Ties that bind

first_imgThe University of Cambridge in England dates to 1209, which makes it one of the world’s oldest citadels of higher learning. Four hundred years later and 3,000 miles away, what would become the oldest college in the United States was named for its first benefactor, a Cambridge alumnus and minister who bequeathed his library and half of his estate to what is Harvard University.The mother-and-child scenario is often used to describe the nature of the relationship between the two venerable institutions, with Cambridge as the parent, and Harvard as its ambitious offspring. Frequently, the affiliation is discussed with tongue in cheek.Having fun with the relationship, Gordon Johnson, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge and president of Wolfson College, said, “Just like we talk about the ‘other English university,’ we would talk about Harvard as being our offspring that has sort of gotten out of hand … you are just so ruthless and successful.”The familial bond has lasted four centuries and is now highlighted by an exchange of scholars and students and a shared commitment to education and research. This is the 800th anniversary of the birth of the University of Cambridge. To honor the occasion, the two institutions created a lecture exchange.In October, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, traveled to England, where he gave a talk on the historic link between the universities. The lecture took place at Emmanuel College, John Harvard’s alma mater and one of the 31 colleges in  the university. Gomes is an honorary fellow of the college, where the Gomes Lectureship has been created in his name.In return, Johnson visited the Harvard campus (Dec. 3) to give a lecture titled “Universities and Society: Contemporary Cambridge and Harvard in Their Historical Contexts.” He spoke in the Pusey Room at the Memorial Church. The Office of the University Marshal and the Memorial Church sponsored the event.Johnson, who joked that he was pleased to be part of the “revenge seminar,” expounded on the significance of universities in society, the need for them to actively engage the world beyond their walls, and the importance of seeking funding from a variety of sources.“Successful institutions only survive as long as they do because they change and adapt,” said Johnson, who acknowledged that universities also have to struggle with an internal battle between being “excessively subversive and radical, and outrageously conservative.”Universities such as Harvard and Cambridge, he said, also have a strong responsibility to the public good. Quoting Harvard’s Louis Menand, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English, in Harvard Magazine, Johnson said, “It is the academic’s job in a free society to serve the public culture by asking questions the public doesn’t want to ask, investigating subjects it cannot or will not investigate, and accommodating voices it fails or refuses to accommodate.”By those measures, Harvard and Cambridge, Johnson noted, have a special responsibility to use their resources well.“They are rich, privileged, and blessed with a great tradition of learning, and that carries with it a responsibility to use those resources and people wisely, and in the best way.”Johnson said universities should be positive, vigorous, confident, ruthless, and determined “to stay on top even if it means changing radically to do so. … These are the qualities that universities need in greater abundance if scholarship is not to ossify, and if higher education, through universities, [will] shape the future rather than simply react to it.”last_img read more

Space for student life

first_imgLeah Seifu ’11 loves to dance. She shares that passion with young people through CityStep, an organization that pairs Harvard undergraduates with students from Cambridge public middle schools. When her group needed a practice space big enough for classes, the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) was a perfect fit.“This space is absolutely perfect for us,” she says. “We have the bathroom and the water fountain over here, so students never need to leave. There are huge windows and people are constantly passing by outside, which you think might be a distraction, but it’s actually good for students to get used to people watching them dance!”When undergraduates like Seifu want to get together for an activity — from a small study session to a large conference for international students — they can usually find a place at the SOCH. The facility offers student organizations more than 50,000 square feet of the most versatile and functional space on campus, free of charge.“We try to make our spaces as flexible as possible to accommodate any type of event,” says Doug Walo, manager of the facility. “The SOCH is dedicated for extracurricular activity, as opposed to classrooms, which are in high demand for academic use. We can serve student groups right away and get them assigned to a space.”Built in 1965 as Hilles Library, the interior of the Bauhaus-inspired building was redesigned last decade and rededicated as the SOCH in 2006. In so doing, the College not only created thousands of square feet for student activities, but also freed up space in the freshman dorms for common areas, the Harvard College Women’s Center, a resource center for the Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance, and prayer rooms for Hindu and Islamic students.“The SOCH provides undergraduates with resources to create and sustain student organizations,” says Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard College. “It also makes it possible for us to offer additional social space in the Yard and to find a place for groups and activities that are central to the lives of our students.”The SOCH’s sun-drenched penthouse floor features panoramic views of Cambridge and Boston, a large performance-rehearsal space, conference rooms, a recording studio, a lounge with DirecTV on flat screens, and a coffee bar. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.“You could hold an entire conference just on this floor,” Walo says. “The multifunction room has space for 175. There’s plenty of breakout space for smaller groups. The coffee bar can be used for lunches and more casual gatherings.”In early February, the Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) held its annual winter conference at the SOCH. Maeve Wang ’11, a member of the group, says that Hilles has become the hub of the event, which convenes dozens of delegates from HCAP’s partner schools in Asia.“Without the SOCH, it would be difficult to make our conference centralized,” she says. “We attempted to arrange many of the venues in Harvard Yard, but it was just simpler and more efficient to hold it here. It’s made everything more organized.”HCAP is also one of 100 undergraduate organizations with offices at the SOCH. Wang says that the space makes it possible for her group to continue when its members graduate and move on.“Our office is a place to store many of the things we use each year,” she says. “So, when leadership changes, we can hold on to some sort of institutional memory.”Student organizations make good use of the SOCH’s self-serve copy and printing center, where they create and produce their own publications. Julian Gewirtz ’13 came to the Quad to work on the program for the Dunster House Opera’s production of “Die Fledermaus”— and to take advantage of the SOCH’s 11-by-17 color copies. (A bargain at 6 cents.)“Economic calculations brought me up here,” he says. “My laptop’s out. The printer’s going. The whole thing.”Though Gewirtz is grateful for the discount on printing and calls the SOCH “a versatile space,” he wishes it were closer to Quincy House, where he lives.“The space is, unfortunately out of the way for any student who doesn’t live in the Quad,” he says. “It’s quite a schlep.”Walo acknowledges students’ perennial gripe about location, but says that the Quad is closer than they think.“Hilles is about as far from Harvard Yard as Mather House is,” he says. “But students walk up Garden Street past Cambridge Common and through residential neighborhoods, so it just feels different.”“We try to make our spaces as flexible as possible to accommodate any type of event,” says Doug Walo, manager of the facility, showing the SOCH recording studio equipment. “The SOCH is dedicated for extracurricular activity, as opposed to classrooms, which are in high demand for academic use. We can serve student groups right away and get them assigned to a space.”The SOCH’s placement certainly hasn’t hurt usage. Since the beginning of this academic year, the center has hosted 54 large events, including 34 conferences, retreats, and trainings, eight late-night social events (dance parties, balls, formals), and seven performances. Dozens of meetings and rehearsals take place at the SOCH on a weekly basis.Walo and his staff are always working to draw more undergraduates to the Quad. One powerful enticement is the SOCH grant fund, which offers reimbursement to student groups for events held at Hilles. Grants typically range from $250 to $500 and are “open to all undergraduates and student groups that align with the mission of the SOCH.”“Right now, students come to the SOCH when there’s a specific activity or event,” Walo says. “We will always support student organizations — and there’s more that we can do in that regard — but we also want to see more casual, alternative social programming. Through the SOCH grant program, student groups can get funding to create events and activities that facilitate collaboration, foster community, and of course are fun!”Walo says that student participation and leadership are crucial to the SOCH’s success. To that end, the SOCH team will soon include a recording studio coordinator who will turn the space into a hub for student bands; an art exhibit curator who will transform the halls of the penthouse into a gallery space for student art; and a marketing and communications coordinator who will connect students with events. Furthermore, the new staff members will themselves be Harvard undergraduates.Ask Walo about what’s ahead for the SOCH and his eyes light up.“There’s so much potential in the SOCH,” he says, “We’re reaching out to students to invite their feedback on what they’d like to see and do here. Should we have acoustic nights in the coffee bar? How about Glee TV nights in the cinema? Whatever it is, the inspiration for successful programming is going to come from the students. Our job is to get their input and to empower them so that they can make their ideas happen.”The SOCH is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. Shuttle service operates seven days a week from Harvard Yard and the River Houses. Follow the SOCH on Facebook and for information on events and activities. Contact Doug Walo for more information and to share ideas for SOCH programming.last_img read more

Keeping cool

first_img“We could develop a whole new workshop on building for a war zone,” said UGA Cooperative Extension engineer Michael Czarick. After coming to the United States solo in 2006 to learn about keeping chickens warm in the winter, Kaye brought seven other growers and two Israeli extension workers back for the hot weather workshop.He wasn’t the only international attendee. The workshop, which gives Georgians priority, pulled participants from 15 states and nine countries. Czarick said this mix adds value to the workshop far beyond the lecture and learn structure. “What’s nice about the diverse crowd is that there’s a lot of knowledge transferred,” he said.Czarick, UGA poultry scientist Brian Fairchild and UGA Extension engineer John Worley have been training poultry producers, equipment dealers, service people, college students and UGA Extension agents on the ins and outs of keeping poultry cool for 11 years. “We started the first one and thought we would do it one time,” Czarick said. The initial training was limited to broiler producers in Georgia. But the companies represented in the first workshop wanted to offer it to more of their employees. Then international groups got word.“Though it’s a Georgia workshop, it’s the only thing of its kind in the world,” he said. This year, the workshop covered everything from the importance of air speed in tunnel-ventilated houses to exhaust fan selection.Faircloth’s session on managing bird migration in tunnel houses went over the importance of putting up fences in a chicken house. He explained that chickens like to move toward the wind. Keeping chickens spread evenly throughout a house to prevent heat buildup is like “herding cats, although chickens are a little easier,” he said.Christine Maziero, a veterinarian from Concordia, Brazil, spent years using information from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on how to incorporate minimum ventilation in their poultry houses.The workshop is “helping us to understand better all of the systems and improving our barn construction,” she said. “After being in touch with these people who have much knowledge, it’s a pleasure to be here and be exchanging information, not just from Georgia but people in other countries.”The fall workshop on tunnel ventilation will be held in October. For more information, contact Michael Czarick at (706) 542-9041 or [email protected](Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe one thing Stanley Kaye didn’t learn at the poultry workshop at the University of Georgia was how to protect his chicken houses from mortar attacks.Kaye, a chicken grower from Alumim, Israel, was in Athens for the tunnel ventilation workshop. Apart from the two mortars that have smashed into his chicken houses, he said that the summertime growing conditions in Israel are similar to those in Georgia with daytime highs between 90 and 100 degrees.last_img read more

China considering raising 2020 solar installation goal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:China’s National Energy Administration has floated the idea that it might increase its 2020 solar target to at least 210 gigawatts (GW), and potentially as high as 270 GW, in a move which will significantly impact China’s annual capacity additions and, thus, global capacity additions and solar PV manufacturing.The National Energy Administration (NEA) held an informal gathering last Friday in which it revealed the Chinese Government was considering revising its 13th Five-Year Plan in which it had targeted installing 105 GW worth of solar. Considering that China’s total operating solar PV capacity reached 165 GW at the end of September, the 13th Five-Year Plan’s solar target has been exceeded by at least 50%.According to two sources with knowledge of the meeting, including Asian solar PV analysts at PV InfoLink and Frank Haugwitz, Director of the Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), the NEA suggested that it could raise its 2020 solar PV goal to at least 210 GW, or as much as 250 GW or 270 GW.The final decision will have a tremendous impact not only on China’s solar PV capacity additions for 2019 and 2020, but the world’s solar industry. Specifically, as Frank Haugwitz explained via email, if China reaches 170 GW worth of installed capacity by the end of 2018 and the 13th Five-Year Plan’s solar target is increased to 250 GW or 270 GW, then that would result in potential annual capacity additions of between 40 GW to 50 GW. However, as other analysts have noted, if the NEA’s revision expands the target to only 210 GW, that would open the door for only 20 GW per year.More: China may increase its 2020 solar target to 200 gigawatts or higher China considering raising 2020 solar installation goallast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Event Listings for November 2013

first_imgThird Eye BlindA House of Blues 20th anniversary gig, the San Francisco alt-rockers will blast through an energetic set of tunes spanning their 1997 breakthrough self-titled debut through their forthcoming “Born In Shadow.” Expect to hear radio smashers “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going To Be” and “Jumper,” for sure. With Gentlemen Hall. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $44.50-$90.25. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m.November 7.LI Gay and Lesbian Film FestivalNow in its 16th year, this cinematic celebration highlights the best in international and American Gay and Lesbian filmmaking, including candid interviews with their creators, parties, cocktail receptions, food and so much more. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. www.cinemaartscentre.org $15 members, $20 public; includes reception. Festival pass: $60 members, $80 public. Opening/closing night: $15 members, $20 public. Varying show times. (Launch party November 3. Check out www.liglff.org for more details.) November 8 through November 11.6th Annual International Great Beer Expo: Long IslandBeer-lovers’ paradise. This international beer tasting extravaganza showcases more than 50 breweries from around the world, offering more than 100 different beers spanning Sweden and China to Blue Point and Montauk. Admission includes a 5 oz. souvenir tasting glass and access to sample 2 oz. nips from any exhibiting brewery. Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. www.greatbeerexpo.com Online: $45; Event Day: $55; Designated Driver: $12. Session I: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Session II: 5:50 p.m.-9 p.m. November 9.Alkaline Trio/New Found Glory/H20Punk rock mayhem.The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $33.50-$57.50. 8 p.m./Doors7 p.m. November 9.The Cake Boss: Buddy ValastroLearn from the master himself. The loveable celebrity baker from Hoboken will lead an interactive baking bonanza full of cake and cupcake demos, sharing tips, techniques and stories from “The Cake Boss” and “The Next Great Baker” while fielding audience questions. Not to be missed! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. www.westburymusicfair.org $64-$341. 3 p.m. November 10.Disney On Ice – Let’s Celebrate!Join Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and too many other lovable characters to list here as they herald holidays and festivities from across the globe. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. $34-$117.35. November 12-15, 7 p.m. November 16, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. November 17, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. November 12 through 17.Brian KilmeadeThe Fox & Friends co-host will sign copies of his new book “George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution,” sharing the true story of his top-secret Long Island-based Culper Spy Ring. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www.bookrevue.com 7 p.m. November 12.Reel Big Fish/GoldfingerThe California ska-punk stalwarts will be rolling out hits from their respective ska-tellite cannons including “Sell Out” and “Superman” in support of “The Don’t Stop Skankin’ Tour.” With Beautiful Bodies and Beebs & Her Money Maker. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave.,Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$58.50. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 13Issues In Judaism Lecture SeriesThe second of two lectures in this fall’s series, journalist and author Houman Sarshar will explore “The Role of Iranian Jews in the Preservation, Proliferation, and Development of Persian Music.” Prepare to be enlightened and inspired. Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Hofstra University, Hempstead. Hofstra.edu $8; $7 senior citizens over 65; free for faculty, staff and students. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. November 14.High On FireCalifornia stoner metal shredders HOF destroy NYC with Matt Pike’s apocalyptic virtuosity in full rain-down-hell-wrapped-as-heaven mode. He is metal’s Jimi Hendrix. Do not miss this gig. With Kvelertak and Doomriders. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. www.websterhall.com $20/DOS $20. 7 p.m./Doors 6 p.m. November 15.Fish and SipsWhat a perfect combo: marine animals and wine! Now in its sixth year, this tasting will offer the nectars of more than 20 wineries along with food and live music. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. www.longislandaquarium.com $39.95. 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. November 15.Ani DiFrancoExperimental indie folksinger who paints soundscapes of colors with strokes of lightning. With Gregory Alan Isakov and Buddy Wakefield. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn. www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com $48. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 15.StyxNYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. www.westburymusicfair.org $69.50. 8 p.m. November 15 & 16.Mark Morris Dance GroupOne of the world’s leading dance companies, the M-squared group is renowned for many other reasons, especially for translating the spirituality and mortality of classical music into dance. Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook. www.stallercenter.com $40. 8 p.m. November 16.Arlo GuthrieWoody’s eldest son will perform originals and many of his dad’s famous ballads in celebration of the legendary folk singer’s 100th birthday in this truly special night, titled “Here Comes The Kid: A Tribute To Woody Guthrie.” Come experience the music that’s inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to the Clash. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $38-$68. 8 p.m. November 16.18th Annual Autumn Arts & Crafts FestivalMore than 150 talented artisans plying jewelry, art, ceramics, gourmet food, stained glass and pottery? Sounds like a party! 200 Independence Plaza, Selden. $5, kids under 12 free. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. November 16 & 17.ZZ TopThe legendary Rock and Roll Hall ofFamers unleash their timeless brand of bearded blues-rock through a two-night stand! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $69.50-$143.25. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 16 & 17.America’s Got Talent LiveWho is the next big act? What could they possibly do to win such a showcase? Only one way to find out! (But is there really anyone more talented than Kenichi, seriously!?) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. www.westburymusicfair.org $49.50-$79.50. 5 p.m. November 17.Peter MaxThe pop art icon and renowned visual artist will be signing copies of his new book “The Universe of Peter Max”—a colorful and intimate collection of artwork and 50 personal essays sharing his life story, one masterpiece at a time. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www.bookrevue.com 7 p.m. November 19.Kanye WestKim’s bad-boy megastar storms Brooklyn for a two-night YEEZUS Tour rife with hits from his six consecutive #1 albums and slew of singles. Will he rock? Yes. Will he say something controversial? Bet on it. (He stomps on MSG the following two nights.) With Kenrick Lamar and A TrIbe Called Quest, respectively. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. $49.50-$225.50. 7:30 p.m. November 19 & 20.Alive InsideMusic soothes the soul, raises the spirits, heals all wounds. This special screening of Alive Inside, which documents music’s special ability to resurrect memories in Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, is sure to fascinate and inspire. Followed by discussion with Music & Memory founder Dan Cohen and North Shore-LIJ’s Dr. Maria Torroella Carney and Dr. Howard Guzik. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. Free. 7:30 p.m. November 21.LeAnn RimesCountry pop sensation belts out sultry numbers from her latest, “Spitfire.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$101.75. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 21.Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”Follow Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in their timeless quest to win the hearts of the Hanes sisters and save the lodge. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Engemantheater.com $65. 2, 3 & 8 p.m. November 21 through January 5.Rocky Horror Picture ShowCome in costume and get ready to do the “Time Warp”! CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. www.cmpac.com $20. Saturdays, midnight. Through November 22.WeezerRivers Cuomo and gang rock Huntington. Will they perform tracks from their as-yet-unreleased new album? Perhaps some favs from “The Blue Album,” such as “Buddy Holly” and “Undone-The Sweater Song”!? What about “Pinkerton,” or tear-jerker “Butterfly”!? Only one way to find out. With Elliot & The Ghost. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $55, $69.50, $79.50, $95. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 24.“How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”Musical comedy at its finest and most hilarious. Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills. www.dhpac.org $18; $15 students. November 21-23; 7:30 p.m. November 24; 2 p.m. November 21 through November 24.Blues TravelerThe harmonica-heavy rockers break in LI’s newly resurrected venue, ensure good vibes, great times and whole lotta jiving toots from frontman John Popper. “Run-Around” is sure to make a dancer out of all those in attendance. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. www.thespaceatwestbury.com $30 Advance/$35 DOS. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 27.GusterAcoustic alt-rock jokesters. Expect to hear 2006 ear candy “Satellite.” With Ben Kweller. Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan. www.beacontheatre.com $44.50. 8 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 30.Classic Albums Live: Abbey RoadThe Toronto-based concert series known for its emotionally meticulous virtuosity in performing epic albums “note for note—cut for cut” transforms the Paramount into an Octopus’ Garden of beauty, magic and harmonious melody with the Beatles’ swan song masterpiece in all its glory. This will be an unforgettable night, for sure. Bring a loved one. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $18, $22, $40. 9 p.m./Doors 7 p.m. November 30. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

ACIP opens door to anthrax shots for first responders

first_imgOct 23, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has opened the door to voluntary anthrax vaccination for first responders, revising an 8-year-old recommendation against that step.The committee, meeting yesterday, said the risk of anthrax exposure for emergency responders is low but “may not be zero,” and therefore first-responder agencies may want to offer the vaccine on a voluntary basis, according to information supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.The CDC routinely adopts the ACIP’s recommendations.Anthrax vaccination—which currently involves six doses over 18 months, followed by annual boosters—is required for US military personnel serving in the Middle East and other high-risk areas. Nearly 2 million service members have been vaccinated under the program, according to ACIP reports.However, a number of military members have complained of negative side effects from the shot, and a lawsuit by several of them interrupted mandatory vaccinations for about 2 years starting in October 2004. Another lawsuit against the program is still in the courts.Allowing the optionThe new recommendation adopted by the ACIP does not actively encourage anthrax shots for first responders. It states:”Emergency and other responders, including police departments, fire departments, hazardous material units, government responders, the National Guard and others, are not recommended for routine pre-event anthrax vaccination. However, the committee recognized that while the risk of exposure for first responders to anthrax is low it may not be zero. Therefore, first responder units may choose to offer their workers pre-event vaccination on a voluntary basis. The vaccination program should be carried out under the direction of a comprehensive occupational health and safety program.”In 2000 the ACIP recommended against “pre-event” anthrax shots for first responders, and that stance was reaffirmed when the committee revisited the issue after the anthrax attacks of late 2001, according to an online summary of the June 2008 ACIP meeting. The reasons for reconsidering that recommendation included a growing supply of the vaccine and new data suggesting a change in the vaccine’s safety profile, plus interest from some first-responder groups, according to comments made at that meeting.Interest from emergency respondersA change in the recommendation for first responders was proposed at the June meeting by an ACIP subcommittee called the Anthrax Vaccine Workgroup. The panel’s work was described by Jennifer G. Wright, DVM, MPH.”Post-event vaccination in combination with antibiotics is an effective intervention following exposure to B[acillus] anthracis spores, but the workgroup felt that pre-event vaccination could offer additional protection beyond that afforded by antibiotics and post[exposure] vaccination by providing early priming of the immune system,” the meeting summary states. “Some respondent organizations have stated that their members would be more willing to respond to a bioterrorism event if they were vaccinated prior to the occurrence of the event.”Dr. Richard Besser, director of the CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, commented at the June meeting that a number of emergency response agencies had indicated interest in preemptive anthrax immunization for their workers, but the existing negative recommendation was seen as an impediment.Also at that meeting, the CDC’s Nancy Messonier said that the workgroup’s intent in proposing a change was “to open the door, knowing that the vaccine is commercially available and that first responder groups are at liberty to call the manufacture to obtain the vaccine themselves,” the meeting summary states.The FDA-licensed vaccine, called anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) (Biothrax), is made by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. Current annual production capacity is 8 million to 9 million doses, up from about 2 million in 2002, the June meeting report says. A new manufacturing facility that is being tested will eventually boost production to as many as 30 million to 35 million doses, it says.”The workgroup felt that at the current time, vaccine supply was sufficient to support vaccination for a large group of individuals,” the report states. It says the nation may have as many as 3 million first responders, depending on how the term is defined.The work group concluded that the risk of anthrax exposure for first responders through a bioterrorism event is “undefinable,” the summary states. However, the group concluded that the available data suggest that the vaccine is safe and effective.Fewer adverse eventsThrough June 2008, 4,705 reports of adverse events associated with anthrax vaccination of military personnel were filed with the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, the report says. That represents a rate of 61.1 reports per 100,000 doses, as compared with 117 reports per 100,000 doses of smallpox vaccine. About 10% of the reports described “serious” adverse events.The report also said that in February the ACIP looked at data showing a decrease in local adverse events when the vaccine was given intramuscularly rather than by the standard subcutaneous route. That was an apparent reference to interim findings in a CDC study, which were reported in the Oct 1 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA; see link to news story below).The JAMA report said people who were vaccinated intramuscularly had fewer injection-site reactions after four doses than those who received subcutaneous shots. It also said those who received three intramuscular shots in the first 6 months had about the same immune response as those who received the standard four subcutaneous shots, suggesting that dose reduction may be possible.Discussion at the June ACIP meeting pointed out the challenges that would be posed by any effort to vaccinate large numbers of first responders, given the number and timing of doses involved. These include determining who would administer the vaccine, tracking recipients to keep them on schedule, providing liability coverage, monitoring adverse events, and caring for those who experience adverse events.Postexposure protectionAt yesterday’s meeting, the CDC reported, the ACIP also made a recommendation on postexposure protection against anthrax: 60 days of antimicrobial treatment in combination with three doses of vaccine. Vaccine should be offered within 10 days of exposure.”Anthrax vaccine is not licensed for children and has not been studied in children,” the CDC update said. “However, postexposure anthrax vaccination in children potentially exposed to anthrax may be considered on an event-by-event basis in conjunction with 60 days of antibiotics.”The recommendation on postexposure prophylaxis includes pregnant women. “Pregnancy is neither a precaution nor a contraindication. Pregnant women should receive vaccine and antibiotics if they are exposed to inhalation anthrax,” the CDC said.See also: Minutes of June 2008 ACIP meeting, including discussion of anthrax vaccinehttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/downloads/min-archive/min-jun08.pdfOct 6 CIDRAP News story “Trial offers hope for shortening anthrax-shot series”Oct 2 CIDRAP News story “To blunt anthrax attack, mail carriers to get antibiotics”last_img read more

A new road for Warburgs’ Lane

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Trump, accused of sexual misconduct himself, hails Weinstein verdict

first_imgHarvey Weinstein’s sex crimes conviction was a “great victory” for women, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday — without acknowledging the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct he has faced.The disgraced Hollywood movie producer was found guilty on Monday of rape and sexual assault in a verdict hailed as a historic landmark by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.”From the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing,” Trump said at a news conference in India. Topics : Trump, 73, failed to mention that at least 16 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.Among them is prominent writer E. Jean Carroll who alleges that Trump raped her in the changing room of a luxury New York department store in the mid-1990s.She is suing him for defamation, claiming that his denials of the alleged attack, in which he said, “She’s not my type,” had damaged her reputation and career.Summer Zervos, a one-time contestant on Trump’s reality television show “The Apprentice,” has also sued him for defamation after he said she lied in claiming that he groped and forcibly kissed her.Trump denies all the allegations and has never been prosecuted over them.A month before his election victory in November 2016, a ten-year-old tape came to light in which the former reality TV star and real estate tycoon bragged about assaulting women. “It was a great victory. And sends a very strong message, very, very strong message,” he added.Weinstein, 67, was acquitted of first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault by the New York court, charges that could have seen him jailed for life.But he faces up to 29 years in prison for criminal sexual acts in the first degree and third-degree rape.”He was a person I didn’t like,” Trump told reporters in New Delhi. “I just was not a fan of his. I knew him a little bit, not very well.”center_img Lead plaintiff in the class action suit Louisette Geiss embraces Sarah Ann Masse (L) as a group of Hollywood actresses and others, part of a group of Silence Breakers who have fought for justice by speaking out about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, gather during a press conference following Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict on February 25, 2020 in Los Angeles,California. – Harvey Weinstein was convicted February 24, 2020 of rape and sexual assault but acquitted of the most serious predatory charges, a verdict hailed as a historic victory by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. (AFP/Frederic J. BROWN)Clintons Trump, who will lead the Republican party into elections in November as he seeks a second term as president, tried to score political points on Weinstein’s guilty verdicts.”The people that liked him were the Democrats,” he said.”Michelle Obama loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him. And he gave tremendous money to the Democrats.”Weinstein, who produced multiple Oscar-winning films, was a generous donor to the Democratic Party in several US presidential elections.He was often photographed with the Clintons at parties and fundraising events over the years. He has also been snapped with Trump.A former business associate of Weinstein’s testified that the fallen movie mogul used his connections to politicians, including the Clintons, to intimidate people.Hillary Clinton defended her political ties to Weinstein on Tuesday.”It’s true he contributed to every Democrat campaign,” she told journalists at the Berlin Film Festival.”He contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign and John Kerry’s campaign and Al Gore’s campaign and everybody’s campaign.”I don’t know whether that should shield anyone else from contributing to political campaigns, but it certainly should end the kind of behavior he was convicted for,” Clinton added.She said Weinstein’s conviction showed it was “time for an accounting,” adding that “the jury’s verdict really speaks for itself.”Lawyers and activists hailed the guilty verdicts as a turning point in the American criminal justice system for victims of sexual violence. Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. – The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial hinted it was struggling to reach agreement on the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault as day four of deliberations ended February 21, 2020 without a verdict. The 12 jurors asked New York state Judge James Burke whether they could be hung on one or both of the top counts but unanimous on the three lesser counts. The disgraced movie mogul, 67, faces life in prison if the jury of seven men and five women convict him of a variety of sexual misconduct charges in New York. (AFP/Angela Weiss)Weinstein was due to be imprisoned in New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail but spent Monday night in a Manhattan hospital after complaining of chest pains.He will be sentenced on March 11.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security June 16, 2020 Economy,  Press Release Governor Wolf announced today the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.“Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry represents the very best of who we are – something that’s been seen since the very beginning of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why it’s critical that we open these programs to support Pennsylvania’s farmers today. This CARES funding is going to an industry that gives back every day to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to fresh food.”“I’m extremely proud of our agricultural industry, which was hit with the most drastic market changes, yet they continued to show up for their communities,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The industry understands that hunger should not be our next pandemic and took action. I’m grateful that the governor is ensuring that our farmers, and in particular our dairy farmers, receive much needed financial support.”Specifically, $15 million will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers to receive direct relief payments and $5 million will reimburse dairy farmers who participate in the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) program by donating excess dairy product to the commonwealth’s charitable food system.Any dairy farm that experienced financial losses due to discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 emergency disaster may apply for assistance. Each farm with a documented loss will receive a minimum of $1,500 and an additional prorated share of the remaining funds, not to exceed the actual amount assessed by the handler. The deadline to apply for the Dairy Indemnity Program is September 30, 2020.Also, $15 million will go to the State Food Purchase Program, which provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low income individuals, and $5 million will go to the PASS program to reimburse the agricultural industry for the costs involved in harvesting, processing, packaging and transporting food that they donate to the charitable food system. The PASS program helps to support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry in all 67 counties and reduce waste of agricultural surplus by making connections between production agriculture and the non-profit sector.Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Wolf Administration has comprehensively addressed food security across multiple agencies to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to food.For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New house sales fall over 29pc as industry adapts to new normal

first_imgHIA believes Queensland’s drop in new homes sale could just be “timing issues”. Picture: Liam Kidston.QUEENSLAND has logged a massive 29.3 per cent monthly fall in new house sales, as residential building eases off 2016’s highs.The Housing Industry Association recorded the fall for June over the May figures, though the result was also 24.1 per cent lower than a year earlier. HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said Australia’s largest states were at their lowest level since October 2013, with national June home sales numbers down 6.9 per cent over May (-11.9 per cent down on June 2016). Free signup to The Courier-Mail’s Real Estate newsletter direct to your inbox More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Garrett said the results supported HIA’s forecasts that new dwelling commencements would continue easing until late 2018.But he said the major states were coming off recent record peaks.“The fall in sales needs to be considered against the backdrop of residential building coming off a record peak of activity in 2016. We project that residential building will still be operating at a historically high level,” he said.The HIA new home sales report said Queensland’s June decline “could just be reflecting timing issues” given it was off “a similarly large increase in May”.The report said “the quarterly figures give a clearer picture” with the June quarter seeing detached house sales down 3 per cent over the March quarter, and having fallen 7 per cent over the same period in 2016.*Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter and Facebooklast_img read more