Mary Beard awarded Bodleian Libraries’ highest honour

first_imgProfessor Mary Beard, chair of Classics at Cambridge and classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement, was awarded the Bodley Medal, the Bodleian Libraries’ highest honour on April 5, following a talk at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.Beard, described as “a prodigious scholarly phenomenon” by Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden, appeared to a full audience in the Sheldonian Theatre and talked about her life, work and role as a female academic.Upon receiving the medal, Beard noted that she was “accepting this on behalf of myself and on behalf of the Romans”. She also commented that the Romans remain and should remain culturally relevant in Britain, and that she finds them to be “damn interesting”.©Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Photography: John CairnsThe Bodley Medal is awarded by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to “the worlds in which the Bodleian is closely connected, including literature, culture, science and communication”.Being the most recent recipient of the medal, Beard joins the likes of past winners such as physicist Stephen Hawking, inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and actor Alan Bennett.©Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Photography: John Cairns.In her award citation, Beard is described as “a regular media commentator on both the modern and the ancient world”.  She is “well-known” for having her books and television documentaries on the classical period, such as the Wolfson Award-winning book Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town, and the BBC television documentary series Pompeii and Meet the Romans with Mary Beard.A delighted Beard told Cherwell, “It is a great thing to be awarded.“I feel extremely honoured and, when I look at the past recipients, very humbled. I guess I must have grown up at last”.Beard being awarded the medal was “note[d] with pleasure” by the Faculty of Classics of the University of Cambridge. Newnham College, which Beard is affiliated to, and the Cambridge University Classics Society were, however, unavailable for comment.“As a colleague of mine once said, there’s nothing bad about catering to the nation’s curiosity. There’s a lot to be curious about the Romans. If you live in this country, I don’t think you have any choice about whether to be interested in the Romans. They’re underneath us. We’re walking around on top of them.”last_img read more

Report from Haiti

first_imgPARISIEN, Haiti — Nearly a month after a massive earthquake devastatedHaiti, paramedic Anthony Croese looked into the crowd outside adestroyed orphanage near Port-au-Prince and spotted an emaciated babycradled in his father’s arms.The baby looked far too tiny for his eight months of life, and ashort conversation explained why. His mother died in the Jan. 12 quake,and his father, Emilio Eliassaint, in the weeks since had been feedinghim sugar water, devoid of the nutrients in mother’s milk.Croese, who feared the baby wouldn’t survive long on such a diet,bundled him into a car and sent him to a field hospital that has sprungup amid the thorny trees and dried grass at Fond Parisien, near theborder with the Dominican Republic.There, the baby began a diet of formula, eating ravenously, to the relief of workers.Sandwiched between mountains and a large lake, the site has becomean oasis of medical care and hope in this still-reeling nation, wheremany thousands died and many more have been injured. The field hospitalwas willed into existence by two Harvard faculty members and researchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI),an interfaculty program designed to harness expertise across Harvard’sSchools to understand and improve the response to disasters, bothnatural and man-made.The hospital was started less than a week after the earthquake by Hilarie Cranmer and Stephanie Rosborough, both HHI researchers, emergency medicine doctors at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and faculty members at Harvard Medical School (HMS).When the two first arrived, 25 patients already were huddled undersparse trees. The patients, some of whom still had open wounds andexposed bones, had gathered at the site, which contains an orphanage,church, and school run by the nonprofit group Love A Child Inc. Despitethe exhortations of the group’s founder, the patients refused to gointo a nearby church, where they had been resting the night before whena large aftershock struck.Rosborough and Cranmer, who is also an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health(HSPH), immediately set to work. Drawing on training and extensivefield experience in disaster settings, they secured tents, generators,toilets, food, medical supplies, and volunteers. Power and plumbingarrived in the form of the Rescue Task Force, which showed up one dayand offered assistance that Cranmer gratefully accepted.Drawing on an extensive network of Harvard affiliates, formerstudents, and colleagues in the disaster relief field, HHI marshaled anarray of volunteers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, andHaitian staff.The result is an HHI-led field hospital that has about 200 patientsand also runs outreach operations that provide vaccinations and othercare for smaller area clinics. It collaborates with otherorganizations, including Love A Child (whose compound and permanentbuildings provide the facility’s structural backbone), the Universityof Chicago, and the governments of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.Though those groups have the major organizing role, the volunteersproviding care hail from institutions around the world. In addition tothe field hospital, there is a nearby displaced-persons camp run by theAmerican Refugee Committee, where some patients go after finishingtreatment.The hospital focuses on rehabilitation, taking in patients fromother hospitals, including the giant U.S. naval hospital ship Comfort mooredoff Port-au-Prince, the devastated Haitian capital. These patients’broken bones, crushed limbs, and other injuries have received initialcare but require additional treatment, whether it’s for handlingfollow-up care or complications such as new infections.With physical therapists as part of the volunteer corps, thehospital not only continues the bodily repair begun after the quake,but also begins the long, slow recovery process.HHI Director Michael VanRooyenapplauded the efforts of all involved, particularly the guiding handsof Cranmer and Rosborough. To get the hospital up and running soquickly required putting into practice many of the principles taught byHHI, which not only conducts research, but which also runs courses indisaster relief, including a weekend-long simulated disaster workshopin New England’s forests.VanRooyen, who is also an emergency medicine specialist at BHW and an associate professor at both HMSand HSPH, has begun the process offormalizing arrangements and collaborations that, of necessity, havebeen ad hoc until now. Last weekend VanRooyen was in Haiti forwhirlwind meetings with officials from the Haitian and Dominicangovernments, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Love AChild, and representatives of the relief and nonprofit agencies thatare lending a hand. He hopes to establish a sturdy administrativestructure and secure support that will allow the field hospital tocomplete care of its patients and slowly transition them back to localhealth providers, a process that could take six months to a year.Key needs, VanRooyen said, include gaining enough funds to keep theoperation running, and partnering with other nongovernmentorganizations. The work so far has been financed by a combination ofin-kind contributions from volunteers and relief organizations, HHIfunds, and even personal funds from those involved. Gaining permanentfunding may well determine the ultimate success of the effort,VanRooyen said.last_img read more

Renewed US-Russia nuke pact won’t fix emerging arms threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration was quick to breathe new life into the last remaining treaty limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. The going will be slower when it turns to other arms control problems that are either festering or emerging as potential new triggers of an international arms race. China is modernizing its arsenal of nuclear weapons and has shown no interest in negotiating limits. North Korea is at or near the point of being able to threaten the U.S. homeland with a nuclear missile strike. Russia has begun deploying  exotic new weapons. Iran is the biggest missile threat in the Mideast.last_img

Disaster Discussion Help.

first_imgAs terror takes over television and the national consciousness, children may be confused. In most Georgia counties, the University of Georgia Extension Service has agents trained in family and consumer science and youth development.”Nothing could prepare us for this unspeakable disaster,” Bower said. “But there are resources to consider as we all try to find some meaning in this madness.”The Extension Service and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences have created and posted publications to help families discuss this tragedy with children.The publications can be found on the Internet at or by contacting your county Extension Service agent.”Most of these publications deal with helping others, especially young people, cope with the grief we are experiencing personally and as a nation,” Bower said. A basic point to remember:Children don’t have an automatic fear response to news reports. They look primarily to the adults around them for cues on which emotional response to adopt. If their parents and teachers are calm, then children will respond with calm, too.Parents and teachers should carefully monitor their own reactions to the news reports, Bower said. This simple act will prevent most of the problems clinical psychologists worry about.While helping young people work though this horror, Bower said, “be sensitive, too, to adults who may already be struggling with depression and anxiety.”last_img read more

ADT III Comes Home

first_imgAfter an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan, the holiday season should be additionally merry for the 48 members of Georgia National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team. The guardsmen of the 201st Regional Support Group who made up this specialized training team spent the better part of last year helping farmers and Extension agents in Afghanistan improve farming practices in the arid country. They returned home just before Thanksgiving to spend the holidays with their families. “It’s been my honor to serve with the soldiers of ADT III for the last year and a half. This fine group of soldiers … Without their handwork and dedication we wouldn’t have been successful,” Col. Barry Beach, commander of the 201st Regional Support Group, told the crowd of family and friends gathered to welcome them home. While some members of the Agribusiness Development Team have civilian experience in agriculture and in business, the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provided the team with specialized training in fall 2012 before they deployed. They were the third and final group of Georgia National Guardsmen who have trained with UGA faculty for an Agribusiness Development Team mission. Georgia National Guard Agribusiness Development Teams I and II deployed in 2011 and 2012, respectively. “It was our pleasure to provide some basic agricultural training to these teams,” said Steve Brown, assistant dean for UGA Extension and UGA’s training coordinator for the ADT missions. “Many of our subject matter specialists participated and took pride in helping the overall cause. Agriculture is a fundamental component of the human condition on earth and political stability is often associated with an ability to feed yourself and your family.” During their deployment, ADT III members worked in Helmand Province training farmers and government officials in the hopes of improving the country’s food production systems and building new connections between villagers and the provincial government. “We used a train-the trainer-approach,” Beach said. “We provided agricultural and veterinary knowledge instead of spending money on projects or purchasing specific equipment … This method allowed us to connect with the villagers and connect them with their government through agriculture.” Previous training missions focused on building infrastructure projects that were essential to improving agriculture — such as constructing root cellars, simple irrigation and erosion control systems. For this mission the ADT III was split into small groups of four to eight guardsmen stationed at forward operating bases around Helmand with contingents of U.S. Marines. Each group conducted routine training classes that were appropriate to their areas of the country. One group focused on fruit tree production and care to bolster Afghanistan’s large and robust fruit crop. Captain Kenneth Murray was in charge of the fruit tree operations. Murray didn’t have a government Extension agent in his region, so he worked with a local grade school teacher to train local orchard owners and to form a young farmers group at the school. His young students — many grade-schoolers — learned the basics of pruning their apple, orange and pomegranate trees to increase productions and how to use natural practices to control aphids — a major problem for Afghan fruit growers. Captain Chad Tyson, a financial manager in the civilian world, taught farmers how to create business plans and budgets for their operations. In Kajaki district, where honey is a prized commodity and in short supply, guardsmen held a three-day training for interested farmers. They also set up a training hive at the district center so Afghan Extension managers can conduct future demonstrations. Chief Warrant Officer II Donna Cheek, who received a master’s degree in animal and dairy science from UGA and hopes to return to the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine this fall, worked with ADT III Army Maj. Eugene Johnson to train Afghan Extension representatives and elder farmers how to keep their herds healthy. “This missions with the Afghans were very rewarding” Cheek said. “They truly wanted and valued our help. They wanted to know all the information we had to offer. Honestly, they were like sponges — absorbing everything we had to teach them.” In addition to helping herdsmen identify signs of major parasite infestations and offering tips for proper nutrition, her team aimed to help improve their animal husbandry practices. Cheek and her teammate Spc. Cynthia Medina created a model of a cow’s pelvis and a stand-in calf — who came to be known as Danny — to teach the herdsmen how to help their animals through difficult calving. While their teaching tools were rudimentary — Danny was made out of an old pillow case — the herdsman were eager to participate in the training process and devoted to learning new skills, Cheek said. “Our training was very basic and tailored to the best of our ability to the conditions we thought these teams might find in Afghanistan,” Brown said. “When they got on the ground, they had to take what we taught them and apply it to some very unique situations. From what I’ve heard, they did a marvelous job of doing that.” For more information about the mission of agricultural development teams overseas, visit For more information about UGA Extension, visit read more

SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS 2: Global case update, eyeing phase 6, probable cases, southern hemisphere viruses, WHO gathers clinical experts

first_img At a WHO media briefing today, Keiji Fukuda, MD, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, emphasized that the rationale for any future move to pandemic alert phase 6 wouldn’t be based on disease severity, but rather on sustained outbreaks in more than one WHO region. On Apr 29 the WHO raised the pandemic alert to its current level, phase 5, which signifies sustained community outbreaks in two or more countries within one WHO region. May 4, 2009 The CDC will work with international health authorities to monitor the southern hemisphere’s flu season, beginning shortly, to see how the novel H1N1 strain behaves in competition with other flu viruses. “That will tell us a lot about whether the virus is changing and what measures we might want to take in the fall,” Besser said. The CDC will begin reporting “probable” cases of flu in addition to confirmed cases to give a better sense of the size of the US epidemic, acting director Dr. Richard Besser said Monday. In addition to the 286 confirmed cases, there are more than 700 probable cases in the United States.center_img The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 1,085 confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) and 26 deaths in 21 countries as of 18:00 GMT (noon US EST) today, up from 985 cases in 20 countries reported earlier in the day. Mexico has reported 590 confirmed cases and 25 deaths. The WHO’s latest total reflects today’s updated US numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which stand at 286 cases and 1 death. [WHO update 14] Tomorrow the WHO will host its second scientific teleconference to address clinical issues surrounding patients who have influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) infections, the WHO’s Fukuda said today at a media briefing. The conference will allow scientists to share information on crucial topics such as disease severity. The topic of the first teleconference, held on Apr 29, was the influenza situation in Mexico.last_img read more

Irish Marine Institute Gets Galway Bay Test Site Approval

first_imgThe Irish Government has approved a foreshore lease to the Marine Institute for the installation of a quarter-scale renewable energy test facility that will also see floating wind testing. However, the approval came with a limit for only one floating wind device being tested at a time.The Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site at Spiddal will enable offshore renewable energy technology developers to move from the model testing in University College Cork through the quarter-scale testing at the Galway Bay Test Site.Ireland’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, said: “This lease is not part of any future commercial offshore renewable energy generating facility. I have consented to this application on the basis that there is no provision to export power from the test site to the National Grid.” Nevertheless, this testing will give the technology developers an opportunity to deploy an up-scaled device in the future at the consented full scale, pre-commercial, grid-connected Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) in County Mayo. There are currently 13 projects at various stages of development waiting for access to the site.The quarter-scale testing is a necessary phase before commercial scale ocean energy development can proceed and will help underpin the Irish government’s objective of producing 50GW from ocean energy by 2050 by enabling devices to demonstrate their ability of surviving in the country’s open ocean conditions.Regarding the conditions for operating the site, besides testing one floating wind device at a time, Marine Institute must also provide a communications centre and a community liaison officer to keep the public informed of activities at the site, according to Minister English.“I have also decided to restrict the number of floating wind energy devices to one at any one time and I am restricting the time period by which the specified devices must be tested to the first 10 years of the 35 year lease. This will help to assure the public that this site is purely for testing of devices and will not result in an offshore electricity generating station in Galway bay,” English explained.Restricting the testing period to the first ten years and to the devices as described in the current application means that applications to test a device after the first ten-year period has expired and applications to test devices not specified in the current application at any time will require a separate foreshore licence application and will be subject to the full consultation process including a period of public consultation.last_img read more

Eidesvik sees challenging PSV market in winter with improvement in spring

first_imgNorwegian shipping company Eidesvik Offshore expects a challenging market for platform supply vessels this winter but sees an improvement coming in spring next year. Eidesvik’s Viking Princess vessel. Photo by Alan JamiesonEidesvik said in its 3Q 2018 report on Wednesday that it had seen a positive development in the rate level for larger PSVs for medium to long-term contracts in 2018. However, the spot market has been weak in the North Sea lately. Therefore, Eidesvik expects a challenging market in the coming winter, but a stronger market from spring 2019.“We believe in a gradual market recovery for large PSVs in a long-term perspective due to more rigs in work and the increasing exploration activity,” the company stated.Balance in subsea market to take time On the other hand, there is a considerable activity and contract awards to the large subsea entrepreneurs in the subsea segment, but much of this work will start in later years. It will still take some time before the market for subsea vessels is in balance.“We believe in a market recovery starting 2020, and our medium to long-term perspective remains positive for this segment,” Eidesvik stated.Increase in seismic spending In the seismic segment, Eidesvik sees an increase in seismic spending year on year and also an increase in the late sale of multi-client seismic. The seismic market is in a considerable change with a concentration of vessels on fewer owners.“We believe this will result in new opportunities for owners of seismic vessels, and we are positive to the seismic market in the future. The Ocean Bottom segment remains active and has shown signs of improvement so far this year,” the company concluded.Eidesvik said that its third quarter 2018 result was affected by low rates in all three segments, which include supply, subsea, and seismic.Namely, the company’s revenues dropped to NOK 118.3 million in this year’s third quarter from NOK 157 million in the prior-year period.Eidesvik sank to a loss of NOK 71.7 million in 3Q 2018 from a profit of NOK 32.3 million in the same period last year.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Marotta: ‘Conte still angry with Inter players’

first_imgBeppe Marotta has revealed that Inter coach Antonio Conte is still ‘very angry’ about Sunday’s home defeat to Bologna. Now at Inter Milan, Conte signed Moses on loan in January, much to the wing-back’s delight Inter threw away the lead to lose 2-1 to Bologna, prompting Conte to question his own future at the club, and Marotta admits feelings of ‘bitterness, disappointment and regret’ remain fresh. “Great bitterness and disappointment remains from not having bagged all three points, despite us playing excellently in the early stages of the game,” the Nerazzurri’s general manager told Sky Sport Italia. “In particular, we lament certain incidents, such as the missed penalty that could’ve put us 2-0 up.Advertisement “We can’t change what happened and there’s great regret on our part. Us managers, together with Conte, met to have the moment. read also:Lampard: West Ham loss shows why we aren’t contenders “Antonio has already started thinking about Thursday. He’s certainly very angry. “Conte’s criticism shows us what kind of character he is. In criticising himself, he showed he wants to achieve much more. “The Verona match is interlocutory for the journey we’re on, but it comes at a time when we have to show that we’ve drawn lessons from what happened yesterday.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo90s Stunners Who Still Look Gorgeous7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

Murphy looking for Top performance

first_imgTrainer Colm Murphy is hoping a return to the Flat will spark a revival in Top Spin’s fortunes when he lines up for the Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap at Galway on Monday, the feature race on the opening card of the seven-day Festival. Press Association The eight-year-old, owned by JP McManus, is fit from two runs over hurdles this month, with t he latest coming only last week when he was a respectable fourth to Kylecrue at Tipperary. He now has his first start on the level since May 2013 when he was unplaced in a 20-runner handicap over a mile and a half at the Curragh won by Paddy the Celeb. center_img “Touch wood, he seems in good order. He ran OK the last day in Tipperary,” said Murphy. “He hasn’t been setting the world on fire over hurdles so we’re hoping maybe going back to the Flat might rejuvenate him a little bit. “He seems to be coming to himself. Fingers crossed, he’ll run well.” McManus is also represented in the 19-runner field by Plinth. Aidan O’Brien’s runner has an entry in the Guinness Galway Hurdle at the Ballybrit course on Thursday. That also applies to others who include Tony Martin’s Ted Veale and Gordon Elliott’s Eshtiaal. last_img read more