first_imgThe Antarctic limpet Nacella (Patingera) concinna (Strebel, 1908) forms temporary “stacks” before spawning, a behaviour which ensures that gametes are released in close proximity. This promotes the fertilization of a large proportion of eggs, so reducing the energy outlay necessary to ensure reproductive success. The annual reproductive output of Nacella is low in comparison with other Patellidae. Rapid fertilization may also help to contain larvae in shallow coastal waters suitable for settlement. Evidence of this unique spawning behaviour has now been obtained in a series of photographs taken at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands (60°S : 43°W).last_img read more

first_imgSometimes, you have to step back to see the big picture.That’s the lesson that archaeology students are sharing with the public through a new exhibit at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.The exhibit, “Spying on the Past: Declassified Satellite Images and Archaeology,” which remains open throughout the summer, presents case studies of how satellite images can illuminate archaeologically important landscape features that might not be visible from the ground. The examples are from sites in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Peru. They reveal evidence of cities, trackways, irrigation canals, and even traces of nomadic travels.Ruth Pimentel, a student in the Anthropology Department’s sophomore tutorial in archaeology, said she’s thrilled to be able to share the excitement she felt in learning how to use satellite photos as archaeological tools.“While I was doing the research this semester, I kept seizing my hapless roommates, showing them pictures on my computer and talking them through the method, just because I couldn’t keep to myself how cool it was,” Pimentel said. “Having gallery space in the Peabody means everyone in the class will get to explain how awesome and exciting this material is, and with much bigger pictures.”The students’ work stems from more than a decade’s effort by Jason Ur, associate professor of anthropology, who has long used satellite photos to track elusive details of ancient civilizations and interpret them to gain new understanding of old ways of life (detailed in features such as irrigation canals) and connections between communities (elucidated by long-lost roadways).“The way humans modify their landscapes often has a pattern or regularity, whether intentional or unintentional, that cannot be appreciated from the ground,” Ur said. “I find the emergent order of networks of tracks or patterns of irrigation fields to be almost hypnotic from above.”Guided by Ur, students in the sophomore tutorial in archaeology first learned the techniques of analyzing satellite photos and then applied them to several archaeologically rich areas. Pimentel worked on the Assyrian Irrigation Project, which focused on northern Iraq near the Turkish border. She examined photographs of the remains of canals built under Assyrian emperors before the empire crumbled in the seventh century B.C.“We propose that the canals were partly displays of power — the extra water allowing for elaborate royal gardens, for example — and partly large-scale efforts to support agriculture for the increasingly concentrated population,” Pimentel said. “The canals are now mostly obscured by modern farms and towns. But on the satellite images, we’re able to see faint lines on a huge scale across the landscape, evidence of the massive earthworks once there.”Pimentel said some of the features were so faint that she had to train her eyes to detect them in the photos. There were some photos, however, in which the canals were immediately evident, she said.“We get excited about those images. They’re our showstoppers,” Pimentel said.In conducting his own research, satellite photos are just a starting point for Ur. He scours the images for patterns and follows that examination by traveling to a site to inspect the features of interest from the ground. He then goes back to the photos, reinspecting them with a new understanding of the landscape. There are times when, looking at the photos, features are difficult to discern, but there are other times when it’s clear something’s there, making interpretation the challenge.Ur draws photos from various sources. He even hails Google Earth as an excellent tool for an armchair archaeologist because it can fly you to the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge without leaving the office. Most valuable, though, are older photos, such as those from the CORONA spy satellites, declassified in the 1990s and available from the U.S. Geological Survey. Because CORONA flew in the 1960s and 1970s, the photos are less expensive than images from modern satellites, but Ur said even more important is that they allow him to look back in time. Forty years ago, there was much less development in some key areas, making features visible that might be obscured now.For visitors to the gallery, Ur said he hopes they understand that archaeology is more than just digging and more than just ancient cities. And Ur and his students said they hope viewers will understand that development is endangering many landscapes.“I hope visitors come away learning something new about the ancient cultures of Peru, of course, but also that archaeological sites are fragile places in a changing landscape,” said Adam Stack, a graduate student in archaeology who took the course and studied the Chan Chan site on Peru’s north coast. “It will take more than archaeologists to protect the past.”last_img read more

first_imgTicket sale for the football match of BiH and Greece which will be played on 22 March in Zenica started yesterday, 6 March, at 9 a.m., and in the first  day all 6 000 tickets were sold out, said to FENA spokesperson of Centrotrans Eurolines Aida Smajić.According to the deal of BIH Football Federation and Centrotrans Eurolines company, ticket sales were organised on 23 places in 22 tows in BiH.Centrotrans said ‘ The tickets, depending on the town, were sold out were quickly. We remind that the largest amount of tickets, 60% were in Sarajevo and in Zenica. Because of the great interest for tickets, there were huge crowds, and sadly a great number of people did not manage to buy the ticket’. Centrotrans added that the new system of ticket selling was used, according to which one person could buy only two tickets and his name, surname, ID number and ticket number were recorded.Centrotrans noted that according to information from they have, if they had 50 000 tickets, all of them would be sold out.last_img read more

first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist (AP)—The calls that every agent with a kid in the draft dreads most are about money.“The first call is always about taxes,” longtime NFL agent Ralph Cindrich said a while back. “So few of these guys have had after-school jobs that they see their first paycheck and demand to know where the rest of the money went.”That won’t be a problem with Ndamukong Suh. NDAMUKONG SUH It’s not just that the projected top-three pick come April 22 is smart and sophisticated, qualities that Suh displayed again during an appearance last week on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Smart enough, anyway, that he’s lined up his first charitable donation even before he’s seen a single paycheck.At a time when most guys in his position would be out pricing a Bentley, the 23-year-old defensive tackle just pledged $2.6 million to his alma mater. It was the largest single gift ever by a Nebraska football player, among the largest-known contributions ever by an active pro athlete to his alma mater, and unprecedented for someone who hasn’t yet signed a contract.“I didn’t feel like I had to, but I definitely wanted to give back to the university that gave me so much,” Suh said when the donation was announced, just before Nebraska’s Red-White spring game kicked off.Pro athletes donate plenty to charities, but for reasons that university fundraising officers don’t completely understand, they give only so much to old State U.There are exceptions, to be sure: Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony recently gave $3 million to fund construction of a basketball facility at Syracuse; and Steve Smith, who collected a few sportsmanship and citizenship awards during 15 seasons in the NBA, donated $2.5 million to help build a student-athlete center on the Michigan State campus that bears his mother’s name.Veteran agents like Cindrich and Nashville, Tenn.-based Brian Parker routinely encourage clients to donate, as much to build relationships in the communities where they work or live as to take advantage of potential tax breaks. Even so, Parker was heartened to see a draft pick who’s that far out in front of the process.“It’s encouraging for a lot of reasons,” he said, “but it’s definitely not the norm. The best way to sell a player to a general manager is to be able to say he’s got it all—height, weight, speed, character, consistency and smarts. Everything I’ve read about Suh suggests he’s one of those.”The job of selling Suh belongs to agent Roosevelt Barnes, and it’s likely to be an easy one. The most recent comparable example was LSU defender Tyson Jackson, who went to Kansas City with the third overall pick in 2009 and has a six-year deal with $31 million guaranteed. And keep in mind that Jackson wasn’t nearly as decorated as Suh—a Heisman finalist and winner of the Outland, Bednarik, Nagurski and Associated Press Player of the Year awards last season.Then again, predicting any player’s future is always risky, even for someone like Suh, who came into the NFL scouting combine at 6-7 and 305 pounds and not only did every drill—something top picks often avoid—but nailed each one. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 32 times, ran 40 yards in 4.98 seconds and soared 35-1/2 inches in the vertical jump, the best for any defensive tackle since 2000.Yet scouts find his backstory just as compelling. It’s one reason why he’s been trailed by a camera crew for an NFL Network documentary the past few weeks. His mother, Bernadette, is a schoolteacher from Jamaica who required her son to post a 3.0 grade-point average before he could play football. His father, Michael, was born in Cameroon and became a mechanical engineer after moving to Portland.Suh graduated from Nebraska with a degree in construction management from the College of Engineering, to which $600,000 of his total pledge will go to endow a scholarship. The other $2 million will fund a renovation of the Cornhuskers’ strength and conditioning center, where Suh put in long hours.“He was one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen on the field,” Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini told ESPN.com recently. He has great explosion, and despite all that, he moves like a basketball player. He’s really smooth.”And if nothing else, Suh’s donation should see to it that he won’t be the last guy from Nebraska to fit the description.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.)last_img read more

first_imgIn an interview about the Troiano matter, J.C. Lore, a Rutgers Law School professor, spoke of the importance of judiciary independence, even as he criticized the “ill-informed” comments Troiano made. Judges are living in a different era, he said, amid a “greater awareness and recognition” of rape and sexual assault and social media’s ability to “bring to light a situation like this pretty quickly.” A spokeswoman for the state judiciary declined to say whether Troiano might be reassigned. “We’re notcommenting at this time,”spokeswoman MaryAnnSpoto said in an email. At another point, thejudge said, “I still in mymind…distinguish betweena sexual assault and arape… [I]n my mind thereis a distinction.” State Sens. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr. (R-13) issued separate statements July 8 criticizing Judge James G. Troiano, who serves in the family division, about his remarks last year. “As with all cases, we are assessing our next steps, which will include discussions with the victim and her family,” said Christopher Swendeman, the prosecutor’s office spokesman, in an email. “He (the accused) can be tried as an adult,” he said. As for the case against G.M.C., the prosecutor’s office gave no indication this week when it might present the matter to a grand jury. In July 2018, Troianoruled against the MonmouthCounty Prosecutor’s Office,which wanted to waive up toadult court a then 16-year-old boy to face charges thathe raped a 16-year-old girl ata party in 2017. Troiano, a former mayor of Cedar Grove in Es- sex County, was appointed to the bench in 1992. He earned tenure, retired and was subsequently brought back to the bench on recall. Now 69, he is serving his latest two-year stint on recall, according to a record at the state judiciary website. By Philip Sean Curran On Tuesday, Assembly members Joann Downey (D-11) and Eric Houghtaling (D-11) also called for Troiano to immediately and permanently resign his position. “Judge Troiano’s comments are truly abhorrent and clearly highlight the fact that he needs to be re- moved immediately by the Supreme Court,” O’Scanlon said. “The Supreme Court has the ability to remove a judge for misconduct in office, or conduct evidencing unfitness for judicial office. G.M.C.’s attorney, Mitchell J. Ansell, could not be reached for comment July 9. O’Scanlon issued a similar call for the judge to step down, also noting that the state’s highest court can take action. “The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office does not discuss security issues regarding Superior Court judges at the Monmouth County courthouse,” he said in a statement July 9. “However, we take any threat against a judge seriously and address and coordinate with the New Jersey State Police and the Administrative Office of the Courts, accordingly.” Published reports this week said Troiano has been facing threats in the wake of news accounts about his remarks. But the prosecutor’s office, asked if it was investigating threats against the judge, said that as a practice it does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. Lawmakers from Monmouth County said this week they want a Superior Court judge sitting in Freehold off the bench after his “despicable” comments during a rape case that left critics demanding he resign. In his remarks, the judge noted the boy, identified as G.M.C. in court documents, “comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.” “Judge Troiano must resign, effective immediately, from any judicial posts he still holds – just based on his commentary and word-for-word thought process by his direct quotes,” Gopal said in a statement. “Situations like these destabilize the public’s trust in our judicial institutions. His comments regarding the accused ‘coming from a good family’ are disgraceful.” Likewise, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden declined this week to say if his office would be adding more officers to Troiano’s courtroom. Troiano could not be reached for comment July 9. No one answered the phone in his chambers in the Freehold courthouse. Those and other comments were included in a 14-page decision by a two-judge state appeals court which reversed Troiano’s ruling June 14 and remanded the case to Monmouth County. But Troiano’s remarks have prompted a backlash. “He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” the judge said. “His scores for college entry were very high.” Judge Troiano’s disturbing and biased comments from the bench are a glaringly obvious display of his unfitness for judicial office.” last_img read more

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE – Former first lady Betty Ford received birthday messages along with her get-well cards Friday as she remained hospitalized after surgery. Ford, who turns 89 on Sunday, underwent an unspecified operation earlier in the week and was “recovering well” at Eisenhower Medical Center, her office said. “The President and Mrs. Bush wish Mrs. Ford all the best and a speedy recovery,” White House spokeswoman Emily Larimore said. The staff at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Michigan also sent messages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have sent to her a combined Easter, birthday and get-well card from the staff,” library director Elaine Didier said Friday. Eisenhower Medical Center spokeswoman Lee Fowler and the office of the late Gerald R. Ford said Friday there was no more information about the former first lady. The Ford home is about a mile from the hospital. After her husband’s death on Dec. 26 at age 93, Mrs. Ford went on an arduous cross-country trip accompanying his body for services in California, Washington, D.C., and his final resting place in Grand Rapids, Mich. First lady from 1974 to 1977, she came to earn wide respect through her frankness as she battled breast cancer, arthritis and addictions to drugs and alcohol.last_img read more

first_imgA man has denied attacking his neighbour fracturing his cheekbone after a cow strayed onto his land in Milford.Hugh McBride, aged 44, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with assaulting next-door neighbour Gerard McGarvey at Golan, Milford on July 8th, 2015. Mr McGarvey claimed that on the morning of the alleged incident, he went to retrieve a cow which had strayed onto his neighbour’s land.However, when he went onto the lands he claimed he was attacked by McBride.Mr McGarvey, aged 51, said that at 8.30am on the morning in question he was going to work at Milford Mart when he noticed a cow at the back of McBride’s house.He went to take his cow out but he said McBride shouted at him not to open the gate or come onto his lands.Mr McGarvey walked on and he said McBride began to push him but he continued to walk past him.When he did, he said he suddenly felt a blow to the right side of his head and claimed that McBride said to him “Hit me, hit me, hit me.”Mr McGarvey said he walked on saying “I never reacted or I did not do anything to provoke him. I just wanted to take my cow out.”The court was told from the outset that there is a long-running dispute between the men over a right-of-way between the neighbours which has been ongoing for more than 5 years.Dr Karena Hanley told the court that she attended to Mr McGarvey when he attended her surgery.She said he had been a patient of hers for many years and that he was in obvious distress when he called to her clinic in Milford.She noticed redness to his face and it was swollen and asked Mr McGarvey to return to see her on July 14th.She then suspected he may have a fracture to his cheekbone and when she sent him to the Emergency Department of Letterkenny University Hospital it was confirmed and Mr McGarvey had to undergo an operation.Mr McBride denies the charge.The trial, before Judge John Aylmer, is expected to last two days.Farmer accused of breaking neighbour’s cheekbone in row over cow was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by StephenShare 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

first_imgBill Harrop’s balloon safari company in the Magaliesberg area is well-establishedand reputable. The exit from the Old Fort, with the inscription “Eendracht maakt macht”or “Unity is strength”.The visitors’ centre at Maropeng, in theCardle of Humankind, is shaped like a tumulus or burial mound.The Gauteng Tourism Authority makesits mark on the central courtyard of theNanhua Buddhist temple. (Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoJT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2 RELATED ARTICLES • Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom • Tourism Month kicks off in SA • Rocking in the Cradle • SA unearths new human ancestor• SA tops for business travelJanine ErasmusBuilding on the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched a new campaign in late September to promote domestic tourism in the province.The event coincided with the country’s Tourism Month, which this year focused on a variety of local destinations – one of which is Limpopo province, with its wealth of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.“The platform is there,” said Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Firoz Cachalia at the campaign’s launch. “Tourism shouldn’t be completely dependent on international tourism, so we want to encourage our residents to enjoy their amazing place.”Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane agreed, saying that many Gautengers have a limited knowledge of their own province. “We may not have access to a beach, but everything else is here in Gauteng. However, thus far we haven’t been able to sell this jewel to the locals.”Mokonyane added that tourism should also teach people about their heritage. “It’s all here in Gauteng – we have lions, Mrs Ples, Constitution Hill, Maropeng, Soweto. But to fully take advantage of these treasures we must integrate public transport.”The provincial government is currently revamping the public transport system, with a new bus rapid transit system and high speed rail service under construction – but for carless people to be able to reach these scenic spots, more must be done.Another important aspect of a heightened tourism industry is job creation, while entrepreneurs such as B&B owners will also benefit. The provincial government has plans to construct an extensive database of tourism operators and B&B owners, and link these to established facilities, so that visitors can put together a package to suit their pocket.“People can grow their businesses by targeting local tourists,” said Cachalia. “You don’t have to depend on international visitors. With better domestic tourism, people will develop better products for the local market, and by extension, the international market.”A more lively domestic tourism sector will lead to sustainable international tourism, said Mokonyane. “A country that doesn’t promote domestic tourism can’t expect other tourists to come, because the locals won’t know where to take them.”The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a training programme for tourist guides, said chairperson Khehla Mthembu, and also registers them on the website as qualified and approved by the organisation.The new campaign, called The Amazing Place, is not only aimed at Gauteng residents – it will run nationally as well.Domestic investmentAccording to the Department of Tourism, some R70-million (US$10-million) was spent since 2004 to promote South Africa’s diversity of destinations. This sum encompasses a range of media genres, including outdoor, TV, print and radio advertising, as well as specific events.According to figures available from South African Tourism, South Africans made some 30.3-millon domestic trips during 2009, whether for holiday, business, medical, religious, or other purposes.Overall, most travellers came from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, with 29% and 25% of the total number of trips respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were the most popular destinations. Of the holiday travellers, most came from Gauteng and were headed for the Western Cape.The local travellers spent a total of R22.4-billion ($3.2-billion) on their trips, with an average of 4.2 nights per trip.The figures also show that of all the provinces, Gauteng residents are the ones who most prefer to travel to other provinces – just 32% of them travel intra-provincially. This means that the Amazing Place campaign has come at the right time.Race around the provinceAn important element of the Amazing Place campaign is an exciting TV show, based on the popular Amazing Race programme which keeps millions of viewers around the world glued to their screens.The Gauteng Tourism Authority was supported in this initiative by local radio station Kaya FM and Chevrolet, who supplied the cars.“After the World Cup we are stepping up the action with this unique race that highlights Gauteng’s tourism routes both to outsiders and residents within the province,” said Mokonyane.Filming took place at the end of September and saw eight plucky contestants in four teams making a 48-hour dash around the province, chasing clues and hoping to be the first across the finish line. Along the way they experienced some unusual sights and sounds, and were treated to the best the province has to offer, as well as the diversity of its culture.The series, which will comprise at least four episodes, is scheduled to air at the beginning of November on DStv bouquet channels and the SABC. It will be presented by Kaya FM’s Bob Mabena.Teams were made up of local celebrities. They were Department of Economic Development communications manager Uyanda Mbuli with singer, songwriter and record label owner Phinda Matlala; recording artist Selaelo Selota with model Cwaita Mtose; house music vocalist Lelethu Nkulu with Kaya FM afternoon show host George Monetsi; and Jam Alley host Thato Mahlatsi with up-and-coming musician Malik.The race started in the now-defunct women’s prison in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. First a fort and then a notorious prison, the site has undergone a remarkable reversal of purpose and is now the seat of the highest court in the land. The women’s prison was added 15 years after the original fort was built in 1892.On the first day the contestants visited the 94ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the tiny town of Vaal Marina in south Gauteng, and the ever-popular Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, which was also the pit stop for the day’s proceedings.On day two they set off for the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains and a lofty appointment with Bill Harrop, who runs a popular hot-air balloon safari company, before heading north for Freedom Park in Pretoria and a glimpse of the country’s heritage. The park is a monument to democracy and features a Wall of Remembrance, inscribed with the names of those who fell during the struggle for freedom.The race ended at the magnificent Nanhua Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist seminary and temple in Africa. This breathtaking facility is situated in Bronkhorstspruit, about 90km from Johannesburg’s city centre.It is hoped that the concept will be rolled out to other provinces and cities around the country.last_img read more

first_imgArchbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu is considered to be the moral conscience of the world. (Image: Desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za) RELATED ARTICLES ∙ UN lifetime award for Tutu ∙ Tutu speaks out for press freedom ∙ Fifa awards Tutu’s football spiritLucille DavieCharismatic human rights champion and Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu turns 82 today. Archbishop Tutu – or the Arch, as he is fondly known – is often considered the moral conscience of South Africa and the world.A passionate opponent of the apartheid government and “rabble-rouser for peace”, he retired as archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa in 1996, and was given the title archbishop emeritus. He famously coined the term the “rainbow nation” when South Africa became a democracy in 1994.Together with his wife of 58 years, Leah, they handed over a new sports ground at the Marconi Beam Primary School in Cape Town on Saturday, part of a series of community events they are undertaking to celebrate their birthdays. Leah’s birthday is on 14 October, when she will turn 80.The Arch exudes love and tolerance wherever he goes, saying: “Nothing is too much trouble for love.”The first black Anglican archbishop in South Africa, he is known for his love of life and for feeling its deep emotions – at times he holds his head in his hands, appearing to weep, at others he throws back his head and gives a high-pitched, healthy laugh.Oppressed and the poorHe has devoted his life to the defence of the oppressed and the poor, promoting peace and reconciliation wherever he goes. He took up the fight against HIV/Aids and TB, and is the patron of numerous foundations and organisations. He is a close friend of spiritual leaders, political leaders, rock stars and ordinary people alike, from the Dalai Lama to Nelson Mandela to Bono.He is the chairman of the Elders, an international, independent group of influential people chosen for their outstanding integrity, courage and proven ability to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. Although he officially retired from public life in October 2010, he has continued to chair the Elders.In the height of apartheid oppression in the 1980s, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1984. Other awards recognised his contribution to the fight for human rights: the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award (a “Peace on Earth” Catholic award) in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007, and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He said: “Peace involves inevitable righteousness, justice, fullness of life, participation in decision making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing and reconciliation.”He has taken up the cause of gay rights, and in recent years has fearlessly spoken out against corruption in the ANC government. His targets are not only local: he controversially said that former British prime minister Tony Blair and former American president George W Bush should be tried for war crimes for their role in the Iraqi war.Leadership posts and prizesThe Arch has held several distinguished academic and world leadership posts. He was elected Fellow of King’s College; president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, London; chancellor of the University of the Western Cape; the William R Cannon Professor of Theology at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta; visiting professor at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; visiting scholar in residence at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville; and visiting professor of post-conflict studies at King’s College.In addition, he has honorary degrees from over 130 universities, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale, Emory, the Ruhr, Kent, Aberdeen, Sydney, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, and the University of South Africa.He has received many prizes and awards in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, most notably the Order for Meritorious Service Award (Gold) presented by former president Nelson Mandela; the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion; and the J William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding in 2008.In April 2013, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for his life-long work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness. The prize is $1.7-million or R15-million, and previous winners include Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama. The largest monetary prize in the world, it is awarded annually to “a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”, though it has not been free of controversy.He is known for his deep faith and commitment to prayer, believing everyone was created in the image of God. He espouses the values of ubuntu, saying: “A person is a person through other persons.”Desmond Tutu Peace CentreAfter retiring from public life in 2010 – though he is never really out of the public eye – he devotes his time to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, a non-profit organisation founded and inspired by him and his wife. “The centre is committed to creating a society that nurtures tolerance and understanding amongst all people and is guided by the virtues that the Archbishop himself has identified as essential human values and the building blocks for sustainable peace: Love, Hope, Tolerance and Courage,” it states on its website.The centre runs several programmes – the youth peace summit, young women’s leadership, schools for peace, public dialogues, and collaborations for peace. It “acknowledges that it is through the efforts of many that peace is achieved”.In 1995, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to allow South Africans to hear the truth behind the loss of their loved ones during the struggle, on all sides, both at the hands of the apartheid security forces and the freedom fighters, to hear about the human rights violations, and to grant amnesty where appropriate. Tutu was asked to chair the TRC, with public hearings of the Human Rights Violations Committee and the Amnesty Committee held around the country.“Many people have asked me what I have learned from all the experiences of my life, and I say unhesitatingly: people are wonderful. It is true. People really are wonderful.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers continue to work through the state today, but we should see them decrease in intensity and coverage the closer we get to sunset. Combined rains from this event, including what started in some areas last night, will be from .25″-.75″ across 70% of the state.  We turn fully overnight dry tonight and stay dry through tomorrow and Sunday afternoon. Temps really climb this weekend. With strong south winds, we will see temps in the 80s statewide, and perhaps the warmest temperatures in 8 months. The map at right shows highs on Sunday. Scattered showers arrive a little faster on Sunday showing up mid to late-afternoon in western and NW Ohio, then continuing through the evening and overnight into Monday morning We are looking for a large part of the state to pick up a few hundredths to .5” with coverage at 70%. Thunderstorms are possible, especially in southern and southwest parts of Ohio A large part of our forecast for next week remains dry. Sunshine dominates for Monday and Tuesday morning. Sunshine also dominates from Wednesday afternoon through next Sunday. That leaves our “thorn in the side” of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. We are going to leave a chance of scattered showers with 60% coverage in for that period, but think that moisture totals will be under .25″ in most of Ohio. We should end up in the best position of any state in the corn belt next week. We still think there is a good chance that the moisture stays well west in IL, but models are not coming around to that though process yet, so since we are at a critical juncture on planting…we need to be up front about the threat so we can plan. There still looks to be a good window behind that threat through the rest of the week over a majority of the state. The map at right shows rain potential through the next 10 days combined. The rest of the extended period features no change in our thoughts. We remain on track to see a little more activity returning as we finish the Memorial Day holiday weekend. For Memorial Day, we turn out cloudy to partly sunny with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms moving in. We are raising rain totals for Memorial Day to .25”-.75” with 60% coverage. Tuesday the 28 still looks like the wettest day of the period as we are upping our rain potential there to half to 2 inches and coverage at 80%. The rest of the extended period we are keeping dry with partly to mostly sunny skies the 29th through the 31stlast_img read more