Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) 2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.
Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2021 has already seen a large amount of retail participation in the stock market. Examples include Second Sight Medical Products (which I wrote about here), along with other names including GameStop and AMC Entertainment. However, these have all been stocks that have been listed on the market for a while. This week, Roblox (NYSE:RBLX) went public. It too has sparked a lot of interest from retail buyers like me. With the Roblox share price gaining 8% on the first day of trading, what’s my game plan?What’s the story?Many of us here in the UK might not have heard of Roblox. It’s a US-based company that acts as a gaming platform. It also allows users to programme and create their own games on Roblox. In this way, users can come and either play games, or help to create new ones. Revenue comes from in-game purchases.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The brand has grown massively in popularity over the past couple of years, but particularly over the pandemic. More time in front of a screen has enabled Roblox to gain players and creators alike. In late October, it was reported that the iOS app version of Roblox had passed $2bn in lifetime spending from users! $500m of this had been made in just five months during 2020, showing the growth and also the impact of the pandemic.The growth meant that going public was a logical decision to enable further business progression. The Roblox share price was set at $64.50, and rose as high as $74 in early trading yesterday before closing slightly lower. Even at the closing price, it still meant the company was valued at over $38bn! Are Roblox shares fairly valued?Considering the usual overinflated US tech share values, I think Roblox offers good value. Only a few months ago, a private funding round saw over $500m being raised, which valued the firm just below $30bn. Given the high growth rate of the business, I think the company could easily grow to be worth more than the current valuation. In terms of financials, revenue through to the end of Q3 2020 grew 70% year-on-year. More detailed financials will be available in the coming months as the company has to provide a trading update to investors. From my point of view, if revenue can continue on the same trajectory even for the next couple of years, this would support the Roblox share price to move higher.The main risk I see to the Roblox share price is that it could just be a passing fad. The gaming platform isn’t totally unique (even with the game creation element). Over the years, I’ve seen different gaming sites come and go as interest fluctuates. Another risk is that a lot of the recent buzz has been due to people being in lockdown. When lockdowns end, Roblox may experience user exits as people spend more time outside or in other pursuits.That said, I do like the company and would buy. I’d still give it a few days for the Roblox share price to settle though, but am looking to buy the stock within the next couple of weeks. The Roblox share price soars on its public debut! Here’s my plan as a UK investor Jonathan Smith | Thursday, 11th March, 2021 | More on: RBLX Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Year: ArchDaily Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko Architects+ 29 Share United Kingdom Architects: Neil Dusheiko Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Text description provided by the architects. The project began one afternoon while the architect Neil Dusheiko was sitting with the client on their existing terrace discussing ideas about how to create more space for the family in the tiny terrace house. It was thought it would be interesting if the existing central staircase in the double fronted house, somehow continued up and over into the garden from the mid landing, and so the idea of extending the house came about. The clients wanted a house built entirely out of timber. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodEGGERLaminatesThe concept was to create a series of different volumes to accommodate the various functions in an informal stack of boxes placed next to each other like packing creates. The extension exists as three timber containers sitting next to and on top of one another with a singular nature borne out of using one material. The differentiation of materials allows it to be read as a separate volume rather than mimic the brick character of the existing building. The new timber staircase forms a link with the existing house and connects to the mid landing, where the existing staircase continues down towards the front door. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsThe west façade sits in its sub-urban context, visible to the street and announces its presence with a rhythm of vertical cladding, which in turn reflects the neighbourhoods use of closed board fencing and timber sheds. The north façade, facing the garden, has an asymmetrical geometry, with its two planes cranked to catch the evening sun and to hold the space in the garden. A rhythm of projecting fins reveals a subtle layering of the façade, which comes to life as the sun projects shadows across the façade. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsThe material used for the floor was birch plywood and the structure is oak framed, clad in Siberian larch. The larch was is from sustainable sources and supplied by Vastern Timber. The larch was mounted onto battens fixed to Panelvent sheathing boards, which have a high racking strength but also allow for a water vapour open construction. Panelvent itself is made from wood chips and forest thinings, utilising a unique Masonite defibration system to combine low formaldehyde emissions in use and low embodied energy in manufacture. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsThe oak timber frame is made up of lattice structures which were so beautiful that during the build it was tempting to leave parts of the frame exposed on the inside of the extension. However, we decided to stay true to the concept of a wrapped timber box. The folding sliding doors and windows where constructed out of oak and are top hung. The doors are easy to open and fold away entirely to allow the garden to become part of the living space. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsThe floor was constructed out of a hard wearing birch plywood which was sealed with an acrylic coating which is both easy to clean and protects the surface from any moisture ingress. Existing openings inside the structure are framed in MDF, painted white to blend in with existing brickwork, also painted white, to reflect as much light as possible into the interior. A low step made of thermowood decking links the house to the garden and provides a low bench for seating. A new staircase constructed from birch plywood connects to the mid landing of the existing staircase, giving the up and over feel, which provided the original inspiration for the extension. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsExtension for a turn of the century family home in Walthamstow. The playful design creates a much needed flexible living space and extra bedroom for the young family. The shape of the extension is designed to track the sun and create a positive space in the garden. The new structure is framed in oak and clad in Siberian Larch. The differentiation of materials allows it to be read as a separate volume rather than mimic the brick character of the existing building. Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsThe design plays on the juxtaposition of natural light effects and artificial lighting. Through shadows cast on the facade by the timber fins a subtle layering is revealed. As time passes the facade is animated by the changing condition of light and shadow. The cranked geometry allows for maximum sun penetration and the shapes the garden space. The vertical fins are contrasted by a linear walkway serving as a bench connecting the house to the garden.Save this picture!Courtesy of Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow less”Meeting the Sea Through Memory” Proposal / oiio architecture officeArticlesManifestations : The Immediate Future of 3D Printing Buildings and Materials ScienceArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/181976/timber-fin-house-neil-dusheiko-architects Clipboard Timber Fin House / Neil Dusheiko ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTimber Fin House / Neil Dusheiko Architects Houses “COPY” 2010 Timber Fin House / Neil Dusheiko Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/181976/timber-fin-house-neil-dusheiko-architects Clipboard CopyHouses, Refurbishment•London, United Kingdom “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeNeil Dusheiko ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentLondonWoodHousesUnited KingdomPublished on November 13, 2011Cite: “Timber Fin House / Neil Dusheiko Architects” 13 Nov 2011. 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Tagged with: Digital Justgiving Technology Advertisement Howard Lake | 18 September 2009 | News Facebook Connect now available on JustGiving The latest update to the JustGiving platform is the ability to spread the word about donations using Facebook Connect. When people make a donation on a JustGiving fundraising page, they can now log in to Facebook and publish their donation details to their Facebook wall and friends’ newsfeeds. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This means that the sponsor’s friends and family hear about their donation on Facebook – raising the profile of the charity and a fundraiser’s appeal, Up to 30% of visitors to JustGiving come from Facebook and it’s the biggest source of traffic to JustGiving. Anne-Marie Huby, JustGiving’s Managing Director said, “It’s hugely important to allow sponsors to spread the word about their donation on Facebook, especially if they have responded to a call to action on Facebook. Even if sponsors made a donation because of an email message or a tweet, this new feature allows them to share the details of who they’ve supported with their Facebook network to encourage friends and family to support a fundraising appeal too.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis According to Facebook, links posted through Facebook Connect are clicked roughly three times, so adding Facebook Connect to JustGiving has the potential to increase the audience for fundraising appeals dramatically. Due to the ease of use of Facebook Connect, it can really help speed up the spread of an appeal, helping fundraisers to reach more potential donors and raise more money more quickly. read more
Follow the news on Georgia Organisation Help by sharing this information Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the arrests of four well-known photo-journalists yesterday in Tbilisi on spying charges and calls on the authorities to explain these serious accusations and to provide regular information on the situation of the detainees. “The authorities obviously have a duty to protect national interests but the current fear of spies in Georgia must not be allowed to fuel a climate of intimidation in the media, and security imperatives must not override democratic principles,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the counter-espionage and judicial services to conduct a calm and impartial investigation that respects legal procedures and the rights of the defendants. While it is impossible for the time being to take a position on the substance of the charges, we believe that the utmost transparency is needed to dispel suspicions that these arrests were politically motivated.”A total of five leading photo-journalists were arrested in the early hours of yesterday by the interior ministry’s counter-espionage services: Irakli Gedenidze, President Saakashvili’s official photographer; his wife Natia Gedenidze, who works for the newspaper Prime-Time; Zurab Kurtsikidze of the European Press-Photo Agency (EPA); interior ministry photographer Giorgi Abdaladze; and Shah Aivazov of the Associated Press.Aivazov was released after being questioned as a witness. The other four were jailed on spying charges.The news of their arrests was broken by their relatives and was confirmed during the day by the interior ministry, which issued a statement saying they were accused of “divulging various kinds of information to the intelligence agencies of a neighbouring country, operating under cover, abusing their positions and endangering Georgia’s interests.”Abdaladze’s lawyer, Ramaz Chichaladze, said they were charged under article 314 subsection 1 of the criminal code, which punishes “the collection, possession and transmission of documents (…) containing classified information” with 8 to 12 years in prison. Chichaladze was finally able to see his client yesterday after a wait of several hours.The president’s office said this morning that the arrests of the photographers had nothing to do with their work as journalists, and described the case as “a serious infiltration of our institutions.”Relatives reported that, when the five photographers were arrested, their homes were searched thoroughly and computers, mobile phones and other professional equipment were seized.“The seizure of journalistic material is a violation of the principle of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and, according to European Court of Human Rights rulings, is justified only in very specific circumstances,” Reporters Without Borders added.The 2008 war with Russia has fuelled a climate of security paranoia in Georgia. The charge of being a “Russian spy” is often used by all sides to discredit rivals and a number of self-proclaimed “patriots” hound independent bloggers online. The influential blogger Berg_man received death threats in the name of “Georgia’s holy land” on his LiveJournal blog after referring to the violence used to disperse an opposition demonstration on 25 May.Georgia is ranked 99th out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. July 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Questions raised by detention of four photographers on spying charges News July 20, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign to go further October 1, 2020 Find out more News News June 18, 2020 Find out more GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia News Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host read more
Queensland releases more land for gas exploration. (Credit: Anita starzycka from Pixabay) The Queensland government in Australia has further opened its territory for gas exploration, offering an additional 1,500km2 acreage in the Surat and Bowen Basins.According to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, five parcels which are located around Moonie and Injune in the two basins, will be released for tender in mid-June.The land being released for gas exploration under the fresh offer are in central and southern Queensland. The parcels include 834km2 of land, located 50km west of Moonie, 357km2 of land located 25km north-east of Moonie, 77km2 of land located 17km east of Injune, 37km2 of land located 29km south-east of Injune, and 154km2 of land, located 32km south-east of Injune.Anthony Lynham said: “It’s essential that we keep exploration underway to identify the resources projects and jobs of the future as we emerge from COVID-19,” Dr Lynham said.“Gas explorers have already expressed interest on these parcels of land previously, so it makes sense to open them for tender.“Queensland has a plan for our economy to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.“Part of that plan is building on our traditional strengths like the resources industry and maintaining a pipeline of projects is essential.”In May, Queensland opened up 6,700kms2 of land for gas explorationLast month, the Queensland government opened up 6700kms2 of land for gas exploration in the Bowen and Surat basins. The 12 prospective parcels of land being offered under the announcement are located between Blackwater and Goondiwindi in central and southern parts of Queensland.The 12 parcels, which are open to tender until 9 July, include 872 km2 of acreage that will exclusively supply gas to the Australian market.Recently, the Queensland government awarded four new gas exploration permits in the Surat Basin to domestic oil and gas company Santos. Apart from Santos, the state government also awarded an acreage of 568km2 located south-east of Emerald in the Bowen Basin to Denison Gas. According to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, five parcels for gas exploration which are located around Moonie and Injune in the two basins, will be released for tender in mid-June read more
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Some 30 years ago, a band called Phish were cutting their jib in the town of Burlington, VT, playing improvisation-heavy and often whimsical performances at a venue called Nectar’s. The place has become synonymous with Phish’s early career, perfecting a style that has earned them the reputation as one of the best touring bands ever. It was precisely that reputation that inspired Phish to release A Live One in 1995, documenting highlights from their 1994 tours in what was the band’s first ever live album.Last night, that story came full circle, as Pink Talking Fish hit the stage at Nectar’s for a themed performance, playing all of the songs from Phish’s A Live One album mixed in with Talking Heads and Pink Floyd music as well. The opening run of “Bouncing Around The Room > Nothing But Flowers,” followed by “Stash,” “Time” and “Gumbo” pretty much sets the course for the night ahead, weaving the three bands’ music together so eloquently as only PTF can do.The show was highlighted by special guest apperances, starting with percussionist Craig Myers, perhaps best known for his role in Mike Gordon‘s band. Saxophonist Dave Grippo also performed with the band during the first set, as the Big Country Horn player was actually featured on A Live One over 20 years ago! Finally, the talented singer Hayley Jane emerged and performed on “Moon Rocks” and the vocal jam of “You Enjoy Myself,” lending her powerful vocals to the classic songs.Fortunately, taper Keith Litzenberger was on hand to capture the music. Listen to his full recording below, and check out the full setlist beneath it.Setlist: Pink Talking Fish | Nectar’s | Burlington, VT | 3/4/17Set One: Bouncing Around The Room > Nothing But Flowers*, Stash*%, Time, Gumbo*%> Life During Wartime*%, Montana > You Enjoy Myself > On The Run > You Enjoy Myself* > Moon Rocks*%% > You Enjoy Myself%%, Chalkdust Torture*, Have A Cigar > Slave To The Traffic LightSet Two: Astronomy Domine > Wilson > Once In A Lifetime* > Wilson > Another Brick In The Wall* > Tweezer*+ > Burning Down The House*+ > Simple > Run Like Hell > Harry Hood > Big Business*, The Squirming Coil > Something++ > The Squirming CoilEncore: Tweezer Reprise**w/ Craig Myers on percussion%w/ Dave Grippo on saxophone%%w/ Hayley Jane on vocals+w/ Possum tease during intro++Solo piano and vocals in the middle of Coil solo. 1st verse only[Photo via Capacity Images from NYC 12/30/16] read more
Researchers from the Harvard-backed Leon Levy Expedition discuss a “moment of history that has never been seen before” as they uncover 160 individual remains that will provide insights into the lives and ancestry of the Philistines. SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave Hidden in the soil of Ashkelon, an Israeli seaport 35 miles south of Tel Aviv, are secrets from the ancient world that Harvard scholars have been uncovering for decades. Not very long ago, they struck a treasure trove of bones.“It was just a goldmine of a cemetery,” said Daniel Master, an archaeology professor at Wheaton College in Illinois and a co-director of the Harvard-backed Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, which carried out the first-ever excavation of a Philistine burial ground, found at the site in 2013. “Every kind of idea we would want was there.”For years archaeologists have searched for the origins of the Philistines, famously known, via the Hebrew Bible, as the archenemy of ancient Israel. The cemetery both shines an important light on the group’s history and sets their ancient burial record straight.Adam Aja, assistant director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon and assistant curator at the Harvard Semitic Museum, takes notes during the excavation of the Philistine cemetery. © Tsafrir Abayov for the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon“There have been pages and pages and pages of scholarship, so-called, talking about Philistine burial customs, and 99 percent of it is utter nonsense now that we really know how they were buried,” said Lawrence E. Stager, Harvard’s Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel Emeritus and a co-director of the expedition. “We see that these burial patterns are very different from what we know of Canaanite culture, Egyptian culture, and Israelite culture. So we now have comparative and contrasting archaeology.”The expedition, nearing its end after 31 years in the field, is sponsored by the Harvard Semitic Museum, Boston College, Wheaton College, and Troy University, and is licensed by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.For the past three years, researchers have gently unearthed 160 individual remains: men, women, and a few young children, most buried in simple pits, some in stone-lined chambers, others cremated. Many of the dead were laid to rest on their backs along with personal items such as jewelry, weapons, or ceramics. A large number were “accompanied by two storage jars, one of which is often topped with a bowl, and then a little juglet on top,” said Master, adding that the role of the objects in burial remains a mystery.It’s the bones themselves that may offer the best insights into the lives and ancestry of the Philistines. Researchers will use DNA, radiocarbon, and biological distance testing in the coming months and years to help determine the Philistines’ exact origin, looking to support the long-held view that they were “sea peoples” who migrated to the area from the West around the 12th century B.C. Careful examinations of the remains will also help scholars paint an accurate picture of how the Philistines actually looked, how tall they were, how healthy they were, and even how long they lived.“We are getting a sense of people who suffered malnutrition at youth and we see that in their teeth,” said Master. “We are getting a sense for some of the things that they experienced in their life, on a very personal level, their medical history, as it were, that we can’t get from looking at the houses or the pottery or the bread ovens that they left behind.”Thirty years of workSince 1985 the Leon Levy Expedition has carefully excavated the 150-acre site nestled inside a national park on the edge of Mediterranean. The ancient seaport, whose history spans from the Bronze Age through the Crusades, has yielded vivid clues to the lives of its past inhabitants: Canaanites, Israelites, Philistines, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Mycenaeans, Greeks, and Romans. Findings have included pottery, coins, jewelry, and statues, as well as various examples of advanced architecture, such as the oldest known arched gateway, dating to 1800 B.C.Discoveries at the site point to both the beginning and the end of Philistine civilization at Ashkelon, and, contrary to lore, their level of sophistication. Elite Philistine houses dating from the 12th-10th centuries B.C. have been uncovered, along with a “snapshot” of the city’s once-bustling marketplace, frozen in time when the armies of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II set Ashkelon ablaze in 604 B.C.“It’s a bit of a Pompeii moment,” said Master of the marketplace, which was discovered in 1992. The remains of wine and grain shops along a busy thoroughfare, as well as ancient receipts from the buying and selling of those goods, shed light on the Philistines’ thriving economy.“We’ve got the beginning and we’ve got the end and both of these things have been profound contributions to the study of the Philistines,” said Master. “But here we are seeing the people themselves, and we are going to learn things that we can learn only from the bones.”Facing the pastComing face-to-face with the Philistines has been a highlight for Harvard’s Adam Aja, the man largely responsible for the close encounter.On a summer night near the end of the 2013 season, Aja, an assistant director of the expedition and an assistant curator at the Harvard Semitic Museum, was hot, tired, and covered in dust. The light would soon be gone. But he had a hunch: “Keep digging.”‘This is the personal connection that I have always been looking for, this personal connection with the people whose story I have been trying to tell.’ — Adam AjaRecently he had met with a retired worker from the Israel Antiquities Authority who claimed that almost two decades prior he had uncovered human remains near the city’s northern edge, roughly 60 centimeters from the surface. The day before members of the expedition had scoured the area the man had described, an unexplored corner of land outside the ancient city’s walls. They dug one hole after another. Each time the result was the same: nothing.Aja had returned for one last try accompanied only by an Israeli worker manning a backhoe. The results were so far the same.“Absolutely nothing,” recalled Aja. “It was just empty soil.”With about 30 minutes left in their day, Aja asked the driver to dig as far down as the machine’s arm would go, farther than they had dug before based on their source’s recollection. When the bucket came back up, Aja sifted through the haul, finding a bone. Years of experience told him “this was not an animal bone.”Aja scrambled into the bucket and was lowered into the pit, where he quickly unearthed more bones and a human tooth. Two weeks later, Aja, Master, and the remaining staff at the site widened the hole and kept digging. “It was a crazy two days,” said Aja. “The evidence just kept coming. We knew we had something significant at that point. We had pottery, we had full articulated remains.”Above all, Aja had his direct connection to the people he had sought for so long. Finding the occasional earring lying in the street, or a bead mixed in with ruins, paled in comparison, Aja said, to finding such items on the remains of actual Philistines.Francesca Noelette ’19 (from left), Kathryn Marklein, a member of the expedition’s physical anthropology team, and Wesleyan College student Joy Feinburg uncover a burial at the site. © Tsafrir Abayov for the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon“To see how they wore the earrings up the ear, high and low. Full beaded necklaces … carnelian followed by a shell, followed by copper,” said Aja. “This is the personal connection that I have always been looking for, this personal connection with the people whose story I have been trying to tell.”The work pace is unrelenting at the site, which for summers through the decades has doubled as an outdoor classroom for both students and volunteers.A daily wakeup call comes at 4:30 a.m., followed by a quick breakfast. Prep work at the site begins before dawn and digging lasts until around 1, followed by lunch and field school classes. Staff members and volunteers are back at the site from 4 to 6 p.m. processing the day’s finds. Many staffers spend additional hours at night washing, photographing, and documenting artifacts. It often adds up to 12-hour days, often in brutal heat. But the effort has yielded huge rewards, said Aja, who has put in “a lot of double shifts” in recent seasons to help the expedition wind down.“If we don’t do it, no one is going to,” said Aja, whose drive to keep digging led to one of the greatest Philistine finds in history. “This is the one shot in the world to see this stuff.”Unearthing a Philistine cemetery in ancient Ashkelon <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYNt5KjGgS8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/FYNt5KjGgS8/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> read more
A crowded Hesburgh Center auditorium hosted the 16th annual Yoder Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace Thursday, where Maria J. Stephan, a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council and a senior policy fellow of the U.S. Institute of Peace, gave her view on the power of civil resistance.“Civil resistance, if there is one message … is not magical,” Stephan said. “It does not win by melting hearts and minds. It wins through planning, strategy and effectively applied pressure. All of that can be learned, taught, built on and shared between activists and movements.”Stephan’s speech addressed much of her work with Erica Chenoweth, a former Yoder Dialogues speaker and their 2011 book “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” She said during the period from 1900 to 2006, nonviolent campaigns were twice as effective as violent ones when against oppressors.“Nonviolent campaigns, we found, statistically have a 46 percent success rate against oppressive opponents, whereas armed campaigns have only a 20 percent success rate,” she said.Although the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance has declined since 2011, there is more hope for the future, Stephan said. While this is primarily because authoritarian regimes learn from each other, diverse groups of people have the power and desire for civil resistance.“More and more people in different countries are engaging in nonviolent resistance,” she said. “Just in the period 2010 to 2013, there were more nonviolent campaigns than in the entire decade of the 1990s. What is clear is that people are increasingly learning from each other and are turning to this method of struggle in order to advance rights and fundamental freedoms.”Stephan said civil resistance, in comparison to armed struggle, is a more effective way to achieve peace.“The vast majority of atrocities globally occur when states are responding to armed insurgencies,” Stephan said. “Arms insurgencies win about 24 percent of the time, but the level of casualties, notably civilian casualties, are often astronomical. Most genocide mass atrocities occur in this type of context.”The Yoder Dialogues have been held annually since 1999, and are put on in honor of John Howard Yoder, a former theology professor at Notre Dame. The Yoder family supports the event each year, and it consists of a lecture followed by a discussion, normally on a topic related to nonviolence and peace.“The Yoder tradition has been very involved in … international solidarity around peace and justice issues,” Stephan said. “[The] Kroc [Institute] is a place where you can meet people. You have activists coming together with policy makers coming together with academics, so it is a great place to swap notes about what types of interventions actually work.”Tags: Civil Resistance, nonviolence, Peace Studies, U.. Institute of Peace, Yoder Dialogues read more