Educational workshop on heritage interpretation

first_imgFrom March 31 to April 2, 2017 in Ogulin at the Hotel Frankopan will be held an educational workshop on the interpretation of heritage organized by Visitor center Ivana’s fairytale house, Croatian Association for Heritage Interpretation and the company Muze doo with the support of the Ministry of Culture.The educational workshop on heritage interpretation is intended for tourist guides, museologists, curators, nature conservationists, leaders of tourist boards, heads of tourist agencies, employees of interpretation centers and anyone who wants to develop excellence and efficiency in interpreting Croatian natural and cultural heritage.The goal of the workshop is professionalization and development of the profession, in two ways. In the theoretical part, top lecturers and experts in the field of heritage interpretation, interpretive planning and cultural tourism will talk about defining heritage interpretation, its main principles, role and importance in the cultural, economic and sociological development of the community.Photo: Batana EcomuseumIn the practical part, the participants will clearly see that the interpretation is by no means a brief presentation of the facts, but above all an enchanting and intriguing game with countless heritage meanings. In order to witness this, as part of the program, participants will visit the Ivana’s Fairytale House Visitor Center, as a good example from the practice of heritage interpretation. The center is also the main host of the workshop, which with its team, led by the director Ankica Puškarić, in the fairytale Ogulin, the homeland of fairy tales, will host more than 40 participants, lecturers and workshop leaders for this occasion.The lecturers at the workshop are top experts in the field of heritage interpretation and interpretive planning, museology and cultural tourism: the president and co-founder of the Croatian Association for Heritage Interpretation, prof. dr. sc. Darko Babić, vice president and co-founder of the Croatian Association for Heritage Interpretation and director of Muze doo consulting and management in culture and tourism, Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir, vice president and co-founder of the Croatian Association for Heritage Interpretation mr. sc. Vlasta Klarić, CEO of Interpret Europe, Thorsten Ludwig, and heritage interpreter and owner of Secret Zagreb, Iva Silla.WORKSHOP PROGRAMlast_img read more

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Second Zika mouse model yields more infection clues

first_imgScientists today unveiled a second Zika mouse model for studying drugs and vaccines, while a separate group recommended screening tests for all pregnant women who may have been exposed to the virus.Scientists are eager to untangle the many mysteries surrounding the virus, not only to flesh out the connection between the virus and birth defects, but also to fast-forward work on countermeasures.In other developments, another research team raised new questions about how Zika virus crosses the placenta, Vietnam reported is first two local cases, and confirmed cases in Mexico passed the 200 mark.Mouse infections show some human parallelsThe mouse model study, led by a research team at Washington University School of Medicine, suggested some intriguing parallels to patterns seen in fetal and human infections. The group published its findings today in Cell Host & Microbe.The study comes close on the heels of a Mar 28 report of the first mouse model for studying Zika virus since the 1970s, from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch.Mice aren’t easily infected with Zika virus, so, as with the earlier study, Washington University researchers used mice that were genetically modified to impair immune response to the virus. The mice in the latest study couldn’t produce the crucial signaling molecule interferon, which reduced their immune response.Researchers tested five Zika strains in the mice, the original strain collected in 1947 in Uganda, three that circulated in Senegal in the 1980s, and the strain responsible for French Polynesia’s outbreak in 2013, which is closely related to the Asian strain circulating in the Americas. Tests are under way with the current outbreak strain.Mice infected with the different strains showed similar results, which hints that the viruses may not vary much by pathogenicity, the team reported.Michael Diamond, MD, PhD, senior author and professor of medicine at Washington University, said in a press release from the school that the virus replicated well in the immune-deficient mice and went to anatomic sites that seem similar to patterns seen in humans.When infected with Zika, immune-deficient mice lost weight, became lethargic, and died within 10 days of inoculation. In the part of the study using normal mice, however, the animals developed severe symptoms only if they were infected within 1 week of birth, before their immune systems developed, similar to what experts have observed in humans.”It appears that pregnant women infected with Zika can pass the virus to babies in utero and that newborns also may be susceptible to infection,” Diamond said. “Other than in infants, we don’t really see severe disease in most people with Zika, except for a small fraction who develop Guillain-Barre [syndrome].”As an added study step, the researchers examined mouse testes for Zika virus and found that viral levels were higher there than in any other tissue. Diamond said follow-up tests are under way to see how long the viral levels are sustained, which might help determine how long the virus can transmit sexually.Zika pregnancy screening algorithmMeanwhile, a group of perinatal and infectious disease specialists from Europe and French Polynesia yesterday proposed that all pregnant women who had potential exposure to Zika virus be screened, given that 80% of people infected are said to be asymptomatic. The experts offered a detailed algorithm to help clinicians monitor patients.The group’s report appears in the latest online edition of Lancet Infectious Diseases. They noted that although the connection between Zika virus and birth defects hasn’t been definitively confirmed yet, the evidence so far is alarming.They acknowledged difficulties with testing and symptom-timing assessments and suggested that sampling saliva and urine might help detect Zika during the acute phase.Asymptomatic newborns should be closely monitored for latent abnormalities, they said, adding that alternative diagnoses should be considered for those with birth defects.Placental crossing, cases in Vietnam, MexicoIn other research news, lab tests suggest Zika virus evades cells in the placenta (primary human trophoblasts, or PHTs) that protect the fetus or use other strategies to cross the placental barrier, researchers from Pennsylvania and Brazil reported today in Cell Host & Microbe. Their tests involved replicating both Asian and African Zika virus strains in PHTs isolated from healthy term placentas.Vietnam’s health ministry yesterday announced its first two local Zika virus detections, according to a report today from Viet Nam News. The patients are women, ages 64 and 33. One is from Kahnh Hoa province, in the central part of the country, and the younger woman—who is in her second trimester of pregnancy—is from Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. The country had recently raised a Zika alert after an Australian tourist got sick after visiting several Vietnamese cities.Mexico has now confirmed 201 Zika infections, 181 in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, Xinhua News reported today, citing a weekly update yesterday from the country’s health ministry. Of the confirmed cases, 48 are in pregnant women who live in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Veracruz states.See also:Apr 5 Cell Host Microbe studyApr 5 Washington University School of Medicine press releaseApr 4 Lancet Infect Dis abstractMar 28 CIDRAP News story “New mouse model paves way for Zika drug, vaccine tests”last_img read more

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Make-A-Wish New Mexico Finds Ways To Bring Hope

first_imgMake-A-Wish New Mexico News:ALBUQUERQUE — Make-A-Wish New Mexico faces a record number of wishes waiting to be granted as a result of the recent need to postpone all wishes that involve travel due to the public and medical concerns of COVID-19. As 77 percent of wishes involve travel, 970 wishes nationwide, including 12 wishes of New Mexico children, were immediately impacted with additional wishes being impacted every day. The challenging circumstances have inspired Make-A-Wish to think creatively about how to bring hope and joy to Make-A-Wish kids during unpredictable and scary times. Make-A-Wish announce March 20, “Messages of Hope” to give supporters and the general public alike a fun, easy way to help children with critical illnesses without needing to leave the house.Make-A-Wish New Mexico knows that the anticipation of a wish-come-true can be a powerful motivator for wish kids to face and overcome the challenges in their way. Through “Messages of Hope,” Make-A-Wish invites the public to spread hope and anticipation by writing, recording or photographing themselves delivering messages of encouragement for wish kids waiting for wishes impacted by COVID-19. Before sharing their messages, participants should consider a donation at newmexico.wish.org to prepare Make-A-Wish to grant the unprecedented number of pending wishes once normal operations resume. The last step is to post the messages to any social media channel along with the tag, @MakeAWishNM, and the hashtag, #WishesAreWaiting. Two or more friends should also be tagged and challenged because the more messages shared, the greater the impact on wish kids and their families.The announcement of “Messages of Hope” comes exactly 40 days prior to April 29, 2020, known as World Wish Day. On World Wish Day, Make-A-Wish will mark the 40th anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the organization with noteworthy surprises and announcements.Until then, Make-A-Wish will spend the next 40 days highlighting some of the messages received on the official Make-A-Wish social media accounts. The messages will give wish kids and their families hope today so that they can look forward to tomorrow.“‘Messages of Hope’ calls upon people looking to do something positive and impactful during these uncertain times to bring hope and joy to children and families who need it most,” said Richard K. Davis, Make-A-Wish America president and CEO. “As we approach the 40th anniversary of the founding wish, there’s no denying that we are in the midst of one of the most challenging times in Make-A-Wish history. The time is now for the public to rally in support of wishes because every child deserves a childhood.”Through “Messages of Hope,” Make-A-Wish New Mexico aims to build support for the wishes currently on hold due to COVID-19 because wishes can improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes. More than ever before, wishes need the support of individual and corporate donors to grant the wish of every eligible child.Learn more and help at newmexico.wish.org.last_img read more

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Citibank sells HQ

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Skeletons, Ghosts, And Goblins, Oh My!

first_imgThere’s something for everyone on the East End and this Halloween will have all sorts of fun for all ages. Here are just a few of the amazing family events that will be starting shortly.Southampton offers up the Haunted Rogers Mansion, running from 11 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday, October 24, through Friday, October 26, and November 2 and 3. Spooky spirits have taken over the Rogers Mansion on 17 Meeting House Lane. Explore the creepy exhibits for a $5 entry fee and keep an eye out for Captain Albert Rogers. Southampton will also host the 18th Annual Little Lucy’s Halloween Pet Parade on Saturday, October 27, at 1 PM. Finally, children nine and under can join the Southampton High School Student Council in costume at Agawam Park. The fun starts at 11:45 AM with tons of games and other fun activities, but be sure to stay for the costume parade through the village at 1 PM.Bridgehampton will kick off the scares with its Halloween Bash on Friday, October 26, at the Children’s Museum of the East End. Expect everything from trick-or-treating to costume contests to fun Halloween games throughout the day. Note that advance registration is required. Fairview Farm will host pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and a corn cannon. Finally, the Hampton Library will host a Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 27, at 10 AM.Sag Harbor will have a ghost walking tour through the village on Friday, October 26, from 6 to 8 PM. The tour will start at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater will also perform Frankenstein Follies at 7:30 PM on October 26 and October 27.The 30th Annual Spooky Walk will be held at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches. This 45-minute walk of terror is not for the faint of heart and it will run from 7 to 9 PM on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, with a $20 entry fee at the gate. Baiting Hollow Scout camp will also have a Halloween celebration from 10 AM to 4 PM on October 27. Expect everything from hayrides to pumpkin patches.The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society of East Hampton Village will host a Halloween Open House on Saturday, October 27, from 2 to 4 PM. Come and enjoy treats and exciting Halloween tales while exploring the spooky Halloween decorations of the LVIS house and dollhouse. All are welcome!Riverhead will host its Halloween festival on Main Street along the Peconic Riverfront beginning Saturday, October 27 at 11:30 AM. Parades, pumpkin carving, and coffin races will run through Main Street until October 29. The Long Island Aquarium will also open its doors on October 27 to penguin costume parades, scavenger hunts, and book signings. All children 12 and under in costume will get half off their admission.There are three different Harbes Farm locations — Jamesport, Mattituck, and Riverhead — hosting activities this weekend. The Harbes Farm in Jamesport will sport a six-acre maze and pumpkin picking. The Mattituck farm will feature a variety of Halloween activities, and the Harbes Orchard in Riverhead will sport corn mazes and pony rides.Water Mill has eight acres of pumpkins ready to be picked off the vine and numerous Halloween activities at Hank’s Pumpkintown. There will also be arts and crafts at Ethan Allen for all ages. This will begin at 3 PM on October 27 and continue until 4 PM. The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River will be hosting a Safe Trick or Treat from 12 to 7 PM on October 31. There will be non-food items and allergy free treats for all to enjoy. Wear your costumes. Rain or shine.justin@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Warby Parker Opening

first_imgThe East Hampton Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon on Saturday, June 29, as Warby Parker opened its new store on Newtown Lane. The store, called Warby Parker Beach Reads, features a collection of books for beach reading, and the eyewear to help you enjoy them. Sharelast_img

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Air Liquide launches in Asia

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”K” Line Hurt by Falling Investment Securities

first_imgTokyo-headquartered shipping conglomerate Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (”K” Line) expects to report a JPY 8.13 billion (USD 67.7 million) loss in the quarter ending September 30 due to revaluation of investment securities.”K” Line said that the market prices of the company’s investment securities have fallen substantially and are not likely to recover.The company is currently preparing its consolidated financial results for the first half and full fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.The loss from revaluation of investment securities will be recognized as an extraordinary loss in the second quarter of the fiscal year.last_img read more

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DeepOcean finds new lead shareholder

first_imgDeepOcean, a provider of subsea services for the oil & gas and renewables industries, on Thursday announced a new majority owner in the company. According to DeepOcean, funds advised by Triton will become the largest shareholder and will, in collaboration with some of the existing shareholders in DeepOcean, support the company’s growth over the coming years. DeepOcean has also raised new equity.Through the equity raise and the future support of Triton, DeepOcean stated the company is well positioned to weather the downturn in oil & gas markets and to take advantage of growth opportunities in the oil & gas and renewables markets.Bart Heijermans, Chief Executive Officer of DeepOcean, said: “This transaction has achieved two key objectives for DeepOcean. Firstly, in Triton we have found a strong and experienced lead shareholder with key competencies in strategy, business development and operational excellence to support the company going forward.“Secondly, with the capital raise we have strengthened our balance sheet and improved our liquidity position and outlook. In today’s markets, having a strong owner and a solid balance sheet is an important competitive advantage as our clients increasingly focus on counterparty solidity and long-term viability when allocating contracts.”Peder Prahl, Director of the General Partner for the Triton funds, said: “We want to support the management and employees of DeepOcean as a stable and knowledgeable owner investing in and supporting the future growth and development of the company. We will contribute with our strategic insights and operational know-how in this industry.”Triton has followed DeepOcean closely for a long time prior to making the investment and has come to know the sector and the company well, DeepOcean said.“DeepOcean is well positioned as one of the leading operating platforms for subsea services and can be a main driver of consolidation in its niche,” added Fredrik Brynildsen, Investment Advisory Professional of the Triton Oslo office.The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in the relevant jurisdictions and is expected to close around New Year.last_img read more

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Cause for complaint

first_imgSo far, my experience – as designated ‘complaints partner’ for my firm – of the role of the Legal Ombudsman in complaints-handling has been a positive one. However, I am now mystified as to how we should operate our future complaints-handling process.In accordance with guidance, we have a detailed written complaints procedure which is contained within our terms of business, and which is communicated to clients at the outset of any transaction. This requires a client to go through three stages of ‘complaint’ before referring a matter to the LeO. In short, if the client is not satisfied as a result of our complaints-handling process (which ends with me), then the client can refer the complaint to the LeO (and we provide contact details for this purpose).This policy has served us well for years and we have an extremely good complaints-handling record. I was therefore perturbed to be notified of a complaint made to the LeO, of which I had not even been notified. In this case, the client made a complaint to the fee-earner dealing with the case, who responded to the complaint by email. Thinking that the matter had been satisfactorily dealt with, the file was then closed. The next we heard was a request from the LeO for copies of various letters and emails.We took up the matter with the LeO, explaining that we had been advised on a couple of occasions by LeO investigators that complaints had initially been referred back to us where clients had not followed our clearly-set-out procedures. The LeO then confirmed – ‘for the avoidance of doubt in future’ – that clients can complain to the LeO at any stage, whether or not the firm’s complaints procedure has been followed.Surely this cannot be correct? Is this not creating a substantially larger workload for the LeO, and risking the situation whereby complaints that would otherwise be resolved by firms ‘internally’ will be allocated to investigators unnecessarily?Edward R Foster, Fosters Law, Herne Baylast_img read more

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