Helen Whitney to deliver Noble Lectures

first_imgMormons, Trappist monks, gang kids, McCarthy era victims, Pope John Paul II, the mentally ill, presidential candidates, Richard Avedon, 9/11, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Rwandan genocide, forgiveness: a small sampling of the documentary subjects treated by Helen Whitney, who will deliver the Memorial Church’s William Belden Noble Lectures titled “Spiritual Landscapes: A Life in Film” Feb. 27 through 29.Whitney is an award-winning producer, director, and writer of documentaries whose features have aired on PBS, HBO, and ABC. In these lectures, she will talk about her passionate interest in religious experience and her equally passionate fascination with peoples’ lives, especially the lives of outsiders. She will use her films to illustrate and delineate these spiritual landscapes, which have come to define and enliven her life in film.last_img read more

Sharper view of matter

first_imgIn a breakthrough that could one day yield important clues about the nature of matter itself, a team of Harvard scientists has measured the magnetic charge of single particles of matter and antimatter with unprecedented precision.As described in a March 25 paper in Physical Review Letters, the team — led by Gerald Gabrielse, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, and including postdoctoral fellows Stephan Ettenauer  and Eric Tardiff and graduate students Jack DiSciacca, Mason Marshall, Kathryn Marable, and Rita Kalra — was able to capture individual protons and antiprotons in a “trap” created by electric and magnetic fields. By tracking the oscillations of each particle, the team was able to measure the magnetism of a proton 1,000 times more accurately than any proton had been measured before. Similar tests with antiprotons produced a 680-fold increase in accuracy in the size of the magnet in an antiproton.“That is a spectacular jump in precision for any fundamental quality,” Gabrielse said. “That’s a leap that we don’t often see in physics, at least not in a single step.”Such measurements, Gabrielse said, could one day help scientists answer a question that might seem more suited for the philosophy classroom than the physics lab: Why are we here?“One of the great mysteries in physics is why our universe is made of matter,” he said. “According to our theories, the same amount of matter and antimatter was produced during the Big Bang. When matter and antimatter meet, they are annihilated. As the universe cools down, the big mystery is: Why didn’t all the matter find the antimatter and annihilate all of both? There’s a lot of matter and no antimatter left, and we don’t know why.”Making precise measurements of protons and antiprotons, Gabrielse explained, could begin to answer those questions, by potentially shedding light on whether the CPT (charge conjugation, parity transformation, time reversal) theorem is correct. An outgrowth of the standard model of particle physics, CPT states that the protons and antiprotons should be virtually identical — with the same magnitude of charge and mass — yet with opposite charges.The predictions of CPT have been verified by experiments measuring the charge-to-mass ratio of protons and antiprotons, but further investigation is needed, Gabrielse said, because the standard model does not account for all forces in the universe.“What we wanted to do with these experiments was to say, ‘Let’s take a simple system — a single proton and a single antiproton — and let’s compare their predicted relationships, and see if our predictions are correct,’” Gabrielse said. “Ultimately, whatever we learn might give us some insight into how to explain this mystery.”While researchers were able to capture and measure protons with relative ease, antiprotons are only produced by high-energy collisions that take place at the extensive tunnels of the CERN laboratory in Geneva, which created a dilemma.“Last year, we published a report showing that we could measure a proton much more accurately than ever before,” Gabrielse said. “Once we had done that, however, we had to make a decision. Did we want to take the risk of moving our people and our entire apparatus — crates and crates of electronics and a very delicate trap apparatus — to CERN and try to do the same thing with antiprotons?  Antiprotons would only be available till mid-December and then not again for a year and a half.“We decided to give it a shot, and by George, we pulled it off,” he continued. “Ultimately, we argued that we should attempt it, because even if we failed, that failure would teach us something.” In what Gabrielse described as a “gutsy” choice, DiSciacca agreed to use the attempt to conclude his thesis research, and new grad students Marshall and Marable signed on to help.Though the results still fit within the predictions made by the standard model, more accurate measurements of the characteristics of matter and antimatter may advance our understanding of how the universe works.“What’s also very exciting about this breakthrough is that it now prepares us to continue down this road,” Gabrielse said. “I’m confident that, given this start, we’re going to be able to increase the accuracy of these measurements by another factor of 1,000, or even 10,000.”last_img read more

English professor publishes biography on Thoreau

first_imgOn the cusp of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday in July, Laura Dassow Walls released her latest book — “Henry David Thoreau: A Life” — with the intention to rediscover the American icon and bring him to a broader audience.Walls, an English professor at Notre Dame, said she was working on a list for her graduate students in 2010 for “what kinds of work needed to be done in the field.” When it came to the idea for a new biography of Thoreau, however, she said she couldn’t bring herself to add it to the list.“It was like paralysis,” Walls said. “I knew that I was going to write it.”Both Wall’s Ph.D. dissertation and first book were on Thoreau and she said it was this “deep education background” that made writing such an expansive book in seven years possible. “I knew from my previous work that I was not satisfied with the biographies that were out there,” she said. “They didn’t match what I knew was there in the primary writings.”Despite the work she and many of her colleagues have been doing for a number of years, Walls said Thoreau is still incorrectly cast as a “hermit and a misanthrope.” “If you unpack his life [at Walden] and the rest of his life, you realize he was deeply engaged with the people around him,” Walls said. “Even as he steps out of the community to create this separate space for creative work, he still had a lot of responsibilities. That’s just not the story he wanted to tell.” The “character” Thoreau creates for himself in “Walden” does not make him inauthentic, though, Walls said. “When he speaks to people about his ideals, he speaks to them from the depths of his heart and with his most passionately held beliefs,” she said. “That is the voice that rings true. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t find it interesting or compelling. The icon never would have come into existence.” Thoreau’s moment in history contributed to his status as an icon, Walls said. “This is a very difficult time in the United States,” she said. “There was slavery; Thoreau was an abolitionist. Women’s rights were being argued. War with Mexico was being discussed and he was opposed to the war. Native American genocide was ongoing, which infuriated him. “There was a sense that people were justifying and rationalizing that it was OK to do these things and he said ‘it cannot be OK — how can I find a way to understand why it’s not OK? What is the basis, the foundation for my beliefs and moral behavior?” Walls said that, once again, the country is in a difficult time and that engaging with Thoreau can provide a sense of direction.“ … To see how he plays a role in his time is to be reminded that we have agency in this time. We’re not helpless,” she said. “We don’t have to be the victim of forces that are so much bigger than we are. “We can take responsibility for our actions in the world and take seriously what’s become kind of a cliche around here: ‘I want to change the world.’ Thoreau is absolutely serious about that and it’s not a cliche for him.”It’s been only two months since “Henry David Thoreau: A Life” was released, but Walls said she has already received some confirmation that she found the diverse audience she was writing for. “I’m getting emails constantly from all sorts of people, of all walks of life … this is wonderful,” Walls said. “They write me out of the blue to say they read my book and that it touched them. That’s incredibly moving for me — I’ve never experienced that with anything else that I’ve written.”Tags: biography, Henry Thoreau, Laura Walls, Thoreaulast_img read more

An Inside Look at Virginia’s Notoriously Hilly Blue Ridge Marathon

first_imgRunning America’s Toughest Road Race“Complete. Don’t compete.” That was the advice I was given by Pete Eshelman, race director for the Blue Ridge Marathon.The race was 10 days away and I was preparing to travel to Roanoke, Va., from my home in Phoenix, Ariz. Eshelman was answering questions and going over details via a live chat with me and several other runners.Dubbed “America’s Toughest Road Race,” the Blue Ridge Marathon starts in downtown Roanoke and winds up and over three neighboring peaks for a total elevation change of 7,430 feet.The half boasts more than 3,700 feet of knee-pounding elevation change over 13.1 miles. There’s also a 10K and an unofficial double marathon that starts five hours before the marathon.This is what many call a bucket-list race — attractive because of its sheer difficulty, its obscurity (the marathon caps at 600 runners), and the beauty of a lush, winding course that traces part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, offering sweeping views of the valley below.Looking at the course map and elevation profile, I can’t help but wonder: What is it about misery that loves company?This race is touted as “brutal,” which is precisely why folks like me are traveling from around the country to run it. Meanwhile, millions of weekend warriors are lining up for local mud races, military-inspired obstacle courses, and harrowing nighttime trail runs. It’s a trend I find perplexing – the more punishing the race, the more eager we are to sign up.brm1Photo by Eric Brady“Complete, don’t compete” is easy advice to follow. I’ve run a dozen half marathons, always finishing squarely middle-of-the-pack. Sure, I train and strive to improve, but my number one goal for every race is to have fun, to feel strong, and to get to know a new place by running it.Past Blue Ridge Marathon participants have said you should expect to add a minute per mile to your typical pace. So, on race day I seed myself in the 10:30-mile corral. Almost immediately after the starting horn, we begin climbing, up city streets, over a bridge, and directly toward the mountain.I jog at a steady pace, feeling strong, enjoying the energy of the crowd and the view… until the road reaches a 10 percent grade and I begin to wonder how long I can sustain this.To distract myself, I focus on the scenery. Dogwoods are blossoming and the forest is vibrant green. Wisteria vines hang like garland from the dense undergrowth. It’s a welcomed contrast to the brown desert landscape I live in.Just as I think I can’t take another switchback, we reach the Mill Mountain Star, the high point of the half marathon course and the start of a long, beautiful two mile descent. The middle third of the course is fairly gentle as it skirts the Roanoke River, and I’m actually able to carry on conversations with other runners. I take it easy, with self-preservation in mind.The second major climb, Peakwood Drive, starts around mile 8 and is steeper, though shorter than Mill Mountain. It meanders through the historic neighborhoods of South Roanoke. The race offers plenty of official aid stations with both food and water, yet the locals take it to a new level, camping out in their yards, blasting music and offering runners beer, mimosas, and champagne. Southern hospitality at its finest.When I see runners toasting with plastic champagne flutes at the crest of Peakwood, I’m reminded of the other advice Eshelman gave: “Take your time and enjoy the company, the views, and the people you meet along the course… Oh, and seriously consider walking the downhills.”I see what he means. My knees endure the descent with a twinge of pain. Mostly, I enjoy the effortless stride compared to the plodding uphill sections. It’s a perfect antidote to the climbs, both physically and emotionally.I cross the finish line tired and relieved, but not depleted. It’s a rewarding sort of exhaustion. My time is about 25 minutes slower than my usual half marathon pace, but I finish in the top third for my age group, better than my usual ranking.Is the Blue Ridge Marathon really America’s toughest race? I’m not sure. It’s definitely the most challenging half I’ve ever run. But in anticipation of its brutality, I trained hard, ran conservatively, and I recovered quickly.One thing I can say for sure: It’s the most beautiful, most supportive, and friendliest race I’ve ever run. Add it to your bucket list.brm2What got me throughAside from months of training and relentless hill repeats, that is.1. The right shoes: They had to be light, but provide enough cushioning for 13.1 miles of hills, and roomy in the toebox so that my toes didn’t slam against the front on the steep descents. For those reasons and more, I loved my Saucony Mirage 3s ($110; saucony.com). They’re perfect for those of us who want stable, low-profile shoes that don’t weigh you down.2. Layering tops: With more than 3,700 feet of elevation change and a predicted temperature range of 45 to 70 degrees F and 70 percent humidity, I needed a layering system that was simple and versatile. I chose two Lululemon running tops – the Cool Racerback and Run Swiftly Long Sleeve — because they’re lightweight, seamless, and they layer together perfectly. I was able to stay warm on the cool sections and cool on the steamy climbs. Bonus: Silverescent fibers in the fabric meant I didn’t stink up the beer tent at the finish line. ($42-$68; lululemon.com)3. Handheld hydration: Carrying a small hydration bottle let me skip the first couple of aid stations and get into a groove on the ascent. I love my NATHAN QuickShot Plus ($20; nathansports.com) because its zippered pouch also stows an energy gel, and it feels like you’re carrying nothing.4. Recovery drink: Since I knew I had a long flight home the next day, quick recovery was a top priority. I went with TwinLab Clean Series Sport Protein ($44 for 20-serving container; cleanseries.twinlab.com), which is packed with protein, amino acids and free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives and GMOs.–Gina DeMillo Wagner is an award-winning journalist specializing in fitness, travel, and parenting. She blogs at thedailyb.netbrm3last_img read more

Long Island Christmas 2013 Events

first_imgWith Thanksgiving now in the rearview, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.Santa Claus is checking his list before coming to town, holiday parades are jingling all the way, the halls are being decked and Christmas trees are being lit up.Get in the holiday spirit at any one of these upcoming events across Long Island.December 1Holiday SpectacularTwo hour concert performed by the Long Island Philharmonic. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected by Island Harvest.The Butler Building, Mitchel Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale. 4 p.m. 516-572-0400Admission is free but tickets are required. Free tickets are available at all Bethpage Federal Credit Union branches, as well as the Administration Building at Eisenhower Park and the Aquatic Center.December 2Menorah LightingRabbi Perl of Chabad of Mineola leads the ceremony.Eisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. 6 p.m. 516-572-0348. Free.December 3Holiday Tree LightingEisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. 5:30 p.m. 516-572-0348. Free.December 6Holiday Tree LightingBring a natural food ornament to decorate the Solstice Tree. Bring canned goods for those in need. Hot beverages sold after Santa lights the tree.Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 631-581-1002. Free www.bayardcuttingarboretum.comHoliday Tree LightingHoliday music performed by Oysterponds Elementary School students, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Winter coat collection and Canned goods collectionOrient Beach State Park. 6:30 p.m. 631-323-2440. Free.December 7Holiday Tree LightingHoliday music chorus, ice sculpture demonstration, fireworks and Santa.Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon. 631-677-5055. Free.Santa in The ParkToys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves after Saint Nick arrives on a fire truck.Wantagh Park, Wantagh. 12 p.m. 516-572-0200. Free.December 13Holiday Tree LightingSpectacular Poinsetta Display in the Main Greenhouse. Eggnog, hot chocolate, cider, gingerbread men at Periwinkles Café. Winter coat collection and Canned goods collection.Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Parks, Oyster Bay. 6 p.m. 516-922-9200. Free.Candlelight Evenings19th Century entertainment in historic buildings lit by only candlelight. Holiday songs, Storytelling, Fiddle Music, Hot beverages.Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 5 p.m. 516-572-8400. 7 p.m. $10 adults, $7 seniors, firefighters. Through 15 and Dec. 20-22.December 21Town of Oyster Bay Holiday on Ice ShowKeeping with this being “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the show, which will be collected by Island HarvestTown of Ice Bay Center in Bethpage. 7 p.m. Free.Mail Letters To SantaColorful red and green “Mail Your Letters to Santa” mailboxes will be accessible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the administration buildings of the following parks through Dec. 16:Cantiague Park in Hicksville 516-571-7056Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills 516-571-8113Grant Park in Hewlett 516-571-7821Rev. Arthur Mackey, Sr. Park in Roosevelt 516-571-8692Wantagh Park in Wantagh 516-571-7460Eisenhower Park’s Lannin House at Parking Field No. 6, in East Meadow 516-72-0348Nassau Aquatic Center at Parking Field No. 1A, in East Meadow 516-572-0501Nassau County Parks Department’s Administration Building in Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow 516-572-0396, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.All children who send letters to Santa will receive a reply in the form of a “Santa-Gram” from the North Pole, with Santa’s elves at the Parks Department pitching in to send cheery but noncommittal letters in response to children’s letters. To assure a reply, each letter must contain the child’s name and address, written legibly. There is no postage necessary for the Santa letters. The “Santa-Grams” will be sent before the holiday.TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVEThrough Dec. 20Toys for Tots Holiday Gift Drive drop-off boxes for new, unwrapped toys will be located at the following Nassau County locations:East Meadow:Eisenhower Park, Main Lobby of Administration Building100 Carman Avenue, Main Lobby of Corrections/Sheriff’s DepartmentHempstead:40 Main Street, in front of Suite C Office16 Cooper Street, Main Lobby of Traffic and Parking Violations AgencyMineola:One West Street, Main Lobby1550 Franklin Avenue, Main Lobby of Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building1490 Franklin, Nassau County Police Department, 2nd Floor Training wing240 Old Country Road, Main Lobby262 Old Country Road, Main Lobby of District Attorney’s Office400 County Seat Drive, Nassau County Probation Department, Director’s Office200 County Seat Drive, Main Lobby of Consumer AffairsUniondale:60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Department of Social Services, outside cafeteria106 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Health Department, kitchenWestbury:1194 Prospect Avenue, DPW/Fire Marshal, 2nd Floor Reception Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Kastav introduced a system of electric public bicycles – Kastav Bike

first_imgThe tariff for using electric bikes of the Kastav bike system is 15 kuna per hour, and the maximum rent is 4 hours. For exceeding the time, an additional tariff of 30 kuna per overtime hour is charged. By the way, one charge is enough for 70 kilometers, and bicycles are charged with the help of solar panels at the station. Bicycle rental is possible from 1 March until 31 October, from 7:21 to XNUMX:XNUMX. Payment is made using a secure real-time debit and credit card payment system. After payment, the user receives a ride code that is typed on the touch-sensitive case and unlocks the desired bike with the help of a mobile phone. The city of Kastav has introduced a system of using public bicycles – Kastav bike, as a new content intended for citizens and tourists. Source / Photo: City of Kastavcenter_img The most modern base station and five electric mountain bikes are located on Crekvina, at the entrance to the forests Loza and Lužina. The project was implemented with the help of the Ministry of Tourism and the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, and the total value is 273 thousand kuna. To use the Kastav bike system, you need a mobile phone and a debit or credit card. The bicycle can be used by any adult natural person who has established a rental via a one-time alphanumeric QRPay code and registration, at the station itself. last_img read more

Bedroom bliss: Bespoke bedhead designs back on the map

first_img Interior designer Georgie Leckey from Healtherly Design.Heatherly Design has featured regularly on The Block and in some of Australia’s most stylish homes, including fashion designer Alex Perry, homemaker and stylist Chyka Keebaugh and a successful collaboration with high-profile Brisbane interior designer Anna Spiro. The bespoke bedhead designs could be credited with putting bedheads firmly back on the map and back into homes.Heatherly Design have collaborated with Ms Spiro, to launch an Art Series capsule. The eclectic, brightly patterned bedheads are reminiscent of Ms Spiro’s work at the ground breaking “Halcyon House” boutique hotel on Cabarita Beach. Heatherly Design are the preferred partner for interior designers up the coast from Southport, Brisbane to Noosa and beyond who are looking for local manufacturers to provide high quality, made to measure solutions for bedrooms of new commercial and residential properties. In many cases, the brief has been for a signature, bold design that reflects the unique characteristics of Queensland such as intense sunlight, seascape, floraand marine life. Create a study nook at home Poppy bedhead in Dolce Emerald velvet. Did you know…. Louis bedhead available via Healtherly Design. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Genevieve bedhead in Kahuna.The latest AW20 Collection Past to Present, channels key moments in design history – from the mid 1800s craftsmanship of Thonet to the refined masculinity of Saville Row.Ms Leckey believes the collection is not only their most confident, but said there was something for everyone – from the romantic through to the masculine. Each capsule narrates its own story via an expanded furniture range for the bedroom – think Brandy velvet occasional chairs reminiscent of a gentleman’s atelier, chic houndstooth footstools, on-trend curvey shaped ottomans and hand-crafted bedsides. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“More and more of our customers are looking for a distinctive, personal look for the bedroom which can be expressed via the bedhead as a centrepiece,” she said.“This collection oozes character, which is further expressed with new matching furniture pieces like footstools and chairs”.center_img Buying property during Covid-19 Home where Sabo Skirt was born set for new beginnings Ms Leckey employs seven upholsterers in Melbourne and has recently opened a new flagshipshowroom in Sydney’s Paddington. She has set up a comprehensive e-commerce platform for customers to order online which is designed to assist them in the process of choosing from a myriad of headboard styles and fabrics. Orders are then shipped to customers all around Australia.She said her biggest challenge was finding enough skilled upholsterers to keep up with the ever-growing demand for her bedheads.“Local upholsters are a bit of dying breed here in Australia, unfortunately,” Ms Leckey said. “It’s not the kind of industry that young people naturally gravitate to these days. We are fortunate to have taken on an apprentice but the pool of talented craftsman to pull from is limited”. However, the passionate business owner said she was proud to be able to continue to support the local industry, at a time when we are more conscience of supporting local manufacturers not only in the short term, but the foreseeable future. heatherlydesign.com.au Check out interior designer Anna Spiro’s collaboration with Heatherly Design (Luella Bedhead in Leilani Linen).When interior designer Georgie Leckey became increasingly frustrated by the lack of quality upholstered bedheads available for her clients, she set out to create a range of statement designs that would complement any decorating theme. More than a decade later, Heatherly Design now includes more than 37 styles and dozens of fabrics.last_img read more

Tuesday at the Ripley County 4-H Fair

first_imgOsgood, In. — The “Free Parking” sponsor at the Ripley County 4-H Fair today is Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. Here is a list of events for Tuesday, July 24:4-H Llama & Alpaca Show at 9 a.m. in the arena4-H Gilt Show at 1 p.m. in the Swine Barn & Show Arena4-H Barrow Show at 5 p.m. in the Swine Barn & Show ArenaIndiana Blood Center Blood Drive from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Extension Office4-H Horse & Pony Contesting 6 p.m. in Building 7National Pedal Pullers & Racers on the Free Stage by Shelter #2 at 5 p.m.Vintage/Battle of the Blue Grass Tractor Pull in the Grandstands at 7 p.m.Midway opens at 6 p.m.last_img

The Latest: Indiana halt all voluntary workouts

first_imgThe ITTF froze the world rankings in April when all international competitions were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 16 top-ranked men and women will compete at the ITTF Finals. World Cup events will have 20-player lineups of no more than two from each country.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indiana has halted all voluntary workouts indefinitely for its men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s soccer and wrestling teams after 14 participants tested positive for the coronavirus this week. The Latest: Indiana halt all voluntary workouts The Hoosiers did not identify which teams recorded the positive tests. The football team, like other Big Ten programs, is not playing this fall. Indiana said 63 positives have been reported from more than 1,400 tests of athletes, coaches and staff since June 8.“Our athletic program is following strict protocols during these unprecedented times and we strongly support our medical staff as we try and mitigate this issue,” men’s basketball coach Archie Miller said.___TCU and SMU postponed their Sept. 11 matchup in Fort Worth after the Horned Frogs said that some players and support staff tested positive for the coronavirus.TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said the programs would try to make up the game at a later date. Donati said his program has been aggressive in following federal guidelines on testing and contact tracing. He said none of those who tested positive for COVID-19 are facing serious health issues.“We intend to continue our enforcement of strict standards to protect the program and our community,” Donati said.TCU is scheduled to play Iowa State in its Big 12 opener on Sept. 26. SMU opens its season on Saturday at Texas StateThe TCU-SMU matchup is just the latest game upended by COVID issues. North Carolina State game at Virginia Tech was moved from Sept. 12 to 26. Marshall and East Carolina postponed their Sept. 12 game and no makeup date has been set.___ Associated Press center_img The Indianapolis Colts today will allow a maximum of 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for the team’s home opener Sept. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings. That number was determined following discussions with the Marion County Public Health Department and set to meet local, NFL and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But the Colts will not operate their Touchdown Town outside the stadium until further notice. Colts staff will meet with local health officials as early as next week to discuss capacity for future games.“Our top priority always will be the health and safety of fans, players and staff, so we must take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe, which includes a reduced stadium capacity on game day,” said Pete Ward, the team’s COO. “We will continue to work with local health officials on steps that will allow our season to go on as safely as possible with fans in the stands. And we continue to appreciate the patience of all our fans as we navigate the fluid nature of this pandemic.” Next week, the team will release specific health and safety procedures for 2020 home games, which also will include requirements for fans and stadium employees on game days. ___Mississippi fans can have their faces in the stands — for a price — even if they can’t get into the games.The school is selling fans cutouts with photos of themselves for $55. They’ll be placed in the stands for football, soccer and volleyball games.Fans must wear Ole Miss attire in the photos. Attendance will be limited to 25% of capacity for football games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium because of COVID-19. September 4, 2020 The first 500 orders for football games will be placed behind the goalposts. The rest will be placed throughout the lower bowl of the stadium.___Table tennis events will return in China in November.The International Table Tennis Federation says World Cup events for men and women will be held in China after the country took over hosting duties from Germany and Thailand.The Chinese table tennis federation says “we are able to come out from the darkness and to celebrate our return to the table.”last_img read more

International students visit local elementary school

first_imgUSC boasts the largest international student population of any university in the country and is located in one of the nation’s most diverse cities  — on Friday, those two worlds came together.Students from a wide array of countries, including Thailand, China, Australia, Taiwan, Denmark, India, Columbia, Iran and Papua New Guinea, visited Vermont Avenue Elementary School as part of the school’s Literacy Day. Now in its third year, Literacy Day is a chance for elementary school students to interact with people from different countries and cultures, and a chance for USC students to tell children the importance of reading and going to college.Book it · A member of USC’s International Student Assembly reads aloud to children at Vermont Avenue Elementary School on Friday as part of the third annual Literacy Day. – Hide Kurokawa | Daily Trojan Topics ranging from after school activities to what species of animals live in each country filled each classroom Friday morning as USC students detailed their experiences growing up in other countries.Leidy Lim, a graduate student studying teaching English to speakers of other languages, said it was fun to watch the children’s reactions as the USC students talked about their cultures.“They ask so many questions,” Lim said. “The kids are so curious about how life in their country differs from mine. I told them Papua New Guinea doesn’t have theaters, and they were in absolute shock.”To the kids, the experience is a fun way to learn about a lifestyle outside the United States. But many of the USC student volunteers said they might have learned just as much as the children did.“It’s a great opportunity not for just the kids, but for us as well to give back to the society,” said Warren Chan, a senior majoring in business administration. “It’s mutually beneficial, and I find it very uplifting.”Prior to this year, Literacy Day had previously been held at Loren Miller Elementary School. But Brenda Cortez, who is now the principal at Vermont Avenue, heard about USC’s Office of International Students and the International Students’ Assembly and worked with the groups to bring the event to Vermont Avenue.Though this is the only outreach program specifically involving international students, OIS and ISA are looking to have a few more days like this at the elementary school. A culture day might be in the works for the future, with students from ISA spending a whole day focusing on teaching kids about traditional food, clothing and societal customs.Many of USC’s international students, including Xiaoran Wang, a graduate student studying electrical engineering, said they hope the program will be expanded.“The children just get so excited to see us, and it really makes me happy and makes me think to myself how I could get more involved,” Wang said.Becky Peterson, international student adviser at OIS, said she sees a great desire among international students to participate in these outreach programs, and she hopes more events of this type will develop.“The international kids have such huge hearts. To do something like this really showcases how much they really enjoy giving back,” Peterson said.last_img read more