President Bill Clinton singles out Bennington College at inaguration of Clinton Global Initiative Universtiy

first_imgPresident Bill Clinton singles out Bennington College at inauguration of Clinton Global Initiative UniversityPresident Bill Clinton invited the President of Bennington College, Elizabeth Coleman, to join him at a March 15, 2008 press conference where he will inaugurate the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U). The University, part of the Clinton Global Initiative, is a new venture that will challenge college students and universities to tackle global problems with innovative solutions. Bennington College, specifically, plans to address six global challenges-economics and equity, the environment and sustainability, health, sustaining democratic governance, education, and the appropriate and inappropriate use of force. The institution will accomplish this by engaging a faculty that includes activists, politicians, scholars, scientists, and artists; building a major new green facility, and creating a curriculum that intellectually demands the diversity of perspectives required for students tackle these critical challenges.An Inagural CGI-U event was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from March 15-18, 2008. Twenty-three institutions in addition to Benningtonincluding Brown, Cornell, Hobart and William Smith, Rice University, Tufts, Tulane, the University of Colorado, and the University of Vermontparticipated, and Tulane University hosted the event.last_img read more

HRK 13 million from EU funds for the revitalization of the cultural heritage of Kotišina

first_imgThe project “Revitalization of cultural and historical heritage of the hamlet of Kotišina”, submitted under the Call “Preparation and implementation of integrated development programs based on the restoration of cultural heritage” has successfully passed all 7 stages of the grant procedure and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds The Managing Authority for the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion” has made a decision on project financing, reports from the city of Makarska. The total eligible costs after the eligibility check amount to HRK 14.715.743,08, while the amount of the grant amounts to HRK 12.508.313,68. The remaining amount of 15%, ie HRK 2.207.429,40 represents the amount of co-financing of the project by the applicant and the partner ( Makarska Tourist Board, Public Institution “Biokovo Nature Park” and Tip Extreme.)  The location of the project, the hamlet of Kotišina, ensures the reorientation of the focus of tourist demand outside the coastal zone in activities and facilities based on cultural and natural heritage, and the synergy of tourism and local production systems. The cultural heritage included in this project refers to Veliki Kaštel, the Church of St. Martin and the Church of St. Ante. Activities covered by the project: Establishment of the interpretation center Veliki Kaštel, which will be equipped with the most modern multimedia technology (virtual reality) to create a central place of interpretation and presentation of the heritage of Kotišina, inarranging an open-air stage near the Church of St. Ante, which will be equipped with new equipment and facilities, Fr.of the Church of St. Martin, arrangement of educational trails and diffuse ethnographic exhibition in the open in the village of Kotišina, rrealization of adrenaline tours “Kastel Kotisina” and “Kotisina – forgotten peasant roads”; as well as walking tours”In the Footsteps of the St. Martin’s Brotherhood”, inarrangement of the pedestrian-bicycle path “Makarska center – Kotišina” and promance and visibility of the integrated program.Identified specific goals that are planned to be achieved with the mentioned tourist valorization are related to creating a central place of interpretation and presentation of cultural and natural heritage of Kotišina, creating unique interactive experiences for a wide group of visitors through innovative use of modern technologies, improving protection and management of protected cultural and historical and natural heritage, increasing employment, and intensifying economic activity for further sustainable development of Kotišina.last_img read more

Wisconsin cruises to 3rd-straight win

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped up its three-match spring schedule at home with a 3-1 win over UW-Milwaukee (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17) Tuesday night.Wisconsin has dropped just two sets in three wins against Loyola, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee during its exhibition spring season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield stressed that in the few months he has coached the team, he has seen small improvements throughout the spring that helped contribute to the night’s victory.“We did a better job of getting our middles and our right side more involved in the attack tonight,” Sheffield said. “That was a goal going in. I thought our serving put some pressure on them. [UWM is] a different team than what we’ll typically see in the Big Ten. Their offense is really quick and they put some different stresses on your middles than what [we’ve] seen. I thought we got a little stronger as the match went on.”After the Badger offense cruised to a .423 hitting percentage while committing just two errors in the first set, Wisconsin lost its sense of rhythm in the second set. Down 8-11, the Badgers already had five errors in the set. After Wisconsin made four consecutive kills mid-set, the team earned its first lead of the set to go up 16-14. However, UWM won the last four points of the set to tie the match at one.Sophomore setter Courtney Thomas, who amassed a spring-high 46 assists, said that if the passing is not rhythmic, it is difficult for the hitters to time the ball properly. However, she said the passing improved significantly after the second set and has become more consistent since the start of spring practice.“I thought our passing was a lot better tonight than it was on Saturday,” Thomas said. “I felt rhythm; I felt like our hitters were doing well tonight.”Wisconsin was again faced with a challenging set in the third, when both teams were separated by no fewer than three points. However, the Badgers were able to inch out a 25-23 win in the third, producing just three errors and avoiding a second-straight close loss.Sheffield said the Badgers need to do a better job of keeping their composure when they make mistakes and not letting one error turn into multiple.“When we play good volleyball, we’ve got to do it for longer periods of time than what we’re doing,” Sheffield said. “We’ll get better at that once we come to get used to each other.”Wisconsin began the fourth set in a 2-7 hole while hitting a .071 attack percentage. But the Badgers bounced back to end the set and the match on a 10-2 run after being tied at 15.Three Badgers accumulated double-digit kills throughout the evening, including junior outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen, who led all players with 15 kills. The Norwegian also contributed 13 digs to earn the double-double.Last season, Mikaelsen transitioned to a more defensive role on the team by digging more balls. She said she has gotten more comfortable working in the back row.While she was on offense during the match, Mikaelsen also said she concentrated on the spots on the court she knew she could hit.“Focusing on doing the right techniques,” Mikaelsen said. “Focusing on doing the hitting I know I can do. Annemarie was helping me a lot by calling the shots that I had open; it helped me a lot.”Mikaelsen admitted that a weakness the team has been working on is consistency. Wisconsin’s hitting percentage dropped .207 from the first to the second set.However, Mikaelsen said Sheffield has made it a priority to improve Wisconsin’s mental toughness to stay consistent.“We go up and then we go down,” Mikaelsen said. “We need to be more stable. We’re working really hard on becoming that team that’s really stable and bringing it every single practice.”Sheffield’s main focus of the spring season is not necessarily the results of the matches. He wants to see small improvements from his players in practices and match situations.“We’re just trying to get a little bit better,” Sheffield said. “There’s not a lot of changing [of positions or formations]. We’re just trying to do what we do in our system and just be a little bit more consistent and a little bit better.”last_img read more

Former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro joins Werder Bremen for the third time

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro has joined German side Werder Bremen.The forward was a free agent this summer after being released by Bayern Munich, where he scored one goal last season.Clubs in the Middle East had shown an interest in the 36-year-old but he has now opted for a return to Bremen.This will be Pizarro’s third spell with the Bundesliga club, having played for them between 1999 and 2001 and 2009 to 2012.Inbetween those stints the Peruvian spent a season at Chelsea, where he scored twice in 32 games, and he admits it is nice to be back at Bremen.“I’m looking forward to being here again. It’s a very great challenge to get success with this team,” Pizarro told Voetbal International. Claudio Pizarro 1last_img read more