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

City thrash Real Madrid to Champions League quarters

first_img(BBC) – Manchester City finished off the job they started back in February by deservedly overcoming Real Madrid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.Pep Guardiola’s side will now face Lyon in the one-game knockout format in Lisbon after inflicting Zinedine Zidane’s first elimination from the Champions League, the French manager having won it three times in his three previous seasons in charge.It was a victory City fully merited as their intense pressing game forced Real into numerous mistakes, with France World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane in particular unable to cope with the pressing of Gabriel Jesus.He robbed Varane to set up Raheem Sterling to score in the ninth minute but Karim Benzema’s towering header before halftime set up the possibility of a tense second period.City, though, created the better opportunities in an excellent performance – whereas Real missed the leadership and nous of central defender Sergio Ramos, who was suspended after being sent off in the first leg.Without Ramos alongside him, the uncomfortable Varane made another error when his headed back-pass fell short of Thibaut Courtois to allow the lurking Jesus to pounce in the game’s decisive moment after 68 minutes.Relentless City too strong for RealCity’s superiority over Real was actually more emphatic than the scoreline suggests.From the opening seconds, with Phil Foden in an advanced role and the Spanish champions unsettled by the mobility of Sterling and Jesus, City’s relentless pressing and intensity gave them control.It was epitomised by Jesus – who hounded Varane into submission – but City had stars all over the pitch, with Kevin de Bruyne producing some brilliant passes and Kyle Walker positive in defence and attack.Goalkeeper Ederson was faultless when called upon and there were few signs of the defensive frailties that have undermined them in the Premier League this season.If City perform like this against Lyon they will be difficult to stop, but the French side must not be taken lightly after disposing of Juventus.The Champions League has always eluded City and has been out of Guardiola’s reach since his glory days at Barcelona – but if this quality and discipline can be maintained, this could be the season that all changes.REAL MISS RAMOS’ STEELReal Madrid captain Ramos was a noisy presence from his seat behind the technical area as he encouraged his team-mates on the pitch – but Zidane would have given anything to have him out there alongside them.The 34-year-old remains a magnificent defender with real presence and at the Etihad Real paid a heavy price for his red card in the first leg of this quarter-final, played at the Bernabeu six months ago.His organisation and composure was badly missed with his usual central defensive partner Varane – upon whom the burden of responsibility fell in Ramos’ absence – suffering a personal nightmare.Jesus was Varane’s tormentor in chief, robbing him of possession to set up Sterling’s opener then chasing down his weak attempt at a headed back-pass to score City’s crucial second.Real have the quality of Benzema as a constant threat in attack but Ramos is still the glue that holds this team together and they came badly unstuck in the face of City’s desire and energy.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 78-51 win against Colgate

first_imgSyracuse (7-2) beat Colgate, 78-51, in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. It was an unexciting win, despite what the score may say, against a Raiders (2-6) that lost by 26 to Fordham and 21 to Albany earlier this season.But the victory still snapped the Orange’s two-game losing skid, and here are three quick reactions from it.1. Getting back to formSyracuse’s 3-point-focused offense was shaky at best in losses to Wisconsin and Georgetown last week, and regained its shooting stroke on Tuesday.The Orange made seven 3s in each of those losses, and shot 8-of-18 from beyond the arc in the first half. In total, SU went 14-of-30 from deep and also saw encouraging shooting numbers from freshmen Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon, who were slumping heading into the contest. Richardson shot 4-for-10 from deep — and finished with 17 points — after shooting 3-for-20 in his last three games. Lydon finished 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Together, the pair made five first-half 3s that helped the Orange snap out of its two-game shooting funk.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTrevor Cooney, who also struggled from 3 in recent games, made 4-of-9 long-range attempts.Colgate came out in a matchup zone to pack the paint and force Syracuse to beat it from deep. It’s an approach a lot of teams will take this season, and the Orange didn’t let the lowly Raiders get comfortable in that defensive set.2. Filling it upThrough nine games now, Michael Gbinije’s ability to carry the Syracuse offense is unquestionable. SU was largely sluggish against an inferior Colgate, but Gbinije jumpstarted the fast break with steals, finished at the rim and stretched the floor with his shooting touch.The senior starting point guard finished with 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. He shot an efficient 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from deep. His versatility helped the Orange keep the Raiders from sniffing an upset in an uncharacteristically quiet Carrier Dome.3. Discouraging down lowColgate’s tallest starter was 6-foot-8 freshman forward Malcolm Regisford, and SU’s frontcourt didn’t exactly assert itself inside.Despite being smaller, the Raiders managed to pull down 13 offensive rebounds as each team finished with 32 total rebounds. Mike Hopkins, filling in for head coach Jim Boeheim for the second of nine games, played starting center Dajuan Coleman for 20 minutes. Coleman grabbed an unimpressive two rebounds, and wasn’t able to use his 6-foot-9, 268-pound frame to post up Colgate’s smaller bigs.Hopkins also played freshman forward Tyler Lydon at center, and even mixed Chinonso Obokoh into the center of the Syracuse’s zone for four minutes. It was the first time Obokoh played since the Orange beat Charlotte in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 25. None of SU’s centers were able to control the paint in a game where it should have been easy to. Comments Published on December 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm Related Stories Despite win, urgency rises for Syracuse with continued rebounding strugglesStorify: Syracuse community reacts to win over ColgatePoll: Grade Syracuse’s performance against Colgate and vote for the player of the gamecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trojans must try to build up again

first_imgAfter the 2005 USC football team lost the national championship to Texas in a stunning fashion, I was heartbroken. Then after a few days, I was fine. I had convinced myself that since it seemed USC contended for the national title every year under former head coach Pete Carroll, they would just win next year.My young naiveté and limited sample size of Trojan fandom contributed to this incredible misguided assumption. More than 10 years later, USC still hasn’t been back to a national title. That loss to Texas led to the slow decline of the Trojan football program.At first it was gradual, shifting from national championships to Rose Bowls. Under quarterbacks John David Booty and Mark Sanchez, USC was still the team no one wanted to play at the end of the year. Each season had the same narrative. If only one or two plays had gone just a little bit differently, USC would be playing for it all. That was the first step down.Then Sanchez left a year earlier than expected, and Matt Barkley was thrust into the starting role as a true freshman. That was the next step down. The team went from being one or two plays away from reaching a national championship appearance to being eight or nine plays away from winning 10 games. They went from beating Oregon and Stanford to getting dominated.Then the sanctions hit, Carroll left, and Lane Kiffin came, and the slide toward mediocrity and eight and nine-win seasons continued. With the exception of Barkley’s ridiculously impressive second half of his junior season and the magic of Eddy O’s brief tenure as interim coach, USC has been stuck in a slog of above-average but not phenomenal performances for six years.The play can be ascribed to the toll sanctions took on the roster’s depth, to questionable coaching hires, or to an array of other reasons. Whatever the case may be, it is clear 10 years later that greatness isn’t just sustained. It takes elite performers at every level from the coaching staff down.In 2006, I would have been shocked if I had been told in my three years on campus, USC would have had four head coaches in the football program and not played in one Rose Bowl. Now it seems commonplace, but it shouldn’t.I’m not holding out hope that USC somehow wins a national title next year. If they can get through the beast that is their first four games relatively unscathed, I think they could play for the Pac-12 title, but not the four team playoff. I’ve held out such optimism every year, but for some reason this season seems different.Sure, there are question marks on the defensive line and possibly the secondary, but this coaching staff seems to know what they are doing. They are experienced, and led by a head coach in Clay Helton who connects with the players on a level the last two coaches did not.Three years down at USC, and the football team hasn’t yet approached the woefully misguided expectations I held out 10 years ago. However, with a new staff in place and two incredible quarterback options to choose from, I am hoping that next year is the start of the next run of sustained greatness.The team has a plan for recruiting, developing and executing. That is markedly different than what seemed to be a haphazard approach for portions of the last three seasons.Helton doesn’t need to be Carroll. Redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold don’t have to be as spectacular as former quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Sophomore running back Ronald Jones II doesn’t have to be Reggie Bush and so on down the line. This can be a new era of Trojan football, breaking away from the past and charting a new path.Hopefully, Helton will do it the way he sees fit and yield results similar to that of the Carroll era, where Rose Bowls and national titles are legitimate discussions every season. The process doesn’t have to be the same. It can be more workman-like and less Hollywood. It’s all about the results, and that the next 10 years are way better than the last 10. This summer will be the first indicator of that change taking place.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column “Davidson’s Direction” ran Mondays.last_img read more

Guinean, 24, Dies in a pool of blood

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) A 24 year-old Guinean national, Suleiman Sow, a Fulani, came to Liberia to learn the English language, according to relatives who spoke last Friday to the Daily Observer in New Kru Town.Sow was still struggling to realize his dream, friends said.But Thursday, Dec. 18 and about midnight, local residents say Sow was heard crying in his bedroom.The following morning when neighbors when to his New Kru Town residence they him lying in a pool of blood.Sow before his death was believed to be a cell phone repairer near the Duala Market, relatives say.Sow’s problems began a month ago when he and an unidentified man engaged in a physical fight from which he (Sow) suffered a deep cut on his right arm,  according to a family member.“I always advised Sow not to fight anybody but he would not listen to me,” another  family member, with tears in his eyes, told our correspondent.Neighbors told reporters that what seemed an intense struggle apparently took place in the room the night Sow died.“I heard him crying the whole night,” a neighbor said.Sow’s body was identified by relatives, who waited for authorities to give them the go-ahead to begin the Islamic burial process on  Friday morning.Police have requested relatives of the deceased to visit the New Kru Town depot for further interrogation, although a police source say they don’t suspect any foul play.The body last Saturday afternoon was claimed by an Ebola Response Team.last_img read more