June 16, 2021

Price student fights for social justice

first_img“I have to realize, ‘OK, I did my part.’ I can’t control everything. I can’t follow everything,” Reese said. “It’s learning when and how to take breaks before I’m beginning to internalize all the world issues.” “What inspired me from the beginning … was that I realized the black community was really vulnerable to a lot of these legislative changes and has been historically and that a lot of these policies or predicted outcomes right now are a direct result of the policies that were instilled before,” Reese said. “If I’m going to have any sustainable impact on my community for the better, it’ll have to be through legislation.” “I also have a passion for political engagement and engaging young people to care about politics,” Reese said. “At our CBCSA, I created programming targeted at our student population to get people involved in activities. I brought elected officials from all different levels of government, consultants [and] nonprofits, and they either spoke, or we did some kind of speaking engagement for the students coupled with some kind of field opportunity to either work with that nonprofit or go canvas a neighborhood.” “I have to be at a table where decisions are made,” Reese said. “Because if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” In her time at USC, Reese has held various roles in California politics, including an internship with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign, the Los Angeles Attorney’s Office and Sen. Kamala Harris’ 2016 U.S. Senate campaign and a fellowship with the office of Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr. But Reese’s dedication to sharing her passion extends beyond the workplace, according to Conerly, who said Reese brought in several copies of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” to share with her peers. Reese, who also received her undergraduate degree from USC, has worked on instigating and promoting change on and off campus throughout her five years at USC. “There’s a general apathy about politics that I feel like is difficult to tap into … I think there’s basic things we can all agree on,” Reese said. “But translating that into getting people to the polls or to the ballot box — it’s just not the same.” She currently works as a fellowship coordinator for the Public Rights Project, a nonprofit that works to protect Americans’ rights by providing support to state and local law offices. Reese runs the program’s fellowship programming, which helps attorneys transition to the public works sector. This story is part of  the Daily Trojan’s special coverage for Black History Month. It will run periodically throughout February. “Once we said, ‘Hey, you’re the lead on Real Talk,’ she kind of took that and ran with it and really made it her own … She was able to identify speakers to bring in on her own, that was all her connections,” Conerly said. “I would say she’s someone that’s very resourceful, very organized.”center_img But Reese’s passion has carried her through the tough patches, inspiring her to stay involved and stay active in creating change. “There’s a GroupMe that she’s in, and she’s like, ‘Hey I bought all these books, if anyone wants one stop by CBCSA, you can have it,’” Conerly said. “It’s certain things she’s doing because she just wants to share with her peers.” There are certain difficulties in public policy, according to Reese, that made her realize self-care is essential for taking care of herself and her communities. “A lot of local offices are underfunded and understaffed, so basically Public Rights Project is trying to bridge the gap,” Reese said. “If it’s a staff issue, OK, well, let’s help you get staff; if it’s any pro bono work we can do to alleviate the pressure, OK, we can do that.” On campus, Reese has worked as a Social Justice Specialist — she led a series of Real Talk discussions for the Center for Black Cultural and Students Affairs at USC, which cover social and campus climate issues. As a leader for Real Talk from August 2017 to December 2018, Reese said she facilitated conversations about relevant issues, brought in elected officials to participate in Real Talk sessions and created field opportunities for participants to foster change through activities like neighborhood canvassing. Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs Director Rosalind Conerly said Reese is a dedicated leader who always made and progressed new ideas for Real Talk events. Despite the challenges, Reese said her dedication to public policy refuses to wane. Kennedy Reese believes in living with intention. She found her passion for public policy through a gender minorities health disparity class for her previous undergraduate major, biochemistry. Deciding she wanted to get involved in the legislative decisions affecting different communities, Reese, now a graduate student, switched her major to public policy to learn how to create the changes she wanted to see. Graduate student Kennedy Reese has held various positions in California politics. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Reese)last_img read more

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Jolly good ride by veteran Najair

first_imgVeteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair, at age 62, became one of the oldest jockeys to win at Caymans Park, this aboard the Oneil Markland-trained STIR IT UP in the ninth race over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy yesterday. STIR IT UP stormed though approaching the distance, disposing of the leaders FIRE ALARM and SWEET DIMENSION for an 11-1 upset, winning by four lengths. It was the second time in eight days that Markland, who is popularly called ‘Sweety Man’, was providing Najair with a winner, following the 35-1 outsider FIX IT UP over the round five course on December 15, Najair’s first winner in over three years. Najair, who started riding as an apprentice to the legendary female trainer, Eileen Cliggott, at Caymanas Park in 1967, joins David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie as the oldest jockeys to win at the park. McKenzie, who is still active in the saddle at 66, recalled that he rode his last winner four years ago at age 62 as well. And McKenzie was on hand in the vicinity of the Jockeys’ Room to congratulate Najair on his return. Trainer Markland, who also ran FIX IT UP in the race with an apprentice rider replacing Najair, said he was always confident that ‘jolly’ would get the job done. “Despite his age, he’s one of the fittest jockeys at the track. It’s all about self-belief and Najair is convinced that he has some good years left in the saddle,” said Markland. Smiling from ear to ear en route to the Jockeys’ Room – accompanied by the trainer – Najair, a father of three, said despite a rocky career, which included a number of suspensions mainly for anger management related issues, he still enjoys the thrill of victory. “They will have to carry me off the track … in another 10 years,” he jokingly remarked. Meanwhile, in the two other trophy races on the card, the Gary Subratie-trained BLUE DIXIE turned the tables on recent conqueror BUBBLING KITTEN by a head in the Sweet Ruckus Trophy. First past the post LORD EQUUS, in the Stewards’ Cup, was disqualified and placed second following a stewards’ inquiry and the race awarded to first-time runner SIR RAJA BABA, with whom he had interfered a furlong out.last_img read more

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Ebola Attacks Kakata: 4 Die, 11 Infected

first_imgAs of late yesterday afternoon, a registered nurse and three other clinical staff  have died at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi , and 11 others working at the facility are said to be showing symptoms of the Ebola disease, the hospital’s Medical Director has disclosed.Dr. Adolphus Yeiah told the Daily Observer Wednesday that as the result of the ongoing deaths of the nurses and other support staff,his administration is contemplating shutting down the hospital if results of specimens taken from other nurses and sent for testing in Monrovia prove positive.In a brief exclusive interview with this newspaper, Dr. Yeiah added that the decision to close the hospital down “is  intended to be awarning sign to the public and other institutions that the situation could go from bad to worse, as there are other sensitive health-related issues that we are closely monitoring as well.”The situation has left the hospital partially abandoned by the nurses, “because they have been complaining about the lack of personalprotective equipment (PPEs), but to no avail.”According to Dr. Yeiah, one of the Ebola victims, a lab technician, Steven Blamah, contracted the virus along with the other 11 othernurses (not named) from one of their late colleagues, John Quaye. The late Mr. Quaye worked with another public health facility in Kakata, but died recently of  Ebola.”After contracting the virus, the late Quaye concealed the information from his colleagues, and was working alongside them, while secretly treating suspected patients of the virus at the same time at his private clinic and also at his residence.”The late Mr. Quaye’s wife and sister (not named) are also down with the virus and are refusing to show up at the hospital, after doctors had advised them to do so following Quaye’s death.Meanwhile, it is being reported that residents of Kakata City are now gripped with fear as the Ebola virus  spreads its tentacles in thatdensely populated part of the country. The city center and other public areas that usually attract huge numbers of people are becoming virtually empty, according to one of our sources.It is reported that a group of health workers on the Ebola Team is now in Kakata to evacuate the infected victims to Monrovia to bequarantined in a better environment where they would be properly monitored.  That exercise, Dr. Yeiah said, will also help to stop thespread of the virus in the densely populated city of Kakata and its environs.But our Kakata-based source said that the medical facility at the City Clinic, where the first victim contracted the virus has  beenclosed for 34 days. Accordingly, the process of chlorinating all public facilities as well as some ‘sensitive’ private areas in the county are well underway.Observers see the Ebola attack on Kakata as extremely disturbing, given the city’s central location.  Most travelers up country, especially to Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and other parts of southeastern Liberia not only pass through Kakata, but also stop there for refueling, rest, food and shopping.Kakata lies in the heart of Liberia’s rubber belt.  It is adjacent to three major concession areas, Firestone, Salala Rubber Corporation situated in Weala near Salala, Bong County, and China Union, the mining concession operating the former Bong Mines in the densely populated Fauma Chiefdom.  Closer to Kakata is the country’s largest privately owned rubber plantation, Morris American Rubber, formerly known as Morris Farm.There are also many major educational institutions in Kakata, the biggest being the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), the Lango Lippaye High School, St. Augustine High School and the Cuttington Community College, which also trains nurses.In a related development, the  Christian church, Full Gospel Ministry, has declared a five-day Fast and Prayer in Kakata to appeal for God’s divine intervention to heal the land. “We have gathered at the Philadelphia Church on Kakata’s main street to pray for God’s intervention in our situation,” a member of the church has said.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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Children urged to get creative for Cruinniú na nÓg

first_imgChildren and young people across Donegal are being urged to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the 30 free Cruinniú na nÓg events that will take place around the country on Saturday 15th of June 2019. The event is now in its second year and celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities. It is led by the local Creative Donegal Culture and Creativity Team, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals. With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition! Highlights of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg in Donegal include: a Seaweed Safari in Inishowen; a messy play experience for older children in Falcarragh; an immersive Japanese experience in Bundoran Library and; a theatrical performance by Donegal Youth Theatre at Glenveagh National ParkDonegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely is delighted to be once again working hand in hand with Creative Ireland and RTÉ to deliver such wonderful creative opportunities for children and young people in Donegal saying, “we believe that by investing in arts, culture, heritage and language we are investing in a healthier, more fulfilled, prosperous and successful county and Cruinniú na nÓg provides us with a great platform from which to extend this to our youngest residents and visitors.”Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said, “Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people. Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year.” She also went on to say that, “Each of the activities and events have been carefully curated by our network of passionate and committed Culture and Creativity teams across the country.”Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD added “as a committed supporter of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, I am very proud of the pivotal role which my Department and the local authorities are taking in supporting the creativity and wellbeing of our youngest citizens. I am particularly pleased that all Cruinniú na nÓg events are locally based and free so that as many children and young people as possible will have the opportunity to participate.” Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, says “Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement.  They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us. RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavour and creativity is something we take very seriously.” Soaking up the sun and atmosphere at last year’s Cruinniú na nÓg with Inishowen Carnival Group at Glebe GalleryChildren urged to get creative for Cruinniú na nÓg was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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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Animal Engineering Is Not Just a Metaphor

first_imgSome evolutionists complain that talk of molecular machines and engineered systems in the living world is a misleading figure of speech.  Why, then, do human engineers seek to reverse-engineer them?Make like a fish:  On open-access paper in PNAS describes attempts to reverse-engineer melanophores, the light-sensitive organs in fish that give them coloration.  So far, the team has used proteins to self-assemble into a melanophore-like structure.  “We believe that self-organization of molecules in microstructures can be a powerful method for assembling functional molecular systems in future nanotechnology,” they said.I dream of hawkmoth with the elegant moves:  “Animals Have Moves Engineering Only Dreams Of,” Susan Reiss writes in Live Science. Robot designers at the University of Washington are carefully studying the nerves and muscles of hawkmoths to just begin to learn how to build actuators for flying robots.   They artificially move flowers and watch how the moths respond.  “The resulting knowledge may help engineers improve the designs of remote, distributed sensors and actuators, biologically-inspired robotics and brain-machine interfaces.”As the worm turns:  Most people may not be aware that roundworms swim.  Robot designers at Texas Tech are watching the tiny lab roundworm C. elegans, though, in hopes of “setting the stage for designing smart soft robots.” Science Daily reported.Even a brown recluse is good for something:  “The silk of a spider feared for its venomous bite could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body,” PhysOrg reported.  Researchers at the College of William and Mary are finding its unique silk fibers ideal for studying how they are put together.  Thin-film implantable sensors could come from the research, leving the spider’s fangs outside, of course.Putting antibodies to use:  PhysOrg also reported that researchers in Spain are using biological polymers, like those found in antigens and antibodies, to build structures on the nano scale.  A photo with the article shows the company logo made out of the materials.  Their “molecularly imprinted polymers” are “are synthetic materials with similar functionality to certain biological molecules, such as antigens and antibodies, used as receptors to detect certain molecules, for that reason MIPs are considered as biomimetic materials.” Animals Have Moves Engineering Only Dreams Of(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the August 29 issue of Nature, Eleonore Pauwels cautioned readers to “mind the metaphor” and not speak too literally of molecular machines.  Using computing and engineering metaphors in biology too loosely, she felt, could be misleading.  On the October 10 issue of Nature, Brett Calcott only partially agreed.  “Biologists borrow more than words” he opined, adding, “biologists don’t simply borrow words, they take engineering principles — derived from theory and practice — and apply them to biological systems.”  Further, he said,  “We use the same terms because the same formal criteria can be usefully applied to both engineered and evolved systems.”  Indeed, the useful comparisons are widely applicable: “Shared engineering terminology extends beyond biomechanics to molecular and systems biology.”Pauwels just doesn’t want to acknowledge a supreme Engineer.  To do good science, though, don’t have to.  You can just recognize good design and try to imitate it.  The rest of us can laugh at the illogical phrase, “engineered and evolved systems.”last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Raina could be preferred over Yuvraj for Lord’s Test

first_imgMore experienced he might be, but Yuvraj Singh could still be forced to make way for an in-form Suresh Raina when India decide their playing XI for the opening cricket Test against England starting July 21 at the Lord’s.Suresh Raina, also a left-hander but five years younger to Yuvraj, is all set to be rewarded for his consistency and will play on the hallowed turf of Lord’s — an honour that has eluded Yuvraj in his nine-year-old Test career.Lord’s was the venue of India’s greatest triumph outside World Cup when it chased down a target of 326 set by England in the 2002 Natwest Trophy and in which Yuvraj had played a critical knock of 69 runs.This innings came within a fortnight of India sinking England at Lord’s by six wickets but even then, Yuvraj had shone brightly with an unbeaten 64.Yuvraj was India’s hero in India’s triumphant run in recent World Cup with 362 runs at an average of 90.50, to go with his 15 wickets at 25.13 average.Raina, meanwhile, has worked hard to usurp the middle-order batting slot including the revised impression that he was a sitting duck against short-pitched deliveries.The lifting deliveries had threatened to put a pause to Raina’s nascent Test career when he was dropped for the remaining two Tests against South Africa after making 5 and 1 from the two innings of the Centurion Test in the 2010-2011 series.His career so far has been in contrast to the one of Yuvraj. While he has made the most of his opportunity, Yuvraj has squandered most of his even though the latter is widely regarded as more talented of the two left-handers.advertisementTo be fair, Yuvraj never really got a decent Test run, except for nine Tests in 2006 when he made meager returns of 391 runs with just one century and no half century.Misfortune hasn’t helped Yuvraj for it was his flu which provided Raina with a Test debut in Sri Lanka last year.Recently, it was a respiratory problem which stopped him from going to the Caribbean, preceding the present series.Yuvraj’s fine record of 276 runs from four Tests at an average of 46.00 against England hasn’t added to argument in his favour because all these matches were played at home.His left-arm spin is considered a potent threat against England’s impact player Kevin Pietersen but it’s deemed as an additional virtue and not the primary one of weighing in with runs.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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