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Climate change may reverse gains in child survival

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgChildren are especially vulnerable to the consequences of climate change—including reductions in the nutritional quality of staple crops, increases in asthma and heart disease due to air pollution, and the expanded geographical range of insects that carry disease. In fact, the risks may be severe enough to reverse gains made in childhood survival over the past century, according to an editorial by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.A century ago, one in three children died before age five. Global investments in public health have cut that number by 90 percent.In an editorial published in the Huffington Post on March 13, 2017, Dean Michelle Williams and Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Health Policy, write that universities have an obligation to understand and explain the impact of climate change on health and find ways to mitigate it. This includes producing unbiased, high-quality data to guide decision- and policy-making, and engaging more effectively with the public.“We can no longer think of [climate change] as an issue of temperature changes or sea level rises alone. We must remember that we will feel the effects of climate change most acutely on our health,” they write. “We still have the time to mitigate these effects by focusing on reducing carbon pollution and slowing the warming of the planet. If we do, we will reap the benefits in terms of longer and healthier lives.  And our children will be the biggest beneficiaries.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Seeds salad chef came to ’SC during recession

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgPaul Linaman was working as a barista at Peet’s Coffee and Tea when the company began making changes that included firing some of its best employees at a time when unemployment rates were soaring.“It was a company that had been going through all these transitions,” Linaman said. “The transition was very rough. I was really upset at the time, but [being fired] turned out to be a really good thing.”Lettuce talk · Salad chef Paul Linaman (right) chats with Soon Gon Kim (left), a sophomore majoring in fine arts, outside of Seeds Marketplace. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanLinaman, now a salad chef at Seeds Marketplace, took the job loss as an opportunity to improve his culinary skills. At the time, his mother was the associate director of St. Joseph’s Center, a service center for poor and homeless families, which acquired an unused restaurant as a donation. The donated location served two functions: providing free restaurant-style meals for the homeless and providing what Linaman calls “crash-course culinary training” for chefs of varying skill levels.“It was a wide variety of people,” Linaman said. “It was people who were just out of college, like one young woman who, her whole life, had worked with her mom’s catering business, but now wanted to get a job at a restaurant. It was people who had been laid off, usually people in the industry who wanted a little extra training in order to get their careers going again.”After the course, Linaman worked at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood but said he lost his position when the franchise laid off about two-thirds of its chefs. He once again refused to let the loss of a job he loved discourage him, so after a few weeks off, he applied for a job with USC Hospitality in 2010.During a kitchen test, Linaman made pasta primavera but had to turn to improvisation when he ran out of time to cook the noodles after finishing the meat and vegetables.“I called it ‘Paleolithic primavera’ because I noticed that sometimes on Top Chef, when they mean to make something but run out of time, they sometimes make up stories and the judges usually love it,” Linaman said. “My story was that it’s part of the trend of being on the Paleolithic diet, where you eat as if you’re a hunter-gatherer.”Linaman was already familiar with this audition-like application process and had previously developed his improvisation skills after growing up in Los Feliz, where he became involved in performing arts at a young age.“As soon as there was any theater available to be involved in, I was,” Linaman said. “As soon as I was in junior high and they had drama class, I started taking that. I was really involved in play production in high school.”After attending Santa Monica College, he transferred to New York University to study theater, where he participated in many student productions. His favorite was a play about the last days of the Trojan prophet Cassandra.“It was interesting because it was an original play, and [the professor] was rewriting it while we were working on it,” Linaman said. “The author was right there so we could ask her questions. I could tell that she was rewriting based on what she saw.”After college, Linaman moved back to Los Feliz. He said that, despite his love for theater, he did not want to enter into the competitive world of Broadway. He has not been involved in any formal productions since his return to California but is interested in returning when the opportunity arises. He has found, however, that some theater school lessons apply to other aspects of his life.“When I’m making salads, the physical structure of it is kind of a choreographic narrative,” Linaman said. “Being able to focus on that is very theatrical. It’s the capacity to put yourself in structures, and live within the structures in a particular way.”Linaman’s theatrical experiences also led to an interest in psychoanalysis, something he is now interested in pursuing in graduate school.“There’s a few professors who I want to meet but haven’t quite had the courage to just walk into their offices,” Linaman said. “I didn’t even realize they taught here when I first started reading [their books].”He has been considering USC for a master’s degree in comparative literature, a program that would not only allow him to further his education but perhaps give him the chance to meet some of his favorite writers.last_img read more

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Crash cuts short weekend races at Northern Lights Raceway

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a nerve-wracking weekend at Northern Lights Raceway as the drag strip saw its first major incident in several years’ time.Acting Race Director James Rutherford says that the incident happened on Sunday during the first elimination round in the Pro bracket. Rutherford said that the driver, who declined to be named, was on the starting block and floored the accelerator when the Christmas tree lights turned green. “That car has always been a bit of a wheel-spinner,” Rutherford said. He explained that the force of the wheelie snapped the car’s wheelie bars, which caused the car to rapidly pitch upward. According to Rutherford, when the driver let off on the gas pedal, the car’s front end quickly came out of the wheelie and impacted back onto the track.The car’s front axle snapped with the force of the impact, causing the driver to lose all steering. One of the wheels ended up folding under the car’s front end, causing it to veer into the concrete barricades next to the track. Rutherford explained that the force of the crash moved two of the barricades, severing the electrical cables of the racetrack’s timing equipment.- Advertisement -Rutherford said that though video of the impact shows the severity of the accident, the driver was unharmed. “Those cars have got phenomenal safety built into them. It was just one of those fairly unfortunate incidents where the wheelie bars failed and caused the car to shift its weight onto one tire. He’s done lots of wheel stands with that car for the past twenty years. He’s been racing that car for a long time and its always done pretty big wheelies.” The rest of the day’s races were subsequently cancelled due to the damage to the track’s wiring, though technicians were able to get the wiring repaired late Sunday evening, meaning that things at the drag strip are effectively now back to normal.As for what could have caused the crash, Rutherford stated that in speaking with the driver, it appears as though he was not lined up properly in the “groove,” which is the stickiest part of the track. “As it left the line, it moved to the left, driving one tire out of the groove, and that caused the car to shift its weight,” he said. Rutherford explained that this was the first crash at the drag strip in roughly three years’ time, when a racer from Chetwynd lost control while braking after a run down the track.Despite the accident, Rutherford explained that one full day of racing was able to take place this past weekend. Madison Morton was the winner of the Perfect Light Award for the day. Morton was also the winner of the Jr. Dragster class races, behind runner-up Noah MacDonald. Dave King was the winner of the Pure Street class, with Jason Gertz as the runner-up. Willy Suisdahl took home top spot in the Bike/Sled class, ahead of Bruce Romack. In the No Box class, it was Kelsey Dufresne getting the quickest time down the 1/4 mile, finishing in front of Andy Tofteland. Dufresne also won the Box class, followed by runner-up Dustin Vipond. Rutherford added that the Raceway also hosted a pair of first-round loser Jackpot races. Mikayla Fedderly took the top spot in the All-Age group, while Sophia Closeky was the Junior Jackpot winner.Advertisement Northern Lights Raceway will be hosting arguably its biggest races of the year the weekend of August 19th and 20th, when the Division Six IHRA Team Finals will take place. Rutherford said that this past Sunday’s cancelled races have been rescheduled to take place on the 2nd weekend in September.last_img read more

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