Harry Parker memorial service set for Aug. 17

first_imgA memorial service for Harry Parker has been scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 17) beginning at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. Parker passed away June 25 at the age of 77. Parker served as the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Heavyweight Crew for 51 seasons.There will also be a row in Parker’s honor at 9 a.m. and an afternoon tea in the tradition of Henley at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. All events are open to the public.The row and memorial service will be streamed online at GoCrimson.com/HarryParkerMemorial. The stream will also be shown on a projection screen at the Harvard Science Center, located just north of Harvard Yard.For more information, visit GoCrimson.com.last_img

Eating disorders

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaAs female baby boomers crawl toward menopause and retirement, eating disorders among this age group have started to rise.Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc., reports that some speculate the eating disorder increase in this group, born from 1946 until 1964, is because they’ve consistently considered image to be of major importance.Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert, agrees.“Women of all ages are very conscious of their bodies and sometimes have a very negative opinion of their bodies,” she said. “Now that the baby boomers are aging, their body changes are really kind of hitting them harder than probably the previous generation. So now there are women who are becoming much more concerned about the normal changes in body fat distribution that come with age.”Crawley is a UGA Extension nutrition and health specialist and a registered dietitian. She says many people focus on the physical symptoms of an eating disorder, but “the self-esteem issues, the coping skills, dealing with all the changes as one gets older,” are the real issues.“Some of these women are under tremendous stress because they’re kind of that sandwich generation where they still have children to deal with and yet they’re dealing with elderly parents,” she said. “They may be having job pressures. They may have marital issues as they get older. So all these things become manifested in their eating habits, which are just symptoms of their struggles. Eating and exercise may be the only things they feel they can control.”The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia. About 4 percent of college-age women are bulimic and 1 percent anorexic. Unfortunately, ANRED reports, accurate figures for baby boomers aren’t available. Because people with eating disorders are typically secretive, it’s hard to know how many older people are affected.“There’s also an eating disorder called compulsive overeating,” Crawley said. “And in that case, the woman may eat excessively due to stress or some other reason, but she doesn’t necessarily purge.”An eating disorder occurs when a person isn’t able to eat enough to maintain a normal body weight and is unable to enjoy food.“It’s usually a reflection of more psychological problems than physical problems,” Crawley said. “If the psychological problems are dealt with, usually the physical symptoms begin to get better.”She debunks the myth that eating disorders among older people are relatively new. “It’s probably not been confined to the younger population for quite a while,” she said.“Being thin is seen as the ultimate good thing to be,” she said. “Unfortunately, they’re taking it to an extreme. It’s good to be physically active. It’s good to eat a good, healthy diet. But it doesn’t mean restricting your calories excessively or exercising three or four hours a day. It’s certainly not that. It’s certainly not using laxatives or purging by vomiting. That’s very, very dangerous.”Crawley said many of the women now developing eating disorders have had to deal with eating issues all their lives. “But again,” she said, “it’s just a symptom of the internal issues that are more related to their self-esteem.”She gives the following tips for spotting eating disorders: “Those are just some of the things,” she said. “There are many, many different signs. But the symptoms depend on the type of eating disorder the woman has.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Significant weight loss over a fairly short time, up to 30 pounds in less than six months.Extended periods spent in the bathroom after eating so they can purge by vomiting or using laxatives.Social isolation because of concern about eating at parties or restaurants.Dry skin and brittle hair.Tooth decay and gum problems caused by stomach acid remaining in the mouth after vomiting.last_img read more

Vermont Quadricentennial Commission Endorses Events for 2009

first_imgVermont Quadricentennial Commission Endorses Events for 2009MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Events Committee has given the green light to more than 40 event proposals for the 2009 celebration that will honor the anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival to the lake in 1609. Application review and approval is ongoing with even more events anticipated to be added over the next several weeks and months.While the year-long celebration will feature several unique, special events in and around the Champlain Valley, the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial will also feature existing events that explore Quadricentennial themes. Events recently approved for the Quadricentennial celebration include the Regatta for Lake Champlain, the Winooski River Sojourn, Teddy Roosevelt Day in Isle La Motte and the D’Olobaratz Voyage, which is a weekend race between re-created French and British longboats on Lake Champlain.”Many fellow Vermonters who are deeply passionate about this historic occasion have volunteered their time to organize festivals, educational initiatives and infrastructure improvements,” said Bruce Hyde, chair of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want Vermonters and visitors to experience all that our wonderful state has to offer in 2009 and in years to come.”The event proposals approved in this first wave of applications by the Events Committee by will be included in the first promotional flyer to accompany a Vermont delegation to France in May to commemorate when Samuel de Champlain left France for North America. The flyer will also be distributed by the Schooner Lois McClure’s crew as she heads north for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebration in July. This information will be printed in both French and English.”The goal of the commission is to promote a variety of annual Vermont events that will have a Quadricentennial twist for 2009,” said Commission member Marilyn Cormier, who chairs the Commemoration and Events Committee. “There are dozens of outstanding events held in Vermont year after year, and we look forward to working together to make 2009 a great success.”The 26-member commission and dozens of volunteers are working together to organize events, educational components, infrastructure improvements and cultural exhibits that will take place in the Lake Champlain Basin and around Vermont. The one-time signature events will be supported by successful fundraising by Johnston Consulting, on behalf of The Champlain 400 Legacy Fund Inc., a nonprofit corporation created to support the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.Vermonters celebrated the Tercentennary in 1909 and the 350th anniversary in 1959. The Quadricentennial is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Vermont throughout 2009.”We see the 400th anniversary as a remarkable opportunity for some of Vermonts finest companies, as well as national brands, to forever link their message to an historic event organized by a state that deeply values its history, culture, natural resources and its impact on future generations,” Cormier said.For more information, visit www.celebratechamplain.org/events(link is external).###last_img read more

Sources say Chinese regulators to limit use of green bonds for ‘clean coal’ projects

first_imgSources say Chinese regulators to limit use of green bonds for ‘clean coal’ projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Chinese regulators are close to releasing new “green bond” standards that would exclude polluting fossil fuel projects from corporate financing channels designed to lift environmental standards, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.Beijing has in recent years promoted new green financing methods to help industry pay for its transition to cleaner modes of growth. But China’s inclusion of “clean coal” in a 2015 central bank list of technologies eligible for green bonds has put the country at odds with global standards, a point of contention for some international investors and many environmental groups.Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation say China’s central bank, which regulates financial institution debt issuance and whose 2015 guidelines were adopted by other market regulators, has already revised the eligibility list. One of the people said the list is due to be published later this month. The People’s Bank of China did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.“If confirmed, ending the policy of financing coal with green bonds would be a much-needed step in the right direction,” said Liu Jinyan, senior campaigner with environmental group Greenpeace in Beijing. “With no new coal projects taking money from the green bonds market, those funds can actually accelerate China’s energy transition and green development,” she said.Of the $42.8 billion worth of green bonds issued in China last year, only $31.2 billion would have met global criteria, according to a report published at the end of February by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a non-profit group backing green bond standards. The share of what CBI calls “internationally aligned” green bonds has been steadily increasing as China’s institutions move to align themselves more with global markets.More: China to cut coal from new green bond standards: sourceslast_img read more

Venezuela: Juan Guaidó: “80 to 85 Percent of the Armed Forces Favor a Change”

first_imgVenezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó reiterated the support from most members of the Armed Forces for “a change” in government, and affirmed that high commanders are those directly connected to Nicolás Maduro.In an interview with the Venezuelan news portal Cronica Uno, Guaidó said that “there is a clear crisis, a crack in the chain of command. Some 80 to 85 percent of the National Armed Forces favors a change,” he said.However, he said, the way to express this discontent “is what we need to figure out.” He added that he has brought up mechanisms to discuss and even make public offers of amnesty and guarantees.Guaidó’s team, he continued, will insist on guarantees, “probably make them more explicit,” and focus on communication. In late January, the National Assembly promoted the Act of Amnesty and Constitutional Guarantees to support service members who would move over to “the side of the Constitution.”“In a dictatorship, we cannot directly invite service members to a meeting because they would be imprisoned, tortured, or exiled. I wish we could sit at a table with many of them to talk about the transition and create common positions,” Guaidó said during the interview.Addressing the April 30 protests and the call on civilians and the military to “put a definite end to the usurpation” and oust Maduro, Guaidó said that there are “many more” service members than those who participated on that day.“Some are still in their positions of command; some others are still working for Operation Liberty. But in the end, everyone is waiting to take the side of the Constitution,” he said.According to press reports, about 25 service members who answered his call sought refuge at different embassies in the country. “They are safe,” Guaidó said.Concerning the role of the military in the political, social, and economic Venezuelan crisis, Guaidó said that “we have never asked the military to rebel against, but rather to be on the side of the Constitution. We have asked them to answer the call of the executive’s powers to hold elections while the emergency is tended to.” By Voice of America/Edited by the Diálogo Staff July 16, 2019last_img read more

Tomorrow, the presentation of a unique credit line of the Ministry of Tourism intended for private renters in tourism

first_imgNamely, this is a long-announced Microcredit Program for private renters with favorable credit funds and interest subsidies in order to increase the quality and additional supply of household facilities. Tomorrow (March 27.03), the Ministry of Tourism will present a unique credit line intended for private renters in tourism. The lowest loan amount will be HRK 20.000, and the highest HRK 375.000 with an interest rate of 2,70% for loans in HRK and 2,00% interest for loans in euros, all with a repayment period of 10 years with a grace period of one year. Currently, more than 103 thousand private and family accommodation facilities are registered in Croatia, which puts the category of family accommodation and private renters in the largest share in Croatian tourism and concludes that renters have a significant role in further profiling Croatia as a destination of quality and authentic experience.  Along with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli, the signing of the agreement will be attended by the President of the Management Board of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tamara Perko and representatives of the first commercial banks involved in the project.center_img We will find out more details and exact conditions of the microcredit program for private renters tomorrow. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism points out that they pay great attention to this category of accommodation and the desire for family accommodation to be even better, internationally recognizable and desirable tourist product intended for targeted market niches throughout the year. As previously announced from the Ministry of Tourism, one credit line will be available to individuals – renters who have a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household relating to accommodation in a room, apartment, holiday home, campsite or campsite. last_img read more

First virus death in Nepal — a new mother

first_imgThe woman gave birth at a hospital in Kathmandu on May 6 and then returned to her home district a day later. She was treated at a local hospital after suffering from fever and respiratory problems. When her condition worsened, she was referred to another hospital.Read also: Empty trails and deserted villages: Pandemic brings Nepal mountain economy to a standstillHer newborn and other family members will be tested to see if they have contracted the virus, local media reported. Nepal reported its first coronavirus death late Saturday — a 29-year-old woman who recently gave birth — as the total number of people infected in the country reached 281.The victim — who was from Sindhupalchowk district, some 90 kilometres (about 55 miles) from the capital Kathmandu — was on her way to a hospital for treatment when she died.”It has been proven that is this the first case of death caused by COVID-19 in Nepal,” the deputy spokesman for the health ministry, Samir Kumar Adhikari, said in a statement.  Nepal, which has a population of 28 million, has conducted fewer than 100,000 tests so far. Experts say the lack of mass testing may have prevented identification of other fatalities. “I don’t think this is the first death. There have been cases of deaths where similar symptoms were seen, but the cause was unclear,” said epidemiologist Lhamo Sherpa. “There needs to be more tests, contact tracing… and more transparency.”In January, Nepal was the first south Asian country to report a case of coronavirus. The country has been under lockdown since March 24 after a second case was confirmed. Topics :last_img read more

Advocates call for targeted govt support to allay COVID-19 impacts on women-owned SMEs

first_imgExperts have highlighted the need to support industry sectors dominated by women, as the economic downturn from the pandemic was affecting a disproportionately high number of businesswomen.Women had been left in especially dire straits from the pandemic’s economic impacts, such as reduced work hours and mass layoffs in women-dominated sectors such as textile, tourism and health, according to women entrepreneurship program officer Pertiwi Triwidiahening of United Nations (UN) Women Indonesia.A 2017 report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that women make up 58 percent of employees in Indonesia’s garment, textile and footware industry. In addition to mass layoffs, a UN Women study found that women has seen an increase in unpaid care work, whereas women were already carrying three times the domestic workload of men before the Indonesian outbreak emerged in early March.The coronavirus-induced economic crisis is also affecting women-owned enterprises. According to the April 2020 survey of UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia program, produced in collaboration with the European Union and UN Women, 86 percent of all women entrepreneurs surveyed said that they had been negatively affected by the health crisis, while 34 percent of respondents said that they might have to permanently close their businesses. The impact has been greater on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as they had “lower capacity to absorb the shock to the supply chain and customer revenue,” said the UN Women Guidance Note for Action on supporting SMEs toward gender equality in COVID-19 recovery. Women entrepreneurs owned 60 percent of all SMEs in Indonesia, where SMEs accounted for more than half of gross domestic product (GDP), according to production and marketing undersecretary Victoria Simanungkalit of the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry.The government has earmarked an SME stimulus fund of Rp 123.46 trillion as part of its economic recovery program, out of which Rp 114.06 trillion is allocated for loan repayment relaxation and loan restructuring. Another Rp 7 trillion is for working capital financing that aims to reach 23 million SMEs and cooperatives that do not have access to financial institutions. Victoria noted, however, that women-owned SMEs had contributed just 9.1 percent to GDP. She added that common issues included business planning and strategies, and that women owners of SMEs needed support through training.“Training is an important aspect. It’s not enough to hold webinars only, it is more important [that they have] mentorship,” she said.Numerous organizations are making efforts to address the specific issues women are facing during the health crisis, like UN Women Indonesia’s WeLearn online training program for women entrepreneurs.Offered in collaboration with consumer goods giant Unilever, WeLearn had over 5,200 registered users as of May 31, according to Pertiwi of UN Women Indonesia.Some women business owners have taken advantage of the free training program, including Vidi Astuti Damayanti of MamaIbu Chicken Wings and Sauce. The 48-year-old homemaker told The Jakarta Post by text message on July 16 that she was able to expand her business by taking part in the WeLearn women entrepreneurs program.“The interactive learning was robust and continuous,” said Vidi, elaborating that she learned the how-tos of business plans and basic accounting, as well as digital marketing and the legal aspects of running her business. She now employs two other female homemakers in keeping with the spirit of women’s empowerment and social entrepreneurship, which she says she learned during the program. Nita Yudi, who chairs the Indonesian Businesswomen Association (IWAPI), said during last Thursday’s webinar that such initiatives were commendable and should be continued, but stressed that additional support programs were still needed. “The provision of WiFi or free internet [access] is necessary because right now, everything is done [online],” Nita suggested as a form of government support, pointing out that internet access was uneven between regions in the country, despite the facility’s vital importance during the health crisis.Topics : “If businesses do not support women during this time, then when the economy restarts, companies risk losing their women workers or workers becoming less productive as a result of dealing with [their own] difficulties during the crisis,” Pertiwi said in a webinar on July 16.The government estimates that some 5.5 million people may lose their jobs this year due to the economic crisis spawned by the public health crisis.According to a report from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) on July 14, tourism had lost Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in total revenue with more than 95 percent of the industry’s workers furloughed without pay.Meanwhile, the latest Bank Indonesia (BI) survey shows that all manufacturing businesses tumbled in the second quarter of the year, with the deepest contraction recorded in the textile industry.last_img read more

SembMarine: Offshore spending rising, but not for new rigs. New orders expected in production units segment

first_imgSingapore’s offshore platform and rig builder Sembcorp Marine sees improvements in global spending on offshore exploration and production, however, it does not expect this to reflect on its near-term business volume. The company will focus on offshore production units as this is where it sees an increasing number of inquiries.Petrojarl Varg FPSO; Image source: Teekay OffshoreThe rig builder on Wednesday reported a net profit of $6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a profit of $117 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. Worth reminding, the 4Q profit in 2017 was boosted by contract termination fees for three rigs, and the sale of Cosco shares.“The lower net profit of $6 million reported in 4Q 2018, compared with 4Q 2017, was due to the continued low overall business volume, impairment of an asset and accelerated depreciation costs. This was partially offset by increased margin recognition from the newly secured floater projects and the write-back of provisions for completed projects,” Sembcorp Marine said.For the full year, Sembmarine reported a net loss of $74 million, compared with a net profit of $260 million in FY 2017. New orders worth $1.2 billion were secured in FY 2018, bringing Sembmarine’s total net order book to $6.21 billion as at end December 2018.Wong Weng Sun, President & CEO at Sembcorp Marine said: “The improved outlook for the offshore and marine sector continues. Offshore rigs utilization and day rates for most segments have continued to stabilize or improve, underpinned by more drilling activities.“Offshore capex spending continues to improve with more production projects moving towards final investment decision (FID) stage.”Wong Weng Sun said that while offshore drilling activities have increased, offshore rig orders will take some time to recover as the market remains oversupplied.The CEO said: “While the overall industry outlook continues to improve, significant time and effort for project co-development with potential customers are required before new orders are secured, and competition remains intense.”“Offshore production units are expected to dominate orders pipeline and Sembcorp Marine is responding to increasing inquiries and tenders for innovative engineering solutions.”As reported earlier this week, Rystad Energy expects 33 floating, production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels to be sanctioned from 2019 to 2021 as oil and gas activity picks up in the offshore sector.Sembcorp Marine has significant experience in this segment. It is currently working to finalize to the agreement signed in October last year for engineering, procurement and construction works relating to the modification, repair and life extension of the Petrojarl Varg FPSO, in a deal valued $166 million.The Singapore-based firm is also currently working on the construction of three offshore production units, two of which are FPSOs. The first newbuild FPSO hull and living quarters project is for Equinor, for the Johan Castberg field development in the Barents Sea, and the second is a newbuild FPSO hull, living quarters and topside modules, for TechnipFMC for deployment in the Energean-operated Karish and Tanin deepwater field in the Eastern Mediterranean.The third production unit SembMarine is currently building is not an FPSO but a TLP platform for Shell’s Vito development in the Gulf of Mexico.Apart from the production units, SembCorp is currently also busy with the construction of Sleipnir, the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) for Heerema; and the construction of two high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships for Transocean.Overall, the CEO said on Wednesday that the business volume and activity for the Group, while stabilizing, is expected to remain relatively low.“We will continue to take steps to manage our costs, cash flows and gearing to address our balance sheet to capitalize on new business opportunities,” Weng Sung said.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Robredo sees Marcos’ poll protest junked after lead in PET recount

first_img After deducting votes from sustained objections and adding ones earned due to admitted claims, the PET found that Robredo got 1,510,178 votes from the pilot provinces as opposed to Marcos’ 204,512. Robredo said in a television interview that Marcos’ poll protest should be dismissed as he failed to show a “substantial recovery” of votes after a revision and re-appreciation of ballots from his pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. “Kaya ngayon na nilabas na iyong resulta ng recount, inaasahan namin na very soon idi-dismiss na iyong protesta,” Robredo said. “So iyon iyong hinihingi natin ngayon: huwag magpapalit ng rules in the middle of the game.” She added: “Mayroon silang resulta nitong recount. Even before ilabas ito ng Supreme Court, mayroon na silang resulta kasi mayroon na silang mga representatives doon sa recount at alam nila na lalo pang lumamang iyong boto ko,” she added. Robredo slammed allegations thrown by the Marcos camp, saying “it is impossible to manipulate the results of the manual recount as watchers of both camps and Presidential Electoral Tribunal officials were present.” The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), said Robredo’s lead in the three provinces protested by Marcos increased by some 15,000 votes.center_img These figures are higher than the votes Robredo and Marcos got as reflected in the provincial certificates of canvass: 1,493,517 for Robredo and 202,136 for Marcos./PN MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo expects former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s poll protest to be dismissed after results of a manual recount in three pilot provinces have been revealed and showed her increasing her lead by some 15,000 votes. “After the revision and appreciation, the overall, nationwide vote lead of protestee Robredo increased from 263,473 to 278,566,” the PET said in a resolution. “Ang hindi ko naiintindihan kasi parang iyong pagsisinungaling, nakakahawa pala. Kasi pati iyong abogado nagsisinungaling na rin; kasi sila iyong nagpadala ng sarili nilang watchers,” Robredo said.last_img read more