Director of folk choir speaks at Saint Mary’s

first_imgComposer Steve Warner said it is exciting to watch different communities adapt and work with his song “Cross of Our Hope” in a lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening. “Once you write a piece, it belongs to the Church. They take the insight and wrap it around their own flavors,” he said. “That’s the Holy Spirit at work.” Warner, the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, composed the piece in honor of the beatification of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross. “When I was asked to write a song to honor Blessed Moreau, I had to fulfill several things,” Warner said. “First, I was asked not to use his name in the piece, but rather look to his writing to find and write his message. I was also asked to write it in as many languages as possible.” Warner said that “Cross of Our Hope” exists in English, Spanish and French. “The Holy Cross family embraces several continents and many cultures,” Warner said. “Linguistically, the text had to be spot on. The liturgical and musical parameters had to be respected.” Warner said that one of the hardest parts about writing the song was finding texts of Moreau’s to work with. “I finally stumbled upon a letter about the glory of the cross and sufferings of the world,” Warner said. “Reading his letters, there is an unabashed zeal that he constantly shared with his community. It was my goal to create a piece that reflected that zeal.” Warner said that the refrain of the piece reflects that sense of unbridled joy found in Moreau’s writing. “From the first note of the song, it tells you that we are moving forward. It is gospel-oriented and evangelical,” Warner said. “We are spreading the gospel.” The writing process behind “Cross of Our Hope” took three and a half months, Warner said. “Writing a song is not just writing music. You are rearranging people’s spiritual furniture,” he said. “You put prayer on their list. It’s very humbling.”last_img read more

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Colombia Augments Security Cooperation in Northern Triangle

first_imgTraining in ground, air, and maritime interdictions to improve military mobility when they attack a target; With regard to El Salvador, so far this year, 23 Salvadorans have received training with an emphasis in the areas of citizen security and strengthening military and police specialties. The skills most requested by Salvadoran authorities include: Supporting eradication of drug trafficking and the elimination of criminal groups; In 2015, Colombian Military and police forces trained 741 Guatemalan, 782 Honduran, and 560 Salvadoran service members through bilateral cooperation initiatives that included: Strengthening skills in identifying illegal landing strips and intercepting air fields and clandestine airplanes. Training through Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives Strengthening Military and police specialties (Guatemala – 29 percent, Honduras – 18 percent, El Salvador – 25 percent); Supporting border control and security and training government forces responsible for ensuring public security; So far this year, 24 Guatemalan service members have received training with an emphasis on the fight against global drug trafficking. The skills most requested by Guatemalan authorities are: Triangular Cooperation Improving the Navy’s patrolling capabilities; The fight against the global drug problem (Guatemala – 19 percent, Honduras 11 percent, El Salvador – 15 percent); Organizational development (Guatemala – 25 percent, Honduras – 19 percent, El Salvador – 33 percent); Citizen security (Guatemala – 25 percent, Honduras – 48 percent, El Salvador – 22 percent); Triangular Cooperation helps supplement the existing ties between developing nations, especially in medium-income countries, and traditional donors. The purpose is to face developmental challenges and promote common interests through solutions that can be adjusted to each country’s needs. Colombia has taken important steps in managing cooperation so it can offer other countries its own experience and skills through the Triangular Cooperation system of development cooperation. By Dialogo June 07, 2016 Advising state judicial officials on the extradition of significant drug traffickers; Following the “Colombia-U.S. Triangle Cooperation Action Plan for the benefit of Central America and the Caribbean,” launched in 2013, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited the Northern Triangle countries (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) in April to confirm interest in strengthening relationships, following up on ideas, and identifying new necessities. Security officials review the requirements of these cooperation programs annually. Training for Military and police personnel depends on the size and capacity of a Military’s ground, air, and maritime interdictions and its specific needs to respond to problems shared throughout the region. Citizen security, the optimization of Military and police specialties, organizational development, the fight against the global drug problem, and crime prevention and enforcement are all primary areas of action. Teaching government forces how to face the transnational criminal organizations that are using gangs to control territory and routes for their criminal operations; “In Guatemala, we have created an organizational structure and management model for the National Civil Police’s Planning Department for Specialized Management in Criminal Investigations,” Mitchell said. “The absence of a strong criminal investigations unit was one of the greatest failures of the Guatemalan system, but now that unit has become one of the greatest achievements born from our cooperation.” Supporting border control and security; Criminal phenomena (Guatemala – 1 percent, Honduras – 3 percent, El Salvador – 5 percent). South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation have become highly developed since they were given a new strategic direction in 2006, under Colombia’s Presidential Office on International Cooperation. Under these initiatives authorities cooperate to further regional development. Providing training in riverside areas to infiltrate the trafficking of illicit drugs into the country’s interior, and to prevent drugs from subsequently being shipped to the United States; In the mean time, support to Honduras has focused on: Strengthening Naval patrol skills. Reaffirming the agreement “In Honduras, we encouraged the operations of Criminal Forensic Laboratories under the Police Investigations and Exterior Community Inspections Division,” Mitchell stated. “Improving Honduran organizations was the first step in improving how crimes were handled. Now, the focus for this country has turned toward citizen security after the institutions were strengthened.” Triangular Cooperation, a type of development cooperation between an emerging donor country, a beneficiary country, and a donor from the U.S. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee, was established at the end of the 1970s and put into practice at the end of the 1990s. It is relatively new, and combines traditional, or vertical, cooperation — such as the transfer of knowledge, experience or resources by a country at the same or greater level of development — with South-South cooperation, which implies the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries in the global south, to provide cooperation assistance to one or more developing nations. Advising on how to control national airspace. Teaching government forces to face the trafficking in drugs, weapons, and persons effectively; “In El Salvador there was a good deal of support for the creation of a cybercrime office because that problem had afflicted the country,” Mitchell explained. “Now organizational development is the priority. The percentage of aid is changing and the number of persons receiving training has been decreasing as we have grown these abilities in the country, which gives them greater autonomy. Ultimately, this is the point of this agreement.” The governments of Colombia and the United States have entered into a cooperation agreement to promote improvements within the Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran Armed Forces based on the lessons learned by the Colombian Army to improve regional security and public safety and effectively combat drug trafficking and organized crime. Advising on improving communications between units; The agreement focuses on avoiding or stopping the “balloon effect” in Central America, said Juan Sebastián Jiménez, Cooperation Coordinator with the Colombian Ministry of Defense. “The effect seen in the efforts to eradicate the production and sale of illegal drugs in Latin America is analogous to what happens to the air inside a balloon when it is squeezed: the air moves, but does not disappear. The pressure applied to one side pushes the air to another side where there is less resistance.” Training in ground, air, and maritime interdictions to improve the mobility of government forces when attacking a target; Colombia and the United States already cooperate closely in the fight against organized crime in the Northern Triangle. The two countries conduct joint training and share information, and Colombia has a longstanding bilateral relationship with the United States. The cooperation between the partner nations has helped strengthen Colombia’s Army as well as acquire skills and experiences that make it effective in drug enforcement and counter-insurgency, said Daniel Mitchell, Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Defense and director of International Affairs and Cooperation. In April, President Santos toured the Northern Triangle to confirm support for the strengthening of government forces and promised more dynamic and focused cooperation. 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USC ranks No. 1 in Game Design

first_imgFor the fifth year in a row, USC has been ranked the number one school for game design at the graduate level by the Princeton Review. Additionally, the ranking marks the fourth year that the undergraduate program has been distinguished with the honor.The ranking was released Tuesday morning. USC’s program is a joint effort between the Interactive Media and Games Division of the School of Cinematic Arts and the computer science department with a games emphasis in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Students can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts, or either a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree from Viterbi through the program.Michael Zyda, a professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering’s computer science department and director of the GamePipe Laboratory at USC Games, credits much of the success of the organization to the collaboration between the two departments.“Cinema and engineering programs mashed together — that’s what’s excellent,” Zyda said. “The game industry right now is three times larger than the film industry, and in five years it’s going to be five times larger than the film industry. Hopefully by then, USC will have a school of games.”Another unique aspect of the program is that students have the opportunity to work on large-scale projects throughout the course of the year. Some of these groups consist of almost 40 students, said Graham Hawes, a senior majoring in computer science with an emphasis in games.“As the projects get bigger, they become more ambitious, and with bigger teams of people they can accomplish many things and students can participate in these big projects at least once if not two or three times,” he said.Hawes said he switched from the pre-med track to games after his sophomore year and has not looked back since. He contributed to the engineering aspect of the The Maestros game for one of his major projects.Another aspect of the program that Hawes enjoys is the professionalism of the staff and faculty.“A lot of the staff and faculty are professionals in the field which is better than if they had been in academia for the last 10 years because they have more experience,” Hawes said.Ebonka Agboje, a freshman majoring in computer science with an emphasis in gaming, shared similar sentiments to Hawes’. He said he has been nothing but impressed with the program since coming to USC this year.“USC pools the biggest names that I can imagine for its staff and faculty and I realize why they are the number one program in America — because they offer things that no other school is doing,” Agboje said.Ida Abhari contributed to this report.last_img read more

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3 things Dino Babers said on the Week 6 ACC teleconference

first_imgSyracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) at 7 p.m. at BB&T Field. The Orange is coming off a 50-33 loss against Notre Dame. Meanwhile, after only winning three games in each of the last two years, the Demon Deacons won their first four games this season before losing to North Carolina State last weekend.Here’s what SU head coach Dino Babers had to say on the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.Syracuse is right where it was expected to beSU has seen some highs, like an offense that’s in the top 25 in yards per game, and some lows, like a defense that’s allowing over 500 yards per game. Through it all, sitting at 2-3, Babers admitted that this is what was expected of his team.“Obviously the numbers don’t look good, but when you look at our opponents, the people we’ve played … I think our record is kind of what a lot of people thought our record would be,” Babers said. “We thought we’d be a little bit better than that, but I think we’re right on pace, we have to keep doing what we’re doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers later went on to refute a claim that his team might be ahead of schedule despite the high numbers the offense has put up.Multiple plans in place to deal with weather conditionsHurricane Matthew, which had a devastating effect on Haiti, is expected to have a significant impact along the southeastern coast of the United States from Thursday, possibly into Sunday, according to The Weather Channel. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency. Forsyth County, which is where Winston-Salem is located, was one of the counties listed as one of the emergency areas.From a football perspective, Babers said that he has to come prepared with two different game plans going in, depending on the conditions.“You’ve gotta prepare for both situations if you’re really gonna give your team a chance,” Babers said. “You’ve got to do the wet ball drills, you’ve gotta prepare for wind, you’ve gotta maybe know if you can get the snap from shotgun or whether you need to go underneath the center.”No timetable for defensive improvementsIn the past, Babers has stressed that he thinks the SU offense running this new system will reach its full potential by the middle of his second year. But with the injuries and inexperience of his defense, he said it’s hard to put a timetable on when that unit will turnaround.“We’re so young. When you’ve got 18-year-old defensive linemen rushing against … guys from Notre Dame that are 6-foot-7, 300-something pounds and about to be drafted in the first three rounds, it’s hard,” Babers said. “It’s going to be hard to estimate exactly when this is going to turn around, especially with all the injuries on the back end.”Babers added that would he look for in a defense is whether or not it could get three-and-outs, whether or not it could create turnovers and points, and whether or not it could be stout in the red zone. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

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