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Making an art of science

March 1, 2021 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.For Kevin Shee, a lifelong love of dancing and four years of intense focus on that art won’t end with his graduation from Harvard this spring. It will take a back seat, though, to a newer love: that of a scientist conducting research on cancer.Shee, who lives in Winthrop House, is a molecular and cellular biology concentrator. He plans to take a few weeks off after graduating and then begin a two-year job as a cancer researcher at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT laboratory of Todd Golub, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.When Shee’s two-year contract is up, he plans on pursuing additional studies in graduate school, perhaps medical school. Though he entered Harvard with pre-med aspirations, in the four years since, he has become enamored with research.But Shee is sure he’ll continue dancing. Before coming to Harvard, he danced with the Crockett-Deane Ballet, based near his home in Sacramento, Calif.Shee is the older of two children in his family, both dancers. His parents always encouraged them to pursue art, Shee said, so that was important to him when he visited Harvard for the first time and saw a dance performance. Since then, he has danced with the Harvard Ballet Company, the Asian American Dance Troupe, and the Harvard Dance Program.Though he was urged to audition for jobs as a dancer after Commencement, Shee is a bit philosophical about the choice presented to him.“Dance is not something you need to do on a professional basis to really do it, and really enjoy it,” Shee said. “The act of expressing myself through dance is very fulfilling for me. Doing it as an extracurricular, but to a full extent, is more than I had hoped for.”Though he expects to continue taking dance lessons in Boston, Shee loves science too. Shee was interested in science in high school, but it was only in college that he was able to delve more fully into biology and become intrigued by both its complexity and its potential to do good.“There are a lot of things in the field of biology that I had no idea about. I found there was so much more to be discovered and so much more I needed to learn to make a mark in the field,” Shee said. “The more I learned, the more I realized there’s a lot to be done.”Shee has some personal motivation as well, since cancer has touched his family. A cousin died of liver cancer while Shee was at Harvard, and his mother is a breast cancer survivor.“This research has a lot to offer the world,” Shee said.Though many people think art and science are opposite disciplines, Shee doesn’t think that’s the case. The further he delves into biology, the more he sees the beauty of how it’s put together and understands that intuition and feeling, important to the dancer, are also important to the scientist.“They seem mutually exclusive, but they’re really not,” Shee said.For students just entering Harvard, Shee recommends they find something that excites them enough to spend the time it will take to excel in it.“It’s really important to find a passion, something to give your day to,” Shee said.last_img read more

Home orchards

January 17, 2021 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgGrowing fruit trees in the home garden can be an enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding experience. However, success takes careful planning and hard work. When planting fruit trees, it is important to consider site selection. Fruit trees should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil in a site that receives full sun. It is also important to consider fertility and soil pH. For fruit trees, the soil pH should be between 6.0 and 6.5. Take a soil sample to determine the soil’s fertility needs and pH. Do not put fertilizer in the planting hole or fertilize immediately after planting. Fertilizers in direct contact with young roots can burn and cause damage. Good root growth is essentialIf purchased bare root, fruit trees are best planted in late fall or winter. If plants are purchased in containers, they can be planted any time of the year. Just take care to add the needed water when there is not enough rain. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommends planting fruit trees during the winter months to achieve the best success of establishment. Whether trees are purchased bare root or containerized, the planting hole should at least two to three times the width of the root system. Prune any damaged roots on bare root plants and open up the root ball of container grown plants before planting. This prevents root circling. Weeds and grasses that grow in the immediate area around fruit trees compete for both moisture and nutrients. One of the best methods of weed control is mulch. Place mulch in a ring 2 to 4 inches deep out around the tree to the drip line. Be sure to keep mulch several inches away from the trunk. Avoid using hoes or string trimmers around trees. Hoeing can damage the root system and string trimmers can damage tree trunks. Fight pestsWithout proper management, insects and diseases can seriously damage fruit trees and reduce production. Both inorganic and organic control products are available at most garden centers. Always read and follow label directions carefully. Proper sanitation can reduce insect and disease problems. Apples, nectarines, peaches and pears should be thinned approximately four weeks after they bloom. Remaining fruit should be 4 to 6 inches apart. Remove dead, diseased or damaged wood, fruit and leaves from around fruit trees. This debris can provide overwintering sites for insects and diseases. Train and pruneFruit trees need proper training and pruning for improved production. Pruning should be done during the winter months. Dormant or winter pruning consists of removing upright branches and any dead, diseased or damaged wood.Gardeners who preplan should be rewarded with a bountiful harvest of fruit in coming years. For more information on installing a backyard orchard, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or see the website read more

first_imgPuerto Rico Oversight Board’s Announcement Promoting Four Infrastructure Projects is ‘Fiscally Irresponsible’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bond Buyer: The Puerto Rico Oversight Board said it was focusing on four key energy projects for expedited permitting as the island looks to restore its economy and infrastructure.“Hurricanes Irma and Maria have demonstrated beyond any doubt Puerto Rico’s dire need to revamp and upgrade its electrical energy infrastructure,” said the board’s revitalization coordinator Noel Zamot. “We must do it quickly. That’s part of the reason why this first generation of projects to be advanced through PROMESA’s Title V Critical Projects Process all address energy issues.“We will be considering other types of infrastructure projects also, but right now the Oversight Board’s focus is on projects that can deliver energy solutions quickly,” Zamot said.Title V of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act allows a revitalization coordinator to use expedited permitting to advance major projects.The four projects would involve $1.47 billion in investment, nearly all from the private sector. The board estimates that the projects would create more than 8,200 direct and indirect jobs.The board is seeking comments on the projects by 5 p.m. on Feb. 6 on the web site, All comments will be made public.The four projects open to comment are:A wind energy project called Parque Eólico del Norte (North Wind Park) designed to generate 19.8 megawatts an hour, store energy in a battery system and transfer electricity to a nearby industrial sector. New Era Eolic LLC plans to build the wind park in Vega Baja with $36 million in private investment and $11.5 million in federal funds. The developers say the project would take 18 months. A solid waste energy production site from Energy Answers International. The Arecibo Resource Recovery Facility would create a net 70 MW/hour. This would be built over 42 months with $860 million of private investment. During construction 7,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs would be created. After construction there would be 750 direct, indirect, and induced full-time jobs.A project to reduce energy, water consumption, and other utility costs at the Government Unit Buildings at the Bayamón and Ponce Correctional Institutional Complexes. NORESCO would complete the project in 24 months. It estimates that $25 million in private funds and $262,000 in public funds would be involved.Steps to provide energy generation back-up and energy reserve goods and services to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. ARG Precision Corp., PW Power Systems, and Bostonia Partners propose to work together to allow for dual fuel capability at seven PREPA power generators. They expect that the project could be completed in 18 months with $538 million in private investmentThe choices came under fire from Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.He said the choices are inconsistent with Puerto Rico Energy Commission’s Integrated Resource Plan, which doesn’t include a garbage incinerator.Sanzillo said the key issue in deciding energy projects would be a grasp of projected demand and the board doesn’t have a demand study.The proposals were irresponsible as a regulatory action, he said. The board is supposed to support the island’s energy commission but, instead, the board supported these projects without consulting the commission.Sanzillo said the proposals were fiscally irresponsible. He said in nearly 30 years work in public sector work he never saw a garbage incinerator make budget.He said the solid waste plan was a “non-starter” environmentally.He said the corrections facility project might have some value.“Without proper vetting – and I do not mean a comment period – I mean discovery and cross examination – this looks like the board has bought a series of sales pitches from developers,” Sanzillo said. The projects aren’t “a way to change Puerto Rico for the better,” he said. “I am deeply troubled by the board’s actions.”More ($):Puerto Rico board picks four energy projects as infrastructure prioritieslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old New York City police officer from Massapequa died Monday after authorities said he was shot in the head by an alleged gunman while patrolling Queens Village over the weekend.Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was initially charged with first-degree attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Those charges are likely to be upgraded after the officer, Brian Moore, who was admitted in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, died, according to the NYPD.“Condolences to the family of PO Brian Moore who lost his life today. RIP to a true hero. We will never forget. #Hero,” tweeted the department’s 104th Precinct Monday afternoon.“The defendant is accused of firing a weapon at two officers without warning, one of whom was struck in the head,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The defendant faces life in prison for his alleged actions.”Authorities said Officer Moore and his partner, Officer Erik Jansen, were in plain clothes and sitting inside an unmarked patrol car while assigned to the 105th Precinct anti-crime team when they saw Blackwell “adjusting an object in his waistband” at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said.Officer Moore, who was driving, followed the suspect as he walked southbound on 212nd Street, and questioned Blackwell about his actions as he turned eastbound on 104th Road. Then the suspect allegedly fired two shots into the police car, striking Officer Moore in the head, police said.The suspect fled while Officer Jansen called for backup. Moore, who was on the force for five years, underwent emergency surgery and was in a medically-induced coma upon being hospitalized. Blackwell was apprehended 90 minutes later in the South Queens neighborhood about a mile from the Nassau County line. Police said that he had numerous prior convictions for violent felonies.Queens Judge Michael Yavinsky ordered Blackwell held without bail Sunday. Blackwell is due back in Queens court Friday. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.last_img read more

A potential market of 100 million borrowers

December 17, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Experian early this year will introduce a new credit score product it says will help financial institutions make loans to more credit invisible and thin-file consumers—a huge market of more than 100-million people.Called Lift, the score does more than access nontraditional credit data, such as rent and utility payments; it combines traditional credit, alternative credit and trended data assets to create a more holistic picture of consumer creditworthiness, explained Alpa Lally, VP of data for Experian’s consumer bureau.“What we are trying to do is target the 100 million consumers who are essentially restricted by traditional scoring methods used today,” said Alpa. “As has extensively reported, the financial services industry has seen a number of alternative credit scoring models introduced by credit bureaus over the last few years. Experian also introduced an alternative scoring model, called Boost, in that period.last_img read more

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette sends message to Arsenal fans after injury blow Comment James GraySaturday 14 Sep 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link234Shares Arsenal are not short of attacking talent to replace him, having smashed their club transfer record over the summer to bring in winger Nicolas Pepe while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 35 goals in 53 Premier League appearances since joining in 2018.However, Emery appears willing to give some fans what they want and offer some of the club’s up and coming talent the chance to prove themselves in the heat of battle.‘It’s our philosophy and our idea to give them chances to be with us in training and taking confidence and playing minutes and if they achieve the performance we want, then continuing,’ Emery said.‘They can take experience being with us, training with us, playing with us and also helping them with our experienced players and sharing with those players our way.’Those words will be music to the ears of the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson, both teenagers with just six league appearances between them for the Gunners.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Alexandre Lacazette is desperate to be back in first-team action as soon as possible (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has promised Arsenal fans he is already thinking about his comeback after he was ruled out until next month with an ankle injury.Lacazette has already scored twice in three Premier League appearances so far this season but has been managing the problem and has only played 147 minutes in total.The France international initially picked up the injury in a pre-season friendly against his old club Lyon with manager Unai Emery insisting at the time that it was ‘not a serious’ problem.However, the Spanish boss was forced to confirm yesterday that Lacazette would need a break from first-team action in order to recover.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Alexandre Lacazette got injured over the summer playing against Lyon (Picture: Getty)‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ Emery said.‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’Lacazette responded with a message to concerned supporters on his Twitter account, reassuring them that he would be making swift progress on his recovery.‘Already started my rehab and looking to the future,’ Lacazette wrote.‘Thanks everyone for your messages!!’Already started my rehab and looking to the future.. Thanks everyone for your messages !! #Coyg #Laca 9️⃣♣️— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) September 13, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDutch parliament buildings in the Hague, the NetherlandsDespite the unions’ reticence, social partners and pensions sector have been encouraged to embrace the Dutch government’s framework for pensions reform.Jacqueline Lommen, pension strategist at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), said a 10-point plan presented by social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees earlier this year contained the ingredients to satisfy pension fund participants and pensioners.At a symposium hosted by Dutch pensions magazine Pensioen, Bestuur & Management in Amsterdam last week, Lommen cited a State Street survey of 10,000 participants in six European countries – including the UK, Sweden and Italy – as well as Australia and the US.The study showed that early and sufficient pensions saving, clarity about its progress and future benefits were main contributors to people’s ‘pension happiness’, she said.Other important factors were a sense of individual responsibility through a personal pension account as well as options for tailor-made solutions, Lommen said.Dutch participants appeared to be almost the most pessimistic about their future financial position after retirement, and the least informed about their choice options for contributions, benefits and retirement age, SSGA found.Lommen said the outcome was “distressing, as the Netherlands does many things right”, explaining that the government’s framework had almost bridged the gap between increasingly unaffordable defined benefit plans and flexible forms of defined contribution.“There are already four different benefits arrangements possible under DC, easing implementation,” she said.In Lommen’s opinion, the core of the government’s proposals shouldn’t be dismissed as merely “individual pension pots”.“It is about the possibility to virtually divide a collective pension pot across individual assets for tailor-made implementation,” she argued.Dutch unions oppose the concept of individual pension pots, and want to stick to the traditional collective approach to saving and risk sharing.Lommen said the cabinet’s proposals for individual pension pots were aligned to the unions’ demands.Highlighting other advantages of the Dutch pensions system, Lommen said the Netherlands was the only country with mandatory lifelong benefits where the “mortality gain” benefited the remaining participants, rather than disappearing to the heirs.She also emphasised that all energy put into pension reform came at the expense of other promising innovations, such as the development of apps and pension planners as well as solutions for part-time retirement. The Netherlands’ largest trade union has threatened to stop co-operating with the government over pension system reform if it proceeds with a scheduled increase in the state pension age.FNV has said that, if the government proceeded with its plan raise the retirement age for the state pension (AOW) to 66 years and eight months, it would walk out of pensions reform negotiations.The union’s negotiator Tuur Elzinga said FNV had urged the government to take a decision in the coming weeks, according to financial newspaper FD. On the union’s website it said the government had until 1 July to respond.FNV wants the AOW age to be frozen at 66, whereas the government has already decided on a gradual rise from 65 years in 2013 to 67 years and three months in 2022. After then, any further increases will be linked to longevity improvements. The current retirement age for the AOW is 66 plus four months.center_img Tuur Elzinga, FNVIn the opinion of the unions, the planned rise is too fast, in particular for workers in physically demanding jobs. However, fixing the AOW age at 66 would be expensive and the government has not shown any willingness to set aside money for this purpose.During the past few weeks there have been exploratory discussions between the government, employers and unions about the resumption of negotiations for pensions reform, according to the FD. Negotiations collapsed in November, in part because of disagreements over the AOW age.Elzinga said the union would continue with its industrial action if the cabinet ignored its demand.Embrace government reforms, pension sector toldlast_img read more

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – Ken Schrader returns to Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified fields for all four nights of Frostbuster Week.Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa hosts opening night on Wednesday, March 30. Frostbust­ers follow on Thursday, March 31 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Friday, April 1 at Mar­shalltown Speedway and Saturday, April 2 at Boone Speedway.Top prize each night for the Modifieds is $1,000 with a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot at stake as well.Most recently a Frostbuster competitor last spring, Schrader has enjoyed early-season success in the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region in the past. The popular NASCAR driver was a Frostbuster winner in 2012.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 to win each night of the Frostbuster.One thousand dollar point funds will be paid to top five drivers in each division. Champions will be eligi­ble to qualify for their respective race of champions events during the IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and receive jackets and plaques during the national awards banquet in November.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.The gates open at Vinton at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m.Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing be­gins at 7 p.m. at Marshalltown.Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. and the grandstand at 3 p.m. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. and rac­ing at 5 p.m.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance Iowa State points will be awarded at all four shows. Entry fees each night are $30 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and $20 for SportMods and for Hobby Stocks. Pit passes are $25.More information about the respective Frostbusters is available from SIS promoter Mike Van Gen­deren at 641 521-0330, Benton County promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, Marshalltown pro­moter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444 and Boone promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220.Track websites are,, and regular point season starts April 6 at Oskaloosa, April 8 at Marshalltown, April 9 at Boone and April 10 at Vinton.last_img read more

Morgan: I’ve never sung anthem

September 20, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan has defended his decision not to sing the national anthem before matches at the World Cup. The 28-year-old left-hander was born and raised in Dublin but, after making his international debut for Ireland, has represented England since 2009. “It’s pretty simple. I’ve never sung the national anthem whether I’ve played for Ireland or England,” he said. Press Association “It doesn’t make me any less proud to be an English cricketer. I’m extremely proud to be in the position I am in and privileged to be captain of a World Cup side.” When asked to expand on why he did not sing ‘God Save the Queen’, Morgan added: “It’s a long story. It’s a personal thing.” Outspoken broadcaster Piers Morgan suggested on Twitter this week that the one-day captain should sing the anthem. Eoin Morgan has made 181 appearances for England in all formats – he played 23 times for Ireland – and was handed the captaincy for the World Cup after Alastair Cook was stood down following his lean tour of Sri Lanka before Christmas. Morgan’s first tour in full-time charge has not been smooth, however, after it began with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealing he was the victim of a £35,000 blackmail plot before the Tri-Series match in Hobart. Morgan then suffered a horror run of outs – during which he made three successive ducks against Australia – and saw his team heavily beaten in their opening two World Cup matches. He was even incorrectly identified as ‘Eoin Rogers’ by the mayor of Wellington at a Maori welcoming ceremony. A 119-run over Scotland in Christchurch on Monday got England’s campaign off the mark although the criticism of his long-held decision not to sing the national anthem is another unwelcome distraction. Morgan, who has been steadfast throughout, has also been the subject of some ridicule Down Under with former Australia captain Steve Waugh suggesting this week he might be having second thoughts about his move to England. “A couple of their players might have regretted going to England, like Boyd Rankin and Eoin Morgan – they might be wishing they’d stayed with Ireland,” Waugh said. Ireland have won both of their games to start the World Cup. The form of the Irish has pushed the International Cricket Council’s decision to reduce the 2019 World Cup, to be held in England, down to 10 teams into the spotlight. The consensus of opinion has been that scrapping for places, which would most likely prevent associate nations from reaching the World Cup, was not in the best interests of the game on a global level. The fact the closest matches at this World Cup have so far involved the associate teams has also further strengthened the argument against the ICC’s cull that Morgan agrees with. “I think it would be a terrible shame,” he said. “Part of playing in a World Cup – the agenda of the ICC should be to spread the good word of the game we play. “The more teams we can, within reason, have playing then the more exposure they get in their home nation and the more exposure they get against top sides.” Morgan also called for the ECB to consider organising a home Tri-Series including Ireland to help cure their chronic lack of matches between World Cups. Ireland managed just nine completed ODIs against full-member nations in the four years since the last World Cup and at present have a deal to play England every two years. “They want much more cricket and it wouldn’t be a bad thing if we played a Tri-Series between whoever is touring (and Ireland),” Morgan said. That would help Ireland’s quest to play more games, and lift their ranking, after the ICC last month handed them a chance to directly qualify for the next World Cup should they rise into the top eight. “If it’s the Ashes then it’d be Australia and then Ireland in between,” Morgan added. “The Tri-Series we played recently, albeit against Australia and India, was brilliant. If there is a window for that absolutely.” Morgan also backed moves for an ‘English Premier League’ franchise-based Twenty20 tournament following revelations via a leaked document that the ECB were discussing the possibility, amongst a raft of potentially wide-reaching changes to the structure of the game. “Striking a balance between having a similar international calendar as we have at the moment and three or four weeks of this EPL would be brilliant,” he said. “You look at templates like IPL – obviously they have their international players – but the Big Bash don’t. They facilitate that with having two overseas players. “If they’re big enough names I think it can certainly work. It would obviously have to be less teams.” last_img read more

CWI president praises UWI for Faculty of Sport

September 19, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron has congratulated the University of the West Indies’ initiative to include a Faculty of Sport.Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician, Dr Akshai Mansingh has been appointed dean of the new faculty. His appointment comes into effect August 1.The faculty, which becomes operational in the 2017-2018 academic year, will offer Certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sports Business, Sports Management, Sports Science, and the Art and Science of Coaching.It is the first time in four decades that the UWI is adding a new faculty and the Cricket West Indies president believes it has come at an opportune time.“The Faculty of Sport at the University of West Indies is a welcome addition to the academic inventory of the Caribbean at this time,” Cameron said in a statement.“The University continues to be innovative and cutting-edge in its academic development and this suggests that the region is preparing the next generation of leaders, managers and workforce.”Cameron said the value the faculty adds to the established sporting prowess of the region on the field, track, court and in the ring, shows the extent of what the university believes is an industry worthy of investment.“We are pleased with the addition and wish the university the best in its efforts to support one of the fastest growing industries in the world,” he said, adding that the CWI stands ready to support the effort of the university.last_img read more