Tag Archiv: 上海419龙凤

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

Let the sea breezes in and soak up Manly lifestyle

first_imgThe home at 182 Melville Tce, Manly.The updated kitchen has a white and grey colour scheme, breakfast bar and open above bench shelving.There is also a little laundry tucked away off the dining area.The master bedroom has a sizeable walk-in robe and the bathroom includes a vanity, toilet and shower over bath. The home at 182 Melville Tce, Manly.THIS character cottage is beautifully presented and on the market in Manly.Owner Dieter Stahmer bought the property at 182 Melville Tce a couple of years ago and has since freshened it up inside and out, while maintaining character features such as the timber floorboards and VJ walls.“The home has been modernised and updated,” he said.“It’s had a fresh coat of paint, new airconditioners and the yard has been tidied up.” The home at 182 Melville Tce, Manly.The home is on a fenced 458sq m block with single carport, deck and low maintenance yard.Marketing agent Simon Gregg, of Century 21 Adams and Costello, said the property was a golden opportunity.“It’s zoned LMR2 and, subject to council approval, would be an ideal project,” he said.“You could raise the house to capture bay views and create genuine dual occupancy or perhaps a home-based business.”The property is being marketed by Simon Gregg, of Century 21 Adams & Costello, and will be open for inspection on October 28 at 10-10.30am.center_img The home at 182 Melville Tce, Manly.Mr Stahmer said the best part of the home was the location.“It’s a lifestyle location,” he said.“It’s just around the corner from Manly Village, the cafes and the waterfront markets.“There’s also a nice, big deck at the back and sea breezes that go right through the place.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020At the front of the house there is a cosy veranda leads through to the big loungeroom.Further into the home there is an open-plan kitchen and dining area that opens through french doors to the rear deck.last_img read more

New Jersey Devils’ P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds could join Taylor Hall on trade block

first_imgSubban’s future with the Devils could also come in question. The 30-year-old rearguard is off to the worst start of his career, with just five points in 29 games — which puts him on pace for a career-low 15 points. The New York Post’s Brett Cyrgalis recently insinuated that Subban was putting marketing himself over playing hockey.With two years remaining on his contract at an AAV of $9 million, he could prove a difficult sell in the trade market.Nevertheless, Subban is a former Norris Trophy winner and a finalist for the award in 2018. He also lacks no-trade protection in his contract. If the Devils are willing to pick up part of his cap hit, they could find a club willing to gamble on Subban regaining his Norris form on a deeper roster. After missing the playoffs last season, the New Jersey Devils entered 2019-20 with a renewed sense of optimism.During the offseason, general manager Ray Shero acquired star defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators, while also signing two-way winger Wayne Simmonds and training for Vegas Golden Knight winger Nikita Gusev. Not only that, but Shero had luck working in his favor as the Devils won the 2019 NHL Draft lottery. And with the first-overall pick, he selected highly-touted prospect Jack Hughes.In the meantime, franchise player Taylor Hall was entering the final year of his contract, and coming off season-ending knee surgery, it was hoped he’d regain the form that won him the Hart Trophy in 2018.MORE: New Jersey Devils finding new identity under Alain NasreddineShero’s additions and Hall’s improved health prompted many experts to predict New Jersey would become a serious playoff contender this season, as fans hoped the club’s projected improvement might convince Hall to sign a contract extension.Fast forward two months later, and the Devils are mired near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Head coach John Hynes was fired on Dec. 3, replaced on an interim basis by Alain Nasreddine. That move did nothing to reverse their declining fortunes.Hall, meanwhile, is no closer to signing a new contract with New Jersey. Shero is reportedly listening to trade offers, sparking suggestions the 28-year-old winger could be moved before the Dec. 19 holiday roster freeze. As per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston that teams believe it could take “four pieces” to acquire Hall. He adds the belief around the industry is the Colorado Avalanche are the frontrunners. Still, Hall might not be the only pending free agent the Devils put on the trade block this season.Simmonds, 31, inked a one-year, $5-million contract last summer. With 11 points in 29 games, he’s no longer the 20-goal, 50-point player of his youth. Nevertheless, he could draw interest from a postseason contending seeking an experienced, physical winger.Wayne Simmonds on the breakaway. Always a fun combo. pic.twitter.com/kCdZcg0sQ6— NHL (@NHL) November 14, 2019Defensemen Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen are also eligible for UFA status next July. Greene, 37, career is winding down, but he could still attract some interest from clubs seeking veteran blueline depth.The 28-year-old Vatanen, however, could have more value. A skilled puck-moving right-shot rearguard, he also plays a responsible defensive game. Despite an injury history, his all-around skills could make him an enticing trade target. The Las Vegas Sun’s Justin Emerson believes Vatanen would be a good addition to the Vegas Golden Knights’ defense corps. Shero’s asking price for these veterans could be draft picks, prospects, and young NHL-ready players. He’ll want to build around promising young Devils like Hughes, Nico Hischier and Will Butcher.A quality goaltender could also be part of the return. Injuries have caught up with veteran Cory Schneider, while backup Mackenzie Blackwood has yet to prove he’s ready for the starter’s job.last_img read more

England bank on Barclay for Italian job

first_img Barclay Brown (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), winner of the inaugural North of England under 14 Junior Open Stroke Play Championship at South Moor Golf Club recently, has been selected among four players for the Italian International under 16 Championship at Biella Golf Club on 2nd – 4th September. The other three are Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway, Cheshire) and Luke Northwood (Kenilworth, Warwickshire). Brown, only 13 years old, carded a two-under-par opening round of 70 to lead by three at South Moor then added a 74 before torrential rain and thunderstorms made the Durham course unplayable and the tournament was reduced to 36 holes. Fitzpatrick, 15, the younger brother of 2013 US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, finished third in last year’s Douglas Johns Trophy but went two better this year, winning by one stroke. Nevin-Wharton, 16, finished tied third in the Northern Counties Boys Qualifying, fourth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and equal fifth in the Cheshire Stroke Play Championship. Northwood, 15 (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), a member of the England Regional under 16 Coaching Squad for the West Midlands, finished runner-up in this year’s McGregor Trophy, the English Boys under 16 Championship, at Radcliffe-on-Trent and like Brown and Fitzpatrick, this will be his maiden overseas assignment for England Golf. The Italian under 16 Championship is played over 72 holes of stroke play with a cut after 36, the leading 40 players and ties qualifying for the final two rounds. 27 Aug 2014 England bank on Barclay for Italian job last_img read more

Olympia Harbor Days and the Tugboat Races Cancelled for 2020

first_imgFacebook642Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor Days Carol Riley, executive director of Olympia Harbor Days, expresses thanks to the community including all sponsors, vendors and supporters of the event.  “It was a difficult decision to cancel this year and I believe this is the right step to take at this time.  We hope to return in 2021 with a joyous celebration.” Carol Riley, Executive Director The Olympia Kiwanis Club, dedicated to helping kids, also supports the community by maintaining three community gardens with all produce donated to the Thurston County Food Bank, a firewood donation service amongst other community projects.  For more information on how to help, volunteer, donate or to become a member can be found at www.OlympiaKiwanis.org. The club will celebrate its 100 years of community service in 2021. More information about the festival can be found at www.HarborDays.com.center_img “We want to keep our community, participants and volunteers safe during this unprecedented and unpredictable Coronavirus Pandemic.  The risk of hosting a free public event of this type is too great from all we know today.”  -Denise Steigers, president on behalf of Olympia Kiwanis Board of Directors. Olympia Harbor Days Festival and Tugboat Races, the 47th edition, has been cancelled for 2020. The announcement comes from the Olympia Kiwanis Club Board of Directors after much discussion about how to keep the festival safe for all – from attendees and tugboat crews to vendors and volunteers. The festival was to be held Labor Day Weekend, September 4 – 6, 2020. The festival is an Olympia Kiwanis Club event.last_img read more

South Africa to launch ‘war on poverty’

first_imgThe percentage of South Africans living on less than a 2007 benchmark of R462 a month had decreased from 58% in 2000 to 48% in 2005. Source: BuaNews Briefing reporters in Cape Town on Sunday on a three-day Cabinet meeting that took place in Pretoria last week, Mbeki said the campaign would kick off in August, focusing on the most deprived wards in all nine provinces. The strategy would include motivating each household to make its “own contribution” to its struggle against poverty. According to a Development Indicators report released earlier this month by the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Service unit in the Presidency, income growth among South Africans, combined with the expansion of social grants, had resulted in a rise in income among the poorest of the population since 2000. Taking population increases into account, the number of South Africans lifted out of poverty since 1996 had reached 9-million, the report found, with about 12-million now supported by one or more of the various forms of social grants provided by the government. The teams would go “from household to household” in the identified areas in order to make the most direct, helpful interventions to take these households out of poverty, Mbeki said. The most deprived households identified in the poorest wards would be visited periodically during the campaign by a team of professionals and community workers to identify their specific needs, accelerate their access to government services, and provide safety nets. 28 July 2008 South Africa is to launch a nationwide campaign to reduce poverty among the country’s poorest citizens, President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday. Mbeki said that last week’s Cabinet meeting had noted that South Africa was on track towards achieving its medium-term goals of halving poverty and unemployment by 2014. The long-term goal was for South Africa’s poorest households to receive assistance and support in a co-ordinated and sustained way, with a national “war room on poverty” leading the campaign from the office of the Deputy President. “Even though many challenges still need to be tackled, attaining high and sustained economic growth is and will continue to be a key part of our strategy to achieving these medium-term goals,” Mbeki added.last_img read more

Assess winter wheat before harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The spring of 2017 has created many challenges for winter wheat growers. As wheat harvest begins across the eastern Corn Belt, producers should keep an eye out for potential problems that may cause yield loss and impact grain quality. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab).Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus. Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest. In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab.According to this University of Missouri article, research performed by the Ohio State University showed that adjust fan speeds between 1,375 and 1,475 rpm and shutter opening to 3.5 inches resulted in the lowest discounts at elevators due to low test weight, damaged kernels, and mycotoxin levels in grain. Extreme cold weather in March caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields. Wheat producers should walk fields prior to harvest to determine if head scab and/or freeze damage has impacted their wheat and to assess the extent of the damage.last_img read more

Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok

first_imgPangilinan: PH ‘putting very good bid’ to host 2023 Fiba World Cup Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo from ONE ChampionshipFour Filipinos will proudly hoist the country’s flag when they enter the cage at ONE Warriors of the World at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on December 9.Female fighters April Osenio and Rome Trinidad banner the Philippine delegation as they take on different opponents in the undercard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Bangkok fightcard will see ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defend his title against Brazilian Alex Silva in the main event, while Shannon Wiratchai and Rasul Yakhyaev figure in a ONE Lightweight World Championship title eliminator.Singapore’s Christian Lee will also lock horns with Kotetsu Buku of South Korea, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke going up against Riku Shibuya, hometown bet Yodsanan Sityodtong taking on Dodi Mardian of Indonesia, and Chinese bantamweight Tang De Pan facing Asraful Islam of Bangladesh. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 23-year-old Osenio (2-2) is seeking to bounce back from her loss to Jenny Huang last year as Team Lakay pins its hopes on her when she faces the debuting Xiong Jingnan of China in their flyweight bout.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Trinidad will be making her ONE debut as she showcases her Sikaran background and shoots for an upset against Thai contender Rika Ishige in their atomweight showdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo (5-5) is also seeking to end his three-match skid when he tangles with Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao Petpayathai.Wushu expert Rabin Catalan (4-3) is also motivated to snap his own slump as he faces strawweight contender Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand. View commentslast_img read more

Test captaincy doesn’t come naturally to anyone: Stephen Fleming

first_imgFleming backs Team India to bounce back against England in the ODI seriesMS Dhoni may just be two tests losses away from touching Stephen Fleming’s ignominious record of most away test defeats as captain but he finds support from his CSK coach who advocates Indian cricket stakeholders to take a balanced view of things over their next test captain.In an interview to India Today.in Fleming backs the Dhoni led Indian one day outfit to bounce back against England, although he admits they will be uncomfortable after the test losses. Counting himself out in the race for Indian coach, he also says it would be in the best interest of Indian cricket if Virat Kohli strives to be the best batsman he can be and not necessarily the skipper.Q. Stephen, you have said you spend three months a year in India with the CSK. Would one get to see a lot more of your here? Should an opportunity arise would you want to be Indian cricket coach?A. No. I am happy with the CSK role. It works well with the family situation. I know how much travelling is there with Indian team and that’s not me for the moment.Q. You have spent a lot of time with Dhoni as a CSK skipper. Do you believe he is still the right man for the job. Also do you think test captainship comes naturally to him?A. I don’t know if test captainship comes naturally to anyone. It’s hard work and when your team does not do well you feel the pressure and responsibility. He batted well which is a good sign. If he was playing badly and the team was doing badly he would be under some real pressure. He’s got that decision along with the BCCI as to what future holds for him whether its all forms of the game or just the shorter version with the World Cup coming up. There are lots of questions I am sure which are being asked and he’s in the best place to answer it.advertisementQ. Virat’s worst test tour has coincided with India’s poor loss to England. Else do you think it could have been a case for him taking test leadership over from MS Dhoni?A. Virat will be dissapointed with his show. There are very high expectations of him and he is one of the best players in the world which he still is, a bad series in England or anywhere else does not make you any lesser. He will make some adjustments and will be better off for it. Whether that takes him to captainship, I am not sure. Being the best batsmen he can will be the best thing for Indian cricket right now.Q. How much of a blame should Duncan Fletcher take for India’s losses? The test team has never won away during his reign.A. I am a coach, and am not going to bad another coach. But more seriously it’s a hard job. Responsibility lies with the players which often gets overlooked. The coach and the captain gets targeted. But the players will be dissapointed with the way they played. There was a lot expected of Virat and Pujara. Vijay played quite well but there are some real high profile players who have put some good numbers in the past 12 months and collectively they have had a very bad tournament. How deep you want to run with that whether it’s support staff whether it’s your academies that’s a case for the BCCI.Q. Do you think the test loss will hurt their chances in the one dayers?A. No I don’t think so. They will be looking forward to the one dayers. It’s generally agreed  that they are more suited to the one day game at the moment. They are world champions and they will be on the run. But they will be uncomfortable just like England were in the second half of the test series. They will come bouncing back and I would be surprised if they didn’t.last_img read more

Sugar output up 6 to 27347 lakh tonne

first_imgNew Delhi: Sugar production rose by 6 per cent to 273.47 lakh tonne till March 15 of the current marketing year ending September 2019, helped by higher output in Maharashtra and Karnataka where mills started their operations early, according to industry data. The country had produced 258.20 lakh tonne sugar in the year-ago period, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. “During 2018-19 sugar season, 527 sugar mills were in operation and they have produced 273.47 lakh tonne of sugar till March 15, 2019,” the ISMA said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs many as 154 mills have stopped crushing and 373 sugar mills are continuing their crushing operations. Mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka are closing fast and their crushing season is on the verge of closing. According to the ISMA, sugar production in Maharashtra till March 15 was 100.08 lakh tonne as against 93.84 lakh tonne in the year-ago period. In Uttar Pradesh, production was almost flat at 84.14 lakh tonne compared with 84.39 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the 2017-18 marketing year. Sugar production in Karnataka stood at 42.45 lakh tonne as against 35.10 lakh tonnes. The ISMA had earlier pegged the country’s sugar production at 307 lakh tonne in 2018-19, down from 325 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 marketing year.last_img read more