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Heavy pollution in northern China reduces life spans

first_imgHalf a billion people in northern China will likely live an average of 5.5 years less than their southern counterparts because of heavy air pollution caused by coal burning, according to a new study. Researchers from China, Israel and the United States were able to compare health effects between people in the north and south parts of China because the country had a decades-long policy of providing free coal only in the colder north.Harvard School of Public Health biostatistics professor Francesca Dominici, quoted in a July 9, 2013 Associated Press article, called the study “fascinating” because it allowed researchers to approximate a randomized experiment in a situation “where a randomized experiment is not possible.”Dominici was not involved in the study but has researched the health effects of fine particulate matter, or PM2.5—particles with diameters of 2.5 micrometers or less—in the U.S. She said she wasn’t surprised by the new findings, given China’s high pollution levels. “In the U.S. I think it’s pretty much been accepted that even small changes in PM2.5—much, much, much smaller than what they are observing in China—are affecting life expectancy,” she said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Dining Services honored by Cambridge nonprofit

first_imgDavid Davidson, managing director of Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS), and Crista Martin, director of strategic initiatives and communications at HUDS, were honored with the first ever Visionary Award from Cambridge non-profit Food for Free at its annual Party Under the Harvest Moon.Davidson, Martin and the team from HUDS were instrumental in the launch of the Harvard Food Donation Program and the Harvard Family Meals Program. Both programs are partnerships with Food for Free that address chronic hunger in the Greater Boston area.Through these two programs, any untouched, surplus food is given to Food for Free, which distributes it to local families. In a typical week during the academic year, Harvard may donate up to 1,200 pounds of food that was never served. Each week, around 1,000 nutritious meals are donated to families in need. The surplus is the result of serving approximately 20,000 meals per day, while simultaneously trying to accurately predict how many students will utilize their meal plan at any given meal.Additionally, as part of the Harvard Family Meals program, volunteers work to repurpose leftover food into balanced meals of complementing proteins, starches and vegetables. Completed meals are individually wrapped, and then picked up by Food for Free and shared with families in the surrounding area.“Harvard continues to be an innovative and amazing partner,” said Food for Free’s Executive Director Sasha Purpura. “David and Crista have been invaluable in ensuring that these programs that make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who need help continue to evolve and expand. We are grateful for Harvard’s continued partnership and look forward to ensuring that any excess fresh, healthy and unused food gets into the hand of those families and individuals who need it most.”“We are incredibly proud of David, Crista, and the entire Dining Services team for their hard work and are thrilled with the ongoing success of the program,” said Harvard’s Vice President for Campus Services, Meredith Weenick. “These programs are examples of what can happen when local organizations work together to address and help meet a critical need.”last_img read more

India’s opposition shuns Parliament, backs farmers’ demands

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Major Indian opposition parties have boycotted the opening day of Parliament’s budget session in solidarity with protesting farmers engaged in a standoff over new agricultural laws the government refuses to repeal. The protests were marked by violence on Tuesday, Republic Day, when tens of thousands of farmers riding tractors and on foot stormed the 17th century Red Fort. Clashes left one protester dead and nearly 400 police officers injured. India’s ceremonial president listed the government’s budgetary priorities in Parliament and described the violence as “unfortunate.” The main opposition Congress party said 16 opposition parties boycotted the president’s address.last_img read more

MLAX : SU seniors depart as most decorated class in school history despite bitter ending

first_img Published on May 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+  zjbrown@syr.educjiseman@syr.edu Comments Though their final memory in an SU uniform will be suffering a heartbreaking 6-5 overtime loss to Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, the Syracuse seniors will still leave the school as the winningest class in the SU’s storied lacrosse history.It’s a group that also won two national championships in their first two years at Syracuse.But for senior midfielder Jovan Miller, the loss to the Terrapins will overshadow that success.‘We didn’t win (a national championship),’ Miller said. ‘Mike Leveille won us the first one. Kenny Nims won us the second one with a heroic goal. I’m extremely excited for all of us. We all had great careers, but at the end of the day we didn’t win one for ourselves.‘We didn’t lead Syracuse to anything.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiller and the rest of the seniors said throughout the year they would reflect upon their time at SU and all their accomplishments once the season ended. The midfielder said he will remember this loss to Maryland before any of those records or big victories.‘I won’t remember all the wins,’ he said. ‘I’ll only remember the last time I had a Syracuse jersey on, we lost.’The Orange seniors powered the team throughout this year. Its starting lineup boasted seven fourth-year players. John Galloway started in goal every year of his career. John Lade and Tom Guadagnolo led the defensive backline in front of him. Miller, Jeremy Thompson and Josh Amidon composed the first midfield line. Stephen Keogh led the team with 41 points on the year.And although the loss may be what sits at the forefront of Miller’s mind, Galloway said there will be much more than the loss to look back on in the future.‘I think we envisioned something different to go out with our four years,’ he said. ‘To look back on the moments we have cherished, the big, multiple games that we have won, the friendships that we made with everybody on the team, not just the senior class.‘It’s been a pretty unbelievable ride, and to be part of the Syracuse program, that’s probably something that we’ll never forget.’Lucky LaRueRyan Young stood near the corner of the field with his arms raised toward the sky. A seemingly impossible goal gave Maryland a two-goal lead. The Terrapins’ bench erupted in excitement as Young stood in disbelief of the previous play.With one second remaining in the third period, Young sent a pass from near the corner of the field to Scott LaRue, who was right on the edge of the crease. But with the buzzer about to sound, there was no time for LaRue to make a catch-and-shoot goal. Instead, he threw his stick out and redirected the bullet pass from Young past Syracuse goaltender John Galloway.The goal with 0:01 remaining in the third quarter gave Maryland a 5-3 lead going into the fourth quarter.It happened so quickly, Galloway said, he wasn’t even sure what happened. All he knew was that LaRue got enough of the ball to send it to the back of the net.‘Sometimes those things happen,’ Galloway said. ‘It’s unfortunate that in a one-goal game like this things like that can decide it. But that’s our fault for not getting in the hole and holding my pipe for making that save.’In a game where scoring was at a premium, every goal was important. Any goal could prove to be the difference, and ultimately, the Terrapins prevailed by one.Still, Galloway wasn’t ready to say the deflected goal led to the Maryland win. Instead, he said, the Orange missed too many opportunities later in the game to make up for it.‘I don’t think that’s what decided the game,’ Galloway said. ‘I think we could’ve made some more plays at the end of the game, we just didn’t.‘It’s just kind of how things swung today.’last_img read more

Messi returns as Dortmund rue missed chances against Barcelona

first_img“Marco played really well today, and really hurt us,” said Ter Stegen.A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well over, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar.Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant.Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his teammates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Hummels and Axel Witsel.He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney.Share on: WhatsApp Dortmund, Germany | AFP | Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona escaped with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.Messi, who has missed the start of the season with a calf injury, came off the bench in a game which Barcelona were lucky not to lose after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half.“We played brilliantly in the second half, and it feels a bit like we have lost two points,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told Sky.“It is a tough group and we could have put ourselves in a good position with a win today.”Lucien Favre’s side delivered on their pre-match promise to play fearlessly against five-time European champions Barcelona, probing the visitors from the wings and repeatedly finding gaps in the back line.Both sides had chances in a game of cat and mouse in the first half, but it was Dortmund who looked the more likely to score.Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time.The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box.Yet Ter Stegen denied Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick. The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate.last_img read more