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Speaking from experience

first_imgBack in 1642, at Harvard’s first Commencement, the graduates — all nine of them — each had to deliver orations, defending their theses, in Latin, Greek, or Hebrew. Today, just three graduates will shoulder that burden for the sake of their 2,000 classmates. Only they won’t have to defend their theses; they’ll try to inspire the Class of 2016 with encouragement, advice, and food for thought. And though one will give her speech in Latin, the other two will be firmly grounded in English.All three will speak from memory, to an audience of more than 30,000 at Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre. Having made it through an auditions gauntlet one called “terrifying,” here are portraits of the three 2016 Commencement orators:Jiang He, graduate speakerWhen a poisonous spider bit a young Jiang He on the hand, his mother put a chopstick in his mouth, wrapped his hand in wine-soaked cotton, and set the cotton on fire. As Jiang will explain in his speech, there is some scientific basis for this folk remedy, the only kind available in his native village in China’s Hunan Province. Nevertheless, the searing pain he felt that day drove Jiang to seek out more modern answers in biochemistry.It was a long way to graduate school at Harvard from the remote, rural village where Jiang grew up in a traditional farming family. The village didn’t get electricity until the 1990s, and the Jiangs continued using oil lamps to save money. They and their neighbors dug their own wells for drinking water.“Educational resources were also limited,” said Jiang. He and his brother walked 90 minutes over mountainous terrain to their cheaply built school, which once collapsed in a rainstorm. The math teacher was moonlighting from his primary job as a butcher. “Back then, I could never imagine myself getting out and studying at places like Harvard,” Jiang said. He’d never set foot in a city or used a computer when, in 2005, he entered college, the first in his family to do so.Jiang, who earned his Harvard Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, recently became a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with his name on studies in The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, and other scholarly periodicals. His research at Harvard focused on developing single-molecule imaging techniques and applying them to the study of biological processes, especially flu virus infection.More generally, Jiang wants to bring advances in medicine to underserved communities such as the one he came from. He hopes the newly minted scientists and doctors in the audience at Commencement will think about how to do the same.“I have experienced the drastic contrasts of rural and modern life, and have seen how knowledge and technology are unequally distributed,” Jiang said. “We could easily help so many people in the underdeveloped world by sharing and communicating the knowledge we have in the modern world to these people. That really motivated me to write the speech and bring this message to the others. [I hope] to trigger Harvard graduates to rethink our mission as we start our next voyage.”Anne Power, Latin speakerGrowing up in New York City, Anne Power sang with the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, so she’s no stranger to performing in a foreign language in front of large crowds. She learned Spanish starting in the first grade. And her parents read Greek myths to her, which sparked an interest in the classics and eventual lessons in ancient Greek, though she didn’t fall in love with the tongue of Sophocles. “Greek has its own charms that I’ve yet to discover for myself,” Power said.But Latin wielded its spell as soon as Power began studying it in seventh grade. “It’s so fun — it’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle,” said Power, who is graduating with a classics concentration and a secondary in art history. “I like that you can take the separate pieces and put them together and suddenly you have a sentence, and that sentence can be thousands of years old. It’s a direct connection not only to the person who wrote it but also to the untold generations who’ve translated it before you.”Classics concentrator Anne Power will deliver the Latin oration at Commencement. “It’s so fun — it’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle,” she said of the language. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerNot only is the language fun, it also remains relevant, said Power, which is what she hopes to convey in her Commencement oration. (The Latin speech and its English translation are printed in the Morning Exercises program, and the English translation will scroll across LED screens during Power’s speech.)“It is, technically, a dead language, but that doesn’t mean it’s not spoken,” Power said. Latin is alive in specialized realms such as the Vatican, legal documents, and scientific classifications, and many of us use Latin phrases such as et cetera, exempli gratia, and id est (abbreviating them to “etc.,” “e.g.,” and “i.e.”) without even considering their origin. More important, the largest chunk of the English vocabulary — at least 28 percent — comes from the language of the Roman Empire. “Latin has so many cognates with English,” Power said. Finally, she said, the study of Latin is excellent mental exercise. “It’s a wonderful way to train your mind.”A member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Power explained how she’s peppered her speech, “Thesaurus Linguae Harvardianae,” with phrases that “the Romans never would have said,” but that might strike a chord with Harvard’s Class of 2016. Keep an ear out for sedes ex sacco fabarum facta (beanbag chair) and Numos Sidereos (Starbucks). Up to the last minute, she mulled working in a joke about the mumps, but she admitted that paramyxovirus isn’t as comical-sounding as, well, “mumps.”Joshuah Campbell, undergraduate speakerJoshuah Campbell is no stranger to Gazette readers, having been profiled as one of Harvard’s stellar graduates. The silken-voiced senior from South Carolina has graced the stage with the Krokodiloes, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard BlackC.A.S.T., and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Many in the Harvard community will also recognize Campbell from his turn introducing comedian Conan O’Brien ’85 before the latter’s recent public appearance with President Drew Faust. And he sang an original song during last fall’s demonstration in support of black student activists at Yale and the University of Missouri, Columbia.Joshuah Campbell, a dual concentrator in music and French, will deliver the undergraduate speech. “I hope that [listeners] will go away more OK being, for lack of a better word, unapologetic,” he said. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“I feel the most like myself when I’m on stage,” said Campbell, who is graduating with degrees in music and French. After college, he plans to continue singing and performing, with abandon and without embarrassment. In his oration, he will urge his classmates to be unabashed as they pursue their own passions.“I hope that [listeners] will go away more OK being, for lack of a better word, unapologetic,” Campbell said. “Unapologetic and OK with a notion of themselves that is perhaps imperfect, that is willing to take risks, to be playful, to not back down in a way that would hinder them from being self-expressive and having meaningful interactions with other people.”last_img read more

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What Canada’s EMV experience can teach U.S. credit unions

first_imgAs EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) is being rolled out in the U.S., one of the main questions revolves around its true effectiveness as a security tool against payment card fraud. Will it work as advertised and how well will it work?The October 1, 2015, “liability shift” (fraud liability assessed to the party that did not enable the EMV transaction) imposed by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover has helped push adoption from conception to imminent. No doubt, though, the U.S. is a latecomer to the EMV world, with EMVCo reporting in May 2015 that there are 3.4 billion EMV cards in global circulation, a year-over-year increase of 43 percent.Still, U.S. industry observers need look no further than to their northern neighbor to see how EMV chip cards may perform domestically. David Hooper, Vice President, Strategy and Innovation for Everlink Payment Services of Markham, Ontario, Canada, described the significant benefits EMV has brought to Canada’s financial services industry in an October webinar sponsored by the company’s majority owner, CO-OP Financial Services of Rancho Cucamonga, California. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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John Mensah set to reclaim Sunderland starting place

first_imgSunderland coach Steve Bruce has revealed he is toying with the idea of restoring John Mensah to his starting line-up at Stoke on Saturday.The injury-plagued defender has returned following an ankle problem and is available for the Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.Mensah has benefitted from an extra week’s training after Bruce opted to leave him on the bench for the 4-2 defeat against Chelsea.But the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ is battle fit once more and may be included on Saturday.Asked about the possibility of Mensah returning, Bruce said: “Possibly. He’s trained all week and we purposely let him have another week’s training. He’s in contention.”If Mensah is given a starting place, as many as three Ghanaians including Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan could be playing for the Black Cats. Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more

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Northern Health advises local businesses to watch for ‘Healing Hands’ book donation requests; NH not affiliated with this book

first_imgAccording to Northern Health, the company is selling a book titled ‘Healing Hands’ and is claiming to be donating proceeds to children in the hospital. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says it has received reports of a company allegedly soliciting donations from Northern B.C. businesses on behalf of local hospitals. Anyone interested in making financial contributions to healthcare in Northern BC is encouraged to do so through local hospital foundations and auxiliaries, and other approved charitable organizations. – Advertisement -Northern Health says businesses receiving phone calls requesting donations should check very carefully about the origin of such solicitations before making a donation. The Health Authority would like to advise local businesses and others across the North that the health region is not affiliated with or endorsing this book. last_img read more

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Time for CCA of the Year nominations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is the time to nominate your favorite CCA, that’s certified crop adviser. Many producers may not know that they have a CCA at their local retailer, as their seed sales person or in the SWCD or NRCS office, or even at the county Extension office. But CCAs are almost everywhere in Ohio where crop growing advice is needed. The Ohio CCA Board has an annual program to highlight and give thanks to the best in the state. The CCA of the Year will also be recognized at the Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada on March 2, 2016: http://ctc.osu.edu.For information on the CCA of the Year Award and to see a list of past winners: http://www.oaba.net/aws/OABA/pt/sp/cca_award. Chuck Gates of Seed Consultants, Inc. was the winner last year. Nominations can come from growers or co-workers. The nomination form is a list of short-answer questions that we try to make easy for the submitter. For a nomination form for your favorite CCA go to http://go.osu.edu/CCAofYear2016.last_img read more

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Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat factors make service members and their family attractive targets for lenders?Service members are prone to greater financial challenges because of their unique behaviors. Lenders know that service members are required to maintain financial stability, including a good credit score, to maintain their security clearance. Lenders see this as a sign that service members will work hard to pay off any debts they incur or to at least seek counseling and assistance when they are having problems. Also, service members are not able to “disappear” if they fall behind on their payments. Lenders know that, even in the case of a PCS move, they will be able to find the service member and collect on old debts.Another fact lenders are aware of is how much each service member earns. Pay scales are available online and can be used by lenders to determine the amount of debt military families are able to support. Finally, service members tend to start borrowing money at a younger age than civilians. This can lead to big financial decisions being made by inexperienced consumers trusting banks and other lending organizations that do not have their best interest in mind.For additional information, refer to consumerfinance.gov/Service Members/.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on June 17, 2013.last_img read more

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Spinal stenosis

first_imgDefinitionSpinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings (called neural foramina) where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.Alternative NamesPseudo-claudication; Central spinal stenosis; Foraminal spinal stenosis; Degenerative spine disease; Back pain – spinal stenosisCausesSpinal stenosis usually occurs as a person ages.The disks become drier and start to bulge.The bones and ligaments of the spine thicken or grow larger. This is caused by arthritis or long-term swelling.Spinal stenosis may also be caused by:Arthritis of the spine, usually in middle-aged or elderly peopleBone diseases, such as Paget diseaseDefect or growth in the spine that was present from birthHerniated or slipped disk, which often happened in the pastInjury that causes pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cordTumors in the spineSymptomsSymptoms often get worse slowly over time. Most often, symptoms will be on one side of the body, but may involve both legs.Symptoms include:Numbness, cramping, or pain in the back, buttocks, thighs, or calves, or in the neck, shoulders, or armsWeakness of part of a leg or armSymptoms are more likely to be present or get worse when you stand or walk. They often lessen or disappear when you sit down or lean forward. Most people with spinal stenosis cannot walk for a long period.More serious symptoms include:Difficulty or poor balance when walkingProblems controlling urine or bowel movementsExams and TestsDuringa physical exam, your doctor will try to find the location of the pain and figure out how it affects your movement. You will be asked to:advertisementSit, stand, and walk. While you walk, your doctor may ask you to try walking on your toes and then your heels.Bend forward, backward, and sideways.Lift your legs straight up while lying down. If the pain is worse when you do this, you may have sciatica, especially if you also feel numbness or tingling in one of your legs.Your doctor will also move your legs in different positions, including bending and straightening your knees.Thisis to check your strength and ability to move.To test nerve function, the doctor uses a rubber hammer to check your reflexes. To test how well your nerves sense feeling, the doctor touches your legs in many places with a pin, cotton swab, or feather.A brain and nervous system (neurologic) examinationhelps confirm leg weakness and decreased sensation in the legs. The following tests may be done:EMGSpinal MRI or spinal CT scanX-ray of the spineTreatmentYour doctor and other health professionals will help you manage your pain and keep you as active as possible.Your doctor may refer you for physical therapy. The physical therapist willteach youstretches and exercises that make yourbackmuscles stronger.You may also see a chiropractor, a massage therapist, and someone who performs acupuncture. Sometimes a few visits will help your back or neck pain.Cold packs and heat therapy may help your pain during flare-ups.Treatments for back pain caused by spinal stenosis include:Medicines that may help with your back pain.A type of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapyto help you better understand your pain and teach you how to manage back pain.An epidural spinal injection (ESI) involves injecting medicine directly into the space around your spinal nerves or spinal cord.Spinal stenosis symptoms often become worse over time, but this may happen slowly. If the pain does not respond to these treatments, or you lose movement of feeling, you may need surgery.Surgery is done to relieve pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.You and your doctor can decide when you need to have surgery for these symptoms.Surgery may include removing a bulging disc, removing part of the vertebra bone, or widening the opening where your spinal nerves are.After some spinal surgery, the surgeon may fuse some of the spine bones to make your spine more stable.Outlook (Prognosis)Many people with spinal stenosis are able to be active with the condition, although they may need to make some changes in their activities or work.Spine surgery will often partly or fully relieve symptoms. It is hard to predict if you will improve and how much relief surgery will provide.Persons who had long-term back pain before their surgery are likely to have some pain after.If you needed more than one kind of back surgery, you may be more likely to have future problems.The area of the spinal column above and below a spinal fusion are more likely to be stressed and have problems in the future.Rarely, changes caused by pressure on the nerves may be permanent, even if the pressure is relieved.advertisementWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if you have symptoms of spinal stenosis.More serious symptoms that needprompt attention include:Difficulty or poor balance when walkingWorsening numbness and weakness of your limbProblems controlling urine or bowel movementsProblems urinating or having a bowel movementReferencesWeinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, Tosteson AN, Blood E, Hanscom B, et al. Surgical versus nonsurgical therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2008;358:794-810.Katz JN, Harris MB. Clinical practice. Lumbar spinal stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2008;358:818-825.Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, et al. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis. Four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine. 2010;35:1329-1338.Chou R, Baisden J, Carragee Ej, Resnick DK, Shaffer WO, Loeser JD. Surgery for low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society clinical practice guideline. Spine. 2009;34:1094-1109.Chou R, Atlas SJ, Stanos SP, Rosenquist RW. Nonsurgical interventional therapies for low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society clinical practice guideline. Spine. 2009;34:1078-1093.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. 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Lawmakers grill former Equifax chairman over data breach

first_imgWASHINGTON – House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday grilled Equifax’s former chief executive over the massive data hack of the personal information of 145 million Americans, calling the company’s response inadequate as consumers struggle to deal with the breach.Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith apologized for the compromise of such information as names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Smith was the lone witness at the first of several Capitol Hill hearings this week. No current Equifax official testified.“The criminal hack happened on my watch, and as CEO, I am ultimately responsible, and I take full responsibility,” Smith said. “I am here today to say to each and every person affected by this breach, I am truly and deeply sorry for what happened.”Democrats favour legislation that they say would establish strong data security standards and prompt notification and relief for consumers when their information is hacked. But Republicans tamped down expectations for any congressional action as this year the GOP-led Congress has rolled back several Obama-era rules affecting businesses and the financial sector.“Equifax deserves to be shamed in this hearing, but we should also ask what Congress has done, or failed to do, to stop data breaches from occurring,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, the chairman of the subcommittee examining the breach, said there are already laws on the books that require companies to secure sensitive consumer data. He said hearings before four House and Senate panels this week should run their course before lawmakers make a decision about what to do next.“The big thing we heard today is it was a very human error on their part” Latta said.Separately, Equifax signed a $7.25 million contract last month with the Internal Revenue Service to verify taxpayer identities. The no-bid contract, first reported by Politico, is for Equifax to provide the IRS taxpayer and personal identity verification services.The contract stated that Equifax was the only company capable of providing these services to the IRS, and it was deemed a “critical” service that couldn’t lapse.Smith offered a timeline of what went wrong, saying the Department of Homeland Security warned the company on March 8 about the need to patch a particular vulnerability in software used by Equifax and other businesses. The company disseminated that warning by email the next day and requested that applicable personnel install the upgrade. The company’s policy requires the upgrade to occur within 48 hours, but that did not occur. The company’s information security department also ran scans on March 15 that did not pick up the vulnerability.In late July, data security officials noticed suspicious activity on a website, which Smith said “happens routinely around our business.” He said an internal investigation ensued and he was alerted the next day, but he had no knowledge at that time that consumers’ personal information had been accessed.Lawmakers pressed Smith about company executives selling stock in the company after the suspicious activity had been detected. On Aug. 1 and 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran, sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.Smith described the executives as “honourable men, men of integrity.” He said at that point in time the company was unaware that consumer data had been accessed.Schakowsky said “for a lot of Americans, that just doesn’t pass the smell test.”Smith said the full extent of what occurred emerged during a meeting he had with cybersecurity experts and outside counsel on Aug. 17. The board was alerted the following week and the public on Sept. 7, after the company had made plans for how it would try to help consumers respond.The timeline laid out by Smith didn’t satisfy many lawmakers, who accused the company of being too slow.“I worry that your job today is about damage control. You put a happy face on your firm’s disgraceful actions, and then depart with a golden parachute,” said Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. “Unfortunately, if fraudsters destroy my constituents’ savings and financial futures, there’s no golden parachute awaiting them.”Lawmakers said that at one point Equifax tweeted the wrong link for consumers to check to learn if they were part of the breach.“Talk about ham-handed responses, this is simply unacceptable,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.Smith said he was disappointed in the rollout of call centres and a website designed to help the people affected by the breach. He said the company has increased its number of customer service representatives and the website has been improved. He said more than 400 million consumers contacted the company in the weeks following the announcement of the breach. He said the company wasn’t prepared for that kind of volume.Lawmakers said they’re getting scores of calls from constituents concerned that their information was stolen and the potential ramifications in the years ahead. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., said hundreds of constituents have contacted his office about the company’s response.“The slow rollout and how poorly it was done. To me, it was just inexcusable,” Costello said.___Associated Press writer Ken Sweet in New York contributed.___Follow Kevin Freking on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APkfrekinglast_img read more

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Pulwama attack Pakistan says no terror camps exist on 22 locations shared

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it has examined 22 “pin locations” shared by India but found no terror camps and claimed that there are no links to nail 54 people detained in connection with the Pulwama terror attack as it shared the “preliminary findings” with New Delhi. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations,” the FO said. It said that in consistent with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said. India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The FO said soon after receiving the dossier, Pakistan constituted an investigation team, detained a number of people for investigation and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, a main basis of the Indian documents. The Indian dossier contains 91 pages and six parts, out of which only part two and three pertain to the Pulwama attack, it said. “Other parts are generalised allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to Pulwama incident,” it said. The FO claimed that during the course of investigations, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined including the “confessional” video of Adil Dar, “claim” of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of the Pulwama attack, list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps. Service Providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) number provided by India, it said. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US government, it said, adding that the said additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations. “Pakistan remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion,” the FO added. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.last_img read more

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