Posts filtered by tags: #Current Affairs[x]


 

Simulating an Epidemic: Using Data to Show How Diseases Like COVID-19 Spread

Disease modeling as a science has come into its own lately, for heartbreakingly obvious reasons. What may not be so obvious to those of us who aren't scientists is just how critical data can be in changing the course of events in an outbreak. Virus outbreaks may be “acts of God” or acts of unregulated black markets and agribusinesses, but in either case, statistical models can show, concretely, how collective human activity can save lives—and show what happens when people don’t act toget...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, Data, Current Affairs, The Washington Post, Facebook Twitter, Stevens, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Kevin Simler, Harry Stevens, Nicholas Jewell, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute


Good Medicine: The Band’s Classic Song, “The Weight,” Sung by Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr & Special Guests from Around the World

Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight,” the Band’s most beloved song, has the quality of Dylan’s impressionistic narratives. Elliptical vignettes that seem to make very little sense at first listen, with a chorus that cuts right to the heart of the human predicament. “Robertson admits in his autobiography,” notes Patrick Doyle at Rolling Stone, “that he struggled to articulate to producer John Simon what the song was even about.” An artist needn’t understand a creation for it to resonate with l...
Tags: Google, Music, Japan, College, Los Angeles, Current Affairs, Rolling Stone, Bahrain, Ringo Starr, Facebook Twitter, Robertson, Dylan, Doyle, Allman Brothers, Josh Jones, Robbie


My email to Mr Hans Kluge of WHO, Europe re: adoption by WHO of the Malta approach

Your commendation of Malta’s approach Dear Mr Kluge I’m writing in my personal capacity. I appreciate your commendation of Malta’s approach – that too, from a senior WHO official. Malta’s approach is truly wonderful – age-based, risk-based. I’ve been writing since 6 March about taking such an approach but most countries are adopting mass lockdowns […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Who, Malta, Kluge, WHO Europe, Hans Kluge


Massachusetts Upholds Public Defender Ability To Limit Caseload

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that an order to provide appointed counsel after a Due to the volume of additional cases, the attorney in charge of the Springfield PDD office and CPCS's deputy chief counsel determined in June... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Current Affairs, Legal Profession Prof


Video Of The Week: The Bill Gates TED Interview

Earlier this week Chris Anderson, who runs TED, hosted a 45min conversation with Bill Gates. I heard a lot about it in the last few days (it has already had 1.2mm views) and this morning the Gotham Gal and I watched it over our morning coffee. What I like about this conversation is that Bill provides a lot of information and helpful context in a very calm, serious, and helpful way. It made me more comfortable just watching it. And we can all use some comfort right now. If you do watch thi...
Tags: Trends, Ted, USV, Current Affairs, Bill Gates, Bill, Chris Anderson, Nick Grossman, Gotham Gal


Spring Break vs. COVID-19: Mapping the Real Impact of Ignoring Social Distancing

Yesterday, the United States surpassed China, becoming the world leader in COVID-19 infections. It's not hard to understand why. Social distancing remains very uneven. Domestic travel continues unchecked. Asymptomatic carriers stay on the move. Starting on the coasts, COVID-19 is now moving inexorably across the nation, coming to a city or town near you. If you want to get a glimpse of how COVID-19 can spread, watch this clip from Tectonix GEO. It uses data from anonymized mobile device...
Tags: Health, Google, College, China, United States, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Lauderdale, COVID, Johns Hopkins Free Courses, Emerging Pandemic Watch Bacteria Become Resistant


Funding Friday: Helping Healthcare Workers

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US, the people who are stepping up the most to meet this challenge are our country’s healthcare workers. We should do everything we can to help make sure they can work safely during this crisis. So today I am highlighting two fundraisers for protective equipment for these health care workers. Both are on GoFundMe (which happens to be a USV portfolio company but that is just a coincidence here). I have given to both of them. A Million Masks For...
Tags: Crowdfunding, NYC, US, Trends, USV, Current Affairs, Edward Norton, Flexport, Nick Grossman


Personal Garden Strolls - By Appointment

The New Patio As the garden unfolds, slowly this season but with a bit more attention from this quarantined gardener of a certain age, I am thinking of all of those who embrace gardening and all those who have not realized just how gratifying and calming in can be to garden and then relax in the garden. Right now, the oak leaves lie heavy upon the perennial borders and while many gardeners embrace leaving them in place to decompose and feed the soil I have found that they smother many peren...
Tags: Gardening, Current Affairs, Musings, New England, Perennials, Beds and borders, Spring bulbs


Patrick Stewart Is Reading Every Shakespeare Sonnet on Instagram: One a Day “to Keep the Doctor Away”

  View this post on Instagram   It has led me to undertake what follows. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn't much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So...here we go: Sonnet 1. A post shared by Patrick Stewart (@sirpatstew) on Mar 22, 2020 at 4:28pm PDT After receiving...
Tags: Google, Instagram, College, Current Affairs, Literature, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Ian Mckellen, Agincourt, Henry V, John Barton, Stewart, Patrick, Facebook Twitter


Survey of Chinese Tea Industry by HJC – Part 2

Guest Contribution by Max Chiang Senior International Marketing Manager | Int’l Dept | HJC Group Continued from Survey of Chinese Tea Industry by HJC – Part 1 Tea Businesses Move Forward 1. Put epidemic prevention and worker health first while everything revives It is reported that on February 13, Menghai Tea Factory (勐海茶厂) resumed production. From the day of the resumption of work, the factory has been enforcing strict disinfection and staff management. The...
Tags: Tea, Industry, Current Affairs, Menghai, Menghai Tea Factory, Chinese Tea, Chinese tea industry, Max Chiang, HJC Group Continued, HJC Part, Tea Businesses Move Forward, Shuangchen Pu


What Happened to U.S. Cities That Practiced–and Didn’t Practice–Social Distancing During 1918’s “Spanish Flu”

Americans have long been accused of growing socially distant, bowling alone, as Robert Putnam wrote in 2000, or worse becoming radicalized as "lone wolves" and isolated trolls. But we are seeing how much we depend on each other as social distancing becomes the painful normal. Not quite quarantine, social distancing involves a semi-voluntary restriction of our movements. For many people, this is, as they say, a big ask. But no matter what certain world leaders tell us, if at all possible,...
Tags: Health, Google, College, History, Current Affairs, Philadelphia, Vox, St Louis, Facebook Twitter, Lopez, Josh Jones, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Bitton, Durham NC Follow, Isaac Chotiner, Robert Putnam


Free: Austin City Limits Opens Up Video Archives During COVID-19 Pandemic

Austin City Limits--an PBS music program recorded live in Austin, Texas--has decided to open its archives "as a gift to music fans during the current live music moratorium." They write: "Starting March 23, the perennial television series will make fan-favorite episodes from the recently broadcast Season 45 available for streaming, in addition to the entire slate of programs from the previous two seasons of the acclaimed concert showcase. Over 35 ACL installments will be available to stre...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, London, College, Current Affairs, Jack White, Hyde Park, Robert Plant, Austin City Limits, Austin Texas, Facebook Twitter, Austin City, Billie Eilish, Raconteurs, Gary Clark Jr


Watch “Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know,” and the 24-Lecture Course “An Introduction to Infectious Diseases,” Both Free from The Great Courses

COVID-19 is a serious, highly communicable disease. It is not a hoax, and it will continue to spread until it is contained with widespread testing and a vaccine. At present, scientists seem to know little about all the forms of transmission or the possibility of reinfection. Older people and the immunocompromised are certainly more at risk than others, but the virus can kill the healthy and the sick. It doesn’t care where it starts or ends. It doesn’t care if someone is a U.S. Senator or...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, College, Current Affairs, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Roy Benaroch, Barry Fox, COVID, Benaroch


Word of the week: Shelter

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve been under a shelter-in-place directive in response to the COVID-19 health crisis since Tuesday, March 18. On March 20, California Governor Gavin Newsom expanded shelter-in-place to all of the state’s 40 million residents, with no set end date. We’re hunkering down indoors, dashing out only for essential activities (including fresh-air exercise that observes safe physical distancing from other humans). Shelter-in-place has been borrowed for this unpre...
Tags: London, Medicine, California, Wikipedia, America, Current Affairs, New York Times, Linguistics, Boston Marathon, Shakespeare, Andrew Cuomo, New York State, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Bay Area, Vault, Henry


How to Build Relationships with Generation Z

 Generation Z, defined as those born 1996-2012, is a diverse and cosmopolitan group of young people that may be inexperienced, but appreciates unique opportunities to contribute. What else do we know about them, and what can we do to better connect with Gen Z? They are city dwellers who stay put Not only is Generation Z more ethnically and racially diverse than prior generations, but members reside in heterogeneous environments as well.  According to a late 2018 study by Pew Social Trends, Gen Z...
Tags: Careers, Communication, Current Affairs, Millennials, Boomers, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition


Chinese Tea Producers Talk About Coronavirus Experiences – Part 3

Continued from Chinese Tea Producers Talk About Coronavirus Experiences – Part 2 I personally am not so worried about paying more for tea, although I am concerned for the health of people everywhere.  Especially in my own family: My wife’s mother is in her late 70’s and not in great health, and she matches way too much of the profile of the highest-risk cases for this virus.  I’m sure that my wife and kids and I could get it and ride it out, but that’s not as safe an option for her.  I think my...
Tags: Tea, China, US, Industry, Current Affairs, Tea Industry, Chinese Tea, Coronavirus, Chinese tea industry


Corona reads

Like the rest of the Bay Area, I’m sheltering in place, waiting out the coronavirus crisis. But I’m still open for business: in fact, I’ve had a couple of small naming jobs this week. Under SIP, we’re still allowed to go outside for essential errands and exercise, and I’ve been taking full advantage (and taking photos). I intend to continue publishing here once or twice a week, and would be interested to know what you’d like to read about. In the meantime, here are some things I found interes...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Medicine, Washington Post, China, Journalism, Current Affairs, Signs, New York Times, Linguistics, Oakland, Illinois, Grand Canyon, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Bernie Sanders, Bay Area


Chinese Tea Producers Talk About Coronavirus Experiences – Part 2

Continued from Chinese Tea Producers Talk About Coronavirus Experiences – Part 1 I just saw a Facebook post warning that business layoffs in the US are likely now from the slow-down of panic, without any remotely similar cause or condition as just occurred in China.  That doesn’t make US business problems any less real or valid, just pointing out that a consumer spending slow-down and completely closing down a country for a month are two different kinds of things. Here’s a tea-related article...
Tags: Tea, Facebook, UK, China, US, Industry, Thailand, Current Affairs, Italy, Bangkok, Philip, Guangzhou, Chinese Tea, Coronavirus, Generic License, Tea producers


Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks: The 2020 Edition

Back in 2014, this image won a contest on a subreddit devoted to Blender, "the amazing open-source software program for 3D modeling, animation, rendering and more." (You can download the free software here.) The image riffs, of course, on Edward Hopper's classic 1942 painting, "Nighthawks," taking its theme of loneliness to new extremes--extremes that we're just starting to get accustomed to now. Find lots of background information on the original "Nighthawks" painting in the Relateds below. W...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Current Affairs, Edward Hopper, Facebook Twitter, Art Institute of Chicago


“I Will Survive,” the Coronavirus Version for Teachers Going Online

If you're an academic sprinting to put your course online, this video will make you feel better for a solid two minutes and 44 seconds. Above we present, "I Will Survive," the Coronavirus version for teachers going online, with lyrics adapted by Michael Bruening, historian at Missouri State. At first I was afraid, I was petrified Kept thinking I could never teach through Canvas all the time But then I spent so many nights reading the help docs for so long And I grew strong And I learned ...
Tags: Google, Education, College, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Missouri State, Michael Bruening


Stress and Anxiety Guidance from Northwestern's Chief Psychologist

Greetings, friends.   I hope everyone is staying safe and well during this unprecedented and challenging situation. As many of you know, my husband Stew Shankman is a Professor and Chief Psychologist at Northwestern Medical School. He provided some great advice to the media for coping with stress and anxiety of the pandemic and our current isolation procedures. It might be helpful to share with your families, friends, and teams.   NPR CBS NBC The New York Times WGN Ch...
Tags: Careers, Current Affairs, Best Practices, Stew, HR Issues, Handy Resources, Life in the 21st Century, Attitude & Motivation, Stew Shankman, Northwestern Medical School, NPR CBS NBC The New York Times WGN Chicago


Why Fighting the Coronavirus Depends on You

A public service announcement from Vox. It's worth coupling this with our previous post: Quarantined Italians Send a Message to Themselves 10 Days Ago: What They Wish They Knew Then. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider following Open Culture on Fac...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, Current Affairs, Albert Camus, Vox, Facebook Twitter


French to English translation of Covid-19 form to complete and notes

THE French government has issued a decree on 16 March, 2020 with further measures to try to contain the spread of the Covid-19 Corona virus, writes Sharon Rees-Williams. The main measure is to prevent people circulating and meeting, so that the contamination chain might be broken. This measure came into...
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Sharon Rees Williams


Outschool needs 5,000 teachers to start offering online classes in the next 2 weeks

I tweeted on friday that our portfolio company Outschool, which offers live K12 classes delivered by real teachers over video, would be offering free classes to those who need them for their kids and can’t afford to buy them right now: "we’re announcing that we will be making $100K worth of Outschool classes free for public school K-12 students affected by school closures. To get started taking Outschool classes for free, visit https://t.co/WX2G9pBRSi and sign up" https://t.co/j9nu7bEOvT— ...
Tags: Trends, Current Affairs, Fred Wilson, Outschool


Quarantined Italians Send a Message to Themselves 10 Days Ago: What They Wish They Knew Then

Countries like the US, England, France, Spain and Germany are about 9-10 days behind in the COVID-19 progression. For our benefit, the video channel called "A THING BY" asked Italians to record a message they wish had heard 10 days prior. Let's take careful note of what they have to say. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free ...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, College, Germany, Current Affairs, Albert Camus, Facebook Twitter, US England France Spain


Why Are People Hoarding Toilet Paper?

The answer is both curious and hilarious. I just got in from my local grocery where I noticed the toilet paper shelves were empty. Seeing a store employee, I asked him why people were buying so much. He shrugged and said he didn’t know. "Probably plenty in the warehouse." Because of my consulting business, I happened to know that there was at least one Kimberly Clarke plant in the next state over—Wisconsin. They make Scott and Cottonelle toilet paper as well as Kleenex. I’m pretty certain we don...
Tags: Google, New York, Australia, China, Careers, Current Affairs, Wisconsin, University of British Columbia, Scott, Steven Taylor, Kimberly Clarke, Brian Cook University of Melbourne


Zoom Providing K-12 Schools Free Access to Videoconferencing Tools During COVID-19 Crisis: They’ll Power Your Online Courses

FYI: Zoom provides a turnkey video conferencing solution that's high quality and easy to use. And now universities across the country use Zoom to power their online courses. Today, Zoom announced that K-12 schools can gain free access to Zoom during the COVID-19 crisis. Students or teachers can sign up here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Education, College, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Stanford Online High School


Coursera Providing Free Access to Its Course Catalog to Universities Impacted by COVID-19

FYI: If you work in a university impacted by COVID-19, Coursera invites you to leverage their course catalogue. The company's CEO writes: The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most serious global health security threat in decades. In many countries, restrictions imposed by government agencies have disrupted daily routines for millions, including students. Many universities in the impacted regions have suspended face-to-face seminars, closed campuses, and are scrambling to find a solut...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Education, College, China, Current Affairs, Coursera, Facebook Twitter, Duke University, COVID, Duke Kunshan


How Schools Can Start Teaching Online in a Short Period of Time: Free Tutorials from the Stanford Online High School

Image by King of Hearts, via Wikimedia Commons A quick note: The Stanford Online High School--an independent high school that operates fully online--has created video tutorials designed for schools that may need to close classrooms and pivot online. "All guidance is platform-agnostic, focusing on the essential steps for preparing to teach online in a short period of time." In addition to this videos, the Online High School will host a free webinar today at 2pm California time. You can register ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Education, California, College, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, King of Hearts, Online High School, Stanford Online High School


Panic With Friends

My friend Howard Lindzon has started a podcast series called Panic With Friends. It’s about the market meltdown and a lot more. I hope that it turns out to be a short lived series and this panic ends quickly. Episode One was posted today on Howard’s blog. He asked me to do an episode with him and although I been saying no to all podcast requests for the last year or two, I’m going to say yes to this. If we have to panic, it’s best to do it with friends. I will post the episode I do with Howard h...
Tags: Trends, Current Affairs, Howard, Albert Wenger, Howard Lindzon