Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship accepting applications

first_img Read Full Story The Center on the Developing Child’s Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship supports the research of Harvard advanced doctoral students whose work is related to early childhood health, learning, and behavior. Selected fellows receive a stipend and join an active, interdisciplinary learning community for one academic year. The goal of the fellowship is to create a new generation of leaders who will drive innovation that impacts the early childhood field and the lives of children facing adversity. Students from the biological and social sciences (e.g., HMS, T.H. Chan, and GSAS) as well as Harvard’s professional schools (e.g., HKS, HLS, HBS, and HGSE) are eligible to apply.Applicants may explore the center’s science section for key concepts that are related to the center’s mission, including:Reducing the damaging effects of stress and adversity on early childhood development and adult caregiving;Building resilience and promoting protective factors in early childhood;Investigating gene-environment interactions and implications for early childhood health, learning, and behavior.The application for the 2019-2020 academic year is available now. The deadline is Jan. 2, 2019 at 5 p.m. E.S.T., but keep in mind, Harvard University offices are closed from Dec. 21, 2018 until Jan. 2, 2019.To learn more about the fellowship please see the application FAQs page and read about this year’s Djokovic Fellows.last_img read more

The Case for Keeping Our Waters Plastic-Free

first_imgIntroduction – the declining health of our oceanBy Adrian Grenier, actor, entrepreneur and Dell social good advocateThe ocean is a common pool resource, which means it is owned by all yet its destruction belongs to no one. But we are not free from blame or from consequence. No, the destruction of our ocean means the destruction of our own humanity.https://youtu.be/hgieHvpD4EMThe global ocean crisis is concerning, but it also presents an opportunity for businesses to rethink their practices. While our man-made weapons of ocean destruction are varied, there is one weapon that we as consumers and business leaders wield power over every day. That weapon is plastic.I firmly believe that companies have a responsibility to take ownership over the full lifecycle of their plastic products so they never see their name wash up on the beach against the feet of children in countries worlds over. If more business leaders commit to holding themselves accountable and challenge one another, together we will build a more resilient and more profitable global ocean.Turning ocean plastics into a valuable resourcePlastics are the workhorse material of the modern economy, but they are also likely to be used just once and then discarded. In places that lack recycling infrastructure, the plastic eventually makes its way to our ocean. As floating trash, plastic photodegrades into toxic micro plastic, noxious particles that will outlast marine life for centuries and eventually contaminate further up the food chain.As Adrian Grenier notes, the scale of the problem is almost inconceivable. Each year, at least eight million tons of plastics find their way into the ocean. Our team at Dell has become incredibly passionate about the issue. As we’ve spent time researching and experimenting over the last two years, we think we have a scalable solution to put this material to use. This spring we switched to recycled ocean plastics in our packaging, a first for our industry. And we believe, that with sufficient intervention and collaboration across sectors, we can stem the plastic tide.This week, Dell and Grenier are participating in the United Nations’ Ocean Conference. We are making a public commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14. The commitment is to scale our use of ocean plastic and to open source our supply chain model to encourage broad usage.Speaking candidly, we don’t care if no one remembers who shipped the first ocean plastics packaging – only that there was a 100th, 1,000th or 10,000th company to do so. We will only make a real difference if other companies join the cause to reduce ocean plastics.Scaling solutions through open collaboration No company, country, non-governmental organization or individual can fix this issue alone. We will have to work together to find the resources and invest in the solutions that can bring the ocean plastics back into the economy. As such, we’re openly looking for committed partners to join us to help define a socially and environmentally sound supply chain that reduces ocean bound plastic pollution at scale while meeting the requirements of the business community.We are all stakeholders in the health of our ocean. If more business leaders commit to holding themselves accountable, and challenge one another, together we can reverse the plastic tide and save our oceans. We hope you will join us.Adrian Grenier is an actor, producer, director, musician and sustainability activist. In 2015, he became Dell’s first Social Good Advocate to advance the company’s 2020 Legacy of Good goals.Kevin Brown is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Dell.  Together they are trying to improve ocean health and find innovative new sustainable solutions to our everyday supply chain needs.last_img read more

Watch B’way Vets in American Horror Story Promo

first_img View Comments Don’t bother, they’re here. And they’re TERRIFYING. Buzzfeed has released a promo spot for the season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which takes center ring beginning October 8 on FX. Take a peek if you dare of our first footage of the season, which features a bevy of freaks Broadway vets, including Sarah Paulson giving the twins of Side Show a run for their money, Jessica Lange belting out a number that, unfortunately, probably won’t be “Send in the Clowns,” Death of a Salesman’s apparently freak-obsessed Finn Wittrock and Kathy Bates, who, with that facial hair, could totally replace Spock as Tevye.last_img read more

Colombia: Land restitution amid the armed conflict

first_img The Victims and Restitution of Lands Law (1448/2011) – considered the most important human rights initiative of President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration – seeks to reestablish within ten years the rights of citizens dispossessed of their properties or forced to abandon them due to violence since January 1991. “Colombia is the only country in the world that is going ahead with the restitution of lands in the middle of an armed conflict,” said Ricardo Sabogal, director of the Land Restitution Unit (URT). “Several illegal armed groups that were responsible for the dispossessions are still present in many regions of the country, and they are against restitution.” To ensure the security of those who seek to return to their homes, in 2011 the Ministry of Defense created the Integrated Intelligence Center for Land Restitution (CI2-RT). The CI2-RT facilitates the exchange of intelligence information among the Office of the Vice-President, the Ministry of Defense, the Interior Ministry, the Colombian Institute for Rural Development (INCODER), the URT and the NGOs that represent victims. This information is used to create risk maps and promote permanent dialogue among the victims, the NGOs and community leaders. Much of the territory to be returned continues to be coveted by guerrilla and illegal armed groups. Some is used for coca crops, while other parts serve as drug trafficking routes or strategic corridors for other criminal purposes, according to the URT. Also, some of the properties to be returned were acquired by businesses through fraud, even though they currently house legal activities, such as stock-breeding, palm oil cultivation and logging. Between January 2008 and March 2014, 66 claimants have been murdered, according to the Forjando Futuros Foundation report “Restitution of Lands, Progress and Difficulties.” The National Protection Unit (UNP) received 764 protection requests in 2013 from victims of the armed conflict, mainly from persons who had been displaced and were claiming lands. The Local Operating Committees for Restitution (COLR), in which law enforcement authorities participate, seek to coordinate the logistics of the land return process in order to prevent re-victimization of the claimants. In the last 30 years, people have been displaced from 6 million hectares of land, an area equal in size to the U.S. state of Massachusetts, according to the report “The Risk of Returning Home,” published in 2013 by the NGO Human Rights Watch. Between 1996 and 2002, there was a spike in forced displacements: 2,014,893 victims, as a result of the increase in violence by paramilitary groups, according to the Sole Victim’s Registry. After the demobilization of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia paramilitary group in 2006, criminal structures in the region quickly rearmed themselves as emerging criminal groups (BACRIM), which are putting pressure on land claimants. In April 2013, one day before President Santos traveled to Córdoba department to preside over the reinstatement of lands to owners who had been displaced by violence, Éver Cordero Oviedo, a well-known leader of victims in the region, was assassinated. Three months later, 39 of Cordero’s relatives abandoned their homes due to threats from illegal armed groups. “Wherever we (the URT) go, problems appear”, Sabogal said. “There are many interests behind some of the properties to be returned, groups that do not want to return them.” On July 8, URT’s topographer Robinson Álvarez Quemba was murdered in the town of San Roque, Antioquia. Authorities are still investigating his homicide. Authorities expected 360,000 land restitution claims, but 54,063 have been filed, according to the report “Land Restitution, Drop by Drop, Progress and Difficulties,” presented in March by the NGO Fundación Forjando Futuros. Of that total, 28.3% are being reviewed by the court, 1.7% have been approved by the court and 70% are being reviewed by the URT. “Some families that were part of ASOVICA [Association of Farmers’ Victims of the Conflict] were returned to their lands by the government, but they had to leave again as their safety couldn’t be guaranteed,” said ASOVICA’s president Juan Domingo Collante. In addition, in 70% of the municipalities with displacement claims, the presence of anti-personnel mines makes the farmers’ return more difficult, according to the HRW report. From 1990 until June of 2014, there were 10,773 victims of anti-personnel mine explosions in Colombia. Of this total, 4,152 were civilians, according to the Presidential Program for Comprehensive Action against Mines. By Dialogo September 11, 2014 Life far from homecenter_img On the second Sunday of each month, hundreds of families displaced by the violence of the guerrilla and illegal armed groups gather in the south of the capital, Bogotá, to unite around the dream they share: to return home. There are currently about 400,000 victims of the armed conflict living in Bogotá, according to the High Commission for the Rights of Victims, Peace, and Reconciliation of the Mayor’s Office. Sixty-three percent of the displaced living in Bogotá come from rural areas, so their adaptation to urban conditions is more difficult, according to the report “Displaced Persons in Bogotá and Soacha (2011),” published by the Peace and Conflicts Institute. “We feel kidnapped in the cities, as if our freedom has been taken away,” Collante said. “Here we can’t grow corn, yucca, banana, rice, papaya, yam, mango, watermelon… Here we have to buy everything, and we don’t have anything. We’re farmers, and what we want is the countryside.” Among the displaced persons currently living in Bogotá, there are 4,906 land claims, totaling 759,851 hectares, according to the URT. In order to sign the peace agreement, the government has to have a strategy regarding the restitution of lands and employment for demobilized guerrilla fighters, otherwise if plans aren’t made to keep these people busy, we’ll be reinforcing the lack of security in the cities, with a rise in street crime and attacks on business entities. In the end this will be like the paramilitary groups turning in weapons, lots of them went back to the armed gangs, the so-called bactrin. One thing is to sign papers, and another thing is real peace, with all arms being turned in, in particular the AK47 that have caused so much damage to villages and ranches, like death machines. Twelve years ago I was forced off my property, displaced by the violence. 2 years ago I registered this at the land restitution offices but they told me there that I have to wait 10 more years. This is definitely an injustice because my property is located in a forest reserve and indigenous reserve and it is impossible to go back there. This is still a shame for Brazil. These politicians stay there while lying to the population. Justice must prevail. The farmers should have the utmost guarantees to be able to return to their lands to work. This would benefit the government, the people and the peace process. It is very important for this to be in Colombia At the rate this process is going, more than ten decades will go by and there will be no restitution for the victims. As long as we don’t see a plan to return to the countryside with a joint fund, with government assigned resources, those who got rich from the war, such as: politicians, military members, banks, multinational and industrial corporations, foreign governments, communications media, the departments and the mayors’ offices, nothing will happen. Watch out, a fund overseen by several including governmental associations, otherwise, it will go to the corrupt, who are on the lookout. This is very good for all the families displaced by this violence which has hurt us for over 50 years. What I mean by this is that the laws exist and we have to fight for it It’s true to say that when you have more, you want more and that’s called ambition…. Like in your country, in my country there are conflicts over land as well. Our families are left up to chance and neglected by the authorities, who in turn are subject to or coerced to obey big landowners. Our people are hopeful that one day, justice will be served and our rights will be respected. I wish you peace and love, and may faith prevail in your lives. Very good, broad and clear. This isn’t a comment on this article, but it would be good if you would report on the judicial strike in several parts of the country, since it affects many people, given that they talk about a public service. I think the police needs to be more on top of things 😀 As long as Santiflaz continues to grade those of us who disagree with his crippled dialogues as enemies of the peace process, it won’t go beyond the vacation time he’s been giving those criminal terrorists! To intend to lessen the value of the truths stated regarding the 52 capitulations by the Centro Democrático using lies and diatribes as if it were an enemy of the peace process, does not just lay open his weak arguments but it also encourages more Colombians who mistakenly believed in his reelection to join with those who are not in agreement with the joke happening in Havana, because his ulterior motive is exposed and that of the clowns in the government and in Congress which is to toss Colombia to the catastrophic quicksand that Venezuela has been mired in with expropriations and installing 21st century socialism!last_img read more

Sunshine Beach’s Dragon House goes to auction

first_img6 Belmore Tce, Sunshine BeachIts colours are reflective of the local national park landscape and took considerable time to set as each was poured separately to avoid a blurring of lines. The two-storey house is used as a holiday retreat by its Brisbane-based owners and the location couldn’t be more idea for a family seeking a seaside retreat close to the shops and cafes of Sunshine Village. 6 Belmore Tce, Sunshine BeachThough there is really no need to leave 6 Belmore Tce as it offers enough space to accommodate 20 people.Pull up a pew beside the pool, overlook the ocean on one of three verandas, chat to mates in the large atrium, or relax in the darkened media room. It’s all accessible via a long pedestrian ramp connecting a discrete street entrance to the elevated courtyard. 6 Belmore Tce, Sunshine BeachEssentially it’s a cracker of an Aussie beach shack influenced by Asian concepts, the needs of a growing family, and its Noosa location. The pool wall forms the tail of the “Dragon House” which was constructed on the philosophy of allowing light and energy forces to move freely through the building. 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 ago 6 Belmore Tce, Sunshine BeachThe six-bedroom, five-bathroom home is made even more Zen by an exaggerated use of earthy materials including oversized timber weatherboards, stone flooring, and pigmented concrete walls.This 1100sq m beach property is scheduled to go to auction today at 1pm through Nic Hunter and Tom Offermann from Tom Offermann Real Estate Noosa Heads. 6 Belmore Tce, Sunshine BeachWHEN the pool wall is one of the most spectacular features of a home, it’s either an incredible wall or a rubbish home.The former option is the more applicable in the case of this Sunshine Beach property which was built in 2000 after being designed by celebrated architect John Mainwaring.last_img read more

Renovated Ashgrove home transformed for family living

first_img MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The bottom floor is a large, open-plan living space.The couple lifted the house and built underneath with a large and open floorplan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoUpstairs they renovated and refurbished character features, such as the detailed cornicing. The house at 84 Frasers Rd, Ashgrove, is for sale.When you have a husband and wife that both work in the construction industry, you end up with the ultimate renovation power couple. And around the window sill.She said they had also added a deck upstairs to capture the surrounding views.“My favourite space is the upper deck because you feel almost on top of the world up there,” she said.“You’ve got a spectacular outlook of the hills and you can watch the sunset.“It’s my happy place.” The house has been lifted and built in underneath.Alex Humphries works as a graduate architect, and her husband Adam a builder, so when they decided the renovate the house at 84 Frasers Rd at Ashgrove, the outcome was destined to be incredible.“It was a completely different picture,” Mrs Humphries said.“It’s a 1930s home but there wasn’t a great deal of character.”center_img Mr Humphries used Tasmanian oak throughout the house to create warmth.“We laid a new Tassie oak floor (and) we have used Tassie oak throughout the house to add a bit of warmth through the joinery and staircase,” Mrs Humphries said.“My husband is a real hardworking chap and very, very meticulous with a keen eye for detail.“We’ve got an eat-in kitchen bench which was designed by my husband, little features like that make this house more custom.” Tasmanian oak can also be seen in the bathroom.They designed the house for a family, with their two little daughters, Grace and Isla, in mind.“We opted for all of the bedrooms upstairs and living downstairs with a guest suite,” Mrs Humphries said.“I love the downstairs living space because I can be cooking and the kids can be playing outside and I can see them.” The upper deck is Mrs Humphries favourite area.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

TechnipFMC Sets Up Egina Manifold Modules Off Nigeria

first_imgSix manifold modules built by TechnipFMC for Total’s Egina project have been installed in the field located offshore Nigeria within OML 130 block. They have been manufactured at the Aveon yard in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.TechnipFMC provides project management, engineering, procurement, and construction for Egina’s entire Subsea Production System (SPS) scope.Construction began in December 2013 when the first steel cutting took place. The foundations of the manifold modules were then delivered in October 2016 and have been installed.“This milestone is the result of strong collaboration between Total, TechnipFMC and Aveon and extraordinary dedication from each team member involved in the manifolds scope. It secures a major phase of the project, executed in a safe and secure manner,” commented Benoit Le Bihan, Egina project director at TechnipFMC.Designed for water-depths of up to 1700 meters, Egina is one of the deepest offshore projects ever executed by Total. With a design life of 25 years, the field is expected to produce up to 200,000 barrels of oil per day, thus contributing up to 10% of Nigeria’s oil output. It will be operated by Total Upstream Nigeria (24%) in partnership with NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO and PETROBRAS.last_img read more

Rising Sun Foundation Awards Grant To Milan ‘54

first_imgMILAN – The Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum has been awarded money to help restore a historic barbershop in town.Rising Sun Regional Foundation provided a 30-thousand dollar grant toward the rehabilitation of the museum’s “Nichols Barber Shop.”The barbershop which is adjacent to the museum will be restored to a fully operational and historically accurate 1950’s barbershop decorated with memorabilia from Milan’s 1954 Championship and the movie “Hoosiers.”“Barber shops in the 1950’s played such an important part of community life in Milan and was accurately portrayed as such in the movie” said Marianne Wiggers, President of Milan 54, Inc.“This will be a fantastic interactive addition to the museum. We feel truly blessed that the Rising Sun Regional Foundation has been such a strong supporter of the Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum.”Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.last_img read more

Breaking: CAF shuns Osimhen, Chukwueze as Moroccan wins Youth Player award

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Moroccan wonder kid, Achraf Hakimi, has emerged the winner of CAF Youth Player of the Yea award, beating Nigeria’s duo of Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen to the award. Though, the Nigerian lads had superlative performances with their various club sides in Europe, but the defender edged it with his displays since joining Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid on loan. He was named in Morocco’s final 23-man squad for FIFA World Cup in Russia. On signing for Dortmund, Achraf was profiled as a quick, dynamic and powerful full-back who is tactically and technically adept and capable of playing long accurate passes from defence. Trained as a winger, he can also play as a central defender due to his physical presence. Osimhen banged in a total of 13 goals from 23 appearances since joining Lille of France, just as his compatriot Chukwueze who also inspired Villarreal FC to the ninth spot in the ongoing season in Spain. The winger made the top 10 and the only African player in the Under 21 category of Baloon d’Or.Tags: Acraf HakimiCAF Youth Player of the YearSamuel ChukwuezeVictor Osimhenlast_img read more