On the go

first_imgBetween schoolwork and classes, a typical day in the life of a Harvard student is undoubtedly busy — but throw in playing on two sports teams and you’ve got a schedule rivaling that of Harvard President Drew Faust.Freshmen Morgan Powell and Mariah Pewarski are among a small group of Harvard students balancing life and school with two sports — in their case, lacrosse and field hockey.Though they admit it’s difficult to have a social life, and that practices and games consume most of their days, they wouldn’t have it any other way.“I did a couple of sports in high school, so I learned how to balance schoolwork and the practices, and not having weekends, really,” said Powell, a native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.Same with Pewarski. She played field hockey and lacrosse throughout middle and high school in Garden City, N.Y., and said that she’s used to balancing the demands of school with the rigors and time commitment of sports.“I was prepared for the sacrifices that come with playing sports on a high level and getting my schoolwork done,” she said.Both women devoted spring break to practices. They attend morning classes to accommodate practices, too, which typically run from 3:30 p.m. to around 7 — every day. And they’re mindful of getting enough rest, with bedtimes before midnight, depending on workload.Because field hockey is a fall sport, and lacrosse is in spring, Powell and Pewarski are always in season. But they consider themselves lucky. After all, they’re never bored, and they even make time for volunteer work.Powell, who is considering fashioning a nutrition concentration, fell in love with the subject after doing community service with underprivileged children. “I love working with children and getting them off on the right foot in life with nutrition. I saw how much they looked up to me and how much of an impact I’ve had on their life.”The sometimes baker and self-confessed “band geek” (she plays trumpet!) will head home this summer in hopes of a nutrition and exercise physiology internship at a local college, and she’ll also take up her old waitressing job at Lillian’s, a popular restaurant for Saratoga Springs’ horse-racing set.“I volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and I am also participating in Relay For Life,” said Pewarski, who’s undecided about her concentration. “I recently have been leaning toward economics, but I haven’t abandoned the idea of going into science or math.”And unlike other freshmen who arrive at Harvard, settle in, and make friends on their own time, Powell and Pewarski arrived to a built-in support group and a pack of best friends for life — their teammates.“You find most of your friends in the athletic world,” said Powell. “It’s definitely difficult having a social life outside of sports, but for the most part it’s a good balance. Sports keep me grounded.”Said Pewarski: “A large portion of my schedule that I can’t fail to mention is the time I spend with other people I have met at Harvard not through sports. I have four roommates from all over the country, who all have many diverse interests. I spend a lot of time with them, whether it is on study breaks with my entryway, meals, BerryLine runs, or just time spent in our room.”The intensity and discipline of athletics in no way diminishes the fun these young women are having.“What I love about sports is the time I get to spend with my teammates and the experiences I receive from traveling with a team,” said Pewarski. A memorable experience from her field hockey season was visiting California for a few games and meeting a Harvard field hockey alumna who now works at Facebook, and who gave the team a tour of its headquarters.“Sports helped me to become a driven person in life,” said Powell. “A lot of what you do in sports translates into real life. You learn a lot of things you wouldn’t learn in a book.”last_img read more

World Bank chief warns extreme poverty could surge by 100 million

first_imgTopics : The coronavirus pandemic may have driven as many as 100 million people back into extreme poverty, World Bank President David Malpass warned Thursday.The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to COVID-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 to 100 million, and he said “that number could go higher” if the pandemic worsens or drags on.The situation makes it “imperative” that creditors reduce the amount of debt held by poor countries at risk, going beyond the commitment to suspend debt payments, Malpass said in an interview with AFP. Recession or depression?The amount of debt reduction needed will depend on the situation in each country, he said, but the policy “makes a lot of sense.””So I think the awareness of this will be gradually, more and more apparent” especially “for the countries with the highest vulnerability to the debt situation.”The World Bank has committed to deploying US$160 billion in funding to 100 countries through June 2021 in an effort to addresses the immediate emergency, and about $21 billion had been released through the end of June.But even so, extreme poverty, defined as earning less than $1.90 a day, continues to rise.Malpass said the deterioration is due to a combination of the destruction of jobs during the pandemic as well as supply issues that make access to food more difficult.”All of this contributes to pushing people back into extreme poverty the longer the economic crisis persists.”Newly-installed World Bank chief economist Carmen Reinhart has called the economic crisis a “pandemic depression,” but Malpass was less concerned with terminology.”We can start calling it a depression. Our focus is on how do we help countries be resilient in working out on the other side.”More debt transparencyMalpass said he has been “frustrated” by the slow progress among private creditors in providing comparable debt suspension terms for poor countries.While the Institute for International Finance has set up a framework to waive debt service payments, as of mid-July member banks had not received any applications.Having a clear view of the size of each country’s debt and the collateral involved also are key to being able to help the debtor nations, Malpass said.China is a major creditor in many of these countries, and the government has been “participating in the transparency process,” but he said more needs to be done to understand the terms of loans in nations like Angola, where there are liens on the country’s oil output.Governments in advanced economies so far have been “generous” in their support of developing nations, even while they take on heavy spending programs in their own countries, Malpass said.”But the bigger problem is that their economies are weak,” Malpass said of the wealthy nations.”The most important thing the advanced economies do for the developing countries is supply markets… start growing, and start reopening markets.”center_img Even so, more countries will be obliged to restructure their debt.”The debt vulnerabilities are high, and the imperative of getting light at the end of the tunnel so that new investors can come in is substantial,” Malpass said.Advanced economies in the Group of 20 already have committed to suspending debt payments from the poorest nations through the end of the year, and there is growing support for extending that moratorium into next year amid a pandemic that’s killed nearly 800,000 people and sickened more than 25 million worldwide.But Malpass said that will not be enough, since the economic downturn means those countries, which already are struggling to provide a safety net for their citizens, will not be in a better position to deal with the payments.last_img read more

Two dead and three injured in Fort Nelson crash

first_img– Advertisement -By Kimberley MolinaTwo girls have died in a single vehicle crash.The crash happened on the Old Alaska Highway Wednesday night around 7:45 p.m., near Fort Nelson.The two girls, 15 and 16 years old were in a vehicle carrying 5 people.Fort Nelson RCMP say they believe drugs, alcohol, and speed all contributed to the crash.Advertisement Photo:  A 24 year-old male driver may face charges after a deadly crash Wednesday night. /RCMP Police say four of the five people in the Nissan 300ZX were ejected, while one male, who was wearing a seatbelt, only suffered minor injuries.The 24 year-old male driver, from Burnaby, was taken to Dawson Creek Hospital and another 16 year-old female passenger was taken to Prince George Regional Hospital.The driver is wanted in connection with outstanding charges on an unrelated matter in the province of Alberta and police say they expect to lay criminal charges against him in relation to last night’s crash.Police are asking anyone with information about the accident to contact the Fort Nelson detachment at 250-774-3883.Advertisementlast_img read more

Thousands of DACA Recipients Have Arrest Records in U.S: Report

first_imgThousands of immigrants with arrest records have been permitted to stay in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This also includes 10 people who were accused of murder, Fox News reported, citing figures revealed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on June 18.As many as 59,786 DACA recipients were arrested while they were in the United States, making up about 7.8 percent of all who have been allowed to stay in the United States under the DACA program since its creation in 2012, DHS statistics show, according to the report. Out of these people, 53,792 had been arrested before their most recent appeal for “grant of deferred action” was accepted. Another 7,814 were arrested after their request was accepted, as per the publication.The department was releasing the arrest data in response to questions “from Congress and others” for complete information on recipients of DACA, including DACA criminal activities, a DHS spokesman said, according to the report.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Francis Cissna said that the agency wants to provide enough data regarding DACA so the public and lawmakers can stay informed. “I would like people to keep in mind whatever they do, I would hope that we, at USCIS, would be able to turn down these people … if we think they’re a public safety threat, if someone is a gang member, even if they don’t have a conviction,” Cissna was quoted as saying by the publication.The DHS figures, however, do not provide information on how many of those arrested immigrants were convicted of crimes. The statistics also do not indicate if charges had been reduced or dropped, or how many arrested DACA recipients faced deportation due to conviction.“You could be arrested a whole lot of times and still get DACA. The data we’re putting out is only arrests, so presumably those people who had murder arrests, rape arrests — that type of seriousness — either got acquitted, charges were dropped or they plead something down, I would hope,” Cissna said, adding that a lot of crimes on the list are misdemeanors. “They could’ve been convicted and still could have gotten DACA if they only had two of those misdemeanors,” he added.Out of the 53,792 DACA recipients with a prior arrest, over 4,500 were arrested on charges of alleged assault or battery. As many as 830 arrests were linked to sex crimes which included rape, sexual abuse or indecent exposure, and 95 arrests were made on warrants issued for kidnapping, human trafficking or false imprisonment, DHS figures showed. Related ItemsDACAUnited StatesUSCISlast_img read more