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Walter Kaiser dies

first_imgWalter Kaiser, Harvard’s Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus, died on Jan. 5.Born on May 31, 1931, in Bellevue, Ohio, the son of a grocer, Kaiser became a page in the U.S. Senate in 1944 and then won scholarships to Philips Academy, Andover, and Harvard, where he remained until retirement. While a student, he published several poems in The Harvard Advocate, and one in The New Yorker, in 1956. He graduated magna cum laude in 1954, received his Ph.D. in 1960, and was made professor of English and comparative literature in 1969. From 1988 to 2002 he served as director of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. His leadership profoundly shaped I Tatti, and he said those were among his happiest years; he always felt that he truly belonged to the northern Mediterranean, especially to Greece and Italy. He wrote often for The New York Review of Books and was an erudite teacher of Shakespeare.He is survived by two children, Miranda and David, three granddaughters, his brother, Bob, and many godchildren.Contributions in his memory may be made to the Walter Kaiser Fund for the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University.last_img read more

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Course examining epidemics provides students with new perspective on COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgWe’ve all been living through a pandemic for months, but some students on campus are studying them, too.Laurel Daen, assistant professor of American Studies, is teaching a course this semester titled “Epidemics in America,” which meets over Zoom. The course covers illnesses from cholera, to smallpox, to HIV/AIDS and how they affected American life — relating the country’s storied past with disease to the current COVID-19 pandemic.Although campus may feel different this semester for many returning members of the Notre Dame community, it’s all Daen knows. This is her first semester teaching at the University.She first proposed the idea for a class on American epidemics while interviewing for the position over a year ago, she said. At the time, she planned to teach it in the spring.However, as COVID-19 spread globally and nationally and epidemics quickly became topical, Daen pushed for the class to take place this fall semester. Classes combine history with currents events, she said.“It’s really about bringing thinking about the history and culture of America both from centuries ago and the present day,” Daen said.Students do two readings for class. The first is historical, typically a primary source; the second is a contemporary news article that connects with the historical event, she said.“If we’re thinking about medical discrimination and early America, we’re also going to be talking about medical discrimination with COVID-19 today,” Daen said. “There’s lots of connections through the readings.”Junior Grace Scheidler and sophomore Martha Gluck are students in Daen’s class this semester. Both said they were struck by how many similarities COVID-19 has with prior epidemics, from leadership reaction to which groups are marginalized.“I feel like I’ve learned so much that was just left out of history books,” Gluck said. “I understand so much better how coronavirus works, but also how epidemics affect people in pretty much the same way, no matter the disease.”Daen said this realization is one of the main takeaways she hopes students get from the class.“If you’re thinking about the media today, or anything you read, so much of it is talking about how unprecedented the pandemic is,” she said. “But there’s actually a lot of precedent for it. And so by analyzing past events, I think it gives students not only better context, but also better skills for understanding the complexity of what’s going on today.”One aspect of the class that puts the current epidemic into perspective, Daen said, is a journal that students write in twice a week. Ideally, she said, it will be a primary source from this point in history, and at the end of the semester, the anonymized entries will be placed in an archive.Gluck said it’s interesting to look at her entries from earlier this semester and see what’s changed from then to now.“We’ve been going back and reflecting on our entries and, even though it’s only been two months, the change is so clear,” she said. “So much has happened, and it’s really cathartic to write it all down.”In fact, Gluck said her “Epidemics in America” work is the first thing she turns to as she sits down to study because she finds it so interesting.Amid readings, journals and lectures, Scheidler and Gluck both said the class is an engaging way to get perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic.It’s encouraging, Scheidler said, to know this isn’t the world turning upside down because so many things that shock us about life in a pandemic are typical of epidemics across America’s history.“I think something that we as a class have found is that there’s a lot of comfort in learning about these past epidemics,” Scheidler said. “You would think learning about smallpox and the Black Death would be depressing, but there’s a certain universality to the experience of confronting a disease as a society and not really being equipped to handle it that makes COVID-19 seem not as bad.”Daen said she was not expecting students to find the class hopeful — her classes, which typically focus on disease and disability, can often be heavy. But, she said, it was a welcome surprise that has made teaching the class all the more enjoyable.“The class is so relevant and so personal, because we’re all living through a pandemic, and thinking about this history has been a really powerful thing for the students and for me teaching it,” Daen said.Tags: American Studies, COVID-19, epidemics in america, zoomlast_img read more

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Covet This Stuff

first_imgThe best adventure hardware put to the test out in the field.1. Deuter ACT Lite 65+10There are no bells and whistles on this pack, but damn does it carry well. At 65 liters, plus a 10-liter extension, it was the perfect size for core backpacking—but it was the fit and feel that really impressed us on a four-day hiking trip. Once we cinched it down, we barely knew it was there when rock hopping and navigating tricky traverses, and the air-contact Lite ventilation system kept us dry and comfy without feeling like too much bulk on the back. $199; deuter.com2. Sierra Designs Zissou 30 Sleeping bag with DriDownThis bag has already won numerous awards from a host of outdoor publications and we will happily hop on the bandwagon. The 600-fill DriDown is real down, but it works even when wet, ideal for the Southeast where down is a logical choice but a huge bummer if it does get wet. $200; sierradesigns.com 3. BOA Beefy Split ShortsRunning shorts can be skimpy and awkward. Not the BOA split shorts, which provide plenty of coverage while still giving legs the freedom to spin. Featherlight and fast. $35; boa.com    4. Gerber Bear Gryllis KnifeThe world’s best-selling knife has a carbon stainless steel blade and features a firestarter built into the handle. It also includes a pommel at the knife base for hammering and an emergency whistle. The stout blade had no problem drilling fire holes in wood and cutting through thick rope. It’s the ultimate survival tool. Don’t leave home without it. $62; gerber.com 5. Big Agnes Fly Creek 2P Platinum UL Our first reaction when we picked up this ridunkulously light, 1-pound, 13-ounce tent was, “no way.” We were not sure if we could trust it on a serious trip. But we packed it for a weekend A.T. hike, and we were absolutely shocked how well it survived nasty gusts atop the Roan balds. Even better, we got rid of the tent itself and used it in tarp and ground cover mode for a hard-charging expedition up a 6,000-foot peak. $500; bigagnes.com 6. Petzl NeoIt won’t be on store shelves until July, but we were lucky enough to test Petzl’s much heralded USB-rechargable-power headlamp in caves and camp this spring. It comes complete with a sensor that powers the LEDs according to how much light you need, so we didn’t blind our buddies in camp but were able to peer into the darkest recesses  underground. $175; petzl.com7. Native Eyewear EndoThese shades became our go-to eyewear for everything from fly fishing to chasing our racer buddies on mountain bike rides to slogging a big backpack up the steep trail to Mitchell. The key was ventilation above the interchangable lenses that truly stopped fogging. $109–$129; nativeeyewear.com8. Patagonia AdvocateThe slip-ons are durable and conveniently clip to a pack for storage on the go. Leaving a light footprint, a 20 percent recycled EVA footbed and sole offers comfort and support as well as ample grip. $45; patagonia.com 9. Scarpa SparkThe perfect trail runner is light enough to save energy, yet sturdy enough to endure the sharp rocks and hard landings of the trail. Meet the 9.5-ounce Spark, which combines the best aspects of runner and scrambler. $115; scarpa.comUse this gear on your next road trip, and here is our road trip guide to get you there!last_img read more

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Lawrence Supermarket Worker Accused of Bomb Threats

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old Manhattan woman has been arrested for allegedly calling in three bomb threats to her job at a supermarket in Lawrence, Nassau County police said.Kristal Huff-Rivers was charged with falsely reporting an incident.“There’s a bomb in the building, evacuate,” Huff-Rivers allegedly told Barch’s Supermarket on Lawrence Lane over the phone at 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 29, according to Fourth Squad detectives.Police said Huff-Rivers told a coworker that she made the threat during a conversation in the break room.She was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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WEF: Scale of English language proficiency levels by country

first_imgThe report, which has been published every year since 2011, analyzes the results of EF standardized English language tests on a sample of 2,3 million people in 100 countries. Countries, according to the results, were ranked on a scale of 0 to 100 based on respondents ’ability to read and listen. Of the four largest economies in the eurozone, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, “only Germans communicate well in English,” according to a report released by EF Education First, a Swiss company based in Switzerland that focuses on more than 600 foreign language schools in 50 countries. Language was once an obstacle, but today it is common and barely noticeable, for example, to hear a Dutchman order a glass of water from a Russian waiter in Japan. The primary reason for this is the fact that the English language business is the world’s lingua franca. But a new report shows that in certain leading European economies, English language proficiency is declining World Economic Forum. You can study the complete report HERE. The report shows links between the level of ability to communicate in English and a country’s success in a number of development indicators, such as net income and productivity. Also, knowledge of English is an important link in the success of the country’s tourism sector. Guests, who come from all parts of the world, feel much safer and more relaxed if their needs and requirements can be clearly understood. Although in Croatia, for example in Dalmatia, many tourist workers understand Italian and German, it is absurd to expect that they will understand guests from Poland, the Czech Republic, South Korea or China. Precisely for this reason, it is important to educate employees primarily in the knowledge of English, as a universal world language of communication. According to the EF report, Croatia is in a solid 14th place and is classified as a country with very high expertise in English communication.center_img EF scale of English language proficiency levels by country Source / photo: World Economic Forum; Pixabay This is not the first time that studies have shown a link between economic prosperity and bilingualism, but correlations do not necessarily prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The question is whether knowledge of English facilitates global trade and investment, leading to growth and new jobs, or whether rich countries can invest more in bilingual education.last_img read more

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Shell doubles capacity at Bekasi lubricant plant

first_imgExxonMobil acquired motorcycle lubricant producer PT Federal Karyatama in 2018 and Japan’s Idemitsu launched a second lubricant factory last year.According to Industry Ministry data, Indonesia consumes 1.14 million kl of lubricant each year, 79 percent of which is domestically produced. Most of the locally-produced lubricant, 86 percent, goes into automotives while the remaining 14 percent goes into industrial applications.Industry Ministry Director Feneral M. Khayam, who oversees domestic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and textiles industries, said going forward, his office wanted producers to yield more industrial than automotive lubes in accommodating industry growth.Read also: Oil price slump a double-edged sword for Indonesia, Sri Mulyani says“No more automotive lubes because we have enough of that,” he said, “This is to avoid a problem like that of cement – an oversupply.”He was referring to the cement industry, which has been facing an oversupply since 2014, when local producers expanded production at the same time as foreign newcomers, mostly Chinese companies, entered the market. Demand struggled to keep up with production, such that cement factory utilization rates hovered above 60 percent since then.Shell Indonesia president director Dian Andyasuri named the manufacturing and mining sectors as examples of lucrative industrial lubricant consumers going forward. “I have seen that over the years, sectors pushing our demand growth are the same as those that push Indonesia’s economic growth,” she said. The manufacturing sector grew 3.66 percent last year, while mining grew 0.94 percent, both of which are below the national average of 5.02 percent, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Read also: ‘We have many tanks to fill’: Indonesia to make the most out of globally low oil pricesDian went on to say that while Java remained Shell’s largest lubricant market, the company had also noticed growth on other major islands, namely Sumatra, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.Offering an alternative perspective, Ipsos’ report paints the automotive lubricant-oriented strategy as a double-edged sword.“While Thailand and Indonesia are established automotive hubs with an attractive market size, competition in the automotive lubricants segment is much stiffer as compared to the industrial counterpart,” the report reads. Dutch oil company Shell is doubling the production capacity of Indonesia’s largest foreign-owned machine lubricant facility to capture a bigger slice of the domestic market.The Hague-based multinational began construction on Thursday to expand its Marunda lubricant plant in Bekasi, West Java. The expansion, construction of which is slated to be finished by 2022, will increase facility production from 136,000 kiloliters each year to 300,000 kl. Shell declined to mention the expansion’s investment value. The existing facility, the construction of which was completed in 2015, cost between US$150 million and $200 million.  Shell Global Commercial executive vice president Carlos Maurer told reporters in Bekasi that the expansion was a means of better capturing “Southeast Asia’s largest lubricant market.”Read also: Indonesia, Netherlands sign US$1b worth of deals during Dutch king visitThe Dutch company is one of 44 companies, including the United States’s Exxon and Indonesia’s Pertamina, competing in the Indonesian lubricant market, where growth has been primarily driven by an increasing number of vehicles, particularly private cars and motorcycles.Shells holds the second-strongest market presence in Indonesia after state-owned Pertamina, says a 2016 report by French market research firm Ipsos, but both companies have been facing increasing competition as rivals also consolidate their presence. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Unai Emery using tactic he deployed on Kylian Mbappe to get Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing

first_imgEmery admits he’s delighted with the pair (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are currently fourth in the table and are favourites along with rivals Spurs to finish in the top four.The Gunners face one of their toughest remaining tests in the run-in when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.Lacazette started ahead of Aubameyang on Monday night’s 2-0 win against Newcastle and it’s unclear what Emery will do against the Toffees.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Spaniard, though, says he’s happy with both players.‘I want to play and have the best players,’ said Emery.‘Here, with Aubameyang and Lacazette I am very happy with them. They are scoring, they are playing both roles, they are playing sometimes one behind the other, sometimes one’s suspended.‘If there’s an injury you have another, and we also have Eddie Nketiah working for the possibility to help us when one player or Aubameyang or Laca cannot play.’MORE: What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Paul Pogba in private meeting after Real Madrid comments Lacazette and Aubameyang have struck up a close partnership (Picture: Getty)And Emery’s revealed that he’s been using a tactic on Lacazette and Aubameyang that helped Mbappe to improve in Paris.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Every striker has developed with me in the past,’ said Emery.‘I am very happy now, but I am very, very demanding of them to continue creating chances, and also scoring them.‘Individual scoring targets are what’s best for the team. I did that in the past and in the present with them.‘In training I say to them, ‘When I have one ball, in training, I imagine you’ll score one goal, every time. Score, score, score’. That’s my mentality – I push them with this mentality. That’s the best development for them and for the team.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Apr 2019 11:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link791Shares Unai Emery wants more from his strikers (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can get even better – if they continue to listen to his advice.The pair have struck up a close partnership on and off the field since joining the Gunners and Arsenal have the highest conversion rate of any Premier League team this term.Emery has rotated the pair at several parts of the season but tends to find a solution to work for the team.The Spaniard’s worked with an incredible selection of strikers in his career – including Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, David Villa, Fernando Morientes and Carlos Bacca.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Unai Emery using tactic he deployed on Kylian Mbappe to get Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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City views paint picture at Gallery House

first_imgGallery House has three apartment ‘Collections’ – City, River and Sky – with two- bedroom apartments from $560,000; three-bedrooms from $1,280,000 and penthouses from $2,295,000.Construction on Hamilton’s first building at Gallery House is almost complete with residents close to moving into their dream riverfront apartments.Ashgrove residents Bernadette and Martin Silec have just sold their family home in preparation for the completion of Gallery House, where they have purchased a luxury three-bedroom apartment featuring an additional multi-purpose room and podium terrace on the third level.“We wanted to downsize but we also wanted to make sure we had plenty of room for our kids and grandkids,” Mrs Silec said.“It’s nice that we’ll have plenty of extra space for guests and with the rooftop pool and barbecue area, it means we’ll still be able to do all the activities we enjoyed in our old house.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Ashgrove residents Bernadette and Martin Silec have just sold their family home in preparation for the completion of Gallery House. Photo: Supplied. Builder Multiplex expects residents will start moving into the 20-storey building before Christmas. Sales in Gallery House have reached $197 million, with the first building almost 90 per cent sold, and building two reaching over 75 per cent sold.Brookfield Residential Properties managing director Lee Butterworth said he expected sales to spike. “With the bulk of construction on the first building complete, buyers can really see the quality of Gallery House, giving them the confidence to purchase and start planning their move,” he said.“The building’s curved facade sets it apart from Brisbane’s angular high-rises and that unique shape is now evident, giving buyers a real sense of what we’re creating.”last_img read more

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Leave or stay: 994 Ilonggos work in China

first_imgWith the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city ofWuhan in Hubei province, should the workers be repatriated or should they staythere? The new coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection andsymptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Many nations have evacuated their citizens from affected areas ofChina, often placing them in quarantine on arrival home./PN Most of these overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Region 6 wereteachers, according to Arroyo. The helpdesk is being manned by Task Force Bulig Ilonggo led byPublic Employment Service Office (PESO) chief Francisco Heler Jr. andProvincial Administrator Suzette Mamon. It is equipped with telephone and Wi-Ficonnections for efficient communication. It said the first batch of repatriates of Filipinos from WuhanCity may arrive this week. On Jan. 30, the Department of Foreign Affairs called for therepatriation of Filipinos in China over fears of the virus spread. ILOILO – There are 994 Western Visayans working in China, datafrom the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) showed. The number of deaths in China now exceeds the 349 killed on themainland in the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) outbreak of 2002-2003. The ban earlier covered only those traveling from China’s Hubeiprovince where the epicenter of the virus outbreak, Wuhan City, is located. However, Filipino citizens and those who hold a permanent residentvisa issued by the Philippine government may enter the country but will undergoa 14-day quarantine, he added. “We are waiting for advisories from our central office,” said JackArroyo, welfare case officer of OWWA Region 6. Task force members are OWWA, Department of Foreign Affairs,Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Provincial Social Welfare andDevelopment Office, General Services Office, Information CommunicationTechnology Management Office, and Public Information and Community AffairsOffice. On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Philippine government expanded itstemporary travel ban on the whole of China and its territories as the countryrecorded the first new coronavirus-related death. Now, the travel ban covers all foreigners arriving from China,Hong Kong and Macau, including those who visited these areas within 14 days,according to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in a statement. Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Roland Distura, vice chairman ofthe SP committee on labor and employment, urged Ilonggos in China to follow theChinese government’s health advisories. The provincial government of Iloilo is ready to help the familiesof these OFWs via an interagency helpdesk set up recently to assist families ofOFWs working in Iran, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East. last_img read more

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Marilyn “Kaye” (Luker) Clark

first_imgMarilyn “Kaye” (Luker) Clark, 73, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday October 18, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born November 4, 1944 in Milan, IN, daughter of the late Ivan Luker and Una (Peelman) Luker.Kaye was an avid reader and she enjoyed watching television, especially westerns. She enjoyed talking to friends on the phone. Kaye’s family was the most important thing to her and she will be greatly missed.Kaye is survived by her loving spouse of almost 55 years, Charles Clark; children, Kevin Luker, Steve Clark, Brian “BC” (Marie) Clark and Kelly Clark all of Aurora, IN; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends will be received from 12:00 -2:00 Monday, October 22, 2108 at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 2:00 pm at the funeral home.Interment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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