Chinese Language Program showcases student talent in poetry competition

first_imgThe Chinese Poetry Recitation Competition, organized by the Chinese Language Program of Harvard’s Department of East Languages and Civilizations (EALC), began last Friday (11/9) at 3:30 when two student MCs, donning East Asian Studies t-shirts, performed a brief comedic skit and then instructed the audience to turn off its cellphones in Chinese. The event’s brochure promised the audience a chance to “explore the Chinese literary heritage” and this promise was certainly delivered, with a little bit of humor and a lot of dramatic flair.Dozens of members of the Harvard community flocked to the Yenching Auditorium at 2 Divinity Ave. to listen to students declaim poems and songs in Chinese, usually accompanied by glossy PowerPoint presentations with English translations and traditional music. The competition’s three judges, Jennifer Liu, Emily Huang, and David Wang, all EALC faculty, could be seen throughout the competition nodding with approval, as the 37 participants masterfully worked their way through such verses as “Regret for Peony Flowers” by Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi and Meng Haoran’s classic “Spring Dawn.”last_img read more

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Economy boost

first_imgAmid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a report released this week shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South.According to the Battelle study, “Impact and Innovation: Agbioscience in the Southern United States,” agriculture, forestry, and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and supports over 2.2 million jobs with labor income totaling $62 billion. Agbioscience encompasses a broad continuum of development, production and value-added use of plants and animals for food, health, fuel and industrial applications. The study’s findings show that agbioscience, its value-chain in production and the downstream industrial activity are vital to the country’s sustainable global and domestic economic future. The Southern region helps drive that activity. In addition, the downstream processing of agriculture, forestry and fisheries output into value-added food and industrial products adds an additional $1 trillion in output across the Southern region’s economy and almost 4.6 million jobs with labor income totaling over $200 billion.“The current and future importance of the agbiosciences is hard to overstate,” said Simon Tripp, a co-author of the report. “For instance, this science and industry sector is fundamental to the survival of the world’s expanding population, the food security of our nation, and the health of our population.”The dean of the University of Georgia’s agricultural college credits land-grant research for pushing the industry ahead.“Agriculture is the foundation of our economy in Georgia,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The innovation and education from our college has helped put the industry on a positive trajectory to become one of the leading food and fiber producers in the world.” Georgia’s total food and fiber sector employs 688,586 Georgia workers and has annual sales of nearly $107 billion, over $12 billion at the farm level. Food and fiber supplies more than 13 percent of the total employment in the economy and over 11 percent of the value-added business. UGA is most noted across the region and the nation as a leader in crop genetics, variety development, food safety and cutting-edged animal research. “Innovations from our college enhance the state’s ability to attract new, lucrative biotech firms to the state while continuing to support the vital agriculture industry that grows jobs and revenue at all levels of the economy,” Angle said. “Agriculture is one of the most stable industries in any economic environment.” The industry’s tremendous economic impact across the Southern region is due in large part to the modern science and technology innovations from the Land-grant University Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station System. The system successfully addresses agriculture’s crucial national and global needs through research and development, practice improvement, skills enhancement, and new technology introduction, dissemination, and adoption, the Battelle report shows. “The findings from this study underscore agbioscience’s potential in the Southern region, said Saied Mostaghimi, director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research and graduate studies at Virginia Tech, and this year’s leader of the region’s research association. “By utilizing the research and development power of our land-grant universities, we can develop the knowledge and appropriate technologies to further increase agriculture and forestry production for food, fiber, and fuel, while improving food safety and nutrition, enhancing environmental stewardship, and promoting economic development,” he said. The study notes the Land-grant University Extension Service and Experiment Station System is on the frontline of sustaining and securing U.S. competitiveness in what is, and will continue to be, a sector of core strategic importance for the country.This U.S. system of research and extension provides science and technology development and transformational education that keep Southern Region agriculture, agribusiness, and associated business sectors at the forefront of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. These advancements create and sustain jobs and contribute to a strong regional, national and global economy. “Throughout our hundred-year history, Cooperative Extension has set the pace of change in agriculture, natural resources and rural America. In today’s fast-changing world, we must provide the best decision-making tools and Extension education possible to farmers, ranchers, families and communities,” said Beverly Sparks, UGA’s associate dean for Extension and leader of the region’s extension directors this year. “It is imperative the Southern region be well-prepared to take advantage of the tremendous potential we have before us.”Sustaining the Extension Service and Experiment Station System, further investing in it, and addressing its challenges are keys to maintaining the strength of the economic and social fabric of the nation, the region and the state. (Who said this?)“The Southern Region’s Extension Service and Experiment Station System represents a uniquely powerful resource,” said Deborah Cummings, a co-author of the report. “In recognition of this importance, the system is traditionally supported by federal, state, and local governments, and by industry, producers, commodity organizations, and other key stakeholders. This support must not only be sustained, but ideally—given the size and scope of grand domestic and global challenges addressed by the agbiosciences—should be significantly expanded so that the Southern Region can take advantage of the large-scale opportunities presented,” she said.Over the past four years, UGA CAES has sustained cuts from the state budget totally well over 20 percent and the pending federal cuts will take more from the college’s resources. “In our science and technology-based economic development practice at Battelle, we have observed the consistent rise of agbioscience as a core driver of economic growth and business expansion opportunities for the U.S.,” co-author Tripp said. “This is an extremely dynamic sector, leveraging sustainable biobased resources to produce goods that meet large-scale market needs. The Southern Region is a global leader in traditional agricultural economic activity, and can count itself as one of a select few regions in the world that is also leading the charge in emerging areas of the modern bioeconomy.”The full report is available online at: www.LSUAgCenter.com/SouthernAgbioscienceImpactlast_img read more

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Clayton Kershaw dominates on the mound, contributes at the plate but Dodgers lose two

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LHP Manny Banuelos started the game in Maryvale and gave up six runs on six hits (including a leadoff homer by Christian Yelich) in 3 1/3 innings.HITTING REPORT:  Kershaw drove in the Dodgers’ only run against the Padres with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.“The mentality as a starting pitcher is you just pinch-hit once every five days,” Kershaw said. “So for me, it’s just try to be a competitive at-bat. You’re not looking for results, really. As long as you get your bunts down and things like that, that’s the most important thing. Having the guy waste a few pitches is good too.”The Dodgers had just four hits in the loss to the Padres. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In the game against the Brewers, prospect Edwin Rios hit a home run over the batter’s eye in straightaway center field.It was Rios’ third home run of the spring and the second time this week he had cleared the hitting background with one.Joc Pederson was 2 for 4 with a double against the Brewers and Matt Kemp was 1 for 2 with a single and a sacrifice fly.UP NEXT: LHP Alex Wood is scheduled to start against the Oakland A’s (Kendall Graveman) at Camelback Ranch, 7 p.m. (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). THE GAMES: The Dodgers lost a pair of split-squad games Sunday afternoon, 2-1 to the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch and 7-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale.PITCHING REPORT: LHP Clayton Kershaw maintained his 0.00 spring ERA with another five scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres.He gave up five hits while striking out eight. This spring, he has allowed 11 hits and struck out 19 in 14 2/3 innings with one more start scheduled before the Dodger break camp in Arizona.LHP Adam Liberatore gave up a home run to Hunter Renfroe. After not giving up a hit in his first four spring appearances, Liberatore has been charged with seven runs in his past 3 2/3 innings.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

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Infrastructure: Key to Quality of Life

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the availability of quality infrastructure, which her government is endeavoring to provide for the Liberian people, is the key to quality livelihood for the people.President Sirleaf stressed that if basic infrastructure, including roads, electricity and water, that have been non-functional for decades as a result of the civil conflict, are rehabilitated, they will improve the quality of life of Liberians.She said these infrastructures will eventually improve other services such as education, quality healthcare, as well as boost agriculture which remains Liberia’s potential for investment and growth. Receiving the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen and delegation at her Foreign Affairs Ministry office this week, President Sirleaf expressed appreciation for their visit.Ms. Ploumen, at the head of a high-level trade mission, including representatives of at least 30 Dutch companies, was in the country for a one-day Liberia-Netherlands Business and Investment Dialogue.President Sirleaf pointed out that Liberia is open for business, especially businesses that will foster inclusive economic growth. She used the occasion to appeal for investment in the country’s youthful population.She also assured Ms. Ploumen and delegation that their investment, would be “fully protected” under the laws of Liberia.President Sirleaf meanwhile recalled the strong ties subsisting between Liberia and the Netherlands beginning with the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) becoming one of the first international airlines to operate in Liberia after the construction of the Roberts International Airport (RIA).Minister Ploumen, in response, expressed appreciation to President Sirleaf for the opportunity afforded them to undertake, what she termed “This unique visit to Liberia.” She also assured Liberians of their interest to invest in Liberia, especially the country’s young population.She disclosed that the Dutch entrepreneurs see many opportunities in working with Liberia. Ms. Ploumen stated that the entrepreneurs have not come to Liberia for a “quick wins”; rather they were in Liberia for a long term commitment to the people and to invest in its economy.She then pledged to work with the Liberian government in attracting Dutch private investment saying, “We will work with our friends and private companies to invest in Liberia favorably.”She highlighted the upcoming financial conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week to boost economic growth and capacity building in the countries worst affected by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.The delegation was accompanied to the office of the President by Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo. The delegation thereafter departed for Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONEGAL DEMOCRAT CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO STAND DOWN

first_imgTHE Chief Executive of the company which owns the Donegal Democrat is to stand down from his position in March 2012, the company has announced.John Fry is boss of newspaper publisher Johnston Press which has endured a worse start to 2011 than expected with Irish revenues dipping 19 per cent.The group, whose titles also include the Derry Journal and Yorkshire Post said total advertising for the first nine weeks of 2011 for its dozens of British and Irish titles fell 11.4 per cent compared with a drop of 6.4 per cent for the whole of 2010. In Ireland, revenues fell to Stg£11 million from Stg£13.6 million a year earlier.“We also saw an improvement in the rate of decline in the Republic of Ireland but this is a result of the comparatives in 2009 being lower rather than any improvement in the economic conditions in that market,” the group said in a statement.The weak trading, together with chief executive John Fry’s decision to stand down by March 2012 and a forecast that the economic outlook for 2011 would remain uncertain, sent Johnston shares down more than 20 per cent.Johnston shares were down 21 per cent to just 9.7 pence yesterday, valuing the company at around £62 million. Reuters reported analysts at brokerage Numis who said they had placed their target price for Johnston shares and their recommendation on the stock under review. “Given the lower base, (the) weak start to 2011 and mindful of inflationary cost pressure in newsprint we are downgrading our full-year 2011 pretax profit (forecast) from £40 million to £30 million,” they said in a note.The negative factors overshadowed the fact the group posted its first underlying operating profit increase since 2004, due to cost cuts and stronger digital advertising revenue, the news agency reported.Operating profit rose 3.9 per cent to £72 million, after the group cut total operating costs by £30.1 million, on revenue down 6 per cent to £398 million.“The board’s short-term priority remains debt reduction,” it said. “No final dividend is proposed.”The group said it would start looking for a new chief executive after Mr Fry said he would step down from his role by March 2012. further reading here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/mar/09/johnston-press-downturn#start-of-commentsDONEGAL DEMOCRAT CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO STAND DOWN was last modified: March 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUM

first_imgParentstop, Donegal’s free and confidential parent support service, is advocating for a YES vote in the Children’s Referendum. Parentstop Manager, Patricia Lee, said the service is asking people to vote YES because “This referendum is a chance to bring our laws in line with our values as a society – and how we now view children.  A YES vote will make a real and positive difference to the lives of children in Ireland. As we approach the final days of the campaign, I am asking you to join us and take part in a final push to inform the electorate, get out to vote and deliver a resounding ‘Yes’ for children”.Patricia went on to highlight some of the “facts” from the Yes Campaign. There were 1,500 confirmed cases of child abuse in 2011. If a YES vote is successful then, for the first time, the Constitution will take a child-centred approach to child protection and will put an onus on the State to better support families. Patricia also pointed to the almost 2,000 children living in long term State care, who would finally be eligible for adoption in cases where the child cannot successfully return to their birth family.  And she stated that 65% of children are not asked their opinion in court decisions affecting them. The changes will mean that for the first time, judges must listen to the views of children when making their decision in court cases relating to custody or child protection.The Children’s Referendum takes place on Saturday November 10th 2012. The referendum will decide whether our Constitution is updated to strengthen the protection of children in Irish law. Parentstop encourages parents to vote yes for children’s rights and for young people aged 18 and over to vote for those young people who have not yet reached voting age.  Five Reasons to Vote YES in Children’s Referendum*:·         Children will have their rights protected in the constitution·         All children will get the same protection from the state ·         All children will have a chance to grow up in a loving and stable family·         When a decision is made about a child, it will be made in the best interests of that child·         Children will have a right to be heard when decisions are made about them VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUM was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUMlast_img read more

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