Hub away from home

first_imgThis is the fourth in a series of stories about Harvard’s engagement in Latin America.SÃO PAULO, Brazil — At 6 feet 4 inches, Jason Dyett cuts an imposing figure as he navigates the chaos that is São Paulo traffic.“We need to be a little bit careful, but also aggressive,” said Dyett, guiding visitors through a hectic crosswalk in Brazil’s largest city, population 11 million, toward the local office of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), a regional hub that supports faculty and students in research, teaching, and learning throughout the country.Harvard students, an alumnus from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design gathered in the DRCLAS office in São Paulo to offer practical suggestions to two Brazilian scholars bound for Harvard this fall.Dyett’s rush-hour calm also characterizes his approach on the job. With a mix of determination and diplomacy, Dyett, the office’s longtime program director, helps link Harvard faculty and students to resources and collaborators in Brazil, while simultaneously facilitating connections across Harvard.“Harvard can help bring together different parts of Brazil,” he said. “At the same time, we have a big focus in terms of trying to bridge opportunities wherever possible at Harvard. We are a University-wide office, which creates tremendous opportunities because there are important overlaps that exist between and within different disciplines.”In the late afternoon, Harvard students and staff gathered to discuss their work and research in the office’s conference room, a fusion of bright wood and windows on the 17th floor of a high-rise in the city’s downtown. Efforts in public health and early childhood development were among the topics, as was the importance of the opportunity to branch out beyond Cambridge.Soundbytes: Shahil MehtaHarvard College senior Shahil Mehta is working at the University of São Paulo on prenatal nutrition.The Brazil Studies Program at Harvard and the DRCLAS Brazil office, both established in 2006, together support a wide range of programs and student and faculty research in Cambridge and Brazil. Among their initiatives: annual collaborative field courses that unite students and faculty from Harvard and Brazil around issues in public health and environmental engineering, and ongoing research collaborations between the Harvard School of Public Health, the Universidade de São Paulo Medical School, the Santa Casa de São Paulo Medical School, and other institutions.Harvard senior Shahil Mehta, an organismic and evolutionary biology concentrator on a pre-med track, described his work with a nutrition professor at the University of São Paulo, a mentor he connected with through the help of DRCLAS and a fellowship at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). Mehta and fellow senior Jenny Zhang spent the summer exploring how a lipid-based supplement could impact preterm birth rates in the Amazon.As important as their work in the lab, they agreed, were their connections with Brazilian students, professors, and locals. During their two-month stay the undergraduates shadowed Brazilian medical students, becoming familiar with the practices and policies associated with the country’s health care system. They also witnessed a piece of history as hundreds of thousands of Brazilians flooded the streets in June to demand the government spend more money on education and health care, and less on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.Soundbytes: Miranda Mckinley RaviczHarvard College senior Miranda Mckinley Ravicz is working in Brazil as part of the David Rockefeller Center’s early childhood development initiative.“It’s been really important to see the protests, the way health care is practiced here, to talk to students here to see … what their motivations are to go into health care,” said Mehta. “It puts my motivations … into a grander perspective. To be able to understand someone across the world, in an entirely different environment, with an entirely different medical philosophy — to see the similarities and differences helps me understand why I want to be a doctor.”As afternoon faded to evening, the conversation in the conference room shifted to counsel. An alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) offered practical suggestions to two Brazilian scholars bound for Harvard this fall, including valuable advice about how best to connect with people, programs, and initiatives at the University.Sam Downing, who received a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from HKS and now works in the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo, encouraged businessman-turned-social activist Oded Grajew to scout out the School’s Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. “That’s a great place to get started, and I think you have a lot of similar interests. … The Center for Business and Government would be another logical place.” He also urged Grajew to share his own intimate knowledge about Brazil with the Harvard community.“There is a huge appetite, both at Harvard and broadly in the U.S. right now in figuring out what has happened to Brazil over the past 20 years, what has happened over the past two weeks. What did the protests mean? … What kind of connections are there between Brazilian NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] and U.S. NGOs?Soundbytes: Jenny ZhangHarvard College senior Jenny Zhang is working at the University of São Paulo School of Public Health, studying the effects of lipid-based nutrient supplements on preterm birth rates in the Amazon.“All of us in some way are trying to make the U.S. understanding of Brazil more nuanced, and I would encourage you to do that and seek out opportunities to talk about what’s going on here.”Gareth Doherty, a GSD lecturer studying Brazilian favelas for the summer, provided some advice on time management. Visiting scholars he’s known, he said, have  “realized that if they went to every lecture and every event that interested them, that it actually becomes more than a full-time job. … Make sure you have time for yourself, to carve out that space.”Along with making introductions, Dyett and his team have developed a hyperconnected virtual world. Past a wall filled with photographs of students and faculty who have worked in the office, and a picture of Harvard President Drew Faust from her visit to São Paulo in 2011, sits Dyett’s desk. There he proudly displayed the product of several years of work: a comprehensive database that resembles a 6 degrees of separation computer game.Soundbytes: Isamar VegaIsamar Vega ’13 is working at the University of São Paulo on various initiatives to connect students and faculty at Harvard with students and faculty in Brazil.Names, pictures, and biographical and contact information flashed on his screen. With the tap of a button, a small subset of the thousands of the Brazilian and Harvard contacts in his system appeared, arranged in a circle and connected by interests and fields of study.“This is everything we have done since 2006, by categories and disciplines which map to Harvard,” said Dyett of the database, compiled by a group of local programmers who worked part time in the office and now run their own startups in Brazil. “It’s customized for what we need.”last_img read more

Mega match-ups as CAF Champions League groups kick off

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The 2018 CAF Champions League group phase kicks off this weekend with mega matches in Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa among the eight fixtures.North African giants Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia clash this Friday followed by TP Mazembe of DR Congo against Entente Setif of Algeria the following day.Another Saturday showdown, between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, is also set to draw a large crowd and global TV audience.AFP Sport takes a group-by-group look at the matchday 1 fixtures in the premier African club competition with group winners and runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.Group AThe Ahly-Esperance fixture has been moved from Cairo to Alexandria for security reasons as the Tunisians seek revenge for a 2017 quarter-final loss when the clubs last met.Record eight-time champions Ahly will miss injured Moroccan striker Walid Azaro and his Nigerian partner Junior Ajayi is doubtful for a match the Egyptian club should win.Township Rollers of Botswana host Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda in Gaborone and it is hard to imagine either side challenging Ahly or Esperance for the top two places.Group BWhile the outcome of Group A appears clearcut, the same cannot be said of Group B, which is likely to be the toughest of the four mini-leagues to qualify from. Mazembe have won the competition five times and Setif twice and home advantage should give the Congolese the edge in the intimidating cauldron of Lubumbashi.But Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Difaa el Jadida of Morocco, who meet in Algiers, are not without hope having scored 29 goals between them in eight qualifiers.Group CSundowns won the 2016 Champions League and were eliminated by highly organised Wydad in the quarter-finals last year after a penalty shootout.Another tight tussle is on the cards near Pretoria with the South Africans needing maximum points if they hope to finish first and face a theoretically weaker side in the quarter-finals.A couple of group debutants, Port of Togo and Horoya of Guinea, play in Lome, but neither west African club are realistic candidates for a top-two finish.Group DPicking the likely Group D winners is easy with former champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia the standout side when it comes to strength and experience.But selecting the other quarter-finalists from Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Zesco United of Zambia is considerably trickier.Primeiro are back in the group stage after a 21-year absence and host Etoile in Luanda, while Swallows will be hunting a second Zambian scalp this season when away to Zesco in Ndola.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: Rhodes earns plaudits as Hull claims the crown

first_img Mimi Rhodes led the way for a trio of England Golf representatives with a highly creditable top-ten finish at the opening event of the Rose Ladies Series.The inaugural tournament in a series of eight was eventually won in a play-off by England Golf graduate Charley Hull. The Solheim Cup star  made birdie to defeat tournament organiser Liz Young at the first extra hole after both women carded level par rounds of 70.However, the plaudits also flowed Rhodes’ way after the England women’s squad player posted a five over par round of 75 to earn a tie for seventh spot at the event staged at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire.Rhodes showed no sign of nerves to move to the top of the early leaderboard with fantastic birdies at her opening two holes.There was one more birdie in her round – at the 16th – and even dropped shots at her final two holes shouldn’t take away from her overall performance in the company of eventual winner Hull.There were also admirable performances from Surrey’s Lottie Woad and Dorset’s Louise Burke as they adapted to being under the spotlight as the only other amateurs in the field of elite players.Woad, playing in her first pro event and in the company of LET winner Meg MacLaren, shot an eight over par round of 78.The 16-year-old from Farnham Golf Club can look back with pride on her T26 finish.Burke – at just 15, the youngest competitor in the 47-strong field – shot a 10 over par round of 80 to finish in a tie for 33rd.Undoubted highlights of the day for the Broadstone Golf Club player were birdies at the 10th and 18th holes which saw her emerge from the experience with great credit.The next event in the Rose Ladies Series will be played at Moor Park Golf Club on 25 June with another trio of up and coming England Golf players involved against some of the best women professionals in the land.England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate have sponsored the series as the women’s game returns to competitive action after an enforced break during the COVID-19 outbreak. 18 Jun 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Rhodes earns plaudits as Hull claims the crown Tags: Charley Hull, Justin Rose, Lottie Woad, Louise Burke, Meghan MacLaren, Mimi Rhodeslast_img read more

Jomtien bridge sessions to reopen next week at Friends Bar, Pattaya

first_imgThe club will meet as before on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a show-up time of 12.45 pm or before. Non-members are welcome but should phone Jeremy Watson beforehand on 0858182172. Partners will be provided whenever possible. Health and safety regulations at the club will be in force, as previously, and frequent hand washing will be encouraged. The Jomtien Bridge Club will resume duplicate games at Friends Bar (upstairs room) on Monday June 15.Starved of their favourite hobby since all group leisure pursuits in the resort were cancelled in March, members of Jomtien Bridge Club have been informed that the duplicate games resume at Friends Bar (upstairs room) on Monday June 15. This is located on Thappraya Road, just short of Pattaya Beach Road and 30 meters from Jomtien police station. Loading…Sponsored Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time The club was founded in 1994 and was famously in the world news in 2016 following a local licensing authority and army-backed raid on the then-used premises. Thirty members, some in their late 80s and 90s, were arrested on suspicion of gambling, but were released without charge following intervention by the Thai Bridge Federation under whose auspices Pattaya Bridge Club operated.center_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesbrainberriesThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink Pineapplebrainberries7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennybrainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThembrainberriesFake brand-name goods worth over 100 million baht seized in Bangkok – Patt…8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever BoughtbrainberriesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?brainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesAll quarantines in Thailand apply same rules for both Thai and foreign arr…10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian ActressesbrainberriesThe Best Cars Of All Timebrainberries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksbrainberriesMajestic Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai open FREE on Mother’s …The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithbrainberriesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombsbrainberries Because Thailand is currently closed to foreign tourists, the only members of the club remaining in Pattaya are one year extension of stay holders and foreign residents. Consequently, numbers will be low and social distancing should not pose a problem. The reopening has been announced on the club’s website.last_img read more