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first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced its 2012 HAA Award winners. The award, which recognizes outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities, was established in 1990 and has been an annual tradition since. This year’s recipients have devoted countless hours of service and work on behalf of the University and include former HAA presidents, chief marshals, class secretaries, and committee members.They are: Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland, A.B. ’76, M.B.A. ’79, of Oslo, Norway; F. Gorham Brigham, A.B. ’37, M.B.A. ’39, of West Newton, Mass.; Deborah Gelin, A.B. ’79, M.B.A. ’83, of Washington, D.C.; Joseph K. Hurd Jr., A.B. ’60, M.D. ’64, of Wellesley, Mass.; Judge John Paul Kennedy, A.B. ’63, of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Michael G. Yamin, A.B. ’53, LL.B. ’58, of New York City, New York.last_img read more

first_imgStudents from the tri-campus community will gather Wednesday evening for ‘Take Back the Night’ (TBTN), an event intended to provide awareness and support for victims of sexual violence.Saint Mary’s seniors Julia Sturges and Kayla Zellmer, co-chairs of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) Events and Campaigns Committee, worked on the college’s involvement in TBTN.“‘Take Back the Night’ … is for [the] campus communities to march in solidarity for those who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking, which are all forms of power based personal violence,” Zellmer said in an email. Emma Farnan | The Observer Students march across Notre Dame to advocate for sexual violence prevention in the 2017 ‘Take Back the Night’ event. The annual occasion aims to unite the tri-campus community and ends with a prayer vigil.The event is part of a national non-profit organization of the same name, Sturges said. According to the national TBTN website, the organization aims to “create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.”The tri-campus occasion will begin with Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, Sturges said, who will walk from Lake Marian at Saint Mary’s to the LaFortune Student Center at Notre Dame.“[At LaFortune], survivors and other people who have been impacted by sexual violence and stalking [will] have the opportunity to share their experiences in a speak-out,” Sturges said.The event will end with a march around Notre Dame’s campus that will highlight places were sexual assaults frequently occur.“This allows people to chant and reclaim spaces that have been affected by sexual violence, specifically the quads around Notre Dame’s campus,” Sturges said. “… The whole purpose of the event is for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories in a safe setting and for people to walk in solidarity with them and show their support.”Ending at the Grotto, Sturges said a prayer vigil will follow the march.Several months of planning went into forming the event, Zellmer said.“Monthly meetings [were held] with organizers from [Saint Mary’s], Notre Dame and Holy Cross to make decisions regarding marketing and advertising design, co-sponsorship, catering [and] event spaces,” she said.This tri-campus effort is among several reasons for students to attend, Sturges said.“It’s an awesome opportunity to learn about how sexual violence has impacted our own community,” Sturges said. “It feels like a very safe space to a lot of people, which it is most of the time, but there are definitely experiences that people have had that nobody talks about.”Attending ‘Take Back the Night,’ as well as other events put on by BAVO throughout the year, gives those who have been affected by sexual violence the chance to hear they are not alone and gives others the opportunity to offer support, Sturges said.“‘Take Back’ the Night’ is a super empowering, educational and inspirational event that all students can benefit from, even if they personally have not been impacted by power based personal violence,” Zellmer said. “The event symbolizes strength, healing and empowerment, which all students can gain from attending.”John Johnstin, assistant director for violence prevention at Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center, said TBTN has been put on for over 10 years. From academic major departments to residence halls and housing offices, almost 40 different groups from across the three campuses are listed as sponsors for the event. “Students may attend all or individual parts of the event,” Johnstin said in an email. “[TBTN is intended] to provide our communities an opportunity to publicly take a stand against sexual violence.” Johnstin said TBTN began with the inaugural event in October of 1975 in Philadelphia after the murder of a woman there. It was given its moniker in 1977. Since the late 1970s, the event has spread across the United States.“In the years since, thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers and rape crisis centers have sponsored ‘Take Back the Night’ events across the country as a way to speak out against sexual violence,” Johnstin said. With an expectation of 200 students to be in attendance, Johnstin said the TBTN event provides an opportunity to bring the three campuses together.  “[The campuses can] come together as communities in support of safety, well-being and the respect of each individuals human dignity,” he said.Tags: Belles Against Violence Office, Gender Relations Center, sexual violence prevention, Take Back the Night, tri-campuslast_img read more

Versatile alternative

January 17, 2021 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTIFTON, Ga. — A cousin of camellias may become an alternative crop for Georgia farmers who are strapped by the prices of more conventional row crops, says a University of Georgia expert.The plant is Camellia oleifera Abel. A woody cousin of a favorite garden flower, it can be used to produce healthy cooking oils, livestock feed, makeup and other products.Tea Oil”It’s more commonly known in other parts of the world, namely China, as ‘tea oil camellia,'” said John Ruter, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturist who has been experimenting with the plant.It grows into a large bush with white flowers, he said. Native to China, it has been used there for more than a thousand years. It’s been commercially grown there on large plantations since 1949. Chinese farmers keep them pruned to about 8 feet.The crop is harvested in October and November. It requires a lot of labor to pick the fruit, Ruter said. But Georgia farmers grow other labor-intensive crops — vegetables, for instance.About 14 percent of the Chinese population uses tea oil for cooking. The oil is derived from the marble-sized seed the plant produces. The seed’s oil content is about 50 percent.Healthy and Tasty”The oil can be compared to, and has a lot of the characteristics of, olive oil,” Ruter said.It tastes much like olive oil, maybe a little sweeter. The oil is high in oleic acid. This healthy acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol. Tea oil has a higher smoke-out temperature than olive oil. Home and commercial cooks will like this, he said.You can do more than cook with it, though, Ruter said. From the seed hulls, you can extract saponin, which is used to make detergent and the foam for fire extinguishers. Triterpenoid saponin from the camellia can improve the immune functions in humans and animals, too.Soaps, hair oil, rustproof oil, paint, lipstick, antiwrinkle creams and fertilizer can all be made from extracts of the camellia.Most of the research on tea oil camellias comes from Chinese sources. But Ruter is looking to change that. Due to funding problems, China ended most of its tea oil research in 1990.Last month, Ruter went to China to visit with tea oil experts and scientists to learn how they grow the crop. The plant grows in soils very much like those of the southeastern United States, particularly Georgia.”It should be very much adaptable to this area,” he said.But finding the right species to do research on in the United States proved to be a challenge.Best SelectionRuter found two plants at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. He had another sent to him from a camellia expert in North Carolina. And believe or not, he found another growing in the backyard of a camellia enthusiast in Valdosta, Ga.Ruter is selecting plants from these four original seed sources at the UGA Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens in Savannah, Ga., and with a nursery grower in middle Georgia. He’s looking to develop the best types of tea oil camellias to grow for this area of the world.But the process takes time. “We’re starting at ground zero,” he said.Ruter can see tea oil being sold on grocery store shelves along with other oils.A new oilseed cooperative has started in Georgia. It plans to build a $55 million oil crushing and processing facility in Claxton, Ga.Through this facility, Georgia farmers could develop and market their own Georgia-grown tea oil, Ruter said. And that could be just the start for this multitalented crop in Georgia.last_img read more

Pilkington injury worry for Irish

September 21, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_img Press Association Norwich midfielder Anthony Pilkington is a doubt for Ireland’s friendly against Latvia on Friday night. The Ireland squad met up in Portmarnock on Monday as they prepared to begin training under new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. However, Pilkington was not among them as he remained in Norfolk for treatment on a dead leg. center_img A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “Anthony Pilkington has emerged as an injury doubt after coming off during Norwich’s clash against West Ham on Saturday with a dead leg. “He will remain with his club until Thursday while his progress is monitored.” O’Neill and Keane are due to get to work in earnest at Gannon Park on Tuesday morning ahead of the first game of their reign against the Latvians at the Aviva Stadium. They will then head for Poznan for a second friendly against Poland next Tuesday evening. last_img read more

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoMore than 700 specially selected police officers knowledgeable in crowd control and policing events are to be deployed to provide top-notch security before, during and after the Nigeria versus Cameroon football match.Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, CP Zubairu Muazu, in a statement in Uyo on Tuesdaysaid that the Police Command has put in place adequate security arrangement to ensure a hitch free encounter. In the statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, the state police boss said the Command is determined to guarantee that soccer loving Nigerians enjoy the football match under a peaceful atmosphere devoid of any infractions of law.“In addition, due to influx of soccer fans into the state, adequate crime reduction strategies have been put in place to check crime and criminalities throughout the state.It is also in addition to existing anti-crime measures in the state,” he stressed.CP Muazu enjoined all soccer fans visiting the Nest of Champions to conduct themselves in a most orderly and hospitable manner, stressing that sport is a veritable means to promote unity, solidarity and cultivate enduring friendship.He maintained that the Command, in collaboration with sister security agencies and other stakeholders in sports administration are working assiduously to facilitate adequate sports security in accordance with international standards.The Police Commissioner however vowed that the Command will not hesitate to deal decisively with miscreants and sports hooligans who may take undue advantage of the peace and security existing in Akwa Ibom State.Similiarly, Muazu assured members of the public of their safety and protection before, during and after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more