Oxygen Uptake by Cryptopygus antarcticus (Collembola) at South Georgia

first_imgDeterminations of oxygen uptake of size classes I, II, III and IV of the collembolan Cryptopygus antarcticus Willem at +5°, +10° and +20°C were made at South Georgia, sub-Antarctic. The relation of respiration rate to live weight was similar at the three temperatures. Oxygen uptake increased with temperature within the range examined ( Q10 varying from 1.58 to 2.63). Comparison of South Georgia and Signy Island (Antarctic) data for C. antarcticus showed similarities between respiration – weight and respiration – temperature curves especially for the +5° to +10°C temperature range. No significant difference in respiration rate was detected between sexes from both locations, but a difference in body size was observed both between sexes, and between sites. The South Georgian specimens were smaller, lighter in weight and appeared to be sexually mature at a smaller size than those at Signy Island. The similarity of metabolism and the body size difference of C. antarcticus in the two populations are discussed.last_img read more

New protection for tenants and landlords

first_imgHome » News » Regulation & Law » New protection for tenants and landlords New protection for tenants and landlords3rd June 20150650 Views Letting agents are now required to publish full details of the fees they charge. In addition, agents are also obliged to state whether or not they are a member of a client protection scheme and which redress scheme they are signed up to.The new legislation contained within the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force last week and is designed to ensure a fair deal for landlords and tenants, closing off the opportunity for a small minority of rogue agents to impose unreasonable, hidden charges.All letting agents are now required to publish a full tariff of their fees – both on their websites and prominently in their offices. Anyone who does not comply with these new rules will face a major fine.David Cox (left), Managing Director, Association of Residential Letting Agents, said, “Relevant information should be placed prominently in offices where letting agents have face to face contact with clients, as well as on their websites. Any costs to landlords and tenants must be clearly defined and comprehensively outlined, including all fees, charges and penalties that may be charged before, during and after a tenancy.”Meanwhile, more than 3,000 professional lettings agent across the UK have joined forces this week to drive awareness among landlords and tenants of the importance of selecting a lettings and management agent who is part of a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme.Agents, consumer bodies (Citizens Advice Bureau, The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services: Property, My Deposits, TDS and DPS) and the wider property community have all come together to support this campaign. In addition, the Government has also given its support to SAFEagent Awareness Week since its launch in 2011.John Midgley, Chair of the SAFEagent Steering Group, commented, “There are still too many people who are not aware of the potential pitfalls of choosing an agent who doesn’t have CMP. It is important that tenants and landlords understand that the right to redress only goes so far, and they need to choose wisely by asking a few simple questions. It can make all the difference.”As a founding member of SAFEagent, Hunters, one of thousands of agents proud to be supporting SAFEagent Awareness Week, are delighted to see the industry coming together as a united community to support this initiative.“It is imperative that we as agents protect both tenants and landlords and for this reason we always advise clients to ask agents they are dealing with whether they are part of a CMP scheme,” said Glynis Frew (right), Managing Director of Hunters. “By helping to raise awareness of the SAFEagent campaign this week we hope to encourage landlords and tenants to make a safe, informed choice when choosing future agents.”tenants landlords SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015 Sfe Agent charges Consumer Rights Act 2015 fees 2015-06-03The Negotiator Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more


first_imgWARD 1- DAN MCGINN-FINANCE CHAIRMEN(H) 812-4796336- or [email protected] AT- LARGE -DR. H. DAN ADAMS (H) 812-425-4220 or (C) 812-459-4221 or [email protected] MICHELLE MERCER (C) 812-568-5393 or [email protected] JONATHAN WEAVER (H) 812-568-0562 or [email protected] FOOTNOTE: This contact lists was provided to the City County Observer by City Clerk Laura Windhorst. Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke should make a public statement if he’s for or against the COIT tax increase before City Council votes on this issue next Monday? WARD 2 – MISSY MOSBY-PRESIDENT (C) 812-453-6479 or [email protected] 3 – JOHN HAYDEN(C) 812-618-2122 or [email protected] 4 – CONSTANCE  ROBINSON(C) 812-204-3869 or(H) 812-425-2372 or [email protected] 5 JUSTIN ELPERS-VICE CHAIRMAN (C) 812-454-3479 or [email protected] 6 – JIM BRINKMEYER(C) 812-480-6909 or [email protected]  Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.center_img We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE in order to balance the 2018 city budget council members Justin Elpers and John Hayden are recommending $1.8 million dollars in budget cuts?  …we are pleased that we have at least two conservative members serving on the Evansville City Council?IS IT TRUE that community leader and highly successful business woman Amy Word Smith is seriously considering running for the At-Large seat on the Evansville City Council in 2019?IS IT TRUE that the budget amendment process is being executed and much of the City of Evansville support for non-profits and fun and games is being proposed for ZERO funding? …the oft maligned Penguin exhibit may be on the chopping block to be defunded to ZERO as are 14 non-profits which will possibly lose $105,500?…the seldom ridden Highway 41 trolley is finally getting a serious look at because of lack of ridership?  …we hear that Mayor Winnecke is against making this budget cut? …cutting this unappreciated route will save the City $102,500?IS IT TRUE the taxpayers of Evansville still do not know where Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke stands on the proposed  COIT tax increase? …we hope that Mayor Winnecke will make a public statement if he’s for or against the COIT tax increase before City Council votes on this issue next Monday?IS IT TRUE that our Civic Center “Moles” tell us that Mayor Winnecke has decided to not to mess with the “HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT” in 2018? IS IT TRUE that very little has been said on how Mayor Winnecke plans to pay for the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey 2018 team operating expenses?  …we can’t find any reference in the proposed 2018 City operating budget?  …we been told that some of the 2018 Thunderbolts operating expenses may have been quietly added to the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Building Authority 2018 operating budget?IS IT TRUE we wonder why City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr hasn’t informed members of City Council how much did it costs the taxpayers of Evansville to subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts operating expenses during the 2017 hockey season?IS IT TRUE we look forward to City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr giving members of City Council a detailed and accurate breakdown on how much it will costs the city taxpayers to subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts during the 2018 hockey season?IS IT TRUE that the reporting of open government activities may be taking a major hit in 2018?  …Mayor Winnecke has recommended that City Council eliminate the funding of WINN TV from the 2018 city budget?  …it looks like the Mayor feels that the taxpayers can watch the live and unedited City Council meetings vie streaming them on their personal computers?IS IT TRUE we are told on Monday that the Evansville City Council will formally vote to raise the County Option Income Tax (COIT)?  …we predict  that any member of  the Evansville City Council who votes for the County Income Option Tax will be putting their future political career in jeopardy?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville doesn’t have a revenue problem they just have a spending problem?IS IT TRUE if you want to contact members of the Evansville City Council to discuss your concerns pertains to the proposed 2018 City Budget listed below are their contact information? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A Very Important Read Concerning Much Confusion, Misinformation And Denial On Social Media About…

first_imgSuppose you catch the virus. You will give it to 3 other people, and they will each give it to three others, and so forth. Here is how the math works, where you, the “index case,” are the first line:13927812437292,1876,56119,68359,046177,147531,4411,594,3234,782,96914,348,90So, in just 15 steps of transmission, the virus has gone from just one index case to 14.3 million other people.Those 15 steps might take only a few weeks. With school out and lots of playdates, maybe less. The first person may be young and healthy Brookline child, but many of those 14 million people will be old and sick, and they will likely die because they got a virus that started in one person’s throat.R0 is not fixed – it can be lowered by control measures. If we can get the number below 1, the epidemic will die out. This is the point of the quarantines and social distancing, but we are not doing it fast enoughIn the US, we have to slow down the virus. American hospitals, Boston hospitals, have limited resources. We have a fixed number of ventilators and an impending calamity on our hands. Our Italian critical care colleagues have shared with us that they simply do not have enough resources (ventilators, physicians and nurse, critical care beds), and are forced to choose who lives and dies based on old tenets of wartime triage.Older patients do not even get a ventilator and die of their pneumonia. These are decisions nobody should have to face, and we are only 11 days behind Italy’s fate. Their hospitals are quite advanced, and we are no better in Boston. As doctors, we are desperately trying to prepare for the onslaught of patients in the coming weeks. It is already beginning. This is an opportunity for you as the district leadership the time to be aggressive and help us fight this by “Flattening the Curve”.We implore you, as a group of Boston’s doctors preparing to fight this, to help us. Please send a new email to ALL the Brookline school district families. Social distancing is painful. We know that kids have cabin fever, they are pleading to see their friends, they may have birthday parties coming up or special events they have been looking forward to.All of us need to work and childcare is a big worry. But we need to overcome these issues and boredom for the coming weeks so that we can survive this with as few deaths as possible. What does that mean?1) No playdates, not even 1:1.2) No small gatherings, no meetings between a couple families, even for birthday parties.3) Avoid trampoline parks, climbing gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, anything in an enclosed area. Many of these places are advertising increased cleaning and hygiene. This is not sufficient! Do not go.4) Cancel planned vacations for the next month. Avoid airline travel that is not an emergency. Many airlines and rental agencies are offering penalty free cancellations.5) Stay at home as much as possible. Work from home if you possibly can. You may have to go buy groceries and medicine, of course, but make the trips quick and purposeful.6) Wash your hands thoroughly after you have been in public places, for a full 20 seconds, soaping up thoroughly and being sure to get between the fingers.7) Please avoid disseminating social media claims that the situation is not serious or is being exaggerated. This is a national crisis and conveying misinformation to your friends and family may put their lives in danger.Thank you for taking the time to read this and stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks.”Respectfully,Erika Rangel, MD, Director of Surgical Critical Care, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner HospitalShawn Rangel, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital BostonAsaf Bitton, MD, Executive Director Ariadne Labs and Internal Medicine, BWHDaniel O’connor, MD, Pediatrics, Longwood Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital BostonBeth O’connor, MD, Pediatrics, Roslindale PediatricsVandana Madhavan, MD, Clinical Director of Pediatric Infectious Disease, MGHParag Amin, MD, Pediatrics, Centre PediatricsChristy Cummings, MD, Neonatology, Children’s Hospital BostonEric Bluman, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, BWHTrimble Augur, MD, Internal Medicine, Hebrew Rehabilitation CenterDasha Weir, MD, Pediatric gastroenterologyAmy Evenson Warren, Transplant Surgery, BIDMCWilliam Oldham, MD, PhD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, BWHJames Kryzanski, MD, Neurosurgery, Tufts Medical CenterBen Zendejas-Mummert, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s HospitalBostonJohanna Iturrino Moreda, MD, Gastroenterology, BIDMCDavid Berg, MD, Cardiology and Cardiac Critical Care, BWHJennifer Crombie, MD, Hematology Oncology, BWHJenifer Lightdale, MD, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, U Mass Memorial HospitalWayne Tworetzky, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital BostonElaine Yu, MD, EndocrinologyJonathan Li, Infectious DiseaseNancy Cho, MD, Surgical Oncology, BWHEric Sheu, MD, Minimally Invasive Surgery, BWHReza Askari, MD, Director, Surgical Critical Care, BWHCindy Lien, MD, Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, BIDMCHannah Parker, MD, OB/GYNAlysa E. Doyle, PhD, Center for Genomic Medicine, MGHChristopher Smith, MD, Internal Medicine, Charles River Medical Associates, Wellesley, MAMaya Greer, NP, Children’s Hospital BostonRusty Jennings, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital BostonEmily Oken, MD, Professor of Population Medicine, BWHChinwe Ukomadu, MD, Head of Clinical Hepatology, NovartisJennifer Kaufman, MD, Internal Medicine, BWHAnn Poduri, MD, MPH, Pediatric NeurologySusan Yehle Ritter, MD, RheumatologyDiego Martinucci, MD Psychiatry, Atrius HealthShih-Ning Liaw, MD, Pediatric Palliative Care, Dana-Farber CancerInstitute/Boston Children’s HospitalWolfram Goessling, MD, Gastroenterology and Oncology, MGHPaola Daza, Pediatrics, MGHJuan Matute, Neonatology, MGHJohn Ross, MD, Internal Medicine, BWHMegan Sandel, MD, Pediatrics, Boston Medical CenterKathy Calvillo, MD, Surgery, BWHChristine Greco, MD, Anesthesia, Children’s Hospital BostonNiteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine, BWH and Harvard T.H.Chand School of Public HealthChandru Krishnan, MD, Ophthalmology, Tufts Medical CenterAmy Ship, MD, Internal Medicine, Associate Director of MedicalEducation, Atrius HealthYen-Lin Evelyn Chen, MD, Radiation Oncology, MGHDaihung Do, MD, Dermatology, BIDMCChloe Zera, MD, MPH, Maternal Fetal Medicine, BIDMCAlejandra Barrero-Castillero, MD, MPH, Neonatology, Children’s Hospital BostonJesse Esch, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital BostonAlison Packard, MD, OB/GYN, MGHVik Khurana, MD PhD, Chief Division of Movement Disorders, BWHTu-Mai Tran, MD, MSc, Family Medicine, BMCYu Liu, MD PhD, Internal Medicine, Bristol Myers SquibbYih-Chieh Chen, MDLily Li, MD, Allergy and Immunology, BWH FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare A Very Important Read Concerning Much Confusion, Misinformation And Denial On Social Media About Coronavirus(FOOTNOTE: We would like to personally thank former Evansville City Council member and retired Heart Surgeon, Dr. Dan H. Adams for sharing this eye-opening letter with the City-County Observer) “As there is so much confusion, misinformation, and denial on social media about the coronavirus we hope to explain, in plain language, why the experts see this as such an emergency. Many people are reading the claim online that this virus is a lot like the viruses that cause colds, and that if you get it, it will probably just seem like a bad cold and you are very unlikely to die. Depending on who you are, this may be true, but there is more to this story that is key to our outcome as a community.This is a coronavirus that is new to the human population. Although it is related to the viruses that cause colds and acts a lot like them in many ways, nobody has ever been exposed to this before, which means nobody has any immunity to it.The virus is now moving explosively through the human population, spreading through respiratory secretions and 10 times more contagious than the flu or cold. Although many people will recover, about 20% will wind up with serious pneumonia that will require hospitalization. Some will be so ill from pneumonia that they will die. We estimate this maybe 2-3%, but it is higher in Italy’s experience, partially because the healthcare system was overwhelmed so rapidly. In those over age 70, the death rate is 8-20%. So if a child catches it on a playdate, they can easily transmit it to their grandmother as easily as touching the same doorknob or countertop.Scientists measure the spread of an epidemic by a number called R0, or “R naught.” That number is calculated this way: for every person who develops the illness, how many other people do they give it to before they are cured (or dead) and no longer infectious? The R0 for coronavirus appears to be a number close to 3 – an extremely frightening number for such a deadly disease.last_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass was held Feb. 16 at St. Francis of Assisi, Brant Beach, for Elsie Bello, 96. She passed away Feb. 10 at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Born in Jersey City she later moved to West New York after she was married. In 2004 she moved to Manahawkin and resided at Stafford by the Bay until 2015, at which time she became a resident at Tallwoods Care Center where she lived for three years. Elsie passed her time in the nursing home working on word search puzzles, playing bingo and cards with the friends that she made there and was an avid knitter and crocheter. Elsie and her husband Angelo owned a stationery store for many years in West New York. She later worked as a seamstress until her retirement. She was predeceased by her husband Angelo in 1968. Surviving are her children and their spouses Carolyn Riccardi and her husband Francis Riccardi, Maureen Santos and her husband Cesar Santos. She was the grandmother of Janine and Patrick Campen, Renee and Joseph Crandall, Marc and Tara Riccardi, Eric Santos, and David Santos. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Julia and Kevin Campen, Stephen and Lia Crandall, and Kendall Riccardi. Elsie was predeceased by six brothers and sisters, with one surviving brother, Charles Magnifico. There were many nieces and nephews in her life.Services arranged by the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, Manahawkin.last_img read more

The 10 Runway Trends You’ll Be Wearing This Year

first_imgEveryone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera. And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point!center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to.last_img read more

NAMB plans for busy conference schedule

first_imgThe National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) has a raft of activities planned for its 122nd annual conference, taking place from 8-11 May at The Highcliff Marriott, Bournemouth.On Saturday 9 May, a golf tournament – The Neil Houliston Cup – will be played at the nearby Meyrick Park Golf Club. There is also a sightseeing boat trip around the coast for Association members. A Saturday night cocktail party will be followed by a four-course banquet meal, the presidential speech and music.Sunday morning kicks off with the AGM, followed by a panel of speakers: Kevin Kingsland, chartered psychologist, TSRi; Joe Hale, consultant, Dragon Brands; and David Powell, Master of the Worshipful Company. The afternoon will see the installation of president elect, Neil MacSymons, as well as a church service, presided over by Paul Jones of former 1960s rhythm and blues band Manfred Mann. And an evening cocktail party has The Wurzles as its theme, with music by tribute band The Mangled Wurzles.l For details, contact Karen Dear on 01920 860117.last_img read more

Neil Young Releases Unheard Acoustic Recordings From 1976 With ‘The Hitchhiker’

first_imgAt the time of the sessions that eventually became The Hitchhiker, Neil Young was slowly emerging from one of the darkest periods of his personal and musical life. Afraid of getting type cast as an acoustic lightweight, he had embraced the use of heavy-rock instrumentation, pushing away a fair chunk of his fan base from his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Harvest period. Coupled with a melancholy mood permeating his life and music that brought on by the death of former Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten, at the time, Young was clearly working through a sea-change in his personal philosophy.The opening song of Hitchhiker, “Pocahontas,” is familiar to fans of Rust Never Sleeps, but this version is infinitely more intimate than any version previously known. Young was very aware of the painful history of the native populations in the Americas and likely identified with their loss of identity. At the time of the song’s writing, these issues were once again on the minds of many Americans, and Young used his trademark nasal vocals to decry American Indians’ treatment and losses.The following tune, “Powderfinger,” continued the vision of forceful loss of culture. The uncertainty of the words is palpable and is a stunning contrast to his innate comfort on the vocals and guitar. On “Captain Kennedy,” his simple percussive taps on the hollow body of his guitar are a powerful touch that echoes the heartbeat and that fade as the protagonist faces his fate. The occasional chuckles and comments before the beginning of these tracks offer an interesting insight into Young’s mood during the recording session as well, like the self-starting thought at the start of “Hawaii.” “Give Me Strength” is the clearest picture of Young’s low emotional ebb, serving as a naked look at his disconnection. The raw nature of the track is part song, part longing for hope.By the time title track “Hitchhiker” rolls around, he seems to accept his place as a transitional force in the lives of everyone around him. With a painful divorce recently completed and a growing alienation from his friends and family, Young seemed in danger of fading away into a drug addled haze. The songs he wrote and recorded for Hitchhiker were clearly him realizing the dangers he faced and repudiating them with all the artistic fight he could muster. While fear of pigeon-holing prevented the release of The Hitchhiker at that point in his career, hearing them now is a wonderful insight into Young’s mindset at the time and moving forward. Though he was loathe to coast on his past successes, he was more than capable of making truly meaningful music in his older styles. That Young decided to fight against creative and personal stagnation and gave us one of the artist’s angriest and most seminal works. Luckily for all of us, we are now gifted with the opportunity to look at what might have been as well as what was. For his thirty-eighth solo record, The Hitchhiker, Neil Young decided to go old school—literally. All the tracks featured on the acoustic album were recorded in a single day in 1976 and have languished in archives ever since. Though some of these tracks were reworked and appeared on later albums, such as Young’s seminal Rust Never Sleeps, the songs were never heard in their original acoustic format—that is, until now. The reasons why this material ended up collecting dust for decades is almost as interesting as the music itself. You can hear The Hitchhiker in its entirety and check out our review of the album below.last_img read more

The morality of meatlessness: Why children choose vegetarianism

first_imgThe study began a few years ago when Karen Hussar, Ed.M.’06, Ed.D.’07, then a doctoral student, became interested in children who chose to become vegetarians at a young age (6-10) despite being raised in meat-eating families. To what extent, she wondered, was this decision based on morals, not health?In September, Professor Paul Harris, Hussar’s adviser and project collaborator, presented Hussar’s ongoing research at a discussion sponsored by the Ed School’s Civic and Moral Education Initiative. Harris explained that Hussar studied these “independent vegetarian” children, as she called them, as well as “family vegetarians” — children who grew up in vegetarian families — and a third group who, Harris said, “ate and enjoyed meat.”The initial question they explored was how these children view meat eating and why they might not eat meat. The independent vegetarians overwhelmingly cited animal rights as a top reason for not eating meat, while family vegetarians split the reasons between animal rights, family influence, and religion. Meat eaters said health and taste were top reasons for not eating certain meats.“This first study was simple yet provocative,” said Harris, “with the independent vegetarians giving genuine moral reasons: the suffering and death that meat eating entails. They empathize with the pain and distress.”Read more about the study: Read Full Storylast_img read more

A symposium on teaching, learning

first_imgThe Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) is planning a University-wide symposium designed to engage faculty and students in dialogue and debate, while sharing ideas and information about pedagogical innovation.The conference on Feb. 3 will bring together members of the Harvard community with leading scholars and teachers from both the University and beyond its gates to share their perspectives on teaching and learning in higher education. The session will be held in Harvard’s Northwest Science Building.Developed as part of a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, the event aims to stimulate discussion around evidence-based innovation in education. Sessions will pose key questions and offer perspectives aimed at helping to inform future pedagogies; to showcase novel, inventive, or exceptional approaches to teaching; and to forge connections across the University and beyond. Organizers hope that participants will, in effect, become students during the daylong symposium, learning new teaching techniques and strategies that they can use in their classrooms and share with colleagues.“We will provide the means and encouragement to faculty to teach in new, exciting ways,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We will embrace opportunities to harness technology. We will support a cycle of creativity and renewal by evaluating methods and courses and programs, by experimenting and letting ourselves fail in some instances so that we can be bold enough to succeed in others.”A series of interactive breakout sessions will highlight improved learning through innovation in practice. There will be three keynote discussions, including “The Science of Learning,” “Innovation in Higher Education,” and “Looking to the Future.”Participants include Steven Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology and Harvard College Professor; John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and faculty co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and Harvard Provost Alan Garber.Simultaneously, HILT will sponsor a resource fair open to the Harvard community. The fair, located in the Northwest Building’s garden level, will feature representatives from the University’s teaching and learning centers, related interfaculty initiatives, academic technology resources, museums, and libraries.Seating for the event is limited. Faculty, students, and staff interested in attending can apply for tickets. Segments of the symposium will also be streamed live from 8:15 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 to noon at www.harvard.edu/livestream.The Hausers’ gift launched the initiative in October and is meant to serve as a catalyst for transforming students’ educational experience. The fund enables the University to marshal its considerable intellectual resources to engage a new generation of students with pioneering teaching practices, building on the long history of educational reform at Harvard.See more information on the Hauser gift and the initiative.last_img read more