Conference addresses climate change

first_imgThe inaugural Climate Change and the Common Good Conference, an event focused on the “multidisciplinary exploration of the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity,” was held April 8-10 in McKenna Hall. “[The conference was designed] to show how an important scientific issue also demands help,” associate biology professor Jessica Hellmann said. This multidisciplinary event brought together the fields of technology, science, theology and philosophy in facing this issue. “We wanted to show the University that climate change is critical to our mission,” she said. Almost 450 people registered for the event, and attendees included representatives of various universities as well as members of the local community. The topics of the conference included “The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate,” “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” and “An Inconvenient Mind: The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change.” “[We hope to] strike a balance between scientific theory [and understand] the response of the religious community, particularly the Catholic religious community and how it is that other responsible communities are responding,” theology professor Robin Darling Young said. On Monday, the conference included “several interesting talks and discussions with the audience,” Professor Hellmann said. “Two speakers presented different strategies of reducing different greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Both agreed, however, that without action, society is on a disastrous course that will threaten human lives and environmental health.” The panel of scientific researchers spoke about the need for scientists to help society understand the scope of the climate challenge. Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the University of California, San Diego Veerabhadran Ramanathan opened the conference with a talk on ways to reduce black carbon emissions in India. The last talk of the conference will be given today by Bob Doppelt, instructor at the University of Oregon who will speak on Buddhist base theory and the process of “get[ting] out of the self-centered communist mentality.” Video tapes of the conference will be available at a later date through the event’s website the event website at http://climatechange.nd.edu/ Contact Charitha Isanaka at cisanaka@nd.edulast_img read more

The importance of heritage interpretation – The story of the cultural route of the Becar and the Ganges

first_imgSo this is an authentic and vivid story which is crucial, not a marketing product that is not alive at the moment in the space. Promotion, communication, brand – are just tools and a medium to tell a story and the most important promise that tourists can really experience. Also, at the end of the film “Cultural route of Bečar and Ganges” about Pleternica and Tomislavgrad with Julian McDonnell won the first prize at last year’s “Zagreb Tourfilm Festival”, one of the most prestigious tourist film festivals in Europe. When asked what the monograph and the cookbook offer to the visitor of future museums, Ratković Aydemir points out that these two books are the crown of a great deal, and that they want to convey people’s emotions towards their heritage, not only at the Croatian language level. Authenticity and storytelling are the two main concepts, trends, directions… that will mark current and future tourist trends like never before. As it is pointed out in the description of the project, although at first it seems that the bećarac and ganga address only the ear and hearing, their influence is much more complete, they subtly occupy the whole being through all six senses (if we include consciousness). The verses stimulate the mind, leading it to a new and fresh understanding of reality, the melody involves emotions, the rhythm invites the body into a traditional spiral, directing it into a dancing touch with the other (the beauty of the other, which is primarily manifested to the eye). The smell and taste are taken care of by the heirs of the autochthonous table, which has been imported from the beginning with bečar and gang into an uninterrupted and special celebration of life and togetherness. Because if the story isn’t alive and if it can’t be experienced at any moment, then we have a big problem. Therefore, one should be very careful when creating tourist facilities, if they are not locally accepted and are not the product of only organized tours on request. One banal plastic example. If we say and promise that a destination is known for excellent brandy, authentic food or wine, and a tourist in that city cannot try and taste brandy unless he announces himself to the tourist board or age, then we have a problem with interpretation and false promise. The story is not alive. Thus, two cities, Pleternica in Croatia and Tomislavgrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina, connected their recognized heritage with the eponymous cultural route. What is crucial in this story, both books were created in live interaction with the inhabitants of the area, in Tomislavgrad and Pleternica. “While the spatial design of museums and squares unites the creativity of architects, museologists, heritage interpreters and tourism workers, the publication of the monograph and cookbook has united all those who have preserved two expressions through history, ethnographic recording and living on numerous levels. In this sense, the monograph and the cookbook are at the same time a modern reading of tradition, but also useful guides and manuals for experiencing the heritage of all the senses: ear, eye, smell, taste and body in motion. To me, although at first it seems that becarac and ganga address only the ear and hearing, their influence is much more complete, they subtly through all six senses (if we include consciousness) occupy the whole being. points out Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir “The monograph is not conceived as a difficult and high-minded and passable reading only for experts, on the contrary. She weaves a diverse tourist-cultural story on the route from Pleternica to Tomislavgrad on more than 230 pages around musical phenomena with text and visually rich use of various stylistic expressions (verse, essay, reporter’s record, historical testimony, but also authentic records from ancient everyday life). It is an invitation to travel, explore, experience and enjoy nature and society. Since they have also been translated into English, they are a kind of heritage embassy because they will convey the joy and vitality of the Becar and the Ganges much farther and wider than the most daring, mostly anonymous folk poets dared to dream. ” pointed out Ratković Aydemir and added that the monograph and the cookbook are at the same time a modern reading of tradition, but also useful guides and manuals for experiencing heritage with all the senses: ear, eye, smell, taste and body in motion. It is a studious, multidisciplinary work that last year, as a kind of prelude and signpost, gave birth to two valuable printed editions, points out the book editor and heritage interpreter, art historian and founder of the Muse, Dragana Lucija Ratkovic Aydemir, as a review of the monograph and cookbook “Cultural Routes of Bečar and Ganges”. It is on this track that two new books arrive from the Muse workshop, our one of the best storytellers and interpreters of heritage, both part of the “Cultural Route of the Bečar and the Ganges” project, which contemplates heritage valuation in a modern and innovative way. The project is largely funded under the INTERREG-IPA CBC program, Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro, in which the two mentioned cities have partnered. Each city received a square dedicated to the Bečar and the Ganges, as well as project documentation for the establishment of a museum of two tunes. It is a story about poetic and musical expressions from the UNESCO list of intangible heritage – bečar and ganga, as our authentic way and culture of living. In addition to bećarac, as a sister not only song-making but also an overall traditional and worldview time capsule, ojkanje, or ganga as its Herzegovinian version, has been included in the world heritage. While the spatial design of museums and squares unites the creativity of architects, museologists, heritage interpreters and tourism workers, the publication of the monograph and cookbook brought together all those who have preserved two expressions throughout history, ethnographic recording and living on numerous levels. last_img read more

Reported cases of dengue fever in Bahamas at standstill

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Reported cases of dengue fever in Bahamas at standstill by: – October 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Image via: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — While reported cases of dengue fever have come to a standstill, approximately 7,000 cases of the vector-borne disease have been confirmed in The Bahamas over the past several months, according to deputy chief medical officer Dr Delon Brennen.Brennen was speaking at the World Statistics Day ceremony in Nassau on Tuesday morning.But even with the large number of cases, Brennen insists that the figure does not accurately represent the number of people who actually contracted the disease.“Looking at all the numbers that we’ve been able to gather over the course of the time, we’re probably pushing around 7,000 in clinical cases,” Brennen said. “But again remember, clinical cases — as in people who have symptoms and go to the hospital — still represent a very, very small percentage.”Brennen said the 7,000 confirmed cases only represent about 20 percent of the people who actually had the disease. He added that 80 percent of the people with the disease never have symptoms or likely treated themselves at home.Health care officials saw the first cases of dengue during the first week in July.According to statistics released by Brennen, the outbreak peaked in late July when 1,477 cases were reported over a two-week period.In August, 2,510 dengue cases were reported over the course of the month.Since then the numbers have been slowly trending down. In fact, Brennen said there have been no confirmed cases this month so far.Brennen said every five to eight years the country experiences a dengue fever outbreak. He said in 1998 there were 336 confirmed cases, 180 in 2003, and 10 in 2010. He said all of the outbreaks happened during the summer months.He added that fogging exercises continue to be carried out.Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.Brennen encouraged Bahamians to continue to take preventative measures by ensuring that there is no standing water in their yards in order to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reportercenter_img Share 17 Views no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

The Latest: Bettman: 24-team format will have 2 hub cities

first_imgAttanasio acknowledged the team first would have to go through the “medical protocols” and assure local and state officials that the preseason workouts can be done safely at Miller Park.Also during the session, Stearns discussed the Brewers’ COVID-19 testing plans and said that Counsell would have his own assigned seat in the home dugout as part of the team’s social distancing guidelines.Counsell and Attanasio both noted that the shortened schedule would make it more important than ever for teams to keep their players healthy. Counsell noted how that might impact his managerial approach.“It’s going to be important that we’re, I think, prudent with how much with how much usage all our players can have early in the season,” Counsell said.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will split its 24-team playoff format in two hub cities, which have yet to be determined should the league resume play. Ravens second-year receiver Miles Boykin plans to join quarterback Lamar Jackson and several other teammates in Florida for informal workouts while waiting for word on the NFL’s next move during the coronavirus pandemic.“I was planning on going down there before all this stuff happened,” Boykin said on a video-conference call Tuesday. “But next week I’ll be down there training with those guys.”To this point, Boykin has been playing catch with backup quarterback Trace McSorley around Baltimore.“The fact that I have Trace here to be able to work with me is huge,” Boykin said. Boykin will join Jackson, second-year receiver Marquise Brown and several others in Florida. Associated Press No decisions have been made on the other competitions, nor on the senior Grand Prix events.___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon.Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That means a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended.The Players’ Association voted last week to approve the 24-team format proposed by the Return to Play committee. It involves the top four teams in each conference playing a mini-tournament for seeding, while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to set the field. That plan includes not filling current athletics staff job openings and exploring “additional personnel actions.”The school says scholarships will be honored for student-athletes who wish to return to Appalachian State, along with support for those seeking a transfer from the Sun Belt Conference school.In a statement, athletics director Doug Gillin said going down from 20 sports will “bring us in line with most of our peer institutions.”“We take all these measures with heavy hearts, but with the long-term sustainability of App State Athletics at the forefront,” Gillin said.The cuts will leave Appalachian State with 17 varsity sports, seven on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s. The Mountaineers will continue to compete in men’s outdoor track and field as well as men’s cross country. May 26, 2020 ___World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season. “Our medical personnel have told us that the safest thing we can do is keep our players off campus for as long as possible,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “We chose the latest point that we could bring them back and still have enough time to prepare.”The school said other student-athletes will return later this summer in a phased approach. Athletes will be evaluated for clearance by the Oklahoma medical staff and will be continuously monitored and expected to adhere to several safety protocols and guidelines.___Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says he would prefer that his team hold preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than its spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to resume its season.Attanasio said it would be a “real boost for everyone” to “bring the boys back in town” as he joined Brewers general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in a Zoom session with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a group of area business leaders. Bettman says each hub will play host to the top 12 teams in each conference with one based in an Eastern Conference city, and another in the West.The league has narrowed its focus of hub cities to 10, and will make a final decision based on approval from local health officials.The league expects players can begin returning to their home rinks early next month.Training camps won’t open until July 1 at the earliest.Bettman said the league is open to playing into early fall. Bettman stresses the plan’s approval doesn’t guarantee the resumption of games. The league and players must still determine safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in a best-of-five series. The league has been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.In going ahead with the top 12 teams in each conference, the decision officially ends the seasons of the league’s bottom seven teams. They are Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose.___The Miami Dolphins are turning their field into a drive-in theatre. The team announced plans for a theater inside the stadium that will accommodate up to 230 cars. In addition, a new open-air theater on the stadium plaza will host small groups. Classic movies and commencements will be among the events shown, and social distancing will be observed.“We’ve spent several weeks planning this to be able to provide people with a safe option to go out and enjoy movies, classic Dolphins content, concerts, and celebrate 2020 graduates,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement Tuesday.___Appalachian State is cutting three varsity men’s sports as part of a plan to save $5 million.The school announced Tuesday that it has eliminated the men’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s indoor track and field programs. The school says those cuts are included in a plan to reduce the athletic department’s budget for the 2021 fiscal year by 20%. ___The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.The schedule foresees league games finishing July 19 with a European qualification playoff ending 10 days later.According to UEFA rankings, Ukraine will be the second strongest league in Europe playing, behind only Germany.center_img “We’re still finalizing it. There are going to be a lot of guys down there,” Boykin said. “There’s only so much you can do in (virtual) meetings without being able to go out on the field.”Drafted in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame, Boykin had 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.— David Ginsburg___Defending America’s Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand has its first race boat back after it was shipped to Europe for two preliminary regattas that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Oklahoma will re-open its facilities for voluntary football workouts on July 1 — about two weeks later than the Big 12 Conference has allowed.The school made the announcement on Tuesday.Big 12 presidents and chancellors met last Friday and decided voluntary activities could begin June 15 for football, July 1 for other fall sports and July 15 for all other sports.Oklahoma football has chosen a careful approach. The athletic department’s medicine staff coordinated with the OU Health Sciences Center, Norman campus student health officials, independent in-state and out-of-state infectious disease experts and public health specialists before making the decision. Bettman says games during the play-in format to determine the top 16 teams will be played under regular-season rules. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will feature seven-game series.Bettman says the league has yet to determine whether the first two playoff rounds will be five- or seven-game series.___NHL Commmissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is moving ahead with a 24-team expanded playoff format if it’s able to resume play and award the Stanley Cup.The plan was approved by the NHL’s board of governors, and comes days after the NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee gave the plan a green light. ___The leadoff event to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating has been canceled by Skate Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for Aug. 26-29 in Richmond, British Columbia. It is the second competition of the seven-part series that has been canceled, with the Slovakia event the following week also not taking place.“Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators,” the organization said Tuesday. “Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travelers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.” “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”___Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak. There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts. This announcement does come on the heels of the league and NHLPA unveiling protocols for those workouts, including a limit of six players on the ice at a time.___Conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension to next week’s deadline for determining the broadcast schedule for college football’s early season games.The Football Bowl Subdivision conferences issued a joint statement Tuesday along with ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and their affiliated networks. The statement said only that the game times would be set “at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.” The deadline typically falls on June 1, which is Monday.___Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. The Latest: Bettman: 24-team format will have 2 hub cities Te Aihe (The Dolphin) returned to Auckland early Tuesday morning after being away for nearly four months. Team New Zealand last sailed Te Aihe on the Hauraki Gulf on Jan. 15. It left the base on Feb. 2, accompanied by 16 containers full of workshops, chase boats and everything else needed to support the team at America’s Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari, Italy, in late April and Portsmouth, England, in early June. Those regattas were canceled in March as the coronavirus spread around the world.The boat traveled on four ships and visited 15 ports, including loading on and off in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, transhipped in Singapore each way and loaded off and on in Gioia Tauro, Italy.“It is good to see her back sooner than expected,” logistics manager Andy Nottage said. “She has been on quite the adventure, but it is good to have her home in one piece thanks largely to the ongoing support of Maersk.”Nottage said Te Aihe was shipped in a relative state of readiness, so it won’t take long to get it sailing again.”The final ACWS regatta is set for just before Christmas in Auckland. The Prada Cup for challengers is set for Jan. 15-Feb. 22, with the winner advancing to face the Kiws in the 36th America’s Cup March 6-21. It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic.The McLaren Group says “the cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have all led to a sudden impact” on its revenue-generating activities.McLaren says the reduced budget-cap level for F1 teams also led to the job losses.The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.McLaren executive chairman Paul Walsh says “we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth.” The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more