An exhibition featuring more than 300 valuable historical documents about previous World Expos opened in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The exhibition, held at the World Expo Museum, showcases documents of various descriptions, including official reports, pavilion designs, media clippings and books, offering visitors a chance to learn about the development of World Expos over more than a century.
"It allows visitors to view expos from a new angle by offering minute details as well as grand schemes, initial plans as well as post-event summaries," said Vicente G. Loscertales, secretary-general of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
A highlight of the exhibition is the first Chinese monograph detailing a World Expo. The book was written by Chinese official Li Gui after he visited the expo held in Philadelphia in 1876 as a member of the Chinese delegation.
Located at the former site of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the World Expo Museum is the only official museum and documentation center in the world entirely dedicated to expos and authorized by the BIE.
A weeklong book fair titled ‘Dhaka University Book Fair’ kicked off at Hakim Chattar on the DU campus on Tuesday.
Director General of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Zafar Wazed inaugurated the book fair organised by Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) while State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam was present at the opening ceremony as the chief guest.
Appreciating the Ducsu initiative, Shahriar said Dhaka University has got elected student representatives after a long time.
He said military rulers destroyed all the democratic systems and institutions of the country.
"After winning the 2008 general election under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leadership, Bangladesh is doing excellent in all the sectors, including economy and education, and it has now become a role model of development across the world," the state minister added.
Presided over by DU Vice-chancellor and Ducsu President Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Ducsu Treasurer Prof Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam and Assistant General Secretary Saddam Hussein, among others, addressed the function.
A total of 80 publications are participating in the book fair which will remain open from 11am to 8:30pm every day till December 16.
An ancient stone tablet dating back 265 years ago was found in north China's Hebei Province, local authorities said.
Archaeologists believe the stone tablet was erected in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, according to the cultural relics protection department of Nanhe County.
The tablet, which is 245 cm tall, 92 cm wide and 26 cm thick, was found in Dongguan Village of the county. With a 416-character inscription, the tablet recorded the scale and renovation of the "Kuixing" building, which provided a place for ancient intellectuals to pray for blessings.
"The Kuixing building is no longer in existence," said Xiao Lina with the department.
Xiao also noted that the discovery of the stone tablet will provide valuable materials for the study of the culture, architectural style and folk customs of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties.
Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era's tendency to isolate and divide people.
In her Saturday lecture in Stockholm ahead of receiving the prize next week, the Polish author complained of the "exhausting white noise of oceans of information" in the internet era.
'"It has turned out that we are not capable of bearing this enormity of information, which instead of uniting, generalizing and freeing, has differentiated, divided and enclosed us in individual little bubbles," she said.
Tokarczuk suggested this discourages people from understanding how actions are interconnected, thus contributing to climate crisis and political tensions.
She said she dreams of a new kind of "fourth-person" narrator in fiction who could encompass the views of each character in a novel.
"We can regard this figure of a mysterious, tender narrator as miraculous and significant. This is a point of view, a perspective, from which everything can be seen. Seeing everything means recognizing the ultimate fact that all things that exist are mutually connected into a single whole, even if the connections between them are not yet known to us," she said.
Tokarczuk is the 2018 literature laureate. Her prize was announced only two months ago because the Swedish Academy postponed naming a winner last year due to internal turmoil connected with a sex abuse scandal.
The 2019 Nobel Literature winner, Peter Handke, has also brought controversy to the body because of widespread criticism of him as an apologist for Serbian war crimes during the 1990s. One Swedish Academy member said he is boycotting Nobel ceremonies this year in protest of Handke's selection and a member of the literature nominating committee has announced his resignation.
Handke jousted with journalists who were questioning his views at a Friday news conference, saying he preferred receiving soiled toilet paper to answering their questions. But his lecture on Saturday was contemplative, telling how his writing was first inspired by religious litanies he heard from a village church. He concluded by reciting a poem by the late Swedish Nobel laureate Tomas Transtomer in which an angel whispers "do not be afraid of being human."
The Nobel prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, economic and literature are being presented Tuesday in the Swedish capital.
Earlier Saturday, several Nobel laureates in science spoke about climate change at their news conferences in Stockholm.
Didier Queloz, an astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system, said people who shrug off climate change on the grounds that humans will eventually leave for distant planets are wrong.
"The stars are so far away I think we should not have any serious hope to escape the Earth," Queloz said. "We're not built to survive on any other planet than this one ... we'd better spend our time and energy trying to fix it."
A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after it was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. "Our team is heartbroken," the orphanage said.
Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging in the brain, The Rhino Orphanage said in a Facebook post. "The last two days before we lost him, Jazz started looking unstable on his legs and very dull, almost like he wasn't registering everything," it said. "He suddenly collapsed and we could see blood starting to pool back into his eyes."
Resident watchdog Hunter seemed to realize something was wrong and didn't leave the baby giraffe's side, and was there when it died, the orphanage said. The dog then sat in front of the empty room for hours before going to its carers "for comfort."
People had expected this to happen, assuming that the mother giraffe had abandoned the baby for a reason, Arrie van Deventer, the orphanage's founder, told The Associated Press.
"So we finally know that Jazz didn't have a bad giraffe mother that left him," the orphanage's statement said. "She just knew. ... But we still have to try every single time (to help) no matter how hard it is."
The baby giraffe had arrived a few weeks ago, just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help.
The two animals bonded immediately, caretaker Janie Van Heerden said.
In its farewell to the giraffe, the orphanage said that "You have taught us so much in the last three weeks and we will remember you fondly.""
The giraffe was buried close to the orphanage, van Deventer said.