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first_imgIf you look at Amy Stein’s photographs of interactions between people and animals long enough, you begin to wonder which subjects are truly wild.In Stein’s photos, taken in the small Pennsylvania town of Matamoras and on display in a new exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), nature comes right up to the door, sometimes literally, in the form of coyotes, bears, and deer. But the efforts to shoo nature away, fence it out, and keep it at bay that are illustrated in the photos raise the question of where the wildness really exists, out there or inside us.Of course, that’s the artist’s point.Stein, a New York photographer, created the images in her “Domesticated” series — a selection of which are on display at the HMNH until April — while in graduate school at New York’s School of Visual Arts. The project grew from her fascination with hunting and taxidermy. Stein eventually moved out of the taxidermist shop and into the yards and homes of people whose run-ins with local wildlife were not only regular, but the stuff of newspaper articles.The photographs are staged by Stein yet illustrate those real-life encounters. Using mainly stuffed animals in lifelike poses borrowed from the local taxidermist, Stein re-enacted the newspaper encounters, often using the original people involved. The stories themselves are the mundane stuff of rural and suburban life, with coyotes knocking over trashcans, a bird flying into a window, a girl watching a coyote beyond the backyard fence. Stein’s take on them, though, illuminates the intersection of man and animal, illustrating not just how close nature is, but also our response to it, and illustrating how wildlife is changed by us and our structures.Elisabeth Werby, executive director of the museum, said the exhibit — which marks the first time Stein’s photos have been shown in such a venue — is the latest at the museum highlighting the work of photographers whose images examine the natural world.“This exhibition continues the HMNH’s history of presenting work from recognized photographers that offers unique and unexpected perspectives on natural history,” Werby said. “Amy Stein’s photographs are provocative in the best sense, raising important and complicated issues about the boundaries between the built and natural environment and about our relationships with the wildlife around us.”Stein, who was on campus Friday (Jan. 22) talking about her work, said virtually every resident of Matamoras, which abuts a state park, had a story of an animal encounter. One striking image of a young girl standing by her family’s pool looking at a black bear was inspired by episodes of bears swimming in the pool until the family erected a fence around it to keep them out.Stein said people in the town, which backs up to a forested mountain, have a complex relationship with nature, one that is mirrored in many towns across the country. They appreciate nature, but also want to distance themselves from it.“People were wonderful. They opened up their back yards to me, their homes,” Stein said.last_img read more

first_imgFormer pornography star Crissy Moran, said that for her, working in the industry was “very much acting and pretending that you love it.”“To me, I liked … the glamorous part of it and that they were doing my hair and my makeup and that people wanted to see the pictures, but the part that was a struggle for me was when it would go past the point of having to take clothes off,” she said. Kat Robinson | The Observer Crissy Moran, left, and professor Leonard DeLorenzo speak about the effects of pornography at a panel discussion Tuesday.Moran spoke on her experiences in “Porn — On Both Sides of the Screen,” a panel sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life and Students for Child-Oriented Policy on Tuesday night. The event — which was part of White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week — also featured Traylor Lovvorn, a former pornography addict, and his wife Melody Lovvorn.Leonard DeLorenzo, a theology professor and director for Notre Dame Vision at the McGrath Institute for Church Life, moderated the panel and said that he wanted the panel to focus on the stories, rather than the numbers of pornography.“When we talk about statistics, we don’t see these people. The sheer volume of it all drowns out their voices,” he said. “… What we want to do tonight is focus not on a topic, actually, but on stories — stories from people, people who come from both sides of that screen where pornography is projected.”Moran discussed her childhood, which included being molested for the first time at the age of four. Moran said when she started dating at 17, she became sexually active, but her boyfriend took her to get an abortion when she became pregnant.After they broke up, Moran said she went from boyfriend to boyfriend.“I felt like in order to feel loved, I had to have a man in my life,” she said. “ … It became a pattern. When a relationship didn’t work out, I felt like I needed a new one.”After a stint at Hooter’s and these various boyfriends, Moran said she began to think that she “wasn’t worth anything unless [she] was sexy.”Moran said she entered the industry after breaking up with her fiancé and moving back home. She started chatting with men online and was contacted by someone who shot for “Playboy.” While initially hesitant, she said she agreed because she had hit rock bottom.“It was the next best thing to having someone say they loved me,” she said.Some of her boyfriends used porn, Moran said, but she had never seen a full episode before she entered the industry.“I hated it. I hated porn. I hated that my boyfriend wanted to look at other women. I felt competition. I felt like I couldn’t measure up because they were so perfect,” she said.Moran was prompted to leave the industry when one of her boyfriends cheated on her.“The realization that I became the perfect fantasy girl and was still not enough, that was what crushed me,” she said.At that point, Moran said she began to pray to God again and disentangle herself from the industry.The Lovvorns shared the story of their marriage and pornography’s effects on their relationship. Traylor said with the amount of time people spend on pornography, “we’re circling an epidemic, if not a pandemic.”His first exposure to pornography began with magazines when he was eight years old, but, since he grew up in a Christian town, Traylor said, he wanted to be a witness for God and was ashamed. Traylor said people also only talked about sin in the past tense.“I was a present-tense sinner in a past-tense sin culture,” he said. “… Pornography became my go to medicine to numb the emotions.”When Traylor and Melody started dating in college and considered marriage, Traylor never told Melody about his addiction because he thought marriage would fix the problem. After marriage, the problem remained unresolved, and Traylor said he felt even more intense shame than he had previously and was isolated from God.“I didn’t know how to bring God into my struggle,” he said. “I thought he was angry and very disappointed in me. … I thought to know better was to do better. … Looking back, I now realize it was my framework that was wrong.”Traylor said his struggle with pornography also hurt his marriage with Melody.“I was sucking the life out of Melody, trying to get her as a female to tell me I was a man,” he said.When Melody found out about Traylor’s struggle, he said it was “the best worst day of [his] life.” Their divorce started his journey of recovery where he said he eventually realized God was enough.After six years of divorce, Melody and Traylor remarried because Traylor said he identified his root problems.“Think about a tree,” he said. “For years, I had all these branches of behavior I wanted to do away with … The only way we ever found the branches are dealt with is first and foremost to deal with the roots. Like with my story, the branches kept growing back.”Tags: #SCOP, McGrath Institute for Church Life, pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

first_imgMar 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 5-year-old boy from central Vietnam has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, becoming the 25th Vietnamese to contract the disease since late December, according to a Vietnamese newspaper.The boy, named Hoang Trong Duong, is from Quang Binh province and was hospitalized Mar 15 in Hue with high fever, cough, and lung infection, according to Than Nien News, a Ho Chi Minh City newspaper. He was in stable condition.Nguyen Tran Hien, director of Vietnam’s National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology, said the boy tested positive for H5N1, according to the story.With the latest case, Vietnam unofficially has had 25 human cases, 13 of them fatal, since late December. In addition, one fatal case occurred in Cambodia in that period.The boy’s 13-year-old sister died at a local hospital Mar 9 after suffering symptoms like her brother’s, according to the Than Nien News report, which cited the Associated Press as the source of that information. The director of the provincial preventive medicine center said no samples from the girl were taken, leaving the cause of her illness uncertain.The boy’s uncle, Hoang Thai An, said the family had eaten a dead chicken given them by a neighbor 3 weeks ago, the story said.A report today by the Chinese news agency Xinhua gave a slightly different account. It said the family had slaughtered and eaten a chicken given them by relatives, and several days later all three children in the family fell ill. The report cited the newspaper Saigon Liberation as its source.More suspected casesAt least two other suspected cases of avian flu have been reported in Vietnam this week. Yesterday, Than Nien News said a person from the northern province of Bac Ninh was admitted to the Institute of Tropical Disease in Hanoi in “relatively good” condition with suspected avian flu. The patient’s age and sex were not listed.Today’s Xinhua report said another person from Quang Binh province was admitted to a local hospital yesterday with a fever and breathing difficulty. The information was attributed to Hoang Van Min, head of the provincial veterinary bureau. No other details were provided.Earlier this week, a Reuters report said avian flu was suspected in a man from the southern province of Kien Giang who died last weekend (Mar 12 or 13). A doctor at the province’s general hospital said test results were pending; no other details were given.Poultry outbreak in North Korea?In other developments this week, a South Korean news agency reported an outbreak of avian flu in North Korea, previously untouched by the H5N1 virus. The report prompted the WHO to ask North Korea for information, which was not immediately forthcoming.The Yonhap news agency reported the avian flu outbreak at a chicken farm in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, according to a Mar 15 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Yonhap said the information came from a South Korean businessman who had met North Korean officials on a business trip to Beijing.WHO officials said they regarded the report as a rumor and had asked North Korea for information about it. As of yesterday the WHO hadn’t heard anything from North Korean officials, spokesman Dick Thompson in Geneva told CIDRAP News by e-mail.North Korea has said it was free of the disease. However, experts said mirgratory birds heading north from Southeast Asia could have carried the virus into the country, according to AFP. Many waterfowl carry avian flu viruses without getting sick.Harsaran Pandey, WHO regional information officer in New Delhi, told AFP the WHO has a representative in Pyongyang, but said it is difficult to get information from the secretive communist state.Vietnam hopes to store vaccineAlso this week, a researcher said Vietnam hopes to stockpile 1 million doses of a human vaccine for avian flu, once testing is complete. That word came from Hoang Thuy Nguyen, who heads the vaccine research at Hanoi’s Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, via an AFP story Mar 16.Nguyen said he hopes the vaccine could go into production by the end of this year. The vaccine already has shown good results in chickens and mice, and it is currently being tested in monkeys, the report said.Today’s Xinhua story said 24 of 35 Vietnam localities involved in the current round of avian flu outbreaks in poultry have gone for at least 3 weeks without any new cases, suggesting that the outbreaks are “cooling down.”Elsewhere, Indonesia’s agriculture minister said avian flu has killed 50,000 chickens in South Sulawesi and West Java since the beginning of this year, according to a Mar 16 AFP report. He said trade in chickens from the two areas had been banned in an effort to contain the disease.Reuters reported that J. R. Wasito, director-general of animal husbandry at the nation’s agriculture ministry, had ordered isolation and culling in the affected areas, plus vaccination of poultry within 5 kilometers. He said more than 1 million doses of vaccine had been distributed.Indonesia has had a number of avian flu outbreaks in poultry since late 2003, but no human cases have been reported.last_img read more

first_imgThe US Port of Long Beach moved over 1.8 million TEUs in the first quarter of 2019, marking the port’s second-busiest January through March period.The figure was achieved despite lingering trade uncertainty, the port said, adding that the volumes dropped by 4.7 percent compared to last year’s opening quarter.“With warehouses full from shippers rushing to beat the looming threat of escalating tariffs, shipments slowed somewhat,” Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, said.“It’s going to take some time for inventory to cycle to markets and for typical growth to resume.”Marine terminals and dockworkers moved 552,821 TEUs in March, a 3.9 percent decrease compared to the same month a year ago. Imports were down 7.8 percent at 247,039 TEUs while exports were 7.7 percent lower, 131,436 TEUs. Empties shipped overseas rose 5.7 percent to 174,346 TEUs.Port of Long Beach said that a slowing domestic economy will likely lead to a moderate uptick in container imports through 2019, following a robust year that was marked by record-high cargo growth amid a trade dispute with China.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sonangol Quenguela drillship is being held by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency due to docking without permission. Sonangol Quenguela drillship; Source: DSMEThe Sonangol Quenguela drillship is operated by Sonadrill, a joint venture established by drilling contractor Seadrill and an affiliate of Angola’s oil company Sonangol.According to the Malaysian coast guard, otherwise known as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Bahamas-registered drillship was detained on Monday night 9 nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau after it had failed to produce any permits for Malaysian waters.The coast guard said that the drillship was controlled by a crew of 43 men, including the captain, from 28 to 57 years old from various countries.The case will be investigated and, if found guilty, it can be fined with RM 100,000 or a jail sentence of up to two years.Seadrill and Sonangol entered into a 50:50 joint venture – named Sonadrill – to operate four drillships, focusing on opportunities in Angolan waters in February 2019. It was agreed for each of the joint venture parties to bareboat two drillships into Sonadrill. The JV will have an initial term of five years.Seadrill agreed to contribute two drillships from its existing fleet and Sonangol to contribute two newbuild drillships, Libongos and Quenguela.It was also agreed for Seadrill to manage and operate the four drillships on behalf of Sonadrill.Built by South Korea’s shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine and Engineering, the Sonangol Libongos was delivered in March 2019. Sonadril secured a nine-well contract with six options, each for one well, in Angola for the Libongos drillship last September.The Sonangol Quenguela drillship was named at DSME’s shipyard in May 2019 and it was expected to leave the yard in June.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 51 Views   no discussions Share Getty ImagesPut down that light yogurt, it may be making you fat. As it turns out, a number of foods that are commonly thought to be great for weight loss can actually stimulate the appetite. We spoke with Marjorie Nolan, R.D., National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, to get the skinny on foods that can trigger hunger and sabotage your diet.1. Light yogurt The blast of sweet (often artificial) flavor causes the stomach to start producing gastric juices. With only four to six ounces of yogurt and no fat in a typical container, the body doesn’t have enough food to digest leaving the tummy rumbling for more.Better choice: Nolan likes the creaminess and high protein content of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt. Add fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavor. If you choose the non-fat variety, add a tablespoon of sunflower seeds for crunch and satisfaction-the fat in nuts and seeds is slow to digest so a small serving keeps you feeling full.2. Puffed cereal with skim milk The combo of skim milk and puffed cereal has too few calories to keep you energized for long. Many dieters reach for puffed cereal because it looks filling in a big bowl. However, the low fiber content leaves you wanting more soon after breakfast. Puffed cereal also has a high glycemic index, which causes blood sugar to drop after an initial boost of energy.Better choice: Rolled or steel cut oats. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which makes it a satisfying breakfast. Add a spoonful of maple brown sugar if you need something sweet. Cooking your own plain oatmeal and adding a small amount of sweetener is much more nutritious than using pre-sweetened packets. Nolan likes to cook oats with low fat milk or stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter for even more stick-to-your-ribs goodness.3. Big green salad with low fat or fat free dressing The typical dieters’ lunch of a salad with low fat dressing can have a boomerang effect on the appetite. It’s full of fiber and visually filling but the low protein and fat content won’t satisfy for long. Stay away from fat-free dressings, which are loaded with sugar.Better choice. Add three to six ounces of lean protein such as lean beef, chicken, or beans (the leaner the choice, the more you should eat) to your salad bowl.4. Rice cakes One rice cake=good, four rice cakes=overindulgence. And that’s about how many it will take to feel truly satisfied. Low in fiber with a high glycemic index, these classic diet snacks won’t leave your tank full for long.Better choice: Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter or cream cheese onto a rice cake for a more balanced nosh. Or choose whole grain crackers with a spread or small portion of cheese for fiber and carbs plus protein.5. Chewing gum A little stick of gum is a stealth saboteur. While some chewing gum advocates say that it can stave off snacking, Nolan disagrees. She explains that the burst of flavor gets the gastric juices flowing. The act of chewing revs the digestive system even more, preparing it for a meal. If you want an express ticket to the all-you-can-eat buffet, chomp on some gum.Better choice: We all have our munchy days, so if you are just looking for something to keep your mouth busy, air-popped corn or raw veggies are a safer bet.6. Diet soda Like gum, the sweet flavor wakes up the digestive process with no nutritional pay off which stimulates the appetite. Caffeine and carbonation may dampen your hunger pangs for a short time only to have them come roaring back along with an energy slump. If that’s not enough to make you rethink your daily fix, a study carried out by the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio showed that people who consumed diet soda had a 70-500% increase of abdominal fat over ten years compared to those who didn’t drink diet soda.Better choice: Drinking a hot beverage can slow down the appetite and allow you to think through your craving. Also, sometimes thirst signals are confused with hunger, so you may just need hydration. Non-caffeinated herbal teas won’t cause an energy crash.7. Apple Yes, apples are great for you-they contain lots of vitamins and fiber, but a single apple is not a balanced snack. If you don’t eat anything else with your afternoon apple, you may overeat at dinner.Better choice: Apple with 5-10 almonds or a cheese stick. Spend a few more calories on your snack so you won’t be ravenous later8. Low-calorie frozen entrees Light frozen entrees contain little fiber and only about half the calories you will need to feel satiated. They are also loaded with salt. If you don’t have another option, look for a frozen dinner that contains 400-500 calories, 20-30 grams of protein, around 5 grams of fat, and 5-10 grams of fiber.Better choice: If you are too busy to cook, Nolan suggests an “assembly based meal.” Roast chicken from the deli, a slice of whole grain bread, some salad bar vegetables, and a piece of fruit add up to a quick, healthy dinner.9. Fat-free graham crackers or other baked goods Nolan says people who are watching their weight tend to automatically reach for food labeled “fat free” on the package assuming it is more diet-friendly than the regular version. However, when manufacturers make fat-free foods, they often up the sugar content. Check the nutritional information on the back–the light versions sometimes contain more calories.Better choice: Regular graham cracker. A small indulgence such as a graham cracker or square of quality chocolate keeps things interesting and won’t break the bank calorie-wise. Nolan points out that boredom is the enemy of dieters and causes people to fall of the wagon. “You are better off eating real food and more calories and feeling physically and emotionally satisfied than eating ‘diet food’ and being hungry in an hour.”By Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! bloggercenter_img Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Diet foods that make you hungrier by: – November 11, 2011last_img read more

first_img Share Share 20 Views   no discussions Former prime minister and UWP Leader, Edison JamesA top United Workers Party (UWP) official has made an urgent request to the prime minister who is also the minister of foreign affairs and finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, to “come clean” and give citizens an explanation on two issues.These two issues have been identified by UWP’s leader and former prime minister Edison James at a press conference on Wednesday.He said these issues are of great concern to citizens and should not be “glossed” over by the prime minister.The first issue James listed is a report that Dominica allegedly signed an ALBA communiqué seeking the expulsion of USAID from member countries.According to James, if the communiqué was signed by Dominica it could cause the relationship which exists between the United States and Dominica to “deteriorate”.“This position, this decision by Dominica represents a mark deterioration in the relationship between our country and the United States of America. It’s a decision and action that could impact significantly on our economy because from the United States’.He noted that Dominica’s tourism industry is largely dependent on cruise ships which hail from the United States as well as the renowned Ross University School of Medicine which several American students attend.James called on the Dominican leader to “give an explanation to the people”, with a view to clearly stating the decision on this matter.The second issue James wants Mr. Skerrit to speak to the people about is his decision to invest in LIAT.He did indicate that his party does recognize LIAT’s significance to the island.“We recognize LIAT as an important carrier and we have to be concerned about the welfare and well being of LIAT and to be prepared to assist as much as possible where we can as it is in our interest to do so”.However, he said, the prime minister should inform the nation of the details on this investment.“What we continue to say is that Mr. Skerrit must come clean with the people of Dominica. If you have invested in LIAT, that is you have purchased shares, it’s important to tell the people of Dominica how many shares did you purchase, how many shares will our $8 million be buying, where are these shares coming from, are there new issues of shares, are there shares that are being bought from current shareholders, what’s the value of those shares, what is the expected return on those shares?”James would also like the prime minister to clarify whether this investment into LIAT is as a result of Dominica’s night landing facility at the Melville Hall Airport. Domincia Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet LocalNews UWP wants Prime Minister Skerrit to ‘come clean’ by: – June 27, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBatesville High School Girl’s Swimming won seven events defeating Eastern Hancock High School and host New Castle High School.Batesville scored 110 points to finish the meet in first followed by Eastern Hancock with 69 and Newcastle with 25.BHS-NewCastle-EHHS (11-16)The Win was highlighted by victories in the 200 Medley Relay (Ashley Daulton, Audra Brewer, Halle Renck, Sonja Gaulin) and 200 Freestyle Relay (Gaulin, Gwen Martin, Brewer, Daulton).Individual event winners included Martin (50 Free), Renck (100 Fly), Daulton (100 Free), Hannah Simpson (100 Back), and Brewer (100 Breast).Bulldog swimming returns to action at Connersville High School on November 23, continuing the girls season and opening the boys.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has congratulated star opener Rohit Sharma who has been chosen for this year’s Khel Ratna Award, country’s highest sporting honour.Rohit has become just the fourth cricketer who will be conferred the prestigious award after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98), MS Dhoni (2007) and Virat Kohli (2018). India’s limited-overs vice-captain had an outstanding 2019 where he scored 1,490 runs in ODIs at an average of 57.30, and also finished as the highest run-getter in the 2019 World Cup with five centuries in the tournament. He was also promoted as an opener in Test cricket where he made 556 runs in five matches. “Congratulations Rohit Sharma for being conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2020, India’s highest sporting honour. He is only the fourth Indian cricketer to receive this award. We are proud of you, Hitman!” said BCCI in a tweet. “Congratulations on the being conferred with the prestigious #KhelRatnaAward partner! Proud of you bro,” said Shikhar Dhawan. “A record-breaking 5 centuries at the World Cup & a smashing debut as a Test opener. Highest sporting honour of India – Rohit Sharma is now a #RajivGandhiKhelRatna awardee,” tweeted his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Meanwhile, pacer Ishant Sharma and women’s team all-rounder Deepti Sharma have been chosen for the Arjuna Award. Ishant picked up 25 wickets in six Tests last year at an impressive average of 15.56. On the other hand, Deepti, who was part of the side that reached the Women’s T20 World Cup final in Australia, picked up 19 wickets in T20Is and 15 wickets in ODIs last year. “Congratulations to our senior most Test bowler Ishant Sharma for winning the prestigious Arjuna Award for 2020. Keep going, champ!” BCCI tweeted. In another tweet, BCCI wrote, “Congratulations to our all-rounder Deepti Sharma on being conferred upon with the prestigious Arjuna Award for 2020. May you continue soaring new heights.” Head coach Ravi Shastri tweeted: “Congratulations! The SHARMAAAAAS – Well done Ro for Khel Ratna and Ishi for Arjuna – Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma.” IANS Also Watch: Arjuna Award for Assam Boxer Lovlina Borgohainlast_img read more