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first_imgThe acknowledgment of Islamic culture’s contribution to Western civilisation remains, for the most part, restricted to the margins of public knowledge in the West. In similar fashion, much of the Islamic world remains unaware of its rich medieval past, its scientific and philosophical dialogues with classical antiquity and medieval Christian Europe. The figure of the cleric played, and still plays, a blocking role in the interpretation of history. The image of the terrorising “heathen Turk” in sermons of Pope Urban II and St Bernard of Clairvaux proved a comforting notion to the Crusader imagination. It was not just a mere war, but became a Christian jihad. Despite this perception of Islam, many denizens of medieval Christian West believed otherwise. The Englishman Adelard of Bath (died 1142) was the first significant populariser of the achievement of Islamic learning. In these achievements, Adelard saw the apotheosis of human knowledge. The Bodleian Library’s new exhibition, ‘Medieval Views of the Cosmos’, centres on the Bodleian’s newly acquired medieval Arabic treatise, the Book of Curiosities, containing diagrams of the heavens and maps of the earth, many of which are without parallels. It dispels the miasma around this period of history and charts an eclectic history of medieval Islamic and Christian cartography, lodging the Book in its various cultural contexts. The reception of Greek, Arab, Persian and Indian influences aided the creativity of Islamic celestial and terrestrial cartography. One such treatise, The Book of the Constellations of the Fixed Stars demonstrates the cultural diversity of Islamic civilisation. The teastained hues of the folios display drawings of each of 48 classical constellations overlapped by the pre-Islamic categorisation of stars called “lunar mansions”. The representation of Orion as a long-sleeved warrior armed with a celestial dagger, formed by red-dotted marks, marries the potency of the visual imagination with the human desire to make sense of one’s surroundings. Indeed, the spirit of human exploration lurks within maps of five river systems in the Book of Curiosities; the Nile, the Oxus, the Euphrates, the Tigris and the Indus. The serpentine quality of the Nile, as it endlessly meanders from one end of the manuscript to another, marked by small tributaries, is remarkable. Furthermore, legends and myths come to form an aspect of the tradition of Islamic cartography with the waqwaq tree, a frightening component of the spirit of exploration. The depiction of brown bodies sprouting out of green vegetation, hanging from the branches, connected by voluminous capillaries of blood wavers between grotesque and grand-guignol.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s the first thing they tell you when you go to Mexico? Don’t drink the water! Apparently Bob Weir missed that memo last night, as Bill Kreutzmann explained briefly from the stage that the Grateful Dead guitarist was feeling under the weather from food poisoning and would not be performing.Obviously Weir’s shoes are big ones to fill, and the remaining band members, including Tom Hamilton, Dave Schools, Bill Kreutzmann and Jeff Chimenti, decided to welcome a rotating cast of collaborators in Weir’s stead. Throughout the two set performance, Jackie Greene remained with the band throughout the night, and Kyle Hollingsworth, Jason Hann and Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident all joined the band for some jamming in the “Eyes of the World > Drums > Morning Dew” segment of the second set.Despite Weir’s absence, the musicians made the best of the situation with a set full of Grateful Dead classics, including a “Scarlet/Fire” opener and some fun upbeat playing in John Phillips’ “Me & My Uncle” and Johnny Cash’s “Big River.” The second set also featured some grooves on “Bertha,” “Bird Song,” “Loose Lucy” and more, and the band encored with “Big Railroad Blues” to end the night.Check out the full setlist from last night, below.Setlist: Los Muertos Band | Los Muertos Con Queso | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/26/17Set IScarlet Begonias > thFire On The Mountain thRamble On Rose thMe & My Uncle jg >Big River jgMississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo thSet IIBertha thBird Song thLoose Lucy jgEyes Of The World* th >Drums*>Morning Dew* th ( solo piano intro Jc)Shakedown Street ( with Adam MacDougall ) thE: Big Railroad Blues th*Jason Hann percussion , Kyle Hollingsworth , Michael Travis ( String Cheese ) join [email protected] Bob Weir skipped show due to illness[Setlist via Erin Lippert of FOJC]last_img read more

first_imgPatrick O’Callahan has been named the new director of after-hours urgent care and the Stillman Infirmary at Harvard University Health Services. A graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, O’Callahan completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the University of Rochester, and later earned a master of public health degree at Johns Hopkins University.Most recently, O’Callahan was the medical director for the Stanford University Occupational Health Center, where he established the clinic and worked to promote wellness at the university. In addition, he coordinated efforts for campus outreach, which included seasonal flu vaccination, emergency preparedness, and travel health campaigns, and hepatitis B screenings. Prior to his time at Stanford, he was an emergency medicine attending physician at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., for eight years.last_img read more

first_imgPaul took the big shots and he made the key passes.Griffin was given an added responsibility this season, with the Clippers shifting to a motion offense in which the ball could end up in anybody’s hands, and that was part of the plan. He could even dribble the ball up court now and again, the power forward giving the guards a ball-handling break.“He’s always done it, but obviously when you lose a Chris Paul you put the ball in his hands more,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin the playmaker. “You put the ball in everyone’s hands more. Our ball movement has been better and Blake has been a better passer.“When I first took this job, the first thing someone told me was, ‘You’re going to be shocked by Blake’s passing.’ The statement shocked me because you didn’t see it as much. And they were right. I mean, he has the ability to see the floor. The ability was always in him.”THE TEODOSIC EFFECTThe departure of Paul hasn’t exactly destroyed the Clippers’ ability to set each other up for baskets. They are averaging 21.8 assists through the season’s first 47 games, not far off last season’s average of 22.5 with Paul directing their play. Blake Griffin the passer doesn’t get nearly the love that Blake Griffin the dunker or Blake Griffin the 3-point shooter or Blake Griffin the rebounder does. There’s more to Griffin’s game than brute strength or offensive muscle this season, though.After all, he is the Clippers’ second-leading playmaker, averaging a career-best 5.4 assists going into Friday’s game against the Grizzlies in Memphis. Only point guard Milos Teodosic, whose job it is to ensure the ball ends up in the right hands, is averaging more at 5.5 assists.Griffin’s previous career-best was in 2014-15, when he averaged 5.3 assists.The Clippers changed their style of play after trading future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets during the offseason. The ball was in Paul’s hands in all situations, especially when the Clippers ran a pick-and-roll dominated offense. Teodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, has stepped into the void.Overall, the Clippers are only 23-24, but are 13-7 with Teodosic in their lineup. He injured the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first half of the second game of the season, Oct. 21, and sat out 22 games. He missed two games for rest and three others after aggravating the injury.“He’s a savant basketball-wise,” Rivers said of Teodosic. “He’s a great passer. He has a great feel. It’s still his first year in the NBA. Defensively, it’s tough for him. He’s never played against athletes with this speed, so we’re trying to put him on the right guys.“He’s also never played more than 30 minutes a night, so you have to be careful with that. He’s just a great guy to have on your team. He’s just got a great spirit. He’s one of those guys you like being around, to be honest. … He is important for our ball movement. It’s infectious.“There are guys who are like that. They just pass so much everyone wants to join in.”ROAD WARRIORSThe Clippers face the Grizzlies on Friday in Memphis and the Pelicans on Sunday in New Orleans before returning Tuesday to Staples Center to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Clippers then play seven of their next 10 games on the road.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe Oakland A’s have seen quite a few catchers squat behind home plate over the last few years. Jonathan Lucroy, Bruce Maxwell, Stephen Vogt, Kurt Suzuki, to name a few. Some became cult heroes, others faded into oblivion.Josh Phegley has become somewhat of a breakout star this year for the A’s in his time behind the dish, so much so that he’s quickly put together an All-Star caliber first half.But what do we know about the 31-year-old journeyman? Here are 10 things…No. 1: Who did he …last_img read more

first_imgHumanists hope to have a new international holiday by 2009: Darwin Day.  (Feb. 12 was Darwin’s birthday as well as Abe Lincoln’s, so it’s already set aside as a holiday in America, but promoters want this to be an international event.)  According to Robert Evans’ story in Reuters, the British Humanist Association believes such a commemoration “would send out a signal that science matters in an era when pseudo-science and fear of science seem to be gaining ground.”  For their part, the humanists have their own fear: creationism.  “It is very, very scary,” said a leader of the Darwin Day movement in America.  “Creationism is spreading further and further.”    As evidence for anti-Darwinist sentiments, they point to British Prime Minister’s recent tolerance for a creationist college, advances in creationist and intelligent design movements in the United States under Bush’s administration, and polls that show 45% of Americans believe a personal God created all life within 10,000 years.  They are also alarmed at the rise of Islamic and Hindu opposition to Darwinism.    The invasion is getting too close for comfort.  Evans claims that “In a church a stone’s throw from the Darwin Research Station on Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands — where the biologist gathered much of his evidence for evolution — fiery evangelical sermons on hellfire awaiting unbelievers are on the daily menu.”  In seeming counterattack, Peter Backus at Space.Com has honored the alternative deity (see 02/12/2004 commentary) with the ultimate honor, naming everything that is, ever was, and ever shall be, “Darwin’s Universe.”Darwin Day–what a great idea.  It would be a perfect occasion to teach people important concepts.  Let’s start now thinking up activities that could become favorite family traditions.  Darwinians could wear Selfish Jeans, light Cambrian explosions, have asteroid fights and go extinct.  Here is a proposed list of Top 10 Darwin Day Activities:Have battles with slime and play King of the Hill.Blindfold monkeys and watch them type Shakespeare.Have a Darwin beard contest with lady judges to test sexual selection.Decorate lizards with feathers and drop them from trees.Vote on community Darwin Awards.Sponsor a Just-So Storytelling Contest.Hold a Planet of the Apes and Survivor movie festival.Play “glue the peppered moth on the tree.”Sing Evolution Songs around a campfire fueled with creationist books.Test survival of the fittest: debate a creationist.Send in your suggestions: write here.  One reader has sent in this prize-winner: “a scavenger hunt.  Item #1: a true, transitional fossil.  WARNING!  Photos of the participants of this activity may end up on the back of a milk carton.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Western bean cutworm (WBCW) populations decreased for all monitoring counties in Ohio for week ending August 4. A total of 72 traps were monitored in 23 counties. Overall, 653 WBCW adults were captured. The state average per trap decreased from 21 WBCW (week ending July 28) to 9 WBCW (week ending July 28).Amy Raudenbush, Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel, Mark Badertscher, Amanda Bennett, Lee Beers, JD Bethel, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Thomas Dehaas, Allen Gahler, Mike Gastier, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Rory Lewandowski, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Adrian Pekarcik, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, John Schoenhals, Jeff Stachler, Alan Sundermeier, and Chris Zoller monitored the western bean cutworm traps.  Figure 1. Average western bean cutworm (WBCW) trap counts within participating counties for week ending August 4, 2017. Number represents the average WBCW per trap in each county.Figure 2. Overall average number of western bean cutworm adults captured in traps in Ohio.last_img read more

first_imgAfter winning the bronze medal, India’s most successful boxer in history M.C. Mary Kom is now basking in the glory of an Olympic medal.Since winning the medal in the 51kg category, Mary has been even busier then before. There’s no more training schedules to adhere to or boxing strategy lessons to undertake. Right now Mary Kom is busy just fulfilling media engagements and going from one felicitation to another.”Mary is very busy right now. She has an interview lined up at the athletes village with the IOC team and another one straight after that with the AIBA team, not to mention the various requests from other media teams from around the world” informs her husband Onler Kom.Special coverage of London Olympics 2012This is the first time that women’s boxing has found a place in the Olympic Games and that has meant there is great interest in the boxers, particularly the medal winners. And in Mary’s case, it’s not just the Indian media, but others from England and South America want to interview her.Mary and her family (her mother and husband are with her in London) are also being felicitated by various people in London. On Saturday afternoon, the European Manipuri Association hosted a special meet and greet session for their hero at one of London’s historic pubs in Central London.Many turned up to see their hero in person and also to show their gratitude to Mary Kom for putting Manipur on the world map.advertisement”I have travelled all the way from Germany. In fact, I have driven down from Germany, after organising this event” Somorendro Khangembam, the general secretary of the European Manipur Association told Headlines Today.Mary was also in her elements at the event, as she freely mingled and interacted with members of the Manipuri association. And joining her for company was another rising talent from Manipur, Devendro. The youngster put up a stellar show to reach the quarter-finals in his first Olympics. “I’m determined to go for the gold in four years time” Devendro said when an enthusiastic fan asked him about his future plans.As for Mary Kom, this is something she needs to get used to. For the felicitations are just starting and there will be another round of them once she lands in India in a few days time.last_img read more

Source:https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/december/fitness-instructors-comments-shape-womens-body-satisfaction Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 14 2018Exercise has been called a double-edged sword for women when it comes to body image as some types of exercise seem to improve body esteem, whereas others have the potential to lower it.In other words, from a psychological perspective, not all fitness approaches are created equal.A new Northwestern University study found that while exercise, in this case, a 16-minute conditioning class, generally improved women’s mood and body satisfaction, women felt even better if the instructor made motivational comments that focused on strength and health instead of on losing weight or changing the appearance of one’s body.”Our goal was to determine whether the psychological outcomes of a fitness class might vary based on whether the instructor made motivational comments based on health verses appearance,” said Renee Engeln, lead author of the study and professor of instruction in psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern.Related StoriesA short bout of exercise improves brain function, study revealsIt’s never too late to take up exercise, advise researchersLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsAfter taking the class, women reported more positive emotions and felt more satisfied with the shape of their body if the instructor said things like, “This exercise is crucial to developing strength in the legs; these are the muscles that truly help you run, jump, sprint like a super hero!” Those randomly assigned to the class in which the instructor made appearance-focused comments like, “This exercise blasts fat in the legs, no more thunder thighs for us! Get rid of that cellulite!” didn’t show those same improvements.”We also asked the women to list three words that described how they felt at the end of class,” said Engeln, author of “Beauty Sick” (HarperCollins, 2017). “Those who heard appearance-focused comments were much more likely to write things like ‘ashamed’ and ‘disgusted with myself.’ Those in the health-focused classes were more likely to write things like ‘accomplished’ and ‘strong.'”Engeln said the study is one more reminder that words really matter.”The women in this study all did the same exercises, in the same room, with the same music playing,” Engeln added. “Yet just modifying the script the fitness instructor used had a meaningful impact on the way they felt about themselves afterward.”If we want people to stick with exercise, we need to remove shame from the equation. This study points to an easy and cost-free step that fitness instructors can take to make their classrooms healthier, more inclusive and more inspiring.””Tone it Down: How Fitness Instructors’ Motivational Comments Shape Women’s Body Satisfaction” published online and will be in the December print issue of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. In addition to Engeln, co-authors include Margaret Shavlik of Vanderbilt University and Colleen Daly of Northwestern. read more