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  • Ocean City to Add Fireworks to Night in Venice 2016

    first_imgNIV Boat Registration A fireworks display will cap off Ocean City’s Night in Venice boat and bayfront celebration for the first time in the event’s history.The 62nd annual Night in Venice is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16.Night in Venice is a traditional highlight of the summer season in Ocean City — with thousands of spectators lining the bayfront and thousands more attending private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.The theme of this year’s event is “Destination America.” Boats and homes can be decorated with themes that embrace the culture and regional pride of great cities and landmarks across the United States.Also new this year: A “Collegiate Cup” will be awarded to a boat that best celebrates school pride. College and university alumni associations have been contacted, and boat owners are encouraged to reach out if they can participate. Two other new categories are “Best Nonprofit/Community Organization” and “Best Commercial Entry.”The fireworks display will be launched from a barge at 9 p.m. and will be visible from Ocean City’s entire bayfront.Boat owners can register early to take advantage of a $50 gift card. All participants will receive a complimentary photo of their boat in the parade. The theme will be represented in a commemorative mug given to all boat and home contestants. Regular categories in the decorated boat contest will include: Most Original, Best Decorated, Musical, Comic, Classic (25 years or older with historic value) and Children’s Division completely decorated by children 15 and under.)Entries for boats and homes will be taken online or by calling 609-399-6111. NIV Condo Registration NIV House Registration Please contact Event Coordinator Michael Hartman if you’re an owner willing to enter your boat to host dignitaries, special guests or other entries (but don’t have the time to decorate).Contact:Michael HartmanSpecial Events [email protected]last_img read more

  • Women on a mission

    first_imgIn Bosnia-Herzegovina, where memories of war are still fresh, mothers and grandmothers are working at the grassroots to bring about reconciliation and build a peaceful future for their country, a scholar who is highlighting their stories in an upcoming book said Monday at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.“These women don’t give up,” said Zilka Spahic-Siljak, a visiting lecturer on women’s studies and Islamic studies and a research associate in women’s studies at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Her talk, “Women Make Peace, Men Negotiate It,” was presented by the Southeastern Europe study group and co-sponsored with the gender, politics and society study group at the center.For her book, “Women and Peace-Building in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” which will be published in Bosnian this year and in English in 2014, Spahic-Siljak interviewed 11 community leaders from eight cities. “I have been working with most of these women in the field and I felt I needed to bring to the surface their stories,” she said.“So far we have only had [stories about] genocide, war-crimes prosecutions, corruption — all negative and depressing portrayals of the country. I wanted to show some positive developments.“There is hope, and people really believe it is possible to live together.”Women were brutally targeted in the war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early to mid-1990s. Rape was used as a weapon against women of all ethnic groups, but especially against Bosnian Muslims, an estimated 20,000 of whom were sexually assaulted by Serb forces.Today, 18 years after the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the conflict and 13 years after the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which urged the protection of women’s human rights during conflict and the greater participation of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction, few women hold seats at the table as Bosnia-Herzegovina charts its course, Spahic-Siljak said.Women are significantly underrepresented across the branches of the government and military in Bosnia-Herzegovina, whose Council of Ministers is entirely male, she said. Spahic-Siljak showed an image of an official Bosnia-Herzegovina delegation to Brussels — nine men and, in the background, one woman.She cited the cultural and societal factors at play in a nation where women, especially in rural areas, are perceived as part of the household, under the direction of men, and do not inherit family property. “Women do the work, men make the decisions,” she said.Meanwhile, there has been a general lack of will to implement Resolution 1325, which is not legally binding and contains no sanctions for lack of compliance, she said.Nonetheless, in the face of these challenges, individuals are working in their communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to bring their perspectives to bear while forging a more just and peaceful society, she said.Victims of rape and torture have “been able to cope with their trauma and go on, keep their families together, and to be accepted within the family,” Spahic-Siljak said. “In this society it is hard to say you were [a rape victim] and be accepted again.”The women whom Spahic-Siljak spotlights in her book were selected based on their recognition as peacemakers within their community, their leadership skills, and their ethnic and religious diversity. All are mothers, spanning generations. The group includes Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, and agnostics.“Some of them are involved in the issues of domestic violence, wartime rape, and the protection of children from violence,” Spahic-Siljak said. “Some of them do education and training about political participation and empowerment of women in public life and politics. Some of them do projects to empower women economically. Some of them do media work through local radio programs and the Web.”What they have in common, she said, are particular leadership traits: They “see the whole, not only a part,” are “focused to finish the task,” and “believe they need to empower other women, to give them a voice, to give them authority and self-confidence.”Spahic-Siljak said she wanted to tell the stories of these “peace-builders” to convey a message to coming generations: “Your next-door neighbor may have been a peacemaker. They were able to preserve their humanity in the darkness of war, to protect their neighbors and friends and to stand for dignity, to be there for other people, not to be defeated by fear and hopelessness.“They were simply strong enough to say ‘no’ to ethnic and nationalistic divisions, to do something that is incredible and important in this country.”last_img read more

  • University alumni pray for life

    first_imgAlumni, parents and friends of the University are aiming to log 744 hours of unbroken prayer for human life as part of Respect Life Month and the Month of the Rosary this October. The initiative is known as prayLIFE, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Dolly Duffy said. “We’ve just been amazed at the outpouring from the Notre Dame family toward this goal,” she said. This is the first year prayLIFE has occurred at Notre Dame, Duffy said. It was the inaugural project promoted by Beth Bubik, the Alumni Association’s new Life Initiatives Program coordinator. Participants in prayLIFE register online to pray independently for an hour, Duffy said. “We have what’s called a prayer calendar,” she said. “They’ll log onto mynotredame.nd.edu and put in [their] first name [and] the state. It’s so impressive that we’ve had so many members of the Notre Dame family praying throughout the night. Right now it’s one person, one [time] slot.” The Alumni Association advertised prayLIFE to its approximately 270 Notre Dame Clubs worldwide, sent out news releases and spoke with other groups at Notre Dame, Duffy said. “The calendar is close to 75 percent full,” Duffy said. “So we have about 25 percent of the 744 hours still available. One of the great things has been as we get close to a day where there are some open slots, just out of nowhere the slots suddenly get filled because people don’t want to see this continuous prayer broken.” Duffy said PrayLIFE is somewhat similar to the 40 Days for Life campaign against abortion, but focuses on all issues of life from contraception to natural death. She said is unaware of any other university that has undertaken such a project. “I think our alumni are so excited to see us look at the issue of life across the entire spectrum and put together positive programs that allow them to participate as members of the Notre Dame family,” Duffy said. Duffy said that in the future, she hopes to begin working on prayLIFE earlier, create more publicity and possibly expand the online calendar to allow more than one person to register for each time slot. “I would also say that if students are interested in participating, we welcome them,” Duffy said.last_img read more

  • Holiday Pecans

    first_img GOLDEN PECANS are worth nearly that much this year. Weather conditions just the opposite of perfect for pecans dropped this year’s crop yields by nearly 45 percent. One pecan wholesaler said consumers should expext to pay double last year’s prices for pecan gifts. Candy makers and specialty shops are willing to pay top dollar for the scarce pecans to meet their holiday gift orders, said Ron Cannon, a buyer at Young Pecan Company in Albany, Ga. “So if you have plans to give pecans as gifts this winter, be ready to pay nearly twice what you did last year,” he said. The good news is that 150 million pounds of the 1997 crop are still available. “The carry-over from last year will help supply this year’s demand,” Cannon said. Cannon said he’s seen fewer and lower-quality nuts come into their warehouse. “The most noticeable effect is the drop in meat quantity,” Cannon said. In most years, pecan meat would be about half of the total weight of the nut. Cannon said the pecans this year are off about five or 10 percentage points. So in a ton of in-shell pecans, only 800 to 900 pounds is pecan meat. Cannon said they’re seeing many pecans with blight or other disease, further dropping the quality. Crocker said the weather seemed to be just the opposite of what pecans needed. It was too wet last winter and spring, then too dry through the summer. Then, just when farmers began hoping for sunny days to mature the crop, came cloud-laden cold fronts. “We’d hoped the rain from Hurricane Earl would help fill out the nuts. But it ended up just knocking a lot of them off the trees and even tearing off limbs,” Crocker said. Hurricane Georges followed soon after and didn’t offer pecan farmers any relief, either. Rain at the wrong times increased disease problems in pecan orchards. “It’s just been a bad year,” he said. “Not only do we have fewer nuts, but the ones we have are of lower quality.” Farmers report that nearly half of their crop (44 percent) is of poor or very poor quality. A little more than half of the crop (56 percent) has been harvested. Pecan lovers face as dry a winter as the farmers faced this summer. The Georgia pecan crop is estimated at only 60 million pounds, down about 45 percent from last year. “We’re looking at a much smaller crop than we thought,” said Tom Crocker, an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The nuts just didn’t mature out like we thought they would.” The holiday season brings both good and bad news for pecan growers. Because of the small crop, prices are up — way up. But most farmers can’t supply enough pecans to meet the holiday demand.last_img read more

  • ‘fluxHome’ to compete in Solar Decathlon

    first_imgUSC’s fluxHome will compete in the Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, this October at the Orange County Great Park.Home of the Future · A contractor spreads grout over tiles in the fluxHome. The house showcases eco-friendly building techniques. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFluxHome project manager Justin Kang, a USC alumnus of the School of Architecture, explains that, the contest means more than just winning to the DOE.“For the DOE, this competition focuses on educating the public on sustainable living,” Kang said.USC, however, uses this competition to allow students to go further than simply designing and developing projects, such as the fluxHome, by allowing for actual construction. This project provides a unique experience as students are required to build a fully electric home that is valued under $250,000, excluding land acquisition costs.USC’s fluxHome is uncommon because it is the only entry designed for a family of four, as well as being the largest house in the competition.The innovative design of the house uses natural weather as much as possible before using electricity to control the internal temperature and environment. The large operable skylights allow for natural ventilation, and the many windows and openings to the outside world create enough natural light to remove the need for electric lighting during the daylight hours.“We wanted to create an affordable home and push the gap between indoor and outdoor,” said Christopher Flynn, recent USC School of Architecture graduate and construction manager for electrical, photo voltaic, lighting and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) responsibilities.Along with an innovative design, the fluxHome also sports numerous green features such as sensors on each light that show how much energy it is using in dollars, so that people can track how much energy they use daily.An especially exciting feature is the Crestion unit, which can sense when to turn on or turn off the air conditioning or heater. It can also hook up to an iPad.“It augments everything in the house using keypads. It is helping the user get the best out of the house by measuring electricity and using everything responsibly,” Flynn said.The competition allows students to focus on the numerous real-world issues that affect middle class housing through its 10 separate contests. Three of these contests relate to energy and efficiency as expected, while the rest extend to areas such as design, affordability, market appeal, communications and home entertainment.“The cinematic arts students helped design the home entertainment system with the best and newest technology,” Kang said.The project has also received plenty of attention from the community with organizations such as the LADWP and Southern California Edison giving strong support in addition to the money donations, labor, resources and materials from the design and construction community.USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative program brought kids to the fluxHome where they were given a tour of the house and learned about what it means to be an architect. After the competition, Kim explained how the fluxHome is expected to tour several places both within the U.S. and abroad, after which it will be donated to a family in the area surrounding USC.“It shows you that there are affordable ways to help the environment while still living comfortably and luxuriously,” Maite Christi Francois, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience said.All Solar Decathlon entries will be open to the public during the competition, from Oct. 3-6 and 10-13 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.Follow Daily Trojan on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more