USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US

first_img View post tag: ACX Crystal November 24, 2017 US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) got underway from her forward-deployed homeport in Yokosuka to travel to the US for repairs.The destroyer departed Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka on November 24 to meet heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf and begin her journey to Pascagoula, Mississippi, where it will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries.Fitzgerald was towed to deep water to begin the heavy lift process, which is expected to last several days.In the months prior to her departure from Yokosuka, technicians and shipbuilders at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka made significant progress in preparing the ship for the journey, including dewatering, defueling, hull and superstructure repairs, and placing key systems in layup maintenance.In October, she was moved from dry dock to a pierside location in anticipation of the move.Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal on June 17. Seven sailors lost their lives and the ship suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: HII Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Fitzgerald USS Fitzgerald leaves Yokosuka to start journey to US Share this articlelast_img read more

OCHS Surfers Back From National Championship

first_imgNine Ocean City High School surfers are back in town for the end of the school year after competing in the national high school surfing championship last weekend.Ocean City’s team traveled to Dana Point, Calif., to compete against the nation’s top surfers in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) high school championship at Salt Creek Beach.Surfers from the combined Maui and Honolulu campuses of King Kamehameha High School edged San Clemente (Calif.) High School to win its second straight title, but the Ocean City team showed that it can hang with the best in the nation.Seven of the surfers competed in the opening rounds on Saturday (June 13): Matt Aromando, Aspen Lawler, Nick Brady, Pat McCarron, Jeff Dahl, Russell Eggert and Townie Godfrey.Four-year team members Pat Martin and Andrew Gallagher traveled with the team. Coach Mark Miedama and five parents also made the trip.The waves were small, which frustrated the visiting teams and provided an advantage to the local California teams that knew the break. Teams from Hawaii, California, New Jersey and Florida competed.Pat McCarron made it through into the second round, but got knocked out by less the 0.10 of a point when a surfer from Kamehameha caught a wave just as the time ran out.The surfers, coach and parents got to surf Trestles in San Clemente and Windansea in LaJolla before and after the competition.Through donations and a series of fundraisers, businesses and citizens throughout Ocean City and the region raised money to help send the team to the NSSA event. The team would like to thank the community for the support that made the trip possible.See slide show of the event from the Orange County Register.See complete results from the NSSA._________GET THE DAILY: Sign up for our free Ocean City news updates. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”5″ gal_title=”OCHS Surf Team Nationals 2015″]last_img read more

Chip Miller Surf Fest Set for Friday in Ocean City

first_img11th Annual Billabong Chip Miller Surf Fest from Frothylip on Vimeo. After a dozen years hosting the Surf Fest event, the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation (CMCF) is partnering with the Ocean City Waves of Caring (WOC) to put a new spin on a classic event.“We are quite excited to be taking a new direction,” said Nick Bricker, the CMCF event manager. “We are pleased to be working with such a fine local charity like Waves of Caring.”Bricker has been in partnership with WOC Chairman James Smith in aligning the two organizations to give back to the Ocean City (OC) community. On average each year, WOC has assisted close to 90 local families, bringing support and hope to nearly 200 children from the Ocean City area.Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015, CMCF and WOC will unite efforts not only to give back to area residents, yet also to improve the Surf Fest with new aspects, including a ‘Christmas in July’ themed after party. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Christmas drive.One important part of the event is a low-key surf contest that invites participants of all levels.__________CHIP MILLER SURF CONTESTDate: Friday, July 24, 2015Time: 7 a.m. check-inFirst heat: 8 a.m.Location: 7th Street BeachEntry fee: $30 per surfer ($10 each additional division)__________Some other highlights include:Heart of Surfing with Billabong & local pro surfers taking Autistic & Special Needs kids surfing.Special memorial celebration honoring long time event supporter Ryan DeWitt.Parent/Child team surfing.The Surf Fest after party will be held at 6:00 p.m. at The Ocean City Waterpark on the boardwalk. After-party entry fee of $45 includes: Dinner, refreshments, beverages, live entertainment, a silent auction, and raffle.The Surf Fest and Chip Miller Charitable Foundation ( were created in memory of Chip Miller in 2004. Just a few short months after Chip was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, the world lost an incredibly special person. In his memory, Chip Miller’s family and friends founded the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation to empower people with the knowledge and understanding of Amyloidosis — for earlier detection, ensuring a better quality of life for those afflicted with the disease, and to help science find the cure.Lance Miller, Chip’s son who carries on his father’s legacy, highlights the event by saying, “The Annual Surf Fest is always an event that I truly enjoy year in and year out. Not only is this event for an incredible cause that’s near and dear to my heart, but the event has become a true reunion of friends, family members and supporters.”Lance Miller continues, “My family and I are incredibly grateful for all the hometown support that the City of Ocean City provides us each year. The 2015 event this year is certain to be bigger and better…we’re hopeful to capture a new audience as we work with Waves of Caring.”The Chairman of Waves of Caring, Jim Smith, notes that “The Waves of Caring [organization] is excited to announce our partnership with the Chip Miller Foundation. Many of the supporters for both organizations enjoy spending time in beautiful Ocean City. We hope that this partnership will help to broaden the exposure of the great work that both sides have done over the years.Smith also points out, “We hope that this partnership will inform these supporters of the effects of Amyloidosis as well as the programs that Waves of Caring have established. We look forward to a long term partnership with such a well-run foundation.”Meanwhile, the event’s perennial organizer/planner, Nick Bricker, shares his thoughts: “We want to take Surf Fest in a new direction for its 12th year. After attending the Waves of Caring event in December, I realized that partnering up with them was the way to go. Who better to partner with than the Waves for Caring – a dynamic local grassroots group that directly helps those in Ocean City.Bricker emphasizes, “I couldn’t be more stoked to partner with them because now we are not only helping Amyloidosis Awareness, we are helping the local community directly…and without their support, we would never be where we are today.”— News release from the Chip Miller Charitable Foundationlast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: March 22

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian  Dear Friends,Yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day and the City team was honored to be part of a fundraiser in support of two Ocean City moms, Jennifer Polcini and Melissa Flink, who ran from Washington, D.C. to New York City in the National Down Syndrome Society Run for 3.21 for their sons, who both have Down Syndrome.The three-day journey kicked off at 6 a.m. on March 19 at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, arriving at United Nations Headquarters on March 21. I applaud and commend these women, and all who work to raise public awareness to advocate for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down Syndrome.As the summer approaches, in addition to the City team’s efforts to prepare our town for the upcoming season, we are working with contractors to complete many capital projects. Projects that can be completed before the summer season will be; and those that cannot will be secured safely for the summer. As always, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the completion of these major infrastructure upgrades to Ocean City. The following is an update on several of these projects. North End Pump & Drainage Project•  Paving complete on Bay Avenue from 2nd Street to 6th Street•  Remaining paving to be completed next week on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Street• The three pump stations have been installed and we are awaiting power supply from Atlantic City Electric, expected to be complete in two weeksMid-Island Pump and Drainage Project•  Small amount of paving still needs to be completed•  Landscaping and beautification of pump stations to be complete by Memorial Day•  The alley portion of the project is currently underway and will be completed by Memorial DayDowntown Streetscapes•  The 7th and Asbury crosswalk has begun•  Paver replacement has started on the west side of the 600 block and 700 block of Asbury6th Street Drainage & Paving Project•  Drainage currently being replaced from Ocean Avenue to West Avenue•  Repaving to be complete by Memorial DayAquatic & Fitness Center Pool Improvements•  Racing Lanes to be tiled•  Emptying the pool, sandblasting and refinishing•  Pool to reopen May 1Various Road Paving•  Pine Road•  Barbados Lane•  Tobago Lane•  Walton Place•  Transportation CenterSouth End Drainage & Paving Project (South of 55th Street)•  All drainage pipe has been installed•  Concrete work to begin on Monday•  Elevation of W. 55th Street from Dory Drive to the marsh•  Final paving to be complete by Memorial DayI hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Press release: UK launches ambition to generate billions more investment in Africa to trigger transformational growth

first_img General media queries (24 hours) CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, will aim to invest up to £3.5 billion in Africa, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. The UK will aim to mobilise a further £4 billion of private investment for African countries, particularly from the City of London. Africa’s emerging markets offer huge untapped potential to the UK. There is a massive shortage of investment, infrastructure and jobs in these markets, and the City of London is uniquely placed to help fill this gap while earning benefits for the UK economy. We’re building mutually beneficial partnerships which are helping to stimulate long-term transformational growth and create good jobs for people in the world’s poorest countries, while also allowing UK investors to access the wealth of opportunity offered by African countries. Telephone 020 7023 0600 International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: In addition to announcing a substantial scale up of investment through CDC and PIDG, the UK is setting a clear ambition to mobilise £4 billion of private investment, particularly from the City of London. In total, UK initiatives will generate up to £8 billion (around $10 billion) of investment for African countries between 2018 and 2021.The UK’s commitment to building bigger, broader economic partnerships with African nations will prove a huge benefit to UK business and investors, while also accelerating the transformational growth needed to lift countries out of poverty for good and to forge mutually beneficial partnerships between the UK and African countries.The City of London manages over £8 trillion of assets but at the moment only around 1% of those assets are invested in Africa.This partnership will mobilise further capital from pension funds, insurance companies and other investors, enabling the City to take on an even greater role as Africa’s partner of choice for financial services as the UK leaves the EU.This will create the opportunity to boost investment returns for the UK’s pension pot, while triggering essential long-term investment for African businesses, transforming the world’s poorest nations into the UK’s trading partners of the future.As part of this new and distinctive offer to work alongside, invest in and partner with African nations for our mutual benefit, we will be bringing in more ‘Best of British’ experts including extra investment specialists, to work with African governments and businesses to unlock the private sector finance so critical to sustained growth, job creation and tackling poverty.Notes to editors: There is a desperate shortage of private and public investment in the world’s poorest countries. The additional financing needed to achieve the UN Global Goals by 2030 is estimated to be $2.5 trillion every year, with current investment levels less than half of that. CDC aims to invest up to £3.5 billion in Africa over the next four years (2018-21). This is a combination of initial capital provided by the UK and returns made from CDC’s existing investment portfolio. All returns generated by CDC are reinvested time and again into more businesses, ensuring that every penny of taxpayers’ money is creating the jobs and economic stability that enable countries to leave poverty behind. In 2017, companies backed by CDC in Africa and South Asia employed nearly three quarters of a million people (734,000). CDC’s investee companies newly created 63,000 of these jobs in 2017. The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) is a Development Finance Organisation in which DFID is the majority funder, alongside seven other donors. The UK will invest up to £500 million in PIDG, of which up to £300 million will be allocated for Africa, to help governments develop projects that are able to attract private investment and provide new or improved infrastructure to people living in the poorest countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.center_img If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. Email [email protected] The UK is announcing a range of measures to boost much-needed investment in businesses and infrastructure across Africa, the Prime Minister announced in Cape Town today (Tuesday 28th August). This includes for the first time ever setting a clear ambition of mobilising an additional £4 billion of private sector investment into the continent by working more closely with the City of London.This comes as the Prime Minister has today also set a new ambition for the UK to be the largest G7 foreign direct investor in Africa by 2022.Africa’s population is set to double by 2050 and as many as 18 million extra jobs a year will be needed. There is a chronic need for private and public investment to create better opportunities in Africa to prevent the next generation falling further into poverty, potentially fuelling instability and mass migration with direct consequences for Britain.But this growth also means that the scale of the opportunity across Africa is huge: according to the IMF, Africa’s GDP is set to reach $3.2 trillion in the next five years.Home to the City of London, the world’s leading financial centre, the UK is well-positioned to become Africa’s future investment partner of choice. Initiatives announced today in support of this include: CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, will significantly increase its investment into Africa – aiming to invest up to £3.5 billion in businesses on the continent over four years. This will support hundreds of thousands of jobs, build stability and trigger growth in some of the poorest and most fragile countries. A new investment of up to £300 million of UK aid invested through the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) will build essential infrastructure such as power, roads and water, that will lay the foundations for new trading and business opportunities across Africa in places businesses previously would not have been able to operate.last_img read more

News story: Five new appointments to the Civil Justice Council

first_imgAndrew Higgins – Academic CJC memberAndrew Higgins is an Associate Professor of Civil Procedure at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Mansfield College. He is currently the General Editor of Civil Justice Quarterly. Andrew previously worked as a solicitor for the Australian law firm Slater & Gordon, and was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 2011. He has a Dphil from the University of Oxford and completed the BCL in 2005. Andrew has published civil procedure related subjects including a book on legal professional privilege.Andrew Higgins has not declared any political activityNick Hanning – CILEx CJC memberMr Hanning qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 1990. He was a CILEx Council Member for 10 years and served as CILEx President for the year 2012-13.He is an independent Consultant specialising in work-related psychiatric injury claims with Anthony Gold and Dutton Gregory, also providing external consultancy through DG Legal. He is a regular lecturer in areas of law affecting Occupational Health through the At Work Partnership.He formerly chaired the ILEX Pro Bono Forum and CILEx Pro Bono Trust and currently chairs the South West Legal Support Trust and is a Trustee of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit).He is a member of the CJC Working Party on Access to Justice for Litigants in Person and the Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement Group and served on the Bach Commission on Access to Justice.Mr Hanning has not declared any political activity.Elisabeth Davies – Consumer Advice CJC memberElisabeth Davies has worked across charitable and public sectors with a particular focus on dispute resolution and consumer protection. She is the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Quality Committee of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and is also Chair of the Assurance and Appointments Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council. She is the former Chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel, a central feature of a regulatory framework designed to change the legal services market in England and Wales around user needs.Elisabeth is currently a Trustee of the Personal Support Unit supporting people going through the court process without legal representation. She is also Chair of the Prisoners’ Education Trust and serves other Trusts. Elisabeth is also serves as an Advisory Panel member of the Independent Review of Legal Services regulation.Elisabeth Davies has not declared any political activity.Martin Barnes – Lay Advice CJC memberMartin Barnes is Chief Executive of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), a charity that works to promote, support and facilitate pro bono legal services that extend access to the law for individuals and communities in need and the organisations that support them.Martin has extensive and varied experience in the charity sector, including working at a Citizens Advice service and at the Child Poverty Action Group (including five years as its Director).Martin is a trustee of the Advice Services Alliance and was formerly a trustee of the charity Family Action and a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)Mr Barnes has not declared any political activity.Rhodri William QC – Welsh Interests CJC memberRhodri Williams QC is a barrister specialising in EU law, local government law and public and administrative law from Chambers in Cardiff and London. He deals with cases involving both local and regional government, including advising the Welsh Government and other Government Departments and local authorities, in England, Wales and in Northern Ireland. In 2000, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of approved Counsel and to the list of the Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales and has represented the United Kingdom Government on several occasions before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg. He was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 2009. He took silk in 2010. He was made a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2015 and he was elected Treasurer of the Wales and Chester Circuit in 2017.Mr Williams has not declared any political activity.The CJC provides advice to the Secretary of State, the Judiciary and Civil Procedure Rule Committee on the effectiveness of aspects of the justice system, and makes recommendations to test, review or conduct research into specific areas. The appointment of Civil Justice Committee (CJC) members is governed by the Civil Procedures Act 1997.Appointments to the Civil Justice Council are made by the Secretary of State for Justice and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. This appointment has been made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.last_img read more

Lewis named interim dean of SEAS

first_imgMichael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, today announced the appointment of Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, as interim dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), effective Jan. 1, 2015.“Professor Lewis is a distinguished scholar in computer science, a Harvard College Professor for teaching excellence, and a highly experienced administrator and leader in the Harvard community,” said Smith. “He brings to the deanship a thorough understanding of SEAS culture and academic life, exceptional insight into the undergraduate experience as a former dean of Harvard College, and the intellectual and administrative agility needed to effectively guide SEAS during this interim period.”During the past four decades, Lewis has actively shaped undergraduate education and student life. Currently director of undergraduate studies in computer science, he has served on the Faculty Council, the Educational Policy Committee, the Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Committee on Graduate Education, the Administrative Board of Harvard College, the Committee on College Life, the Committee on House Life, the Committee on Advising and Counseling, the Committee on Athletic Sports, and the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid.As dean of Harvard College from 1995 to 2003, Lewis integrated faculty more fully into the House system, randomized students’ housing assignments to diversify House communities, strengthened student advising, and restructured the Dean’s Office to better support student life.A graduate of Harvard College (’68) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (A.M. ’73, Ph.D. ’74), Lewis joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as assistant professor of computer science in 1974. Promoted to associate professor of computer science in 1978, he received tenure as Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in 1981. He served as Harvard College Professor from 2003 to 2008.At SEAS, Lewis’ teaching and research have focused on theoretical aspects of computer science, more recently branching out into the social and legal ramifications of digital technology. In addition to authoring numerous articles and books on computer science, technology, and digital society, Lewis has written extensively on higher education.“I am honored to serve as interim dean of SEAS, where I first set foot as a freshman just over 50 years ago,” said Lewis. “The future of engineering at Harvard has never looked brighter than it does today. I hope to follow the model set by the SEAS faculty and staff from whose brilliance, wisdom, and kindness I have received such benefit over the decades.”“Professor Lewis is widely recognized for his collaborative leadership style and deep knowledge of SEAS and Harvard,” added Smith. “I am confident that he will quickly and deftly take up the responsibilities of this role and will partner effectively with me in leading SEAS during this interim period.”The search for a permanent dean of SEAS is currently underway, with an advisory committee composed of faculty across the School.last_img read more

How a doctor learned to become a caregiver

first_imgArthur Kleinman’s wife, Joan, began to struggle with a rare form of early Alzheimer’s disease at 59. Eight years after losing her, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychiatry and of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School chronicles their journey in “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.” The book is part memoir, part examination of love and marriage, and an intimate look at how 40 years in the medical profession left him entirely unprepared to care for a loved one.Q&AArthur KleinmanGAZETTE: The book is so personal. Can you talk about the decision to write it and whether you talked to Joan about it?KLEINMAN: I started writing a long time ago when she was just starting on her 10-year course of Alzheimer’s disease. She had a very particular kind of Alzheimer’s that affects only 5 percent of the people, and it began in her occipital lobes, which meant that she became blind first. To be both blind and have dementia is particularly trying, particularly for the person who has it, but also for the caregiver. Joan was 100 percent behind the idea of writing this. I came out of a background that was very unpromising for a caregiver. I was a very headstrong, heedless, and careless child. I was self-centered and incredibly ambitious and hard-driving. Those 10 years changed me almost entirely and made me realize how crucial the human aspect was. I was always good with patients and students, but I wasn’t like that generally, and taking care of her and seeing how sad and frustrating it was made me a different person, a better person.GAZETTE: You were unprepared to be a caregiver. Can you elaborate?KLEINMAN: My whole career was studying illness and caregiving, but it was the actual experience of being a family caregiver to someone I loved that I regard as a tremendous gift. I spent all of my time on things that I used to think were trivial, learning how to be vital about getting through it, rather than being matter-of-fact. The other thing I discovered was that no one had prepared me. If it weren’t for the neurologists, the diagnosis wouldn’t have been made for a year or two, but those doctors were hopeless when it comes to after-care. That whole field needs to change in terms of its understanding of after-care: how central families are, how essential it is to learn to work with then. What I really wanted to illustrate is that there are two health care systems in America. One is organized for trauma and acute disease. That’s a high-technology system that’s very powerful and functioning well. The other system is the chronic illness system. There, technology is doing very little, but it’s primarily the human interactions and that’s where it is failing. Most people don’t have long-term-care insurance. If we look at assisted living and our nursing homes, the system is tragic.“If it weren’t for the neurologists, the [Alzheimer’s] diagnosis wouldn’t have been made for a year or two, but those doctors were hopeless when it comes to after-care. That whole field needs to change in terms of its understanding of after-care,” said Arthur Kleinman. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: You were fortunate to have the best doctors, connections, and access to care. How did the system fail you?KLEINMAN: I felt that excellent doctors had missed what was most important, which is at the end of every engagement to ask the family member, “Well, you spend a lot of time with her. What do you think the problem is?” Think about this: No one at the beginning told me about a home health aide. We were three or four years into the disease before I realized I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing, and I needed help. My adult kids helped me. My mother helped me. But the best help I got was from a home health aide. I should have been told at the first meeting that at some point you’re going to need a home health aide. At some stage you realize, you can no longer be the caregiver. The burden is too great. For me, as Joan became weaker and weaker, and I was lifting her into the bath, out of the bath, into the bed, I was having trouble physically. I should have started to look earlier. I could have moved into assisted living with Joan, but no one told me about that. When we went to look for assisted living, it was so late in the course of her disease, they said, “You’ve made a mistake. You’ve taken care of her too long.”GAZETTE: Joan brought the influence of the East, in particular China, to your life and your work. Can you talk about the part it played in the caregiving? KLEINMAN: What we learned the first time we lived in China and for 7½ years in total was the importance of family and the responsibility one has for each other, the interpersonal strengths one has to develop to be sensitive to others and moral commitments. That’s the insight of Chinese society. It provides that great genius of the power of relationships. It’s the defining thing in your life. There are a number of Chinese terms that I associated with Joan that helped us in this regard: renging guanxi, that relationships are moral, and qi, that each of us has a vital energy. And that’s what I meant in the book by presence. And it’s particularly presence that is critical in dementia or end of life because it’s so trying at times. And the idea of enduring, in the sense of how to live a family life of responsibility, guo ri zi. I think the American idea of resilience is overblown and not really relevant. Most of us endure. From the Chinese perspective, that’s your responsibility, to keep going. I found this kind of enduring the most difficult thing. Over 10 years, how to keep going. I believe it’s this human engagement. If you’re present, it’s this vitality that keeps you going. You feel, “I just barely survived.” Resilience doesn’t describe my experience. I barely survived, and it was a struggle all the time. And it was my sense I had learned as a clinical teacher that the suffering of a patient counts more than your suffering. I think if you get that balance right, doing the acts as a caregiver, that somehow also keeps you going. “My whole career was studying illness and caregiving, but it was the actual experience of being a family caregiver to someone I loved that I regard as a tremendous gift.” Researchers find gene variants that may help to protect against the disease Why some people are resistant to Alzheimer’s The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img GAZETTE: Since her death, you have started working on the Global Aging Initiative. What is the project about?KLEINMAN: I had another topic when starting the book, which was trying to figure out elder care best practices. It was a comparison across China, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kyoto, Hanoi, and Bangkok. I was looking at how good care looks different in different environments. Now I’ve come to a much more specific topic, which is social technology for elder care. It’s an interdisciplinary project that involves engineers from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Conor Walsh and Fawwaz Habbal; and Winnie Yip and David Bloom from the Chan School of Public Health; and Ann Forsyth from the Graduate School of Design; Tarun Khanna from Harvard Business School; and Hongtu Chen and myself from the Medical School. What we’re doing tries to put together social systems with particular technologies to help the frail elderly and the demented elderly in China.GAZETTE: What does that look like exactly? KLEINMAN: To give you a sense of this project, I’ll tell you a story. There is this excellent exoskeleton for the legs. We took this idea to the many elderly women in Shanghai living in high-rise apartments. We showed them illustrations of how this works. They said, “Wow, fantastic, but I’d never use it.” We asked why. They said, “It’s so dangerous to cross the road here. Cars don’t stop. We wouldn’t trust it. But if you really want to help us, we have six friends, all in similar conditions in different apartment buildings here in Shanghai. We would like to twice a week get together and go to a tea house. Right now, we feel isolated. If you could figure out a way with social technology to get us there and back safely, that would change our lives.” We had it all backwards. That becomes an interesting issue for technology and anthropology. Maybe the exoskeleton would be useful in this instance, but if so, probably not the legs, but for the arms of a carer to get them from a 12th floor to a lobby of a building, and doing this for six people. How do you organize this? Is it a van? Who goes with them? How does the actual human experience come together with the technology? That’s the project we now have.Interview was edited for clarity and trimmed for space. Relatedlast_img read more

Plants: Food or Poison?

first_img May apple (Podophyllum peltatum) fruit.Oleander (Nerium oleander) all parts. Poison ivy (Rhus radicans) berries. Pokeberry (Phytolacca americana) berries. Privet (Ligustrum) leaves and berries. Rhododendron, azalea (Rhododendron spp.) leaves. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) all parts, if ingested in excess. Yew (Taxus) seeds. Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculata, C. scandens) fruits. Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) berries. Burning bush (Euonymous) berries. Castor bean (Ricinus communis) seeds. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) seeds. Daphne (Daphne mezereum) berries. Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) fruits. Plants are extremely diverse organisms. And we should respect them for their ability topoison as well as feed us.There is no set manner by which plants poison. Most must be eaten to become toxic,while others can be touched (in the case of skin reactions).The toxicity depends on the amount of plant material ingested. For example, all partsof the sunflower (Helianthus annuus) fall on the “slightly toxic” plant list.Since sunflowers are a large part of our snack food diet, this comes as a surprise. Butit’s a perfect example of toxicity as a function of ingested amount. Doesn’t ice creammake us sick if we eat too much of it?So, should we fear all plants in the landscape? Should we keep our children locked inboxes so they don’t risk their lives around plants? Certainly not!Just because a plant produces poisonous berries or leaves doesn’t automatically excludeit from use in a home landscape.In his book, Plants for Play, Robin C. Moore says the great majority of our landscapeplants are “highly beneficial and perfectly safe” for children. But many plantscontain poisonous substances and warrant precaution.Adults should learn about their landscapes and be able to distinguish those plants thatmay be hazardous. In turn, they should caution their children about those plants and plantparts that carry toxins.There is no need to make children afraid of plants. But there is a great need to changethe child’s perspective to that of respect for all plant life, so the child has less riskof exposure to dangers. The education process provides a great opportunity for parent andchild to share and grow in enjoying the environment.The age of the children playing in the yard is a major consideration when planning yourlandscape. Plants with berries at perfect heights for small children, such as thepoisonous fall berries of Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley), are much more ofconcern for toddlers or small children than 10-year-olds.Recent trends in home landscaping involve a strong wildlife interest as a major factorin plant selection. Homeowners are asking for plants that produce berries to feed birds,squirrels, chipmunks and other creatures.These berries appeal not only to wildlife, but to small children as well. Patterningafter parents picking blackberries, strawberries and other edible fruits may encourage achild to pick and eat other tempting, but poisonous, berries.The best way to protect small children from plant poisoning is to teach them to not eatany plant parts without adult supervision until they are old enough to be positive thatthe plant is safe to eat.We can’t ignore plants — the hand that feeds us, so to speak. Human and animal lifecan’t exist apart from green flora. So we must learn how to live with it. This means planteducation for all people, big and small.Here are some common landscape plants and their toxic parts (from the book, Learningfrom Poisonous Plants).last_img read more

Organic gardening requires more effort

first_imgHome gardeners who want to try their hand at growing organic vegetables should lower their expectations just a little and be prepared to put in more “sweat equity.”Plan aheadGrowing organic vegetables takes extra planning. If you use organic fertilizer sources or organic soil amendments, these need to be tilled into the garden well in advance to be effective. (Ideally, this process should begin in the fall prior to spring planting.) Organic amendments don’t provide nutrients as quickly as synthetic fertilizers. So, if you want to gain the benefits of organic fertilizers, give them plenty of time to decompose. Soil microbes have to convert them into a form that plant roots can absorb. An added benefit of organic amendments is that they can act as a slow-release fertilizer throughout the season. This improves soil structure.Less pesticides, more weedingGrowing organic vegetables takes extra work. Since you won’t have the option to “shoot first and ask questions later” with herbicides and insecticides, you will need to spend extra time and energy in your garden. Weeds must be pulled or hoed. Mulch must be applied to prevent weeds. Disease or insect damage must be pruned away from plants. The key is to catch all of these problems as early as possible to prevent them from becoming bigger problems and spreading throughout the garden. Organic gardening requires homework. You must become familiar with common garden problems and be able to tell the “good bugs” from the “bad bugs.” The last thing you want to do is get rid of beneficial bugs like lady beetles that actually help control aphids, mites and other insects.Veggies don’t have to look beautifulGrowing organic vegetables requires the gardener to lower his expectations. To understand my point, go to the produce section at your local grocery store and watch customers pick through a pile of tomatoes or apples in search of that one spotless specimen.Unfortunately, I think we are all habitually programmed to do this. When growing organically, you can’t be that picky. Small spots and blemishes can be easily cut off of fruits or vegetables. Appearances don’t affect taste, especially if the produce is headed for a casserole dish.Tips to followHere are a few more tips for the novice organic gardener: • Get your soil tested by taking a sample to the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. This is the most important thing to do first.• Start small and increase garden size each year as you become more comfortable with organic techniques.• Use basic cultural control options like mulching, pruning, proper spacing, crop rotation, using resistant varieties and planting at the proper times.• Clean equipment periodically. A 10-percent bleach solution used on pruners and other tools after cutting away diseased plant material will minimize the spread of diseases.• Water plants as needed and only in the early morning. This helps prevent diseases and develops strong, deep root systems.When you have gardening questions, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 and ask to speak to a certified Master Gardener. These volunteers are trained to help you solve gardening problems.For more information, see UGA Extension publication B1011, “Growing Vegetables Organically,” and other gardening factsheets at read more