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first_imgVoter registration non-profit Headcount has announced their 2018 holiday auction, which is open for bidding until December 18th at 3 p.m. (EST).Auction items include a stage monitor control box used in the 1980s by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, and a D’Angelico guitar signed by performers at this year’s LOCKN’ festival including the members of Dead & Company, Widespread Panic, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, Jason Bonham, Umphrey’s McGee, Margo Price, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Moon Taxi and others.Other auction items include a 2018 Newport Folk Festival guitar signed by Brandi Carlile, Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, Gary Clark Jr. and more, as well as an assortment of posters signed by members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, Jim James, Warren Haynes, The Disco Biscuits, Cody and Luther Dickinson, Jeff Tweedy, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, and more.Head here to view a complete list of Headcount’s 2018 holiday auction items.To learn more about Headcount’s holiday auction, head here.last_img read more


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first_imgHarvard College will increase its tuition by 3.8 percent for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year, resulting in a total undergraduate package price of $52,650. Concurrently, Harvard will maintain its exceptionally strong financial aid program for undergraduates, increasing scholarship aid to the highest level in its history, totaling more than $160 million. This investment will keep Harvard affordable, with more than 60 percent of students receiving need-based scholarship assistance.Since 2004, Harvard has dramatically reduced the amount that families are expected to pay to send a child to Harvard College. Harvard has a policy of “zero contribution” from families with normal assets making $60,000 or less annually. Families with incomes up to $180,000 with assets typical for these income levels are asked to contribute no more than 10 percent of their incomes.Since 2007, Harvard’s investment in financial aid has climbed by more than 60 percent, from $96.6 million to more than $160 million, significantly outpacing increases in tuition.“Excellence and access are core to Harvard’s identity, and we remain committed to need-blind admissions, in good financial times and bad,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Our investment in financial aid will enable us to continue attracting the world’s most talented students, regardless of their economic circumstances.”last_img read more


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first_img Read Full Story A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that a malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells. Human calcineurin is already a proven target for drugs treating other illnesses including adult rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and the new findings suggest that parasite calcineurin should be a focus for the development of new antimalarial drugs.“Our study has great biological and medical significance, particularly in light of the huge disease burden of malaria,” said senior author Manoj Duraisingh, John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. “As drug resistance is a major problem for malaria control and eradication, it is critical that that we continue to develop new antimalarials that act against previously unexploited targets in the parasite to keep priming the drug pipeline.”The study appears online June 25, 2015 in Cell Host & Microbe.The research team at Harvard Chan School used cutting edge genetic and cell biological methods to provide definitive evidence of the essentiality and function of calcineurin in parasite invasion. They found that the protein allows the malaria parasite to recognize and attach to the red blood cell surface. Parasites with inhibited calcineurin failed to invade and were not infective. Studies from a group at the University of Glasgow, which are published in the same issue of the journal, show the importance of calcineurin through different stages of the malaria life-cycle, implicating the protein as a potential target for blocking malaria transmission.last_img read more


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first_imgDell EMC has been placed in the Leaders’ Quadrant of the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions.Dell EMC believes our position as a Leader in Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions validates our innovative data protection solutions. We feel that this year, the introduction of the Integrated Data Protection Appliance, as well as our unique cloud capabilities, resulted in Dell EMC being named a Leader positioned highest in execution for data center backup and recovery solutions.Dell EMC delivers comprehensive data protection to help our customers modernize protection across what they value most: their data. Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to help guide our customers on their path to next-gen IT through our modern data protection solutions for today’s requirements, as well transformational data protection solutions for tomorrow’s requirements all within the same data protection portfolio.We believe that our strength in execution, combined with our transformational vision, continue to propel Dell EMC Data Protection into a leadership position within the industry.The breadth and depth of our product portfolio has allowed Dell EMC Data Protection to maintain and grow our market leadership. And without interruption, we have continued to bolster our presence within the IT industry since the acquisition of EMC by Dell.With our industry-leading data protection portfolio, modernizing your data protection strategy just got a whole lot easier. Learn more about Dell EMC’s Data Protection portfolio by visiting DellEMC.com.Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, Dave Russell, Pushan Rinnen, Robert Rhame, 31 July 2017. This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Dell EMC. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.last_img read more


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first_imgStudent government and the Gender Relations Center (GRC) are partnering to host the “Cost of Silence” week. Formerly known as “Race Relations Week,” sophomore Kaleem Minor, student government director of diversity and inclusion, said the new title was meant to encompass more issues on campus.“We feel like something bigger on this campus is what it means to be silent for your friend, what it means to not be an ally,” Minor said. “What’s the cost [of] that? And not just allyship, but being accountable, being involved with the issue. Because this issue is not something that one person, one group, one organization can fix. It’s something that everybody has to chip in and help [solve].”The week includes events such as apparel handouts, T-shirt distributions, a screening of the film “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change,” a pledge signing and a speaker series.“We’re trying to encourage people to know their role, understand their role and figure out their role,” Minor said. “While our University’s great, there’s a lot of things that aren’t great for … students that aren’t a majority in any sense — whether it be race, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status and gender identity.”Minor said his department — diversity and inclusion — put a lot of thought into the week’s events to make sure they were as successful as possible. He said they focused on events that would engage students and incite discussion, not just through the panels, but from events as simple as T-shirt distributions. The T-shirts advertise statistics on women’s rights, race and sexual identity, among others.The event Minor said he is most excited about is the speaker series.“The goal of this event and the reason I’m so excited about it is because you have these people who are experts in this field and understand what’s going on, talking to students and challenging students to get involved,” he said.The goal of the week, Minor said, is to get students thinking about how to act on the issues they care about the most.“A lot of students, from what I’ve heard, they want to change campus but they don’t know how,” he said. “We just talk about what they care about and why they care about it and encourage them to get involved … in any way because everybody has a role. “The general arching theme is accountability. How can you get involved? How can you change campus?”Minor said he remembers last year, his freshman year, when campus was especially hostile during election season.“I think now there’s an aura of being cordial, but not necessarily talking or having conversations,” he said. “I think there’s a deep and thorough need for that under the right circumstances, which is something we all have to come together and decide how to do.”In terms of racial relations and inclusion on campus, Minor said, there is definitely room for improvement. He said this week empowers students to bring up the issues they most care about. He said in conjunction with the GRC, student government hosts this week to serve as a platform for students to voice their opinions on how to make this University a more welcoming place for all, without exceptions.“We have some really powerful events [this week] that can really provoke some thought and discussion,” he said. “If we can get 20-25 people … to say, ‘Wow, I have an issue that I really care about and I want to get involved in fixing this’ … that’s a win to me.”Tags: Accountability, Cost of Silence, Diversity, Diversity and Inclusion, inclusion, Race relationslast_img read more


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first_imgOral corticosteroids (like prednisone, cortisone or dexamethasone) can cause bone loss if taken regularly. Other medicines, such as antiseizure drugs, very high-dose thyroid drugs or drugs that lower testosterone levels, can also cause bone loss.One study compared two groups of women who had asthma. One group used inhaled corticosteroids, commonly known as steroids, to control asthma symptoms. The other group didn’t use steroids.All of the women had their BMD measured over three years. Women who used inhaled steroids had more bone loss in their hips and upper thigh bones than women who didn’t use steroids. The women who inhaled more than eight puffs of steroids daily had even more bone loss than those who inhaled only four to eight puffs. The more inhaled steroid used, the greater the bone loss.While this study makes inhaled steroids sound harmful, people with asthma shouldn’t stop using them.Consult Your Doctor Both studies bring to light the unseen and harmful effects some drugs can have on bones. It’s very important for people taking drugs that can cause bone loss to consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Adult men and women need 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 200 international units of vitamin D daily. Adults over 50 need 1,200 mg calcium and 400 to 600 IU vitamin D daily. This is easily supplied by three or more servings of milk daily. However, you may also need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements to protect bones from the medication side effects.We all need to get as much physical activity as possible, especially weight-bearing exercises like walking, dancing or gardening, to keep bones strong. It’s important to avoid things that weaken bones, like smoking and heavy drinking.If you have any of these risk factors, ask your doctor if you need medications that prevent bone loss.To read more on bone loss studies, visit this Web site: http://content.nejm.org/content/vol345/issue13/index.shtml. We learn as children that milk builds strong teeth and bones. But as adults, we need to be aware that things can tear down our bones, too.Two new, similar studies examined medications that can influence bone mineral density. BMD is a measure of bone strength and bone mineral content. Low BMD puts both men and women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures. Healthy BMD depends on many factors, including adequate calcium and vitamin D intake and regular exercise. Bone loss, or low BMD, can be caused by not getting enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as by smoking, inactivity, genetics and certain medications.Drugs Can Cause Bone Losscenter_img If you have asthma, work with your doctor to control your asthma symptoms with the lowest steroid doses possible or with nonsteroidal asthma medications. Also, talk to your doctor about BMD testing and how to protect your bones.The second study looked at preventing or slowing bone loss in men treated for prostate cancer. These patients are often treated with drugs that decrease levels of testosterone (male hormones). Bone loss is a common side effect. This drug-induced bone loss can cause osteoporosis and increase fracture risk in men.All of the men in the study were treated with a testosterone-lowering drug. Half were also treated with a drug that works to slow bone loss.Men treated with the testosterone-lowering drug alone lost bone in their spine, hip and thighbones. Men both treated with the bone-saving drug and testosterone-lowering drug had no bone loss.About 200,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, discuss treatment options and side effects with your doctor. If you’re taking testosterone-lowering drugs, discuss how to slow bone loss and if you need BMD testing.Calcium, Activity Criticallast_img read more


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first_imgEditor’s Note: Blue Ridge Outdoors contributor Chris Gallaway was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and contributing a blog to BRO when tragedy struck his family. This is his final dispatch. Read his other dispatches from the trail: A Cold Start, Trail Magic, Difficult Winter, Monuments, Spring!, Family, and Virginia is for Limpers.The news from my hike is rather difficult. On my third day into Maine my parents called to tell me that my little brother Zach had died in a motorcycle accident. I traveled home from Rangeley, Maine and have been with my family since the 4th. We are stretched between grief, the unreality of this situation, and the simple business of all that must be done in this time. We are holding a memorial service for Zach this Saturday in Birmingham, and at the moment we’re trying to plan and prepare for that.I do plan to resume and finish my hike. It will be challenging to figure out how this life change fits with the journey I was on, but I hope that the trail will provide time and space for me to process this grief and to remember Zach. I’ll be flying back to Maine next Monday with about 200 miles left on the trail. My fiance, Sunshine, will join me in the town of Caratunk and we will finish the final week of walking together.last_img read more


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first_imgAs part of the process of drafting the Management Plan with the Action Plan for Visitation Management (PU), JU NPPJ is organizing on September 28, 2017, the second of three planned workshops with institutional stakeholders.Workshops with institutional stakeholders are part of the participatory process of drafting the IA, which seeks to enable the exchange of views among different stakeholders, to achieve mutual understanding and consensus on the proposed solutions and thus provide support for the implementation of the plan. In addition to these workshops, as part of the PU development process, individual consultations have already been conducted with key stakeholders, surveys have been conducted with local residents and representatives of local associations, surveys with visitors are being conducted, and additional consultations with tourism and agriculture stakeholders are planned. .Representatives of about sixty institutions and organizations, from the local to the national level, were invited to the workshop. The aim of the workshop is to present to the participants the results of the work of the Public Institution on the development of the Public Administration, and to discuss in more detail possible solutions, and to identify opportunities for future cooperation. The discussion will be structured around the main topics addressed by the PA, and related to the possibilities of the PA on the issues of preservation of natural values, preservation of cultural heritage, cooperation in solving major infrastructure issues and contribution to reviving agricultural production and supporting the development and networking of ecotourism. Park.The Visiting Management Action Plan is a strategic document of the Public Institution which determines the goals and management activities for the next ten years, and is prepared by the Public Institution NPPJ, in cooperation with stakeholders, with the help of a team of domestic and foreign external experts.Already this season, Plitvice Lakes National Park will introduce changes in the model of visiting in order to reduce the pressure of visitors in the peak season, as modeled on NP Krk which this year successfully implemented a project to limit overcrowding. The first thing that will be introduced is the possibility to buy tickets online, and in certain parts of the day you will have to close the door and send visitors to other locations or direct them to wait until the pressure is reduced.Related news: WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED FOR SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF EXCESSIVE VISITATION AND CONSTRUCTION IN NP PLITVICE LAKESFor the first time in one day, over 10.000 people visited the Krk National Park, we found out what it looked like on the fieldlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Indonesian literature department of Padjadjaran University (Unpad) in Bandung, West Java started streaming lectures on Tuesday for Chinese students trapped in their home country due to the government’s travel ban to and from China.The government has imposed a travel restriction on air travel to and from China since Feb. 3 amid the COVID-19 outbreak – a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.“The travel ban hinders Chinese students from coming back to Unpad. Meanwhile, the university started the semester on Monday, “department head Lina Meilinawati said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. She added that 72 Chinese students were enrolled in the Indonesian for Foreign Language Speakers (BIPA) degree program. The one-year program started in September last year.During the year-end semester break, 23 students had returned to China.Read also: Nearly 100 foreigners denied entry to Bali amid China’s coronavirus travel banLina went on to say that the online lectures would facilitate students of Indonesian language and culture as well as those in the Mandarin program.  Students can attend classes by watching the lectures and reading course material in the form of e-books. “They are also allowed to submit assignments through email,” Lina saidThe online classes will run until the government lifts the travel ban. Unpad’s international office head, Ronny, said the university would also facilitate the return of Indonesian students in China as part of its student exchange program.“We will facilitate their return to Indonesia after coordinating with relevant authorities,” he said. (gis)Topics :last_img read more


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first_img“Because children and parents are dying from that trauma too. They’re dying because they can’t do what they’re doing. Mothers can’t go to work because all of a sudden they have to stay home and watch their child, and fathers,” he said.Trump, who has been reluctant to embrace mandatory face masks ordered by many US governors to control the spread of COVID-19, also told CBS Americans should wear them “if necessary.”Against the backdrop of rising cases and deaths, US school districts have been confronted with a difficult choice of resuming classes or using only online teaching, which many parents have called ineffective and burdensome.School districts refusing to send children back to class in the fall, like those in California, are at odds with Trump, who has said he may withhold federal funds or remove tax-exempt status from schools that don’t open. It is not clear how funds could be withheld. Most primary and secondary school funding is local.The nation’s 98,000 public schools are a cornerstone of the economy, providing childcare for working parents, employing 8 million workers prior to the pandemic, and preparing some 50 million students to join the US workforce.Florida, New York allow return to schoolBoth Florida and New York state have said students will be allowed to return to school. New York is one of a handful of states where cases continue to fall and positive test rates are low – although it has seen by far the greatest number of deaths overall, at more than 32,000.North Carolina’s governor on Tuesday ordered schools to reopen if safety measures can be met, but said districts can opt for online learning only.The president’s comments came as Alabama, Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday reported record daily increases in deaths from COVID-19, marking grim new milestones of a second wave of infections surging across much of the United States.Florida, which has become an epicenter of the new outbreak, reported 133 new COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, raising its death toll to more than 4,500.”We must all continue to do our part to protect Florida’s most vulnerable and avoid the 3 Cs: closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings,” Governor Ron DeSantis wrote on Twitter. “Safeguarding the elderly and those with underlying health conditions will continue to be our top priority.”Mandi Hawke, who runs a small children’s book company from her home in Broward County near Fort Lauderdale, said she recently made her first trip to the local mall in months and was “horrified” by what she saw.”As bad as things are in south Florida, I feel they’re only going to get worse. We are not getting a grip on this,” said Hawke, 38.Alabama reported a record spike of 40 deaths on Tuesday and North Carolina an increase of 35, bringing each state’s total to over 1,100.Texas and California both reported record one-day increases in new cases. California said it had established a new mark for the current number of hospitalized patients suffering from COVID-19 at 2,103.US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday visited Louisiana, which reported nearly 13,000 new cases last week.The state’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, canceled a meeting with Pence after testing positive for the coronavirus. Landry said he had no symptoms and was taking medication prescribed by his doctor. Topics :center_img President Donald Trump on Tuesday lambasted California’s two largest school districts for making students learn from home for the upcoming term in the face of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic.The Republican president, in an interview with CBS News, said it was a mistake for the Los Angeles and San Diego school districts to provide only on-line education for the academic year beginning in August.”I would tell parents and teachers that you should find yourself a new person, whoever’s in charge of that decision, because it’s a terrible decision,” Trump said.last_img read more