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A captain for our planet

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.As a kid, Christina Chang was already a mini-sustainability activist. She recycled and reused. She turned lights off in empty rooms. She screened  “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” at her school on Earth Day. And, for two years in high school, she showered sustainability-style, turning the water on just long enough to get wet, then lather up, and rinse off under a quick burst of cold water.“I was unwarrantedly stoically proud of my extreme shower practices,” Chang said, “until I learned about the order of magnitude that is needed to make a real difference.”Most individuals won’t clench through two years of sustainability showers. But it doesn’t matter. Compared to industrial production, livestock farms, and highways jammed with cars, a cold shower won’t foot the climate bill. That power gap might deflate the most ardent environmentalist, but for Chang, it was a call to action: Instead of just changing her behavior, she set out to change the aluminum and steel mills, coal plants, and concrete and plastic industries.“I realized that my habits as an individual will not make a big enough difference to matter,” Chang said, “but maybe my inventions could.”As an undergraduate at Princeton University, she invented a water decontamination process. As a master’s student and Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, she created a new solar-to-hydrogen technology. Then, as a chemistry Ph.D. candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Chang was working in the lab of  Roy Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot professor of chemistry and professor of materials science, when she co-invented a method that could enable the production of cheaper, longer-lasting solar panels that can be mass produced at a rate of a few feet per minute.“Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy has many benefits,” Chang said, “but it’s still somewhat expensive for the majority of people.” Her invention could drop the price and speed production. “I realized that my habits as an individual will not make a big enough difference to matter, but maybe my inventions could.” — Christina Chang, Ph.D. ’20 Yet that was still not enough. Chang filled her nights and weekends chasing curiosities that extended beyond her Ph.D. work and even beyond her discipline. When she learned how much carbon dioxide the steel industry emits — production generates between 7 and 9 percent of global emissions, according to steel industry figures — she invented a sustainable chemical steel manufacturing process that could decrease those emissions. Her side project won the 2019 President’s Innovation Challenge Ingenuity Award for ideas with potential to be world-changing. “The only way [the world] gets better,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow in his introductory remarks at the award ceremony, “is if good people like you are willing to make it so.”Chang is willing and more than able. At Harvard, she was president of the chemistry department’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Council for two years and then president of the Energy Journal Club for another two.Curious about psychological techniques to promote sustainability, she co-founded a cross-disciplinary conference called “Nudging Toward a Cleaner Future.” In March, she received her Ph.D. in chemistry, surprising no one.“[Professor Roy Gordon] graciously gave me the freedom to direct and develop my own interests, from my solar panel research to my professional interests like teaching and machine shop training,” said Christina Chang. Roy, who was also Chang’s mentor and adviser, is pictured here at her thesis party. Courtesy photoThough Chang decided to devote her life to sustainable technology at 19, that wasn’t her first unshakable commitment. At age 12, she decided to become fluent in Spanish and, with help from the Spanish-speaking residents in her native Austin, Texas, she did.At Harvard, to maintain a self-imposed rule to practice Spanish (and French) at least once every week, she co-organized GSAS Spanish and French language tables for fellow linguaphiles. Recently, her Spanish skills faced a high-stakes test.Two years ago, she found a new devotion: rock climbing, which she said taught her to plan for risk and prepare back-up systems for inevitable failures.In January, after defending her dissertation, Chang packed a backpack with clothes, anti-malarial pills, rock-climbing gear, sunblock, her passport, and 12 Clif Bars, and flew to Peru on a one-way ticket. When people asked if she felt safe as a woman traveling alone in Latin America, she said, “I hang off sheer rock faces — this trip is way less scary.”,From January to March, Chang backpacked alone through rural Latin America. She climbed volcanic cliffs in Peru and scaled 1,200-foot canyons in Mexico. In Guatemala, she taught chemistry to middle schoolers and installed ventilated “eco-stoves,” which improve respiratory health over traditional open-fire cooking.In the Peruvian Amazon, she joined Harvard Professor Joost Vlassak as a teaching assistant for his course on sustainability challenges. Together with Professor Carlos Rios from Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology, they took undergraduate students deep into the rainforest to talk to informal miners, who extract gold from the Amazon river’s basin with methods toxic to their soil and health, helping them to find safer methods.“If we’re going to help invent solutions for folks in the developing world,” Chang said, “we have to understand a little bit about what life is like there and not just assume we know what the problems are.”In mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Chang to cut her trip short, and she flew home to shelter in place.Soon, whether in person or virtually, she will begin her Department of Energy ARPA-E Fellowship. There she will develop sustainable technologies for industries that collectively account for one-third of global energy use — concrete, steel, aluminum, pulp and paper, plastics and chemicals.“For example,” Chang said, “if we could develop a technology eliminating the carbon footprint of steelmaking, we would save over 5 percent of global CO2 emissions. If steelmaking were a country, its emissions would rank fourth in the world, just below India and above Russia.“In spite of my naive sustainability fanaticism as a kid,” Chang continued, “today I don’t proselytize or chastise or advocate for everyone with the privilege of a career choice to adopt sustainability as their pet cause. My vision for the world is one where we lower our carbon footprint not through ground-up, individual actions, but by creating systems that make sustainability automatic, so that people can go about their lives and do the jobs they are called to do — doctoring, lawyering, homemaking — without needing to add sustainability to their list of worries.”Unlike Captain Planet, Chang no longer tries to save the world one small act at a time; instead, she’s helping to build a world that no longer needs saving.last_img read more

Venezuelan Interim Government Requests the Activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR)

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans / Diálogo September 25, 2019 In 2012, Venezuela withdrew from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR, in Spanish and also known as the Rio Treaty), which serves as a defensive shield to member nations of the Organization of American States (OAS). In July 2019, the Venezuelan National Assembly, under the leadership of Interim President Juan Guaidó, approved the return of Venezuela to the TIAR, as a way to strengthen cooperation with countries in the region and increase pressure on the regime of Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan delegation to the OAS requested the TIAR’s activation on September 9.The TIAR was created in 1947 as a system for mutual military aid to OAS member states (35 member nations in 2019) in the event that a foreign force attacks a country in the region.To know more about the topic, Diálogo spoke with Gustavo Tarre Briceño, Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS, who is in exile in the United States since 2014, after being accused of plotting against Maduro.Diálogo: What’s the importance of activating the TIAR to exert pressure on the Maduro regime?Gustavo Tarre Briceño, Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS: The TIAR is about completing the reinsertion of Venezuela into the Inter American system that it previously abandoned. The first achievement of the administration of Interim President Juan Guaidó was for Venezuela to be readmitted to the OAS. Then, the National Assembly requested its ratification at the American Convention on Human Rights. We are taking steps to summon the TIAR’s consultative body to take measures to help restore peace in the region, which is in danger due to the Nicolás Maduro regime.Diálogo: What specific measures could be applied?Tarre: An absolute majority of TIAR member states must agree to invoke the treaty, and this requires the support of 10 countries. Then, the approval of 13 countries is necessary to hold a session, and making a decision requires the votes of 13 countries. So this is about forming a collective decision. People think that because most TIAR member nations have recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, that this is a done deal, or that everything is ready, but it’s not like that. Each country has its own interests and problems, so that’s why it’s about building a coalition, talking with each country. Obviously, some countries like Colombia, the United States, or Brazil are helping us build that continental understanding to defend Venezuelan democracy. More specifically, TIAR’s Article 8 considers a series of concrete reciprocal assistance measures in the diplomatic, economic, and [even] military areas. At this moment, we are seeking to summon the consultative body and submit all the files we have been preparing that show Cuban interference in Venezuela, the migratory crisis, and narcotrafficking with narcoterrorist guerrilla groups operating inside Venezuelan territory. All this constitutes a threat to peace in the region, and clearly this threat is much more direct for some countries.Diálogo: What more can, or should, the OAS do to exert pressure on the Maduro regime?Tarre: The OAS is an international organization that has been making very important decisions: recognizing the representation of Interim President Juan Guaidó at the center of the organization is an important measure, as is rejecting the creation of a Constituent National Assembly and the sham elections where Nicolás Maduro was reelected. It has condemned the violations of parliamentary immunity; it has expressed its firm support for the report issued by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet; in other words, this shows political solidarity. OAS actions will be much more important once the usurpation is over; because the OAS has highly valuable technical teams specialized in organizing elections, supervising electoral processes, restoring an autonomous judiciary system, and fighting corruption. At the technical level in the OAS, there are factors that will be crucial to rebuilding a democratic Venezuela.Diálogo: So far, no measure taken by the OAS has changed the situation in real terms in Venezuela. Why?Tarre: The change we all want is a change of government. Has the situation changed in Venezuela? Yes, it has changed drastically. Three years ago, only a few countries in the world condemned the Maduro regime, but now a wide majority of nations condemn the Maduro regime. I would add that no one defends Maduro openly. Some take refuge in the principle of non-interference in foreign matters, but no one is saying at the OAS that the Maduro regime is a democratic government. I think that the OAS has made progress; it has had its successes.last_img read more

Texas grand jury indicts former VP of lending

first_img continue reading » More than five years after a Texas credit union was involuntarily liquidated, federal prosecutors are alleging that the former vice president of lending and five other persons ran a $2.2 million auto fraud loan scheme.A federal grand jury in McAllen, Texas returned a superseding indictment on Oct. 22 charging Soundra Lopez, 52, of Weslaco, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She was the vice president of lending and branch manager for the $47 million County & Municipal Employees Credit Union in Edinburg, which was involuntarily liquidated by the Texas Department of Credit Unions in October 2014.NCUA financial performance reports show that the credit union posted a net income loss of more than $3.3 million at the end of 2014’s third quarter. CMECU was assumed by the $3.1 billion Navy Army Community Credit Union in Corpus Christi. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Match Report – Queensland 18 – 14 NSW

first_img Queensland’s AJ Brimson and Kurt Capewell felt it was a ‘dream come true’ to win on debut against New South Wales in the State of Origin game Xavier Coates scores his first State of Origin try as he puts Queensland ahead against New South Wales The Blues were not done yet though and ensured it would be a tense finish when Gutherson sent NRL Grand Final winner Addo-Carr over for his second unconverted score with four minutes to go.However, Queensland were able to hold off some late pressure after Kaufusi was sin-binned for a professional foul to take their seventh win in an Origin opener since 2010, with the series now heading to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, November 11.Post-match reaction Queensland’s players celebrate their win over New South Wales in Adelaide – Advertisement – Queensland's players celebrate their win over New South Wales in Adelaide
Queensland's players celebrate their win over New South Wales in Adelaide

A school with a ‘secret passage’ has been transformed into a grand home near Brisbane

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPullenvale dream home with secret staircase02:12A century-old, former girls school transformed in to a grand private residence is on the market, and just wait until you see where the ‘secret passage’ leads.The house, known as The Moreton, was once the Moreton Bay Ladies College, a prestigious school that dated back to 1901.PROPERTY PORN: Port Douglas trophy home sale breaks luxury market droughtPremium Brisbane units in demand Battle of the riverfront mansions heats upPeabody heir selling mansion Originally built in Wynnum, the spectacular building was designed by English architect, John Iley Green, and was relocated to its current position in Pullenvale in the mid-eighties.Historical records kept by the modern day Moreton Bay College at Manly West says the original school was founded by Alice and Anne Greene, and was then located on Bay Terrace in Wynnum.“The first roll contained six boarders and 20 day scholars,” the records said.In 1944, the Greene family gifted the school to the Methodist Church, who in turn gave the school to the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools’ Association (PMSA) to administer, renaming it Moreton Bay College in 1957.But as enrolments dropped off during the rural recession, the PMSA decided to close the school in 1975.The Uniting Church then took over, and it reopened in 1979, before plans to relocate and build a new school commenced in the early 1980s.As a result, the original school house was no longer required, and faced being lost forever.Plum Property Toowong agent Vern Gilbert, who is marketing the property at 142 Airlie Road in Pullenvale, said the original building was rescued and relocated by the Finlay family.“It was moved to its current site in 13 pieces,” he said. “They did a spectacular job restoring and refurbishing it.”One of the coolest original features is the ‘secret passage’ that is hidden behind a bookcase in the study.The secret staircase hides behind this bookcaseWhen a latch is pulled, the door opens and reveals a staircase that leads down into an impressive wine cellar.Agent Vern Gilbert walks down the hidden staircaseThe wine cellar is located on the lower level of the house, as is the four car garage.“The secret passage is fun,” Mr Gilbert said. “It is one for the Hogwarts fans.”Which leads in to a wine cellarBut the wow factor doesn’t just stop there. It continues in every room, with the residence giving you the sense of being swept back in time.The sprawling residence, which includes a guesthouse, has a combined living space of 34,000sqm and sits on a 3.41 hectare block just 15km from the Brisbane CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Current owners Luba Malecky, a retired plastic surgeon, and Terry Mau, a heart surgeon, bought the property back in 1994, and have added their own touches over time.But many of the character features remain, like the original school bell at the front door and the fire escape that stood in place in its hey day.“If we won Lotto we would not be leaving,” Ms Malecky said. “We are downsizing and have a place at the beach so will probably spend more time there.”Ms Malceky said she bought the renovated property back in 1994, recalling how she rang her “half asleep” husband and told him she was going to put a bid on the house.She said they had done a lot more work to the property since then, removing seven layers of lead paint to paint the interior and exterior of the residence.They also upgraded the bathrooms, replaced the verandas, put in airconditioning and added a new kitchen, among other things.“We also reconfigured a few things, and downstairs we did up the area that goes in to the hidden cellar,” she said.“It was a cellar when we moved in but it was just room, it wasn’t set up.“Now its like a speak-easy.”Other traditional, and restored, features include an old telephone, a stained glass door separating the hallways, and the garage with its pressed metal ceilings.“When we took away some of the walls we came across some boards with messages from the students, and in the central hallway there was a space with an old tin with nothing in it,” she said.“The guesthouse conservatory was Queensland first conservatory of music. Tony Finlay, the previous owner, brought that out as well.“Upstairs is that big open room that used to be an art room, and in the bedroom there are pink and red leadlights, the original sliders that open right up.”Since owning the property, the couple have hosted the Moreton Bay Old Girls for their centenary, and students from the modern-day school.Mr Gilbert said a recent champagne night at the property had brought potential buyers and nostalgic former students out of the woodwork.“What is clear from the marketplace is that a lot of buyers want the warmth of the years gone by,” he said.“These modern boxes (new home), many have no heart and soul and are becoming less desired by the market.”last_img read more

Liverpool told transfer for Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka is “no brainer” if condition is…

first_img “If there are contract issues and he ever becomes available on a free transfer then that’s a no brainer because you’re taking someone on a free contract who’s young and has a lot of potential. “If he continues his development at left-back, then he’s not as good as Andy Robertson at the moment. “If he does join Liverpool then he’s got a long wait and Liverpool already have a couple of young left-backs waiting in the wings who we’ve seen in the FA Cup this year, who would probably be on a par with Bukayo Saka at this moment in time. Read Also:Saka compared to Giggs, Bergkamp and Scholes after Arsenal display “It all depends on numerous things such as economics and whether it’s a deal that Liverpool thinks is worth doing. They may think that it’s a deal not necessarily in need, but they may do it anyway.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 That’s the opinion of former Liverpool star Steve McManaman, who has been impressed with the Gunners teenager in recent weeks. Saka was man of the match in Arsenal’s recent 4-0 win over Newcastle, in which he bagged an assist. He also set-up Alexandre Lacazette to score the only goal of the game in the Gunners’ Europa League victory over Olympiakos on Thursday. Saka earns just £3,000-a-week at Arsenal and is contracted until the summer of 2021 in north London, and has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. On whether the Reds should make a move for Saka, McManaman wrote in his HorseRacing.net column: “He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young.Advertisement Liverpool have been told it would be a “no brainer” to snap up Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka – but only if he becomes available on a free. Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Nations That Are Most Difficult To InvadeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more

Kalibo impounds 39 ‘trikes’ for violating ECQ

first_imgA number of individuals have beenroaming around this capital town, especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps) beneficiaries of this province, who were granted with cash aid under thegovernment’s social amelioration program. Aside from tricycles, other utilityvehicles such as vans and jeepneys have also been banned by the mayor. Many tricycle drivers took advantage ofthe situation and ferried passengers around this capital town. For violating orders of the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, police personnel in Kalibo, Aklan impound some 39 tricycle units. JUN AGUIRRE/PN “Because of the incident, I haveordered the PNP to ban all the transportation in Kalibo with registered publicfranchises, even if it is to be used for private purposes,” Lachica said. Mayor Emerson Lachica recently orderedthe Kalibo municipal police station to strictly enforce the ECQ after hereceived feedbacks that the orders were not strictly carried out. KALIBO, Aklan – For violating theenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), some 39 tricycle units were impounded in Kalibo, Aklan. This capital town has been under ECQafter it logged three positive cases for COVID-19./PN Most Aklanon 4Ps beneficiaries wouldneed to travel here to withdraw their financial assistance from ATM machines ofa bank.last_img read more

Batesville man arrested after altercation

first_imgDECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — A Batesville man was arrested in Decatur County after an altercation at the Greensburg Transitional Living Center.According to police, Curtis Gridley, 40, was arrested on charges of criminal confinement.Police say a nurse was hospitalized after the incident.She told them that she and Gridley got into a fight, and he hit her in the head. She thought she had a concussion.She also told police that she tried to run to a bathroom to escape, but he chased her in, and would not let her leave.last_img read more

Alice Marie Stewart, 56

first_imgAlice Marie Stewart, age 56 of Brookville, IN passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, OH.  The daughter of Edward Stewart and Emma Jean Brewer was born on September 13, 1963 in Indianapolis, IN.A dedicated homemaker, Alice was married to David Cornelius who survives her. In addition to her husband, survivors include daughter, Jennifer Carter, and son Michael Carter, along with her step sister Missy Baker.A memorial service will held at 12:00pm on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11165 US Hwy 52, Brookville, IN in the park field.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Alice’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

Sunderland pair to miss run-in

first_imgSunderland manager Martin O’Neill has been dealt a devastating double blow when it was confirmed that both Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole will miss the rest of the season. Leading scorer Fletcher suffered ankle ligament damage on international duty with Scotland last week, and midfielder Cattermole underwent surgery on a persistent knee problem on Wednesday. A club statement said: “Sunderland have confirmed today that striker Steven Fletcher and captain Lee Cattermole will miss the rest of the current campaign due to injury.” Press Associationcenter_img The statement added: “Cattermole underwent an operation on his knee earlier today and Fletcher sustained ankle ligament damage whilst on international duty with Scotland. “It is not known at this stage if Fletcher will require an operation, with the injury requiring further assessment in the coming weeks. Both players will play no further part in the Black Cats’ 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.” The news could hardly have come at a worse time for O’Neill, whose side finds themselves firmly entrenched in a battle for top-flight survival with eight games of the campaign to play. They face leaders Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on Saturday desperate to end a run of seven league games without a victory which has yielded just three points and left them only four clear of the drop zone. Fletcher in particular will be a huge loss after paying off a large proportion of the £12million the club invested in him during the summer with 11 goals, but having scored five in his first four games for the Black Cats, he has managed only one in his last seven, with the supply lines having dried up alarmingly. The 26-year-old former Wolves frontman was injured just two minutes into Scotland’s 2-1 home defeat by Wales in Friday night’s World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park and was carried from the field on a stretcher. If he does need surgery, player and manager alike will hope he can return in time for the start of the new campaign. last_img read more