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All creatures great and small

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.When he first arrived at Harvard, curious students often asked Mark Schembri, “So why are you actually here?”It was a fair question. For those who enroll at the Harvard School of Public Health, the human population is typically their prime focus. Not so for Schembri. But the thought of being a veterinarian in a program largely filled with medical doctors didn’t stop the Australian horse specialist from coming to Harvard to pursue his master’s in public health.His response to the skeptics: “Real doctors treat more than one species.”Schembri has spent the past year at Harvard studying zoonotic diseases, infections and viruses that can be transferred from animals to humans, such as bird and swine flu, rabies, and mad cow disease. Understanding how humans approach such pandemics, said Schembri, can inform responses to outbreaks in animal populations, and even lead to better prevention techniques.Schembri knows how devastating infectious diseases can be. In 2007 he watched equine influenza wreak havoc with his nation’s thoroughbred population. The experience inspired him to target such issues, and he set his sights on Harvard with the help of a General Sir John Monash Scholarship, the Australian equivalent of a Rhodes or Fulbright Scholarship.“Harvard leads the word in dealing with infectious-disease outbreaks; whether it’s cholera in Haiti or bioterrorism in New York, Harvard plays a role. I wanted to learn from one of the greatest of universities how to approach these.”In one class, while his fellow students focused on areas such as HIV, Schembri turned his attention to caprine arthritis encephalitis, a viral infection in goats that can lead to encephalitis in children and chronic joint disease in adults.As it turns out, both viruses share an almost identical viral genome.Throughout his research, he also found that veterinarians and doctors share views on areas like vaccinations, surveillance techniques, and the general concern for infectious-disease outbreaks.“The same principles can be used in both humans and animals, and vice versa. The study here is truly interdisciplinary.”He also learned much from his doctor counterparts.“It is incredibly humbling to study with such gifted faculty and fellow students. That would be my number one experience here at Harvard, just meeting someone who is magnificent and saying, ‘talk to me,’ ‘teach me,’ and ‘let me be part of it.’”Schembri developed his interest in horses early on, regularly visiting his father’s racehorses as a boy. He briefly lived in Rome as a child and while there developed a second lifelong passion for music. While studying to become an equine specialist at the University of Sydney, he took a music conductors course on the side. He frequently conducts orchestras in Sydney.At Harvard, when he wasn’t hitting the books, he happily combined his two loves. During the year he worked as a nonresident music tutor in Kirkland House, helping to organize concerts and music events. He also volunteered as the Harvard Polo Club’s vet, taking care of its polo ponies and exercising the animals when students were busy with exams.Schembri is seen here with women’s polo coach Cissie Snow, Pulcera the horse, and dogs Kenai and Poppy. Schembri cares for the horses at Pony Express where Harvard’s polo teams train.Although he could have gotten his degree over the course of three summers, Schembri chose to take a year to complete his master’s to fully immerse himself in Harvard. Though he had never rowed before, he became an oarsman for Dudley House.  Instead of living closer to the School’s Longwood Medical Area in Boston, he chose to commute into Boston each day for classes so he could reside in Perkins Hall on Harvard’s Cambridge campus.“People perceive it as the best learning institution in the world, and I won’t deny that from the experience that I have had,” said Schembri, who is considering returning to Harvard at some point to pursue a doctoral degree in environmental or global health.“I love it here.”last_img read more

Hawaii club to host luau

first_imgThe annual Hawaii Club Luau — a traditional celebration of Hawaii’s native culture, which was first hosted at Notre Dame in 1981 — will take place Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Stepan Center.Hawaii Club of Notre Dame co-president and sophomore Kisa Matlin said the luau provides students with a “tropical getaway” from the harsh South Bend winter as well as an opportunity to connect to Hawaiian culture.“We have about 35 or so students here from Hawaii,” she said. “We’re a very tight knit community, so doing this luau every year is a way for us to just connect to our culture back home and to also share it with the Notre Dame community here.”In previous years, around 300 people attended the event, which Matlin said incorporates a number of fun activities and ties in various aspects of Hawaiian culture.The luau will feature a hula show, musical entertainment and a Hawaiian dinner, which will include a buffet table with a number of native foods, she said. There will also be a free photo booth, temporary tattoos and a country store where attendants can buy trinkets from Hawaii.“We have kalua pig, which is the Hawaiian analog to pulled pork,” she said. “We have fresh pineapple with li hing [mui] powder. We have lomi-lomi salmon, which is diced salmon with onions, tomatoes and … seasoning and haupia, which is like coconut pudding for dessert.”Although Notre Dame Food Services will prepare some of the food, Matlin said club members will also make some of the dishes themselves.As for the hula show, Matlin said the dancing is something most Hawaiians are familiar with, having grown up on the islands.“Hawaiian culture education is integrated into our schooling in general,” she said. “[Hula dancing] is something we’re all familiar with, if not particularly skilled at.”While Matlin said she and other members of the club often miss home while they are away at school, but the luau gives everyone the opportunity to come together.“It’s something that we can do together as a club to bring a little piece of home to South Bend,” she said. “And it’s also a way for us to share our culture, which is unique, with the rest of the Notre Dame community.”Tickets are $10 with a student ID and available for purchase at the LaFortune Student Center box office or at the door.Tags: Hawaii club, luaulast_img read more

Discover The Colors Of Croatia – autumn CNTB campaign in 7 European markets

first_imgThis autumn campaign promotes natural beauty, culture, nautical and eno-gastronomy, and will be implemented until the second half of November through thematic articles on online portals, print ads and advertising on social networks with the label #DiscoverTheColoursOfCroatia. – Although the current epidemiological situation in Europe, as well as the current restrictions for travel that vary from country to country do not allow greater realization of tourist traffic, in this part of the year it is very important to maintain Croatia’s visibility in our most important European markets. It is with this goal that we launched this campaign in which we want to further position our country as a safe destination with a rich, quality and attractive offer in the post-season period. Our goal is for Croatia to be positioned in the minds of many as a destination that guarantees safety and quality vacation with numerous activities and facilities, pointed out the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. Staničić: The goal is to maintain Croatia’s visibility in key European markets According to the CNTB, the campaign is also being implemented through print advertising, and cooperation with travel platforms has been launched. Lonely planet i National Geographic through whose channels all tourist products involved in the autumn campaign will be promoted.center_img The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a new promotional campaign “Discover The Colors of Croatia” na 7 European markets, ie in the markets Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom.  Campaign activities “Discover The Colors Of Croatiawill be conducted through the social networks Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, through the placement of articles on the most read and most famous portals in certain markets such as oe24.at, DerStandard.at and Krone.at in Austria, gazeta.pl in Poland and novinky.cz in the Czech Republic, as well as on specialized portals MarcoPolo.de and Holidaycheck.de in Germany, within which special HUBs, ie micro-websites with content dedicated exclusively to Croatia, have been created, according to the CNTB.last_img read more

Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes

first_img“I want to return to a routine again, to dance again and to do something good in my life,” said Ali, sitting barefoot on the steps of the house in Pakistan’s capital.Transgender people in the country are known as “khawajasiras” or “hijras” — an umbrella term denoting a third sex that includes transgender women and cross-dressers.Many claim to be the cultural heirs of eunuchs who thrived at the courts of the Mughal emperors that ruled the Indian subcontinent for two centuries until the British arrived in the 19th century and banned them.They are traditionally called upon for rituals such as blessing newborns or to bring life to weddings and parties, in a country where it is considered un-Islamic for a woman to dance in front of men. Before the virus shutdown, dancer Adnan Ali had carved out a comfortable living performing at parties for newlyweds and newborns, avoiding the financial hardship faced by many in Pakistan’s transgender community.But the closure of wedding halls and scrapped celebrations where she would twist and twirl in front of applauding crowds have frozen her income, forcing her out of the one-bedroom apartment she rented in a wealthy suburb of Islamabad. Now she shares a cramped single room in a shelter with other transgender dancers who have also lost work because of a nationwide lockdown triggered by the pandemic.  Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to legally recognize a third sex in 2009 and began issuing transgender passports from 2017. Several have also run in elections.Despite these signs of integration, they are largely shunned by society, the victims of beatings and rapes. Those who cannot make ends meet as dancers are often condemned to a life of begging or sex work.Outside the joy of dancing, life for 26-year-old Mena Gul has always felt like a form of self-isolation.”We have been quarantined for our entire life, we cannot go outside and we hide our faces whenever we leave our homes,” she told AFP, her wardrobe of dazzling dresses neglected.  Now she has left behind the safety of the apartment she shared with fellow dancers in the northwestern city of Peshawar and moved into a room in one of the city’s slums.While impoverished Pakistan has relaxed its shutdown of businesses, even as a record number of new cases are reported on a near daily basis, wedding halls have not been allowed to reopen.Over the past few months the shelter, which once helped around a dozen transgender people, has bulged to offer food to more than 70, supported by local donations. The few rooms it offers were quickly filled, with some sleeping on the floor to maximise space. Make-up artist Nadeem Kashish, who founded the shelter, has had to turn many people away. On the street outside, dozens pushed out of work beg passers-by for food. “I can see that the problems will increase in the future, it’s not going to end, the uncertainty has created mental and physiological problems,” Kashish said, questioning whether the dancers will be able to regain the financial freedom they once had.Dancing is a way of avoiding a life of begging or sex work for many in the marginalised transgender community, believed to number hundreds of thousands in Pakistan according to studies by non-profit groups and development organizations.Fear of contracting the virus has caused many sex workers to stop offering services, pushing them further into poverty.”They were already facing social humiliation and further isolation is increasing their stress and anxiety,” said Taimur Kamal, a transgender rights activist, of those forced out of work. For Ali, the Islamic month of Ramadan which ends this weekend should be a time to be swept up in the excitement of celebration and feasting with friends.Now she spends her time searching out donations for the overburdened shelter. “I dream of a time when this corona thing has ended and I start performing in parties again.”Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane Broncos star sells home after NRL finals exit

first_img How to own 20 homes before you’re 30 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe top 5 Love It or List It makeovers from season 100:54 Josh McGuire and the Brisbane Broncos were bundled out of final contention on September 9. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.ONE of the Broncos biggest stars has sold up in Brisbane just weeks after the troubled team was bundled out of NRL grand final contention.Josh McGuire, who debuted with the Broncos in 2009, had his “lavish hilltop haven with views right out to Moreton Bay” on the market for just two months before it sold. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Photos show huge scale of Chris Hemsworth’s $9m mega-mansion Josh McGuire (right) of the Broncos is tackled by James Graham (left) of the Dragons during the elimination final between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George-Illawarra Dragons in Week 1 of the NRL Finals Series at Suncorp Stadium in early September. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England. Josh McGuire has found a buyer for his stunning Brisbane family home.The property was listed as being on a huge 2000 sqm block in an exclusive estate in Cashmere.McGuire had planned to put in an inground swimming pool and adjoining pool house “but they’ve decided to relocate before they commenced this project”. The home has good privacy.“One of the first things you’ll notice as you set foot on the property is that the block is quite usable and in addition to the remote double lockup garage, there’s ample space to store extra cars, trailers and even boats and caravans,” the listing said. The home is on a huge 2000 sqm block. The yard is tiered into usable spaces.It also has two water tanks that irrigate the tiered yard which was fenced for dogs, a solar system, ducted airconditioning systems, security alarm and loads of storage.“One of the great aspects of this home is that you feel like you don’t really have any neighbours — no-one is looking in on you so your privacy is maintained.” He and wife Tanyssa had bought the property three and a half year ago and initially wanted offers above $850,000. They accepted an off of $830,000 on Monday, according to CoreLogic records. Australia’s most expensive home sold More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoJosh McGuire’s wife Tanyssa with their kids Maiya and Maxon at their home earlier this year. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.last_img read more

The Five Hidden Signs Of Stress

first_img Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle The Five Hidden Signs Of Stress by: – October 5, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share More often than not, life is full of frustrating hassles, deadlines and demands that lead to stress on a daily basis. Many people experience stress on a daily basis. While stress can be a motivating force that helps you perform under pressure, too much of it is bad for you. Stress has been shown to play a role in digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome and even cardiovascular disease and stroke. Additionally, women are especially prone to stress during menopause, which causes hormone levels to fluctuate. If you often feel overwhelmed, your stress level is probably unreasonably high. Educating yourself about the signs and symptoms of stress is the first step towards reducing its negative mind/body effects. Here are five signs that you’re too stressed out:Pain In Your Jaw. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, it could be because you’ve been clenching your jaw muscles. This is something people tend to do when they are feeling tense or anxious, and it can happen while you’re awake or asleep. You also may be grinding your teeth, which can lead to a similar pain. A mouth guard can be useful for this. In general, it helps a lot to be aware of what you’re experiencing, so that you can get to the root of why you’re feeling tense. In the meantime, focus on relaxing your jaw when you feel yourself tensing up. Itchy Skin. Stress brings about changes in the immune cells found in the skin, causing them to become activated. That can result in itchy skin and rashes. Stress can make certain skin conditions — psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema – even worse . If your skin has been itching lately, consider the level of stress in your life, and take steps to minimize it. You might also want to visit a dermatologist, who can treat your condition with a cream or lotion Eye Twitch. Though the exact cause of eye twitching is unknown, it can be a sign that you need to take a break and relax. Sometimes a twitch will go away following a good night’s sleep, but it can last as long as three weeks. Fatigue and excessive caffeine intake are the other main contributors to eye twitching. Reducing the cause of the stress is the main thing that will lead the twitching to stop.Sore Gums. Stress raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increasing the likelihood of inflammation throughout your body, including your gums. It can also weaken your immune system, leading to a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that can cause gum irritation and inflammation. In addition to brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, boost your immune system by eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and taking a multivitamin. Nausea. Severe stress can often lead to an upset stomach. High levels of stress have been shown to increase the likelihood of getting stomachaches, partly because hormones are released into the stomach as a result of stress or anxiety. The body produces the fight-or-flight response in reaction to stress, leading to heart palpitations and surges of adrenaline. Exercise can be a great way to combat the effects of stress-induced nausea. Diet also plays a role, so try to drink less coffee and steer clear of spicy foods.by ThirdAge.comlast_img read more

NegOcc hog raisers get livelihood boost

first_imgBACOLOD City – Hog raisers in Negros Occidental got a livelihood boostthrough projects funded by the provincial government and were inaugurated in theprovince’s two northern localities. The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO),through the Provincial Genetic Improvement Project, aims to provide qualitybreeding materials through the distribution of quality genetics within thereach of backyard raisers. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said thefacility will be used to improve livestock quality and increase theproductivity of swine raisers in the third district of the province. The association, headed by presidentWilly Lee, will manage the project and the members will sell their products atthe meat shop to generate more income. “I hope the project will grow and youwill continue to produce, and sell clean, safe and affordable meat,” he added. The first project is the P1.045-millionSwine Artificial Insemination Laboratory Center in Barangay Gahit, E.B.Magalona town. The PVO is closely working with theAlliance of Hog Raisers Associations of Negros, which has 15,000 individualmembers from various towns and cities in the province. With the use of AI, raisers can producemore sows compared to natural mating, prevent the transfer of diseases betweenswine, and benefit from cost-efficiency in terms of food ratio. Through this, the province can producegenetically-improved livestock with quality breeding materials, he added. Lacson urged the members to worktogether to make the project successful. Dr. Ruffa Mae Gersaniva, districtveterinarian, said producing genetically-improved livestock is a response tothe challenge faced by the hog industry amid the threat of African swine feverand the high cost of feeds and raw materials. In neighboring Victorias City, Lacsonalso led the unveiling of the Victorias Integrated Livestock RaisersAssociation Meat Shop and Processing Center in Barangay III. Negros Occidental, the Philippines’ topbackyard swine producer, has a P6-billion hog industry. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Bulldogs Hartman And Bradford Advance on In Individual Tennis Tourney

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs will be represented at the IHSAA individual tennis regional.Juniors Kelli Hartman and Brooke Bradford won the individual sectional title at No. 1 doubles by knocking off Tri High’s Anna Todd and Kylie Dishman.Bradford and Hartman cruised to victory on Thursday evening at Richmond High School. They defeated Todd and Dishman by the scores of 6-0 and 6-2.The Batesville duo advanced to the regional round Saturday, June 7, at Carmel High School. Hartman and Bradford will play the winner from the Plainfield sectional at 10 a.m. The winners at Center Grove and North Central will battle with the winners of each match to square off at 2 p.m.Submittedd by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.last_img read more