Professor explores Germany’s response to refugee crisis

first_imgGermany is paralyzed by fear, according to Dr. Tim Lörke, the Max Kade Visiting Professor in German, and a professor at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Free University Berlin. Lörke delivered a lecture titled “Impressions of a Frightened Nation — Germany’s Role in the International Refugee Crisis” on Tuesday night, sponsored by the department of German and Russian languages.“Looked at from an inner perspective, Germany is a frightened nation, and its fear is twofold,” he said. “First, you have those who are afraid of change. The German labor market, which looks so good at this time, might suffer. They fear that German values might change. On the other hand, they are frightened that Germany may become a nationalist and isolated state once again. They fear that Germany might turn it’s back to the refugees.”Lörke said he is not an expert on political science or economics, but he wanted to explore the refugee crisis through a cultural lens as a professor of literature and a German citizen.“I live in Berlin, and Berlin has the second biggest share of Muslim people in Germany. Most of [these Muslim immigrants] come from Turkey and have been living here for years. Their children, or grandchildren, have never lived in Turkey,” he said. “I live in the city where living and working together seem to work out comparatively well. When you wander the streets of Berlin, you are not surprised by diversity. In other cities, diversity does not work out that well.”Muslims have integrated into German society through taking civil jobs and joining German political parties, Lörke said.“Muslims have become state officials and civil servants, they are on the police force and work in universities,” he said.Lörke said many Muslim soccer players have gained popularity in the country, making Germans more comfortable with Islam and therefore helping to forge a new German national identity. During the World Cup, Turkish Germans were proud, Lörke said, raising the German flag to support the players on the team.“During the … World Cup, you see the flag, and it really does feel good,” he said.However, despite the integration of Muslims into the German society, Lörke noted that there is still fear and debate surrounding the 1 million refugees Germany took in during 2015.“There is an intense debate about Muslims in Germany because of the intense influx of refugees from Syria, Iran and Iraq. This current situation cannot be compared to those [immigrants] who came to Germany for a brighter future or Turkish aid workers. Immigration cannot be compared to fleeing from your home,” Lörke said. “Immigration is a fundamentally different situation than refugees. They aren’t leaving voluntarily or simply perusing more prosperous living conditions — they are being forced out.”Many German minorities are unhappy about the number of refugees, Lörke said, and 40 percent of Muslim citizens say German should stop taking refugees. According to Lörke, many of these Muslims said they came to Germany to get away from Islam and are worried the refugees will bring in anti-pluralistic laws.“Also, Germany’s Jewish population is worried about the rise of anti-Semitism, because many of the refugees come from countries that do not support Israel,” Lörke said. “They are very afraid.”Lörke said politicians have the difficult tasks of balancing conflicting ethics: the ethics of responsibility and humanitarian ethics. At the moment, Germany is struggling to meet humanitarian needs while continuing to protect German prosperity and minority rights.“Germans fear they have wronged the refugees and wronged themselves,” Lörke said. “But Germany has been successful in adopting refugees and immigrants in the past, and I really think that we can do that again. It is just about talking to each other, understanding each other.”Tags: germany, refugee crisislast_img read more

Sport Clips donating for each cut in honor of Veterans Day

first_img Before or on Wednesday (Nov. 11), which is Veterans Day, the company will donate an additional $1 per haircut service to support “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships.”The program works in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and has raised nearly $8 million for military scholarships, helping more than 1,750 veterans with education expenses needed for civilian careers.Some locations are also offering free haircuts to service members and veterans with valid military identification.Sport Clips is open locally at 8555 Memorial Blvd., Suite 400, in Port Arthur, in front of Super Walmart. Call 409-722-1722 for more information. Next Up More than 1,800 locally-owned Sport Clips Haircuts, including the Port Arthur location, are offering special Veterans Day promotions and pricing.last_img read more

The Jimmy Awards Will Present the 2018 Inspiring Teacher Award to Florida’s Janine Papin & Nadine Love

first_img The Jimmy Awards will present the 2018 Inspiring Teacher Award, presented by Wells Fargo, to Florida teachers Janine Papin, of Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, and Nadine Love, of William R. Boone High School in Orlando. The award will be given to Papin and Love for the encouragement and inspiration that led their students to win the coveted Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor. The tenth annual awards ceremony will take place on June 25 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.The 2017 Jimmy for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Sofia Deler and the 2017 Jimmy for Best Performance by an Actor was presented to Tony Moreno, both representing The Applause Awards. This year’s Inspiring Teacher Award will be given to Sofia’s teacher, Love, and to Tony’s teacher, Papin. Eighty high school students from 40 regional programs across America will compete for the Jimmy for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the tenth annual presentation. The talent showcase will feature dynamic ensemble and solo performances.“A remarkable teacher has the ability to nurture potential into greatness. We are so pleased to honor Nadine Love and Janine Papin with the 2018 Inspiring Teacher Award presented by Wells Fargo,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, in a statement. “These two outstanding educators guided and inspired their students to win the Jimmy Awards last year and we praise their dedication to encouraging a lifelong appreciation of the arts.”The 2018 Jimmy Awards nominees will prepare for their debut on a Broadway stage during a ten-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio with Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals. Winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts.Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), the mission of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers, and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts.Student performers qualify as nominees at the Jimmy Awards by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,500 high schools and 100,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $2,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level—several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, touring and West End productions.The Jimmy Awards are presented by the Broadway League Foundation in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, and are supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program can be found at JimmyAwards.com. Donations to support the program can also be made through the website. View Comments Janine Papin & Nadine Lovelast_img read more

Report: Vermont losing 1,500 acres of forest every year

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Development claims 24,000 acres of forestland a year in New England, according to data from 1990 to 2010. By 2060, that could mean another 1.2 million acres lost, according to a new report co-authored by UVM scientists. (Photo: David Foster)Vermont Business Magazine Forests and conservation funding is in decline across New England. The region has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day—and Vermont is losing 1,500 acres of forest every year—according to a new report released today by the Harvard Forest and a team of authors from across the region including two scientists at the University of Vermont.Public funding for land protection has also been steadily declining in all six New England states and is now half what it was at its 2008 peak. Land conservation trends have followed suit.“Over the last decade, Vermont lost about one percent of its forest cover due mostly to suburban and rural residential sprawl, reversing a 150-year trend of forest recovery and expansion,” says co-author Bill Keeton(link is external), professor of forestry & forest ecology and Gund Fellow(link is external) at the University of Vermont.Conversion to development is the biggest near-term threat to forests, bigger even than climate change, the scientists report.“If our goal is to make sure our forests in Vermont are resilient and able to adapt to the changes that climate change and invasive species pose, then the first critical step is to keep those areas forested,” says co-author Tony D’Amato(link is external), an associate professor and director of UVM’s Forestry Program. “That is often lost in our discussion of how to manage and conserve in the face of such future uncertainty.”Fading forestsThe new report, Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities(link is external), documents that public funding for land conservation in New England dropped fifty percent between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels. The pace of regional land conservation has also slowed substantially from an average of 333,000 acres per year in the early 2000s to about 50,000 acres per year since 2010.“The incremental chipping away of forest and farmland by scattered development is hard to see day-to-day but it adds up over time and represents a significant threat to the region,” said David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest. “If we stay on the current path, we’ll lose another 1.2 million acres of open land by 2060.”OpportunitiesDespite these trends, the authors assert that the targets outlined in their bold vision for the future of the New England landscape are still attainable and they identify opportunities for gaining ground.“Vermont has led other New England states in terms of forest protection efforts, with combined federal and state spending for land conservation here at a per capita rate 4.6 times that of neighboring New Hampshire, for example,” says UVM’s Bill Keeton. “With this report we present a clear vision of strong and continued community-level engagement in farm and forestland conservation to compensate for rapidly declining federal and state funding across New England as a whole.”In Vermont, twenty-three percent of the state’s land area is currently conserved as forest and farmland. The state ranks first in New England in per capita state funding for land conservation at an average of $6.70 per person per year for 2004 to 2014.  Nevertheless, annual land conservation rates in Vermont have generally fallen back to early 1990s levels after a period of elevated conservation in the late 1990s, even as groups report that private landowners’ interest in conserving their land remains high.Report seriesThis is the third in a series of Wildlands and Woodlands publications led by Foster, Keeton, D’Amato and a team of colleagues. Previous reports defined a regional vision that calls for conserving thirty million acres of forest—seventy percent of the region’s land area—and all remaining farmland. The vision proposes that most of the conserved forestland should be managed for wood products and other benefits, with ten percent managed as wildlands.“Bill and I were also co-authors on the original vision for the New England landscape published a few years back and I also served as a coauthor on the original Wildland and Woodlands vision that was developed for Massachusetts before we explored a more regional approach,” notes UVM’s Tony D’Amato—who has one eye on the next generation of forestry scientists and professionals. “The message from this report is very consistent with what we teach and research in the UVM Forestry Program(link is external),” in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.(link is external)Triple the pace“When we look specifically at forests in New England, it is clear that the impacts of land use will be far greater than those of climate change over the next 50 years,” said Harvard Forest ecologist Jonathan Thompson. “This may seem counter-intuitive given the major threat that climate change poses to all sectors of society. But climate change slowly alters the health and types of trees that grow whereas conversion eliminates forests altogether.”The report’s authors say it is still possible to attain the Wildlands and Woodland vision by tripling the pace of conservation, reversing trends in public funding, putting more land to work for sustainable farming and forestry, and integrating land conservation with the planning of cities, suburbs, and rural communities to reduce forest loss and promote more efficient use of land for economic development.”We need to do everything we can—a lot more than what we’re doing now,” says UVM’s Bill Keeton, “to keep our forests, and to keep them resilient.”Source: UVM 9.19.2017last_img read more

Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles Francis wins Justice Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award

first_img SECOND CIRCUIT CHIEF JUDGE CHARLES A. FRANCIS was awarded the Justice Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award for dedicating his personal time and legal career to serving his profession and the public. The Capital City Bar Presidents Council (presidents of the eight local voluntary bars) established the Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award in 2002 to recognize an individual who, through a career, event, or court case, has made significant contributions to the legal justice system in Florida. According to the council, Judge Francis has had overwhelming concern and passion for protecting the essential role of the judiciary within our system of government. In addition to his efforts to protect the judicial system in connection with the implementation of Art. V, Revision 7, he led the charge for the delivery of prompt, efficient legal services in the Second Circuit and has championed the cause on behalf of all citizens, and most particularly, for the needs of children and the poor. Pictured with Francis is the CCBPC’s Kelly O’Keefe, left, and his wife Brenda Francis. Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles Francis wins Justice Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award June 1, 2009 Regular Newslast_img read more

Men’s team heads to Big Tens in Indiana

first_img“I want them to be the same team here in the championship season that they’ve been all year,” head coach Kelly Kremer said. “We’ve been a really balanced team, both [in] swimming and diving. Our relays are much improved. We’ve been consistent all year.” Junior Daryl Turner will return to this year’s meet after his performance as the Gophers’ leading scorer at the meet last year. Turner competed in seven events for Minnesota at last year’s meet, taking third in the 100 butterfly and fourth as part of a 200 medley relay team. The Gophers’ strongest diver, junior Matt Barnard, finished fourth on platform diving at last year’s Big Ten Championships. The team also returns junior Jakub Maly, who took third in the 400 individual medley at the Big Ten Championships last year and is Minnesota’s only returning NCAA individual swimmer. Men’s team heads to Big Tens in IndianaThe No. 23 Gophers are ranked the fifth-highest among the Big Ten programs. Daily File PhotoJunior Daryl Turner charges ahead, dominating the 100 freestyle at the Aquatic Center on Oct. 24, 2014, against North Dakota. Turner took first place and finished with a time of 44.75. Thomas JaakolaFebruary 23, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe men’s swimming and diving team defeated its last seven opponents in dual meets but will face its best competition of the season this week. Turner also swam in the 50 and 100 free, 200 and 400 free relays, and the 400 medley relay. He said he hopes to make the ‘A’ final in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships. No. 23 Minnesota is the fifth-ranked Big Ten team, behind Wisconsin and Ohio State tied for No. 15, No. 9 Indiana, and defending conference champion No. 3 Michigan.  “Diving is going to be critical to our efforts,” Kremer said. “Our diving squad is the strongest in the Big Ten.”center_img The Gophers will compete in the Big Ten Championships starting Wednesday in West Lafayette, Ind., with the meet ending Saturday. The Brisbane, Australia, native broke the school record in the 3-meter dive at the team’s last event on Feb. 6 and will compete in all three diving events. Minnesota will also need experienced divers such as seniors Manny Pollard and Dylan Zoe to score well and improve on its sixth place finish at the meet last year. “Personally, I would like to make [the] ‘A’ final in all my events and finish top three in platform,” Barnard said. “I think the team will do well. We are up against tough competition, but I think we will surprise a lot of people.” Sophomore Conner McHugh enters the meet on a winning streak, as he’s finished first in the last four individual events he’s entered. He’s been consistent for the Gophers this season after coming back from a knee injury at the beginning of the year. He swam a season-best 47.69 in the 100 butterfly at the team’s last dual meet, the Big Ten Triple Dual. “I think the team will be able to accomplish everything we’ve worked toward this season, which is coming together as a team when it matters most while swimming [our] best times and diving well to put up major points,” McHugh said.last_img read more

Troon celebrates 25-year anniversary

first_imgTroon,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing, recognizes the company’s 25-year anniversary in 2015.Since its beginnings in 1990 with the management of the iconic Troon North Golf Club, the company has grown to become the industry leader with more than 250 managed courses in 36 states and 27 countries and with international offices in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Dubai and Switzerland. Troon has successfully captured a dominant niche within golf and hospitality, creating partnerships with other industry leaders including its current capital and strategic partner, Kohlberg & Company.“This marks a very exciting time for Troon as we take a moment to reflect back on the success we’ve experienced the past 25 years and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead,” stated Dana Garmany, Troon’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Without having the best in the industry on our team doing incredible work throughout the world, we never would have grown to where we are today. We are truly excited about the next 25 years as we position our strategy for continued growth by delivering successful operations for our clients, and memorable experiences for our guests and members,” added Garmany.Major accomplishments in Troon’s history include its first international expansion into Australia in 1998, along with its involvement with Turnberry Resort in Scotland the same year. Troon’s international growth continued from that point expanding from 10 domestic facilities to more than 100 by 2007, reaching into parts of Europe, Middle East, and Asia. International expansion continued into Russia and Africa along with parts of North and South America to bring the company where it stands today as the world’s largest third-party golf management company with more than 10,000 employees.After the recent transaction with Kohlberg & Company, new capital has been infused into Troon, positioning the company for accelerated growth in the golf and hospitality industry. In late 2014, Troon acquired Honours Golf, the premier golf management company in the Southeastern United States. The acquisition added 16 golf courses to the Troon portfolio, located across Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina.A special anniversary issue of Troon Golf & Travel magazine has also been published and distributed across Troon-managed facilities and select newsstands. Throughout the commemorative issue are exclusive stories that take a look back at the company’s early days through the eyes of Chairman and CEO Dana Garmany and the employees who have been with the company since the beginning. Additionally, Tom Weiskopf, who co-designed the first course at Troon North Golf Club (with Jay Morrish), recounts some of his earliest memories of those days as well. A third feature examines Troon from a business perspective, describes the company’s progress through the years via a timeline, and details the top achievements along the way.During its 25-year history, Troon has earned a reputation for having pristine golf course conditions, personalized member service, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings at its facilities. This reputation has helped Troon win the loyalty of millions of golfers with 95% of all guests who play at Troon-managed facilities indicating that their experience exceeds their expectations and 97% saying they would not hesitate to recommend Troon courses to others.Troon’s expertise has grown to span across multiple areas of hospitality, taking its proven services to achieve success in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Within its current portfolio, Troon oversees operations at more than 20 spa facilities, 10 lodging facilities, 35 fitness facilities, 45 tennis facilities and 10 equestrian centers.Troon’s resources combined with now 25 years of experience operating a myriad of private, daily fee, and resort operations in states and countries all over the world, have given the company the opportunity to develop the strategies and talent that the industry demands today. Combined with its past experience and strategic position for growth, Troon is poised to see its best years still to come.To celebrate the exciting milestone, Troon has launched a 25-Year Anniversary “Ultimate Golf Vacation Sweepstakes” offer during the month of April. Participants can visit www.Troon25.com to enter to win a three-night stay at The Phoenician Resort for two people, including two rounds for two players at Troon North Golf Club; a round for two players at The Phoenician Golf Club; complimentary Callaway Club Fitting Experience for two people at Troon North Golf Club with a $100 Callaway Gift Card; and dinner for two people at Relish Burger Bistro and Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician.last_img read more

Study of the Day: Attempting to Focus Can Lead to Distorted Images

first_imgThe Atlantic:PROBLEM: It’s a contradiction that we’ve all experienced. Sometimes, the more we focus on certain objects, the more we misperceive where they are in relation to other objects.METHODOLOGY: Yale University cognitive psychologists Brandon Liverence and Brian Scholl tested this phenomenon across three experiments, where 10 people each completed simple visual tasks. In one trial, participants watched four circles on a computer screen as they moved around on a computer monitor while rapidly changing colors. Before the movement began, two of the circles, the targets, flashed several times. During the ensuing motion, the participants were tasked to press a key whenever either of those targets turned red or blue. Then, after several seconds of motion, all of the circles disappeared. The participants then had to pinpoint the locations they’d last seen the circles.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Is Your Impatience Costing You?

first_imgUS News & World Report: Impatience, it turns out, can be costly. Research suggests that people who opt for smaller rewards today over bigger rewards later tend to have lower credit scores. In the study by Columbia Business School associate professor Stephan Meier, the most impatient people had credit scores below 620, which means they pay more for loans.In the 2011 study published in the journal Psychological Science, Meier and his co-authors offered 437 low- to moderate-income participants bigger cash rewards if they were willing to receive the money later. They correlated the participants’ willingness to delay their cash rewards with their FICO score, a commonly used credit score. The participants most willing to wait for their cash rewards, had FICO scores that were, on average, 30 points higher than those who were the least patient. People with lower credit scores often have a harder time getting loans, and they pay more for the loans they do get.Read the whole story: US News & World Reportlast_img read more

Taking the (Often Imprecise) Measure of Stress

first_imgThe New York Times:Research has long shown that stress is bad for you, but many people are not even aware when they are feeling stressed.Now, a number of new devices are sold as stress trackers, measuring signs of stress the way fitness tracking devices monitor steps and movement. The gadgets track the biological symptoms of stress — changes in skin perspiration, breathing patterns and heart rate — in hopes of helping people become aware of their stress levels.…Most apps and devices that claim to track or reduce stress lack scientific rigor, said Dr. Rosalind Picard, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, who straps stress monitors onto the wrists of visitors to her Cambridge office.It is hard to objectively determine someone’s stress in the real world — accounting for individual variation, diets, lifestyles, medication and other environmental factors, Dr. Picard said, adding, “If you want to learn about human variability, measure stress.”…“Maybe what you need to do is teach people a little bit and get out of their way,” said Dr. Mary Czerwinski, who is leading that study and is a research manager at Microsoft. “And maybe after a couple of months, if their stress levels are going up, maybe pop back in and remind them of what it was.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more