Scherzinger honored for advocacy

first_imgNicole Scherzinger, an advocate for people with special needs and breast cancer research, a classically trained opera singer, and the former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious medal Saturday at the 28th annual Cultural Rhythms festival.The event included a breakfast, a luncheon, and a food festival, as well as 24 performances by student groups, all showcasing the University’s cultural diversity. U.S. Treasurer Rosa Rios (’87), who helped S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, launch Cultural Rhythms in 1986, was honorary host.The artist tribute, in the Kirkland House Junior Common Room, featured the Harvard University Band serenading Scherzinger with “10,000 Men of Harvard.” Next, the comedic group Immediate Gratification Players performed a take-off on Scherzinger’s short-lived show “The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.” Scherzinger laughed at the spoof, and seemed surprised and delighted when the Hawaii Club performed a traditional song and dance that honored her Hawaiian-Filipino descent.During the luncheon, Mariachi Veritas performed traditional Mexican music. Among the speakers was senior admissions officer David L. Evans, who encouraged students to “think about things, and then go out and change them. What ought to be comes directly out of what is thought to be.”The Matinee Show at Sanders Theatre included a retrospective of 28 years of student leadership at Cultural Rhythms.“This is a day to celebrate the Harvard family, and to see what wonderful diversity we have here,” said Counter.“Culture is about experiencing life,” Rios added. “How one chooses to live their life experience.”Scherzinger introduced the student groups and interviewed members after the performances. The matinee featured the Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, Harvard Wushu, the Kuumba Singers, the Harvard Asian-American Dance Troupe, Harvard College KeyChange, the Harvard Philippine Forum, Harvard Bhangra, the Harvard College Middle Eastern Dance Company, and the Harvard College Irish Dancers.The Cultural Rhythms matinee featured numerous Harvard dance troupes, theater groups, and musical ensembles. Among the talented was the Harvard Asian-American Dance Troupe (pictured).During intermission, Scherzinger was presented with the Harvard Foundation Medal, as well as a Harvard sweatshirt that she put on over her dress. “I’m blown away by the diversity here,” she said. “I see the beautiful faces of all walks of life from around the world.”After the Philippine Forum performed, the audience shouted that it was the birthday of one of their dancers. Scherzinger sang “Happy Birthday” to him — in operatic Italian.Performers in the evening show were Reylon Yount, the Harvard Hellenic Society, Ballet Folklórico de Aztlán, Harvard College Deepam, Speak Out Loud, the Harvard Vietnamese Dance Troupe, the Harvard Undergraduate Drummers, the Harvard Bulgarian Club, Under Construction, the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, and the Freshman Black Table.Past recipients of the Artist of the Year award include Jackie Chan, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, Shakira, and Will Smith.last_img read more

Indonesia late to respond to COVID-19 pandemic, former VP Kalla says

first_img“We are way off in terms of conducting COVID-19 tests on the public. Therefore, not many people have tested positive for the disease while there is a huge potential [for further infections],” Jusuf said.Indonesia, the fourth-most-populous country in the world, has only tested 1,592 people, which resulted in 309 people being declared positive according to the Health Ministry’s latest data.In comparison, South Korea has tested over 290,000 people and identified over 8,000 infections according to Reuters.While the former VP calls for quick action, bureaucratic red-tape has slowed down the import process for 500,000 COVID-19 rapid testing kits from China by state-owned diversified manufacturer PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia.State-Owned Enterprises Ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga on Wednesday said the company was still waiting for the Health Ministry to give them clearance to import testing kits from China, despite having submitted the import request on March 10.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for widespread nationwide rapid testing on Thursday, but it is unclear when such tests will be available. (mpr)Topics : Former vice president and chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Jusuf Kalla criticized the government’s slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic and called for mass testing to prevent further spread of the virus.“Just like several other countries, our initial response to the outbreak was slow. However, in the last few days the government has understood the problem and is acting based on the proper procedures,” he said during an interview on national television show Mata Najwa on Wednesday night.He also urged the government to ramp up its effort to identify the spread of COVID-19 by conducting mass tests on “hundreds of thousands of people” using rapid test kits.last_img read more

Cricket News Pandya-Rahul Effect: CoA mulls behavioural counselling for Indian team

first_imgNew Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore over K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments. The BCCI has suspended the two cricketers and their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the A squads.“The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson’s life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.When asked whether Rahul and Pandya will attend gender sensitization classes separately, the official responded in the negative. The duo faced severe backlash for making inappropriate comments on women during a chat show, Koffee With Karan, hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.“There will be no separate sessions for Rahul and Pandya. The entire Indian team will attend sessions and these two boys, as centrally contracted cricketers, will attend the same,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incidentally, the board’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, in his observations after the Pandya-Rahul episode, had also suggested that young players undergo gender sensitivity programme so that they are well equipped to face the spotlight when they get into top flight.Despite having a choc-a-bloc schedule, the senior team will attend a few sessions but the course will be more relevant for India’s U-19 cricketers, who are being thrust into spotlight with IPL riches coming their way even before they are 20.“Players like 17-year-olds Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them,” a former India player said.It is still not confirmed whether a group of individuals will separately conduct the training programme or any particular company will be outsourced.It has also been learnt that lawyer Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes for CEO Rahul Johri, has been requested to suggest names of the company/individual for conducting his counselling.Johri was given a clean chit by a three-member panel, which included Gowda, with regards to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.“Initially, CoA chief Vinod Rai had asked former Internal Complaints Committee head Kareena Kripalani to set the ball rolling and get a company with expertise on such programmes to conduct sessions,” said the official.“However Edulji, who of late has differed on every issue with Rai, refused to agree as her contention was that Kripalani directly reports to the CEO. She had suggested that Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes decide on relevant organisation or individual,” the official said. last_img read more

Over 800 bikers travel through Caldwell and South Haven on Biking Across Kansas tour Wednesday

first_imgThese were bikers who passed through Caldwell Wednesday en route to its next destination. (Courtesy photo Biking Across Kansas Facebook page).by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The traffic was intense Wednesday on U.S. 166, but it wasn’t because of the four-wheel motorized variety.Biking Across Kansas is an annual eight day bicycle tour across Kansas. Each year more than 800 riders take a ride from the west end of the state to the east end. Every year there is an alternative route.In 2013, the BAK ride passed through southern Sumner County on U.S. 166. The route started just west of Johnson City, passed through Dodge City before arriving in Anthony Tuesday evening for a stop. The bikers then traveled into Sumner County hitting Caldwell and South Haven before the stop in Arkansas City. Today, they are somewhere between Ark City and Sedan.A few Sumner County residents were rumored to be on the trip.BAK started in June 1975 and has been held annually ever since.The route of this year’s BAK ride is as follows: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Karen Rowe · 374 weeks ago My husband is riding BAK. It’s amazing riding in this heat and pedaling 60 to 80 miles in one day. Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more