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The Magpie Salute Releases New Music Video For “Omission”

first_img[Photo: Shervin Lainez] The Magpie Salute is the new ten-piece band of The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, Sven Pipien, and Charity White in addition to Joe Magistro, Nico Bereciartua, Michael Bellar, John Hogg, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. The dynamic group has just released a brand-new music video for their song “Omission”—the lead single off the group’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on June 9th via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The Magpie Salute’s “Omission” is a powerful song, opening with commanding guitar licks that make way for lead vocalist John Hogg’s authoratative vocals. The rugged song is a master course in rock ‘n’ roll, creating an impressive debut for the new project. In this new video directed by Matthew Sterling, the drama of the rock-centric tune is emphasized by the crisply contrasted, black-and-white footage of the band laying into the song. As Rich Robinson said in a statement, “The overall idea was based on the light and dark aspects of the human psyche and taking a reference from the Magpie which has elements of the light and dark.”Rich Robinson Reunites Black Crowes Members For Debut Of The Magpie Salute [Watch]In the new video for “Omission,” the drama of the rock-centric tune is emphasized by the crisply contrasted, black-and-white footage of the band laying into the song. The video directed by Matthew Sterling is coherent, alternatingly direct with shots of the full band and with gorgeous kaleidoscopic overlays, exploring the power of black, white, and all the full spectrum of grays. As Rich Robinson said in a statement, “The overall idea was based on the light and dark aspects of the human psyche and taking a reference from the Magpie which has elements of the light and dark.”The Magpie Salute’s new video comes on the heels of the release of The Magpie Salute and the group’s subsequent tour promoting the new project and its album. The tour will see the band travel around the world, with the North American leg kicking off in Indianapolis on July 26th at The Vogue. From there, the group will play a number of headlining theater performances in addition to a smattering of festival dates. You can check out the video for “Omission” below as well as check out The Magpie Salute’s upcoming tour dates.last_img read more

Spotlight on Harvard in Chile

first_imgPresident Drew Faust is traveling this week to highlight Harvard’s engagement with Latin America. In Chile, she is meeting with government and academic leaders and getting a firsthand look at the tangible benefits of Harvard research. She is visiting an early childhood education program at a public school and participating in a symposium organized by Harvard faculty, government leaders, and the heads of nongovernmental organizations involved in Chile’s earthquake reconstruction efforts. Below, faculty members and others involved in the trip share their impressions about key stops along the way.The lessons of Chile’s quake, tsunamiPerhaps the most dramatic moment of the day came during the state dinner in honor of U.S. President Barack Obama, whose visit happened to coincide with ours, writes Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood. President Faust and I had the opportunity to attend. She was called to the head table to talk with the two heads of state, both Harvard alumni. I can think of no stronger evidence of just how vital Harvard’s international engagement is, in educating potential leaders from all sectors around the world, and in helping our students better understand the global community in which they live.I have just returned from traveling through Chile with President Drew Faust, who went on to Brazil.  It was an intense and enlightening experience.   On Tuesday morning (March 22), Harvard faculty from several Schools gathered to discuss last year’s Chilean earthquake and tsunami — both the lessons of the past and the opportunities to improve reconstruction actions.Earthquakes are common in Chile. A small one happened as we checked into our hotel, and another occurred the next morning.  Since the 1930s, Chile has had strict building codes, and most quake damage last year came from the buildings built before that time. And, just as in Japan, most of the loss of life came not from the initial quake, devastating as it was, but from the tsunami that followed.The group explored the lessons of similar tragedies, including the impact on the health of children and adults, and what we know from the mistakes and successes after Hurricane Katrina.  I was particularly struck by a discussion of how challenging it can be to get local neighborhoods and communities, whether in Chile or the United States, to take charge of their own destinies, rather than waiting in vain for the federal government to simply enter and rebuild everything.  It was also strikingly evident that even though there are large similarities across massive events like hurricanes and earthquakes, absent a role by scholars, far too little knowledge is transmitted from one setting to the next.The previous day, I had the chance to spend several hours with Claudio Orrego, a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School who is the mayor of Peñalolén, a Santiago municipality.  Orrego is a dynamic leader in charge of some of the poorest and wealthiest neighborhoods in Santiago, who works to engage and empower local residents to take control of their neighborhoods, while drawing on the best ideas from around the world.He showed us the past and the future.  The past was Villa Grimaldi Peace Park and Museum, the site used to torture and interrogate political prisoners during the military rule of Augusto Pinochet.  The site is deeply moving: It combines the beauty of a restored area with powerful reminders of its cruel past.  We moved on to a local school where we saw young children participating in Un Buen Comienzo (A Good Start), a program developed with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Medical School to provide vastly earlier childhood education and health programs in Chile.These were very poor children, yet many were reading already.  They were filled with energy. The school is working with Catholic University in Chile to develop similar programs for first and second graders.  Indeed, the new Chilean government wants to expand this program well beyond the pilot schools where it is already found.  The Harvard Ed School is doing a systematic evaluation of the program.  If other sites perform like this, I am very optimistic.Later that day, President Faust and I and several others met with another Harvard graduate, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, who holds a Ph.D. in economics.  He had graduated a few years before I did, and we shared many of the same professors.  His dissertation had even been about education.  We had a lively discussion of the ways that Harvard could attract and educate more local students and engage more effectively with Chile.Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the day came during the state dinner in honor of U.S. President Barack Obama, whose visit happened to coincide with ours. President Faust and I had the opportunity to attend.  She was called to the head table to talk with the two heads of state, both Harvard alumni.  I can think of no stronger evidence of just how vital Harvard’s international engagement is, in educating potential leaders from all sectors around the world, and in helping our students better understand the global community in which they live.— David T. Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and the Scott M. Black Professor of Political EconomyA strong, beneficial partnershipHarvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood spoke about the importance of acting in time to respond to disasters — and preparing for them.When disaster strikes, there is often an impulse throughout the Harvard community to help in any way possible. The biggest impact that the University can have at such times is rooted in its dedication to research, education, and service.Since the earthquake and tsunami that struck Chile in February of last year, Harvard students and faculty have been engaged in efforts to help the stricken region recover. While visiting Chile, President Drew Faust on Tuesday (March 22) addressed a symposium of Harvard faculty members involved in the effort, along with government leaders and representatives of nongovernmental organizations engaged in reconstruction.“I feel fortunate to be here today to help introduce the next stage of what had already been a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between Harvard and Chile,” Faust told about 45 listeners. “I share the hope that by working in close concert, we can better understand the public health and mental health issues arising from devastating natural disasters; that we can consider design solutions that will limit the damage done by future disasters; and that we can carry forward efforts on various fronts to advance the reconstruction efforts here in Chile.”Faust introduced Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood, who spoke about the importance of acting in time to respond to disasters — and preparing for them. One key for building consensus to prepare for crises, he said, was forming partnerships and developing independent institutions that can validate preparedness and recovery.Just as important is making a vivid case for addressing potential problems in advance. For example, efforts to reduce the threat to the ozone layer were successful largely because images of changes in the ozone layer made a visual case for action.“If you see a problem and want to make a difference before and after, you have to make it vivid,” Ellwood said.A head start for Chilean childrenHarvard President Drew Faust (seated at left, black jacket) visits the kindergarten classroom of Maria Christina Valenzueler (standing) at the Estación Central School, which uses the Un Buen Comienzo program. Un Buen Comienzo is modeled on the U.S. Head Start program.President Drew Faust had a high-level meeting on Monday (March 21) with some of Chile’s most important citizens. Amid a setting of American and Chilean flags, she witnessed a special ceremony celebrating the collaboration of Harvard, the Municipality of Estación Central in Santiago, several universities, the Fundación Oportunidad, and the ministries of education, health and planning.The meeting was held in the kindergarten classroom of the Estación Central School, an 82-year-old building that was repainted in honor of her visit. The front hall boasted a large poster welcoming her and giving thanks for the Un Buen Comienzo (UBC) program that is bringing the latest techniques in early childhood education to 4- and 5-year-olds.Faust was initially ushered into a bright room with a table laden with delicious Chilean treats. She was welcomed by the school principal, by the president of Fundación Oportunidad, and by the mayor of Estación Central. The mayor thanked Faust for the clear improvements in the children’s learning. But he said it was equally important that these valuable young citizens were learning to be “good people.” He said that, through UBC, the children were being taught that the future was open to them and that they could be anything they wanted. This sentiment is one that UBC staff have heard frequently from the many mayors in Santiago who have welcomed the UBC research program, recognizing its long-term potential policy impact as a tool in the campaign to eradicate poverty and the huge disparities in Chile between rich and poor.Un Buen Comienzo is modeled on the U.S. Head Start program (a major component of America’s War on Poverty), which integrates early childhood education with socioemotional support, family involvement, and health interventions. Begun in 2007, the program evaluates the impact of supporting teachers with curricular materials, lesson plans, facilitation, and reflection by UBC staff. The evaluation is being coordinated by faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Medical School in conjunction with the Chilean UBC team and consultants. The program aims to improve the children’s language and literacy skills, as well as their social interactions, and to provide families with materials that strengthen the learning environment at home. As with Head Start, UBC is based on the philosophy that education and health go hand in hand, so a component fosters physical activity and good health habits. The UBC health team coordinates with the children’s primary care providers to assure that the children receive the most effective medical care, especially to cut down on absenteeism due to respiratory conditions that are common in Santiago.Today as Faust sat at the front of the classroom, she was clearly enchanted by the children who, in turn, were thrilled with her visit. After watching a spirited rendition of “Choo Choo Wa Wa Wa,” she was treated to a reading of “No Más Besos,” filled with kissing warthogs, long-tongued anteaters, and ever-present “buenas días, buenas noches” kisses, as well the lesson learned by one little monkey that much as he found kissing “blechy,” nothing worked better to calm his crying baby brother than at least “uno más beso.”In Chile, there is a strong political will to build strength in the country by investing in the youngest citizens, teaching them from the earliest time that they are important, and assuring them that what happens for them every day determines the country’s success. This visit by Harvard’s president reinforced for the teachers, the principal, the mayor, and the children the commitment of the University to advance knowledge and policy by making meaningful global partnerships such as Un Buen Comienzo.— Judith S. Palfrey, T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Senior Associate in Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston; Master of Adams HouseMany universities, similar challengesMerilee Grindle, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, is the director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. President Drew Faust shared lunch with the presidents of several of Chile’s largest and most important universities on Monday (March 21). It quickly became clear that Harvard and these public and private institutions also shared many common challenges. For example, the presidents agreed that making university education more accessible to young people with limited resources and preparing all students for a future world driven by a global knowledge economy were issues that prompted their institutions to consider new ways of dealing with social inequalities and of financing higher education. Further, to ensure that their institutions were truly centers for merit and talent, they recognize they have to become increasingly concerned with the quality of primary and secondary education, particularly for low-income and vulnerable groups.When Faust spoke of the increasing presence of problems that spanned traditional disciplinary boundaries — global health, for example — and that required Harvard to engage in teaching and research across the barriers of narrow academic specializations — climate change, for example — her Chilean counterparts spoke of similar challenges in their universities. These educational leaders also found common ground in the challenge of providing students with the skills to engage in “real-world” occupations, while also ensuring the depth and intellectual breadth characteristic of liberal arts educations.Similarly, they shared a struggle to balance simultaneous demands for excellence in research and teaching in contexts rife with demands for greater efficiency and the need to invest in rapidly changing technologies for generating and disseminating knowledge. Moreover, said Faust, universities in today’s world need to address how they can be at the cutting edge in developing new knowledge while also serving as repositories of culture and the study of the human condition in the past.There are no quick or obvious solutions to these challenges, but Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, indicated the importance of sharing discussions of them. Referring to the lengthy relationship of Harvard with Chile, Jorge Dominguez, vice provost for international affairs, spoke of the mutual benefit of shared pursuits in the sciences, in broadening student international experiences, and in partnerships such as the early childhood education program linking the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Medical School with foundations and government institutions in Chile. The challenges for institutions of higher education in two very distinct countries are real, but so too, it seems, is the readiness of Harvard and the Chilean universities to address them.— Merilee Grindle, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School; Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American StudiesHarvard’s long policy reachPresident Drew Faust meets with Sam French ’12 and other Harvard students during a visit to the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.On Monday (March 21), President Drew Faust visited the regional office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Santiago. The afternoon event was sandwiched between a visit with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera at La Moneda Palace and a luncheon with all of the presidents of Chile’s major universities at the United Nations headquarters in Santiago. Three Harvard-trained presidents — the president of Harvard, the president of Chile, and the president of the United States — were in the same area at the same time.We had organized this encounter to have Faust meet with Harvard students in Chile and Argentina and to meet the center’s staff. With helicopters flying overhead, motorcades in the streets, and extra police all over the city in preparation for U.S President Barack Obama, J.D. ’91, we were particularly honored that our president took the time to meet in our office.Chile is well-known for its efficiency. This image was dashed when we had received a notice from the electrical company that our power was going to be cut precisely at the moment Faust arrived. Our plans to calmly ride the elevator to the cool air conditioning of our conference room were replaced with a sprint up three flights of stairs and a very warm conference room. But these inconveniences were immediately forgotten as the meeting began. It included our staff, the president’s delegation, four undergraduate students spending the spring semester in Argentina, and five students from the Medical School and the College in Chile.After our introductions, Faust asked the students to explain how their experiences fit with their curriculum and how the study-abroad experience contributes to their Harvard education. Students described some of the challenges they had overcome to meet concentration requirements and to be able to spend a semester in Chile or Argentina.  She voiced her support to keep pushing to make the study-abroad opportunities increasingly accessible.She also thanked and congratulated our staff for their work in making her trip a success. We voiced our gratitude to her for helping us to move our programs forward. Santiago is nearly 6,000 miles from Cambridge. Yet Harvard has a huge presence and is making a difference here. This is manifest in the students who act as Harvard’s ambassadors in Chile and Argentina, in international leaders like Barack Obama and Sebastián Piñera, and in our president, Drew Faust, who brings them all together.— Ned Strong, Program Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Regional Office, Harvard UniversityA meeting of presidents Chilean President Sebastián Piñera (left) and Harvard President Drew Faust discussed their efforts to increase the number of Chileans who may enroll at Harvard thanks to a proposed partnership between Harvard and the program Becas Chile.More than 40,000 Harvard alumni live and work outside the United States. President Drew Faust met Monday morning (March 21) in Santiago, Chile, with one of them, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, A.M. ’75, Ph.D. ’76. He greeted Faust at La Moneda Palace, Chile’s equivalent to the White House. Piñera took time to meet with the group from Harvard while yet another president, who does live in the White House and is also a Harvard alumnus, Barack Obama, J.D. ’91, was visiting Santiago the same day.Piñera referred to the “Harvard boys” who are his associates in the Cabinet, namely, Felipe Larraín, A.M. ’83, Ph.D. ’85, the finance minister; Felipe Kast, Ph.D. ’09, planning and cooperation minister; and Felipe Bulnes, LL.M. ’96, minister of justice. The president and the three Felipes exemplify one of the ways that Harvard’s relationship with Chile is long and productive. Each of Chile’s last four finance ministers has been a Harvard Ph.D. or a Harvard professor on leave.Faust invited Piñera to visit Harvard in the fall. The two presidents asked Chile’s minister of education and Harvard’s vice provost for international affairs to conclude an agreement, on which there is a full accord in principle, to foster an increase in the number of Chileans who may enroll at Harvard thanks to a proposed partnership between Harvard and the program Becas Chile.Faust and Piñera discussed the latter’s challenges of the past year. Piñera took office just days after a massive earthquake caused massive destruction, especially in south-central Chile. Months later, 33 miners were trapped and eventually rescued, to worldwide relief and acclaim. Chile managed to grow its economy at a rate nearly twice that of the United States in the past year.Harvard has had significant academic partnerships with Chile. For decades, Harvard’s astronomers have worked with Chilean scientists as colleagues, and for roughly the past decade Harvard has been a 20 percent partner in the Magellan Telescopes, working jointly with the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Arizona, and the Carnegie Institution. For the past five years, faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Medical School, in partnership with Fundación Oportunidad, Chile’s Ministry of Education, and the Universidad Diego Portales, have been at work on a major innovative effort, based on a randomized clinical trial involving thousands of youngsters, to improve early childhood education in Chile. This is a dramatic example of world-class faculty research that will contribute to knowledge and yield practical utility to Chile.This and other projects — such as undergraduate study and internships, Harvard faculty and student research, medical student clinical rotations, and the like — have been aided enormously by the regional office of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Santiago, the flagship office of the University’s endeavors to provide services to the Harvard community outside the United States.Faust and Piñera honored and celebrated these multiple and intertwining connections between Harvard and Chile, and, through the prospective agreement between Harvard and Becas Chile, set a promising foundation for a productive and shared future.— Jorge I. Dominguez, Harvard Vice Provost for International Affairs and Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and EconomicsChilean schoolgirls share dreams with FaustHarvard President Drew Faust tells students at Liceo Carmela Carvajal, a public school for girls, ““I would love to hear from all of you about how you see women’s lives changing, and how you see that affecting your lives.”One young woman said she wanted to be a “great archaeologist,” another dreamed of traveling the world and writing. Their classmates spoke of curing disease, of becoming a biotechnology researcher, a journalist, or an artist. “I want people to see the beauty of everything and everyone,” said the future painter.When Harvard President Drew Faust met with the students of Liceo Carmela Carvajal, a public school for girls in Santiago, Chile, they talked about relating to boys and the rapidly changing role of women in society. But mostly they were eager to share their aspirations with the first woman president of Harvard.Faust offered a bit of advice she shares with graduating Harvard seniors who are struggling with which paths to follow into the future. “I always say to them, follow your passion,” she said, “and if that doesn’t work out, you can try something else.”Faust was greeted at the school by its director, Rosa del Valle Pérez, and Mayor Cristián Labbé of the Providencia community. She made a surprise visit to an upstairs classroom before meeting with a group of 16 students, mostly seniors clad in blue uniforms, who sat in a semicircle in a basement room and conversed with their visitor in English.After she was chosen as the first woman to lead Harvard, Faust told the students, she was touched to receive letters from people all over the world who told them what her appointment symbolized for them, or for their wives and daughters. As a result, she has made it a point to visit schools for girls when she travels abroad to talk about the importance of education and the opportunities it affords young women.  She also comes to listen.“I would love to hear from all of you about how you see women’s lives changing, and how you see that affecting your lives,” Faust said.The girls agreed that seeing women in high positions — Chile’s previous president was a woman — has changed attitudes about the possibilities open to them. Not long ago, said one, it was typical to think of a woman in Chile as being a homemaker. “If a woman can be president, it’s a very big deal,” she said. “I think now, as a woman, I can do it. The world as it is right now, I can do anything I want.”The students presented Faust with a pin from their school, and she presented them all with Harvard hats, which they happily modeled for a group photo.“I hope that some day I may see a few of you up in my part of the world, at my university,” Faust said.— Kevin Galvin, Director of News and Media Relations, Harvard Public Affairs & CommunicationsA gathering of the Harvard clan in SantiagoHarvard Alumni Association Deputy Executive Director Philip Lovejoy (from left), Rodrigo Ravilet, M.B.A. ’03, and Harvard President Drew Faust chat during the reception before the Harvard Club of Chile’s dinner in Santiago. “It is heartening to see the strength of the alumni community in Chile, so far from the campus, yet deeply connected to each other and the University,” said Lovejoy.President Drew Faust was received with open arms Sunday evening (March 20) by more than 150 Harvard alumni, friends, and guests in Santiago, Chile. The dinner, hosted by the Harvard Club of Chile with the Harvard Alumni Association, was an energetic evening of alumni connecting with each other and, most importantly, getting to know Faust and hearing about Harvard today. The evening celebrated her first visit to Chile in grand style.Months of planning went into the event, by both staff in Cambridge and the dedicated volunteers and alumni in Chile, including the president of the club, Rodrigo Ravilet, M.B.A. ’03, Monica Krassa, Ed.M. ’82, and Miguel Lopez, M.B.A. ’02. The excitement of welcoming the president to Chile and being part of her historic visit was palpable. Over dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning, we got to know our volunteers in Chile who work so tirelessly on behalf of Harvard. They are an accomplished, dedicated, and very talented group of people.Miguel opened the dinner, welcoming Faust and the assembled Harvard contingent. After dinner, Monica introduced the president with a warm welcome connecting Harvard and Chile, and commenting on the wonderful relationship that benefits both the country and the University. Faust then thanked our hosts, and commented on the historic timing of this visit, being in Chile with its president who has Harvard degrees (Sebastián Piñera, A.M. ’75, Ph.D. ’76) at the same time that U.S. President Barack Obama, J.D. ’91, is visiting from the United States. She commented on the significant roles that Harvard alumni played in earthquake recovery efforts, the broad reach of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in supporting research in Chile and the region, and how this all builds on relations stretching over a century.Faust then turned her focus to Harvard and the notion of breaking boundaries — boundaries within and across Harvard, boundaries of knowledge, and boundaries between Harvard and the wider world. One example she gave was Harvard’s commitment to access through greatly expanded financial aid programs in the College and the graduate Schools; she noted that aid has been identified by Dean David Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School (who was also present) as the School’s highest priority. She also focused on breaking boundaries within Harvard to allow for and to encourage greater collaboration that supports the changing nature of knowledge and the ability to solve complex world problems. Finally, she emphasized the increasing global nature of the University and what Harvard continues to do to encourage and support that direction.It was a great night enjoyed by all. It is heartening to see the strength of the alumni community in Chile, so far from the campus, yet deeply connected to each other and the University.— Philip W. Lovejoy, Deputy Executive Director, Harvard Alumni AssociationHelping Chile’s early childhood teachersA teacher and student work together on a writing exercise. Chilean schools typically don’t begin to teach reading until the first grade; Un Buen Comienzo gives teachers strategies for introducing the alphabet and building early literacy with 4- and 5-year-olds. Photo by Aldo BenincasaIn 2006, Dean Kathleen McCartney of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Professor Judith Palfrey of Harvard Medical School spoke in Santiago at a conference focused on early childhood education. The conference was organized by the regional office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Attendees included representatives from the Chilean Ministry of Education and leaders of early childhood programs in Chile. The relationships established there led to a commitment to launch collaborative research to improve early childhood education in Chile. That commitment turned into a reality with funding from Andrónico Luksic through his Fundacion Oportunidad Educacional for the project called Un Buen Comienzo — A Good Start.The goal of the research was to evaluate the effectiveness of professional development for teachers in Chilean kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classrooms.The opportunity for the study derived from priorities established by Michelle Bachelet, who became president of Chile in March 2006. She had made a campaign promise to expand access to early childhood education, ensuring places in public schools for 4- and 5-year-olds. Attention to the quality of those classrooms offered the promise of improving children’s language and literacy outcomes in kindergarten and of reducing retention in first grade.Professional development for teachers focused on classroom organization, ways to teach vocabulary and read books with children, and procedures to involve parents in their children’s education. Coaches also visit the classrooms regularly, to model new instructional methods and to support the teachers as they implement them in turn. In addition, to address high levels of absenteeism among children with asthma, an innovative effort was launched to ensure that all such children had up-to-date asthma action plans and that teachers knew how to deal with their symptoms.The effectiveness of the intervention is being evaluated by randomly assigning schools within municipalities to receive the full intervention immediately or later. An evaluation team from the Universidad Diego Portales has been administering a wide array of assessments to participating children, to determine whether the program is affecting their language skills, early literacy skills, and executive functioning. Classrooms are also observed and videotaped regularly, to evaluate changes in teacher behaviors.The per-child costs of the Un Buen Comienzo intervention are very modest. If the evaluation demonstrates that the intervention is effective, then it could feasibly be expanded in Chile and perhaps exported to other countries in Latin America.— Catherine Snow, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of EducationSharing the lessons of Chile’s earthquakeView of Tomé, a region hit hard by the 2010 earthquake and tsunami. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerOur visit to Chile comes at a very significant time — both for the region and the University — and it reflects Harvard and the Kennedy School’s commitment to expanding connections to Latin America. It is a moment of resurgent economic and intellectual growth in much of the region, with the many opportunities and challenges those offer. Harvard is deeply engaged with the region through the work of the David Rockefeller Center (DRCLAS), our many students and faculty from the region, and our expansive alumni networks, among others. And yet, there is so much more that we can yet do together.The timing is also poignant because an important element of the visit involves looking for ways in which Harvard faculty and students can learn from and participate in reconstruction efforts in Chile following last February’s terrible earthquake and tsunami.The potential lessons could not be more critical in light of the recent devastating events in Japan. One apparent similarity in the two situations is that strong building codes reduced the deaths and destruction from earthquakes of incredible magnitude. However, the tsunami triggered by the Japan quake was the source of much of the destruction and tragedy. We all must learn from these disasters: to prevent, prepare, and recover from them.On Tuesday (March 22), President Drew Faust will open and I will have the opportunity to participate intensively in a meeting sponsored by DRCLAS and designed to support Chilean reconstruction and recovery through the ENLACE program and other collaborations. The meeting will bring together government officials, nongovernmental organizations, scholars, and others who have been involved in Chile’s recovery activities to share ideas with Harvard faculty who have experience in this or other major natural disasters. I am particularly pleased to participate, since I have championed a major initiative at the Kennedy School focusing on problems where future crises can be averted or minimized by “Acting in Time.”ENLACE is a program founded by Kennedy School Associate Professor Daniel Hojman to draw upon the expertise of faculty and Chilean students at Harvard and throughout the Boston area to support Chile during this critical recovery period. This is just one example of Harvard’s collaborations in Chile.Un Buen Comienzo (A Good Start), an early childhood program run in schools near the capital city of Santiago, is supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University’s Center on the Developing Child. This terrific program existed before the quake and is now being extended to quake-stricken areas. Educación Popular en Salud, a community public health agency founded by Harvard School of Public Health alumna Karen Anderson, has also been involved in earthquake recovery efforts, working with residents, community leaders, and volunteers to deliver food and water, repair broken walls and leaky roofs, and provide emotional support for those in need.And over the winter break, a group of 15 Harvard students traveled to the town of Dichato and elsewhere to help reconstruct damaged parks, schools, and kiosks.I am honored to be able to participate in these and other activities in Chile. We all have much to learn from each other.— David T. Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economylast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Who Should Play Trina in Falsettos?

first_img Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show! Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) Last week, we asked you to pick the top 10 roles you’d love to see Lady Gaga tackle on Broadway. Eva Perone in Evita reigned supreme, which we (especially News Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber) think is an excellent choice. This week, to celebrate the news that William Finn and James Lapine’s beloved musical Falsettos is heading back to Broadway, we want to know: Who should play charmingly neurotic Jewish mom Trina? Managing Editor Beth Stevens posted her list of top 10 picks here! STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.center_img View Comments STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. The staff is obsessed with Culturalist, the fun site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.last_img read more

How to get a home loan and still enjoy life head of home loans Andrew Russell in their Sydney offices. Pic by James CroucherWHILE banks are cracking down on home lending, buyers can still get into the market, they just have to be better prepared than before.The easiest and most important thing you can do to make sure you get the green light on your home loan application is have a detailed understanding of how you spend your money.Most of us have a vague idea of how much we chew through every week, but it’s not until you actually sit down and put pen to paper and add up every little cost that you can really understand where your money goes and what your borrowing capacity is.You may not buy news clothes, birthday gifts or pay the car rego every week, but they are no doubt expenses you have during the course of the year that you should be aware of and factor into your home loans executive manger Andrew RussellAs a borrower, if you can present your potential mortgage provider with a realistic idea of how much money you need to live the life you do, it makes it much easier for them to weigh up whether you are a good risk to take.Borrowers now have to be prepared to provide full transparency of their expenses.If you provide a lender with three-month’s worth of bank statements it will analyse this and soon work out what you are spending money on that you hadn’t factored into your application – yes they will see that every Friday night you spend $50 on takeaway from Uber Eats, you download a dozen songs from iTunes every month and buy a lottery ticket at the newsagent every weekend.Supplied imageIt’s not that borrowers are looking to mislead lending institutions, it’s just that sometimes people don’t realise how much all those little expenses add up.There are plenty of apps now that can be used to help you track exactly where all your money is going and it is a good first step for working out how to improve your savings and budget to buy a home.While it might sound all doom and gloom, being honest about your finances is what will ultimately help you secure a loan, which you can actually afford to repay and that benefits everyone in the long run.Generic home for sale sign. Picture: THINKSTOCKAustralians lobbied for a Royal Commission into the banking sector and tighter lending criteria are part of the outcome of that.The purpose isn’t to prevent borrowers from obtaining a loan but to make sure they are better protected when applying for what will likely be their biggest financial commitment in their life.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAll these new measures really do are safeguard you as a property buyer; it doesn’t necessarily make it harder to get finance, although how much you can borrow now might be different to in the past.The best way to ensure you can buy a new home is to work out your finances now – before you start searching for a property.A mortgage broker can really help you with this. They keep banks competitive and honest in their pricing and importantly they will help you find a loan which best suits your requirements.Go to your mortgage provider with a clear idea of your borrowing capacity and get a pre-approval. It could mean the difference between snapping up your dream home quickly, before the competition can, and missing out because you were caught up getting all your documentation together.If you are planning on buying within the next year start investigating the market now, get all of your financial documentation in place and save, save, save.Do your independent research and also seek the help of your real estate agent, they are the ones who can tell you exactly what properties are selling for in the market you are interested in.If you do all of this, once you find the right property you’ll be in the best position to act quickly.Know where your money is going. thinkstockIf you finances are not as straight forward as most borrowers, you may work on a series of short-term contracts, the tightening of lending practices doesn’t necessarily preclude you from buying – you may just need to be more organised to show lenders you will not come unstuck.Try and line up another contract for when the current one finishes so that the lender can see you have “continuous employment’’.Also show them proof of the level of continuous employment over the previous year. You may need to speak to a number of lending institutions to find the one which best suits your circumstances.If banks are not prepared to operate in this space don’t be disheartened, other lenders may be more willing to offer a product and take the riskFor all borrowers, whether experienced or first timers, if you have a strong deposit, a good solid income and you manage your money well, you should be fine.No matter what the outcome of the Royal Commission into banking, lending will continue – the benefit for the home loan customer is that given the greater scrutiny to ensure responsible lending you will feel assured you will be able to make repayments if interest rates increase.last_img read more

Sothern hits treble to sink China

first_img Press Association Sothern scored twice in quick succession in the second before winning a penalty stroke, which was saved. Peter Caruth scored Ireland’s third after fine link-up play before Ronan Gormley netted from a penalty corner early in the second half. Sothern’s third followed before Stephen Dowds netted a sixth. Goalkeeper David Harte suffered a neck injury following a collision with a Chinese forward and had to be replaced by David Fitzgerald. Ireland play Belgium on Sunday, but have already advanced to the quarter-finals. Ireland’s first win of the tournament – after a draw with Great Britain and loss to Malaysia – came in convincing fashion against a team which has now lost four times and conceded 23 goals. Britain beat China 8-1 on Thursday and Ireland were left frustrated by disciplined defending in the first quarter. center_img Alan Sothern scored a hat-trick as Ireland beat China 6-0 in their World League Semi-Final Pool B clash in Antwerp. last_img read more

Game of Numbers Gives W’Cup to England

first_imgSometimes, the World Cup offers more than just the game on the pitches. Occasionally, other games come up. Games of predictions also come up as the famed Octopus Paul of South Africa 2010 and the failed successors at Russia 2018.Followers of the World Cup also engage in ‘Games of Numbers’. Consider for instance, Russia 2018 is the 21st edition of the World Cup and the 21st match of this edition was played on the 21st day of June when Denmark played 1-1 with Australia.At the weekend, the numerals became more striking with the preponderance of figures six and seven when the quarter final matches were played on the sixth day of the seventh month – a sort of six and seven. The four quarter finals clashes are therefore a sort of 6 versus 7.Half of the eight quarter finalists have six letters while the other four have seven letters. On sixth of July, France with six letters took on seven-lettered Uruguay. On the same day, Brazil which has six letters played against Belgium which has seven letters.Honours were evenly shared between the six-lettered and seven lettered teams. France beat Uruguay and Belgium eliminated Brazil.Those encounters were followed the next day with that of six-lettered Sweden losing to seven-lettered England while six lettered Russia lost seven-lettered Croatia on a day when seven – seven reigned supreme (July 7).The game of numbers is getting stronger. The social media is awash with predictions that the numerals favour England.With all the quarter-finalists having six and seven digit names and with each pairing producing 13 consider the under listed:Uruguay vs. France = 13 LettersBrazil vs. Belgium = 13 LettersEngland vs. Sweden = 13 LettersRussia vs. Croatia = 13 LettersThose games were played on 6th and 7th of July, 6+7 = 13When all the above figures are added up, the result is 52.It’s been 52 years since England won the World Cup in 1966.When 52 is divided by four (the number of years between each edition of the FIFA World Cup), the result is 13.It has been 13 editions of the World Cup since England last won! One can then understand why “Football is Coming Home”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It’s Coming Home’ is beginning to gain ground again. That was the theme song released in 1996 by English band The Lightning Seeds to mark the England football team’s hosting of that year’s European Championships.It was the first major tournament being hosted after the historic 1966 World Cup. England lost in the semi finals to Germany in a penalty shootout. Gareth Southgate, the current England coach, missed his kick, leading to a newspaper headline: “England are out through Southgate”.According to, Southgate appears on a redemption mission. On his waste coat which has now become iconic at Russia is written: “It’s Coming Home”, a bold prediction, and possibly, determination to see England win the World Cup.last_img read more

Defense stands tall in final tune-up scrimmage

first_imgSafety Aaron Henry intercepted quarterback Jon Budmayr in practice Saturday and nearly scored.[/media-credit]If spring football can be used as any sort of barometer for where the Wisconsin Badgers’ personnel stand, one fact stood out as Saturday’s practice came to a close.The offense has a ways to go in catching up to the defense.In a practice with live tackling and situational scrimmaging, Wisconsin’s No. 1 offense started out hot, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives and covering 60 yards on both occasions.Then the defense clamped down.The second-team offense never managed to score a touchdown, and the first-teamers only got one more score when running back James White broke away on a run and took it to the house from 45 yards out.Otherwise, the defense contained the running game and shut down the passing attack.Quarterback CompetitionWith Joe Brennan routinely struggling to lead the No. 2 offense, Jon Budmayr has never been threatened during spring ball as the No. 1 starter.Yet, Budmayr has done little to cement his status as starter heading into the fall with quarterback Curt Phillips returning from injury.Budmayr tossed two more interceptions Saturday – against one touchdown – and missed several open receivers.During two attempts at a red zone drill, the No. 1 offense was unable to put the ball in the end zone, with Budmayr watching three of his passes fall incomplete. He avoided having any passes blocked at the line for the first practice all spring, but still forced too many balls into tight windows.On his first interception, Budmayr failed to look off safety Aaron Henry, who had a chance to return the pick for a touchdown if the coaches hadn’t blown the play dead.Red Zone RespectDefensive coordinator Chris Ash admitted this spring he is trying to instill a sense of swagger into his guys on “D.” If someone makes a big play, he wants them to celebrate it.Never was this more apparent than when the No. 1 defense and offense matched up for a two-minute drill. While the offense moved the ball down to the three-yard line after broken coverage allowed tight end Brian Wozniak to get free for a big gain, the defense clamped down from there.On second down, Budmayr tossed a well-placed fade route to receiver Jeff Duckworth, who managed to get both hands on the ball before being crushed by Devin Smith. The senior cornerback immediately got up after breaking up the pass and stood over Duckworth talking smack.One play later, the defense converged in the middle to keep running back Montee Ball just short of the end zone as time ran out on the two-minute clock. They left the field celebrating and chest bumping.Injury ReportFullback Bradie Ewing and linebacker Kevin Claxton both sat out Saturday, though both supposedly with minor injuries to shoulder and ribs, respectively. … Phillips did not suit up at all for the first time this spring, though that may have been because most of the practice was spent doing live work with few non-contact drills. … Jacob Pedersen got rolled up on the back of his legs and was taken off the field to have his right ankle taped up and iced. He did not return but was able to walk around on his own power.Mental MistakesAfter a season spent building a well-deserved reputation as an offense that didn’t shoot itself in the foot, the Badgers were well out of sorts Saturday.The No. 2 offensive line was hit with at least five holding penalties and at one point false-started two plays in a row.White lost a fumble to start a drive – curiously enough, it was Joel Stave’s one series with the No. 1 offense – and took a lap to pay the price.The little things that made such a big difference for the offense last season held them back Saturday.last_img read more

Sacked Dramani heads to Man City

first_imgAsante Kotoko coach Mas-ud Didi Dramani is set to join Manchester City on a month-long refresher course.Dramani said he is already relishing the moment with The Citizens’ boss Manuel Pellegrini and hopes to use it to improve his game.“I look forward to it with great delight because it is an opportunity to learn,” Dramani, who has lost favour with his employers told The Finder.“There is nothing special than getting the opportunity to learn at the highest level.”Dramani added: “Whatever I will do it would automatically impact on my career and I am thankful for that.”Dramani who led Kotoko to their 22nd league title said he is working at obtaining his badges. “I have been working hard for my CAF license A recently in Prampram. It was a lot of hard work and I plan to continue in that direction to combine picking the badges and also do well on the field and excel in my career.”last_img

Tennis: Djokovic fends off Murray

first_imgNovak Djokovic fended off a fading Andy Murray 7-6 (1), 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-4 in a matchup of past U.S. Open champions to reach the tournament’s semifinals for the eighth consecutive year.It took a while for the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Djokovic to push himself out front in a well-played, back-and-forth, 3-hour, 32-minute match that ended after 1 a.m in New York.Djokovic broke the eighth-seeded Murray to go up 3-1 in the third set, then fended off a pair of break points in the next game.On the first, Murray sailed a backhand long to end a 28-stroke point, then leaned over and put a hand on his knee.On the second, he dumped a forehand into the net, then slammed his racket against his right thigh and yelled.last_img

Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly agree to three-year contract extension

first_imgDon Mattingly will manage the Dodgers through the 2016 season, per the terms of a new contract extension signed Wednesday. The complete contract terms were unavailable and the team had yet to make a formal announcement.Mattingly and the Dodgers had been discussing a multi-year extension since October, since shortly after the Dodgers’ six-game loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.In a news conference two days after Game 6, general manager Ned Colletti praised Mattingly for changing the course of the 2013 season. The Dodgers were 12 games under .500 and in last place in the National League West as late as June 21.The Dodgers went the rest of the way with an MLB-best 62-28 record, including a stretch of 42 wins in 50 games that ranked among the best of all time. The National League West title was Mattingly’s first in three years as manager, during which the Dodgers are 260-225. The front office repeatedly expressed its faith in Mattingly, but some questioned whether Mattingly’s job was in jeopardy after the terse news conference. Days later, on Oct. 22, the Dodgers fired Mattingly’s friend and bench coach Trey Hillman.In December Mattingly told reporters at baseball’s winter meetings he was happy with the direction of contract talks. A new deal finally was consummated with Mattingly in town for the Dodgers’ annual prospect camp.According to multiple reports Tuesday, the new contract extension will replace the final year Mattingly had left on his first contract.Among National League West managers, the Colorado Rockies’ Walt Weiss and San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy also are under contract through 2016. Among National League managers, only the St. Louis Cardinals’ Mike Matheny is under contract longer (2017).Mattingly has been managing the Dodgers since 2011 after replacing Joe Torre. Only five men have managed the Dodgers longer than six years: Tommy Lasorda, Walter Alston, Wilbert Robinson, Leo Durocher and Ned Hanlon. “He kept it steady through a tough period of time,” Colletti said. “He kept our team together. He won. I’ve been a supporter of his since the day he walked in here as a hitting coach.”Mattingly, 52, already was under contract for 2014 after a vesting option was triggered by the Dodgers’ victory over the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.He took the occasion of the season-ending conference to express his strong desire for an extension.“This has been a frustrating, tough year honestly, because I think when you come in … with a club like this, you come in basically as a lame duck,” he said. “With the payroll and the guys that you have, it puts you in a tough spot in the clubhouse. We dealt with that all year long.“It puts me in a spot that everything I do is questioned because I’m basically trying out, or auditioning, to say, can I manage or can I not manage?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more