Celebrating Widener

Harvard’s Widener Library ― with its 57 miles of shelves, labyrinthine floors, and millions of books ― will mark its centennial on June 24.When it opened on Commencement Day of 1915, Widener ― tall and wide and deep underground ― replaced Gore Hall, an 1841 Gothic structure with wedding-cake spires and drafty rooms. Gore was declared full in 1863, so 52 years later, the 320,000 square feet of Harvard brick and Indiana limestone that made up Widener seemed heaven-sent. It was and still is the largest university library in the world.To celebrate the centennial, library officials could not wait until June. Two lectures on Thursday marked the beginning of a yearlong series of events and exhibits about Widener and its mysteries, history, and marvels.Both talks were in the Forum Room at Lamont Library.Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, offered a glimpse of book collector Harry Elkins Widener, the library’s namesake and a member of the Class of 1907. He had bought his first serious acquisition as a college sophomore in 1905: a third edition presentation copy of “Oliver Twist.” It set the teenage Widener back $200 ― $5,500 in today’s dollars.John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African-American Studies, talked about the value of Harvard’s collections.He also talked about how Boston and Harvard collections were influenced by a pair of unlikely 19th-century Boston friends: radical abolitionist Charles Sumner and conservative merchant George Livermore, both of them bibliophiles. Stauffer is at work on a biography of Sumner, a 23-year senator he called the “preeminent intellectual in Congress” in the time of the Civil War.Widener, whose wealthy Philadelphia grandfather had amassed a fortune in oil, steel, and streetcars, perished in the Titanic disaster 103 years ago this month. By the time of his death at 27 — he had been in London on a book-buying trip — he owned 3,300 collectable volumes, all of them now housed at the library that bears his name.Morris outlined his acquisitions, the escalating prices he paid, and the “all-embracing” collection he left behind. Among his books were first editions of Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson; Shakespeare folios; illustrations by George Cruikshank; costume books inspired by his days at Hasty Pudding; and ― a favorite, said Morris ― a copy of Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia” that had been owned by his sister, the Countess of Pembroke, an author who inspired her brother’s 16th-century masterpiece.Legend has it that Harry Widener died with a rare 1598 copy of Francis Bacon’s “Essays” in his tuxedo pocket, one of the nine books he had just bought in London. (The other eight had been safely shipped home.) There is a copy of the same edition in the Widener rotunda, on display through June. Why it was called “the little Bacon” is obvious: It’s barely the size of a baseball card.Tiong Lu “John” Koh L.L.M. ’85, a book collector and investor, remarked on the poignancy of the volume lost at sea with Widener, “in one of the best book anecdotes ever.” It was Bacon, after all, he said, “who referred to the ark of learning” ― the great vessel full of books that a library represents.Koh owns Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London-based antiquarian booksellers since 1847. The company was well known to the young Widener, and supplied some of the items on display. One is a bid book listing collectibles Widener wanted to buy at a June 1915 auction.In the same case is a faded telegram from the young collector’s book dealer and friend A.S.W. Rosenbach, a shrewd bidder who considered the Harvard graduate his protégé. “Harry Widener and father lost titanic,” it reads. “Mrs saved.”“Mrs” was Harry’s mother, Eleanor Elkins Widener, who climbed aboard Lifeboat 4 with her maid and survived the sinking. She funded Widener in her son’s memory.So a shadow lies over this 100th birthday. It took a fated ship to go down for a fêted library to go up. At the 1915 dedication, Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge added perspective. “Great deeds,” he said, “can arise from tragedy.”Great deeds, as Stauffer pointed out in his lecture, can also arise from friendship. Together, Sumner and Livermore, who met in 1844, were among the most prominent champions of public libraries in the mid-19th century. Within what Stauffer called a “bibliophilic friendship,” they insisted that libraries be free, public, and accessible.Sumner’s voluminous correspondence ― 170 albums of letters ― makes up MS Am 1, the first installment of Houghton’s American collection. He was a believer in the power of that era’s Harvard library, said Stauffer. It was regarded then as a public library, famously so.The self-educated Livermore, a dry goods merchant who made a lot of money in wool, leather, and shoes, “is almost entirely forgotten today,” said Stauffer. But before his death in 1865 he had amassed one of the most impressive collections of books and other artifacts in America. The late-in-life abolitionist whose published research in 1862 influenced Lincoln’s draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation eventually owned the pen the president used to sign that iconic document. It is now among the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society.Livermore also famously possessed one of two known copies of “The Souldier’s Pocket Bible” (1643), distributed to troops by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.Both men ― whose bond eventually coalesced around the injustice of slavery — saw libraries as “indispensible to all members of a republican society,” as Livermore once wrote Sumner. In sum, the two men shared a catholic vision of libraries that Harry Widener himself would have agreed with, and Eleanor Elkins Widener envisioned, too: as sites of collaboration and learning.On the day of Widener Library’s dedication in 1915, she said: Let it become “the heart of the university.” read more

US 4th Fleet and Ecuador Navy Prepare for UNITAS 2020

first_imgBy DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 22, 2020 Maritime planners from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet and the Ecuadorean Navy conducted a virtual Final Planning Conference (FPC) September 22-25 in support of the upcoming UNITAS LXI exercise, scheduled to occur November 2-11, 2020 in Ecuador.Ecuadorean Navy Rear Admiral Daniel Ginéz, commander of Naval Operations and First Naval Zone, and Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, opened the conference on September 22, thanking participants for their commitment to building a successful proposed schedule of events.More than 60 planners from 11 partner nations, including representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army participated in this  conference. The virtual conference finalized the UNITAS LXI concept of operations, completed the tentative schedule of events, and finalized assigned roles and responsibilities.UNITAS LXI is scheduled to have multiple underway events to include maneuvering exercises advancing to coordinated warfare events and culminating with a multi-threat, multi-day scenario that allows participants to work together as a multinational force. Additionally, several live-fire events are scheduled for UNITAS LXI, to include a sinking exercise (SINKEX).“This is the team that will come together and we will celebrate our friendship and our partnership in a meaningful way to demonstrate our commitment to the world in working together […]. I’m grateful for all of the hard work of every person, of every partner, of every leader and every country to come to this point,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is the longest-running, multinational maritime exercise in the world. Conceived in 1959, UNITAS I took place in 1960. UNITAS LXI will focus on interoperability at sea with warfighting exercises, to include live-fire events, that work up to a multi-day scenario phase where participating forces come together to operate as a multinational force.last_img read more

Replacing Wenger an impossible job, says Arsenal chief

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom |  AFP | Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes he is now faced with an impossible task in finding a fitting replacement for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.Wenger, 68, announced he will step down from his role at the end of the season on Friday after 22 years in charge.Despite winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, mounting pressure was put on Wenger to leave by the club’s disgruntled fans as he failed to match the standards he set early in his reign over the past decade.The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and will miss out on Champions League qualification for the second successive season unless they win the Europa League, where they face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.“We are not going to find a replacement for Arsene Wenger for a variety of reasons,” said Gazidis as he addressed a press conference at the club’s Emirates stadium on Friday.“The football club is in a very different place than it was 22 years ago and it’s unthinkable to me we will have another manager in the Premier League, let alone Arsenal, who will be 22 years in tenure and have the kind of run of consistent success Arsene had over those years.”In spite of Arsenal’s struggles on the field in recent seasons, they remain the sixth richest club in the world, according to financial consultants Deloitte’s annual Football Money League.And Gazidis claimed Wenger leaves the club in far better shape than when he arrived as a shock appointment from Japanese side Grampus Eight in 1996.“Arsene often said he wanted to leave the club in a better position than when he found it,” added Gazidis. “We are in a better place today than we could ever have imagined 22 years ago. The foundations of this club have never been stronger and this gives me great confidence as we begin to chart the path ahead.”However, Gazidis repeatedly avoided questioning on whether he wanted Wenger to see out the final year of a two-year contract extension he signed last summer.The Wall Street Journal reported that Wenger had chosen to leave on his own terms rather than face being pushed out at the end of the season.Gazidis, though, claimed the wheels hadn’t been put in motion to appoint a successor until Wenger made his decision public.Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with the bookies in a wide-open field of contenders.“We haven’t had any discussions to date regarding that process,” added Gazidis.“The most important thing is to make the right appointment not a quick appointment.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Elephants on the Rampage in Nimba Forests: A Wake-up Call for the Weah Administration

first_imgOur Nimba Correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, in yesterday’s back page story, reported that elephants, the biggest of all forest wildlife created by God, recently went on a rampage deep inside the Gio Forest near Tappita in Lower Nimba County, destroying plantain farms, rice kitchens and other farmers’ facilities.In his well-researched story, Reporter Menkor interviewed the Administrative Commissioner Samuel N. Wheyee of Doe Administrative District, who welcomed the return of the elephants, and warned local residents to do the gigantic creatures no harm.Commissioner Wheyee explained that the elephants had crossed over to the Ivorian side of the border seeking refuge when their habitat in the forest came under attack from farming activities.  “But now that the forest is being reserved by Prosper, an American non-governmental organization (NGO), the animals are now returning to where they had previously resided.The villages ransacked by the animals, said Commissioner Wheyee, were situated deep inside the forest, “and so it is time that those who have their villages there relocate.The villagers who encroached on the elephants’ territory “did so illegally,” the Commissioner insisted, “so whatever they planted there belong to the elephants or any endangered species roaming that forest.”The Commissioner warned that anyone who shoots any of the animals will be prosecuted under the law.We urge the in-coming administration to strengthen forest conservation laws, including the protection of wildlife and endangered species.The main purpose of this Editorial is to acquaint the President-elect, George Weah, with a great development that could help make his administration successful—and that is TOURISM.Liberia, President Weah must be made to realize, has vast tourism potential.  And he must be informed that tourism is not only a money maker but also a bigtime job creator and a force for sustained and widespread development.What do we mean by Liberia has vast tourism potential?  We mean that our country is blessed with many picturesque (scenic, attractive, colorful) attractions that tourists from all over the world would love to visit.  One is Grand Cape Mount County, especially its capital, Robertsport, where within a one mile area, there is a lake, Lake Piso, a mountain, the Cape Mount Mountain and its tropical forest, and an ocean, the Atlantic, with beautiful golden sand beaches.Another is the Kpatawee  Waterfall behind Cuttington University in Suacoco, Bong County.There is also Lake Sheppard in Harper, Cape Palmas, where there is also the Tubman Museum, and also the Atlantic Ocean.Liberia also has a rich culture that our people as well as foreigners have enjoyed for generations.  We pray that the Weah administration will work quickly and comprehensively to rebuild the National Cultural Center, restore the acrobatic program and the National Cultural Troupe that used to travel the around the country and the world entertaining our people and foreigners to their delight (enjoyment, happiness).President Weah, an old Monrovia boy, also is familiar with the tourist attractions in the capital city—the Mesurado and St. Paul Rivers their wetlands and their scenic surroundings; the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel and its green and hilly surroundings that overlook, again, the great Atlantic Ocean.There is also Liberia’s 350-mile coastline, spanning from Robertsport in Cape Mount to Harper, Cape Palmas.  Liberians have for long dreamed of an oceanic highway along the Atlantic from Robertsport to Harper.Here is a major development challenge for the new Weah administration.What do we mean by tourism being a development booster and a big time job producer? By this we mean that beautiful four and five-star hotels, with swimming pools, plush restaurants and coffee shops and golf and tennis courts bring development.  They also bring jobs, plenty of jobs of all kinds — corporate employment as well as self-employment.And one of the great attractions that tourists love to see is not only our beaches, but also our wildlife.  President Weah should know that Liberia has plenty of wildlife—not elephants only, but leopards, hippopotamus, including the great pigmy hippo, found only in Liberia and few other African countries—Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast. But the pigmy hippo is found primarily in Liberia.In Reporter Menkor’s story yesterday, we learned that Liberia has plenty of elephants. They are also found in Lofa County and elsewhere. Our new President should also know of all the wild animals in the Sapo National Forest. He should also be aware of a great town in Upper Lofa County called Vahun, which has a vast forest full of wildlife, including  all kinds of monkeys and chimpanzees, leopards and some say even giraffes and even zebras.What wonderful gifts Liberia has, yet unexploited for our good and greatness!We pray that the new administration will rise to these challenges and truly lift Liberia and move her forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Junior Springboks to face England for world title

first_img17 June 2014 South Africa will face England for the IRB Junior World Championship title at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday after a tough 32-25 win over the hosts, New Zealand, in the semi-finals on Sunday. The English thrashed Ireland 42-15 in their semi-final. The Junior Springboks’ victory was their second over New Zealand in the tournament, and, as had been the case in their first clash, they had to come from behind to defeat the Baby Blacks. Dawie Theron’s charges had dominated the first showdown up front and it became clear from the start that the Kiwis were intent on moving the big South African pack around the field to avoid a forward-dominated battle. It worked for a while.Opening try New Zealand went ahead early with a try to hooker Hame Faiva, although there was more than a hint of a forward pass when he received the ball. South African skipper Handre Pollard, however, brought his team back into the contest by intercepting a pass and racing through to score next to the uprights. After a controversial yellow card was handed to Baby Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen, the New Zealanders extended their lead and went into the break 15-10 ahead. South Africa’s forwards, though, began to take charge in the second half and with that control came three more tries as the Junior Springboks ran in four tries to three to clinch the win and a place in the final. With the scores level at 25-25, the victory was clinched just two minutes from time when hooker Corniel Els was driven over the Kiwis’ tryline from a lineout. Pollard, who became the all-time leading points’ scorer in the Junior World Cup history, added an excellent conversion from wide on the left to put the seal on a hard-fought win.‘Like a proper test match’ “It was like a proper test match out there,” South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron said after the game. “It was full of tension, drama and excitement and I’m immensely proud of the boys. “We kept our composure and I knew we were always in the game despite going behind at halftime and twice again in the second half. He added: “Credit must go the players. They showed huge fighting spirit and great composure to close out the game like that. Their composure can be attributed to what we do in training. During our sessions we keep the intensity high and always put them under pressure, because that is what you have to do to win games such as these.‘Handre Pollard was outstanding’ Theron also praised Pollard, saying: “Handre Pollard was outstanding with his leadership and he led by example with his play. His intercept try in the first half was no fluke. That was the result of pressure.” IRB Junior Player of the Year The South Africa skipper, who first played in the IRB Junior World Championships as a schoolboy, was on Tuesday named as one of the four finalists for the IRB Junior Player of the Year, along with England’s Nathan Earle, Ireland’s Garry Ringrose and Tevita Li of New Zealand. The public may vote on the shortlist on IRB Junior World Championships on Facebook. The results of the public poll will be considered, along with the original votes, when finalising the winner. “We started too slow, but that was due to the pressure from them,” Pollard said of his team’s victory over New Zealand. “We clawed our way back after they made all the play for most of the first half, and at five points behind at halftime I knew we could do it if we could manage to do a bit more with the ball.”last_img read more

Mixed feelings as business leaders sleep rough

first_imgOn one of the coldest nights of winter, chief executives from more than 240 companies slept on the pavement. Their efforts were both lauded and criticised, but they raised funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa and built a lot of empathy for the homeless. The CEO SleepOut was a fun night out for business leaders, even though they had to brave the cold Johannesburg weather. The event brought in more than R24-million for Girls & Boys Town South Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Pavement Bookworm ‘just wants to tell stories’ • Mam’ Khanyi rescues Hillbrow’s forgotten children • Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • A better South Africa, one baby at a time Shamin ChibbaOn a cold June evening in Johannesburg, The Commodores’ Nightshift blared from subwoofers over Gwen Lane in Sandton. “Gonna be a long night/It’s gonna be all right/On the nightshift.”It was an appropriate song, since the entire street was packed with chief executives from over 240 companies. They were participating in the CEO SleepOut. They left their warm beds to sleep on the street, albeit in warm sleeping bags, for one night to learn what homeless people go through and, in the process, to raise funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa.The Johannesburg event ran on the same evening, 18 June, as SleepOuts in Auckland, Toronto, New York, London and Sydney.Some of the more high-profile sleepers included Adrian Gore of Discovery, Rudolph Straeuli of Golden Lions Rugby, Zoiab Hoosen of Microsoft South Africa and adventurer Riaan Manser, who promised to sleep in nothing more than a Speedo.The chief executives huddled around bonfires, sitting on chairs made from cardboard which they would later turn into beds. They listened to stories told by real homeless people, one of them being Philani Dladla, who is also known as Johannesburg’s Pavement Bookworm, and were able to Tweet the progress of their night.Some of the participants ate before they hit the street; but once they were there, they were given only a small bowl of soup, prepared by top chef Reuben Riffel, and one bread roll for supper.For these men and women, it was a very expensive sleepover, costing their companies R100 000 each. Organisers the CEO SleepOut Trust, aimed to raise R25-million, but fell short by R400 000. All of the money will go to Girls and Boys Town South Africa, an NGO that helps nurture troubled youths. Gwen Lane in Sandton was home to more than 240 business leaders for a single night. Many found the experience of sleeping out on the street on a cold night gruelling. (Image: Shamin Chibba)SleepOut a gesture of solidarityIvor Chipkin, director of the Public Affairs Research Institute, says he participated to quell the cynicism he finds is pervasive in South African society. As an academic, he was the anomaly at the event.“There’s also a lot of cynicism in South Africa and I think gestures of solidarity need to be embraced. And this is a gesture of solidarity by the wealthy and powerful with people who are less fortunate than them. There’s a sense that nothing matters anymore and I think these sorts of gestures are valuable.”The chief executive of printing company Ren-form, Thomas du Sart, said he chose to participate after a lot of pressure to do so from his family. “It took about a week of nagging from my daughter and wife and eventually I gave in and said I would do it.”Du Sart is a resident of Riverlea, a poverty-stricken township in southern Johannesburg, and said he understood the suffering the poor experienced. “Coming from a disadvantaged background myself I have been exposed to poverty on the streets I have an idea of how people suffer on the streets, so if I can do my bit then I will put up my hand for that.”To the cynics who doubt the effectiveness of the SleepOut, Du Sart was straightforward. “The more the merrier. Why not come and join us and make it better for everybody?”Some were uncertain as to how to perceive the event while others called it an extravagant camping trip and even condescending to the poor. Not sure how I feel about the CEO sleep out. Seems like poverty porn. And the massive metro presence. I mean do the poor and homeless get this kind of support? Then it should be called camping. Posted by Hamish Hoosen Pillay on Thursday, 18 June 2015curious about the opinions of the homeless about this ceo sleepout. if they’re not offended by it, why should we be? — Claire Mawisa (@clairemawisa) June 18, 2015Not interested in debating this #CEOSleepOut thingy. Long as they raise enough money to remove even 100 orphans off the streets I’m cool. — Nchema (@ShottaZee) June 17, 2015Tim Blair re CEO Sleepout “instead of joining the homeless outside,how about our CEOs invite the homeless to spend a nice warm night inside” — Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) June 22, [email protected] @News24 they gona milk this for daaaays,these white collar skelms should b sent to the Hague — Matlotla Lesomo (@mjleshomo) June 20, 2015Housing a concernJerome Lottering, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, stood outside the blockaded street where the event took place to express his concern over poor housing, particularly in his community of Eldorado Park. His NGO intends on unifying the coloured, San, mixed race, Khoi, Griqua and Khoi San communities in South Africa and giving them a voice.Although he supports the CEO SleepOut and of the work of Girls and Boys Town, he wanted to use the event to “show solidarity with those who are living in squatter camps”. “We want to highlight this issue because we tried to contact the Department of Human Settlements and the Gauteng premier [David Makhura] yet none of them are coming back to us.”He said that it was the government’s constitutional obligation to provide housing to people who could not provide housing for themselves. “[The] government should come to the party and build houses. It seems to me that people don’t know what is going on in townships.” Jerome Lottering, left, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, used the CEO SleepOut as a platform to make the public aware of the homeless situation in his area of Eldorado Park. (Image: Shamin Chibba)AftermathAccording to news reports after the event, some participants said they were overwhelmed by the experience and were humbled by it.An unnamed participant told Eyewitness News he was humbled by the experience. “It grounds me when I have to experience what they experience every day.”Richard Poplak wrote on the Daily Maverick that the participants did not have publicise their charity. “As for the homeless, what do they want? I dunno—go and ask them. My guess is that most have no clue that the 0.1% took a night off to play at being homeless for their cause. They might wonder why all these fancy people didn’t just hand over the money quietly, without fanfare, without cameras, without all the corporate flimflam?“They might ask why these high priests found it necessary to perform empathy when empathy is a deeply personal engagement, a communion between souls that happens on the QT? They might remind these CEOs that when it comes to benevolence, there’s no need to tell the left hand what the right hand is doing?”last_img read more

Hacking Europe’s Cultural Heritage with Europeana’s New API

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#art#Location#web audrey watters Related Posts Europe’s rich cultural heritage can be found in museums, libraries, galleries, cultural institutes, and archives throughout the continent. And thanks to digitization efforts and Europeana, much of this heritage can also be found online. Europeana is an Internet portal that provides public access to Europe’s digital libraries – more than 15 million cultural objects including paintings, drawings, archival papers, books, letters, radio broadcasts, newsreels, films including some of the world’s most famous cultural artifacts such as the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton’s notes and book about the Laws of Motion. About 1500 institutions have contributed to Europeana, including the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdamn, and the Louvre in Paris.Anyone can visit the Europeana website to search through the materials. And now, thanks to its newly released API, other applications and services may soon be on the way.At the beginning of the month, Europeana held its first in what will be a series of hackathons, a way to showcase the potential of the API to data providers, partners and end-users. Europeana’s new API is a search API that lets you search and display collections, metadata, and previews.The Europeana Hackathon Projects The Hackathon earlier this month was by invitation only, and currently European’s API is only available to its partner developers. Those restrictions stem, in part, from the agreements that Europeana has had to make with institutions in order to access, search, and display their digitized collections.Nonetheless, those who did participate in the Hackathon did build some great tools, including at least one that Product Developer David Haskiya says that Europeana will use itself. One project was component built for the open-source content management system Joomla that includes both a keyword search and a map search. With the latter, you can look up objects in the the Europeana database within a region. Another project built a wrapper for the Europeana API, helping geo-enable the queries. Then, by interfacing with OpenLayers, you can draw a box on a map, setting a boundary for your search, which will plot the results on a map. (You can view the demo here.) And just so you don’t restrict your searches solely to the most famous of Europe’s cultural artifacts, one project will help with discovery: a random image explorer. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Why Digital Libraries, APIs, and Hackathons MatterThe debates surrounding the importance of and the obstacles to any sort of national digital library have certainly resurfaced following the recent Google Books decision. Who owns the rights to cultural artifacts? Who can and should be responsible for digitizing these artifacts? Who then stores them? Who can access them, and how? These debates, of course, aren’t new – in the U.S. or in Europe. In January, a European Union report cautioned its member states against turning over this efforts entirely to the private sector.While these contentious legal issues are still being worked out, the Europeana API – and the hackathon – point to another important aspect of these sorts of projects. A digital library isn’t simply about the preservation of important cultural material. It’s about making sure that material is accessible. And with an active support for linked data and now with an API, it looks like Europeana is well on its way to moving these sorts of efforts forward.Image credits: Ton Zijlstralast_img read more

SC declines plea on Bihar AES deaths

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday refrained from intervening on a petition to examine the shortage of doctors in Bihar after the mass child deaths in Muzaffarpur district.A Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, was urged by the petitioner, Manohar Pratap, to look into the large number of vacancies. But the Bench refused to do so and the Chief Justice said the judiciary was facing enough challenges in filling judicial vacancies. With this, the court disposed of pleas for directions following the child deaths, including for constitution of a medical board, advertisement of preventive steps and infrastructure improvement. It expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the government.In a recent affidavit, the Centre informed the court of the constitution of an “inter-disciplinary, high quality” research team to ascertain the cause of the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) outbreak. It said the decision was taken to “save precious human lives in future”. The government said the AES in Muzaffarpur dated back to 1995.On July 2, the Bihar government said the steps taken by the health authorities had helped to lower the AES fatality rate to 19%, less than the global rate of 30%.last_img read more

Zaheer’s experience helped the other bowlers too: Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers for making a splendid comeback in their 87-run win at Durban after being sent for a leatherhunt during the first Test match at the Centurion. The skipper had special words of praise for pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.India beat SA, level seriesDurban Test: India beat SA”After the first Test, we came back nicely as far as batting was concerned, but we were a bit concerned about our ability to take 20 wickets. Very happy to see the bowlers bounce back here,” the Indian captain said at the post-match presentation ceremony.About Zaheer’s performance (six wickets in the match), the skipper said, “I have always maintained that Zaheer has been the best fast bowler that India have had in recent times. He has the ability to execute his plans well. Even if his primary plan doesn’t work out, he has a Plan B ready. Also him being around, even the other bowlers get a lot of help.”The captain also had words of praise for his senior-most bowler Harbhajan Singh.”Harbhajan has been a great performer for India over last 10 years. It’s always great to have him in the side. He did a great job as he bowled long spells from one end as the fast bowlers weren’t getting much help from that end.”For someone who hasn’t exactly been lucky with the coin, Dhoni smiled and said, “It is very predictable for me to lose the toss.””The wicket didn’t misbehave on the first day as we thought it would before the match. I felt that 200-odd was a decent score. After we got 70 plus lead, I was confident of doing well. Obviously we need to improve on our second innings batting. We would like to improve further and win the Test match at Cape Town.”advertisementWhen asked about the New Year Plans, Dhoni said, “We have a day off tomorrow and we can shop a lot. We will party in the night but not get drunk.”Dhoni’s South African counterpart Graeme Smith was graceful in admitting that the visitors really played well.”India have played really well. It has been a very good Test. We fought hard, but couldn’t get across the line. We didn’t bat well after a long time. Our batsmen have let us down. We have some work to do before Cape Town. It’s disappointing not to chase down the target today,” Smith said.The South African captain admitted that Indians kept up the pressure and credit should be given to Dhoni and his boys.”India kept up the pressure, and credit to Dhoni and his team for bouncing back. They are No. 1 in the world. We have to see how we can bounce back now.”VVS Laxman feels that his 96 today will be right up there among some of the memorable knocks that he has played over the years.”I always take pride in what I do overseas. Beating South Africa in South Africa, that too in Durban, it is definitely up there. In Durban, you need to get adjusted to the bounce.I waited for that and got a good partnership with Zaheer,” Laxman said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Official Deulofeu joins Watford on a permanent deal

first_imgWatford have completed the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu in a reported €13m dealAfter struggling to break into the Barcelona team under new head coach Ernesto Valverde last season, Deulofeu joined Watford on a loan deal in the winter transfer window for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and made a total of seven appearances and scored on his home debut for the Hornets in the 4-1 win over Chelsea in February.The 24-year-old has now signed a five-year at Vicarage Road.“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” read a club statement from Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”After two loan spells with both Everton and Sevilla, Deulofeu completed a permanent move to the Premier League side in 2015.However, the 24-year-old only found the back of the net four times in his 46 appearances for Everton and was re-signed by Barcelona in 2017 after an impressive loan spell with AC Milan.last_img read more