Annual Meeting 2019

Naucrates XVIII Annual Meeting

8 June 2019

The 2019 Naucrates Annual Meeting will be held in Napoli, Italy on 8 June 2019 at 11.00.

Objectives:

  • Presentation of activities conducted during the year 2018/19
  • Presentation on the Naucrates Conservation Project, Thailand
  • Approval of the annual balance
  • Presentation of future plans
  • Discussion of new member ideas

Everyone is welcome, all participants must register as Naucrates member

For the occasion, we are organizing activities for all of you coming in Italy.

Here is a possible plan:

Friday:

  • Arrival DAY. Check in into your individual hotels.
  • Meet at the ……. for dinner and drinks!  (details to be forwarded)

Saturday:

  • h. 11.00     Naucrates Annual Meeting in Posillipo
  • 11.00 -11.30 Naucrates activities year 2018-19; Monica Aureggi, president
  • 11.30-12.00  Conservation project in Thailand: where are we? Alessandra, Naucrates researcher.
  • 12.00-12.15 coffee break
  • 12.15-13.00  Thailand project Action Plan, sharing ideas
  • 13.00 – 14.00     Discussion – new Plan
  • h 14     Lunch in townAfter the meeting lets all pose for a group photo!
  • h.14.30-19.00 visit the town…..walk…
  • h20 Pizza all together 

There’s lots to do at Napoli – but some of it will depend on the weather!  Here’s some options listed below

Sunday:

  • Naples National Archaeological Museum
  • Veiled Christ at Capella Sansevero (Tour guides and art books often use words like “the statue seems to come to life” to describe well-carved marble figures, but I think that phrase is so overused as to feel meaningless. It’s exactly what springs to mind, however, when you get a look at the Veiled Christ sculpture in the center of the Sansevero Chapel. Carved in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino, it shows the figure of Christ lying under what looks like a piece of the thinnest of fabrics. The facial features are clearly visible, as are the body and even the crucifixion wounds, but the entire body is covered by the delicate folds of a cloth. The visual effect is truly stunning. There are two other sculptures of note in the Capella Sansevero, each dedicated to one of the parents of the man who commissioned them and built the chapel, but it’s the Veiled Christ which rightfully commands all the attention. I defy you to not leave the chapel in awe of that kind of sculptural skill.)
  • Tour Naples Underground
  • Get a breath of sea air on the Lungomare and Castel dell’Ovo
  • Experience Catholic grandeur at Gesù Nuovo
  • Palazzo Reale (envisaged as a 16th-century monument to Spanish glory (Naples was under Spanish rule at the time), the magnificent Palazzo Reale is home to the Museo del Palazzo Reale, a rich and eclectic collection of baroque and …)
  • Cimitero delle Fontanelle (holding about eight million human bones, the ghoulish Fontanelle Cemetery was first used during the 1656 plague, before becoming Naples’ main burial site during the 1837 cholera epidemic. At the end of the 19th cent…)
  • Take the funicular to Castel Sant’Elmo
  • Eat Pizza at Michele or Gino Sorbillo
  • Eat Sfogliatelle
  • Take a Day-Trip to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, or the Islands (you may need a whole day)
  • Take a Day-Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum ((you may need a whole day)

 

In Memoriam Pipap

Naucrates met Pavlos in Thailand and Thai people named him Pipap. He worked for the first time as research assistant in Ko Kho Khao about 15 years ago and since then he worked with us for many seasons. He was always ready to help and support the conservation effort in Thailand and around the world.

Pipap dedicated all his short life to make a big difference in sea turtle conservation. Since he start working in Athens sea turtle rescue center in Greece, he was not able to come and stay with us in Thailand as often as he was used to, but he still joined the annual meetings and helped us online many times.

He was very close to Naucrates, during the hit of the tsunami, when his friend Lisa was lost.

Last season, in 2017, he came back to Ko Phra Thong to help us. He brought a smile on the island meeting with all his Thai friends.

Pipap was a man with a lot of enthusiasm, always positive and ready to fight to save a turtle. He was generous and full of energy. We miss him dearly as he made the world a better place.

Dear Pipap,

I really do not know how to deal with this, where have you gone?

I will never forget your smiling face and your enthusiasm. You were always present, ready to help and to support conservation in any difficult situation.

I will never forget the time we spent together talking about turtle conservation, strategies and ideas to put in place.

You made a difference in the world, you will be always in our heart.

Thank you Pipap for all what you have done for us.

Monica

 

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of Night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.

 

I see the lights of the village

Gleam through the rain and the mist,

And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me

That my soul cannot resist:

 

A feeling of sadness and longing,

That is not akin to pain,

And resembles sorrow only

As the mist resembles the rain.

 

Come, read to me some poem,

Some simple and heartfelt lay,

That shall soothe this restless feeling,

And banish the thoughts of day.

 

Not from the grand old masters,

Not from the bards sublime,

Whose distant footsteps echo

Through the corridors of Time.

 

For, like strains of martial music,

Their mighty thoughts suggest

Life’s endless toil and endeavor;

And to-night I long for rest.

 

Read from some humbler poet,

Whose songs gushed from his heart,

As showers from the clouds of summer,

Or tears from the eyelids start;

 

Who, through long days of labor,

And nights devoid of ease,

Still heard in his soul the music

Of wonderful melodies.

 

Such songs have power to quiet

The restless pulse of care,

And come like the benediction

That follows after prayer.

 

Then read from the treasured volume

The poem of thy choice,

And lend to the rhyme of the poet

The beauty of thy voice.

 

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares, that infest the day,

Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,

And as silently steal away.

…….

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow