Council backed groups will have to account for funding expenditure

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Letterkenny Councillor Dessie Larkin says it’s time that groups, facilities and events being funded by the council should come before the council to brief members on how that money is being spent.Cllr Larkin also says work programmes and plans should be submitted to the council before money is handed over to ensure that value for money is being achieved.The council has agreed to begin the process by asking what Cllr Larkin referred to as “the big three” – An Grianan Theatre, Regional Cultural Centre and the County Museum to make submissions.Speaking to Highland Radio at the meeting, he said ratepayers deserve to know where their money is going:[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleMan due in court on Derry bomb chargesNext articleMan pleads guilty to Donegal child rape and abuse charges News Highland Google+ Google+center_img Facebook Pinterest Council backed groups will have to account for funding expenditure RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest By News Highland – February 14, 2012 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebooklast_img read more

Paul Tillich at Harvard

first_imgWhen he started teaching at Harvard in 1955, Paul Tillich (1886-1965) was one of the world’s foremost theologians. His early romantic views of the world had been tempered in the cauldron of World War I, where he served as a frontline German Army chaplain. But he became a Christian existentialist eager to fill up the seeming emptiness of modernity with moments of ecstasy.Tillich was 69 when he began his sojourn at Harvard. He had longed for a setting where he could reconnect the deep inquiries of art, science, and religion that modern culture seemed bent on dividing. Harvard became that setting, an intellectual crossroads where poets, scientists, artists, and philosophers were gathered. The University witnessed Tillich’s final flowering as a great synthesizer; his goal was to connect the myriad ways we grapple with what he called ultimate concerns.This important scholar of theology, art, and philosophy — author of the landmark “The Courage to Be” (1952) — was celebrated last week in an evening symposium at the Memorial Church. It marked the 50th anniversary of his retirement from Harvard and — by chance — the 100th anniversary of his ordination as a Lutheran minister.The occasion was the 39th of the Paul Tillich Lectures, founded in 1990 by William R. Crout, S.T.B. ’58, A.M. ’69, and delivered once a term. Previous lecturers have included former Harvard President Nathan Marsh Pusey (1993), who had hired Tillich to revive a sagging divinity program; humanist and eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson (1997), Harvard’s Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus; and the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes (1999).Gerald Holton (from left), Ann Belford Ulanov, Harvey G. Cox Jr., and Richard M. Hunt recalled the spiritual and intellectual ambition of theologian Paul Tillich in an event marking the 50th anniversary of his retirement from Harvard.This term’s lecture was unusual: four speakers instead of one. They all remembered Tillich in person.Called “Paulus” by his friends, Tillich loved being at Harvard. “Part of the reason is this University’s fortuitous openness,” especially in the years just before and just after World War II, said onetime University Marshal Richard M. Hunt.Like his contemporary Albert Einstein, Tillich was a product of a particular educational ideal in the Europe of his boyhood: Master Kultur, then hew to a specialization. Harvard offered a matching intellectual depth, along with an engaging émigré community of European scholars who came up in the same way.Then, said Hunt, there was Tillich’s title of “University Professor,” shared by only four others at the time. (There are 24 University Professors at Harvard today.) It conferred on him the freedom to teach undergraduates — something Tillich had never done before — as well as lecture widely to students in law, medicine, divinity, public health, art, and education.Charming, modest, intellectually eager, a great listener —“he seduced us all,” said speaker Gerald Holton, remembering Tillich at a faculty dinner in 1955. (Holton, whose relationship with Harvard began in 1943, is Harvard’s Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and professor of the history of science emeritus.)Tillich lived to regard his time at Harvard as “the fulfillment” of his career, said Holton, and in the meantime added a presence that was “magisterial and accessible, and just fun.”Harvard was also where Tillich arrived at his final sense of where science stands in the quest for meaning. Early in his life science was “a respected part of Kultur,” said Holton. Then came a long middle period of doubt about science and technology. As late as 1957 Tillich wrote that “the dimension of faith is not the dimension of science.”Yet Harvard inspired a third phase — not one of harmony between science and religion, but at least a “fruitful tension,” said Holton. In a 1959 Harvard lecture, Tillich held that “ultimate questions appear in different disciplines.”Holton delivered a Tillich lecture in 2004 on the “quest for the ultimate” that Tillich shared with Einstein, a man who was sometimes his philosophical adversary.“They both reached out to the limits of human understanding,” Holton said then — and the two men shared a common theme: “the quest for the unification of apparent irreconcilables.” Einstein’s quest was to unify the major threads of physics; Tillich’s was to synthesize the seemingly divergent paths of science, art, and religion in the modern age — “the reunion of what eternally belongs together,” he wrote, “but what has been separated in history.”The first non-Jewish scholar that the Nazis dismissed from a university, Tillich immigrated to the United States in 1933. He found a 20-year haven at Union Theological Seminary, but only at Harvard did he open his arms wide, happy, he said, to be among more than just theologians.Tillich was ready for years of “conversation at the heart of reality,” said Ann Belford Ulanov, a 1959 Radcliffe College graduate who saw him lecture in the 1950s. She teaches psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary, and delivered Tillich lectures in 1995 and 2002.Start with his collected sermons, she advised, which were delivered in the pared-down English he started to learn only in his late 40s. They provide a pathway to his more complex academic work. (It was at Harvard, for one, that Tillich finished his three-volume “Systematic Theology.”)Another speaker, Harvey G. Cox Jr., the Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, was a Harvard graduate student during the Tillich era. He remembered the great man’s final home seminar, the last of a series of gatherings at his apartment on Chauncy Street. A print of Picasso’s “Guernica” hung in the apartment’s seminar space, a rendering of the mural-size painting of German and Italian warplanes bombing the civilians of Guernica, Spain, in 1937. Tillich, no stranger to war, regarded the iconic Picasso image as “the greatest religious painting of the 20th century,” said Cox.A visual thinker, Tillich saw great art, music, and literature as a natural font of the symbols and analogies necessary to understand the nature of the divine in a modern age that eschewed religious expression.He had a “willingness to stare modernity in the face,” said Cox — and a willingness to let go of traditional religious expressions like “God” and “faith” and “grace” that had “lost their original power.”Finding analogs to these old concepts meant spirited inquiries into other disciplines, and Harvard allowed Tillich that room, said Cox — “the scope he needed to pursue his lifelong project: crossing boundaries.”last_img read more

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger upbeat about Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2016 chances

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed he has reassured England boss Roy Hodgson that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit and ready to go at this summer’s European Championship. The 24-year-old has not played for the Gunners this season having suffered a broken leg on the eve of the new campaign. Wilshere has endured a torrid time with injuries over the previous three years, with a number of ankle issues keeping him largely on the sidelines. But Wenger, speaking ahead of the Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night, played down suggestions Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery and has spoken to Hodgson about a player both managers admire greatly. “No. That is the wrong information,” Wenger replied when asked about a potential delay in Wilshere’s return. “He is looking good. I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well. I’m cautious but I will say (he will be back in) four weeks.” Even if Wilshere returns at the end of February, he faces an uphill challenge to be both fit and in-form in time for England’s opening Euro 2016 clash against Russia on June 11, with friendlies against Germany and Holland coming in March. His Arsenal and England colleague Danny Welbeck is in a similar position, as is Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge – but the trio are likely to be afforded as much time as possible to prove their fitness. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Schwedelson: Court storming after FSU win shows Syracuse fans expect less

first_img Published on January 30, 2017 at 12:21 am Winning is better than losing. Having fun is better than not. But when fans rushed the Carrier Dome floor on Saturday afternoon, it didn’t reflect a program that has reached two Final Fours in the past four seasons.The Orange had just beaten No. 6 Florida State by 10 points. SU hadn’t beaten a Top 25 team all season. It finally checked off a marquee win from its season-long to-do list. Students among the crowd of 24,798 led a rush onto the court named after the coach who built this program.After the game, Jim Boeheim himself said he had no problems with fans storming the court. It’s college basketball. It’s 18- to 22-year-olds. It’s supposed to be fun, and perhaps it was. But respectable teams expect to win home games.“It’s better than when we get beat and they all go home at halftime,” Boeheim said, “So yeah, I like that better.”But it’s also better to be good enough to inspire just a little hope for a fan base that has little else to do in wintertime than fawn over its squad. But it hasn’t done that this season. With a record five nonconference losses leading to SU’s worst 20-game start under Boeheim, Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) had fallen to a new low.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opened the season ranked No. 19, reloaded with two graduate transfers and well-regarded freshmen. Boeheim told ESPN it would be the best team he’s had in years. Yet at SU’s media day on Oct. 18, he tempered expectations (“When you start talking, ‘You got to go to the Final Four,’ it’s really foolish”) and fans have eventually followed suit.Losses to South Carolina and Wisconsin dropped Syracuse out of the Top 25. A two-point loss to Connecticut and a seven-point loss to Georgetown played the role of gravity for sky-high expectations. And it even got worse. The Orange suffered its worst home loss under Boeheim to St. John’s and then, two games later, allowed 96 points to Boston College for the Eagles first ACC win in almost two years.Rock bottom.So, against Florida State on Saturday, with about 10 minutes remaining, a fan approached Otto’s Army president Johnny Oliver asking if fans would storm the court for a team that was in the Final Four nine months prior.That catastrophic fall of SU’s season had lowered fan expectations below what a program like Syracuse basketball normally commands. This isn’t the football team, which upset No. 17 Virginia Tech and spurred fans to rush the field. That team hasn’t been nationally ranked since 2001. Boeheim has had his team ranked at least once in all 41 seasons except one.Fans waited all summer and fall for their re-tooled basketball team to follow up its dramatic postseason run. They wanted more reasons to cheer. But the mixture of anticipation, disappointment and lowered expectation created a mindset that led to a basketball school storming the floor after winning by 10 against a football school.For the bottled-up fans, the cork popped.“I don’t know if they should have (court-stormed) or not,” redshirt forward Matthew Moyer tweeted, “but all I know is it was lit.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Oliver didn’t storm the court himself, but recognized that whatever energizes fans is a good thing. But the consequence is that it shows your diminished standards.“If I magically controlled every student,” Oliver said, “we wouldn’t have stormed. Because I do subscribe a little bit to the thought that we are supposed to be a top-tier program, not only in the ACC but across the nation.”Syracuse has beaten a top-10 team every season dating back to 2006-07. It’s a program that, despite only winning one national title, has reached more Final Fours than all but 12 schools. One rough stretch this season has soured all of that. Now, fans revel in what used to be expected.And there’s nothing wrong that. I’m not saying don’t storm the court. If you want to, fine. It’s nice that students are excited, sure. You only get four years in college.“If you had told me before the season started,” Oliver said, “that we’d beat Florida State by 10 at home and we would storm the court, I probably would have thought you were an insane person.”Paul Schwedelson is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @pschweds. Commentslast_img read more