Snite opens two new exhibits

first_imgThe Snite Museum of Art opened two new exhibits this past Friday: “Money Worries” and “Modern Women’s Prints”. They are on display in the special exhibition O’Shaughnessy galleries through March.“When deciding our curatorial calendar we always consider the current conversations in society,” Gina Costa, director of public relations and marketing, said. “Artists don’t live in cultural vacuums and museums are educational resources. We carefully consider who our audience is and how we should be responding to social, political, or art historical issues.”As curator of European art, Cheryl Snay credits “Money Worries” as being the brainchild of Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French.“She started out interested in 18th century depictions of tax collections. It evolved into wanting visitors to think more critically about the role that money plays in our lives and why we use money as a unit of value.”Snay said this collection is called to question who gets the assign value to money and the various forms of money and wealth throughout different cultures.“Money becomes a way to structure our relationships as we become both lenders and borrowers,” Snay said.This exhibit also features an installment near the entrance of the gallery that incorporates the role of money in other mediums. The Film, Theater and Television department contributed a short film compiling notable moments in film addressing money. Randy Harrison, the emerging technologies librarian for the Hesburgh Library, also contributed in designing a game inspired by ‘Monopoly’, with modern examples of wealth disparity, focusing on how life begins with unequal opportunity.The other exhibit, “Modern Women’s Prints” primarily features work from 20th century women.“There are wonderful pieces by women who have typically been overlooked in the canon. These are some really important artists in the conversation,” Costa said.Snay said the women’s prints are a more modern and conventionally curated exhibit than “Money Worries.”There will be a reception this Friday welcome to all that will feature food and lectures on the new exhibits.“This is a unique opportunity for the university community to experience two exhibitions with very different specific focuses,” Costa said.The museum is also expanding educational programs and focusing on more meditative experiences.“We want this space to be a place that you can use a work of art to explore your inner thoughts and emotions,” Bridget Hoyt, curator of Education, Academic Programs.Hoyt said they’re planning on activating the space for spiritual devotion including a Station of the Cross service at the beginning of Lent.“These are programs that allow and encourage people to take a close slow look at art and their relationship with it.”Costa said the museum is free to all and a great escape from the fast pace of campus, and she hopes more students will take advantage of all the museum has to offerTags: Art, Money, Snite, women’s printslast_img read more

Adani Project in Australia ‘Hits a Solar Wall’

first_imgAdani Project in Australia ‘Hits a Solar Wall’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sophie Vorrath for Renew Economy:If the Queensland Labor government’s final all-clear of plans to develop the world’s largest new thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin signifies anything, it is that Australia’s major political parties are not yet ready, or willing, to let go of the fossil fuel dream.But while the Palaszczuk government seems determined to keep the coal fires burning, even Adani – the Indian energy giant behind the much-derided Carmichael development – appears to have moved on. Largely, to solar.As we write, Adani Group is reportedly hovering over the Indian solar assets of America’s SunEdison, as the former PV giant lurches towards bankruptcy.coal importAnd in Australia, the company is showing more active interest in the potential development of a large-scale solar plant in the heart of another Queensland coal region, the Bowen Basin.RenewEconomy reported last October that Adani executives had been meeting with landowners in the Isaac Regional Council to gauge their interest in hosting a large solar farm.Since then, the company has confirmed it is chasing investment opportunities in Australia’s solar generation sector, with a focus on potential opportunities in Queensland and South Australia.Meanwhile, Adani responded to the news of the state government approval of the Galilee Basin coal project by pushing it out yet another year.That is because, as Fairfax media’s Michael West has rightly pointed out, a green light from the Queensland Labor – dispiriting though it may be – means very little in the big scheme of this project.As Adani well knows, the true hurdle for this project – and it’s a big one – is finding the $10 billion-odd of financial backing required to progress the mine and connected port and rail expansion, in a market where coal prices and demand are falling off a cliff.As IEEFA analyst Tim Buckley wrote here in February, the Indian government’s draft Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) policy guidelines, released in December 2015, formally acknowledged that the capital construction cost of coal-fired power generation rose by 35-40 per cent over the last five years or so, mainly on the requirement for modern ultra-super critical (USC) power plant technologies with full emissions controls built in.“By comparison, the cost of renewable energy is forecast to continue to decline at a rate of 5-10 per cent per annum over the next decade. This follows a staggering 25 per cent year-on-year decline in unsubsidised installed solar costs in India in the year to January 2016 to a new record low of Rs4.34/kWh (US$64/MWh).”The world over, Buckley writes, “financing for old coal-fired power plants is progressively disappearing, just as debt and equity financing for new coal mines across Australia, America and Indonesia has evaporated over the last year and bankruptcies progressively claim most of the US industry. As capital flight from the global coal sector continues, the stranded assets risks increase.”Certainly, Australia’s big four banks – not to mention a number of international financial groups – have signalled they want little to do with the project, which is about as environmentally toxic as it is financially risky.Full article: Adani’s great big coal mine gets green light, but hits solar walllast_img read more

Australia annoyed as US pushes Wuhan lab COVID-19 theory

first_imgDossier Last weekend, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said a “dossier prepared by concerned Western governments” showed China had deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak.The report was published shortly after US President Donald Trump said he had seen evidence the coronavirus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said there was “a significant amount of evidence” the virus came from the Wuhan laboratory, although he has also said there wasn’t certainty.Government and intelligence officials said the document the article referred to was a compilation of public reports and newspaper articles, and was not based on intelligence sources.”It’s a research paper. I can tell you, we aren’t paying much attention to it,” an intelligence source said.No public evidence has linked the outbreak to the lab in Wuhan, and scientists have said the coronavirus appears to have developed in nature.Australia shares intelligence with the United States under the “Five Eyes” arrangement which also includes Canada, Britain and New Zealand.An official familiar with the 15-page document cited in the article told Reuters it was American, appeared to be designed to gather support for the US position, and wasn’t a piece of intelligence work.The document included bullet points describing ways in which China hadn’t been transparent in dealing with the coronavirus, sourced to newspaper articles and other claims already in the public domain, the official said.There was no input from Australian agencies into the document, the source said.Australian media have reported concerns that the US embassy in Canberra may have been the source of the document. The US embassy declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.”The Australians are pushing for reform at the World Health Assembly; this doesn’t help those efforts. You can understand their frustration,” said one Western diplomat, who declined to be named as the diplomat, like the other government and intelligence sources, is not authorized to talk to the media.Tense ties Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly said that he has seen no evidence to support the theory the virus came from a lab, and that the most likely source was a wildlife market in Wuhan. He said the goal was to know how to prevent another outbreak.”It’s not directed at anyone, we just want to know what happened so it doesn’t happen again,” Morrison said on Friday, when asked whether the US focus on the Wuhan lab theory was counterproductive.”It’s a pretty honest question, with an honest intent and an honest motive. And I’m seeing more and more support for that position,” he said, referring to Australia’s goals.Morrison wrote to G20 leaders this week seeking support for an independent inquiry. The European Union will raise the issue at the World Health Assembly this month.Australia hopes that if there is wide international support for an independent investigation, China will cooperate.But China is Australia’s largest trading partner, and an already fraught diplomatic relationship has become more strained by the push for an inquiry.China’s ambassador warned last month that Chinese consumers could boycott Australian products, which the government said was a threat of economic coercion. Topics : Australian officials are frustrated that their push for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus is being undermined by the White House, which has sought to link the outbreak to a Chinese lab, government, diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters.Washington’s attack on China has given Beijing room to argue that Australia’s request for an independent inquiry is part of a US-led agenda to blame it for the coronavirus outbreak, the sources said.Canberra has been caught in a diplomatic squeeze between Washington, its main security ally, and already strained relations with Beijing, it major trading partner, even as its successful handling of the coronavirus has it planning to reopen the economy.center_img One government source said that officials were working hard to cast the review as open-minded and global, and that the American approach of “let’s get China” wasn’t helping.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, responding to criticisms about whether an inquiry would hurt trade with China, sought to underscore Australia’s independence during an interview on ABC radio on Friday.”We’re not doing this as some sort of lapdog of the United States,” he said. “You’ll see there are some marked differences between some of the things that the Australian Government has said and some of the commentary coming out of the United States and that’s because we take our own analysis, our own evidence, our own advice and we will take this issue through to the World Health Assembly.”China’s foreign ministry has said the calls for an inquiry are “political manipulation” and said Australia should “give up its ideological prejudices”.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Goose

first_imgFacebook27Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Goose! He is a super cute and friendly Boxer-Pit Bull mix with a stunning brindle and creamy white coat. He has a pink shaped heart on the top of his nose! Goose is sweet, loving, smart, and happy. Because he is young, strong, and enthusiastic, children in his home should be 13 years of age or older, dog savvy, kind, and sturdy. If you can provide a cat-free home, grain-free diet, love, exercise, and a fenced yard, then you may be his perfect fit family! Goose would love to meet you to discuss the future! Goose is a great companion and family dog who aims to please.If you have further questions, emails are the only method of communication at this time.   We all care about the health of our 2-legged caregivers and the community at large, so as a precaution we are temporarily suspending our public open hours. We are still taking email inquiries and applications, and will be in touch with you as soon as we are able. We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult time! Stay Well!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

Seven Bridges Road Repairs to Be Completed in April

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – Chalk up another problem caused by Super Storm Sandy as area motorists face the longer than anticipated closing of Seven Bridges Road – and the required traffic detours.The ongoing work to replace an aging and deteriorating wooden bridge along the roadway, which required closing the road to all vehicular traffic, initially was expected to be completed in Jan­uary. As a result of the late October storm, the Mon­mouth County road project is now expected to take until mid- to late April to be completed, according to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick.According to Kirkpatrick and county engineer Joseph Ettore, the storm hit and flooded the area, causing an initial delay. Compounding matters, the project contractor was ready for workers to install the foundation piles for the bridge’s abutment. That meant JCP&L had to be contacted to disconnect the electricity for the overhead power lines, so that work could proceed.The power utility company at that point was focused on restoring electricity to the areas that had lost it because of the storm, and the Seven Bridges Road project became a lesser priority, thus further delaying the project, Kirkpatrick said.JCP&L wasn’t able to de-energize those lines until Dec. 7.County officials have asked the contractor to try to accelerate work – with workers laboring on weekends – to get the project completed as soon as possible. But the project is still expected to take more than two months to complete, Kirkpatrick said.County officials closed Seven Bridges Road last July to replace the roughly 60-year-old wooden bridge, spanning the Little Silver Creek. County engineers had deemed the structure structurally deficient.The contractor, Lucas Brothers, Inc., Marlboro, is replacing the old wooden span with a bridge with concrete decks and reinforced concrete abutments and is reconstructing the bulkheads, according to the county. The contractor also is erecting a walking bridge across the creek to accommodate pedestrians.For the past six months, motorists have had to use detours with the road’s northbound traffic directed toward Silverside Avenue and then to Branch Avenue. Southbound traffic has been using Rumson Road west to Branch Avenue.Last summer, prior to the project’s start, county workers installed two temporary signal traffic lights on Branch Avenue at the Rumson Road and White Road intersections as a way to better move the increased traffic in the area.The work has been problematic for police and local residents as they attempt to make their way around the closed areas, Police Chief Daniel Shaffrey said.“This has been a long stretch and it’s growing old,” he said.Since Seven Bridges Road has been closed and the aftermath of Sandy, police and motorists have had to deal with Ocean Avenue and the Rumson’s Oceanic Bridge’s closings which has compounded the local traffic situation. That has required additional manpower allocations by the police department. Police had to reroute school buses to Little Silver Point Road School and have also seen increased – and speeding – traffic through residential side streets, Shaffrey said.“Everything has come together and really challenged us as far as logistics and traffic control,” the chief said.“I’m looking forward to the day they reopen it,” he said. “I think the whole town will rejoice when it opens.”“We’re very sensitive to that,” said Kirkpatrick, “and we’re doing what we can.“But this bridge had to be replaced,” she said.last_img read more

Four Donegal schools awarded Water Flags

first_imgStudents from four Donegal schools were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at an award ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Tuesday. Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Scoil Naomh Padraig, St Davaddog’s NS and St Conal’s NS were awarded a Green Flag for Water at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards.The Donegal schools are part of the 119 schools nationwide receiving the Green Flag for Water this year. The Water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home and is sponsored by Irish Water. Green-Schools is an international environmental management education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment and is operating in 67 countries around the world. Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said: “Helping the next generation to understand the importance of conserving water is a key part of our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply, so we are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, spoke at the award ceremony: “It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.”This is the sixth year of the partnership between Irish Water and Green-Schools to promote water conservation. Over 1,000 schools across the country have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013. Four Donegal schools awarded Water Flags was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer opens league play with dominant 6-0 win over Eureka

first_imgEUREKA >> The Fortuna High boys soccer team didn’t wait long to score its first league goal of the 2016 season.Or its second. Or its third.It was about as good of a start as head coach Daniel Holmes could have asked from his team on Wednesday night, as the Huskies built a 3-0 lead after just 11 minutes and rode the high-tempo start to a 6-0 victory over Eureka in the Humboldt-Del Norte League opener for both schools..“A good start. The first five minutes, 10 minutes of the game, the ball was …last_img read more

Rea Vaya gathering speed

first_imgThe new bus rapid transport station at Joubert Park signals the start of a revolutionised public transport system forlong-suffering Johannesburg residents. (Image: Rea Vaya)Janine ErasmusExecutive Mayor of Johannesburg Amos Masondo and Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe revealed the prototype station of the city’s much-anticipated bus rapid transport (BRT) system at a ceremony in November 2008. The station is located in Joubert Park, close to Johannesburg’s present train station.While the Joubert Park station was built on-site from scratch, subsequent stations will be constructed in a modular fashion at a central point and assembled on-site. The modular design was created with the input of many different interest groups and is considered a cost-effective and streamlined approach to station construction.Meanwhile, the prototype station will undergo extensive testing by representatives from both the city and the public, including the disabled, and any necessary refinements to the design will be made as they are needed.“The BRT system is crucial to the success of South Africa’s transport system,” said Radebe. “Without a good bus service that is accessible, affordable and attractive to a broad range of people across society, local transport simply cannot work.”Gathering speedThe R2-billion ($206 000) Rea Vaya (Sotho, “we are moving”) project is gathering speed. City authorities have also just signed a memorandum of agreement with bus and taxi operators, who currently make up the bulk of public transport options. Their co-operation is vital to the timeous and successful implementation of the BRT system, said Masondo. Rea Vaya will also interface with the Metrorail system of trains.The innovative BRT system aims to reduce traffic congestion, a major bugbear of Johannesburg drivers, by achieving a 70:30 ratio of public transport versus private transport before 2010.The first phase will see a host of articulated buses traversing dedicated bus lanes in the centre of roads around town. With 150 stations, eight terminals and six depots on the cards and a total distance of 122km covered, Johannesburg residents can look forward to the start of substantially reduced journey times and stress-free commuting within six months. Phase 1 is expected to be fully complete by 2013.The entire Rea Vaya system will cover some 330km of Johannesburg roads and will not only contribute to a more satisfactory commuting experience for the city’s residents but will also have been responsible for the creation of numerous jobs. City authorities expect 29 000 new jobs to be created in the first phase alone.The system is also the single largest green project ever undertaken by the City of Johannesburg. It is estimated that if just 15% of regular car users who live in the vicinity of Rea Vaya switch to the BRT, the city will achieve a saving of 382 940 tons of carbon dioxide by 2010 and 1.6-million tons by 2020.Phasing it inThe first phase of Rea Vaya features two sub-phases, 1A and 1B. Phase 1A, comprising 48 stations along 40km, will come into operation just ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009. Phase 1B with a further 102 stations along 86km, will complete the first stage in time for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.Operating on the same principles as the Cape Town system, which is also in its first phase of development, Johannesburg’s BRT system will feature a network of trunk, feeder and complementary routes serviced by a fleet of 427 22m-long trunk buses, 413 feeder buses and 350 complementary buses.Stations are planned at regular intervals so that passengers won’t have to walk more than a few hundred metres along the route to reach any point of embarkation. The stations will incorporate smart card technology to collect fares before boarding, thus eliminating the possibility of delays as well as the need to carry cash. They will also be closely monitored with closed-circuit television, amongst other security measures.During the operating hours of 5am and midnight buses will arrive at intervals of not more than three minutes in peak time, and at 10-minute intervals during quieter times. The system is expected to carry over 400 000 passengers daily, alleviating the congestion and accompanying stress experienced every day on the city’s busy roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Johannesburg residents.All major locations in the city will be serviced and residents even in outlying residential areas such as Randburg, Dobsonville, Alexandra and Lenasia will be pleased to know that they have not been neglected. An inner-city circular route is also on the itinerary. The BRT network will connect with the Gautrain at Park Station.The north to south Rea Vaya route, currently in the design phase, runs from Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto to the business suburb of Parktown. Another north to south route connects Parktown with Sunninghill north of Johannesburg.Public participationThe look and feel of buses will be decided on only after an extensive public participation process, currently underway.Trunk buses will be able to accommodate up to 112 passengers and will travel exclusively along the dedicated bus lanes, stopping only at Rea Vaya stations. Complimentary buses will have a capacity of 75 passengers and will operate along the bus lanes but will also be able to stop beside the pavement. Feeder buses, on the other hand, will carry 32 passengers and will not drive on the bus lanes at all but will use regular roads.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s infrastructure Cape Town’s new bus systemUseful linksRea VayaCity of JohannesburgRidesmartlast_img read more

Not quitting Grand Alliance: Manjhi

first_imgHindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) national president Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday asserted that he never said his party would pull out of the five-party Grand Alliance in Bihar. The former Bihar Chief Minister, however, said that a coordination committee should be formed for taking decisions regarding the Grand Alliance and for better coordination among its partners: the RJD, the Congress, the RLSP, the HAM(S) and the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP). Speaking to reporters after the HAM(S) youth wing meeting convened at his residence here, Mr.Manjhi said, “I never said my party will come out of the Grand Alliance… i will remain in it… though, I firmly spoke about the formation of a coordination committee for taking decisions of the alliance.” Mr. Manjhi had on November 7 announced at the national executive meeting of HAM(S) that his party would go it alone in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, where it has not contested any poll so far. He also announced that his party will field candidates in all the 243 Assembly segments of Bihar during Vidhan Sabha elections next year, giving rise to speculations that the Dalit leader may quit the Grand Alliance.‘Panel to take decisions’ “I had joined the Grand Alliance on the condition that there will be a coordination committee and every decision of alliance will be taken through the committee alone,” he told reporters on Sunday. When pointed out that RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had said that Mr. Manjhi had made up his mind to quit the alliance, the HAM(S) supremo refused to comment on it.last_img read more

17 days ago​Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milan

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milanby Ian Ferris17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC and Inter Milan have announced A2A Energia as their official energy partner, reports, two Serie A rivals have both agreed a deal with the Brescia-based company, confirming the agreement in a joint announcement. The length and financial terms of the partnership have not bene made public.The Milan clubs have signed several commercial deals of late, though this is the first joint tie-up of note recently.Paolo Scaroni, AC Milan chairman, said of the new deal: “Milan and A2A are brought together by strong ambition and constant evolution, this agreement has come about thanks to our club culture as a socially-progressive body that also focuses on the well-being of the area in which we work. We hope that this partnership marks the start of a constant process of growth alongside one another.” last_img read more