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Zambian Anglicans ‘played vital role’ in fight against gender violence

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By Bellah ZuluPosted Mar 7, 2013 Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Africa, Anglican Communion, Gender Justice Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Zambian Anglicans ‘played vital role’ in fight against gender violence Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL [Anglican Communion News Service] The government of the Republic of Zambia has praised the Anglican Church in Zambia for being a proactive leader in the fight against gender-based violence and especially has applauded women for choosing to speak out.John Zulu, a director from the Ministry of Gender and Child Development, made the announcement during the International Women’s Day Sensitization Service held at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lusaka, Zambia, on March 5.Zulu was speaking on behalf of the minister of gender and child development, Inonge Wina. He said, “The government values and recognizes the participation of all stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence and the [Anglican] Church, being a beacon of peace, has played a very vital role.”He said the Zambian government is committed to providing a conducive policy environment where the “scourge” of gender-based violence would be dealt with effectively.Speaking during the same occasion, the preacher of the day, Enala Banda, moved congregants when she spoke passionately against gender-based violence. Drawing from the Bible story of Tamar — a young woman who met violence in a place where she should have been safe — her home — Banda bemoaned the growing levels of gender-based violence in homes.“Women have been taken advantage of because of not being as strong as men,” she said. “As women today, we are saddened by the lack of freedom that we suffer in our communities.”Banda said she is saddened by the “culture of silence” being practiced in some homes where victims of abuse are warned not to talk about their experience. “We have too much incest and rape in our own homes,” she said. “The truth is ignored when the news of an abuse reaches us and victims are even held responsible for their misfortunes.”The preacher warned of the devastating consequences suffered by victims of gender-based violence. “That abused girl will never be the same again and can never walk with her head high. Most people ignore the [long-lasting] aftermath of an abusive act,” she lamented.She encouraged all women to “voice out our unhappiness on this special day” and reminded them to “evaluate [all] advice we receive by God’s standard,” even when it comes from people they trust in order to protect themselves.Meanwhile, Monica Masonga, the Mothers’ Union president for the Diocese of Lusaka, emphasized that gender is not about women only and that men equally get affected. She said: “A lot of men have also suffered gender-based violence [but] most of them have just not come out in the open for fear of embarrassment.”“Our socialization as Africans emphasized silence whenever something bad happens in the home,” she said. “Women are taught to be silent to maintain their marriage and fear to come out for fear of being laughed at by their neighbors and relatives.”During the same event, outgoing Mothers’ Union president for the diocese, Fridah Sakala Kazembe, currently a trustee of the worldwide Mothers’ Union, urged all women to “adhere to the objectives of the Mothers’ Union in order to create safe havens for women and children in our families.”“Our objectives as Mothers’ Union are towards getting families together and creating safe environments for our children,” she said. “If our objectives were strictly followed, we would not have broken families and consequently we would increase safety for our families.”She also revealed that the Mothers’ Union in Zambia has embarked on an empowerment programs for women to help make them more independent. She added, “We have even acquired a piece of land to build a girls’ school in Zambia where our children can learn in a safe environment with Christian values.”Commenting on the outcomes of the service, Grace Mazala Phiri, national director of projects for the Zambia Anglican Council (ZAC), said the idea of a sensitization service grew out of the preparatory workshop organized by ZAC for the Church of the Province of Central Africa to find out how best the church can utilize International Women’s Day.She proclaimed: “This is a breakthrough! We [shall] be the only church or among the few that have taken such an initiative. The Anglican Church has taken the lead in advocating against gender-based violence .”The service was attended by many clergy, including Robert Kaunda, Lusaka diocese vicar general, and the Rev. Canon Charley Thomas, dean of the cathedral. Congregants were treated to an assortment of songs in different languages and styles by choir groups drawn from various parishes within the diocese. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Enter If You Dare: Inside a Real-Life Haunted House

first_img Please enter your comment! Reply Halloween 2019Is that a ghost or just your imagination? See for yourselfFrom Zillow.comWith no city lights for miles, The Pillars Estate stands alone in the darkest of nights.Inside, guests are greeted by dim candlelight, a windy staircase and a gentleman from Scotland.Tony McMurtrie purchased the Civil War-era estate in Albion, NY when it was ready to be torn down. Restoring it to its former glory over the past decade, he’s carefully curated every detail — from the grandfather clocks to the silver.“I don’t know where it comes from,” he explains. “I just like that time and that era.”His love of antiques and a refined way of life hasn’t gone unnoticed. Cora Goyette moved to Albion from England and bonded with McMurtrie over their shared appreciation of European culture.Today, she takes care of the 13,286-square-foot house as if it were her own, hosting tea parties and events in the grand ballroom.But unlike McMurtrie, Goyette won’t stay at The Pillars alone. In fact, most of McMurtrie’s friends refuse to spend the night.“A spirit really is within the house,” Goyette says without blinking an eye. “It’s quite serious.” Some believe he’s unlocked a haunted past, while others remain skeptical.Video and photos by Awen Films. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 3 COMMENTS Teresa Stearns October 20, 2019 at 7:29 pm Mama Mia The home above looks very much like a plantation home. July 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm Mama Mia TAGSHalloween 2019Haunted HouseReal EstateZillow.com Previous articleThe tree squeak collectorNext articleEducators: Improve, don’t eliminate, Florida’s academic standards Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img It sure looks haunted. You couldn’t pay me enough to stay there overnight. My grandparents used to have a piano that played by itself, at their old farmhouse, but it actually was a self-player, and wasn’t the haunted kind. I got to thinking about that self-player piano, the other day, from my days and nights spent down at my grandparents home, and was wondering whatever happened to it, and who ended up with it. I hadn’t even thought about that self- playing piano since my grandparents moved from their farm site, and sold their property. All those years and years that have gone by, and all of a sudden that self-player piano was vividly in my mind….strange. Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate October 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm The Anatomy of Fear Reply From mysterious footsteps to children’s voices and a piano that plays itself, strange happenings have been reported since McMurtrie started restoring the house. I saw this on Ghostbusters tv show..i love this type of house and Tony did a wonderful job restoring it Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

HR duty is to ensure UK competitiveness

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR duty is to ensure UK competitivenessOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today So, the controlled chaos of congestion charging has started. While theteething troubles will be felt in central London, the solutions have beenworked out on a dusty IT park in India. IT outsourcing company Mastek is responsible for designing the software thatallows for the monitoring of traffic. It is another small example of themounting trend of outsourcing technology services and call centre provision tothe sub-continent. Research suggests that a fifth of the UK’s call centre jobswill be transferred to India by 2010, to take advantage of cost savings. While employers are rightly blaming the Government for increasing employmentcosts and reducing flexibility in the UK, they also need to examine their ownroles. The IT and service sectors have become important to the UK. If we starthaemorrhaging jobs abroad, then this has significant implications for thelong-term health of our economy. The easy route – naturally favoured by finance directors – is to seek thelowest cost provider, but HR has a duty to ensure staff in the UK are ascompetitive as they can possibly be. Instead of threatening staff with the spectre of outsourcing as a means ofgetting compliance (see page 1), HR should be developing the type of motivatedand skilled workforce that don’t need to worry about it. One-stop advice for you This week, Personnel Today celebrates its 15th birthday – a fitting momentperhaps to announce a fresh and important initiative for the profession. We arelaunching a new brand – Personnel Today’s Management Resources – to deliver aregular flow of high quality, practical information on subscription only. Beginning with the publication of one stop guides on key themes, PersonnelToday is committed to providing products which cut through the jargon, savetime and money and give you step-by-step advice on implementing change in yourbusiness. In keeping with the magazine and Personneltoday.com, these guides will betopical, reliable and accessible to all. Online Recruitment is the subject ofour first guide and is published this week. last_img read more

Report: Cody Allen agrees to one-year deal with Angels

first_imgJanuary 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Cody Allen agrees to one-year deal with Angels Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly reached a deal with reliever Cody Allen to be their closer next season.Citing league sources, ESPN reports the Angels and the right-handed free agent have agreed on a one-year contract, which is pending a physical.Allen, 30, has been with the Cleveland Indians since he began his MLB career in 2012. While he had a subpar season last year (4.70 ERA with 27 saves), he has racked a 2.98 ERA and 149 saves during his time in the majors.At the end of the 2018 season, Allen elected to become a free agent.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

HMAS Larrakia Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Battle of Leyte Gulf

first_img View post tag: Asia-Pacific HMAS Larrakia Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Battle of Leyte Gulf View post tag: Philippines View post tag: Australia View post tag: 70th View post tag: Commemorates Share this article View post tag: Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Larrakia has honoured the 92 Australians who gave their lives during the liberation of the Philippines during World War Two, by participating in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.A memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in the battle was unveiled in Palo, Philippines on 19 October.The maritime engagement, which is arguably the largest naval battle in history, consisted of four separate maritime engagements between the Australian and United States navies, and the Imperial Japanese Navy and is regarded as a pivotal turning point in the balance of power in the region during the conflict.Larrakia, with patrol boat crew Attack Four embarked provided a Catafalque Party for the unveiling, and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander David McPherson said it was an honour to be involved in such an event.The RAN’s role in the engagement, in particular in the Surigao Strait, helped turn the tide of the war in this region.During the course of the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the United States lost six frontline ships, while the Japanese lost a staggering 26 warships, including four aircraft carriers.HMAS Australia was damaged by kamikaze attack, killing 30 crew members, including Commanding Officer Captain Emile Dechaineux.Following the battle and the subsequent heavy losses inflicted upon the Japanese, the Japanese Navy would never again sail with a force as large as it had committed to the Leyte Gulf engagement.Following the unveiling of the memorial, Larrakia’s ship’s company laid wreaths on behalf of the ship, and the HMAS Arunta, Bataan and Warramunga associations.Speaking at the event, Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Mr Bill Tweddell said Australia’s contribution to the liberation of the Philippines was significant, and this memorial was a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the battle.The following day saw another big event marking the commemoration of the landing, this time presented by the Philippines Armed Forces.Those in attendance included President Benigo S Aquino III, Commander of the US Seventh Fleet Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, USN, Philippines Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces General Gregorio Pio Catapang and all three Filipino Service Chiefs.Larrakia is currently undertaking a six-week South East Asian deployment and will return to her homeport of Darwin on completion.[mappress mapid=”14134″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Larrakia View post tag: Anniversary Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Larrakia Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Battle of Leyte Gulf Authorities October 21, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Battle of Leyte Gulf View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

What happens when your carryon is over the limit

first_imgI’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point! Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing.last_img read more

Bath Cake Company widens range

first_imgBath Cake Company is offering customers an expanded range of sugarcraft and cake decorating supplies, following the recent expansion of its bakery.Celia Adams, owner, said the business had taken over an adjacent unit to its bakery on Lansdown Mews, Bath, and has expanded its shop area.Adams said that, at present, Bath was a very limited marketplace for sugarcraft supplies, with locals often having to travel far and wide to source supplies.The shop sells everything from edible glues to sugarpaste and cutters. Adams said it was stocked with many small items, which are offputting for people to order over the internet, due to huge postage and packaging charges in comparison to the item.She is also offering a service whereby the business will aim to source products requested by customers, that it does not currently stock.Bath Cake Company was established by Adams in 2010. In August last year, the business acquired past National Cupcake Competition award winner Country Cupcakes. Although Adams is running the two businesses from the same location, they are both trading a separate companies, due to Country Cupcakes’ existing presence in the market, she said.>>Country Cupcakes acquired by Bath bakerlast_img read more

Purple Hatter’s Ball Announces 2018 Yoga & Arts Village Schedule

first_imgOn June 1st and 2nd, Purple Hatter’s Ball will return once again to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, Florida, for the eleventh straight year benefitting the Rachel Morningstar Foundation. Since the announcement of the festival’s lineup in March, fans have eagerly been awaiting this latest edition of Purple Hatter’s Ball, which features sets by Lettuce, Spafford, Breaking Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier Trio, Southern Avenue, and more. However, music is not the only thing that draws fans to the Suwannee for Purple Hatter’s Ball, as the festival has an extensive and diverse listing of yoga, healing arts, and other activities scheduled across the weekend.Today, the festival has announced the full schedule for its Yoga and Arts Village. On Friday, Purple Hatter’s Ball will host Vinyasa yoga flow, zen chakra purification, beginner’s hula hoop, intro to buugeng, and Kirtan. At nighttime, bring your instruments and collaborate with Aupaya and the Magick Solar Suitcases! Anyone can do it. Play an instrument, grab the mic, spit a rhyme, learn how to loop and scratch, or plug into the Suitcases. If you don’t want to play, be a part of the mix by asking any question in the world, which becomes the basis for the next original song. The only guarantee is weirdness. Step up to the plate and learn how easy it is to make a live electronic song on the spot without a laptop!Saturday will see workshops on Exploring Feminity through Movement, Permaculture, and the Law of Attraction, plus a number of yoga, meditation, and acro yoga classes. Following the permaculture class, where you will learn about organic farming and germinating seeds, Toubab Krewe will be raffling off one of their custom seed boxes containing eight vegetable varieties and a download of their new album, Stylo. Finally, before fans pack up and drive home, Purple Hatter’s Ball will host “Transcendence Sound Healing” and “Stretching and Creative Movement” on Sunday morning, June 3rd.You can check out the full schedule of activities and sessions at Purple Hatter’s Ball’s Yoga and Arts Village below, plus head here to see the full schedule of music happening this weekend at Spirit of Suwannee Park. Tickets for the music and camping festival are on-sale now and can be purchased on the event’s website here.last_img read more

Rising seas, raising hopes

first_imgBy the end of this century, sea levels in the Netherlands may rise more than 4 feet, a troubling prospect in a country where 70 percent of GNP is produced in protected areas that are below sea level.To cope with the prospect of fast-rising water, two schools of thought have evolved in the nation of vulnerable delta cities: Use engineering know-how to build up dikes and improve pumping technology, or open cities to the sea in such a way that natural systems can co-exist with human habitation.The second course — call it a “proto-ecological intervention” — is where Harvard comes in. Over the past two years, students at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) have puzzled over what they call the country’s “climate conundrum” in a project funded by the Netherlands.In a daylong series of studio presentations at Gund Hall on Monday (May 3), the 14 students from the departments of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design presented their capstone ideas to Dutch officials. Some watched on a trans-Atlantic video link. Others were in low-slung Room B-04, where the four walls were lined with massive poster boards on wheels.The students, part of a research project led by GSD professors Pierre Belanger and Nina-Marie Lister, focused on Dordrecht, the oldest city in Holland. The historic market city, which is bounded by five rivers, is at risk from more than rising sea levels. It faces sea surges from the west, river flooding from the east, and dramatic subsidence in “polders,” the tracts of land captive within dikes.One idea already afloat in the Netherlands is to seal Dordrecht behind a kind of super-dike. That would be the culmination of the world-class civil engineering that the Dutch have practiced for more than 500 years. (Per capita, Dutch expenditures on flood defense — 2 billion Euros a year — match U.S. military spending.)But other Dutch officials are drawn to going beyond traditional dikes and pumps. Closing the city off from any influence of the rivers or the sea is a bad idea, said Ellen Kelder, Dordrecht’s water manager, who attended the presentations along with city planner Judit Bax.Bring in ecology, she said, echoing some of the Harvard presenters. It’s important to make the seacoast city a kind of plastic entity that will flex with natural rhythms instead of defying them.The city was part of a Dutch “delta commission” formed after catastrophic seacoast flooding in 1953, said Bax. Last year, a new delta commission was formed to look ahead to 2100. One idea proposed, she said, would be to open up that closed system to the forces of nature, including tides, flood surges, and rising water levels.The basic idea is simple, said Kelder: “living with water.”Bring in the issue of energy, she added. After all, Holland’s present flood control structures and pumping systems require almost 100,000 barrels of foreign oil a day, and fossil fuels are finite.Dordrecht is one of 40 Dutch cities that are questioning the primacy of engineering-only solutions for what they call “flood defense.” By 2015, each city will develop a strategic plan in the national project called “Room for the River.”Dordrecht also helped form “Drecht cities,” a consortium of riverside towns looking at regional solutions to flooding.The city has teamed with Spanish venture capitalists on the Urban Flood Management Project, part of a bid to be in the forefront of a global conversation on how cities will cope with climate change.But Kelder still fears that any water safety discussion in Holland will stay focused only on engineering solutions. Instead, she said, “We are looking for a paradigm shift.”The GSD students had the same game-shifting notion. Their projects looked at a future Dordrecht region. It could be a place where algae are farmed for energy, and where fertilizer-intensive dry-land agriculture gives way to farming mollusks.It could be “depopulated” as residents are drawn to flood-resilient housing outside the dikes and existing streets alternately become public spaces and flood-control mechanisms.  Why shouldn’t there be fewer people in the city, asked one presentation. After all, in sprawling Dordrecht, 60 percent of the land mass employs only 1 percent of its citizens. Or the future Dordrecht could be a place of “gradient urbanism,” where dikes are expanded to become places to live. Or it could be a place of “climate capitalism,” where the adaptation to sea level rise is the engine for new industries.One project noted that by the middle of this century, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in flood-prone delta regions. A future Dordrecht that relied on “ecological interventions” to supplement engineering solutions could become a coastal urban template for the world.Bax, the city planner, liked the sweep of the Harvard presentations, and that they were created by “people from another continent, with a fresh view.”To summarize and illustrate their complex projects, the students designed and printed a “Depoldering Dordrecht” brochure, complete with faux ads that anticipate a future in commercial concert with the sea. There were ads for estuary-cultivated pearls, “one-stop shopping” for oysters and other bivalves, and a bumper sticker that read: “We [Heart] Floods.”Of all the ads, said Belanger, “The one for Prada hip boots is my favorite.”But what can Harvard possibly bring to the Dutch, who have so expertly been holding back the sea for centuries?“A fresh look,” said Tracy Metz, a Dutch urbanist, architecture writer, and critic who originated the idea of a Harvard-Holland partnership. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard from 2006 to 2007.“The Dutch will always have to pump,” but you can’t only pump, said Metz, especially since many of the hard-engineering solutions of recent decades have come with a steep ecological price. “We want to find new ways of living with water and living with nature.”The Harvard project might help, said Kelder, calling it a collection of ideas that are smart, innovative, and “beautifully presented.”But the next step has to be translating these ideas into something that politicians, businessmen, and citizens will understand. “Everyone has to see the benefits. Then we will go there,” said Kelder.Meanwhile, ideas should be supplemented with a pilot project that interrupts the engineering-only dialogue. “It’s very important to break up the discussion,” she said, sitting near the bright student posters. “And you don’t break up a discussion with just this.”Metz said the Harvard-Holland project could go into a third year, though discussions are continuing. If it did, GSD students and faculty would deal with issues in Rotterdam, the largest Dutch port.As for Dordrecht, said Kelder: Two years is a start for a university-government collaboration, but 10 or 20 years makes more sense.“It’s brilliant what they’ve done,” she said of the GSD students. “Now we need to do something with it.”The May 4 presentations were sponsored by the Harvard-Netherlands Project on Climate Change, Water, Land Development, and Adaptation, in association with the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management; the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment; and the Netherlands-based Deltares Institute. Participating graduate students — who spend a week in Dordrecht in March — were Casey Elmer, Jianhang Gao, Kimberly Garza, Julia Grinkrug, Eamonn Hutton, Haein Lee, Jae Yoon Lee, James Moore, Abhishek Sharma, Soomin Shin, Richa Shukla, Gyoung Tak Park, Sarah Thomas, and Laci Videmsky.last_img read more