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Titan’s director Darryl Kelly’s mansion comes complete with stone agate

first_imgThe cat’s eye agate on a white stone is one of the features in the house“I’m an early riser so on clear mornings when I get up at the crack of dawn I can often see hot air balloons floating over the canal,” Mrs Kelly said. “It is an amazing sight over the water.”The home also exudes magic inside with a stone agate feature in the dining room bar.“It is a cat’s eye agate on a white stone and the previous owners said it was imported,” Mrs Kelly said.Lofty atriums give the home space and light“It has a really spectacular effect at night with the backlight.”Mrs Kelly said the four-bedroom, three- bathroom home had a spacious, open feel. “When we bought it the owners had recently renovated it,” she said. “All the work was done for us.”Drawn to the ultra-modern style, Mrs Kelly said she had added a few of her own touches.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Darryl Kelly and his wife enjoy the views from their waterfront mansionThe main bedroom has a marble ensuite with a heated floor and luxury bath.Mrs Kelly said the couple, originally from Wagga Wagga, had admired the waterfront setting.“This is our second Gold Coast house,” she said. “We had a unit on the Gold Coast which we would come and spend months at a time at over winter. We have always loved the Gold Coast and our next home will be in the same street.” WATCHING hot air balloons float by from the deck of this stunning Paradise Waters home is a magical way to start the day according to owners Joanne and Darryl Kelly.The Gold Coast Titans director and his wife bought the home three years ago to be closer to their daughter. Session ID: 2020-09-28:c5a058481e1223f79d014181 Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning 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 Rate1xFullscreen00:00 Related videos The home has grand interiors including a lofty atrium and a large glass front door.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoPolished hardwood stairs lead up to a bridge-style crossing to the living room and connecting the main bedroom with the guest suites, both with private waterfront balconies. 88 Admiralty Drive Paradise WatersFrom the outside the home is privately gated with large walls, palm trees and manicured hedges.The gate opens to a mosaic-tiled pool which leads guests to the glass entrance.A pebble gas fireplace in the lounge and a bar with three wine fridges are some of the stand-out features of the house. The home is kept cool with a number of louvres and bi-fold glass doors that open to the spacious waterside terrace.The home orignally hit the market with a $5.25 million price tag but has since been reduced to $4.975 million.last_img read more

Wilkinson boost for Stoke

first_img Press Association Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson will be available for the Potters’ opening match of the Barclays Premier League season against Liverpool next month. Wilkinson was sent off for a challenge late on in Stoke’s 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday during their pre-season tour to the US. Manager Mark Hughes had feared the full-back would be handed a ban that would see him miss the first game of the season at Anfield on August 17. center_img However, Wilkinson will instead have to sit out the final game of Stoke’s tour against Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night. A statement on www.stokecityfc.com read: “Stoke City can confirm that defender Andy Wilkinson will serve an immediate one-match suspension following his dismissal in Saturday’s 1-0 pre-season friendly victory against FC Dallas. “The news, which has been confirmed by the Football Association, ensures that Wilkinson is available for selection for the 2013/14 curtain raiser against Liverpool at Anfield.” last_img read more

Koeman ignores returning ex-Saints

first_img The spectre of those returns have understandably dominated the build-up to Sunday’s match, but it is not something Koeman is interested in. “It’s not my question, my question is to prepare the team for the Sunday game,” the Saints boss said. “I don’t talk about players who are coming back to the club where they played last season, because then I can talk every week about a player who comes back to Southampton. “Lallana is a very good player, doing well in Liverpool. He chose to change the club after a good opportunity and nothing else. “It is Southampton against Liverpool, not Southampton against some players who played last season for Southampton.” Friday’s pre-match press conference saw Koeman come closer than any time during his Saints reign to losing his cool as a journalist peppered him with questions about the returning triumvirate. The Dutchman told the reporter to “ask me about Southampton” and, as he became increasingly irked, asked: “You’re the agent of Lovren and Lallana? Why that kind of questions all the time?” After eight questions on the subject, the head of media intervened in a bid to move matters onto Southampton’s current squad. “You think I am thinking about losing a game? No way,” Koeman said. “I am thinking of winning the game. I am not negative thinking. Ronald Koeman has no interest in the reception Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren will receive on their St Mary’s return as the Southampton manager’s sole focus is on beating Liverpool. Press Association “I’m surprised they have four points less than we have and to come closer to us they have to win. If they don’t win, they don’t come closer.” Southampton’s chances of keeping Liverpool at bay are boosted by the return of Morgan Schneiderlin, Shane Long and Matt Targett on Sunday. There will still be a number of absentees at St Mary’s, though, with the suspended Ryan Bertrand joining Toby Alderweireld, Emmanuel Mayuka and Jay Rodriguez on the sidelines. The latter has not played for 321 days after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament last season, with some talk of a March return. “It’s a long way now for Jay and if it happens in March we are very happy,” Koeman said. “If it happens in April we will see but at the moment not because he needs more time.” Koeman had initially hoped Rodriguez’s return would be like a January signing, but if time ticks on it may be more like a summer addition. “I hope not,” he said. “I hope that Jay can still play some games in this season, but it is all about the freshness and the shape of the player. “We don’t take any risk because the player is too good to take that risk. “We know to handle injuries and problems because now I think for the first time I have players back after the last two or three months and that’s good news.” The trio were key protagonists in last summer’s unparalleled talent drain from the Saints as they swapped the south coast for Merseyside at a reported combined cost of £49million. Lallana, Lambert and Lovren have enjoyed differing levels of success since moving to Anfield and will receive receptions of varying warmth upon their first visit to Southampton since departing. last_img read more

Maher thrilled by Walsh booking

first_imgWhat began as “pie in the sky” will on Sunday become reality when Ruby Walsh partners esteemed Australian stayer Bashboy in the Grand National Steeplechase. Press Association Maher told Press Association Sport: “Ruby coming here is a great story for Australian jumps racing and it has really caught everyone’s imagination. “He’s a great draw-card, and everyone seems to be buzzing at the idea of him riding Bashboy. “It will just be great to float a few ideas by Ruby and see how our horse stacks up with the National Hunt horses in his part of the world.” The position aboard Bashboy officially became vacant on Wednesday when regular jockey S teve Pateman failed in his attempt to have a riding suspension quashed at an appeal hearing. Walsh, 36, will also be entering uncharted territory as he has his first rides in Australia in a deal which was partly brokered by Willie Mullins. He has also been booked to ride Arch Fire for Robert Smerdon in the JJ Houlahan Hurdle. Maher said: “It’s a shame for Steve that his appeal didn’t come through but, on the other hand, it’s fantastic to get a rider of Ruby’s calibre, experience and greatness. “It’s funny how it all worked out, really. I was sitting back in my chair at home a week ago thinking, ‘Who on earth’s going to ride Bashboy if Steve is suspended?’ “I suddenly thought about Ruby, but just accepted it was pie in the sky. Trainer Ciaron Maher is still coming to terms with having pulled off the sizeable coup of luring Walsh across the world to ride one of his horses. Bashboy is no ordinary thoroughbred in his homeland, though, as he attempts to claim an unprecedented third victory in the Australian version of the Grand National at Ballarat racecourse in Victoria. “But then I remembered that Mike Symons, who is the chairman of Melbourne Racing Club, knows Willie Mullins quite a bit. “Mike spoke to Willie and when we found out that Ruby was keen, we couldn’t really believe it.” Maher, whose horses are predominantly stabled at Caulfield and Warrnambool racecourses, feels Walsh will not have to adjust his riding style to successfully come to terms with Bashboy. He said: “He’s a very straightforward horse – he wouldn’t need a great deal of getting used to. “He’s also very much in the mould of National Hunt horses in Britain and Ireland in that he’s a big, scopey, strong stayer who loves heavy ground. “I think Ruby gets here on Saturday afternoon, so if he wanted to give him a stretch on Sunday morning he could do.” last_img read more

Caregiver steals thousands from elderly patient

first_imgA Palm Beach County woman has been arrested after she allegedly used an elderly woman’s credit cards without permission to make a large number of personal purchases.51-year-old Jacqueline Combs Rodney was arrested earlier this week after investigators found that she racked up $30,000 worth of charges on her 81-year-old Alzheimer’s patient’s credit cards.Officials were alerted to the scheme after the victim’s daughter contacted them about fraudulent accounts and purchases from Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Synchrony Bank, Chase Bank, and Nordstrom’s.Rodney reportedly used the accounts to purchase handbags, shoes, furniture, a plane ticket and even reportedly used the victim’s cards to pay her car insurance, phone bills, and for a wedding banquet hall.Rodney has since been arrested and charged with grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. She has since been freed on bond.last_img read more

Red Force wraps up campaign on a high with innings win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended an otherwise disappointing Regional four-day campaign on a high when they crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 17 runs here Tuesday.Starting the final day of their 10th round game at Warner Park needing a huge effort to pull off victory, Red Force found their inspiration in leg-spinner Imran Khan who finished with match figures of 11 for 140.He failed to add to his overnight five-wicket haul as Hurricanes, resuming on 273 for six, were dismissed for 299. Seamer Roshon Primus took two of the four wickets to fall to finish with two for 62.Following on by 254 runs, Hurricanes were dismissed for 237 in their second innings with Khan proving T&T’s trump card again with six for 74.Off-spinner Bryan Charles picked up three for 110.Opener and captain Montcin Hodge resisted with an unbeaten 96 while Kacey Carty carved out his second half-century of the game with 54 and Akeem Saunders got 41.Hurricanes were 188 for three at one stage inside the first hour after tea but suffered a swift collapse to lose their last seven wickets for 49 runs, and slide to their fifth defeat of the season.In their second turn at the crease, Chesney Hughes fell cheaply for 11 with just 25 runs on the board but Hodge and Carty combined in an 83-run second-wicket stand to steady the innings.Hodge faced 222 balls in just over 4-3/4 hours and struck 13 fours while Carty, in his eighth first class game, stroked five fours and two sixes in a handsome 79-ball knock.Charles claimed Carty – mistiming a drive to mid-on – and Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner (0) – caught at the wicket – in successive deliveries but Hurricanes found solace in another half-century stand, this time between Hodge and Saunders, which yielded 76 runs.Saunders was within touching distance of his half-century when he gloved one from Khan that bounced and was caught at forward short-leg, triggering a terminal decline.RED FORCE 1st innings 553HURRICANES 1st innings (o/n 273 for six)M. Hodge c Webster b Khan 64C. Hughes lbw b Charles 71K. Carty c Webster b Khan 53N. Bonner c Cooper b Khan 16A. Saunders lbw b Primus 27J. Otto lbw b Khan 0S. Peters c and b Khan 0J. Taylor b Cottrell 23J. Louis c Cariah b Richards 16J. Campbell b Primus 0G. Tonge not out 8Extras: (b-4, lb-8, w-2, nb-7) 21Total: (all out, 107.5 overs) 299Fall of wickets: 1-137, 2-175, 3-223, 4-223, 5-227, 6-237, 7-273, 8-275, 9-275.Bowling: Cottrell 15-2-37-1, Richards 14.5-4-39-1, Primus 18-2-62-2, Webster 3-1-11-0, Imran Khan 28-7-66-5, Charles 29-10-72-1.HURRICANES 2nd innings (following on)M. Hodge not out 96C. Hughes c Primus b Khan 11K. Carty c Primus b Charles 54N. Bonner c wkp. Jangoo b Charles 0A. Saunders c Nicholson b Khan 41J. Otto c Richards b Cariah 8S. Peters c Khan b Charles 8J. Taylor c Cottrell b Khan 1J. Louis b Khan 0G. Tonge c Cariah b Khan 0J. Campbell c Primus b Khan 1Extras: (b-12, lb-4, nb-1) 17Total: (all out, 79.5 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-112, 3-112, 4-188, 5-207, 6-230, 7-231, 8-231, 9-231.Bowling: Richards 5-1-4-0, Primus 4-0-7-0, Webster 2-0-12-0, Charles 31-6-110-3, Imran Khan 32.5-9-74-6, Cottrell 3-0-11-0, Cariah 2-0-3-1.Points: Red Force 20.8, Hurricanes 5.last_img read more

Renewed player commitment a good sign, says Holding

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Legendary fast bowler Michael Holding has given a thumbs-up to some of the initial moves made by the new Ricky Skerritt-led Cricket West Indies (CWI) administration, and believes one of the major achievements so far is the renewed commitment by players to represent the embattled regional side.Pointing out he was “extremely happy” when Skerritt toppled three-term incumbent Dave Cameron in elections a year ago, Holding said the new administration appeared headed in the right direction but now needed to ensure the early work paid off.“I am happy with a lot of things that I heard are being done,” Holding told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest here Tuesday night.I’m not that close to know what has taken place but the different committees that I heard were set up and the actions that these committees are supposed to be taking I am happy in that regard. Let’s see if all this now comes to fruition.”He added: “Another aspect of this entire thing that I’m happy with is that … cricketers are now looking forward to representing West Indies again – everybody is now making themselves available again, which is important.“If you don’t have a huge pool from which to draw, you’re going to have mediocrity getting to the top and if you have more competition at the lower level and everyone fighting to be in the last 11, the cream will rise to the top.“This is what you want in the Caribbean – everyone wanting to play for West Indies.”Holding said one of the signs of success would be West Indies’ performances on the field, especially in Tests and One-Day Internationals.The 66-year-old, now a respected international television cricket analyst, said special attention needed to be given to the longer form of the game as it developed the character required in players to contribute to the region’s development following their playing careers.“What I want to see is West Indies getting back to being highly competitive at Test level and One-Day International cricket. (In) Tests especially, because that is the true test of someone’s character and we want that in the Caribbean,” said Holding, who snatched 249 wickets in 60 Tests between 1975 and 1987.“We just don’t want cricketers; we want to be building people of substance in the Caribbean so after their cricketing careers, they can go on to other things that will benefit the Caribbean.“You don’t want somebody to retire at 35 and that is the end of their benefit to the West Indies; you must be able to do other things so that the region can continue to benefit from you. At the end of that, we want to be able to build people who can go on and I think Test cricket contributes to that.”West Indies have continued to struggle in both the Test and ODI formats where they are currently ranked eighth and ninth respectively.last_img read more

TENNIS : Orange heads back out on road to face difficult Texas Christian squad

first_img Comments After the Orange missed yet another chance at playing in the NCAA tournament last season, head coach Luke Jensen knew he needed to get his team over the hump if it wanted to compete for a spot in 2011-12.During the offseason, Jensen restructured the Orange’s schedule, filling the slate with more highly touted programs to increase SU’s strength of schedule. When the tournament’s selection committee sees the increased level of competition, Jensen hopes it’ll translate to a berth in the tournament.‘If you see our schedule this year compared to years past, we’ve had very good records, but it didn’t get us into the NCAA (tournament),’ Jensen said. ‘2012 is really the next phase of a changing landscape, and that is we have to schedule to get into the NCAA tournament.’ Jensen and his squad will begin that next phase when SU travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on a strong Texas Christian program this Saturday at 11 a.m. The Orange will play its second consecutive game against a tough opponent on the road to start the season, reflecting Jensen’s plan to earn a spot in the tournament.Typically, Jensen said he hasn’t scheduled single matches against distant opponents because it’s too costly for the university. In the past, Jensen has tried to squeeze two or three matches into a weekend road trip, but this season, the head coach said he believes the $5,000 it cost to head to Fort Worth will be worth it in the long run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’re going to Texas to spend a lot of money on one match, and that’s usually not the case,’ Jensen said. ‘Usually we try to get two or three matches to justify the expenditure, so it’s an investment into playing better competition.’SU’s upcoming match against the Horned Frogs will also provide an opportunity for early-season improvements and adjustments for the Orange. Jensen said he defines winning by learning and hopes that Saturday’s contest will offer a lesson of sorts to kick-start his team. The sooner SU can start landing punches against big-time opponents, the better off the Orange will be at tournament time.Senior captain Emily Harman also believes a stronger schedule will benefit the Orange players earlier in the season.‘In past years, our schedule has hurt us a bit just because we haven’t seen that level of competition up until that point where we have to win in order to reach the NCAA tournament,’ Harman said. ‘Our coach has done a fantastic job at getting many more higher ranked teams, and that’s going to be a very large stepping stone for us to really make the next move for this program.’Although Syracuse has lacked strong competitors on its schedule for the last few years, sophomore Maddie Kobelt said she believes the team is ready to step up and take on the challenge.It starts with executing against TCU on Saturday. By playing tougher opponents, Kobelt said the Orange will be motivated to maximize its potential to break out into the national spotlight.‘I think we’re ready for (a tougher schedule),’ Kobelt said. ‘This is what we want. When we play TCU, we just need to execute what we’ve been practicing because we’re all capable of beating any player we face on the court.’When SU travels down to Texas on Saturday, a new chapter will be written for Jensen and his squad. The Orange will play TCU for the first time in program history. Jensen will also be facing his old friend Dave Borelli, who is the Horned Frogs’ head coach and Jensen’s former coach when he played at Southern California.The alliance can only help Jensen in his quest for competition and eventually an NCAA championship.‘Our objective is to win a national title, and you can’t win a national title unless you get into the NCAA tournament,’ Jensen said. ‘If you don’t get into the NCAA tournament, then what’s the point?’awmirmin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Change of heart: Goalkeeper Anghel rekindled her love for soccer to become standout at SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu She loved the sport. She loved being active, and she especially loved diving in the mud. But for reasons unknown to this day, 6-year-old Brittany Anghel walked to the middle of the soccer field one day, crossed her arms and made a definite declaration: “I’m not playing this sport anymore.”Her mother asked the reason for the sudden change of heart, but Brittany simply said she didn’t want to play.“I said, ‘I just paid for you to play the whole season,’” Karen Anghel recalled. “She said, ‘Well get your money back because I’m not going to play.’ I realized there was nothing I could do. The whole object is for her to have fun and exercise, and I realized she wasn’t going to have any fun. So she didn’t play.”How times have changed.Anghel has rediscovered her love of soccer and “couldn’t be happier” as the goalkeeper for Syracuse. While she’s had her ups and downs, Anghel, now a junior, has become a celebrated keeper at SU. She ranks second on the school’s all-time list with 18 shutouts and her 21 wins are tied for third all-time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel returned to soccer at 11, playing recreationally in East Meadow, N.Y., for coach Pete Galantino. Galantino saw her potential and invited her to play as a guest on his travel team. She made the team full time the next year.“In August they had a neighborhood clinic at the local park and on the last night they had goalkeeper training. And they taught the girls how to dive,” Karen Anghel recalled. “She loved it. I mean she was like diving all the way to the car, diving on the concrete. She was like, ‘Oh, this is so much fun.’”Even in her first travel game she shined. The tournament she played in had a strange rule that goalkeepers couldn’t take more than six steps in the goal box, and Anghel didn’t know this. She was continuously penalized and her opponent took penalty kick after penalty kick.“Somehow the ball would get through the wall and every time she’d come out with the ball on the other side,” Anghel’s mother said. “It was amazing. And this kept on happening because she kept on taking more than six steps.”Anghel’s success continued with stints on various travel and school teams, including the renowned Albertson Fury.“Over the years she always came up with saves that were just mind boggling,” Fury coach Phil Casella said. “She’s just perfected the position as well as anyone could have done at her age on Long Island or in New York.”Although she took over the starting position at SU early in her freshmen season, her success didn’t come easily. She struggled with the team’s fitness standards.“I got pretty down on myself,” she said. “After that, after I dug myself out of that little rut, I stopped complaining and being negative and became this really positive person. Every day I kind of just tell myself to be happy and just seize the moment.”About three years ago, Anghel began keeping a journal. She chronicles everything in life, soccer and not. She tries to do it three times a week, and says it’s a great way to clear her mind. She goes into games “lighthearted” and relaxed, and it’s a big reason for her success.“When I came back to school (for sophomore year), I came from a spring where I was struggling, wasn’t fit, wasn’t ready for the standard,” Anghel said. “I came back after the summer I was killing all the fitness tests. The coaches were so proud of me.”SU head coach Phil Wheddon said one thing that’s impressed him about Anghel is her never-ending drive to get better, specifically with fitness. Anghel ranks in the top eight on the team in fitness and Wheddon said she’s set a standard for field players as well.Wheddon, who was also a goalkeeper and has experience as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s national teams, has mentored Anghel. Wheddon works with her for an hour each practice and the two occasionally meet to watch film.“He strives for perfection, and that’s what I want. I want to be perfect,” Anghel said. “He’s the best of the best, he really is. He’s trained Hope Solo, Tim Howard, been to the highest levels, World Cups. He’s seen the world. And to have him coaching me, teaching me how to play the game, that’s pretty special.”Wheddon rewarded Anghel for her play when he invited her to the U.S. national camp in May.“He’s so cheesy,” Anghel said. “He was like, ‘Do you have sunscreen?’ I’m like, ‘What, what are you talking about, Phil?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you just got invited to L.A. to train with the (U-23) national team.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa.’”Wheddon said a roster spot opened up and he naturally recommended Anghel. Wheddon said she performed so well in camp that if there were an international game to be played at that point, she would have been the starting keeper.Wheddon said he sees the competitive drive in Anghel that Solo and U.S. goaltending great Briana Scurry have, and that will help her as she improves.Anghel has five shutouts this year and is a big reason for the team’s nine wins. As the team preps for the postseason, Anghel is ready to take another step in her career.“Although it was hard at the beginning, it was all worth it,” she said. “I’ve learned valuable things here that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I really think these girls have an opportunity to do something not only this year, but in years coming. I really think that Syracuse is going to be a powerhouse.”SU’s turnaround strongly correlates with Anghel’s arrival. She’s a main character in a narrative that could have a fairytale ending this season. A story Anghel would surely make room for in her journal. Commentslast_img read more

Conference considers significance of religious spaces

first_imgVarious keynote speakers and panels discussed the importance of sacred spaces like mosques, churches and temples, as well as the role of traditional elements such as clothing, on campus Thursday.The event was hosted by the John A. Widtsoe Foundation, a Mormon religious and scholarly organization, and included opening remarks by USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni. During a panel discussion on the importance of sacred clothing, Aziza Hasan, the Founding Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, explained that clothing often serves as an agency of protection and safety, but can be turned into a barrier.“One of the five pillars of Islam is to perform a pilgrimage, known as the hajj,” Hasan said. “Men and women are required to wear very specific clothing. Everyone is equal as the other, rich and poor, man and woman. It’s a leveler of society and a reminder that in the eyes of the almighty we are all the same.” Hasan also said that often, religious ceremony combines with the acquisition of finer goods. “During Ramadan, there is fasting sundown to sunset,” Hasan said. “You are not allowed to eat or drink anything. Coffee helps a lot, even more so do lavender and incense. During Ramadan you can see more individuals seeking lavender and pretty smells, so that they can focus on prayer at end of the day.” According to Hasan, therefore, obtaining decadent clothing or objects is a tradition that makes it possible for Muslims to partake in the experience. “All this access to beautiful resources comes down to relationships,” Hasan said.“When you think about buildings textiles, you want to think of how this is made and how it affects people and has big social impacts.”Lori Meeks, an associate professor and chair of the School of Religion at USC, said that the creation of the physical parts interacted with during religious ceremony showcase how practitioners make faith a personal journey. “One thing that really struck me is that if we put sacred materials in context, we notice the contributions of others that don’t appear in the orthodox doctrinal texts,” Meeks said. “We can see the importance when we think about material aspects, how fabrics were made and so on.” Vinayak Bharne, an associate professor at the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, said that the idea of making faith personal can transcend tradition, making religion practical in the 21st century. “Hinduism has its own canons and rules and places for rules,” Bharne said. “What is beautiful is the more I encounter the entity, the more that I see they broke every single rule. Sacredness is very personal.”For Hasan, this is why sacred spaces have become an important part of developing the faith of the individual, rather than just the select religious scholar. “It’s about ordinary people coming together to convene in sacred spaces,” Hasan said. “It’s very special. Sometimes, we defer to experts and to the elite, but creating spaces where everyone is an equal is important. It helps to build connection and support in the community, and is an important part of what people of faith can do together.” Bharne explained that individual sacred spaces can often manifest in what he called the “unintentional monument,” and that it is not necessarily religious. “If someone has passed away, the spot is marked with flowers and it becomes monumental for the family but not monumental,” Bharne said. “You feel so much for that place when you mark it. All the places I’ve visited that are converted to formal temples are designed to announce its presence, to let people know they are there. They are not personal all.” With the modern era offering more chances for interconnectivity and understanding, Bharne said that it is important to continue to investigate other belief systems in order to comprehend how religion defines perspectives. “The danger of not going behind the scenes is that we always tend to be outsiders,” Bharne said. “We look at the phenomenon from the outside, make our own experiences, tend to draw conclusions, and go away. We need to not be hasty, but take time to change our angle and take time to understand where they are coming from and how they perceive phenomenon.”last_img read more