Alex Killorn named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week

first_imgForward Alex Killorn ’12 of the Harvard men’s hockey team was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Monday (Nov. 2) after notching two goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 5-3 victory over Dartmouth on Oct. 30.Killorn, who was selected in the third round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2007, was named ECAC Rookie of the Week Nov. 24, 2008 and as an honorable mention for the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Rookie of the Month this past February.As a newcomer last season, the Montreal, Quebec, native finished the year tied for second on the team in scoring and tied for fourth in assists and points.last_img read more

They’re alive!

first_img A new restaurant on the 10th floor of the Smith Campus Center offers familiar favorites with a twist Related In the winter, they are oases of green offering respite from the bitter January chill and serving as verdant reminders of warmer times to come. In summer, they’re lush connections to the outside world for those eager to cool off indoors.They are the living walls at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, eight organic interior designs — climbing, creeping arms of trees and blocks of ferns and other tropical plants — that are a welcome addition to Harvard’s newly configured social hub in any season. And they are under the meticulous care of Tiago Pereira, a longtime member of Harvard’s landscape team whose work, until recently, mostly took place outside.On a recent morning, Pereira climbed onto a blue hydraulic lift in the Smith Center to start his day accompanied by two key tools of his trade: a pair of scissors and a keen eye for leaves in need of clipping. Slowly he surveyed the rectangular green web that includes ficus and money trees, maidenhair, rabbit’s foot, Japanese ferns, red maranta, and silver bay plants — just some of the 19 species of the more than 12,000 plants that comprise the arcade’s living walls.“Sometimes,” said Pereira, as he carefully snipped a leaf here and trimmed a vine there, “I actually forget that I am inside.”The installations, developed by New York–based plantwalldesign, are made of metal frames that have been covered with plastic squares and topped by two coats of felt. The plants are stapled into small pockets on the fabric’s outer layer, typically in a small amount of soil. As they grow, they abandon the dirt and slowly attach their roots instead to the material, which is soaked with nutrient-filled water — UV-filtered rainwater harvested from the center’s rooftop —three times a day from a series of pipes near the arcade’s ceiling.,Pereira spends most of his workweek making sure the vertical gardens stay in top shape. The upkeep includes pruning, planting, and replanting. He also monitors the irrigation system and adjusts the lights at the top of the walls every few days to ensure each section of foliage is getting enough rays. Still, despite the daily attention and care, some plants don’t make it. “That frustrates, me” said Pereira, who does everything he can to ensure such losses are rare. Earlier this year when a cold snap froze one of the water pipes, he and a colleague grabbed a hose and a spray bottle and spent hours watering the affected wall by hand.They also contend with living hazards. Pereira keeps a close watch out for critters that thrive in the moist, warm havens the green walls provide. Mealybugs are treated with a solution of water and organic castile soap. Slugs, the other pests eager to munch on Pereira’s careful work, are enticed by plastic cups hidden among the leaves that contain small amounts of beer. The brew, it turns out, is irresistible to the snails, who slip in and don’t slip out.For Pereira, being in charge of a living interior is “kind of new.” But the work comes naturally to the native of Brazil, who was raised on a farm that harvested corn, rice, beans, and coffee. “We planted everything,” he said. “That’s what we did.”Tending to crops in the field likely didn’t prepare him for his other Harvard role. Today, in addition to being the walls’ primary caretaker, he is also their agent, regularly responding to passersby eager to talk about his work. “I get questions all the time,” Pereira said.Some people are curious about how the walls are watered or how they grow; others ask if a certain plant known for its psychoactive effects is part of the mix (it’s not). In testament to Pereira’s rigorous care, the main thing people want to know is: “Are they are real?”,Living, breathing gardens were always key feature for the architects, Harvard administrators, and members of Harvard’s Common Spaces— an initiative that promotes campus spaces devoted to engagement and community — who collaborated on the building’s new look and feel.“We really wanted to think about how to bring the connections of the exterior to the interior but have it be a warm, welcoming place. Part of that was bringing natural light in, part of it was bringing the landscape in,” said Emily Mueller De Celis, a principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the landscape architect for the building’s redesign, which was developed by the London firm Hopkins Architects. (The Cambridge-based firm Bruner/Cott served as executive architect.)The green walls aren’t simply an attractive flourish. In addition to encouraging people to stop, sit, and connect, they help purify the air by consuming carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen; they improve the arcade’s acoustics by absorbing sound, and they can even help put visitors in a better mood. Over the years research has demonstrated a link between people’s access to nature or green space and their emotional well-being.Incorporating organic elements was central to transforming the entryway of the structure, designed by the famed Spanish architect Josep Lluís Sert, into a place where people would want to linger. Sert, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, envisioned a vibrant “boulevard” on the ground floor of the 10-story building, then called the Holyoke Center, that would act as an extension of the bustling Harvard Square streetscape. But his dream was hampered in large part by the area’s narrow footprint. Today, the expanded space has enhanced Sert’s original concept, offering pedestrians and those in search of a coffee, a snack, or a place to study or chat a range of inviting options enhanced by the presence of the 18-foot-tall living walls, as well as an open-air atrium.The building’s interior landscape embraces Sert’s initial impulse, “this blurring of the inside and the outside,” said De Celis.Despite the necessary pruning, the plan is to let the walls grow. The ferns will continue to cascade down, said Pereira, and the trees near the top will extend out by about three feet. In five or six years, he said, “these walls will look totally different.” New Smith Campus Center is a welcome to all The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Reaching new heights The center in the crossroadslast_img read more

Perfect Planting Spot

first_imgChoosing a garden site is one of, if not the most, important decisions a gardener will make. Don’t just pick a random spot. The ideal place for a vegetable garden should be a level, well-drained site that receives full sun all day. The site should also get good air circulation and the soil should be loose, fertile and easy to work. Few gardeners are lucky enough to have such a perfect spot. If you’re like most and have a less than ideal location, follow these tips from University of Georgia Extension to develop a useable garden site.Tips for successChoose a site that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day (10 to 12 hours is ideal) in the summer. A gradual sloping hillside with a southern exposure is preferable.Plant vegetables away from buildings, trees and other things that could shade the garden. If part of the garden must be in the shade, grow lettuce or cool crops such as cabbage, broccoli and kale there.Examine the site to see how well the soil drains. Avoid placing the garden in a low spot where water drains poorly and areas that are compacted and stay soggy after a rain. Loamy or sandy loam soils are preferable to heavy clay soil. Solve minor drainage problems by adding lots of organic matter, which will help retain water and build soil nutrients. Do not add sand to Georgia clay – it will turn your soil into concrete. Select a spot away from trees and shrubs. Their roots will rob vegetables of nutrients and water. Remember, tree roots often extend far beyond the tree’s drip line.Look for a site that supports lush vegetative growth, even if it’s in the form of dark green, sturdy weeds. If weeds won’t grow in an area, vegetables probably won’t grow there either.Consider the distance to the nearest water source. A nearby, easy-to-use water supply is important. Watering is crucial at planting time and during the summer heat. If watering the garden is a hassle, the desire to keep the garden going may vanish.Take note of how far the garden is from your back door. The closer it is to the kitchen, the more you’ll use those fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.Forethought will be rewarded laterPlanning is an important step to planting and growing vegetables. The more thought you put into your garden ahead of time, the more successful your harvest will be. For more information on planting a backyard vegetable garden, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Ag Abroad Photo Contest

first_imgA picture may be worth 1,000 words, but for University of Georgia students who participate in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) Ag Abroad Photo Contest, they are worth much more.These students’ photos are representative of an expanded worldview, unique educational opportunities and life-changing travel experiences.For the past five years, the CAES Office of Global Programs has asked students to share the photos that they’ve taken during their travels abroad. The photos are then displayed at the college’s annual International Agriculture Reception in April.For some, the contest is a way to share a piece of their home country. For others, it’s a chance to document what they learned during their study abroad trip or international internship. And still for others, it’s a chance to show off their skill with a camera.Whatever the motivation, the photos allow the contest participants and their fellow students to learn about agriculture in a way that they might not encounter during a class or a domestic internship.“The Ag Abroad Photo Contest is a way for students to tell a meaningful story from their time abroad and to reflect upon what they encountered,” said Amanda Stephens, associate director of student engagement for CAES and the contest’s organizer. “These students have life-changing experiences, and their photos are a snapshot into a particular culture and the moments that impacted them greatly.”“Two students may have the same experience abroad but take away completely different perspectives,” she said. “The photo contest gives students a chance to process and interpret their international experiences while sharing them with other students who may be encouraged to go abroad in the future.”This year students submitted 33 photos from five different continents. The winning photos were taken in Tanzania, China and Nepal.Charlotte Goldman, a pre-med and biological sciences major from Bethesda, Maryland, took her first place-winning photo, “Cash Cows and Little Goat, Too,” near Lake Eyasi in Tanzania. The photo depicts a Datoga woman, who is milking one of her family’s cows, allowing a baby goat to nurse from the cow. The Datoga are a pastoral tribe that places a high value on cattle for their livelihood, both as a currency and as a symbol of status. Goats are also used as a currency, though they are seen as much less valuable.This year’s second-place photo, “Farming System,” by Nepalese poultry science doctoral student Pratima Adhikari, shows a typical day of rice cultivation in the hills of Nepal. Every member of the household participates and goes into the field to plant the rice, and every household farms to produce the food they need for the year, Adhikari wrote in the caption.Chongxiao Chen, a graduate student from Mudanjiang,China studying poultry science at UGA, took home third place with his photo “Free Range.”For more information about the study abroad programs offered by CAES, visit To see the rest of the photos submitted to the 2015 Ag Abroad Photo Contest, visit read more

Air Ambulance, a Free Service of the Colombian Air Force

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo October 21, 2016 The National Personnel Recovery Center (CNRP, per its Spanish acronym) of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) saves the lives of hundreds of people who do not have access to specialized medical services, people who suffer from serious conditions or have accidents in the most remote regions of the country on a daily basis. “Colombia is a country with a very distinctive geography. Enormous mountains, vast jungles, and powerful rivers make access to specialized healthcare by the smallest or most isolated communities very complicated, especially during an emergency,” said Colonel Rodrigo Zapata, director of FAC’s CNRP and Special Air Operations Directorate, to Diálogo. “Taking into account FAC’s extensive capacities and knowledge of the regions, we have made enough elements available to provide excellent quality service to anyone who needs it,” he said. The CNRP provides services 24 hours a day, every day of the year throughout Colombia’s national territory. It employs nine top-of-the-line aircraft equipped as intensive care units and a crew of around 100 members, including pilots, copilots, flight attendants, nurses, and doctors specialized in air medicine. Rescue operations are developed from the CNRP in Bogotá. People who have an emergency can go to the mayor’s office, any Air Force post or the police to request an air ambulance. If weather conditions permit, and if there are available aircraft close by, the air service can be ready to pick up the patient in less than one hour. Transport and air medical evacuation Air medical evacuation is a method of transporting emergency patients from a remote location to a specialized hospital. This service is mainly used by farmers or soldiers who find themselves in remote areas without access to an adequate medical facility. Cases can range from a soldier that stepped on an anti-personnel mine and lost a limb, to a farmer bitten by a venomous snake. “The conflict situation increased the level of specialization in all kinds of operations and engendered the creation of other capacities like air medical rescue, which has optimized the defense-of-life and security services for Colombians,” said Col. Zapata. Managing information and services While FAC is not the only institution in the country to provide air ambulance services, it is the only one that provides services such as free evacuation of emergency patients and medical checkups by specialized FAC doctors to those being transported. “This checkup service is important because, this way, we can gauge how promptly we need to tend to them and how essential the air ambulance is, because in many cases, the patient’s condition allows for transport in a commercial airliner. This way, we help manage the resources of the healthcare entities that provide services to patients,” said Col. Zapata. Specialized aircraft and crew All crew members have specialized training in aerospace medicine taught by the FAC Aerospace Medicine Center (CEMAE, per its Spanish acronym). According to Lieutenant Colonel Eliana Rincón, CEMAE’s Aeromedical Certification section chief, “While the doctors who are in the rescue operations are specialized and know what to do when faced with any emergency situation, conditions in the air are different. Changes in pressure and oxygen are enough to change a patient’s normal development, so it is essential for both doctors and nurses to know how to manage a fragile patient at high altitude.” The CNRP has six fixed-wing and three rotary-wing aircraft dedicated exclusively to aeromedical evacuation and transport. Among them, three UH-60 helicopters called “Angel Squadron” because they are equipped with rescue cranes that allow for the evacuation of patients while hovering, when landing in the area is impossible. Major Héctor Manosalva, who has 16 years of experience piloting different types of aircraft for FAC, said he also piloted armed helicopters for over 10 years. “The majority of these operations were geared towards restoring public order. The changeover to rescue operations has been a very gratifying experience because I directly support safeguarding the life and physical integrity of Colombians,” he said. “Without our help, people whose health is fragile wouldn’t have much chance of surviving,” he concluded.last_img read more

Guatemala to Shore Up its Borders to Cut Off Drug-Trafficking Routes

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo April 04, 2017 In order to block more than 10 land routes used by drug-trafficking structures to move drugs, the Guatemalan Armed Forces will create a security zone along the border with Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. To accomplish this, authorities from the ministries of Defense and of the Interior have created a detailed plan to facilitate the deployment of 4,200 troops to the border departments where these routes are located: Izabal, Petén, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, Escuintla, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, Quetzaltenango, and San Marcos. The troops belong to the Special Reserve Corps for Citizen Security (CERSC, per its Spanish acronym). The elite battalion was created in February 2015 to support the National Civil Police (PNC, per its Spanish acronym) in “its work to reestablish or maintain citizen security, as well as to assist in its humanitarian work and in cases of man-made or natural disasters or other national emergencies,” according to its founding agreement, published in Guatemalan newspaper Diario de Centroamérica. “The PNC has indicated to us that it is ready to assume responsibility for citizen security, and so we are going to relocate CERSC troops from six departments and 30 municipalities. We began in April with the relocation of a first group which was composed of 2,100 soldiers,” Colonel William García, general press director for the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, told Diálogo. “Four thousand police officers will graduate from the PNC Academy this year. They will be ready to join the 37,000 that are already patrolling the streets to provide security to the population. This way, we will make up for the military members [from CERSC] leaving,” Minister of Interior Francisco Rivas, explained to Diálogo. “Our security focus is based on a much more comprehensive concept in which the PNC leads prevention work in parallel with fighting crime, which we already do. And soon we are going to have more personnel for that purpose,” he added. Guatemala is fighting a wave of violence caused mainly by territorial disputes between different drug cartels and illicit gang activities, including hired killings, extortion, and drug trafficking. The average number of homicides in Guatemala is 6,000 per year. Drug trafficking and contraband This situation led to the deployment of the first group of troops to Guatemala’s approximately 962-kilometer border with Mexico, where the Armed Forces have identified at least 104 blind points. “In municipalities at the Mexican border, there are operational cells of Los Zetas, so we have problems with illicit arms smuggling and movements of drugs whose final destination is not only Mexico but also the United States,” Col. García added. Guatemala and Mexico are divided by the largest heavy flowing river in Central America, the 1,113-kilometer long Usumacinta. According to the Armed Forces, there are other problems at the river, including the smuggling of cigarettes and alcohol and human trafficking for prostitution. The land border between Guatemala and Belize is 212 kilometers long, and the Sarstoon River forms another natural border, 111 kilometers long. Criminal structures take advantage of the situation to conduct illicit activities. Drug trafficking and gangs The problem at Guatemala’s borders with Honduras and El Salvador is that drug traffickers use coastal zones in the Salvadoran Pacific and the Honduran Atlantic to unload drugs coming from South America, which then continue moving north. Also, gangs create “checkpoints” in the two countries to extort and smuggle arms and drugs. The Guatemalan Armed Forces have identified various contraband items crossing the rivers at the Honduran border, and many criminals are among those illegally migrating to Mexico and the United States. To prevent that from happening, Guatemalan and Honduran security authorities have been increasing their border surveillance since April 2016, after the Salvadoran Armed Forces announced the creation of El Salvador Special Reaction Force, an elite military group to support the PNC. Its main objective is to capture the 100 most dangerous gang leaders in the country. The Guatemalan Legislative Assembly also approved a package of reforms to toughen their criminal laws, declaring gangs to be “terrorist organizations.” This was in tune with the actions of the Constitutional Court of the Salvadoran Supreme Court of Justice from that same year. “At the border with El Salvador, a very latent problem is the maras because there is always the risk that they will go to Guatemala. In fact, we have arrested several Salvadoran gang leaders,” Col. García said. El Salvador is training its military border forces thanks to the joint United States–Colombia Action Plan (USCAP), a regional security cooperation program supported by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in which Colombia imparts its knowledge through specialized training to enhance the capacities of partner nations. “The Sumpul Command, an elite group against contraband and drug trafficking at the borders, is putting its knowledge from USCAP into practice. That is how we have been able to increase arrests and surveillance at blind points,” Colonel Jorge Miranda, head of the 3rd Operations Unit of the Salvadoran Armed Forces Joint Staff, reported to Diálogo. The Sumpul Command monitors more than 130 border crossings in Guatemala.last_img read more

CUNA engaged w/ appropriations, reg relief hearing this week

first_imgWith both chambers of Congress back in Washington, D.C. this week, CUNA is heavily engaged with activities this week while looking ahead to proposals to fund the government past Sept. 30. CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan said CUNA is paying particularly close attention to the appropriations legislation on the floor this week, a large bill that includes 8 appropriations, including the financial services and general government (FSGG) appropriations bill.“The key things we’re looking at and paying attention to is funding levels for [Treasury’s] community Development Financial Institutions Fund, [NCUA’s] Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, regulatory relief provisions included in committee’s markup of FSGG and then the CUNA-opposed language that would subject NCUA to appropriations,” Donovan said. “We’ll be working with members of the House as they proceed through this legislation to ensure the things we support remain in the bill.”CUNA expects the Senate Appropriations FSGG subcommittee to pass its fiscal year 2018 spending bill next week, and the full committee is expected to pass the bill next week as week. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bohemia Camper Fire Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old man was found dead in a camper that caught fire while parked in the driveway outside of his Bohemia home, Suffolk County police said.Officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting the fire on Bourne Boulevard at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.When the fire was extinguished, Thomas Gangi was found dead inside the camper, which he was sleeping in at the time of the fire, police said.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation. Investigators said the cause of the fire is undetermined but appears non-criminal.last_img read more

Administración Wolf otorga $10 millones a 23 entidades para desarrollar vacunas, tratamientos y terapias eficaces contra el COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf anuncio que 23 galardonados recibirán $10 millones en subvenciones a través del programa de Vacunas, tratamientos y terapias COVID-19 (CV-VTT, por sus siglas en inglés) para apoyar el rápido avance de las vacunas, tratamientos y terapias por parte de entidades de biotecnología calificadas en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19.“Sabemos que la única manera en que podemos volver a nuestra vida normal es mediante el desarrollo de una infraestructura sólida de pruebas y rastreo combinada con vacunas y tratamientos eficaces, seguros y asequibles”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Los fondos otorgados hoy impulsarán una serie de proyectos prometedores que ayudarán a Pennsylvania a superar esta devastadora pandemia mundial, y nos encaminarán hacia la recuperación y la protección tanto ahora como en el futuro”.De los 23 proyectos, $6.8 millones fueron otorgados a 12 proyectos de vacunas, casi $1.2 millones se otorgaron a cinco proyectos de terapia, casi $1.6 millones se otorgaron a cinco proyectos de tratamiento y $430,000 se otorgaron a un proyecto que apoyará la construcción de infraestructura física , avanzando en el desarrollo de innovaciones de vanguardia en la lucha contra el SARS-CoV-2.Los proyectos a los que se les otorgó financiamiento incluyen aquellos que estudiarán el uso de medicamentos contra el cáncer en pacientes con COVID-19; el desarrollo de un espacio de investigación y capacitación para acelerar el ritmo de desarrollo del tratamiento COVID-19; la aceleración de los esfuerzos de desarrollo de vacunas; y el desarrollo de un anticuerpo protector para las personas en riesgo, incluidos las personas de la tercera edad, entre otras nuevas ideas innovadoras y prometedoras.La lista completa de beneficiarios de subvenciones se puede encontrar aquí.El programa, anunciado el mes pasado, se puso a disposición de entidades con sede en Pennsylvania que demuestren tanto una necesidad financiera como un camino bien definido para la comercialización acelerada de una nueva vacuna, tratamiento o terapia en respuesta directa a la lucha contra el COVID-19.Los fondos para el programa fueron asignados de la Ley 2A de 2020, conocida como el Suplemento de Emergencia COVID-19 de la Ley de Apropiación General de 2019, al Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania (DOH, por sus siglas en inglés), para ser administrado a través de un Aviso de Subvención por parte de la Oficina de Tecnología e Innovación del Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario (DCED, por sus siglas en inglés) de Pennsylvania.Para obtener la información más actualizada sobre COVID-19, los residentes de Pennsylvania deben consultar this information in English. August 27, 2020center_img Administración Wolf otorga $10 millones a 23 entidades para desarrollar vacunas, tratamientos y terapias eficaces contra el COVID-19last_img read more

Sales are strong at Seachange Riverside Coomera

first_imgAn aerial view of the future Riverside Coomera Seachange Lifestyle Resort by Pradella“Moving to Seachange is perfect for empty nesters looking to downsize to something more suitable withoutcompromising expectations,” he said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our owners are asking for beautiful finishes and generous spaces. “Following buyer feedback we have up-scaled the garage capacity to a triple garage to enable a hobby or boat or other equipment to be safely stored. Pradella Seachange CoomeraThe estate will also feature a country club and river house complete with a lap pool, spa, sauna, library, cinema, treatment room, lounge, bowls green, twin pickle ball courts, gym, art studio, men’s shed workshop, meeting room and bar. Seachange Riverside Coomera offers a range two and three bedroom homes priced from $449,000.“All the homes at Seachange Riverside Coomera are pet friendly and installed with a private intercom integrated to the main gate, delivering security, safety and peace of mind for residents,” he said. “Vest of all, we take care of all of your lawn and garden maintenance, allowing you to sit back and relax. Pradella Seachange CoomeraLIFESTYLE has been a key driver in sales at Upper Coomera over 50s community Seachange Riverside Community.The boutique resort community, positioned on the riverfront will feature 124 homes in a master planned, gated country estate.Pradella Property Ventures director of sales and marketing Alex McMahon said sales were already outperforming expectations.center_img Pradella Seachange Coomera“Our buyers are finding that the balance between rewarding past working achievements and celebrating the freedom to come and go as you please in this phase of life with the benefit to live and be active in a friendly connected community is one of the key drivers to purchase.” Pradella Property Ventures managing director David Pradella said there was a gap in the market for over 50s communities that offered high-end living accommodation with lifestyle opportunities in a central location.last_img read more