Papyrus fragment put to test

first_imgA wide range of scientific testing indicates that a papyrus fragment containing the words “Jesus said to them, my wife” is an ancient document, dating between the sixth to ninth centuries C.E. Its contents may originally have been composed as early as the second to fourth centuries.The fragment does not in any way provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married, as Karen L. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) has stressed since she announced the existence of the fragment in the fall of 2012. Rather the fragment belongs to early Christian debates over whether it was better for Christians to be celibate virgins or marry and have children. The fragment is important on this issue, according to King.“The main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus — a topic that was hotly debated in early Christianity as celibate virginity increasingly became highly valued,” she explained.King had written extensively about the meaning of the fragment and the testing in the latest edition of the Harvard Theological Review. The Divinity School has posted documents and articles related to the fragment on a special Web page. King first announced the existence of the fragment on Sept. 18, 2012, at the International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome, and dubbed it “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” The use of the word “gospel” makes no claim to canonical status. The term refers to the fragment’s most distinctive claim (that Jesus was married), and serves as a shorthand reference to the fragment, according to King.King received the fragment from its owner in December 2011 and in 2012 took the papyrus to New York, where it was examined by Roger Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. After Bagnall’s initial assessment that the fragment was ancient, based on handwriting and other features, further analysis began in earnest.Over the past two years, extensive testing of the papyrus and the carbon ink, as well as analysis of the handwriting and grammar, all indicate that the material fragment was created between the sixth and ninth centuries C.E. None of the testing has produced any evidence that the fragment is a modern fabrication or forgery.Two radiocarbon tests were conducted to determine the age of the papyrus. In the first test, the sample size was too small and resulted in an unreliable date. A second test performed by Noreen Tuross at Harvard University in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution dated the origination of the piece of papyrus to between 659 and 859 C.E. Other testing with FT-IR microspectroscopy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology confirmed the homogeneous chemical composition of the papyrus and examined patterns of oxidation.At Columbia University, James Yardley and Alexis Hagadorn used a technique called micro-Raman spectroscopy to determine that the carbon character of the ink matched samples of other papyri that date from the first to eighth centuries C.E.Malcolm Choat from Macquarie University examined the fragment at HDS and offered an independent assessment of the handwriting.  Microscopic and multispectral imaging provided other significant information about the nature and extent of the damage and helped resolve a variety of questions about possible forgery. If, for example, ink had pooled on the lower fibers of the front, it would have shown that the papyrus was written on after it had been damaged. Or if the alpha had overwritten a sigma in line four, it would have shown that someone tampered with an ancient fragment that read “the woman” by changing it into “my wife.” No evidence of this kind is apparent, however.After all the research was complete, King weighed all the evidence of the age and characteristics of the papyrus and ink, handwriting, language, and historical context. She concluded that the fragment is almost certainly a product of early Christians, not a modern forger.Nothing is known about the discovery of the fragment — which measures only about 1½-by-3 inches — but it is assumed to have come from Egypt because it is written in Coptic, the form of the Egyptian language used by Christians there starting in the Roman imperial period.Twice in the tiny fragment, Jesus speaks of his mother, his wife, and a female disciple — one of whom may be identified as “Mary.” The disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy, and Jesus states that “she can be my disciple.” The real author of the fragment is not known and would likely remain unknown even if more of the text of the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife had survived. This remaining piece is too small to know anything definite about who may have composed, read, or circulated it, except that they were Christians.“This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus’ marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family,” King said.last_img read more

Ambassador lectures on Mandela’s leadership

first_imgSouth African Ambassador to the United States and anti-apartheid leader Ebrahim Rasool presented the 20th annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy on Tuesday, in which he detailed Nelson Mandela’s legacy on South African and global state building and peacemaking.The lecture, titled “Relic of the Past or Template for the Future: Nelson Mandela’s Impact on Peacemaking and Statecraft in the 21st Century,” featured both Rasool’s personal reflections on his friend and colleague Nelson Mandela and a broader explanation of his significance to peace movements around the world.Rasool said Mandela captivated the world with his strong yet peaceful leadership, an attribute rarely seen in the world today.“[Mandela] captured the global imagination for his unyielding sacrifice, indomitable spirit, consistent dignity and remarkable generosity,” he said. “Most of all, the world saw in him leadership that was principled yet pragmatic, firm yet flexible, decisive yet popular.”It would be easy to forget the impassioned and strenuous service Mandela performed, Rasool said, but those who wish to continue building peace and progress will look to Mandela and his legacy as a model.“The people who yearn for something better are the ones who see Nelson Mandela as a template for the future,” Rasool said. “They look at his words, spoken when facing a death sentence when having no prospect of emerging from prison, when leading a risky negotiating process, when assuming the presidency of a fundamentally flawed country, when launching a constitution that directed a nation to its highest ideals which it had not yet discovered … From his words, they extract a template for peacemaking and statecraft for this very troubled world in the 21st century.”Rasool said Mandela’s legacy can serve as a basis for future movements because of the way in which he learned to develop peaceful and dignified relations.“What makes Nelson Mandela a template for the future is precisely that his leadership is … hard-won,” he said. “In his self-deprecating ways, he tells stories of learning to overcome prejudice, controlling his anger, disciplining his soul and embracing the counter-instinctive. Certainly what he teaches us is that courage is learned.”The simple dictum of “firmness of principle and flexibility of tactics,” which Rasool said Mandela lived by, allowed the South African people to recognize the system in which they lived caused the evil they experienced.“It’s because we recognized our enemy as a system that we could then embrace white people even as integral in the anti-apartheid struggle,” Rasool said. “There was no predisposition against the capacity of white people to be good and the possibility of black people to betray a vision of freedom.“The struggle against apartheid was therefore both a struggle against an evil system as well as a struggle for the redemption of people.”Rasool said people today must not lose sight of the struggle Mandela led or grow complacent because of the progress he made. It is up to present and future generations, he said, to carry on Mandela’s legacy.“We must fear so much today the lynchings of the south or the bullets of Sharpeville, but we must fear the deadening of our consciousness and its intended complacency that tells us that our struggle is over and a post-racial dawn has arrived because Nelson Mandela once strode the Union Buildings and Barack Obama occupies the White House,” he said.“The long walk to freedom is not over. In words of Nelson Mandela, more hills are waiting to be climbed. He is not here to light the path with his courage, but we are here. We must continue the long walk until we have won a world that is more equal, where women are respected, where the stranger is not ‘otherized’ and where our young can dream again.”Tags: anti-apartheid leader, ebrahim rasool, hesburgh lecture in ethics and public policy, nelson mandela, south africa, south african ambassadorlast_img read more

Five Rando B’way Talents That Should Be Olympic Sports

first_img Cynthia Erivo Kelli O’Hara (Photo: Matthew Murphy, Joan Marcus, Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Lin-Manuel Miranda Christian Borle Star Filescenter_img The Olympic Games begin on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro! Whether you’re stoked to be camping out on your couch to watch sports for the next 16 days or just hope the Spice Girls perform like last time, the hype for this historic ritual is very real. There will be 28 sports covered in this years Games, including golf and rugby, which are newbies. For fans who are confused by the sportsball (don’t worry, we feel ya), here are five totally random talents from our Broadway faves that should have their own Olympic event!1. Victory DancingWe’ve already watched a bunch of Broadway faves duke it out for a mic—how great would this be? The judges would for sure give Kelli O’Hara extra points for adorableness—and no one will ever dethrone those worm skills.2. Chair ThrowingWith her dedication to fitness and vocal athleticism, The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo is a Broadway Olympian through and through and would definitely take home the gold in this event. Did you know she’s training for the New York Marathon? Hell yes, girl!3. Tap Dance Trash TalkingYou know it’s about to go down when Something Rotten!’s Bard and Nick Bottom are clicking their heels. This is basically the Renaissance equivalent of an epic rap/Cabinet battle (another honorable mention for talents that should be Olympic events). Run and tell that, Shakespeare!4. Playing AirplaneImagine the hilarity that would ensue if we got to watch a slew of stage faves try to master this talent! Fun Home’s Gabriella Pizzolo and Michael Cerveris know that it’s all about teamwork, and this will forever be a baller party trick to whip out at future Fun Home cast reunion shindigs.5. Emptying Claw MachinesIs there anything this non-stop man can’t do? Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda has got a Pulitzer prize, a Grammy, an Emmy and three Tony Awards. Why not add a gold medal to the list? View Comments Brian d’Arcy James View All (5)last_img read more

Betsy Wolfe & Tracie Thoms on Playing the ‘Lesbians Next Door’ in Falsettos & More

first_imgBetsy Wolfe & Tracie Thoms(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Falsettos Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Commentscenter_img Two of the most beloved supporting characters in modern-day musicals are “the lesbians next door,” kosher caterer Cordelia and internist Dr. Charlotte, in Falsettos. Introduced by composer William Finn in 1990’s Falsettoland (now the second act of the show), these strong and loving women serve as counterpoints to the angst surrounding lead couple Marvin and Whizzer. The brilliantly cast Broadway revival features Betsy Wolfe as Cordelia and Tracie Thoms as Charlotte, and the actresses seemed perfectly in sync during a recent chat about this ahead-of-its-time musical, keeping it together while singing the ballad “Unlikely Lovers” and connecting with fans on social media.Q: By now, you’ve realized you’re playing a couple that musical fans know and love, right? TRACIE: Yeah, they do. Falsettos is a phenomenon that I missed the first time around.BETSY: I did, as well, but people on the street have literally stopped me and said, “You are going to say one of my favorite lines in musical theater.” People really love that line where she says, “You save lives and I save chicken fat. I can’t fucking deal with that.”Q: And Tracie gets to sing about “saving lives and loving you.” What’s better than that?TRACIE: Nothing! I mean, look at this stunner. What I love about [Cordelia and Charlotte] is that they’re so comfortable with who they are, at a time when a lot of queer people were not. They’re kind of trailblazers for their time period. And because they cast me in the role—lesbian and black and a doctor—it shouldn’t all work but it does.BETSY: Some could say it’s one of the healthier [relationships] in the show. The first act is an examination of this immediate family, and the second act is a chance to see what [gay life in 1990] looked like for a community. We kind of represent the outer world.Q: How did you two bond? Did you feel right away that you would make a good pair?BETSY: I have to say, I’ve never had a more natural progression with someone I’m playing a love interest with. Most of the time I’ve met the people on photo shoots and you’re nuzzling and saying, “So, where are you from?” And, like, kissing them and saying, “Oh, one sibling? Great, OK!” Tracie and I met at a function a couple of years ago and then had dinner before we started, so it felt quite natural.TRACIE: I came in late to the audition because I’m in L.A., so I flew in and had to sing all this stuff. Then Betsy came in, and I’m like, “Oh!”BETSY: “Hey girl!”TRACIE: “Hey girl! Oh, this is easy. We have a shorthand for this. It’s fine.”Q: Are you having fun getting into character in midi-skirts and ’80s wigs? TRACIE: I love it. I’m kind of obsessed with it, although it freaks me out a little bit because I look in the mirror with my wig on and I look just like my mother in the ’80s.BETSY: I actually look very different than the posters, which is kind of exciting, but I still look like my mother! It’s awesome.Q: Let’s talk about “Unlikely Lovers,” the emotional high point in Falsettos. How do you and your co-stars [Christian Borle as Marvin and Andrew Rannells as AIDS patient Whizzer] make it through that song? TRACIE: It’s difficult, but we just have to because we’re there to serve Whizzer.BETSY: Something age and maturity and time have taught me, from a couple of times in a hospital room with someone dying, [is that] you’re trying to come up with any way to make those moments cheerful. It’s four people just trying to navigate something they’re never navigated before.TRACIE: You can grieve later. We’re all helping each other be strong. If one person in the quartet starts to lose it, the other three of us [are like], “Nope, we’re not doing that right now.”Q: On a lighter note, who is the biggest joker in the cast?TRACIE: Andrew and Christian. The two of them are just incorrigible.BETSY: But man, I tell you: Give Steph enough coffee in the morning…TRACIE: Oh my god, Stephanie Block is a riot. I had no idea! She’s so funny in a surprising way. So dry, like a bone. But Brandon [Uranowitz, as psychiatrist Mendel] is ridiculous, too.Q: Betsy, Falsettos is the latest in your resume of “wordy” musicals [The Last Five Years, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Merrily We Roll Along].BETSY: What do you mean? [Laughs..] Maybe it’s because I grew up loving Sondheim so much. Into the Woods was one of the shows I watched on VHS on repeat as a kid. It’s when I knew I wanted to do musical theater. So I love wordy shows.TRACIE: I’ve done one Broadway musical and it was Rent, after the movie, and it was only five weeks at the end. I’m actually terrified of doing a Broadway musical, but I love it because it’s the biggest expression of what we do. You get to use all of yourself in a way that you don’t get to do in any other medium. It’s really thrilling.Q: Both of you are active on social media, including Tracie’s 80,000-plus Twitter followers. What do you enjoy about it?TRACIE: It’s a necessary tool. I joined every social media platform reluctantly. I was the last to get on Myspace; I was the last to get on Facebook.BETSY: God, Myspace? You really took it back.TRACIE: Remember Friendster?BETSY: No, I do not remember Friendster. See, I’m not on Snapchat. All these young’uns are on Snapchat. I like to think I have a healthy balance on social media, but I realize people want access to what you’re doing. It’s a little daunting, but at the same time it’s cool to know that people reach out and they like your work. That’s always appreciated! Related Showslast_img read more

Vermont Law School to open Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School will open a Center for Agriculture and Food Systems next spring to support advocates, agencies, food hubs, incubators and farmers engaged in the creation of community-based agriculture systems in the United States and internationally.The new center will focus on legal and policy issues related to community-based agriculture, the regulation of food, the Farm Bill and agricultural subsidies, energy-efficient food production, energy independence for farmers and other issues key to retaining a successful working landscape for rural communities.‘Vermont Law School is the ideal place to initiate this effort,’ said Professor Marc Mihaly, director of VLS’s Environmental Law Center. ‘Vermont is synonymous with the farming landscape and leads the nation in sophisticated efforts to implement a sustainable agricultural system.’The Agriculture Center, which will be modeled after VLS’s highly successful Institute for Energy and the Environment, will build on recent efforts at the school. Those efforts include hosting a conference on ‘Food, Fuel, and the Future of Farming’ that attracted more than 200 scholars, activists and farmers. VLS also convened a colloquium with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and Rural Vermont on farmers’ market insurance issues. And VLS published The Farmer’s Handbook for Energy Self-Reliance, which was distributed nationally to more than 4,000 farmers and more than a dozen farmers’ forums.In the spring, VLS will recruit a director for the Agriculture Center who has national experience to work with the school’s environmental faculty and Summer Session faculty, many of whom have produced scholarship in this area. The center will be launched through the school’s 2011 Sustainable Food Systems Summer Scholar program; a noted academic or practitioner will be selected to spend two weeks in Vermont to conduct research and participate in colloquia. Students from VLS’s Agricultural Law Society will assist in the center’s work; many are expected to join Vermont Law School alumni who work with organizations such as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the Center for Food Safety, and the Vermont Department of Agriculture.Source: VLS. 10.4.2010last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events September 24 – 30

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Pope Francis Speech Viewing PartyLong live the Pope! Long live the Pope! Long live the Pope! Don’t watch Pope Francis’ televised speeches alone as he makes his historic visit to the US. Join this viewing party and interfaith discussion that will follow after he becomes the first pope to address Congress at 9:20 a.m. Thursday with the discussion expected an hour later. The next viewing party starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday, when Pope Francis addresses the United Nations, three hours before he leads an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Hofstra University Cultural Center Theater, North Campus, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Free. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. September 24, 25.The QueersThese New Hampshire-based, Ramones-esque punk stalwarts will lovingly assault Long Island’s ears with their catchy, power chord-fueled sonic assault. This is a Press Music Critic Zack Tirana “Must Go To” gig, so best to raise that glass high once you’re there! Warming up the crowd will be Nobodys, Boogie Brains, Filthy Twolips and Yum-Yuckers. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $12, $15 DOS. 7 p.m. September 24.The WailersSince Bob Marley’s untimely death in 1981, his backing band, The Wailers, have continued to perform his greatest hits and albums in full. Although you could never replicate Marley’s distinctive sound, The Wailers are literally the next best thing. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett was not only recognized as the musical leader of the group, but was Marley’s most trusted bandmate, performing and arranging countless hits in the 1970s. Get ready to groove! The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $49. 8 p.m. September 24.Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The White AlbumScott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with The Beatles as they create their bestselling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album). Scott traces the creation of some of the Fab Four’s most memorable songs, such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Revolution,” from demo to final version. Scott also covers the recording of “Hey Jude,” the Beatles’ most successful single. Scott discusses the studio techniques used by The Beatles during 1968 and share many examples of rare audio and video of the Beatles in action. Will some of Press Music Critic Zack Tirana’s favs “Rocky Raccoon,” “Blackbird” and “Long, Long, Long” also be discussed? Only one way to find out, fellow Moppler-Topplers! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $17. 9 p.m. September 24.Long Beach International Film FestivalThis cinematic extravaganza will screen an international collection of films, including feature-length narratives, documentaries, shorts and animations that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. A new addition for 2015 LBIFF includes the Joan Jett Music Film Series. Various locations in Long Beach and Rockville Centre. $10-$200. Times vary, September 24-27.A Lens on LifeThis is an opening reception for an art exhibit featuring the works of Robert Scott, who created a variety of images, including the faces of people, animals, and outcrops of stone. Robert has shown his work in private collections as well as several solo and group exhibitions in galleries such as Neptune Photography, Adelphi University, Barnes Gallery and the Ashok Jain Gallery. Plan to be amazed and inspired. Runs through Oct. 10. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. 6 p.m. September 25.The WigglesKids’ dreams are now coming true since the favorite musical kid group is performing live! Putting on a fun, creative, and enjoyable show for all ages. Bring the whole family to get a-jiggly with the Wigglies! This Australian group entertains all over the world. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. $22.50-$29.50. 7 p.m. September 25.Almost QueenThis tribute band covering the influential 1970s British rock band channels the spirit of the late great Freddie Mercury. Opening the show is Unforgettable Fire, a tribute to U2. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $15-$35. 8 p.m. September 25.Chris SmitherThis American blues and folk songwriter produces his own sound, also deriving creativity from modern poetry and philosophy. Touring in support of the 14th record of his career, get ready to rock out! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $25-$30. 8 p.m. September 25.The Long Island FairRaces and contests, animal viewing, wagon/pony/camel riding, and a scarecrow building contest; this smorgasbord of events and competition is enjoying its 173rd year! One of the oldest fairs in the United States, there are also games, crafts, and even a sawing competition. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, Long Island. $8-$12. Friday- 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. September 25-27.Nick DiPaoloIn this day of watered-down comedy Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant, and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style welcomed with open arms by New York audiences. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $25. 9 p.m. September 25, 26.Brain Aneurysm Awareness WalkThis 7th annual walk benefits the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute Brain Aneurysm Center. Help combat this serious condition and spread some hope! Field 5 at Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. $25. 8:30 a.m. September 26.Drum-Taps: Civil War Soldier StoriesNYU Professor Karen Karbiener presents the tragic history of a Civil War soldier, whose life lay in poet Walt Whitman’s hands during his days as a volunteer nurse. Brian Matthew Jordan reads from his new book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, based on soldiers’ words extracted from letters, recollections and reflections. Artist Mort Künstler will present a slideshow and answer questions on his historic interpretive art, including his work “Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 15, 1862.” Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. Free. 2 p.m. September 26.Joan ArmatradingNominated three times for a Grammy and having 20 albums with her sublime music, this will be a touching performance that will leave audiences breathless. She is one of the few female artists that ever received an MBE, been honored by the queen, as well as being nominated for the Brit Award. This famous musician is enjoyed all over the world and will be on Long Island to continue sharing her music and her journey. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. $40-$75. 8 p.m. September 26.The Bacon BrothersGolden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, Emmy Award-winning composer Michael Bacon, have been performing as The Bacon Brothers for more than 20 years. The band has gigged relentlessly to build up a following and have released seven albums and a live concert DVD. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. $45-$85. 8 p.m. September 26.Fourth Annual Global Citizen FestivalThis isn’t on LI, but we had to include it: Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Coldplay and even lil Eddie Sheeran seize Central Park’s Great Lawn in this free (!!) gig to foster activism, upheaval, and raise awareness about the United Nations’ initiatives to fight extreme poverty, inequality, and protect the environment. Central Park, Great Lawn, Manhattan. Free (though you’ve got to join the movement and take action to help end extreme poverty to win your tickets at 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. September 26.Merrick Fall Festival & Street FairFood, friends and fun! Up to 400 vendors for food and services, games, and contests. Merrick’s fall festival is one of the largest and most popular fairs on Long Island. 1 Broadcast Plaza, Merrick. Free. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. September 26, 27.JazzfestThe two-day lineup includes Union Jazz Coalition, John Restrepo Quartet, New York Jazz Mission, and Thom Penn Nonet on Saturday. Performances on Sunday include Janine DiNatale, Interplay Jazz Orchestra, and Swingtime Big Band will be playing a double set! Bring folding chairs. Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. $10. 1-5 p.m. September 26, 12-4 p.m. September 27.Abstract ArchitectureAn opening reception will be held for this mesmerizing art exhibit featuring the works of Charles Cohen, Lisa DiClerico, Paula Elliott, Hiroshi Kagoshima and Demetrius Manouselis, who blend art and architecture, exploring themes common to both. Each artist in this exhibition is concerned with fundamental form, line, nature, and color, providing a visual pathway that implies elements of architectural imagery and abstract art. These themes may overlap or influence one another, often developing in several directions concurrently using the mediums of drawing, painting and photography. Runs through Nov. 23. Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. 4-7 p.m. September 27.Doo Wop ExtravaganzaThis sensational performance highlights the music from the 1950s and early ’60s. Songs like “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and “Sealed With A Kiss,” this will surely be an upbeat performance. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollor Rd., Westbury. $39.50. 3 p.m., 7 p.m. September 26.FronzillaThis alt-rapper is going to show you his skills in blending the realms of hip-hop and rock. Also, creating his own threads, he is constantly selling his merch, such as sweatshirts and t-shirts. He has performed at Warped Tour and is ecstatic about having his own tour this year. Performing with Palisades, Whiteney Peyton, It Lives, and It Breathes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15. 6:30 p.m. September 26.Free B!tchin’ Summer Concert PartyStarring local reggae, rock and pop bands Oogee Wawa, Offshore Regulars and NonStop to Cairo, this party keep summer alive. Ladies in bikinis and gentlemen in Hawaiian shirts win free prizes. Wow. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. Free. 8 p.m. September 26.Ja RulePerforming his hit singles, “Between Me and You,” “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” Ja Rule is coming to Long Island. Having several hits in the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and performing with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian and Ashanti, this is definitely a performance that cannot be missed.The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue.  $15, $25 DOS. 10 p.m. September 26.Lauren FoxPerforming the enduring folk songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, Fox explores their music, their histories, their triumphs and heartbreaks in song. Fox delves into the meaning behind the tunes, giving us a better understanding of a painter and a poet who mesmerized the world through song. Highlights of the show include Mitchell’s “Chelsea Morning,” “River” and “Both Sides Now,” as well as Cohen’s “Suzanne,” “Bird On A Wire” and “Hallelujah.” John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. $45. 7 p.m. September 27.Alan Parsons Live ProjectBorn into a showbiz family, Alan Parsons will show audiences why performing comes natural when he’s on stage with “The Orchestra,” starring former members of ELO, playing A Night of Over 30 Greatest Hits. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $29.50-$99.50 . 8 p.m. September 27.Step Out to Stop Diabetes WalkRaising awareness and funds to help the 29 million people in the United States living with diabetes help prevent that number from increasing. Field 5 at Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. 8 a.m. September 27.Juliette Giorgio/Tery GrantThe authors will speak about and sign their new book What Were You Thinking? Many books address troubled children. This book is unique in that it is written by an educator and a psychotherapist, and focuses on trouble prevention. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. September 28.—Compiled by Chelsea Russell, Timothy Bolger and Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Eight dogs found dead in Pennsylvanian home

first_imgThe police department says eight dogs were dead in the home and another four were severely injured do to starvation and dehydration. Authorities say Howard was arrested at his own residence. CANTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania State Police Department says an arrest has been made into an investigation of animal cruelty in Bradford County.center_img Police say 49-year-old Randy Howard was arrested for failing to feed his friend’s pets while they were away.last_img

A debt-free alternative to student loans

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWith Americans owing more than $1.3 trillion in federal student-loan debt, some places are offering students an alternative:Pay us nothing up front, but give us a percentage of your future income.The government should encourage the spread of this innovation — with regulations that limit its risks.Similar to student loans, income-share agreements require students who receive financial aid to make scheduled payments after they leave school.But unlike traditional loan recipients, these former students don’t pay interest and aren’t locked into servicing debt indefinitely.Instead, they have agreed to pay lenders a share of their future earnings over a fixed period, with the exact percentage dependent on their major, profession and starting salary.These agreements also differ from income-based repayment plans, under which payments are capped at 10 percent of a former student’s income. Two bills in Congress with bipartisan backing offer a promising start.They would cap the percentage of income that recipients pay, establish a minimum income threshold for payment and limit the lengths of contracts.The legislation directs federal regulators to draw up model disclosure forms for lenders to provide students.Lawmakers should consider additional rules to deter unscrupulous lenders from discriminating against low-income students and those from families with low credit ratings.It’s unlikely that traditional student loans will be replaced by income-share agreements anytime soon, if ever.But at least Congress can help them become a viable option.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation This is an existing program that should be expanded, but it is still a government loan. Income-share agreements do not require public money — and thus do not add to the public debt.A small but growing number of colleges and trade schools have introduced these agreements to help students cover tuition and fees.The upside for students is the protection from being saddled with unaffordable debt, should they end up unemployed or in low-paying careers.Students who enter high-paying professions, on the other hand, may pay back more than the initial subsidy they receive — which is what makes such agreements appealing to investors.The focus on future earnings also gives schools the incentive to teach students useful skills.Most important, as noted, these agreements don’t put taxpayer money at risk — a feature that’s particularly compelling given what the federal government expects to lose on its student-loan portfolio.But Congress and the administration need to establish rules that provide clarity to potential investors and protect students from abuses.last_img read more

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Police seize fake COVID kits in international trafficking crackdown

first_imgPolice have seized 17,000 fake COVID-19 testing kits discovered in raids against illicit food and drink products across dozens of countries, Interpol said Wednesday.Officials seized $40 million (34.5 million euros) worth of fake or substandard products in 77 countries, and arrested 407 people in the operation, carried out from December 2019 to June 2020.The products included contaminated dairy products, meat from illegally slaughtered animals and food products falsely labeled as medicinal cures, said Interpol, based in the southeastern French city of Lyon. But police also intercepted thousands of fake medical products as countries worldwide rushed to secure supplies while locking down to curtail the coronavirus pandemic.”As countries around the world continue their efforts to contain COVID-19, the criminal networks distributing these potentially dangerous products show only their determination to make a profit,” the agency’s secretary general Jurgen Stock said in a statement.Besides the fake COVID-19 tests, the raids uncovered disinfectants and even a shipment of seafood in South Africa, originating from Asia, that was falsely declared as personal protective equipment.”Other illicit products recovered included cosmetics, footwear, clothing, handbags, car parts, electronics, tobacco and medicines, worth an estimated $3.1 million,” Interpol said.It was the agency’s ninth year of coordinated Opson raids against counterfeit or substandard food and drink, which regularly seize thousands of tons of fake and potentially harmful products. Topics :last_img read more