Nominations open for Harvard Corporation members

first_imgAs announced in December, the Harvard Corporation will expand from seven to 13 members, as part of a broader set of changes involving the Corporation’s composition and work.All members of the extended Harvard community are invited to send advice on the search and nominate individuals who would be strong candidates for the Corporation. Email advice and nominations to corporationsearch@harvard.edu or mail them to the Corporation Search Committee, Harvard University, Loeb House, 17 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Communications will be held in strict confidence.last_img read more

Too much salt led to nearly 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide

first_imgThe global taste for salt — seventy-five percent of the world’s population consumes nearly double the daily recommended amount of sodium — may have been responsible for 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide in 2010, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, held March 19-22, 2013 in New Orleans.Excess sodium consumption is known to increase blood pressure, which contributes to cardiovascular disease—the world’s number one cause of death, according to the AHA. Globally sodium intake from commercially prepared food, table salt, soy sauce, and salt added during food preparation averaged nearly 4,000 mg a day in 2010. The World Health Organization recommends less than 2,000 mg a day of sodium; the AHA recommends less than 1,500 mg a day.To estimate global sodium intake, researchers analyzed survey data gathered between 1990 and 2010 as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, which is an international collaborative study by 488 scientists from 303 institutions in 50 countries around the world.Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of epidemiology, led the study linking heart-related deaths to sodium consumption. Saman Fahimi, visiting scientist in HSPH’s epidemiology department, led the study on sodium consumption levels. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Central America Seeks International Help for Its Security Strategy

first_imgBy Dialogo May 12, 2011 For Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez, the most important thing is that the design of a common strategy is being achieved. The director of the Guatemalan police, Jaime Leonel Otzin, commented that the security agencies and the judicial system are working “harmoniously” on short-, medium-, and long-term programs contained in the regional strategy. “Shared responsibility” in the execution of the strategy, which includes crime prevention and re-entry into society, is justified, according to Castro, in areas like drug trafficking, which involves the countries of origin of the drugs, the transit nations, and the destination countries. According to a draft of the regional strategy, fighting crime is what will require the most resources: 803 million dollars. “Now we have a security plan that specifies national and regional activities (and) the costs of those activities,” in Martínez’s estimation. Prior to this meeting, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes warned that the drug cartels operating in the isthmus have an annual income of 100 billion dollars, five times more than El Salvador’s gross domestic product (GDP). “We are facing a very powerful enemy, one who acts on a regional level with resources that exceed those available to the security forces of our countries,” Funes indicated. For his part, the secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Juan Daniel Alemán, stated that with the strategy, the aim is to “generate awareness under the principle of shared responsibility and the additive character of resources in the area of democratic security.” center_img The delegates discussed, among other issues, how to ensure that Costa Rica and Panama, which do not have armies or navies, can safeguard their territorial waters. Central America has completed the design of a regional security strategy that includes the concept of “shared responsibility” and is hoping that the international community will finance part of the one billion dollars needed to confront organized crime. Crime and violence cost Central America 8% of its GDP, according to the World Bank. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), between 2003 and 2008, more than 79,000 people were murdered in the region, where almost three million firearms are in circulation, two out of three of them illegally. “The issue of security is a transnational problem, and we all have to assume our share of the responsibility, in proportion,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister René Castro declared to AFP. The shared strategy, according to Alemán, is “directed” toward an effort that will begin on 16 May with the search for funds in Madrid, Spain. In order to confront crime, the countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) decided to send their armies into the streets to support the police in security tasks. The final occasion for obtaining international cooperation will be at an international conference that will be held on 22 and 23 June in Guatemala.last_img read more

Colombian Authorities Dismantle Underage Prostitution Ring

first_imgA prostitution ring that offered underage girls to the criminal gang Clan Úsuga has been taken down thanks to cooperative efforts by the Colombian Army, National Police, and Attorney General’s Office. “And who will she be with, your dad? … Tell him I’ll bring him the girl, but it must be with him,” she replied. “I don’t want her to be with some other brute.” In the end, Paola Machado didn’t take her sister because she found another girl to replace her. By Dialogo May 22, 2015 Before the Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol (DIJIN) captured her, Paola lived with her family in a ramshackle house in Antioquia. The arrests cap a two-year investigation that included surveillance and wiretaps. Providing underage females to gang members Allegedly, during that investigation, a Clan Úsuga member would call Paola and ask for two or three females for a party every week. Often, they would ask for “zero kilometer” girls for their “dads,” a code phrase that referred to underage virgins for their commanders. In one case, Paola readily agreed, and even offered her own 11-year-old sister when one of the minors she had contacted cancelled at the last minute, according to a wiretapped conversation. Though Paola is not officially a Clan Úsuga operative, security forces captured her along with 71 members of the gang. The National Police, with support from the Army and the Attorney General’s Office, raided hideouts in four departments, seized 84 mobile phones, computers, and memory sticks, and detained 65 regular members, six ringleaders, and Machado. A prostitution ring that offered underage girls to the criminal gang Clan Úsuga has been taken down thanks to cooperative efforts by the Colombian Army, National Police, and Attorney General’s Office. Allegedly, during that investigation, a Clan Úsuga member would call Paola and ask for two or three females for a party every week. Often, they would ask for “zero kilometer” girls for their “dads,” a code phrase that referred to underage virgins for their commanders. In one case, Paola readily agreed, and even offered her own 11-year-old sister when one of the minors she had contacted cancelled at the last minute, according to a wiretapped conversation. Their work culminated in the late April arrest of Briseda Machado, the ring’s alleged pimp, along with 71 members of Clan Úsuga. Machado, also known as “Paola,” is 24, illiterate — and regarded as one of the organized crime group’s most important leaders. Its top leaders — Darío Antonio Úsuga David, who is also known as “Otoniel,” and his top lieutenant, Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez — were allegedly both Machado’s customers. She also allegedly provided prostitutes to Luis Orlando Padierna, who is known by the alias “Inglaterra.” Machado allegedly recruited underage girls at some schools in the department of Antioquia, especially in the towns of Apartadó, Carepa, Necoclí, Turbo, and Chigorodó. She lured the girls with promises of money, cell phones, motorcycles, and clothes, which they would receive from the men with whom they had sex. The National Police is currently trying to identify and assist the girls that were abused as part of Machado’s prostitution ring. Authorities are also working to capture any other people that might have helped Machado recruit girls in local schools or neighboring towns. “Well, if the ‘zero kilometers’ won’t come and your little sister is ready, then tell her to come…,” an unidentified Clan Úsuga member told Paola. “Well, if the ‘zero kilometers’ won’t come and your little sister is ready, then tell her to come…,” an unidentified Clan Úsuga member told Paola. The arrests were part of Operation Agamemnón, an ongoing joint operation that began on February 3. The National Police and the Army have deployed 1,200 and 1,000 men, respectively, to capture “Otoniel” and “Gavilán,” whom authorities suspect are behind many of the sexual abuse cases that Colombian authorities have detected. Their work culminated in the late April arrest of Briseda Machado, the ring’s alleged pimp, along with 71 members of Clan Úsuga. Machado, also known as “Paola,” is 24, illiterate — and regarded as one of the organized crime group’s most important leaders. Its top leaders — Darío Antonio Úsuga David, who is also known as “Otoniel,” and his top lieutenant, Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez — were allegedly both Machado’s customers. She also allegedly provided prostitutes to Luis Orlando Padierna, who is known by the alias “Inglaterra.” Before the Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol (DIJIN) captured her, Paola lived with her family in a ramshackle house in Antioquia. The arrests cap a two-year investigation that included surveillance and wiretaps. Though Paola is not officially a Clan Úsuga operative, security forces captured her along with 71 members of the gang. The National Police, with support from the Army and the Attorney General’s Office, raided hideouts in four departments, seized 84 mobile phones, computers, and memory sticks, and detained 65 regular members, six ringleaders, and Machado. Having been convinced by Machado, the girls would usually travel an hour by car and another hour by mule to reach the criminal organizations’ parties. There they would be asked to wear special kinds of underwear by the Clan’s leaders, who, after sexually abusing them, would sometimes regale them with gifts, such as expensive clothes or money for breast augmentation surgery. The parties, organized with Paola’s help, went on for at least two years. Having been convinced by Machado, the girls would usually travel an hour by car and another hour by mule to reach the criminal organizations’ parties. There they would be asked to wear special kinds of underwear by the Clan’s leaders, who, after sexually abusing them, would sometimes regale them with gifts, such as expensive clothes or money for breast augmentation surgery. The parties, organized with Paola’s help, went on for at least two years. “And who will she be with, your dad? … Tell him I’ll bring him the girl, but it must be with him,” she replied. “I don’t want her to be with some other brute.” In the end, Paola Machado didn’t take her sister because she found another girl to replace her. Providing underage females to gang members There are no exact figures on the number of girls that Machado prostituted, but DIJIN investigators estimate that she would send at least two or three girls every week to some Clan Úsuga hideout in the Urabá. Phone calls asking for “zero kilometers” or regular girls would rise at the end of month, when the criminal organization pays its members. There are no exact figures on the number of girls that Machado prostituted, but DIJIN investigators estimate that she would send at least two or three girls every week to some Clan Úsuga hideout in the Urabá. Phone calls asking for “zero kilometers” or regular girls would rise at the end of month, when the criminal organization pays its members. Machado allegedly recruited underage girls at some schools in the department of Antioquia, especially in the towns of Apartadó, Carepa, Necoclí, Turbo, and Chigorodó. She lured the girls with promises of money, cell phones, motorcycles, and clothes, which they would receive from the men with whom they had sex. The arrests were part of Operation Agamemnón, an ongoing joint operation that began on February 3. The National Police and the Army have deployed 1,200 and 1,000 men, respectively, to capture “Otoniel” and “Gavilán,” whom authorities suspect are behind many of the sexual abuse cases that Colombian authorities have detected. The National Police is currently trying to identify and assist the girls that were abused as part of Machado’s prostitution ring. Authorities are also working to capture any other people that might have helped Machado recruit girls in local schools or neighboring towns. Excellent. Congratulations to the Colombian police This was very tragic news The Minister of Defense should do the same thing with the guerrilla and get rid of those who oppose him. In Colombia the government is in charge, not the insurgent insurgents. What’s it worth, if they catch them then let them go two days later and they keep on doing the same thing I think this is excellent. I am against the prostitution of minors. Please, parents, what’s wrong with you? I DON’T AGREE WITH THESE NEWS ITEMSlast_img read more

Why to move to Office 365 for credit unions

first_img continue reading » If you’ve been eyeing that shiny new Office 365 productivity suite, we totally get it. It boasts all the fancy features we love these days, such as simplified licensing, cost savings, and a cloud-based platform. It all sounds very well and good, but is Office 365 for credit unions all it’s cracked up to be?As some of you may remember, we asked a similar question back in 2013, and at the time, our answer was “no.” We felt that there were significant drawbacks to Office 365 that posed some risks to credit unions.For example, we were concerned about the loss of some control aspects, some of the security ramifications, and third-party plugin issues. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Šibenik will host the World Sailing Championship this weekend

first_img“This world championship is an event of special importance for Šibenik because it connects sailing, our beautiful sea and the rich heritage of Šibenik. Apart from positioning us as an important destination on the world nautical map, the upcoming sailing spectacle is an excellent promotion of Šibenik as a tourist destination.”, Points out Mayor Zeljko Buric. The city of Šibenik, one of the few cities in the world with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nikola, in recent years the most recognizable for its rich cultural heritage, this year, together with the Sailing Club VAL and marina D-Marin Mandalina, hosts the largest sporting event in the history of Šibenik, also the most important nautical event of the season – the World ORC Championship. You can check out more about the event HERE. During the six-day regatta “D-Marin ORC World Sailing Championship 2019”, which takes place in late May and early June, about 130 sailboats and more than 1.500 sailors from around the world, sailing among the islands of Sibenik will send the most beautiful image of Sibenik and its unique waters. “D-Marin ORC World Sailing Championship 2019” will be marked by rich accompanying events, so an exhibition of photographs dedicated to sailing will be opened in the Museum of the City of Šibenik, while the finale of the championship will be marked by the performance of popular Italian DJ duo Marvin & Guy and local musicians Bakula and Lawrence Klein. Beepolar from Komiža. The official program begins on May 31 with a survey of the sailboats, while the grand opening of the regatta is scheduled for Sunday, June 2 in front of the Cathedral of St. Jacob. Apart from the D-Marin Mandalina marina, the sailboats will also be anchored along the Šibenik waterfront, so the people of Šibenik and their guests will be able to enjoy this attractive picture and be able to see them up close. The sailing fleet will be divided into two parts, so one will sail from the southern tip of Zlarin to Žirje, and the other in the waters of Murter. last_img read more

Egyptian grandfather, 75, scores on professional debut

first_imgIn order to be recognized as the world’s oldest professional player, Bahader must play at least one more 90-minute game.Should Bahader be picked to play, a representative of Guinness World Records will attend his second match later this month to assess his claim.The current record for the oldest professional soccer player is held by Israel’s Isaak Hayik, who played in goal last April for Israel’s Ironi Or Yehuda, aged 73.Topics : Egyptian grandfather Ezzeldin Bahader took a big step towards becoming the world’s oldest professional soccer player by making his debut at the age of 75 over the weekend and celebrated the occasion by scoring a goal.Striker Bahader made light of a knee injury and completed the full 90 minutes as his Egyptian third-tier club October 6 drew 1-1 with rivals Genius on Saturday.The former amateur player, father of four and grandfather of six, showed he still had an eye for goal by slotting in from the penalty spot much to the delight of his team mates and fans.last_img read more

Hong Kong reports first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in weeks

first_imgHong Kong reported its first two coronavirus cases in three weeks not linked to anyone who travelled overseas, with authorities scrambling to trace the origin of the infections.The Asian financial hub has been one of the most successful cities in the world at containing the pandemic, with most cases imported and quarantined immediately, and the discovery of new cases raises worries of renewed local transmission.The Chinese-ruled city re-opened bars, gyms and cinemas last week and announced tentative plans to bring some students back to school at the end of the month, but a ban on groups larger than eight remains in place. The lack of local transmissions in recent weeks has emboldened pro-democracy protesters to resume demonstrations after a coronavirus-induced lull, though their scale remains significantly lower than last year when millions took to the streets for months in sometimes violent anti-China unrest.The latest government health report, including two local cases – a 66-year-old housewife and her five-year-old granddaughter – and one imported, brings the total in the city to 1,051, four of whom have died. Only a few dozen have yet to fully recover.Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal offer £40m plus three players for Wilfried Zaha

first_imgArsenal are ready to offload Mohamed Elneny (Getty Images)Earlier this month, Zaha’s brother Judicael urged Palace to allow the forward to leave.‘Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him,’ he said.‘It’s my brother’s dream though to play for Arsenal.‘Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he’s supported since childhood.’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 Advertisement Wilfried Zaha is one of Arsenal’s top transfer targets (Getty Images)Arsenal have offered £40 million plus three players to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.Unai Emery’s side have already seen their opening bid of £40m turned down by Palace, who are demanding £80m for their star attacker.The Gunners are restricted this summer with a £45m budget and Zaha’s valuation is well beyond their price range.But according to The Sun, Arsenal have attempted to bridge the gap by offering £40m plus Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson to Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Calum Chambers has been offered to Crystal Palace (Getty Images)More: 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 CityThe report claims that Arsenal value the three players at £40m and will remind Palace that the offer would reduce the sell-on fee owed to Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are entitled to 25 per cent of Zaha’s transfer fee as Palace failed to remove the clause during their negotiations for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Zaha is reportedly keen to join Arsenal, but the Gunners are hoping that the Ivory Coast international hands in a transfer request to Palace. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Arsenal offer £40m plus three players for Wilfried Zaha Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jul 2019 8:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link698Shareslast_img read more

Pennsylvania Restores Scholarship Funding for 1,000 Early Child Care Professionals

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA— Governor Tom Wolf today announced that, the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program will be restored after six years of inactivity and $2.4M of funding for 1,000 scholarships for early child care professionals in DHS-certified Keystone STARS programs will be made available.“Improving early child care and education is one of my top priorities, the restoration of these scholarships is one more step in the right direction,” said Governor Wolf. “We have repeatedly heard from people working in early child care and education that they would like the opportunity to further their learning. I believe investing in those educating our young minds will help to strengthen Pennsylvania’s future workforce.”The departments of Human Services and Education, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA), will administer the program. T.E.A.C.H. works with providers, colleges, and child care staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers. A portion of the existing funding from the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program will transition to T.E.A.C.H. to give early childhood professionals more options to earning college credit and degrees.The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarship is a national model, implemented in 23 states including Pennsylvania. The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program will be maintained at a lower funding level to assist individuals that are ineligible for T.E.A.C.H. and will continue to provide for tuition costs only.“Making professional credentials and college degrees affordable and accessible to our early childhood education workforce is critical if we want to build capacity for high-quality early education services that our young children and families need,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “We know that recruitment and retention of qualified staff can be one of the biggest struggles for our quality child care programs. Providing the workforce with additional supports to gain credentials and degrees can alleviate some of those challenges.”“There is concrete evidence that children who participate in early education programs see immediate and long-term benefits. They are less likely to fall behind or drop out of school and more likely to become productive, contributing members of their communities and of our highly-skilled workforce,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne said. “I am proud to see funding for T.E.A.C.H. restored so that these vital programs are ensured to have the quality professionals with the necessary education to provide our at-risk young people with the tools and guidance they need to have an opportunity to succeed in school and later in life.”Through T.E.A.C.H. scholarships, early childhood education directors and staff may earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education.“The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship model has an excellent track record of increased education, compensation, and retention in the early childhood education workforce,” said Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “It’s a partnership of the state, the sponsoring program, early childhood education professionals, and higher education institutions to set the professional on a path to success.”Teachers with specialized education and experience in early childhood education have a significant impact on the quality of an early childhood education program, yet according to the Child Care Aware, the average income of child care workers in Pennsylvania is $21,010. Every T.E.A.C.H. scholarship has four key components:• Scholarship. The scholarship covers most of the cost for tuition and books. Recipients also receive a travel stipend each semester they are enrolled in class. T.E.A.C.H. requires that the sponsoring child care program offer paid release time for the student to attend class, study, or handle personal needs. Participants are assigned a counselor to assist them in scholarship management and career development.• Education. In one scholarship year, each participant must successfully complete a required number of credit hours toward a degree or credential in early childhood education.• Compensation. At the end of the scholarship year, if they complete their educational requirement, participants are eligible to receive either a bonus or a raise.• Commitment. Participants agree to continue working in their child care program for one year after each scholarship year.The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Pennsylvania Scholarship Program awarded the first scholarships in September 1998 using private and business collaboration dollars. DHS began funding scholarships in January 1999.Directors and staff in DHS-certified child care programs participating in Keystone STARS who meet income and work requirements are eligible to apply.For more information and to apply, visit www.pacca.org.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 12, 2016center_img Pennsylvania Restores Scholarship Funding for 1,000 Early Child Care Professionalslast_img read more