The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) held its seventh annual public service celebration on May 5 in the dining hall of Lowell House. A capacity crowd of 240, including PBHA public service leaders and volunteers, Harvard faculty and staff, and invited guests, attended the dinner program to celebrate the year in service, award postgraduate fellowships, honor graduating seniors, and recognize outstanding volunteers.The awards given out included the Stride Rite Post-Graduate Fellowships and the Stride Rite Senior Recognition Award (both sponsored by the Stride Rite Community Service Program), the Neil J. Houston and Donald W. Moreland Awards, and the Spirit of PBHA Awards.The Stride Rite Post-Graduate Fellowships are awarded to exceptional graduating seniors who will dedicate the coming year to projects that build on their past service experience. Recipients were selected based on a history of continuity and long-term investment in a particular service or social justice focus. This year, three fellowships in the range of $25,000 were awarded to Tatiana Chaterji, Kevin Feeney, and Astha Thapa.After graduation, Chaterji will remain in Boston to work with the Association of Haitian Women; Feeney will return home to Oakland, Calif., where he will work with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; and Thapa will return to her home of Nepal, where she will establish a counterpart to Teach for America.The Stride Rite Senior Recognition Award winners are nominated and selected based on the students’ exceptional dedication to service and social change during their undergraduate careers. This year’s recipients are Frank Assaf, Sabrina Forte, Luther Gatewood, Jungmin Lee, Laura Powers, Angelico Razon, and Jill Stockwell.The Donald W. Moreland and the Neil J. Houston Public Service Scholarship Funds are awarded annually to deserving undergraduates who have worked extensively in PBHA programs. The Moreland Award acknowledges selflessness and generosity through volunteer service, and the Houston Award recognizes moral leadership and extraordinary volunteer commitment.The 2008 recipients (all of whom are seniors) are Chethan Bachireddy, Marco Basile, Cindy Cen, Connie Chen, Natasia de Silva, Sarah Howard, Jenny Jordan, Sergio Martinez, Aubrie Pagano, and Hezzy Smith.The Spirit of PBHA Award is a special commendation for outstanding organizational contributions that have made it possible for members of PBHA to better serve the community. This year’s winners include seniors Ajay Kumar and Ashley Pletz.PBHA also honored Alan Stone, Harvard University’s vice president for Government, Community and Public Affairs, for his career in public service and support of the efforts of students at Harvard. Stone is retiring this summer.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 12, 2020 Freestyle Love Supreme Part improv comedy show, part rhyme-dropping experience, Freestyle Love Supreme is a night at the theater unlike any other. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, the production is playing at Broadway’s Booth Theatre through January 5, 2020. Miranda and original FLS member Christopher Jackson stopped by The Today Show on October 1 to talk about the show. “We started doing this in the basement of the Drama Book Shop,” Miranda said of its humble beginnings. Now, the Broadway incarnation features six talented performers; though Miranda and Jackson are not a part of the nightly cast, that doesn’t mean they won’t drop in from time to time to perform. Miranda took the stage just last night. This morning, he and Jackson were up bright and early to tackle a rhyme stemmed from the word “conjugate.” Watch what went down below, and be sure to see Freestyle Love Supreme for yourself! Related Shows Star Files Christopher Jackson Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Sullivan & Christopher Jackson View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda
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China’s weekly number of H7N9 avian flu cases continues to slowly decline following an unprecedented spike of cases over the winter, with 17 more illnesses, 3 of them fatal, reported in the past week.Also, a research team from China published an analysis of cases in Jiangsu province this season, which raises questions about whether illnesses have become more severe over the past few H7N9 waves.New cases in 6 Chinese provincesCiting mainland health officials, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said today in a weekly update that 17 new cases were reported from Mar 24 to Mar 30 in six provinces, most of them in Hunan, Jiangsu, and Guangxi provinces. All patients were adults, with illness onsets ranging from Mar 6 to Mar 24.Sixteen of the patients had exposure to poultry or poultry markets, a known risk factor for contracting H7N9.China has now reported at least 555 cases and 179 deaths in the fifth H7N9 wave. The country first reported the disease in 2013.Experts probe reasons for H7N9 surgeThe analysis of H7N9 cases in Jiangsu province appeared yesterday in the latest issue of Eurosurveillance.Jiangsu is one of the most affected provinces regarding H7N9 cases and is part of southern China’s poultry production hub. The report by Jiangsu researchers covers 109 fifth-wave cases reported through Jan 31, a number that exceeds all of the cases reported for the first four H7N9 waves in that province.Ten of Jiangsu’s 13 cities have been affected this season, with officials reporting a possible human-to-human case cluster and a coinfection with seasonal flu, presumably H3N2.The demographic profile of Jiangsu’s cases this season is similar to previous H7N9 waves, but the investigators said that, over the past three waves, disease progression seems faster, with the median time from symptom onset to intensive care unit admission decreasing from 9 to 10 days to 7 days. Likewise, the median time from symptom onset to death has also become shorter: 13.5 for the current wave, compared with 15 to 28 days for the last four waves.Genetic analysis of strains from recent Jiangsu cases, however, showed no known mutations that would make the virus more transmissible to people, easier to spread among people, or resistant to neuraminidase inhibitors, the most commonly used class of antiviral drugs.A December spike in cases could have been influenced by weather conditions as well as higher levels of contamination in poultry, the authors said, adding that an increase in environmental positives hints that the virus might be more resistant to higher ambient temperatures. They added, though, that more work is needed to analyze genetic sequences and to study the interactions among the factors that lead to human infections.Several cities, including Suzhou, Wuxi, and Changzhou, temporarily closed live-poultry markets in December, which was followed by a case decline in January, with an even steeper drop in February.The group concluded that it’s crucial to monitor the pandemic potential and the impact that recent genetic changes may have on the poultry industry. Also, they said more efforts are needed to more quickly identify the disease in people, especially at community clinics, which is where nearly half of H7N9 patients first seek medical care.See also:Mar 31 CHP H7N9 updateMar 30 Eurosurveill report
A recent book review seminar was held in South Africa, specifically on Chinese president Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.The seminar was held at the Chinese embassy in Pretoria, under the theme: People-Centered, and building a beautiful China, beautiful South Africa, and beautiful Africa.Chinese ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian delivered a keynote speech at the event.Lin said Xi’s book was the best way to understand his thoughts on governance.“The two books and the report delivered by his excellency Secretary General XI Jinping at the 19th China people National Congress provide the most systematic and authoritative reading for Chinese and foreigners readers to understand the gist of XI jinpings…to find comprehensively understand China’s past, present and future,” he said.Nearly 300 people attended the book review seminar in Pretoria.It was meant to take a closer look at China’s recently concluded 19th CPC National Congress, and Xi Jinping’s vision for China and the world.
Last Updated: 4th April, 2020 06:34 IST Amir Khan Eyeing Career Swansong Against Pacquiao Or Brook Former world champion Amir Khan said Friday that he is eager to end his boxing career with a lucrative bout against ring great Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook Last week saw Khan offer his 60,000 square feet (5,600 square-metre) wedding venue in his home town of Bolton to Britain’s National Health Service amid concerns the surge in the number of coronavirus patients was leading to a shortage of hospital beds.Image credits: AP “I want to fight — we just don’t know how long the coronavirus is going to last,” added Khan. COMMENT FOLLOW US First Published: 4th April, 2020 06:34 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US “I have a couple of fights left in me — one or two at least,” said Khan, speaking to promoter Eddie Hearn via Instagram on Friday. “The biggest fights motivate me. When you’ve made so much money and won world titles, what’s going to motivate you? “A Manny Pacquiao fight is huge, wherever it was, then you have Kell Brook, another massive fight in the UK.” Written By LIVE TV Press Trust Of India Khan won an Olympic silver medal at the age of just 17 and as a professional took two light-welterweight titles. But apart from a 2016 bout with Canelo Alvarez, he has been unable to secure a fight against one of boxing’s current global stars such as Floyd Mayweather or Pacquiao. But any thoughts about when he might next fight have been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a state of lockdown in Britain, with boxing one of several major sports worldwide effectively suspended by the spread of COVID-19. Former world champion Amir Khan said Friday that he is eager to end his boxing career with a lucrative bout against ring great Manny Pacquiao or in an all-British contest with Kell Brook. The 33-year-old Khan, who won his last bout with a fourth-round victory over Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia in July, had reportedly been considering retirement, but he is determined to go out with a flourish against high-class opposition.Khan eyeing career swansong WATCH US LIVE