Waste not, want not

first_img Jeffrey Frankel cites domino effect of problems in China, huge U.S. deficit, likely decline in jobs and spending Broad Leib also understood that the basic problem the clinic has been addressing was about to grow dramatically. “There are already so many people who were in vulnerable situations,” she says. “The crisis has exacerbated food access challenges for those people, and it has added so many more individuals and families in need. Workers are losing jobs, especially those doing hourly work — many, in fact, who work in the food industry. We are going to see a huge increase in people who suddenly need help getting basic needs met, especially food.”COVID-19 also adds a complex new layer to concerns about food safety. Not only are more people going to need food; they also need safer ways to get it. As the emphasis on the importance of social distancing has increased, new ways must be found to deliver food directly to seniors and immunocompromised individuals in their homes.In response, the clinic put out a brief with recommendations for federal and state governments, as well as for agencies such as FEMA and the USDA, looking at opportunities under existing government programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, to facilitate food delivery during the COVID-19 crisis. They also have come up with proposals for getting food from food banks and other organizations delivered directly to people’s doors, and for getting Congress to supplement existing community-based food delivery organizations.The clinic shared its brief with contacts in Congress on March 23 as the House and Senate, the president, executive agencies, and state governments across the country debated many of these policies. They have been working closely with members of Congress, helping support congressional requests to the USDA to use its authority to support food delivery. The team is also tracking state and local policies to stay on top of the best models for how state and local governments are ensuring vulnerable people stay fed in this crisis.The brief also encourages investment in a growing number of technology solutions that match food donors to recovery organizations that pick up and deliver the donated foods, such as Food Rescue Hero and Replate.“We make the point that these technologies can be really responsive to the challenges of the moment,” says Broad Leib, “but most of them have been developed by small nonprofits. Helping them scale up quickly to meet the needs of the growing number of people who need food support is going to require an investment.” “It’s been a really chaotic and frightening time. It’s as if everywhere we turn there are ways this crisis is impacting the food system.” — Emily Broad Leib, HLS Jesse Lazarus ’22, a student in Broad Leib’s Food Law and Policy seminar, played a major role in preparing this brief, focusing on public-private partnerships, describing existing efforts, and making policy recommendations to expand home delivery. “This is probably one of the most meaningful projects I have worked on since coming to law school, if not in my life,” says Lazarus. “It is an experience I will likely recall for many years to come, as I think back on this incredibly challenging time for the U.S. and the world.”Broad Leib and the clinic also focused on anticipated new challenges to the food system as a whole, in particular the loss of market access for the many farmers and producers who sell in farmers markets or depend on large purchases by schools and universities. The clinic collaborated with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to propose legislative actions to unlock already appropriated funding to these farmers, and to redirect funds that will be underutilized during this crisis. “Local foods are now a $12 million business in the U.S.,” Broad Leib says. “We don’t want these food producers to go out of business or sell their farms.”Brianna Johnson-King ’21, a student now in the clinic for her second semester, worked on that brief, researching what flexibility existing statutes allowed. She found, for example, that a statute that supplies vouchers to low-income seniors to purchase food at farmers markets could also allow the government to make bulk purchases directly from farmers for distribution to seniors, a step that could help ensure the money is flowing to small farmers even if farmers markets are closed during COVID-19. How the institute converted a clinical processing lab into a large-scale COVID-19 testing facility in a matter of days Harvard scientists take various approaches in the race for a treatment for the deadly coronavirus Why odds of a coronavirus recession have risen Facing a pandemic, Broad does a quick pivot During a pandemic, a lot of things come to a halt, but one thing that never ceases is our need for a reliable supply of safe, nutritious food. Harvard Law School Professor Emily Broad Leib, J.D. ’08, director of the HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), and her students have been working furiously to ensure that the most vulnerable — and ultimately the rest of us — are fed.Broad Leib and the clinic have long been a resource for food producers, food-focused nonprofits, government agencies, legislators, policy experts, and other food system stakeholders. But since early March, as the COVID-19 crisis has grown, she and a team of students and clinic staff have worked around the clock, writing briefs aimed at saving tons of food that could feed the hungry, and working to inform the response to COVID-19, including legislation that Congress has been hammering out.According to Feeding America, a national network of food banks, one in seven Americans relied on food banks to get enough to eat before the pandemic. The clinic is a national leader in policy efforts to prevent food waste and promote food recovery, which it undertakes by partnering to provide legal and policy support to a range of programs that pick up excess food from universities, restaurants, and other organizations and get it to food banks.As universities suddenly began to move to online learning and close down most campus operations, and many businesses reduced hours or shut their doors, Broad Leib knew this would leave behind excess food. The clinic mobilized quickly to prepare a handout urging organizations not to shutter without passing on food that could feed the hungry, explaining liability protections and tax incentives for food donations, and providing information on where and how to donate food. Many organizations responded, including Harvard Law School, which now has a food donation program in the works. According to Feeding America, a national network of food banks, one in seven Americans relied on food banks to get enough to eat before the pandemic. A multipronged attack against a shared enemy Related Johnson-King grew up in rural Ohio and has a strong interest in agriculture and the farmer’s perspective. As she researched and wrote for the brief from home, she kept the TV on in the background. The situation worsened from hour to hour as more cities and states announced shutdowns and farmers markets voluntarily closed. She says she felt the pressure: “In the back of my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to get this out in time for Congress to have a chance to act on any of it?’”The clinic got that brief out by March 23 and followed it up with a companion document for state governments. By March 27, both the Senate and House had passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which includes funding for direct assistance to food producers, and President Trump had signed it into law. “The act does not directly address the changes we recommended; however, it still provides funding for the local and regional producers we aim to help,” Johnson-King says.Broad Leib believes they are gaining traction. The clinic is involved in ongoing discussions with members of Congress on other aspects of the brief that may find their way into the next relief package. She is also looking ahead to the impact that COVID-19 may have on the food supply chain as a whole. “I don’t intend to cause panic, but I am certainly thinking about that.”“A lot of the workers harvesting our crops are coming across the border,” says Broad Leib. “We need to be sure that we are keeping them safe and taking care of them. At the same time, we hear that in agriculture and manufacturing, trying to do social distancing and keep workers safe means having fewer people work at one time. That means we will have to be creative about meeting demand.” But Broad Leib also sees opportunities: “This may be the time for us to be more thoughtful about how we are regulating food and compensating and protecting workers — supporting food from farm to fork. If what comes out of this is that we better appreciate the value of the people and the resources that go into producing our food, that will be a silver lining.”“It’s been a really chaotic and frightening time,” Broad Leib says. “It’s as if everywhere we turn there are ways this crisis is impacting the food system.” She goes on: “I’ve been blown away at the number of our students who have reached out and asked to help, even during spring break. They dove in to this important work while they were also in the midst of moving, transitioning to remote learning, and figuring out their new lives. It’s been amazing. Our students are always amazing, but never more so than in this time.”See the Food Law and Policy Clinic’s COVID-19 Response website for more information and resources.last_img read more

Missing Port Jefferson Man Found Dead Upstate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 47-year-old Port Jefferson man was found dead in upstate New York a day after he was reported missing this week, Suffolk County police said.Daniel Schechter was reported missing from his Cooper Court home on Tuesday and found dead on Slide Mountain in Shandaken on Wednesday, police said.He had turned off his cell phone in the area of Woodstock several hours after he went missing, police had said when they issued a missing persons alert.Authorities had said he was believed to be suicidal, but Suffolk police said New York State Police are now investigating.last_img

How Pregnant Mandy Moore Is Hiding Baby Bump on ‘This Is Us’

first_imgGetting creative! Pregnant Mandy Moore is keeping her baby bump under the radar on This Is Us.“I’m sure you’ll see Rebecca [Pearson] carrying a lot of laundry baskets and oversize purses and God knows what the next couple of months,” the actress, 36, said during a Friday, November 13, Today show appearance.How Pregnant Mandy Moore Is Hiding Her Baby Bump on This Is UsMandy Moore on This Is Us NBC- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While awaiting her little one’s arrival, the New Hampshire native feels “like a sponge” collecting parenting advice. Moore told Hoda Kotb: “I want to soak it all up.”The Princess Diaries star added, “Having played a sort of [the] matriarch of a family for the last five years and getting to sort of see children at various different chapters and stages, I feel like I’m as pseudo-prepared as I can be.”The singer revealed in September that she and her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, have a baby boy on the way. “Baby Boy Goldsmith coming early 2021,” she captioned her Instagram announcement at the time.- Advertisement – The following month, Moore’s TV husband, Milo Ventimiglia, exclusively told Us Weekly about working with the pregnant star.“I’m sure as she’s evolving in her birth, as her belly is growing, then we’ll probably be playing some of those notes up to the Big Three’s birth,” the Gilmore Girls alum, 43, said at the time, referencing Kate, Randall and Kevin Pearson on the NBC show. “As far as I understand it, Mandy’s not really showing right now, but I think it’s gonna creep up on all of us!”- Advertisement – The cast began filming season 5 amid the coronavirus pandemic and took necessary precautions on set.How Pregnant Mandy Moore Is Hiding Her Baby Bump on This Is UsMandy Moore on This Is Us NBC“Mandy and I were inches away on Saturday doing a few scenes together,” Ventimiglia explained to Us. “She’s regularly tested [and] I’m regularly tested because of the seriousness of COVID and knowing that Mandy’s pregnant. We have 150 souls on our crew and nobody wants to put them at risk. I trust Mandy and how she goes about her life away from work, and I think Mandy trusts me for how I go about my life away from work. We’re always mindful of that.”The California native went on to tell Us that fans shouldn’t expect to see “Mandy kissing [a] Jack dummy or Milo kissing [a] Mandy dummy.”This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

H5N1 virus has not grown more dangerous, experts say

first_imgJun 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An international team of experts has concluded that the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Vietnam has not recently improved its ability to spread to or among humans, according to news reports published today.The finding suggests that the immediate risk of a flu pandemic is lower than previously believed, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The report quotes Hans Troedsson, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) representative in Vietnam, as saying, “What was reported to the government is that, according to preliminary findings, they could not find any indication showing that the virus has actually extended its range in humans.”The specimens analyzed by the team of epidemiologists and virologists “did not show changes,” Troedsson told AFP. He called the finding “very good news indeed.””The most important thing is that we could rule out that there was an immediate, imminent pandemic,” Troedsson said. “Since the virus is widely spread, the risk is still there but not as imminent as we initially might have suspected.”The story said the team concluded from “preliminary data” that the virus is not showing any increase in the efficiency of its transmission from birds to humans or from humans to humans.In addition, the experts did not find evidence of previously undetected asymptomatic or mild human cases of H5N1 infection, Troedsson told AFP. The story did not specify how the team looked for such evidence.Hitoshi Oshitani, leader of the team and regional advisor on communicable disease surveillance for the WHO, struck a cautious tone.”We did not find any indications to show that the H5N1 virus is extending its range in humans, though clearly it retains that capability should it change,” the Chinese news service Xinhua quoted him as saying.The AFP story quoted Oshitani as saying, “While it’s good news that we haven’t documented a significant increase in the extent of transmission in humans, there is still no greater threat to winning the battle against avian influenza than complacency.”The team recommended that the Vietnamese government increase its surveillance of the virus in both animals and humans, Xinhua reported. In addition, the group advised the Vietnamese to share samples from future suspected cases with a WHO reference laboratory outside Vietnam for independent confirmation and quality assurance.The team included experts from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Xinhua reported. They left Vietnam yesterday after spending a week there.In May, a panel of experts convened by the WHO in Manila had reported that changing patterns of cases in northern Vietnam suggested that the H5N1 virus might be becoming more infectious for humans. The panel had cited an increase in case clusters, an increase in patients’ average age, and a decrease in the case-fatality rate.The panel also had said genetic studies indicated that H5N1 viruses were becoming more antigenically diverse.In today’s AFP report, Troedsson said the experts who just left Vietnam were able to do “more advanced testing” than had been done at the time of the Manila meeting. The story didn’t say what kinds of tests were done.Elsewhere, Singapore said it has begun preparing for a flu pandemic by stockpiling an antiviral drug and taking steps to secure a vaccine, according to another AFP report today.The country’s health ministry said it has begun buying oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which is used to prevent and treat flu. In addition, the story said, the ministry is exploring possible collaborations with vaccine manufacturers to produce H5N1 vaccines and ensure access to vaccines when they become available.According to the WHO, 108 people have contracted H5N1 infections and 54 have died since the current series of outbreaks began in late 2003.last_img read more

Olivier Giroud ‘frustrated’ with role under Sarri and ready to leave Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Mar 2019 11:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link356Shares The Frenchman appears unlikely to renew his contract with the Blues (Picture: Getty)Olivier Giroud is unhappy with his lack of game time at Chelsea this season and says he is willing to take a step down in order to play a more important role at another club.The Frenchman has not started a Premier League match since the turn of the year, with January recruit Gonzalo Higuain preferred, though he has retained his place in Didier Deschamps’ international squad.Despite Higuain’s mixed performances and Giroud excelling in Europe – he has nine goals in as many appearances in the Europa League this season – he is no closer to the starting XI. Olivier Giroud ‘frustrated’ with bit-part role under Maurizio Sarri and ready to leave Chelsea Commentcenter_img Giroud is still highly regarded in France and made the latest national team squad (Getty)‘It could be that I end my career in France.’Giroud won the Ligue 1 title with Montpellier before moving to Arsenal in 2012 and has been heavily linked with a move to Marseille when his contract expires, though his salary demands are believed to be a stumbling block.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Giroud has not started a Premier League match since Higuain arrived (Picture: Getty)With his contract expiring in the summer, the 32-year-old admits he may need to leave Stamford Bridge having become increasingly annoyed with his current situation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Of course it’s frustrating,’ Giroud told RTL this week. ‘Today, I have the impression that there is clearly no competition [with Higuain] since January.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s like that, I know I’m only going to play in the Europa League and I try to do what it takes to be as effective and important as possible for the team.’On where he could go next, he continued: ‘The future may be hectic this summer. I’m not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time.last_img read more

Esports-Bundes Deutschland founded featuring ESL, BIU and various German teams

first_imgESL, the German Games Industry Association (“BIU”) and 20 professional and semi-professional teams have come together to found the Esports-Bundes Deutschland (“ESBD”). The announcement came yesterday, with the ESBD website and social media also being launched. The organisation aims to organise esports in Germany and act similarly to a professional sports association in the way that it represents players, clubs, teams and tournament organisers across the field. From the image above, it’s clear to see the mixture of teams featuring big hitters such as BiG and Unicorns of Love joined by teams of differing sizes across the board. H2k are another prominent name, whilst ALTERNATE aTTaX and Playing Ducks might also be familiar to the wider world. Wind and Rain recently featured a squad at IEM Oakland in PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds. They’re joined by ESL, and BIU as aforementioned. The board of directors to at EBSD is as follows (as reported by TEO):Niklas Timmermann – Esports agent; Dr. Fabian Laugwitz – associate partner for ACT Legal Frankfurt firm; Martin Müller – Magdeburg Esports e.V.’s chairman and co-founder;Jan Pommer – Director of Team and Federation Relations for ESL.The founding statement included quotes from ESBD’s president Hans Jagnow, who stated: “We are starting at a good timing when esports receives more attention. We want to take advantage of this opportunity to talk to all stakeholders and improve the conditions for everyone involved in esports. We also set ourselves a goal to have esports recognised soon as a sport”. Esports Insider says: Another association aiming to move esports towards official sports recognition. It remains to be seen as to whether this is something the community truly wants to happen, or if it’s something that needs to happen. We’ve seen many pop up and not make much traction so we’ll have to wait and see. When E-sport Bund is googled, the first link throws up the “ESVD” which had similar aims, albeit nowhere near as comprehensive a partner list. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.last_img read more

Bašić and Šetkić in the Second Round of the Challenger in Istanbul

first_imgB&H tennis players Mirza Bašić and Aldin Šetkić qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger Tournament in Istanbul, which is worth 75.000 dollars.At the start of the tournament, Bašić beat local players Anil Yuksel with 7:6, 6:1, and he will play today with Australian John-Patrick Smith.Šetkić defeated Marsel Ilhan from Turkey in the first round with 7:6, 6:4. He will play against Italian Matteo Viola in the second round.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

Mason City teen facing terrorism, gang charges to plead guilty

first_imgMASON CITY — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Mason City teen facing gang and terrorism-related charges.16-year-old Justin Gilmore was arrested in March after an investigation that started last November where authorities believed there was a credible threat toward specific locations in Mason City. Court documents stated that Gilmore allegedly participated in or was a member of a criminal street gang and willfully aided and abetted any criminal act committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.Gilmore was charged with criminal gang participation, gang recruitment, providing material support for terrorism, and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. His trial was scheduled to start on June 18th, but online court records show that District Judge James Drew late last week approved the setting of a plea change hearing on July 15th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.last_img read more

Golf Week will celebrate club golfers

first_img3 Aug 2016 Golf Week will celebrate club golfers It’s time for Golf Week – England Golf’s annual celebration of the handicap game for men, women and juniors Over 500 club golfers from all over the country will gather at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire next week for the finals of a host of team and individual events. The five-day festival of golf runs from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 and includes the finals of the Club Team Championship, the England Golf Captains’ tournament series, the women’s Grand Medal Final, the Junior Champion Club tournament, and the men’s Gold Medal Final. In addition, England Golf and Your Golf Travel ambassador Charley Hull will be at Golf Week on Tuesday for a Lady Captains’ event, which includes a Q&A, clinic and golf on the Blue course. Other events during the week include a competition for teams of county presidents and secretaries and a Rules school. Golf Week was held for the first time last year to highlight the grassroots game and was a huge success. It gave the full championship experience to club golfers who had qualified for the finals, many of whom were also entertained at gala dinners.  England Golf championship director James Crampton said: “We were absolutely delighted by the feedback we received. Players told us that they enjoyed the sense of occasion and the challenge of the three excellent golf courses at Frilford Heath. “We are really looking forward to our second Golf Week and the opportunity to share the championship experience with many more club golfers.” The schedule for Golf Week is: Monday 8 August – Club Team Championship, Blue course Tuesday 9 August – County Presidents & Secretaries, Green course  Tuesday & Wednesday, 9-10 August – England Golf Captains, Blue and Red courses Thursday 11 August – Grand Medal Final, Red course Thursday & Friday, 11-12 August – Junior Champion Club, Blue course Friday 12 August – Gold Medal Final, Red course Click here for more information Caption: Players at the inaugural Golf Week (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Inside Conditions—Let the dead, bury the dead

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEThe Pittsburgh Pirates late GM Syd Thrift said this when asked about the struggling chances of the franchise achieving future success when he took the job, “It ain’t easy resurrecting the dead.”Recently the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to be just a step or two from the graveyard but a funny thing happened on the way to the cemetery.  The grave robbers got cheated because when the pallbearers opened up the door of the hearse to remove the body and transport it to the gravesite, the hearse was empty.There have been, I say there have “been” not “Ben” reports that the dearly departed was spotted over at the North Shore getting blasted on a 1/2 keg of Bud Light. The demise of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 has not only been exaggerated, it may have been totally fabricated. The Indianapolis Colts breezed into Heinz Field looking like Arabian stallions but left looking like “Aunt Bessie’s” mule.The Steelers were a team that had been almost totally out of sync both offensively and defensively for almost half of the season, cringing after suffering hideous losses at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns sometimes appearing as if they were boys against men. The light switch for the Steelers seems to have clicked on at the most opportune time with the Steelers outlasting the Colts last Sunday evening at Heinz Field by the score of 51-34. It was an historic win for Ben Roethlisberger who may have almost singlehandedly rescued the Steelers from the coroner’s office.Big Ben had this to say.  “We just felt like they couldn’t stop us because we were just clicking. It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they’re going right.” Ben Roethlisberger might not have been a pure hater of other teams’ QBs but the way the Steelers offense had been performing over the past three or four weeks, very few people gave the Steelers even a remote chance of competing with the high kicking Colts.Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin also offered his postgame thoughts. “He won’t admit it but I’m sure it bothered him. You don’t ascend to the position that he is professionally without that competitive fire burning.” Whether the defense of Pittsburgh or Indianapolis were clicking was a moot point because both defenses surrendered 907 combined passing yards, the second most ever, trailing only the 971 yards that the defensive squads of the  Detroit Lions  and the Green Bay Packers gave up on Jan. 1, 2012.I have witnessed some great games in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers but none may ever top this historic performance. I was there when “fast” Willie Parker ran the Steelers to victory when he scooted 75 yards to clip the wings of the Seattle Seahawks in Detroit Super Bowl XL. I was also able to witness the “Immaculate Reception II” the touchdown catch of Santonio Holmes that pulled the feathers off of the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa to win Super Bowl XLIII.  However, this victory may have breathed new life into the Steelers 2014 season and may have saved the journey of a few other folks that may have been on their way to the gallows.(Aubrey Bruce may be reached at: [email protected]­pittsburgh­courier.com or 412-583-6741. Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribe.) Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more