Kermit the Frog, that celebrated American philosopher of the last century, famously observed that it isn’t easy being green.But if frogs are in trouble, think of the ontological suffering that humans undertake. They are born with awareness, and from the beginning search for identity in a world of complex moral choices.The first of the traditional Tanner Lectures on Human Values this week (Nov. 4) took up the tangled struggle toward being, in a session called “Becoming Human Is Not That Easy,” delivered by Jonathan Lear, who teaches philosophy at the University of Chicago and has a parallel career as a psychoanalyst.His last book, published by Harvard University Press, was “Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation” (2006). In it, Lear explored another vulnerability that humans face during their lifelong struggle for identity: how to cope with the collapse of civilization. His test case was Plenty Coups, the last great chief of the Crow Nation, who observed that, “When the buffalo went away, the hearts of my people fell to the ground.”Lear’s Tanner series, “Irony and Identity,” resumed Thursday afternoon (Nov. 5), and will be followed by a 10 a.m. public seminar Nov. 6 at the Barker Center’s Thompson Room.This is the inaugural Tanner series for the Humanities Center at Harvard, which from now on will sponsor the lectures at Harvard. (Eight other institutions worldwide host Tanner Lectures, a tradition founded 31 years ago.Center director Homi Bhabha introduced Lear as a pioneering scholar with “a revisionary sense of irony,” whose work explores “the everyday work of being.”And he praised lecture commentator Cora Diamond, a University of Virginia moral philosopher, for her sense that literature has little appreciated ethical significance.Lear began by wondering out loud: What is so hard about becoming human? He told his first-day audience, which nearly filled Lowell Lecture Hall, that one philosophical trend “conceives of humanity as a task,” and that task — that struggle to “self-constitution” — is linked to the idea that we are in search of an ideal.Meanwhile, said Lear, each of us takes up a “practical identity,” a self-description by which we value ourselves. Inhabiting this practical identity — whether as a teacher, doctor, or student — commits us to the norms of the society around us, and is a bulwark against what might lead us astray.We must inhabit our practical identities well, said Lear, in order to live by our judgment. This makes being human an arduous task. “It can be tough work, fending off those temptations that would undo our claim to be the person we are,” he said. “Fidelity to oneself is not for the fainthearted.”That fidelity requires self-reflection. But most of the time, most of us are at least “perfectly sure of being human and knowing what it means to be a human being,” said Lear, quoting a journal entry from the 19th century Danish philosopher Søren KierkegaardLear used Kierkegaard as a way to explore a further dimension of the “tough work” of becoming human. It’s a dimension that demands more than self-reflection while in the rush of life — what Kierkegaard in the same journal entry said of existence, that it was “a hallucination, tomfoolery, a ruckus, a hubbub, busyness.”This further dimension of becoming human demands the kind of lifelong irony embraced by the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, said Lear, “a form of not being perfectly sure” what it is to be a human being.Or as Kierkegaard put it: “Socrates doubted that one is a human being by birth; to become human or to learn what it means to be human does not come that easily.” Lear posited a divide in the way most of us think of life. There are those who are “perfectly sure” of being human and those, like Socrates, who are “imperfectly sure.”Socrates led an “ironic existence,” one that was always questioning our humanness. It was in part a response to the limits of reflection, the activity most of us use to periodically question our practical identities.Kierkegaard said being a Christian is an example of one “practical identity” on which we might reflect. But reflection on Christianity right away presents a problem, said Lear, since “the reflection itself is a way of saying that Christianity exists.” Because of this, reflecting on Christianity has the consequence of never being able to get outside it. That is the “illusion of Christianity,” said Lear, that “there is no outside.”In this situation, he said, “irony can help.” But only if the irony is more than witty remarks, or, as in sarcasm, deliberately saying the opposite of what you meant. What is needed to break through the limitation of mere reflection is the irony of Socrates, a “robust irony,” said Lear, that transforms questioning and doubt “into a capacity for excellence.”Mere reflection traps us within Christianity or some other construct of identity, and in turn leads us away from the ideal. But robust irony is “an occasion for disorientation and disruption,” said Lear. It takes away our practical identity and hands it back to us as something unfamiliar.Lear chose a secular example: being a teacher. Regarded with true irony, this profession could yield “a massive disruption of more or less who I am,” said Lear, “a disorientation of a world that until now has been familiar.”This is different from irony as a sense of social detachment, said Lear. It is more like “an intense moment of god-sent madness,” he said, employing a phrase from Plato, who believed “the greatest of goods come to us through madness, provided it is bestowed by divine gift.”Plato believed that all philosophy rises from “disruptive, disorienting experience,” said Lear, something like the experience of irony, which breaks into “the chaos of social pretense” in its search for meaning.Kierkegaard made the original observation that prompted Lear’s first lecture: that becoming human is not that easy, and that the task of identity is in part the practical task of achieving excellence. Kierkegaard also believed that “no genuinely human life is possible without irony.”Lear’s interpretation is that the road to becoming human and to achieving excellence requires the jarring disorientation that true irony invites. Human excellence requires developing “a capacity for appropriately disrupting one’s understanding of what excellence consists of.”To flourish, said Lear, a human must step outside of a practical identity, and “cultivate an experience of oneself as uncanny and out of joint.”
Cordele, Georgia, native Austin French may have gained nationwide notoriety this summer on ABC’s “Rising Star,” but it was as a member of Georgia 4-H where friends and supporters first recognized his star quality. “4-H, in general, was a huge catalyst for my music career — just public speaking and being personable, reaching out to people. I learned all that through 4-H. Without 4-H, I don’t know if I’d be where I am right now,” French said.The south Georgia singing sensation and Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company alumnus became a household name when he finished as runner-up on the inaugural season of ABC’s “Rising Star,” a reality television singing competition. French, who still leads church worship services at Journey Baptist Church in Tifton, believes 4-H was the springboard for his musical career.“Going on this competition, I did so many TV interviews, talked to different people, met different executives — without the confidence that 4-H really equipped me with, it might have turned out a lot differently,” said French.Joining the group when he was in fifth grade, French was a member of Clovers & Company from 2005 to 2012. French is not the first Clovers & Company alum to achieve success.“Clovers & Company acts as a catalyst to not only get youth more involved with 4-H, but also to propel them toward a successful career in the performing arts,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, assistant show director and state coordinator for Clovers & Company.Country music superstar and Douglas, Georgia, native Jennifer Nettles is also a past member of Clovers & Company, as is songwriter and Washington, Georgia, native Hillary Lindsey. Before launching her solo career, Nettles was a member of the CMT Music Award-winning group, Sugarland. Lindsey is known for writing chart-topping hits like “Jesus Take The Wheel” and “Two Black Cadillacs,” both recorded by Carrie Underwood.Varnadoe is not surprised by French’s success and is confident there are many more musical talents in Georgia.“Austin was a member of our cast for eight years, so we were fortunate enough to be able to watch him grow as a performer as well as a leader. Austin was always featured prominently in our shows, and we knew that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world discovered what a true star he was, both on and off the stage. It makes us so proud to claim someone as successful as Austin as one of our own,” Varnadoe said. “It is an honor for me, as well as the rest of the staff, to be able to work with incredibly talented young people in Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company.”Clovers & Company was founded in 1981 and is comprised of talented Georgia 4-H members from across the state. Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Clovers & Company group will be held June 11, 2015, at the Fortson 4-H Center in Atlanta and June 16, 2015, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or Varnadoe at (706) 542-9237 or [email protected]
RELATED NEWS: As pointed out by Istra Inspirit (IRTA doo), the whole process of creating experiences at a certain location within Istria involved local people, family farms, tourist boards and local governments in order to create synergy of all stakeholders, which proved necessary for the realization and the viability of such a demanding project. The aim of such presentations is, among other things, to expand awareness of innovative ways of interpreting cultural – historical, but also natural heritage, in order to differentiate the tourist offer of Croatia and raise it to a new more competitive level, in which Istria has a significant role. The presentation of the project by the Istrian Development Tourist Agency included the transfer of knowledge and introduction to the project challenges and business model of the same. The motive of the presentation is the interest of the Split-Dalmatia County for concrete and practical experience in storytelling and innovative interpretation of the heritage of the Istra Inspirit project, which they believe can be applied in the Split-Dalmatia County with the ultimate purpose of development in the direction of storytelling destination. At the initiative of the Administrative Department for Tourism and Maritime Affairs of the Split-Dalmatia County, a presentation of the multi-award winning project of cultural and experiential tourism Istra Inspirit was held in Split. The presentation concluded with the presentation of the Istrian Development Tourism Agency (IRTA) and its activities and departments with a return invitation to the representatives of Split-Dalmatia County on a study trip to Istria during which they will visit Istra Inspirit experiences and get acquainted with the Bike & Outdoor department. .
By the way, Croatian carriers have already performed last week in parades / rides that took place in several cities from Dalmatia to Istria and Zagreb. THE AVALANCE STARTED, SUPPORT FROM ALL SIDES Photo: FB current tourist – Berlin Photo: Aida Terzić. BIH #HonkForHope or in practical translation and application – trumpets of hope. The initiator of the initiative, which originated in Austria and then spread to Europe and beyond, is Alexander Ehrlich, owner of a travel and transport company based in Vienna and with branches throughout Austria but also in Italy, Germany and Poland. Austrian guides recorded video support, local guides from the south of Italy, Siena, Veneto also… Guides from Sarajevo, following the example of German and Austrian colleagues, with the support of travel agencies, set up their suitcases, with inscriptions of agencies on the square – of course 2 meters. Nearly 7500 companies in the tourism sector are following the story of HONK FOR HOPE, and the wheels of tourist transport are rolling across Europe according to 11:55 tomorrow. It is everyone’s wish that – tourist transport survives. When this goal and the desire of thousands of workers in the transport sector is accepted, then it can be discussed – how, to what extent in which countries, then it becomes national operational plans. “You don’t have a trumpet, but you do have a voice. Words are your tool for work, speak clearly and loudly, and you know it well, about the situation we are in – together, he called for solidarity ” No matter how many you list, there will always be someone left out. COVID-19 knows no boundaries. But neither do we when it comes to fighting the consequences that this disease has left on our jobs and lives, ”says Ehrlich, adding: THIS IS A STORY WITHOUT BORDERS JOIN YOUR CAR! Put stickers in your cars, trucks, vans and drive in your hometown. “Honkajte” with Europe, tomorrow at 11:55 !!!! This is, seen in practice less noticeable, but really so. Even when traveling by plane, you still need transportation to the city, hotels – by bus, minibus, van… “If we want the citizens of our countries to travel after the crisis – let’s save the buses. And if you want guests to come to your country tomorrow, hotels, restaurants, apartments, boats – save the buses. This is a message I want to share with a large audience, those responsible and politicians. The bus is no longer just a transport, it is a symbol of a possible return to normalcy”Ehrlich points out. Hope in this case is, so to speak, salvation. Salvation, when you look realistically at the whole chain of activities – from transport, agencies, hoteliers, catering, trade, household and all other segments of tourism. Transport, so that there would be no doubts, from personal vehicles, vans, minibuses to buses, ships, sailboats and yachts for cruises, planes, trains, supply and delivery stakeholders of the tourist machinery. Their goal was to draw attention to the existential problems of the companies at the moment, but also the long-term problem of unprofitability of transport in the conditions of the new normal when up to 20 passengers are allowed to sit on the bus – size standards. “We have to perform together, HFH is a lifeline for buses at the European level, and at the level of tourism for carriers. Carriers rolled down the avalanche of gatherings, and very quickly the Austrians and Germans were joined by their counterparts in France, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia joined yesterday. News of the support is coming from across the Atlantic, from the US. Travel is not useless, it is by no means a luxury that and who knows what reasons should be given up. It is an essential part of our identity in a united Europe (whether it is the EU or not).”Says Ehrlich. Cover photo: Aida Terzić, BIH They left them there so as not to violate the recommended measures of assembly and keep their distance, thus supporting fellow transporters and drivers in which they drove through the streets of Sarajevo. “This is a story about all of us. It’s about survival. It’s an opportunity I can get involved in and take advantage of – EVERYONE. They were faced with a problem that has dimensions not national but – pan-European. Let’s look at the problem globally; we are carriers – a small stakeholder in the large tourism industry. I respect hoteliers, caterers and everyone else, there are a lot of them. There are few of us. But if we speak together, it will be heard – if we convey a clear message. We do not introduce ourselves to revolutionaries, or those who stop working or do not want to work, we present ourselves to those who are – an important factor in tourism. And at the same time an essential factor of European identity. The tourist bus is a symbol of travel, and travel is a symbol of freedom. Freedom of travel is also the motto of the European Union. After this crisis we want to return to normal life, and travel. For freedom of travel, we need buses in Europe”Emphasizes Ehrlich. Support for the initiative is coming from all sides, carriers are gathering, hotels in Munich have offered symbolic accommodation prices for drivers, restaurants a traditional warm lunch, and support is coming from a profession that is unquestionably related to tourism carriers – the guide sector. EMPTY SUITCASE ON EMPTY SQUARES Otherwise, say the originators of the initiative, you don’t need to have a bus to make an action day in Europe with #honkforhope. “Honk For Hope” is, to put it simply, a pan-European campaign to save the tourist travel business in Europe. The tourist bus is a symbol of travel, and travel is a symbol of freedom. Freedom of travel is also the motto of the European Union. After this crisis we want to return to normal life, and travel. For freedom of travel we need – buses in Europe
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Publicly listed lender bank BTPN recorded double-digit growth in net profits and loans in the first quarter of this year, as it weathered the COVID-19 crisis.The bank booked Rp 752 billion (US$50.7 million) in net profits in the first three months of this year, up by 48 percent compared with the same period last year, BTPN announced in a statement on Tuesday.In line with the growth in profits, the bank also recorded a 12 percent year-on-year (yoy) growth in loan disbursement in January to March to Rp 157 trillion, supported by loans to the corporate segment of Rp 92 trillion. Meanwhile, BTPN also managed to maintain its gross non-performing loan (NPL) ratio at 0.97 percent as of March, well below the banking industry figure of 2.77 percent, as it stressed that it remained cautious in disbursing its loans.Ongki went on to say that the bank still had ample liquidity to get through the current challenging economic conditions as its liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), which indicates the bank’s short-term liquidity ratio, stood at 212 percent.Meanwhile, its net stable funding ratio (NSFR), which indicates its long-term liquidity, stood at 116 percent, above the minimum requirement of 100 percent.The bank’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR), meanwhile, stood at 22.5 percent. This signaled that the bank still had strong expansion capability, it said in the statement.“The COVID-19 situation is very challenging, including for us in the banking industry. But we are grateful for the performance at the beginning of this year,” Ongki said.Topics : “With the uncertainties of the global economic situation, added to by the current development of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are trying to maintain the positive performance of the bank,” BTPN president director Ongki Wanadjati Dana said in the statement.In the corporate loan segment, BTPN focused on syndicated loans for various projects such as energy security, food security and infrastructure. The bank also disbursed loans bilaterally to private and state-owned entities, as well as automotive and trading firms.To support the high loan growth, BTPN also managed to raise Rp 161.2 trillion in funding as of March, higher by 3 percent yoy.The funding was sourced from third-party funds of Rp 97.1 trillion, while other party loans and subordinated loans contributed Rp 57 trillion and Rp 7.1 trillion, respectively.
A wedding reception in Sindangmulya village, Cibarusah district in Bekasi, West Java, came to an abrupt end on Sunday as local police dispersed a crowd of guests from the premises amid concerns over COVID-19 transmission.Cibarusah Police chief Adj. Comr. Sukarman said police personnel and members of the local COVID-19 task force came to the reception and broke up the proceedings at around 11 a.m., claiming that the number of guests at the event exceeded the limit set by the existing health protocols.“We reminded the families [about the protocols] prior to the event,” Sukarman said in a written statement on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co. Sindangmulya village public order officer (Bhabinkamtibmas) Adj. Insp. Satu Nasichin said he appreciated the families’ amicable response to the cancellation.He went on to say that local police had previously informed residents regarding the inherent risks of public gatherings amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.The groom, identified only as AP, expressed his disappointment over the canceled reception, saying that he had previously sent out 250 invitations. However, he said he had accepted the police’s decision as it was a direct mandate from the local administration.“We donated some of the food to those who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” AP said.As of Wednesday, West Java has reported 5,310 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 187 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics :
Sneak peek into travel king’s controversial mansion Four couples set their eye on 5 School Rd, Hendra.After almost eight weeks of being forced to live, and even work, in close proximity, four Brisbane couples last week decided enough was enough.Fed up with being confined to their inner-city apartments they decided it was time to buy a house and turned their attention to a little Californian bungalow in Hendra. The house attracted the attention of four seperate couples.For each of them the property at 5 School Road in Brisbane’s leafy northside suburb was the perfect entry level home. For some of them it offered affordability, coupled with enough space to save their relationship. None of the couples had seen the property prior to COVID and some had not even consideredentering the property market before putting an offer in on the home. Amy Jamieson and her partner Ryan bought 5 School Rd, Hendra, during COVID-19 to give each other some more space, after renting for yearsAfter a fierce battle it was Amy Jamieson and her partner Ryan, that secured the house for $855,000 through Ray White New Farm.The couple had been renting a two-bedroom apartment in Bowen Hills and had been looking for a place for about 18 months.“We had never considered Hendra before,” Ms Jamieson said. “We were quite lucky because we ended up buying in an area in which we didn’t think we could afford to live,” she said. The house offers the couple, who have been renting an apartment, more space.While the couple have been working during the pandemic, Ms Jamieson said she could see how the restrictions would be putting a strain on relationships.“When we had to work from home, being in an apartment Ryan would be in the kitchen and I was 2m away in the lounge and I felt I had to be quiet and not make a noise because he had to make phone calls. It can really test people’s patience levels.”With their house having four bedrooms on a decent-sized block, the couple will have the opportunity to carve out their own space.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoMs Jamieson said, for Ryan, that would probably be the rustic tin shed out the back. The tin shed was one of the biggest attractions of the property for the couple.“The shed was one of the things that first attracted us to the property. Ryan has a car and a motorbike and stuff, so it was definitely a selling point. We had looked at other houses but none of them had a shed, so I think it was what convinced us to inspect the property in the first place.” The property is modest but much more spacious than an apartment.Selling agent Christine Rudolph said this was the perfect time for sellers to list their propeties because there were plenty of eager buyers in the market.“It’s a great time coming out of COVID for sellers to jump in and capitalise on theshortage of quality supply and the optimism we are seeing from buyers,” Ms Rudolph said. MORE: Huge interest in termite-infested house How some men have survived lockdown Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: How the property market is tracking01:40
Van Oord has contracted Universal Foundation to support the installation of two mono bucket foundations at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm. To remind, financial close on the Deutsche Bucht Mono Bucket pilot demonstrator project was reached in July 2018, after the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) granted the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project the permit required to install two additional pilot wind turbines using mono bucket foundations whose design was certified by DNV GL in April.Deutsche Bucht will be the first offshore wind farm worldwide to test this new type of foundation structure under commercial operating conditions.As the general contractor for the Balance of Plant, Van Oord is responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the mono bucket foundations.Jesper Uhre Larsen, Project Manager at Universal Foundation said: “We are excited to continue our efforts on the project working with a professional marine contractor like Van Oord. The project teams are working towards the same end goal: a successful installation of the Mono Bucket foundations in 2019, which will enable further opportunities to lower the cost of offshore wind energy.”The mono bucket foundations will be installed in the second quarter of 2019.“This project is an essential step in Universal Foundation’s strategy. To capture the full commercial potential of the technology, we are investing heavily in further technological standardization and industrialization, to ensure not only an environmentally friendly solution, but one that can be the preferred choice in today’s competitive market,” said Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation.The Deutsche Bucht wind farm will have a total of 33 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind V164-8.4MW wind turbines, 31 on monopiles and two on mono buckets.Monopile installation at the German offshore wind site started in September 2018.The EUR 1.4 billion Deutsche Bucht, expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2019, is owned by Canadian power producer Northland Power, and is the company’s third North Sea offshore wind farm, together with Gemini and Nordsee 1.
Daily Mail 26 May 2019Family First Comment: No surprises…“Results concluded from an investigation of 4,000 Canadian school children.Researchers found cannabis more toxic for youngsters’ brains than alcohol.Persistent use of the drug seriously affected basic reasoning skills.”Regularly smoking cannabis can affect teenagers so severely that they end up three years behind their classmates in terms of brain development, a landmark study has found.The results of the investigation, which involved almost 4,000 secondary school children in Canada, led researchers to conclude cannabis is more toxic for youngsters’ brains than alcohol.Persistent use of the drug seriously affected basic reasoning skills – while it also had a disastrous effect on self-control, they found.Meanwhile, a separate study has found hard evidence that the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), causes changes in the brain that trigger schizophrenia.In the high school study, researchers at Montreal University studied pupils from the time they entered the Canadian seventh grade – aged 12 or 13 years – for four years.They regularly asked the young volunteers about their cannabis and alcohol use and put them through computer tests examining reasoning skills, short-term memory and self-control.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7071277/Cannabis-leave-teenagers-three-years-classmates-study-finds.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.