HDS, HKS Initiative will study religion, conflict, peace

first_img Read Full Story Religion is a powerful influence on human affairs, nowhere more visibly than in its capacity to help both ignite and resolve conflict. Now a new collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School will enable scholars to study the role that religious communities play in violent conflict—and in promoting sustainable peace.Funded by Ramez Sousou ’85, M.B.A. ’92, and his wife Tiziana and part of the One Harvard Sustainable Peace Initiative, the new Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (RCP) will bring together HDS’ Religious Literacy Project (RLP) and initiative on Religions and the Practice of Peace with HKS’ Middle East Initiative. HDS Dean David N. Hempton says that the program’s cross-faculty approach will produce new insights for leaders in the field of conflict resolution.“Religious conflicts are inherently complex,” Hempton says. “Even the experts misunderstand all of the ways that religion shapes and is shaped by politics, economics, history, geography, and many other factors that engender and sustain violence. RCP will leverage the interdisciplinary expertise of both HDS and HKS in ways that will create new knowledge for policy makers and peace builders around the world. We are eager to embark on this important work.”RLP Director Diane L. Moore says that, in addition to research, the pilot project will fund a January term course in the Middle East, fellowships for professionals from that region, summer internships and fellowships for graduate students, a full-year HDS-HKS course sequence, symposia and public events, and new resources for the Religion, Conflict, and Peace massive open online course on the HarvardX platform.“I am enormously excited about this initiative and the opportunities it will provide for students across Harvard University to learn from and engage with professionals throughout the region from a variety of sectors,” Moore says. “I’m also thrilled with the opportunity to work with colleagues at the Kennedy School as we shape this initiative with our Middle East partners. We’re all excited about the possibilities for just peacebuilding that this collaboration will enable and inspire.”Moore’s collaborators at HKS—Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations Tarek Masoud, and Hilary Rantisi, Director of the Middle East Initiative—share her enthusiasm. Rantisi says she’s looking forward to working with colleagues at HDS.“The RCP initiative is groundbreaking for both HKS and HDS,” she says. “It will enable us to leverage the expertise and enthusiasm of faculty and staff from both Schools to prepare future leaders, advance scholarship on the region, and build bridges between academia and practice around these critical yet insufficiently studied issues. At a crucial and precarious time in contemporary global affairs, this initiative could not be more timely or urgent.”last_img read more

Digital Business Transformation Requires IT Infrastructure Agility

first_imgDigital business transformation has become one of those catchphrases that is defined by the eye of the beholder. There is no such thing as a turnkey digital business transformation that an organization can buy to magically solve every challenge they face. There are, however, modern IT infrastructure platforms that enable digital business transformation projects to move rapidly forward.When most business executives talk about digital business transformation they are really seeking to inject agility back into the business. They want to be able to develop and test new digital services enabled by advanced applications with the least amount of risk possible. Not too long ago it would take an IT department six months or more just to acquire and configure all the components needed to create such an IT platform. Not surprisingly, that lack of alacrity gave rise to demand for public cloud services that application developers now routinely employ to access IT infrastructure resources on demand.The trouble is that over time those monthly public cloud computing bills start to add up. Before anyone in the organization realizes it the total cost of computing for the enterprise starts to spin out of control. What’s really required is a more cost efficient approach to IT infrastructure defined by software that provides all the agility associated with a public cloud. To achieve that goal Dell EMC has been investing millions of dollars in converged and hyper-converged infrastructure that unifies the management of compute, storage and networking.Arguably, it’s the separation of compute, storage and networking into isolated silos that accounts for why most IT organizations are not up to the digital business challenge. When managed in isolation each of these functions develops its own unique set of specialized tools, processes and procedures. For the first time converged and hyper-converged platforms enable IT organizations to manage compute, storage and networking at a much higher level of abstraction. Instead of manually provisioning each component, an IT team can now think in terms of defining templates and polices to meet the specific IT infrastructure requirements of different classes of application workloads in a matter of minutes. The templates can then be implemented by IT generalists in a way that frees up compute, storage and networking specialists to focus their efforts on more pressing issues.Just as significantly, it also means that rather than being whollydependent on costly public cloud services to achieve IT agility an IT organization can now create a software-defined data center capable of servicing multiple types of application workloads in a way that doesn’t wind up busting the IT budget. In effect, converged and hyper-converged systems provide the foundational layer of a private cloud that enables developers to self-service their own IT infrastructure requirements without requiring the IT organization to sacrifice either governance or security.We invite you to download a copy of the Dell EMC Getting Started with VxBlock and Vblock Systems  that describes in detail what’s involved in setting up and managing these systems. We’re confident that you’ll discover that Dell EMC converged and hyper-converged systems provide both the simplest and most elegant approach to managing IT infrastructure at scale for the digital business age.last_img read more

Professor inhabits Lyons

first_imgWhen accounting professor Edward Hums graduated from Notre Dame in 1975, he never imagined he would return to campus as a resident, let alone in a women’s residence hall. Hums and his wife Shirley have made Lyons Hall their home this academic year after the Office of Student Affairs approached them last year about the possibility of moving into a residence hall and becoming Notre Dame’s first faculty-in-residence. The couple accepted the offer and moved into Lyons in August, along with their cat Squeak.   “I hope it’s working out well,” Hums said. “I think it is. My wife and myself have really enjoyed our time here [in Lyons].”   Hums, who has taught at Notre Dame since 1989, said he and his wife are test driving the faculty-in-residence program. “Because we’re the only faculty-in-residence at Notre Dame, we’re kind of the point people, kind of the pathfinders for this,” Hums said. “Hopefully, if things work out [in Lyons], it’s an opportunity to expand this program in other halls.” Hums said they have not yet determined whether he will continue to live in Lyons next year, and whether the faculty-in-residence program will be expanded. A native of Mishawaka, Hums said he did not live in a residence hall during his time at Notre Dame, so living in Lyons marks his first time as an on-campus resident at the University. Hums said he decided to move into the residence hall because he perceives as a growing disconnect between students and faculty. “I sense that somehow the faculty and students, when Notre Dame was a little smaller, were closer, and over time they have grown more apart,” Hums said. “I just sense that more and more, students and faculty do not have the opportunity to meet as much as we used to, and I thought it was a good idea to take some steps to change the situation.” Hums said he is used to making himself available to students, but living in a residence hall is a good way to be even more accessible. “The best thing about living in a dorm is surrounding yourself with students,” he said. “I’m a Notre Dame graduate and my wife has a master’s degree from Notre Dame. It gives us an opportunity to be with students and gives us an opportunity to learn from students. It gives the students an opportunity to learn from us.” Hums said that Squeak the cat is a “great icebreaker” to encourage students to visit. “Our secret weapon is our cat,” Hums said. “Students like to come over to pet the cat because they have pets at home and they miss their pets.” Despite its benefits, dorm life still takes some getting used to, Hums said. “It is a change. There are some challenge.,” he said. “Obviously, student hours are not the same as faculty hours. Some of us are up and teaching at eight in the morning. Students don’t go to bed at 11 o’clock at night.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edulast_img read more

Sneak Peek! Learn How to Do the Rip-Roaring Newsies Newspaper Dance on Broadway Balances America

first_img View Comments Broadway Balances America It’s time to seize the day! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on November 6 with a behind-the-scenes look at the tour of Disney’s Newsies. Correspondent Amber Milt travels to New York and learns the show’s iconic “newspaper dance” from the thrilling Act I closer “Seize the Day.” She also talks with Christopher Gattelli, the musical’s Tony-winning choreographer, some of the show’s “newsies” and Broadway’s Liana Hunt about Disney’s “Get Up and Go” fitness initiative and what it takes to be a “newsie.” Click play now!last_img

Haiti: Memorial For The Four Spanish Military Personnel Dead In Helicopter Crash

first_imgBy Dialogo April 20, 2010 The Spanish defense minister, Carme Chacón, and the prime minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, attended a ceremony Sunday in memory of the four Spanish military personnel who died Friday in a helicopter accident, the Spanish embassy announced. The “simple” ceremony was held Sunday morning on board the ship Castilla, the base for 450 soldiers sent to Haiti by Madrid following the earthquake, Spain’s consul-general, Juan Carlos Gómez, indicated to AFP. In addition to Minister Chacón and Prime Minister Bellerive, the memorial was attended by the Haitian foreign affairs minister, Marie-Michèle Rey, the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), Edmund Mulet, Gen. José Julio Rodríguez, chair of Spain’s joint chiefs of staff, and Adm. Manuel Rebollo Garcia, head of the Spanish Navy. Luis Fernando Torija, Francisco Forne, Manuel Dormido, and Eusebio Villatoro died Friday in a helicopter accident in Fond Verretes, near the Dominican border.last_img read more

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for February 2016

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Ruling planet in 8th house – be creative, move furniture or add touches of pictures or flowers to beautify your environment. Your taste for luxury and fine foods will be accented. A parent or parental figure wants to help you in a project.Taurus – Ruling planet in 9th house – pay debts, bills and make a clean sweep of financial obstacles. The key is to look at the big picture, finding a new source of back-up cash. Someone with a daring competitive manner will show you the way – be receptive. Former burdens are no longer yours to carry.Gemini – Ruling planet in 9th house – the accent is on success, prestige and an intense love relationship. You’ll gain through association including more material resources. Someone, to whom you are attracted to, is on the way up and will reveal strong ambitions. A Capricorn figures in the picture.Cancer – Ruling planet in 12th house – pay attention to new technologies and work methods. A complete change of pace is on the agenda including a fascinating change of scenery. A meeting of minds may be needed to foster cooperation. You’ll work beside someone who stimulates romantic fancies and dreams.Leo – Ruling planet in 7th house – make adjustments in partnership matters. Sentiment will surge to the forefront but shouldn’t be allowed to rule the situation. Someone with a stubborn manner and distinctive voice figures prominently.Virgo – Ruling planet in 6th house – a nostalgic journey is on the agenda. Feelings will be uppermost greatly influencing where you go and what you do. Old friends, neighbors and distant relatives will welcome you warmly. Belief systems, historical facts and family genealogy are accented.Libra – Ruling planet in 4th house – emotions run high this month as the lunar cycle sweeps upwards. You’ll be in the right place at the right time and will have positive support from a family member who believes in you. Be gentle with those near and dear.Scorpio – Ruling planet in 3rd house – your personal body image is in the spotlight. Your sense of style and fashion is heightened. Others will put you on their best dress list. Travel, parties and popularity could draw you away from more routine pursuits. Have fun. Your lucky number is 3.Sagittarius – Ruling planet in 10th house – work with the materials at hand. A career project gains from a steady pace and willingness to learn the rules before you break them. Be practical, shrewd and willing to learn through former mistakes. A person in authority has eyes on you. Your lucky number is 4.Capricorn – Ruling planet in 12th house – remember, no one is perfect. Get the inside story before you sign a mutual agreement. You’re looking for someone to idolize but could be fooled by your own high expectations. Play the waiting game where legal or marital matters are concerned.Aquarius – Ruling planet in the 3rd house – develop a creative project in private. You’ll have unique ideas and can work best alone or with someone who encourages your originality. Strong bonds of love are felt. This person wants only the best for you and will be generous with all your requests.Pisces – Ruling planet in 1st house – a high powered romance is on the agenda. Intense feelings and long-range plans are involved. An attraction is strongly physical. Daring new attitudes will make love more exciting. You’ll share secrets and psychic awareness with your loved one. Your lucky number is 1.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.PsychicDeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. PsychicDeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.orglast_img read more

Aquatika freshwater aquarium as a top tourist content that foreign tourists have yet to discover

first_imgThe destination consists of all participants, and if there is no synergy and coordination, there is no quality tourist product. What is most important in the whole story, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. Also, it is precisely this quality tourist content that we chronically lack that directly affects guest satisfaction, longer stays of guests and an increase in tourist spending by a certain tourist destination. If we meet or exceed his expectations, the guest will come back again and become our ambassador.  The idea of ​​the Karlovac freshwater aquarium started from the natural position of the city on four rivers – Korana, Kupa, Mrežnica and Dobra, a city that connects and is symbolized by a favorable traffic position at the crossroads. But also, regardless of the historical significance of Karlovac, there has always been the impression that Karlovac is a passing crossroads. Read more about the story of how the idea for the Aquatica freshwater aquarium came about in the attachment. From the very opening, Aquatika encourages the work of local artists, craftsmen and designers, sells their products in a souvenir shop, and also cooperates with local suppliers, associations and entrepreneurs.  It is commendable that the Public Institution Aquatika signed an agreement on joint cooperation for joint promotions with Una National Park from Bihać, as well as cooperation three public institutions from the area of ​​Karlovac County: Public Institution Barać’s Caves, Visitor Center Ivana’s Fairytale House and Public Institution Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac. Excellent examples of connections and synergies in tourism. Photo: Aqautika Thus, in 2019, Aquatic visited the whole 73.161 visitors, which is an increase of 3% compared to 2018. The majority of visitors are still visitors from Croatia, while only 3.893 foreign tourists visited this excellent museum. The largest share are tourists from Slovenia, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and who learned the most about Aquatika via the Internet. / / / HOW A DREAM AND VISION BECAME A REALITY – AQUATIKA FRESHWATER AQUARIUM Apart from being a tourist attraction, Aquatika has a great ecological, educational and scientific value, and at the same time it is a great support to the local economy and the development of the entire city.  Photo: Aqautika Photo: Aqautika / / / SOUVENIRS WITH AUTHENTIC OFFER ENCOURAGE THE LOCAL ECONOMY. HERE’S HOW THEY DO IT IN AQUATICA And that is why Aquatika, like all other tourist attractions and facilities, in the whole region should be promoted by everyone, not just selling themselves or accommodation. We need to look at a much broader story, because tourism is just that. It all makes a big tourist mosaic and every cube is important, no matter how small. If we look at the broader context, then we should definitely look at the inclusion of local family farms, ie local producers of dairy, meat, bakery products, honey, fruits, vegetables, fruit products, beverages, wild plants, souvenirs, cosmetics… because if we encourage imports through tourism, and not the local economy then we did something nasty wrong in our tourist story. HOW A DREAM AND VISION BECAME A REALITY – AQUATIKA FRESHWATER AQUARIUM This has created space for new jobs in Aquatica, but also indirectly in other companies, family farms and handicrafts. The richness of the offer ensures constant public interest in Aquatika and the city of Karlovac, and the development of new ideas has resulted in the fact that today Aquatika is recognized as an unavoidable address with a strong position in tourism, economic, educational and environmental significance for the city and its surroundings. It should be said that the importance of this project for the Karlovac area, but also the wider local and national community, was recognized in the beginning by the fact that the project was declared by the European Union among the most successful local EU projects in Croatia. The project was recognized by the profession through awards, but also membership in the UNESCO World Water Museum Network, of which Aquatika is the first Croatian member. It is quite certain that Aquatika returned the city of Karlovac and strongly positioned it on the tourist map of Croatia. In addition to all that, new programs are constantly being designed, so the book Freshwater Fish Aquatika, picture book and coloring book were published in their own edition, they hosted many events of the local civil sector, and regularly organize their own events, Aquatika points out. Aquatika, the first freshwater aquarium in Croatia that due to its originality and the fact that such a freshwater aquarium with endemic species exists in the heart of Croatia, made a positive tourist step forward as an excellent motive for arrival and quality content, not only Karlovac but the entire region. (from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes).center_img Photo: Aqautika By the way, Plitvice Lakes National Park has made an excellent product – Lika destination or # Plitvice experience which offers a wider range of tourist activities and experiences in Lika-Senj County. Plitvice Lakes National Park is visited annually by over a million tourists, and a significant part should certainly be redirected to Aquatica because it is an excellent link and supplement. There is certainly an important segment of tourists from the city of Zagreb, who can visit Karlovac and the surrounding area to fill the day with interesting content. Also worth mentioning is the collaboration with travel agencies, which, among other things, sell tourist packages from Zagreb to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but with a mandatory visit to Aquatika. Great added value and addition to the trip. There is also cooperation with the portals for group purchase CrnoJaje.hr and Kupi.me. Yes, it’s all tourism, but let’s get back to the topic of Aquatics. It is an excellent authentic and quality content, and the challenge of how to increase the number of foreign tourists is certainly in the whole destination, and by that I mean much wider than the city of Karlovac or Karlovac County. Of course, the responsibility is in the city of Karlovac as the owner and founder of the institution should increase funding for advertising and communication, because coming to Aquatik is coming to Karlovac and additional spending for coffee, lunch or other tourist content. In 2019, the freshwater aquarium Aquatika was still one of the most visited tourist attractions in Karlovac and the county.  Proof of this thesis is certainly the story of the souvenir shop, which with its authentic offer stimulates the local economy. Aquatika souvenir shops offer exclusively domestic unique products from local suppliers, crafts, local handicrafts and family farms. At the beginning, there were only a dozen suppliers at the opening in Aquatica, and today they work with even more than 60 suppliers, which are mostly from the area of ​​the city of Karlovac and its surroundings. Read more about this topic in the attachment. RELATED NEWS: Attractive and interesting content is there, actively working on promotion, various entertainment and educational programs, recognized by the profession (Artur 2017, Brand Leader Award 2018, Bled Water Festival, A + Awards, etc.), but obviously lacks better promotion and communication . Not so much from the museum itself, because the museum itself as a public institution does not have such a budget for promotion, but more than the entire destination. We must care that the guest sees and experiences as much as possible, especially when we have so many great facilities and attractions in the vicinity of an hour by car. It would be a problem if we did not have Aquatika, Barać’s Caves, Visitor Center Ivana’s Fairytale House, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Paklenica National Park, Northern Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park… and when great facilities are there, then we must promote and round them off. through the common tourist product of the entire continental destination. Also, I have to repeat here my mantra that I emphasize from the first day – the motive for coming is not accommodation, but authentic, diverse and quality content. And authenticity is the main ingredient of tourism. People want to experience something new and different. If we look at all the trends again, they are the ones that talk about authenticity, organic food and ecology. And here we are or we can be in a great position. In conclusion, Aquatika as a phenomenal unique content must certainly be visited by more than 3.893 foreign tourists. This is the next challenge that must become an imperative for the entire destination. A great example of synergy and looking at the bigger picture On the other hand, it remains a great pity that only 3.893 foreign tourists visited Aquatika. A ratio that definitely needs to change for the better, because it really is about unique, authentic and quality content. In the structure of visitors, 44% are children, 32% families, 14% adults, 7% retirees and 3% students. SOUVENIR SHOPS WITH AUTHENTIC OFFER PROMOTE THE LOCAL ECONOMY. HERE’S HOW THEY DO IT IN AQUATICAlast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fights back tears as Arsenal are knocked out of Europa League by Olympiacos

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang was inconsolable (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could barely hide his emotions after the Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos after the most dramatic of finishes at the Emirates.The Gunners took a 1-0 lead into the second leg and were overwhelming favourites to progress to the last-16 but Pape Abou Cisse scored shortly after half-time to level the tie and take it to extra-time.After a goalless first half of extra-time, Aubameyang scored a sensational overhead kick which looked like enough to seal Arsenal’s passage through. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was lost for words at full-time (Picture: Getty)However, Olympiacos scored through Youssef El-Arabi in the 119th minute to swing the tie back in their favour and there didn’t appear to be enough time for Arsenal to comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Feb 2020 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fights back tears as Arsenal are knocked out of Europa League by Olympiacoscenter_img Aubameyang missed a gilt-edged chance (BT)But one final chance fell kindly to Aubameyang and the Gabon international looked certain to find a dramatic winner, only to see his effort fizz narrowly past the post.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe final whistle was blown as Olympiacos took their goal kick and an emotional Aubameyang collapsed to the ground.The former Dortmund striker looked close to tears after he equalised in extra time and he again appeared emotional at the final whistle.“It’s very hard, very tough.”A crestfallen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggles to find the words to explain his last-minute miss which saw Arsenal fall out of the Europa League.🎙 @ReshminTV pic.twitter.com/QUr6dDRIfc— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 27, 2020Aubameyang has less than 18 months left to run on his Arsenal contract and he’s unwilling to sign a new deal at the club without the Gunners qualifying for the Champions League.Winning the Europa League appeared to be the club’s best opportunity to do that and it all seemed too much for the Gabonese at full-time.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Who Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers can face in Europa League last-16 draw Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

More homes up for grabs in Brisbane as listings rise

first_imgThe number of houses for sale nationally fell in January, according to SQM Research.Brisbane stock levels are 1.3 per cent higher than they were a year ago, though listings fell 3.9 per cent in the traditionally quiet month of January.Sydney recorded the strongest annual rise in property listings, with 20 per cent more properties available for sale than this time a year ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago CLIVE PALMER BUYS BRISBANE TROPHY HOME FOR A BARGAIN PAT RAFTER’S $18M PAY DAY THIS POD HOME IS SOMETHING ELSE SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said the overall fall in listings nationally was not surprising for January.“Looking forward, with interest rates still at low levels and a possible expansion in lending by the banks, we expect a year of modest prices gains in Sydney and most other capital cities,” Mr Christopher said. More people are putting their homes on the market in Brisbane than they were a year ago, new research shows.MORE people are choosing to put their homes on the market and take profits in Brisbane than they were a year ago, new data shows.Only Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra recorded a rise in property listings over the past 12 months, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.National residential listings dropped 4.8 per cent to 303,901 in January, as homeowners took a break and enjoyed the summer holidays. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.“The auction clearance rate results and the asking prices over the remainder of February will give us some good insight in terms of how the market has opened. “While we did record a strong lift in asking prices in January, it has been based on a lower count of listings, so I will not read too much into the rise at this stage.”  center_img Asking prices for houses in Brisbane rose slightly over the past year. Picture: Patria Jannides.Capital city asking prices rose 2.2 per cent for houses and 3 per cent for units during the month.In Brisbane, the average asking price for a house is 1.4 per cent higher than it was a year ago at $613,200, while the asking price for a unit has dropped half a per cent to $380,800.last_img read more

A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping

first_imgNew York Times 15 October 2019Family First Comment: Vaping is odorless and easy to hide, and Mr. Rodriguez slipped into doing it constantly, inhaling enormous amounts of THC and craving more. He decided to talk about it in the hope that his story might be a warning to other people under the false impression that vaping is safe. “I want people to stay as far away as they can from vapes, especially THC vapes,” he said.He thought vaping THC would be safer than smoking marijuana, but the fumes shut down his lungs.Gregory Rodriguez thought he had the flu when he went to the emergency room on Sept. 18, feeling feverish, nauseated and short of breath.He woke up four days later in a different hospital, with a tube down his throat connecting him to a ventilator, and two more tubes in his neck and groin, running his blood through a device that pumped in oxygen and took out carbon dioxide. The machines were doing the job of his lungs, which had stopped working.“I was basically on the verge of death,” he said.Mr. Rodriguez, 22, a college student, is one of the nearly 1,300 people in the United States who have become seriously ill because of vaping. Like him, about 70 percent are young men. And also like him, many vaped THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.Vaping is odorless and easy to hide, and Mr. Rodriguez slipped into doing it constantly, inhaling enormous amounts of THC and craving more. He decided to talk about it in the hope that his story might be a warning to other people under the false impression that vaping is safe.“I want people to stay as far away as they can from vapes, especially THC vapes,” he said.Lung illnesses linked to vaping were first recognized during the summer. The exact cause is still unknown. Toxic chemicals released from vaping fluids, or from the battery-powered vaping devices themselves, are among the suspects.READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/15/health/vaping-thc-illness.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more