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Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies aids student research

first_imgThe Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies. The Fairbank Center collaborates with the Harvard University Asia Center to offer undergraduate and graduate student grants for Chinese language study and research travel.In 2009-10 the Fairbank Center also assisted the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in providing financial aid to 10 doctoral students pursuing research on China in various disciplines. To support the training of new scholars, the Fairbank Center provides grants for graduate student conference travel and dissertation research. The generosity and foresight of many donors have made the student grants possible by establishing funds such as the Desmond and Whitney Shum Graduate Fellowship; the Elise Fay Hawtin Travel and Research Fund; the Fairbank Center Challenge Grant; the Harvard Club of the Republic of China Fellowship Fund; the John K. Fairbank Center Endowment; the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants; and the Liang Qichao Travel Fund. Student grants in Chinese studies are also supported by contributions from Fairbank Center affiliates.For a list of student grant recipients, visit the Fairbank Center Web site.last_img read more

Here they come a-caroling

first_img“I feel like every time I get to attend Zoom rehearsal, especially the pieces we have rehearsed before in person, I can hear the choir in my head so much more vibrantly,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful feeling. I’m just happy that I can pretend it’s still happening, but we are all just far away.”Jones said he hopes this piece of musical tradition brings a little joy in this challenging time.“Beloved by its members and alums, the service has given hope and sustenance to our community during the best and the worst of times,” he said. “We hope that it might provide some nourishment during this difficult period: preparing it has certainly done so for me personally, and for our amazing students.” Charles Follen (1796-1840) remembered for bringing tradition from Germany Related Have yourself a happy, healthy pandemic Thanksgiving The annual Christmas carol service at Harvard stands as an unfaltering tradition for more than a century in times of peace and world war, prosperity and depression, health and pandemic, social harmony and upheaval.On Christmas Eve, the Memorial Church and the Harvard University Choir will continue this rite of the holiday season in an online service featuring student voices recorded individually from across the country and around the world, digitally stitched together in a video performance of the seasonal carols.“Members of the Harvard University Choir, under the direction of Edward Jones, have been working all semester to create this service,” said Stephanie Paulsell, interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School. “Carol services have been held at Harvard through times of war and plague and stress, and thanks to our dedicated musicians there will be one this year as well.”The 111th Annual Christmas Carol Service is scheduled for 5 p.m., Dec. 24 on the Memorial Church website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. The hourlong service of readings and music is free and open to the public. Online donations will be accepted through the Phillips Brooks House Association in support of Y2Y Harvard Square youth homeless shelter and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter for adults.The carol service tradition dates back to 1910, established by University Organist and Choirmaster Archibald T. Davison, and Edward C. Moore, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. Each year the service begins with “Adeste, fideles” sung in Latin by the Harvard University Choir. The singing of “Silent Night” by the choir and congregation is also a long-standing tradition.This year’s service will retain many traditions of the past, but because of the pandemic, will be a very different experience for members of the choir, clergy and the audience. The service will include nine carols sung by the choir, four congregational hymns pulled from past years’ videos, three readings and a short sermon by  Paulsell.The introduction of a new commissioned carol is also part of the tradition. This year, Carson Cooman ’04, research assistant and resident composer at the Memorial Church, has written a new carol, “Legend of the Little Child,” to premiere in the service.“It will certainly have a different feel, but hopefully not a completely different experience as I think the aesthetic is the same: to celebrate through song and word the joy of the season,” said Edward Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster. “And while I lament not being in communion with our singers and congregation physically, I think there are certain positives about this format.”This unique academic year did provide an opportunity to schedule the carol service on Christmas Eve, and gave past generations of choir members an opportunity to participate in choral singing, Jones said.“Usually, bound by Harvard’s academic calendar, we do our services towards the beginning of December, but this year we can release the service on Christmas Eve when our students can watch with their families,” he said. “Furthermore, we will include footage from previous carol services, which not only shows off the glories of a full and festive church, but makes this service truly inter-generational.”Work on the carols service began at the beginning of fall term. Because of safety precautions instituted by the University to prevent the spread of COVID-19, members of the choir attended online rehearsals each week on Zoom. From their homes — scattered across the country and as far as the United Kingdom, France, and India — the students exercised their singing voices, learned the music, and sang their individual parts with Jones leading the sessions on piano.,Production of the service is a puzzle of many parts. In October and November, each choir member recorded the video and audio of their individual singing parts. The organ tracks of the carols were provided by assistant organist and choirmaster David von Behren, who used the organ at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Neb., near where he is living during the pandemic.The organ tracks, student recordings and the readings by clergy are being pieced together by Media Production Center to create the digital carols service video.“Well, it’s definitely not the same as being in the choir room, but it is nice to see other people and still be able to make some music during this very weird semester when a lot of the performing arts have been so negatively impacted,” said Katharine Courtemanche ’21, choir secretary. “This carol service gave us something to work on and to look forward to. It’s lovely to keep our community going and to be able to sing together.”During a normal academic year, members of the choir attend rehearsals twice a week in the choir room of Memorial Church, with a social “teatime” once a week in the Student Oasis. The challenge, Jones said, was maintaining a sense of community both musically and socially.“It has obviously been hard for everyone: we all yearn to make music together,” he said. “But while rehearsing via Zoom has fairly severe limitations, there is a certain beauty in knowing that dotted around the world our choristers are singing the same piece of music at the same time. The universe’s sound waves are making the connections that our human ears cannot. It’s really quite magical.”The Carol Service is one of the highlights of the University calendar. Each year, people line up outside Memorial Church for hours in hope of getting seat for one of the two services. Carols are also an important tradition to the members of the choir, music staff, and clergy. Choir member Rebecca Stewart, a Ph.D. candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, said this year’s performance is special. Do something positive and connect with distant (and ‘distanced’) loved ones center_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Epidemiologist offers tips for family gatherings at Thanksgiving and in December Harvard professor brought first Christmas tree to New England Keeping safe from pandemic during the holidayslast_img read more

In Egypt, a push to get more orphans families, fight stigma

first_imgEgyptians who have taken in children under the Islamic system of guardianship known as Kafala are turning to social media to raise awareness as part of a push to provide orphans with permanent families. They’re sharing their stories and working to demystify the sometimes misunderstood practice. They’re also tackling social prejudices attached to abandoned children or those assumed to have been born out of wedlock. Their activism comes as Egypt has been easing Kafala regulations, and supportive clerics say Islam promises rewards for those caring for orphans. Says one Kafala mom: “I want all the children to find homes.”last_img read more

Avian Influenza

first_imgAvian influenza can’t make humans sick, but it has driven the cost of eggs up and will result in consumers paying more for their holiday turkeys. Avian flu has affected 21 states and 48 million birds to date since the discovery of the current outbreak of the disease on North American shores in December 2014. Commercial and backyard poultry in Georgia have gone untouched so far, but the state’s agriculture industry is preparing for the potential arrival of the pathogen.There have been no cases of human infection by birds because the H5N2 strain of the virus is not zoonotic, meaning it cannot pass between humans and animals. (Zoonotic avian influenza, also referred to as “bird flu,” can be transmitted from birds to humans.)Strictly an animal health issue and not a food safety or public health issue, avian flu still impacts consumers, especially those who enjoy eating eggs. The price of eggs has increased this year because the U.S. egg-layer industry has lost 10 percent of its average inventory to the disease. The U.S. turkey industry has lost 7.45 percent of its average inventory. As a result, consumers can expect higher prices for this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys.Commercially produced poultry is tested for avian flu in the U.S. prior to being processed, so poultry products are safe to eat.Agriculture is the largest segment of Georgia’s economy, and the poultry industry tops the commodity list. Georgia’s poultry/egg industry contributes an estimated $28 billion annually and supports nearly 109,000 jobs in the state. Believed to have originated in Asia and spread through wild waterfowl to northern North America, avian flu has been spread across the U.S. by migrating birds.The virus cannot survive above 65 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 days, which helps to safeguard Georgia poultry. However, as birds begin migrating south this fall, Georgia will become more susceptible. Before now, the disease has been concentrated in the Pacific Northwest and upper Midwest. While Georgia’s commercial poultry industry has the greatest risk in terms of potential for loss, it also has multiple safeguards in place and limits commercial birds’ exposure to migratory birds. However, avian flu can easily be introduced into Georgia through backyard chicken flocks. For more information on avian flu, call the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3667 or see the UGA Extension website at information on keeping backyard poultry flocks healthy, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent or read UGA Extension publications at read more

Local hospitals figure out supply plans for every scenario

first_imgSAYRE, Pa. (WBNG) — The longer the coronavirus pandemic continues, the more resources local hospitals have to expend to combat the virus. Staff say the pandemic has expanded their typical need for supplies. Guthrie says besides PPEs, hospital beds are another important resource, and it has a plan in place to double bed capacity if needed at each of its five hospitals. While Guthrie is confident in having sufficient PPEs for the number of patients it expects, a surge could pose unexpected challenges because of how unknown the future is at the moment. Staff at the hospital run by Guthrie say they and all other hospitals have to report their supply status to state governments on a regular basis. Because of this, they are well aware of exactly how much supplies they have at the moment. center_img “We have a routine ordering process, a routine inventory, and we anticipate what our needs are,” said Dr. Michael Scalzone, the chief quality officer for the Guthrie Clini. “The challenges here have been everyone, much like we’ve seen in retail, grocery stores and other places, is everyone at the same time was seeking to get more supplies.” At Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, there are the standard ways of getting the personal protective equipment for all the staff, and then there are the ways they’ve had to do so since the COVID-19 outbreak began. UHS and Lourdes declined an interview but both provided answers to questions sent regarding their supplies. UHS said its two hospitals are at a combined less than half capacity, and N95 masks are its biggest need at the moment. Lourdes said it has plenty of supplies for now, but is working with authorities to acquire more if needed.last_img read more

Report discourages use of antivirals for seasonal flu

first_imgJan 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who analyzed numerous clinical trials concluded that the two newest antiviral drugs for influenza, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), should not routinely be used against seasonal flu—a recommendation flatly rejected by the manufacturer of oseltamivir.The researchers, writing in The Lancet, also raise doubts about using the two drugs, called neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs), in a potential flu pandemic. They say they found no “credible evidence” that the drugs are helpful in human cases of avian flu. If the drugs are used in a flu epidemic or pandemic, they should be accompanied by standard public health measures to prevent spread of infection, the authors say.The accumulated evidence “suggests that neuraminidase inhibitors should not be used routinely for seasonal influenza and only with associated public health measures in a pandemic situation,” says the report by Tom Jefferson and four colleagues with the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Italy and the University of Queensland in Australia.The scientists also said the two older antiviral flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, should not be used for flu, because they don’t prevent infection or viral shedding and they have potential serious side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week advised doctors not to prescribe the two drugs for the rest of this flu season because circulating flu viruses have a high rate of resistance to them.Roche, the Swiss-based maker of oseltamivir, said in a statement yesterday, “Roche fundamentally disagrees with the conclusions reached by the authors that oseltamivir should not be used for the treatment or prevention of seasonal influenza. The conclusion is at odds with the opinion of experts and regulatory authorities around the world.”The World Health Organization (WHO) and many countries, including the United States, are stockpiling the NIs, mainly oseltamivir, in the hope that they will be useful if H5N1 avian flu leads to a pandemic. WHO officials say the agency does not plan to change its recommendations about the possible role of antivirals in dealing with a pandemic.”After carefully reviewing this analysis, WHO will not be changing its stockpiling recommendations,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told CIDRAP News via e-mail. “There are several concerns we had with this document. Even the authors state that while there is little evidence to support effectiveness for oseltamivir in AI [avian influenza] patients, they also say that it is possible that patients could have been given the drug too late in the course of their illness to be effective.”Roche did not directly challenge the authors’ conclusion about the effectiveness of oseltamivir against avian flu strains in humans, but the company reported today that the drug performed well in a recent animal study, as well as previous ones. In the new study, the medication prevented viral replication in ferrets that were treated 4 hours after exposure to the H5N1 virus.The researchers analyzed 19 randomized controlled trials of oseltamivir and zanamivir along with 34 trials of amantadine and rimantadine. They examined the drugs’ record in preventing and treating laboratory-confirmed influenza and influenza-like illness in patients aged 16 to 65.For treatment of symptomatic flu, oseltamivir had 61% to 73% efficacy, depending on the dosage, and zanamivir had 62% efficacy, the report says.The NIs were found to have no significant effect when used to prevent flu-like illness. But for preventing flu after exposure to the virus (postexposure prophylaxis), oseltamivir was 58.5% efficacious in households and 68% to 89% efficacious in contacts of index cases, the analysis showed.The researchers also found evidence that the NIs shortened the duration of symptoms and reduced the viral load in nasal secretions, but the drugs did not eliminate viral shedding. Oseltamivir, 150 mg daily, reduced the incidence of bronchitis and pneumonia in flu cases but not in flu-like illness cases.”We do not see a role for the use of neuraminidase inhibitors in seasonal inflenza, since the evidence shows that they are ineffective against influenza-like illness,” the authors write. But they add that in the context of a known influenza epidemic, flu-like illness is more likely to be actual influenza and the NIs are more likely to be helpful.In responding to the article, Roche officials said, “The statement by the author that neuraminidase inhibitors should not be used in seasonal influenza control is inappropriate and inconsistent with data. Roche strongly disagrees with this article; surveillance activities and the appropriate use of antivirals are critical to combat influenza.”Roche took issue with using oseltamivir’s reported lack of effectiveness against flu-like illness as a reason not to use it for seasonal flu: “Once influenza is circulating and with clearly defined symptoms identified[,] influenza is easy to diagnose. Roche has never advocated the use of Tamiflu for control of influenza-like symptoms.”The researchers also examined reports on the effects of oseltamivir in human H5N1 flu patients in Southeast Asia. There, oseltamivir treatment had no clear effect on mortality, although this could have been a result of starting treatment late in patients who already had a high viral load, the report says. In H5N1 cases, the viral load can be 10 times greater than in seasonal flu, a WHO study showed.Resistance to oseltamivir was seen in 7 of 43 children and in 2 of 8 Vietnamese children and adults, the report says.The scientists also found no clear benefits from the use of oseltamivir in people exposed to H7N7 avian flu in the Netherlands in 2003 and H7N3 avian flu in Canada in 2004.”We could find no credible evidence of the effects of neuraminidase inhibitors on avian influenza” in humans, the authors write.”As viral load and virulence of pandemic viruses are considerably higher than those of seasonal influenza viruses, the use of neuraminidase inhibitors in a serious epidemic or pandemic should not be considered without concomitant measures, such as barriers, distance, and personal hygiene.” The authors add that overestimating the ability of NIs to prevent illness could cause those treated to be less careful, leading to increased spread.Jefferson T, Demicheli V, Rivetti D, et al. Antivirals for influenza in healthy adults: systematic review. Lancet 2006 Jan 19 (early online publication) [Abstract]See also:Jan 19 Roche statement 20 Roche report on animal trial of oseltamivir read more

Hunger for ‘good news’ grows as pandemic woes deepen

first_imgBattered by grim headlines, horrifying statistics and deep uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, many people worldwide are trying to lift their spirits by seeking out “good news.”Sites specializing in upbeat news have seen a surge in growth in recent weeks. And Google searches for “good news” have jumped fivefold since the start of the year.The Good News Network, created in the late 1990s, has seen traffic triple in the past month with more than 10 million visitors, according to founder and editor Geri Weis-Corbley. Coping with crisis Stuart Soroka, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, said humans are conditioned to pay closer attention to negative news because it could force them to change their behavior.But in a crisis, Soroka, said people also look for news which is “most outlying, at odds with our expectations,” which may account for the public turning to positive stories.Ashley Muddiman, a professor at the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Kansas, said the positive news is a way of helping people cope.”There’s a good amount of research that suggests that when people are too scared or things are too negative, that they might try to shut down instead of trying to do things or go about their life,” Muddiman said.”I do think that people want to see solutions and want to see people working towards solutions rather than bickering with each other. When news can cover that, I think that that is something to be attractive to audiences.”Some people are showing signs of fatigue with the onslaught of depressing news about the health crisis.”I think that a lot of us can fall victim to being drawn into constant negative news,” said Clarence Edwards, a resident of the US capital city Washington.”I think the media pay attention to what sells, and mainly that’s scary and bad news. ” “People are sending us links of positive, inspiring things happening in their neighborhoods, in their cities, in their states, so we have so much good news to pass along,” said Weis-Corbley, who also observed spikes in interest after the September 11 attacks and the global financial crisis of a decade ago.”We think that people now are experiencing a yearning for good news that will continue.”Other websites including The Guardian, Fox News, HuffPost, MSN and Yahoo have their own pages dedicated to uplifting stories.A CNN newsletter, “The Good Stuff,” created last year, has seen a 50 percent jump in subscriptions over the past month, a network spokesperson said. “Our editorial team saw growing interest in the stories that made our audience smile, with fascinating discoveries, everyday heroes, inspiring movements and great things happening all over the world,” the spokesperson said.Actor John Krasinski joined the effort with his own weekly YouTube video show, “Some Good News,” from March 29, which mimics a traditional news broadcast, but focusing on uplifting stories.Krasinski’s videos offer a mix of tributes to pandemic “health heroes” and celebrity appearances including from his actress wife Emily Blunt, and got 15 million views for its first episode. Topics :last_img read more

Raul Sanllehi explains Edu’s role as ex-Arsenal star is appointed as technical director

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Raul Sanllehi explains Edu’s role as ex-Arsenal star is appointed as technical director Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Jul 2019 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link547Shares Edu was a key part of Arsenal 2003/04 Invincibles (Picture: Getty)Edu, who won two Premier League titles during a four year spell at Arsenal, added: ‘Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role.‘We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.’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 Former Arsenal star Edu has been appointed as the club’s new technical director (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head of football has hailed Edu as ‘the final piece of the jigsaw’ following confirmation of his appointment as the club’s new technical director.The north London club have been waiting patiently for Edu to arrive but the 41-year-old will begin work immediately after overeeing Brazi’s Copa America success.Former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was overlooked for the role, which led to his sudden departure in February, while Sevilla’s transfer guru Monchi was close to teaming up with Unai Emery before a sudden change of heart.Clarifying Edu’s role within Arsenal’s new-look backroom team, Sanllehi said: ‘We’re very excited that Edu is joining the team.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‘He has great experience and technical football knowledge and most importantly is a true Arsenal man. He understands the club and what we stand for to our millions of fans around the world.‘His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward.‘He will be working closely with Unai Emery and the first-team coaches, and will play a relevant role leading our football vision and ensuring we have – and follow – a solid philosophy through all our football activities.’ Commentlast_img read more

Bardon property see more than 200 through its first open home

first_imgThe backyard and pool at 36 Carroll St, Bardon.The impressive four bedroom build created by Corella Construction, sits perched on 551sq m of land with city glimpses and a pool. The property also has a built-in outdoor kitchen complete with barbecue and wine fridge, wine cellar and designer appliances. The ourdoor kitchen at 36 Carroll St, Bardon.Mr Wheelans said homes of this standard in the Bardon area are few and far between.“There aren’t a lot of new builds in the area,” he said.“Especially of this calibre.“This one is a stand out for sure.” The home at 36 Carroll St, Bardon.Marketing agent Simon Wheelans of Place Real Estate, Paddington said over 200 people came to the inspection of 36 Carroll St, Bardon.Mr Wheelans said it was the biggest turn out he had seen at a single open home in his 30 year career.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoRThe designer kitchen at 36 Carroll St, Bardon.When asked why he thought it was such a success, Mr Wheelans said it was the marketing campaign that really drove the big numbers. “We’ve been planning this one even since December,” he said.“We’ve been using social media accounts to promote it in a big way.”center_img 36 Carroll St, BardonThis contemporary new build in Bardon had its first open home over the weekend, and boy, was it a big one. last_img read more

Makerah George is Miss DSC Mas Jamboree 2012

first_imgLocalNews Makerah George is Miss DSC Mas Jamboree 2012 by: – February 22, 2012 Share 38 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Makerah George Miss DSC Mas Jamboree 2012Makerah George of Castle Comfort has been crowned Miss DSC Mas Jamboree 2012.George defeated six other contestants at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort on Friday winning the awards for best creative wear, best evening wear and best talent.The first runner up position was Octavia Prosper who also received two awards for Miss Intelligence and Best in Evening Wear.Second runner up went to Micah Rodney who in the talent segment dressed like three time Calypso Monarch winner Dice and sang his hit song “Send Me”.[nggallery id=143]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more