New Center targets environmental health disparities in Massachusetts

first_imgA new collaborative effort by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health aims to address the health effects of exposure to multiple negative environmental and social factors—such as air pollution, excess noise, lack of green space, and crime—in communities across Massachusetts. The Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH) is among five nationwide Centers of Excellence that recently received federal funding for environmental health disparities research.“We know that air pollution, temperature, and other factors in the environment where people live can affect their health. Our goal is to understand how certain characteristics, such as race or income, neighborhood, and features of homes—such as the age or proximity to a busy road—can interact to affect health risk,” said CRESSH co-director Francine Laden, professor of environmental epidemiology at Harvard Chan School. “Together with a strong working relationship with our community partners we aim to provide evidence that will lead to the most effective intervention targets for improving people’s health.”The CRESSH team will study how air pollution, weather, and housing conditions may affect birth weight, childhood growth trajectories, and risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and whether improved urban housing may benefit health. They will also partner with community organizations on research activities and to develop culturally appropriate materials to suggest ways to reduce exposure to harmful environmental agents. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Sir Antony Sher on RSC’s Death of a Salesman & Why Willy Loman is Like Shakespeare

first_img View Comments Antony Sher, the actor-knight who was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award in 1997 for his performance as the British painter Stanley Spencer in Stanley, has played many of the great Shakespearean roles—now is he tackling one of the American theatrical Everests. The Royal Shakespeare Company mounting of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman officially transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre on May 13, starring Sher as Willy Loman, Harriet Walter as Linda and helmed by Sher’s husband Gregory Doran. caught Sir Antony during the final stretch of the play’s initial run in Stratford-upon-Avon to talk setting Shakespeare to one side and the enduring power of Miller’s portrait of failure.After a lifetime steeped in Shakespeare, you’re playing Willy Loman. How did this come about?It was doing the Arthur Miller play Broken Glass a few years ago at the Tricycle Theatre and then on the West End and that was just so fulfilling and rich that it made me wonder what else by Miller I might be able to do. The RSC spent a couple of years trying to secure the rights and here we are.Willy Loman has had many famous interpreters over time, including Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Was that nerve-wracking?It might have been if I had seen any of them, but the fact is I’ve never seen Salesman on stage! [Laughs.] And thank goodness, really, because it can become inhibiting when you come to play the great parts—the famous parts—whether by Shakespeare or anyone else to have images of them in your head.But hadn’t you been in Salesman before?That’s right, as part of [director] Richard Eyre’s company at Nottingham in 1977 in a production with the late Jimmy Jewel as Willy Loman. I played the small part of Howard, Willy’s boss. But it’s funny, I don’t have a clear memory at all of that production or of that experience.If you’re going to play an American role for the RSC, it makes sense to tackle one of Shakespearean dimensions.Which is why the decision was taken to perform Death of a Salesman on the main Shakespeare stage in Stratford. This was the first time ever that there wasn’t a Shakespeare play on in the main house on Shakespeare’s birthday [April 23] and a lot of people have been slapping Greg [Doran, the director]’s wrists. But I think it’s a completely valid decision: as a modern tragedy, Miller’s play holds its own alongside the great Shakespeare tragedies.The play seems no less resonant now than in 1949, when it premiered.And to think that one of the great American plays is about failure—that this country obsessed with success and with making it has this play about failing and about not making it.Do you feel that Salesman has a particularly strong effect on an audience?The silence you hear is something I haven’t always encountered in a theater and the degree to which it moves people performance after performance—people who are very upset and find it difficult to talk. There’s also humor in the play, but I wasn’t surprised by that: Miller has a gift for putting very good laughs into the most tragic situations.You’ve played so many defining roles, but few from the American repertoire. Is there a reason for that?I think that’s probably true, but the ones I have done have always been significant to me in my career. Torch Song Trilogy was an important play for me to do as a gay man [Sher starred on the West End in actor-author Harvey Fierstein’s original role] and Broken Glass was fascinating because it’s the play where Miller comes out about being Jewish.What do you mean?He always insisted he wasn’t a Jewish writer, but a Jew who wrote. In Broken Glass, he absolutely writes about being Jewish and different attitudes to being Jewish.You’ve written books chronicling your acting experiences—most recently The Year of the Fat Knight, about playing Falstaff in the two Henry IV plays for the RSC.I find those books very satisfying to do. I started the Falstaff one back while we were still playing it so I was both writing it and doing the illustrations while still doing the part, which I found enormously stimulating. It’s as if the writing and the drawing are enlivening the stage performance at the same time. You’re reminding yourself how this whole extraordinary journey had come about.Will you be chronicling Willy Loman in the same way?No, there’ve only been a few of these books and that one felt somehow as if it was crying out to be done because I had never dreamt of playing Falstaff: it was the most strange and unexpected thing that I ended up doing it.Are you looking forward to reprising the role of Falstaff at BAM in New York next spring?Yes—it’s is true what people say about playing to a New York audience, that there is a real buzz that is different. Both of my experiences on Broadway [Stanley in 2007 and Primo in 2005] were very exciting and I’m tremendously excited about BAM. That particular auditorium, the Harvey, is one of the most beautiful theaters.Given its success, was adapting and starring in Primo especially meaningful?We ran during the summer at the Music Box and I remember people saying at the time that you simply will not get an audience because your audience is Jewish and there are no Jews in New York in the summer because they’ve all gone to their homes in Connecticut. So I was braced for this empty theater and by god, we were delighted by how full it was.Might you take Willy Loman and Salesman across the Atlantic?[Laughs.] A company from England doing Miller in New York? We’d be lynched; we’d be torn apart! It’s completely unthinkable. But I’m really delighted that we’re coming to the West End so that the show can have a longer life.last_img read more

Picking bulbs

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaPaul Thomas loves bulbs that produce fragrant flowers.“I absolutely adore hyacinths,” said the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “I’ve found that a good grouping of hyacinths puts a fragrance all over the garden. I love paperwhites for the same reason. I like to have my nose in the garden.”Hyacinths come in various colors and have a large, cylinder-shaped mass of flowers at the tops of their stems. Paperwhites have smaller, white flowers. He also adds old timey jonquils to the fragrant list. These jonquils look like smaller versions of daffodils. Unlike their larger cousins, the plants have very thin leaves, and their flowers have a longer trumpet shape. At an old home site in Georgia, Thomas found jonquils from cultivars that are almost 200 years old. He now has some of them in his garden.Spanish eyes “put up an awful lot of foliage first. It comes up as this big green pincushion of fairly large leaves and then it puts up a stunning bunch of sky blue flowers,” he said. “You can’t kill them, and they’re just marvelous.”For a flower that is “tough as nails,” Thomas likes Star of Bethlehem. These bulbs have very grass-like, variegated leaves and hundreds of star-like flowers. “If you have an area in full sun that has poor soil where other things die, put this plant there, and at least once a year, you’ll have a solid green and white carpet that explodes into millions of white flowers.”Most bulbs do best in full sunlight, but rain lilies will grow in the shade. Their white flowers will only appear after prolonged wet periods, “when we get a rare frog-strangler” of two to three inches of rain, Thomas said. For early color, gardeners should plant crocus and paperwhites. “There’s a bit of misinformation that you can just take crocus bulbs and throw them on the lawn,” he said. “That may work up north but not in Georgia.” Instead, open the ground under turfgrass at a 45-degree angle with a trowel. Plant the crocus, and then push the sod back. It won’t hurt the grass, and the crocus will be dormant in time for spring green-up.“I can plant about 100 crocus bulbs in 7 to 10 minutes using this method,” Thomas said. “Always pick a day when the sod is wet so the work will go quickly.”Other plants he considers worthwhile are hyacinthus orientalis, which have fragrant purple flowers, and star lilies, which are related to the onion but are not edible.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

You already have fraud protection tools that are better than the ones Obama proposed

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On Monday, President Obama previewed his two big solutions for the problem of identity theft. But it turns out they may do little for your Kara BrandeiskyAmericans are terrified of identity theft. They’re more afraid of identity theft than every other crime, Gallup says. And they have good reason to be: Over the past year, millions of consumers have had sensitive personal information exposed in data breaches.Well, President Obama has heard your concerns. He’ll offer at least two big solutions in next week’s State of the Union address. Obama previewed those ideas during a speech at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday.Bottom line: If you’re afraid of an identity thief racking up debts in your name, don’t rest easy just yet. Here’s what the president’s proposals wouldn’t accomplish—and what you can do instead to protect yourself.#1: A federal notification requirement for security breachesObama’s idea: Pass a new federal law requiring businesses to tell consumers their personal information has been exposed within a month of a breach. continue reading »last_img read more

Bay Shore Man, 26, Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old Bay Shore man was killed Friday night when his motorcycle crashed into a tree in Calverton, Suffolk County police said. The motorcyclist was identified as Darien Grasman. Police said Grasman was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Mill Road, west of Edwards Avenue, at approximately 7:45 p.m., when he lost control of the motorcycle, skidded off the roadway and struck a tree. Grasman was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Seventh Squad detectives at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

Cairns real estate: sister suburbs will save you money

first_imgFAR NORTH SISTER SUBURBSLooking at Whitfield? Try Manoora or Manunda. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhat does property demand mean?01:38IT is a dilemma that can face even the most disciplined of savers.You have been strict and got a deposit you think is enough to buy that dream property but then a good, hard look at the numbers in the cold light of day has you coming up short. There are more affordable options at Mission Beach or South Mission Beach. Love the idea of a beachfront home at Wongaling Beach? A sister suburb to Port Douglas – 4 Riflebird Crescent, Mossman Median house pricesBayview Heights $415,000Earlville $397,500Woree $303,000 (DATA: CoreLogic May 2019) A home in Bayview Heights is on your wish list? Median house pricesWhitfield $547,500Manoora $297,500Manunda $345,000 A sister suburb to Wongaling Beach – 6 Buccaneer St, South Mission Beach Median house pricesTrinity Beach $480,000Smithfield $440,000Kewarra Beach $458,750Trinity Park $440,000More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoYorkeys Knob $395,000 Why not check out Smithfield, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Park or Yorkeys Knob. A sister suburb to Bayview Heights – 56 Rigg Street, Woree There are better bargains to be had in Craiglie or Mossman. Example of a sister suburb to Trinity Beach – 44 Ellis Close, Kewarra BeachThe positive is there are plenty of places in the Far North where you can still buy a good-quality home and be close to amenities for a fraction of the price of other more salubrious locations a comparable distance from the CBD.Described as sister suburbs, buyers prepared to move their search away from their ideal neighbourhood to a locality nearby could save thousands.Sometimes these areas are just next to a sought-after suburb, but often the more extreme price differences can be found in sister suburbs on the other side of town with a similar commute distance and common amenities such as parks or cafes. How about looking at Earlville or Woree. Hoping to buy in Trinity Beach? Median house pricesWongaling Beach $372,000Mission Beach $308,000South Mission Beach $340,000 Median house pricesPort Douglas $615,000Craiglie $580,000Mossman $361,000 A sister suburb to Whitfield – 12 Satinay Cl, ManooraReal Estate Institute of Queensland Far North zone chairman Tom Quaid said Manunda and Manoora were excellent examples of sister suburbs, being adjacent to Edge Hill and Whitfield.“There suburbs are the same proximity to the CBD, in similar, and in some cases better, school catchments,” he said.“In the case of Manoora, there are stretches with a similar style of home to what you would find in Edge Hill or Whitfield.“Edge Hill generally attracts quite a strong premium, while Manoora remains one of the best value CBD fringe locations and is well sought after by buyers on a budget.” chief economic Nerida Conisbee said buyers needed to decide what was important when looking to buy.She said sister suburbs have historically been a great investment in the past.And, by considering a cheaper sister suburb, homeowners could invest the money they have saved into paying off more of the home loan, faster. Want a slice of Port Douglas’ laid-back glamour?last_img read more

NegOcc cops prepare as Kanlaon grows restive

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police authorities in Negros Occidental are bracing for possible evacuations of villagers near Mt. Kanlaon.  Based on the latest information released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the volcano’s seismic monitoring network recorded 44 volcano-tectonic earthquakes in a 24-hour period from June 24 to 25. Moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose 200 meters before drifting northwest was observed, and the sulfur dioxide emission has dropped to 237 tonnes a day from 438 tonnes last June 13. Earlier on Monday morning, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at the western flanks of the volcano.  Garcia said a platoon of 32 personnel from NOPPO headquarters at Camp Alfredo Montelibano in this city’s Barangay Estefania are ready to be deployed in case the situation warrant it.  NOPPO spokesperson, Major Edison Garcia, said Palgue ordered the provincial police to conduct an inventory of all personnel and equipment needed for search and rescue operations, should the volcano’s current condition worsens. Colonel Romy Palgue, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) officer-in-charge, ordered his personnel to prepare amid the continued volcanic unrest of Kanlaon, which remains under Alert Level 1. The police stations surrounding the volcano have also been ordered to coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction management councils and offices in order to plan out their course of action and they are told to revisit their contingency plans. The 1st and 2nd Negros Occidental Police Mobile Force Company have also prepared one platoon each, and they are currently placed in police stations which are in proximity to the volcano and are ready to be deployed for search and rescue operations. The continued tremors later forced some residents in Bago City’s Barangay Ilijan to evacuate due to the danger of landslides and rockslides triggered by the earthquakes./PN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGAlast_img read more

Arteta ‘already confirmed’ Coutinho transfer plan

first_img Coutinho, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is the subject of plenty of transfer interest from the Premier League. Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester have all been linked with moves for the playmaker, who left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018. But according to ABC in Spain, Gunners boss Arteta has laid out a plan to make Coutinho an integral player in his side next season. Barcelona are looking to sell their flop and recoup some of the £145million they paid for him as they desperately raise funds for the likes of Lautaro Martinez. Only Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stergen are off limits as Nou Camp bosses desperately try to patch up the leaks in their accounts. Arsenal broke their record transfer fee to land Nicolas Pepe last summer for £72m but will pay Lille in installments over five years. read also:Barcelona: Coutinho wants to join Chelsea So it would surely take plenty of negotiating to work out a deal to bring Coutinho back to the Premier League. Loading… It was in England that he enjoyed the best years of his career so far but Arteta sees the Brazilian as a “dream signing” and someone he can help reach their “best level”. Across his league campaigns, the 2016/17 season under Jurgen Klopp was Coutinho’s most fruitful. He racked up 13 goals and seven assists – the only time he has hit double figures for goals. The ex-Inter Milan man looks set to make this term his next best, though. He has already scored eight and set up six in 22 Bundesliga games, equalling his next-best totals after that 2016/17 season. But despite Coutinho’s decent return, Bayern Munich confirmed they will pass on the chance to make the deal permanent for £105m. The star missed Der Klassiker on Tuesday due to an ankle injury as Bayern took a huge step towards an eighth Bundesliga title in a row. Should Arsenal press forward with an attempt to sign Coutinho, though, they will face heavy competition from Chelsea in particular. But Blues legend Frank Lebouef reckons the West Londoners should forget about the Barca outcast and go all out for Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz instead. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mikel Arteta has reportedly “already confirmed” a transfer plan to sign Philippe Coutinho and is confident he can get the best out of the Brazilian. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Toplast_img read more

Dobson Runs in Boston Marathon

first_img Share Dobson Runs in Boston Marathon BOSTON, Mass. – Rain and windy conditions did not stop West Florida men’s and women’s cross country head coach Matt Dobson from running on Monday. Dobson was one of the thousands who ran in the 26.2 mile course at the 111th Boston Marathon. Despite less than ideal conditions, Dobson finished 112th overall with a time of 2:39.35. He was one of 20,348 runners to complete the course. Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won the marathon after crossing the finish line with a time of 2:14.13. Dobson had run in two previous Boston Marathons. In 2002, he finished 94th out of 17,000 competitors. Two years later, Dobson posted a 49th place finish with a time of 2:39.29. Dobson had posted a second place finish in January at the Walt Disney World Marathon (2:32.23). Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more