master’s in Middle East studies and Islamic law and a master’s of philosophy in Islam and Middle Eastern studies, both from Columbia. He earned his Islamic specialized license (ijaaza) in Islamic family law at Dar al-Mustafa Seminary in Tarim, Yemen, and an Islamic advanced doctorate (ijaaza ilmiyyah) in Islamic legal sciences and ethics at the ISAR Seminary in Istanbul. He is working toward a doctorate in liberal studies with a focus on American Muslim identity formation, and is fluent in Turkish and Arabic.“I am deeply humbled and excited to join the Harvard community as the new Muslim chaplain,” he said. “I look forward to actively engaging with the students, faculty, staff, administrators, and fellow chaplain colleagues on campus. These are challenging times that require us to commit ourselves to public service and mutual support, to cultivate a deeper understanding of who we are and where we are ultimately going, and to being the best of who we are while remembering the divine in each other, thereby taking us one step closer to turning hate into hope.”last_img read more

Police: Teen sought in fatal shooting at Wisconsin mall

first_imgGRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Police say four people have been arrested and a teenage suspect is on the run following a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded at a mall in northern Wisconsin. Police say 17-year-old Dezman Ellis is being sought after gunfire erupted around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute. Police say they arrested four people, including three more teenagers, on Monday, but could not say how or if they are connected to Ellis. Police say 19-year-old Jovanni J. Frausto was killed in the shooting and a second person who was shot was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.last_img

David Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center

first_img The project is set to begin construction in 2019 at an expected cost of approximately $500 million. In addition to its primary purpose as the home for the New York Philharmonic, which has performed there since it opened in 1962, the redesigned concert hall will also feature the new Lincoln Center Hall of Fame, a first-of-its-kind institution celebrating all aspects of the performing arts and film. View Comments Media bigwig and philanthropist David Geffen has given a $100 million gift to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to lead the complete transformation of Avery Fisher Hall, which is home to the New York Philharmonic. As previously reported, the Fisher family agreed to give up the name of the 1962 building so another large donor could receive the honor. The venue will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September 2015 at the start of the New York Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 season.center_img “As a native New Yorker, I recognize that Lincoln Center is a beacon to artists and musicians around the world,” said Geffen in a statement. “To be involved with such a beloved and iconic institution is deeply satisfying.”last_img read more

Digital payments solutions for a post-coronavirus world

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Eral As the Account Vice President for SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Brad Eral services financial institutions throughout the Midwest within lending services, insurance, and loss mitigation programs. Prior to joining … Web: https://www.swbcmortgage.com Details It’s becoming clear that the coronavirus is going to have a lasting effect on our lives. Even as social distancing measures begin to ease across the country, we’re starting to realize that we won’t be returning to the world we were used to, but will be navigating a “new normal” going forward. For credit unions, this is going to mean adopting forward-thinking payments strategies that empower your members to make payments and access their accounts safely and conveniently. The shift to self-serve banking options has reached a tipping point, and credit unions that are ahead of this curve will be far more likely to find success in an uncertain future.Meeting your members where they areEven before the coronavirus disruptions began, consumer preferences had started to migrate from traditional payment methods toward digital payments options. Advances in mobile payment technology and an increase in new payments channels, combined with overall consumer trends that favor accessibility and convenience, have shifted consumers’ purchasing habits.The coronavirus and its immediate aftermath have only served to make this shift more relevant to credit union members. Now more than ever, credit unions should be implementing consumer-centric payments solutions that put members in the driver’s seat. Developing a payments strategy that allows your members to access your services from a variety of different channels, including your website, a mobile app, an online payments portal, social media networks, call centers, and physical branches, will empower your members to choose the payment options that work for them. Your members will appreciate the availability of multiple payments channels that give them the flexibility to utilize the best choice based on their needs at any given time.Making payments options mobileAccording to Pew Research, “The vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. Along with mobile phones, Americans own a range of other information devices. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults now own desktop or laptop computers, while roughly half now own tablet computers and roughly half own e-reader devices.”These numbers reveal an interesting fact. It has become clear that in order to successfully reach your members, you must provide tools and services that are accessible via mobile devices. Generally speaking, credit union members expect their mobile experience to be just as seamless as their desktop experience. If your credit union has developed an app for your members, you’ll want to make sure that the interface is intuitive, accessible, and provides a wide variety of self-serve features.Mobile payment apps and overall online experience should be viewed as an extension of your credit union’s member service. Your mobile experience should offer comparable functionality and have a similar “feel” as your overall member service experience.Adapt physical channelsWith the benefit of web-based technology, many of us have been able to adjust fairly easily to working from home, ordering food, groceries, and shopping online, and even educating our kids through eLearning platforms. As we continue to move forward toward the new normal, consider rethinking the importance of physical brick-and-mortar branches. Regardless of whether it’s in the form of digital or physical, consumers are attracted to high-quality and engaging experiences. While it may not be feasible to provide stellar face-to-face service with the country still largely shut down, it is still possible to build deeper relationships with your members by focusing on developing digital payments tools and channels with the end user in mind.Having a smaller customer support staff on site or in call centers to help your members with support and services is a challenge that all credit unions are facing. According to The Financial Brand, since the coronavirus, “Bank and credit union customer support has been overtaxed by the extraordinarily high volume of questions from anxious, frustrated consumers.”Providing exceptional member support from contact centers is going to become critically important over the next several months and into 2021. One component of that is reducing the inbound call volume and call processing time. Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Financial Center First launched a new eServices platform that allowed their members to make loan payments from an online portal. According to Marla Tackett, Vice President of Strategic Development at the credit union, since diversifying their payments platform, they now “have shorter wait times and are better able to serve members who are calling for non-transactional requests.”The coronavirus and its aftermath have created a great deal of uncertainty for people, especially when it comes to their financial wellbeing. Your members are likely going to be reaching out to you more often for help with financial services going forward. Diverting as much call traffic as you can for actions that members can self-serve on will help you provide the members that have more complex concerns with the best service possible.Adapting to the myriad of coronavirus-related disruptions while continuing to provide excellent service is a difficult challenge that credit unions are facing today. While this can seem like a tall order during a time when in-person interactions are limited, providing your members with payments channels they can access safely and conveniently from the comfort of their homes will add value to their banking experience at a time when every little bit helps.To learn more about how Financial Center First increased their total funded transactions through self-service channels by 161%, download the case study.last_img read more

Canada extends COVID-19 international border closures, mandatory quarantine order

first_imgFailure to comply with the quarantine order can result in a maximum fine of up to C$750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.Canada shut its borders to non-essential foreign travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus and it is unclear when they will be reopened.Canada has also made limited exemptions to its border measures to allow for immediate family reunification. Exemptions are also in place for some individuals including diplomats, flight crews and those holding valid work or study permits.As of June 29, Canada had 103,918 cases of COVID-19 of which 67,178 cases had recovered, and had reported 8,566 deaths.Topics : Canada is extending a global travel ban and mandatory quarantine measures that require most travelers to Canada, including citizens returning home, to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, the Canadian government said on Tuesday.The mandatory quarantine order is now in effect until at least Aug. 31, while the travel ban for most other foreign travelers is extended to at least July 31, according to federal documents. The measures, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, were set to expire on June 30.Travel by US citizens are covered under a separate agreement, which was extended earlier this month to keep the US-Canada border closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21. US citizens who are not deemed essential are still subject to the quarantine.last_img read more

Luxury superyachts going under the hammer on the Gold Coast

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO THE BULLETIN AND GET A FITBIT More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOne of the yacht’s for sale is this 2014 San Lorenzo 29m superyacht, named Italian Belle. “The international phone bill will be significant this month as we have had a huge amount of overseas bidding inquiry from locations such as Florida, Hong Kong and Monaco,” Ray White Marine sales director Brock Rodwell said.“Murcielago is a well known classic style Sunseeker that will never date, she has cruised the Mediterranean and the Bahamas before calling Australia home. “The near new San Lorenzo is a floating penthouse which includes your own private Italian retractable owners terrace. “The combined original value of both vessels is well above $20 million.”The auction comes as both new orders and brokerage boats are in high demand for summer.The Ray White Marine auction is at the Gold Coast Turf Club from 11am tomorrow.center_img 2014 San Lorenzo 96’ superyacht named Italian Belle. Ray White Marine are auctioning this superyacht in October, 2018.TWO luxury superyachts going under the hammer on the Gold Coast tomorrow are attracting interest from around the world.They are part of a six-vessel line-up at Ray White Marine’s auction event.The main drawcards include the Gold Coast-based 30-metre Sunseeker Predator named Murcielago and a 2014 San Lorenzo 29-metre superyacht, moored in Venice, Italy, named Italian Belle.last_img read more

Sand castle wins honours in architectural awards

first_img The appeal of an architect’s touch The new Mon Repos Turtle Centre has won the top award at the 2020 Queensland Architecture Awards.A home built into a sand dune and a centre built to protect the next generation of turtles have been given top gongs at this year’s Queensland Architecture Awards.Bundaberg’s Mon Repos Turtle Centre, built behind the Bargara sand dunes in the Wide Bay region received the top award of the night, the Queensland Architecture Medallion. MORE FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The new centre, designed by KIRK Architects, serves as a preparation point to witness the happenings on the beach and after dark during turtle season and is Australia’s first timber laminated diagonal-grid super structure using Queensland sourced and manufactured timber.Jury chair and COX Architecture director Richard Coulson said the building, which had been designed to be open to daylight but also avoid light spill in the evenings was an example of using innovation in materials and technology.“It is a response to a sensitive environment and an important issue,” Mr Coulson said. The multi-award winning Domik ‘eco lair’ on the Sunshine Coast.On the Sunshine Coast, the $18 million Domik ‘eco lair’ built into the sand hills beside Noosa National Park, won a State Award for Residential Architecture. The project we delivered for the award was the most sustainable project we ever did,” architect Noel Robinson said.“It’s built into the ground, covered in the landscape. It’s got solar collectors, batteries, all the things that lead to self-sufficiency. It will have a life cycle of 100 years or more. We need to look at those sorts of things that enable us to deliver for the future.”More than 20 projects across 14 categories were recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland Architecture Awards in Brisbane on Thursday night, with projects stretching from northern New South Wales to Far North Queensland.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours ago Newstead’s Lucent apartments.Brisbane’s inner-city apartment building Lucent, designed by Plazibat Architects, won the Job and Froud Award for residential architecture – Multiple Housing. QUT’s Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct.While the Queensland University of Technology Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct, designed by Wilson Architects in association with Henning Larsen Architects, won three awards including best sustainable architecture. RELATED: $18m Noosa ‘eco lair’ wins top landscape awardlast_img read more

Energean hands in development plan for Karish & Tanin gas fields off Israel

first_imgGreek oil company Energean Oil & Gas has submitted the Field Development Plan (FDP) for the Karish and Tanin natural gas fields, offshore Israel, to the Israeli Petroleum Commissioner.Energean’s subsidiary, Energean Israel, holds 100% of Karish and Tanin, which combined have 2.7 TCF of natural gas and 41 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) of light hydrocarbon liquids, totaling 531 mmboe 2C resources.The Greek company said on Tuesday that the Karish Main Development envisages drilling three wells, using a new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit that will be installed approximately 90 km away from shore, with 400 mmscf/day capacity. The development through an FPSO will enable Energean to maximize the recovery of reserves and minimize environmental impact. It will also allow light hydrocarbons liquid to be safely processed, stored and offloaded away from the coast, with minimal onshore installations needed, the company added.Energean has already appointed TechnipFMC as the contractor for Concept and Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the development.The Karish Main Development will also comprise a dry gas pipeline connecting the field to the Israeli natural gas transmission system. First gas is expected in 2020. Total estimated capex for the Karish development is $1.3-1.5 billion.Back in February, Energean teamed up with the private equity fund manager Kerogen Capital, which committed to invest in the development of the Karish and Tanin gas fields. The proceeds from Kerogen’s initial $50 million investment were used to finance the acquisition and key workstreams to investment sanction including FEED studies and the Field Development Plan.The Tanin Area Development will follow the development of Karish and envisages drilling six wells connected to the same FPSO.During the term of the lease, which runs until 2044, and which may be extended to 2054, the Karish and Tanin development is estimated to deliver 88 BCM of natural gas to the Israeli market while up to 44 million barrels of light hydrocarbon liquids will potentially be exported to regional and international markets.On submitting the FDP, Energean Chairman & CEO, Mathios Rigas, commented: “We will continue working closely with the Israeli Government to obtain the required approval of the FDP as soon as possible in order to be able to reach Final Investment Decision by the end of 2017. Following the gas sales agreement signed recently with Dalia Power Energies and Or Power Energies, we are in discussions with other buyers eager to benefit from competitive terms offered for the supply of gas in Israel.”last_img read more

Chargers Harriers Results At JCD

first_imgND results at Jac-Cen-Del Invite.Girls: 1. South Ripley, 2. Switz Co., 3. JCD, 4. Milan, 5. ND, 6. South Dec., Rising Sun, Lawrenceburg inc.Race winner: Megan Cole (SR) 19:21.ND Runners:8. Jenna Walton 22:3719. Brianna Snider 24:3520. Gracie Osting 24:4038. Lauren Holloway 27:3146. Paige Wesseler 29:22Boys: 1. Southwestern Jeff, 2. JCD, 3. Switz Co., 4. South Dec., 5. ND, 6. SR, 7. Rising Sun, 8. Lawrenceburg, Shawe, Milan inc.  Race winner: Bradley Winston (SW) 16:56.ND Runners:22. Brandan Gearhart 20:4627. Daniel Dollinger 21:2531. Owen Geis 21:4336. Caleb Bowels 22:1052. Jack Cathey 23:5859. Adam Mack 25:3660. Cameron Medsker 26:5171. Andru Warrick 27:5872.  Collin Bryant 29:47“Really happy with our placings and times considering that we were running in a downpour the entire morning.  I told the kids that they couldn’t get any wetter so they may as well have fun with it.  They did and went out and competed and did very well.  I’m proud of them.” Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.Next up: County meet this Thursday at Greensburg.last_img read more

Blue the star of King show

first_imgConnor King grabbed the spotlight at Cork with a fabulous 14,725-1 four-timer highlighted by the success of Royal Blue Star in a strong renewal of the Platinum Stakes. King said: “She jumped a bit slowly and I gave her a chance early on. At the two pole I thought she might be placed, but she flew home. When Jessica asked me to ride the horse I knew I’d been doing something right. “It’s my first treble (later to become a four-timer) and my biggest win and it’s at my local track. In September I’m going back to school to do my leaving cert in Kanturk, Co Cork. I’m going to try and mix school and riding. I’m apprenticed to David Wachman.” The talented young rider, 16, has impressed many observers this season and he initiated his great evening when leading inside the final furlong on Tom McCourt’s Kiss The Stars (16-1) before holding favourite Harpist by three-quarters of a length in the ITBA Working For Southern Regional Breeders Handicap. The trainer said: “When your yard is out of form it’s best to get the in-form rider! Connor King has the magic touch. They all seem to run for him. Kiss The Stars has surprised us all since the day she was third in Naas. She has never showed us that sort of pace at home. She surprised me today as I didn’t think she would be sharp enough for her first handicap.” It was the King-McCourt partnership again in the second division of the ‘Tote Trifecta Rollover’ Handicap when Horsewithnoname (10-1) came with a long sweeping run down the outside to edge out Hangar Five by a short head in a desperately tight finish. King also secured the Mallow Apprentice Handicap on David Marnane’s 11-4 favourite Almadaa, grabbing the lead half a furlong out and keeping Doonard Prince at bay by three-quarters of a length. The trainer said: “That’s Almadaa’s first win on grass (he has won four at Dundalk), but he’s a horse who shows up every day of the week, is really consistent and has given us great craic over the years. He is very genuine and while he is in again in a big pot race at Sligo tomorrow, I’ll see how he is tomorrow morning before making a decision on his participation.” Press Associationcenter_img The Jessica Harrington-trained mare (20-1) added to her gains at Killarney last month with a decisive Listed success as she came with a sweeping late run down the outside under her well-regarded claiming jockey. Bronte cut out much of the running but was worried out of contention inside the final 200 yards, while the capricious Snow Queen lost acres of ground at the start and flew at the death. But Royal Blue Star arrived deep inside the final furlong to strike by a length from Akira. last_img read more