This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.For Taylor Carol, music has been not so much a lifesaving prescription as a lifesaver in the dark.Quarantined in a hospital isolation unit when he was 12 after receiving a bone marrow transplant in his battle with leukemia, he spent six months trying to regain the ability to walk, eat, and see.“In that painful darkness, music really became a savior, a crutch for me,” said Carol ’17, who had The Dave Matthews Band, the Who, and John Mayer in heavy rotation. “I found something I could really grasp onto for the meaning of life.”That experience formed his forever connection to music, one he would follow to become an ambassador for children’s cancer issues, an aspiring singer and songwriter, and to produce a profoundly personal senior thesis in the form of a record album held together by his experience with cancer.Brave“I can’t live a life outside music, and I want to use the platform it provides to really impact social causes in a meaningful way,” said Carol, 21, who plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a music career after graduation from Harvard College.Sitting in Lamont Library Cafe, Carol recounted the devastating diagnosis that upended his ordinary childhood in Dana Point, Calif. Born into an athletic family—Dad, a college baseball player, Mom, a former tennis pro—Taylor was 11 when he fractured his elbow playing Little League baseball. The bone didn’t heal, and when night sweats and fatigue followed, doctors diagnosed a rare and acute form of leukemia.Saline“They thought I had two weeks to live,” Carol recalled. “We moved to Seattle, where I received joint treatment from Children’s Hospital of Seattle, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the University of Washington Medical Center, where they found me a perfect bone marrow match from someone in Germany.”He found strength in his Christian faith and his love of singing, which had taken root in the fourth grade, when his class staged “Westward Bound.” Uninterested at first in even participating, afterward he begged his parents for voice lessons.“In that persistently quiet darkness in Seattle, a voice and passion for music grew louder than ever before. I felt this unprecedented desire to sing and get back on stage and perform,” he said.His was not a straight line to success. Seeing friends who he had made in the cancer ward lose their battles left Carol racked with survivor’s guilt. He decided to channel that frustration and started performing for any fundraiser that would have him.“I became a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” he said. “I also co-wrote my first song with Mateo Messina [a Grammy Award-winner for his “Juno” film score], which was performed by the Pacific Northwest Symphony. I really felt the power of music again.”He returned to high school, reading voraciously and bribing teachers with chocolate chip cookies to tutor him so that he could catch up on the work he had missed. When he got into Harvard, he knew he would continue to use a philanthropic platform to share his message of hope.On campus, where he lives in Cabot House, he focused on his English studies and singing with the Glee Club. Outside of Harvard, Carol (who describes his style as John-Mayer-meets-Ed-Sheeran-meets-Michael-Buble) performed the national anthem at Red Sox and Celtics games, and took the stage with Will Farrell and Tina Fey at cancer fundraising events.Wanting his senior thesis to expound on his passion for music and his dream to help young cancer patients, he petitioned to write an album of songs that served as a sort of “mentoring” on end-of-life issues.“I’ve written songs [“Saline,” “Six Inches Away,” “Soar,” and “Fall Away”] based on common experiences I’ve seen firsthand: the sense of isolation, romance in the hospital ward, infertility, aspects of the disease that fall through the cracks of the doctors and nurses,” he said.Josh Bell, the poet and Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on English, who is Carol’s adviser, said the process has been at turns thoughtful and heartfelt.“Taylor’s writing always has this buoyancy to it that helps him learn to deal. That writing will probably also help other people deal with their lives,” Bell said. “There’s much darkness and anxiety in his writing, but his attempt to transcend it is what his work is about.”Carol said his goal for the album is twofold: to prove the merit of song on an academic level and to have an impact on young patients.“Music has the ability to inspire hope, to challenge beliefs, and to connect with the listener,” he said. “If even one patient listens to this album and finds a song that makes them feel a little less lonely, a little more loved, or a little bit stronger, it’s been an absolute success.”
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The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) will offer an opportunity for students to learn about Green Dot at the Saint Mary’s basketball game against Hope College on Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex.BAVO offers a variety of resources for Saint Mary’s students, including violence prevention training and counseling services.This upcoming event will focus on the Green Dot program, which educates students about bystander intervention. The program’s message of violence prevention is what sports information director Sarah Miesle said inspired her to become a certified Green Dot instructor in 2017.“The message of Green Dot is just trying to make our community and our surroundings a safer, better place to be in — to be good members of those communities.” Miesle said. “It’s a bystander intervention training. … It teaches you that you always have some kind of opportunity to help people.”The Green Dot program will be advertised throughout the upcoming basketball game as players on both teams will have green incorporated in their uniforms. An information table with a raffle will also be set up in gymnasium. Any of the supporters attending the game can visit the Green Dot table for more information about the program.“We’ll share just a little blurb about what Green Dot is as a bystander intervention program, and give them attainable ways to intervene in potentially violent situations,” BAVO coordinator Liz Coulston said. “Along with that, we do have a drawing at our table for this really cute Saint Mary’s bag.”This is an opportunity for students, parents, faculty and community members to engage with Green Dot, Coulston said.“The goal is to just have conversations with people [so] that they understand what [Green Dot] is,” Coulston said. “… We really believe in teaching our student athletes and students as a whole about the resources they have and things that they can learn.”Students can also learn more about ways to get involved with BAVO and how to spread their message through email updates and BAVO’s Instagram page, Miesle said.Game attendees are encouraged to wear green in support of Green Dot.“We know how great of a campus community we have,” Miesle said. “And it’s [because of] the strength of the students, it’s the strength of the faculty and staff showing up and being supportive [of] one another.”Tags: BAVO, bystander intervention, Green Dot, Green Dot Training, Saint Mary’s Basketball
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was killed in Baldwin Wednesday night after a driver struck her as she was crossing the street, Nassau County police said.The victim, Evelyn Ramos-Coto, was crossing a marked crosswalk on Grand Avenue at Lorenz Avenue around 6:26 p.m. when she was struck by a 37-year-old man driving a 2001 Ford, police said. The 33-year-old woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m., police said.Police impounded the Ford for brake and safety checks.Detectives reported no apparent criminality, police said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mastic Beach village residents voted Wednesday to dissolve their fledgling municipality just six years after it was incorporated—making it the third-shortest-lived village in recent New York State history, records show.By a vote of 1,922 to 1,215, critics abolished the village by a 707-vote margin after petitioning for a referendum asking the tiny municipality’s residents to decide whether it should be dissolved. Now, village trustees have 180 days to devise a dissolution plan, with local services eventually being returned to the Town of Brookhaven.“I personally thought that we were finally straightening things out financially,” Mastic Beach Village Trustee told WRCN-FM, noting that village property taxes were expected to rise next year due to fiscal troubles. “Perhaps the public thought that it was too little too late.”It’s not alone in its fate. Eighteen villages in the state dissolved since 2003, and 58 have voted to do the same since 1900, records show. The upstate villages of Salem, Hermon and Forestville are dissolving this year. Macedon, Port Henry and Herrings are scheduled to follow on March 31, 2017.The Village of Pine Valley ranks as the youngest village statewide to ever be dissolved, according to state records dating back 76 years. Pine Valley was formed in 1988 and absorbed back into the Town of Southampton two years later. New York’s second-shortest-lived village was Amchir, which lasted four years.Out of the 32 villages to incorporate statewide since 1940, Mastic Beach, on the South Shore of Suffolk County, is the most recent to come into existence. Village proponents concerned about the quality of town services in the community had voted in a referendum to incorporate Mastic Beach in 2010. Ironically, that was the same year that the state passed a law encouraging local government consolidation.The 4.5-square-mile village overlooking Moriches Bay and the eastern tip of Fire Island was responsible for the maintenance of 88 miles of roads, six miles of waterfront, a marina and hundreds of storm drains, officials said. Home to more than 12,000 residents, it has 5,400 homes with nearly 2,000 of them estimated to be rentals. About 50 village employees are expected to be laid off as a result of the dissolution.The dissolution of Mastic Beach leaves 95 villages on Long Island. The second youngest is the Village of Sagaponack on the South Fork. Formed in 2005, it has a population of less than 600.Besides Sagaponack, the youngest villages still in existence on LI include: West Hampton Dunes, which formed in 1993; Islandia, which formed in 1985; Lake Grove, which formed in 1968; Port Jefferson, which formed in 1963; and Atlantic Beach, which formed in 1962.Out of the 58 villages statewide that have voted to dissolve themselves in the past 116 years, 16—or 27 percent—have done so since 2010, when the state passed a law making it easier for citizens to petition for local government consolidation.The first two special districts in the state to merge under that law were fire districts in Lonelyville and Fair Harbor, two seasonal communities on Fire Island, the Press has reported.
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In response to the Dec. 1 editorial, “Let voters vote on town hall,” the Duanesburg Town Board felt it necessary to clarify several points that were expressed.First and foremost, no final decision on a relocation of Town Hall has been, or will be made, until the residents that our board serves are fully informed and have an opportunity to provide input and express opinions.Secondly, regarding permitting the residents to vote, the board absolutely has no objection to this. However, it’s early in what will be a long process. It’s premature to have a vote on this potential action when the board doesn’t have a handle on the ultimate scope and costs. Once these details have been determined, the board will hold a public hearing and a walk-through of the property. There will be time for the residents to request a vote at a more appropriate time should it be desired. This board wouldn’t move ahead with something this impactful if it were against the wishes of a majority of the town’s residents.Thirdly, the editorial urged the board to enlist an engineer to fully scope a potential move. The board couldn’t agree more. That is why the board has already done this. We have met with our town’s engineering firm several times and will be meeting with them again this week. It’s precisely why a vote at this point doesn’t make sense.There are numerous reasons why the board unanimously agrees that this move deserves serious consideration. These details will be documented and presented to residents at a public hearing as soon as it is practical. The board can’t do this before it is prepared to provide answers to the many questions that our residents will want answered.Roger TidballDuanesburgThe writer it the town supervisor.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Fidelity International has changed its mind on its position on investment research fees and will now fully absorb the costs of external research.In a statement, the asset manager made clear it would no longer apply a research charge on any client account, irrespective of investment vehicle, client type or geographic location. Managers in the EU are required to unbundle research costs under MiFID II rules brought in last month.According to Paras Anand, chief investment officer for equities in Europe, the decision followed extensive discussions with clients and reflected Fidelity’s desire “to act continually in their best interests”.“A key part of our initial decision to implement the research payment account (RPA) was our desire to have a model that would treat all clients equally, whether they were captured by the MiFID II regulations or not,” he said. Source: Fidelity InternationalFidelity’s variable management fee model“The headline reduction in the baseline annual management fee of 0.10% for the VMF share classes, now combined with us absorbing external research costs, will make Fidelity an even more competitive and aligned proposition for clients,” Anand said.In the opinion of the asset manager, its VMF model offered a simple, transparent pricing formula, which would align the investment manager’s fee to investment performance.Fidelity indicated that the model was meant as an alternative to the flat rate charging structure dominating the industry, and to encourage investors to hold active strategies to account and assess performance over longer time horizons.Anand added that Fidelity had seen a “positive response and a strong level of engagement on the VMF model” from both existing and new clients.MiFID II, the review of the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, aims to make the European market more transparent, efficient and safer.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Investment research: A new regime dawnsThe advent of the new MiFID II regulations is fundamentally changing the way asset managers relate to research From the January edition of IPE: The RPA method pays external providers from money collected through an explicit research charge levied on individual investment funds, alongside transaction commissions on equity trades.Anand said Fidelity’s revised approach “is aligned with our single global research platform which underpins all our equity strategies”.According to the CIO, the overwhelming industry consensus has been to not embrace the RPA model, which in turn meant that Fidelity’s clients, in most cases, would face “disproportionate operational and reporting consequences”, were it to retain this approach.“These client challenges and inefficiencies were not what we envisaged,” he said, “so we have decided to move to a Fidelity-funded research model effective from 3 January.”Last October Fidelity moved to introduce a variable management fee (VMF) model across its active equity funds.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
This is how 28 Loch Street, West End, looked when the couple bought it in March 2017.It was the location that first won over Danny Ngo and Tina Tran when they viewed 28 Loch Street, West End in 2017.Mr Ngo said it had good bones, with high ceilings, timber floors, VJ walls and plenty of period features. “It was a big project for us,” Mr Ngo said. “It was the location that we really wanted because my son was starting at Brisbane State High and that location is so nice and quiet and close to everything.” The front of 28 Loch Street, West End, after the renovation which has taken almost three years to perfect. A haven for outdoor entertainers.As they had never taken on a renovation of this size and scale before, the family hired architect Jeff Collins of JT Collins Architects, to ensure they could achieve exactly what they wanted with the project.“We were thinking we would do a small renovation and then move in,” Mr Ngo said.But the job became bigger than expected and although work started in late 2017, the renovation has only recently been completed with no part of the home left untouched. A third level was added out the back of the property. The new extension can be a stand-alone home, making it a dual living property.It started life as a two-level, four-bedroom house, although Mr Ngo said two of those bedrooms were too small to be used for that purpose. It has been transformed into a six-bedroom, five-bathroom, three-level home.“We pretty much only kept the old front half of the house and we demolished the back and built another level there, so it became three levels,” Mr Ngo said. Old elements were maintained at the front of the home. All modern grays in a new bathroom.“We have only just finished it. We were living in it a little bit, staying there every weekend, but our circumstances have now changed, which is why we are selling.”Mr Ngo said because it was renovated to be their permanent home, only the best finishes were used throughout, which is also why it exceeded their original budget.“In the beginning, I was trying to keep the budget low, something like about $600,000 but it cost a lot more,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago Before renovation the living zone was spacious but dated. The freshened up living zone.“My favourite part of the home is around the kitchen and the deck; it is the most relaxed place when I sit there.”The lower level of the home can be used as a private two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence as it has a kitchen and laundry as well as an entertaining area.The middle level of the home is the renovated original part of the house. This has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also an open plan living, dining and kitchen area plus a walk-in pantry, main laundry and extra powder room. MORE: Ten quirkiest houses in Queensland Phone bidder throws curve ball at auction Regional property the surprising winner out of COVID-19 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Both of the bedrooms on this level have direct access to the front deck.The upper level of the house has a parents’ retreat in addition to two bedrooms and a full bathroom as well as a deck.The house will be auctioned on Saturday, September 26, at 11.30am through David Sullivan of One Percent Property Sales. LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS
USA Today 27 April 2015My mother has been in a committed relationship with another woman for nearly 30 years. And I am the co-author of a Supreme Court amicus brief in favor of allowing states to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws.Given the fact that my mother and I enjoy a close, loving relationship, and I believe that every American — gay or straight — should be permitted to form consensual adult unions of their choosing, how could I take that position?Buried under a pile of tweets, blogs and articles that fixate on the religious-liberty side of this debate, you’ll find the often silent “rational basis” for heterosexual marriage. The other side of the debate is populated by those who cannot speak for, let alone organize, themselves: children.Historically, marriage laws have served to reinforce the relationship between parents and children, particularly, to attach fathers to their children. It takes a man and woman to make a child, and that happens to be the ideal settingfor the nurturing of the child. Thus, encouraging norms of permanence and exclusivity in heterosexual relationships, the place where babies are made, and promoting that association above other adult relationships is good policy in terms of the rights and well-being of children.http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/04/27/supreme-court-same-sex-parenthood-column/26452519/
Share Share Tweet Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caI think –and I do not intend to offend anyone- that this is how the Prime Minister of Canada is called. I deduced it from a statement published on “Holy Wednesday” by a spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of that country. The United Nations Organization membership is made up by almost 200 States –allegedly independent States. They continuously change or are forced into change. Many of their representatives are honorable persons, friends of Cuba; but it is impossible to remember the specifics about each and every one of them.During the second half of the twentieth century, I had the privilege of living through years of intensive erudition and I realized that Canadians, located in the northernmost region of this hemisphere, were always respectful towards our country. They invested in areas of their interest and traded with Cuba, but they did not interfere in the internal affairs of our State.The revolutionary process that began on January 1st, 1959, did not introduce any measure that affected their interests, which were taken into account by the Revolution in maintaining normal and constructive relations with the authorities of that country where a significant effort was being made in the interest of its own development. Thus, they were not accomplices of the economic blockade, the war and the mercenary invasion that the United States launched against Cuba.In May of 1948, the year that witnessed the foundation of the OAS, an institution with a shameful history which did away with what little was left from the dreams of the Liberators of the Americas, Canada was from belonging to it. It kept that same status for more than 40 years, until 1990. Some of its leaders visited us. One of them was Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a brilliant and courageous politician who died prematurely. We attended his burial on behalf of Cuba.The OAS is supposed to be a regional organization made up by the sovereign States of this hemisphere. Such an assertion, like many others which are made everyday, involves a great number of lies. The least we can do is to be aware of them, if we are to preserve the spirit of struggle and our confidence on a more decent world.The OAS is supposed to be a pan-American organization. Any country in Europe, Africa, Asia or Oceania could not belong to the OAS just because it has a colony, as it is the case of France in Guadeloupe; or the Netherlands in Curaçao. But the British colonialism could not define the status of Canada and explain whether it was a colony, a republic or a kingdom.The Head of State of Canada is Queen Elizabeth II, although she vests her powers upon a Governor-General appointed by her. Therefore, we could ask whether the United Kingdom is also part of the OAS.Likewise, the Honorable Foreign Minister of Canada does not dare to say whether or not he supports Argentina in the thorny issue of the Malvinas Islands. He has only expressed beatific wishes for peace to prevail between the two countries. But Great Britain has there its biggest military base outside its territory in violation of Argentina’s sovereignty. It did not apologize for having sunk the ‘General Belgrano’ cruiser which was sailing outside the jurisdictional waters that they themselves established which led to the futile sacrifice of hundreds of youths who were doing their military service. We should ask Obama and Harper what stand they will take in the face of the fairest claim by Argentina to be given back the sovereignty over the islands so that it is no longer deprived of the energy and fishing resources it so much needs to develop the country.I was really amazed after I made a much deeper analysis of the activities carried out by Canadian transnationals in Latin America. I knew about the damage caused by the Yankees to the people of Canada. They forced the country to look for oil by extracting it from huge extensions of sand that are impregnated with that fluid, thus causing an irreparable damage to the environment of that beautiful and extensive country.The incredible damage was the one caused to millions of persons by the Canadian companies specialized in the mining of gold, precious metals and radioactive materials.An article published by the website Alainet a week ago, signed by an Engineer on Environmental Quality, which provides further details about an issue that has been identified innumerable times as one of the main scourges that affect millions of persons, stated that mining companies, 60 per cent of which are financed with Canadian capital, worked following the logic of maximum yield at a low cost and in a short time; and that these conditions turn out to be all the more advantageous if in the places where they are stationed, tax revenues are minimal and there are very few environmental and social commitments… According to the article, the mining laws in our countries […] do not include any obligation or methodology to control environmental or social impacts; the tax revenues that mining companies pay to the countries of the region are, as an average, no more than 1.5 per cent of the revenues received.The article adds that the social struggle against mining, particularly metal mining, has been growing as long as entire generations are becoming aware of the environmental and social impacts it causes.It states that Guatemala has put up an admirable resistance against mining projects, thanks to the indigenous populations’ awareness of the value of their territories and their natural resources, which they consider a priceless ancestral heritage. However, in the last 10 years, the consequences of that struggle have been felt in the assassination of 120 human rights’ activists and advocators.This article also describes the current situation in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, with figures that make us meditate very deeply about the seriousness and harshness of the ruthless pillaging that is being carried out against the natural resources of our countries, thus mortgaging the future of Latin Americans.The presence of Dilma Rousseff, who made a stopover in Washington while traveling back to her country, will serve to persuade Obama that although there are some who take great delight in making slushy speeches, Latin America is far from being a choir of countries begging for alms.The guayabera shirts to be worn by Obama in Cartagena has become one of the main issues covered by the news agencies: “Edgar Gómez […] has designed one for the US President, Barack Obama, who will be wearing it during the Summit of the Americas”, said the daughter of the designer, who added: “It is a white, sober guayabera, with a handiwork that is more striking that usual…”Immediately after that, the news agency added that the Caribbean shirt was first made by the banks of the Yayabo River in Cuba; that is why they were originally called yayaberas.The curious thing about this, dear readers, is that Cuba has been forbidden to attend that meeting, but not the guayaberas. Who could hold back from laughing? We must hurry up and tell Harper.Fidel Castro RuzApril 8, 2012, 8:24 p.m. 16 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share NewsPoliticsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: Stephen Harper’s Illusions by: – April 10, 2012