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Ash Center welcomes new fellows

first_imgThe Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced more than 60 student and research fellows for the 2011-12 academic year. Fellows hail from around the world to study at the Ash Center — from as far away as Malawi, Japan, and China, to Palestine, Germany, Italy, and India. Their research topics mirror the diversity of the countries they represent: from clean water scarcity in rural Africa and environmental activism in Japan to challenges to China’s governance policies and the automotive industry in Mexico.Two enrolled HKS students were selected as Roy & Lila Ash Fellows, five as Ford Foundation Mason Fellows, and one as an HKS Indonesia Program Fellow. The center also welcomes 19 Lee Kuan Yew Fellows, who are enrolled at HKS for one semester as part of their master in public management degree from the National University of Singapore. Five doctoral and postdoctoral scholars join the center as Democracy Fellows. Academics as well as government and business practitioners will pursue independent research projects for the academic semester as the center’s four Indonesia Research Fellows, three New World Fellows, and 24 Rajawali Fellows.“We are pleased to be able to host and support such an impressive group of scholars, public servants, and private sector individuals this academic year,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “Their expertise and past experiences promise to enhance our Center’s existing research on democratic governance and innovation.”Read more about the fellows.last_img read more

Life expectancy declines among least-educated whites

first_imgLife expectancy among the least-educated white Americans has fallen markedly over the past two decades, according to recent research, including some studies by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) experts. A front-page article in the September 20, 2012 New York Times outlined these disturbing findings and included speculation by researchers as to possible causes—such as higher smoking rates among less-educated white women, rising obesity, and an increase in the number of the least-educated Americans without health insurance.According to the Times, the latest estimates show that white women without a high school diploma lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008; their life expectancy was 73.5 years, compared with 83.9 years for white women with a college degree or more. White men without a high school diploma lost three years of life—fewer than white women—but the gap between their life expectancy and that of men with college degrees or better was larger: 67.5 years vs. 80.4 years.One of the studies cited was led by Jennifer Montez, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Commenting on the latest estimates, Montez told the Times, “Something is going on in the lives of disadvantaged white women that is leading to some really alarming trends in life expectancy.” She said that smoking rates—which have increased among women without a high school diploma—are playing a role. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s STEM clubs partner with Campus Ministry to raise money for women’s education

first_imgSaint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society has partnered with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Physics Club and Campus Ministry to co-sponsor a fundraising campaign with the international organization ME to WE. ME to WE works to provide resources for women in developing countries. Of the campaign’s five pillars of aid — food, water, education, opportunity and health — Saint Mary’s has decided to sponsor women’s education. “Saint Mary’s students believe in our mission to ‘Pay it Forward,’ and this campaign ties into that so well,” senior Heather DiLallo said. “As an all-women’s college, we have to support the development and enrichment of women in developing countries so that equal opportunity can be a reality for us all.”The STEM women participating in the ME to WE campaign said they found it relevant to Saint Mary’s core values to make more STEM positions available to women.“Women in STEM are the minority, so it is important for these women to feel supported, empowered and encouraged by other women,” said Elizabeth Innis, senior SWE president. “It is also incredibly important for STEM women to share this support with those in need. Beyond our own small groups and beyond our families, we belong to a rich, global community of women who need to support each other by whatever means possible.”The ‘We Are Rafikis’ campaign is selling local tribal bracelets to support women’s education in Tanzania. Each bracelet costs $10, and all profits made from the sales goes back to support African women and their education. “These bracelets are so cute and are an inexpensive way for each of us to make a difference,” DiLallo said. “It doesn’t impact most of us if we spend $10, but, for those women, that amount of money could be huge. It could help pay for their schooling or go into a seed fund for a new business idea they have.”This will be the second year Saint Mary’s is participating in the campaign. “I am hopeful that the ME to WE campaign at Saint Mary’s will continue on for several years, and that new service-based opportunities will become available,” Innis said. “There is never a shortage of need, and I am confident that future Belles — and future STEM women — will step [up] and continue to serve the global community.”Kate McMahon, of the class of 2018, and DiLallo decided to launch the campaign when McMahon had a communications class with one of the students who did a project on ME to WE.“When Kate was telling me about it, we both got so excited at what ME to WE was doing and decided to see if we could partner with them,” DiLallo said. “ME to WE has an established ‘We are Rafikis’ campaign and partnership with colleges, so it was a natural fit for us to join that.”The campaign began Feb. 8 and will run through March 8. Payments can be made by cash or check to either the Campus Ministry office in Regina 161 or professor Jennifer Fishovitz in Science Hall 162.There will also be an opportunity to purchase the bracelets in the Student Center Atrium on March 1 during lunch. Tags: me to we, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, Society of Women Engineers, We Are Rafikislast_img read more

Lowe’s Finally Opens in Vermont

first_imgAt 6 am on Thursday, January 17 2008, Lowe’s opened its doors in South Burlington. The store, whose construction and opening was delayed for over five years due to disagreements over storm-water and run-off laws, operated a branchs in every other US state except Vermont until now. The 106,000 square foot store, which employs 160, took only 85 days to build, compared to the normal 120 days.The store’s arrival sparked controversy after its construction was continously halted when The Conservation Law Foundation challenged the stores permit. The CLF claimed the permit did not meet the state’s strict standards for run-off regulations because of the large area of its parking lot. Large areas of asphalt, the CLF argued, catch oil leaks from cars and other toxins, which drain into streams from runoff when it rains. The asphalt also prevents the ground from absorbing rain so that the streams erode more quickly as the water is washed into adjacent streams, in this case Potash Brook.last_img read more

Colombian Public Force Seizes about 8 Tons of Drugs in 1 Day

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo July 24, 2020 Despite the COVID-19 health crisis, the Colombian Public Force seized about 8 tons of drugs in operations carried out in different parts of the country on June 9. Service members and police agents seized nearly 5 tons of cocaine and 3 tons of marijuana.The Colombian National Police Counternarcotics Directorate dealt a serious blow to narcotrafficking organizations that operate in Buenaventura Port, Valle del Cauca department, in the Colombian coast of the Pacific, when authorities found 4,928 kilograms of cocaine. The drug, worth about $140 million on the international market, according to United Nations data, was bound for Central America, with Turkey as its final destination, the Ministry of Defense said in a press release.In a parallel operation coordinated by the Counternarcotics Directorate and the Army’s Cauca Specific Command, through the 13th Land Operations Battalion, authorities seized 2,030 kg of marijuana at a tollbooth on the road to Tuluá municipality, Valle del Cauca. Authorities also captured the man who transported the drug, the Army said in a press release. The institution said that the operation was the result of a two-month monitoring effort in the rural area of Corinto, a marijuana production area in Cauca department.“Once we managed to identify the vehicle that was carrying [the drug], it left our department, so we had to chase it until the Tuluá tollbooth, where we intercepted a vehicle […] carrying 2 tons of marijuana,” Army Brigadier General Marco Mayorga Niño, commander of the Cauca Specific Command, told Diálogo.Another operation took place at a checkpoint on the Pan American Highway, in a rural area of Piendamó municipality, Cauca, where Army and Police units captured a man carrying 945 kg of marijuana in his vehicle. The drug likely belonged to the remnant organized armed group Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, the Military Forces General Command said in a statement.For its part, through the Cartagena Coast Guard Station, the Navy intercepted a suspicious vessel in the waters of Cartagena Bay during maritime control operations. When the vessel’s crew saw the authorities, they jettisoned five containers into the sea and escaped. Coast Guard units recovered the containers with 64.7 kg of packaged marijuana.From January 1 to June 4, according to data provided to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, the Public Force seized 182,923 kg of cocaine and 188,249 kg of marijuana, 8 percent and 11 percent more than in the same period of 2019, respectively.last_img read more

Battle begins as Warner tries to enforce town centre monopoly

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China to France: Don’t discriminate against Huawei on 5G networks

first_imgThe Chinese embassy in Paris on Sunday urged the French government not to discriminate against Huawei as it selects suppliers for its 5G mobile network, saying it feared the company would face more constraints than rivals.China’s Huawei, a global giant in telecoms network equipment, is the center of an international political storm as the United States seeks to convince countries to ban the company from their mobile networks. Washington says its technology could allow “back doors” for Chinese spying – an allegation denied by Huawei and Beijing.France is in the early stages of rolling out its next-generation wireless technology, and the government’s stance over Huawei’s possible role still lacks clarity, according to some telecoms industry trade bodies. Some French media outlets have reported in recent months that the company could face restrictions in several cities. The Chinese embassy said in a statement on its website that it was “shocked and worried” by such reports, adding that French President Emmanuel Macron and other officials had given repeated assurances that all companies would be treated fairly.“If, due to security concerns, the French government truly does have to impose constraints on operators, it should establish transparent criteria around this and treat all companies equally,” said the embassy. It added that security fears about Huawei were unfounded.Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and the French economy ministry declined to comment.The embassy also said that China had used foreign companies such as Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to equip its own domestic networks. “We do not wish to see the development of European companies in China affected due to discrimination against Huawei and protectionism in France and other European countries,” it said.France’s cybersecurity agency ANSSI, which is scrutinizing equipment from various suppliers, is due to issue its preliminary findings later this month.Some telecoms operators have already picked 5G equipment makers, with France’s Orange opting for Nokia and Ericsson.Britain has granted Huawei a limited role in its 5G roll-out, while the European Union has resisted pressure from Washington for an outright ban in its guidance to member states.The United States suggested in recent days it could consider taking a stake in Nokia and Ericsson to counter Huawei’s dominance in 5G technology.Topics :last_img read more

Two Tangerang prison officers dismissed following escape of death row inmate

first_imgJakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the escape of the 53-year-old man, who also goes by the name Cai Ji Fan, was discovered 11 hours after the fact.Yusri said the tower guard and another officer in charge of monitoring CCTVs at the penitentiary’s command center admitted they had been asleep during the incident.Cai left the penitentiary at 2:30 a.m. through a 30-meter-long tunnel he had dug over the past six months. Yusri said the police were still examining the possibility that other persons were involved in Cai’s escape.Cai was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2017. Reuters reported that Cai had broken out of a Jakarta police detention center in 2017 by breaking a hole in a bathroom wall. The police have placed him on their most wanted list. (aly)Topics : Two prison officers at the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten have been suspended following the escape of Cai Changpan, a Chinese drug convict on death row, on Sept. 14.Law and Human Rights Ministry Corrections Directorate General spokesperson Rika Aprianti confirmed the move.”The head of security and the commander of the guard team when the incident occurred are temporarily dismissed from the Tangerang penitentiary and have been transferred to the Banten Law and Human Rights Regional Office,” Rika said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co, adding that both would still go through an investigation despite the transfer.last_img read more

Europa League: Man United Fail To Overcome Sevilla’s Challenge

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Best Cars Of All Time United then escaped a penalty call thanks to VAR when the ball struck Fernandez on the elbow in the area. There was to be no escaping the inevitable, though, as Sevilla took the lead for the first time on the night moments later. United switched off momentarily at the back, allowing Jesus Navas to cross from the right, with Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka both failing to mark De Jong, and the substitute prodded in from close-range. read also:LEAKED: Man Utd, Arsenal to open fixtures of 2020-21 season Solskjaer threw in Ighalo in the closing stages to help salvage the game, but the Nigerian forward could not add to his two goals in the tournament as Sevilla’s defence was equal to all the Premier League side launched at them. United end a long and tortuous campaign trophyless while the La Liga side progress to the Europa League final with the aim of claiming their sixth title. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Sevilla, the most decorated club in Europa League/UEFA Cup history with a record five titles, advanced to the final of the 2020 Europa League following the 2-1 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday. A come-from-behind win sees the La Liga side progress at the expense of a Red Devils side that was the bookmaker’s favourite on the night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on the bench, electing to prosecute the game with a front three of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford. The latter two played crucial roles in helping the Red Devils take the lead after just nine minutes. Carlos lunged in on Rashford after the English striker received a delightful reverse pass from Martial in the box, allowing Fernandes to open the scoring from the spot. However, Sevilla responded well, showed their quality on the ball, and crafted an equaliser, with Suso converting from Reguilon’s cross at the back post. One-all it was at the break with all to play for after the interval. United started the second half the better of the two sides, creating chances for fun, but Sevilla’s goalkeeper Bounou kept the Spanish team in the game with saves from Greenwood, Pogba, and Martial at different times.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer: PSG Grabs Mbappe

first_imgAccording to media reports, the overall transfer fee could rise to 180 million euros ($215 million) including add-ons, which would make Mbappe, 18, the second most expensive player ever behind his new teammate Neymar.“It is with great joy and pride that I join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Mbappe.“I really wanted to be a part of the club’s project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe.“Alongside my new teammates, I intend to continue my progression while helping the team achieve the very big objectives it has set itself.”Mbappe burst onto the scene in the second half of last season and scored 15 goals in 29 appearances in Monaco’s run to the French title. He netted 26 times in 44 matches in all competitions.Brought up in the northern suburbs of Paris, Mbappe was compared to a young Thierry Henry as he first broke into the Monaco side in December 2015, just before his 17th birthday. He has won four caps for France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram France international striker Kylian Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco on a season-long loan thursday, just hours before the transfer deadline in a deal that could make him the second most expensive footballer in history.“Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the immediate arrival of Kylian Mbappe,” the club wrote on its website.“The loan agreement also includes an option to buy which, when exercised, will bind the player to Paris Saint-Germain until June 30, 2022.”last_img read more