Make a difference as an Arnold Arboretum school program guide

first_imgTraining for the fall season of school programs at the Arnold Arboretum begins Aug. 27. We are looking for outgoing and mature adults who can commit to two years of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. If you are interested, please contact the manager of children’s education by Aug. 20 for an interview. Email: childrensed@arnarb.harvard.edu Website: arboretum.​harvard.​edu/​support/​volunteer/last_img

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Cycle tracks viewed as better for safety, crime, and economy in Mexico

first_img Read Full Story Cycle tracks — physically separated bicycle-exclusive paths along roads — were associated with improved safety from crashes, lowered crime, and heightened economic development in research conducted in Mexico by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Mexican researchers. The research also revealed that the bike facility designs in a developing nation, such as Mexico, may have to be different from designs in a developed nation. The residents in the city of Morelia who ranked and commented on six different types of bicycle facilities suggested that cycle tracks had to have a high concrete island barrier because a driver could drive over a low barrier and park. The residents also suggested that a bus/bike lane would not be safe in Mexico because the bus drivers might be less watchful for bicyclists.The study was published online Dec. 22, 2017 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.The idea for the study began when lead author Ines Alveano, then a Ph.D. student in Mexico, contacted Anne Lusk, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition. Alveano had been formulating research about bicycling in Morelia and happened to meet Luis Miranda-Moreno, a professor from McGill who had done research about biking with Lusk and suggested Alveano contact Lusk. Alveano and Lusk began working long-distance on the survey and data collection. Alveano was invited to the Department of Nutrition as a visiting student to analyze the data and prepare the manuscript with Lusk and Maryam Farvid, research scientist in the department.“Improving conditions for biking in developing countries is an important public health issue, and we were happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with Ines on this study in her home country,” said Lusk.Learn moreRead a September 2016 Fox News article: Bike lanes are a sound public health investmentBiking on cycle tracks safer than cycling in the road (Harvard Chan School news)How can we make biking safer and easier?  (Harvard Chan School’s This Week in Health podcast)last_img read more

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Female Cadets Make Way in Military Education

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo July 31, 2018 At 5 a.m., reveille plays in the barracks of the Mariscal Francisco Solano López Military Academy (ACADEMIL, in Spanish). Among the students awakening at the sound of the call is Paraguayan Navy Cadet Aldana Belén Almada Britez. “I’m very proud to attend ACADEMIL,” said Cadet Almada, a fourth-year Quartermaster student. “I had heard that military life wasn’t for women, that we had no edge in this professional field, but today women are showing that we can, that we increasingly break into areas we supposedly were unable to perform.” “The gender issue is open in our military,” Paraguayan Army Cadet María Carolina Molas Acosta, a fourth-year Communications student, said. “We are on equal terms; we demonstrate our capabilities, we carry out the same activities, and we reach the highest level.” ACADEMIL trains Paraguayan Army, Air Force, and Navy officers. Founded in 1915 as the Military Academy, it took on the name of Mariscal Francisco Solano López in 1948, and officially became ACADEMIL in 1995. The academy, located in Capiatá, east of Asunción, opened its doors to women cadets in 2002. Of an annual average of 450 students, 20 percent are women. “The enrollment of female cadets has been very important to ACADEMIL,” said Paraguayan Army Brigadier General Víctor Agustín Laguardia Lovera, commandant of ACADEMIL. “Their admission represented a challenge in every field for the institution. Logistics had to be changed to include proper accommodations and disciplinary rules were modified as well, among other changes.” Military education In its 103-year history, ACADEMIL has trained Paraguayan officers who’ve occupied the highest positions in the country’s military. The academy is accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture to grant professional degrees. “My challenge is to motivate students, and give them the confidence to become military leaders in the near future,” Brig. Gen. Laguardia said. “ACADEMIL provides the necessary lessons to do so.” The institution offers 15 academic specialties that cadets choose in their second year. Army cadets select between Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineering, Communications, Quartermaster, and Warfare Material. Navy cadets elect among Combat, Engineering, and Quartermaster specialties. Air Force cadets can train as pilots, but also specialize in Infantry, Quartermaster, Warfare Material, and Communications. Upon finishing the four-year course of military studies, cadets graduate as second lieutenants or midshipmen, depending on their military branch. They all receive a degree in Military Sciences. “Female cadets perform the same activities as male cadets,” said Paraguayan Army First Lieutenant José Javier López López, first-year instructor at ACADEMIL. “There are instances in which female cadets stand out, and others in which they make a greater effort.” “I chose a military career because I wanted to know what it meant to serve my country,” said Paraguayan Air Force Cadet Monica Paredes, a fourth-year Communications student. “My challenge is to graduate and gain additional professional experience in my military branch to be able to help other women in their training.” Classes include theoretical and hands on training. The syllabus revision plan is underway. ACADEMIL is a prestigious institution for aspiring military career officers. Of the 800 yearly applicants, only 100 are admitted. Among them, 20 percent are women. “There’s a yearly limited quota for women. In my section there are three female engineers,” said Paraguayan Army Cadet Alba Marissa Cubilla Aguayo, a fourth-year Engineering student. “I come from a military family and I don’t regret being here. Women can have military careers.” For Paraguayan Air Force Cadet Verónica Olmedo, a third-year pilot student, being part of a military academy is a dream come true. “I dreamed of being part of my country’s Air Force since I was a child,” she said. Cadet Olmedo wants to set an example for other young candidates to follow a military career. “I’m proud of what I do. We show that being able to do things isn’t gender-related. It has to do with the determination to achieve our dreams.” Her classmate, Paraguayan Air Force Cadet Lorena Alejandra Ortiz Vieira, shares the ideal of serving with discipline, sacrifice, and love for their country. “Before being admitted to ACADEMIL, I had a different opinion of military life,” she said. “The will to pursue a military career drives you forward and makes you overcome all daily trials, education, discipline, etc.” The day ends at 8:00 p.m., when students gather for retreat, a symbolic act to pay tribute to national heroes. “This is a career with great sacrifice and dedication, because you come here with the vocation to serve your country,” Cadet Molas said. “You must be convinced that you want to wear the uniform; olive green is like our second skin.”last_img read more

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WWF: Eco-tourism experts evaluate new tourist package in NP Kornati

first_imgEight international eco-tourism experts spent the past five days touring the Kornati National Park in a whole new context – instead of the classic tourism we are used to, they got to know the nature, culture and tradition of this protected area.Talks with representatives of the local community, introduction to beekeeping and olive growing, picking sage and its processing are just some of the activities that are part of the new tourist package “Sailing Adventure on the Kornati”, which experts in the role of tourists came to try and evaluate. Issi Torres, a Spanish eco-tourism consultant who has been working for several national parks in Panama for years, aligning their offer with the wishes of the local community, liked the part of the package that includes socializing with Kurnatari – property owners. “It was nice to see how the small Skračić family is involved in the process of sage production, and in addition to trying to pick sage, we also spent a nice evening with homemade food prepared for us, ” Issa comments, adding that there is room for improvement in the package. “We need clear information from the outset of what will be required of us in order to be prepared in advance of what is expected of us.”, concludes Torres.Her companion Martine Bakker, a professor of tourism development from the Netherlands who works as a global tourism expert, also points out the olive harvest with her beautiful experience. “So far I have not encountered any activities like picking olives or sage and this is definitely something that makes this offer special. Talking to people who make a living from it helps us understand the tradition of this beautiful place, but there are certainly places to improve the offer itself.“, Concludes Bakker, explaining that the whole package lacks a tour guide who would be with the skipper with them all the time.Experts visiting Murter / Photo: Jelena CuricThe experts spent the first day of their trip in Murter exploring the island by bicycle. Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum, Murter Native Collection, Colentum Archaeological Site and the Church of St. Roca were their destinations. On that day, the DestiMED project was presented to them, within which this tourist package was developed, implemented in Croatia by WWF Adria, and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).After setting out to sea, for three days the experts got acquainted with the tradition of beekeeping and olive growing. Those braver who did not mind the south tried diving, and all agreed that they enjoyed the sea, fish and the beautiful ambience of the bays Vrulje and Kravljačica. “The recommendations we will receive based on the feedback will help us to make the new offer of our park even better and to encourage other stakeholders to get involved but also to launch their own initiatives. We will have a new test in the spring, after which this package, which JU NP Kornati realizes with the help of the travel agency Tureta Tours, should be ready for the market”, Points out Martina Markov from JU NP Kornati. The second group of experts will arrive on the Kornati in the spring, and they will be greeted by a “refreshed” tour “Adventure of sailing on the Kornati”. How it will look will largely depend on comments sent later this week by experts leaving the park area today.The test in the Kornati National Park, after the one held in September in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, is the second and last pilot test to be held in Croatia this autumn. In the Mediterranean area, a total of seven pilot tests are taking place this fall in protected areas in six Mediterranean countries covered by the DestiMED project.last_img read more

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France new COVID-19 cases spike again, uptick in ICU units

first_imgFrance’s new COVID-19 infections rose by more than 1,600 over 24 hours for the second day running on Thursday, putting the country at levels not seen since late May, while the number of affected patients in intensive care units has also risen.At 1,604, the daily tally of new cases is lower than Wednesday’s 1,695, but still not far from the May, 30 figure of 1,828 cases. The total number of cases has reached 195,633.The seven-day moving average of new cases, now standing at 1,351, has risen on all but one day over the last 11 days, spiking by almost 50% over that period. The 1,351 figure is five times higher than a low point of 272 seen on May 27 but also more than three times less than a April 1 peak of 4,537.Despite the surge in new cases, the number of people hospitalized for the disease kept going down, by 88 to 5,060, extending a 10-week-long trend.Nevertheless, the number of people in ICUs was up by six, at 390, reaching a 10-day high.French health authorities reported seven additional deaths from the disease, bringing the total to 30,312, the seventh-highest in the world.  Topics :last_img read more

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Hamptons duplex pair on the market at $1.55 million

first_img77 A/B Stradbroke St, Runaway Bay.He said the Runaway Bay location was also a huge drawcard.“The developer chose this area because it’s incredibly safe and of course the Broadwater location — you can walk down to the Broadwater and Marine Pde.“It’s a real blue-chip location.”While the both duplex pair is on the market at one price, Mr Phillis said the residences could be sold separately. The living areas.“Everyone love the Hamptons style,” Mr Phillis said.“It’s warm, there are high ceilings and beautiful timber floors.”“And these duplexes are still a good size — it’s a downsize from a house but you don’t feel like you’re losing your whole lifestyle because they are still a good size. Welcome to your Hamptons abode.The new residences at 77A and 77B Stradbroke St, Runaway Bay are on the market for a combined $1.55 million.Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Real Estate is marketing the property and said he expected plenty of interest.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago 77 A and 77B Stradbroke St, Runaway Bay are on the market at $1.55 million.THE popular Hamptons trend is showing no signs of slowing down on the Gold Coast with these two new homes heavily influenced by Long Island’s luxury seaside community.The style comes in all shapes and sizes on the Gold Coast and this duplex pair is no exception. One of the kitchens features a white colour palette.last_img read more

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Parents have been spanking children for millennia. 50 years of scientific evidence says they were wrong.

first_imgVox.com 27 April 2016Family First Comment: More rubbish research. Gershoff is well known for advocating smacking bans and producing research which she thinks supports her notion. But here’s the funny bit. Read this bit (our emphasis added):“What’s more, the analysis finds evidence that spanking is associated with troubling outcomes — like increased aggression, increased anti-social behavior, and mental health problems later in life. The size of these negative effects are SMALL, the study notes, and there’s NO PROOF that spanking specifically caused these behaviors later in life.”And“For one, researchers can’t conduct spanking experiments where they randomly assign children to be hit. And it’s also POSSIBLE that “bad” children are just spanked more, and are also generally MORE AGGRESSIVE and anti-social throughout their lives. But Gershoff SUSPECTS spanking does LEAD to these detrimental outcomes. Or, at the very least, she makes the CONVINCING case that spanking doesn’t do any measurable good.”In other words, it’s a great theory – but we all know from personal experience that it’s rubbish. Moving on…….     For 20 years, developmental psychologist Elizabeth Gershoff has been chasing a question: Does spanking actually do a child any good?“As far [back] as we have written records, people have been hitting children,” Gershoff tells me. Today, spanking — hitting a child on the buttocks with an open hand — is still incredibly common. A 2015 Pew survey found that 45 percent of parents in the United States have spanked.Given this long history, is it possible that parents throughout millennia — many with the best of intentions — were doing the right thing?Gershoff is now even more confident in the answer: It is a resounding “no.”In a recently published meta analysis in the Journal of Family Psychology, Gershoff and University of Michigan professor Andrew Grogan-Kaylor sift through 75 studies, for a total data pool of nearly 161,000 children, and find “no evidence that spanking is associated with improved child behavior.”What’s more, the analysis finds evidence that spanking is associated with troubling outcomes — like increased aggression, increased anti-social behavior, and mental health problems later in life. The size of these negative effects are small, the study notes, and there’s no proof that spanking specifically caused these behaviors later in life.READ MORE: http://www.vox.com/2016/4/27/11510118/spanking-childrenlast_img read more

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2 Iloilo brgys under heightened community quarantine

first_img“We have not yet identified. We areidentifying persons who had a travel history to Manila or abroad that mighthave mingled with the victim,” she said. The Department of Health-Center forHealth Development in Western Visayas on Friday confirmed two moreCOVID-19-positive patients in Iloilo province. According to Biron, all residents of IlaudPoblacion and Tabucan are allowed to go out during the heightened communityquarantine. The COVID-19-positive patient fromBarotac Nuevo is a 59-year-old female with no travel history and no knownexposure to a patient infected with the virus. “Taposna ang contact tracing na-identifyna kon sin-o ang closed contact and dirakami karon sa ila nagakuha information konbala sin-o ang nakabisita ukon naka-mingle sang patient,” said Ventanilla on an interview with DYSI SuperRadyo. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feelunwell. The municipal health office hadinitially traced 21 close contacts of the patient, mostly her family membersand house-helpers. Sarah Ventanilla, nurse 2 of BarotacNuevo Rural Health Unit, said on Saturday health workers in town are tracingwhere the patient could have possibly caught the infection. Non-essential travel within the areawill be banned and only frontliners will be allowed to go out provided thatthey undergo sanitation procedures. The two villages will also be subject toextreme disinfection and the public market will be closed during the communityquarantine.center_img The affected residents will be providedwith food packages for the three-day disinfection.  The local government unit said it will set upa holding area to ensure that there is strict observance of social distancingprotocols. ILOILO – The municipality of BarotacNuevo, Iloilo placed two of its barangays yesterday under three-day heightenedcommunity quarantine after the town recorded its first case of coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). The 21 are considered as persons undermonitoring and now on strict home quarantine. Mayor Bryant Paul Biron announced themeasures through Executive Order 34 to curb the further spread of the viraldisease.   Private establishments in the area arealso closed. No public transportation will be allowed to ply the areas. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), themost common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.  Some patients may have aches and pains, nasalcongestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from thedisease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Around one out ofevery six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and developsdifficulty breathing./PNlast_img read more

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Pantic joins Chelsea

first_img Press Association Pantic, 18, has represented Serbia at youth level, and helped his country to the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championships last summer. Chelsea have completed the signing of Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic – and immediately sent the teenager out on loan.center_img Pantic has joined Vitesse Arnhem – the Dutch club with which Chelsea have a partnership deal – until the end of the season. “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, the champions of the English Premier League, and I hope I can show my value at Vitesse in the coming season. I am honoured at the faith both clubs have shown in me,” Pantic said on the Chelsea website. last_img read more

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Romania’s Simona Halep Stays Atop World Tennis Rankings

first_imgMadrid: Romania’s Simona Halep maintained the No. 1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings released on Monday with 6,921 Points, ahead of Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine climbed three spots after prevailing over Sloane Stephens of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals title. Japan’s Naomi Osaka fell one spot down to the fifth, while Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic dropped two places to world No. 7. Further down the ranking, Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland jumped 16 positions up to world No. 91, following her triumph at ITF France 20A on Sunday over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. IANSlast_img read more

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