Buckee named a top 100 global thinker by Foreign Policy

first_imgCaroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was named one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013 by Foreign Policy (FP). Buckee was listed among what the magazine’s editors called “some of the world’s most exciting people” who are “doing nothing less than bringing peace, protecting the planet, and pushing the boundaries of the possible.” Buckee, whose research focuses on using cellphone data to curb the spread of malaria, was included in a category titled “Healers.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Text messages effective in treating malaria

first_imgSimple text message reminders to take medication can help malaria patients stick to their medication regimen, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).The study was published October 28, 2014 in PLOS ONE.“When patients don’t complete their full medication regimen, diseases can develop resistance to treatment. And with infectious diseases like malaria, drug resistant diseases can spread to others,” lead author Julia Raifman, doctoral candidate in the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) at HSPH, said in an October 28, 2014 New York Magazine article.Despite major international efforts over decades, malaria continues to be a primary cause of death globally. An estimated 655,000 to 1.24 million people died of malaria in 2010; more than half were below age 5.Other HSPH authors included Heather Lanthorn, a doctoral student in GHP, and Slawa Rokicki, SM ’12, now enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Health Policy program. Senior author of the study was Güenther Fink, associate professor of international health economics at HSPH. Read Full Storylast_img read more

The science behind the new dietary guidelines report

first_img Read Full Story What should we eat to be healthy — and to stay that way?More fruits and vegetables. Less red and processed meat. Whole grains instead of refined. Nonfat dairy foods, legumes, nuts, and seafood. Fewer foods with added sugars or high levels of saturated fat and sodium.And foods with cholesterol, like eggs — long seen as unhealthy — are now considered OK. That’s because recent research shows only a weak link between cholesterol in the diet and blood cholesterol, and moderate egg consumption—up to one egg a day — is not associated with heart disease among healthy people.These are some of the main recommendations from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), which last week issued a report on how food, nutrition, and physical activity can promote the health of the U.S. population.Many of the DGAC committee members came together, both in-person and via a live webcast, at a February 25, 2015 symposium at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Presenters included Harvard Chan’s Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, and committee chair Barbara Millen, former professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and now president of public health startup Millennium Prevention. The event, held at Kresge’s Snyder Auditorium, also drew hundreds of online viewers.last_img read more

University unveils plan to end coal use, reduce carbon footprint

first_imgIn advance of Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States this week, Notre Dame is acting on the pontiff’s message of sustainability and care for the environment.After Tuesday morning’s town hall meeting in Washington Hall, University President Fr. John Jenkins and Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves held a press conference to discuss the University’s new initiative to end all use of coal by 2020 and to reduce the University’s carbon footprint by more than half by 2030.The initiative, announced in a press release Monday, comes as a response to Pope Francis’s May encyclical “Laudato Si,” Jenkins said.“We have had efforts in sustainability … and we made really very good progress over the past decade, at least,” Jenkins said at the press conference.“But this summer, when Pope Francis promulgated his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, I went to John [Affleck-Graves] and I said, ‘John, let’s look at it. Can we take a further step? Can we do a bit more to respond to the Pope’s encyclical, to respond to the challenge of the environment?’”According to the press release, Notre Dame will also invest $113 million in renewable energy including geothermal, solar, hydroelectric and biomass sources. Affleck-Graves said the University will keep its options open with these technologies, including possibly installing solar panel fields somewhere on campus.“We would like, in the end, to have a fairly diversified strategy so that we have a little bit of each of those and eventually get to a stage where we can be fully renewable,” Affleck-Graves said.“But that’s probably going to take 40 to 50 years to get to be a fully renewable campus.”Jenkins said this project will carry significant costs, but he and Affleck-Graves said they ultimately think the investment in sustainable energy will pay for itself. Eventually, the University hopes these technologies will decrease Notre Dame’s carbon dioxide emissions by 47,500 tons per year, or the equivalent to taking 10,000 cars off the road, according to the press release.“It will cost us,” Jenkins said. “It will cost us; however in the long run, I’m hoping that some of these fuel sources can be cost effective.“I think in a way, it’s the Pope calling us to take the long view. Often we take the short view, and if you take the long view, and if you’re innovative, there’s some pain up front, but in the long run, it’s more sustainable, and, we think, cost effective.”The new initiative “is a continuation, but a kind of augmentation” of the University’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact, Jenkins said. Affleck-Graves said Notre Dame has decreased its coal use from about 85 percent of campus’s total energy use in the mid-2000s, to 15 percent now. A large part of the strategy going forward, Affleck-Graves said, is conservation.“We’ve been working very hard since the early 2000s on the concept of ‘it’s the responsibility of everybody to honor the planet and to leave the planet in a better state than we got it,’ and a big part of that is conservation,” he said.“We estimate we can decrease our carbon footprint by 15 to 20 percent just by conservation efforts, so we’ve worked hard on those. And then there are a variety of other issues that we’re looking at.”Jenkins will be in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday for Pope Francis’s visit, and said he hopes the University’s renewed and more aggressive approach to reducing its carbon footprint will resonate with other universities and the general population as a way to heed the Pope’s call to care for the planet.“I hope it affects other universities, but I hope it also gives an example just to the population at large, just about taking these issues seriously and taking the steps we can,” Jenkins said. “Again, we want to join with the Holy Father, the Pope, in his call to take these issues about nurturing the environment seriously.”At the afternoon town hall meeting, Jenkins gave an overview of changes to campus life, including sustainability, and Affleck-Graves announced campus facility updates. Vice President for Human Resources John McQuade also explained the changes being made in the health insurance of staff and faculty.Jenkins spoke on the need for the University to become more efficient in order to offer more support to students and their families.“Notre Dame costs a lot of money for the families who send their children here,” he said. “It is extremely important that we are efficient and conscientious in running this place. We work very hard in providing financial aid, but we still have to be conscious about this. … You read that higher education is bloated and inefficient, complacent, it’s not run effectively, and I cannot believe that’s true for Notre Dame.”Affleck-Graves said the University is planning two off-campus building projects: a boathouse for the men’s and women’s rowing teams at Viewing Park, set to be completed in December, and the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility in South Bend’s Innovation Park.“This [facility] not only is going to help with our research, but it will also help the economic engine in our community,” Affleck-Graves said. “It’s a wonderful collaboration to help with the city and its businesses and the people. In this facility, what they’re going to do is test gas turbine engines.”Affleck-Graves said the University is addressing several faculty-raised facility issues, including a lack of short-term parking and elevators in need of repair at Flanner and Grace Halls. He said the University will be adding short-term parking lots near O’Shaughnessy Hall and Galvin Life Science Center, and the elevators in both Flanner and Grace Halls will be fixed over the course of several months.“The good news is we can replace each of the six elevators,” he said. “The bad news is that it’s much more complicated to fix than I thought. Each elevator has to be replaced and they have to redo the shaft and it takes three months per elevator. We have a plan to do this over nine months total in each building.”Staff health insurance will be undergoing changes, McQuade said, with the addition of a new high deductible plan and a switch to active enrollment.“It’s not like all the plans are going to dramatically change,” he said. “But it is imperative that you be informed about your health care choice because we are adding plans, and it’s absolutely critical to us that the right people choose the right plans.”Tags: Carbon footprint, coal, fr. jenkins, John Affleck-Graves, laudato si’, Pope Francis, town halllast_img read more

The Total Bent Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The world premiere of The Total Bent has extended its run at the Public Theater. The Stew and Heidi Rodewald musical, which begins preview performances on May 10, will now run through June 19 (instead of the previously announced June 12). Opening night is set for May 25.Directed by Joanna Settle, The Total Bent follows Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy, as a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to sign him. The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous. But in a nation on the verge of social upheaval, Marty finds himself at odds with his spiritually forceful father as he strives to create a masterpiece that will change America—no matter the cost.The cast features Ato Blankson-Wood, Kenny Brawner, David Cale, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Damian Lemar Hudson, Jahi Kearse and Curtis Wiley. In addition to Stew and Rodewald, the band includes Marty Beller, John Blevins and Brad Mulholland. View Comments Heidi Rodewald & Stew(Photo: Savine Scheckel) The Total Bentcenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

The envelope system goes digital

first_imgThere’s a brand new player hitting the personal financial management space today. And its inspiration is a method of savings that isn’t fancy, is probably the way that your parents and grandparents saved for vacations, holiday presents and other big purchases, and what Dave Ramsey says is the most reliable way to make sure money is actually saved: The Envelope System.But this version is all digital – and it’s called Money Clouds.In a press release announcing its launch today, a venture five years in the making, Money Clouds describes itself as a platform that helps customers define and save for individual goals outside of their primary bank account.In an interview with MPD CEO Karen Webster prior to the launch, Jason Conway, Founder and CEO of Quemulus (the company behind Money Clouds), told Webster that he “loved hearing” her tell him that the envelope method is how her parents saved money when she was growing up, because it speaks to how widely the concept resonates.He relates an anecdote of his own, which inspired what is now Money Clouds. continue reading » 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pakistan blocks five dating apps including Tinder and Grindr

first_imgPakistan said on Tuesday it has blocked Tinder, Grindr and three other dating apps for not adhering to local laws, its latest move to curb online platforms deemed to be disseminating “immoral content”.Pakistan, the second largest Muslim-majority country in the world after Indonesia, is an Islamic nation where extra-marital relationships and homosexuality are illegal.The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it has sent notices to the management of the five apps, “keeping in view the negative effects of immoral/indecent content streaming.” PTA said the notices issued to Tinder, Grindr, Tagged, Skout and SayHi sought the removal of “dating services” and moderation of live streaming content in accordance with local laws.The companies did not respond to the notices within the stipulated time, the regulator added.Tinder, Tagged, Skout and Grindr did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to contact SayHi for comment.Tinder, a globally popular dating app, is owned by Match Group while Tagged and Skout are owned by the Meet Group. Grindr, which describes itself as a social networking and online dating application for LGBT people, was cleared to be sold by a Chinese company this year to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition for $620 million.Data from analytics firm Sensor Tower shows Tinder has been downloaded more than 440,000 times in Pakistan within the last 12 months. Grindr, Tagged and SayHi had each been downloaded about 300,000 times and Skout 100,000 times in that same period.Critics say Pakistan, using recent digital legislation, has sought to rein in free expression on the internet, blocking or ordering the removal of content deemed immoral as well as news critical of the government and military.In July, Pakistan issued a “final warning” to short-form video app TikTok over explicit content posted on the platform, while live streaming app Bigo Live was blocked for 10 days for the same reason.Pakistani authorities reiterated that concern to TikTok officials in a recent meeting.Last week, PTA also asked video-sharing platform YouTube to “immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude and hate speech content for viewing in Pakistan”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final

first_img Comment Sean KearnsSunday 24 Feb 2019 6:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link118Shares Advertisement Ederson could be forced to sit out another League Cup final (Picture: Getty)Muric is far less experienced than Bravo but Metro.co.uk understands Guardiola is ready to start the 20-year-old against Maurizio Sarri’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuardiola will inform his side of his team selection on Sunday but the Spaniard has kept Muric sweating on his place by insisting he will make a late call.‘We will see – I have to think about it,’ Guardiola said on Friday.‘He’s been an important player for us to be where we are. Leicester with the penalties, he was incredible.‘We trust him, that’s why he is second keeper today. We didn’t look to buy anybody in the winter market.’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 ArsenalCity are sweating on John Stones’ fitness for the clash at Wembley.The defender missed the side’s 3-2 win away at Schalke in midweek and remained in the north-west to recover from a groin injury.Gabriel Jesus also missed the defeat with a hamstring problem and Guardiola is hopeful that the pair could return to feature in his matchday squad.‘Tomorrow (Saturday) we will see, the info I have is they are getting better but right now I cannot say if they will be ready for Sunday,’ said Guardiola.MORE: Mauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to Burnley Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final Advertisement Arijanet Muric has started each of City’s five games to get to the final (Picture: Getty)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is prepared to stick with Arijanet Muric for today’s Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea.The 20-year-old has started every round of the Cup so far and conceded just once during five matches.The Kosovo international has served as Ederson’s understudy this term after Claudio Bravo suffered a long-term Achilles injury and was City’s hero in a penalty shootout win against Leicester City in the quarter-finals.Bravo was City’s League Cup goalkeeper last term en route to the final and Guardiola stuck with the Chilean for a 3-0 win against Arsenal, despite calls for Ederson to be reinstated.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brisbane’s auction volume ramps up

first_img30 Long St West, GracevilleNinety groups have attended inspections and Ms McPhie said she was still fielding enquiries.“People haven’t even been through the property and they’re asking for contracts” she said.The auction of the popular family-friendly home is scheduled for Saturday at 10am.Matthew Condon, from The Auction Group, is calling the action. 30 Long St West, Graceville.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoKathy McPhie from Belle Property Sherwood is confident of selling 30 Long St West, Graceville under the hammer on Saturday. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom Queenslander is north-facing on a 997sq m allotment in the Sherwood State School catchment zone. Ruby and Bill Jaede at their Graceville home which is going to auction on Saturday. Picture: Peter WallisAUCTION activity across Brisbane is ramping up, in line with a significant increase in volume across the combined capital cities.This week a total of 1,500 properties across the markets are expected to go under the hammer, up from last week’s 881.CoreLogic data also shows the number of Brisbane auctions at 117, a rise from last week’s total of 102 with a clearance rate of 57.1 per cent from 84 results.The Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital city region last week with 74 auctions and a clearance rate of 44.1 per cent from 59 recorded results.center_img 30 Long St West, Graceville.Ms McPhie said the owners did a wonderful job updating the home.“It has been of great interest because the renovation was very, very well thought through and it’s been very tastefully done with really good finishes,” she said.last_img read more

Kingscliff house pushes the boundaries in property design

first_imgThe loft-style main bedroom with spa ensuite and balcony as well as the 12-car basement garage are serviced by an Italian-designed lift, which Mrs Witheriff described as “glitzy”.“(The basement) has even got a mechanical pit for servicing of vehicles,” she said.“There’s also a total roof deck which has got amazing views over the suburb and Hinterland.”The onsite auction will be held on Wednesday, November 7.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Make a splash in the pool. The extravagant design makes it one of the most prominent homes in the Salt Village precinct.LJ Hooker Kingscliff agents Brett Swales and Carol Witheriff are marketing the property, which will be auctioned next month.Mrs Witheriff said an interstate businessman bought the property in 2010 as a holiday home for his extended family. However, they no longer use it as often.Given the house’s opulent design and lavish features, Mrs Witheriff said it would be snapped up quickly.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago No expense has been spared in the design. More news: North v South — where’s the best place to live on the Gold Coast? 1 Cactus Court, Kingscliff is a sight to behold.IT’S the type of home that makes jaws drop.With towering windows, a spiral staircase leading up to a rooftop deck and a street-facing infinity edged pool, this Kingscliff property commands attention. “It’s been completely updated and renovated over the last three to four months,” she said.“We opened it for the first time last Saturday and had 12 lots of people through.”The four-storey house is on a 976sq m corner block and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a tiered theatre room, outdoor entertainment area and five water features. More news: Mansion stunning at every turn Relax poolside. Entertain in style. From the front. Inside the property.last_img read more