Love beyond words

first_imgThe writer Anne Fadiman made a confession Sunday evening to a roomful of shocked Cambridge Public Library patrons. It was a tale of familial abuse — of the bookshelf, that is.In her childhood home, books were subjected to an “assault on innocent pages we viewed as a form of love,” said Fadiman, an essayist and the author of “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.” The Fadimans don’t just read books, she said: “We live with them, we live through them, we live among them, and we sometimes live under them.”Fadiman, the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale University and a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, explored the varieties of book lover in “Using Bacon for Bookmarks: How Readers Treat Their Books.” The talk was a fitting installment in the John Harvard Book Celebration, a semester-long series of events at Cambridge and Boston public libraries in honor of Harvard’s 375th anniversary and John Harvard’s original gift of 400 books to the University.“Love of books is like any other kind of love,” Fadiman said. “It takes different forms.” There are “courtly lovers” of books, who treat books as sacred objects, and “carnal lovers” — those who engage with their books as physical objects, and who are more than willing to profane them in all manner of ways.Richard Griffin ’51 (right) asks a question of Anne Fadiman following her talk.Examples of the latter camp abound. Wordsworth once cut open the pages of a new book (a necessity due to the bookbinding techniques of his time) with a butter-greased knife, according to Fadiman. William Empson was reprimanded by a librarian for returning a copy of “Dr. Faustus” smeared with jam from his morning toast. A Columbia University librarian reported a returned book with a fried egg in its pages. And as per the tale that provided the lecture’s title, New Yorker legend A.J. Liebling was said to have used a strip of bacon for a bookmark.Harvard librarians, Fadiman reported, have found in the pages of books a sewing needle, feathers, playing cards, yarn, a parking ticket, an arrest warrant, “a piece of fuzzy pink cake that was presumed to be a former Hostess Sno Ball,” and even a used condom.“At least those things are removable,” she conceded. “The one thing that is least removable is your own words.”Indeed, annotation is a controversial topic among book lovers. While few readers would cop to scribbling in the margins of a library book, many bibliophiles disagree over whether one should annotate books at all. Paperbacks, hardbacks, first editions, family heirlooms, borrowed copies: Most readers have their own rules for what can be marked up, she said.The president of the Levenger catalogue, a high-end reading and writing instrument retailer, once told Fadiman that to avoid the temptation to scrawl when reading nice books, he held a chopstick in his free hand instead of a pen. Fadiman frowned on the technique.“It seems to me that by the very act of holding the pen rather than the chopstick, we’re saying, ‘All right, author, you’re making me have thoughts,’” Fadiman said. Even if we merely mark passages with check marks or exclamation points, “we’re interacting with that book in a way that we couldn’t if we were holding a chopstick.”Ultimately, Fadiman professed equal respect for both types of book lovers. Alexander the Great slept with a copy of Homer’s “Iliad” annotated by Aristotle stashed under his pillow. While that courtly attitude toward books seems foreign to many of us now, she said, Alexander’s respect for the printed word is something book lovers of all varieties have in common.“Whether your love is courtly or carnal,” Fadiman said, “I hope you will join me in honoring and preserving the physical book — which, even if we don’t sleep with it like Alexander the Great, is nonetheless something to have and to hold.”What would Fadiman keep under her pillow? An anthology of world poetry that belonged to her father, the critic Clifton Fadiman. Though he made his name writing about Western literature, Fadiman said, her father began to discover the power of other cultures’ works in his 80s.“Just as his life closed up physically in his old age, so his mind opened,” she said. “And it was books that did that.”That idea of the scuffed-up, marked-up book as a vehicle for dialogue — especially among different generations — resonated with at least one member of the audience.“I have a 15-year-old daughter who’s starting to look at my bookshelf, and she’s starting to look at my 15-year-old annotations in those same books,” said Lee Rubin Collins ’81, J.D. ’85, who recently read Fadiman’s “Ex Libris” for her book club. “It’s a way of sharing who I was and who I am with my daughter.”The next John Harvard Book Celebration event, “From the Hearth to Kindles and Nooks: Fairy Tales in an Age of Electronic Entertainments,” will feature Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Folklore and Mythology. The lecture will be held April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Boston Public Library, Dudley Branch, 65 Warren St., Roxbury.last_img read more

Costa Deliziosa cancels Greece sailings until late December | News

first_imgNewerPonfoort to lead Aurora Expeditions A statement explained: “Costa Cruises’ highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of its guests, crew, shoreside employees, and the people and communities its ships visit – and that commitment is reflected in the decision to temporarily pause Costa Deliziosa cruise operations in Greece.”Costa restarted operations in early September as the European cruise sector struggled back from the Covid-19 shutdown. Costa Smeralda, the second Costa ship currently in service, will continue her cruises dedicated to Italy as scheduled, observing the enhanced protocols introduced by the company. – Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time- Advertisement –center_img Costa Cruises has announced the temporary suspension of Costa Deliziosa cruises to Greece.Costa, a part of Carnival Corporation, said the decision comes as a result of measures enacted by the Greek government in response to the number of coronavirus cases. – Advertisement – Costa Deliziosa – which is offering one-week cruises calling at Trieste, Katakolon, Athens, Iraklion, Bari – will end her cruise currently underway in Trieste. The ship will then pause operations for seven weeks, cancelling departures until late December. The resumption of Costa Deliziosa operations is scheduled for December 26th, with an Italian itinerary to discover some of the most beautiful destinations of the Adriatic Sea and the eastern Mediterranean including Trieste, Bari, Brindisi and Catania. More destinations will be added in the coming weeks.- Advertisement –last_img read more

For whom Bell toils

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Saudi Arabia races to contain epidemic in Islam’s holiest city

first_imgSaudi authorities are racing to contain an outbreak of coronavirus in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, where crowded slums and labor camps have accelerated the spread even with much of the country under a 24-hour curfew.The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Mecca, home to 2 million people, reached 1,050 on Monday compared to 1,422 in the capital of Riyadh, a city more than three times the size. Mecca’s large number of undocumented immigrants and cramped housing for migrant workers have made it more difficult to slow the infection rate.In late March, after five Mecca-based employees of Saudi Binladin Group, one of the kingdom’s biggest construction companies tested positive, authorities locked down housing for 8,000 laborers and suspended work on the expansion of the grand mosque, Islam’s holiest site, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. Some workers were placed in hotel quarantine, the document showed. The company did not respond to a request for comment. It was unclear if the camp remained in lockdown. Topics : Shielding Mecca from a pandemic that’s overwhelmed countries like Italy and the United States is crucial for Saudi Arabia. That’s partly because of the city’s significance to the world’s Muslims, but also because the royal family grounds its rule in guardianship of the birthplace of Islam. Millions of Muslim pilgrims visit Mecca each year; King Salman’s official title is “custodian of the two holy mosques.”The government is conscious that the virus sweeping Mecca would “call into question its responsibility in the protection of those spaces, which is part of the legitimacy of the country itself,” said Yasmine Farouk, a visiting fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “This is sensitive.”Role of foreignersOverall, Saudi Arabia has reported one of the lowest rates of infection in the region, with around 5,000 cases in a population of over 30 million. Mecca was one of the first Saudi cities to be placed under a full-day curfew, and authorities took unprecedented precautions, suspending religious tourism in February and closing mosques across the country in March.center_img The outbreak underlines a nationwide issue of soaring cases among foreign residents. Foreigners make up about a third of the Saudi population but account for 70% to 80% of new cases recently, according to the health ministry — a rate that’s sparked debate about their role in society.Some Saudis have attacked foreigners, accusing them of price-gouging, fear-mongering and deliberately spreading infection. Others say that the solution lies in better living conditions for the blue collar foreigners who underpin daily life, driving garbage trucks and cleaning streets. Saudi novelist Mohammed Alwan recently wrote on Twitter that he hopes authorities will create “humane requirements for workers’ housing” after the pandemic.Health minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah acknowledged the problem in a televised address on Monday, saying a government committee had been formed to deal with the issue.The government has also promised free coronavirus treatment for foreign residents, including undocumented immigrants.last_img read more

Robin van Persie reveals the moment he realised Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira was a ‘true leader’

first_imgRobin van Persie reveals the moment he realised Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira was a ‘true leader’ Comment Vieira was a key part of the Invincibles team (Picture: Getty Images)Despite coming close on multiple occasions, Van Persie never won a league title during his eight-year spell at Arsenal, but still has overwhelmingly positive memories of his time in north London.He added: ‘When I look at Arsenal i actually have a good feeling about that period because it was a crucial period for me.‘Arsene [Wenger] was crucial, the players I played with were crucial. Ok we didn’t win a lot of trophies.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes I think so we should but with the whole new stadium coming in financially Arsenal wasn’t at the top.‘So there were a lot of reasons we didn’t compete most of those years but I’m still proud of my time there.‘Arsenal is a fantastic club, I played two years at Highbury which I loved.‘I played with top players and in my development over those years I took huge steps. I started as a kid and playing as Arsenal, playing with other great players really helped me over the years.’MORE: Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal bossMORE: Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Van Persie was bought as Dennis Bergkamp’s long-term replacement (Picture: Getty Images)Robin van Persie has revealed he learnt a valuable lesson in leadership when Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira offered to run himself into the ground to help take the pressure off his new teammate.The Dutch forward moved from Feyenoord to the Gunners in May 2004, just days after Arsene Wenger’s side became the first team in Premier League history to go a whole campaign without losing a single game.Arsenal carried their unbeaten run into the following season, putting additional strain on a young Van Persie to deliver instantly.With the nerves beginning to settle in before his first league start against Portsmouth in December 2004, club captain Vieira helped put the striker’s mind at ease.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was a very difficult, mature group to come into but at the same time it was a new world to me,’ Van Persie told DAZN.‘These guys made their mark as footballers, financially they were wealthy, they had won trophies.‘These guys could be arrogant if they wanted to but they were the opposite.‘Vieira was a gentleman, a natural leader.‘My first start away at Portsmouth, I was so nervous. Vieira comes to me and says, “Robin, how are you? Listen Robin, play like you train, you are showing all of us you are a great footballer. It is your time to take over from Dennis [Bergkamp]. I am behind you, I will run for you, I will give you the ball”.‘I was like, “Wow, I just lost ten kilos [of pressure]”. That’s the sign of a true leader.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 9:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

UK minister reassures on pensions bill, challenges and chides on ESG

first_imgThe rest of the minister’s speech was mainly about “ESG” – climate change was name-checked – and pension funds’ responsibilities and power in this regard.If pension funds’ were genuinely committed to being long-term investors, ESG “has to dominate” because otherwise there won’t be a long-term, said Opperman.‘Hogwash’ ideasWhilst some trustees were taking action, others were not, and “sometimes we seem to be in a state of learned helplessness,” he added.According to Opperman, “a very senior member” of the PLSA – the UK’s main pension fund association – had spoken about trustees being very limited in what they could do and the danger of spending a lot of time talking about ESG.This, Opperman said, was “hogwash”.“If trustees and asset owners cannot do anything, where do they think the power lies, and also, what are you doing in the job?,” he said.“As I always say, if you want to change the world, there’s one really simple thing: look in the mirror,” Opperman told delegates.He argued the UK government was “doing a huge amount to decarbonise” and said “it has to be asked: what are you doing?”.He suggested trustees should fire asset managers “struggling to have an impact” – for example those who did not support climate resolutions. The UK pensions minister today said the early general election does not spell the end for recently introduced workplace pensions legislation, and that pension scheme trustees have the power to change the world, and should use it.Guy Opperman made the comments in a speech delivered to delegates attending a conference held by the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees (AMNT), whose co-chair David Weeks described the session with the minister as a “humdinger”.On the pension schemes bill, whose legislative passage has been interrupted by the vote for a general election in December, Opperman said it had cross-party support and that whatever government the election produces “in my view can and will bring [it] forward”.“So whilst there has been a pause it does mean to say that this bill ceases to exist or that it will not continue,” he said. Source: PLSA“Your capacity to make a difference is immeasurable. I urge you to use it”Guy Opperman, pensions minister“You have so much power,” the minister told delegates. “Your capacity to make a difference is immeasurable. I urge you to use it.”TCFD disclosure guidance ‘coming soon’Opperman then spoke about the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), saying that although there was a government expectation for large asset owners and listed companies to disclose in line with the TCFD’s recommendations by 2022, pension fund trustees should not wait.It could be “a badge of honour” to disclose before 2022.His view was that TCFD-aligned reporting should be made mandatory, Opperman said. He told delegates the Department for Work and Pensions would be delivering guidance on this soon and that he wanted to “empower trustees to challenge their investment managers and ultimately deliver real change in the companies they invest in”.A government spokesperson did not respond to queries from IPE about this guidance by the time of publication.Delegates also heard Opperman say he wanted to see “more of a mixed economy develop in the exercise of voting rights and engagement,” encouraging trustees to sign up to the UK’s new Stewardship Code .According to the minister, one of the Code’s principles for asset managers and asset owners “creates the expectation that asset managers will comply in aligning their stewardship and investment approaches to the trustees that have hired them, or explain why not”.Opperman has in many ways taken up the cause of the AMNT that fund managers need to accept client voting policies in pooled fund arrangements. The association in May urged the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to investigate this “market failure”, and this week called on the regulator to respond positively to its complaint.According to Opperman, the regulator was due to hold workshops with asset owners next year to hear about voting and stewardship issues from their perspective.last_img read more

‘Legal highs’ created at an ‘unprecedented pace’

first_img Tweet Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle ‘Legal highs’ created at an ‘unprecedented pace’ by: – May 12, 2011center_img Share Share A record number of new “legal highs” were reported across Europe in 2010, with four times as many found in the UK than any other country, figures show.The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction said there were 41 new substances, of which 16 were first reported in the UK.The drugs were appearing at an “unprecedented pace”, as 24 were found in 2009 and 13 in 2008, it said.The UK is introducing legislation to temporarily ban untested drugs.The monitoring centre, which records drugs use across the continent, said 2010 saw the largest number of new substances ever reported across Europe in a single year.The list includes synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones and synthetic derivatives of well-established drugs. Their names include MDAI, iso-ethcathinone, 4-MBC and DMAA.A further 15 derivatives of the compound on which banned drug mephedrone is based, cathinone, were detected during the year, and two from ketamine.Experts say the drugs are developed by people who examine scientific literature about drug compounds.Legally-sourced chemicalsIf these are banned they develop a legal variant which then gets manufactured, often in China, and then sold in the UK as drugs.Not all of these drugs are banned under UK law.The UK government is introducing legislation to temporarily ban new “legal highs” until they are proven to be medically safe by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).A Home Office spokesman said the government was “committed to tackling emerging new drugs and stopping them gaining a foothold in this country”.“We have among the most effective systems in Europe for identifying new psychoactive substances,” he said.“Just because a drug is advertised as legal does not mean that it is either legal or safe.”Drugs advice charity Drugscope said there was now an “ever greater interaction between the illicit and non-illicit pharmaceutical markets”, with legally-sourced chemicals being sold as replacements for illicit psychoactive substances.Toxic to humans“The make-up of these new substances may bear little relation to a user’s expectations,” said chief executive Martin Barnes.“Head shops (outlets selling drug paraphernalia) and online sellers, often buying in large batches from overseas, cannot be certain what they are purchasing and selling on.”Dr John Ramsey, head of drugs database unit TicTac Communications at St George’s University of London, said the drugs presented a major public health risk.“The core of the problem is that none of these drugs have been properly tested to see how toxic they are to humans. If they will cause long-term health problems such as cancer or birth defects, would we know about that?”He said he feared the government’s plan for deferred legislation would not work, as the ACMD would not have the resources to do risk assessments for the number of substances which were emerging each year.“What we have got to do is stop kids from buying them. Would you buy a research compound from an iffy website for £30 and take it? Quite how we change this I don’t know, but there is always going to be something new on the market.”The European monitoring centre’s director, Wolfgang Gotz, said that “given the speed at which new developments occur in this area” it was important to anticipate emerging threats.He said: “This could be addressed by actively purchasing, synthesising and studying new compounds and by improving our capacity for investigative forensic analysis and research at European level.”BBC Newslast_img read more

OAS secretary general visits Trinidad and Tobago

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! OAS Secretary General Mr. José Miguel Insulza. Photo credit: usoas.usmission.govPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, where he will participate in a forum on trade and investment in the Caribbean.During his stay in Port of Spain, Insulza will meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and with various representatives of government and other agencies.Likewise, Insulza expects to meet with the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago, Brigadier General (ret.) John Sandy, and will speak with President George Maxwell Richards as well as the leader of the opposition, Keith Rowley.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional OAS secretary general visits Trinidad and Tobago by: – June 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Immigration stops Lebanon-bound Pinay workers at Iloilo airport

first_img“A concerned citizen called the IACAT(Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking) 1343 action line to relay theinformation. Reports like these are really valuable to the council as they helpus immediately identify the victims and conduct rescue operations,” Barizosaid. The women alleged a certain “Alfred”facilitated the processing of their travel documents and their work visas wouldbe handed to them upon their arrival in Beirut. Meanwhile, Immigration commissionerJaime Morente reiterated his appeal to the public to report possible cases ofhuman trafficking. “Upon arriving in Hong Kong they weresupposed to board their connecting flight to Beirut and end up working there ashousehold service workers (HSWs) without the appropriate overseas workpermits,” Barizo said, adding the trafficking attempt was foiled after theywere tipped by informants about the illegal activity. ILOILO City – Immigration officialsintercepted six suspected human trafficking victims who attempted to leave thecountry for Lebanon at the Iloilo International Airport (IIA). The women were turned over to theIACAT in Western Visayas for assistance and further investigation.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The IACAT 1343 action line is a veryvaluable tool in preventing human trafficking. We urge our fellow Filipinos tocall and report so the council may investigate and rescue these poor victimswho are duped by traffickers and illegal recruiters,” he said. Ma. Lourdes Mariano, head supervisorof the Bureau of Immigration-IIA, said they immediately verified theinformation, and interviewed the victims. “They all admitted that they weretraveling to Lebanon to work as HSWs without the necessary documents,” sheadded. Immigration officials recently intercepted six suspected human trafficking victims who attempted to leave the country for Lebanon at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan town. MARCOS CARATAO JR. Travel Control and Enforcement Unit(TCEU) head Ma. Timotea Barizo said the women, who were illegally recruited towork as domestic helpers were stopped at the departure area of the airportearlier this month, as they were about to board a flight to Hong Kong. last_img read more

Julius W. “Jay” Thornsberry

first_imgJulius W. “Jay” Thornsberry, age 80 of Batesville, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Heritage Spring Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Chester, Ohio.  Born February 16, 1936 in Littcarr, Kentucky, he is the son of Dorothy (Nee: Young) and Whitt Thornsberry.  He married Mary Flaspohler August 6, 1955 at St. Mary’s of The Rock Church.  He worked for Contel/Verizon Phone Company as a lineman and supervisor 28 years before retiring in 1990.  He was also a member of St. Louis Church, Batesville Eagles #1130 and was a former member of the Batesville Fire Department.Jay had many interests.  He was an avid basketball fan, a long time league bowler and enjoyed stopping at yard sales, where apparently he couldn’t resist bringing home radio’s and bikes.  Jay also liked to go for rides with Mary that usually ended up including a stop or two at car lots along the way.  For many years he helped fry chicken for the church festival and was a big Kentucky fan regardless of the sport.  The family also mentioned that he would feed the squirrels on his deck.  If they got there before he did, they’d bang on the door to let him know it’s feeding time.  The kids also teased that dad was an armchair politician and had CNN or Fox News on the television most of the time.  Family, though, is what was most important to him.  Jay loved having them around and would have been happy to have everybody under one roof.  He enjoyed attended all of his children and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters Wilma (Joseph) Soular, Julie Day, Mary Jane Harmeyer, all of Batesville; sons Marv (Deanna) of New Palestine, Indiana, Shorty (Becky) of Morris, Tom (Jill) of Batesville; sister Lois Jean Turner of Shelbyville, Kentucky; brother David of Batesville; 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his son David; sisters Bethel Seals, Nettie Bentley, Ethel Vance; brother Russell Thornsberry and granddaughter Erin Thornsberry.Visitation is Saturday, June 4th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Batesville Fire Department or the Ronald McDonald House.last_img read more