Reischauer Institute funds student research, travel in Japan

first_imgFounded in 1973, the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RI) promotes research on Japan and brings together Harvard faculty, students, scholars from other institutions, and visitors to create one of the world’s leading communities for the study of Japan.For graduate students with a Japan interest, RI has provided dissertation completion grants, language study grants, and other travel and research awards. In the case of undergrads, RI has provided support for research, Japanese language study, internships, Harvard Summer Program in Kyoto, volunteer relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and other activities across Japan. RI seeks to enable students to go to Japan to study, to work, to learn, and to grow as scholars and as human beings. View the full list of students supported by RI during the 2012-13 academic year and summer of 2013.last_img read more

€40million confirmed for Mica and Pyrite redress in 2020

first_imgFunding has been confirmed in Budget 2020 for the repair of homes affected by Mica in Donegal. The announcement comes as homeowners await details on how a €20million investment, which was announced earlier this year, will be used on a redress scheme.Today, Minister Joe McHugh said that a ‘special funding pot’ of €40million will be set aside in 2020 for the fixing of homes affected by both Mica and Pyrite. Minister McHugh said: “The scheme is about to begin receiving applications. I know this has been a long wait for families affected but this Government is committed to helping.”The Mica-affected homes will be fixed through a scheme operated by Donegal County Council and funded through Minister Eoghan Murphy’s Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.Minister McHugh said: “Government has been told that it will take an estimated €580m to solve this problem.“Earlier this year we committed to an initial €20million investment. We are using a fund that was originally set up to deal specifically with pyrite affected homes in Greater Dublin. That issue is all but solved at this stage. “The special funding pot that has been created will have about €40million next year to fix homes affected by pyrite and mica.“The vast majority of homes in Greater Dublin which were damaged by pyrite following the boom and bust years have now been fixed and the focus will be on homes in Donegal.”Minister McHugh added: “What we have been dealing with here, as a Government, is an exceptional problem which requires special measures to address it. We have answered the need and we will continue to.“Again I want to thank the family who opened their doors to An Taoiseach and myself about a month ago now and poured out their hearts over the impact the crisis has had on them. “I also know the strain that this issue has had on those in the Mica Action Group. People affected by this scandal have shown immense patience, determination and fortitude in working with us to secure this resolution.  “It was a local Fine Gael councillor Bernard McGuinness who first brought this crisis to public attention. He sat up and took notice before others and he deserves our credit.”€40million confirmed for Mica and Pyrite redress in 2020 was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Nadine Gordimer: courage in one’s life and talent in one’s work

first_img“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area,” Nadine Gordimer (Image: Läranas Nyheter) • Nadine Gordimer, South Africa’s genius of literature, turns 90 • Homegrown artistic talent honoured • South African literature • Cape Town gets a literary nod • African writing on the rise Sulaiman Philip“Learning to write sent me falling, falling through the surface of the South African way of life,” Nadine Gordimer once said. For more than 60 years the daughter of Latvian immigrants wrote about the country she lived in and loved.Gordimer, who died at home surrounded by family on Sunday 13 July 2014, lived her life by a simple rule – “courage in one’s life and talent in one’s work”. Her elegant prose and crisp writing style earned her literary plaudits – including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 – and banning orders from the apartheid government.She was always, physically, small; seemingly frail and ethereal, but in her literature she stood tall, tackling the everyday slights that pushed people to make the choices they did. Her writing – fiction and nonfiction – explored what it meant to be South African. As she explained to Guardian journalist, Justin Cartwright, “You are formed by your social enclosure and you are always growing. To be a writer is to enter into public life. I look upon our process as writers as discovery of life.”A new world in booksGordimer grew up believing that a bad heart made it impossible to become the dancer she dreamed she would be. Instead she found a new world and a new dream in the pages of the books she took out of the Springs Public Library, in the small mining town in which she grew up. Reading, and later writing, gave her an escape from the town’s provincialism, she would tell students, but the greatest gift her parents gave her was that of solitude. “My parents gave me the best gift a young writer can get, they left me alone. Writing became the scene of my greatest activity and my only discipline.”Her clear, controlled and restrained writing has won her comparisons to authors as diverse as Alice Munro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jane Austen. Unlike Austen though, she thrilled in writing about the world outside her comfort zone, even if she was accused of writing from the safety of a white middle class home. In her own way she took risks with the position she found herself in. “You somehow watch that edge, and I was lucky I didn’t fall over it. Perhaps I wasn’t brave enough. Perhaps I should have done more. But the risks I took I got away with.”No Time like the Present, Gordimer’s final work, was published in 2012, the last of 14 fiction titles produced over six decades. Her first novel, the semi-autobiographical The Lying Days, was published in 1953. Among the awards Gordimer amassed throughout her life was the 1974 Booker Prize for The Conservationist and honorary degrees from Cambridge, Yale, Harvard and Belgium’s University of Lueven. In 2007 the French honoured her with the French Legion of Honour.Throughout her writing career she was criticised, in South Africa, as being the voice of liberal guilt; a writer whose career should have ended with the release of Nelson Mandela. Instead the gutsy author with the razor-sharp wit continued to write, including critically of the fallings of the new government. She did so because she believed strongly that as an artist she had the responsibility to hold up a mirror to society.Nelson Mandela, a fan, once said that Gordimer’s writing taught him a great deal about the white liberal sensibility. More importantly, Mandela was a fan because Nadine Gordimer was one of South Africa’s greatest writers. She was, as he said in June 1996, a writer, “whose writing was enriched by the cultural kaleidoscope of our country”.last_img read more

Technology highlighted at Ohio No-Till Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Technology has been at the forefront of the discussion at today’s Ohio No-Till Conference in Plain City.Bill Haddad from Danville talked about his almost half century of work promoting no-till. He worked closely with emerging technological changes in the early days of no-till, particularly in the Amish community in northeast Ohio. One of the promotional tools he relied upon was a no-till bumper sticker applied to the backsides of Amish horses pulling two-row no-till planters.Moving to a more modern era, Scott Shearer, with the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agriculture, and Biological Engineering talked about the unbelievable opportunities for technology in the future, and present day.“I understand why you might look at me kind of skeptically with some of the things I talk about because they are pretty far out there,” Shearer said. “It is an interesting time and a very dynamic time.”Remote sensing technology from drones can help with identifying weed escapes, directed scouting, stand counts, nutrient deficiencies, crop vigor, total biomass production, changes in leaf appearance for disease detection, drainage and soil moisture content, plant water stress, and assessing how hybrids are responding to the environment around them, Shearer said. Multi-hybrid and plant population technology are also already at work in fields and proving to be economically viable in some fields.As another example of how far technological capabilities have come, Shearer highlighted the upcoming agBOT Challenge this spring. The event is the first of its kind and international teams have accepted the challenge. The assignment is to develop an efficient, unmanned crop seeder capable of planting two varieties of seed over half-mile long rows. In addition, competitors must “develop hardware, software, sensors and human-machine control interfaces to enable their robotic technology and further propel the field of agriculture and robotics.” The robotic planter must “provide real-time data and utilize a mobile-tracking antenna.”The planter must be able to plant two rows at a time, and a total of 12 rows, according to an assignedScott Shearer talks about this drone used in OSU research at today’s No-Till Conference.set of GPS coordinates. It must be able to apply fertilizer and operate between 3.5 and 10 miles per hour and fulfill a range of other tasks. The robot planter also must dock and load two varieties of seed, weigh them and send data to the operator, located elsewhere. It must be able to dock and load starter fertilizer as well, all unmanned.In addition, the system needs to relay to the operator information on down pressure on press wheels, net seed weight, seed rate, fertilizer weight and rate, speed, heading and position. Teams must design their planters so that they can intervene in progress and control such things as seed rate, fertilizer rate, downpressure, heading and speed on the go.The nine teams working on the challenge include Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, Virginia Tech University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Regina, Case Western Reserve University, a joint team on MESATech, Grit Robotics and Muschowski Farms and Pee Dee Precision Ag.The winning team collects $50,000. Second place gets a cash prize of $30,000, and third place receive $20,000.So, when Shearer gets looks of disbelief when he talks about the possibilities for the future of row crop production with regard to technological advances, he only needs to point to this event in May.“When people think these ideas are a bit out there, events like this demonstrate that everything is already available to do this today,” Shearer said. “This is happening May 7 in Indiana in 2016.”A clear drawback of the changes in technology, though, is that a horse’s backside offers much more no-till promotion potential. After all, where can you fit a bumper sticker on a drone?AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo visited with Shearer at the Ohio No-Till Conference.Scott Shearer OSUFor more on the agBOT Challenge visit: No-Till Council award winners recognized: Mark Wilson, Land Stewards, LLC. (left) Business/Industry Award; Norm Fausey, USDA-ARS, (second from left) Educator/Researcher Award; Lynn Eberhard (center) and his sons, Outstanding No-Till Farmer.last_img read more

Elite complete quarterfinals cast

first_imgBlackwater import Henry Walker collides with GlobalPort’s Sean Anthony in Sunday’s PBA Governors’ Cup game at Ynares Center in Antipolo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Allein Maliksi had an impressive debut and Henry Walker held Blackwater together yet again as the Elite tripped GlobalPort on Sunday night, hastening the completion of the quarterfinal cast of the PBA Governors’ Cup.Acquired from Star just a few days back, Maliksi scored 22 points and Walker flirted with a triple double as the Elite led early before holding on for a 118-107 decision of the Batang Pier at Ynares Center here that left the rest of the elimination round as games for qualifiers to improve on their current rankings.In rising to 5-5, the Elite not only shut the door on the Batang Pier but also on the idle Alaska Aces, both with 3-7 cards.ADVERTISEMENT The Aces will be clashing with Rain or Shine on Wednesday with the game carrying a lot of weight for the Elasto Painters who, like the Elite, would want to avoid clashing with the top seed in the quarterfinals.As things stand, Rain or Shine has Alaska and then Blackwater to close out its elimination round schedule. That match happens Saturday with the loser dropping toNo. 8 and having the unenviable task of beating No. 1 two straight times.“We need (to win) to improve our standings,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the nightcap, TNT KaTropa outlasted Star, 104-99, to improve to 7-3 and tie idle NLEX in third place.Star and Rain or Shine share 5-4 marks.Isaac’s entire starting unit finished with twin digits in scoring and Dave Marcelo, another new recruit acquired from Barangay Ginebra, came off the bench to scatter 13 for the Elite, who led by as much as 21 points in the third period. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Melindo retains jr fly title by split decision MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “We were lucky to withstand that GlobalPort rally,” Isaac said, before paying tribute to Walker for his leadership on the floor. “He was doing everything he can in being a leader for us on the floor.”Blackwater also caught a break in the second period when Terrence Romeo was ejected for throwing the ball at Walker.“That was a big thing for us,” Isaac admitted. “We had our [defensive] radar on Terrence for this game because we know he can really explode. When he was thrown out, he already had 13 points. Imagine what he could have done [to us] if he was able to finish the game.”Murhphey Holloway scored 28 points and had 23 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Pirates keep slate clean

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Letran’s Final Four hopes are in peril as the Knights fell to 8-8.The league’s top three teams actually got the job done with San Beda bundling out Emilio Aguinaldo College, 88-51, and Jose Rizal U hammering out a thrilling 60-58 victory over San Sebastian.The Red Lions made it 13 wins in a row, while the Generals dropped out of the Final Four race after losing their 10th game of the season.It was a crucial win for the Bombers as they not only enhanced their hopes of making the next round, but also dealt another Final Four contender a huge blow.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CJ Perez put on another offensive onslaught in the final period as the Pirates turned back the Knights, 81-69, on Friday to move within two games of an elimination round sweep in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre.Much as he has done for most of the season, Perez put the Pirates on his back when it mattered, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the last quarter as they secured a 16th straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s really fun to watch if you see your players having fun, having fun playing their hearts out, and having fun honoring the game,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.“It’s the inspiration that’s really been there. It was a bit scary when Letran caught up but we know that they are just gonna keep on playing and that’s what makes this group of guys really special.” Read Next Lyceum took Letran’s best punches and still walked away with its perfect record intact.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ginebra logs key victory LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

a month agoArsenal players unhappy with Emery methods

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players unhappy with Emery methodsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal players are unhappy with the methods of manager Unai Emery.The Mirror says a large number of Arsenal players remain unconvinced by Unai Emery’s tactics and struggle to understand his instructions at times.The Gunners lay fourth in the table after six games – the lowest position in which they hope to finish the season.Emery’s task is to bring back Champions League football to Emirates Stadium, which he failed to achieve last term, and the next test comes against Manchester United on Monday night.Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford since 2006 and, despite three wins on the bounce for the north London side, there is a familiar sense of anxiety among supporters.That rings true of the players also.It claims that Arsenal players have been worried about tactics, such as the decision to play a narrow back-four against Liverpool in August despite the European champions’ talent on the wings. last_img read more

Report: Duke’s Jahlil Okafor In Phenomenal Shape, Looks “As Lean As Ever” Preparing For NBA

first_imgJahlil Okafor reacts to scoring a basket.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.last_img read more

Manitoba child welfare system in crisis and a national disgrace

first_imgDennis Ward Murray OliverAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s child-welfare system is in crisis and is a national disgrace for its high apprehension rates, according to critics.Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations children’s advocate, said kids are being taken from their families without proper assessments.She said some mothers have committed suicide out of despair.“We’ve learned of mothers committing suicide because they’re so desperate to get their children back,” said Morgan. “We’ve learned of a young girl who committed suicide while in care. We’ve had the opportunity to witness newborn babies apprehended at the hospital,” she said.Morgan added at least one child-welfare agency has barred her from advocating on behalf of a family.“If there’s such transparency, there’s so much legitimacy to apprehending all these children then why is it you’re not allowing us to be at the table with these families?” Morgan said.Meanwhile, provincial opposition critic Ian Wishart said Manitoba has become a national disgrace with nearly 11,000 kids in care — 90 per cent of them Aboriginal children.“We are by far the worst jurisdiction in Canada and some people will honestly tell you probably the worst jurisdiction in the world,” said Wishart.Manitoba’s Minister of Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross said changes are being made to the system, but denies children are being placed at undue risk.Irvin-Ross said each particular child welfare agency decides for itself who should be permitted to advise on children in care.And she insists that the NDP government bases its decisions upon concerns for confidentiality and, especially, child safety.“We will never, ever, ever apologize for putting children first,” said [email protected]— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more