Dedicated crew kept HSPH running during Hurricane Sandy

first_imgMost Harvard School of Public Health employees got an unexpected day off when Hurricane Sandy barreled into the Eastern seaboard on October 29, 2012. But for a dedicated crew of operations, security, and other core staff, it was just another – very windy and rainy – day at work. Thanks to their careful preparations beginning days ahead of the massive storm, and watchful eyes during the brunt of it, HSPH’s buildings felt only minor impacts from the wind and water. Power stayed on all day, keeping laboratory and other critical functions running without interruption.“I think we managed very well,” said Ken Wenger, senior director of operations. “We have aging facilities and there are a few things to take care of, but all the planning paid off.”Late last week when it became clear that Sandy was going to be a severe storm, HSPH’s Facilities Management Operations team under the leadership of Area Supervisor Alex Machaiek checked all of the School’s buildings from rooftop to basement making sure that everything was securely attached and water tight. Operations staff stayed in constant contact with the University’s Emergency Operations Center and reviewed emergency procedures for situations such as evacuations and long-term power outages.last_img read more

Heart of Stone

first_imgGrassroots organizations like the Southeastern Climbers Coalition and the Carolina Climbers Coalition are gaining and preserving access to this treasure in a unique way – by buying it. This new film celebrates what many are calling a Golden Age of discovery and stewardship in the South. It’s a look at the miraculous mix of activism, generosity, and respect for tradition, in the Heart of Stone.Heart of Stone – HD from Andrew Kornylak on Vimeo.Hearts of StoneHearts of Stonelast_img

Shawano Races for a Reason Saturday night

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Stock Cars hit the track with Kurt Olson grabbing the early lead. Mike Schmidt, driving the number 57 car in memory of Mark Mitchell, moved to second and began to chase down Olson.  By Dave Buss SHAWANO, Wis. (July 27) – There a couple of nights where the action on the track takes second stage to the events going on at the track. On lap 19, Michonski slid into second and put the pressure on Schmidt. Michonski snuck by Schmidt at the line by about six inches for the win. Arneson, Olson and Moede completed the top five . Mark Weisnicht grabbed the lead from his front row starting spot and never give it up on his way to an $800 IMCA Modified payday. Marcus Yarie moved into second and kept the pressure on to the finish but not have enough to get around Weisnight. Lucas Lamberies came from the 12th starting spot to grab third with Jason Czarapata and Lance Arneson scored next. Saunders refused to let go of the top spot despite a couple restarts. Teagan Wudstruck grabbed second with Jordan Bartz, Jeffery Teske and Matthew Radtke finishing in the top five. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods rolled onto the oval with Karah Taycher and Max Oreskovich on the front row. Taycher grabbed the early advantage only to have Brock Saunders take the point away on lap three.  Chummy Arneson, Jeremy Christians and Dan Michonski all joined the battle for the lead. Schmidt grabbed the lead on lap 13 with Bert Moede joining the top group as well. Mark Weisnicht was the IMCA Modified feature winner on Racing for a Reason Night at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) On Saturday, Racing for a Reason took center stage as the amazing fans and race teams at Shawano Speedway worked together to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. last_img read more

Tyreek Hill update: Kansas DA refused NFL’s request for information in child abuse allegations

first_imgUSA Today noted Dirk Taitt, who was described in his inquiry as a “National Football League (NFL) Security Representative … affiliated with the Kansas City Chiefs,” sent a letter to the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney on April 24 requesting police records, witness statements, “photographs and video recordings depicting either the alleged victim’s or the alleged perpetrator’s physical condition” and other information on the alleged incident.However, Johnson County district attorney Steve Howe said the same day that although his office believed a crime had occurred, “the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.” Related News The league said in a statement Friday it had conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into allegations that Hill had abused his 3-year-old son and found that, based on the evidence available, he had not violated the league’s personal conduct policy.  The NFL hit some road blocks in the Tyreek Hill case.According to documents obtained by USA TODAY, a prosecutor’s office cited exemptions to state open-records law to deny the NFL information related to the concluded child abuse investigation of the Chiefs wide receiver. NFL free agency news: Falcons, DE Allen Bailey agree to 2-year deal Dak Prescott ‘the first guy’ Cowboys want to get under contract, report says NFL rumors: Bengals lock up Tyler Boyd with $43M extension “Throughout this investigation, the NFL’s primary concern has been the well-being of the child,” the release read. “Our understanding is that the child is safe and that the child’s ongoing care is being directed and monitored by the Johnson County District Court and the Johnson County Department for Children and Families.”Hill, 25, is set to join the Chiefs for camp and “all club activities” going forward, with veterans scheduled to report July 26 with the first practice the following day. “Based on the information provided to us by the league, we have decided it is appropriate for Tyreek to return to the team at the start of training camp,” the Chiefs said in a statement, in part. “The club fully supports the conditions for return laid out by the league and will continue to monitor any new developments in the case. We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team and look forward to the start of training camp next week.”last_img read more


first_imgCockhill Celtic’s dream of taking another big scalp in the League Cup disappeared last night when they were well-beaten by Sligo Rovers 4-0 at Maginn Park.Having seen off Galway United with an impressive display a few weeks back, the Donegal side were hoping to carry off another giant-killing act.But it wasn’t to be as Rovers guile and fitness probably proved a little too much for Cockhill. But the Inishowen men have a huge amount to be proud of with a fine display against Rovers – one of the Eircom Premier League’s best sides.Indeed Donal O’Brien’s side held Paul Cooke’s outfit to just 1-0 at half time after Joseph Ndo opened the scoring in the 17th minute.Former League of Ireland star O’Brien said before the game that this was the highlight of his career after spells with Shelbourne, Derry City and Finn Harps.The well-known Dublin, who is community worker in Buncrana, has done wonders with Celtic. However on this occasion it wasn’t meant to be as Cockhill conceded another three goals in the second half which saw Rovers go through to the next round.EndsCOCKHILL DREAM ENDS AS SLIGO ROVERS WIN 4-0 was last modified: April 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cockhill CelticSligo Roverslast_img read more

Agency sending earthquake aid

first_imgIslamic Relief USA expects to fly about $1.6 million in emergency medical supplies today from Amsterdam to Islamabad to help victims of the weekend’s devastating earthquake, officials of the charity said Monday. The supplies were being sent as part of a local response to Saturday’s magnitude 7.6 earthquake that left tens of thousands of people dead in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. In the Burbank offices of Islamic Relief USA, workers scrambled to help. By Monday, the group had collected more than $350,000 in cash donations over the Internet and from mosques. They also were working with Operation USA and AmeriCares to deliver the medical supplies. “We’re in emergency-collections mode,” said Islamic Relief spokesman Arif Shaikh. “If people are going to donate, we’re encouraging them to do it right away. The immediate response is what matters most.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In addition to the medical supplies, the group has four trucks delivering food, blankets, and tents in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad and Neelum Valley, Shaikh said. Islamic Relief has already treated some 2,000 survivors, Shaikh said. The local chapter joined those across the country that mobilized to help during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The group called for a total of $10 million in donations worldwide, and hopes to raise $2 million from cities in the United States. “We’ve been here all weekend,” said Sarah Gossage, the vice president of operations for Operation USA, another relief organization. “We’re just now starting to get off the ground.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] HOW TO HELP The following charities are raising money to help victims of Saturday’s earthquake along the Pakistan-India border: American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. Call (800) HELP-NOW or see Islamic Relief USA, P.O. Box 6098, Burbank 91510. Call (888) 479-4968 or see or Operation USA, 8320 Melrose Ave., Suite 200, Los Angeles 90069. Call (800) 678-7255 or visit 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Why the Raiders brought back Martavis Bryant

first_imgALAMEDA — Martavis Bryant was a free agent for only 10 days before the same team that waived him brought him back.Jon Gruden said on Sept. 2 that wide receiver Keon Hatcher, who the Raiders waived to make room for Bryant, beat him out on performance alone. That explanation clearly didn’t hold much weight Wednesday, when Gruden switched course to re-add the receiver who has yet to unlock the potential Raiders coaches and players have raved about.Multiple reports indicated Bryant was facing …last_img

Pro Bowl surprise: How many 49ers led in fan voting?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Pro Bowl invitations go out Tuesday and six 49ers are serious contenders after gaining the most fan votes at their respective positions.Defensive end Nick Bosa, this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick, drew more votes than any defensive player in the league (358,911), while his brother, Joey, parlayed his stellar season on the Los Angeles Chargers into the most fan votes among AFC defensive ends (252,555).Other 49ers leading not only the NFC but the NFL among fan balloting: …last_img

Reunion in China helps highlight little known Ohio agricultural training efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Here’s one of Ohio’s best kept secrets: For the past 20 years, Dr. Mike Chrisman of The Ohio State University and his Chinese-American colleague, Zhang Yining, have managed an advanced agricultural training program in the U.S. for students from around the world. So far, more than 12,000 have completed this internship experience.Even some of the “big dogs” at OSU were clueless about it. At least until November when the Ohio State agricultural training program held a reunion for past interns in Beijing, China. The reunion was held in Beijing, I believe, because more interns have come from China than nearly any other country.Along with the reunion, Chrisman and Yining organized a two-day continuing education event. I was invited (along with four others) to speak on the latest developments in the dairy industry.I found the reunion to be informative and emotional. The former interns described their training and experience in the U.S., where they gained experience managing large agricultural enterprises such as dairy farms, poultry layer houses and greenhouses. But more than that, they recalled the encouragement they received in Ohio. They arrived with very little. They couldn’t speak English. And most had never driven a car or tractor.Chrisman and Yining lined up financing so they could buy their own transportation. The students gained experience to earn driver’s licenses by hauling feed, checking on heifers and completing other tasks on the farms.Though they earned slightly more than minimum wage, the interns saved most of their pay. That’s because they worked hard and stayed close to the farm. Farm managers provided them housing, milk, meat, eggs and, often, vegetables. Many returned home with enough savings to make a down payment on a small property.Don Bennick, owner of North Florida Holsteins, one of the most prestigious dairy herds in the U.S., attended the reunion. He has trained 19 OSU interns.Many of these interns now manage dairy herds around the world. Others excel in turf management, agronomy or agricultural administration.The two and half day reunion was filled with seminars by day and kibitzing, singing, toasting and reminiscing by night. A former intern from Mongolia, now a dairy farm manager, stood up and sang extemporaneously. He would have put Luciano Pavarotti to shame. I think his being a bit lubricated helped.last_img read more

Montreal seeks to be world leader in responsible artificial intelligence research

first_imgMONTREAL – Various computer scientists, researchers, lawyers and other techies have recently been attending biweekly meetings in Montreal to discuss life’s big questions — as they relate to our increasingly intelligent machines.Should a computer give medical advice? Is it acceptable for the legal system to use algorithms in order to decide whether convicts get paroled? Can an artificial agent that spouts racial slurs be held culpable?And perhaps most pressing for many people: Are Facebook and other social media applications capable of knowing when a user is depressed or suffering a manic episode — and are these people being targeted with online advertisements in order to exploit them at their most vulnerable?Google, Microsoft, Facebook and recently even the Royal Bank of Canada have announced millions of dollars in investment in artificial intelligence labs across Montreal, helping to make the city a world leader in machine-learning development.As a consequence, researchers such as Abhishek Gupta are trying to help Montreal lead the world in ensuring AI is developed responsibly.“The spotlight of the world is on (Montreal),” said Gupta, an AI ethics researcher at McGill University who is also a software developer in cybersecurity at Ericsson.His biweekly “AI ethics meet-up” brings together people from around the city who want to influence the way researchers are thinking about machine-learning.“In the past two months we’ve had six new AI labs open in Montreal,” Gupta said. “It makes complete sense we would also be the ones who would help guide the discussion on how to do it ethically.”In November, Gupta and Universite de Montreal researchers helped create the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which is a series of principles seeking to guide the evolution of AI in the city and across the planet.The declaration is meant to be a collaborative project and its creators are accepting comments and ideas over the next several months on how to fine-tune the document and share it with computer scientists working internationally on machine-learning.Its principles are broken down into seven themes: well-being, autonomy, justice, privacy, knowledge, democracy and responsibility.During a recent ethics meet-up, Gupta and about 20 other people talked about justice and privacy.Lawyers, business people, researchers and others discussed issues such as whether to fight against the fact so much power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of a handful of AI companies.“How do we ensure that the benefits of AI are available to everyone?” Gupta asked his group. “What types of legal decisions can we delegate to AI?”Doina Precup, a McGill University computer science professor and the Montreal head of DeepMind, a famous U.K.-based AI company, says it isn’t a coincidence Quebec’s metropolis is trying to take the lead on AI ethics.She said the global industry is starting to be preoccupied with the societal consequences of machine-learning, and Canadian values encourage the discussion.“Montreal is a little ahead because we are in Canada,” Precup said. “Canada, compared to other parts of the world, has a different set of values that are more oriented towards ensuring everybody’s wellness. The background and culture of the country and the city matter a lot.”AI is everywhere, from the algorithms that help us read weather patterns or that filter news on our Facebook feeds, to autonomous weapon systems.A major ethical quandary most people will soon have to deal with involves self-driving cars.Cars are a classic example, Gupta explains. For instance, he asks, should car companies produce autonomous vehicles that are programed to maximize driver safety or pedestrian safety?“What if you’re in the car and the pedestrian is your child?” Gupta asks.Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher and one of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers on AI, said “it’s quite amazing how central a role Canada has played in creating this deep-learning revolution.”While many of the AI field’s pioneers in the United States and elsewhere have left academia and entered the business world, Canada’s leaders, such as Universite de Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, have had different priorities, Bostrom said in an interview from Britain.“Bengio is still teaching students and nurturing the next generation of research talent — he’s also been relatively involved in trying to think about the ethical dimensions of this,” said the author of a seminal book on AI, “Superintelligence,” published in 2014.Bostrom said there is a role for the international AI research community to reflect and try to develop a “shared sense of norms and purpose that can be influential” because it will put pressure on companies to hire people who care about developing machine-learning responsibly.“If you are a corporation that wants to be at the forefront you need to hire the very top talent — and they have many options available to them,” Bostrom said.“If your corporation is seen as running roughshod over this shared sense of responsibility you are going to find it harder to get the very top people to work with you.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that the meetings were bimonthly. In fact, they are biweekly.last_img read more