Harvard volunteers participate in citywide cleanup

first_imgFor the past 16 years, Harvard staff and students have recently teamed up with their neighbors in Allston to help clean up the city’s parks, streets, schools, and various community locations as part of the annual Love Your Block event, formerly known as Boston Shines. Through raking leaves, sweeping sidewalks, reviving benches with fresh coats of paint and planting lively flowers, the volunteers find themselves bonding with each other, all while tidying up and enlivening the Allston community.Photo by Asia BradleeFor Susan Worst, an associate director for administrative and web systems at the Harvard Divinity School, Love Your Block is necessary. “It’s a great opportunity to interact and talk to colleagues or other people you don’t normally get to talk to. For that reason, I really like the community aspect of the event,” she said.“Cleaning and taking care of the community is a great example for the kids,” said Claudia O’Brien, a staff assistant at the Harvard Ed Portal. “They come out with their families and they are excited to help make their community better.”James Barrows, Harvard’s associate director of community relations, enthusiastically played team captain to a group of volunteers. “This is a terrific opportunity for Boston residents and those who work in Boston to take a few hours from their week to spend some time with their neighbors, colleagues and friends in a fun and impactful citywide civic engagement program,” Barrows said.Erin Johnson, a program manager for Harvard’s public school partnerships team, proudly sported a Love Your Block T-shirt. “It’s my first year volunteering!” When asked why giving time and effort to an event like this one is important, she responded, “We should all want to be great neighbors.”last_img read more

City of Lauderhill Police Department community events Slow Roll and Ride…

first_imgSlow Roll and Ride It’s time for this year’s Slow Roll and Ride your Bike with a Lauderhill Cop.  The City of Lauderhill Police Department will begin its community ride off on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at West Wind Park. You won’t want to miss this fun and interactive community event. Registration begins at 9am and the event is free. For more information, go to the Slow Roll website or call 954-730-3080.The positive energy and community driven atmosphere is what keeps people of all ages coming back while sharing in the Slow Roll experience with their friends and family! We will be giving away bike helmets for children and raffling off a new bike to an attendee.  Coffee with a cop The City of Lauderhill Police Department is also excited to announce its next Coffee-With-A-Cop scheduled for January 17, 2019. This event will be hosted by McDonald’s located at 1140 North State Road 7 in Lauderhill.  Residents will be invited to stop in and sit down with members of the Lauderhill Police Department and chat over a cup of coffee. This event is repeated throughout the year at different locations in the city to bring closeness and strengthen the relationship between the residents and the Lauderhill Police Department.  We hope you can join us for both events. For more information, call 954-497-4700.last_img read more

Lionel Messi’s gritty hometown braces for a glam wedding

first_img– ‘He feels comfortable here’ –Historically, Rosario has long had a strong working class, and today’s violence stems largely from widespread unemployment, political scientists and economists say. Rosario, Argentina | AFP |  Security is at the top of everyone’s minds in Rosario, Argentina these days.On Friday, soccer superstar Lionel Messi will be married there to Antonella Roccuzzo at a lavish celebration bringing together some of the world’s best-paid soccer players, just up the street from one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods.Some 21 members of the hugely popular FC Barcelona team, including Luis Suarez and Neymar, as well as stars like Gerard Pique — accompanied by partner Shakira, perhaps more popular than the Catalan defender himself — will be flying into this port city 180 miles (300 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires.The luxurious City Center casino-hotel complex, where guests will stay and the ceremony is expected to take place, borders a poor neighborhood known as the birthplace of the bloody drug gang Los Monos.“Messi’s marriage — like the casino’s presence in the neighborhood — is a metaphor for inequality,” provincial official Carlos Del Frade, author of several books on Rosario’s exploding drug trade, told AFP.A mere 400 yards (meters) from the bright lights and neon of City Center, two people on a motorcycle opened fire June 17 on four women belonging to Los Monos. The attack claimed the life of Petrona Cantero, 56, the sister of Ariel Cantero, the historic leader of Los Monos, who is now serving a prison sentence.Drug gang-linked violence has claimed more than 1,000 lives in the past five years in this gritty port city, Del Frade said.Last year, the homicide rate in Rosario was double the national average of seven per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a report from the Ministry of Security of Santa Fe province, which includes Rosario.In the Las Flores neighborhood, just behind the City Center complex, Los Monos holds virtually total power, according to Del Frade, who said the gang amounts to the “de facto government” there. Messi’s father, a metalworker here in the 1990s, emigrated with his family to Barcelona in 2000, amid the grave economic crisis then facing Argentina.Today, the government in Rosario says it feels confident the safety of the illustrious visitor and his guests can be assured, regardless of the high crime rate.“Rosario is prepared for the wedding,” city administrator Monica Fein told AFP. “Lionel chose to come get married here because it is his hometown and he feels comfortable here and we will do everything in our power to make it so.”For now, the details of the planned security operation remain closely guarded.Last week, local officials met with representatives of the Messi family, but no information leaked out, including on the location of the meeting itself, which was changed at the last moment to keep journalists away.Gustavo Leone, a Rosario official, explained that this was “a private event.”He added that if some guests want to visit Messi’s city a private tour will be arranged, but only under conditions of strict security and confidentiality.– ‘I just can’t believe it’ –Some local residents, people who know every twist and turn in the city’s streets, cannot understand the decision by the soccer star — who made some 70 million euros last season, according to the Eurosport sports network — to hold his wedding celebration in such an unsafe area.“The truth is, I’m surprised they’re doing it here, considering that Messi is one of the best-paid players in the world. I just can’t believe it,” Micaela Llane, a 24-year-old secretary here, told AFP.Locals have been following the preparations as if they were all expecting to be invited, so they know all about last-minute changes to the plans.“The other hotel (the five-star Puerto Norte, where the celebration was to have been held) is in a much prettier area,” said Ariel Vallejo, who works for a private security firm.And everyone dreams of showing off the best parts of the city where the soccer superstar — five-time winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award — was born.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Photos: Oakland Athletics work out at Yankee Stadium in preparation for do-or-die wild card game

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland Athletics work out at Yankee Stadium in preparation for a do-or-die wild card game tomorrow night in the Bronx. The winner of the game will advance to the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday. Pitcher Liam Hendriks will start for the A’s and Luis Severino will start for the Yankees. The A’s have a 97-65 record versus the Yankees 100-62 record. …last_img read more

Outsource Our Energy Woes to the Microbes

first_imgDo we need to dig for oil forever?  Do we need to fret and fume over energy policy as more consumers compete for decreasing resources?  What if there were a virtually inexhaustible supply right under our noses?  That’s what the American Society for Microbiology asked in a press release reproduced by EurekAlert.  “The answer to one of the world’s largest problems – the need for clean, renewable sources of energy – might just come from some of the world’s smallest inhabitants – bacteria,” it teased.  Why reinvent the wheel, when microbes already know how to get fuel from the sun and other readily-available resources?  Some day, the article continues, you may be shopping for some really cool gadgets for the home:Imagine the future of energy.  The future might look like a new power plant on the edge of town – an inconspicuous bioreactor that takes in yard waste and locally-grown crops like corn and woodchips, and churns out electricity to area homes and businesses,” says Judy Wall of the University of Missouri – Columbia, one of the authors of the report.    Or the future may take the form of a stylish-looking car that refills its tank at hydrogen stations.  “Maybe the future of energy looks like a device on the roof of your home – a small appliance, connected to the household electric system, that uses sunlight and water to produce the electricity that warms your home, cooks your food, powers your television and washes your clothes.  All these futuristic energy technologies may become reality some day, thanks to the work of the smallest living creatures on earth: microorganisms,” Wall says.The study of microbial fuels is in its infancy, and current products are not yet cost-effective.  But the potential is enormous.  Microbes already know how to make “numerous fuels including ethanol, hydrogen, methane and butanol.”  They can also convert food sources directly into electricity.    Farmers and gardeners can look forward to a bright future, too, once scientists learn the secrets of low-energy nitrogen fixation mastered by bacteria.  EurekAlert reported that scientists are making progress understanding how the amazing machines called nitrogenases work.  Dinitrogen molecules are the toughest nuts to crack because of their triple bonds.  Man’s method (the Haber process), used to make ammonia fertilizer, is costly and energy-intensive.  Somehow, nitrogenase splits these tightly-bound atoms apart with ease at room temperature.  If we can figure out how bacteria achieve this feat, and replicate it, the economic boom that might result – with benefits for solving world hunger – can only be imagined.    By the way, when planning your future biotechnology home, with its termite air conditioning system (09/21/2004), don’t forget the worms (09/14/2004) for clean and efficient garbage disposal.  No worries; it will be a cinch to order whatever you need from your spinach cell phone (09/21/2004).This is what science ought to be doing.  Millions of people are starving in Africa and Asia and South America under totalitarian governments or superstitious shamans, and all some American and European scientists can think about is how to fight creationism and push Darwin dogma down people’s parched throats.  Sir Francis Bacon envisioned a science that improved people’s lives.  To distinguish good science from bad science, he appealed to Jesus’ proverb, “By their fruits you shall know them.”  Solomon said, “Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice” (Proverbs 13:23).  It’s time for some justice in modern science.  What has Darwinism brought us other than confusion (11/15/06), dogmatism (11/05/06) and genocide (11/30/2005)?    If you are a researcher or scientist working on ethically-sound biotechnology or biomimetics, God bless you!  Inspire your students.  There are secrets in the living world that can meet some of the world’s most pressing physical needs if we will just learn about them and apply them.  We are poised with new technologies to make a huge difference.  Look what the Christian creationist George Washington Carver was able to accomplish, and that was over half a century ago, before computers and genomes and nanotechnology.  Where are the Carvers of the information and biotechnology age?  Abundant resources, like acres of diamonds, lie all around us.  Imagine culling bountiful crops of healthy food out of desert sand, or generating non-polluting fuels from sunlight and weeds.  Imagine new ways to fight pathogens with biological tricks, to desalinate oceans and purify scarce water supplies.  Apply your intelligent design to the intelligent design impressed in living things.  Let’s get science back on track and make a difference.  Our microbial servants are there to help.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Showing the red card to racism

first_img2 July 2010 As the eyes of the world turn to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, Fifa is using the occasion to deliver a clear message against racism and any other form of discrimination – with the full backing of the remaining teams. At all four quarter-final matches on Friday and Saturday, each team captain, watched by millions of people around the world, will read out a declaration condemning and rejecting any discrimination in football and society, and teams and match officials will pose jointly alongside a banner displaying the unequivocal message “Say no to racism” during the pre-match programme. Fifa has organised Anti-Discrimination Days during one of its competitions every year since 2001, when a declaration against racism was signed at the Fifa extraordinary congress in Buenos Aires. Although the rejection of discrimination applies all year round, the Fifa Anti-Discrimination Days give the football family the opportunity to join together in condemning this blight on society all around the world. “It is part of our social responsibility to use our competitions to raise awareness of the pressing social issues of the day,” Fifa president Sepp Blatter said this week. “The players’ voices help us amplify this message and the call for solidarity, respect and fair play – the basic values of our game.” As Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, has said: “Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. The 2010 Fifa World Cup has renewed the spirit of unity in South Africa and across the world for people to find their common humanity.” Tokyo Sexwale, South Africa’s minister of human settlements and a member of Fifa’s Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility, said this week: “This tournament has brought the people of South Africa together to build on the legacy Nelson Mandela wanted to create for this country. “Although this project cannot solve the problem on its own, it delivers a clear message of zero tolerance of discrimination of any kind,” Sexwale said. Anthony Baffoe, former Ghanaian football player and the second African to play in the German Bundesliga, said: “If all parties involved in football join in condemning and acting against discrimination, there is hope for eradicating it from our sport. “There has been tremendous progress made over the last years, but we still have a great amount of work ahead,” Baffoe said. “The Anti-Discrimination Day here at the Fifa World Cup clearly shows the world the players’ rejection of racism and their willingness to fight it.” Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

60% of Facebook Users Consider Quitting Over Privacy? We Think Not

first_imgTags:#Facebook#NYT#privacy#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos PC World is reporting this morning on a survey from IT security firm Sophos that says that “60% of Facebook users consider quitting over privacy”.But we have one question – does anyone really believe that 300 million of the now estimated 500 million Facebook users are actually considering quitting?In total, 1,860 visitors to the Sophos website responded to “an online poll asking Facebook users if privacy concerns might make them consider quitting the service”, according to the company’s blog post. Of those, 272 answers were removed from respondents who said they were not Facebook users, and 254 said they had already left the site over privacy concerns. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification How can we look at these numbers? First, there are the basic numbers. As we reported earlier this week, Facebook experienced a 3% increase in visits last week, receiving nearly 9% of all U.S. visits. Not to mention, that oft-quoted figure of 400 million users has grown, though not officially announced yet, to 500 million. We think that another informal survey from Forrester Research may shed some light on what is going on here. According to Forrester analyst Augie Ray, it wasn’t his survey’s final results (with its way-too-small sample of 185 respondents) that were most interesting, but how who he asked affected the answers. In his poll, he asked “Have you changed your behaviors or settings in Facebook as a result of recent news about the site’s privacy settings & breaches?”At first, I invited followers on Twitter, and those early responses tended toward the concerned; the Twitter crowd demonstrated a higher percentage deleting their accounts or changing their privacy settings. But later I shared my poll with my Facebook friends, which include many people not “in the business” of marketing, technology, or social media, and as this group responded, I noted a significant jump in other responses, primarily, “I’ve made no changes whatsoever in how I use Facebook.” All of this is not to say that Facebook is not going through some serious issues over its privacy settings. Since we first reported on Quit Facebook Day – the site where people can pledge to delete their Facebook account on May 31 – the number of pledges has grown to nearly 13,000 – nearly triple what it was when we revisited the site early this week.With all of this in mind, we think that 60% is an overblown statistic that is likely a result of the same fault found by Augie Ray when polling his online following – the answer changes and widely varies depending on who you ask. As the disclaimer on the Sophos blog post reads, “Please bear in mind that this poll is not scientific and is provided for information purposes only. Sophos makes no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.”This un-scientific survey is giving un-scientific results that are being tossed around as if they actually mean something. Instead of reading “60% of Facebook users” it should read “60% of visitors to IT security firm Sophos’ website who use Facebook”. Then, maybe, it would be presented in the correct context for us to understand what’s being measured. Facebook’s privacy flap – though a concern for the mainstream, too (as evidenced by a cover story on Time Magazine, among other things) – is primarily worrisome for the technically savvy. There are not 300,000,000 Facebook users considering dumping the world’s most popular social network. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Austria ‘willing to wait’ for SMB top pick Standhardinger

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But despite the fanfare surrounding Standhardinger’s entry to San Miguel, Austria is still putting a premium on team chemistry.“We still don’t know yet what we could have from him since he’s going to Hong Kong, but once he joins us, we’re expecting great things from him. The important thing here and what we’re after for is to have good chemistry. It took us a long time to have that and now that we do, it’s just a matter of blending him in to our team,” he said.But based on what Austria had seen so far, it looks like chemistry issues won’t be that much of a problem.“Based on what we saw, he’s a good fit for our team. He’s really a hardworker and that’s what we like from him. He could give a lot of help for our team because you know, that’s what we’re always aiming for. We’re always looking for excellence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with Standhardingercenter_img MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria and the Beermen have every reason to want Standhardinger, who won’t make his PBA debut until midway through the next season due to his commitments with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League, on the team.The Fil-German big man quickly became a hot commodity the moment he bursted into the Philippine basketball scene as a member of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Jones Cup, Fiba Asia Cup and Southeast Asian Games.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 shutoutREAD: Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with StandhardingerStandhardinger forms a fearsome frontline with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and joins an already stacked roster featuring Mythical First Team members Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Arwind Santos. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel head coach Leo Austria said picking Christian Standhardinger first in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will be worth the wait.“I think I’ve said it before that for a talent like Christian, we’re willing to wait even for one or two more years. It’s still okay for me as long as we’ll have him,” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The sports arm of video game developer Electronic Arts confirmed the designation through a teaser of the upcoming game—which looks as realistic as it has ever been.“EA SPORTS UFC 3 introduces a new generation of fighting for fight fans powered by Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech, a revolutionary new gameplay animation technology that delivers the most fluid and responsive motion in EA SPORTS UFC history,” the company said in a press release, as relayed by MMA Fighting.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 shutoutThe game will also feature a new career mode called the “G.O.A.T.,” which allows players to promote upcoming fights, create heated rivalries and pave their way to become the “Greatest of All Time.”“Two belts, two covers—EA SPORTS got it right again,” McGregor said in the release, referring to himself, who claimed both the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight titles last year. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Read Next #KicksStalker: ‘Long Live The King’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It’s an honor to be on the cover and I can’t wait to play the game.”The game will be available on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 platforms in February 2018. /raRELATED STORY:Conor McGregor apologizes for homophobic slurADVERTISEMENT UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor remains as the poster boy of mixed martial arts as he is once again the face of the EA Sports UFC 3 video game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more