Student essays honored

first_imgThe Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures recently awarded three V.M. Setchkarev Memorial Prizes of $500 each at its spring reception in May. Two of the prizes went to graduate students Tatyana Gershkovich for her paper titled “Infecting, Simulating, Judging: Tolstoy’s Theory of Art” and Philipp Penka for his paper “‘Zima ereticheskaia na dvore’: Theology and Literary Styles in the Life of the Archpriest Avvakum.” Didar Kul-Mukhammed, an undergraduate, also received a prize for her paper “The Lacerations of Insects and Spiders.”last_img read more

Afro-Latin American Archaeology Workshop advances Afro-Latin American Studies

first_img Read Full Story “The Afro-Latin American Archaeology Workshop: Enhancing a Creative Community for Anthropological Inquiry” took place on Sept. 15 and 16, 2017 at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. Twenty participants from Latin America and the United States had the chance to discuss their current research on Afro-Latin American Archaeology and lay a basis for future collaboration. The regions represented by the participants’ research interests covered Southern Cone, Andean Region, Central America, Mexico, Brazil, and The Caribbean.Click here more information on the program and participants.last_img read more

Returning Trees, Jobs to Haiti’s Eroded Hills

first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2010 Edgar Griffin has lived on this hillside outside the town of Petit Guave for 80 years. He says when he was young, it was lush and green. So green, he says, “You couldn’t see a house across from you because it was so green.” Not anymore. Today the mountains are brown and barren. Farmers here try to grow peanuts, but the fertile topsoil washes away in the rain. “Now, when people plant peanuts, they don’t produce as much because the good soil goes into the ocean,” says engineer Roudy Valmy with the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM). Clearing land for farming remains the main cause of deforestation worldwide, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. But in Haiti, the loss of tree cover – and the soil erosion that results – has made it much harder for farmers to grow food, worsening the hunger and poverty already gripping the country. Ninety-eight percent of the country’s forests have been cut down, largely to make charcoal – the main cooking fuel in Haiti – where alternatives are unavailable or unaffordable. The same forces drive deforestation in many other developing countries. *Changing attitudes* But villager Emmano Nobert says attitudes here are changing. “In the past, the old people, they saw the trees, but they did not really know the meaning of a tree to the country,” he says. “Today, we, the youth, we are studying, and we know the meaning of a tree to our lives.” Nobert and his neighbors approached the IOM for help restoring these hills. The IOM has several projects in the area giving local people jobs restoring the environment. The IOM’s Francois Fournier put Nobert’s group to work digging short canals in the contours of the hillsides, to slow down the flow of rainwater and curb erosion. Fournier says, “In front of each contour canal we plant vetiver,” a grass with deep roots to hold the soil in place. “And in back of every row [of canals] we plant trees – over 20 varieties of trees.” *”Worth more alive”* Those include fruit-bearing trees like mango, cacao and coffee; and trees that make good building materials that the villagers can sell. “They’re worth more alive than they are as charcoal,” says David Delgado with the US Agency for International Development, which funds this project and others. Delgado notes that trees for charcoal are also planted in order to provide a renewable source of this important cooking fuel. *Results* The project near Petit Guave started just nine months ago, but the results are already plainly visible. From a nearby ridge, this hillside is noticeably greener than those next to it. The grass and trees help the soil retain more water, and Delgado says the villagers are starting to see benefits. On a recent visit, he says “They pointed down to the bottom of the ravine…and they said, ‘You see that tree that’s down there? That tree used to never be green this time of year. Since we put in these soil, water catchment programs, that tree has leaves on it.’ And more importantly, the water source at the bottom is flowing now year-round.” Longtime resident Edgar Griffin is hopeful about the change in attitude from the old generation to the new. “It was poverty that made them cut down the trees. Now, we can tell the difference in the soil.” *A tale of two hillsides* The trees need care in the first two years after planting to help them get established. The IOM does not pay villagers for this work. The IOM’s Francois Fournier says the volunteer work is intended to help the community feel ownership of the project. On a recent afternoon, Griffin’s community was out watering and weeding the young trees, singing while they worked in the hot sun. But other nearby communities do not share this enthusiasm. At a similar project nearby, villagers had stopped watering and weeding young trees months ago. The trees were much smaller and many had died. The hillside was much browner than Griffin’s. “It’s better than it was, for sure,” Fournier says. “But it was supposed to be two or three times better in the quantity of trees. I’m disappointed. What can I say?” Fournier says he will not be pursuing any more projects with this community. Experts say creating jobs replanting trees could make a significant difference across Haiti, where both deforestation and unemployment are rampant. In the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake and the country’s chronic hunger problems, the government and international donors are considering planting trees as a way to help workers, farmers and the environment all at the same time.last_img read more

NCUA webinar offers grant process guidance

first_imgThe NCUA announced it will host a May 11 webinar to assist credit unions with the grant application process, which is set to begin June 1 and ends June 30. At stake in the application process is $2 million in grants for low-income credit unions.The Community Development Revolving Loan Fund assistance grants help low-income credit unions support, grow and train staff, and improve security. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Japan may broaden emergency, as Abe plans cash payouts for all

first_imgTopics : Japan was preparing to extend a state of emergency beyond major cities to the entire nation, media reported on Thursday, and a government official said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will change a draft supplementary budget to include cash payouts for everyone.The government has declared an emergency in Tokyo and six other areas including Osaka, with more than 9,000 infections nationally and nearly 200 deaths, but other regions have asked to be added amid worries about the persistent spread of the virus.Still some way short of a lockdown, the state of emergency introduced on April 7, and imposed for a month, gave authorities more power to press people to stay at home and businesses to close. It currently covers about 44% of Japan’s population. NHK public broadcaster and other media reported on Thursday that the country was preparing to expand the emergency nationwide amid pressure on Abe to do more amid perceptions his response to the virus in general has been too little, too late.Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said a meeting of experts would be convened later on Thursday about expanding the state of emergency.The coronavirus has bitten deep into the world’s third-largest economy. Under the current supplementary budget plan, the government has set aside funds for cash payouts of 300,000 yen ($2,784) but only for households whose income is judged to have been hit by the coronavirus.Abe’s administration will change the plan and instead deliver 100,000 yen to every citizen, the official with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.center_img The change would be a nod to growing calls from ruling and opposition lawmakers for Abe to take bolder steps to help people weather the economic impact from the pandemic.The International Monetary Fund, which expects Japan’s economy to contract 5.2% this year, urged the government to boost fiscal spending and focus on easing the hit to growth.”In the near term, expansionary fiscal policy is warranted to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 in the short term and support the recovery afterwards,” said Odd Per Brekk, deputy director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific department.Rising coronavirus cases and business closures are piling pressure Japan’s economy which is on the cusp of recession.Sources have told Reuters the Bank of Japan is likely to project an economic contraction for this fiscal year and discuss further measures to ease corporate funding strains at its rate review on April 27-28.The draft supplementary budget, compiled to fund a near $1 trillion stimulus package Abe’s administration unveiled last week, needs parliament approval to take effect.It is rare for the government to make changes to a draft budget, which is carefully mapped out by the finance ministry taking into account the various views of politicians.Any such modification would underscore the challenge Abe faces in dealing with the deepening economic toll from the pandemic, without adding too much strain to Japan’s already tattered finances.A Reuters poll showed most Japanese corporations were disappointed by the government’s stimulus plan as being too little, too late.Surveys show Abe has lost support due to what critics say is a timid and sluggish response to the outbreak, and by widespread criticism that he has appeared tone deaf to the severity of the crisis in his own social media posts.Support for Abe’s cabinet fell to 39% in an NHK survey published on Monday, down four points, with 75% saying his April 7 declaration of a state of emergency came too late.last_img read more

EU gives green light for Nordic funds’ €235m wind power deal

first_imgThe EU has given the go-ahead for a deal between Norway’s Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) and Swedish pension fund AMF to buy the biggest wind power company in Sweden.The deal, first announced in late June, will involve KLP and AMF investing roughly SEK2.5bn (€235m) in Stena Renewable, taking stakes of 30% and 35% of the firm respectively.KLP and AMF will buy Stena Renewable’s shares from Stena Adactum, an investment company that is part of the Swedish privately-owned group Stena Sphere.The European Commission, which looked at the deal under its simplified merger review procedure, said the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns because it would not result in any overlaps. KLP said it would pay around SEK650m for its 30% stake in Stena Renewable. It added that it expected to invest as much as SEK1.5bn through the financing of future projects up until 2021.AMF, meanwhile, said it was paying roughly SEK750m for 35% of the company, and over the next few years intended to invest a further SEK1bn in future projects.Stena Renewable is Sweden’s largest onshore wind power company with 94 plants and an installed capacity of 244MW, according to KLP.The firm also has a project portfolio of 150-200 wind turbines, with a planned installed capacity of more than 600MW, which it said would involve future investment of around SEK6bn.Aage Schaanning, KLP’s group finance director, said in June that the investment fitted in with the pension provider’s commitment to sustainable investments as well as its desire to find attractive, stable and predictable investment opportunities.Meanwhile Javiera Ragnartz, CIO at AMF, said the investment was part of her pension fund’s work to improve its risk diversification, broaden its portfolio, and boost its ability to deliver competitive returns at a time when interest rates were low and stock markets uncertain.last_img read more

Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’ by: By Smitha MundasadHealth reporter, BBC News – December 23, 2014 Share Share Share 196 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! The virus is spread through close contact with infected bodily fluidsThe first-ever trial of an Ebola vaccine in Africa shows promising initial results, according to a report in the Lancet medical journal.Scientists say it is a crucial step as other vaccines have shown lower levels of protection in African populations.Tests involving Ugandan and American volunteers reveal the vaccine is so far safe and generates an immune response in both populations.It provides reassurance for other trials currently underway, they say.The Ebola virus has killed more than 6,900 people in the worst-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.No proven vaccine exists to prevent people from getting the disease, though several trials are underway.The aim of a successful vaccine is to train the immune systems of healthy people to produce antibodies – proteins capable of fighting off any future infections.Viral protectionResearchers from the National Institutes of Health tested this experimental vaccine on healthy adults in Uganda, having first trialled it in the United States.Dr Julie Ledgerwood, the lead researcher, said: “This is the first study to show comparable safety and immune response of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population.“This is particularly encouraging because those at greatest risk of Ebola live primarily in Africa and diminished vaccine protection in African populations has been seen for other diseases.”According to the study some 57% of people in Uganda who received the Ebola vaccine alone developed antibodies against Ebola in their blood.Dr Sridhar of the University of Oxford, commenting on the research, said the data provided reassurance about separate Ebola virus vaccines trials currently underway in Mali, the US and the UK.But further tests would be needed to see if the antibodies are strong enough and long-lasting enough to provide adequate protection against the disease.last_img read more

Man dies trapped inside house fire

first_imgThe Bureau of Fire Protection said the blaze started around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Arson investigators have yet to determine the cause and origin of the fire./PN The victim was temporarily living in the house with his brother Rodjun Kent Allanic, who managed to get out of the house. Police identified him as house caretaker Rojhan Kent Allanic.Allanic’s remains were discovered in the comfort room of the house, owned by Regina Weiss.center_img Rodjun sustained minor burns on the body and already received medical treatment. ILOILO City – A man died after he was trapped inside a burning house in Barangay Sulangan, Dumangas, Iloilo.last_img read more

Report: UCF frat forced pledge to use cocaine for initiation

first_img(Orlando, FL) — A University of Central Florida fraternity has been placed on disciplinary suspension for the remainder of the semester as well as the upcoming spring semester for allegedly forcing a pledge to snort cocaine.According to a UCF incident report, Sigma Chi members blindfolded a pledge on Oct. 26 and forced him to use the drug to be initiated.The chapter attempted to appeal the suspension, but was unsuccessful.UCF officials released the following statement on the incident:“At UCF, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students. Student organizations that endanger their members and violate the university’s code of conduct must be held accountable. Hazing in any form is unacceptable. We are thankful to the chapter members and others who had the courage to speak up so the university could investigate. UCF plans to bring chapter leaders together to discuss new ways to reinforce their commitment to Greek values. University leaders also are planning more frequent training to develop and strengthen up-and-coming chapter leaders who will step in when experienced chapter presidents and board members graduate. UCF offers resources to prevent hazing, including bystander intervention training; an anti-hazing webpage and online tutorials; and required workshops for freshmen, transfer students and leaders of Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. There are also multiple ways to report hazing:UCF, which is investigating, says hazing in any form is unacceptable, and it thanks those who came forward.The frat is already on suspension for a party at a resort in the Keys that led to police having to be called to help remove the students.last_img read more

Bowling Warriors charge to wins over ESM, Auburn

first_imgAnd it didn’t stop there, either as Zak Ormsby’s 266 capped a 623 series, while Deacon Roberson had a steady 611 set and Brandon Davis closed with a 258 to earn a three-game total of 603.The Liverpool girls 3-0 victory featured a deep, well-balanced effort as Ashley Hardy, with games of 199, 195 and 183, led the way, finishing with a 577 series.Makenzie Gill’s season-best 245 game led to a 561 series, whiel Makenzi Ormsby’s 216 game was part of a 556 set. Dominique Cimini added a 512 series (193 high game) as Brandi Harmon contributed a 457 set. Liverpool followed up with a match against Auburn on Thursday afternoon at Falcon Lanes, and the Warriors managed to win on both sides over the Maroons equal 2-1 margins.In the boys match, Dylan Roberson opened with a 279 and finished with a 676 series. Winzens’ 628 included games of 233 and 226.Ormsby was steady shooting a 613 series, while Deacon Roberson had a 562 series and Davis got a 546 set. On Auburn’s side, James Wilkes had a 603 series and Alex Guzewicz had a three-game total of 569.When the Liverpool girls defeated the Maroons 2-1, it took Hardy shooting 207 and 224 to close out a 577 series, while Gill’s 216 was part of a 550 set and Harmon shot a 190 early in her 500 series. Amber Pidlypchak (583 series) and Kaylee Hodson (556 series) both bowled well for Auburn.That same Thursday, Cicero-North Syracuse met Christian Brothers Academy, where it prevailed 3-0 on the girls side as Jessaia McGriff had a 544 series and Brianna Mabee shot a 193 game on her way to a 506 set.This followed, by a day, the Northstars’ 3-0 win over Cortland, which broke up the Purple Tigers’ season-opening five-match win streak.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingC-NSliverpoolcenter_img Both of the Liverpool bowling teams were already displaying fine form, especially in last Tuesday’s pair of matches against East Syracuse Minoa.Competing at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, where the Spartans moved for home matches when Bowl-Mor closed earlier this year, the Warriors won a pair of 3-0 decisions.Devin Roberson was superb in the boys match, shooting a league-best total of 758 helped by games of 267, 244 and 258. Josh Winzens shot 10 strikes in his second-game 288 that was part of a 713 series.last_img read more