What began nearly a decade ago has turned into an annual rite of fall for Cambridge residents.Under a brilliant blue sky on Oct. 9, Harvard hosted 700 residents for Cambridge Family Football Day. This was the largest turnout on record as Harvard’s neighbors enjoyed lunch at the stadium and later watched the Harvard Crimson beat Cornell, 31-17.Every year Harvard invites Cambridge and Allston-Brighton residents to Community Football Days to cheer the Crimson and feast on free fare. These two events are among the many sponsored by the University, which encourages and welcomes Harvard’s neighbors to campus year-round.“The record number of Cambridge residents who turned out to watch the Crimson game this weekend points to the strong connection between Harvard and the Cambridge community,” said Mary Power, chief of community relations and executive director of community initiatives at Harvard. “We look forward to seeing even more neighbors — young and old alike — at the Community Football Days next year.”Family Football Days are coordinated by Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.To read about Allston-Brighton Family Football Day.
A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute sheds light on how a key fat-producing enzyme helps protect cells from a toxic form of fat.The new finding contributes to a fuller understanding of the fundamental biology that underlies common metabolic diseases related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and heart failure, and could lead to new insights on how to better treat such diseases.The study was published online Aug. 1, 2017 in Cell Metabolism.“We are excited about these findings—they solve a mystery and show how fat synthesis protects cells from dysfunction and disease,” said Robert Farese Jr., professor of genetics and complex diseases at Harvard Chan School.Lead author of the study was Harvard Chan research fellow Chandramohan Chitraju.The researchers looked at what happens to triglycerides (a type of fat) in cells during lipolysis, the process through which the triglycerides are broken down into fatty acids and transported for energy use to other tissues in the body. For decades, scientists have wondered why some triglycerides, after being broken down into fatty acids, wind up back in the cells in the form of triglycerides—a process known as “re-esterification.”By examining cell processes both in mice and in human cells, the researchers found out why: Re-esterification helps protect a key cell organelle called the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ER helps make cellular products such as proteins and lipids and it can be damaged by fatty acids—but not by triglycerides. The researchers also found that an enzyme called DGAT1 [diacylglycerol acyltransferase] is crucial to the re-esterification process, acting as a sort of cell police officer to ensure that toxic fatty acids stay away from the ER.“To better understand what happens when cells are overwhelmed with fat during obesity, we first have to understand how the system normally deals with fluctuations in lipids,” said Tobias Walther, professor of genetics and complex diseases at Harvard Chan and co-senior author of the study. “Our findings will hopefully spark new ideas on how to prevent the health consequences of obesity.” Read Full Story
Say you teach Slavic languages and literatures, write about literature and political power, and are a devotee of roots music and French New Wave films.When you log into the new Harvard Link, an online app developed by the research arm of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), it will create a personalized dashboard for you, secured by HarvardKey, that will recommend news stories about your academic or geopolitical interests; events like concerts, screenings or lectures; and suggestions on which faculty, staff, centers, initiatives, programs, and organizations work in fields related to yours so you can find out more about what they’re working on — and possibly even whether they would be interested in a collaboration.The best part? The application does much of this on its own.Harvard Link funnels publicly available University-related information about the campus, faculty, and staff into a centralized database. It creates suggestions based on a user’s personal, professional, and research interests, which the system automatically collects and individuals can update.The system also tells faculty members what courses their students are taking before, during, and after enrolling in their class. They can learn who teaches those classes and download syllabi. This is meant to provide professors with a clearer understanding of their students’ academic interests and encourage faculty to connect with colleagues with whom they share students. Link also lets faculty know about other courses at the University that may be related to their own subject.“Link tries to reduce the costs individuals can face when trying to tap into this treasure trove of information and opportunity,” said Dustin Tingley, a professor of government and deputy vice provost for advances in learning.The database, updated daily, sits on more than 46,000 data points VPAL collected from across the University and other channels, including public faculty websites, course and enrollment data from my.harvard, syllabi from Harvard Canvas, calendars across Schools and organizations, and stories and news feeds from the Harvard Gazette and Harvard Schools.The information is searchable, and users can apply filters to narrow results, allowing them to find potential collaborators outside of their department or at a specific school. It will also serve as one of the best ways to find experts at Harvard through keyword searches across news, events, people, and organizations.“One reason people are so excited about this is because we’re creating something innovative and useful based on existing Harvard systems,” said Zachary Wang, manager for resources adoption and impact at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. “By using text analytics to create personalized suggestions, we’re using that infrastructure to take the next step toward One Harvard.”Powering Link’s recommendation matrix is the professional interests and keywords users have listed in their profiles. That information is matched with other user profiles and the rest of the data the system has on tap.If users want the ease of having the system create these for them, they can upload a link to their professional website so Link can analyze it using its natural-language processing system, a technology that helps computers understand human language. For faculty members, this has already been done, including any on OpenScholar. Those who don’t have a website or who want to improve the quality of Link’s suggestions can input keywords associated with their interests.Along with the dashboards, Harvard Link contains weblinks to campus resources and those specific to the user’s School, department, or office. Users can add custom links as needed.Wang said there are plans to add more features to the site, including a pipeline for research funding opportunities.VPAL was established in 2013 to oversee initiatives such as HarvardX, the University’s online learning platform. For Harvard Link, it collaborated with Harvard University Information Technology, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity.In its current version, Harvard Link is available only to faculty and staff. VPAL hopes to make it available to students in the future.
Last weekend, 10 Saint Mary’s students attended the What You Do Matters (WYDM) Summit at the Field Museum in Chicago.Students from Chicago area universities and Saint Mary’s engaged in dialogue about the Holocaust, propaganda and hate speech, while inspiring students to recognize the way contemporary society is still dealing with the aftermath, first-year Molly Franklin said.Franklin said based on her application for the summit organizers contacted her prior to the conference about speaking on a student panel Saturday, the first day of the conference.Her youngest brother was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old, and Franklin said she began her advocacy for the special needs community when she was in middle school.“I imagined a situation where someone would say [‘retarded’] to my brother, and he would understand it and be hurt by it,” Franklin said.When Franklin applied for the WYDM Summit she had not expected to be contacted to speak, but it was because of that request she said she learned how important her work for the special needs community is.“I never really thought about what I was doing as work,” Franklin said. “But I realize that there are whole communities dealing with hate speech.”Franklin said she spoke on a panel of three other students who had faced and worked for varying causes on their campuses including LGBTQ issues and Holocaust denial.The WYDM Summit covered a variety of issues and propelled students to thinking about what action needs to be taken on their own campuses with a closing session creating action plans, she said.Franklin said she learned about the issue of contemporary propaganda and how to engage in effective dialogue. During the conference, dialogue was defined as a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn, she said.“It is important that we talk about dialogue because it’s not something that we utilize enough,” Franklin said.At the end of the conference Franklin said she took away valuable lessons and hopes to be able to apply them to her experience in the special needs community.“Propaganda is still a huge issue,” Franklin said. “People are afraid of what they don’t understand and the special needs community needs more understanding.”
Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is ‘honored and humbled’ by the hundreds of Vermonters who reached out to him over the weekend after his business, DuBois Construction of Middlesex, burned in a massive fire on Friday night.The building and some of the company’s equipment are considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials have ruled out arson.Friends, competitors and colleagues in the Legislature and state government expressed their condolences and desire to help. Some have even suggested wanting to hold fundraisers to help the business rebuild.‘I’m honored and humbled to be thought of in this way,’ said Scott, ‘but I can’t in good conscience accept any monetary donations, after having personally witnessed so many Vermonters losing everything as a result of Irene. Our company was insured. While insurance never makes you whole, we should be able to rebuild and stay in business, unlike many small business owners who will never rebound from their losses as a result of Irene.‘I understand people’s desire to help,’ Scott continued, ‘and I would encourage those who feel compelled to contribute in some way, to make a donation to one of the Irene recovery groups or to their local volunteer fire department. In our area, the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and several other local departments worked tirelessly to try to save our building.’VT Long Term Disaster Recovery Group: http://www.vermontdisasterrecovery.com/donate(link is external)VT Irene Flood Relief Fund: http://www.vtirenefund.org/donate/(link is external)DuBois Construction was founded by Scott’s uncle in 1946. For the last 26 years, Scott and his cousin, Don DuBois, have run the business together. Scott and DuBois are determined to rebuild. With the help of friends, they set up a temporary office trailer over the weekend, and were ready to fulfill road salt orders as usual on Monday morning.Source: Lieutenant Governor’s office.
By Diálogo January 24, 2020 In 2019, the food distributed through the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP, in Spanish) of the Nicolás Maduro regime, reached fewer families, while delivery time increased. In addition, some products, such as canned tuna and wheat flour, were excluded from the subsidized food program, said a report from Venezuelan nongovernmental organization (NGO) Ciudadanía en Acción (Citizens in Action) published at the end of 2019.According to the NGO, the delivery time for CLAP boxes (or bags) went from an average of 35 to 47 days in nine months. In February, the program delivered 11 million boxes, but in November this number dropped to only 2.5 million — data wasn’t available for December.“This year , I’ve only received seven CLAP boxes as of mid-December,” said Pablo, a man in his fifties, who asked to remain anonymous, and who lives with his family in the town of Guatire, 25 miles west of Caracas. The boxes, he told Diálogo, last only five days for a family of five, and according to estimates by Ciudadanía en Acción, they cover only 15 percent of a person’s basic nutritional requirements.The program, created in June 2016, promised to deliver basic foodstuffs (corn flour, wheat flour, rice, pasta, sugar, canned tuna, oil, and powdered milk) every 15 days for only 10,000 bolivars ($0.30, according to the exchange rate for January 1, 2020). In the last two months of 2019, the bag cost 80,000 bolivars ($2.40), or more than half of the minimum monthly wage of 150,000 bolivar ($4.40), which the government approved in October.Another NGO, Transparencia Venezuela (Transparency Venezuela), received many complaints during 2019 about irregularities in the state program. The reports included delays in food delivery (of up to seven months in some scarcely populated areas), unsafe food (such as expired milk or food contaminated with worms), as well as boxes that were delivered opened or with missing products. In July 2019, the NGO also reported that many people had complained that they were not given the boxes because they had taken part in protests against the government.Government officials said that they would “optimize” the program, and attributed irregularities to boxes “going missing on their way” and theft from black market operators.For Edison Arciniegas, head of Ciudadanía en Acción, this is about the “politics of food.”“No social control mechanism is more effective than controlling water and food. If you control this, you control the population,” Arciniegas, who thinks the strategy has been effective so far, told Diálogo. “There are fewer protests, or at least they haven’t increased in certain areas, such as near Miraflores [the presidential palace], and they are less violent. Those who receive the CLAP benefits continue to be [members] of the opposition, but they refrain from taking a position that might endanger this supply.”
“A 37-year-old Hungarian woman has collapsed and died in Budapest, probably from coronavirus,” read a headline from one of the sites displayed by the police.Computer equipment was seized at several locations during raids Friday, said the statement. Topics : Hungarian police said Saturday it has busted a network of “fake news” websites that reported alleged coronavirus-related deaths in Hungary, so far free of reported infections from the deadly virus.A man and woman are suspected of “operating dozens of fake news portals and linked Facebook pages” claiming that several people have been infected and died from coronavirus, said a statement on the police website. The sites, whose articles carried sensational headlines, were aimed at increasing traffic and boosting advertisement revenue, said the police.
South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant against Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee, they said on Thursday, in the investigation of a controversial 2015 merger and alleged accounting fraud in a suspected bid to aid his succession plans.The move spells fresh trouble for Lee, who, if arrested, faces a return to jail just a little over two years after being released from detention in February 2018.Lee already faces trial on a charge of bribery aimed at winning support to succeed ailing group patriarch Lee Kun-hee, and which involved former President Park Geun-hye, and spent a year in detention until the bribery case was suspended in 2018. Prosecutors said they sought Lee’s arrest on suspicions of stock price manipulation and audit rule violations, among other offences.Samsung declined to comment. Shares of Samsung Electronics were up 1.1%, outperforming a rise of 0.2% in the benchmark .Prosecutors have been investigating suspected accounting fraud at drug company Samsung Biologics after the Korean financial watchdog complained the firm’s value had been inflated by 4.5 trillion won ($3.7 billion) in 2015.Prosecutors contend the violation helped boost the value of its major owner, Cheil Industries, which counted Lee as its top shareholder, and merged with Samsung C&T, a de facto holding firm, Yonhap news agency said. Samsung requested an outside review of the investigation to weigh the validity of the indictment and the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office is following the necessary procedures, it said in a statement.Last month, prosecutors questioned Lee, 51, over the latest investigation. He also apologized for a series of controversies around his succession planning.Lee’s year in detention followed separate charges that he bribed Park to win government support for the 2015 merger which helped tighten his control of South Korea’s top conglomerate. Topics :
1 min. story Advertisement Unai Emery is under mounting pressure following Arsenal’s poor start to the season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has irked several of Arsenal’s most senior players by holding overly detailed and lengthy post-training meetings.Arsene Wenger’s successor is battling to save his job following a mediocre start to the season which could see Arsenal fall nine points adrift of the top four should they lose at Leicester on Saturday.Arsenal’s executive committee are said to be reluctant to make a change of management at this stage of the season, but Emery appears to be fighting an increasingly difficult task of uniting a fractured dressing room.Last week, reports claimed several of the club’s younger players regularly and openly mock the Spaniard over his lack of English and his poor communication skills also risk alienating the club’s more established stars.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Granit Xhaka trained with the Arsenal squad ahead of Wednesday’s match against Vitoria (Picture: Getty)Arsenal return to action on Wednesday against Vitoria in the Europa League ahead of Saturday’s trip to the King Power Stadium where they will face an in-form Leicester side who seven of their last eight matches in all competitions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery must decide whether or not to restore Granit Xhaka to his midfield after the club captain stormed off the pitch, hurling abuse at his own fans following last month’s draw against Crystal Palace.Xhaka was left out the side which drew against Wolves on Saturday but trained with the first team squad today ahead of the trip to Portugal.Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery if they lose against Leicester?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’MORE: Jurgen Klopp praises Edu for unearthing ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli PLAY Senior Arsenal players frustrated by Unai Emery’s post-training meetings Full Screen Advertisement Comment According to the Evening Standard, training sessions are often elongated as a result of Emery holding regular meetings which are drawn out as a result of his struggles to master the English language. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Nov 2019 1:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link268Shares About Connatix V67539 Video Settings
Image Courtesy: Hudong-ZhonghuaHudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has delivered COSCO Shipping Alps, a 14,500 TEU containership, to compatriot COSCO Shipping Lines. As informed, the newbuilding was delivered 56 days in advance on January 3, 2018.COSCO Shipping Alps, which features a length of 366 meters and a width of 51.2 meters, is said to be more environmentally friendly when compared to ships of the same type.The newly built containership has a market value of USD 87.09 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The shipbuilder said that COSCO Shipping Alps is the third 14,500 TEU boxship delivered to COSCO so far.Its sister vessels, COSCO Shipping Himalayas and COSCO Shipping Kilimanjaro, were handed over to COSCO in July and December 2017, respectively.World Maritime News Staff