Library purchases gospel facsimile

first_imgAccording to legend, when Holy Roman Emperor Otto III entered the tomb of Charlemagne in the early 11th century, he found the great medieval king’s personal copy of the four gospels, written with gold ink on purple pages, complete with paintings of the four gospel writers. Recently, the Hesburgh Library purchased a facsimile of the gospels for $22,000.The facsimile, held in the Rare Book room, is an exact copy of the original Coronation Gospels, made for Charlemagne in the early ninth century A.D. The original manuscript currently resides in the Imperial Treasury in Vienna, Austria.Marina Smyth, the medieval studies librarian who organized the funds to buy the facsimile, said it was “probably the most expensive purchase [she’s] been responsible for.”She said the library’s existing collection of 43 Carolingian facsimiles, or material dating from 800-900 A.D., motivated her to acquire the copy of the manuscript. The manuscript was made by Swiss publisher Faksimile Verlag, she said.“The way it happens is, I look at this thing, and I say, hmm, this would be a good thing to have,” Smyth said. “One of my pieces of reasoning would be, we actually already have a very strong collection of facsimiles of Carolingian material.“We also have two professors who specialize in Carolingian stuff — history, and then there’s an art historian who would be very interested in this.”Smyth said she raised $11,000 from the history, art and theology departments, the Medieval Institute and two medieval studies endowed collections. The other $11,000, she said, came from the library’s Special Acquisitions Fund, a competitive grant process. She said she ordered the facimile by Nov. 14 and it arrived in mid-February.“What I like about it is that it’s kind of is a crown on a very fine collection of facsimiles of Carolingian manuscripts that we have,” Smyth said.According to visiting paleography professor David Ganz, the original manuscript is important because it represents a rediscovery of a classical painting style, a recognition of the Gospel writers as historical figures. He said its purple pages and gold script denote the work of an extremely skilled scribe.He said the value of Notre Dame’s facsimile lies in how exactly it resembles the original manuscript, down to the holes in the page and the flakes in the paint.“The fact that the pages aren’t all the same size shows how carefully [the facsimile was made], and you can see the fold in the skin being reproduced — that’s what happens to the poor unfortunate cow on whom this was written,” Ganz said.Ganz said the original manuscript, because it has a sculpted gold cover, is inaccessible to most scholars. The facsimile, which Ganz said is one of three in the United States, will be used as a research and teaching tool. It is accessible to all students and faculty.“It’s not bought to sit in the Rare Book Room on the shelves,” Ganz said. “Just like the Dante collection, just like the Robert Creeley collection, it’s there for people to study, and therefore, from now on, everybody taking an art history course may have the chance to see it.”Tags: Fascimilelast_img read more

ND chair emeritus Donald R. Keough dies at 88

first_imgDonald R. Keough, chair emeritus of the University’s Board of Trustees and one of the most generous benefactors in Notre Dame history, died Tuesday morning at the age of 88 in Atlanta, according to a University press release.Keough, former president and Chief Operating Officer of the Coca-Cola Company as well as chair of Allen & Company, served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 1978 and as its chair from 1986 to 1991. The donations of Keough and his wife Marilyn, totaling more than $50 million, helped fund a host of programs, buildings and professorships at the University, including the Keough School of Global Affairs (to open in 2017), the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, three library collections and the men’s dorm Keough Hall.“Don’s decades of dedicated service helped secure Notre Dame’s reputation as one of the world’s great institutions of higher education,” Richard Notebaert, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, said in the press release. “Don loved his family, he loved Notre Dame, and he inspired all of us who had the privilege to know him.”Professor Christopher Fox, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, described a “hole that will not — and cannot — be filled” created by the death of Keough.“I am still stunned by Don’s death,” Fox said in an email Tuesday. “He was a great friend and mentor to me, to the Institute that bears his name and to those of us who who were blessed enough to come into contact with him at Notre Dame.”In addition to serving on the University’s Board, Keough received the Laetare Medal — the University’s highest award, given to prominent American Catholics — in 1993. Both he and his wife received honorary doctorates from the University, he in 1985 and she in 1998.“Don Keough was a celebrated business leader, a transformative philanthropist, a devout Catholic, a devoted husband and father and a friend to so many who today mourn his passing,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “Don’s visionary leadership and generosity has had a profound impact on the University.“He believed that we were put on earth to do good in the world, and his life tangibly demonstrated that faith. He has been a dear friend and cherished mentor whom I will miss terribly.”Tags: Donald R. Keough, Keough, Keough Hall, Keough School of Global Affairs, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studieslast_img read more

NCUA to hold emergency meeting on proposed interagency rule

first_img This post is currently collecting data… The NCUA Board is set to hold a special meeting this Wednesday to consider a proposed interagency rule on the role of supervisory guidance. During its October meeting, the board voted to remove a request for information on the agency’s supervisory guidance and communication improvements from the agenda.According to news reports, the meeting is being held for the NCUA to discuss and approve a proposed rule – informally issued last week by the federal financial regulators – clarifying that agency guidance “does not have the force of law.”The meeting, set to begin at 2 p.m. Eastern, will be livestreamed via the agency’s website. The board will also hold a closed meeting to consider two personnel matters.Additionally, the board announced that its Dec. 10 open and closed meetings have been rescheduled to Dec. 17. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Two local centenarians give advice for a long life

first_imgMerrick says that surrounding yourself with people you love is also important, even if they try to get away. “I was a stay at home mother with five kids, I did some babysitting and stuff,” Hektor said. (WBNG)– According to US Census data, the number of centenarians in the U.S. is on the rise, and the Southern Tier is no exception. Two local women celebrated that coveted milestone Saturday, both surrounded by friends and family. “We’ve all been friends for years, they try to get away, but I always trip them up as they go out the door,” Merrick said. “That’s the way I’ve always been, take me or leave me, doesn’t matter,” she said. “Just be yourself, that’s all I’ve ever been, just me,” Merrick said. “Let everybody have their fun and if people want to laugh at you laugh back at them,” she said. “Just keep busy,” she said. “Don’t over do it but just keep busy I think that’s the main thing,” she said. “I just kept trying to keep busy, I even played basketball in a church but that was when I was a teenager,” she said. center_img For Hektor, that meant taking care of others. Hektor says that part of keeping busy is getting exercise. While Mary Hektor of Vestal says that for her it comes down to keeping busy. Hektor added that no matter how old you are, her advice is to just be happy. If people don’t like it, Merrick says, don’t sweat that either. Afton resident and World War II veteran Seretha Merrick says that the secret to a long life is not sweating the small stuff. last_img read more

The green light

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WHO urges safety for health workers bearing brunt of virus

first_imgHealth workers represent less than three percent of the population in most countries and less than two percent in low- and middle income countries, but account for around 14 percent of all Covid-19 cases reported to the WHO.In some countries, the proportion has been as high as 35 percent, the body said.On Wednesday, the International Council of Nurses said thousands of nurses had likely died in the pandemic, pointing to numbers from just 44 countries showing 1,097 deaths by mid-August.”The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing. Too many doctors and nurses are paying the ultimate price while battling Covid-19, the World Health Organization said Thursday as it launched a charter aiming to boost safety for health workers.The UN health agency said that the pandemic had exposed health workers and their families to “unprecedented levels of risk”.While the coronavirus crisis has taken a heavy toll overall, data from many countries and regions show that healthcare workers have been infected at a far higher rate than the general population. Topics : “We all owe health workers an enormous debt, not just because they have cared for the sick, but because they risk their own lives in the line of duty.”The risks are not only physical. The WHO pointed to “extraordinary levels of psychological stress” on health workers, who have been asked to work long, draining hours battling Covid-19, living in constant fear of being infected.Many are also living separated from their families, and facing social stigma amid fear they are carrying the virus. Depression, anxiety These strains are increasing the likelihood of depression among medical professionals, who were already more at risk of suicide than the general public in a number of countries prior to the pandemic.One in four health care workers surveyed for a recent study said they were struggling with depression and anxiety amid the pandemic, while one in three said they had suffered insomnia, the WHO said.In its charter presented Thursday, the WHO emphasized the legal and moral obligations governments have to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of health workers.The charter among other things calls on countries to develop programs that better protect the health and safety of medical workers, and to combine them with patient safety policies.It also calls for better policies for protecting health workers from violence in the workplace, and for improving access to mental health support.And it demands that minimum standards for patient safety, infection prevention and control, as well as for occupational safety are implemented across all care facilities.Access to personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as sufficient training in how to use such equipment safely should also be guaranteed, it said.”No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe,” Tedros said.last_img read more

Arsenal’s move for Christopher Nkunku in major doubt, reveals agent

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal’s move for Christopher Nkunku in major doubt, reveals agent Emery has worked with Nkunku before (Picture: Getty)‘I here tonight [in the studio], which is not a good sign,’ Nkunku’s agent told Canal+.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated. There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season. It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here means that it does not look good.”A‘His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just 1 year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.‘He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated, if we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal’s move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic appears to be dead in the water but Suarez is expected in London in the next 24 hours to complete his move.The Spaniard worked with Emery at Sevilla and the Arsenal boss confirmed after Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Cardiff that he hopes to conclude a deal.Asked if the deal was close, Emery said: ‘I don’t know now.‘It’s a challenge for him, and also [it is a challenge for him] to help us.’MORE: West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says Marko Arnautovic injury ‘will not be easy’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Jan 2019 8:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link481Shares Christopher Nkunku looks set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are increasingly unlikely to complete a deal for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Christopher Nkunku before Thursday’s transfer deadline, the player’s agent has revealed.The Gunners entered into negotiations with the Ligue 1 giants last week and were initially encouraged that they could secure a loan deal for the 21-year-old.Unai Emery is working under tight financial constraints this month and can only sign players on loan.Arsenal look set to sign Denis Suarez on a six-month deal from Barcelona but Nkunku’s agent says a move to the Emirates is ‘not looking good’.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Crystal Palace set new asking price for Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha

first_imgCrystal Palace have set their asking price for Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace are determined not to lose Wilfried Zaha this summer and have slapped a £100million price tag on his head as he continues to be linked with Arsenal.Since returning to Selhurst Park in 2015 following a dismal spell at Manchester United, Zaha has re-established himself as Palace’s key player and one of the stars of the Premier League.The Ivory Coast international has decided now is the time to move on, however, and is said to have pleaded with Palace to agree terms with Arsenal over a summer transfer.Zaha supported the Gunners as a child and wants to play under Unai Emery despite the face Arsenal will not compete in the Champions League next season after finishing fifth in the top-flight.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPalace are reluctant to lose another star player following the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United, however, and have slapped a £100m price tag on Zaha.The Daily Mail say the Eagles are concerned about the backlack from manager Roy Hodgson and Palace fans if they sell their two star players during this summer transfer window.They now hope the £100m valuation will price Arsenal out of a move, with the Gunners only said to have around £45m to spend after missing out on Champions League qualification.Palace are now searching for a replacement for Wan-Bissaka and are said to be interested in signing Timothy Castagne from Atalanta.I can’t thank everyone at @CPFC enough. I’ve been at the club for 11 years and grown up there so I will never forget my roots and the support I’ve had from fans, players, staff. Thank you to everyone 🦅 #AWB— Aaron Wan-Bissaka (@awbissaka) June 29, 2019 Crystal Palace set new asking price for Arsenal to sign Wilfried Zaha Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Jun 2019 5:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link706Shares Zaha is keen to join the Gunners (Picture: Getty)After his move to Old Trafford was confirmed on Saturday, Wan-Bissaka sent a message to Crystal Palace and the club’s fans.‘I can’t thank everyone at Crystal Palace enough,’ he tweeted.‘I’ve been at the club for 11 years and grown up there so I will never forget my roots and the support I’ve had from fans, players, staff.‘Thank you to everyone.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Industriens sees trouble ahead for Danish krone’s peg to euro

first_imgDanish labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension predicts that the current peg between the Danish krone and the euro could be seriously challenged in a few years’ time but sees the krone holding within narrow bands relative to the pan-European currency for now, despite the European Central Bank’s (ECB) expected quantitative easing (QE) programme.The DKK127bn (€1bn) pension fund said it was preparing for the widely expected announcement by the ECB to start wide-scale QE by holding onto its bond risk levels in Danish and core euro area sovereign bonds, while at the same time taking short positions on US Treasuries.Morten Kongshaug, portfolio manager for tactical asset allocation at Industriens, told IPE: “On a two to three-year horizon, the peg may be challenged for real,” he said.“But in the short term, the Danish krone will keep its narrow plus or minus 0.5% level against the euro.” Industriens had not started hedging euro risk, he said, but added that it was considering covering the tail risk of the Danish krone leaving its peg.However, this is a strategic asset allocation question – i.e. a long-term one – rather than a tactical asset allocation choice, Kongshaug said.The prospect of wide-scale ECB quantitative easing has sparked speculation about whether the Danish krone would be able to maintain its current peg to the euro in such circumstances.Asked what the pension fund had already done to prepare for the ECB’s forecast bond-buying spree, he said: “We have kept bond risk in Danish and core euro government bonds, while shorting US Treasury risk.”However, in the immediate term, the pension fund said it did not expect financial markets to change much if the expected broad QE programme were confirmed by the ECB after its governing council meets.“We are disappointed in the short term, as a large-scale QE programme is already discounted,” he said.Kongshaug said the ECB was likely to get national central banks within the euro area to do the bond-buying in any QE programme, rather than buying the debt itself.How the buying volumes will be divided up between the debt of the various euro states will be determined using specific data, he predicted.“The ECB will use capital key weights in its purchase,” he said.This division of the buying will be important for the pricing of risk-free bonds such as German bunds, Kongshaug said.last_img read more

Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths – study

first_img Share 97 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthLifestyle Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths – study by: Associated Free Press – June 16, 2015 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Smoking is responsible for nearly half of deaths due to certain types of cancers in 2011, a US study said Monday.Some 48.5 percent of nearly 346,000 deaths attributed to one of the 12 types of cancer known to be caused by smoking were due to cigarette use, according to the study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.The large number of deaths comes despite concerted efforts to reduce cigarette use across the United States.“Continued progress in reducing cancer mortality, as well as deaths from many other serious diseases, will require more comprehensive tobacco control, including targeted cessation support,” the report concluded, referencing programs that help people quit smoking.Smoking prevalence has dropped in the US from 23.2 percent in 2000 to 18.1 percent in 2012, researchers said.Of the lung, bronchus and trachea cancer deaths studied, some 80 percent were attributed to smoking.About 77 percent of larynx cancer deaths studied were connected to smoking, the study said.The researchers noted limitations in their data, including lack of racial diversity and that that non-cigarette tobacco exposure was not included.last_img read more