Niha Jain comes from Shreveport, La., but her thoughts are often of India, where she was born. When she heard about a village on the outskirts of New Delhi where many women are forced into prostitution, she felt compelled to help, even though she was half a world away. She partnered with a couple of her classmates and raised $20,000 to fund sewing and embroidery training for the village women so they would have another way to make a living.“I have been passionate about women’s issues since middle school, when I began volunteering at a local shelter for victims of domestic violence,” she said. “I decided to get involved in India because I wanted to help a vibrant community of women realize their full potential with new job opportunities.”Jain’s passion for making a difference was rewarded last week when she and classmate Anthony Hernandez ’12 were named Truman Scholars as college juniors who have demonstrated “exceptional leadership potential” and are “committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service.” The award, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate school, is given annually to students from about 50 U.S. colleges and universities. This year, Jain and Hernandez were two of only 60 winners chosen from a pool of 602 nominees.“I’m very pleased to hear that the Truman Foundation has recognized two of our undergraduates for their service and their potential to be leaders in the nonprofit sector,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “On behalf of the faculty and staff of Harvard College, I congratulate Anthony and Niha on this remarkable achievement.”Hernandez’s passion is for education, particularly efforts to improve inner-city schools. He spent last summer recruiting students for the new KIPP Stand Academy charter school in North Minneapolis.“It was my first immersive experience in the world of urban education,” he said. “Because the school was new, we had to recruit a new class of fifth-graders from African-American neighborhoods in North Minneapolis. I spent a lot of time at local recreation centers, churches, and even radio stations, talking about the school and convincing parents to enroll their kids. It was like running a political campaign, only the target voters were fifth-graders.”Hernandez’s public service work is not limited to education. He has also worked with a U.S.-China relations organization and has been an intern for U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. On campus, Hernandez is president of the College chapter of Students for Education Reform, “an organization that mobilizes a new generation of leaders … focused on closing the achievement gap and ensuring an excellent education for all children.”Both of Harvard’s Truman Scholars have big plans for the future. This summer, Jain and a team of faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health will return to India to implement EduGage, a short-message service (SMS) system that turns cellphones into tools for monitoring and improving the education delivery chain.“Our initial measure of success is simply participation,” Jain said. “In the long term, we want to improve the quality of education in the schools. That means higher attendance rates, more girls in school, more transportation, etc.”Hernandez will spend much of the fall in the classroom of a Cambridge public school in order to complete the practicum portion of the teacher certification process. He hopes to land a position in an inner-city school when he graduates from Harvard next year, an ambition he developed in part from observing the impact that education has had on his family.“Education has always been a gateway to opportunity in my family,” he said. “My grandfather on my mother’s side went to college on the GI Bill. My dad was the first in his family to go to college. The role models in my life have always been teachers too: my mom, my high school choir teacher, and Congressman Walz all taught public school.”Jain and Hernandez say that their time at Harvard has only strengthened their commitment to nonprofit work. Hernandez said the college experience has been a great privilege; one that he feels obligated to share through service.“No matter what kind of background you come from, going to Harvard is an amazing opportunity,” he said. “I don’t think everyone has to work in a nonprofit, but it’s a shame not to give something back to the community and to people in need.”
Officials in Lake County, Florida have arrested a teen who reportedly tried to hire someone to kill her parents.The teen was arrested Monday after a student from another school informed a school resource officer that one of their friends was paid “a lot of money” to go through with a murder-for-hire plot. The school resource officer then contacted the Lake County Sheriffs Office.Investigators say the 17-year-old suspect, used a credit card that she stole from her parents to make two transactions totaling $1,300 in an effort to pay for the murders.The teen first paid a female friend $400 to kill her parents, however, that friend took the money and backed out of the murder plot. The teen suspect then paid a male friend $900 to complete the plot. She then texted the first friend to tell her that she found someone else to go through with the plan and that it was supposed to occur Monday night.During a police interview with the suspect, the teen admitted that she wanted her parents dead and that she gave two different people money to kill her them.She additionally admitted that she purchased $100 worth of cocaine with her parent’s credit card.The teen has since been arrested on two counts of criminal solicitation for murder. It is unclear why she wanted to kill her parents.
The lone loss came against Chilliwack when the Fraser Valley squad scored the winner in a 1-0 game in the final minute.”The ball went off our defence and in on their only penalty corner of the game,” said coach Val Gibson. “We dominated the game thoughout.”Against Lord Tweedsmuir Allie Zondervan, Kyra Burkart, and Sydney Zondervan, with an assist from Paige Mansveld, scored for the Bombers.Sarah Wade from Lauren Walgren, and Naomi Perkins from Sydney Zondervan notched markers for LVR in the win over Maggie.Against Summerland Paige Mansveld from Allie Zondervan and Chiara Chirico from Sydney Zondervan found the back of the net.Along with Keeper Extraordinare, Tara Yowek, Gibson was pleased with the play of team captain Paige Mansveld. As Tara Yowek goes, so go the L.V. Rogers Bombers Fieldhockey team.Yowek was flawless in three games sparking the Bombers to a 3-1 record at the Fall Festival Fieldhockey Playday Saturday in Oliver.The Bombers posted wins over Lord Tweedsmuir (Cloverdale) 3-0, Princess Margaret of Penticton 2-0 and Summerland 2-0.
The Nelson Leafs stay in the luxury Murdoch Division penthouse suite officially ended Saturday night.And if the Green and White don’t right this ship in a hurry the living arrangements will only get worse.Dan Holland scored twice to lead Beaver Valley to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win completes a weekend sweep of the Leafs and lifts the third-place Hawks to within two points of the new division leaders, Castlegar with two weeks remaining in the regular season.“We’re working real hard and doing the little things right,” said Beaver Valley forward Dallas Calvin from outside the winner’s dressing room.“We’ve definitely improved from the first couple of times we played them which is coming at a good time.”Nelson was trying to bounce back from a 5-2 loss Friday in Fruitvale to the Hawks.The Leafs got the all-important first goal when Aaron Dunlap slammed home a rebound past Jarod Schamerhorn late in the opening frame.But the Hawks rallied for two goals in the final minutes of the frame — by Holland and Riley Brandt — to grab a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission.“That’s been one of our problems for a while,” said Nelson’s Linden Horswill.“Whenever we get scored on we just drop all of a sudden. We have to learn to recover quicker when that happens.”The Achilles Heel Horswill was referring to raised its ugly head in the second when the Hawks struck for two goals to grab a 4-1 advantage.The goals came after Nelson squandered a pair of power plays.Holland, with his second of the night, and Luke Reimer on the power play, staked the visitors to the three-goal lead.However, Damin Devlin slid a loose puck past Schamerhorn before Carsen Willans drilled a shot into the vacant net to give the home side some life. That would be as close as the Leafs would get as Connor Brown-Maloski beat Brett Soles from the back of the net to give Beaver Valley at two-goal cushion early in the third period.“Connor’s third-period goal was huge for us,” Calvin confessed. “It really swayed the momentum our way and allowed us to stay aggressive for the rest of the period.”Castlegar, thanks to a 5-3 win in Golden Saturday, takes over top spot in the division a single point ahead of Nelson.Beaver Valley, winners of four straight, sits two points back of the Rebels in third.Castlegar has a game in hand on both Beaver Valley and Nelson.“We have to put this weekend behind us and start thinking about next week,” Horswill said when asked how the Leafs overcome its third loss in as many games.“We’ve got four games remaining and if we win them all then (Beaver Valley) can’t get ahead of us in the standings. So this is a good wake up call for us.”MURDOCH NOTES: The goal by Carsen Willans was the first in ten games for the Nelson Minor Hockey grad. And it showed by Willans’ Nail Yakupov celebration after he scored. . . . Nelson is on the road for three games — Revelstoke, Sicamous and Castlegar — before returning home February 16 to host the Rebels. . . . Beaver Valley plays Castlegar in a home-and-home series next weekend before concluding the season with two games against Spokane. . . . Travis Wellam and Bryan Lubin each scored twice to lead the Rebels past the Rockets in Golden. Trailing 1-0 in the first, the Rebels scored three straight goals to finish the frame and never looked back.
SAN FRANCISCO–Just 48 hours after civil rights attorney John Burris and Rev. Amos Brown, the president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, held a press conference calling for a boycott of the San Francisco Giants, Burris announced the boycott is “not further warranted.”Burris and Brown addressed reporters in San Francisco Monday after election filings revealed Charles Johnson, one of the Giants’ principal owners, contributed to the campaign of Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican Senator from …
Worries about sea-level rise inundating coral atolls and islands are unfounded, thanks to coral’s rapid response to change.A team of 5 geologists from Australia and New Zealand has good news: islands and coral atolls in the South Pacific are not at risk from sea level rise as much as earlier thought. Their paper in Geology, “Coral islands defy sea-level rise over the past century: Records from a central Pacific atoll,” shows from observations over a century that corals are able to respond rapidly to sea level fluctuations—on the order of decades or centuries, not millions of years.The geological stability and existence of low-lying atoll nations is threatened by sea-level rise and climate change. Funafuti Atoll, in the tropical Pacific Ocean, has experienced some of the highest rates of sea-level rise (∼5.1 ± 0.7 mm/yr), totaling ∼0.30 ± 0.04 m over the past 60 yr. We analyzed six time slices of shoreline position over the past 118 yr at 29 islands of Funafuti Atoll to determine their physical response to recent sea-level rise. Despite the magnitude of this rise, no islands have been lost, the majority have enlarged, and there has been a 7.3% increase in net island area over the past century (A.D. 1897–2013). There is no evidence of heightened erosion over the past half-century as sea-level rise accelerated. Reef islands in Funafuti continually adjust their size, shape, and position in response to variations in boundary conditions, including storms, sediment supply, as well as sea level.While this is good news for the islanders, it is bad news for alarmists:Results suggest a more optimistic prognosis for the habitability of atoll nations and demonstrate the importance of resolving recent rates and styles of island change to inform adaptation strategies.In other words, alarmists were misinformed.Phosphorus for UsAll life, including coral, requires phosphorus, but the “Phosphorus Cycle” has been poorly understood. How does this essential element cycle through land and sea? The ocean’s “hidden fertilizer” was investigated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Science Daily reports,Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism — humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day — we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat. Despite its ubiquity and living organisms’ utter dependence on it, we know surprisingly little about how it moves, or cycles, through the ocean environment.Taking samples of plankton from a boat in the Bermuda area, they found three new things. First, the phosphorus cycle is “much more complex than previously thought.” Second, they uncovered a “previously hidden role that some microbial communities play in using and breaking down forms of this essential element.” And third, “these results show for the first time that microbes are producing phosphonates in the ocean, and that it is happening very quickly.” The element must be made available in a form life can utilize. Microbes metabolize phosphorus into phosphonate, forming the basis of the marine food web.“Such work will help us further resolve the complexities of how this critical element is cycled in the ocean,” Dyhrman adds.“A reason to be excited about the findings of this elegant study is in the paper’s last sentence: ‘the environmental, ecological, and evolutionary controls . . . remain completely unknown.’ There’s still a lot we don’t know about the sea,” says Don Rice, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research.The phosphorus cycle joins the carbon cycle, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, ozone layer, and other global systems that keep our planet habitable. Environmental and ecological systems seem apparent, but whatever an “evolutionary control” might be is unclear.In Science Magazine, Claudia Benitez-Nelson describes the chemistry of the phosphorus cycle in more detail, noting that phosphonate, a reduced form of phosphorus, is energetically expensive. “Why organisms produce energetically expensive, reduced phosphorus compounds remains a mystery, particularly given that these compounds are subsequently released to surrounding waters,” she says. “…. the environmental factors that contribute to the production and release of reduced phosphorus compounds in surface waters remain unknown. Perhaps this redox cycling is related to the evolution of cyanobacteria and archaea more than 3 billion years ago.” That would be because “At that time, phosphorus concentrations in the oceans were very low because high concentrations of ferrous oxides scavenged and removed phosphorus preferentially from the surface ocean.” She says the new study might provide a “missing link in ocean phosphorus cycling” indicating that everything is in balance today. In short, the researchers found “a large, rapidly recycled pool of reduced phosphorus compounds that play a key role in ocean phosphorus biogeochemistry.” The original paper by Van Mooy et al. is in the same issue of Science Magazine, which states, “Overall, our study suggests that the production of phosphonates and/or phosphite contributes to a globally vast phosphorus redox cycle that exceeds the magnitude of phosphate inputs to the ocean.”There’s another piece of the puzzle: one of dozens of factors required for our privileged planet. It’s amazing that the phosphorus cycle involves chemistry, geology and biology working in concert to keep an essential nutrient in balance.As for sea level rise, we’re not saying that the “optimistic prognosis” for atoll nations applies to all shorelines, nor using this information as justification to ignore the impacts of a changing climate. That’s not the point of quoting this paper. There are two lessons here. (1) Modelers who simplistically thought that atolls would be inundated by rising sea levels underestimated the response of coral to “variations in boundary conditions” of all kinds. The islands actually grew and prospered in spite of predicted catastrophes. (2) Without access to the full paper, we’re not sure if they referred to Darwin’s theory about coral atolls. However, the rapid response of the islands to changes in just one century calls into question the assumption that long ages are required for coral island formation. Creation geologists may wish to investigate this paper in detail.Let’s also use this occasion on Memorial Day to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives in the South Pacific fighting nations that did not believe that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. We can never thank them enough for their service. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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