Exposure of Arctic field scientists to ultraviolet radiation evaluated using personal dosimeters

first_imgDuring July 2000 we used an electronic personal dosimeter (X-2000) and a biological dosimeter (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt: Biofilm) to characterize the UV radiation exposure of arctic field scientists involved in biological and geological fieldwork. These personnel were working at the Haughton impact structure on Devon Island (75°N) in the Canadian High Arctic under a 24 h photoperiod. During a typical day of field activities under a clear sky, the total daily erythemally weighted exposure, as measured by electronic dosimetry, was up to 5.8 standard erythemal dose (SED). Overcast skies (typically 7–8 okta of stratus) reduced exposures by a mean of 54%. We estimate that during a month of field activity in July a typical field scientist at this latitude could potentially receive ∼80 SED to the face. Because of body movements the upper body was exposed to a UV regimen that often changed on second-to-second timescales as assessed by electronic dosimetry. Over a typical 10 min period on vehicle traverse, we found that erythemal exposure could vary to up to 87% of the mean exposure. Time-integrated exposures showed that the type of outdoor field activities in the treeless expanse of the polar desert had little effect on the exposure received. Although absolute exposure changed in accordance with the time of day, the exposure ratio (dose received over horizontal dose) did not vary much over the day. Under clear skies the mean exposure ratio was 0.35 ± 0.12 for individual activities at different times of the day assessed using electronic dosimetry. Biological dosimetry showed that the occupation was important in determining daily exposures. In our study, scientists in the field received an approximately two-fold higher dose than individuals, such as medics and computer scientists, who spent the majority of their time in tents.last_img read more

Restaurants exchange gift cards to give to customers during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgMany businesses, including Tesorina Boutique, have had to close their storefronts, turning to the Internet to process orders. With many businesses limiting their operations, the co-owners of Dos Rios and The Colonial put their heads together to come up with a creative way to keep customers coming back. “I just think it’s super important that right now we’re not only supporting our community, but the other small businesses in this area. It helps give back to our community right now in this time to hopefully cheer people up a little bit,” said Depersiis. “We just really wanted to give back to everyone for everything that they have been doing to help support us. They truly are what drives us,” said Rindgen. Depersiis says she’s grateful her store has been able to function entirely online. Now, her boutique is participating in the exchange to give back to her customers. “We reached out to a bunch of our friends, traded a bunch of gift cards, and as a thank you, when someone purchases something for takeout, we tuck in a little gift card from the restaurant, a boutique, or another shop downtown,” said Jordan Rindgen, co-owner of Dos Rios and The Colonial. center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Nearly a dozen restaurants are partnering together to support both each other and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Rindgen, the gift card exchange is a simple message to customers. “It’s really scary, it’s a very strange time, and there’s a lot of uncertainty with this whole pandemic, and we don’t know when we’re going to be able to open again, and just because someone says we can open at the end of the month, that’s not necessarily the case,” said Desiree Depersiis, owner of Tesorina Boutique. Gift cards can range anywhere between $5 to $25 in value. If you receive a gift card from a business that is temporarily closed, it will still be valid after the pandemic passes.last_img read more

The Sinj Alka Museum is the winner of the Europa Nostra Award – the European Union Award for Cultural Heritage

first_imgThe European Union’s cultural heritage awards were presented in Berlin last weekend. The winners of the awards were announced in May by the European Commission and the leading European heritage network – Europa Nostra. Among the 29 winners of this prestigious award from as many as 17 European Union countries who excelled in conservation, research, dedicated work, education, training and raising awareness of cultural heritage, there was an authentic Croatian story. Namely, it is the Museum of the Sinj Alka.Europa Nostra was founded in 1963 as a pan-European association of civil society organizations operating in more than 40 European countries. The organization’s goal is to save endangered European monuments, places and landscapes, supported by a wide network of public institutions, private companies and individuals. Today, Europa Nostra is considered the voice of civil society dedicated to preserving and promoting Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Its current president is the world-famous opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, or the Europa Nostra Prize, which he has led since launching in 2002, contributes to the design and implementation of European heritage strategies and policies.Launched by the European Commission, the award aims to highlight and promote excellent examples in heritage conservation, research, management, volunteering, education and communication. The award, which seeks greater recognition of cultural heritage as a strategic resource of the European economy and society, is also supported by an EU program called “Creative Europe”.In a 16-year tradition, a total of 2.883 applications were submitted, and in the meantime, as many as 485 projects from 34 countries were awarded. Spain leads in the number of awards, first on the list with as many as 64; it is followed by the United Kingdom with 60 awards, while Italy is in third place with 41 awards.The EU Cultural Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award has strengthened the capacity of the European heritage heritage sector, and by highlighting best conservation practices, has encouraged a number of cross-border knowledge exchanges by connecting participants into a large network of contacts. On the other hand, for the winners, this prestigious award brings greater international recognition, opens up new funding opportunities and increases the number of visitors, while at the same time raising awareness of the common heritage and European identity. Also, the award is a key tool for promoting European heritage, especially in this, 2018, which has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage.In the spirit of the current European Year, it seeks to understand the past in order to create a stable starting point for a common future. The focus is on the interpretation of cultural heritage in the context of building a stronger society, job creation and prosperity, the importance of heritage in building relationships with the rest of the world and how, precisely because of these benefits, ultimately protect it. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage people to explore Europe’s cultural heritage, then to protect and recognize its unique value and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in the lives of Europeans.This year’s awards ceremony took place as part of the European summit on cultural heritage. The meeting, entitled “Heritage Exchange – Exchange of Values”, was organized by Europa Nostra, the German Cultural Heritage Committee and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation with the aim of promoting the European Agenda and the Cultural Heritage Action Plan as a permanent legacy. .to June 18th. The European Heritage Award Ceremony, held on 24 June at the Berlin Congress Center, was hosted by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Placido Domingo, while the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany was attended by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank- Walter Steinmeier. An independent jury selected the best of the 22 entries, including successful and award-winning projects to restore a Byzantine church in Greece, develop a new method of preserving the heritage of European historic houses, establish a cultural education program in Finland related to cultural heritage and others.But among all the commendable European projects, there was one domestic one.The Sinj Alka Museum was opened on its 300th anniversary, in 2015, five years after the Sinj Alka was inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The museum is dedicated to the annual knights’ tournament which is held in Sinj every August, and with the opening of this Museum, the alka becomes available throughout the year and provides a newer and more complete insight into the history and significance of this custom. The museum is intended for all age groups, and through an interactive and multimedia exhibition space it strives to provide as detailed information as possible about various elements of the competition, rules and history. Numerous educational workshops and lectures are organized in the Museum, while the visitor is provided with an insight into the digital archive, which includes videos from the competition and the procession.However, what needs to be emphasized, and what the jury did not miss, is that this Museum with its work and activities in a tangible and visible way contributes to the development and improvement of tourist infrastructure of Sinj, as well as the preservation of this intangible heritage.”This award is of exceptional importance to us and we are extremely honored that it was won by the Museum of the Sinj Alka in such a strong competition. We received the award in one of the seven categories offered, namely Education, training and awareness raising. Every award and recognition for work, including this one, is a valuable promotion of the Museum and the City, as well as the entire Republic of Croatia in the wider European and world context. I believe that it will have a positive impact on the work of the Museum, but also on the tourism of Sinj, which is an excellent introduction to the upcoming 303rd Sinj Alka.”, Said the head of the Sinjska Alka Museum, Boris Filipović Grčić.The Sinj Alka Museum was initiated and financed by the Sinj Knights of Alka, and is co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and local and regional self-governments. You can follow the work of the Museum on the official one website i Facebook profile.last_img read more