Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) - A two-day special seminar on art concluded in the city on Monday as part of the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018.
The first two sessions of the seminar ‘Art and Contemporary Narratives’ was held at the auditorium of National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The 3rd and 4th sessions of the seminar titled ‘Art, Pedagogy and Promotion’ was arranged at the seminar room of National Theater building and at the auditorium of National Art Gallery of Shilpakala Academy respectively on Monday.
President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale on September 1 at the city’s cultural hub, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The month-long biennale is hosting around 583 artworks by 266 foreign artists and 199 Bangladeshi artists. Among the 266 foreign artists, 223 are under competition and 29 are under special invitation, along with 14 performance artists.
Among the 199 Bangladeshi artists, works by 107 artists are under competition while works by 63 artists got special invitation.
Alongside, 16 local performance artists are displaying their work at the biennale along with the work of 13 master painters.
Four observers- Artist Jogen Chowdhury from India, Prof. Tetsuya Noda from Japan, Dr. Marek Bartelik from Poland, and Deborah Dyer Frizzell from the USA attended in the Biennale.
Recipients of grand prizes and honourable mentions were awarded during the inauguration ceremony of the 18th Asian Art Biennale. Each of grand prize winners received a medal and cash of 500,000 Bangladeshi Taka, while honourable mentions were awarded with 300,000 Bangladesh Taka and a medal each.
A five-member jury panel- Bangladeshi artist Shahbuddin Ahmed and Abul Monsur, Professor Françoise Monnin from France, Chi. Su. Krishna Setty from India and Blanca De La Torre from Spain judged the displayed artworks and selected the best artworks for three grand prizes and six honourable mentions.
As part of the Biennale, Shilpakala Academy has included the cultural programs, special dinners, river cruise, workshops, and visits of historical places from 1-5 September 2018.
Boise, Sep 2 (AP/UNB) — Randy Brooks' son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer?
To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was more of a command.
His son, Bo Brooks, is a wildland firefighter who a few days earlier during that 2015 fire season fled a wall of flames that killed three of his fellow firefighters in eastern Washington.
The result of the conversation was an online survey that drew some 400 firefighters who mostly identified mental and physical fatigue as the primary cause of injuries to firefighters who are often confronted with a changing, dangerous environment.
But a self-selecting online survey is not necessarily representative of what's happening in the field. So Randy Brooks decided to apply some science.
That led to an ongoing health-monitoring study involving wrist-worn motion monitors and body composition measurements that last year found health declines and deteriorating reaction times among firefighters as the season progressed.
"A lot of them face peer pressure to perform all the time," Brooks said. "Others feel pressured to protect natural resources and structures at all costs."
About 19,000 firefighters are currently in the field fighting nearly 40 large wildfires. Fourteen firefighters have died this year as wildfires have scorched about 3,500 square miles (9,000 square kilometers) and destroyed about 3,000 homes.
The study last year found firefighters lost muscle mass but gained fat based on body-composition testing before and after the season.
The firefighters also wore a wrist device called a Readiband from a company called Fatigue Science. The device keeps track of how many hours of sleep a person gets. Formulas developed by the U.S. military then calculate fatigue, based on a lack of sleep. That's used to predict alertness and reaction times, which get worse as fatigue levels rise.
Firefighters in the field can get as little as six hours of sleep or less each night. The devices found that not only did reaction times falter as firefighters remained longer on a fire before getting a mandatory break, Brooks said, but firefighters also tended to take longer to recover as the season progressed. Sometimes, fatigue levels reached a level that suggested reaction times slowed down so much it took firefighters twice as long to react.
Brooks said his initial thoughts are that wildland firefighters might need better nutrition to stay fit and mentally sharp. But last year's study had only nine firefighters. Brooks this year has expanded the study to 18 firefighters, 16 men and two women. They're smokejumpers, meaning they parachute from airplanes to fight fires.
Brooks said that next year he hopes to have about 100 firefighters and include hotshot crews, a ground-based wildland firefighter that can, like smokejumpers, be deployed on a national basis.
Smokejumpers in the study often eat pre-made meals. Brooks wants to find out if maybe those meals are behind some of the puzzling results from last year's study, such as a loss in muscle mass.
Hotshots, meanwhile, can return to a central spot where they get prepared food supplied by the U.S. Forest Service. That agency has done extensive research on what it takes to keep wildland firefighters fueled, and contractors who supply the meals must meet Forest Service nutritional guidelines.
Forest Service health experts have even followed firefighting crews to take blood samples to check glucose levels, which can indicate alertness.
Joe Domitrovich, an exercise physiologist with the Forest Service's National Technology and Development Program in Missoula, Montana, said that experiment led the agency to change gears and recommend firefighters snack during their shifts to keep glucose levels up.
"It's critical for cognitive function as well as physical movement," he said.
The agency declined to comment on the University of Idaho study.
Brooks said at this point in his study there are more questions than answers. For example, one question is why so many firefighter deaths are due to falling branches or trees. The deaths of three of the 14 firefighters who died last year were due to what are called hazard trees. At least one firefighter was killed by a falling tree this year, and several more have been injured.
"What I'm trying to figure out is what is causing these accidents," Brooks said.
A fair number of wildland firefighters also die of heart attacks during the season. Brooks said he wants to know if there's something about the demanding seasonal job that puts wildland firefighters at greater risk of heart attacks.
Brooks wonders about the smoke firefighters inhale while doing physically demanding work. Many cities in the Pacific Northwest this year issued health alerts due to smoky air.
Ultimately, firefighters themselves might be part of the problem when it comes to calculating risks while protecting natural resources and property.
"There's a little bit of a hero culture," said John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor and public lands expert. "There is a bonding with everybody. It can create a culture of where you kind of collectively ignore things you shouldn't ignore."
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – A two-day photo exhibition on Rohingya crisis will begin in the city on Tuesday.
The exhibition titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: 1 Year on’ will be presented by the government of Bangladesh, the Inter Sector Coordination Group and the United Nations.
It will remain open at Bay’s Edgewater Gallery in Gulshan from 10 am to 8 pm.
A collection of photographs will be displayed shared by the government and over 40 humanitarian agencies that are responding to the Rohingya crisis in Cox’s Bazar.
The photographs bring to life last year’s initial influx, the resilience of the Rohingya, the host community, emergency mitigation and international support to the Rohingya people.
Contributions by IOM, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and WHO have made it possible to curate and present this exhibition of emotive photographs that tell a compelling story, said the organizers.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Dhaka University Cultural Society (DUCS) and Jahangirnagar University Sangskritik Jote (JUSC) have jointly become champions in an inter-university cultural competition organised by Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST).
The daylong competition, Ankur 2018, was held at the MIST main auditorium on Saturday, said a press release.
MIST became first runners-up while Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) second runners-up of the competition.
Among the judges, there were filmmaker and television director Giasuddin Selim, writer Sadat Hossain, and dance artists Dolly Iqbal and Farhana Chowdhury Baby.
The winning performance of Dhaka University team included dance, puppet dance, recitation, acting, music and so on.
The performance of another winning team of JU also included the combination of modern dance, folk dance, recitation, music and mime. The team portrayed the Rohingya crisis through mime.
Students from different public and private universities actively participated in various segments of the daylong programme.
Los Angeles, Sep 1 (AP/UNB) — An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama "ER" and starred in the film "Stand and Deliver" was fatally shot by police officers in Southern California after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them.
Vanessa Marquez, who gained attention last year when she said George Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood, died at a hospital following Thursday's shooting at her apartment in South Pasadena, just outside Los Angeles.
South Pasadena police officers responded to a call from Marquez's landlord that she needed medical help. When they arrived she was having a seizure, Lt. Joe Mendoza with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday.
Paramedics treated Marquez, 49, who improved and began talking with three officers and a mental health clinician who spent an hour-and-a-half trying to talk her into getting medical help, Mendoza said.
Marquez became uncooperative, appeared unable to care for herself and seemed to have mental health issues, he said.
At some point, Mendoza said Marquez got what turned out to be a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, prompting two of them to shoot.
"It looked like a real gun," he said, adding that it's unclear where the gun was during her lengthy interaction with police.
The officers were wearing body cameras but footage won't be released for at least six months pending the investigation, Mendoza said.
Terence Towles Canote, a close friend of Marquez's, said the actress was having health and financial problems but that she showed no signs of depression or other mental troubles. She still talked about her dream of winning an Oscar one day and was hopeful for a career comeback, he said.
"She was looking forward to life," Canote said. "This is not a woman who wanted to die."
Marquez posted extensively on Facebook and elsewhere about her health problems, saying she was terminally ill and had seizures and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage the small intestine if gluten is ingested.
In 2014, she said in an online post that she had spent her life savings on doctors and hospitals who didn't properly treat her and that she couldn't work or "do most basic everyday functions."
Marquez had a recurring role during the first several years of "ER," which ran from 1994 to 2009. She also appeared on episodes of "Seinfeld," ''Melrose Place" and "Malcolm & Eddie" but her career largely fizzled after "ER."
Marquez gained attention last year after tweeting that Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood when she complained about sexual harassment and racist comments among their "ER" co-stars. Clooney said in a statement to "US Weekly" at the time that he was just an actor on the show and was unaware of any effort to blacklist her.
"If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to," he said. "The fact that I couldn't affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn't."
In one of her social media posts, Marquez talked about being grateful to be a part of "Stand and Deliver," a 1988 film about a math teacher who motivated struggling students at a tough East Los Angeles high school.
"If you're truly fortunate, you get to live your dream and do the work you were put on this Earth to do," she wrote. "If you're really, really fortunate you do a film that makes history and affects the lives of millions of people ... It will live on long after we're gone."